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2 hours ago, TGP said:

Question, April 30: What guides would you like to see added to the Tips & Advice section of the forums? 

Darlin', give me a guide with hair, long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen
Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer
Here, baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy.

(Beards welcomed)

 

I'm not talking about colour choices but texture. Hair is one of those extremely common items that is surprisingly complex to paint. Thousands of thin individual shiny strands paradoxically scaled *up* to be painted as a large solid surface. It's hard to make it look natural as different hair textures don't follow the shadow-base-highlight rules of other surfaces (straight hair doesn't reflect light like curly hair does).

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Not bad, but I think I'd have given them a Passover. 

I am indifferent, though I have an academic sense that it's beneficial.   What I really want is to have shakers FOR my paint bottles. As in, some sort of goblins in a cage that will continua

it would not be a normal paint.   Glitter Medium!   Turning any colour into a glitter variant.  

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3 hours ago, TGP said:

Question, April 30: What guides would you like to see added to the Tips & Advice section of the forums? 

 

More about making bases, from simple to complex. 

 

"Our favorite mini-stuff webstores and what they specialize in". Reaper is wonderful, but it isn't the best place for basing stuff or brushes or Big Minis. 

 

Purpose for different additives and how to use them. Wash medium versus flow improver? How much drying retardant do I need to wet blend in a dry climate? 

 

Inks versus standard paint and how uses vary. Often @Pingo talks about types of paint, which is wonderfully helpful, but consolidating this sort of advice into a pinned thread would be great. 

 

"Just Started Mini Painting: 10 Things To Practice ASAP" and "Just Started Mini Painting: 10 Bad Habits to Never Start". To begin, you don't have to be super fancy, but you need to sling paint. Having a few guidelines narrowed down helps not be overwhelmed (as I'm finding while teaching a friend). Similarly, many of us who learned to paint before finding the internet guides had many bad habits that are tough to break. It would be great to let the new folks not even get into those habits! 

 

Prepping Minis: what tools are best for various tasks and how to use them. Mold lines driving you bonkers? Got the right tool or are you trying to force a fix to happen with the wrong equipment? To an extent this sort of thing is already there, but the how-to-use may be extra handy. 

 

How to Level Up: going outside your comfort zone on painting, and choosing what to break the comfort zone. Perhaps some of the really experienced judges can compile a list of techniques that they each consider difficult and state what makes them tough, so that folks have an idea of what to expect going into a new method. 

 

All "How to Paint Eyes" guides in one pinned thread. About once a week it seems I end up linking someone on Facebook the Bette David eyes guide because it is buried in the tips posts. It is great, but also not the only method. Put that one, Marike Reimer's method, Derek Schubert's forum post on eyes, and whichever others stand out all in one post with a summary of the methods. The knowledge is there. Eyes don't have to be super scary. 

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5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

For realsies though, i'd be happy with having the tutorial threads cleaned up, so they're not full of dead links. Though, it's been a while since I pursued them, so they may have been.

 

This aggravates me on so many forums and tutorial websites, especially after the great photobucket ransom of '17. I find a tutorial supposedly explaining exactly what I want to know at the moment and there's no photos left.

5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

For realsies though, i'd be happy with having the tutorial threads cleaned up, so they're not full of dead links. Though, it's been a while since I pursued them, so they may have been.

 

This aggravates me on so many forums and tutorial websites, especially after the great photobucket ransom of '17. I find a tutorial supposedly explaining exactly what I want to know at the moment and there's no photos left.

 

Edit: it aggravates me so much I decided to leave the double post! :angry:

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8 hours ago, TGP said:

Question, April 30: What guides would you like to see added to the Tips & Advice section of the forums? 

Crowley, Xiwo Xerase, and Cyradis all made some excellent points, so I'm going to second them.

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4 minutes ago, TGP said:

Bonus Question, April 31st: Are all of you looking forward to Morihalda taking over in May? 

 

May Thread

 

No. I'm from the future so I've been looking backwards at Morihalda taking over in May. Lemme tell you, she's going to be fabulous. 

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6 hours ago, TGP said:

Bonus Question, April 31st: Are all of you looking forward to Morihalda taking over in May?

My calendar hates you now.

 

It hates you so much it's taking a day off.

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7 hours ago, TGP said:

Bonus Question, April 31st: Are all of you looking forward to Morihalda taking over in May? 

 

May Thread

 

That is a no win question. If I say yes, it means I am glad to see Poor Old TGP go. If I say no, it will hurt Mori's feelings. I plead the fifth.

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