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  1. 9 hours ago, Barb Bliss said:

    p.s. Those cobblestones look naked.  Try drawing the cracks with a darker grey paint, then water down a tad a black wash and paint over the threshold.  Occasional lightly blot here and there with a paper towel.  You'll get a "kick-ass" shadow effect on them.

    I actually did give them a black wash, but alas, the spray-on sealer I used ate through the paint, making the cracks look grayish and leaving lines alone the bottom of the coffins. I was disappointed in the results, so I am buying a brush-on sealer to try next. I may in the future buy new coffins to experiment on.

  2. I'm curious to hear what games you have never played that you are eagerly looking forward to playing. These may be Kickstarters, preorders, soon-to-be-released, waiting till your coffers are refilled so you can afford them, or on your wishlist for a future Christmas/birthday present. These are my top 5.

    1. Gloomhaven
    2. Charterstone
    3. Seventh Continent
    4. Roll Player
    5. Founders of Gloomhaven


  3. Been thinking about this post for days. How do decide out of so many games I that enjoy which are my top favorites?

    So I went to my BG Stats app where I have been logging plays for over two years. Here are my most played games during that time.  Currently I have logged a total of 1076 actually plays.

    1. Sushi Go! = 39
    2. Dig Down Dwarf (2nd Edition) = 32
    3. Carcassonne =27
    4. Dixit = 25
    5. Shakespeare = 25
    6. Five Tribes = 25
    7. Istanbul = 25
    8. Castles of Burgundy = 24
    9. Above and Below = 23
    10. Sushi Go Party! = 20
    11. Onirim = 20
    12. Escape: The Curse of the Temple--Big Box = 20
    13. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 = 19


  4. This is my first time ever to paint models, and I really enjoyed the experience. While I bought two beginner Reaper paint kits, I wanted to take the pressure off myself that my first minis had to be perfect. Reaper paints are high quality but come in small bottles. Not wanting to waste enormous amounts of expensive grey or brown, I headed to Walmart and picked up a cheap set of acrylic paint for $10.

    I decided my first painting experience would be with my cheapest minis. All these you see in the pictures, I bought at Dungeonstone at a very low price for minis.

    Link: https://www.dungeonstone.com/

    These minis come solid white and are dusty from their manufacturing process. I gave them a good wash with soapy water then spray painted them with a black primer. Then I began painting, experimenting with the techniques I had read about in the Reaper booklets that came with the kits I had brought: basecoat, shadows, highlights, wash, glazing, and drybrushing. 

    Everything in the pictures is painted with cheap acrylic paint accept for two tiny swords on coffins for which I used a Reaper metal paint. On one of the stalagmites, I experimented with a wet water effect using Scene-A-Rama Blue Realistic Water which I picked up at a craft store.

    The final results are not perfect, but I learned a lot in the process. I especially need a lot more practice with drybrushing. The biggest issue I had was with the sealer I used. I brought Krylon Cover Max on Amazon. Most reviewers said it worked well, but one complained that it sometimes ate away the paint. With my first batch , the sealer worked fine with the barrels, crates, and stalagmites, but when I later used it on the coffins and columns, I ran into that dissolving issue. Turns out when the sealer pools, it begins to dissolve the paint. Around the edges of my coffins and in some of the floor cracks, I got light gray lines. Fortunately those coffins only cost me $2, so no big deal. That is why I started with my cheap minis first, to iron out serious problems.

    I went back to researching, looking for brush-on sealers that will not pool, ones especially made for acrylic paint. Based on reviews, I ordered Dullcote, hoping it will work much better.

    Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0069FYJYI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I'm already working on some of my more higher quality mins now, enjoying applying what I have already learned.

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  5. Wow, he is good. I would love to own that holder. Drat 7th Continent (which I really want to play). Now I can't afford other Kickstarters. 

    One thing I did different is use a paper towel to test colors and get rid of extra paint, instead of my hand.  I have been painting cave terrain, barrels, crates, and a few other objects.  I will try to post a picture in a few days once all the sealer had dried. I am really enjoying painting, though I know I still have a lot to learn. Watching painting videos has been very helpful to me. What others are doing is amazing. 

  6. Thanks, Konas. I might buy them. I have to figure out the best way to attach to a base. Any suggestions on that?

    Would hot glueing them to a plain hexagon base be enough? Or would they fall down easily? Is there something you are suppose to do do the base?

  7. A expansion for Near and Far was launched on Kickstarter today. It is blowing away through the stretch goals and only launched a short time ago. The base game is great. My sister and I love all of Ryan Laukat's games we have played. We have really enjoyed the questing stories form Above and Below (we have logged over 25 plays).  Near and  Far is just as exciting.


  8. Awesome job, Barb. That bottom door has so many cool details. I just ordered my paints and am excitedly waiting for them. As the Reaper beginner kit comes with several minis that don't need primer and includes a how-to booklet, I will start there. Hopefully I can build my skills up a little then try to tackle those roaches from Mice and Mystics. How hard can it be to paint a bug? I will be finding out. Once I get a bit more confidence I will tackle the other characters from the game. 

    After that, I have mini furniture and cave items I bought to enhance Gloomhaven, including chests and doors. Maybe I can make mine turn out as good as yours. Actually, maybe I should try painting doors, chests, and crates before painting the live action mice and insects. I presume painting fur and skin is much harder.



  9. Was reading your blog, Lindsey. How many miniatures do you own? Do you get the Ghostbuster game? That was a lot of miniatures.

    Barb, you are making me want to buy that face painting set, yet I have not even mastered the basics yet...or even started painting. I'm still trying to be careful what I buy and lay out a plan for that. 

    Question, when you are painting miniatures, do you hold it in your hand, have some type of turning wheel, or another why to handle the figures to move them without touching them?

  10. Blinkus Maximus, she looks awesome. If any of mine come out even half that good, I will be happy.  Konos and Lindsey, both of your also look cool. All of you have talent...and not just with wood.

    As I am trying to figure out the best way to get started with painting, I have several questions.  I have watched videos and read different discussions about paints. I am currently considering buying Reaper's beginning kit to get started.  Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I14QLGE8AH8B2B&colid=1VCH329LILIYU

    Does Reaper make good paint? I noticed this kit is missing the primary color of red. Does anyone have other suggestions for what a beginner should buy? I know I will need some type of primer and sealer. What are your suggestions for what I should purchase? 

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