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  1. I want to be the first to jump the gun. 2018? I don't really expect an answer ... given that the Reaper staff is probably just being released from various hospitals, asylums, and rest facilities after this year's Reapercon. I would appreciate a guess, not to the dates themselves, but when the dates might be released. Next year is shaping up very busy for me and I would like to lay in Reapercon to avoid conflict. This year was so enjoyable that I don't want to miss the next one.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Or, in my case, DW's portable quilting shop. When we travel together for a multiday event, she loads up with a sewing machine and stuff and stuff and stuff. So, when I return to the hotel room, I find ironing boards and fabric and a sewing machine and stuff laid out on the bed. We both have a good time.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Good point. I use battery powered lamps, which gobble up batteries. Then I'm not dependent upon sockets.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I don't have much of a need to join with a group and socialize. I have no issue with meeting folks and/or striking up conversations, but I prefer to just let it happen. I also have no issue with asking if anyone minds me sitting down at an empty chair at a table. Last year, I joined several tables, met several people, and got to know a couple of folks well enough to go to lunch with them. So, socially, I had a good time. I do observe human interaction and behavior. So, in regard to the quotes above and for what it is worth, my impression of the painting tables at the last year's Reapercon was that about half had clearly been claimed by groups and that individual seats had clearly been claimed by individuals -- for the entire Con. It seemed there were a couple of clusters of tables, where a larger group claimed more than one table. As pointed out above, the venue required that one had to establish a spot to put their belongings, unless one wanted to hike back and forth from their car -- which I did with my purchases. From body language and facial expressions, members of a number of groups appeared to know each other very well and seemed, intentionally or not, to not be interested in others outside the group. Also, if just one member of a group appears to be unfriendly or hostile, whether they are or not, the signal is that that table is not open to others. So, pending some sort of large sign indicating that a table or group of tables are happy to welcome Forum members, I'm guessing that folks who don't already know other Forum members are going to need to cowboy up and introduce themselves. One the ice is broken, I'll bet it all works out. Absolutely. And well said. I probably talked to a dozen people over breakfast last year. What I said above about exclusive tables did not apply at all to breakfast. People were openly welcoming. Something about sharing food together.
  5. Highlander

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Sounds so much better than the last couple of years. Having the con in the hotel makes things to much more relaxing and convenient ... and restful. My only regret with the venue change is not being to eat at Mariscos 2000 restaurant.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    The advice above is worthwhile. I go to Reapercon for the classes; I don't game. So I take as many classes as I find interesting. It certainly can become something of a death march if you have back to back to back classes. Or even back to back. I admit, by focusing on the classes, I regret not having the time to leisurely explore the vendors' offerings and to check out the gaming area. I particularly regret not taking the time to go through the contest area several times and really look at the minis in detail. So I miss a significant part of the essence of Reapercon This year I will tamp down on the classes to have blocks of time to just enjoy the event.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    So far, I really like the new system. Is is much more straightforward and easier to edit than the one used in the past.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I can't be the only one wondering, but any guess on when the Growtix classes page will go active? And any idea what class cost will be this year?
  9. Highlander

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    How does one find this Grow Tix Page, because I can find nothing? P..S. Found it.
  10. If I use steel wool I find I have to thoroughly clean the mini with soap and water afterwards.
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    CMON Rising Sun

    New Mexico. Two days ago. If I got it here, then it should have been faster to anywhere else.
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    What would YOU like to see taught next year

    I appreciate the advice. My problem is that I can find a reference to the anatomy, but changing the scale to mini size and painting the shadow/highlight where it does not exist on the sculpt of the mini is beyond me. I may actually have that book. I'll look.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I certainly hope not.
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    What would YOU like to see taught next year

    I was thinking about knees. There is some interesting anatomy around the knee. If represented well at mini scale, it really adds to the result. Even if the sculpture does not provide the contours of the anatomy, it can be represented in paint. The same goes for calves, thighs, forearms, wrists, upper arms, shoulders, backs, butts, necks ... well you get the idea. I just don't know how to do it. Maybe a basic anatomy for minis class. Hands-on. I can get endless anatomy information from books and the internet; I just haven't been able to transfer it to a mini.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    It just occurred to me that we probably will have classes in actual rooms and won't have the extraneous noise that plagued the last couple of ReaperCons. OTOH, I will miss the Mariscos 2000 restaurant. The best Mexican seafood ever. As much as I hate driving in Dallas, and I really, really hate driving in Dallas, I may have to go in to Mariscos.
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    Space marine project

    This is spectacular. Keep us posted.
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    Mother Nature Bust

    This is a great tutorial. Maybe the best ever.
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    Cragheart

    I'd personally do more contrast on the skin, but I like it.
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    What would YOU like to see taught next year

    To the OP. Hands. Feet. Arms. Legs. Butts. And such. There are always face and eyes and skin classes. I have taken and will continue to take them. But, thanks to a particularly good class last year, we were encouraged to put down the brush and mini and look at art. Lots of art. Intently. I noticed that a hand can become a whole complex project in itself. And that a really well done hand ups the level of the entire mini. Then I noted that feet can do the same. It seems to me that improvement in skin covered areas -- other than the face -- would help me quite a lot. It is more than just highlights and shadows; it is how you look at different parts of the body and how you can represent them in mini scale. I'd take those classes.
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    What would YOU like to see taught next year

    Amen. Sold out in 20 minutes? How about less than 10 seconds. At the risk of stepping on virtual toes, I detect a note of classupsmanship. I have heard, to paraphrase, "I got so and so's class, and they are so great, and we are personal friends, and it is so hard to get, and it is the bestest ever there was, and people have told me how they envy me, and I took it last year, too." Have the same class offered twice or thrice would go a long way to addressing that phenomenon. Especially for folks who would really like to learn the technique from a respected artist. The issue, I think, is whether an instructor is going to sign up for teaching some of these incredibly popular classes. Some will and, I venture, some won't.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    No, thank you. Personal experience can be extremely painful. I'd rather learn from others'.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    That was a useful post, indeed.
  23. Highlander

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    In-n-Out satisfies the soul as well as the body.
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