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  1. I was fairly slack getting it reshipped: I probably could have had it a week or two earlier. I assume there's three orders in particular that delayed people? I haven't been tracking this the way I normally do : ) I split it into 3 separate $200 NZ orders for boring tax reasons: this was my first one from Wave 1. Looks like they're averaging out between $50-$75 NZ for reshipping, depending on package size & weight, with a transit time from the reshipper of about a week. I did this for Bones 2 & 3 as well. Apart from anything else I get so much less worked up a
  2. Just in case anyone's tracking this: I got a wave 1 order delivered to New Zealand via a reshipper on Tuesday. Have any of the Australasian direct orders landed yet?
  3. Hi there! As the fiendish Day-star climbs higher into the southern skies, and my lovely wife and I hiss spitefully and clamber back into the depths of our hole, as a result we've been getting our paint on! In this installment of Lady Wifington Pants, I mean, Paints, we have 77142: Townsfolk: Blacksmith & 80058: WWWOz: Lion. 77142: Townsfolk: Blacksmith Demonstrating her amazing freehand, this burly blacksmith has pants with tiny pink hearts on them, and a subtly tartaned apron. It's close to being an avatar of me except for, y'know, the ability to actually swing a hammer and not hur
  4. So while I've been painting some figures, my delightfully talented wife has been indulging her artistic streak. Basically she saw my feeble attempts, said "hold my tea!" and proceeded to give me a much needed humility lesson : ) While I've taught her everything I know, I in no way have taught her everything she knows... and it shows a bit, especially with her freehand : ) 77501: Minotaur He's big, he's blue, and he's coming to a labyrinth near you! 77022: Michelle, Female Human Ranger I just adore the shading & freehand on her cloak.
  5. I finally got some shots that actually get the color balance right:
  6. Hi there! You might remember me from such threads as "Bones! Do they blend?" and "How to use Tamiya Clear Paints to varnish your translucent patio furniture!". I don't paint much over the Southern Hemisphere Winter, as I'm too busy snowboarding, but now that the sun is out again it's time to start working through my Immortality Shelf and get some paint on some figures. Today we're looking at the Blackstar Corsairs: 80080: Blackstar Corsair Echo, 80079: Blackstar Corsair Delta, 80078: Blackstar Corsair Charlie, 80077: Blackstar Corsair Bravo, and 80076: Blackstar Corsair Alpha.
  7. Hi! You might remember me from such threads as Bones - will they blend? & Painting with numbers the Laoke Way. I've been away from the paintbrush for a bit, as it's summer here in The Land Of The Future, but recently one of my wife's best friends spawned a delightful little halfling which the doting parental units decided to name Peregrine. I know. Cute as a button! Anyways, as a gift to the little sprogling, she decided to paint up a figure for him - and, while she was at it, she painted up one for our collection at the same time! 77218: Woody Stumpwimple, Halfling Ranger
  8. I've heard it's the FreakFlex range, but looking at them online I'm not sure that's correct >.>
  9. It's already been covered, but yeah - stoatly different paints. The Tamiya Clears are alcohol based acrylics and a total pain in the fae to use, although they will clean up in water (thinner works much better though). I've found that ink-based washes behave best with the Tamiya Clears. Standard washes tend to cause patches of opacity to randomly afflict the figure like some mottled plague. They do give a really interesting effect on the translucent Bones though, adding definition and clarity to the figure. I really like them for that reason. I've heard th
  10. I mix Reaper Brush-on Sealer into my liners when I want to lessen the intensity of the hue, if that helps (RBS is basically acrylic medium, you could use that instead if you have ready access to it).
  11. Very nice, a lot less "gummy" looking than what we get with the Tamiya Clear Translucent paints!
  12. What mini are you most excited to paint? Probably the T-Rex / Carnosaur / Hood Ornament for the 6000 SUX Which mini do you think will be the hardest/take you the longest to paint? Going off previous experience, Nylarothep What mini are you buying the most of (now or planned at retail)? Either Kobolds or Goblins, probably both. What do you hope to see most in Bones 5? More orcses. A catdragon. 'mecha scaled to face off against Khanjira. A literal capstone of a pyramid. Dino-riders (basically could be achieved with a sprue of lo
  13. So, over the past few weeks leading up to my 45th birthday I've Spent 2 weeks snowboarding on Mt. Ruapehu, AKA Caradhras Visited the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, courtesy of my lovely wife And seen the Matilda Musical in Auckland It's been a great first 45 years, looking forward to the next : )
  14. Danke, I did - my lovely wife booked me on the Hobbiton set tour in Matamata, so we spent a delightful spring morning traipsing through The Shire : )
  15. Shipping is outside my KS budget. I'm constrained by the limits of what I can import into NZ without paying duty, which caps at about $230 USD. Allowing for unexpected problems means I don't want to have a declared value of over $200 per shipment, but shipping is a internal cost as far as this is concerned and doesn't impact the declared value. As such, I can (and will) ignore it for the purposes of my budget for the KS. It all fits under my hobby budget for the year, which is set at about 3% of my salary. It's possible I over plan these sort of things : )
  16. In terms of what I'm getting - oh, ninnyhammers, that's going to be interesting given that I've spread everything over 3 separate accounts : ) Wave 1 Core Set Chronoscope Expansion Wraiths Option Fantasy Scenics Option Total: $190, $10 available for other options if I decide to not use it on shipping. All of these are hard locks. Wave 5 Dreadmere Expansion High Rollers Option Paint Set A Option Paint Set B Option Trolls Option Rocky Option Skeletal Monsters Option Living Statue Amazon Option
  17. Go for a pin vise instead of a drill - cheaper, and I'd argue it works better on a small scale that a drill.
  18. Do I spot the fabled Catdragon above!!??!!??
  19. Jaymezin - probably too late to consider this but you can get around that restriction if you back a few different US waves & get them reshipped to NZ through NZ post. I've got 3 orders of ~$200 each coming in - wave 1, wave 5, & wave 11. Experience has shown it's competitive on pricing, faster, and a whole lot less frustrating for me to handle the shipping myself this way than to use the "official" Asia-Pacific shipping from Reaper, and it allows me to stagger the arrival dates so that I don't get hit by duty.
  20. Hmmm another Talin art book. Tempting - I wonder how popular the one from KS3 was then if they're doing another?
  21. Maybe, maybe not - someone's playing games with their pledge.
  22. Also I'd just about kill myself laughing if the capstone was the top of a pyramid - a literal capstone <.<
  23. I wouldn't be so sure on that. Its going to be close.
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