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    I made more progress on my Zombicide Survivors. Here is number 4: Amy. I wasn't comfortable with painting up the fishnets from the artwork, so I went with lite pink. Otherwise I went for close to art work. As with my other models, I went with no blood on the survivors. Only problem is the blade couldn't be straightened perfectly, but she is for gaming, so good enough. Here is Amy: Thanks for looking and any C&C you feel like giving.
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    My Exchange Mini has finally reached the destination point so I can show it here Robinh wanted a non-human mini with a shade of orange added here and there. After going through my box with Bones minis I decided to paint a stone golem with orangey NMM. Apparently, copper is the only way to tame the natural power of stone Hopefully it looks like an ancient guardian of even more ancient temple, as this is what I imagined it to be.
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    Finished this guy up finally
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    This guy started out as one of the figures I set aside to practice TMM. such a lovely axe, then a month went by while I painted other things, and I am am tired of practicing TMM. So this guys axe does not have the special care I intended. perhaps I will go back and work on him later ... like after my bones 3 stuff arrives ? hahaha. btw: a weaponized cow skull as an offhand weapon? who thinks of these things?
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    I finished a mini today! I more closer!!!
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    One of the late, lamented Exalted range, for which Reaper no longer has the licence. I don't actually know anything about Exalted, I just thought she was a cool sculpt.
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    Couple things for Patrons: Anson Durst: Zaal:
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    I don't know that I need to say much here
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    Lich with Wand by Otherworld Miniatures. The more I look at this guy, the more it seems like he is trying to fence with that wand. "En Garde!"
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    I was 12 (things like child labor laws are really more of guidelines in many rural areas), and I worked for the local Rod and Gun Club. My job was as a trap-setter/score-keeper during trap league and tournaments. It was my job to place the clay pigeons on the trap machine between each firing (down in the little cement house), and to keep score and press the button when the shooters yelled "Pull". We always worked in teams of two kids, one in the house and one on the scoring tower. It was also our job to stock and clean the trap houses. I got paid $2.50 an hour (cash at the end of a shift) plus a meal and 2 pops. We also got tips from the shooters if we did a good job and they weren't jerks. The rich business type guys were always jerks and stiffed us. The local Harley gang was the best; they'd tip us each $5.00 a set and would often send out fries, chips, and pop to us. I did that job for 4 years until I was old-enough to work a real job (Hardee's cashier). Before that though, I was already working for the local farmers when needed to pick rocks and other assorted odd jobs. Once puberty hit and my muscles came in, I started cutting grass for old people and baling hay for farmers (which paid really well). I also ran a gopher trapping line every year. My best year, I made over $600 with my trap line (that was the year that one of the local farmers offered to match the county bounty for any gophers I took off his land; he'd had a cow break a leg in a gopher hole). I was a very industrious youth; my parents didn't believe in allowances, so if I wanted money, I had to figure out how to get it myself.
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    I just finished ordering flowers for Mother's day, and discovered something interesting about the shipping charges. If I wanted them to be delivered on Saturday, it cost $15 extra. However, to have them delivered tomorrow only cost $5 extra (for Next Day delivery), since it didn't have the Saturday Delivery charge tacked on. Well, okay then. I'm fine with them getting there sooner and actually paying less money for it. Twist my arm already. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    "I'm...not really sure how it happened, since it's not actually in the coding, but according to my quiz, you are literally Darth Vader." Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    "SKELETON HOUSE!" Actually, I took the Harry Potter quiz one time... J.K. Rowling sent me a personal email to tell me that I canonically did not exist in the Harry Potter world...
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    So sorry man... I or something even better shows up soon. Sadly yes. Yeah there are... Too many. I have officially arrived in NYC!
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    Hey everyone, I finally found time to tickle a few animals with a paintbrush... Fingers crossed I'll find time to do a few more next week... Also, here's a pic of part of the display piece we made for Salute; I think it's really cool, but then I'm a little bit biased! cheers, Michael
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    Just a bunch of run-of-the-mill undead. Anyone got any brainzzz? Oh, and I couldn't resist doing this:
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    Wow a lot of you have had some interesting jobs! I loved working outdoors like many of you have. I used to help my uncle herd his sheep when it was time to bring them in during the fall, but I never got paid for that. When I was 16 I worked on a Cod fishing vessel over break.
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    I got my first job as a library page at around age 13. Shelving books was a pretty decent gig at that age, especially because it meant I always could snag the new books before they went on the shelf. I also got to clean the bathrooms and mop the floors, which wasn't as fun but was pretty valuable life training. I also learned how to repair books and use the laminating machine, both useful skills. (It was a small town.). I kept that job until I graduated high school and left town. I learned that weird and strange things happen at libraries. Like the time someone from the traveling amusement park stopped by with their snake wrapped around them and the official adult in charge had a major snake phobia. Or the time someone broke into the staff room at the back and stole the coffee. . And stupid people will do stupid things, like ask a random stranger whether urine tests can tell who the sample came from... (Yeah, obviously an upstanding person, that one.)
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    First job: Petsmart, PetsHotel section. I was 17-18, and lasted 3 months there. I quit due to animal and employee abuse and getting chemical burns on my feet. Yeah, chemical burns on my feet. The soap stuff that gets sprayed on the floors (and only sometimes rinsed) soaked my shoes. No way to avoid it really when cleaning a huge doggy playpens with a nasty hose sprayer. It got on everything. Oh, and lying to the customers as just part of the gig. 30mins/day for cats to play outside of a 1ft x 1ft x 2ft playpen? Try 30 seconds. I could go on. What did I learn? I will never EVER shop there again or use their pet boarding. It has been a decade since I worked there, and I have no intention of giving them a second chance at my business. Undergrad college job was pretty rad though. I was a circuits-monkey for the physics electronics shop. It was kinda like color-by-numbers with circuit boards and pieces and a soldering iron. Eventually the nasty fumes became a relaxing smell. Best bosses ever there. Well paid, set my own hours, relaxing work, and sometimes bosses brought breakfast burritos for us.
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    ...and I just found out that I need to be in two different locations at approximately the same time today. You're a dirty elf-smurfer, Monday.
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    So I had this almost guest. He didn't like the credit card policy (that one is required to check in), and left after grabbing my manager's card. What I didn't know was that my manager's personal cell phone was on that card. He called her and screamed at her at one o'clock in the morning. Then he got even more upset that she hung up on him, called the hotel and demanded a corporate number to complain about her. Like, seriously guy. Calm the elf down! No one at corporate is gonna take your side for screaming at a manager at 1am over this. Our credit card policies are viewable on our website and it's not our responsibility what other companies say about us.
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    The two basic strokes are tiny fine lines, and tiny dots. Instead of layering on broad applications of paint to create transitions from dark shadow areas to pale highlight areas, you paint on lines/dots in darker and lighter tones as appropriate to create highlights and shadows while building up the appearance of a texture. You can get a fairly wide variety of textures out of painting those singly or in combination. Fine fur with not quite parallel lines. Crosshatch lines for linen/wool weave. Tiny dots for nubbly wool or a texture like the sleeves on the bust Willen posted. Then combining those gives you a few other options - worn leather is partly scuffs (different dot sizes) and cracks (different lengths of fine lines). Study of the real thing and applying those in the areas that receive wear or are more likely to crack helps the illusion a lot. I've done crushed velvet with a looser dot/dash type application. Again, studying the real material and placing darks and lights where appropriate and in the right kinds of patterns made a big difference. Adding texture is pretty much necessary for interest at the scale of the bust. It can work pretty well at 54mm and up. You can do it on gaming scale, but generally it's going to look better/more convincing for rough/worn type applications than fancy cloth of nobles and whatnot, because of the scale. One key element is a brush. As much as we say you need a quality natural hair brush to paint generally, I really mean it when I talk about this. And contrary to the usual advice/experience, I use a super tiny brush to make the super tiny strokes. The Reaper black handle 20/0 and 40/0 are my current texture brushes for the very fine symmetrical strokes. I have some old and worn W&N 000 I've loaned out in classes that are just about stripped of enough hairs to be fine enough to suit. I _can_ make some of these strokes with a size 1 or 0, but I cannot make them as consistently or without requiring a lot more concentration. (I learned the technique from Kirill Kanaev in a workshop, where he was very dismayed by our enormous 1s and 0s when it came time to do this kind of work. ;->) I have tested a wide number of the brushes I own to see what I can make the finest and most consistent dashes and dots with, and recommend that others do the same. I have also done a quick tabletop experiment using a synthetic brush. In actuality it would be more accurate to say I used the corner of one side of a slightly hooked synthetic brush. I have a lot of brush miles under my belt, that might not be as feasible for every painter. I have also tested a super tiny 10/0 synthetic. It was blotchy and inconsistent. There are other elements, but I went on for 11 pages writing up my class handout on this topic, and I don't think that's feasible to do in a forum! ;->
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    Having consolation bacon right now. Wishing it were victory bacon.
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    What I don't know if I made clear, the first encounter, with the multi-racial skeletons, (in the snow) was actually former adventurers that had tangled with the Red Dragon. The Red then took whatever was valuable off the bodies before animating them. He wasn't interested in a suit of normal scale mail, and a few mundane daggers. But it was a decent haul for a bunch of 1st level characters who are coin poor after outfitting themselves. (They did need to do a bit of maintenance on the scavenged items. ) The skeletons had been pilfered by the minor necromancer, from the Red dragon, but when he left to go back to collect more from the dragon, they got out. (Or maybe he attempted to control to many HD of them, and he lost control of some, and they wandered away from their 'containment'.) These former adventurers then crossed the path of our heros, and thus begins the saga.
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    Watch, and be amazed: I got a bit of a chuckle on the things he rambles on about. This is what happens when you're trying to fill the quiet spaces.
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    Event though I need to finish touching up Alicia and finish her base, I have been distracted by this fine gentleman from Mr. Lee's Minis. Still a lot of work to do, but he's coming along nicely I think.
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    First job was in a local (non chain) record store. It was a good experience. I'm a little bit hesitant to add this here, as I don't want this kicked to Beekeepers. MODS:Delete this post if necessary. This was the first place I worked with and spent a lot of time with gay people and was able to form my own opinions on them. I found they were not boogeymen, weirdos or perverts. (OK, we were all weirdos.) Just people with people problems trying to have fun working together. When my aunt came out a few years later, I was the only one in the family that stayed cool and rolled with it.
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    *strolls thru the thread on lunch break* Hello! *frowns sadly* Back to work...
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    Have you seen these, your frogness? Spelljammer was silly. But it's my kind of silly.
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    Growing up on the farm was the first job I ever had............ohhhhhhh, you mean a job I was actually paid for! Technically, my first job was going door-to-door to sign people up for cable, but it was too casual to be considered to be a real job. Though I did get free cable TV for a year and a half because the guy that hired me was a great guy. My first real job was working for a greenhouse. It was great work because I got myself into shape throughout the entire summer and the mall that it was beside had the best poutine. Pretty good, considering that I was first told that I would get maybe 10 hours a week, and ended up working 50 on the first week. By the end I was almost managing the place by myself. Of course, a tornado blew it away and almost with me in it, but I learned that plastic step-stools have the ability to remain in the exact same spot even in high winds.
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    First Job: DIshwasher at a local restaurant. I eventually moved my way up & became a prep cook, then a line cook. It was ok, I made some great friends as well. I mean it was a job. Would I ever go back to it, no. Would I want my kids to do if they needed a job, yes.
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    The whole issue is further complicated by the Dunning-Kruger Effect. In painting (much like in skiing) it shows up as nearly everyone considering himself to be "intermediate". It may even be worse in painting because not only do painters not estimate their skills correctly, they also can't even see the effects of higher levels of skill until they reach some level near the level needed to execute a skill. This can result in some seriously awkward critique discussions after competitions, btw.
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    Technically, my first job was working for the city of Bovina, Texas... selling fireworks for the Fourth of July! I was stoked! Not only did I get to deal with fireworks, but they were going to pay me $250 Cash! Awesome! I would open shop about midmorning and close about dark. There were no set times. Every now and then I would do some demonstrations (I had asked and gotten permission). Mostly it was pretty slow... like... really... slow... Slow enough that I took RPG stuff up there and read through it in the downtime... mostly the heat of the day. Toward the end of the week, I started calculating out how much I was making versus how much time I was there. I don't remember the hourly rate, but someone probably calculated minimum wage times 8 hours for a week and set the total amount. I should have figured out how to work maximum of 8 hours per day. As it was, I think I ended up making around $4 an hour or something. I learned that a job that seems exciting isn't always exciting when you are doing it. I learned that hourly rate and contract jobs are not necessarily equal. I learned that summer in a tin shed is not much fun, especially with no breeze. I learned that product testing made up some of the more exciting times in a fireworks stand. I learned that truckers were my best customers, and they were happy to talk about being on the road for a few minutes. I learned not to ask truckers where they were going to be taking their fireworks... oops (I hear they can make good money on resale though).
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    Seasonal help at Toys R Us. Good overall. I got hired to stay on after the season, worked a few more months there, got enough saved up to buy a car, then got busy with Hockey and ended up quitting a couple months later. Anyway, good experience being rewarded for working hard, both by the extended job offer and of course my first car.
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    When I was thirteen, I got a job managing a pool hall on weekends. It sounded great, but it boiled down to "sell snacks and soda and call the cops if anything goes sideways." It was actually pretty fun. While I was working there, I landed a job with the local paper. All the skills I learned... typesetting, compugraphics, cut and paste, linotype, offset printing and non digital photography are now painfully obsolete. Learned how to write well, though.
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    The first non-babysitting gig I held was a paper route. It was a learning experience. The one thing that stuck with me, that I still use today regularly, is the easy way to open strapping.
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    I'm sorry to hear it. QFT. Yay!! Good call. Good for you! Some people are elfs.
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    Sorry to hear this. I do hope you will get a break soon man! Any chance of starting something for yourself? Buying/selling stuff ? Painting Commissions? Keep your chin up!
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    I did an itty bitty bit of painting last night. I have seemingly discovered how to clean my airbrush in a way that it doesn't require me to fully disassemble it, but rather just requires me to remove the needle between colors. I don't know why, but I can never do what everyone else does with airbrushes and just flush the color cup with solvent/cleaner between colors. I have to basically go through my whole clear in procedure or else I get some lingering color mixing in. And I'm using mineral spirits to clean it! It should be wrecking the acrylic paint! So I just touched up some priming on a couple pieces, and then I sprayed the basecoat on my last 2 flesh golems while also using the airbrush to touch up the base coat on the other 3. But it's better than doing nothing.
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    I came back from D&D and took a nap. Then I woke up and ate an entire bag of spinach and arugula salad. Now I'm being fat by making some loaded potato skins that I'm drenching in A-1 because it makes them so much better. Otherwise they're too dry, because they're store bought and frozen and I don't think they load them with butter like I do if I make them myself.
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    And yet, we have 5.3 million job openings right now. I love how HR algorithms can't seem to find the right people for all these jobs. Anyone want to go to school for 8 years (at least), then paid indenturement for another 3? My inbox has like 6 job 'offers' every day. (I went and counted. I have gotten 10 in the last 24 hours.) They were for the following Cities: Several cities in North Carolina Edina, Minnesota Marion, Ohio Lexington, KY (but not for my speciality) Madison, WI Huntington, WV Brainerd, MN Another from the same person for the North Carolina opportunities, but with completely different text and formatting Hampton & Midlothian VA And despite getting a duplicate in the last 24 hours, yesterday's batch had a whole different crop: Harrodsburg KY Daytona Beach 'Region' FL Auburn AL 'Northern' California And etc, etc. I sometimes feel there are 10 recruiters for every opening. Please do. I won't be able to use these ideas on any of YOU guys.
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    Is it okay if I steal some of your ideas? Your campaign sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    So my new thing seems to be making cardstock sailing ships....
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    I just want to briefly state (as an instructor myself) that the "skill level" decision for each class really is somewhat nebulous and arbitrary. Consequently, I totally agree with not making that "difficulty" label too prominent. At the end of the day, art is not a very linear progression of skills most of the time, so a skill which may be easy and old hat for one painter may prove strange and difficult to another painter with precisely the same amount of experience in the hobby based on the skills they have previously acquired. Actually, now that I think about it, we almost have more of a "skill tree" progression system within our hobby. For example, you need to (in my opinion) take some form of blending class before you can take an NMM class, but you also need more of the basics before you could take a blending class. That line of thinking leads me to, in my own mind, try to categorize each class as a "Foundation" class (assembly, priming, basecoating, and everything else you need to know to get started in this hobby), a "Core" class (blending, basing, color selection, and all of the other things that lead to developing other skills but require some basic miniature knowledge), or a "Pinnacle" class (freehand, NMM/TMM, textures, OSL, and other special effects-type skills that require a good knowledge of the "Core" skills to implement). This does not keep anyone from any particular class, but rather lets them know approximately what background the instructor is expecting them to have. However, in the end, that is essentially just Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced by slightly more convoluted titles.
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    Culinary school. The program ran a full service restaurant, catering service, and bistro. I worked all three at one point or another. My favorite was catering. Overall it was a good experience until I ran into some health issues that caused me to take a break for about a year. I learned a lot, but mostly learned management skills for most areas in a restaurant, not that it's gotten me an actual job yet though .
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    Summer hire job working as a clerk for 60th Ordnance Group at Kreuzberg Kaserne. At the time, the federal minimum wage was $3.35/hr. I was paid $1.85/hr. Uphill both ways. (It really was, Kreuzberg was on top of a hill and I lived in Zweibruecken AB housing on top of a hill across the valley. ) I'm not sure how much I actually learned, but I did get some decent stories, to use to intimidate the whippersnappers. "You youngsters with your editable text. I had to use a keypunch machine that didn't even have memory. If I made a mistake, it was throw out the card and start over!" Not actually a bad job, especially given that there really were very few jobs available for dependents. In retrospect, I'm sure they were very nice to that insufferable 16-y.o. kid. (If you'll pardon the redundancy. )
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    Ditto. First job was McDonald's Cira 1988. Long before the current assembly line set up and they just kept an assortment of sandwiches in a warmer up front. It was a paying job, and I couldn't argue with that. But what did I learn? There is a level of teamwork that you discover, but the most important thing I learned was I didn't have the patience for working with the general public. And that's something I haven't done since.
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    The classic, McDonald's. It was alright. It did help me learn to be louder and less shy.
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    There are so many levels of not fun in that statement.