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  1. 19 points
    So as everybody knows, in 2017 I attended my first ReaperCon ever. There I got to meet many wonderful people in real life, and I have to say it was probably the finest group of human beings I've ever spent time with. We picked a table at random, and so wound up with some random people sharing our table as people came to the con. @pcktlnt was one of them, and even though everybody here already knows he's pretty great I want to tell you that face-to-face he's even better. Pcktlnt is a genuine top-tier human being, even among such a great crowd of people. Before ReaperCon, being aware of the melt table there, I declared it my intention to raid it and Save The Parthas from doom. Since I could not monitor the melt table the whole time (even though I tried), I put the word out. I didn't care who wound up with them, I wasn't trying to get them for myself, I just wanted to save them from being melted into oblivion. Save The Parthas! was the cry. Now, to be 100% frank, my actual objective was to save the precious and rare TSR-era Parthas above all else. But, since asking people to scan the table for minis made in this specific 8-year span with these specific features and check the bases seemed like rather a lot to ask, Save The Parthas was shorter, sweeter, and simpler. And Save The Parthas they did! At one point, I forget which day, pcktlnt came by the table and delivered an old 1982 Partha giant lady. At some point in the past she had been painted with green skin and yellow fur. While a touch older than what I usually collect, I graciously accepted the free mini and said I would paint it up. I have, and here she is: For the age, she's not a terrible mini. She turned out, in fact, to be a very early Julie Guthrie. This particular specimen, being from the 80s and made of soft lead, did have some wear and tear. So I worked with what I could, and I'm happy to add her to the shelf. But the story doesn't end there! When I looked her up to identify her, I discovered she was Version 1 of the female giant from All Things Dark And Dangerous. I was familiar with Version 2, but had never seen this one. So I found some scanes of Partha catalogs older than my physical copies (which only go back to 1993) and she appeared in 1983 (stamped 1982 on the base) and was replaced in 1985 by version 2. Which means, technically, she's actually MORE RARE than many of the TSR minis! I don't know who brought it, but if you're here I'd be interested to know how you came by this figure. She's been painted, probably a long time ago, and has seen some action. She's got some history, and it didn't end just yet. Sometime in the 80s somebody saw her in a blister and said: "that's nice, I'll buy that" and now she's here, probably in a different country. What happened in all that time? How many players did she smush? I have no way to know, but now she's mine and I've grown fond of her. I love her just as much as any other mini - whether Takhisis or Factol Rhys. So a special thank you to @pcktlnt for your tireless stalking of the melt table, and for giving me the chance to own a little piece of odd history and give a miniature a good home. As an aside, if anybody wants a good melt table story, ask @Dr.Bedlam about The Joker With One Foot. It's a legendary tale, told best by him. (I saw the Joker with my own eyes before he told me).
  2. 19 points
    Painting this was awfully fun.
  3. 19 points
    Hey everyone, This is my first complete 2018 model! (Also my first resin model) Miss MKCS spotted it at our lfgs and surprised me over Christmas with it. It was a blast to paint! I’m having issues waiting for Reaper to release their version of the Behir now! I hope you like it! C&C are always welcome.
  4. 18 points
  5. 17 points
    This miniature I've had for a while, since about 2008. I tried painting her a while ago, but I got stuck. I don't know about the rest of you, but I find painting horses to be very difficult - mostly because my colours just never seemed quite right. In November, I had to lay in supplies for over winter and that meant buying the last of my paint restocks from Coat D'Arms. While I was there, I noticed in their military line they had some Horse Tone colours. I figured, hey, why not? At least they'd probably wind up the proper colour. So Ms. Redstorm here was my first try using Coat D'Arms 224 Horst Tone Bay. The other horse tones are Dun, Chestnut, and Roan. If anybody is interested in seeing these in use, I have a number of horses and will be ordering more in a few days so I can do a WIP to show the different ones. Having pre-mixed horse colours simplifies the task quite a lot, and four colours is enough to add variety to a mounted group. I really enjoyed painting this miniature, and I never thought painting a horse would be so much fun. Also, if you're wondering why I filed off the intricate design of her shield that shows in store photos it's because her on-foot version (Vanessa of the Blade) I painted some time ago came with some pitting on the shield. As it was not enough to really bother complaining about, I merely filed it off and painted a simple quartered pattern. Since the mounted version should match my footed version, I did the same here. So if you want to see a WIP of the horse tone colours, let me know! I'll pick 4 Reaper horsepeople out of my collection when the new ones come in and paint 'em up.
  6. 17 points
    This one is out of my element. He isn't human and he isn't holding a sword. Jokes aside, this is Kurdursh the Firecaller, a mini for LOTR. I have been searching for this mini for some time as he is OOP. Comments and critiques are always welcome!
  7. 12 points
    There are a LOT of weird stories about The Wizard Of Oz, but my favorite had to do with the actor who played the Wizard himself. Frank Morgan was a well known actor who was getting on in years when he was tapped to play the Wizard of Oz in the famous Technicolor musical film, the one that starred Frances Gumm as Dorothy. The script called for his costume to be a tad shabby but of good cut and quality, and some twenty years or more out of fashion. And the costume department couldn't come up with anything that fit. And when it fit, the director didn't like it. And if it fit and the director liked it, Frank found it uncomfortable. So finally, Frank said the hell with it and stopped at a thrift store on the way home and bought an old frock coat. It was of good cut and quality, but it had to be thirty or forty years old, and Frank thought it fit the bill. It fit, and was comfortable. And while wearing it, Frank noted a slip of paper in the pocket. Turned out to be a cleaning bill for the coat... made out to the coat's former owner... L. Frank Baum. At first, both Morgan and the studio were skeptical... until they contacted Baum's widow, who confirmed that it was one of her husband's old coats.
  8. 12 points
    Yes, sooner or later, you're going to become a crotchety old man with a big gut and a bald spot.
  9. 11 points
    Whipped this Ghost King up while I was taking a break from writing up an adventure. Blue is my favorite color, and I decided to dive in head first with all of my different blue paints. This is the first time I have tried adding high lights on the cloaks, and I think it made a huge difference. Critiques and advice welcome as always, especially advice on high lights. Thanks in advance!
  10. 11 points
    I intend to become a crotchety old lady with a ferocious attack iguana. And I will tell whippersnappers to get off my lawn or face the lizard!
  11. 10 points
    Dangit. I lost my page. *waves hi to all* I'm not a fan of writing employee evaluations. I want to copy and paste for a majority of them. I rather they self-evaluate, meet with me, fix their evaluation if any of them are surprising, meet with me again, and then submit to management when both sides are satisfied.
  12. 10 points
    Yep, 9lbs of onions was too much. I cut up 5lbs, and they filled my pot. So I've got 5lb of onions and two whole sticks of butter that are in the process of being caramelized. The onions have been going for about 10-15 minutes now, and they're at the point where all their natural water is cooking out of them. Now they only take up about half of the pot, and in another 15-20 minutes they'll start to brown really nicely. Hopefully. This is the biggest batch of them that I've ever made, so I don't know just how it's going to go. I also have almost 6lbs of pork being slow cooked for pulled pork sandwiches. That's been going for about an hour now, so by the time I'm ready for dinner it should be ready to be pulled. Then I've got some store bought coleslaw in the fridge, some Italian rolls, and I'll have some delicious caramelized onions to make things even better. For now, though, I'm eating leftover hamburger helper...
  13. 9 points
    I painted this guy a while ago, and as soon as it was previewed in the Kickstarter, I was reminded of Slade from the old Teen Titans cartoon. His design worked really well as a basis for the paint scheme here. The pictures were taken on the painting table, as I never really got around to taking some in the photo booth, unfortunately.
  14. 9 points
    I may have messed up my onions. In a not bad but also not great way. I think I used way too much butter, because there's still a ton of liquid left even after hours of cooking. And because they've cooked so long, the onions are losing their cohesiveness and reducing themselves down to nothing. So I'm going to end up with a big pot of onion-flavored caramel rather than caramelized onions. But I've tasted them, and they are still delicious. Behold!
  15. 9 points
    I sometimes catch up to like 4 pages back. After that my brain goes mush. Also: help I am stuck watching bad anime. Haaaalllpppp!
  16. 9 points
    Quoting this for where I left off ... thirty-nine pages ago?!?! I ... may not catch up. Went swimming this morning. Then fixed the refrigerator. This afternoon I painted tiny, tiny faces. Heads the size of peppercorns. Mouths the size of sesame seeds. Gah. You understand how it is.
  17. 9 points
    So, for a second day in a row, I have managed to avoid doing the cooking that I really needed to do. Although I woke up at 8 am, for some reason after breakfast I ended up taking a two-hour nap sitting up, and then I got my head stuck in a damn book for the rest of the day. Then I just randomly spaced out for half an hour while reading the forums. Aside from managing to feed myself breakfast this morning, my brain has been functionally useless today. Right now there's a tumbleweed in my brain rolling past the weathered skull of a brain weasel while theme music plays...
  18. 9 points
    Lessee. Hitting 45 this year, so I'm probably mid-life, although the goal is 127, so as to hit three centuries observed. 1) Don't feel it's over, but do feel its stalled a bit. Can't seem to get any traction. Going to try being incompetent this year, since that seems to be what gets people promoted up and out. 2) Does a decently used but recent Lotus count? Really eyeing a couple. Doesn't help that I pass the Lotus/Ferrari dealership on my way to work each day. 3) Not really interested in the affair part. Maybe have to wait a year or two. Then again, wife doesn't get concerned with the amount of hobby expenditures, so it's a big gamble to give up on that. Maybe I should just start showering her with lingerie and other frilly things? She's a big tomboy, so I don't think that'll get me very far. 4) Considering I still wear 30 year old shirts, and have never been fashionable, I'm pretty sure this one won't happen. But seriously, I have read that 40-50 is the most people will be miserable... and I agree. I've been troubled for about a decade when while out for a walk my brain came up with a hypothetical: The job fairy (I did say hypothetical) comes down and will grant me any job that actually exists (no Playboy Bunny washer fer examples), and I get to do that job at the same pay and benefits I get right now, so what'll it be? And I draw a blank. My sixth grade self would pass out from excitement knowing that I design spacecraft with my parts escaping Earth orbit, have been around exotic extreme aircraft, and have met astronauts and supersonic sled drivers. My father-of-a-sixth-grader self is less impressed, and wonders what is out there that I'm missing. But knows no better source of employment. I mean, unless someone is out there building FTL ships and just don't know about it. So I sit and ponder. About the only thing I have thought of was designing new spaceships for Star Wars/Trek, or playing with my own designs for Sci-Fi space ships. One thought process ran to trying to work at some special effects shop for movies, but think that would be more "this spot needs more smoke" and "can you fix some of the hair over here" rather than any ship design work. And I'd have to move back to California, which is uninteresting to me. I just wasn't meant to be on the west coast. Thus, a general malaise has settled in, and I suppose I'll just have to ride things out. And try to calculate the payments on that Lotus.
  19. 9 points
    Fixed her hand. I think she has some sort of articulated armor over her fingers except for the last joints. So I spent, whew, all afternoon fiddling with tiny, tiny faces. This is where I got her to when I had finished with all the greys and black and white. Her eye sockets are black. I haven't painted the eyes! Her mouth is pure Red Oxide. I painted her fingernails with it too, because why not. Next is a wash of transparent purple mixed from Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalocyanine Blue to shade the upper lip and emphasize the line of the mouth. Then a pink highlight on the lower lip mixed from Quinacridone Magenta, Titanium White, and Yellow Ochre. There's a stray bit of purple to clean up later.
  20. 9 points
    It probably won't. Sadly though, out of the last four years, it was the saddest amount of melt I had ever seen. The three years prior, you couldn't see the bottom of the bin after the first day, and didn't see it again (except when people made mini mountains) until the last day. There would be years I would never see pktlnt anywhere other than the table........I saw him paint this year!!!! *Tisk*
  21. 8 points
    This was my second diorama for ReaperCon 2017 and was the one picked for judging. The idea for it actually began at last year's ReaperCon and was originally going to be the wizard catching the barbarian mousling breaking in. Over the year it evolved into a large scene than originally planned and I swapped out the barbarian for the two thieves/rogues. It ended up getting a gold medal and Mousling Honorable Mention. Any feedback would be appreciated. Here is the WIP thread: Stop Thief! Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback while creating this diorama.
  22. 8 points
    My pulled pork is all but done. It's been in the slow cooker for about 6-7 hours now, and I just went to go pull the big fat strips off of the two pork butts that I used. As soon as the fork touched them, both butts fell apart. The fat strips were about the consistency of half-set jello, which made them easy to separate from the meat but hard to get out in one piece. But I managed it, and so now I won't have to worry about biting into as many big clumps of fat when I shred and eat the pork. Still got all that fat flavor in the cooking though. Next is to let the meat cook just a little longer, since it broke apart and I rotated it around some, before draining out a bunch of the broth that it created. One cup of condensed chicken broth has turned into a whole lot more liquid than is necessary. It will just soak its way through any bread at this point.
  23. 8 points
    Truth. I kinda hate lawns. I turned mine into a tomato garden until I realized that the utilities bill would be around 1/3 of my monthly income with that big a veggie patch (I tried 35 tomatoes, 20 peppers, dozens of squash and a bunch of other stuff that year). But I will still have an attack iguana. Or chameleon. Maybe train a goat to headbutt intruders.
  24. 8 points
    I'll never have a mid-life crisis. It sounds like an awful lot of work. 1. I don't have a career, I have a job. So no worries. 2. I own two vintage cars at present. They're an introvert's tinkering hobby, not an extrovert's means of seeking attention. 3. That would simply involve far more work than I'm willing to consider. 4. People who know me have claimed that the only time my wardrobe gets refreshed is when the temperature drops and the local bums start freezing to death, which enables me to get some hand-me-downs . . . The Egg
  25. 8 points
    All this talk of mimics reminds me of something totally different in a campaign that happened to our group... Everyone's out for a walk in a tooootally safe looking forest, down a long straight path that leads into a perfectly innocent looking clearing, and of course the DM springs a spot check on us. Ranger almost critically fails it (was a 2... of all the times to roll a 2...), nobody else notices anything, and my character, the barbarian who according to the DM is ~trying~ to read a book aptly labelled "how to kill things without getting blood everywhere for dummies" (or something equally silly, forgot the actual title), and only paying enough attention to make sure he doesn't walk into another party member (or a tree)..... Rolls a natural 20. DM just looks at me while the ranger glaaaares at me, and simply asks "can I control your character for just a second?" while grinning like a madman (note - the good kind of madman, not the "I'm going to murder everyone madman") and I said "sure, why not, I'm curious wha..." Didn't get to finish the sentence, as he goes into detail about how my barbarian throws the book right over the ranger's shoulder, narrowly missing said ranger by half an inch and promptly knocks out the leader of the bandits that was about to jump us with the very edge of the book's spine.... He then throws one of the three axes my barbarian was carrying into a similar cluster, and severely wounds two of the bandits as it was apparently the two hander he'd thrown.... DM then just smiles to everyone and says "roll initiative". I've never had someone glare at me for so long, and then break out in laughter shortly afterwards... ....That book was bought as a joke for him because said barbarian had an intellect of something like 6 or 7, and he had a really bad habit of starting bar brawls, fighting lippy town guards, things like that.... Sure kept any bandits at bay afterwards though, because he'd just have to flash the book (or they'd see it) and half of them would run off in sheer fear...