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  1. I have not painted a miniature larger than a 1/600 scale tank in about 9 years (outside of painting Gundam models which is way different/easier than miniatures). At 1:600 scale it is very easy, even infantry, as it is just a spray of paint, wash and drybrush. If I am daring I do a prick of flesh and black for boots/guns. When I see the detail on some of the Bones and metal figures it just confounds me how people do it. I look at some of the pictures and I see detail that I can't even see on the unpainted figure... Anyway, so I am wanting to paint some figures to use in some games (Rangers of Shadow Deep, Blood on the Blade and Blood in Space) which has brought me here. I am posting here for a couple of reasons: 1. I live in Japan and don't have access to Reaper paints which I used in the past. The 3 stores listed on the Reaper site are not near me and none of the mail order carry them and do not have a re-order date for even the miniatures. I am more accustomed to using Mr Hobby (aka Gunze-sangyo Creos) Color/Aqueous/Acrysion paints. I know Mr Hobby has nowhere near the number of colors but I was wondering if anyone else uses them and/or has made progress on an equivalency chart? A long shot, I know. 2. I need motivation. I am a gamer more than a painter. I have half a mind to just buy figures and never paint them. But that just feels wrong to me. I don't mind plain plastic in boardgames but when it is a miniature game it just feels wrong. I am also half-tempted to pay someone but I can be a stingy bastard. Maybe this will be a New Year's Resolution. If I can get active here it may help motivate me. Thanks for listening to me ramble and Merry Christmas from Japan (it is Christmas morning as I write this and I am waiting on my teenaged kids to get up)!
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