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  1. So I have decided for Reapercon to do my first diorama. (I have three in my head but this one yanks my heartstrings the most) I want to do a setting of Maria vs the Maschinemensch. (From Metropolis) Reaper has the PERFECT Figure for the Maschinemench but I have yet to find one for Maria. (I'm still hunting though) Maria is pretty simply dressed, always very composed. (If you've never seen the movie, Maria is a very popular public figure who stands for all things good and pure. This is probably my most favorite picture of her: That's one figure issue, the other is scenery. Metropolis is kind of a steampunk setting, in which industry is pretty freaking gigantic. Whatever model scenery I do make, or buy has to be at half as big as the miniatures. I thought about using the gigantic clock that Freder is struggling with as the background. Any tips on making something like this??
  2. So in an effort to start the process of beginning to try and take better photos of my minis I've built a light box. It's smallish by design, and would cost about $4 if I didn't already have all the bits laying around. I present, ghetto light box! This setup is strictly 'proof of concept' to see how, or if at all, it works. I have a warm light and a "sun" light and they are pretty different colors of light. I have a tripod, but it puts the camera too high, so the drill bit box is standing in for camera-steady duty. It's just a bit of foamcore, parchment paper, and glue. I spray painted a piece of card stock gray for the ghetto backdrop. As a first test I put my in progress Gandwarf in for a photo. It's not fabulous, but is far beyond my usual photo quality. I think with three temperature matched lights it might just work. If not, the investment thus far is pretty low.
  3. I've found a method of producing extremely cheap, but effective inks for washing your miniatures! It involves stuff you can find for very cheap at your local dollar store, so here's hoping this helps some people. WARNING: Please, only use this stuff if your miniature is properly layered with paint. Do not use this if you paint in thick layers as the alcohol will strip a few layers of paint before it drys completely. If layered properly, the paint job will not be affected noticeably. Make sure before using this stuff your paint is 100% cured. When in doubt, wait a day. Step 1. Go to your local dollar store. You have a small shopping list of stuff to get. a) A bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Usually it is 50% here. Do not get stronger than this! b) Empty pour/spray bottle packages from the beauty supplies area of the dollar store. The ones I bought came in a 4 pack, 3 spout bottles and 1 spray bottle. c) A few (3-4) packages of color markers. These have basically everyone color you would use to ink a miniature. d) You're done! Return to the battle station to begin prep! Step 2. Now take each bottle and fill it ~50% full with the isopropyl alcohol You can add more, just make sure you have enough pens on hand to use with it (you'll find out soon). Make sure to dilute the alcohol a bit to ensure it doesn't strip any paint, but enough to suspend the ink properly. Step 3. Divide up all of the colors and group the same colors together across all sets. you should have at least 2-3 of each color if you bought enough markers. Two of every marker is the minimum here. Step 4. Now, crack open each marker and extract the ink-filled cotton inside. It should be inside of a small plastic tube. Remove the cotton carefully (try not to get ink everywhere, but it happens. My colorful hands can attest) Step 5. Pre-label each bottle for what color you want to be in it. Many of the dark colors, if properly dense in pigment, are going to look blackish and would require testing to see what color it is. Just use a sharp and a piece of masking tape to label what color each bottle is so you know at a glance. Step 6. Put two ink swabs of the desired color into a half-filled bottle of alcohol. I've found that about 2 in half a bottle makes for a fairly dense ink without it being overpowering. You can add more alcohol to dilute it more to your liking. These numbers are based off of 3 ounce bottles while using thin markers. If using fat markers (~15mm thick) try using 1 swab first. If it isn't dark/bold enough, add another. Step 6(a). If you want to create some variable colors, feel free to mix ink colors. Want a blue-green? Throw 1 to 1.5 of each into the bottle! It's quite easy to make a few odd, but useful, shades if you care to. Step 7. Let the ink swab soak in the alcohol overnight and the following day, it should be safe to remove the swab (if you want. It's not necessary) The final result: Each bottle will have great ink for washing over your miniatures. In total, I now have about 12 useful colors of ink and it cost me less than $10! Hope someone finds this useful. Thanks for reading EDIT: I went ahead and did a bit more testing and it seems to strip the paint off of other things quite easily (the miniatures I've tested are unharmed). I used it on some painted stone and painted clay. Both of them lost paint in places. Only use this on a miniature! Avoid use with other sculpt crafts!
  4. Ever so slowly since i began painting minis (i've only painted a few, total newb) the corner of my desk has become more and more crowded. I had seen a posting a while back where a guy made a paint rack out of a few planks and some spacers... so i decided to do something similiar to at least get the paints off my desk (that is until the new game room is done ...more on that later) So i grabbed a couple pieces of red oak today, measuring 9x36 each... i fastened them together with connecter bolts (from the rear) and into these grabby socket things (technical term i know) so that i wouldn't have jack the hole thing up by drilling through the front (as some helpful soul pointed out in the above mentioned posting). I used some half inch chrome spacers in between as well. Here i drilled the first hole Time passes.... I've drilled about half the holes The triangular patter toward the top is due to me remembering that i had to avoid the spots where the connecter bolts were. My current paint supply will fill about 3/4 of this when its done so, when i need to make another one i'm going to plan this a little better. I was actually at home depot to pick up a dremmel and ended up with all sorts of extra stuff. I expect to finish this up tomorrow, at least the drilling and sanding... i think im also going to look into making a small tool rack ... right now i have a 2X4 with various sizes of drilled holes in it for brushes, files, cutters etc..
  5. Ok, so I was looking for flow improver today, and Hobby Lobby and Joanne's did not have it. I want to make a wash similar to Les's wash recipes... I have the ink, distilled water, and matte medium, but no flow improver... I've read Future works as a flow improver, also dish soap works... So, anyone have a suggested recipe with the inks, and matte medium?
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