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    What's on TV?

    I never watched it but did a little reading which didn't quell my worries. Higgins is a young (~30) woman! Magnum is latino because racial mixing is good. AAHH! I'm all for racial equality. I'm all for sexual equality. I'm not for it being a must that you need your token whatever to make it "modern" or to change it up from the original. Original Magnum had friends of all races. Higgins was awesome and I'm not sure how the current actress could do something like the original. Shouldn't complain when I haven't seen it yet.
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    What's on TV?

    There's a new Magnum PI? I'm honestly scared to watch because I love the original. I'm not a huge fan of most reboots when compared to the originals. That reminds me I recorded the Lethal Weapon series on my pvr and never watched them.
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    Too many to count but their sacrifice was not in vain. They will be remembered with honour.
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    Honestly not sure how many. Somewhere around 40. I have a handful of better quality ones from size 1- 10/0 that I use for final stages on minis and a lot of cheap ones for terrain and larger patches on minis.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Dad of one of my oldest boys classmates was telling me a story like this. His oldest daughter moved to the city for college a couple years ago. She was coming home for the weekend and was on the #1 highway. For us it's the biggest highway around. 4 lanes and 110 kph speed limit. She just got up to speed when a mattress flew of a small car in front of her and she hit it. Wrecked some stuff on the front and underneath her car. Guy stopped and they exchanged accident information. She was pretty shook up. Turned out the guy with the mattress was from the same small town where her dad grew up and they knew eachother. Her dad said he always was an idiot and was just glad his girl wasn't hurt.
  6. Breaking out of the long period of almost nothing hobby related. Finally decided to work on a castle. Spent some time figuring out what dimensions I wanted for a gate house, towers and walls. I'm planning on doing a fairly detailed gatehouse with at least one portcullis and a gate, maybe two portcullises. Want the gate to be roughly 3"x3" so to have the portcullis work the gatehouse needed to be 6" tall. The tower blocks in the photo are 9" long x 4" wide which was supposed to be my standard wall section (9" long, 4" tall to walkway with 1" battlements on top, 2" wide walkway) but two of them also look right for the gatehouse towers. Corner towers are 6" high and 4" square. Overall liking how it's coming together but the finished size is going to end up about 34" square! This is bigger than I had intended but I think I'll go with it for now. If I continue the way it's going it'll look something like Harlech castle. If I decide it's too big I can still use everything except the gatehouse for a smaller castle. That's the reason I want to do it modular. Now that I've figured out what I'm doing it shouldn't take long to finish the rough walls and towers. Hopefully I can keep at it in the evenings.
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    What's on TV?

    I can't remember what show it was we were watching not long ago and they were somewhere in the eastern US but all of the vehicles on the street had BC plates. Guess lots of people picked that day to drive across the continent to visit.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Well that caught my attention. Wish they'd let me take that german correspondence course in school. I'd really like to know what a naked woman in a tub or shower has to do with driving a tiger. Guess the high command figured that was the best way to the tankers to actually open the book.
  9. I'm thinking lava may be a bit too hot. Cool idea. I'd love to see that.
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    Warduke (finished, and pic heavy)

    I had some of those action figures including him. Think I still have his sheild and sword but not the figure. Looks great.
  11. That's some nice stuff, Glitterwolf. I'm working on a village at times too so would go with that as well. 99% of what I have is armies but with some of the Bones stuff I have I've been thinking about getting more RPG and non military things. Major update on the castle today. I melted one arrow slit into one of the gate towers. Impressive huh? Looks ok but I made it extra wide so that it showed up better. Will probably do this for all the towers because it looks better than the "stick on" ones I'd made up. 50 cents of foamcore and about 10 minutes work wasted. I'll take a pic once I do the other ones on that tower. I may do a printed trap door for the towers because they can be glued on flat. Slight chance I may score it into the tower floor with my versa tool and paint it. So close to finished but haven't taken time to do it yet.
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    I live in the land of using barbed wire or baler twine to fix almost anything. In the last years there's this stuff called "Duck Tape" that has taken over much of the same tasks. I don't understand the "dumbest" part of the question. And can't think of anything that hasn't already been mentioned. I'll be back if something interesting comes to mind.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    I should have mentioned it's actually a decent movie. Just not historically accurate. I loved Braveheart and even after reading about everything wrong in it still enjoy it. I don't know a lot about William Marshall (yet another ancestor) but he sounds like what the ideal knight was supposed to be. Seeing the date on that hardtack made me think of a little museum near here. They had a big chunk of salt pork from the late 19th century in the corner. From what they said it's still in about the same condition as then. Glad I never had to live on those rations.
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    What's on TV?

    Jennifer Morrison is pretty enough but in OUAT she's always got that stupid frown because she can't figure out the situation of the week. Her character just was never that interesting to me. Also I just like brunettes more. Stick the same woman in a different wig and I'd most likely go for the dark haired version. I'd love em all if I could but the brunettes would be first. That and in Stargate SG1 where every planet in the universe tends to look like our west coast forest. Unless it's filmed in the gravel pit the studio loved to use. I understand the limits but it is amusing to see how they stretch it at times.
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    Help with chalky skin tones

    I'd try that out except I don't think I have any gloss varnish. I only use matte varnish. Might have to order a bottle the next time I make a Reaper order to try out. I've had the same problem with colours close to white.
  16. The only thing like this that I've done is some simple shelves for games and minis. Some were made of 1" x 12" pine and some just cheap plywood. In my current house I did 8' x 13" x 6' high plywood shelves for all my collection. Pretty crude but got the job done. Getting scarily close to filling up and I haven't migrated everything from my old house yet. I have a paint rack similar to this. and it came with extra pieces. I've already filled it up and need more and I'm considering using the extra pieces and making more out of some 3mm mdf sheets I have. Just not sure I can make a decent job of it with the tools at hand.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Inertia is my worst enemy. After a week of not doing much I'm having trouble breaking the cycle. Could have done something useful (possibly) but sat down and lost an afternoon.
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    What's on TV?

    She's my favourite character and it doesn't hurt that Lana Parrilla is pretty close to my ideal girl in looks either. Not much of an Emma fan. Overall preferring the bad ones trying to be good to the idiotic heroes. Leroy/Grumpy usually makes me laugh.
  19. Only half? That seems kind of low considering the possibilities. Cannibalistic elves was one of the first things to pop to mind.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    I think a lot of John's problems were the result of dealing with the mess Richard made of the country. If you dig a bit some historians are pretty critical of Richard.But in the popular view Richard is a great hero and John total scum. Medieval lords were not the nicest people around and things are rarely black and white. I may have mentioned it before but I love teasing my one uncle, "You know the evil king in Robin Hood? He's your grandpa! You know the evil king in Braveheart? He's your grandpa!" I was watching an episode of Who do you think you are? with Courtney Cox last year. They were talking about her ancestors and the murderous backstabbing going on involving some of the most powerful people in England at that time. Some of the names sounded familiar and I dug out a family history my mom compiled and found out they were all my ancestors as well. And because of nobility being the way they were and it all basically being a family fight me and Courtney are related to both sides of those shenanigans. I'm terrible at remembering dates but I think what was in her episode was involving John's grandkids. I have some serious problems with my family but so far nobody's tried to kill me with a hot poker up the . Hey I'm related to Courtney Cox! Not very closely though and there's probably about a million or so other people with the same connection. Always liked her.
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    What's on TV?

    I liked it too. I've been watching Once Upon a Time. It's ok but after the better part of 6 seasons I'm losing interest some. Kind of interesting to see how they mashed together familiar fairy tales, disney fairy tales and their own. Kind of tired of getting beaten over the head with true love's kiss.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have it on disc but haven't played in years. Every once in awhile I play an old Sega Genesis game called Uncharted Waters 2 which was pretty similar. I also kind of like the Port Royale series of games. Got a thing for games like that no matter what era they are about. Love taking my little ship/hero/whatever and building it into a killer fleet/warband/etc.
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    Couldn't find a clip of the slow mo do-do-do sound effect so I give you this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYZPEcwIb2c I've seen some cool slow motion stuff but nothing really stands out in my mind. Spoiled by watching lots of Mythbusters and stuff like that.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Just watched the movie Ironclad and as I sometimes do did some research to see how accurate it was historically. Hollywood and facts having a tenuous relationship at best. I've done a bit of reading about King John over the years because he is a direct ancestor and in popular stories regarded as the worst king of England. As everyone who has ever read or watched anything about Robin Hood knows John was a terrible ruler. He was incompetent, dishonest, capricious and cruel therefore all the good and noble lords of England were against him. The truth was a lot more ambiguous and interesting in my opinion. John was a capable administrator and general although maybe not what we'd consider today a decent person. From what I've read that's true of pretty much any medieval noble. He did a lot of things right despite his bad characteristics and a lot of modern english law (influencing american, canadian and other's law even today) was set up by him. As for the siege of Rochester, the basic movie premise is at the start of the First Baron's war rebels against King John seize and hold Rochester castle. The intention was to give their allies time to receive reinforcements from France. Our 6 heroes led by Baron Albany ( should be William d'Aubigny but that's too french sounding for modern english sensibilities) and a knight Templar named William Marshall convincing the constable Cornhill to give them the castle. With their expanded forces of 20 men they prepared to block John's 1,000 man army from moving past Rochester. John's army made mostly of evil viking mercenaries with latin names like Tiberius assault the castle but are defeated with heavy losses. The king settles in for a long siege in which our spunky defenders are able to counter his every move while slowly taking heroic losses. They even build a trebuchet out of a chicken coop and use flaming balls of doom to destroy a siege tower. Eventually due to weakness from the defender's starvation John is able to take the courtyard and continues to besiege the inner keep. While taking the courtyard John's men capture Albany and mutilate him to convince the others to surrender. I'm sure that's a very effective tactic. Surrender to me and I will torture you. Fight and I will do something worse but not sure what. John undermines the keep and using pig fat burns the mine supports to breach a hole. Just before Marshall and a young squire, the final defenders are killed the heroic french (don't hear that in many english films) army rides up and John and his men flee. John contracts dysentary while fleeing and dies so an unstated french noble gains the english crown. The historical record states that there were about 100 defenders including several barons. I never found any reference to the number of attackers. John's army was mostly english (kind of hard to clearly define as so many had french or other ancestry) with some mercenaries from Flanders. No vikings. Vikings are way cool. The bailey and outer walls of the castle were taken after about a month of siege. John then started to undermine the inner keep using pig fat to collapse part of the walls. Some defenders were allowed to leave but did have their hands and feet chopped off as a warning to rebels. 5 days later the rest surrendered. The french army never showed up because it was too busy taking castles in another part of England. There was supposed to be a relief force of rebels from London coming to help but John's men blocked and burned bridges in their way so they never arrived either. While John wanted to execute the rebel nobles he was convinced that being merciful and imprisoning them would be more effective in convincing others to stop fighting him. And it had the added bonus of making the others less vindictive if the war went against John and he was captured. The siege of Rochester is considered one of the fastest and hardest fought in English history and is held up as an example of John's ability in that area. He even set up a memorial to the heroic pigs that helped him achieve his victory. Supposedly fact. John lead his army up and down England generally winning his battles and taking back rebel territory. Just under a year after his success at Rochester John contracted dysentery and died. His closest advisor, William Marshall (real person not William Marshall heroic knight Templar ) rallied the majority of english nobles to the side of John's infant son Henry and drove the french invaders out of England less than a year after John's death. I love movies. I love historical movies. It makes me sad when historical movies have almost nothing to do with the historical facts. I dread the words "based on a true story". By Hollywood standards Alice in Wonderland is probably also based on a true story.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Say that fast ten times. It's almost as bad as listening to a smurf talk. Sloop, sloop, sloop, smurf, smurfity, smurf. Kinda scary that it sort of makes sense to a prairie boy like me. You're from Minnesota and live straight south of me. How'd you learn it?
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