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bugblatterbeast

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  1. I am going to be using Kickstarter's "newest projects" link to find the project. Will there be a more efficient way?
  2. I have called every craft store in the metro area looking for glass and tile medium. I have yet to find it. Any chains that you know of that do?
  3. Tackiness is bad. I want to avoid that completely. Somehow one of my primed figs never cured even though the others did (same Krylon prime + paint can). I would hate to strip my paint job because it ended up tacky.
  4. I have heard most say, "No gloss. Use matte." Do you prefer the gloss or is that just what is available to you?
  5. Thanks! Very constructive. The mold lines did surprise me. I thought I had gotten them all. Are you suggesting to use brighter yellow, then a darker green wash over the green and yellow, both?
  6. Yes, a Hobby Lobby. They do have Testors, but I only ever see enamels. I will check it out tomorrow to be sure (taking my 40% off coupon, as usual). I like the idea of spray sealers over brush-on, but I will definitely check it out.
  7. Well done. I really like the blackened row of facial spikes. The red glyphs stand out nicely. Did you wash with the red or use a fine brush?
  8. I'm resurrecting an old thread here, but I contacted the creator of this KS in May 2012 and he was very willing to create/sell me bases to order.
  9. Wikipedia is awesome. It has an error rate akin to book-form encyclopedias, but it can be updated when you find those errors. Anyway, I just finished C'thulhu using only craft paints. It's a long story as to why I painted him first without practicing on any rats, but I am very happy with the results. Short story: I painted it for a friend for $5 so I wasn't too worried about getting the gaps filled, etc. Click images to see full size The color is off. The wings and tentacles are mostly pink with a green wash over the top. What I learned: white primer is tough to see on Bones so I didn't discover areas I missed until after I started painting. I am much better at mixing colors than I thought I would be. Blending colors (on the wings specifically) was easier than I expected. I still have no idea what sealant to use.
  10. I can't seem to find Testors Dullcote, Army, Reaper, nor Vallejo paints anywhere in town. Any suggestions on products that can be found in a craft store, big box store, or a hardware store? The wrong answer is "order them online."
  11. The copper that coats the zinc isn't an alloy with the zinc. It is pure copper that wraps around a zinc core. I have fun with playing with those properties with my high school students in chemistry class. Whether or not it inhibits mold growth... I haven't researched that beyond anecdotal reports.
  12. MODERATOR- This is a great discussion about paints, but can it be split off into a new thread? I'm looking for advice not philosophical discussions on regulatory laws regarding art supplies.
  13. I made an edit to the first post. Basically, the plumber's epoxy is too coarse and dries too quickly to be useful for gap filling of the minis. It isn't lost cost because I will use it for home repair in the future. It holds paint very well. I ordered some Kneadatite (Green Stuff) on ebay. I think I got a great deal paying $1 per inch (shipping included) for 6 inches of the ribbon-style. That should be all I need for this entire project.
  14. My suggestion is to be transparent with your customers who don't come to this forum to read every thread. Send out communication that goes to affected customers so they can experience your efforts to effectively explain issues as they arise. I over paid for FoN. I discovered it for myself. You had a list of backers receiving these. Send out an email to them or post an official KS update about it. That is true transparency for all your customers.
  15. I really like the pennies to prevent mildew in the palette. I will do this. Soak the pennies in vinegar and salt solution to get them bright and shiny first. You want pure copper to react with the water. Also, I have a box (hundreds!) of cheap bases for my minis. I bought wooden dowels, made a quick cutting jig with a clamp and 1x2, and used the band saw to slice 'em up. Actually, I paid with Coke and Cheetos for a high school woodshop student to get it done for me. I really hope they work out. I know that I will have to do some sanding on them, but I will just clamp a palm sander to a saw horse and it should go quickly.
  16. I found a set of tiny "Really Useful" brand containers and a large, flat Snapware container at Goodwill last-chance bulk store. You pay by the pound ($1.29 per pound)! These Snapware will be perfect for wet pallette for its awesome seal. It cost me less than $0.40. It was a sweet deal. These are not the actual images of my items and I had to dig for half an hour or more through the large containers of junk. One guy was pulling out copper fittings. He was making profit on reselling those for scrap. Anyway, it is a great option for those of you who live in a metropolitan area and have a little spare time. It is a great way to get random tidbits for creative bases.
  17. I do have 3 sets of dungeon gray game tiles brewing from Dwarven Forge. I was planning to paint them myself, and I have the craft paint to do them!
  18. I do have a couple little kids. The craft paint will never go to waste.
  19. To compound matters, Hobby Lobby has 30% off all 2 ounce acrylic craft paints through tomorrow. $.97 per bottle is so tempting, but I guess I wouldn't pay $1 for worthless trash. Now I need to decide if it is truly trash or not.
  20. I thank each and every one of you. I am currently soaking in the suggestions and considering my options. I will take some time removing the flash and priming before I get to painting.
  21. Reaper retail $3.29 for 1/2 ounce Craft store retail $1.39 for 2 ounces I have 200 minis to paint including two Cthulhus. The paint will quickly become the expensive part of this project.
  22. I love this supportive community. Reaper does great things to bring us together. Thanks, all!
  23. Fixed. Great suggestion! Buglips- That makes a lot of sense, too. I will spend an extra $.50 per bottle to save on throwing away a bunch of useless paint.
  24. I have seen the tutorials on stripping paint. I always have that option! But your are right, learning with crappy tools could teach me bad habits. However, I would prefer to have mediocre paint jobs than no paint jobs. This is what I can afford for a while.
  25. I have done my research. I can not afford to buy Reaper paints at this time. I am buying acrylic craft paint from Hobby Lobby. Current best recommendation is Delta Creamcoat paint. This seems like the best plans for a beginner on a budget. Feel free to critique my plans, but remember, I am trying to get quality results on a budget. My plans: Unboxing- I have a graphical checklist of all the minis to be sure we aren't missing anything. http://greg.botch.com/bones/table.html Remove the mold lines that are really, terribly obvious. Tools: Xacto blade and sanding needles (medium or fine) http://bit.ly/1axuY7O Straightening bent weapons and legs. Tools: nearly boiling water, colander Cleaning- remove residue from manufacturing that could keep paint from adhering well. Tools: dish soap and water Fill junction gaps between parts that join to make up the mini that look odd Tools: 2 part clay-like epoxy (a bit of an experiment) http://thd.co/14MHBtl [That epoxy was too coarse and cured too quickly. I'm keeping it around for household repairs. Kneadatite (Green Stuff) on eBay $6 for 6 inches shipping included sounds like a great deal!] Basing- some minis have ridiculous bases and need to be based. I have hundreds of 1/4 inch thick bases cut from wooden dowels for this project. Tools: Xacto blade, tiny drill bit, straightened and cut paper clips, super glue, 2 part clay-consistency epoxy (for embellishing, building up layers, or filling gaps) Priming- do many figures at once. Cheap craft store acrylic paints are too thick and need to be watered down to paint minis well. If craft paints are watered down, they will not stick as well to Bones without priming. Thus, I will need to prime. Tools: this craft primer http://bit.ly/16jHwwp [i couldn't acquire this primer anywhere locally. So frustrating! I decided to buy Krylon Paint + Primer spray. White seemed like a great idea, but it is hard to see what kind of coverage I am getting on the Bones. It takes a day or longer to fully dry. It is a week later and one mini is still tacky in a couple places.] Color washing- give the mini a base coat of color to bring out the details and add shadowy areas. Tools: brush, watered down craft paint with a tiny amount of dish soap to break surface tension Paint- use a "wet palette" to keep the paint fresher longer and make mixing and watering down easier. Image http://bit.ly/1axxmvq Tools: cheap plastic container, a large rag or sponge, parchment paper http://bit.ly/12e9cOG See example here: http://forums.brushthralls.com/index.php?showtopic=4806 And of course paints and brushes. Finishing- I haven't decided if I will be clear-coating these yet. If I do, I will get some good quality spray for minis with for a matte (not gloss) finish. This is where I will splurge on costs, if anywhere. Optional Painting party- I will have all the minis cleaned, primed, based, and color washed before I host it. I have done no painting of Bones. I am not certain that any of this will work. However, after reading FAQs and how-to's all around the web, I feel confident this will work. My big concern is with the plumbing epoxy instead of Green Stuff. I have no idea if it will hold paint. I will test it before applying to the minis. Let me know what you think! Veteran painters- constructive criticism would be great. I don't want to waste money on a useless/misguided step. Edit: reordered gap filling after cleaning at Godlike's suggestion Edit: added recommended craft paint brand Edit: my concerns were founded about the plumbing epoxy. While it does hold paint, it is too coarse. Also the primer I initially wanted is not locally available in my significant metropolitan area (850,000+ people) in our major craft stores. I didn't check at specialty glass or tile stores. Edit: check post http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/49906-plans-to-paint-on-the-cheap/?p=738738 for my first attempt following most of these steps.
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