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  1. Google Hangouts Chatter thread

    Or not. Devices aren’t cooperating. Rest assured, painting is happening!
  2. Google Hangouts Chatter thread

    Going to Get on soon, need to get out of my post-holiday slump...
  3. Happy Birthday Paradoxical Mouse

    Happy birthday!
  4. The Dark Age Of Super Heroes

    Young Justice did get renewed, at least. Season 3 is set to air late this year. Probably as a direct result of all the negative press as seen above.
  5. What's on TV?

    Just finished Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the first time. Whoever said it got better around season 3 wasn’t kidding. Still, there were several moments I recalled from watching its original run before giving up on the show entirely. Apparently I made it all of three episodes back then.
  6. The Dark Age Of Super Heroes

    Wertham’s witch hunt also forced DC to introduce Batwoman and her sidekick Bat-Girl. That way they could say “see, Batman and Robin totally dig the ladies!” Bat-Girl was written out of the comics after a relatively short while, but Batwoman hung around until being retconned out of existence by Crisis on Infinite Earths. She was slightly reimagined and reintroduced following infinite Crisis and is still around today. Perhaps not ironically, this new Batwoman totally digs the ladies as well.
  7. Department of Acquisitions and Enablement, the Second

    Got a little box in the mail, didn’t think to check it right away. Turns out, it was my Hasslefree order from a month ago, along with some exotic UK sweets and three free minis! A happy surprise for an otherwise dour day.
  8. The Dark Age Of Super Heroes

    Mostly slightly less dark than this: The episode “The Demon’s Quest” is one of my favorite portrayals of the character, and one of the only good adaptations of Ra’s al-Ghul out there.
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    The pipes are frozen in my kitchen. No sink and no dishwasher Luckily the toilets work fine still. Edit: the toilets are not in the kitchen, for clarification.
  10. House Figmentius Common Room, All Are Welcome

    I’m curious to know what happened that made the plastics industry strike back?
  11. Intellectual Property Rights and Star Trek

    ST:TOS was produced by Desilu. Desilu was purchased (I believe during the show’s run) by Gulf + Western, then owners of Paramount Pictures, and renamed Paramount Television. Stuff got reorganized and sold off, but Paramount Pictures (who make the movies) and Paramount Television remained with the same company all the way through being bought by CBS and then Viacom’s ownership. Then things get weird. Viacom and CBS split in 2005, with Viacom becoming CBS and the rest becoming a new Viacom. This new Viacom ended up with Paramount Pictures and CBS with the television division. Anything made originally for the reboot movies is not necessarily available for use in television shows and vice versa from Discovery or any subsequent series. To make matters worse, the merchandising rights are split between (at least) the two companies. Because that’s where the money is. Klingons are Klingons though, since they appeared on TV first there shouldn’t be a problem with turtle-faced Klingons on TV, that’s probably just some unfortunate writer’s room decision making.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Pretty sure it was meant to border on comical in 1988 as well, if only to emphasize the ineptitude of the film’s LAPD (see also Deputy Chief of Police Dwayne T. Robinson and the shot where a SWAT team member runs in to a thorny bush and says “ow!”). At least, I remember finding it rather comical back then...
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Kidlets let the household sleep in until 7am this year, yay.
  14. Bright

    There was one review which called it “the worst movie of 2017, and that includes The Emoji Movie.” I kinda liked it. Like others have said, it has an Alien Nation vibe going for it. The plot isn’t anything super original, sure, but it doesn’t need or try to be. A sequel (or series) would really help flesh out the world-building though. Now I want Alien Nation to make a comeback
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I believe they can be fried in a pan with some oil or butter? Too long and they get rubbery though.
  16. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    When she was in her 70s, Eartha Kitt was the voice of Yzma in the Disney film The Emperor’s New Groove. At that point in her life, she kinda looked like a real-life Yzma. And she still had all the hotness. If only we could all be so lucky.
  17. [SPLIT]Holiday Traditions

    As did mine, though I believe it was to placate the screaming children. Funnily, we never questioned the part where our parents picked out which gift got opened...
  18. Happy Birthday SisterMaryNapalm !!!

    Happy birthday!
  19. Department of Acquisitions and Enablement, the Second

    Been under the weather, so I didn’t have a chance to properly check out my new arrivals. Bunches of holiday stuff: Oddly, one of my Ametrines is labeled “Ametrine Earthlyte” while the other is simply “Gnome Alchemist”. Which is doubly odd since the other thread describes her as a dwarf?
  20. Filling gap

    If only they’d named it the “Glooper”...
  21. 02535: Nicole of the Blade

    Did another random pull from the Box of Yesteryears, this time drawing yet another oldie, Nicole of the Blade: Nice bright pics this time, but they have washed out the darks slightly. So. Garrity Eyes strike again, and these were the smallest yet. The first thing that caught my eye was her chain mail. In the past this has been steel/silver, so I wanted to change it up and do a nice bronze. Unfortunately, the closest I had was Antique Gold, so I went with that. Basically everything not flesh or hair got a base coat of Cloudy Gray, then went metallic with Honed Steel, Blade Steel, and Polished Silver, with Antique Gold for the filigree work and the dragon on the shield. Then hit everything with a light Black Ink wash to grunge it up and fill the cracks, and a little bit heavier to line around her legs and skirt and such. Her hair is a mix of 3:1 Desert Sand and Leather Brown, which I only note because I don’t want to forget it. Again. And finally some purple for her hair ribbon to counter the grungy and morose. C&C welcome!
  22. 02035: Gwendalyn the Healer

    This mini showed up in a recent thread, and I had to have (and paint) one. It’s an old Sandra Garrity piece, one of the oldest in the Reaper catalog. Once again, Final Fantasy provided the inspiration, this time the White Mage. Here is Gwendalyn (and apologies for the very poor pics): Taking some recent advice, I looked up the Bette Davis eyes tutorial and tried it out. The results aren’t visible in these photos because I failed miserably and painted over it all. Her eyes were simply too small for my good detail brush (a size 1). It was not a bad learning experience though. This was another experiment in white cloth, built up from Cloudy Gray and Rainy Gray, through Linen White to bright whites. It ended up looking a bit dirty, but I think is the proper look for this mini. Additionally, I really like the way her staff turned out looking like a wooden stick. Hopefully I can remember how I made that happen for the next time. The stick, the bag, and the base were all done with varying browns, so hopefully they came out somewhat distinct. As always, C&C welcome and appreciated.
  23. Minis we would like to see

    A mermaid that is not nude (strategically placed hair does not count as clothed).
  24. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    It may be a regional thing, but I nearly always get “oprima” or “marque” instead of presione. Some phrases are more common in various regional dialects (Cuba vs. Mexico etc.).