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Auberon

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  1. Auberon

    Getting To Know You July

    I like none of them and take satisfaction from none of them. That is why they are chores. I don't know that I hate any of them though.
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    Life comes at you fast.

    Glad you were able to salvage some stuff. Make sure when you are looking a floor plans for a new house that it includes a nice goblin cave (local water table allowing).
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    Getting To Know You July

    There are a number of Bones from the core sets that don't really have an interest in. If they might be useful in a game I'd consider painting them. Nothing. It keeps my level of luck consistent.
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    Getting To Know You July

    I tend to avoid baking this time of year, but before it turned hot I made some apple cider glazed pork chops. I had a sub this past weekend.
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    Getting To Know You July

    Given that I have moved and almost never eat out, such a place does not exist. Even if it did, I am the type to order something different so there would be no "the usual" to order. Kind of. Many are stored on a bookshelf for convenience, but given that others can see them its somewhat displaying them. Bonus: I've done a number of exchanges since I joined the forums so it is possible. It's also possible all my gifted minis have been thrown away... I guess AD&D 2E MM colors would be my default, but it's not necessarily how I paint my minis. I hardly watch TV anymore, but back in the day I was known to do both. If it's something that I really enjoy I'll keep up with the show as it airs. Enough episodes to fill hours worth of watching. Otherwise you're not doing it right.
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    2018 SUMMER EXCHANGE

    Survey sent. It'll give someone an excuse to place an order.
  7. I'd be up for summer. I usually do two per year (one being SS) so the timing is good.
  8. Since I last posted here I have acquired a couple of pieces of storage at an auction (random images from the internets, not the items sitting in my house): Ethan Allen cherry dry sink And an Ethan Allen Queen Anne end table Neither of these are specifically for minis, but they will free up storage space elsewhere for minis. Also, this little beauty arrived. Sadly I'm not sure when I'll have time to work on it. Really I should finish off minis I've already started before opening another...
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I can only think of one thing that truly rates the disaster level, and that was spray-sealing a bunch of bones before I knew better. Sure, they're in a bunch of my old show-off pics from when I first joined the forum. They just look like normal minis though. "Will turn tacky in three months" isn't exactly something a camera captures well.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Thanks to the Switch being popular, some "older" games are getting released on it. Recently I got the 2-pack of Resident Evil: Revelations 1&2. They were originally released as episodic content and then collected into full games. The Resident Evil series has ranged from survival horror to action horror. The first Revelations game is solidly an action game with horror elements. Along with the decent story mode it also has a loot fest mode where you run through levels, gain XP, and then level up/purchase better gear. It might be a decent time killer if you were someone who didn't have many options to take up your free time. I have too many things vying for my time so I moved on to the second game, which I am currently playing. It features two campaigns in story mode. Claire's started out as somewhat survival horror but has turned pretty actiony, while Barry's campaign looks to be straight up action. Given I'm still working through the story, no final verdict on that.
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    Court of the Sultana by Effincool Miniatures

    If anyone hasn't seen the most recent update yet, the backerkit is getting locked on Friday. You still have a few days to spend more money.
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    Help with pinning

    If you are having trouble gauging the depth one thing you can try is to mark the bit. Some people will use a marker or a strip of electrical tape wrapped around the bit will work as well. You will likely learn to judge the distance by eye, but I've seen some old woodworkers that still tape their bits.
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    Legends of Signum

    Nice. There's plenty of time left to get those pledges back.
  14. My June Reaper order has arrived: Warlord Savage North - hardback is awesome and I like the color section. Unfortunately someone failed at selecting a background pattern for the unit descriptions. 14212 Kristianna - Unlike the Bones version she does not have a floppy sword 07006 Lanaerel Grayleaf - Free mini Green paint sample. I looks like it fits in with the cool greens triad, probably a slightly off Grass Green.
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    I think it was the correct choice as well. I was just leaving it open for someone to disagree with me.
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    I'm probably not going to explain this well as it has been many years since I heard it and I'm not a business major, but I'll give it a shot. Word has it that TSR operated on the “1:5” business model; i.e. if you break down the cost of a product $1 covered the printing/shrinkwrapping/boxing and associated production costs. $1 was what TSR then made off of the book as profit $1 went to the distributor $2 went to the brink and mortar store That second dollar is what kept the lights on and paid everyone salaries, from the writers to the artists to the brand managers. In order to actually make a profit from a book you have to sell enough copies to recoup the cost of of what you paid everyone to create it and that is were the many worlds of TSR caused a problem. Even though in total TSR had a large number of fans purchasing their books, it was spread out over too many products. The revenue wasn't covering the cost of developing so many worlds. I don't have an example using actual sales numbers so I'll make one up. Let's say it cost $50k to develop a book and pay all of the staff. That means at $50/book (1:5 = $10 profit) you'd need to sell 5,000 copies just to break even on staffing (much less pay the heating bill) and you need to do it on each product line. If you have five lines, that would be 25,000 books sold. If you can sell those same 25,000 books on just three product lines though, the first 15,000 cover the development costs and the next 10,000 are profit. In fact, if you were to have three product lines with only 20,000 sales you would still come out ahead because 5,000 of those would be profit. Fewer total sales can actually be more profitable if a larger percentage of the revenue comes after development costs are covered. Right or wrong, this was the model that 3E was run under – fewer settings makes for more profit even if total sales are less.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I plan to cross the 5 gallon and 2 gallon varieties off my list this year.
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    June Hobby GOALS!!!!!!

    I have failed. I cleaned and assembled another mini today which is now cluttering up my paint space.
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    World of Jean-Baptiste Monge (54mm)

    My minis arrived from France today, with no notice or anything. All were in nice little retail boxes and appear to be in good shape.
  20. I put the Lost Valley in my cart, took it out, put it back in, took it out, put it back in... but I wanted my Queen of the Void too much. Maybe if the adventure I'm currently in looks like it will turn into a full campaign I'll pick up the expansion next month. If it doesn't I'm not sure when I'd ever use that style of mini again. This is the first DM I've had that likes dinosaurs...
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    Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    Wasn't she grave-clad or something? She was unique enough that I picked one up as well, though who knows when I'll get around to painting her.
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    Help with pinning

    While I am probably the exception, I had only painted a couple of minis before I started pinning. But because of that, I can tell you it's actually not that bad no matter how confounding it may sound above. IMO pinning is like most hands-on learning; the best way is just to do it. You may screw up your first couple of attempts but don't worry about it. Just like most hobby activities it can take a few tries to get it down.
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    June Hobby GOALS!!!!!!

    I need a goal.... Finish up some of the projects cluttering up my paint space!
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    Help with pinning

    One caveat to pinning with superglue is that that the join can still be weak to rotational shear. Depending on how the model goes together this might not be an issue, but if it is and you hit your model just right you can cause the piece to rotate around the pin (done it). This can be mitigated by using a different adhesive such as J-B Kwik Weld, which is not so weak to rotation, or by using baking soda. JB forms a strong bond but you will have to hold the pieces together for a bit longer than with superglue. Baking soda reacts with the weak acid in superglue and doubles as a gap filler as long as you don't use too much. The later is also a handy trick if you put together models and that community has been using it for decades. For myself, I use JB if I'm concerned about it.
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