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2020 Monthly Painting Challenge - January

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On 1/5/2020 at 2:55 AM, Nikodemus said:

Got most of the mount done. Just tail & wings to go (which let's be honest is like 50% of the mount..).

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This mini is dense.

But so far so fun. So far fairly happy with it. Exhausting as all get out though. Dreading the wings.

Nice work Niko!

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On 1/6/2020 at 5:58 PM, Yore Huckleberry said:

These DO look great!

So you've just put "green stuff" into the bases and then there's a roller to make that flagstone pattern? My base game needs some serious hustle, so I'd love to hear more about this.

Nice job!

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9 minutes ago, Julle Lahtinen said:

Did you paint it seperated from the steed or all together?

Still painting:PBeen stuck on the wings for a while now. On the plus side I've already painted 19 minis this month. Quick 'n dirty boardgame minis, but still:)

It's all glued together. In retrospect I should've done the rider separate. Would have made painting some areas a bit easier. If you're particularly hardcore I think you could even do the wings separate. Pretty clean model for subassembly painting I think.

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Mid month update!

I recall Desper being referred to as "she" at some point during the Beta by one of the designers, and it stuck. So, I kitbashed Desper's actual model with a Miss Anne Thrope and some press moulds of Lady Rafkin's legs to make my own Desper:

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And then used one Huckster and kitbashed another with another Miss Anne Thrope I'd collected at some point.

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All told, 20ss so far this month. Might be all I do since I have a trip upcoming, but I'm pleased with the progress so far! Thoughts?

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This isn't something that many of you will have to worry about but if you have contrast paints don't let them get too cold. I was super happy my results with them when compared with the speed  and quality that I usually paint, but I walked to work with them in my backpack at -35C (-31F) for about 15 min per time. That's about one hour outside at those temps over two days. The flow of the paint has changed, the coverage is more streaky, and less shade/highlight contrast. This was painted after the paints have been room temp for six or so hours and the only change would be my time outside. All areas are one coat except for the purple which took two. When I first noticed I shook them all for about 2 minutes each to see if that made a difference, but I'm wondering if the low temperature caused a physical change in the paint chemistry. I don't have high standards, but this isn't going to cut it for me.

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The Iyanden Yellow doesn't seem too bad, the Magos Purple is about the same as it was, The Blood Angel's Red and Snakebite Leather seem to be write-offs, and I hadn't even cracked the Gulliman Flesh so I can't compare before/after but it is pretty bad. I'll let them heat up for a couple of days and shake them often, then I'll give an update.

Stay warm out there

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Emulsions are not stable when exposed to cold, especially freezing temperatures.
If that happens you will get a separation between the binder and the water (not the standard sedimentation). And when that happens, it's definitive, nothing can put back the paint as an emulsion.

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6 hours ago, Nikodemus said:

Have you any frozen non-Contrast to compare? I believe acrylics in general really don't like being frozen.

I've been bringing my acrylic paints to work for year, but honestly I don't for sure if I have had them in my back pack below -30 before; -20 to -25 would have commonly happened over time. My acrylics are mostly old, some from the 1990s that still work fine when thinned out. I may have just had models to trim/build in there at those temperatures instead. I just checked with some acrylics that made the trip as well: Wraithbone base is fine (purchased in January), Abaddon Black is fine (more than a year old), Ceramite White is completely separated (purchased in December). I have had a lot of whites do the same thing in the past, but not many other colours; I presumed it was that one paint that was poorly made, or happened to dry out, but now the cold connection makes a lot more sense.

5 hours ago, Antinea said:

Emulsions are not stable when exposed to cold, especially freezing temperatures.
If that happens you will get a separation between the binder and the water (not the standard sedimentation). And when that happens, it's definitive, nothing can put back the paint as an emulsion.

So what you're saying is science doesn't like Canadian Painters...

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On 1/13/2020 at 5:42 AM, Antinea said:

Here is my contribution for this month: M2E Student of conflict for 4 SS.

Face is completely and utterly botched beyond redemption, but I can't stand starting all over again from base coat.

Looks great to me! No need to be too tough on yourself, and I certainly think you made the right decision re: not going backwards. :)

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