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  1. Even the slowest days are tracking well above last years. I see this easily going over 6 mil. I can't wait until the last couple days when everything gets crazy again.
  2. Love the white rats... I will steal this idea!
  3. Yep, I finished them, and a bunch more. I had to dis-assemble my photo booth, and am working to get it set back up. I'll be creating a topic in the Show off area here in the Reaper forums. Sorry about hijacking the thread! Back on topic. One thing I do now when thinning my paints is using Windex to thin the paints instead of straight water or other thinning agent. I picked up on this from air brush users who swear by Windex thinning. I find it does work well. It seems to break the surface tension of the paint, and let me tell you craft paint has some surface tension! I now use Windex to thin and create washes, it really does make everything flow much better. One warning about the paints, is that it will take some trial and error to find good color shade matches, as well as good covering colors, yellows are the worst. I find this to be true with most paints I have tried though, there are always some colors that refuse to cover well.
  4. I have sometimes used a technique where I paint the area a grey color, non metallic, just grey. Then dry brush the metallic over that. I've gotten some good results doing that. In your case you can just use a dark grey, then dry brush with a darker steel color rather than silver. Also ,you can just paint it silver and use a black wash to darken it.
  5. I knew I'd get questions about the figures. These are all cheap plastic figures, partly why I'm excited to get my BONES! Moar warbands! Anyway, here if the figure reference for all above, some might not be so cheap anymore, it pays to do lots of web searching. - The 2 frog like creatures on the left are D&D miniatures Nothics. - The open mouthed bloated things are Soul Grubs from the Dreamblade game. - The two white faces smokey things are Dreamstuff entities, also from the Dreamblade game. - The two running screeming guys are Screambent Lunatics, also from the Dreamblade game. - The two winged demons are Shadow Demons from D&D miniatures. - The large beast on the right is a Displacer beast lord from D&D miniatures. - The large smoke thing with faces in back is a Caller in Darkness, from D&D miniatures. - The horned lady on the right is Ejhin de Vanth from Rackham miniatures. - And finally the other floating female summoner is a Heroscape figure, Runa, with a cloak from the bits box. Just keep on topic, the paint you use is not important, practice with what you can afford or like, and you will get better with it. Nice paint is great, but not necessary.
  6. I use nothing but craft paint, except for metallics now. For some reason the craft metallics just don't go on small figures very well. I just paint for fun, and try to come up with wild and unique color schemes, and don't worry to much of technical perfection. I also use the cheapest hobby paint brushes I can find, usually Royal brand, only a buck or two each on sale at HobbyLobby. The key to this is just have fun, paint cleanly, learn your shade and highlight colors, so web searches for the figures you have to see how others have colored their miniatures. Here is a photo of my craft paint box. I sort colors by color and hue. This way I have sort of pre-made shades and highlights for any color. Here is a picture of the figures I was working on.
  7. I swear by Testers Dullcoat, never had a problem. Sorry to hear the gloss coating didn't work. Sometimes these lessons are tough.
  8. Don't panic. It can be saved. The trick is to gloss varnish it, this will make the frosted varnish clear again. You may need to wait ,or get some brush on varnish.
  9. A simple wash can also be made with Windex window cleaner. Just use it instead of water, it really does work. Airbrush users have been using this method to thin paints for years. The Windex works as a flow improver and does not leave any paint brush markers. The blue in the cleaner does not effect the final colors, and the alcohol in it aids drying time. All the flow improvers I used ended up slowing drying time. -James
  10. They are going to have their hands full doing PVC plastics. It releases a gas that contains dioxins (although companies are working on an organic PVC) and will need to be vented well, but if Reaper already to high lead content casting, this should be no problem. The material also wears out molds faster than other plastic resin types. So this is why multiple molds are made, due to short use life with this material. Doing the molding in house will be good though. If they can work through the technical stuff, they can really crank out the figures then! The next step would to bring mold making in house, but that is a whole new set of challenges, it would be awesome for them. I wonder if they use zinc molds? Good luck on your entry into the plastics market. I think you have chosen right with the less expensive PVC figures over the hard plastic multi-part kit route. The one piece models are much friendlier for non gamers. -James
  11. I use fender washers exclusively, and will never turn back. The washers add a bit of heft to the figures, making them feel less like plastic figures, and keeps them from getting tipped easily. Just cover the bottom of the figure base with thick super glue, and instant set spray, and you are done. I tend to go over it all with gravel to blend the figure base to the round washer base. All this should work for what your doing as well.
  12. An art gallery would be nice, for concept drawings and fan art of the various Reaper games and figure ranges.
  13. I'll be building a ton of 'Song of Blade warbands with the Bones figures. These figures and those rules were made for each other in dark heaven. Once I get a clear mind after this awesome kickstart, I'll be doing up some playing card size stat cards for each figure in the range. By next March I should have all of them done, ready for release! -James - always edits for spelling :(
  14. Looks like I'm going to GENCON with $10 in my pocket...
  15. I would love if they did the unit box sets in BONES. I do agree that there needs to be at minimum 4 different poses per troop type to avoid the cookie cutter army look. If you can get 4 different poses with unique command figures then the unit will look cohesive without looking repetitive. Using the bones material would make it really easy to do some minor weapon swaps and repositioning of arms and such. This would be a boon for wargamers! and I think the larger the sets ,the cheaper per figure price can be offered making them more than competitive with Mantic, or better yet affordable enough to buy both!
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