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  1. Lord of the Dish Pit

    Fat Wyvern (Conversion)

    Great job on both the converting and the painting! I especially like how happy it looks, like the party thought it might be easier to distract it with food than fight it, leading to a new friend and and endless bill at Golden Corral.
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    Countdown to Halloween

    A few weeks ago I began to perceive subtle changes heralding the return of my favorite time of year. Fortunately it also brought with a return of my motivation to paint. Over the course of time I've managed to amass many 20s of horror and undead minis so what better way to get into the season than start actually painting some of them. I picked this up at Goodwill some months ago with the idea of having it be a home for the witches. The original painter did a pretty good job on it, but I'm going for something a bit more Charles Addams . So it got a coat of Pavement Grey craft paint. Here we have batch 1. The wraith, wolf, lich, vampire, and tomb are all from the Bones 3 Graveyard set and the two beastmen I picked up from the discount bin at Reaper HQ last year. The wraith was previously coated in black and at some point I added a brown wash for unremembered reasons. Here's everyone after Dirty Bone and Stormy Grey have been applied. The chimneys of the house had it drybrushed on as did the tomb. While base coating the others I noticed that for unknown reasons the Stormy Grey is acting odd, thinner than it ought to be out of the bottle. I'm not too concerned about it as I've had this bottle for a long time and I think it went thru one temperature change too many, as well as perhaps age catching up with it. The wraith didn't receive any because of this and because even someone like myself who abuses the grey spectrum with overuse on a regular basis gets burned out some. So I'm holding off on him for a little while. Now it might be asked what the beastmen are doing in a Halloween themed thread, but witches and goat headed creatures go together quite often in both art and legend. So they'll be acting as bodyguards for the witches of a more infernal type.
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    Countdown to Halloween

    Found and unleashed some old gw Administratum Grey on the house. The Black Goats of the Woods got some black basing on the fur and some blackened steel on the axes. The Dust King got some as well. I finally made a decision as regards the wraith, since today I've been digging into the deep cuts as it were of my paint collection, he got drybrushed with some cape cod blue craft paint that I've had since the early 90s. The tomb got some drybrush love with the Administratum Grey. I'm tempted to call it done, but when I do this basing on the house, I'll add some of the same to the tomb. The undead wolf got a black wash over his fur. The day may come when I work in bright happy pastel colors....but it is not this day!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Those weren't dogs. Those were ghouls.
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    Fox Critter on Display Base

    Very nice! (I fear for the local farmers though. It would require a great many chickens to feed such a gathering)
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    That these are Omens of something I am quite certain. But of what?
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    Getting To Know You August

    After the demand for coffee and a cigarette, it would depend on what manner of future I awoke in. If of the civilized variety I would demand access to their histories and then proceed to "correct" them. By which I mean convince them that mothman is to blame for various misfortunes of history and that yes lawn orbs carry a religious significance. If of the barbaric variety, I introduce my new subjects to things such as fire, the wheel, and crop rotation.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My condolences but fear not, I only cause flooding when hit by vehicles. (Kendall County's great flood of 1996 happened one week after I got hit, Austin experienced lesser scale flooding after the truck parked on me.)
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Ah, a bidding war....(Mr. Burns voice) Excelllent...
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    The Dadliest Halfling by Cyr - A Lesson in Humidity

    While unintended, his expression captures perfectly the latent insanity in all chefs. (at least the ones I've encountered) The beady eyes glowing with the light of a fanatic, the unsettling grin, the spoon held in a vaguely threatening manner... Were this a cave troll rather than a halfling, I'd say you somehow captured the very essence of one of my previous bosses.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Only in personal domiciles, as per my title I claim the commercial variety. (ack! ninja'd) (Ack! Ninja'd Again!) I shall eventually evolve into Agamenthar Our Coffee God, with authority over not only Coffee related things but the well being of dishwashers, janitors, and other overlooked support staff. (I once had "Mop God" officially as a job title. "Lord of the Dish Pit" began as same) As to my benevolence, overseeing that Coffee is widely available to all and that those with support jobs get their fair share of it is proof of that but balanced out by a fierce revenge and fiery woe brought down upon those who willingly and knowingly defile Coffee or sell themselves into the service of the demon Postum or other varities of decalf heresy.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    And once again, I weed the yard and it brings rain. So having gotten caught up on the thread and seeing the plight of our West Coast friends I now make the following offer... I am willing to temporarily relocate to the afflicted region and attempt to utilize my weed-killing-rain summoning powers in exchange for someone else footing the bill for room board and transport. I make no promises as to the effectiveness of my methods outside of my current region but am willing to make the attempt at least. (perhaps I should purple this....nah it stands as is)
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I'm going to have to track some of those down now. I've heard mixed reviews of them but if they at at the same level of insanity as this I'm in for an interesting read.
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    Getting To Know You August

    While living in the south austin marketplace, I moved into 4 building so as to get away from elfhole loud neighbors. (all walls in all buildings stopped an inch or so from the ceiling tiles and there was no insulation of any kind. Anything above a whisper was audible for a 4 room radius and these were not the kind of people who cared about such things as consiteration for others.) This was when my war against the bedbugs began. 4 building has been infested for at least 7 years and on the second day there I had to get rid of the bed. So I replaced it with a couch that had recently been dropped off to the day room, not realizing that now the bugs would have an invincible fortress. By the end of the month sleep had become a memory. (partly due to the bugs, added to by an insane drunk on the other side of the wall.) I had gotten ahold of some diocemetrius earth and applied it liberally to the couch and baseboards of the room. It kills them by puncturing their shell and they starve over a 3 day timeframe. I also spent what free money I had on sprays and wd-40. Both of which only kill on contact, but the wd-40 is actually cheaper. There is no such thing as repelling them and capturing and deploying a praying mantis did not work either. I think they (or the roaches) ate it as I never saw it after I let it loose. Didn't find a body either. Maybe it escaped. The Battle of the Couch came at the end of the second day after deploying the diocemetrius earth. As soon as I got home from work and sat down, they came swarming out of the cushions in an unstoppable tide. I squished about 15 or so before I realized that they weren't stopping and more kept coming from the depths of the couch. So I rolled onto the floor and popped the tops off the spray cans and with one in each hand unleashed hell upon them. I thought it was over by the time the cans were empty. I was wrong. More emerged as soon as the sprays stopped. So another two cans were unleashed, same thing. It was an endless tide and at the time anger and sleep deprivation were kicking in and my thinking veered off into nothing more than a red mist. At the same time I was spraying wd-40 into the hoard, I was dumping rubbing alcohol onto the couch, hoping it would seep into the cushions. I then popped off two bug bombs and stuffed them under the couch, caring not one whit about how breathing that stuff in is a bad idea. They kept coming, I kept killing as the choking mists filled the room. Finally I was driven out by this and spent the rest of the night trying to nap in a chair in the courtyard. The morning I got one of the guys to help me lug the couch to the dumpster, and I had a few nights of almost peace, even though I was now sleeping on the floor. Despite the amount of spraying and bombing, along with the removal of the fortress nest, they were back within a week as more came in from their ceiling kingdom or other rooms. This was in 2014 and I'm still fighting this war, even after moving back to IL. A freezing winter in the far shed didn't kill all of them, I had an outbreak in early July after they hitched a ride in when I was moving some stuff around in the shed. Hopefully another winter there will finish them off. I now look at the Battle of Macragge in 40k with different eyes than most, the Battle of the Couch bearing an eerie similarity to it.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Forgetting things, common questions include "Where is my coffee ?" (in microwave, on bathroom shelf, in other hand) "Why is there no coffee? (forgot to add grounds before brewing, or added grounds but no water, or drank whole pot without realizing it) "What day is it, anyway?" (personal best thinking it's Saturday the 8th when it's actually Sunday the 16th. Thankfully this hasn't happened in a while) Overabundance of the Sanguine Humor ?
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    Getting To Know You August

    The A team Simon and Simon Dukes of Hazard Loony Tunes Tom & Jerry Roseanne Married With Children Soap Cheers Fraiser Daria Tiny Toons Animaniacs Whenever I watch these again I can see where certain formulative influences came from. I enjoy them as much as ever but sometimes they awaken a sense of nostalgic despair. As we age our minds get locked in at a certain point, and mine is around 1998. So comparing the world depicted in these with the world now can be somewhat jarring as to a certain part of my brain the last 20 years haven't happened and never will. It's disconcerting to say the least when one gets done with bingewatching shows where personal interaction is depicted with a great deal of quickwitted wordplay or friendly insult to step into a reality where conversation above the level of grunting is almost impossible because everyone's nose is buried in their phone and attempts at friendly banter are mistaken for hateful verbal attacks. I find myself in the position of being a grumpy old man some 20 or 30 years prematurely as a result.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I may have found the defilers of the pumpkins. Sighted two raccoons assaulting the bird food in the early morning hours. They managed to escape before countermeasures could be brought to bear, but I am now at least sure that the destruction was not the work of mothman. This is a relief as I won't be needing silver to deal with this problem. I had a very odd dream last night that might make for an interesting rpg scenario.( Answered the door to find Charles Manson trying to sell me overpriced dishsoap and a "business opportunity". Upon waking up I did some research and got hit with inspiration for all manner of insanity.) Basically a multi level marketing scheme makes the mistake of trying to extend it's operations into territory claimed by a doomsday cult. The cultists believe that the mlm are servants of Mammon sent to corrupt the faithful and respond violently. The mlm thinks the cultists are a rival mlm trying to muscle in on their sales and poach their recruits.They respond with equal violence as the "us vs them" mentality promoted by their organisation is applied in ways that none of the higher ups ever saw coming, and the mlm "distributors" have absolutely no clue just what they have now picked a fight with. The leader of the doomsday cult is confused because none of what is happening is in any way close to the scenario he predicted and the cultists are begining to ask some uncomfortable questions. So now he is forced into creative changes in doctrine to explain this and is having to try and fight a war he neither wanted or planned for against an organisation that has more money and resources at it's disposal than the cult does. (Ties to coffee chains, private military contractors, rented and bought public officials, and a local chain of used car dealerships to name a few. All used in creative ways once the "upchain" members of the mlm start getting involved.) The fun continues once the war between these two begins to attract more detailed law enforcement attention to the town, thus interrupting the profitable operation of the local drug dealers and criminal elements. Who then respond in predictable ways against both sides not realizing just what either is or capable of.
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    Gaslands Vehicles

    These began life as cheap dollar store children's toys but then fell prey to my love of post apocolyptic things. A 1934 Ford Hot Rod and a 1957 Corvette. Taking these apart was a much greater pain than I had anticipated, I started with the Corvette, switching the rear tires from the Ford With it's front tires as they were a bit smaller and helps give both a cobbled together look. The patina was a base of Ebony Skin with Black, Oiled Leather, Highlight Orange, Stormy Grey all dabbed on with a piece of sponge. Final dirt is Steel Legion Drab applied the same way. It works, gives the impression of having been a black paintjob originally, which is helped by the light dabbing of Linen White on the sides. The screen inside was a pain in the elf to get glued in.I also drilled holes to show battle damage. A light touch of Honed Steel was used to pick out remaining chrome bits. I used the same colors on the Ford, except adding Linen White to the edges of the patina. This gave a much better effect. The wheels from the Chevy look much more convincing than the original on the back. More Linen White was added to the wheels for the whitewalls. During disassembly the back bottom broke off, so I added a bit of chain to cover the gap. The back window had small bits of a chopped up gift card glued inside as makeshift armor. Spots of the original orange are visible adding to the rust effect. The touch of white difference . Eventually I'm mount weapons on these, but as an experiment in realistic weathering they came out well. In the future though I'll not be taking apart the Maistos.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Probably something along the lines of Garth Ennis's "The Boys".
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    76 days until Halloween.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Anything that has me dealing with the public, small children, or complicated math. I have no patience for these things.
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    Getting To Know You August

    A half a pack of cigarettes and a ring with an interesting curse attached to it. Once touched, it permanently fuses itself to your finger and from that point on the part of me it contains begins to give out a running commentary on the events of the victor's life in the most insulting and obscene way possible. The annoyance caused by this is a cover for the fact that it's slowly leeching the vital essence of the victor, transfering it to me. After a certain point I take over the host with a triumphant cry of "I LIVE.....AGAIN!" Then I go back to whatever I was doing before being interrupted by the PC.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Attempts to ambush the garden raider have yielded no leads. Haven't seen any more female flowers on the vines, but maybe another one will show up. (and be surrounded by barbed wire and spike pits) After several weeks of not finding where I left my painting motivation, it finally emerged once the sunlight began it's "almost autumn golden tone". So I''ve gotten the skin done on the dwarf miners, who have been extremely patient with me about this, although the gaslands vehicles I was working on have been moved back to the "Soon Shelf" as I don't really have any convincing weapon bits for them yet and efforts in scratch building them haven't resulted in anything that I'm happy with. ( I know of a couple places that do weapons in that scale but until the job search succeeds I'm having to fight off the figmentius.)
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    Getting To Know You August

    Had I the funding this is actually my preferred form of "burial". The plan is the be placed in the drivers seat of a 78 Eldorado then gently pushed thru space in the general direction of the galaxy's center. The Caddy would have solar panels attached and a long term battery so that once the play button is pushed on the cd player, the sounds of Elvis will echo into the void near eternally. The point behind all this would be that any other form of intelligent life that encounters it will be extremely confused. Obviously not a space faring vehicle, yet here it is shuttling a corpse across the cosmos, blaring music. The garden gnome sitting shotgun would just be icing on the cake.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It is upon us then, what we've all feared would come....the Clusters Crusade has been declared! On a possibly related note, something uprooted and destroyed the corn last night. I was going to just let it go, what happened to the pumpkins. Let bygones be bygones, but no they couldn't just leave well enough alone. So it looks like I'll be waiting in ambush tonight.
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