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  1. Sitting at the airport in Pittsburgh, waiting for my flight to ReaperCon! Andy, I'm on board with Friday after 5 -- Maybe not as noisy as in the AM, but it's not like all the birds go to another dimension after sunrise. Should I stop by your artist station to finalize details? (Or we can do it via text, if that's easier for you. ) I'm also up for going out on a morning with anyone who's interested. Let me know!
  2. I have been looking on eBird for nearby painted bunting sightings. There was one is a smallish park area really close to the hotel, but more recent sightings at the Clear Creek center mentioned above. That looks to be about 20-30 minutes away (I assume without rush hour traffic). Do we want to plan on Saturday or Sunday? Anybody have a preference? If we don't want to do crack of dawn, we could shoot for more midday on one of the weekdays.
  3. Also, am I the only one who is amused that a bunch of people who paint miniatures are going out to find painted buntings?
  4. OMG, I can't believe I will get to be the painted bunting sherpa! I will now make it my mission to find the best possible place to see them within close proximity to the convention center.
  5. Good to keep in mind that we don't need to be there at the crack of dawn. We could get there around 7:00 and still get in some good birding.
  6. Whee! Fellow birders! If you want to pick up the buntings, @TaleSpinner, dawn is going to be a better chance than evening. Although there are other, different things possible in the evening. I've managed to do OK just going out mid-afternoons on my previous visits. Let the coordinating begin! :D
  7. Oooo! Painted Buntings! I have actually only ever seen one once, so would love another chance! I was lucky enough to get some really good views of a Roadrunner when at the San Diego Birding Festival this spring -- he was up on a fence post, just hanging around in plain sight for a good 10 minutes. Very un-roadrunner-like. I'll have to check my notes to see if the Denton Nature Heritage Center is one of the ones I found. There was a park with a really nice lake that I found the first time I was there. Then last year I found the LLELA Nature Preserve and had a really good time there.
  8. If you aren't a bird watcher, you can stop reading now. . But if you ARE a bird watcher... I'm coming to ReaperCon from Pennsylvania. And if you're a birder, you know that any trip is also an excuse to pick up birds for the life list that you can't see at home. My first ReaperCon, I got a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in my hotel parking lot, and was absolutely chuffed. This will be my third ReaperCon, and in previous years I've found a couple of pretty nice nearby patches for birding. I usually go out at least once when I'm between classes, just to see what I can see. I've
  9. I'm painting my first Drow for a friend's gaming character, and am finding the hair challenging. This is the old "how do you highlight white" thing, with the added complication that it's totally NOT ok to end up with a beige/yellowish result. Anybody have a recipe that has worked for them? Or suggestions for how to approach base color and shading so I don't end up with either gray or ivory hair? Thanks for any suggestions.
  10. The Jessica Rich DVD is still one of my favorites. I'm less concerned with the specific paints she uses, and more with her clear explanations and demonstrations. Even if the techniques are "out-of-date," they are ones I still haven't mastered, so are still worth working on for me! Likewise, the Darksword DVD with Anne Forster and Jen Haley is also fantastic for it's clear explanations and examples. Although obviously aimed at more beginner painters, the information is great and well worth the price.
  11. Thanks so much for your input! Not planning to add a lot more, figure-wise -- just knowing this seems about right gives me a better idea what I'm looking for. You guys are the best!
  12. Great! Does that look to be closer to the size I want?
  13. OK, take two on finding the right sized base for my diorama! I like this shape -- kind of a fat teardrop. The little fremen guy who is currently standing on a holder for painting would be on the top of a sand dune that's standing a little taller than the other sand dunes that will be on the base. This is a more traditional square base. The winged kitty (borrowed from my wife's chotchki shelf) is standing in for a possible second fremen figure, who would be standing near the thumper. I think there's also room to add him to the first base above.
  14. @Pragma -- That was actually my first instinct (to have him staring at the fremen). Maybe I'll revisit that. Thanks!
  15. I thought about pinning -- not sure I have the skill to do it. This is the mini in question. He already has a bend at the joint, and I don't know how I'd get a pin past that. Maybe try inserting a pin from either end? I've actually got insulated gloves that allow me to keep my hands in the hot water. Maybe I'll give this a try and report back on how it works.
  16. Thanks, @Heisler -- that's exactly the kind of feedback I need! It's not that I WANT this particular base; this is part of where I dont have a feel for what really fits. One of the things talked about when I was learning about composition at ReaperCon was giving the minis "room to move." In other words, space to give the impression that things moved into / out of the scene instead of just being stuck there. My thought on this was to have some evidence of a wake in the sand to show the worm's passage to this point. @Clearman, while part of me likes the image of lassoing a sandwor
  17. I'm familiar with the practice of boiling / cooling a Bones mini that has a part (spears, swords, legs, etc.) bent out of shape due to packing or whathaveyou. But has anyone tried reshaping a pair of wings into a shape different than their original cast? I'm trying to re-contour a pair of wings for a gryphon, to give them a more natural-looking sweep (as opposed to just sticking straight out). While I've gotten a very nice shape following boiling, and they hold that shape for a while after cooling, by the next morning they have settled back into their straight-as-a-board original shape.
  18. Inspired by @giyomuSan and all the great information generated on his diorama thread, I thought I'd appeal to the Forum Groupmind for advice on a diorama I'm hoping to bring to ReaperCon in August. I'm trying to depict a fremen (from Frank Herbert's Dune) calling a Maker. I'm using Goremaw for the sandworm, and one of the Reaper Nefsokar minis (a little modified) for the fremen. This is the first diorama I've tried to construct after actually learning something about how to design one at last year's ReaperCon! So while I'm trying to use some of that information, I still don't
  19. I'm back! Not because I necessarily think anybody is dying to see how I'm progressing with my (now) ReaperCon 2018 diorama, but because I feel really stupid having a WIP hanging out there without a conclusion. So here we go! When last we left our hero (i.e., our Giant Sandworm aka The Tootsie Roll), it had some very basic blocking-in of highlights and a base coat on teeth / spines. I ended up going back and trying to lay in more dark in the areas I expected to be shadowed by its own body, including segments of the tummy. I also got the first round of color on the interior of th
  20. My Super Power (which is really only a super power in very select circumstances) is that I don't have a sense of smell. At work, we refer to it as the Zookeeper Super Power, because I can scrap ANY raptor enclosure, clean up ANY mummified and rotten mice, and hose poop all day. So in zookeeping, it's crazy useful. Around the house, where gas leaks and fires are sometimes an issue, not so much...
  21. That basing / posing is AWESOME! Really dynamic!
  22. I got some Stynlrez primer with the Patriot airbrush starter kit I bought at last year's ReaperCon (Badger offers a VERY nice bargain for ReaperCon attendees, making it well worth purchasing it there). I've used the primers on all kinds of materials, and it does in fact shoot through the airbrush just great without thinning. I've been very pleased with it. On another note -- The compressor Badger included with the starter kit is also quite nice and not that loud. My painting area is on the 3rd floor loft of our not-huge house, and my wife doesn't notice it at all when she's downs
  23. Tim Curry in spike heels!! What's not to like?
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