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    Inktober/Drawlloween

    I did the same search and had the same reaction. I'm old enough to have missed the whole Pokemon thing (I'd heard about it, but never watched any of the cartoons). However, I found a decent image to copy and used that. Ash tree was what had first come to mind, but they looked complicated
  2. Some cyberpunk inspired flying/hovering vehicles available in the kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/978361943/future-vehicles/description There are STL files available as well for those with their own printers. Currently funded, with 11 days to go
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    Depressive work

    I've been painting for over 40 years and I still feel that way about pretty much every figure I paint. Fortunately I have learned not to listen to my inner critic, especially in the early stages. It looks very flat after the base stage, but starts to come alive once the shading goes on. Sometimes I can even see the final figure emerge as the highlights are applied, but at other times I still need the "3 months" rule(*) As for online stuff, I accept that I'll never be a great painter, so I can appreciate (but still feel slightly jealous of) those who are, but I paint because I enjoy it, so don't get too down that someone's better than me. * you've been staring at the figure for weeks while painting it and can see every flaw. Stick it in a drawer once it's finished and let the memories subside before looking at it again from a more objective standpoint.
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    Zombicide: Invader - A Scifi game by CMoN

    I got my dispatch notification yesterday, three days after the parcel arrived - the UK post office has finally cracked time travel The figures are very nice, although on the tall side. The civilians should be usable in a lot of other settings, which was the main reason I backed the KS. I'm not so crazy on the power armoured folk. They're nice models, just not a design that does much for me. I'm not sure what colour scheme I'll go for, but they won't be painted white, as my previous efforts with that colour have not ended well
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    Buying a Game Only For the Miniatures

    I have pretty much all the Imperial Assault sets, bought purely for the figures, although I think the tiles will be usable as scenery. Likewise, zombicide and quite a few others. I even backed the zombicide in space KS that's due to drop in a month or so just for the figures. I'm reluctant to throw the "extra" bits out, but perhaps it's time to think about it, as they are taking up quite a bit of space
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    Biomech Overlord Miniature

    70mm tall Biomech overlord with two heads KS at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2004599158/biomech-overlord-miniature?ref=user_menu Runs until Arpil 7 and already funded (including yours truly)
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    Pinning aids

    It may be worth looking at cordless screwdrivers, although you will probably need a drill chuck adapter to use it with drill bits. They have much slower rotation speeds, more of the order of 100s of rpm, rather than 1000s One thing I always do now, especially on metal figures, is to push the drill bit into a candle first to give it a bit of a coat of wax. It makes it much less likely to stick when drilling
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    Mantic : Terrain Crate 2 KS

    I was looking for more modern stuff, so have backed it. I like the idea that you can get "sets" as well as crates, as there's at least one I want to add to my pledge. The scenery they did for their space dungeon game didn't get good reviews, but they seem to be using better material now. Hopefully their next terrain KS will have something more futuristic in it
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    Using reference material

    I bought the Fire For Effect videos as well, but I then remember the whole thing imploding and exploding at the same time. I'll need to check back, but last time I looked there was very little there, and the prices had gone through the roof. It was a great shame, as I had high hopes for the site. I did try to get my money back at one point, but didn't succeed. Just as a warning, before you do spend money at Fire For Effect, it's worth checking out the kickstarter comments - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1389554987/modeling-and-sculpting-course-videos-by-james-van/comments The miniature mentors sculpting videos are pretty good. They keep threatening to do a full anatomy one, but I've never seen it advertised.
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    80072: Antarctic Explorer

    Can't link for obvious reasons, and they're in the UK, but EMP Miniatures do a set of Arctic Explorers if you're looking to expand the group
  11. There's a video by Tom Mason on this very subject that I watched recently - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRNJqd1dFDc It came in very useful when I needed to add a pistol to a figure :-)
  12. There's about 6 inches of snow in the front garden and drifts of over a foot in the back garden. My front and back steps have pretty much disappeared Public transport is off while the red warning is on. I think it expires about noon, but there was a blizzard blowing the last time I looked outside. There were a lot of people stuck in their cars overnight not too far from me, so hopefully they're all okay now. The problem is that it happens infrequently (2010 was the last thing on this scale where I am), so we're never prepared for it :-(
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    Corvus Belli's INFINITY Roleplaying Game

    All I really wanted were the figures, but I got caught up in the whole thing and ordered the player guide and the games master's guide, among other bits. Unfortunately the GM guide is wave 2, so over 2 years later (September 2015) I still have nothing. Hopefully the wave 2 stuff will turn up this year, but I'm not overly optimistic. To add insult to injury, I've just received an email from DriveThrough that the PDFs are now all available to buy. I suppose I should download mine from the backerkit at some point, although it's not a game I ever see myself playing. Six figures, it all seemed so simple when it started, but those were happier, more innocent times, when I was so much younger
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    Digital

    couple of things regarding zbrush, one good, one bad... The bad, they stopped allow license transfers in August 2015 - https://support.pixologic.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/60/20/license-transfers The good, zbrush is about industry standard as you can get. The industry will not have moved away to something else by the time you've learned it. Even if it did, it's the output of zbrush that's important, not the product itself. As long as you can output a format that can be printed or used by something else, you'll be fine. There's so much money invested in support for the current formats that you'll be fine for a long time. There's a huge market out there for 3d things, not just on the figure side. Have a look around places like daz and renderosity to see what people are producing and selling. There's still a place for traditional sculpting, but spending time learning digital is time well invested. Watch some of the videos at zclassroom and youtube and then start playing with zbrush. There's an entire book on creating anatomy in zbrush - "Digital Sculpting - Human Anatomy", although it's a few years old now.
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    My daughter is showing interest in sculpting.

    There are plenty of books out there that are worth checking out. Search Amazon for "clay sculpting", and have a look for books by Katherine Dewey What you need to do is nudge her into greenstuff, then commission her to make you some figures
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