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Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Saturday April 23rd, 2016 2:30pm
by whitebeard
knightkrawler wrote:When sawing and filing, especially with resin (!), I use a simple dustproof mask. They come in threes for a few bucks.
After, I wait half an hour for the stuff to settle and then I vacuum my workspace.
Interestingly, I use the dremal almost only for drilling, not for filing and sawing because I'm too lazy to constantly change bits and because in general it's less safe and less clean (sounds a tad stupid and wrong, I know).
That saw linked to above and my regular files and sandpapers still get shitloads of work to do, whenever they deliver the results that I want. The dremel is kind of a last resort for filing and sawing.
But for that price it really is an awesome acquisition. It's not that you're only gonna be able to use it for modelling...

Resin dust is very light and will stay airborne pretty freakin' long. Don't inhale it (cause you won't just exhale it if you know what I mean), and don't underestimate this stuff.
I should have posted this along with my actual tips.


yeah, I have the Dremel for lots of other projects. I've used the cutting wheel many times over the years to make bolts shorter, or cut metal things into shapes that are just right for the odd repair. I've even used the buffing wheels.

I plan to do all of my cutting outside, so a quick rinse with hose is all I'll need.

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Monday April 25th, 2016 5:44pm
by lucasdp
I went with Whitebeard's suggestion to free the front foot. I got a little sloppy with the green putty (my first time using this stuff) but I think with some slight, careful sanding and paint, it will be fine.
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It looks much better in real life than in these camera phone pics.

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Monday April 25th, 2016 6:00pm
by GimmeYerGold
looks great, lucasdp!

I think you're wise to go the spray painting route. I've done the same thing and the difference in color and coating is nearly impossible to distinguish.

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Monday April 25th, 2016 6:57pm
by StratosVX
I think it looks a lot better with the front foot being freed. Looking forward to seeing the completed piece!

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Monday April 25th, 2016 7:03pm
by QorDaq
So much better. Nicely done man. Looking forward to the next step.

maj!

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Thursday April 28th, 2016 2:08pm
by lucasdp
First game with my female elf on the board this week, so I got my players' reactions. There were a couple mumblings that gave me the impression they liked her huge, rocky base, but it's my game and I would like to establish some consistency with my proxies, so there! :P
I certainly appreciated having her on the new base, as we played RotWL Q7: The Forgotten Legion, and the center room filled with monsters was already tightly packed.

Here, you can see the heroes preparing to face undead.
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The main feedback I got from my players is that, having used Reaper Bones as proxies for female heroes for several quests, they're now used to the female characters being a different color from the males. So, I mentioned that when female hero minis came out in the expansions, they were a pale blue. I said I would consider painting her that blue instead of "hero red" and that seemed to get a thumbs up, more or less.

What do y'all think?

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Thursday April 28th, 2016 2:59pm
by QorDaq
Yeah, for consistency I say go with the blue for the expansion character stand-ins for sure.

And, overall, even if your players were (apparently) underwhelmed by your decision to modify the female elf's base, I think it was an excellent project and I'm glad you shared the process with us. Keep tackling new projects and ideas, and keep sharing!

maj!

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Thursday April 28th, 2016 4:49pm
by whitebeard
Looks great!!! Hopefully I will be trying this soon as well.

Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Monday May 2nd, 2016 5:18pm
by lucasdp
So, this was the best "expansion figures blue" I've found so far. I think it's a pretty good match. They only had it in gloss, not satin. I'm a little nervous it will be too glossy and shiny. I'm also hoping this "2x UltraCover" doesn't mean that the paint is going to be really thick. But maybe I'm worrying about nothing. Any last thoughts or suggestions before I finish this up?
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Re: My first mod

PostPosted: Monday May 2nd, 2016 5:58pm
by clmckay
I dunno.......not tried that specific brand, but I once tried a Krylon gloss 2in1. I personally didn't like the look. Maybe try it out on a crappy goblin or skeleton first.