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  1. Well here he is. As usual the photography sucks, mainly because of my lack of suitable lighting. Hopefully after I move next month, I'll have time to construct an light box. The model: It took forever to paint. There is a lot of stuff to highlight on this one. I used GW goblin green ( sorry reaper guys, I'm gonna try some MSP's after the move ) for the base and mixed it with Delta Chamomile fro highlights. I'm not real happy with the blue fire, I wish it were lighter, might go back later and fix it. The base is just some cork with rocks and various different sizes of grit glued on. Nothing fancy, but better than the one that came on it.

     

    John Lee

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  2. Instead of using white to mix highlghts for brown, use flesh ( I use GW dwarf flesh, but only because I have it on hand, any orangy-flesh color will do ) or orange. For Blacks, I think less is more, when it comes to highlights, just a few blue or dark purple or gray.

  3. I use the ole future floor wax "magic wash" ( haven't had much luck with the Liquidtex Flow Stuff, I think the Future is better) to thin my paint for hair. That way, it is always darker in the recesses that the ridges. I usually take a lighter color, say a dirty yellow for blond hair, and wash a couple of times with it, then when I feel it has covered good enough and has dried, wash with a brown color ( the brown kinda tones down the yellow), after drying, use a thin brush and highlight a few individual strands. To me , it works better than dry brushing.

     

    Hope it helps,

     

    John Lee

  4. Thanks everybody for the kind words. I agree the base could be better. I painted this as a gift for a friend's birthday and after I finished it , it just screamed for something more. His b-day was in two days and I had no time to get supplies, so I used what I had on hand. I was going to recess the base into the cork, but there wasn't really any room. I did use a magnet to attach the two together so he wouldn't fall off.

     

    I didn't have a proper lighting set up for the photo, so the picture was brightened up quite a bit with software. I hope to construct a light box soon.

     

    Thanks again,

     

    John Lee

  5. Since its not a reaper mini would you mind telling me where you got it so i may add it to my collection.

     

     

     

     

    Death Jester :grr:

     

     

    It is made by a company called Heresy miniatures, several online stores carry the line but I ordered mine from www.Fantization.com.

     

    John Lee

  6. I know that this is non-Reaper, but I wanted to show it off some where. Let me start by saying that my photography skills are somewhat lacking, the transitonson the flesh really arent as abrupt as they appear ( I know you're thinking, "yeah, right"). This was afun mini to paint. It comes as a customizable package: Three different heads ( smiling, grimmacing, and cigar smoking ), three different weapons ( ax, two-handed sword, and a big wooden hammer-thingy), and two different positions on the non-weapon holding hand/arm. Very little flash. If you need anotherbig musled up barbarian guy, this one is for you.

     

    Here it is, comments/advice would be appreciated.

     

    Thanks, John Lee

     

    Whoops! Here's the photo:post-685-1126939223_thumb.jpg

     

    Here's a picture of the base that I made for it:

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  7. I vote for the Soutern Belle Sophie, too. She would be representative of the whole area hit by the Hurricane, not just New Orleans. The extent of the damage went all the way to Alabama. Mississippi got the worst of it. It is unfortunate that the "events" that occurred after the hurricane have eclipsed the other victims.

  8. Mr Gunn is correct in is statement that you must be careful when constucting spray booths. however, the one that I mentioned has been used for years by modelers everywhere and I curently have the same set up and have not experienced any flammability problems. there is simply not enough solvent fumes going thorugh the fan to cause a problem, lung or fire wise.

     

    Hope i t helps,

     

    John Lee

  9. I think that Krylon white primer is the best. I have been using it for a couple of years now and it is always consistant from can to can, it also doesn't go on thick like some of the automobile primers do. Most automobile primers have alot of fillers since they are mostly used to cover damaged areas.

     

    The flakiness is probably caused by the humidity, where are you located? Here in Mobile, Alabama the humidity is 90+ % most of the time and you can't spray anything outside. The paint will behave as you described or remain tacky for an indefinite time. Spraying inside is the best option.

     

    You could make yourself a simple spraybooth for inside if fumes are a problem.

    Get yourself a cheap box fan at Walmart and an inexpensive 2' x 2' airconditioner filter. Tape the filter to the suction side of the fan and place the fan in a window so that it blows outside. Find a large cardboard box, cut the back and front out, leaving a little around the edges for stability, put this in front of the fan and, viloa,

    a improvised spray booth. The fumes will go outside and the overspray will get trapped on the filter.

     

    Anyway, hope it helps.

     

    John Lee

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