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Everything posted by TaleSpinner

  1. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I guess it is back to me again. I must say that 2 years ago when I first started this thread I never expected it to last this long. I hope I can come up with some good ones for you. The obligatory rules posting: 1. Every day, or so (unless I am out or ill or something) I will post a question. 1.5. If I fail to post a question, Inara will post a question of her own choice. 2. In theory there is a 24 hour span to answer that question before the next question is posted. 2.5. (Rule 2 is the most frequently ignored rule.) 3. Questions are going to be posted between 4AM and 6AM GMT (London time). (Ie. Around Midnight EST) 3.5 (Rule 3 may be the 2nd most broken rule.) 4. Everyone is encouraged to suggest future questions to be posted via PM to me. 5. You do not have to answer every question to play... 6. If a question is TMI or N/A simply wait for the next question.. ..or post that you decline to answer (clues regarding why are always fun). 7. Weekend questions may take the form of two or three day challenges, often starting on Fridays. I intend to post questions by 9:00 am CST, weekdays. I'm not sure how I'll handle weekends yet as I tend not to be online on weekends. I'll post the first question in a few minutes. Andy
  2. Ancient dragon

    That's what I was going to say. By @bale: By @Disciple of Sakura:
  3. Basilisk

    I got no sculpting time at all last night. At lunch today, I managed only to have time to rip off the lifted claw I did yesterday and re-sculpt it so that the toes and claws are the right length in comparison to the same foot on the other side. You will note that it is bent out and to the side. This made it easier to sculpt it well from all angles. I will bend it back in after I finish the leg in front of it. Only one foot to go!
  4. Basilisk

    I recently got a commission to sculpt a basilisk. I'm really excited about this one as I've been wanting to do one for several years. Due to cost constraints, I can't quite do the version I had originally wanted to do, but my client and I worked it out and I am very excited about what we came up with. He also gave me permission to share it with you. This one will be featured in a indie campaign later this spring I believe. Here is the rough concept (please don't laugh at my rough drawing skills; I really need to take a page out of @Morihalda's book and work on drawing more): From that, I created the armature. Note that the rear two legs on the left side will be on a rock which spans under the beast as it is climbing over it, touching the inside of the right-side rear leg. This allows me to account for all 8 legs and still have a one-part casting. Right Side (head pointing to the right): Top (head to the right): Left Side (head to the left): Angled View (head tot he left):
  5. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    February 22: On what topic (miniatures and gaming do not count), are you an expert? More points for esoteric or weird topics. Feel free to post multiple topics.
  6. Basilisk

    I just decided that I am not happy with how the lifted claw looks. I'll likely rip it apart and redo it.
  7. Basilisk

    So much for later in the day. The week got crazy on me. I underpinned his free feet to give me structure to build upon. I also sculpted the other foot on the rock. Today, I sculpted the left side free foot (very hard to get a good picture of it) and added basic leg muscles on that side:
  8. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    February 21: What country/culture, other than your own, most intrigues/attracts you and why?
  9. Weight Loss Support Thread

    OK, after some searching, the last time we did a weight loss support thread was over five years ago. It didn't seem to make sense to threadomancy that since it is long out of date. Anyway, I need to lose weight. I'm at my highest point since 2000, I'm out of shape, I'm struggling to do some of the things I love like fencing and backpacking, and I am unhappy about it. My plan for losing weight it to track my calories using the Tap&Track app on my iPod. I also want to increase my aerobic exercise. Now I know from experience that I do way better at this sort of thing, if I know that other's are holding me accountable, essentially I will disappoint myself but hate disappointing others, which is why I am starting this thread. My intention will be to post my weekly progress or lack there-of in this post, editing it as I go. If you wish, I'd like to invite you to start your own tracking post in this topic. Maybe if we stand together, we can help each other succeed. If you have no issues with weight, please through your support to those who need it. I've been yo-yo'ing my whole life and i am sick of it. My goal is to weigh 225 lb (102 Kg)* by ReaperCon 2015. That gives me 43 weeks to lose 51 pounds, which means I need to do between 1 and 1.5 pounds a week. I haven't been that low since I was 24 years old. * This is a weight that my doctor and I decided would be best for me given my barrel chest build. So here goes: Start date: June 20 (I already started but am just now having issues keeping it going alone) Height: 6' 3" Age: 43 Gender: Male Goal Weight: 225 lb (102 Kg) Initial Weight: 276 lb (125 Kg) Progress: - 6/30/2014: 274 lb (124.28 Kg) (-2 net lb) - 7/8/2014: 272.5 lb (123.6 Kg) (-3.5 net lb) - 7/22/2014: 276 lb (0 net lb) - 729/2014: 274 lb (-2 net lb) - 8/5/2014: 270 lb (-6 net lb)
  10. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I am sorry about missing yesterday. Things happened. I didn't see a computer all day. February 20: What color is your hair and how do you style it?
  11. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    February 16: What was your first miniature (pictures if possible)? February 17: What is your best miniature (pictures if possible)? February 18: Why do you paint?
  12. Priming my pewter

    https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/primer/sku-down/09108 Get this one. Very good.
  13. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    That made me happy! The original Incredibles is one of my favorite movies.
  14. My Journey into Lost-Wax Metal Casting

    I've only heated it up a few times, but so far I really like the QuikMelt. It have the bronze liquid in about 10 minutes. I think the silver would have been too, but I think I just started out with too low a temp. According the MFG, you just need to heat them once first, then you should be good. I use a graphite rod for stirring and skimming; same material as the crucible.
  15. My Journey into Lost-Wax Metal Casting

    So, after a lot of thought, research, and discussion, my wife and I have decided to purchase a lost-wax casting system. Essentially this is a system for casting any metal with a melting point below 2000 deg F into jewelry, minis, etc. Unlike the spin casting used by companies like Reaper, this will be low volume with only 10 to 50 pieces a day possible. I should note right away, that I do not intend at this time to go into minis production/sales on my own. So what do I intend to do with it: Make jewelry for my wife and our business. Eventually (10+ years), we would like to get into producing our own line of gold and silver jewelry and become seasonal vendors at various Ren Fairs as a retirement career once the kids are out of college. Of course this is a long term goal and won't happen for a long time yet. I'll practice on copper and pewter first. Make rings for our sister parish in Haiti. Due to various cultural reasons, most Haitians won't get married until they have a pair of rings. This can be very hard for some of the poorer people, so they just stay apart and don't get married. My wife can by old jewelry under value and I'll be able to melt them down and make them new rings and send them down to them as they need it. (We've been giving them the rings she finds, but this way we will be able to cast them in the shapes and sizes they actually need/want.) Make armatures for my sculpts. I spend a lot of time resculpting skulls and basic forms because I have to start from scratch. This will allow me to make a library of animal armatures and other stuff to speed up my sculpting. Also, I will be able to produce better sculpts by being able to control how much and what type of metal is in the armature. I don't ever want to send Reaper another piece of furniture that warps on the mold again (bookcase, I'm looking at you). For sculpts I can't/don't want to sell, I'll be able to make copies for my friends and I (maybe even some goodies for things like the BOGW ). I'm sure I'll think up other uses as I get more skilled at it. I started reading, studying, and taking some classes on the subject in the past few years. I'm at a point where the only way forward is to take the plunge and buy the equipment so I can begin practicing and learning for real. My finances are at a good spot for it now, so I took the plunge and ordered a kit from Gesswein. The following equipment is on its way: Rubber mold vulcanizer (small single figure version of what Reaper uses) Wax injector (for making wax copies in the rubber molds) Burnout oven (for baking the wax copies out of the molds before casting) Vacuum casting machine (for removing air from the molds and later pulling the metal into the molds during casting) Flasks, investment, wax bits, rubber, and lots of other materials needed. Here is a picture of the kit I bought: I won't be able to just jump in and start casting right away. I still will need to get a method of melting the metal (either a torch or an electric furnace). I'll also need to rework my basement studio with new benches, electrical outlets, and venting to make it safe, which is where this thread comes in, as I thought you all might be interested in this, so I plan on documenting everything here, from the unboxing, to the building, to the first cast piece. I'm very very excited! Andy
  16. My Journey into Lost-Wax Metal Casting

    Thanks Julia. That's what I needed to hear. Oh, and I misspoke when I called it an Electro-Melt. I couldn't afford the Kerr. Mine is actually a QuikMelt Tabletop Deluxe (which was about 1/2 the price of the Kerr and got decent reviews): My crucibles are new. This one I reserve for silver and it was my first use of it. It is graphite and looks similar to this:
  17. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    February 15: For various reasons, today seems darker than usual. Can you post something that shows that Beauty, Love, and Joy still exist? Can we make each other smile and laugh today?
  18. Basilisk

    The base will be 40 mm long and 20 mm wide (at the rock). The base will extend about 1 mm in front of the front foot that is touching the ground and 1 mm behind the rear foot. The base will be fairly minimalistic, remaining as thin and small as I can make it, while connecting the feet. We don't want to add a lot to the mini cost by having a lot of metal in the base. My instructions were for it to fit on a cavalry base (1 in x 2 in). In current D&D or PF terms, it would be a greater basilisk. As for the progress, I am supposed to have it done by the end of February. I am taking Friday the 23rd off to try and make that happen. That said I am hoping to have the feet, and all the muscle work done before then, so I can spend that day concentrating on adding the skin/scale details. There should be another update later today, as I will be sculpting at lunch again.
  19. Basilisk

    I did three more feet at lunch today: Just the hard ones left now.
  20. Weight Loss Support Thread

    Me. I've been lifting weights and dancing in my basement for cardio this winter. Going well so far, despite a major set back/lapse during Christmas and a cold. My kids keep threatening to sneak down and videotape me dancing to Taylor Swift (I only actually have one of her songs, Shake It Off, on my workout track; it is good for getting moving). They figure it would go viral. I kind of shut them up when I challenged them to keep up with me during An Irish Pub Song by the Rumjacks and they couldn't. For some reason they had a hard time throwing punches while holding 10 lb weights over the course of the entire song. So now I am on track exercise-wise, now I need to tackle my overwhelming love affair with food. I really need to stop eating for reasons other than nourishing me.
  21. Basilisk

    I'm finally getting back to this guy. I did a dog sculpt and some other stuff in the interim. Today, I have a bit of a foot tutorial for you. I took a picture at each step of the process of making its feet. Take from it what you will. I apologize ahead of time for the sometimes blurry shots; I was taking them on my phone from the bench, so... Establishing the rough foot shape: Cutting in the toes: Defining the claws: Defining the joints: Adding details (like rough skin and striated nails): I also completed one of the rear feet. I would have done more, but I was also helping my son write a paper at the time and only accomplished about half of what I would normally get done. The second foot turned out better than the first; I was kind of feeling my way through that one. I may actually cut the first one off and redo it. I like the way I defined the tendons in the rear foot better.
  22. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    This. It has become too commercial. I am far more concerned with it being Ash Wednesday today.
  23. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    February 14: Love it, hate it, or indifferent; how do you feel about Valentine's Day?
  24. Dragon-Kin

    I am working on a commission to create a line of dragon-kin. At first, we were going to make just one, but later changed course and I am now sculpting two semi-completed dollies that we can cast so I can later repose them and make a dragon-kin army if we so choose. At this point though, I am making dollies and then, from the casts, an oracle and two others. Here is the first one (the feet are a bit too far along for a dolly, but I had done it that far before we changed direction. I will be sculpting this one to a very fleshed out stage, with actual head details and such: The second is meant to be even more of a dolly, having only parts of it skinned and a skull. This will allow me to achieve some radically different poses. Have a good night, Andy
  25. Dice Coins 3D d20

    I backed. I think this is cool.