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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I Just Bought My First Military Figures!

As some of you may know, it's my birthday this month and I've told the Hubby I want figures for my 50th.  So I'm buying as many figures as I can get away with and calling it My Birthday Mountain of Lead. Let's just see how high a mountain I can build!

As part of my second shopping expedition I ordered my first military figures from Essex Miniatures. Now remember I've only been painting for a few months so for me this is very exciting indeed.

I chose to buy European Army (1695-1745) Command pack: Mtd. Grenadier officer, Std. bearer, and drummer.  The quick and dirty version of why I chose these is that the figures are mounted and there's a drummer.  The long version will come when I post them.

I ordered a lot of other things when I ordered these and will begin posting pics as my orders come in. At the end of my shopping spree, I'll put my lead in a pile and photograph it.  

To all of you old-timers I ask that you bear with me. This to me, is brand new and I have no one in my life to share this with, so you are all stuck hearing about it and reading my long winded comments on your pages. Be patient and give me time to settle down.

I want to end this post by welcoming my friend Elsie back to the blogosphere after a brief absence. This is for you  Elsie.


It's Tuesday and  I know that's a bite in the arse, but let's enjoy what we can of it.  Have a good one everybody.




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  1. You're right -- Tuesday's a real bite in the arse after a lovely long weekend. Looking forward to seeing more of your figures that you've ordered.

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    1. It's second only to Wednesday in it's horror! The first batch is here, I'll start photographing when the second batch arrives next week.

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  2. I did a huge Confederate army for someone when I was in college, and, oh my gosh, by the time I got to the end of doing that, I so hated grey! I'm pretty sure those were Essex minis.
    I hope you enjoy those!

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    1. I'm not signing up to do a regiment just yet Andrew! But I have been told that I should do, as it would make me a better painter. I just bought 5 mini's from Thunderbolt Mountain and I'm stoked!!

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    1. Thank you Marco and it's nice to see you today.

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  4. Happy Birthday. Enjoy your lead when it arrives. Don't lick it mind it tastes icky and you'll have an upset tummy. Watching this with interest :D

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    1. Thank you Brummie. I scored 5 more mini's last night and later today, I'm hitting Foundry!

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  5. Good luck with those figures. I like Essex figures but hate their thin bases for the horses. I recomend glueing the horse to a bottle top (I bluetac all the others to pop lids as it allows me to rotate the figure and easier to hold). Just glue them with a glue that comes off easy (I use cheap super glue) and yes repeat painting of a group of figures, repeating the same stage over and over sharpens your co-ordination. It's also faster to paint bits of each figure than start and finish one fig then move on. Manydo a test figure to see how it works out (I don't).

    I like today, the kids are soon to be off to school for a new year (they are really happy to go back) and normal routinewill come back.

    Ian

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    1. Bluetac-I've been wondering what people use. I just hold the mini's in my hands because I've been afraid that if I attach them to something, I'll never get them off!

      I've recently switched from doing one complete figure at a time to doing multiples and it's helping. I'm still horribly slow.

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  6. Woooo Hooooooo!!!!! Shintbloodyitus strikes again!! And you've bought from the period that I'm painting up too!!!! Share the love!!

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    1. You've just told everyone why I bought these Rat!!! I bought these because of you, you eejit!! I'm going to be asking you for help, you know that don't you!!!

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  7. Very fun, well your good hooked & sunk now ;)
    Will be interesting to see what you think of the scale. I'm assuming you did get the 15mm minis. I find that scale very relaxing actually, since there is less detail, but quite different from 28/32mm.
    I think everyone should be able to get toys & hobby for their birthday!
    Congrats on yours :)

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    1. Yep, 15mm and they don't have all the detail sculpted into them so my brush will have to put it there. I'm hoping I'll be quicker at these.

      I'm doing 3 Dark Sword 15mm and I'm loving it. Small but tremendous detail.

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  8. Awww I liked the nice little tribute to Elsie at the end :) This is a pretty new experience for you and I hope it goes well Anne. An early happy birthday too. I'm looking forward to the story behind those figures too.

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    1. That was a beautiful tribute! =)

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    2. Thank you Mark, it's not till the 11th, but I'm starting early. It's the big 50, so I'm going to have fun and not feel bad about getting old!

      I'm so glad she's back.

      @Elsie-I missed you terribly!!

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  9. hahahahaha oh the cat just got such a fun image. Anne and Elsie as Golden Girls hahahahaha too funny. Maybe they could do an updated version, since remakes are out there by the ton.

    I knew the drum was a reason you picked it as soon as I saw it. And have fun spoiling yourself haha at least you'll be sure to get what you want.

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    1. The cat thinks he's funny, huh Anne? Golden Girls - pfft - more like Playboy bunnies!!

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    2. Golden Girls huh, well they were feisty and they were rich, so it could be worse. If I let the Hubby buy something for me, it would be something he wants for himself. Now bugger off you disgusting feline.

      @Elsie-we'll put that feckin Cat back in his place where he belongs by the end of the day!

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    3. I got him once today, but I'll get the fecker again!

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    4. He's scared and he's evading us...

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    5. Pfft the cat has a life you know
      He has to sleep and go
      That takes a lot of effort on my part
      Especailly if I have to pass a fart
      But still you will never stop me
      For well you were away the cat rhymed with glee
      Getting one up on all
      You just can't handle my cat call
      And yeah the golden girls
      With your old grey hair in curls hahahaha

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    6. You have to sleep huh Cat. Let me tell you that no matter how many hours you sleep, you'll never be a beauty. And you stink. Jesus Christ, that fart is lingering. You disgust me.

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  10. 15mm Essex were my fav fig's back when I could see them. Looking forward to seeing your mountain.

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    1. That mountain is growing as I did my third shopping spree in the wee hours. Thank God these places have online stores! The Essex are a long standing tradition and I thought it imperative that I have some.

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  11. Happy birth-month Anne! :)

    One of the most important things with 15mm is to take time on the prep-work and to remember that as the figures get smaller, colours on them are perceived as being darker from a typical viewing distance. That means it can be tricky to get the balance right between colours seen at a distance and colours seen close up.

    Another tip - if you are going to paint the riders on the horses rather than separately, it is probably best to do them before the horse (learn from my mistakes). For the horses, take a look at Simon McDowall's technique: http://legio-wargames.com/#/painting-horses/4537264771 - my technique is a cut-down version of that and gets good results.

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    1. Thank you for the link Tamisin. I just added it to my favorites. I'm going to have to pick up some ink I think for these guys. I'm pretty sure that these will end up being stripped a few times before I get them right. It's going to be a different ballgame than 28 and 32mm

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  12. We have missed Elsie! I'm glad she is back as well! She was right, the place just wasn't the same without her!

    Good luck with the mountain of lead! Look forward to seeing your paintings...and how well you progressively get better with each figure!

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    1. I missed you guys too, Dan!! I miss the banter we all have!

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    2. Thank you Dan. It was horrid without her. I didn't want to post and had to force myself to comment. The blogosphere wasn't the same at all.

      @Elsie prepare to goof off!!!

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    3. I'm ready baby! I watched my future husband's debut intro and I'm good to go!!

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    4. Bruce and I are so happy for you two. You know he's flying me to Paris this weekend to go clothes shopping. I'll be needing new clothes for our honeymoon. The new Mrs. Bruce Willis will be styling!

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    5. Michael and I saw Bruce the other day at a gala. He looked so sad because you were stuck at another engagement. He told us all about flying you into Paris and now Michael is talking about flying me in too!!!!! Girl time =)

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    6. Pfft I think they let some extra air in during your surgery and it went to your head. = airhead hahaha damn the cat is good.

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    7. Oooh I was hoping Bruce would put a bug in Michael's ear. We all might as well go together. Shall we take my jet or yours. We can go to the spa while the boys go out for a brandy and a cigar. You know how Bruce loves his cigars!!

      Cat you're beginning to become a pain in my arse-now feck off!!

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    8. LOL well you got that damn song stuck in my head all fecking day, so I need to get payback some how hahaha let the farts linger!

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  13. Congratulations on the awesome figures Anne, they look awesome! It's great to see Elsie back again even though she's still not fully well. She's a lovely person who helped me through my tramadol withdrawal and she deserves to be well again.

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    1. Thank you, Matthew, but don't forget to credit yourself too - you worked hard and made through to the other side!

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    2. I think after this shopping spree I'll have enough figures to finish the story I'm working on and then get a good start on the next story. I know she helped you through that, she's helped me with so many things over the past year.

      @Elsie-I told you so!!!

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  14. And now it's my turn to tear up. Thank you for the song, Anne. You are such a dear friend and have been there for me through so much. I'm blessed to have found you in this blogging world and am grateful for our friendship.

    Enjoy painting, Anne. I love the drummer and can't wait to hear the backstory although I think I have a bit of an idea. =P

    Keep on buying...you deserve it!! I'll spare you any advice on painting - all's I know is my hubby has an itty bitty spray painter thingy....but he uses that on tanks and stuff...that's all I have on painting LOL

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    1. I think we found each other at just the right time in our lives. God knew what he was about soooo many months ago when he put us together. You know you've helped me with so many things. Both in the present and with my past. I've shared things with you that I NEVER ever talk about.

      I'll be a painting demon in the coming months!

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    2. I agree wholeheartedly, Anne. God played His part for sure and you know I've spilled my beans =P

      I love the concept of a demon!!! Love, love. love it - and I can actually visualize one in my head...is that bad? LOL

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    3. That's what's great-the give and take. That's not easy to find because it's often a one way street.

      It's perfectly normal to picture demons, especially since Devin paints!

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    4. So true! Finding a relationship, even a friendship that goes two ways is not easy to do. Why don't you live across the street? LOL

      Phew, I was a bit worried about being able to see the demon. I thought it might have something to do with Pickle's post because I had seen it (the one about the Rorschach test) and I took the test and thought I did damage to my fragile brain LOL

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    5. The Pickle can do that to you. Have you read any of her dolphin rape posts. Oh that will change the beach for you!!

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  15. yeehaa for Elsie getting back to us where she belongs :)
    It will be such fun for you painting those pretty horses, Annzie!

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    1. I missed you, my handsome Dezzy!!! =)))

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    2. Those horses are going to be tough to do. But I've wanted to do horses since I started following Ray and saw his. I'll be reading a lot of tutorials I can tell you that.

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    3. I'm sure they will be lovely! Make them glorious!

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  16. It's my birthday moth too, we may have to fight it out for the rights to this month. Nah, screw it, I'm going to ignore my birthday and thus, reverse the aging process or at least freeze it in time.
    Have fun with the figures.

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    1. Well that explains your sense of humor. God, those of us born in this month are train wrecks. I never celebrate my birthday, but since this one is half a bloody century-I'm going for it! No black balloons for me.

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  17. Greetings. Essex are fine sculpted figures. I have some 15mm pirates and they are amazingly detailed. Get prepared for blurry eye strain!

    The trooper on the right of the picture seems to be holding up his partner and horse..."Steady big fellow." They all three had a rip roaring time at the local beverage dispensing center last night, where animals are slipped a slurp or two for free!

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    1. You know after they got out of the pub they reported seeing a flying pig!! Most people didn't believe them, but I have reason to think that they saw exactly that.

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    1. I just can't believe that my friend would dot dot dot me like this. You and Francis are going straight into the dog house for this and it's going to a while before I let either of you out!!

      I don't have an army yet, but when I do have one, we're going to attack people who dot dot dot me.

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    2. Sorry, but that was pretty funny, Anne....LMAO!!

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    3. Not you too!! I hate those feckin dot dot dots. You're the only one that can get away with that. The men however are in deep shit!!

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    4. But I use my dots as "Ellipsis Marks" he he he =PPP

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    5. There are no excuses for the dreaded dot dot dots!!! Now into the dog house with the boys you go!!

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    6. Sorry bout that Anne! I just couldn't help myself!! I use the dot dot dot to denote timing, cause I love... TIMING!

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  19. Mountain of lead. You must be SUPER excited. Can't wait to see them roll through the blog!

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    1. I am so excited as I'm finding great deals out there and am buying from as many different manufacturers as I can. I want that mountain high!!

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  20. Huzzah! The mountain begins. Make sure you buy lots of metal lances and spears and bayonets for your army. They'll hurt Ray and Fran even more when you throw 'em at them that way!

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    1. I bought a bunch of swords, axes and spears! And if the big Irishman shows up tomorrow and dot dot dots me, he's going to find those weapons coming right at him!!

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  21. Essex, Good choice :-)Good luck with the mountain.

    Jason.

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    1. I just had to buy some Essex, they are a classic and the standard for military figures.

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  22. Ah, sis, how did I not know that your birthday is this month? Mine is, too!

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    1. We are twins!! I knew it. Hey I'm going to email you tonight before I go to sleep!

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  23. hey happy early birthday and wow a mound of lead..now that sounds fun...smiles....that will def give you a lot to work with....

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    1. Thank you Brian. The Hubby is being very generous this year!

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  24. great first military minis! especially so as they are smaller than I´d dare to paint.
    Cheers
    paul

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  25. Don't forget Aducca & LA Seas.
    The whole deal is Duke, and King 2 Zee.
    ( tlemly)
    IRA- PLO.

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    1. yep, Anne, I think this is the same troll I've got too, since they have the same ID number! Now that we know who it is and that it is one of the bloggers, we shall report him to Blogger next time he attacks our sites. They might shut down all of his blogs and we shall publicly reveal his identity to the whole blogosphere!

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  26. How about KOGELLAMP .

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  27. It's Carry On with Kerryr78 and Heintz 57 which is GISNICA 57.

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  28. Sharing your excitement, Anne. Looking forward to seeing where this goes. Everyone should have a lead mountain in their life, but be warned, once you start one, it only grows bigger!
    Cheers,
    Mike

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  29. For anyone who comes to comment I've had to put my comments on moderation because I'm having severe problems with a troll who will not go away.

    T

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  30. I wish you every success with these Anne, I'm damned if I know where I would start with them! Love the idea that your building a lead mountain already, best of luck and enjoy the month of your birth, I trust there will be some serious celebrating.

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    1. Fortunately for me Rousell just happens to be painting this period so I imagine I'll just copy what he does!!

      I'm having a grand time of it and you only reach the half-century mark once in a life time, so I'm going to make it count!

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  31. hahahaha welcome to the dark side!!!!! oh did I just say that... I mean welcome to the glorious (non evil) world of (non voodoo) figures (that dont come to life and kill people) hope you enjoy the experience! I am sure I have made some mistakes there... this is not an evil hobby (much)!

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    1. You did say that out loud Gowan. But that's okay as I've seen you on Fran's page before and I'm familiar with your style!!

      I think my figures get up to a bit of no good at night when I'm sleeping though!

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    2. I hate to think what my figures do especially the really creepy looking ones... glad I dont do orcs and stuff anymore

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  32. Ohhhh the first blister! So many memories, so nice memories!
    Good luck with them sweet Anne! :)

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    1. Thank you Thanos. I'm a bit nervous about painting these guys, but there are plenty of great examples on the blogosphere and I'll learn from them.

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  33. Happy birthday month! Although I can't believe it's your 50th...but what a cool way to celebrate.

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    1. Thank you G. Time flies when you're getting old!

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  34. Kudos to you for stepping into the wee world of military mini painting! You might find it quite addicting.

    And Happy B Day!

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    1. Thank you Monty. I know it's over when I start mainlining military figures!

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  35. Good luck with this Anne ~ A lovely birthday treat, why not ~ Have a wonderful day celebrating it ~

    And don't talk about getting old...smiles ~

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    1. Thank you Grace, but in dog years, I'm dead!

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  36. Many happy returns Anne.
    Congratulations on your military purchase! You realize of course that once you have got these done we'll be asking which set of rules you will be using them with... and what basing method you will be adopting! All parts of the joy of a painter/gamer!

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    1. Thank you Scott. You know I've already been back at the Essex site looking at more figures. I have to buy the correct paint for these guys so who knows what I might pick up!

      If I had a group of people to play with, I would definitely play.

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  37. Embarking on a new adventure! Awesome! Looking forward to what you can do with these. I would push you away from the inks or at least be careful with them. The problem with ink is that it doesn't really dry the way paint does so its possible to re-activate the ink when you applying paint over the top of it. Just something to be aware of.

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    1. I didn't know that. I read a few horse tutorials for 15mm and all the guys used ink to pull out the detail on those small figures. I just bought blue ink from Vallejo for a dragon I'm getting ready to paint. The detail is so very fine, I wanted something stronger than a wash. I'll clearly have to do some more reading.

      Thank you Kris!

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  38. I hope you amass a ginormous mountain of lead to paint for your birthday!! Remember, one must celebrate for the entire month!

    And I am so happy Elsie is doing better!!

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  39. More figurines, military? Kool. I remember the spetember bday but you didnt let us know the date. Hope you have big thing planned and you are going to rock the celebration. Cant wait to see your bday picture and figurines :)

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