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But they say they're 'order on demand' and should ship within two weeks. Just FYI. I've never yet ordered back orders from them so can't speak to that personally.

The one time I tried, the item was delayed. They were very good about keeping me in the loop and offered a refund if the delay was a problem. Would I "order on demand" again? Absolutely
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Yeah... *raises hand* Actually, my enthusiasm for the Bones kickstarter was so contagious that even my non-gaming/non-painting girlfriend became excited. She liked a lot of the characters that came wi

I did it.   All this talk of Bones and painting and miniatures and what have you made me order a bunch of the current Bones line despite the fact I'll be getting a metric buttload of miniatures come

I haven't bought any Bones yet ... but the Kickstarter did awaken something in me that had been long quiet, and besides pledging some $500 to the KS, I pulled out my paints after a dozen year hiatus (

You could actually skip the brush on primer if you're talking about only painting Bones. No benefit to it there. It is handy for cold climates in the winter when spray primers won't work for your plastic/metal miniatures. Reaper also has a variety of "learn to paint kits" that come with a few minis, paints, a brush, etc. I don't think those are Bones (yet?), only metal, but they do come with some brush on primer. They're also available from some resellers on Amazon for ~$20 + shipping.

 

I have read that, however, not only do I have Bones coming to me I have minis from two other kickstarters that I will be getting in the fall as well (plastic from RBG and metal from Stonehaven). Additionally, I like the idea of using thinner paints and building up the color in layers as opposed to starting with an un-thinned base coat. As I said the expectations I have for myself are surely beyond the reality of my artistic talents! I will undoubtedly try both methods (primed and not), but I want to have options.

 

I took a look at the Learn to Paint kits a few weeks ago but didnt spring for one at the time since it was a metal miniature. Now I am kicking myself for not. The product that I saw appeared to have 0.5oz bottles for all of the included colors instead of just the samples as depicted on the Reaper online store (and Amazon). Now, they may have been samples just put into dropper bottles (I didnt look that closely) but for ~$25-$30 it seemed like a good bit of paint and a few minis.

 

As soon as I get the paints I'm ordering from the kickstarter I'm going to order a bunch of the current Bones minis to practice on. No way I'm waiting til march if my paints are sitting in front of me. :P

 

I have decided to hold off on getting my Reaper paints until March with my Bones. So, whatever model(s) I pick up between then and now I will just have to beg and borrow paint off of the other mini painters in the area until then! :D

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You could actually skip the brush on primer if you're talking about only painting Bones. No benefit to it there. It is handy for cold climates in the winter when spray primers won't work for your plastic/metal miniatures. Reaper also has a variety of "learn to paint kits" that come with a few minis, paints, a brush, etc. I don't think those are Bones (yet?), only metal, but they do come with some brush on primer. They're also available from some resellers on Amazon for ~$20 + shipping.

I took a look at the Learn to Paint kits a few weeks ago but didnt spring for one at the time since it was a metal miniature. Now I am kicking myself for not. The product that I saw appeared to have 0.5oz bottles for all of the included colors instead of just the samples as depicted on the Reaper online store (and Amazon). Now, they may have been samples just put into dropper bottles (I didnt look that closely) but for ~$25-$30 it seemed like a good bit of paint and a few minis.

 

I believe the current load-out for the LTP kits is a strip of sample colors in the little plastic pots (like the ones that come with paint-by-numbers) and 4-5 other colors in Reaper dropper bottles. Still a hell of a deal. And check out miniature-giant.com, they sell them for 26% off, though they are special order and say they will ship within two weeks.

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I believe the current load-out for the LTP kits is a strip of sample colors in the little plastic pots (like the ones that come with paint-by-numbers) and 4-5 other colors in Reaper dropper bottles. Still a hell of a deal. And check out miniature-giant.com, they sell them for 26% off, though they are special order and say they will ship within two weeks.

 

Yes I saw that. But the ones I was looking at in a not-so-local GS were, from my recollection, different. I didnt buy it at the time because (knowing this particular store - overpriced and not very customer friendly) I felt I could get a better price from Reaper directly. But, when I got home I saw the "paint by numbers" strip it sort of surprised me. Now, I may just wait until October to go back and check out the not-so-local GS again. I suspect what they have are some fairly old kits. (They only had 2 or 3 total but a pretty good selection of Reaper metal minis. No Bones, sadly.)

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To ease the pain I painted up a Bones ogre. My tablet takes terrible pics and I think the flash made the colors look "blocky" but here it is anyway :)

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I also got started making some dungeon bases, Im going to need alot more heeh... Made by gluing a thin sheet of pink foam to a plastic base, then carving the cobbles into it, makes for a more substanial looking base than just carving a thin layer of green stuff on the base I think.

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it looks good and its a monster you can always say it love mud baths(some tablets take really bad pictures). a skin wash may help too. and i think it doesnt matter what anyone else thinks its what you think that matters. and the way the bases look id say the tablet messed up the ogre picture. the bases look sweet.

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Or, one could try some basic craft paint colors from your typical crafty store (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc) They are pretty cheap and make for good practice.

 

Yep. I read a review on RPG.net about the "How to Learn" kits and it wasn't particularly enthusiastic. Better to search the internet and YouTube videos to learn beginner painting.

 

Myself, I hate those flip-tops. Every time I try to open one, they stick. I keep thinking I'll pull on the lid too hard and the paint will fly everywhere. One thought is to get some eye droppers and put the paint into them instead! I should do that with the GW beginner paint set I inherited!

 

EDIT: NM! See Goblyn's post!

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Hit a local hobby store on the way home from work yesterday. Got then bones knoll, bugbear and dwarf. Wanted to get more, but they were out. Already have these in metal but after reading all the threads wanted to see how they painted up without primer. I had previously primed up the bones purple worm and troll, it seemed like it took longer for the primer to dry.

 

So I'm quite pleased with how the bare mini takes the paint, better than with primer in fact. I was dissapointed with how flimsy and bent the bugbears club was. So I cut it off, drilled a pin hole into the hand and handle and inserted a 1 inch pin with some superglue. Now it is straight and firm, but still flexible at the wrist.

 

I'm really liking this stuff.

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Tonight I worked on mold lines and put the first bit of paint on my Bones Dwarf. Overall pretty happy. The mold lines are quite fine (which is great), but very difficult to see on the bare plastic (not so great). So if you're really trying to remove them entirely from the whole sculpt, you're in for a lengthy process of hunting them down in some of the higher detail areas. I didn't get the knuckles as well as I had thought, and another popped up through the fur that I missed entirely. I tried a few techniques and was happiest with the diamond files from GF9. If you apply pressure they will mar the surface, but applied lightly they remove the mold lines well. The 'fuzz' some have reported being left behind with filing can be removed with a fingernail, or a stiff nylon brush. You can use a metal wire brush too if you're very gentle.

 

I slightly thinned my basecoat and didn't have any trouble with it sticking. Like a primer where you don't have to get uniform pigmentation to have hit an area, the same is true of the first thin coat. Let it dry and the second coat will increase coverage uniformly. I had a nice uniform color on the third coat, but the translucence of the unpainted plastic elsewhere on the mini made the surface glow when light was behind the mini. Very unusual effect to see. The surface texture of the Bones material is okay. It's not as smooth as some plastics (polystyrene in particular), nor a polished white metal model, but it was pretty good. I have the Ghost mini in Bones now too, so I'll be trying for maximum smoothness on that guy. I'm also going to try thermosetting him into a new pose.

 

No regrets on backing to the fullest extent I dared being a married man! I'm not sure if Bones will replace resin or metal for the showcase, but it'll certainly outnumber them in my collection for a long time to come. :;):

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Yep. I read a review on RPG.net about the "How to Learn" kits and it wasn't particularly enthusiastic. Better to search the internet and YouTube videos to learn beginner painting.

 

 

 

The reviews by Joe G? Well, those are the old LTP kits, from when they came with Pro Paint pots. The new ones are revised, and much better instructionwise (which was his biggest complaint, if I recall). Also, the old kits are the ones I have and, somewhat iffy instructions aside, they're still IMO the best, fastest introduction to basic techniques.

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Yep. I read a review on RPG.net about the "How to Learn" kits and it wasn't particularly enthusiastic. Better to search the internet and YouTube videos to learn beginner painting.

 

 

 

The reviews by Joe G? Well, those are the old LTP kits, from when they came with Pro Paint pots. The new ones are revised, and much better instructionwise (which was his biggest complaint, if I recall). Also, the old kits are the ones I have and, somewhat iffy instructions aside, they're still IMO the best, fastest introduction to basic techniques.

 

The thing I liked about the Learn-to-Paint kits was they are a quick way to get most of what you need (paints, primer, brushes, minis) to get started painting. Once you've done all of them, you have a much better idea of what you like about painting, basic techniques, and an idea of what you want to try next.

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Plus if you're working on a new mini project and find yourself afraid to mess it up, you could just consider the ones that come in your kits your "test & practice minis". So maybe you've got a hot little bit of elf with a cloak, but you're still iffy on layering. Take kit 2, strip Laurana with some Simple Green, and layer her skirt in the colors you plan to use for your elf cloak.

 

You can do this, and the same for skin, and lining, etc as often as necessary without the worry that experimentation will ruin your latest work. I'd suggest completing the kits as-is first, all the way - but after that? Worried about a new skin tone, or just layering skin in general? Go back and do Tsuko the monk, but only do his skin this time.

 

Having mess minis around to act as your guinea pigs can go a long way.

 

ETA: I had a Ral Partha Factol Rhys (and I loves me some Rhysie) and wasn't sure about my mixes to match the original DiTerlizzi artwork, so Laurana "volunteered". Rhysie got done, and looks Tieflicious.

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