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Slendertroll

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  1. I've seen this particular bust painted up quite a few times and each time I really enjoy how people interpret it. You are off to a great start, I'm really looking forward to your interpretation! 

    Yeah, some of the absolute best painting I've ever seen was on this bust, which is... a little intimidating, honestly. I'm just doing my best to follow my own vision and try not to think about other people's interpretations.

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  2. I have a week off for Fall Break, so I'm starting my second-ever bust! This is the "Germanic Warrior AD 9" from Heroes & Villains Miniatures. The neck joint is a little wonky, and it's way out of the way, so I had a hard time patching it. We'll see how it turns out once it's painted up. I also don't have the advantage of the pirate's naturally expressive face, so I'll have to really make sure I'm putting enough contrast down in the right places.

     

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  3. I've been following this one for a while, after stumbling onto the artist's blog. This company seems to have a very good track record, and the art is really gorgeous, so I'm in for the basic game, for now. I love the world they've designed, and the sweet, intimate moments of the "encounters" are a really lovely touch in an otherwise sweeping, large-scale sort of game. I know I'll have trouble picking the "mean" option even if it gets me what I need that turn.

     

    EDIT: Also, I definitely didn't like the weird sliding goals that incentivized pledging late, but I did like the daily unlocks, so I think it's too bad he switched entirely back to the traditional system. Taking the prices off them and just letting them be daily freebies would have been the ideal way to go, I think, given how huge it is already.

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    1. Hold between your fingers.
    2. Bend into desired position.

    :poke:

     

    (But really, anything that got bent on its own can get bent right back into place with minimal force. As long as you don't wiggle it back and forth a bunch, it almost certainly won't break, though it's liable to make alarming crunching noises.)

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  4. Clear Red is, as far as I can tell, just as thick and opaque out of the bottle as any other RMS paint. It definitely needs to be diluted with water and, if you want to get fancy, some Brush-On Sealer. (I find a drop or two makes my washes and glazes behave so much better than straight water!)

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    Serenity

     

     

    I see what you are doing. Do you find it necessary to water down a wash or sealer/varnish?

     

    A wash almost always implies highly thinned paint; in the case of most acrylics that will be with water and sometimes acrylic medium. Many (but not all) brush-on varnishes are also too thick out of the bottle for miniatures, and those will need thinning too.

     

    Hopefully NewbiePainter216 has figured that out in the past two years!

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  6. Hmm, not sure I'd go into orange for this guy; he definitely looks more cool-toned to me. Lots of blue in that purple. This might be the occasion for lots of red (looks more like a brownish blood red than a bright red, so maybe Bloodstain or Clotted Red would work), blue, and purple (Imperial Purple might be the trick) glazes and washes over a white basecoat? The highlights are pretty desaturated, so mixing in a little light gray would probably let you get as light as you need without letting it get too far into bright pink.

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  7. Thanks for splitting this thread out; it'll be fun following it!

    These dwarves are really a great example of high-contrast painting throughout, not just in the NMM. Even the skintones go all the way from a mid-dark-brown to near-white. A really gorgeous style that I ought to push myself more towards. Contrast contrast contrast!

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    I do, however, think that even aside from the RP and chatter, splitting out the "mini of the day" and "show off your collections" and "show us your minis in play" and even the "post what you're doing instead of painting" threads would be independently beneficial both to those discussions and the community at large. Even if I wouldn't end up being an active participant in all of those, I'd still like the ability to do so, which I can't if it's not labeled as such and if it's mixed in with chatter. Again, I didn't know those discussions were there, and new members certainly won't either.

    As we move forward, I'm thinking more and more that the Mini of the Day thing should become something i do in Techniques, since a big part of it is to highlight various techniques used on each mini and discuss how to attain that for yourself.

    I think this is a fantastic idea! I'll certainly be interested in checking in with that if it gets moved out of the chatter thread.
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  9. I asked to join Beekeepers, participated in discussions, discovered it just made me angry all the time, and asked to be removed. Then some discussion I was interested in got moved down there, so I asked to be let back in. So now I have access if I need it, but I've removed it from my "New Content" feed, so I don't ever see what goes on down there unless I specifically go looking for it. I mostly stay far away these days, for my own mental health.

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  10. I know I've suggested a free-form RP thread in the past, to keep it out of the Randomness thread, and was shouted down. But if it would work in the contexts of the Houses, then I'm all for it.

     

    I do, however, think that even aside from the RP and chatter, splitting out the "mini of the day" and "show off your collections" and "show us your minis in play" and even the "post what you're doing instead of painting" threads would be independently beneficial both to those discussions and the community at large. Even if I wouldn't end up being an active participant in all of those, I'd still like the ability to do so, which I can't if it's not labeled as such and if it's mixed in with chatter. Again, I didn't know those discussions were there, and new members certainly won't either.

     

    I guess I don't see what anyone loses if we keep the chatter threads, maybe moved to an explicitly RP-based subforum, but separate the substantive discussions into their own threads, clearly named, and in the relevant subforum.

     

    I think the Houses are more like extra-curricular clubs than Hogwarts-style houses, in that people can participate in all of them and some people participate in none of them. To stretch the metaphor a little further, think of it as extracurricular clubs putting on discussions and other events that the whole campus is welcome to join in on. Anything in the Common Room threads will pretty much only reach people interested in joining clubs, and your club specifically, even if anyone is technically welcome to join any club they want. But if you have a round-table discussion and put up posters for it, it'll reach a much wider audience.

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  11. I have certainly been turned off of forums before ever posting anything because there is a lot of confusing chatter and in-jokes in ways very similar to the House threads. I can't honestly say that I know anyone will avoid joining, but given that long-standing members are feeling excluded, in part because of the high barrier to entry, it seems likely that newcomers will be put off as well, possibly before they got around to making their first post.

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  12. As someone who doesn't identify with any of the houses (I don't paint for tabletop, I don't do conversions, I don't procrastinate too much, and I'm more interested in painting than collecting), I hadn't until now even bothered to look in the Common Room threads. I assumed (and it seems more or less correctly) that they were just a lot of the same chatter that goes on in the Randomness thread. I guess I don't see what value they have that wouldn't be better served as separate things. The meaningless but fun chatter might as well go in Randomness, and if there's any actual substance in there (such as this "mini of the day" thing), it can be separated out into its own thread, which will serve two purposes. Firstly, it will make it clear that it exists to people who aren't willing to keep up with five different chatter threads; I had no idea there was a "mini of the day" thing going on, or a "show off your collection" thing, and I still don't know what's happening in the other two Houses' threads. Secondly, it will stop those valuable and interesting topics from being totally buried in glitter or whatever.  I think Morihalda's suggestion of actual themed threads "presented by" the various houses would be more useful. If we keep the chatter, House-related and otherwise, to the Randomness thread, and then have specific threads with informative titles for the substantive discussions "sponsored" by the Houses, we will enable everyone to know that those discussions are happening and keep up with them without having to slog through off-topic chatter.
     
    If there's a meaningful distinction between the House Figmentius Common Room and the Acquisitions thread, then they shouldn't be merged, but I would imagine that that discussion could be handled by a combination of a "show off your collection" thread (which I think we already have somewhere?) and Acquisitions. And if not, another thread can be started that accounts for whatever element of that discussion I'm missing, but which will allow everyone to take part.

     

    So to summarize: the problem for me is not that I feel explicitly excluded from those threads, just that I'm sad that I'll never know what interesting discussions are happening in there. I'm not willing to read through pages of glitter-related chatter in the hopes that there's something valuable. Those discussions would, I imagine, benefit from a wider audience, so splitting them out into their own threads would be a win-win: people not interested in lots of chatter get to participate, and people already in those threads get a much wider audience and get to see the contributions of more people. Meanwhile, chatter is chatter and would do just as well in Randomness as spread across five different Off-Topic threads.

     

    ETA: In other words, I don't think the House threads are being deliberately exclusionary, just that there's a very high barrier to entry in terms of page-count.

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  13. I believe this can happen if you apply a layer of paint or varnish over a coat that hasn't fully dried yet. As it dries, it changes size slightly, and that can cause the other layers to crack. In general, wait a full 24 hours after painting to apply a coat of varnish, and then the same amount of time for each additional coat over that, to ensure each layer is totally dry before further layers are added. In addition, make sure your coats of varnish are nice and thin, as a single too-heavy coat can cause the same problem on its own.

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