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Rob Dean

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  1. These are the “premium plastic”. I had no particular issues with the first two I painted...think I just used a white spray primer on them:
  2. I ordered a package from Reaper on Friday, and received a notice that it's on its way, but what arrived first was a group of three figures from Hero Forge. I haven't decided on the rules, but these are ultimately destined for some sort of Bordertown-like urban fantasy game. I am doing this utterly backwards, building some evocative (to me at least) miniatures and then constructing a setting around them. I figure if I don't order them any faster than I paint them, I can probably manage this. My initial order of two have been painted, and I have another group of three ready when I finish these. I didn't notice until after I had pulled the trigger that all three of these were sporting animal companions. My son's comment yesterday, upon seeing them, was to ask if I'd been reading The Golden Compass recently and the gave everyone a daemon. (No, although it would explain it, had it been true...)
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    Stonehaven: Elf Librarian (better photos!)

    Definitely one of my favorites from the Stonehaven elves!
  4. Well, the pleasant offer of an opportunity to buy them afterwards helps me considerably this year...I think I’ll put in one order tomorrow and pile on, then we’ll see. I’m ridiculously far behind on painting this year...
  5. I think I ended up with 3 or 4 as well... I’m hoping the rest of you get your shot at the cat dragon this year; the one I missed was the ornament automatons. What I’m really eager to find out, though, is how many new specials they have.
  6. The settling in after the move plus Christmas is going to be a serious time sink this month, so my goal is going to be to paint more than last month. At least last month wasn't a zero month; despite the move and a stressful work situation, I did finish two miniatures... However, as I've been moving my lead mountain, it looks like next year's goals are going to have to be in terms of units per month.
  7. Iron Wind (aka Ral Partha) has one (48-622), the old mount from the Belladonna Knight (on plague fly)...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    So the process of moving continues; we spent five hours today at the old house, cleaning things, and staging what remains for transport. I have way too many miniatures, and am going to have to get back to returning some to the rest of the hobby once we are settled in. I also brought back a box of Exin Castillo building blocks; any fans? (Not selling those, btw, but expecting to build with them if I ever get play time again...) They probably scale pretty well with Reaper Bones...
  9. My POD copy of Rangers of Shadow Deep arrived today, so I can relax with it after supper and see what I need to dig out of my painting queue to support it.
  10. Mostly B for the first part; but my mother would tell you it’s A. I think it’s really a case of intending to, but getting caught short of time with whatever other activities occur. As for favorite card, my talented younger son draws cards each year. Mine from 2016 was this, riffing on my Bronze Age interests:
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    Lidless Eye Hobbies: Fantasy Holiday Village 2018

    Thanks for posting that! I've been needing some inspiration to do something similar. It looks like you've deployed as many non-combatants as you could find? I wonder if there is some way to temporarily (i.e. removably) "snow" the figure bases?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The link to the Arrogant Worms here has probably been posted before, but .... https://m.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=Ov5Jgw_Nwx4
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    Stonehaven Dwarves Vol. 2

    Unfortunately, I’m not a big dwarf fan either. I backed at the one-dwarf level, and can think about it for the next month...
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    Small Space Gaming and Hobbying

    That seemed like a good idea, so I ordered one. I’ll report after I try it. My cutting mats were’t in view, being stowed away until knife work is anticipated...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I guess it isn't a commercial link, so we should be good: http://www.farmgirlfare.com/2012/11/recipe-quick-and-easy-roasted-brussels.html
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    Small Space Gaming and Hobbying

    And it finally got used today...
  17. It looks like a lost weekend, with life needs overwhelming. However, I wanted at least to do a token participation, so I finished up a Stonehaven female half-orc barbarian from a couple of Kickstarters back: We’ll see if anything else gets done...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    In our family, brussel sprouts are roasted (with olive oil) and then dressed with parmesan cheese and lemon juice, with a recipe I pulled off the web some years ago. There aren't usually leftovers...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Well, it's been a week...(work problems, mostly...) I'm trying to find some motivation today, but it feels like the main accomplishment will be napping. Back to normal soon, I hope.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    So, being of a certain age, I had GI Joes (12”, original, 1/6 scale, however you want to describe them) as a kid. They are probably getting to be a bit fragile for actual play these days, but I got interested in them in adult/collector mode for a while around 1995 or so. I took a look around after reading this; aftermarket add-ons are still around...It does seem like Barbie should be equipable as Buffy or Hermione or Eowyn or .... Anybody ever used the big figures in an RPG? Years back, I saw a WWII skirmish game entirely staged with 12” figures; wish I had pictures.
  21. The Rob Dean box has returned to me today...
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    Small Space Gaming and Hobbying

    And here we are; M-Day has come and gone, and all that remains is to unpack the boxes and find the rest of the cooking gear. In between the necessary work, I have been relaxing by organizing my bookshelves. As I noted back in July, the house is actually bigger than where we were, but the space is divided up interestingly, and I had to give up my dedicated hobbying space. I do have plenty of basement storage, so anything I finish can be housed between games. It looks like actual painting and hobby work will be done at the desk on the right. I have a window, so can sometimes paint with natural light for a change. I am going to need a series of surface protectors for the desk. The two upper left “drawers” are really an arrangement for a typewriter. It will hold two 4-liter “Really Useful Boxes”, so probably one for paint and one for basing supplies, with less frequently used boxes of tools stowed in the basement and swapped in for special purposes (e.g. paper modeling tools). Perhaps things will be quiet enough by Sunday to give this a try...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    On a different topic, we are settling into the new house. I tried out the oven this morning, with some biscuits: My library is taking shape: Including the wargaming special collections shelf :
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    Lidless Eye Hobbies: Stonehaven Adventurers, 2018

    Just goes to show that I should read some of the Kickstarter traffic. Reaper, Stonehaven and Oathsworn are on my back first, worry about exactly you’re getting later.
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    Lidless Eye Hobbies: Stonehaven Adventurers, 2018

    Those look great! I pulled out several of the same ones to try first, but this move is going to be an issue. (I think I saw the moving box with the Stonehaven stuff come in yesterday, so they may be rescued early...) It looks like you decided the sorceress is wearing a mask?
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