I have found the least expensive way to laminate minis and cards for games is to buy a roll of clear, self-stick shelf paper (it costs me about $5 US for about 30ft x 19 in wide), and it can usually be found in the homewares section of your local superstore. You cut one piece and remove the backing, put your minis/cards on it, then take another cut piece and stick it onto the top of the sandwich. One note about this: Once the second sheet touches the first, that's it, it's stuck so it may take a few tries to get the technique down to make sure all of the bubbles and wrinkles are out of it. When you finish burnishing it and making sure the edges are closed, you can use dry erase markers on them and just wipe them off when you finish. This works great for reusable damage tracking cards (i.e. Armor Grid, OGRE, etc.).
There's no such thing as sanity, and that's the sanest fact.
I recently started "laminating" my figures with packing-tape before I cut them out. Next time I swing by an office shop, I'll have to look for some wider stuff for bigger figures. I'm actually really pleased with the results of packing tape. The obvious benefit is I just had some laying around but it also really reinforces the figures I make, especially fiddly thin bits like spear shafts and sword blades. The plastic "slickness" also just feels better to touch, and protects their printing. I actually really like the slight shine they get.
I started off with packing-tape too! Works well, except for the times that it gets a wrinkle or stuck in the wrong spot. I have grown fond of adhesive laminating pages because they function like the packing tape but I find it easier to handle.
I have used a bit of spray on Matte clear coat over laminate for reducing glare of some mini-figures for a photo shoot. It worked well and looked great, however not sure how well that matte finish would hold up on the long haul though. I have not done any durability tests with it.
Also haven't tried thermal laminates yet. They have been on my to-do list for a while.
oldschooldm: Yup. More power to anyone who tries it. It will only whet the appetite for people who want paper minis that were designed to be paper minis. :-) Fronts and Backs FOREVER! :-) [... it's bait, don't bite it! ... ]
Mar 25, 2019 8:13:22 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9