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  1. OneBoot

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    Don't get too excited; this is the same "I can go unless this happens" reason that I've had to keep in mind every year I've attended. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  2. OneBoot

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    I won't know whether I can go this year until around March/April. Hopefully I will be able to come, but if I can't it will be due to happy reasons. :) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  3. (I'm so so so sorry I didn't post days ago, been dealing with serious life stuff (good things, just time- and energy-consuming)) Ten thousand congratulations for finishing your very first Goblin Challenge!!!! And you managed to retain at least some semblance of coherence, too! It seemed like you had a lot of fun with it, trying new color combinations and such, and your thread was a blast to read! I'll see about rustling up some sort of Not-Trophy for you (since buglips appears to have gone AWOL). To tide you over until then, I bestow upon you: Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  4. Woooooo look at all that progress! GO GO GO GO GO!!! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  5. Oh, something I forgot to mention. If time is running really short, don't worry about replying to your thread. You have my full permission to post the occasional blurry picture and cryptic remark and focus on PAINTING ALL THE THINGS! Don't worry about making the pictures look nice, just drop them in the thread and keep plugging away! Radio silence for the final few hours is not out of the norm, and the lack of updates during that time will be completely understandable. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  6. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Page 716 Everyone needs to go check out WhiteWulfe's DDS2 7 day challenge thread! Like right this second! Drop everything and run! It could be a matter of life and death! *drama* *swoon* http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/83285-whitewulfe-attemps-the-seven-day-goblin-challenge-dragons-dont-share-2014-edition/& I can definitely say that support and encouragement are really helpful during crunch time. Also chocolate, but that's a given. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  7. Things are coming together! The pink on the orange is such an interesting combination, and it's amazing how much lining a wash can do in such a short time! Also Sir Shiny of Purple made me smile. Yep, you're into CRUNCH TIME now! I don't have an exact time reference in your starting post, but I did mentally note that you'd posted it at 8-something AM Pacific time (which I believe is 9-something am your time). That means you've got less than 24 hours left! Not quite the time to panic yet (I tend to reserve that for the final 12 hours lol), but it is definitely time to take a moment to evaluate what you have time for and what you don't, factoring in eating, sleeping, and apparently WILD CONTRACTOR appearances. Making a list might help (or it might not; I'm a list person lol). It seems like you've got the terrain finished, so set that aside for now, even though you may be tempted to spruce it up; tidying can come after the Challenge. Unless I'm missing something, your amazingly punk rock dragon just needs eyeballs and he's done...? *skims back through previous post* Ah, you did mention his back needs to be finished. After looking at your pictures, it seems like it at least has a full basecoat of the Kobold Orange, yes? If so, you can make the dragon's back a lesser priority and focus on the adventurers first. From the pictures, it looks like you've gotten most of the clothes and the armor stuffs colored, so get skin, hair and eyeballs going! Ignore tiny buckles and jewelry and other fun fiddly stuff; you can pick those out post-Challenge (I mentally cried and apologized to every single one of the sculptors as I slathered paint all over their meticulously sculpted details and promised myself that I'd get a second set to paint up all pretty once I was done). EDIT: Basically everything @fectin said, far more succinctly than I did. The bulk of this is behind you, time to sprint for that finish line! You've got this, I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!! Mad respect for tackling this as your very first Challenge! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  8. Whew! Sorry I missed the start of this, the past couple of days have been crazy busy for me. You're doing great so far!! I have so much fun seeing the different approaches everyone takes to these. Also I approve of Shiny Purple Guy. He's very shiny. And purple. Now for a few responses I missed earlier... This is a great attitude to have! Yeah, these things are wonderful boot camps for "PAINT ALL THE THINGS FASTER" especially for those that tend to fiddle endlessly instead of just calling something done. Pauses to make posts make great breaks to nom things, stretch, take pictures, and ponder the gameplan for the next few hours. Honestly, a lot of my ideas crystallized as I was typing them up! My soul is 95% Brown Liner by now. True Story. Oooooo those colors sound AWESOME! I'm really looking forward to seeing how they turn out! Yes, there's always time for silly shenanigans after the Challenge, especially if sculpting is involved. I try to keep a handle on my "Wouldn't this be an awesome idea?!" tendencies by giving myself permission to get a little creative on the last or second to last day, if I have time. This seems to work well for me, but certainly isn't the only way to do things! Mornings tend to be slow, especially if you aren't a morning person to start with; expect this to happen more as time goes on . I sort of managed it by picking something simple to ease my way into the Groove; terrain works nicely for this. :) Khanjira is by far the easiest of the 4; there's nothing tricky or complicated about him, no wings or big terrain or additional tiny figures to paint. I finished mine in 5 days without hurrying too much, and mostly stopped because I was tired of working on him. But absolutely discuss any Challenge with your SO; it's important that you're both on the same page about what this crazy thing is, and what it will demand from you. MrBoot's biggest concern for me (other than my general lack of desire to care for myself properly ) was that I was "wasting" a big expensive miniature on these things. After I'd done a couple, I explained to him just how much they'd helped level up my painting abilities, and he could see that while they weren't my best work, they were painted; the same cannot be said for any of my other big miniatures lol. Do what works best for YOU! I gave Hangouts a try, but only lasted a couple of hours at a time, and wasn't able to handle it after the first few days. If rocking out to music gets you in your groove, keep doing that! :) Oh man, those sound like they'd look awesome together!! Be wary of pink, though; you'll want to undercoat it with something (perhaps a solid red) because if you try to layer it on top of Grey Liner there's a good chance it will fight you as far as coverage, depending on which pink you choose. Do a small test area first to see if you'll need to undercoat. Those were what I was most concerned about for me, since I looooove tiny fiddly detailed stuff, so I was worried that I would get sucked into wanting to make them awesome and neglecting the dragon. Everyone is different, though, and for some the dragon will be the most time consuming, or maybe they have an awesome idea for the terrain and that ends up being the most distracting. The important thing is to keep in mind what you think you'll spend the most time on and try to balance that against the rest of the things that need doing. Have a simplified game plan for the more complicated stuff so you can say "Well I didn't get to X idea, but at least I got Y and Z completed." Now, stop reading my overly long post and get back to painting ALL THE THINGS!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  9. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Today was going so well (made yummy bbq chili, put together a cool butterfly costume, went to the church Halloween party with SisterBoot and her family, etc.) , and then it became Second Monday. I really should be more careful about declaring that everything needs MOAR PURPLE because I (hopefully only) sprained my big toe at akido tonight and am now acquiring rather more of that color than I'd prefer. The poor senior student whose foot mine ended up under felt so very bad and insists she owes me a root beer. It wasn't really her fault though, I stepped forward with the wrong foot and paid for it. *shrug* Now I'm mostly just annoyed that I won't really be able to drive for probably the next few days, since of course it was my right foot. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  10. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Root canal done, and it really wasn't bad at all. Pretty much just an extended cavity filling session, with extra numbing. I gotta say, I've never been so happy to get a shot in my life! Good news is that there didn't seem to be any concerning factors (such as cracks, extensive infection, bone loss etc.) so recovery should go quite well with good prognosis for my poor zombie tooth as well (the insides were dead and beginning to deteriorate). I'mma take a niiiiice long nap now, while I'm still beautifully numb. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  11. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Short version: After visiting my doctor, then making an emergency dentist appointment, turns out all the painful oddities I've experienced over the weekend mean I need a root canal. To be perfectly honest, I'm actually looking forward to it because it will make all the ouch go away. I've decided, after much careful reflection, that my tooth and surrounding jaw are experiencing what I would call the worst pain I've ever felt in my life, barely edging out the time I was quite sure I was having appendicitis. So yes, I'm actually looking forward to someone drilling into the thing and stripping out its guts, it's precisely what I want to do to it myself right now. Long version to follow later today. Maybe. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  12. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Having a rough plan of attack is probably the second most essential part of doing a Challenge without dying (the first being copious amounts of insanity, chocolate, and mad giggling). Time will definitely disappear, but the bigger problem will be your brain's utter lack of thinking ability partway through day 2, 3 if you're lucky. Making decisions will likely be more difficult due to a combination of "don't wanna" and sleep deprivation, so the more thinky stuff you can do beforehand, the better. Load a picture into MS Paint and play with colors, do a couple of test pieces to help figure out the adventurers, etc. Lining all the things, I've found, can do a lot of the shadow work for you, especially on the terrain, which looks decent with a liner + drybrush + edge highlighting combo. Something I tried which worked better than I'd expected was to pick 2 main colors for the adventurers' clothing and leave it at that, with "generic leather color" as the third main color. That sped up not only the decision making, but also just the painting in general, since I was only having to worry about shading/highlighting for three colors (plus the skin/face), instead of half a dozen. Remember, you can always paint another, nicer copy later! Aidido is awesome! I joined a dojo that teaches this exclusively back in June, and it's a perfect fit for me. A focus on indirect movements, using the other person's energy, but still very powerful. A friend of mine who has done it for years defined it as "The subtle art of hitting people with the planet." This is why when I bring something to a potluck, I also bring a copy of the recipe to display next to it, so anyone with dietary concerns can tell whether it's going to kill them or not. I count myself lucky that while I may be allergic to a number of things, food isn't one of them; I've never once had a well-meaning friend sneak a cat into my salad, for instance (though I did have to show my in-laws what my cat allergy looked like when non-medicated. None of them have allergies, so they didn't really have a good grasp of the concept) He's had it for awhile, before I was even a mod. In unrelated news, I've scheduled a doctor appointment a few hours from now (I was surprised I was able to get an appointment so soon!). My neck/jaw pain has been acting unusually, and there's a couple of minor associated symptoms that I'd rather a medical professional check out before I start to get concerned. I feel very lucky to have ready, local access to medical assistance on such short notice. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  13. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    @redambrosia Yep, I've already scheduled my first ever therapeutic massage for Monday; this has been lurking for a couple of weeks now in the form of generally stiff neck and shoulders, and it just decided to pounce in full force today. I know what's causing it since similar events have happened before (and I've done PT for), but I just can't help getting super tense when I'm stressed, which causes problems. Luckily this particular stress should be finished up by January. Hopefully. After much prodding and stretching and rubbing, I've discovered that the root of the problem seems to have been a slight kink in my neck. This caused several muscles to spasm and in this case apparently irritating a facial nerve which is then radiating ouch-ness along a couple of the neighboring branches (specifically the ones that the dentist targets when they numb you up). It's just odd because usually I know instantly when the kink happens and it then causes my neck to stiffen up like I've suddenly become Batman. Which would be a whole lot cooler if it also came with the cool toys and billionaire status. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  14. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Well, this is a new one: I've had my neck lock up due to stress-related tension, but this time rather than being unable to move my neck, some deep neck muscle is doing something that's causing rather severe lower jaw and TMJ pain. It's not dental in origin (having a dentist father in law is super handy), and it dwindles to practically nothing when I'm thoroughly distracted (it had vanished by the time I finished showering, then slowly returned. Except I really need to sleep, and the fact that I can't is making me more tense, ad nauseum. I'm currently wearing a heating pad like a scarf and thinking murderous things at my homework (one of the significant contributing factors in my current stress level) and at my noisy upstairs neighbors. --OneBoot :D
  15. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    NOT A LIE Also the prettiest personal cake I've ever had, aside from my wedding cake lol. This Black Forest Cake didn't look like I was expecting on the outside, but perfectly matched my expectations on the inside, therefore making it the perfect counterpoint to the lie cake and bringing harmony to the Universe and balance to the Force thereby. Or something. *noms cake* The cake part isn't overly sweet, with the tiniest hint of a bite at the back of the throat, which pairs nicely with the very sweet cream cheese frosting. Which there is a lot of. A whole lot. *chews contemplatively* Certainly the nicest, tastiest cherry filling I've ever had, with lots of real cherry bits rather than the candied cherry goop I'm used to (which, granted, I do have a fondness for). *cleans plate* I can definitely confirm that this cake is great, and that it is indeed delicious and moist. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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