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    After having the beholder for the last 5 years, I decided to update my avatar to something that I sculpted for Reaper. I typically don't like changing avatars, because it can get confusing since most people key into it as a visual cue as to who we are. Given that, this is only the 3rd avatar I have had since 2001, so I think I'm OK. I had thought of going with this one: But thought that this was more dynamic in the small form: Sorry if I have caused any confusion. Andy
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    Another speed paint of around 3 hours including the base.
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    A while ago, Sodapop Miniatures released the Deeproot Scout- a character I think we can all agree had some inspiration in Nintendo's favorite elf. Naturally, my favorite incarnation of the Hero of Time to base him on (Link to the Past) as seen here The hair is red (even pink) because I was working from the pixel art rather than the art in the book. More recently, Sodapop released a resculpt of the character- so I decided that the best thing to do would be to level him up a bit. So here is my Deeproot Scout painted up as Link with Blue Male, the reforged Master Sword, red shield and boomerang.
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    Finished Sorcerer Originally, I had thought the Brawler would be my favorite, but once I got this one done, it took that spot. Fun fact 1: Its bracers are made out of Savage Chaos Toad skin. Fun fact 2: Hanging from its belt is the shrunken head of another chaos toad (Izzy's design). Group Shot I think Duke Gerard is in a bit of trouble here, or maybe he has made a pact with the powers of chaos?
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    They are removable, so that they can be used for games. Other than fighting the urge to fiddle around....I think this project is done!
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    I stopped by my FLGS to get a bottle of paint. Instead, I picked up 3 figures and a scenic base with which to make a diorama. For ReaperCon. Somebody find my sanity and slap me with it. Please. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Yesterday was my dad's final radiation treatment. Got to see him ring the bell. Six weeks of 5+ hour long drives for 15 minutes of treatment finally finished. There's not a single person involved in it that isn't happy that it's finally over and done with.
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    Ok. I've arranged for a mule and they'll get to spend my Reapercon bucks. I always feel guilty about them sitting around my house unused when I order the swag bag off the site. This way hopefully a forumite will be able to get something happy.
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    Had to let Chester out of his crate before I was ready. New, bigger crate was supposed to be delivered today, but the silly goose somehow knocked his crate over (okay, fine, maybe it wasn't a good idea to set the crate up on the box, but I was enjoying looking at his cute face). The smaller crate needs to be cleaned before he can go back in it, so I just let him out. He he seemed pleased to be in such a big space, but even more pleased when I brought him a box w/ blanket to hide in. He still growled while he invesetigated the room, and he hissed at me a couple times, but he seemed pleased over all.
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    That will likely be the next time I update my avatar, after I paint that guy (unless Proctor or one of the Reaper painters does a version before then), I'll use the same angle. He'll go from green to red. But that will be a couple years away yet.
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    Oh no. This plague has been going around work. Chester is doing well. He's less growly daily. I just need him to be comfy with me and hubby, then I can let him see the other cats. I will I'll make him love me! :cat gets fat on treats:
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    @knarthex Yeah, I came to the same conclusion. It'll probably be fine, probably. Progress! I finished the wings, and sealed them with brush-on sealer. I rather wanted to use Dull Cote, but it's been super-humid the last few days -- 90-100%, with rain -- and I don't like spraying unless it's 40% or lower. I don't have any place inside my apartment with sufficient ventilation. So brush-on it is. The bottle is getting quite empty after all this. Here's a dry-fitting. Sans head, because I haven't done that yet. The feet need attention -- some paint has rubbed off with handling, and I still need to paint the claws. Also, the back foot doesn't fit well. I may need to trim a bit off the bottom of the peg in his foot to make it sit flush against the stones. In other news, snow! I've never done snow. I got some Woodland Scenics snow, as mentioned. So here's an experiment on a bottle lid. On the right, we have PVA glue sprinkled with the stuff. On the left, we have a mixture of Realistic Water and the snow powder. I'm going to let those dry for a day or so and see which I like better, because I think it may be easier to put the snow on before attaching the dragon. If anybody has suggestions for snow, I'm all ears.
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    Ooo, candy corn, my favorite! I've loved playing cards since I was in elementary school; I actually collect decks from everywhere I've been (yes, I even have a Sophie deck from I think Zazzle to commemorate my first ReaperCon). I still have my lucky deck which saw many, many, many hours of solitaire (alone and group) all the years I was in K-12 education. It's super buttery soft to shuffle, to the point that I need to be a little cautious lest I accidentally bend one (which has yet to happen, thank goodness!) Nothing quite like shuffling a good, used deck of cards, for sure. *nods* Fair enough, though this actually happened to my father-in-law. He finally got around to selling the large BOX of cards he used when he was in college (he had, I believe, at least one black lotus, along with some unopened packs). This gave him enough to put a down payment on a used car for my sister-in-law. True story. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Painting a dragon with random palette of colors was a fun challenge. One of the most fun to paint this year. (tied with Hippo King) Contest Thread Combined Show-Off thread WIP Insomnia started out as a storm dragon, but I chose to go with ocean waves instead. I didn't have a sea dragon, and was having fun with water bases. at 3 weeks of painting it is the second fastest dragon I have finished. Really it just flew by, and I kept making more time to work on him. His name is Insomina because of more than the usual late or middle of the night painting sessions. was aiming at high tabletop quality. Officially rolled : Mint green, Cloudy Grey and Marine Teal with no further ado
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    Some new stuff in Previews.
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    It is likely we will add it to the PM with the next round of Power Ups.
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    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks! Woo, my brain actually feels completely balanced today for the first time in...a long time! Which means it's time to get ALL THE THINGS done! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Hi, y'all. Was going to say morning but realized it's no longer morning. I'm hanging out at my mom's with not much to do. Sibling started at the university today so they aren't here to hang out with, mom is napping since she got little to no sleep last night, and stepdad is doing chores. So I've hidden myself away in Sibling's room to hope that the last bit of my headache will go away before my appointment. Brought some hobby stuff with me to do but head hurts so I can't really concentrate on small things currently. So I'll probably end up listening to this podcast I've been binging. It's about the history of various medical topics and how ridiculous a lot of it is. It's called Sawbones if you're interested, free on iTunes. It can probably be found elsewhere though. ETA: I hit my 1000th post!
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    Going to try and be back more. Been super busy on top of Stupid Brain Stuff.
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    @Pegazus Actually, if you haven't already made the cards, can I change the picture you'll be using? I think this one would work better since I'll be wearing it most of the con. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Day 02: 30 min got a basecoat on the basilisk's belly. I decided I want to stick with only two color families, so I will skew the red toward orange and make the belly a lighter orange. Not much here other than a new basecoat on the belly and some dark green where I reclaaimed the basecoat on the leg scales. Finari didn't get much, just a little bit in her hair. Day 02 Bonus: 45 min Due to some bus schedule weirdness, I stayed late at the office and got some more painting in. Highlights on the green, bringing the legs up to the level of the dorsal ridge, glazed in the orange on the dark stripe, and started highlighting the belly. Most of the time was on the greens. The leg scales aren't quite as light as the dorsal ridge, but I think I like that and will reclaim the darker green on the insides of the dorsal scales. The orange belly will need to shade down to the red, but I want the stripe to be the darkest part, if I can. I'll take some greyscale pictures tomorrow to really check on that. Any thoughts?
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    what this growing on the back of my miniature? some kind of mold or pile of garbage? I think ill cut off a bunch and make it a lower surf, rather than crashing wave. I am happy with the way the rest of this is going.
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    Really in touch with the dark side of the force today, yet red isn't intense enough a Lightsaber for me at this point. I need something that is hard to look at. Thinking black light, something that is absolutely soul sucking to all who behold it. And the hatred flowing through me today is incredibly motivating. I like it. A lot.
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    Hangouts are good for killing brain weasels. .. At least in my experience... YMMV I have not looked at the website, but I would hazard a guess that if they are showing 1 pattern with 2 colors, it is likely 2 decks in a double box...
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    Right, he also said in a previous interview that Dresden is getting hard to write because of the power creep. It is the same issue DMs have trying to challenge high level characters. How does he continue to make believably challenging situations for Harry and friends as their power has ramped up over the series. I am sure it is a combination of factors. Heck, he might have taken a break to write short stories just to take a break and yet still give us something. I doesn't surprise me that he's slowing down. When he first started he was churning out a book every 6 months. That is not a sustainable pace for an author (except maybe Stephen King, but he's likely an alien or android or something). Would not have called that.
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    I read some stuff he posted recently. Peace Talks stalled because he needed to flesh out some other character backstories. He did this and the short stories that do so are being published in an anthology soon. With that done, he is back to writing Peace Talks after which he will write the Olympian Affair. But you have a cat as your avatar!?!?
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    Highlighting is raising the tone of some part of a figure. When done correctly, this helps to pull out the shape of a very small subject in broad light and some form is necessary to get a decent appearance on a painted miniature. Which is to say that "highlighting" is an effect. Drybrushing is a technique that can be used to create a highlight on a figure (or to get a few other effects). It also adds texture and isn't completely controllable, but highlighting is its most common effect. Other highlighting techniques include an undercoat with a light zenithal spray or glazing or layering with paint with a higher tone.
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    I have a set of my grandparents Kem Cards. They were pretty avid Bridge players for a long time. The cards are almost 50 years old. You can't tell when you shuffle them though. I am afraid at some point they will crack. Sadly, the pattern on the back is so... um... horrible... that it is hard for me to pull them out and play with them. But, I usually shuffle the red or the blue deck at least once a year as I'm going through things in that closet... Yeah! And if Lil Cat can't take care of it... there are others that can...
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    excelent. I don't suppose I could hire you to once again reprise your role of purple kitty ninja?
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    If I know the person likes military fiction or tanks in general, the Hammer's Slammers books would be top of the list.
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    Chaosscorpion I think this looks better
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    I used to play with a beat-up old Beta edition Sol Ring in my deck, just so people would pause to look at it, and ask the inevitable question... And then realize that I'd been playing almost a decade longer than they had, and probably invented most of the combos they were using... (Actually, the Sol Ring was calculated psychological warfare: I started with Revised, a couple years after it had come out - when I was working at the mall rolling pretzels in the late '90's, five or six years after I started playing, a local Navy guy I knew handed me a deck box of cards he'd found that somebody had left behind at the base when they rotated out. The Sol Ring was one of them. It was kinda beat up when I got it, so I put it in my deck rather than go buy another one, lol.)
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    I like playing Savage Worlds with four jokers in the deck.
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    Quick painted this guy for a friend to use in our Pathfinder campaign tomorrow night. The first Dwarf I've ever painted, had a lot of fun painting this one.
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    *** Comes running with chicken soup ***
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    Looks at Wolf playing with rubberduck in inflatable pool. You're just jealous! Time to burn the midnight oil! You only need about 4 hours of sleep a day to survive... Bummer! I hope you're feeling better. Sounds like some of the officers I've known... Yay!!
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    Looks at Wolf playing with rubberduck in inflatable pool.
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    Finished Brawler Here are shots of the finished Brawler: And its parts as I sent them to Reaper (they have not requested any changes to this): I really want to paint it!
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    If you can deal with the feel of plastic playing cards or if you're weight or space constrained (traveling or hiking, for instance), they're really nice. I prefer the feel of playing card stock, though. I recently bought a dozen decks of Bee cards (which are quite good), for less than $2.50 each, which I was happy with.
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    What? You think you are different from the rest of us????
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    I use an old beat up deck when I read tarot. It increases the likelihood of tips and of being taken seriously.