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  1. I'll add my voice to the "It Seems to be Personal Preference" crowd.


    I tried SO HARD to like W&N. But I never had one that didn't start to "scorpion tail" after just a couple uses. I come and go with Davinci -- sometimes it seems like the larger 1 or 2 works well for me, sometimes it seems like I can't keep a point no matter what I do. In the end, I've been really happy with my Rosemary & Co brushes, and they tend to be my go-to "good" brushes. 


    I know, it's frustrating to not be able to just learn, "This is a good brush for everyone!" And I honestly have no idea why different people have such different experiences. It feels like a well-constructes brush just ought to work the same for everyone! But it doesn't. The goods news is that this means there likely IS some brush brand out there that will suit you. But, yeah, even I wish there was a way to find out what brand that is rather than through random testing.  :)

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  2. At least for the thin leg part of the pin, try holding the pin in a pliers and heating it up (over a candle, or a burner if you have a gas stove), then just pushing the hot pin into the leg. It'll make its own hole, then seal itself in when it cools, so you don't have to try and drill such a tiny piece.

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  3. Wow. Didn't realize that purging was so rare!


    I'm also an intermittent purger. I tend to do the same as you -- hang onto / collect things that just seem too potentially useful to pitch. Then, every now and then, I look around and get frustrated by the lack or organization  / space, and go through and purge. (I do this with stuff besides painting supplies  -- just seems to be how I work.)


    Perhaps more in the spirit of pruning rather than purging: I have backed all five Bones Kickstarters. That's a lot of minis! A while ago I got a bunch of storage boxes and sorted all my Bones into labeled bins -- "Good Guys," "Bad Guys," "Animals," "Terrain," etc. Within each bin, things are further sorted into ziploc bags -- "Evil Magic Users," "Female Fighters," etc. (My friend made fun of me because, as a biologist, I have the animals divided into bags of like "Ungulates," "Crocodilians," "Canids (including Demonic Hounds.")


    When I did this, I looked at each mini and honestly assessed whether a given mini was something I was actually at all interested in painting. That led to a smallish box of cast-offs (which anyone is welcome to claim, if they want). This still left me with a lot of boxes. So my personal rule is that, whenever a Bones Kickstarter delivers, I have to discard enough minis (old or new) to maintain the same number of boxes. This has generally meant culling older, softer Bones for the nicer grey models as they come in. It has kept my painting loft from getting overrun by kobolds and ogres, however.

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  4. 45 minutes ago, Chris Palmer said:


    I also wanted to suggest, for my DDS terrain, I put my ice water bath in a flat bottomed cake pan, and when I put the pieces, in I immediately pressed them down hard against the flat bottom.  The seemed to help them hold their shape.



    That was what I tried first. It helped, but everything went back to slightly wobbly after a few hours. Better, but still wobbly. 


    Thanks, everybody, for the advice on dollar store / hobby store sourcing. What would you use for sealing? Lacquer? Or is something like Stynelerez primer enough?


    Thanks again!

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  5. So I'm finally sitting down to attack the Dragons Don't Share diorama from a certain Kickstarter way-back-when.  ::D:  Like everyone before me, I'm finding that the terrain pieces won't stay flat, no matter what amount of boiling / freezing I do with them. I don't want to get too fancy with creating a "subfloor" for the pieces, but thought that affixing them to hobby plywood ought to keep them level.


    Does anybody have experience with what thickness of plywood would work for this kind of basing? I feel like 1/8" in too thin, but have never actually used it in this way, so don't know for sure. I'm hoping to get a best guess on what thickness to buy before venturing forth from my Vault home into the Wasteland home improvement store (so I can get the right size first time, and not have to go out again).


    In the same vein -- Has anybody tried anything other than wood and had good success?


    Thanks, everybody! And stay safe!

  6. Maybe said halfling lady doesn't subscribe to the silly human prejudice against perfectly natural adult body hair? Especially a druid! When you occasionally cover your entire body in a luxurious pelt of fur, why would you feel compelled to shave parts of your body at any other time?


    That said, depending on the length of said pedal hair, if I were a halfling woman I'd be more concerned about my foot hair getting stuck in my nail polish. Now THAT is unsightly!

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  7. Greetings, Scribblette! You've already been given a lot of great information / advice. Just thought I'd add that non-toxic water based paints are frequently used to put temporary identification marks on wild birds, with no ill effects. Also, if the birds aren't actually chewing on the dry paint, I think there's little chance of them ingesting any of it by licking. 


    Now I'm going to "demand" to know what kind of birds you have! Not lorikeets, obviously, despite the "brush-tongued" reference, because they chew EVERYTHING! Surely not honey-eaters?? I'd worry about them damaging plastic minis with their feet!


    Enquiring aviculturists want to know!! ::D:

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  8. On 1/26/2020 at 4:17 PM, Sirithiliel said:

    i know the feathers are not as good as the professionals can do, but i think i can confidently teach people new to sculpting how to do them in a hour time frame. It's a very easy, simple process to get basic feathers like that


    I'm definitely planning to take this class! I really love what you've done. 

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  9. I haven't been painting as long as some (maybe 8 or 10 years), but I have never really like W&N brushes.  From the beginning, I've always had the splitting problem, and found it very frustrating.  Maybe it's something with the way I use / clean them, I don't know.  But I switched over to using Rosemary & Co. a few years ago, and they've been beautiful for me.  So I'm sticking with what works.  :)

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  10. Re: releasing previously "limited edition" models are part of Kickstarters -- It doesn't bother me.  At least in the case of the dragon bust, the original was a very nice resin piece, so that "premiere" version of it is still limited.  And, frankly, I wanted more copies of this bust so badly that I don't mind having a Bones version available.

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  11. Just stopping back in to report that the tutorial on Massive Voodoo was exactly what I needed. ::D: My cases are now nicely modded, and appear to be staying dust-free. Thanks again!


    As a bonus, I found some YouTube videos that also showed how to use cable clamps to add additional shelves. Hello, double the mini storage!

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  12. I'm not at all sure that this is where I should put this topic, but since it involves storage of minis, I thought this might be OK?


    I've been displaying my painted minis in the tall, glass Detolf cases from Ikea (recommended by some of the other painters here).  My goal with putting the minis into a glass case was to protect them, at least somewhat, from dust.  Unfortunately, that is not happening.  :lol:  I'm still getting quite a bit of dust on the shelves and the minis, only it's even more difficult to clean things off now that they're all stuffed into a case together.


    Has anybody tackled modding these shelves in such a way that they are at least a little more impervious to dust?  Or do I have to be a trail blazer here??

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  13. Well, no luck with painted buntings, but still had a great time birding with @Corporea, @TaleSpinner and family, and Derek.


    Thank you SO MUCH, @ladystorm for the suggestion of visiting Clear Creek! I can see why that's a favorite spot -- I went back on my own later and spent two very peaceful hours just wandering around. Also got to see ALL the flycatchers! LOL! You can be sure I'll be visiting there again next year.


    So what do you guys think? Worth trying for painted buntings again next year?

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  14. Birders are always birding, my friend! I noted black vultures, great egrets, blue heron and a couple different types of pigeons just driving from the airport. ::): Meanwhile, the great-tailed grackles who are all around the hotel are a never-ending source of amusement for me -- especially the juveniles, who all either have no tail, or just one single tail feather sticking out of their butt! :lol:

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