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  1. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    - with the disclaimer that I know less in most of these fields than someone with a long career in the field, but would feel comfortable writing a college level paper in any of the following. I would rate my proficiency as expert, but not master. Affordable Housing Transit Orientated Development Residential wood frame construction. Orienteering Redistricting Dinosaur classification.
  2. 89032: Anti Paladin

    This cloak was crying out for freehand. But I had had some others recently that just failed. Time to put the big boy pants on again. the fact that I was sitting next to clever crow at paint club may have been a factor.
  3. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    Im not actually insane, but the rest of the family was away for the long weekend so I ran a whole campaign: The Jedi Order: seven survivors with sword mastery, forbidden to have children facing off against monsters and villains. Yoda, ObiWan, Luke, Anikin, Quigon, Rei and Mace Windu. They lasted for seven showdowns. skipping the prologue so that they could start with swords rather than dying randomly. they started with materials for 1 sword. (sigh) the very first thing they did was invent symposium. (ie the Jedi Council) Quigon got his back broken in the first fight, and could no longer wield swords or most weapons. He sat out a couple of years, then I made him a shield. Things were going well till year 3 when they were ambushed by a level 2 lion. It tore off Yoda's arms, and ObiWan bled out. Obviously I needed to play more cautiously. Most Jedi trained in synchronized strike, and would pair off to flank monsters. Ankin broke all the rules by training in Axe rather than sword, he also spent most of his time insane. till year 7 when they went after a Phoenix. It had the possibility of unnaming Anikin, and healing permanent wounds but .. Luke got eaten by a titanic monster during the hunt phase. Anikin renounced his name! (he had a new name picked out and ready to go..) Then the phoenix pecked him to death. On the way home Quigon fell in a crack and died. Rei (who had spent most of her time hunting for scrap around the settlement) was finally trained up and sent out on mission. Two person hunt, Woot ! really they were looking for extra survivors from hunt events. Mace Windu got Scared of he Dark(side) and decided to retire and become a hermit. Then thing they were hunting got away. Rei was left to face the Kingsman by herself, but first there was this dark cave she could go into.. she came out with more courage and some bugs. If she ate them maybe that would help... nope death. I guess officially the Jedi Order wasn't destroyed, it still has a single, retired member. living as a hermit somewhere. Perhaps there will be a sequel.
  4. This is going to be a combined set of photos and game logs. I will try and alternate posts. I just received the KS ,on Thursday the 19th. So I started assembling the first 4 survivors andthe White Lion. My D&D group has 5 players, so I also assembled a 5th unarmored survivor from the kits. This is kingdom of death: a HUGE black box with an awesome "Botique Horror" board game and more than 35 minis to assemble and paint. Some are truly amazing figures.... The starting 4 figures were much easier to assemble than I feared. Its like the game starts you off in training mode. Even the lion was easy, but it did have a lot of cracks to fill. the figures have dynamic poses. Some are not, as amazing. The unarmored survivor below is very up straight, and the number of pieces is annoying. Arms: 4 pieces! for example. I cut a few extra from the sprue before I got the right combination of forearm pieces and both a right and left hand. I find it odd that the male starting survivors are left handed, and the women are right handed. (based on which hand holds the weapon) for as detailed as the starting survivors were, the back on this figure was poorly done, looking like a ken doll level of detail. I made him right handed, but unarmed. He is supposed to be beckoning a monster. to "Come at me, Bro"
  5. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    The End: Year 27 Hunted an antelope. but the showdown was not the exciting bit. Do to a strange combination of hunt events I was offered a dead survivor returned ! I just had to give up a living guy. hard pick between Pochauntis and Anna. (sacrificed John Smith, I guess he didn't want to live without his girl) Went with Anna Reborn, unfortunately she lost her Mastery of axes for a specialization in bow. She had a bunch of kids to feed to the kingsman Aay Reborn, Bee Reborn and Sea Reborn. Sea was a Bad broccoli. I used science to max her courage and understanding - giving her bitter frenzy, just what I need on for a frenzied axe wielder perfect to take against GSK yr 28 The Level 3 kingsman! erm no. Sir Robin wrote a song about this year I think. Only one guy actually died as we ran away from the Kingsman, but it was the one I wanted the most. I did not even send Sea Reborn, I will save her till the end. year 29 Last Hunt - we will go after a Phoenix 3, because I have never tried it before. I will only send 1 survivor I care about. This is mostly one last chance to get whisters for a decent bow, and some black lichen to upgrade the glaive. If I get few age tokens, most of he team im sending will be better off. I was too timid, the battle wasn't that hard, I only lost the tank who got her arm torn off and died of shock. - No Bow Thought Year 30 Gold Smoke Knight Sea Reborn: counterwieght axe girl with timeless eye, frenzy drink and bitter frenzy - lost of swings trying for instant wounds. Sultan : phoenix armor - with sharp rainbow katana - charge for +7 str, and crits on a 6-10 Abu : Oxidized Shield tank, spending 2 actions to deflect each round. w/ upgraded glaive just in case he wanted to attack. Mother Witch, Tangled to tell the future, she was also carrying a Twilight Sword, but it was untrained therefor useless. The battle went bad. I didn't really figure out the best strategy till about halfway through, by then it was too late - GSK only took 1/3 wounds this time. Very disappointing. I will start the battle over, shuffle all the cards and use the good strategy right from the start. no changes to personal or equipment. year 30 Reprise: This time he went down easy. only one character was lost. The trick was to save a dash for getting away from him, every round. The one survivor who died? was 1 square slower than everyone else. Most of the damage was done by the Sultan of Agriba in phoenix armor, with the double frenzy, axe woman doing her bit. Two in leather armor, which avoided some knockdowns. I had a hard time keeping track of how many times people spent survival each turn, I may have overspent some rounds. I'm not doing it a third time. I will have to say it was kind on anti-climactic. I have more fun in the early years.
  6. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    because (If i remember correctly) it was made specifically for you. That adds a whole new layer of attachment to it. Even if you have painted other figures better, that one is yours. And unique in all the world. yeah painting engages the flip side of my ADD (non hyperactive) Hyper-focus. the tuning out the rest of the world. and at the end we get ART! rather than a slightly better score on a video game or something. Or in a worst case scenario a slot machine. I took one trip to Vegas, and while I broke even, I decided it was easier not to start feeding machines than it was to stop. My actual winning came from a single bet on a roulette wheel, then walking away.
  7. just catching up on netflix and Game of Thrones season 7 Bright- I love the world, but plot & characters were mostly predictable. It is great that they mention 9 allied races, then only show like 5 - Humans, Orcs, Elves, Centaurs, dragons?, faeries? are shown. There pretty much have to be dwarves or halflings somewhere. Dark Mirror this show is painful to watch. yet somehow I still watched 4 episodes. The star trek was my fav. The first episode was the worst. not bad, just horrifying in a disutopian kind of way, each one a different ugly possibility. I need to quit. Game of Thrones Season 7 one of the things that made the books great was unexpected deaths of important characters. People died. justly (rare) unjustly (more likely) or only appeared to die (needs to stop). and the surprising twists and turns of fortune. I had spoilers for one of the deaths (by thrown spear) but now that the series is so far ahead of the books, the writers are defaulting to fantasy standards. Heroes survive anything, villains are killed for their crimes, after confession. sigh. The end of season 6 surprised in a good way, but almost nothing in this season even qualified as a twist. - the last book sucked too, but in a different way. It went to Robert Jordan levels of: 1 thing happens, MANY chapters of reaction. Plot molasses. Also saw Black Panther, then on a high fro that watched Captain America: Civil War it did not hold up as well in comparison. There have been really good superhero movies in the last year. My rankings. 1. Logan. - its not just because I am over 40 and have young daughters, and aging parents - no wait yes it is. If I had seen it 15 years ago, it would not have the top spot. It felt more like a western than a superhero movie, but the themes it explores are still meaningful. 2. Black Panther: the movie had important things to say, but I really just blew off the philosophical and cultural issues discussions. It just didn't connect with me. To others this may be the most important part of the movie. - but as pure superhero flick, with a good plot? oh yes. nice costumes, wonderful fight scenes, some clever banter. It fired on all cylinders. - the hobbit kind of annoyed me. The movie would have been better with a different actor, or a smaller part. also the villain's name was one of the really bad marvel names of the 70s. But the villain himself was probably the best of these three. The White Gorilla leader was a great foil as well. 3. Wonder Woman the fight scene on the beach was incredible, go amazons! I connected with the the two main characters, and loved the adventure, and drama of it. The band of sidekicks was a little cartoony. Then came the end. sigh. bad reveal, unbelievable villain, no mention that the "era of good will and peace" was a single generation that bred simmering resentment and led straight into a bigger war. Oh and the last fight was dark and boring.
  8. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    February 15: Mini-Spawn was born just a few years ago. the cake was made (a week or two early) by her adoring grandmother. well I returned to this hobby with bones 1, intending to paint enough of them to use in RPG games I discovered I loved painting. I like getting small projects done with each one being a chance to grow and learn. its like mini-quests in a computer game, the whole thing is never finished but each piece brings you a reward of satisfaction for having accomplished it. When I am painting I can slip into 'flow' and time vanishes as my concentration, my world are focused on the tip of a brush.
  9. Rawhide Survivors

    these are great ! My early survivors lack the vibrant colors you have chosen and look kind of same-y I wouldn't have done one with a bone knife, cause those are terrible weapons. putting in a harpist or an archer instead, but I can see the theme you were going with. good work on the boot details. for criticism, the face on the kneeling survivor could use some more attention. it is inferior to your other work.
  10. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I like it. Celebrated is yesterday by giving flowers, chocolate, and ice frozen in the shape of a heart. the ice totally failed to work as an icepack but the rest of it was appreciated.
  11. T'Raukzul, Great Wyrm Red Dragon & Treasure Hoard (Really Picture Heavy)

    zonds that is a wonderful job. love the dragon and the basing. first rate.
  12. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I went to a friend's family farm for thanksgiving in college. I assumed he would drop me back at my University, on his way back to his college. He assumed I had a basic grasp of geography. We compromised with him taking me to our home town. Since my parents were unaccountably not interested in driving me 6 hours and then back again, I called around and found an acquaintance that went to the same school to catch a ride with. Leaving at 6 am the next morning. A third friend found out we were in town and invited us out to a "Party" which turned out to be the three of us and three girls. I decided to focus all my attention on the least annoying of the three girls. We ended up at Denny's until the wee hours of the morning. We are still together 25 years later, she is still less annoying than most.
  13. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    Year 25 On the way home the Sultan of Agriba decides to Murder his father Aladdin of Agriba (master of shields) the settlement appoints the Sultan leader. Then we finally have enough kids to reach 15 population, allowing Disneyworld to Accept the Darkness as a principle. This forces settlement choose a female leader. So they pick Mother Witch, Tangled. She then sends her best people to fight the watcher. I wasn't sure how it would go without the Twlight Sword, but it pretty much went the same. Everyone spent survival to move and attack twice a round, the Sultan rained down crits, and IT was gone before drawing a third AI card. It still inflicted 3 severe injury rolls, and killed one off the mobs, dropping pop back to 11. Year 26 Sultan, mad about not being leader, murders Pocchantus (spear master), so we make him leader again. Her 3 pieces of cursed regal armor, are no match for this sharp rainbow katana. This time he gets 3 new disorders and 3 new fighting arts. which is awesome, as cherry picked disorders replace the annoying ones he had before. He agrees to quit murdering people. 14 endevors, mostly from the bystanders killed by the watcher. Now I have to hunt L3+ beasts, and I go after the Legendary Beast of Sorrow (lion, L4) who is actually only slightly harder than an L2. Occasionally a Grab, Trample or Roar inflicts 4 damage instead of 2 but it otherwise a cake walk. We hit his trap a lot because we kept criting permanent injuries which weeded down his deck. 3 years of hunting hard monsters and a Nemesis - which I may just sacrifice newbs to, kingsman suck. Then the Gold Smoke Knight (final villain) - I really need to start planning the team now, to make sure they hit peak for the final battle. I was considering a HR which added a random legendary monster 4 years after the Watcher instead of GSK, but I have a mask maker, an lots of excess resources I could choose a legendary prey, you know for fun. latest 3d print job. This time with a milliput paste to try and reduce ripples. I worked in some spots - but more failures than success. Next time I try an Acetone bath. I need to go buy acetone, as the polish remover we have on hand is non-acetone.
  14. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    n nope. well I guess I don't write letters, other than occasional thank you notes. I have gotten occasional PDFs of gaming books, but am happier with physical copies I have borrowed e-books from the library but far prefer physical books
  15. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    Tonight Anna was reborn! a hunting event with a couple of innovations gave me a pick of dead characters, and although I usually reuse character sheets, I still had Anna's! unfortunately she got a random weapon specialization instead of her mastery inf Axe, but she still has max courage and understanding. A careful reading of other innovations show she did not gain an additional +2 str, +2 ev, +1 acc that newborns get - ah well. I am a little behind on these reports so it will be a few posts this thread catches up to that event. Anyway: DisneyWorld Year 22 another triathlon of death. (4th or 5th?) this time my best (only) archer lost an arm. ah well, she can train her kids. went on a hunt for a level 1 lion, bringing a sickle, 3 pick axes and a bug trap. (ie its not really about the monster this time) picked up enough iron and scrap to finish my Phoenix Armor Set. Year 23: The butcher returns, bigger and tougher than ever. He very nearly killed the entire party with his last AI card - Roar - deal level (3) in brain damage to each survivor. He was forced to play the same card 3 times. 3/4 had their heads explode, the only person to survive it couldn't reach the butcher before he did the same thing again the next round... . but then I remembered I could shuffle an AI card back in from the wound pile. I replayed the last 2 rounds, and this time he only scream killed 2 people. The last 2 survivors were strong enough to finish him. Then in the aftermath, one of them decides to cut his own face off and (implies) that he runs off to become a new butcher. erm okay. 1 survivor. Year 24: sent 4 newbs out after an antelope 2 and managed to clean out its entire resource deck . +14 other resources. I did have to use a reroll to keep the antelope from eating one of my rare weapons. We also discovered 2 new survivor hiding in the darkness, so the population is starting to recover. I finially realized that the Lantern Halberd (that once served as a guidepost) is different than a Lantern Glaive which you can build. I used the rare weapon for 1 hunt, but when its owner dies, it vanishes. So its gone again. Year 25 The Watcher is done waiting. We begin a mad scramble for Settlement Leadership .. edit I was going to add more but it was to Wall-of-Text-y ill work on the the dead monster terrain first. Ill try a thin layer of milliput to smooth out the printing lines. perhaps I can do the bug spot terrain at the same time.
  16. Vindicator of Arendelle

    Gregory the fierce was wishing once again that Lady Anna had not chosen the colors for his holy order. This is my second attempt at the design, I realized that abstracted flowers made with two lines looked much better than the ones I had tried with three. Now I will go back and fix the Kingdom Death figure with the same pattern. now I see more problems, back to the painting desk.
  17. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    Disney World 18 The Armored Strangers returned, and wanted to kill 5 of my 11 Nope. this time we fight. tried a lot of brain surgery (tepaining) none of it worked, huge wasted effort. I need to make sure the kingsman kills at least 1 if I am goingto innovate this year. yeah - Hen wen was killed on his first attack. Poccohauntus slowly learned Kings Step, then nearly defeated him, with Rapunzel throwing a stone so she could take on the curse instead. since that was a special showdown, they also went hunting a lion. I have no idea why. year 19 -22 um yeah so I apparently didn't take notes for a few years. but in year 19 a bigger Kingsman showed up and beat the tar out of the group, killing Anna and 2 others. in year 20 the Watcher woke up, saw that we were back down to 7 people and went back to sleep with a mocking laugh. - the watcher fights your whole settlement - only having 7 people would raise some odd rules questions. Every other time I have faced him (in Protect the Kids Settlements) I had about 20 pop. each time he hits a mob he kills 4 people, but the rules don't say you have to have the extra pop to summon the mobs.... The plan is too put him off as long as possible, and try to increase the population. finally painted my woman in lantern armor with shield and Halberd. Now for armor sets I have 2 unarmored, 2 rawhide, 2 antelope, 2 lion (unpainted); 2 in leather, 1 phoenix, 1 Lantern. + unarmored/rawhide & phoenix/antelope mixed armor.
  18. yesterday I found a post for a 40$ KD phoenix - the cheapest price I had seen, and from the rest of his post the person was clearly selling off all the minis from a core set. I was waffling do I need another absurd bird? could I paint and resell it? Then someone messaged me about buying some old D&D books I was selling. so im not so much buying a mini as trading for it. at least that is my rationalization.
  19. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    An hour or two on claws this weekend ... I think this is where I want it. some body work left, then on to highlighting the feathers. He looks good in person, but there is a long way to go for contest quality. from this picture needs more shadows muscle definition. It is easier for me to see on the screen.
  20. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    I don't have anymore pictures this time, totally slacking off on painting. Disney World Year 15-17 Hunting an Antelope, really should have brought Prince charming with his absurd ability to crit, but I could not find the character sheet. We actually got into the swamp from herb gathering event, but all we got out of it was an apathetic survivor. Not a great farming run, only a few extra resources from the screaming goat. Then the hooded stranger returned and recruited Prince Charming to become a wandering knight. Str 4, Evasion 3, Luck 3,( before gear) hit on a 3 with the twilight sword. We will miss him. He fathered or grandfathered pretty much every princess. the family tree is a little twisty this time around. Year 16 The mad man was back, immortal serial killer known as the butcher. Anna, Aladdin, Jasmine, and Rapunzel sent him packing, but got no reward. Aladdin (with Beacon Shield and Halberd) turned the dreaded Hack City against the Butcher and did 6 wounds on a single attack. Year 17 used 3 face paint endevors, then had kids. we innovated a Clan, so kids start out very strong. We had the first set of Twins since Elsa and Anna. Went after Another Phoenix no casualties but still didn't get materials for Katana or Bow. population 11 a high since the first or second year.
  21. February 2018 Goals!

    3 KD unpainted survivors (already assembled) work on Phoenix finish Bust 4 bones figures. Assemble at least one more KD figure. - possibly 300 inspired guy in lion armor
  22. also completed 5 survivors from Kingdom Death 3 terrain markers for KD.
  23. Games Workshop: Fateweaver, Greater Demon of Tzeentch

    whee! love the wings!
  24. Jan/Feb RPChallenge!

    I cant belive I missed this thread. Well no surprise, I painted a lot of Kingdom Death - but now im running low on them. I post most of the work here - 2018 starts on page 3. also painted just enough bones to stay on track for finishing the Core set from Bones 2 this year. 1. Phoenix armor kit survivor KD 2. Leather and Shield survivor KD 3. Intimacy male KD 4. intimacy Female KD 5. screaming antelope with axe survivor KD 6. male centaur 7. rogue 8. monk with glaive 9. nixie - one day paints - 10 Iron Ore KD terrain 11. Debris pile KD terrain 12. Stone Face KD terrain I am also working on 2 larger projects : the KD phoenix and a Bust. I have ill march for the bust, and Reapercon for the bird.
  25. Evilhalfling builds, and plays kingdom of death

    year 13-14 The hand came again. This time we have two people with shields. we are going to block a lot, one person is going to take a swing a few times to pick up a weapon prof level. Went as planned, an evasive tank stayed in his face, and when he occasionally attacked someone we had a second shield and a blood sheath to protect other people. A triatholon of death! I used to love this thing until I admitted that awards were not give the way I had been playing them. call it willful blindness, but I played if the first two people tied, the next person got second. This means that the orrible penalties of coming in 4th only happened about 50% or less. but since the last time I confirmed that if two people tie, you skip one place and the next person gets 3rd, so now a 90% of someone losing something important. In this case Price Charming (who always competes) Lost an Arm. His magic 2handed sword, unusable. Plus he can't put it down or give it away. Only one way to fix that - He has to go hunt a phoenix and hope that he gets lucky and the Phoenix rolls time backward, to when he had 2 arms. Year 14 The Hunt: A phoenix flies over head and drops magical poop on the slowest survivor. The Prince pushes people out of the way "Hit me Hit Me!" the others roll off and someone ties the event says both people are hit with magic poop. rolling on the table I get - regrow a limb! this is a grey area - this might mean that the party regrows a limb, or just the person hit by the poop. I give him the benefit of the doubt. Now he just has to survive the battle ahead. The phoenix is particularly hard on older survivors, one time token will destroy him. But The phoenix is as easy as the first. Prince Charming has 3 luck, 3 evasion, + gear and they collect a lot of feathers from his crits. Still didn't get the bits I needed for a bow or Katana though. The armored strangers are coming again - we need one less person. The random event is a Hunt reenactment so I try and increase the possibility that someone gets killed - Donald Duck is convinced to pretend to be a phoenix - and yes he is killed. Last year we prepared for the strangers coming by pulling up the guidepost. (took 3 tries, but gives us a lantern halberd) So with just exactly the right amount of people and no guidepost the settlement held out its hands for more gifts. - they gave us a new guidepost but then just made a horrible sound and left. The way I see it they yelled at my settlement and told us to quit F'ing around. Fine we will fight them when they come back in 3 years. btw we now have a beacon shield and a lantern halberd. We also have a phoenix spear, which is in some ways better than the halberd for attacking - I guess I will send someone out with halberd and shield. (as figure in last post) more terrain. the pile of debris has 7 coats of gloss to reduce printing ripples, the Iron Ore deposit has only 1 layer of primer.