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  1. 15 points
    That's not too bad. Whenever I see the mold lines of my water cooler, I'm always tempted to take my seam scraper to it.
  2. 14 points
    I was watching the lego batman movie with my husband and I saw a mold line modeled into the characters hair, I was both impressed by their dedication to reality and a had a complusion to remove it.
  3. 13 points
    So I was feeling a bit nostalgic, alongside of the affection I already hold for old school miniatures, so I've decided to begin "repainting" some old figures I'd done way back when, I'm going to say in 1983 or before/after. I graduated high school in 1986 and after that totally forgot about miniatures until maybe around 2004. Anyhow, I've repainted Frito the Thief, a Grenadier model I had when I was young. With the new version, I did have to resculpt the nose because it was flattened by time. My other issue was whether I wanted to keep the same color scheme or do something different. Ultimately I stayed very similiarly with the clothing color scheme, but ended up changing the skin tone and hair color. I kept an orange turban, but ended up muting the color a tad. So here's the modern version: and now the original version, painted sometime in the eighties: and then a few side by side comparisons: So what do you think, any progress over the last thirty- odd years? I've got a bunch of these that I think I'm going to do as time permits. They really are some very fun miniatures to paint. The proportions aren't perfect, but they really do have lots of personality!
  4. 13 points
    *waves* Lots and lots of sympathy likes and hugs, friends; family drama is the worst kind of drama. I think I'm slowly starting to crawl out of the black hole I didn't even know I'd fallen into a couple of weeks ago. My first clue that I had a serious case of brain-eating weasels was when I realized that this past week I've been keeping the living areas of our apartment spotless. I've even been doing all of the dishes every night!! This may seem like an odd thing to be concerned about, but in the Boot household, a squeaky clean dwelling is a sure sign that OneBoot has an upset mind. The tidier, the worse it is. I deep-cleaned the oven the other day at 3am. I didn't realize it at first, since there wasn't anything immediately obvious that was depressing me, but after some self-reflection, I think it might be mostly follow-on distress from my uncle's passing, coupled with stress about ReaperCon stuff. I never did manage to process his loss properly, since as soon as I was notified, I had to tell all these peripheral people (to let them know I'd have to change plans / reschedule things) and deal with it all calm and logistically and factually, then again while I was home because my dad especially needed strong support. So I'm trying to give myself space right now to just focus on taking care of myself and MrBoot, which is helping. Going to the hangout for a bit last night helped too; I actually found myself getting some prep for my ReaperCon entry done since everyone else was working on stuff, plus the laughter was much needed. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  5. 13 points
  6. 12 points
    Just ordered the following lovelies... Really need to wrap up some of my current WIPs that have been whimpering in their corner for the past couple months.
  7. 12 points
    The biggest laugh I ever inspired in a game was in college. We were a large, diverse group. One of the players, who I will call Hob (as no one in our games has ever had that name), was into the Ninja Turtles, sardonic humor, and My Little Ponies and furries two decades before they hit the mainstream. We were a somewhat self-important and academic bunch of undergraduates, and at this time "anal retentive" had become one of Hob's favorite descriptive terms. Certain types of game play were "anal retentive." Fussy elves were "anal retentive." Continuity cops were "anal retentive." I found the terminology a bit off-putting, but Hob was a fun player to be around. One afternoon we were a large group in the midst of a game session (I can't remember which system). Hob let loose with one of his comments about something being "anal retentive." In the contemplative silence after I mildly said: "No, Hob. It's not 'anal retentive', it's 'pedantic.'" There was a perfect three beat pause, and then the table exploded. It was the best laugh I've ever provoked.
  8. 12 points
    The long national nightmare is over. I have finally completed the purchase of a new (used) car. Not too painful, really, just tedious. And expensive. But it didn't take as long as Bones IV.
  9. 11 points
    I think I got this and a couple of other Warmachine minis at garage sales. This one had seen a little abuse (some by me), but I always figured it'd make a good creepy dragon or horror creature someday, if I could figure out what its ecology was like. I painted this one to take a break from another mini that was kind of stalled. The dude is about 60% base, because he's metal and the wings are quite heavy. His original base was pretty small, so I wanted to put something wider and heavier (read: more stable) underneath him. I'm really happy with the output!
  10. 11 points
    Changing picture forums. And since I am enjoying the KS bones 3 alot! And backing Bones 4... Reaper is the logical choice, so i would like to share some miniature painting, some old and new, of mine her. Thx for your C&C. Big fan of the work from Tabletop world....
  11. 11 points
    This excites me and terrifies me at the same time Speaking of which, *looks at* @MissMelons
  12. 11 points
    I left my lunch at home. This is an omen that I should take a half day off today. So shall it be!
  13. 11 points
    ... I just spent many minutes hunting and eliminating mold lines from a plastic statue that /isn't/ a gaming miniature. Or really intended for gaming. I might be just a /bit/ obsessive. Or maybe I just think the xenomorph Queen deserves better than being all over mold lines. I'unno.
  14. 10 points
    So, as some of you know, Buglips a long time back challenged himself to paint a massive figure in under a week, then others on the forums took up the challenge as well Offical Rules can be found Right Here Well, when Ma'Al Drakar the Dragon Tyrrant was first introduced, I joked that our resident Goblin should try all five heads in five days. The Goblin was smarter than that. I however, am not. As you can see here, I began this just under five days ago. Now here are the less than stellar completion pictures. I am satisfied now, I have done all I can in the alloted time, Oh sure there are always little things I might have done better, and a few things I am going to do with it now that the challenge is finished, like when the weather improves give it a few dozen layers of sealer so I never ever have to put brush to it again, but by the terms and conditions of the challenge it is finished.
  15. 10 points
    I didn't have time to take better photos of this, too much going on recently to break out the DSLR, so I just used my phone camera. Not entirely enthused about the pics, but the mini itself was a BLAST to paint - probably my favorite non-dragon/large monster I've painted up so far! Once I got the color scheme thought through, I actually painted it up rather quickly. Tried a few new techniques on the stones on the base to make them seem a little more polished, which in person really stands out well :) Critiques?
  16. 10 points
    The last time I had turtle soup the turtle had bitten me first. I was justified. It was tasty.
  17. 10 points
    My brother became a vegetarian around age 6 because "crabs are too cute to eat". He stuck with that until ~15 in high school when he got into culinary classes. Then he went with a "but... it is so yummy". I tend to be of the opinion that eating less meat would be beneficial for the world, but we don't all need to be vegetarians. If possible, I'd prefer sustainably farmed or hunted meats, but alas, that can get costly. Sometimes I'll end up with good cuts of beef though; boyfriend's family in WY has cattle ranches, and will share half a cow with his branch of the family. It gets frozen, and I end up cooking some of it. We know where it came from, the good grazing it had, so there isn't tons of guilt for those ones (to me at least). I'd also have an iron deficiency if not for a weekly-ish dose of red meat. Iron supplements are absolutely miserable (I tried. It was *bad*).
  18. 10 points
    feel free to recount as many as you like. One of the coolest moments for me in Battletech (using the MechWarrior rules for our pilots) was when we were caught out side of our mechs during an enemy sneak attack on our compound. We are running for our mech hanger to hopefully repel the attack, after shooting our way through some infantry. we round the corner and there is a Dragon (60 ton mech IIRC). My guy was armed with a gyrojet rifle, a weapon that has a chance of causing 1 pt of damage to a mech. As the Dragon swivels towards us, I drop to one knee, take aim and fire. I hit! I roll to do damage to the mech and succeed in doing 1 pt of damage to the mech! roll on the hit location table: 6,6 =head. Head had it's full armor but head shot force a consciousness roll from the pilot; he failed passes out. We race past, and fire up our mech while one of the NPCs scales the Dragon and pitches the enemy pilot out of his mech and jacks it to hold the other enemy mech off while we bring our reactors online.
  19. 10 points
    Umm, lets see...just one? Very early on while playing Battletech (with the cardboard standees) my Warhammer walked off a cliff to do a Death From Above on my friend's Battlemaster. IIRC (this was probably 25 or so years ago) I maxed the hit roll and the hit location ended up being the Battlemaster's head...which was completely obliterated. I think we spent half an hour laughing about the Warhammer foot-shaped indentation where the head used to be.
  20. 10 points
    "I forgot you can breath underwater" we had been playing a fantasy age of sail kind of game using a system that the GM cooked up. The party took a job delivering a box, which earned us an enemy in the form of a half elf sorcerer who was significantly higher level than us. he had been hounding us through our last several ports of call, with the party just barely escaping with their lives from the last several encounters. The party being a murderous gnome, a human sailor, a human weather witch, a human wizard, a human mercenary, and a large frog man shipwright. So we leave a doctor's office in totally not fantasy Venice. Standing on the opposite shore of the canal is the sorcerer. He immediately starts casting spells, poison cloud, and a telekinetic attack. The frog man takes a running leap and lands in the canal. the rest of the party scatter away from the poison, one of them fires a crossbow, and the gnome passes out (he was already injured, which is why we were at the doctor). 2nd turn the sorcerer TK tosses the guy with the crossbow. he is then very surprised when a the frog man leaps out of the water grabs the sorcerer and plunges back into the water. The sorcerer struggles, but he can't cast without speaking, and the frog man is super humanly strong, so breaking out of a bearhug is just not happening. The GM asks for a check for the frogman to hold his breath. "I don't need to" "huh" "I've got water breathing" "... Oh. I forgot about that." "yeah. also contact poison skin" The rest of the combat consists of the elf trying to escape, and the frogman sitting there at the bottom of the canal until the sorcerer loses consciousness. When the elf loses consciousness his magic armor panic teleports him away. The frog swims back to the surface to tell the rest of the party what happened. He stopped putting boss fights near water after that.
  21. 10 points
    When I was GMing Kingmaker, the party had occasion to cross a river to an island. Now they could have used some combination of dimension door and flight, but those take resources and they had a boat. One of their paladins also had a paladin's horse. But it was a magic boat. Now the paladin can summon his horse once a day, so they could have taken the boat across to the island and then summoned the horse*, but what if they needed to summon the horse again? They would have to wait until the next day! It would have been terrible! So they decided to take the boat. Including the 2000# warhorse. Their theory was "Magic Boat, what could go wrong?" As GM, I let them know that small magic boats aren't really designed for 2000# warhorses that can't sit down, but they were adamant. So they all get on the boat. As the horse boards, I ask the player for an Acrobatics-Balance check for the horse. It wasn't especially difficult (DC15 perhaps?), but it turns out that even paladins' mounts aren't especially good at tightrope walking. Still, the horse passes the test and they push off from the bank. Now sailing a boat with a huge animal in it seemed like it might be more difficult than the usual pond trip, so I asked for a Profession: Sailor from whoever was conning the boat. None of them had that, so default value it was. This time they weren't quite so lucky. The boat started rocking. I asked for another Acrobatics-Balance check from the horse, which wasn't so lucky this time, so over the side it went. Now when you lose a 2000# unbalanced weight from a longboat suddenly, there's going to be some instability, so I asked for another Profession: Sailor check, easier this time, since there wasn't a horse on board. Nat 1. After a series of Reflex saves and/or balance checks from the PCs, one of the two rogues was standing on the upturned bottom of the capsized boat and the rest of the group was in the water. With only minor problems they all made it back to the bank - and dimension door-ed to the island. * The adventure was in a cave on the island, but the paladin really wanted his horse. For ... reasons. Don't ask me; I was just the GM.
  22. 10 points
    Ah. Yes. I am aware of services like that. We do like our blue apron. Had salmon with a mustard vinegrette last night. Yours sound tasty as well. That sounds like the makings of an epic poem. Tennessee is lacking in their Iliad type ballads.
  23. 10 points
    That's a survival skill around these here parts...
  24. 10 points
    Many years ago when I was in college, I was running a Runequest second edition game (set in Glorantha, the only place for Runequest). During this time period many games had brutal combat fumble charts. The PCs were approaching a forest in which lying in ambush were 4 Elven master archers and a Dryad (in Glorantha elves and dryads are plants). Master means having a 90% or higher skill. So this was a well set up ambush. I proceeded to roll the most absurd set of fumbles ever in which the four elves proceeded to kill each other and the dryad with bad dice rolling. The rest of the adventure was a bit of a walk for the PCs owing to a demoarlized GM.
  25. 10 points
    I once removed the mold lines from a tin whistle. @Aryanun was on hangouts with me at the time and can testify. Ruffian! You've been listening at doors, you have!
  26. 10 points
    Ispired-O-bot has been spying on this thread:
  27. 10 points
    I'm subscribed to this thing where they send me recipes plus all the ingredients needed, it's pretty handy because my local grocery store has a rather poor selection of practically everything. I was signed up to one a few years ago, but they didn't let you choose the recipes and I kept getting stuff I didn't really like. This new one gives you a selection to pick from, my first box was:- Chicken Schnitzels with a Potato and Apple Salad, the Chicken Poutine, Pork Belly Ramen and Asian Chicken Burgers (I like chicken).
  28. 9 points
    The plastic endoskeletons of those that have exoskeletons in nature actually causes me amusement.
  29. 9 points
  30. 9 points
    You underestimate my ability to find things cute sir! Just about the only thing I don't find cute are flies :bleh: Being mean just makes the snapping turtle cuter like old school Oscar the Grouch!
  31. 9 points
    When one of my friends joined a past D&D group that I was DMing, I had to come up with his introduction (already started the game). So I made the next room the adventurers opened "The Wizard's Bedroom" where they found the new character (sorcerer) tied to the bed wearing nothing but a fuzzy pink bath robe. One of the group went out of her way to find this friend a fuzzy pink bath robe for a Christmas present IRL. He still uses it. The barbarian of that group was very insistant that she wanted a warhammer. Somehow the main quest became seeking a magic warhammer. We eventually all chipped in, IRL, and bought her an actual warhammer. It lives on the wall with her other weapons.
  32. 9 points
    It's sort of comp time. We get one Friday afternoon off per month to make up (-ish) for the extra hours through the month. It was always going to be either today or next Friday, since if I don't take it this month it's gone. But it sounded better the other way.
  33. 9 points
    Ah, yes, the "Suicidal Elves" story. The GM's face was priceless as he rolled the dice behind the screen, I recall.
  34. 9 points
    Well. Apparently I like the taste of the devil's bumhole. Unsweetened 100% Juice Cranberry Juice is by far my favorite drink...I feel weird now. I've not been gaming for long, so I don't have much. But for funny stories, I occasionally let my more experienced players DM when they get inspiration points and I'm in need of a brain break. So, one of them had his dwarf, a cleric of Lliira, throw a party. I basically check out for most of their little off-session fun, but I did catch that the druid became a bear that had the tale of the party painted all over it, the dwarf was caught away from the party and reveling with priests and priestesses of Lliira, doing the Thriller dance, the dragonborn somehow got 200 gold during these events (I'm still unclear about how THAT happened), the fighter conspired with a dragon cultist, and the gnome ranger...helped paint the bear? That's about all I got about their reveling. On another hand, my boyfriend is one of my players. My players were talking non-stop about these Magical Goats, and I wanted to mess with them. So, I gave them the first one, cursed to turn the user into a goat, to my boyfriends character. The druid instantly decided he needed it, and he swiped it. The druid eventually tried to buy a bag of holding, and ended up with an incredibly shady seller. Who sold him a bag of devouring and ran off, dropping another mysterious bag, after being told he had lied. The mysterious bag came to life (this was a player production here...) and granted the second magical goat unto the druid, along with an actual bag of holding. The third magical goat a curse could be felt from when the druid found it among his EMPLOYER's possessions, but he stole it anyway. Once all three goats were together, I went about my plans for the goats. The cleric had a dream that he must destroy "the goat" otherwise it would possess his ally. The dragonborn had a dream that one of his friends before he became a dragonborn (because his backstory was weird) was trapped in one of the goats. And the druid...dreamed of trees (this is relevant, I swear). The dragonborn woke up crying "PHILLIP, I SHALL SAVE YOU!" and went about trying to find the goat that "Phillip" was trapped in. The cleric woke up with a grim look on his face and went about attempting to convince the druid to part with one of his goats. Here, I will note, that only 2 of the 3 goats were to broken. One of the goats COULD have survived the great magical goat massacre. So the cleric and the dragonborn together manage to convince the druid to allow them to destroy one of the goats. The druid reluctantly says ok, and the dragonborn swipes the goat, and crunches down on it (yes, he ate the ivory goat...), and a shadow demon came out. After the shadow demon is defeated, the dragonborn is disappointed, and again tries to save "Phillip". Here, the druid hears the voice of the tree, telling him to break another goat. The fighter tries to reason against the druid, but...that just wasn't happening. So, upset, the druid breaks the goat that COULD have survived, hoping that is the one the druid was in (the dryad he was trying to free, I believe, was in the goat that was normal, and he broke the second cursed goat). The druid did eventually save the dryad (the tree), and the dryad whispered unto our dragonborn as "Phillip" that he was free to go to the great beyond. So...yeah...
  35. 9 points
    What? Why!? Why would you hurt the cute little turtle!? They are so cute! Is is there a hunting season for everything? Unrelated, when is it douche-face hunting season?
  36. 9 points
    After nearly three decades of gaming, there are so many of them. Giant masterwork haggis. Int 7 character calling yellow musk creeper zombies "hippies" Attacking the demon with a catapult, by literally dropping a catapult on the demon. Creating a "Yes" golem. Simply a construct that nods its head in agreement with the user. Using running water to extinguish the fire on the boat. i.e. drill a hole in the bottom of the boat. Random encounter while climbing down a cliff side: A falling cow. Playing golf with exploding rubies. KOing myself twice in the same combat (stupid critical fumble table). A halfling riding a dog, riding a mammoth. Three halfling cousins, running around naked in town. The spaceship captain who was half man, half chicken. Scout repeatedly tries to hide in shadows. Mr. Sunshine keeps finding him. Can't find a hiding spot from the patrol. So I flex my muscles to intimidate them! Puns. Soooo many puns.
  37. 9 points
    @Crowley I dislike extremely people like that. I hope you can get rid of the property without too much more trouble. It turns out out we aren't getting the himilayan kitteh. Which is fine, because we already have two kittehs, which is one more than our apartments allow. Another lady at hubby's work has the hearts for himilayan kittehs, so she's taking him. So he's getting a good, which is why we were gonna take him. Taller than a gnome, shorter than a dwarf, and yet they eat more than both. Ahh, hobbits, bless Tolkien for inventing them! I discovered that mold lines on everything bug me now. Which is problematic for collecting dolls. Their mold lines are hellacious!
  38. 9 points
    My week so far: vandals, sheriff's deputies, hospitals, septic tanks, smelly dogs, big bites, runaway dogs, lawnmowers. *cough* God keep you all.
  39. 8 points
    Every Halloween for the last few years these things show up. At first I thought, "cool". Then I noticed the ears added to the skeletal cats, dogs, and rats. And sort of dragon-bat wings added to the birds because I guess real bird wings bones don't meet people's expectations. And ... well, eh. Real skeletons look way neat. I wish the vendors had gone with awesome reality rather than soothing stereotypes. (ETA: Somewhere I saw a skeletal "elephant" with a sort of articulated bone tail for its trunk ...)
  40. 8 points
    construct an iron crib, with bells just to be safe.
  41. 8 points
    The galley in bootcamp didn't really make "red" meat. Everything was a uniform gray color; especially any beef.
  42. 8 points
    So are lambs, but that doesn't stop me from getting a leg of it every once in a while, or having lamb and barley soup in the winter time. I don't tend to draw the line on what I eat based upon looks, but taste and sustainability. And most importantly price/availability. (Not a knock on other people; feel free to eat/or not eat what you want. Just putting my opinion out there)
  43. 8 points
    Ahh, at last! People who understand me! Also, storm trooper eating ewoks
  44. 8 points
    Murphy's Rules has a cartoon about the number of combatants in a war who will accidentally dismember themselves, due to Runequest's old fumble charts. I've answered this question before, and again, I've probably forgotten more hilarious stories than I remember. *The British secret agent in a game of James Bond 007 who, after using the ejector seat to escape from a carload of mooks, spent a hero point to hang onto his bottle of Scotch because one of his quirks was Alcoholism... *The newbie player who wanted to purchase an Escape Goat in the marketplace, having heard of such a thing and deciding it might be handy. *The barbarian who, for honor's sake, had to act as the halfling's mount, in satisfaction of an ill conceived bar bet. *Another game of 007 in which, due to lack of leads, the heroes decided to simply hit every casino in town, since that seemed to be how James Bond usually first encountered the Big Bad. Never occurred to us we'd have to explain some of those expense vouchers to M afterwards. *The GURPS Space Hero who decided he'd simply die before surrendering, and due to utterly insane, uncheatable die rolls, successfully massacred some forty mooks without injury, as the mooks were trying to take him alive. *A game of Top Secret that went horribly wrong, resulting in the accidental destruction of Australia. *A variety of antics involving polymorphs. *A convention game of Battletech in which a lowly Locust, again due to dice rolls, slaughtered several far larger and better armed Mechs and left MANY mouths hanging open. "It's the Locust from Hell." *The attempts to repurpose a Daern's Instant Fortress into a battering ram, and on one occasion, a catapult. *The warrior's realization that while a Ring Of Fire Resistance does, indeed, protect you and your stuff from fire, it does NOT replenish the oxygen in the air in an enclosed space. *"Ogre Golf." *An occasion in which the Warrior, a veteran of computer games, assumed that a piece of window dressing was in fact a vital plot point, and wound up accidentally killing a king's courier, thus becoming a wanted outlaw. *...and the infamous time the Tank noted that Orcs are one hit die creatures, and his AC was -1, therefore the orcs could not hit him, and decided to tackle an army of them singlehanded. And then became quite incensed when they simply trampled him. Yes, many died in the process; that's what HAPPENS in a mob rush stampede, but he argued quite bitterly that a creature that CANNOT hit AC -1 could not hit, trample, or touch him in any way, a sentiment with which the DM disagreed... ghod, I remember THAT one like it was yesterday.
  45. 8 points
  46. 8 points
    That makes perfect sense. Happy Friday, everyone! I took the day off today. Managed to sleep in until ALMOST 8:30, not a bad start.
  47. 8 points
    Been reading British books on the Second World War in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an odd experience to read something that feels it has to explain yogurt, while simultaneously presuming that the reader knows what "bully beef" is. (It is essentially Spam made from cows. Thanks, Wikipedia.)
  48. 8 points
    Yes. My periodontist specifically recommended ice cream. (Quoted in the possibly vain hope that I will go back and catch up on intervening posts.)
  49. 8 points
    So, when I got together with my hubby, he was taking care of his ex's kid (hubby was the only real dad this kid ever has). Well, one day hubby is drinking pure cranberry juice because he has a UTI. Kid asks if he can have some, know knowing the Truth About Cranberries. I'll just say that his face was hilarious, both for the pure, utter disgust, and the betrayal afterwards. The kid sat in the back seat refusing to say much, with a look that said he appreciated the joke, just not that it was on him
  50. 8 points
    I took a peek at Tomb of Annihilation, the newest D&D 5e adventure, and it brought one of my favorite D&D monsters to 5e! The vegepygmies are back, baby! Such an insidious foe, just waiting to be dropped onto an unsuspecting low-level party! Of course, the 5e variant isn't as insidious as older ones, but it still brings me joy. I can always just add their old reproductive methods to their new form myself. I mean, that's what makes tabletop RPGs so great.