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

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  1. I find it incredibly rude not to pick up orders as quickly as possible. The 'buyer' tie up the store's inventory and cost them money. (This goes for any store really, not just gaming stores. ) I try to pick up my stuff the same day or the day after I get notified that my stuff is in.
  2. Holding parts while super gluing

    Search for 'IC Mini Grabber' on eBay... For when you need to hold a small part with a pin in it... There's a couple of other styles of gripper that shows up also. A flat one that is very similar, and a longer one with a more 'syringe' like look. Both of thosee have 'claw' grips(two L-shaped pieces of metal facing each other) and the round in the picture having a simpler hook. Claw type tip: Can't find a decent picture of the simple hook type right now. Get a pack or two of both style grippers, they're worth it.
  3. Where can I find model dimensions?

    The issue with rulers is that they kind of have to be in the shot, because the minis are never shot directly from the front. It's always from slightly above, to get a better sense of depth. The cubes can be in the picture without dominating it it. And the Bryangles worked because they were real triangles, positioned at the edge of the picture frame.
  4. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    yes, but the Ready Photographer was the only disposable camera that I know of. All the others were multishot or reusable. To put in perspective, in 1892, they sold 4000 pinhole cameras(not the disposable one) just in London. And frankly, I haven't seen ONE preserved example from that period. They may be out there, but if so, where?
  5. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Remember the disposable cameras? A cardboard and plastic box preloaded with a 24 or 36 frame 135 film? Some even had a flash, or was waterproof even... That wasn't the first time disposable cameras was sold, though... Back in the 1890s you could buy a single-shot camera "Ready Photographer". It was a glass plate with, black cardboard bellows, and a piece of paper that covered a pinprick hole in the front. (Yeah, a pinhole camera. Lenses would have made them too expensive ) You bought it, had your family pose in their finest clothing, pulled the paper strip from the 'lens', waited for a minute or more... covered the hole, dropped it into the pre-paid envelope, mailed it, then prayed that it would survive the trip to the photo lab... I don't know of anyone who still has a Ready Photographer, or the Glen Pinhole Camera (came with 6 plates chemicals and whaver you needed to process the plates). In fact, for being such an important tool for document the changing times, very few pinhole cameras from that time exists.
  6. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    A great product which tanked was 'knipetak' (norwegian product name) The theory was sound; if you got stuck, you clamped these on the drive wheels and drove off. Unfortunately preople did two things wrong; 1. They drove with them on for extended periods, literally shaking their car apart... and breaking the device... 2. They fitted the wrong size device on their car. What mattered was the width of the tires, and if the width was wrong the grips wouldn't sit properly, and would shake off, usually destroying the fender at the same time. (I've seen the results... One of my relatives was an idiot. ) And yes, there were warnings on both the cardboard box and the plastic storage bag. I don't think anyone ever managed to claim damages from the manufacturer, but they still pulled the product. I still hope to find an undamaged pair for 195 wheels, but...
  7. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Well, at least one artist liked those Pez dispensers...
  8. Blinks - A board game with a mind of its own.

    Yes, the tech is interesting, but at the moment it's a bit too expensive to really do well. The eletronics is basically an Arduino and a handful of LEDs, and small Arduinos can be had for less than $2 in bulk.
  9. Priming my pewter

    I think the most usual brushable primers here is the Reaper primers, Vallejo and the Stynylrez. But a 1 bedroom apartment is no reason to limit yourself to just brush-on. you can get folding spray booths for airbrush work. or you can build your own with a big cardboard box, a couple of 12V PC fans, a power brick, some foam as a filter, and preferably some air ducts to lead the exhaust outside. The reason why you would want to use an airbrush is that you get even thinner layers than with brushes, and no 'pooling' in hard-to-reach places. And no, a primer doesn't have to be so thick that it's completely opaque. Even a light dusting is enough, really. The reason why we use different colour primers is 'zenithal priming' (using different shades from white to black, that will affect the coats you put over it), and to save some work. Vallejo have different colours available, including one skeleton, and a 'chainmail' metal. Just add a wash and your minis is mostly ready for tabletop...
  10. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Couldn't he have done as every archeologist throughout time has done when they come across something that doesn't fit their world view? call it ceremonial...
  11. B for scale

    B = Bonesium, M = Metal... They're 1/4" tall if I remember correctly. It was asked about not too long ago, so may even be a FAQ. EDIT: found it!
  12. Lets hope it's an 'All february' or at least this week bonus... And that it's not all that cold when the package arrives here in Norway...
  13. Any elf catapults available anywhere?

    I don't think a Ballista is quite up to snuff. The Ballista is pretty much an Armor-piercing anti-personnel weapon. It's nice for taking out shield formations, soldiers in siege towers and at a longer distance than a bow or crossbow. Probably nice against 'heavier' opponents and their mounts, also. Now, for chaos you use a catapult to throw heads or rocks. Or jars of flaming oil. Pretty decent againt massed enemies and the occasional property damage. But for utter mayhem, you go for the Trebuchet. Instead of returning the head of enemy soldiers, you return the entire soldier... usually screaming until he goes splat! Or you lob a rotting horse carcass into a fortified city. Nothing says 'you lose' quite as much as dysenteri... A boulder through someone's roof is also a good way to ruin their day. Load it up with a barrel of oil or something that fragments easily, and you can decimate a formation or two. The big issue with Trebuchets is that they're unvieldy, so they were often built in-situ, not hauled around by the army, so deployment is slow. Also, if the builders gets it wrong, it can 'backfire', to the amusement of the defenders...
  14. I guess someone at Reaper really likes you, then... I wonder if anyone else received one. Reaper usually announces it when they give out something special if it's something anyone can qualify for.