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About Guyscanwefocusplease

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    Reading, SCUBA diving, painting, Pathfinder, terrain building, science!

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  1. Guyscanwefocusplease

    Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    Knocked out another book this weekend- "Two's company, Three is complexity". This is a pop-sci book that introduces complexity science. Many fields, from fluid dynamics, to economics, to biology deal with complexity and I wanted to learn more about it for my own job. It's a good introduction- especially the first half. The back half gets a little repetitive, but it's easy to read throughout and is a good starter on the topic.
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    Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    So it's been a few months. I picked up a new video game (Sea of Thieves) and have been playing that a lot. I don't play many video games anymore, but this one was too good to pass up. I highly recommend it if you enjoy sailing or pirate games! Along that vein, I finally finished How to Read Water. What an excellent book. It's dense, and as such can be hard to just sit down and read. However, it has a lot of fantastic information in there and is a good read for anyone from the landlocked pond watcher to the experienced waterman. I finished it while off at sea, and one of the captains (with way more experience than me) borrowed it and remarked that there were things in there that even he didn't know. He ordered a copy as soon as we got to shore, so that should tell you something. If you ever wanted to know more about why coasts, seas, lakes, ponds, or puddles act the way they do, or if you just like nature in general, this is a fantastic book. The best book on water I have ever read. I see myself coming back to it often in the future, as once it is read it becomes a great reference to have on the shelf. I also finished A wrinkle in Time. I read this classic in elementary school, but it had been so long that I could not remember any of the plot. All I remembered is that when I first read it, I loved it. I loved it the second time around, too, but for different reasons. So much of what I read, even for fun, is dense and requires a certain level of brainpower I just don't always have when I get off work. A Wrinkle in Time takes me back to a time when I could just read for fun and think nothing of it. This puts it in excellent company with the Hobbit and some of the Dragonlance books. If you haven't read A Wrinkle in Time, I suggest it for three reasons: 1) It's very short and easy to read; 2) It's a classic (and if you have kids, you can read it to them); and 3) it's just downright strange and enjoyable. I'm also marking off The Wrong Stars as read. I bought it back in January, and got 95% of the way through before the book just magically vanished. I enjoyed it, but I probably won't be reading the remaining books in the series. I enjoyed the premise and the characters. The crew's dynamics were great, and the author has a very interesting and original take on Aliens that I really enjoyed reading about. However, the plot just seemed like an old re-hash told a dozen times before. Perhaps there is a big twist that I missed, but it just didn't grab me. If you like sci-fi or world-building, I suggest reading it for those reasons. Maybe someone who has picked it up can tell me how it ends and if it is worth going back to grab from the Library.
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    Ogre Smasher - 77455

    This paintjob is so good, I forgot about the pun you made :)
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    Games Workshop, Genestealer Patriarch

    I've always loved genestealers. I got into mini painting by collecting Tyranids, and I still remember him and hawing over spending $12.50 for a pack of 12. Those were the days! These little rending machines will always have a special place in my heart, and I am happy to see this one painted so well! I particularly like the brain "lighting up".
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    Not Reaper- MY PCs! Finellen and Torgga pic heavy.

    Very cool. Considered getting a hero forge mini made for awhile, but have heard concerns over quality. When did you get yours? Do you know if quality has increased over time? Are you happy with the purchase?
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    Speed paints for the table: 77447 werecrocodile and 77292 giant wererat

    These are awesome. There is so much texture and detail on these figures and you really brought them out. Great job!
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    CMON Expo Instructors Speed Painting

    I completely agree. Speedpainting or not, seeing these lined up next to one another to see how different folks approach a mini is really, really helpful. I never knew I needed this. Would it be possible to make this a more regular thing? I've saved these photos and will be referring to them a lot, I think...
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    77447: Werecrocodile

    I love this mini! I echo what Arc 724 said, particularly about a wash. There's a lot of texture on this guy (or gal), and a wash + drybrush layer will really, really enhance the contrast and detail. Also, Thanks Arc 724 for the vaseline trick- never knew that!
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    The Old Fathers Harvest WIP

    These look great! You're tempting me to buy more minis- not good!! When referring to the dull metal look, are you referring to galvanized steel?
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    14390: Anubis Guards

    The bases, models, and painting look great so far. I agree with your choice on the blue.
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    Ancient Skeleton horde (photo heavy)

    After ~6 months of not being able to work on projects, I present my first finished project of 2018- an ancient skeleton horde! The goals of the project were to: (1) Start out with a bang in my goal to paint 52 minis this year (2) Add a good deal more skeletons for horde encounters in an upcoming tabletop RPG I am running (3) Get more practice with OSL in a setting that allowed me to try multiple techniques on similar models quickly (eyes) (4) Try my hand at verdigris, again trying multiple techniques to see what I like best (5) Try out doing weapons/armor chipping and weathering. Happy to say all 5 goals were met (just took a long time)! This was a tabletop-level project, so while they aren't perfect, they are "good enough". Please let me know what you think- I relish C&C as it is a critical step in making me a better painter. I also have a question: I need to seal these guys. I want to use a matte sealer for the skeletons themselves (you can see the gloss from where I used quickshade), but I don't want to dull the metals on the arms and armor. What matte brush on sealers does everyone prefer? Thanks for looking!
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    Skellyman army (wargames factory)

    Here we go! As I said a few minutes ago, not perfect by any means, but as these are meant for play (and painting experience), I am really happy with them. I wanted to get experience with trying a few new techniques, specifically Verdigris and chipping/weathering on arms and armor. I learned a lot and the results next time will be better. I also got more practice with OSL, and while I see room for improvement, I also discovered a satisfactory shortcut that drastically reduces the time I need to spend on it, without greatly reducing quality. Honest C&C are always appreciated- without it, I can't get better!
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    What makes a good war game ?

    What about CAV Strike Operations? Bones Kickstarters are continuing and it is ramping up interest for the game again since you can now build a force very, very cheaply.
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    Forum CSS change? Search bar wackiness

    Just tried uploading images which failed (which led me here), so still down.
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    Skellyman army (wargames factory)

    After almost six months of trying to finish up an already half finished project, I present to you the finished skeleton horde. It isn't perfect, and there are things I would do differently (that never happens, right?), but I learned a lot about OSL, verdigris, and making chips in arms and armor. All in all, a success, and that brings me from 0 to 20 completed figures for the year. The goal is 52 so I still have a long way to go! And, it looks like the upload manager is busted. I'll try again tomorrow- but they're still done!
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