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  1. Welcome to the Department of Acquisitions! This is a continuation of the thread wherein we share pictures and stories of all the awesome stuff we acquire. Go forth, and leave no bargain unexplored! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Pearlized or colored metallics?

    Thanks for reminding me about my poor neglected little thread! What better way for me to jump-start it than by experimeting with shiny red metallics? @FireImp Either today or tomorrow I'll do a comparison between all the different red metallics I own, then I'll do a little experimeting with mixing stuff together. Mixing things to get red is a bit of a tricky business due to its tendency to go pink (that's because metal mediums act like white for the purposes of mixing), so it will be a fun challenge! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  3. Here is the link to the official thread, which has the actual Hangout link: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69040-hang-out-and-paint-google-hangouts/ This is a just-for-fun thread, a place to put little snippets from Google Hangouts with forum members so that those who can't participate can still enjoy some of the fun. They need not make sense, but they DO still need to be family-friendly! This is also the place to put "Is anybody on right now?" type posts. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    This morning was exciting: a bit of snow, followed by freezing rain, followed by maybe another quarter inch of snow. Freezing rain is bad enough, but with an innocent-looking dusting of snow over the top of it, it's even worse. Several cars slid off the road from what I hear (I haven't been out today myself). Then of course the sun came out and it's warmed up into at least the 40's and melted most of it off. It's like Winter just had to blow one last raspberry at us as it stomped out the door. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Google Hangouts Chatter thread

    I've had a cold for the past week and sound like a dead frog, so no Hangouts for me until that clears up. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    It graupled a bit yesterday (this is my new favorite word now) , but there wasn't enough to really stick. A few lovely examples fell on my windshield as I was getting ready to leave, so I had to get out and try to get a picture, with only partial success: It's starting to melt in the second picture, but when it fell it looked like a regular snowflake, only bigger and FUZZY! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Every episode could use more Data. Even the ones where he was playing 3 characters simultaneously. *nods Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Aikido, actually, and it's pretty much the perfect martial art for me. It focuses more on redirecting an attacker's energy, or using it against them, rather than trying to use your own force agsinst theirs. So the more relaxed you are, the easier the techniques are (which is astonishingly difficult to do lol). It's like...weaponized Tai chi? Kind of? But with swords? It's a bit hard to describe really, lol, there's a lot of philosophy to it as well. Such as focusing on neutralizing someone as a threat rather than dealing damage. But basically there's techniques for dealing with grab and arm/hand strike attacks (leg attacks aren't really focused on); weapon attacks from sword, knife and short staff; and various joint locks. Oh and you get to throw people too. The Training section in the wikipedia article does an excellent job explaining it, far better than I can. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aikido Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Weight Loss Support Thread

    I haven't posted here in awhile, but I've been making some big changes and seeing results, so I thought I'd share. Like @NebulousMissy, a couple of months ago I hit my "I refuse to weigh more than this" point. Granted, some of that weight gain was due to hormone medication I was taking October-December, but some of it was also from eating too much delicious junk food to deal with my mess of emotions during that time period, on top of what I've been gradually putting on over the past year. 165 might not seem like much, but when I'm usually between 145-150, and now the only pants that fit comfortably anymore are my loose sweatpants (which were starting to get a bit snug), it's a problem. Now, my actual weight has never mattered to me; to my mind it's just a number. What really matters to me is how I feel and how my clothes fit, and since both were now in the "poorly" category, I knew I needed to change things, but I didn't really have a systematic way of going about it. Not eating certain things just made eating feel like punishment, which didn't help the emotion problems, etc. etc. I also tried exercising more, and even though I was doing low-impact stuff and trying to take it slowly, my knees and lower back were feeling worse every day. My breakthrough came while I was playing Elder Scrolls online, of all things. The game has a chat feature, and a few members of my most active guild were casually chatting about health and exercise and what's worked for them, etc. I was sort of occupied so I wasn't really paying attention, until I noticed that one of the members mentioned a few times that exercise (while really good and should definitely be done), never worked for them for weight loss, especially because they have knee and back problems. At this point I started to pay closer attention to the conversation. This person talked about calorie counting and protein and such, things I'd heard about before but never tried (I thought that if I had to log everything I ate I'd just not eat due to it being too much work), and then the important bit: they said they used an app called Myfitnesspal. I was curios, so I started asking questions, and they explained that not only does it make counting calories super easy, it also makes it easy to log exercise, and encourages healthy, gradual weight loss (you put in info including current and goal weight, general activity level, and how much you want to lose per week, and it calculates what your daily calorie intake should be). It has a huge database of foods you can choose from, a barcode scanner you can use to instantly import whatever you're eating (if it has a barcode), plus a mechanic for putting in your own recipes and serving size so it does the calorie estimation for you. It also has a similarly neat database of exercises (including such things as household chores, shoveling snow and auto repairs) and estimates how many calories each one burns. My favorite part (which can be turned off in the options) is that whatever exercises you log, it adds those calories onto your daily calorie allowance. So if I really want ice cream later, I know I need to 'earn' those calories by doing some kind of exercising that day. I was intrigued. I was excited. I was, in fact, so absorbed in this life-changing conversation that my character died a number of times due to my distraction (I finally just parked her in a corner so I could chat more easily). I've been using it for almost a month now, and I'm already noticing a big difference. I feel better, some of my clothes are starting to fit again, and I just have more energy in general. I weighed myself a few days ago, and I had to do it several times because I didn't think I could have dropped 9 pounds since Christmas. It just seemed too easy! I wish I'd weighed myself right before starting this program so my data would be more accurate (I guessed I was about 162 based on my last doctor visit), but even so, I'm feeling physically a lot better already. Since this is my first serious attempt at a lifestyle change, I haven't been focusing on totally eliminating anything. Instead, I've gone looking for healthier alternatives, adding more healthy snacking options (like greek yogurts, baby carrots, fruit and cottage cheese), and paying attention to serving sizes on labels. If I want ice cream, I eat it; I just measure it into a measuring cup first before putting it in a bowl. I like Cheetos; I discovered a baked version that tastes 95% like the regular thing, with far fewer calories. I now have a 1/2 cup measure that lives on my desk, since most of my munchies have that as a serving size. And you know what? The weirdest part is I've noticed I'm actually MORE satisfied by my smaller munchie portions, because instead of feeling guilty, I feel like I earned them. They've become the treats they should have been all along, rather than poor meal substitutes because I'm too lazy or tired or distracted to eat real food and just munching endlessly instead. It's also forced me to re-evaluate my eating habits: if I eat a 250 calorie Snickers bar, that doesn't leave many calories for a satisfying dinner, and going to bed hungry is no fun. Exercise has also gotten weirdly motivating for me too, especially since so many things I never thought of as exercise (like household chores) count, since I know that if I clean the kitchen and bathroom, I can eat that chocolate bar and enjoy it. As long as it's a small one. And if I don't feel up to exercising, it just means no snackies for me that day. So yeah, I could go on and on about how awesome Myfitnesspal is. I'm going to keep using it even after I hit my target weight, since it's been so good at motivating me to both eat better and exercise more. It's almost like a little game! 'How many ways can I find to eat what I want while still staying below my calorie allowance?' If anyone is using it or starts using it, let me know and I can send you a friend request! You have complete control over what info gets shared with others; I have mine set so my friends can see my exercsise activity, but not my food diary for example. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I have heard that too, it even happened to my sister (they'd started considering adoption; now they have two of their own), and we did try that for awhile too. It's just frustrating when the doctors all basically say "you're both perfectly fine and healthy, we don't know why it's not working," and very kind and well-meaning friends and family keep giving suggestions of things to try (though I do admit to being amused by the lady who was quite adamant that I give healing crystals a try; we already have rocks and crystals all over our apt because I love the colors and sparkle). But anyways. On a happier topic, I'm continuing to improve in my ability to swing a vaguely sword-shaped stick at people, and not be hit by similar sticks wielded by other people. While my shoulders used to be very tired and sore after class, both tonight and the last class they've been just fine. Which means I'm starting to relax and do things more correctly (sore shoulders mean you're tense, and when you're tensed up you can't react properly), and it feels really good. :) --OneBoot :)
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    Got another not-quite-an-inch overnight. These constant little dribbles are getting tiresome. It's usually just enough to disrupt plans, but not enough to really justify all the fretting that always follows. My sister starts getting worried every time snowflakes start falling, whereas I'll check the forecast, look out the window, and go "Meh, we'll get maybe half an inch. Our city really does get the lightest of the weather in our area," but she still doesn't seem to believe me. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    YAY IT'S PCKT!!! *tacklehug* Totally get the hibernation thing, got hit with life stuff myself post-Reapercon and only started crawling out of my cave myself about a month ago. Glad to see you back, friend! Ah...not me, just her. The confusion may come from the fact that MrBoot and I have been trying for a long time, and have been working on medical options lately, and I might have posted about that since it tied into the mental stuff I was dealing with while away from the forum. No mini human yet though. --OneBoot :)
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    Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts

    Oh it was more that I was amused that even though I've never painted a bust before, I'm now pledged for 3 and want more! They're just so pretty! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts

    First, I was in for just Karadhran. Then Cyara was just so adorable that I had to have her too. Then it was pointed out to me that for just a little over $10 more, I could get all 3. Now I've added the Bloodpeak queen and that hatchling is super adorable and oh gosh where will it end they're all so beautiful I want them aaaaaaallllll And I've never painted a bust in my life. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    Got another couple of inches yesterday and today; we drove back into town on the edges of it yesterday. Snow never ceases to amaze me in all of the different forms it can take. Yesterday we drove through what I can only describe as tiny snowballs (it wasn't hail, and it wasn't snowflakes, it was literally like it was snowing Dippin Dots, only smaller), while today we got a very slow, gentle fall that was absolutely beautiful. It looked like glitter drifting down from the sky, and the ground looked like it was covered with powdered diamonds it was so sparkly. None of my pictures managed to capture the effect, sadly, but it was stunning. EDIT: Ooo, I found an article explaining the phenomenon of "snow sparkle!" https://www.wpr.org/science-snow-sparkle-explained-uw-weather-experts Plus a bonus picture, from the article: EDIT EDIT: And just for funsies, here's a brief video of it as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI6joNNBcwk&amp=&feature=youtu.be Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yeeeeessss... Come to the shiny side. We has all the glorious metallic paints, yes we does precious. In other news, MrBoot has been asking me lately when Bones 4 will arrive, because he remembered that there are a couple of minis in it that will perfectly suit a couple of NPCs that he's recently introduced into our Pathfinder campaign. Specifically, Barmaid Sophie and a female minotaur named Delest. He's also talking about how maybe we can wait to attach Sophie's wings so her real identity is a surprise when its revealed later and can I do that somehow and hide the slot on her back but still make it look good, and he's very excited about it and it's just adorable. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I certainly am not going to talk you out of buying into some of this gorgeousness. Fun fact: MrBoot actually bought me a bottle of Black 2.0 for Christmas, and the stuff is WILD. I'm a little afraid to do too much with it, since I'm convinced I'll accidentally open a black hole and get sucked into the Twilight Zone, but I have painted some onto a crumpled piece of paper and a textured napkin. It's truly bizarre how the details just...disappear. It rather confused my brain, lol. I look forward to using it for bases, pupils in eyes, pits in the ground, etc. So many options! So, um...yeah, you totally shouldn't use it on minis. No possible use for it there, nope. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    We've been very lucky this week; the only snow we've had has been just a dusting every now and again, plus there's been sufficient sunshine to dry the roads that were fully plowed. The ones that were never plowed, or only had one pass during the big snow events have been...interesting to drive on. Depending on the time of day, it's either an inch of slush, or rough frozen ruts that bounce the car around like a Disney ride. But things are overall passable, for which I'm grateful. Snow is being forecast for various times coming up next week, though, so I've made sure to do as much clearing around the cars and stocking up of essentials as possible. Just in case. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Ma'al drakar tips

    I did the same things Guindy did, and echo her sound advice about partial assembly, caution when handling painted pieces, etc. I attached the necks, tail, arm and leg before I started painting. At the very least, I would recommend attaching the leg and the tail, so that it can sit on the base when not being worked on (the tail has a nice chunky tab that slots into the base). Unlike Guindy's, mine has seen not only light gaming use, but I've also toted it to various painting events, as well as it surviving being shipped from Texas to Washington state after Reapercon two years ago. There's been no bending, drooping, or breaking off of parts; it's a very well-built figure. Julie was very much sculpting a piece that would take advantage of the Bones material while minimizing its weaknesses, and it shows. Make sure to put glue not just on the tab itself, but around the ledge near the edge of the piece, since that's what will have the most contact with the other piece you are gluing it to. I can take a picture of what I mean if that isn't clear. If you'd like a more in-depth explanation of what I did, here's my WIP thread: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/75955-oneboot-is-insane-maal-drakar-in-7-days-challenge/ (though I just read back over the first page, and it looks like I didn't actually talk about the assembly much, sorry. Lots about painting it though! ) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts

    Darn, looks like I'm off my ninja game today. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts

    I'm really excited about these! One problem though: Cyara is super adorable, but the only pictures and description of her are in a couple of updates; she isn't shown anywhere on the project page. Would it be possible for you to add her to the front page so she's easy to find, especially for new backers? Thank you! I can't wait to paint these, they're GORGEOUS! Cyara especially, since I have a little niece who is crazy about dragons, so it will be a perfect gift after I paint it up for her! :D Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Scale75 Pricing?

    Also a note that at least last year, they only sold them in packs, not as individual paints. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts

    I'm in for the dude, he looks so cool! :D The lady is absolutely gorgeous, but not really my style, so I'll see what #3 looks like before making my final pledge decision. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    Ah, so that's where it all went. My sister was telling me Monday morning that we'd be getting even more that afternoon than we got on Saturday and we were both concerned I'd get snowed in all by myself, so I threw enough stuff into suitcases and coolers to last me all week just in case and headed to their place. Stayed the night and...we got maybe half an inch. So we all shrug, I go back home Tuesday evening, and just a few hours later freezing rain started (about 11pm). I'm not sure when it stopped but when I finally went to bed around 3am it was still going steady and had turned into a delightful "wintery mix." I just finished poking around outside today, and it looks like the ice layer wasn't too bad, with another maybe half inch of snow on top of it. I'm kind of bummed because I was planning to be a Good Neighbor today and shovel the back path to the laundry room (our poor maintenance guy is dealing with at least 6 flooded apts on top of doing a beautiful job of keeping the parking lot and the main paths clear), but the snow shovel I ordered will now be arriving tomorrow instead of today. Probably for the best, though, I seem to have strained the plantar fascia in my left foot sometime in the past couple of days and I don't imagine strenuous tromping around in the snow today in not-terribly-suitable footwear would help that any. I'll probably dig out a pair of MrBoot's heavy work boots for tomorrow and layer on socks until they fit. Just for funsies, here's a pic of the lee side of the hood of my van on Monday morning. It's nosed into some bushes, which held the snow in place so it was able to pile pretty high! This is between my van and the car next to it before I started clearing it away. The drift was, um, that much of my broom handle deep (didn't have a yardstick with me) in the deepest areas. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Raise your hand if it's snowing

    Where I live does get snow often enough that we have the equipment to deal with it; however, it usually comes in gradually, not one huge heavy dump + gusting winds like we had yesterday. So there are big drifts all over, cars getting stuck because they think that 4-wheel drive will save them. It's just ridiculous. Another couple of inches last night, and it's been lightly snowing off and on all morning. Supposed to be more tomorrow too. Our maintenance guy couldn't make it here to even plow our parking lot, so most people are just stuck here. We're way in the back, too, so even if I could dig out our van, I wouldn't make it half a foot before getting stuck myself. I managed to convince two separate groups of Asian college student neighbors to not attempt to get out (didn't seem like it was urgent), with their lightweight cars and all-weather (or possibly summer) tires. They were trying to clear a path using brooms and dustpans, poor things. The few snow shovels our complex has were being used to dig out a truck that got stuck, and to clear a path to the mailbox. I was passing by a very large drift on my way back to my apt, and decided to make a snow angel, because why not, to the great amusement of the aforementioned neighbors. Trying to get MrBoot to the airport for a business flight has been an adventure in itself, but after numerous phone calls we got ahold of a church friend with a heavy truck, who was able to make it both to us and to the airport. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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