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  1. So these are the old miniatures in question. I was a big Elfquest fan back in the day. :) I didn't even know these miniatures existed until I saw someone with a box at ReaperCon, at which point I knew I had to track some down. I got two separate sets off eBay. One came with the miniatures already painted: (These have already benefited from a long soak in Simple Green.) The other set came all unpainted: The Simple Green did a great job of loosening up the old paint, and a good scrub with a stiff-bristled brush d
  2. What about paint removal? Some of these are already painted -- I think with acrylics (they aren't glossy), but I'm really not sure. Is the usual Simple Green soak still appropriate?
  3. @Pingo, I suspected something of the sort. Either that, or a chemistry degree.
  4. Thanks, guys. (Just curious -- @Pingo, do you know everything? ). I love having access to such a font of information. I wasn't worried about toxicity issues, or anything like that. Wasn't planning to lick the figures, and as @Pingo said, using nitrile gloves is never a bad idea. I was mostly unsure about things like whether toothbrush + dish soap was still OK for cleaning, or whether I needed to do something special as far as priming prep and storage. I really appreciate your suggestion about priming the base and avoiding the foam, @Doug Sundseth -- those are two things I didn't e
  5. I have recently come into some very old (late-1980's) Ral Partha lead miniatures that I'm very excited to work on. The only problem: I have never, ever painted lead figures before. Would anyone be able to point me toward a resource with information about how to clean (soap and water?) and protect (against lead rot?) minis like these? Thanks in advance for sharing the wisdom.
  6. Ohhhhhhh! For some reason, I had always translated "thin coat" to just mean "only have a little on your brush." Do you think it would be use as effective diluted with matte medium? I only use the gloss varnish for the protection factor, then finish off with Dullcote, so I don't really care if the varnish is actually shiny.
  7. Those are great, @Pingo! Especially the lighter face on the dark one. Thanks! This is helpful. :)
  8. Do folks routinely thin Liquitex Gloss Varnish? I've always used it straight out of the bottle.
  9. I think "whiskery" is generally good when you're a wolf. ;)
  10. Good suggestion, @Cyradis, thanks! Does this look any better? (I felt like it did in person, but now looking at the pictures I'm not sure.) Thanks again -- this helps a lot. :) I'm wondering -- Since this is meant for tabletop, should I maybe take pictures from more that kind of distance to judge whether there's enough contrast, as opposed to focusing so close up?
  11. I'm working on a pair of minis for a friend's D&D ranger. I have the wolf pretty much done -- and I'm generally happy with him. But...the face! I don't feel like he has a face. The eyes don't stand out at all (I tried some brighter orange-yellow shades and ended up with something that looked like The Joker's lapdog). The whole face seems to just moosh into the rest of the body and disappear. I know this is a contrast thing -- I just have no idea how to attack it. I tried brightening highlights, I tried glazing in shadows. All I end up with is a darker or lighter v
  12. Just my 2 cents, Corporea, but your hard colors classes were among the best classes I took this year! I loved the handouts, and I have every one of the sample minis mounted on my painting desk for reference. You do such a great job teaching those concepts that it would be a shame to lose that.
  13. Eww. FWIW, I took a really great TBB class from David Diamondstone this past ReaperCon, and there were no bodily fluids involved. He was really helpful and encouraging, and I left with a really good understanding of how to do TBB for the first time.
  14. You know I'm a hopeless dragon geek that I can admit that was a dreadful movie -- but I loved it!
  15. Thanks, Heisler. Would you use anything special to clean it? Or just a really thorough cleaning with the usual stuff?
  16. I use hand soap or dish soap when I wash, followed by a thorough rinsing. I've never had a weird reaction like this. So if everything was well-rinsed -- and assuming you didn't use some kind of really weird soap -- I'd be surprised if the soap was the issue.
  17. Thanks, Ron! And may I say, "varnish broccoli" is my favorite image for today.
  18. I graduated to the next level of painting obsession and picked up a Badger Patriot 105 airbrush at ReaperCon. Yay me! I've already primed a handful of minis, just as part of getting a feel for the brush. But it occurred to me -- can you use an airbrush to spray on sealers? I usually give minis (especially ones for tabletop) a coat or two of gloss varnish, then hit them with Tester's Dullcote to take out the shine. I was wondering if I could substitute sprayed on Reaper Brush-on Sealer for the Dullcote step. If so, would I thin it? Or just use it as is? Enquiring m
  19. Perhaps an obvious question: What brand of paints did you use?
  20. Hi again, Forumites! Welcome back from ReaperCon. As some of you had the (dubious) opportunity to learn, I blew out my knee running dog agility not too terribly long after my last post on this thread. In addition to this taking up a whole bunch of my life with doctor's appointments, MRIs, various other pre-op testing (for surgery that isn't able to happen until the day before Thanksgiving! Argh!), and a seven-month-old border collie who I'm supposed to be exercising and training regularly, I haven't had a lot of time to focus on things like painting. I also can't get up to the
  21. Does anyone have a picture of the winning Ma'al Drakaar (guessing at the spelling ). My wife wanted to see a picture.
  22. Home and snuggled in bed with my canine sleeping buddies, who I have missed. I can't begin to express what an amazing time I had at my first ReaperCon! Didn't get to chat with as many forumites as I should have, but tried to make up for that with OneBoot and Dilvish in my last class before rushing off to catch my plane. Everybody I met was great and friendly and supportive. What an awesome crowd! All of the classes I took were amazing! I learned so much from Corporea (seriously, you guys need to take all her classes!), and Aaron Lovejoy "made" me buy an airbrush. At l
  23. So much painting, so few pictures. One of the things I'm starting to realize about the Tootsie Roll is that it only has one good side. Not when you're looking at it in person, but when it comes to photos. It kind of leans over onto itself (towards the right when you're facing it head on), which means that side ends up looking shadowed and weird in a photo. Or at least in my phone photos. So since I haven't really done anything with the mouth yet (so no "full frontal" pictures), you're all gonna have to get sick of looking at the same basic shot over and over again.
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