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Painting Dog

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  1. The subject of faces, and where to place highlights / shadows, has come up in the forum a couple times recently. Of course, this has led me to staring at faces at the store, on YouTube, in magazine ads, trying to get a feel for where said highlights / shadows are falling in real life and photographs. This morning, however,I ran across an unexpected -- but surprisingly useful -- set of examples: court drawings. While a newscaster was talking about some court proceedings, illustrations by a court artist were being displayed full-screen as part of the presentation. Just like I've
  2. Last year was my first ReaperCon, so I can't speak with 100% certainty. But there were a lot of free-use tables around all weekend that people used to paint, socialize, etc. That kind of impromptu gathering seems to be one of the favored activities at ReaperCon. :)
  3. This is truly beautiful! I'm inspired by your attention to detail and color. Great job!
  4. Has anybody tried putting a couple of those tiny rare earth magnets on the bottom of a slot base, instead of a single sheet of the self-adhesive stuff?
  5. Thanks, guys. I'll pick up a Medium for the repacking. :)
  6. Getting ready to box up and ship out the Gaming Dog! Quick question: As I mentioned above, the box which arrived at my house was looking very "well-loved," so I got a new flat-rate box. However, I was working from memory while at the P.O., and got a Large Flat Rate box (the original is a Medium). Is this an issue? Should I go back and get a Medium before sending out? Pictures of my treasures to follow. :)
  7. My first Box o' Goodwill arrived today! Very good timing, as I had a really long, stressful week; this was a pleasure to come home to. This is the Marvin Box, and it looks...well-loved. Is there any objection to my re-packing things in a different box? (Being just a tad OCD, the idea of organizing and repacking the contents is also something that makes me happy.)
  8. I swear, I don't remember having this problem in the past. But for the last six months or so, I've been unable to reliably glue things with CA glue. I'm most frustrated by not being able to affix minis to bases (although I've had trouble with things like arms and weapons, too). Even with pins in the feet, the mini either doesn't stick to the surface of the base, comes off the pins, pins come out of base. It doesn't seem to matter if the base is plastic or metal, painted or bare. (Although, thinking about it, I think I've had this problem primarily with metal minis, FWIW.) Thin
  9. Just beautiful! You're inspiring me to finally get brave enough to face down the big girl.
  10. I'd love to participate! Pittsburgh, PA. Could do international if necessary, or (as someone said above) toss in a couple bucks for a box that needs to international eventually.
  11. Thanks, @MojoBob! I was pretty sure I was ok, but this is the first Bones I've stripped, so was second-guessing.
  12. I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but it never hurts to get confirmation. . When stripping paint from a mini (in this case a Bones that I completely screwed up the paint job on), is it necessary to get every molecule of paint off? Or is it okay if there's some bits left in some of the crenalations and under bits? Thanks!
  13. Thanks, @Gadgetman!. I've been using Liquetex airbrush thinner so far, which seems to work well. If getting in a little closer doesn't solve the issue, I'll give the Vallejo a try.
  14. Thanks, @cmorse. I'll try again without being so far away.
  15. I picked up a Badger Patriot airbrush at the last ReaperCon, mostly with the thought of how it would help when priming / basecoating the big Bones models. While I've done quite a bit of successful priming with it (big and small), I got brave today and tried out basecoating my first big piece. Bleh. I ended up with a very grainy surface, unlike in my previous efforts, and am now looking at Simple Greening the whole model to start over. I know it must have something to do with the thinness of the paint, or my distance from the model, or something -- I just have no clue
  16. So far, hotel prices aren't scaring me too much. Between needing to get from/to the airport and needing to get to the con site (without having to rely on someone else), I opted for a rental car last year. Just not having to do that is worth putting some of that $$ toward the hotel. (Plus everything already mentioned by @buglips*the*goblin and @Cranky Dog.)
  17. @K2h2m3, that's interesting about the automotive primer. I thought it looked like primer -- and it's certainly resistant to removal! Which is good, I guess -- the figs may have been better protected through the years than I thought. I'll report in again after some Brasso and priming!
  18. Thanks again, @buglips*the*goblin. I'm 99.9% positive these are lead. There were already some bent parts, which bent back very easily, with no crackle. And they're pretty heavy for their size. Also, just so I'm sure I totally understand: You think it would be OK to prime these minis without trying to get all the darker smudge off them, as long as the details are good?
  19. Is there a significant difference between Brasso and generic silver polish?
  20. Thanks, @buglips*the*goblin -- that's all really encouraging. :) I shall get some Brasso and see how it goes. The date on the bottoms of all of these is 1983. Is that from the lead-free era? Or are we still talking all lead? Thanks again!
  21. I still have the comics -- and the color volumes -- packed away in my attic. :) Planning to have a lot of fun matching up colors, etc. :)
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