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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Fri 19 Jun 2009 - 10:19

I frequently use Badab Black on my metals and it did not look horrible, but actually pretty ok (to me).
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Tue 23 Jun 2009 - 7:04

a question how long does it takes until the greenstuf (~1:1) is dried? because i modelled yesterday evening and its not really hard now
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Tue 23 Jun 2009 - 7:10

elChelli wrote:
how long does it takes until the greenstuf (~1:1) is dried?

3+ hours. I usually leave it over night though.

elChelli wrote:
because i modelled yesterday evening and its not really hard
now

That means you probably did not mix the 2 components thoroughly enough. It is essential to do that!
The best method is to make a yellow/blue sandwitch, then twist it, and then knead the hell out of it Smile

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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Tue 23 Jun 2009 - 7:18

it was all same green color... so it should bi mixed? or am i wrong?
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Tue 23 Jun 2009 - 7:24

elChelli wrote:
it was all same green color... so it should bi mixed? or am i wrong?

Green stuff comes in 2 components: blue and yellow. When you mix them (and here it is essential that mixing is VERY thorough), the resulting putty is green, hence the name green stuff.

The mixed (green) putty usually cures in a few hours.


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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Sun 5 Jul 2009 - 22:37

Gonna try this first before I post a new thread. So I use games-workshop paints and I just stopped by my parents house and picked up some of my decade old paints that have dried out. (Used to play, starting back up with the mrs.) Is there anyway to wetten them back up? I put some water in and it seems to be working on one but not much on the others. What about boiling water?

The other thing is does anyone use other paints? I have never really mixed paints either since I don't think I could reproduce the colors for other units later...Basically anything you can teach me about painting would be wonderful. I have a steady brush hand but all my skill is putting colors in small spots and a bit of dry brushing. Thanks, Alex

PS I am loving this forum Smile

Edit: Just noticed green putty discussion, anyone using modeling wax? I get it cheap from my parents who are jewelers and jewelry suppliers. Green stuff is just so damn pricey
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 6 Jul 2009 - 1:39

From my experience, you might have to buy new paints if you can't revive them with water. It's the same with mine, some are dried up but can be used with a wet brush, but some are completely screwed up and don't mix with the water at all any more.
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 6 Jul 2009 - 2:39

One of my erstwhile friends was/is a sculptor of decorative style pewter minis. He used jewelers wax for his creation AND hisextensive conversions. The results were quite stunning & seemed quite durable.
There are a lot of jewelry items like head pins, jump rings, & chain that are fantastic for conversions & modeling. Your parents MAY be a treasure trove of cool things to liberate for your projects...just don't get caught Suspect .

I use Americana & Folk Art paints. If I were to switch, I go for the Vallejo paints for their range of colors & quality. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 6 Jul 2009 - 10:33

Eliazar wrote:
you might have to buy new paints if you can't revive them with water.

Ouch! NEVER "revive" your paints with water. It's the worst thing you can do. They will look nice and new for approximately 6 hours (maybe a week if you are lucky) before turning undead on you and haunting your dreams.... by that I mean that the paints will irreversibly dry out and remain water un-soluble.

I always use Acetone (super cheap) to "revive" my GW paints. But I mainly buy Vallejo (I highly recommend those), which virtually never dry out thanks to the use of cutting edge flasks (as opposed to GW's prehistoric pots).
The Acetone thing works on almost every dried out paint. In my experience very severe cases (paint has turned into a small cracked stone at the bottom of it's pot) cannot be saved, i.e. become clumpy.
But it works for most cases.

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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 6 Jul 2009 - 11:32

Good to know Smile
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 6 Jul 2009 - 14:34

Ha I buy the stuff from my parents at cost. They would have my head otherwise. affraid

I may have to check out Vallejo. GW paints are pretty frustrating at times.

Thanks again for the awesome forum

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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Sun 12 Jul 2009 - 17:47

I have a newb question - I have paint bottles, one GW and three Tamiya, with paint that is kinda oily, or have an oil-like or water-like layer on top or around it; the GW paint have a little of that and the Tamiya paints are like two parts, with oil up and color down.

I tried to reach for the paint with my GW bottle but it didn't worked well, the paint wasn't uniform, with or without mixing with the oil-stuff and with or without thinning with water (which I am not very good with anyways it seems). I haven't tried with the Tamiya pots, I have to admit I fear the result of my experimentations.

Should I re-mix the paints or something ? Should I get rid of the oil ? I don't really know what's going on inside my bottles =\ I think it's natural, as my Tamiya bottles are brand new, but still, I don't know what I should do with it.

Thank you for reading my clumsy text ! Ancre.
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 13 Jul 2009 - 2:08

This is, as James Bond would say, a "stir; don't shake" situation. The oily stuff is what kills the natural shininess of acrylics...SO grab a toothpick or similar thingy & stir until the paint has a uniform consistency & it should work fine. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 13 Jul 2009 - 5:45

Ok, thank you very much DeafNala ! Now I have to find a toothpick. On to the toothpick quest Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Mon 13 Jul 2009 - 5:57

lol! TOOTHPICK QUEST!
In a pinch you could use the non-brush part of your paint brush. I usually save a bristleless brush just for stirring.
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Fri 7 Aug 2009 - 18:58

I was just wondering if anyone has ever tried using painted lego castles for terrain? Obviously the tops of everything you made would need to be Spackled but otherwise it seems like it may work?

Alex

PS. I have been using modeling wax pretty successfully. If anyone wants to know techniques or where to get it let me know

Edit: Since no one answered warning against it I started building with legos Smile

link: http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/scenery-and-terrain-f4/lego-prison-tower-t2476.htm
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 5:58

hi,
i've got a colour question ; I can't seem to reproduce the kind of purple Games Workshop uses on some of their Slaanesh armour (highlighting on black). Their boxes say nauseating blue, but I can't find the right colour mix.
Does anyone know / can help me ?
thanks in advance
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Fri 23 Oct 2009 - 5:31

a question

if you have painted your minis do you make some (dont know the word in english but try it, dont trust the dicitionaire) vanish/paint without color (auf deutsch, lackiert ihr die Figuren?) on the minis?

that there is a special protection...

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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Fri 23 Oct 2009 - 5:58

I think you mean a spray finish; our British Brethren refer to this as a varnish. Whatever the terminology a coat of finish is a MUST to protect your WONDERFUL paint job. The stuff I generally use, Krylon Matte, might not be available in Europe, but I believe Testor's Dull Coat is available everywhere & does a nice job.
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Sat 24 Oct 2009 - 7:28

Yes, I use Testor's Dull Coat and it works wonderfully. The only bad thing is I can never find it in large cans. The ones I find at the local arts and craft stores are half sized cans. But a little bit goes a long way.
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Thu 12 Nov 2009 - 5:06

pascal the rascal wrote:
hi,
i've got a colour question ; I can't seem to reproduce the kind of purple Games Workshop uses on some of their Slaanesh armour (highlighting on black). Their boxes say nauseating blue, but I can't find the right colour mix.
Does anyone know / can help me ?
thanks in advance


it's hard to believe there's nobody out there that can help me ?
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Sun 21 Feb 2010 - 12:21

I think I this will be a great topic for my question as well.

I'm looking for a model to fit my Adventurers warband as a Noble. I'm trying to find a model that somewhat resembles a fencer. Light and thin rapier, more upright position, pref. sword down. I don't mind converting it a little. Price should not be too high.

Anyone got a suggestion for this?
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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Sun 21 Feb 2010 - 13:40

vampirekhaine wrote:
I'm looking for a model to fit my Adventurers warband as a Noble. I'm trying to find a model that somewhat resembles a fencer. Light and thin rapier, more upright position, pref. sword down. I don't mind converting it a little. Price should not be too high.

Anyone got a suggestion for this?
Marquand Volker. This model is still available from GW.

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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Sun 21 Feb 2010 - 14:24

Marquand sure is a great model. I hadn't thought of that. Good one, Koyote!

Also, how about these:
http://cianty-tabletop.blogspot.com/2010/02/swashbuckling-nobles.html

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PostSubject: Re: the "Random Little Questions" thread   Sun 21 Feb 2010 - 15:20

Ah spot on! Fantastic mini's. Marquand fits the idea that I have now the most. Might be changing once I find the other hero's.

Thnx cianty & Koyote
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