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  1. 19 points
    Greetings! I kind of finished this diorama a few years ago but have recently finished it for good with some newly aquired basing materials. I originally bought Isabella Von Carstien just to paint up as a single miniature but as her pose seemed to infer a commanding stance, I decided to expand things into a diorama by giving her an elite skeleton guard to command using a pack of GW skeletons that I had. For the actual terrain, I was inspired by a favourite old Ray Harryhausen film of mine, "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad" where Sinbad swordfights a skeleton on a spiral staircase (which, famously, doesn't go anywhere!). It's a great scene & I wanted to create a spooky ruined spiral stone staircase for Isabella to lead from. The stonework is made from air-drying clay. I made the staircase by cutting out rolled flat wet clay "cookies" using the plastic cap off a deoderant can to create circles. I then scored lines into each wet "cookie" to create quarters & when dry, I snapped the clay into 4 quarters & tidied them up. I then glued each quarter on top of the last one leaving a eighth of the previous step showing, I repeated this until I got to the required height - I'm very pleased with how this worked out! . I then filled in all gaps between the steps to make them look like they were carved out of the stone & added some sand for texture here & there, I also pencilled in then scored some fish-scale tiles into the base. C & C are always welcome - Thanks for looking!
  2. 15 points
    All done! Also. For all those who have not yet completed this mousling or started...paint BEFORE assembly. Don't make my mistake. C&C appreciated!
  3. 15 points
  4. 13 points
    I chose to paint Kyphryxes (still can't spell it). Rolled the colors mint green, olive green, and fire red. Replaced mint green with alien goo. So this was painted only with the following five colors (and red and green liner): Alien Goo Olive Green Fire Red Solid Black Pure White and here are the results: WIP is here. Kinda petered out at the end. and yes, it is pretty bright in person. Hope my next foray into random colors is a little less stimulating.
  5. 13 points
  6. 13 points
    Today I turned a boring encounter into a lizardfolk coming of age party. The book said three lizardfolk are hunting hippos, they see the PCs, they drive a hippo into the PCs to cause battle. I wondered why. Why are three CR1 lizardfolk, who presumably know that hippos are raging dicks, using the PCs as a hunting aid? Are they supposed to know the PCs are on their way? Do they expect random PCs to show up in trackless jungle? Wtf man? Instead the PCs see hippos in the river and hide, stay quiet, hippos are raging dicks, man. So three lizardfolk scope out the hippos, pick one. One lizard heads back, returns with six more and this lizard kid all drawn over with clay swirls, it's his birthday party and he has to prove how badarse he is in order to be considered an adult. His task: swim out to the hippos, steal a fistful of their red blood-sweat, and smear it on his own snout. So I rolled it all while describing the scene and the anticipation and the nine fully grown lizardfolk on the bank with javelins to protect the kid. The hippo was not amused. The lizard kid got away though, red snouted and all, running like heck while javelins flew all over. It was glorious. The PCs weren't even involved but they all liked it. It made the adventure feel more like a world than a 'kill thing, take stuff' railroad.
  7. 12 points
    I have been threatening to finish Zoe The Golden Retriever sometime this week. Last nights sixteen degrees F provided the impetus ! I was too cold to sleep well. So Here is ZOE. This is a beautiful, soul full piece to work on. Capturing the emotion in that small face, getting everything painted and mounted proved quite the challenge to me. In the end Zoe was a real treat to do. Not that often I really get into a feeling level while painting a miniature. Mr. Summers must have had a beautiful and loving companion in Zoe, it came through the Sculpt ! Hope I did it Justice. Let me know what you think of my efforts on this mini please ! Jay
  8. 12 points
    May I present to you; Fewmaster Toede of the Dragon Lance Chronicles. Sorry, the pictures didn't turn out that well. But I'm quite happy with the paintjob. All kinds of C&C is very welcome.
  9. 12 points
    I kinda get why some people don’t like the Random. It’s messy, it doesn’t color in the lines. At times it is filled with completely random nonsense. But for me that is the point. I like having somewhere to RP as a kittythulhu frolicking with wolves amongst the bacon and glitter. I like getting random, unconnected snippets of other’s lives. I like getting chaotic glimpses of current events. Basically I’m saying I lurve youse guys and gals.
  10. 12 points
    The knob that you turn to start the dryer cracked where it slotted onto the shaft that you were actually turning to start the dryer. I first superglued the crack and then filled the hollow knob around the shaft slot completely with greenstuff. At this point that knob is now the most structurally sound part of the dryer.
  11. 12 points
    So, on the bright side...I painted to take my mind off my thesis... Mouse's mouslings are underway!
  12. 11 points
    I've been collecting minis for almost 30 years and finally getting around to doing what I've been wanting to do which is actually paint them. Started a couple months ago with a few Dark Sword Critter Kingdom minis and an old Grenadier dragon. And now this, which is my first Reaper mini and an attempt at NMM. C&C welcome.
  13. 11 points
    I regret that I have the imagination required to picture an elder god butt wiggling.
  14. 11 points
    I chose my house because the color is purple. ^.^
  15. 11 points
    Ok, so I went about highlighting both of the skeleton cloths at the same time. So to my base Ritterlich Blue/Blue Liner, I added a little bit of MSP Ultramarine Blue. To my base of Mahogany Brown, I added a little bit of MSP Brown Sand. Then I added a little more Ultramarine Blue and a little more Brown Sand. Then I used straight Brown Sand and straight Ultramarine Blue. That's where I left the blue, but I added some MSP Green Ochre to the brown mix. I didn't like how the brown looked, so I made a glaze of Mahogany Brown and went over it to smooth things out. Then...well, I had been fighting with myself over something else. You guys probably know how this goes at this point. I think about doing something, I go back and forth with myself about whether I'm going to try it or not and then I fuss at myself for arguing and dive into it. So when I painted the skeletons, the thought occurred to me that to make them look really glowy, I should make them, you know, glow. With OSL. Which I've only done once before on All Hallow's Eve. So, no, argumentative and stubborn me said, I'm not going to try to do OSL on this. But I probably should, reasonable and trying to improve me responded. But I'm just going to ruin all of the work that I've done if it doesn't turn out right, lacking in confidence me whined. It's only paint, rational me remembered and won the argument. So, OSL. There's one thing that I regret the most and that is that I didn't take any pictures of the process. I meant to, but I got caught up in really concentrating on different spots all the way up to the strongest colour before moving on to the next. I should have taken pictures at each section, I guess. But so what I used was straight MSP Moth Green that I thinned to a wash consistency and very gradually built it up, concentrating it in areas that were closest to the bones up to complete opacity. Now what I found worrying here was that I didn't feel that it was obvious enough that the skeletons were the source of the glow. So I took MSP Candlelight Yellow and thinned it down to a glaze and went over all of the OSL areas with it and also went over the skeletons with it to try to re-enforce the fact that they are actually the source of the glow. I don't hate it, but honestly I don't love it. I don't think that I planned well enough for it. I still don't think that the skeletons look like they're the source of the glow and I know it's because they're not bright enough, but I don't necessarily want to mess with them. But I probably should. But I don't wanna. I'm going to sleep on it. Let me know what y'all think.
  16. 11 points
    Elf it. I want a break from grading. Bright side thus far: some students are rockin' it. Down side: some students are derp faces.
  17. 11 points
    Ok, so next up I started painting the cloth on the skeletons. I want the cloth to be dark and dingy and not pull too much attention, so I basecoated one with MSP Mahogany Brown and one with about a half and half mix of MSP Ritterlich Blue and Blue Liner. Next I started working on the stones. I wanted to pre-line these so, I made a wash with Blue Liner. I'm going to end up deciding that's not dark enough and re-do it, so this was kind of a wasted step. Btw, I really like when you find the sculptor's initials and I like to leave them visible and will paint them up just like they're any other part of the sculpt. Next I basecoated the dirt areas with Brown Liner. I don't know why I didn't crop that picture, but I don't feel like going back and doing it now. Next I basecoated the stones with MSP Shadowed Stone. That's when I realized that the lining had not been dark enough, so I went back over the stones with more Blue Liner wash and then re-basecoated the stones with the Shadowed Stone. Next I made a lighter grey mix by adding some MSP Wolf Grey to the Shadowed Stone. straight Wolf Grey at the top, straight Shadowed Stone to the left and the mix to the right. Whoops, that's awfully blurry. Then I added a little more of the Wolf Grey. Also very blurry. Good job, Guindy. I started to do just straight Wolf Grey after that, but it wasn't much of a colour difference, so instead I went up to straight MSP Rainy Grey. Next I wanted to highlight the dirt areas. Now the dirt parts are flat, but have a good amount of texture sculpted in, so the most effective technique for something like that is going to be drybrushing. Obviously the dirt parts are in between a lot of finished areas, so I wanted to be very careful about it. I used the size 0 crappy brush that I'd primed with. You can see how much priming with it shredded the bristles, but that makes it perfect for some light drybrushing in small areas. So I took MSP Brown Sand and drybrushed very carefully. Then I drybrushed carefully with MSP Green Ochre.
  18. 11 points
    I'm transferring tub paints to dropper bottles, which is both interesting and deadly dull. There's some nice stuff in the old bottles, but making labels and decanting the tubs is quite tedious. It was kind of annoying to find SKUs for Ral Partha Turquoise and Ancient Purple (the bottles didn't have SKUs on them). This was exacerbated by the fact that Ral Partha recycled the SKUs for different colors of paint later. ** Never recycle SKUs for incompatible product. It can create serious inventory problems and it's not like there's a limited variety of numbers1. ** 1 If you're a goblin2, this might not be precisely correct, but you'll never know, so you can ignore it. 2@buglips*the*goblin, this means you.
  19. 10 points
    So here are some painted dwarven forge castle props. Was tired of all the base grey stuff. The cauldrons are for poring hot oil on attackers, the steps are for putting on the ladders so minis can stand on them and the square bits are covers for battlements.
  20. 10 points
    Last night my PCs lost an encounter in one action. It was hilarious. Begin encounter. Possessed dire ape (contains one shadow demon) rolls initiative, casts fear. Will saves all around. Everyone fails and runs away screaming. Possessed dire ape facepalms and goes back to his day. End encounter.
  21. 10 points
  22. 10 points
    Science fiction convention has been fun. So. Much. Food. Red is here, but incognito. I’ve convinced her to go semi-public for the next con we’re going to, so she’s volunteered or some panels for that and Overly Sarcastic Productions may have a presence there. Dealer who Always Brings Minis and Dice is not here this year (aw). But Steampunk Clothier is (yay!). Have enjoyed an apparent increase in awareness of diversity and openness in this particulat con. Went to a panel on ethics of cosplay - who gets to cosplay which characters and how and whom to listen to about why or why not - which was very interesting. Multiethnic panel and audience with multiple body types. Also actual Polynesian dude dressed as Maui from Moana in the audience. Way cool.
  23. 10 points
    How does mini painting save the day when flushing a water heater, you ask? Easy access to lots of thin gauge floral wire! The drain valve fully clogged and a wire hanger couldn't make it past the stupid post valve thing because of the bend, but floral wire is thin enough to bend on impact and snake it's way through!
  24. 10 points
    I was sitting in an annual meeting for a company I worked for just out of college. It was poorly paid, but I had had trouble getting or keeping other jobs, with poor grades and little work experience my BA was doing nothing useful. It was an auditorium full of people, and management was trying to kill us with powerpoints. On the screen was a picture of a red truck, some words and numbers, and no matter how hard I tried I could not understand what they were talking about. It was like my brain was fighting me, refusing to concentrate or pay any attention to what I wanted. I'm a smart guy, I graduated 11th in my HS class and had scholarships that paid for my education, but it fell apart in college. I realized that this struggle was beyond what everyone else was facing. I had started taking Ritlin for ADD in 4th grade, and I went from remedial classes in 3rd to advanced everything in Jr High. At the time the theory was that you grew out of ADD. so I stopped taking medicine in college when it was inconvenient. I had not "grown out" of it. Lots of little memories and problems came into focus. I had learned some coping skills but not enough to get good grades in college or pay attention in boring meetings. I haven't always used it since. There are some jobs where it is unnecessary (construction, parenting, what ever parts of a job that I love) but even as an adult there are times I need to keep using it. In grad school I graduated with a 3.8. Everything fell into place trying to understand a red truck on a power point slide.
  25. 10 points
    Really all the Houses are full of nice, wonderful people so you should just pick the one that speaks to you. Or has the prettiest House sigil, that’s a perfectly valid way to choose as well. Now that the obligatory board boosterism has been put forth, allow me to point out that Frogwarts House Master is so awesome that he has ‘the Great’ in his name! And we have a jackalope on our house sigil!
  26. 9 points
    Here's an effort I made at painting this orc. I've only been painting three weeks so I am open to help/comments. I added some Welsh slate to the base. Took some inspiration from an artist called slashhamster. Thanks
  27. 9 points
    Painting my orcs and thought I'd do a fun comparison. Gondorian soldier is one of the first models I painted. The orc is currrently being painted.
  28. 9 points
    Couldn't sleep. Went for a walk. Shooda stayed in bed.
  29. 9 points
    The nerve! What Knarthex missed though, is that house Tabletop is the perfect combination of all the other houses. Figmentius collects all the things. So do we. Procrastius has 785,261 projects that are all going to get done 'someday' after I finish doing this other thing. So do we. Frogwarts likes to convert things. So do we. On top of all that, we in Tabletop get to play with all of our cool toys!! Join house Tabletop, the most well rounded house. That's what they want you to think. Some of us know the truth. Level 43
  30. 9 points
    Car is now half packed with our main luggage after breakfast (Red velvet french toast is a thing!). The carry-on stuff will be added after lunch when we leave. PingosHusband is off in a bit to the writers’ workshop, where he will be helping neophyte authors all morning. Red has been doing hieroglyph homework on her tablet. She’s been exclaiming over various words. “Hey look, “gazelle” is basically “legs”!” “This one doesn’t even look like real hieroglyphs! Two rectangles and an arrow that bends right - it looks like a highway sign!” “I think this reads “Ra gets strong by eating bread and drinking beer”.” Big philosophical discussion over various more or less successful adaptations of Journey to the West, mingled with criticisms of game-based anime. High Schooler is planning to attend one more panel, about game design. Several of us plan a little more Christmas shopping in the dealers’ room.
  31. 9 points
    Oh gods, the hiccups. I think seppuku is the only option.
  32. 9 points
    Whining and venting are better than kidney damage. @NebulousMissy may be right about the wine, but it is a poor time for that. Kvetch now. You have "ears" to listen and offer compassion. Save the booze for times of cheer and contentment.
  33. 9 points
    Tired.... Late.... Glazed the skin with base coat colors.... GW red ink in the mouths... WC BLue 5 to 2 on the noses WC Red 5 to 2 on the noses... Late and work in 4 hours.... Comments and critiques welcome!!!! G
  34. 9 points
    Also.... 130 more paints?! *drools* Paid less than $1.50 each including shipping so it was a big whack but no where near as much as full pop. My bid limit was based on $1.50 per bottle max for each lot. Means I will have to delay my next "contribution" to my Bones IV pledge by a couple of weeks. I am beginning to suspect that Reaper is another form of legal addiction, especially appealing to gamers who have an overactive completest compulsion. Now I have to come up with suitable accessible storage for all the new paints. I'd like something that allows paints to be organized in triads. I may hold off until I can build it for myself using the combo 3-d printer/scanner with laser attatchment I'm supposed to be getting from a Kickstarter Campaign. GEM
  35. 9 points
    Occasionally I will fall down a rabbit hole of unusual reading material. I used to regularly frequent a salvage store that would get book store inventories in on a regular basis. This is how it came to pass that I have read ~20 fairly in depth histories and treatises on The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Which I made a point of purchasing with cash. I'm (probably) on enough watch lists without adding that. Similarly after stumbling on a reprint of Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War I, I hunted down and read extensively on WWI aviation from every perspective I could. I read about the pilots, the campaigns, the planes, and the aerodromes. From one particularly dry and insanely detailed study of the production records of all sides, I learned what was produced in what numbers and what technology each side stole from the other. As an aside, the planes in the movie The Blue Max are gorgeous. The main thing I learned is that you had to have insane courage to be a pilot in WWI, especially in the early war. If you own a riding lawnmower I guarantee it has more horsepower than most early war fighters. Seriously, those engines had about 40 - 60 horsepower. But perhaps the most dogged quest for a book was after I saw the movie Cross of Iron and decided I wanted to read the original book by Willi Heinrich. The movie reminded me quite a bit of All's Quiet on the Western Front for the sense of war's futility and knowing that Cross of Iron was written by Willi Heinrich based on his experiences on the Russian Front made me want to see what the movie got right and wrong. The only problem was that I could not find a copy of the book anywhere. This was in the days before internets (yes children, I am from the before time) and apparently at a point where the book wasn't in wide circulation. I finally had to resort to mailing the publisher a check and waiting about a month for my very own hardback copy to arrive. Totally worth the wait. As intense as the movie was for me, reading about the Russian Front from someone who was there (and whose division suffered casualties 12 times greater than their original strength between 1941 and 1945) was mind boggling. Still have that book to this day.
  36. 9 points
    Yes. And tours. And they're quite close to the Leanin' Tree factory (greeting cards), which has a decent free art museum. Oh, and there's a game store within a few blocks. (I used to work in that area.)
  37. 9 points
    Do they have a factory Outlet Store? GEM I may have done something "foolish". Won two lots of Reaper Paints, totaling 130 more to add to my paint collection. So using Forum Mathematics that makes - 20, am I right? GEM
  38. 9 points
    Unless you're much more confident about a 45 y.o. vehicle (built, please recall, in the depths of the '70s) surviving a drive of 1000 miles or more, I'd recommend bringing a flatbed truck get it home. And even if you are much more confident, 13 mpg or so is going to be expensive. But hey, maybe it will be an "adventure". Which will give you more stories. About some poor schmo having a tough time a thousand miles from home.
  39. 9 points
    If you could explain this to Games Workshop and make it stick I would nominate you for some kind of award. They recycle SKUs constantly and it gives me fits at the store.
  40. 9 points
    Know all about the head/brain hurt. Take what ever will reduce the head pain and focus on painting. I know its an effort to start, but in a little while the focusing on your painting will help to reduce your perception of head pain. Getting over that initial hump is difficult but the rewards are well worth it. GEM I have a hunch that the boredom precedes the drinking and that the drinking has become your default response to being bored. Need to change that pattern and the boredom problem will begin to resolve itself. Just some life experience based advice from a concerned friend. We are friends, aren't we? GEM
  41. 9 points
    @Aryanun, Agent J requests that you direct your attention to the light he is holding...
  42. 9 points
    The problem with Jackalope is I haven't found a good recipe for cooking them. Every one I've tried to cook ends up full of some sort of stuff that looks, and tastes, like the interior of a pillow. GEM
  43. 9 points
    In '93 I was leaving the city after my first year of university. I'd applied for a bunch of summer jobs but didn't get any of them so was going back to the farm to help my parents. Never really wanted to be a farmer and was looking to try something else out. An hour or so before I left I got a call offering me a job. Only had a few minutes to think about it but turned it down. I went back for a couple more years after that but that one snap decision is what made me choose farm life over the city. Went through hell supporting my dad after that and fought hard to keep the farm for him and now for myself. Hard to say if it was the right or wrong decision but it is what made me who I am. Another one was in 2002. An acquaintance offered to hook me up with a girl she knew in her home town and her parents would help me with a vacation there. I sent a letter to the girl explaining I was going to be in her city for a few weeks and would she like to meet me. The girl wasn't interested but her mother was. She forced the girl to reply and she reluctantly agreed to meet up with me. We hit it off instantly. The weeks with her were some of the best in my life. I went back for another visit 6 months later for a month. 6 months after that we were married and we've been together for almost 15 years now. We've had a few ups and downs but who ever said life was easy?
  44. 8 points
    My wife was a direct descendant of Charles Martel. I married royalty.
  45. 8 points
  46. 8 points
    Back in the eighties, I read The Patchwork Girl, by Larry Niven. It's a detective story that takes place in A City Of The Future On The Moon. In it, our hero has an AI in his apartment, named "Chiron." Chiron controls the functions in his apartment. Our hero says, "Chiron, lights," and the lights go on or off. "Chiron, dial up Joe Bob," and the videophone promptly calls Joe Bob. "Chiron, TV, channel 62," and the TV comes on to the specified channel. Back in the day, I thought this was wondrous. Now it's commercially available... and I wouldn't have the &%@$# thing in my house. Does this make me the Forum Old Grouch?
  47. 8 points
    My family was just discussing this over lunch yesterday. My irises are very pale grey, with light grey around the outside edges. My husband’s eyes are so dark brown as to almost be black. Eldest’s eyes are a small scattering of chestnut brown with hazel gold around that and grey rings on the outside. High School Kid’s eyes have slightly more full starbursts of chestnut brown, dark gold around that, and green rings on the outside. Eldest joked that she and her brother look like “fanfic babies”.
  48. 8 points
  49. 8 points
    We went out for dinner with friends last night. Tapa style, so you order two small dishes each round, unlimited. It was great, we have been there before. Today I woke up with a headache. Maybe due to the food containing more salt then I'm used to. However it could be something else...hope not. I have kind of a warning spot, when I get really stressed or sick a small red mark appears just above my nose. Before we went out yesterday my girl asked if I was feeling ok, because she noticed the spot. Today it is still there, and this headache is no fun. I will try to beat it though, I kinda wanted to paint this afternoon. Maybe it is nothing... Or it is a belated stress reaction. I have been stressed for a while about my job. Friday I got the good news that I'm safe again for 3 more years. Maybe the stress release is causing this.. Oh well, enough of me whining... It has been a long time since GW made something I really wanted. This looks useful to me!!! ***TWITCH*** *** Rolls up in a ball in a corner*** *** The Blood Balloons did their job, we had too!!!*** *** Sucks on the tip of his tail, it didn't happen! IT DIDN'T HAPPEN! IT DIDN"T HAPPEN!!!!**** Get it checked out before @Guindyloo or something similar has laid eggs in you!
  50. 8 points
    For me it would have to be when I raised my hand and Took The Oath making me a member of the United States Navy. It was at the peak of the Vietnam War and my college grades in the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Program weren't high enough for a deferment, due to my difficulties with Mathematics. I signed up for the Advanced First Term Avionics Program, which guaranteed me up to 2 years of schooling for a 6 year term of active duty service. I completed the program early due to my growing up with a Heathkit catalog in one hand and a hot soldering iron in the other plus my already completed Electronics courses. Made Petty Officer Second Class [E-5] in just under two years, and then was frozen in rank. Had many adventures and the education I received, both classroom and life as a sailor, have served me well throughout my life. GEM
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