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Made in hk
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Wow Meer_Cat, you know a lot. That's interesting and surprising about not getting much use in preparation for Vietnam. Those nicknames of squashed slug and electric strawberry are funny

Your family must refuse to play games like trivial pursuit with you

   
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Too true. But I've taken the test to get on Jeopardy! twice and failed to qualify to get on, so there's that. For me, the more useless a fact, the better.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

I am finally home! It's been close to two years since I was last home, but I have now moved back home. It feels great! I also thought I would shame a picture of the mail that was waiting for me. This was two years of purchasing miniatures (with less self control than I used to have).


@Meer_Cat: Sorry to hear that you weren't able to get on Jeopardy! You seem very specialized with huge amounts of knowledge about history. I wonder if the topics on the test were too all over the place? Either way, I agree that knowing trivia is the fun part all on its own.

   
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Is 'Eavy Metal Calling?





Affton, MO. USA

Welcome home

2 years of buying and that's ALL you got …..I know I am compulsive, but that's a bad days haul for me from miniature market . I guess that you are probably better off financially than me in the long run though.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Thank Theo I know how you feel, it was painful how often Miniature Market was sending em emails to tempt me with sales. If it makes you feel any better, two Kickstarters haven't arrived yet. And I didn't include my Blood bowl starter set and Snotling team because I bought them abroad and brought them home with me,rather than them waiting for me in a mail pile.

   
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Welcome home Syro! I'm afraid I'm with Theo, your lack of self-control for purchasing is better than my lack of self-control for purchasing.

No worries about Jeopardy, it's nice to have at least tried to get on, and whilst my knowledge does tend to be somewhat eclectic, I do show strengths in histories of various types- leaves me vulnerable to sports and current pop culture.

I see you also backed the Reaper Bones V campaign (unless my eyesight is worse than usual)- looking forward to see what you do with what you got. I've got a couple of the Yokai in the painting rotation for the near future, if I can stay on task finishing up the other things in the way/on the bench.

Get crackin', you!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Thanks Meer_Cat, it's good to be home. Sports was always my greatest weakness in trivia also. And your eyes are completely correct, that is Reaper Bones V. I got the core set and the townsfolk.

For those curious, counting up the contents it looks like it is 686 new miniatures in the picture above. I'm glad to hear that I seem to have more self control than I feel I have, but I also think I get less miniatures painted than my contemporaries. I don't know when I painted my orks and space marines (probably before starting this blog), but back in May I looked back through my blog to calculate how many miniatures I sculpt and how many I paint each year.
In 2018 I could identify 56 miniatures that I painted that year.
In 2019 I could identify 70 new miniatures painted.
In 2020 I only painted 6 miniatures since I didn't have any paint in Hong Kong at the time.
And so far this year I have painted 85 miniatures.
Ignoring 2020, it looks like I am averaging 70 painted miniatures per year, so that would take me close to 10 years to get through all my new minis at that rate kind of scary. So as Meer_Cat said, I need to get crackin'

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Monstrously Massive Big Mutant





France

Welcome back home, and have fun opening all that !
Is the MTG board game any good ? Might be a nice present for my brother actually...

My P&M Blog : Warp Wanderers, Chaos warbands in the Eye of Terror

Voting for my stuff pleases the Chaos Gods and brings you luck in battle !

 
   
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Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Sweet pile, looking forward too seeing your work.




 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

@KernelTerror: Thanks I will be fun opening them. I'm trying to pace myself, and not open things that I won't be working on for a long time, in case I choose to resell some. But I have been having fun looking at some of the models so far. I'm not the best person to ask about the MTG board game as I have only played it once. I just like the minis
My over all impression of it from just the one game was pretty good. Not great and and bad.

@Camkierhi: Thanks Cam It's hard to decide what to start with.

The roof is being replaced so for the last three days I have barely been able to get into my hobby room. I moved the contents of every storage closet that was affected by the work into my hobby room. What I have been working on is reviving and improving my paints. I was very worried that hundreds of dollars of Citadel paint would be dried out beyond repair from my unexpected 2 year absence. The paint stayed in better condition than I expected, though some are a little lumpy. I bought dropped bottles and thinner to transfer all my GW paint into droppers. That's my current project. But it's slower than I expected, I have only finished 6 so far.

   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

It took longer than I expected, but I have finished transferring my Citadel out of the paint pots and into dropper bottles. (excluding the 8 unopened paint pots and the 5 pots of technical paints) I'm also wondering if I really don't have that much miniature paint, maybe I should be buying that instead of miniatures?


All the old paint pots

   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Hi Everyone, I have painted my first mini from the Reaper Bones V kickstarter and the first from that big pile of purchases I had waiting for me. I haven't actually opened up the main core set box yet, but I did look through the townsfolk add-on that I ordered. This old man really stood out to me, so I painted him first. (I don'tknow why the towsfolk are on half inch bases)


After transferring my paints, I actually went back to my old orks and started updating the paint jobs and making groups of 10 with a unified color scheme. After buying 686 new minis it's totally reasonable to decide to paint your old stuff, right?


   
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The painting mood wafts where and when it will- old, new, it doesn't care.

Nice job transferring all the old paints- did you print new labels yourself, or can one find them pre-made somewhere? This may be a project I tackle one day, as I find it easier to work from the dropper bottles.

Nice job on the townsman, great 'medievelly' colors!


"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Thanks Meer_Cat, I find it easier to work from the dropper bottles too. I am glad that I made the change. Luckily the labels peel off of the Citadel paint pots quite easily, and can be reapplied to the dropper bottles.

I followed this YouTube video to do mine:
Spoiler:




I'm trying to keep up my painting momentum, and I painted several more townsfolk. You can tell that these aren't the high detail Reaper Bones Black minis from the Kickstarter. The peasants are from the 1997 game LionHeart.


This was afailed recast of the Reaper barkeeper. His head was messed up, but looked kind of like horns, so I gave him and tail, touched up his head a bit, and painted him as a tiefling.

   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

My latest painted mini is this old woman from Reaper Bones V Townsfolk.

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Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Bubba Yaga?!




 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Heh heh, she really did turn out sinister looking, didn't she? That's a good idea to use her as, Cam

Here's two more Reaper Bones V Townsfolk painted up. The camera zoom can be pretty unforgiving on a paint job.

   
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Welcome home!

Nice mini pile to dive into. Enjoy!
   
Made in gb
Fighter Pilot





Edinburgh

Hope you are enjoying being home again, dude! That pile of loot will keep you busy for sure - I am really trying to control my own pile but that is impressive haha!

Well done repotting your paints - I’ve moved towards Vallejo and some Army Painter stuff these days as the GW paint fun got too much for me.

Lovely recent figures

   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Thank you both

@Ragsta: How are you finding your Vallejo and Army Painter paints to be working for you? I have been thinking of buying myself some more miniature paint, probably Vallejo, Reaper, or Army Painter.

   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

I've stopped painting my miniatures for a while. I planned to continue, but I am back to sculpting instead. This is because with the help of a friend I was finally able to get my hands on the Sculptember 2021 prompts. I'm excited to do Sculptember again this year even if I started 6 days late this time.

Sculptember 2021 prompts:
Spoiler:



Day 2 Backpack


Day 1 Eye (I thought about making another eyeball monster, but instead this is the beginning of a cyclops)


Day 7 Nose (added to the same head as "eye")


I am working on a tree for Day 3 Plant


Thanks for stopping by.

   
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That's going to be an interesting batch of sculpts. Good luck!
   
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Off to a great start! I've always liked the idea of braiding the trunk and branches of a tree out of wire and then forming material around that to make the trunk and texture- yours is looking very good.

Rock on!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Thanks youwashock

Thanks Meer_Cat I'm glad you like this style. I've never actually sculpted a tree this way before, so it should be a good learning experience. I've planned to do this for a long time though, the wire armature has been sitting in my hobby room for years.

   
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44.328850 / -73.110190

What's your opinion on your Bones series experience? The ones I've had fell short of my hopes / expectations. The plastic was too soft and I had an issue with paint cracking on larger models. Also had one model that is now forever sticky thanks to how it reacted to the spray primer I used.


"That's.... dirt... Skalk. Actual dust." - Gitsplitta 09/08/21
 
   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Hi Skalk, it's good to hear from you. I've head a good experience painting the miniatures from the Reaper Bones V kickstarter so far. I have been scrubbing them with soap and water, and then painting directly onto the plastic without priming. The first layer of some of my paints beads up a little, but to my eye the second coat seems to go on smoothly. Most of my paint goes on smoothly the first coat. These are "Bones Black" figures, so there may be a difference to regular bones. Even though I have bought regualr bones minis on multiple occasions, I'm not sure I ever got around to painting any of them. When I do, I'll make a comment on this blog to let you know.

   
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Avoiding old projects





44.328850 / -73.110190

Hello, and thank you. I never know how long I'll be around but just got back into gaming for the first time since late '18 so I'm hoping for a while this time. Its cool to see how many of my Dakka buds are still going. Dakka forever.

The Bones I picked up were for a D&D campaign and to Reaper's credit they had a very nice selection of the monsters I was tasked w/ painting (I was just a PC but my DM had no hobby skills so I stepped up for the entire group). The material the Bones miniatures were made from was a huge disappointment. I think the entire range should have been named "Cartilage" because it's so soft and bendy.





"That's.... dirt... Skalk. Actual dust." - Gitsplitta 09/08/21
 
   
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Hi Skalk,

My experience with Reaper Bones V has been similar to Syro's. I think these must be a different material than those you had- the plastic is fairly rigid and takes primer (I use everything from Citadel Corax White to Krylon to Rust-o-leum, whatever's to hand when I need it) and paints without problem. Sorry to hear you had troubles.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Avoiding old projects





44.328850 / -73.110190

Hello Meer_Cat, thank you for the reply and the information. Perhaps I just ran into an early batch? I did not buy direct from Reaper, I bought from eBat sellers. 100% respect to Reaper, the miniature sculpts are excellent and the metal models I have from them are welcomed additions to my collection. I'm going to revisit the Bones range based on both of your IRL experience feedback. I appreciate it.


"That's.... dirt... Skalk. Actual dust." - Gitsplitta 09/08/21
 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Thanks Mer_Cat. Hi Skalk, after hearing what happened to you I've been doing some research to avoid it happening to me, or to you again. It looks like it is basically impossible to get a spray primer that won't mess up Bones, so you were right to blame the primer for that sticky model.
My main take aways from the research were:
1. Reaper says priming isn't needed, but it's a good idea to scrub with dish detergent and water using an old tooth brush the day you play to paint the figure to get off oils and dust.
2. Bones makes watered down paint beads up for the first coat only, so they suggest a base coat of thick undiluted paint before painting normally.
3. They say using only acrylic including the base coat works best, but but brush on primers should work (just no sprays), but Reaper says base coat of acrylic rather than primer is sturdier.

I plan to try this stuff out to see, I'll let you know how it goes.And you are right, Bones Black is a pretty recent creation of Reaper's. All their older Bones is the more rubbery white models. After you mentioned it, I checked and noticed that some of my bones minis like the kobolds are extremely rubbery, where other feel more like slightly flexible hard plastic. I have no idea why. Maybe they have been tinkering with the formula over the years?

   
 
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