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    Another figure from the Thanksgiving paint binge. This is a metal Games Workshop LOTR figure I got in a box of random stuff. I don't know the model number or what set he comes from (if any). I sawed off his original base so I could mount him on one that is the same in style as my other LOTR figures. Painted him in an autumnal color scheme, which turned out to be pretty close to the box art, except for my bright Pumpkin Orange cloak.
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    Painted up my two Kavorgh's. Am trying to get more fancy with the bases lately so used some grasses and tufts and you can't see it but some liquid water for a little stream underneath them. Thanks for reading!
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    I thought this was a cool figure and picked it up in one of the DGS kickstarters. She's got some fiddly spots but was generally a joy to paint.
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    A couple of quick paint jobs to add to my collection of modern/sci-fi gaming figures. The crate came in the swag bag at Reapercon, it was a solid dark brown and I drybrushed it heavily with a flesh tone to make it look more like wood. Bonnie has no face. I did the best I could with what was there. I put her on a metal washer because she is so light the slightest jiggle flips her over on the table. Frank is a pretty solid guy, OTOH. They are both a little shiny because I sprayed them heavily for table use.
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    Chibi figure I picked out of the Box of Goodwill last year. It took me a long time to get the color combinations right. I took the "Painting Chibis" class at Reapercon and it all suddenly came together once I got home.
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    Since I've been commenting, have a simple villager. Also, still looking for that nmm tutorial, specifically a legal copy... Gotta smooth those blends.
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    So for a Pathfinder Society scenario I needed very specific kobolds for the players to use. This made me get out my Bones kobolds and a bunch of modding started! I am not the best modder, but people loved the detail I put into the miniatures. I was also on a rather strict deadline and had to paint two sets (one for a friend). Oh and the bases are all shiny because they are supposed to be in the sewers, eewww and stuff! Below is the art that they were supposed to look like. Wizard/sorcerer? Fighter Cleric Alchemist Afraid I could not find the last 2 without copyright online. They are a bard (blue) and I think rogue (red). There was also a Otyugh that I painted for the scenario, which is on the reaper forum right here. It was all for this scenario: True Dragons of Absalom Unfortunately I do not have pictures of the 2nd kobold party + their otyugh.
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    Couple of quick paint jobs on some Bones guys I did for the Thanksgiving paint binge. Based the with a thin layer of Corporeal Shadow, which is bluish and then put a black ink wash over it. A few slide-on decals and they are ready to rock.
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    Here's a trio of Egyptian ladies I painted recently. I did the two on the left during my Thanksgiving paint binge. NSFW link to full image
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    Painted up my two wargs. Huz wanted them on a barren wasteland, so used my viva crackle to make a crackled dirt base, and two different kinds of army painter tufts (wasteland and i think winter?) Nothing overly complicated but happy with how they turned out.
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    Well, while self evaluation is not perfect, under most circumstances it can be better than the options. In a perfect world you would have an engaged supervisor who knows his/her people and keeps track of their accomplishments throughout the year. Alas, the world is rarely perfect. So you have a supervisor who may only see what certain people are doing (or only hear from the people who toot their own horns; regardless of the tooting being connected in anyway to reality). By having the employee do a self evaluation, the person who knows best what they did is providing the input. Again, the more extroverted/confident people have the leg up in this, but it at least gives a chance for a quieter person to get their accomplishments out. One thing I was told as a junior sailor, an in turn passed on to my junior sailors, was to keep a record of all of your accomplishments through out the year. Because when it came time write your brag sheet, invariable you wouldn't remember all the things you did 10-11 months ago. If you did that, then you would have no problem when it came time to provide your inputs/evaluation.
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    Already did it! May I present the Dumpster Fire that have been 2016? Now helpfully ornament-ized to that every year you can hang them on your tree in remembrance!
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    Took Saladin to paint day. Got some good feedback, made some good progress. The general comment was the chainmail was too green and it was throwing everything off. I got some help from Clever Crow on where to proceed. Here he is at the beginning of paint day. My feeling at this point was that I wasn't happy with it but didn't know why but it was "done." The advice was to make it darker so I repainted using Old Bronze. I just painted it straight over everything I'd already done. The effect was pretty striking. The richer color and the change of tone broke up the green of the scales and the green of the helmet. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures at that point. I started shading, mostly with browns and purples, but also with some blue liner and some dark greens. Here's the result Last night, I started highlighting. I used the old bronze and mixed in metal medium to give it some steep highlights. Pretty pleased with the results. I think the chain looks a lot better and it feels like it adds to the figure rather than detracting. There's probably more I could do here but time is short before this has to get shipped out so I'm probably going to leave it like this.
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    No. Right now all me free time is going to catching up on my 2016 sculpting commissions and wiring my basement to get my casting foundry going. That exploring a cave is nothing like D&D and other fantasy sources imagine it to be. I just spent the weekend with my son camping in a cave with the scouts. Very enlightening.
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    That the convenience store my oldest son works at has a surprising amount of benefits available to it's employees, even the part time ones. (For those in New York, it's Stewart's. For those not in New York, it's a family owned and run place)
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    Murphy's law, winter addendum: No matter what time you go out to clear the snow from your driveway, the plow will come by approximately 5-10 minutes after you have finished and rebury the end.
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    I think I'm gonna have my order shipped to my aunt. I'm spending christmas with her anyway, so she can wrap them and give them to me for the holiday. Plus, she'll be home to keep it from sitting outside and freezing the paints.
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    Ouch! And there we have the reason for closed toe shoe policies at workplaces in BC. My daughter has been at the computer most of the weekend, working on her short story for 9th grade English. It's basically D&D fan fiction, and I'm pondering sharing it in the appropriate sub-forum here so that it can be read by it's intended audience. I'm not sure she believes that you guys would want to read something like that... Either way, I'm super-proud of how much effort she's put into it.
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    I should've updated this earlier in the day after painting on him yesterday and before I started painting on him again tonight, but I'm still just basecoating things so it's not really a big deal. First of all, for reference sake for anyone painting this figure in the future, there's this: While I was basecoating the dragon, I thought that it was part of his backleg.....then I realized that his back legs are much further up so then I couldn't figure out what part of his anatomy it was meant to be. Referencing back to Marike's version on the Dark Sword site, she painted it as a rock. I don't understand why there's one very smooth rock there where there are no other rocks, but since I can't think of anything else it could reasonably be, I will also paint it up as a rock at some point. So if you've looked in on any of my WIPs the past couple of months, you know that I use Warcolours paints a lot and I have frequently commented that they tend to run very translucent. As it turned out, I had bought the entire set of their "layering" paints. In addition to that, I had not realized that they also have a "One Coat" basecoat set so when they were 15% off for Black Friday, I ordered all of those. I just got them on Saturday and I'm already super impressed. They're super pigmented, but at the same time they're a more fluid consistency than the layering paints. However, I still thinned them just slightly because they did seem just a little thick once on the figure. But let me tell you, they're not kidding when they call them "One Coat". All of the ones that I used below were seriously done in one coat. The only thing to note, aside from the fact that I recommend thinning them a little, is that they dry pretty glossy, which is especially obvious next to the very matte MSP paints. I'll find out soon if that causes any kind of issue with layering on top of them. I used Warcolours One Coat (which I will henceforth refer to as WOC) Red for the dragon's fin and insides. WOC Beige for the dragon's claws and the slivers of bone as well as for the frog's lower jaw area. WOC Grey over most of the armor - it's a very light grey so it might not be obvious in the pictures. Lastly, again for the benefit of anyone looking to paint this guy, this area between the loops of the tail: Worst thing ever. It's ridiculously difficult to wedge a brush in there without getting paint everywhere. As I type this, I've noticed that I can see a little spot of primer peeking out at me. I really, really wish that this figure was in more parts. C&C very, very welcome as always!
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    Finished my first batch of turtles. Raph was in an earlier post. I decided they look better without eyeballs. Their eyeballs usually disappear when they start fighting anyway. Edit: I threw Raph in just because he belongs here.
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    ...we really do need a HATE button. Second that...
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    I was watching gameplay of Train Simulator 2017 on YouTube and wondering why anybody would play this. Then I realized I'd watched like 3 hours of it. I like to think of it as playing a Simulator Simulator, where I pretend to be a person pretending to be an engineer. Then I started to wonder if there's an exploitable niche where people watch video of people watching video of people playing games. I didn't check because some things man was just not meant to know.
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    We Three Kings sounds good on a recorder; would that work, or are you looking for less mainstream options? I'm sure I could think of better suggestions if I hadn't woken up recently; perhaps my brain will be more helpful later. Okay, who let the frost giant sneeze all over my city? Once was quite enough, thank you. I expect him to have it all cleaned up by the time I have to run to the store later to pick up marshmallows. Can't make rocky road without them! Fudge, peppermint patties and Andes mint cookies are also on my list of "Christmas goodies to make." Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Here's a little more work. Base is mostly done as well as the gnome. I need to put some source lighting for the lantern on the base. But otherwise mostly there.
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    I should've made an update last night or earlier in the day before I started painting on him again, but I failed to do so. So I deepened the shading some more and went through several layers of highlights. I also worked on his teeth. For the skin, I did highlights, first with a 50/50 mix of MSP Fresh Blood and MSP Lava Orange, then I did a layer of straight Lava Orange, then a layer of 50/50 Lava Orange and MSP Golden Yellow, then a layer of straight Golden Yellow. I'm trying to decide if I should do a red glaze over everything or call the skin done as is. What do y'all think? For the teeth, I started by glazing in Warcolours .......either Ochre 3 or Ochre 5. Then I shaded in mostly near the gums and then pulling it thinly down to the tips of the teeth with GW Agrax Earthshade, then I made a mix of Brown Liner and whichever Ochre I'd used and darkened the areas by the gums and the little crevices. Then I took Warcolours One Coat Beige and dragged it from the tips of the teeth up about halfway toward the gums. Then I went back in with the Ochre glaze to yellow everything back up. I think they turned out pretty monster-y. C&C always very, very welcome!!
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    I finally broke down and bought a 3d printer to play with. After a lot of reviews and investigation, and a long wait time, I finally found myself with a Prusa Mk2 from Prusa's company in Cz republic. the machine came fully assembled and even the very first print was pretty. (a very cute little treefrog) I have since printed a bunch more frogs and Adelaine the dragon (who thinks she's a wolf howling at the moon). and a lot of roadway prints from Fat dragons latest kickstarter As I said the prints are really nice even at the fastest speeds (which are not fast but such is the life of 3d printers.) a 4 inch square road section takes about 2 hours to produce and the machine will handle up to 4 sections at a time on the available bed space. I am including this here so I don't forget and I will put pictures up when I get done with work. My only previous experience with a printer has been a small m3D which was much more finicky and had a real problem with size limitations and I guess I expected the worst, but this has done a great job
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    I was still learning how to take pics with the new camera, but these came out pretty good. Killed my eyes painting this after another very small Tengu model, but she is was worth it. Originally I was hoping my friend could use it in his Dragon Island campaign, but she did not make it into the story. Really pretty model though, love the pose.
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    The 40% off sale at Stonehaven got me... Elf Objective Marker Dwarf Baby Dwarf Blacksmith Dwarf Undead Gnome Aristocrat Halfling Commander on Ram Mount Elf Destroyer Eld Fortune Teller Elf Librarian Elf Illusionist Elf Ice Queen Elf Wizard Elf Wizard Mounted Enting x 2 All for just over $50, plus shipping.
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    That the US requires all alcohol made for human consumption to be slightly radioactive. This is to ensure that the sugars in said alcohol came from plant based sources and that the company isn't trying to sell you converted petroleum (there are several chemicals in petroleum that can be converted quite simply to ethanol). The radioactivity comes from the fact that carbon dioxide is a main source for carbon in plants and atmospheric carbon dioxide is exposed to radiation from solar winds, gamma rays, and all sorts of background radiation, thus becoming carbon 14.
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    My spawning pool female gladiator shipped! I also have my first lesson with Liz Beckley tonight so I'm super excited to try out what I will be learning on the barbarian :)
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    Well if you are going to take the Cthulhu out of Christmas I don't even see the point. I mean next you'll be telling me you are going to take the Shub-Nigurrath out of Valentine's Day.
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    I used to have friends like that. Emphasis on used.. A two hour drive single trip... then my friend decided he had to install his new phone..so he retreated in his man cave to fix something and didn't show for more than an hour. Leaving me and my girl with his wife. All fun and all, but I was visiting him... This kind of thing happened a few times more. I kindly let them know that I didn't like driving 4 hours total to not speak with my friend. Rest assured that friendship didn't last. I think it is a lack of respect for your guests, and I don't need that... It would be a used to situation if it weren't for the kids. It's not their fault that their mother and I have grown apart. We're staying together for the kids and maybe one day when they're old enough to understand we'll actually go through with the divorce.
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    Jennifer Connelly, that cute teenage girl in Labyrinth, is 46 today. She is still cute, just not a teenager any more...so much for the Hollywood eternal youth thingy
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    An evening of unexpected guests (the undead kind)
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    I think the closest I'll come to these subscription boxes is backing Kickstarter projects. Because by the time they usually get delivered I've forgotten most of what I was expecting anyway.
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    Evening all... Back from NYC. It was a nice weekend of mostly just chilling out, crafting together, and snuggling. Didn't manage to get tickets to Hamilton. Try again next week... Save travels good Sir.I hearby encourage you to get on the hangouts. Thanks all for the well wishes. And yes, everyone should join the hangouts! Turtles?? What do turtles have to do with anything? Also, you running around waiving a broom? Such a great mental image... I need to turn in my accomplishments tomorrow first thing... I hate doing these. I hate writing about myself. I hated doing it for my college applications, I've hated doing it for school, for work... Ask me to do peer reviews? Sure, Self evaluations? I'm a miserable cuss who doesn't ever actually do anything worthwhile and clearly am just a drain on the institute and a waste of space in general. There. Done. So I'm in bed on my laptop surfing the forum rather than thinking about my accomplishments... Not very successfully doing that either, cause here I am talking about my (lack of) accomplishments.
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    Picked up some fun Reaper minis from a free bin at the Miniature Painting holiday party, along with a bunch of paint from various manufacturers, as well as a used paint bin.
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    Dinner... the word my wife and I have argued over for more than 20 years. I grew up saying lunch and supper and dinner usually meant we were eating out somewhere. My wife can mean either a mid-day meal or an evening meal when she says dinner and has caused me all kinds of confusion. Also, she usually doesn't mean eating out when using the term.
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    Many people consider "Good King Wenceslas" to be a good one for recorder and other wind instruments, it's a thought anyway.
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    Probably better for the kids that the parents are happy, whether together or apart. Even if the kids are furry or... covered with an exoskeleton... Okay. I'm ready to call it a day, go home, and paint. Wanna finish off the Wolverine and Bear, and make some headway on the barrow rats. I also need to put together a travel kit that I can bring to NYC. Or maybe just bring up a bunch of my extra paints? (Thank you again Mori!! Still glad you got the blanket, but I totally make out on the deal) I figure if they're doubles, they're paints I wanted anyway, right?
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    Well, while self evaluation is not perfect, under most circumstances it can be better than the options. In a perfect world you would have an engaged supervisor who knows his/her people and keeps track of their accomplishments throughout the year. Alas, the world is rarely perfect.So you have a supervisor who may only see what certain people are doing (or only hear from the people who toot their own horns; regardless of the tooting being connected in anyway to reality). By having the employee do a self evaluation, the person who knows best what they did is providing the input. Again, the more extroverted/confident people have the leg up in this, but it at least gives a chance for a quieter person to get their accomplishments out. One thing I was told as a junior sailor, an in turn passed on to my junior sailors, was to keep a record of all of your accomplishments through out the year. Because when it came time write your brag sheet, invariable you wouldn't remember all the things you did 10-11 months ago. If you did that, then you would have no problem when it came time to provide your inputs/evaluation. Gaaa! you reminded me I have to do one of those things too. Bad Monday! bad! That being said, I always liked the system used by Dow. 80% of the people in the company never had to deal with the review process, they were considered to be doing their job well. the top 10 and the bottom 10 (those looking for promotion, and those looking for the door) were the only ones who got evaluations, unless you requested one. had a friend who worked there 30 years and had 3 evaluations, 2 promotions and one exit interview. I always envied that system, especially since my boss is a boss of convenience, (the VP I actually work for already has 40+ reports and I wasn't picky) and doesn't really understand what I do anyway.
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    I think writing down your accomplishments is good advice for everyone. Because if you don't remember your boss won't either probably.
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    Save travels good Sir.I hearby encourage you to get on the hangouts. Thanks all for the well wishes. And yes, everyone should join the hangouts! Turtles?? What do turtles have to do with anything? Also, you running around waiving a broom? Such a great mental image... I need to turn in my accomplishments tomorrow first thing... I hate doing these. I hate writing about myself. I hated doing it for my college applications, I've hated doing it for school, for work... Ask me to do peer reviews? Sure, Self evaluations? I'm a miserable cuss who doesn't ever actually do anything worthwhile and clearly am just a drain on the institute and a waste of space in general. There. Done. So I'm in bed on my laptop surfing the forum rather than thinking about my accomplishments... Not very successfully doing that either, cause here I am talking about my (lack of) accomplishments. Fairly sure she means this by "Turtles will play in the distance":
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    I got the Sea Hag in a bonus pack during last year's Hallowe'en promotion and just got around to painting her up. (Well, starting to paint her up anyway.) Thankfully I looked up Pingo's WIP thread where she commented on some of the details I'd missed, like the starfish on the back of the left leg and the crab on the back of the right arm! (Although I did clue in to the octopus... I'm blind, but not that blind... ) This makes two Julie Guthrie sculpts in a row for me (the last one was the Christmas hoard dragon) and I gotta say, I'm loving her work more with each one. So many details, but of just the right size and style that they're incredibly fun to paint rather than being tedious. And really forgiving of the terrible paint jobs I'm applying! I should point out that I'm still at the stage of finish up the base coats and starting to sketch in highlights. I'm not quite this incompetent. First, the obligatory front and back view: And now a few close-ups of the details! I broke out the big camera and the macro lens for these... please forgive the horrifyingly awful paint jobs you'll see. The crab on the back of the right arm: The starfish on the back of the left leg: The octopus on the left arm: (And yes I realise I missed like half of the top tentacle. Imma fix that in a few.) Anywho... Thoughts? Suggestions on colour scheme? Etc.
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    You'd think that enough people would have heard of Dunning-Kruger to torpedo self evaluation once and for all.
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    Save travels good Sir.I hearby encourage you to get on the hangouts. Thanks all for the well wishes. And yes, everyone should join the hangouts! Turtles?? What do turtles have to do with anything? Also, you running around waiving a broom? Such a great mental image... I need to turn in my accomplishments tomorrow first thing... I hate doing these. I hate writing about myself. I hated doing it for my college applications, I've hated doing it for school, for work... Ask me to do peer reviews? Sure, Self evaluations? I'm a miserable cuss who doesn't ever actually do anything worthwhile and clearly am just a drain on the institute and a waste of space in general. There. Done. So I'm in bed on my laptop surfing the forum rather than thinking about my accomplishments... Not very successfully doing that either, cause here I am talking about my (lack of) accomplishments. I hated doing them too. I eventually got good by either treating it as a creative writing assignment, or pretending that I was writing it for someone else. Or I would write a co-workers and he would write mine.
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    Menhom, Dark Shadow arrived.