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    I've been working on these two for a very long time. Well over a year I think. It's nice to finally get them off the paint table and into the display cabinet.
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    i finally finished deathsleet, which i painted as a green for lost mines of phandelver. this was my first large model, and i made every mistake one can make on a large model. it was a good learning experience, though. before someone mentions it, i have yet to properly base anything i've painted since i came back to the hobby. i'll get around to it when it when i finally paint something i really like, which may be down the road a bit. no doubt i'll need plenty of advice when i get to that point, but for now i'll content myself with just ruining models. c&c welcome, of course.
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    Respectfully, I will not be passing along to the bosses the suggestion that I be included in anyone's rewards.
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    Hi, I had very prolific holidays and in addition to Myshikn i finished some miniatures from Cadwallon board game
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    A terror of tabbies from the Fireside Games "Here, Kitty, Kitty" boardgame, painted with The Army Painter paints. I'll be posting a painting tutorial in the BGG "Here, Kitty, Kitty" forum. The plastic, of course, is boardgame plastic, requiring quite a bit of mold line removal and gap filling. Like red and yellow, orange needs several coats for coverage, so correcting mistakes and painting over shaded colors took awhile. The remaining *thirty* cats are black, grey, and white, so hopefully won't take as long...
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    Hello, I'm a brand new to the hobby and a loving how (surprisingly) relaxing it is. I've never been an artistic person, but i got into it because i liked the idea of creating my "custom" tabletop minis. These two are first I've ever done. I think it went ok for a first try, but definitely lacking and needing A LOT of work; it looks really messy. I would love some constructive criticism. Thank you. Also just a few questions: 1. How long do you usually wait for initial base coats to dry before doing a second/third coat? 2. I'm a little confused on how/when to apply shadows, highlights, glazes, etc. Reaper Bones Kobolds (first ever). Reaper Bones Deladrin (second)
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    After work tonight I managed to find myself at the petrol station with no wallet at 1am, having just put $30 of petrol in my car. Luckily, my friend from work had just finished his shift at the same time as me and was able to come and pay for my petrol. He also bought be an ice cream, because according to him "there's nothing like ice cream to soften the blow of being an idiot".
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    It's so busy today!!! Goodness!!! Setting up a new laptop and testing new product and installing software for someone else and ordering two more laptops and the A/C in the server room died ahhhhhh Not really but the snek was too cute.
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    I hope nobody left an airlock open again... This part made me smile. Everytime you turn your back on them, their heads pop up, just as you look over your shoulder they dissapear again. *** Do you think he sssaw usss? ***
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    All I can say is *hugs*. Also, here's the best part of my visit to the zoo, which I was saving for just such an occasion: Lion blep! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    As fun as a video would be, I'm all for Bryan and the other Reaper folks focusing on Kickstarter preparations. I'm split between being excited and terrified of when our pledge will arrive. Excited because BONES, and terrified to see how big the box (or boxes) will be. I got two Ma'al drakars, as well as the core set, two of the expansions, all of the paint, and a huge handful of assorted other things. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    One of the Fellow from the Lead Adventure Forum gave me a link to Bog's Miniatures on FaceBook. Their ambulatory Mushrooms were so like my stationary ones that I had to give them a try. This is the result: Emerging from the depths of Heep's Caverns, The Meandering Mushroom Mob: The Lantern: The Wizard: The Flunky: ANDThe Muscle: ...Than Gang with a shot of the setting at Heep's: ...they may not see any games, but the boards are splendid puppet stages for photos. The Fellow seen exercising the better part of valor is a plastic miniature that is part of G.W's plastic Giant boxed kit. He is my surrogate for Sir Forscale. From the bottom of his shoes to the top of his hat, he is 32 mm. I feel he shows the proper appreciation of the situation my World offers.
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    Morning all! My girls actually let me sleep in this morning! Crazy... They're stone, and the mortar is... dead. And the stone are starting to resemble less a set of stairs and stoop, and more a pile of rocks that are perched precariously upon one another.
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    My Monday was yesterday, as my actual Monday was lost somewhere in the back roads of western SC. I have no idea what today is.
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    No worries. I doubt the snakes were offended. And I'm really trying to avoid having them as housemates this year. Neighbors is fine, but I don't want to find babies in the washer again. Seriously, it was one snake per load last summer. It's kinda funny. When I was a kid. I looked all over my backyard for snakes and never found them despite them supposedly being all over in the surrounding fields. Living in the city now as a grown up and they are all over my tiny yard.
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    Aw come on. They really are adorable in a snakey sort of way. I just need to plug the hole in my siding so I don't find babies in my washer again and to just keep them out of my basement in general. Particularly since the cats both go down there now and I don't want them to bring me presents.
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    Two copies, primed with Titanium White and a wash of Burnt Umber: This is a Kitsune figure Reaper offers only as part of a set. I got mine from two copies of 03495: DHL Classics: Lady Lycanthropes (which also includes a werewolf and a weretiger). She also comes in the set 02900: Beastmen of the Wyld (which also includes a boar-man and an elk-man (American elk or wapiti, not European elk or moose)). I will confess, I had seen her around in the store and thought her sculpt only okay and kind of flat looking. But then a couple of gorgeously painted examples changed my mind: So I got two copies of 03495: DHL Classics: Lady Lycanthropes, since I knew I was going to need lycanthropes for a game soon and there aren't too many females out there. Just to get a sense of place I sloshed a little drab green, mixed from Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, and a dab of Phthalocyanine Green, onto their bases. I decided to paint one up as a silver fox and one as a classic red fox. Using my standard method of slopping some beginning colors on, I mixed up a neutral grey from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna plus some white and daubed it on one of the figures (plus some pure white on the tail tip). I took some of the straight Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna mix -- which is a transparent dark near-black with violet overtones -- and laid it on the silver fox in the standard places. If you Google silver foxes they are beautiful, almost like Siamese cats, with silver heads and backs and black legs, tail, ears, and face. I did similar things with the reddish kitsune. I mixed a dull rusty red from Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, a dab of Titanium White, and a minuscule amount of Phthalo Green to grey it down just a hair, then I daubed it on the parts of a fox that would be red. I washed her darker bits with that same Ultramarine Blue-Burnt Sienna near-black, and a light brushing of pure white on her tail tip. Then I took some pure Carbon Black and laid in their eyes, noses, and lips. It's really hard to see on the silver fox, but there is a difference between it and the "black" on her face. So they are a real mess right now, but there should be some interesting developments as we go along.
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    If a human being jumped out of my box, emergency services and a janitor would be needed.
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    My eldest appears to be planning an ancient Greek-themed music video filmed in various plausible locations around the city this summer. Location scouting and logistical planning are fun.
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    While @Xherman1964 happily intercepts the doppelgänger disguised as Monday disguised as Wednesday, Monday itself is busy filling Herman's inbox with Urgent! projects.
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    I'm sure they are, and these sound about as cute as snakes can get and to be honest I do like snakes and I like to know they are around in the local ecosystem. Something about the "right under my front steps" thing, though, kicked something unfair off in me. My apologies to you and your housemates.
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    I move from "I hate it" - to yeah "close enough" really fast. I may tinker with it a bit more, and I have basing to finish - but this is a near final stage before I move to show-off.
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    I'ld be lion if I didn't say that was super cute!
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    The snake pit under my house seems to have bubbled over onto my porch this afternoon. Got home from some errands to see a writhing green mass wriggling around on the step and then disappearing into the crack as I approached. I had thought that mating balls were in the fall but I'm not sure what else would have been going on there. It was kinda cute how they kept peeking up from the crack as I was unlocking the door. Made it look like they were checking if the coast was clear or not.
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    I had a very critical conversation today. Boss kept doing fly bys of: "You need to not allow yourself to be pulled in 100 directions at once.", "You need to just knock off doing all the 'extra' stuff.", "You need to not get distracted and focus on <blah blah blah which is different than what was said the last time>." These would happen on the phone, while she was almost inaudible from a hands free, or while I was packing up after giving a lecture. Not in a situation where I was able to give my own input. So, I asked to schedule a meeting where we could define my job duties. The conversation was a big success. My goal was not to demonstrate that she was being unreasonable, and being a bully (which she met the definition of), partially because I knew she didn't mean to come off as that. My goal was to continue to define my role, and what was expected of me, and have us all have a clear understanding of what that is, without being spoken to in a demeaning manner, or have my job duties micro-managed. And in that, my meeting was a big success. It did take a key moment from me to say "I don't think you mean to express this, because we are just sitting down today to formalize these job duties, but I feel like you are telling me that I was failing to do my job." Of course they said "No. Of course not. How could we say you weren't doing your job, when we are still defining what your job is." and it was a defining moment in the conversation. I also found the following articles helpful: http://www.wikihow.com/Handle-a-Bullying-Boss https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201201/how-deal-difficult-or-bullying-boss https://www.thebalance.com/witchy-female-bosses-the-taming-of-the-shrew-3515721
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    Two important notes (and one note that pertains to you specifically): One: you will have 2-3 days notice before shipping commences, during which you can figure out the solution that will work best for you at that specific time. Two: We encourage you to have a shipping address that will accept your package no matter what as a backup, and to have a default address in the system in case you forget to update things. three: Not only (per point one) will you have 2-3 days to figure out a solution, but if you are not in the first ~800 parcels, you will have some extra time as well, depending on your wave and placement within that wave* *sort order within a wave is likely to be based on the date/time that the first of your orders was submitted/locked, so the first parcel will be the first person form Wave 1 to have locked in any rewards, the second will be the second, etc. Additional orders will have no effect on this, as we will be counting only the date/time of the "oldest" completed (locked) order.
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    It's Dutch-American Friendship Day. Stroopwaffles for everyone! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Americans#Dutch-American_Friendship_Day
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    SOON™!!! I'm wave 4. Given Reaper's previous speeds, I have a feeling that I'll only be waiting 2 weeks longer than you guys at most. Reaper has some packing champs on their team.
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    Er, you don't actually want to take paint up to the ferrule of a paintbrush. The ferrule is the metal collar that holds the hairs of a brush to its handle. On the whole best practice is to not get paint more than halfway up the hairs to the ferrule. I violate this all the time on my cheaper brushes, but be aware that it can shorten the lifespan of the brushes, especially if any paint dries in there. On the whole I keep three brushes by my palette when I am working: a good brush (usually at least a size 1) for painting with; a cheap brush kept damp and at the ready to blot away any errors before they dry; and a slightly larger cheap brush to mix paint colors with.
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    Sounds like an appropriate time to post this again (warning, language...) What you need to do is seriously go to the boss an explain to him that Mr. Control is not "tech savvy" and that he's wasting the company's time and endangering the company's bottom line by trying to appear smarter than he is. "You see, Mr. Bossman, I know these things - you PAY me to know these things and to handle them. I went to school for this stuff. I am qualified to decide who knows what they're talking about and who's talking out their elf. Mr. Control DOESN'T know this stuff. He DIDN'T go to school for it. He is talking out his elf and throwing around big words to try to pretend he knows what he's talking about - he'd be of more benefit to the company standing outside in the street wearing a sandwich board and randomly yelling "Database Management!" and "DOS Prompt!" at random passerby, since then he'd at least be somewhere he couldn't interfere with me actually getting things done RIGHT..."
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    I "liked" Morihalda's comment because the Reaper boards lack an "enraged" button. "Jessie's Girl," a song by Rick Springfield, came out my senior year in high school. It was popular. Heard it all the time on the radio. That was way back shortly before Atlantis sank. I still hear it at least once a week during my commute to work. "Jessie's Girl" isn't a particularly deep song, nor does it seem to be a wild favorite. I can only assume that Rick Springfield rigged the royalties so that he gets enough income off it to pay his rent and Top Ramen bills, or whatever. WHY DO I HEAR THIS ANCIENT SONG ON THE RADIO SO FROGGIN' MUCH?
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    Last Sept my son came to me and said, "We should play some Gorkamorka." "Not going to happen," said I, "because we have nothing except the rules and a few of the models needed. So unless you are planning to help me build all the terrain needed and buy and build mobs it isn't going to happen." I pretty much thought that was the end of it. Without missing a breath he said, "Alright, let's do it." "Shi*." was all I could get out of my mouth. For those of you that may have missed that, here is that topic. After that we needed to start building mobs, here is the build of the diggas. Gorkamorka is a game by gw from 1997, that's the same year my son was born, the game is older than him by about six months or so. It is a game of vehicular combat that pits orks against orks in a never ending struggle for dominance of a desert world under the watchful gaze of the ork Gods Gork and Mork. There are other mobs in the game, thanks to the Digganob expansion, these include muties, rebel grots and diggas. What's a digga you may ask. Well, they are humans that think the orks are the greatest thing they have ever layed eyes on. With that in mind they strive to be just like the orks in every aspect of their lives. Alright, with some backstory out of the way, let's get on to some painting. Here are all of the diggas primed black. This is WAY more than I will ever need for a single mob, in fact it is probably enough for two mobs but having this many gives me good variety for the game. I will be painting these in small-ish batches of 4-8 or so. I am aiming for just over tabletop quality with these, now that means different things to different people so here is what I mean by that, solid base colors with shading or a wash followed by bringing back the base color. Sometimes I will give a few pieces a highlight but that is usually limited to characters or center pieces. That's pretty much what I am aiming for here so nothing fancy. Here are the first batch, a yoof and five boyz, just random picks out of the pile is how this is going to go. Ignore the impetuous yoof with a layer of flesh painted, he forgot how messy it is to paint ork metal....well, at least the way that I paint it. Here is the first step of the ork metal recipe, tinbitz...well, that is what it use to be called, and still should be, but now it is, umm....warplock bronze.(I had to go look at it because I really had no idea what it was called.) It is a nice dark chocolate brown metallic color. Next step is a fairly heavy drybrush of some sort of dark metallic paint. I use to use boltgun metal but I no longer have that so I went with blackened steel. Next was a drybrush of shadowed steel. Last step for the metal, for now, is a light drybrush of polished steel. This is pretty bright for ork metal but will be brought down a little by the wash. I forgot to take pics of this step before moving on to the skin so these pics also have the first layer of the skin done with rosey skin shadow, I am hoping that in the end this will give them a slight look of too much sun. The light and natural light were giving me some weird colors, one of these is probably close to how they really look... That is where I left these for the day, the skin needs another layer before we move along to painting all the clothing and pouches.
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    I see the update announcing the pledge manager went live was posted on 8/19/15. My first order was submitted on 8/30/15. (I then made numerous orders until a final one on 6/1/16, but that doesn't sound like it will impact me negatively). From the sounds of things, I should be pretty early in the cycle. That would require a much larger display case than I currently own.
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    He's Air Force, there's nothing ever urgent there... Should be purple...
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    For your first, you're doing way better than I on my first. And second. And third... You'll want to start off by: Okay, so don't go overboard like my son, there, but do thin them a bit. This will help with control, layering, blending, washes, glazes and the like. Also, at the top of this forum is a pinned post called "Directory of Tips & Advice Resources." Very very good links to all sorts of good knowledge collected over the years. I'll let you browse for now and not overwhelm you. Welcome to the forum.
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    Well, my father's girlfriend still thinks she can get her phone to work by repeatedly tapping on it harder when it doesn't do what she wants it to the first time, and refers to the Internet as "the Google"...
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    I have it located in a separate room from our computers, for just that reason. Though this has occasionally led to confusion on MrBoot's part, where he'll think he hears me talking to him when I'm actually figuring out how the Echo works. @Mad Jack Probably wise. After playing with it for a couple days, I can definitely say I would not recommend it for anyone who isn't comfortable operating a smart phone. It can basically do a subset of what my phone can do, just with voice commands. I think my brother-in-law may be trying to lure us old fogies into the modern tech age. We didn't even have smart phones until 2 years ago, and don't use a console newer than our PS2 (well, okay, we do have a Wii, but never use it. I got it at a garage sale). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D