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  1. I was looking into purchasing some inks, specifically for use on some of the Bones translucent figures.  The best purchasing value seems to be a set of basic colors, which can be purchased for around $25-$30.  


    Here is my question.   Once my handful of translucent figures are done (a few ghosts, gem dragon, spell effects), are there other things I can use the inks for? (I don't use an airbrush,.)


    I just want to justify the purchase by identifying other ways that people use inks. Do people find ways to give them use?

  2. Another question for those that have used it. Have you used washes with it and how did it interact with the color shifting? I tried it on a piece of alien mushroom type terrain, and it worked well. Before I try some black wash, I am curious if anyone has noticed any unique interactions?

  3. Has anyone seen the dragons in the Beasts of War series? I picked up one at Target for $2.99 which I thought was a decent price for a pretty good toy sculpt at a very workable scale.




    I am sort of torn between just using it as is by throwing it on a base, keeping the paint job but just throwing down some wash and maybe dry brushing, or doing a complete repaint  after filling in the seam line around the neck.


    Thoughts from anyone that has picked one of these up and used them?

  4. I appreciate the tips. I am thinking doing something small...maybe just a shield or something to see how it works. Guessing armor is the next logical progression, though I like the idea of using it for scales, whether it be a dragon or some other lizard like creature.

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  5. I am painting my pack of gnolls that have been sitting around for years and I am on this one right now. Can anyone tell me what is on his shoulder? At first, I thought it was a pot, but now I see it is a skeleton of some sort, but I can't wrap my head around the features. Is it an animal skull?


    Secondly, the shield certainly looks like animal hide, given the stitching, but the back looks like a traditional wood shield with an iron border. Is it hide wrapped over a wood or iron core?  Can someone interpret what is going on between the front and back of the shield?


    As an aside, I also noticed that all of the gnolls have four "toes", except for one, which only has three. Artist interpretation I guess.

  6. Hello. I received my Bones pledge today and I have a question about the Spiders of Emrith Kul set.  There are the two bodies wrapped in webbing that are attached to each other as well as a slot. Does anyone know where they are supposed to go? At first glance I assumed the slot fit somewhere, but I don't see any possible fits. The slot looks like one of the slotted figs that slide into a base. Is that the intent? My best guess is they should be cut off the slot and apart from each other and just used loosely, but before I go to chopping, I am wondering if there is something I am missing or what others are doing with them. Thanks.


    P.S. I would add that this part does not appear to be in any of the pictures that I can see.

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  7. 6 hours ago, alchemist said:

    I think a couple of these started out as Citadel miniatures and were presumably imported to the US by Ral Partha:

    FA14v2 Elven Hero w/Sword



    FF59 Wight



    Thank you as well. When I was doing fast scans, I was looking under elves, but with the sword in that overhead position. 


    You were a big help on both.


    For the first one, I found him: Lawful Brothers of Eaglesborne


    Going back to my earlier post, I still have not found a source for the knight...many close calls but not an exact match. 


    Again, to everyone, you are awesome. 

  8. Here are four new ones that have me stumped (after about 15 hours on the Lost Mini Wiki site).


    #1:  This is a Ral Partha 1984 figure, but I can't find it. I have gone through all their catalogs (guessing it was a figure not pictured) as well as the Lost Mini site.  It is larger with an eagle (??) head dress as well as an eagle on the shield.


    #2:  This one appears to be stamped, "RP imports", which I think means Ral Partha Imports. It is also stamped '85. Again, I cannot locate the figure however.


    #3 and #4: Both are not stamped, but there is an "AP" etched into the base of each. Could be an artist name? The last one is hard to see but appears almost Gollum like....skins and bones, humanoid face, etc.






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  9. No pictures to share, but I was going through my old Grenadier D&D Learn to Paint Box. Most figures were not touched, a couple were started and a couple were "done". As I looked at them through today's eyes, they looked salvageable, as they were color blocked pretty well. So, with a quick hit of wash, a couple touch-ups, some rudimentary highlighting, etc. they are certainly presentable. Good job 13 year old me.


    The ones that make me shudder more are my early Descent miniatures, which are what brought modern me back into the hobby. Now, some of that is a slightly smaller scale, plus a few models with pretty poor detail, but even then, as I compare them to my current Descent figures (still working my way through), I don't even want to play with the older ones. As a  perfectionist, it might be more bothersome to look at my old ones than it is to appreciate my more recent ones and I am close to stripping down a few and starting those first batches again.

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  10. I am going through my old collection to inventory what I have. Most are Grenadier and Ral Partha and are stamped as such so with a little legwork, they aren't too difficult to find.


    The two pictures below do not have any manufacturer stamp so I am at a loss of what they are or where they are from. My other figures are almost entirely in that 1976-1980 window, so guessing these are from the same window.


    Any ideas or info would be appreciated.




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  11. I would like to give a big thumbs down to the paint job in the original post. Some of us really enjoy painting our figures and get a great sense of pride in how they turn out. Then we have to look at figures like this and all it does is make us realize how completely inadequate we are. Thanks for nothing.

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  12. For my plastic minis, I just use the Krylon paint that is labeled specifically for plastics. Since these aren't plastic, is there another version of the Krylon spray that would adhere better to the metal?


    (I am cheap so I don't typically invest in expensive/top level quality materials if there are solid alternatives.)

  13. I have a bunch of the old D&D lead (??) figures made by Ral Partha (I think). When I was a youngin, I started painting a few of them by basically just starting to paint right onto the metal.


    After painting many of my gaming figures (Descent, Last Night on Earth, etc.) I have become at least moderately proficient in painting modern plastic figures.


    I am thinking about going back and giving my old figures and was wondering if anyone had any tips...


    1. What is the best primer to use with the metal figures?


    2. Since I didn't use primer on my first attempts (and they aren't any good anyway), I presume that I will go back and strip the original paint jobs. Tips for the best way to go about this with metal minis?


    3. Basing tips, most notably how to attach?


    4. Any difference in painting techniques in terms of how the paint operates on the metal minis?


    5. Finishing tips? I often use the dip method (actually I just paint on the dip with a brush) on plastics...can I use that on metals as well?


    Thanks in advance for any of you that have expertise in painting in this format.

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