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  1. 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. :)

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  2. 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.  :)

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  3. 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. ::D:


    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.)

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  4. 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.)


    Things I have tried:


    Tiny bits of glue

    Bigger bits of glue

    Letting glue dry a smidge and get tacky before putting pieces together

    Adding a little baking soda

    Letting pins in the feet dry overnight (or longer), then trying to attach mini to base.

    Corollary to above:  Leave the pinned mini to dry on the base overnight (or longer)

    Longer pins

    No pins

    Buying more "gel-like" glue

    Buying new Bones CA glue

    Buying ANOTHER new Bones CA glue

    Using many broccoli-like words and scaring my dogs


    Even when it seems like I've got a good attachment, the slightest bit of manipulation (for touch-up or varnishing) is half-likely to disconnect mini from base.  Even just falling onto its side on my painting desk -- not from a height, just from standing to on its side -- can be enough.


    Have I passed over into a parallel universe where I suddenly don't understand superglue anymore??

  5. I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but it never hurts to get confirmation. :rolleyes:. 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?



  6. 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. :down:


    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 what it is I did wrong. 



  7. 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 did most of the rest.  I still have some work to do with toothpicks / files to get some of the more stubborn bits off, but I'm generally pleased with how well they cleaned up.  All of the minis which were already painted cleaned up to be pretty bright and shiny; they actually look way too dark in the photo above.  Probably from the light in which I shot them.  My concerns are more with the unpainted ones.


    This is a selection of cleaned-up painted minis with some of the never-painted ones:




    The never-painted set (represented here by Cutter and Dewshine) are all this kind of dusty dark grey.  Where you can see a little bit of shine on Dewshine's base is where I buffed it up a little with a diamond file.  I soaked the never-painted minis in the same Simple Green as the painted ones, to see if the grey was primer, or if just in general that would help clean them up.  For whatever reason, this allowed me to get the wolves from the never-painted set to a pretty nice place:




    But all the elf figures in the set remained resolutely grey, even after much scrubbing:




    I'm thinking this is a patina of lead rot.  There's no flaking or bubbling, and nothing appears to be crumbling anywhere on the minis.  However, I feel like I should get this all cleaned off before priming everybody for protection.


    I've read various conflicting advice on the Internet about how to go about cleaning up this kind of relatively-light patina.  I trust the folks here more than random pages on the Internet, so I'm appealing to folks like @buglips*the*goblin (and anyone else with experience with lead minis).  Is this lead rot?  Is there something I can do to remove it besides attacking the figures with a file (not something I'm willing to do)?


    All advice / suggestions very welcome.  Thanks!

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