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    Sci-fi/Fantasy, electronics, games, 3D Printing, all things fiddly.

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  1. Have you been Naughty or Nice?

    Yeah, a bit of a shame, but... There's always next year... ;-)
  2. Mother of Dragons

    the bust is now also available in 1/16 scale...
  3. Standing Desks for Painting

    i have an adjustable desk at the office, one that can be elevated to standing height... the only times it's elevated is in the summer when i elevate it to the highest position so that i can get under it to reach the handle to close the window. then i reach under it again the next morning to open the window before lowering the desk to normal height. And I'm probably the person who uses the adjustment sytem the most. (everyone in my organisation gets these desks... ) get up and move about is the best advice. Getting a good chair is the next best advice.
  4. Assembly when the parts don't quite fit.

    If you use vaseline on the tab it won't stick to the GS so that you can remove it and paint it separately. I don't think it's a big issue on that mini, but sometimes wings and other limbs tends to get in the way of the brush.
  5. I ordered a cople of the 72mm sophies and the old Ametrine minis, and wouldn't you know it, i qualified for Free worldwide shipping 2x Ametrine, a stocking and 2x Winter Elf. (02063 Ametrine is the best of the old ones. 02719 was added purely to get the full set)
  6. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Anyone not driving with a dash-cam these days is just asking to be conned. And for those driving vans, get a rear-facing one also. I remember a weird incident last year... i had just left the office, on an errand or something, and came to a small 4spoked roundabout.(the center is maybe 10meters in diameter, max) The only other car nearby was a car approaching on my left, and at the same speed and distance, so he would get into the roundabout at the same time, if not before me, so I slowed down and stopped at the yield sign to let him get through. But he also stopped, and waved to me as if he wanted me to drive first. he was actually pretty insistent. I stopped the engine of my car, and switched off the lights, and he still wanted me to drive first. Then I took up my cell-phone and snapped a picture of him waving... THAT got him moving... I'm guessing that he wanted to ram me, and claim that I entered the roundabout so suddenly and fast that he couldn't stop in time. Since then I don't drive without a dashcam. (min is a 180degree wide angle cam...)
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I just suddenly realised that the D4 dice is the odd one out among the dice usually used for gaming. What is different with that one? On every other dice, the the value of one face + the face of the one directly opposite is always the same as 'highest+lowest', but not on the D4 for there's no 'opposite' faces on it. And that was today's brain sneese...
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    insurance companies really just want to find an excuse to 'share the blame' because that means they can really elf up your premium. this goes doubly in cases where the other part isn't insured because they'll have a hard time of reclaining their money. (if the guilty part is insured, they can get the money from his insurance company9 guilt in traffic accidents is kind of a very strange issue. sure, a guy with a suspended license shouldn't be driving at all. but if someone T-bones him it doesn't mean that he automatically gets the blame. Neither if he T-bones someone. at least in some countries there are 'emergency exception' laws. He could be speeding towards a hospital with a passenger that is too injured to wait for an ambulance, maybe. That means he may not even be driving illegally. so driving with a suspended license is not an automatic guilt in an accident. IANAL and all that... Lessons learned today; If The Book says to pull both driveshafts in order to remove the gearbox... they probably have a good reason... such as there not being enough room to pull the gearbox far enough towards the left wheel to let it slip off the righthand driveshaft... i need another chain hoist, a long-handled spanner for the wheel nuts, and the hw store doesn't open until 2pm tomorrow. Now I'm hitting the shower1
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    How does one throw a '0' with dice? if you want to read while laying on your couch, but also want to avoid straining your neck, consider picking up some reading glasses... Star Wars... haven't seen anything new from that franchise since they introduced 'Midichlorians'. I don't see any reason for that to change now. we may have gotten about 8" of snow where I live... That's what it looks like when I take a quick peek out the window. It's probably time to get off my fat ... and sove the stairs and probably a bit of the walkway. then it's time to start getting the elfed clutch out of my car... (transversely mounted engine and FWD. That'll be fun)
  10. 01621 Winter Elf

    For Christmas this year... i wish for a fraction of talent like yours.
  11. 30+ Year Old Figures to Paint!

    It's possible to use a mold material such as 'blue stuff' from greenstuffworld or composimold to form a mold around the part you want to copy, then use a 2-part epoxy or other resin as casting material. it's a bit of work, though, and you'd want a bit of casting experience before you tackle making a copy of something this small. it probably wouldn't hurt to get some experience modding other minis first, either.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I miss Mike Rowe on TV... But... wouldn't you know it; they've released 'dirty jobs' on DVD... I may need to make an order or two...
  13. Boardgames - suggestions please

    Ludo... Or a big heap of 1500 - 3000 piece jigsaw puzzles.
  14. 30+ Year Old Figures to Paint!

    I have just one point. Get yourself either a macro lens for your cell-phone, or a proper camera with a macro mode. A smooth grey background (Use liquitex Gray #2 on a large piece of cardboard if you want to save in the beginning) also helps, and some decent lighting, but that can come later. For now, we really want to see the details! If those two minis are supposed to be the same, I'd consider doing a weapon swap on the standing mini. Give him the same weapon as the crouching mini.
  15. Filling gap

    Pure baking soda (Natrium bicarbonate, here in Norway sold as 'Natron') or 'baking powder'(Natrium bicarbonate, Natrium diphosphate and MonoCalsiumphosphate)? Have you seen the Glue Looper? It's made to 'tease' glue into the correct spot.