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Why is everyone so secretive about pricing for painting miniatures?

In my own personal experience, I have found that sellers do not publicly post their prices in order to remain competitive in the market. If they were to post their prices, a competitor can easily ...
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Can I make primer from student grade acrylics?

In short: No, you cannot make an effective primer out of paint. Primer is not just "paint without pigment," and the purpose of it isn't as a base coat; the purpose of primer is to prepare your ...
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Mixing Acrylic Paint With Water ( And Storing It )

Paint is a chemical with a blend of several characteristics. Two of those characteristics are: - Carrying a pigment (color) - Sticking to a surface (glue) A 50/50 mix would reduce the binder (glue) ...
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How detailed could we make a sculpture of the earth the size of a soccer ball?

You could only strive to make as smooth a ball as possible. Maybe just paint it. The tallest mountain on that scale will be 0.11 [m radius of the soccer ball] / 6371000 [m mean radius of the Earth] * ...
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Can you use Poster Paint for fantasy miniatures?

I strongly advise against using poster paints for miniature painting. Poster paints are described as (emphasis mine): a distemper paint that usually uses a type of gum-water or glue size as its ...
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Can you use Poster Paint for fantasy miniatures?

I don't recommend using poster paint: It has relatively large colour particles. This makes it harder to use for detailed painting, as well making it more opaque, allowing for less blending options. ...
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Alternatives to Citadel / Games Workshop Paints

Citadel paints are essentially just acrylic paints. If you're not sure you want to make the investment yet, you can use any standard craft-grade acrylic paint while you practice; I'd recommend ...
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How do I bring the grain out on soft wood?

You can brush it with a wire brush, going with the grain. The wires push fine groves into the wood that looks like natural wood grain and works really well in miniature crafting. If you press the ...
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How do I bring the grain out on soft wood?

You can simply use water. Spray it on, disperse it with a sponge or so, and leave it for a while. The fibers will soak up the water and expand. For texture to appear the wood naturally needs ...
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Gluing fabric or ribbon to walnut shells

If the ribbon is polyester or nylon, it will be hard to make a strong bond to it. Most adhesives will stick a ribbon to something if it's only decorative and won't really get pulled. You need ...
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How do I identify good nippers for metal minis?

Products that will do the job are labelled with terms like nippers, snips, sprue cutters/clippers, flush cutters, side cutting nippers/pliers, diagonal cutting pliers, and various other terms, often ...
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How can I make my own grass tufts for miniatures?

You can use a cheap paint brush. Preparation Use a flat, broad brush used for home decorations or an old brush you no longer use for crafting. Stiff bristles with a light color are preferable. ...
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How do I remove mod podge bubbles from an irregular surface?

Sources of bubbles Mod Podge doesn't contain solvents that degas and create bubbles in the finish. If you are getting bubbles in the finish, it's either because of air bubbles that got mixed into ...
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Acrylics and model building: is a gloss layer a must-have before line detailing and washing?

Miniature painting is an interesting hobby, but as with any artistic technique, you need to practice and learn. The answer to all your questions is: Do whatever gives you the result you like best. ...
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Alternatives to Citadel / Games Workshop Paints

The benefit of the miniature-specific paints are that they are ready to go right out of the container with the right medium for painting miniatures and a decent amount of pigmentation and opacity. ...
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What is the best materials to make snow on minatures?

Like many things to do with miniatures, there are things you can buy and things you can make. Buy You can buy what's known as modelling snow from most manufacturers of scenic products. This is ...
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How can I make my own grass tufts for miniatures?

Stiff fibres such as you get in sisal twine or jute string can work well. If you put a dab of glue on the end before you cut it is fairly easy to make individual tufts, just cut to length and ...
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When making tabletop gaming scenery, how can I make PU foam more dent resistant?

PVA glue can make the foam much more dent-resistant. If you use polystyrene foam, many coatings and finishes will attack it. The usual method to protect the foam is to first coat it with a layer of ...
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When making tabletop gaming scenery, how can I make PU foam more dent resistant?

Another option is to use EVA foam. It will bounce back undamaged. That's what a lot of craft foam is. Cosplay foam is the same stuff but slightly denser (i.e. firmer) and comes in a wide range of ...
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Gluing fabric or ribbon to walnut shells

Plain old construction silicone might do the trick. Construction silicone is designed to stick to as many materials as possible. The fact that it stays flexible after curing makes the bond very long ...
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