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  1. Rob Dean

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yes. The other thing is that my SO and I have been doing Weight Watchers for a while, and a measured amount of this is usually within the dinner allowance. Do I still want to gorge on fries? Yes, but this usually addresses the potato craving without going crazy.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Next best thing: potato skins, I’ve heard, hold much of the nutritional value. So, start with small potatoes to maximize skin. Chop into pieces about 3/4” (20mm). Toss lightly with olive oil. Add some minced garlic. Sprinkle with dried thyme leaves. Spread on parchment on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt. (I use Morton’s kosher salt for this. ) Roast at 450 degrees F for 35 minutes.
  3. Two more members of my B&B war band...
  4. I have had a little time to do some painting this week. While my main ongoing project has to do with filling out the orders of battle for my five-country fantasy campaign, my brother has been after me to get a Burrows and badgers war band ready by Christmas, when I next expect to see him again. As it happens, the Muse has been receptive to his entreaties, and the inspiration available to me this week was for Burrows and Badgers. I find that disrespecting the Muse is usually a bad idea, so here we are. These two are the otter ranger and the mole mercenary; I recently was working on some 40mm historical landsknechts, so he was in my comfort zone. I know that Michael Lovejoy reads these forums, and he has commented that he likes to sculpt everything in one piece because he doesn't like assembling things. This is a position which I am 100% in agreement with, and that contributes to these figures being a real pleasure to paint. they also are fast to do. The mole mercenary turned out to be about a 45 minute job, so I could have done him as a speed painting contest (minus some paint mixing time I'd have needed for contest conditions.) As soon as I finished these, I pulled out the next three I'd already primed and started on of them, and then rooted through the boxes from the two Kickstarters I'd backed. So, more to come...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Looks like a “Bake & Brush” morning; bread is rising well, so I guess the yeast was still good: And since I need to sit and wait, I started some Bones 1 pirates to thicken up my Ghost Archipelago crew. Something else will probably get the real brush work, since the glue holding them, to the corks needs to dry, and I think I’m starting with a layer of black acrylic gesso.
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    Best Version of DnD?

    Two is a little thin for the early versions of D&D; back in the day we often gave first level characters the maximum hit points to give them a fighting chance, and some hired muscle wouldn't have been amiss here. (Four is max for a wizard, though...) Characters also need to learn caution, since there isn't much mechanically in the game to prevent them from getting into trouble. Just out of curiosity, I checked the book and found that halflings can wear any armor--what did they have?
  7. I guess I could check old reports to be sure, but I think that might be the first game this campaign where your crew was in a fight with mine...
  8. That's looking good. If I drop by for a game, I'll bring my siege equipment. It's only 5000km or so...
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    September Hobby GOOOOOOOOOOOALS!

    Still time left; this may not turn out to be too bad a month after all. I got the Hero Forge samples painted, have finished up two stands of 1/72 scale plastics plus a couple of single figures, and have finished two B&B figures so far, with a third one being based, so those were my goals. Huh.
  10. And the Rob Dean box has been dropped off at the Post Office on its way to WyvernFire.
  11. When I’m done it’ll be a red dragon on a 60x40 base for Hordes of the Things...
  12. There isn’t much I need right now, but I pulled this plastic dragon out of my box before shipping it on, and this interesting wooden base/terrain piece out of the Clearman box at Chris’s house on Saturday. The label is printed, and my box is sealed and ready to drop off at the post office tomorrow...
  13. Just as an aside, I'm playing around with my battle records. Here's a sketch version of the Renaissance game table shown above.
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    Our Ghost Archipelago Campaign, 2018

    A page from Griffin's log, recording what he and his crew saw of the Drichean mines. From their point of view, they scouted a few chambers, got in scuffles with old rivals Skorri and Kragmar, and lost two valuable specialists, Astrid (a man-at-arms) and Alana Eagle-eye (an archer) to an angry dwarf among Kragmar's crew, collecting only two treasures in return. Not a good day in the Ghost Archipelago... Here's a player-view of the situation, to compare to Griffin's log entry. At the time of the photo, Griffin and Alana had been blocked from pursuing Fortwyn's elves past the mine cart in the elevated room by a wall of brambles; a few crewmen drag a treasure away from the cart on the right, with Rosemary the herbalist having blocked pursuit and arrows from Skorri with a judicious deployment of some magic beans, and Ashalla the wave warden and Astrid disputing a treasure (which was eventually obtained) with Kragmar's crew about mid-frame on the left. Beyond our ability to perceive, the duck crew is decimated by one of the vampires (middle top, where the dice are showing the vampire's 7 remaining hit points).
  15. The box is sitting here next to me, but I need to find a few more things to stuff into it, since there is room...Should be on it's way no later than Tuesday.
  16. I’d use then for Gondorians without hesitation...
  17. The house is a pre-move disaster area, but I set up my new Alpha Game table for a trial run, with my 40mm home cast Renaissance collection. Here my shot defend an enclosure while the swordsmen block the lane. Ultimately I lost my overal commander in a bid to salvage a cavalry fight, and conceded to my son after a lively little game.
  18. It’s Ghost Archipelago day again:
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    Hero Forge test figures

    As if I didn’t have enough to do, I started playing around with the design systems on the Hero Forge web site. I finally ended up ordering a couple of figures to see how they looked when done. I’ve been reading the various Bordertown books lately, so ended up drifting into some urban fantasy territory here. It’s a little unfortunate that their system doesn’t have a playing pose, given the availability of the violin and bow. I do seem to accumulate musicians, though... The necromantic spell effect wasn’t my first choice, but it looked like the safest from a structural integrity view, so I went with it. Both of these were done in the higher grade plastic, and I was pleased to see that the layer lines were pretty much invisible after painting.
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    Assorted 1/72 scale fantasy

    A few 1/72 scale fantasy things to while away a rainy day. A few of the knights were from a recent business trip, but I finished three more to round out a commander stand yesterday.
  21. It’s going to take me until the weekend to finish getting organized...
  22. Rob Dean

    Assorted 1/72 scale fantasy

    Yes, so I kept it pretty simple...
  23. Rob Dean

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

    A little Sn3.5 local color?
  24. Here's a little background on the club: http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/HAWKs.html It looks like it's time to update the history again. There is little doubt, though, that it's an unusual group. As far as miniatures go, it started off as a historical club in 1994, but most of the players have always had a fantasy and/or SF sideline. When there were only 6 or 8 of us, nearly everyone was running games at the local conventions, and we realized that would be easier and more fun if we could collect them all in one place, so we negotiated with the convention staffs to do so. As new people were added, the cultural expectations apparently formed them into gamemasters too, so that it's not inaccurate to think of it as a GM collective. We have vast depth of collections among the group, so pooling the scenery and minis for games too big for one person is pretty normal. I've been a little peripheral for the past several years, which I should do something about...
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    ReaperCon 2018 Review

    There's a thread in Painting Tips on travel with miniatures: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/79845-travelling-with-minis/ Also, my brother recently picked up his first Battle Foam case; you might see if they have one specialized for your game...
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