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  1. I'm currently painting the 'Female Ranger with Bow' for my wife to use in a Pathfinder game.

     

    http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/shop/index.php/female-ranger-with-bow.html

     

    She's a beautiful miniature - but, same thing.  Arms needed pinning.  I've seen this enough with Dark Sword miniatures that I think it's pretty consistent across their line.

     

    On a side note - that's a crazy paint job in that link I shared.  That eye shadow!  These are very fine/minute details and are seriously tricky.  I'm just happy that I have crude eyebrows on the one I'm painting.  

  2. Just a quick heads up just to make sure you're aware - Dark Sword miniatures are very well done, but are typically issued in pieces that require assembly.  The elf swordsmen you linked likely doesn't have his arms attached and will require pinning/gluing in order to assemble.  This isn't a problem necessarily - as you said you were new to painting, I just wanted to negate the surprise of realizing you had an 'extra step' required.

     

    Pinning (as opposed to only gluing) is preferable, though can be tricky with miniatures with very small/thin parts.  There are a lot of pinning guides around and it is a common question on the forums; hit us up if you need any tips!

  3. Stunningly beautiful! I had just picked up this mini myself, last month. When I get to it, I hope to do at least half as well.

     

    And apologies in advance; I think I'm going to have to borrow your color scheme. It just really *works*!

  4. A long time buddy of mine dug up some 1980's miniatures he had buried in a back room. He hadn't touched these things in over twenty years, and so he gave them to me. I've a big bag of them - some of them are definitely 'keepers' (I'm looking at you, Umber Hulk!).

     

    I tried out the bead blasting on a few of them and thought I'd share a before and after shot. Bead blasting all seven or so of these miniatures really only took 10-15 minutes or so. It is extremely quick.

     

    The cockatrice isn't shown in the 'after' because I realized it had a broken wing and so didn't bother.

     

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  5. I'm not sure how the machine works, but I'm a little concerned for you- if the model is lead and you are essentially sending tiny particles of lead around, that could be bad!

    Also the "oxidation" could be lead rot. Harmful if touched!

     

    This is a good point. It's "mostly" safe; you wouldn't want to breath the tiny glass beads either, and they are also whipped up into the air. The bead blaster though is in an enclosed chamber (note the puffed up gloves in the center photo). So, it is all contained.

     

    As an extra precaution, when taking the model out I generally quickly take a breath and hold it before opening the chamber, so that I'm not breathing in dust. I want to keep my lungs functioning. :bday:

  6. The first one is the "before" - I wish I had taken one of better quality. Take a close look at the skin on the wings before and after, as well as those eggs. There's an ashen covering of oxidation that was discoloring it. Now the thing is a lovely silver all over.

     

    I did do the bead blasting with a pretty mild abrasive and with lower-ish air pressure. It really does seem to do a good job!

     

    I am tempted to make a go with this thing for Reaper's end-of-year dragon contest. Assembly is likely to be rough. :ph34r:

  7. I just think this is neat, and so had to share.

     

    I recently picked up an awesome old set, Dragon's Lair, from Grenadier. This is from the early 80's. I had the set way back when, and never finished it. As a kid, I think I was just too daunted by its size and just didn't know how to approach it. Somehow it was lost over the years (no memory of how - just, it's gone!).

     

    I was happy to nail this complete set recently on Ebay. It had some oxidation from the years. My father has a very nice work garage which includes a bead blasting machine - this thing takes tiny little glass beads and fires them under pressure at the target. It's really good at cleaning off old residue/paint/oxidation but does not appear to damage the metal of the minis itself.

     

    Below are before and after pictures, including a photo of the mini in the bead blaster itself. The outcome is that the mini is darn near new - it does have some unfortunate gaps here or there from corrosion, but those should be patchable through gap filler.

     

    I love this machine. :D

     

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    My wife and I are ridiculous consumers of vitamins, and I discovered some time ago that the squat, fat bodies of empty vitamin containers work well for painting miniatures. If the mini has a base, then I just glue it to the cap of the vitamin jug with a bit of white glue. If it's a tab type, then just put it in a slot base, dab white glue on it to temporarily hold it in, and then white glue that base to the vitamin lid.

     

    The white glue is strong enough to hold a miniature firmly onto the cap while painting, but pretty easily peels off when you are done and want to actually mount it on something.

  9. I believe this is my 23rd miniature (I think? My brain's fuzzy. I blame the goblin.)

     

    Overall I'm happy with the results, though his little toothy maw came out a little funny. I don't know if I over clumped some paint early on, but it seemed like he lost the toothy look that the model has on the product page.

     

    Constructive criticism welcome! Votes link (if you are so inclined): Minirater Link

     

     

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  10. I noticed there it's no way to delete pictures once you post them, is the intention that you message the moderator to delete a picture?

    Okay - you can now. You can now delete an image (to presumably upload a better one). You can also delete the entire entry; look for a 'delete' button along with the save button at the bottom upon editing.

     

    There is a mild bug with this - don't delete an image so that there are no images before deleting the entire post. It still does field validation before going through the delete process, and rather counter-intuitively refuses to delete if the require fields are not present.

     

     

    I just noticed your username automatically gets set for you when you initially sign up via Facebook connect, with no option to customize it. Not that I mind terribly posting under my name (or the first part of my email address, which is the same thing), but for consistency would prefer to keep the same handle I use here. Rather a minor nit to pick, but it would be nice to be able to edit this.

    Editing your own name is now in. If you registered with the Facebook setup, you can edit your account after the fact and change it to a name of your choosing.

     

    !

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  11. That's a really nice job! My initial attempts went over the top with the contrast, yours is a bit more tame. I think both look pretty cool.

     

    I also like the flesh tones and the doe skin garments, very appropriate. Only a couple critiques: hair might go a bit more white to differentiate from the skin tone and the haft of the axe looks a bit flat.

     

    But those are pretty small points, overall it's a wicked frost giant!

     

    I do agree with your points, especially on the hair. I kind of agonized over her hair a bit. I had it way too 'sky blue' at first, then mellowed it to ghost off-white, but couldn't find a strong way to shadow/highlight it. There is some shading there, it's just not very well contrasted. After struggling, I admit I gave up - sometimes you have to move on. :bday:

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  12. Self-classification and perfectionism is not a happy pairing :p

     

    It's not, but I think people have so far been pretty correct in how they categorize their work, and I think this is interesting. That gnoll was actually a pretty rockin' job, especially for re-entering the hobby after so many years.

     

    For fun, I just posted my "first" miniature. It, uh, didn't come out as nicely.

     

    As discussed in this thread I would still like to come up with general guidelines (not rules - it's just too subjective for that) on what is Novice, Intermediate, and Master. Something in work.

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  13. Okay, multiple images per post are in (though needs testing).

     

    You now "should be" able to upload multiple images - up to five - of your miniature into a single post. This means posters won't have to create duplicate entries if they want to share more than one photo; nor will they have to make a collage (if they don't want to). Five images! One post!

     

    Give it a shot.

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