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  1. Looks like the white background is causing the photo to think there's more light than there really is and underexposing the miniatures. If you can access exposure compensation, (some phone camera apps have this) dial in about a +1.5 exposure. If not, you can either increase the exposure in post or use a darker background (gray works well). I played with the image a bit, and it looks like the color temperature is off (blue cast), which might be caused by the camera being set for "indoor" (incandescent) light while the minis are illuminated with a daylight-balanced light. (There are other scenarios where this can happen as well, but that's the one that comes to mind.) And finally, the dynamic range between the darker shadows and the background looks to be a bit beyond what the camera can reliably capture. This can be ameliorated (again) by using a background that isn't so white. It might also be caused by there not being enough light, because digital image amplification (high ISO) is often the first resort of automatic camera modes and it can kill dynamic range. TL;DR: Gray background and significantly more light should help. You might need to remove a color cast in post. If it would be useful, I can post a basic edit of the photo.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Might have been bugs on the ship and the customs folks decided that fumigating the exterior was a useful precaution, too. Australia has had serious problems with invasive species and they take prevention pretty seriously. The marmorated stink bug is native to China, Korea, and Japan and has become a problem in the US over about the last 20 years. It is thought that the bug got here by hitching rides on cargo. There are apparently populations in Texas, so it's also possible that the bugs originated there if they're inside the container.
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    Need newb advice

    Two separate questions: You can use normal paint brushes to apply primer. But primer (real primer, not paint branded as primer, which is out there) can be a bit harsher on brushes than paint. I do almost all my priming with either an airbrush or a rattlecan, so it doesn't come up often, but I don't usually switch brushes for brush-on primer. Definitely clean the brush after priming, though. BTW, if it's not hot and humid, rattlecan primer works great on metal minis. If the sealer is water-soluble (not a hydrocarbon fluid, which is mostly to say, "smelly"), I've never had a problem using my regular brushes. Water-based sealers tend to be all or mostly acrylic medium (paint without pigment), which is what the brushes are meant to be used with. If you tend to get the sealer up into the ferrule of the brush, though, you might want to go with a cheaper brush. In either case, make sure you clean your brush well afterwards. For plastic minis, I mostly use super glue. If I start having problems, I typically go directly to 5 minute epoxy. I would probably drill very small holes into the hand and glue in thin wire. Then, with the wire as an armature, I'd use greenstuff to sculpt the new claws. FWIW, I wouldn't trust the putty by itself to be sufficiently durable in that application. HTH
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    I don't celebrate those. But if somebody else brings in pie, or donuts, or cinnamon buns, or whatever, I'll eat them. Which is a sort of meta-celebration, I suppose. I'm not a huge fan of the combination of wine and cheese. Apple pie and cheddar cheese, now .... Favorite cheese will depend on use: Mozzarella for pizza, Cheese Wiz for pepper steaks, American for open-face grilled cheese, Swiss in a ham and cheese sandwich, Pepper Jack, sharp Cheddar, smoked Gouda, Havarti, ... (nearly anything, really) for just eating.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Why? Don't you want to be shiny too? I want to be shiny. Manufacturers who do test marketing like places that are relatively isolated, which is why Denver and I suspect Newfoundland get used for test marketing often. Apparently that test, unlike yummy Habanero Doritos, was actually a success. Which just proves that the universe really is a vile plot.
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    Pricing for individual minis from wave 4 kickstarter ..

    On yesterday's ReaperLive, Ron said that the first Bones 4 shipment to distributors was scheduled* for June 14. They also said that they had monthly retailer assortments for stores that wanted to get all the new releases regularly. * Schedules are subject to change.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yeah, I'm taking this next week off for exactly that reason. Not so interested in working for free.
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    Basing question - materials to use

    Second best. The good die young.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Laffy Taffy is great! First it gives you cavities and then it pulls your teeth. Very efficient.
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    Same with me. Showed up on the porch. Yay!
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    Forumite Classes, 2019

    I'm pretty sure that at least one of my classes has been approved, since Ron mentioned on Reaper Live that there will be a miniatures photography class again this year. But I can't figure out how to find out whether anything else has been approved or what days and times the classes ended up on. The last thing I saw was the schedule that Ron sent out on the 12th. What am I missing?
  12. Dang it! I didn't get the magic portal option on my car. Does anyone know of an aftermarket add-on?
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    I think I have one shirt with a tiny black spot. But it's small enough that I don't much worry about it. Now I did use paint to correct the spelling of one shirt that I otherwise liked (from Zweibrueken to Zweibrücken), but that's an answer to a different question entirely.
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    Basing question - materials to use

    Definitely sad for modelers. I bought into their first kickstarter for (IIRC) 11 stamps, bought more through the years, and bought a half dozen or so during their going-out-of-business sale. Nice quality at a very fair price. (Maybe too fair.)
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I haven't read the stories, so I had to go looking. The short answer seems to be "No". The longer answer is that both Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars were apparently based on The Red Harvest.
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