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  1. Yeah, I just line them up as straight as I can, and push them in. It can take a lot of force, especially after it gets a ways in. The main trick is to hold the pin with pliers just a few mm from where it's inserted - if you hold it too far away, the pin is likely to just bend, and while you can bend them back if you do it too much it'll be prone to breaking, which defeats the purpose. So it's a pretty slow process, grab, push until the pliers hit the plastic, reposition pliers, push more. Sometimes your aim will be off, if the pin pops out where it shouldn't pull it back a ways, bend the p
  2. So far so good! Been a few days now and no noticeable movement. I just used cheap sewing pins, carefully shoving them in a bit at a time with pliers. (No pre-drilling.) Sadly I've noticed now that he's been left alone for awhile his left wing is bending very slightly backwards at that same tendon, so I'm probably going to end up sticking a pin or two in it as well.
  3. I just finished mine today! I had a lot of trouble getting the tree right too, not sure if it was bent or the base was warped (I did boil it) but it just didn't want to sit well. I just used a whole bunch of green stuff to fill the gap and added to the roots a bit to make it blend nicely with the base. I actually painted him almost completely, in pieces, before putting him together, finishing the paint job, and only then finding out about the droopy wing. Argh! But it was a pretty easy fix. I put one long pin in from just under the first top claw, all the way through that skinny tendon thi
  4. Just to be contrary... Verocithrax is my must-have. I'm likely gonna get DDS2, mostly because I love the tower. Luckily for my wallet, I seem to have different dragon preferences than most. :D
  5. Yup, mini souls are all in the eyes. Then they can stare at you... paint me... finish me... why did you make my shoes that colour...
  6. Thanks, Matrissa. :D White hot was totally what I was going for. I don't have a full WIP but I do have this series of pictures I took while testing out the technique on the wings. It's crazy simple, just takes time, a steady hand, and a good brush. I mostly learned that I need a better brush. Step 1: Paint everything that will have white white. Step 2: Golden yellow on all the bumps, leaving white exposed in cracks. Yellow on wing membranes, leaving a thin line of white. Step 3: Fireball orange, same as yellow, but leaving yellow exposed instead of white. Step 4: Repeat with rusty red.
  7. I make a little <1mm tube of green stuff, place it along where the edges of the join will be, then a couple dabs of superglue on both sides of the post so I'm sure one will hit. Squeeze the part in, then play with the greenstuff, removing excess and adding details that had been lost to the gap. I like to do it that way so that the base of the greenstuff is pinched in, when I've added it afterwards it always tends to want to come loose.
  8. Personal experience time! I have a dual-monitor desktop, and I just bought a surface pro 2 (microsoft's tablet, gaming-capable). I thought I'd use the surface as a gaming machine when I went on trips, and maybe as a drawing tablet at home, but I find myself using that thing all the time. I can check email, forums, everything from bed, from the couch, etc. I can bring my recipes into the kitchen. I get that you don't like win8 so I'm not going to try to sway you there, but if all you normally use a computer for is web and email, a tablet is totally the way to go. I'd recommend trying to
  9. [i can't seem to quote. Or paste. So pretend like I quoted Slendertroll here] Thanks for the OSL tip, I'll have to see if I can pull that off when I get back to my painting setup. I'd gotten so hung up on 'would he be melting the rocks' that I totally forgot about the whole 'would he be lighting the rocks' bit. Oops. Of course, he should also be lighting himself... all those bits of black that are facing him... I don't even want to think about it. :o
  10. I painted this guy as a test to see if I could pull off putting very different colours onto tiny little bumps. Turned out I could! I think he turned out pretty nice, I especially like the back of his wings. He's a dragon basically converted to fire. His claws, teeth, and spiky bits are made of obsidian. I have a whole story for this guy in my head, because he took forever to paint up and, well, stories happen. Short version: a wizard did it. Recently, too, since he hasn't yet had time to heat up the rocks he's standing on. Please excuse the poor photos, I don't have a good photo setup
  11. I don't have a solution to the mini cases (magnets sound great though), but for the paint case I just took the main foam out, keeping the thin bottom sheet. It looks messy but the case is sized so that the paint will stay pinched in and upright for the most part, especially if you put more bottles in. You can fit a lot of extra bottles in without that foam! On mine at least, all the tacky glue stayed on the big divider foam so my paints are safe from glue now. I only miss the section that held some brushes.
  12. I developed lactose intolerance at some point. Mine is rather mild, I think, I can have sour cream on fajitas but a bowl of ice cream or pasta with cream sauce is right out without a pill. Or rather, was. I've found that yogurt not only is just fine for me, but if I have it regularly I can consume other dairy products with almost no issues! I think the bacteria they use to make it into yogurt eat most of the lactose, and probably take up short term residence in the belly and keep working for you until they get shoved out by your existing stomach friends. Yeah, not super pleasant to think about
  13. When I pinned mine, I just stuck a pin into his leg (a few in different places). If I aimed it wrong, it would come out the side. I just pulled it back a bit, held the leg a little differently (push the unpinned section towards the hole) and pushed it in again. So long as you only let the tip of the pin out, the extra hole should close itself up.
  14. Painting them is pretty much the same to me, but every time I have to prep a multipart metal mini I find myself wishing it was bones. The metal is soft but the plastic requires way less force when you want to cut or pin something. I don't even have to drill a hole on the bones, just slide a pin right into it. Don't even actually have to pin joints, just a drop of super glue and it's not coming apart anytime soon. On the other hand, you can bend metal minis and they stay bent. This is bad when it happens unintentionally (dropping, holding too firmly) but it's great when you want to change t
  15. My cutter won't cut the sewing pins I use, but it will score them. Then I switch to pliers, hold everything tight, and just snap it off. A little trickier than just cutting, but there's no worry about the end flying off since it is held securely in the pliers.
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