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  1. 1)The most obvious thing that is that if you're painting light, you have to make other areas dark, The light needs something to contrast against, and the only thing light contrasts against is dark. 2)This also means that the lighted area needs to be lighter than the nearby areas. As an example, the leather bag is the same leather, just with yellow paint on it. The correct way to do this would be to lighten the leather being hit by the source light, darken the areas where source light doesn't hit, then if you want to add a tint based on the color of the light, add the tint gently, which
  2. Very nice. It also reminds me that I need to get an order to Jim.
  3. I will suggest you watch some of James Wappel's videos over on the Ewe Tube. He paints quickly and at a very high level. My advice is twofold: 1) Practice. Then practice some more. There's a certain memory that goes along with art stuff. Some of it is muscle memory, some is "I just know the consistency of paint I need" or the like. 2) Cheat. There's no need to blend every highlight and shade. There's also no need to hit every detail. I've found skipping eyes is particularly useful for army-level figures. Buckles look fine if you just hint at a little metallic col
  4. For most skirmish games, one might get away with a selection of paper miniatures to get started and decide it's something he'd like to continue with. That cuts down the cost considerably. Paint a couple leader figs and get playing!
  5. Sine Nomine Publishing, Red Tide Campaign Sourcebook and Sandbox Toolkit. For $8, the toolkit is well worth the money. There's some campaign-specific terms, but everything is very compatible. The supplement itself is written for Labyrinth Lord rules, but any half-decent GM can substitute "1d6 cultists" for something else. A quick example of a "borderland site": d10 = 10 = Trading Post Add 1 "tags" d4 + d10 = 4, 8 = Uncertain Title, then 2, 6 = Faded Glory Each tag has a selection of Enemies, Friends, Complications, Things, and Places So,
  6. Honest conflict is better than dishonest harmony.

  7. I’m not a doctor, and my analogies are not the best, but . . . . I also won't be surprised to learn that different blood types are more prone to the clotting effect than others. I know there's some evidence that some types are more likely to have better outcomes than others, so I fully expect that genetics play a role at some level. Which isn't surprising, as there's a rare gene mutation that prevents HIV infection. This gene may have played a part in certain people surviving the Plague back in Europe's Middle Ages. It's weird being fascinated by the data and informa
  8. White Star? Yeah, my Swords & Wizardry stockings are showing . . . . But it was either that or pointing out that Stars Without Number has a merchant expansion, a cypber punky expansion, a military campaign expansion, a naval campaign expansion . . . . Okay, I also admit to being a Kevin Crawford fan.
  9. The mixture sounds like what the standard of care is (or at least, was) where I live. Don't know if it's been changed (haven't talked with the medical professional for a couple months). Eastern Virginia Medical School also has this mix described in their Critical Care protocol. For anyone interested, reading that document should provide answers to the "whys" for each piece of the mix. Get well. I'm sure you'll be back to hobbying soon.
  10. The only purges I've done were related to sorting through a bunch of old paint I picked up at the end of a paint-n-take. After a couple years, knowing I wasn't using those paints, I went through and transferred some to bottles I was using, pitched the dried out ones (retrieving the Reaper skulls in the bottom if possible), etc. Rarely do I discard old brushes because old ones can always be used to mix paint or for terrain pieces where detail isn't important. Just last night I used a brush I wouldn't otherwise use to stipple a building's wall because (1) it was handy and (2) it was large eno
  11. I lived in Irving (between FW and Dallas) for a year about . . . 18 years ago, so take my information for what it's worth. Yes, it's hot and humid in the summer. Winter was weird for me. A whiff of snow sends the metroplex into shutdown. The year I was there an ice storm hit the area. I drove to work to find that I was the only person on the entire site. Now, driving after an ice storm is not unusual for me, as I grew up in Michigan and lived in Colorado, so I can handle snow and ice. Not so much for everyone else. Hail is as thing in the spring as the storms move
  12. I have both GW and Reaper washes. I also have some Vallejo washes. And I've also made my own. My own are by far more versatile. I have made a Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade equivalent that are far more concentrated than GW's, so I can dilute it to what I want. I can add more medium to make it behave more like paint, or airbrush medium to make it more wash-y. I find Reapers a little thicker than GW's. However, use what you can find. There's only one semi-local store to me that carries Reaper paints, and that stock was pretty sparse the last time I went. Mos
  13. Are you in a comfortable environment? Then the temp/humidity are fine. I've painted in 65F and 100F. I've painted in the low humidity of Colorado and the supersaturated atmosphere of Dallas. It doesn't matter. I've primed models when it was winter outside, and I've primed models when it was raining outside. As long as the sky-water doesn't get on the model, it didn't matter.
  14. 1982. It was a good year. My dad bought me my first plastic model, a 1/72 scale A-10 Warthog. I discovered Star Blazers on television. And a school-mate introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons (magenta box). Miniatures came later, at Christmas of 1988. I had finally found a group outside of school-friends to play with, and as I could drive I was able to actually go to other people's houses in order to play. One of the players painted minis, and I was . . . less than impressed by his creations. Certainly, I could do better. So, I asked for the Ral Partha Learn to Pai
  15. I've had this happen to many of my brushes. Invariably, it's the cheaper ones. The W/N and DaVinci haven't done this. But the cheaper ones absolutely. I don't own any Rosemary brushes, so can't vouch for the quality of them. But every company has quality control issues once in a while. I blame leaving the brush sitting in water. If the lacquer gets cracked at all, if there's anyplace water can get through, it will, and then the wood will start to absorb it, swelling. This cracks the lacquer and makes the problem worse. Having said that, it doesn't impact my paint
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