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Author Topic: I'll show them, I'll show them all! -lots of small pics-  (Read 9496 times)

Offline wolfgangbrooks

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« on: February 01, 2008, 08:43:44 AM »
These are just some old scans of stuff I've repainted from the ahem "crappy, bendy, pre-painted crap" gamers like to look down on. I hate that people dismiss them just because of the factory paintjob. Sheesh, and this is supposed to be a painter heavy forum. :P

I think some of the sculpts released for the collectible minis game can equal or beat some of the best metals. It's kinda too bad I don't have any pics of some of the ones with the really intricate surface detail. Ah well, can't have everything.  











Unfortunately most examples of this skele do need to be straightened out...













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Offline Westfalia Chris

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008, 08:53:35 AM »
Never said they were crappy... just too large to mix with my other stuff. And I don´t do that type of fantasy. And that cocky attitude of the plasticsfolk isn´t really helpful, either... ;)

Nonetheless, lovely work. I particularly like the minotaur. :)

And yet, I still prefer metal. Now what will you do?!?  :cry: ;)

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008, 09:00:47 AM »
I would still rather have pewter or hard plastic.  The fact that you can re-paint them doesn't change that fact.  I own a bucket of Star Wars plastics myself but I'd still rather have them in unpainted hard plastic than the bendy gloppy state that most of them come in.  Not to mention the blind pull aspect.  



Here's a storm trooper I panted myself.  I'd still rather have him in at least hard plastic and a non blind pull.  

I suppose your mileage may very but I like crisper detail not slathered in thick factory paint to start out with.  Not to mention that the pre-paints are always painted straight out of the mold with mold lines and all.  By the time I get done prepping them I haven't saved any time as all.

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008, 09:03:02 AM »
Cocky? If I am, it's to shrug off the slings and arrows of the lead snobs. :)

I think the large ones you're refering to are mostly the heroclix ones. Some of them tend to be larger, but are more realisticly proportioned. I think they fit in with some of the boutique type figs that have been coming out lately. (I need need to compare scales with some Hydra stuff sometime)

The D&D and Starwars ones tend to be from true 25's to slim 30's. And Dreamblade humans are unfortunately in the 40mms most of the time.

I haven't got a problem with lead, and most of my stuff is metal. But what will I do next? Heh, as soon as I get a chance to prime some of the pulp and retro sci-fi stuff I've been putting together...

Well, I might be able to turn some heads with that. :D

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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008, 09:11:21 AM »
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... I'd still rather have them in unpainted hard plastic than the bendy gloppy state that most of them come in.  Not to mention the blind pull aspect.  


Hear, hear!

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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2008, 09:15:08 AM »
I either buy cases when I'd like at least one of everything. Like I did with Haloclix. But mostly I buy singles in bulk online. Not like it's any different than ordering anything else.

Personally I'd prefer to be able to buy hard plastic multipart kits for stuff like the stormtroopers too. But there's enough variety in them at least it's not so much an issue, except for availability of course.

For prep, I just clean mould lines, spray over the base paint, and go from there. To me it seems it's mostly just the old Mage Knight, and oddly, some of the recent Starwars ones that have gloppy paint. I don't see a differnce in prep time personally. I've never gotten a lead figure that didn't need careful scrutiny to find all the flash and mould lines. Maybe you buy from better companies than me. :)

I understand personal preferences on the subject. I just don't like it when people state opinions as fact. It just bums me out when something neat is announced and people want to dump on it without looking just because of the material.

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2008, 09:20:56 AM »
I never said they could not be painted up or that the sculpts were bad.  I only mentioned a dislike for the material and the FACTORY paint jobs.....  

So you buy your blind pull plastics or perhaps you get them second hand.  Then you shave off the flashing just like any mini.  Then you fire up the stove to boil water to straighten the mini.  A step you don't have to take with other kinds of minis.  Then you either start painting over what could be a very heavy coat of paint or you re-prime the mini with yet another coat of paint causing even more of the subtle detail to be lost.  You can end up with a nice looking mini but chances are the effort involved would look even beter on metal or hard plastic since your prime job is going over a clean surface and not a thick layer of existing paint.  

Now you've finished a nice mini but you can't just throw it back in the bucket with the others because you don't want the paint to get rubbed off and you don't want it bent all out of shape again so you still have to store them just as carefully as a metal or hard plastic mini.  Bad handling will still muck them up just like any other mini.

But what do I know.  20+ years painting, collecting, and gameing.  I think it's ok to prefer one material over another.

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2008, 09:50:11 AM »
Really beautiful painting Wolfie! I like your style dammit!

But I still wouldn't choose plastic figures over metal. Call me a snob - but at the end of the day, I just don't like the feel of them...

But I think there is definitely room for a Plastic Adventure Forum.  :wink:

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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2008, 09:58:33 AM »
"I think it's ok to prefer one material over another."

Well, sure. To me all that matters is it's usefulness. I can't imagine how any other criteria matters, but I know some people are selective with what they like.

"Bad handling will still muck them up just like any other mini."

Really? My experience has been just the opposite. Metal flakes and rubs so easy and my plastic stuff has survived all kinds of disasters without so much as a smudge.

For priming, I use basic black rustoleum spray. I've accidentaly oversprayed on occasion, but when dry none of the detail has ever been lost. And it works good on even the super slick paint of some of the WOTC models. (It also actually dries, which is different than alot of stuff I used.)

I haven't actually had to use the hot water technique on a fig yet. I think less than one in a couple dozen of the ones I've bought, have needed straightening. Sometime I guess I need to round up the worse examples of the bendies and fix them up.

"You can end up with a nice looking mini but chances are the effort involved would look even beter on metal or hard plastic"

Now, I think that's up to technique and the sculpt. If there where to ever be a mini you could buy the exact same sculpt in both metal and a reasonably thin coated prepaint, I do believe I could paint both up to the same standard and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference without picking one up.

Personally I just don't buy that plastic can't hold the same amount of detail as metal. There are different casting concerns to be sure, but these days I don't think it's an issue.

"FACTORY paint jobs..... "

But I'm not buying them for the factory paint jobs. :) And the worst detail cloggers are easily visible in even online pictures.

"I never said they could not be painted up or that the sculpts were bad"

Never said you did. I'm reacting to what I see are the reactions of the hmmm... hardcore? wargaming community as a whole.

I don't like Mega-minis stuff, I just think most of the sculpts are bad. But it's not like anyone is judging the potential quality of the whole of lead minis on (again, what I think) are the low end of the commercial quality spectrum.

And thanks for the "like your stuff" posts everyone. :)

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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008, 10:03:11 AM »
You've done some amazing stuff there! Just wanted to point that out before I join the discussion on the merits and faults of pre-paints.

I think that even if a pre-paint takes more effort than an unpainted miniature, it can sometimes be worth it if you happen to find one that's perfect for whatever project you're working on. Of course, it would have been better if the sculpt had come as an unpainted metal or plastic figure in the first place, but that's totally beside the point. I think that in this recent discussion on metal vs plastic, we can begin to discern who the dogmatists* and pragmatists on LAF are. I like to think I'm a pragmatist, myself.

*in the neutral sense of the word, not the "arrogantly assertive" sense.
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2008, 10:12:21 AM »
If I didn't have a use for pre-painted plastics I wouldn't have a bucket load of Star Wars one.  Still given the option I'd rather have them unpainted in hard plastic with the hero ones in metal.  Since I can't the pre-paints will have to suffice since with Star Wars in particular no one else can make those minis.  Extra layers of paint obscure detail.  Everythinge else aside that is just a fact.  

If I had a place close by selling singles I could go inspect before purchase I'd have more in my collection filling similar gaps that my Star Wars ones fill.

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2008, 03:38:23 PM »
Well, being in the hobby for the gaming (painting, for me, just goes with the territory), I love to be able to buy large quantities of cheap pre-painted minis like the Star Wars stuff off Evilbay.

I have been collecting plastic and metal soldiers/minis for gaming with ever since I was about 12-13 years old, and if those 1/72 plastics had been available in pre-paints, I'd probably never taken up painting minis.

That said, some minis, both plastic and metal, can be a pleasure to paint (as long as only one has to be painted). Painting an army of skeletons, for instance, is not, whether plastic or metal. Just a dreadful chore.

Now, for what it's worth, there's my 5 cents.
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2008, 03:49:48 PM »
Smeh. As long as its a good sculpt and its well cast, good stuff. I prefer metals over plastic, and plastic over resin (the benefits of resin are usually lost to casting imperfections).

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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2008, 03:56:43 PM »
Quote from: "Rhoderic"
I think that in this recent discussion on metal vs plastic, we can begin to discern who the dogmatists* and pragmatists on LAF are. I like to think I'm a pragmatist, myself.

*in the neutral sense of the word, not the "arrogantly assertive" sense.


I'm a hypocrite. I blather on like a dogmatist and have "to be repainted" plastics in the closet.  :D

You've done a nice job with these, but I and I fall into the "bad material/bad prepaints/useful in places/not inherently wrong" opinion category. Plastics make some things possible that would be hard or inconvenient or expensive to do in metal. I think you'll see people who are in it for the game feel the same way. Ultimately I prefer the heft and selection of metals if I'm going to have to choose between two otherwise useful miniatures.

Agree completely on skeletons being an utter chore to paint. White primer + paint the weapons + dark brown dip. At least it's fast.

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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2008, 04:10:26 PM »
Great stuff!

What are those Egyptian looking animal guys up front and what are the tentacle monster things? I actually had some a while ago but I sold all my D&D minis after playing the game about 30 times and NEVER winning. I just didn't have the gamey brain or energy enough to learn all the combos and tricks.

 

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