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More Site Updates

Another decal artist is on board! Bob Harris has donated two excellent Watchmen decals for you to create your own Comedian and Doctor Manhatten. You can find these decals under his gallery in the Decals section. Lee also sent me his Mythbusters decals, which I have added to his gallery. The galleries are growing at a very nice pace!

One more addition to the site is the Painting Guide under the Tutorials section. Longtime readers will recognize this as a collection of previous posts. However, I realized that finding “the basics” might be hard for new readers, since they have not been following this site since its inception. If anyone you know ever takes that first step and asks how to start making their own minimates, you can point them to that guide.

New Decal Galleries Added

I have been working on a new decal inventory system for the Factory for the last few weeks, and it is finally finished. Now each artist can have their own gallery with individual decals for you to download. This means you can arrange and print your own decal sheets now instead of using the pre-made sheets. It also means that artists can send me one or two decals to add to a gallery instead of worrying about creating an entire sheet. To see the new decal galleries, click on the Decals tab on the top menu.

Levels of Detail

Since the first Marvel minimates were released, we have seen the detail level of the tampos steadily increase. For example, compare the relatively simple Spider-Man from wave 2 with the Classic Spider-Man from wave 24. Besides the obvious addition of chest and leg muscles, the number of webs on his costume has also increased. Some people believe this level of detail is too high, and creates a visual separation between earlier minimates and recent ones. This argument also comes into play when you are making custom minimates. How much detail should you add? Do you want your customs to blend in with earlier waves of minimates, or recent waves? And will minimates continue to become more detailed, thereby making your customs too simple? Click the title for an in-depth discussion with examples.

Review: Testors Decal Paper

I noticed that Testors has their own brand of inkjet decal paper. Since I have been a fan of their Model Masters paints for many years, I thought I would give it a shot. A few weeks ago I ordered an assorted pack online, along with their recommended decal spray sealer, just to be safe. I finally got around to testing the paper last weekend. The results were quite disappointing. Click the title to read all about it.