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  1. 29 points
    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.
  2. 22 points
    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.
  3. 19 points
    Respectfully, I will not be passing along to the bosses the suggestion that I be included in anyone's rewards.
  4. 14 points
    Hi, I had very prolific holidays and in addition to Myshikn i finished some miniatures from Cadwallon board game
  5. 13 points
    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...
  6. 13 points
    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)
  7. 13 points
    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".
  8. 12 points
  9. 11 points
    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.
  10. 11 points
    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? ***
  11. 11 points
    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
  12. 11 points
    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
  13. 10 points
    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.
  14. 10 points
    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.
  15. 10 points
    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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  17. 10 points
    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.
  18. 10 points
    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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  20. 9 points
    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.
  21. 9 points
    If a human being jumped out of my box, emergency services and a janitor would be needed.
  22. 9 points
    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.
  23. 9 points
  24. 9 points
    While @Xherman1964 happily intercepts the doppelgänger disguised as Monday disguised as Wednesday, Monday itself is busy filling Herman's inbox with Urgent! projects.
  25. 9 points
    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.
  26. 9 points
    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.
  27. 9 points
    I'ld be lion if I didn't say that was super cute!
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  29. 9 points
    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.
  30. 9 points
    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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  34. 8 points
    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.
  35. 8 points
    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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  37. 8 points
    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.
  38. 8 points
    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.
  39. 8 points
  40. 8 points
    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..."
  41. 8 points
    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?
  42. 8 points
  43. 7 points
    The best part about this is that I am in wave 1, so your math and logic are just as valid for me as they are for you. Same... Unfortunately that's NOT ACTUALLY HELPFUL since that's right on the elfing cusp of when I'll be moving... *dies* I think I'm just gonna have to update my shipping address to my wife's apartment... "Sorry love, but I ordered these before we were serious."
  44. 7 points
    It is a very Monday Wednesday. I'm headed to see two concerts this weekend. RHCP and Tom Petty. If I can just keep my head down for two more days. Also, my air conditioning is not working. Again. Got to call the manager. It's difficult to make myself do anything when it's so muggy in my apt.
  45. 7 points
    Welcome to the Madhouse! We're all Mad as Hatter's here, although the multicolored wolves will probably disagree about the angry sounding nature of that statement, as they do not suffer from their malady, but rather enjoy it (I'm being silly, by the way, which normally comes in some tone of purple on these forums along with sarcasm). First off, the section you really wanted to post this in is Works in Progress (I'd recommend pinging a mod to move the topic). No biggie there, we ALL have made mistakes on topic placement, self included. Second point. You're painting bones. Good choice! I am rather fond of the Bones Kobolds, as they are very forgiving despite your feelings towards them being sloppy. Paint looks to be in the generally correct locations. I'm going to give you a basic tabletop (see my house) idea of how to paint. I paint at a variety of levels, but tabletop is a good starting point, and you're already 90% of the way there (you do have bare plastic showing on the bases... see, madness I tells ya, madness!). Anyhoo, you've started with what is known as the "base coat" or mid-tone of the pieces. This gets the basic feel of the piece out there, and it CAN be a bit messy to start. The best advice here, if you want to make your life easier later, is to make sure your brush maintains its point, much like a pencil, a pointed brush works better than one that is frayed. Drying times vary by relative humidity and primer on the bones. Usually, with acrylic paints, only a few minutes is needed. That can be longer in cooler and more humid areas, but usually less than 6 minutes is a good solid time. If it smears, you can let it dry a bit longer (and clean your brush if that happens!). After the base coat, a darker tone is usually applied using a thinned down, darker paint (with reds and earth tones, a dark brown thinned quite a bit to make a wash). A wash is relatively transparent over the other paint, and is intended to seep into the cracks of the base coat. It will darken the base coat. After this you can reclaim the base coat by repainting areas that got darkened that you did not wish to darken, or you can move straight to highlighting, which you can do as a general direct from above highlighting (my preference, and a good way for most beginners to paint), or you can move to something more challenging, but that can come later. I hope you find this helpful, and not just a wall of text. By comparison, the earliest photographed model I have on file is this one: We all start somewhere. You've got a good start on much smaller, much more complicated miniatures. Here's hoping to seeing more progress!
  46. 7 points
    So my goal for April 2017, which is mostly over at this point, is to prepare for what I am calling "The Summer of Minis!!!" which begins May 1st. Now that school is about to end and I am getting a 12 week break from it, I am planning to spend my summer painting at least one mini per week, if possible even two!!! I am only working from home and will have a lot more free time to paint and most importantly ZERO school responsibilities!!!! So my plan for the summer is: 1) Paint Minis 2) Play Videogames 3) Play Pathfinder with friends (FINALLY) and 4) Play Warmachine at the FLGS. This summer is an unprecedented confluence of good luck and good planning and I know that I will never have another point in my life where I have so little responsibility. I plan on making the most of it!
  47. 7 points
    While I can't do the other things you said, this vision made my day. Thank you. I'll check those out too. I didn't mean my post to get any traction or anything, but I do love reading about how people's minds work!
  48. 7 points
    Found Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence on vinyl at the Goodwill today... Reasonably good condition. Some of the Skylanders figures are almost good enough sculpts to use as minis, although the aesthetic style is seriously cartoonish... I just found out from my brother that my old man and his girlfriend bought one, despite not even knowing what the damn thing was supposed to be for, lol - so they brought it over to my brother's house and asked him to hook it up for them... My brother promptly took it away from them and told them they didn't need another damn gadget since they can't even manage their phones half the time...
  49. 7 points
    Thanks! I tend to just... sail on by if the other person doesn't want to use their words, but I'll check it out! :)
  50. 7 points
    My sister got us an Echo Dot for Christmas, but we just recently received it because visiting schedules kept not lining up. It's basically a gadget that Amazon makes that you can issue voice commands to and it will respond and do stuff. Like you can ask it what the weather is, or ask it to play music, or add something to your shopping list. My sister's husband works for Amazon, so they've had one for awhile and are quite comfortable with it. Meanwhile, I'm over here like: So far, I've commanded it to play 80's music, asked what the weather is, where Chuck Norris is, and why the sky is blue. The wonders of the modern world never cease. If I could, I would probably ask this incredible piece of technology to look up cat videos. Instead, I just keep asking it to tell me Chuck Norris jokes. It's a fun little toy, and wholly unnecessary in my opinion, but hey, it was a gift. I named the thing GLaDOS. It seemed appropriate. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D