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Nice paint, nice figure.

 

Great story, having perused the the melt table every year they've had it at ReaperCon, I've gotten to talk to people far & wide, whether it just with people I don't know, or chatting with someone till 1-2 am in the morning (HGI hotel/con years). My favorite story from the table was Bob Ridolfi & I were just circling the table with everyone else, picking out mini to look at & we got to talking about em & such. During that talk he said "I hope this doesn't mean my work is not well liked." Most of the figures he found were his. :lol: 

 

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10 minutes ago, Guildenstern said:

1. awesome job!!

2. PLEASE tell me this barbaric 'melt table' has stopped?!?!!

 

Oh no, the melt table is awesome.  People bring figures they don't want anymore to exhange for credit.  You can pick through it for neat stuff and buy from it.  So it's kinda like a swap meet, and whatever is left at end of con goes to become new figures.

 

It's just that not everyone knows what to look for, so sometimes rare things slip through.  

 

I bought a whole whack of orcs off the table.  I don't even know how many.  A lot!

 

I hope the melt table never goes away!

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47 minutes ago, buglips*the*goblin said:

I hope the melt table never goes away!

It probably won't. Sadly though, out of the last four years, it was the saddest amount of melt I had ever seen. The three years prior, you couldn't see the bottom of the bin after the first day, and didn't see it again (except when people made mini mountains) until the last day. There would be years I would never see pktlnt anywhere other than the table........I saw him paint this year!!!! *Tisk*

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5 hours ago, haldir said:

Most of the figures he found were his. :lol: 

 

 

 Well, when you've sculpted about half the minis ever produced...

 

 If I ever hit the lottery, instead of flying down to RCon I'm just going to move down to Texas because it will be cheaper than shipping back all the metal I grab off the melt table...

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7 hours ago, Mad Jack said:

 

 Well, when you've sculpted about half the minis ever produced...

 

 If I ever hit the lottery, instead of flying down to RCon I'm just going to move down to Texas because it will be cheaper than shipping back all the metal I grab off the melt table...

 

Well remember if you go to the factory, they'll ship your stuff home for yah. Free too! 

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If you had asked me a year or two ago who my favourite sculptors were, I'd have said Sandra Garrity and Dennis Mize, because I figured they made up the bulk of my collection.  They were the first sculptor names I knew, on account of the first ten figures I bought being their sculpts from Ral Partha. 

 

So last year at ReaperCon I had the chance to talk with Bob Ridolfi for a good while, and... I mean, I knew who he was.  I was sure I had some of his stuff.  Positive!  But I couldn't remember any of his specific sculpts, just a total mindblank (to be fair, I spent most of ReaperCon as a sleep-deprived zombie).  That whole time I was sitting there I was terrified he was going to ask me if I had a favourite figure of his, and I wouldn't know what to say. 

 

So when I came home, I went through my collection to see what I had from him - and made a surprising discovery.  Bob Ridolfi, overwhelmingly, makes up the bulk of my figures.  Not just Reaper, but the works.  All this time I thought Garrity and Mize were my favourites, but by sheer number it's clear I love Bob Ridolfi sculpts.  So if I have a favourite of favourites, he's running away with it because his work is a magnet for my money. 

 

Also, myself and @Guindyloo were making a list for our upcoming joint WIP threads and picking out figures, and at one point when we were listing neat figures to do I said "You know, there's a lot of Bob Ridolfi in this list.  Like nearly all of it.  We might want to spread it around a little."  Which wasn't hard to do, since Reaper has employed many talented sculptors and we do love a lot of everyone's figures, but it was weird that between the two of us rattling off SKUs at each other to check out it was Bob Ridolfi, Bob Ridolfi, Bob Ridolfi all the way down.

 

So if, by chance, he sees this thread... we like your work very, very much!   

 

I do actually know why we hit so many Bob Ridolfi sculpts in our list, though - it's because they're at that sweet spot where they're good quality but also have that little bit of extra fun to them.  That's why we both liked Thanis the Bonecaller so much - she's a gorgeous figure and has just that perfect amount of classic cheese.

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1. Hell, Buglips, why didn't you TELL me you were lookin' for old Partha? I'd have kept an eye peeled. Years ago, I was doin' the EXACT SAME THING, lookin' for old Grenadier! Y'got to let folks KNOW! Two years ago I saw a grown man weep when someone scooped a double handful of metal out of the table and gave it to him; it was nearly all ancient GW metal beak faced Spess Muhreens, not made in years and never will be again. This is why we DO this!

2. The melt table was kind of sad this year. In years past, I have seen it piled high, and Jess and Ghent still tell tales of that one guy who showed up with multiple suitcases and more than a hundred pounds of ancient pewter...

 

3. Every year when I fly down for Reapercon, I make a point of showing the TSA guys the baggie of metal, and how it is very plainly not attached to any explosives, and I have a bad moment of "Is this the year when some TSA guy yanks me out of line for further screening?" It hasn't happened yet, although in 2014, the TSA guy held up my clear plastic metal bag, eyed it critically, and said, "Warhammer player?"

4. The One Foot Joker story is true. This is the first year, however, that I have not seen any of Jason Wiebe's NotKongs in the melt table. Years ago, Reaper made this big gorilla, Kong sized in relation to a 25mm figure... but then, there was not Bonesium. The durn thing must have weighed over a pound, all by itself. In years past, I have seen several NotKongs wandering the metal wastes, exchanged for metal credit...

5. The year of the pirate theme, Bob and Julie had brought these handcrafted shark jaws with them... and then couldn't get 'em assembled. Glue was required. Was there a Hobby Lobby nearby? In fact, there was, and I had a car that year; I still lived in Texas at the time, and figured Bob Ridolfi would not mug me, steal my car, and leave me for dead, so we drove there for glue and supplies. Spent an hour together, hearing about all the work he'd done for other companies, and how he'd begun doing miniatures, and how he'd met Julie Guthrie, and the man has some fascinating stories. Can't think of a bad thing to say about him or Julie.

6. Oh, and speaking of bad things to say? LOVELY restoration work! Those soft lead pieces can be a bear... especially if they've taken a beating.

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23 hours ago, Dr.Bedlam said:

1. Hell, Buglips, why didn't you TELL me you were lookin' for old Partha? I'd have kept an eye peeled. Years ago, I was doin' the EXACT SAME THING, lookin' for old Grenadier! Y'got to let folks KNOW! Two years ago I saw a grown man weep when someone scooped a double handful of metal out of the table and gave it to him; it was nearly all ancient GW metal beak faced Spess Muhreens, not made in years and never will be again. This is why we DO this!

2. The melt table was kind of sad this year. In years past, I have seen it piled high, and Jess and Ghent still tell tales of that one guy who showed up with multiple suitcases and more than a hundred pounds of ancient pewter...

 

3. Every year when I fly down for Reapercon, I make a point of showing the TSA guys the baggie of metal, and how it is very plainly not attached to any explosives, and I have a bad moment of "Is this the year when some TSA guy yanks me out of line for further screening?" It hasn't happened yet, although in 2014, the TSA guy held up my clear plastic metal bag, eyed it critically, and said, "Warhammer player?"

4. The One Foot Joker story is true. This is the first year, however, that I have not seen any of Jason Wiebe's NotKongs in the melt table. Years ago, Reaper made this big gorilla, Kong sized in relation to a 25mm figure... but then, there was not Bonesium. The durn thing must have weighed over a pound, all by itself. In years past, I have seen several NotKongs wandering the metal wastes, exchanged for metal credit...

5. The year of the pirate theme, Bob and Julie had brought these handcrafted shark jaws with them... and then couldn't get 'em assembled. Glue was required. Was there a Hobby Lobby nearby? In fact, there was, and I had a car that year; I still lived in Texas at the time, and figured Bob Ridolfi would not mug me, steal my car, and leave me for dead, so we drove there for glue and supplies. Spent an hour together, hearing about all the work he'd done for other companies, and how he'd begun doing miniatures, and how he'd met Julie Guthrie, and the man has some fascinating stories. Can't think of a bad thing to say about him or Julie.

6. Oh, and speaking of bad things to say? LOVELY restoration work! Those soft lead pieces can be a bear... especially if they've taken a beating.

 

1.  I didn't see you until Thursday or Friday (don't remember, all a blur) and by that time the table was being well-raided by rescuers.  I saved a TSR Bonesnapper! 

 

2.  I'm told the melt table appeared very anemic this year, but I was also told it was because the turnover rate was unusually high so it never had a chance to build up.  I think it's because I wanted to raid it for everything I could make away with and so, through some weird zeitgeist, everyone else decided to do the same thing.  Also, Ghent is a gem - she was an instrumental part of my Quest For Ebonwrath Wings, being the wise sage who kept a record of the old part numbers that had been eliminated from the new system.  That whole EbonQuest should have been pretty simple, but it turned into a hero's journey replete with setback, forgotten lore, wise sages, stalwart companions, a MacGuffin, and even a visit to see the king.  Now I am the Keeper of the Relics, and will put them to good use, for the glory of shelf and table. 

 

3.  When I passed  customs in Canada and was asked if I had anything to declare, I said: "Four packs of Marlboro and a blister of naked demon ladies."  I got a weird look, and then waved through. 

 

4.  Hopefully the Joker comes back from his tour next year.  I can't believe I almost picked him out of the table, then we'd know where he wound up for a year.  That's why when you told me the story of how he keeps going on vacation year after year and coming back to ReaperCon my eyes bugged out and I said:  "I SAW HIM!"  If I spot him again, he's taking a trip with me. 

 

5.  Bob and Julie are the best of the best.  They showed me how greenstuff should behave and it was completely unlike anything I'd used.  They were kind enough to give me some from their own stash to play with.  I have since found a good source in Canada (Bob Murch, former sculptor of RAFM, sells it on his boutique page and it's nice and fresh).  I do kind of feel bad, though, because I look at what I made out of what they gave me and think: "that could have been nice things". 

 

6.  Thanks!  Cleaning the yellow paint off the fur was a nightmare.  I'm not sure what it was, because usually even Testors enamel comes off with Simple Green and a good scrub, but that stuff just wouldn't.  I finally decided to try the Easy Off oven cleaner trick, and it worked.  Worked a treat, actually, so I'll use it again in the future.  It not only cleaned this giant lady, it finally got the stubborn paint off my RAFM Goblins in plate mail.  I didn't think they'd ever come clean!

 

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