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  1. Bloodhowl

    Need newb advice

    To fix the broken claw, remove any of the remaining claw. Drill a hole with a pin vise and insert a small pin secured with super glue. Use greenstuff, (or favorite air dry sculpting medium) to sculpt new claw. Alternatively, you could also use some plastic rod or wood carved to shape.
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    Need newb advice

    Basing: Plastic to plastic: I use Testors Liquid Plastic Model Cement or superglue. Resin: Superglue Metal: Pin to base and glue with superglue.
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    That's a Mighty Fine Coat

    I don't think it's odd the hat band draws the eye to it. The black hat is getting lost in the background and the band and the face are the things that stand out the most to me. Using a lighter colored backdrop might help to make the rest of the model stand out more.
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    drill bits

    Do a search for: MICRO TWIST HSS DRILL BIT SET OF 10. The set includes the following sizes: 0.5mm 0.6mm 0.8mm 1.0mm 1.2mm 1.3mm 1.5mm 1.8mm 2.0mm 2.2mm Should cover most sizes you need for pinning.
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    Wood grain on flat surface

    Found this for wood crates and such on scale models: https://youtu.be/1IbGvKSwK4g
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    Resin... *shudder*

    I may have missed it earlier: 1. What resin did you use? 2. Was mix ratio per instructions? 3. Pouring surface was level? 4. Resin mixed thoroughly, scraped the sides of mix cup and the stir stick?
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    Resin... *shudder*

    Kneeling on one knee or both?
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    Masking tape on Reaper paint?

    A trick I learned in my scale model days was to put the masking tape on your forehead before applying it to the model. The oil from your head will reduce the adhesive enough to hold the tape in place, but not leave it so tacky that it will pull up the paint. As LittleBluberry said, make sure to let your paint cure before applying the tape.
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    Wizard Van?

    Find an image you like, reduce it to the correct size and trace it. Then transfer it to the model using homemade carbon paper (scribble pencil lead on the back of the paper, then go over the design on the front of the paper, transferring it to the model. has potential to smudge, YMMV). Or do like Corsair suggests!
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    Wizard Van?

    Think it of it like a comic book. Pencil it on, then outline with paint, then block in base colors and final details.
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    best way to do logo backpatch

    Post the image and the size you want them and I'll see if I can print some for you. ***To self: "Now, where did I put my decal paper?"
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    Bowstrings - what do you use?

    Found this tutorial years ago on making bowstrings and bookmarked it: https://youtu.be/IPhn1AeiMpo Also found this on making arrows: https://youtu.be/Pgbv9um5PNA Edit: Instead of thread, you might try EZ Line. I think I read somewhere it was originally designed to replicate power lines on model railroads, but aircraft modelers use it for the control lines and rigging on biplanes.
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    best way to do logo backpatch

    Sure do! Here you go: https://youtu.be/YPhWojOhhKQ https://youtu.be/xwwvY8E6wRY https://youtu.be/dBHIK8AYCAg
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    Plastic Model Kits

    After working in subsea oil and gas equipment manufacturing for several years, parts that move usually don't get painted because the paint will get rubbed off from the friction. We usually use a coating process (think similar to a non-stick coating on a frying pan) to protect the underlying metal and lubricate it so it moves smoothly against the other parts. Even then, it has a certain life expectancy depending on the coating type and manufacturer (around 3-5 years) where it would have to be re-applied during a scheduled maintenance cycle. Which is one reason the oil companies usually order two sets of everything. At the Gundam Reddit site: https://www.reddit.com/r/Gunpla/comments/14eyho/paint_rubbing_and_moving_parts_on_painted_kits/ I found this answer (which seems to be the most common from the rest of the threads on the same topic): If it's in a place that will never see the light of day, it doesn't matter, in the other places a bit of sanding takes care of it, how much you need to sand depends on how thick and how many layers of paint you will use . There are of course some spots where this won't work and the only remedy there is to avoid handling the model. Also always allow the paint to cure completely. If the paint is dry but not cured it will be much weaker and more prone to getting damaged by handling. Other tips were to sand, prime, paint then gloss coat, then satin or matte coat, just like you would a table top miniature that gets handled a lot. ALL of them recommended minimal handling and moving of the parts after the model is complete to avoid the paint rubbing off.
  15. I would make a cylinder around the base (or a wooden dowel of the same diameter as your base) with your preferred material (thinking 1mm thick sheet styrene heated with a hair dryer/heat gun to bend it around the shape). Use hot glue to seal any gaps and attach the dam to the base. Mix and pour the resin to the depth you need. You can sand the resin with finer grits of sandpaper and then do a final polish (google how to remove headlight fogging if you need a visualization) to remove or clean up a line or scratch. Edit: A quick google search turned up several different release/non-stick options from things like commercial non-stick aerosols to everyday household items. This site had several options: http:// https://epoxyworks.com/index.php/what-you-can-do-if-you-dont-want-epoxy-to-stick/
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    Favored paint handle putty

    This one? I am not a fan of poster tack/putty for holding larger models.( Mine usually fall off at some point, damaging the paint, the mini, or both). I would try super- gluing a rare earth magnet (maybe 1/2" diameter?) to the holder, and the base/bottom of the miniature (for larger minis). The superglue should be strong enough to hold it while you paint, but brittle enough to remove the magnet after painting.
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    What colors for hobgoblin skin?

    From my TSR Games Monster Manual, 4th Edition, August, 1979: "The hairy hides of hobgoblins range from a dark reddish-brown to gray black. Their faces are bright red-orange to red. Large Males will have blue-red noses. Eyes are either yellowish or dark brown. Teeth are yellowed white to dirty yellow. Hobgoblins favor bright, bloody colors and black leather. they keep weapons well polished."
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    Pre-Painting: Mini Surface Prep

    Greenstuff to fill gaps, then I prime with Tamiya fine surface primer, or an automotive spray primer and that is all.
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    Dragon Colors?

    Dragon's Don't Share Dragon is named Nathavarr. Dragon's Don't Share 2 Dragon is named Nathavarr.
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    Airbrush noob questions

    I use a spray booth from TCP Global. It's a decent size, but not sure it would work for something the size of Ma'al Drakar. Here's a shot of it open and folded up, as well as one on my worktable with the lights going.
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    Neutralizing Gloss Varnish?

    Using goblin math, wouldn't 20 coats be best?
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    Help & advise with a diorama

    I was thinking a chariot base would be perfect, if you have one. If not, you could take two of those square bases and some sheet styrene (plasticard for our EU friends) about 1mm thick and glue two of those bases down side by side onto the sheet and then fill the gap with some putty and trim to size. Alternatively, you could also square one of the slanted sides of two bases with a razor saw and then butt them up and glue them together. OR if you have a large round base (I think I have one from a Mierce Miniature critter) it would have enough space and also be round to simulate a room in a tower!
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    Help & advise with a diorama

    Looking at the models, I think you want your focus to be on Merlin and Arthur. Right now, my eye is more drawn to the table with the staff. I think all of those models in that space make it look a touch crowded for the size of the base. I would remove the table, or make the base a little bit larger by splicing two bases together. If you make the base bigger, you can shift Merlin and Arthur more to the center and spread out the accessories to the periphery. that way the viewer's eye is drawn more to the "action" of the scene.
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    Revarnish or Strip

    Try it. If it doesn't work, then give the mini a simple green bath and strip it.
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    Removing commercial paint

    Here is an old thread on stripping pre-paints. Might be some useful info: