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  1. Xiwo Xerase

    Getting To Know You August

    So this question originally came from two different thoughts: I recently rewatched the movie "War Games" and my appreciation for it changed. I'm not sure if it's simply because I'm older or if it's that I've been exposed to more movies and the like and can identify tropes better. My wife loved the original "My Little Pony" growing up. We watched the DVD of the first season of the original series. At some point, we started playing "Spot the animation fail." Her appreciation of it hasn't changed significantly but she's more aware of the technical failings. My favorite show growing up was Doctor Who. I used to stay up late to watch it on Maryland public television. I rewatch episodes (or stories or whatever you want to call them) every so often. They make good background noise. One thing I've realized is that the production values aren't necessarily great (although I believe they're pretty good for the budget they had). I'm not allowed to criticize shows or movies simply for being campy anymore. The stories aren't necessarily great either but a show can't always have great stories. Is it still fun to watch? Sure. Do I regret buying all of the DVDs? No.
  2. As part of my tour through the Reaper MSP skin triads (and eventually the HD and Bones skin paints), I decided to tackle the Fair Skin triad next. This might have been a bad idea. Oh well, nothing ventured... Thus far, I have painted her skin and done the base coat for her hair. This time out, I'm trying to paint one section at a time, so everything else has only seen a Brown Liner wash. (This will hopefully help me keep track of what I've painted.) Her skin has been done using the Fair Skin triad. I tried using 09069 Rosy Highlight to put some red on her cheeks but I don't think it's worked well so far. Her lips, fingernails, and toenails were done using a mix of 09067 Rosy Shadow and 09279 Fresh Blood. Her hair is thus far painted with 09071 Chestnut Brown. These are the colors I currently plan on using for midtones: 09047 Fair Skin will be the midtone for her skin 09071 Chestnut Brown will the midtone for her hair and her staff 09030 Leather Brown will be the midtone for her corset, leather jewelry, sandals, and the wrap on her staff 09226 Peacock Green will be the midtone for her dress 09430 Polished Leather will the midtone for her pouch 29846 HD Spruce Green will the midtone for the beads on the leather cords (or I assume they're beads) I haven't decided whether I will use Peacock Green or Spruce Green to paint the orbs (one in her staff, one in her hand). The base will probably feature a gray-ish paint (e.g. 09433 Mountain Stone) and some hints of moss via the Moss Colors triad. Things I need to do with the skin and face: Review it with less tired eyes and make changes. Deepen some of the shadows. Any suggestions? My instinct is to try using 09044 Tanned Skin or 09045 Tanned Highlight. Clean up around her lips and her fingernails. Add a shadow between her toes. Fix her eyes. I thought her right eye looked fine but, ye gods, in the picture... Her left eye got hit by a pool of Rosy Highlight when I was trying to glaze her cheek so the pupil/iris needs to be redone. (I may try to add an iris in the style of dks' eye tutorial if I have to go back in and redo the eyes.) I believe the sclera looks fine. I should probably do these before I do more work on her hair lest I forget.
  3. I worked more on her face last night and on the stone atop her staff and basing tonight. (Click for larger versions) Her bottom lip needs a little cleanup work. Darkening the shadow under her lip should do it. Otherwise, I'm willing to call her face done for now. I think the stone on her staff looks good. So, from here, the orb in her hand and then cleaning up her hands.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Staying up late to do just one more thing... ... And now it's 3 am. (Note: I did stay up late last night to get some painting in but I was in bed by 12 am.)
  5. I spent my hobby time Monday night glazing Fair Shadow and Fair Skin on her face. I think there's an improvement but there's still more work to do. (As usual, clicking on the images will show you a larger version.)
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    Getting To Know You August

    Bicycle repairman! (Or the IT equivalent thereof.) I'm not really familiar with the Marvel universe at all but I figure there have to be support personnel behind many of the superheroes or their organizations, and that's probably where I'd end up.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Sales. I'm not very good at giving people irrational reasons to buy things. I'm also not very good at approaching people these days due to social anxiety, fatigue, and introversion. Cold calling is a special subset of Hell sales.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    More for me! Stash has a bergamot and lavender tea, which is lovely. (Bergamot is the flavoring used for Earl Grey.) I'm also very partial to jasmine and mint teas. Our local tea shop has a blend of jasmine green tea and blueberries. I drink mostly sencha and genmaicha at work, although I'm out of genmaicha right now so I've been drinking hojicha instead. My wife and I watched a Let's Play of it. It is an amazing game and it's not a game I would play myself. Hatoful Boyfriend is a much more standard VN-type game with its own interesting quirks. And birds. I need to find more peppermint hot chocolate mix. I'm trying to avoid sugared liquids. I bought two 2 L tea pitchers for iced tea. They work like this: Brew 1 L of tea at double strength (usually this means twice the amount of tea at the same length of time). Pour into pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice cubes. Shake. I also splurged on an expensive Breville tea maker (although it was refurbished, so it was not quite so expensive) so I can tell it to steep the water for x time at y temperature. And I don't have to worry about the tea oversteeping! By the way, if you oversteep genmaicha (for like 20 minutes), you get tea that tastes kinda like black coffee. I don't recommend it.
  9. Blushing her cheeks is also on my todo list. I've gone over her cheeks with layers of Rosy Highlight and I think I can see a slight difference in hand. Again, this is something I'll work on once I've fixed her face.
  10. I was thinking of using Linen White instead of ivory for her highest highlights but that's a later step. First, I need to fix her face. I haven't been able to paint since I took those pictures. I'm hoping to paint some tonight.
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    Getting To Know You August

    First off, defeat. There's no reason for me to risk my life for someone else and there's no point in fighting beyond the point where I can't possibly win. I would give the PCs my armor, my sword, some potions, and the sheet of parchment that details my duty in this whole mess, and hopefully shows I'm not culpable for whatever the villain has done. And then I go retire and open an alchemy shop, selling potions and such to adventurers.
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    RC2018 rides thread

    That's about 30 minutes before I'm supposed to arrive. My current plan is to hang around the shuttle pickup area until 3 pm or we get enough people/luggage to fill a shuttle, whichever comes first.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I despise "Brand New Key" by Melanie. I'm sure there are worse out there though.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have a consultation with an oral surgeon this afternoon, so I'm skipping lunch. I may regret this. (I always feel bad about people poking in my mouth after I've eaten but before I've brushed. This is why I try to schedule my regular dentist visits as early in the morning as I can. Maybe I should've brought a toothbrush to work. Too late now.)
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    Getting To Know You August

    I am rather fond of Frankenberry. When I was a kid, this was available year-round. Now, it's only released around Halloween. I don't eat cereal (or breakfast) much any more. I'm not allowed to buy cereal because I will have one bowl and then the rest of the box will go stale before I think to have more.
  16. Well, I did some work on her face. I think I now know what I need to do. (You can click on the pictures to see larger versions.) Her face is mostly Fair Highlight at this point, which just doesn't look right. The picture on the left looks better because her left arm is blocking some of the light. I need to bring most of her face back down to Fair Skin, or maybe 1:1 Fair Skin:Fair Highlight, so her face has actual contours. (Or I suppose I could add lining around the edges of the highlight and pass it off as a mask...) Also, it looks like I should lighten her lower leg slightly. There's a little too much contrast there. I also realized why the stone in her staff doesn't look right. The highlights are placed as if the stone is translucent but it's not. It's supposed to be solid. As a polished stone, it should have sharp highlights (although not as harsh as metal) and the highlight should be a flat horizontal line. Two weeks to go.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I presume they're being replaced with a new set of paints or they're being merged into the Bones line. The Bones LTPK sets both currently contain HD paints, although they've changed the paints before. (My Bones LTPK #1 has a different set of paint than what the set currently contains.)
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    Getting To Know You August

    "Lord Bumbersnazzle the Third".
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    Getting To Know You August

    "All this technology and it still takes forever to get anywhere."
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    14352: Unforgiven, Crusader Grunt

    This is 14352: Unforgiven, Crusader Grunt, a metal Warlord mini sculpted by Bobby Jackson. The WIP thread is over here. I was aiming for a tabletop quality job following the lessons of Bones Learn To Paint Kit #1, more practice than adventure. The base is supposed to resemble snow-ish and features a small amount of 09689 Sparkling Snow on the base. (I believe the basing is a Liquitex texture gel, probably resin sand.) Constructive criticism and comments are welcome.
  21. He's on a slotted base. I believe (but am not certain) all of the Dungeon Dweller minis released by Reaper are on slotted bases.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Well, if I were a supervillain... First, I wouldn't be a villain. I'm just at odds with social norms, for reasons. I have my own morals, my own code of conduct, and it just happens to conflict with whatever society calls normal. Oh, and I'm probably a mad engineer. Mad! But polite. (Because science requires documentation.) Powers of invention, electricity, and maybe ether! "Ether is the underlying fabric of the universe!" And, annoyingly, I'm right more often than I'm wrong. (So, yeah, I'm a fan of the Sons of Ether from Mage: The Ascension.) But.. a name... A title. Something not pretentious. (Something that doesn't sound like I cribbed it from a steampunk-ish group or artist.) "Doctor Ether" is nice and too the point. Maybe I'll think of something better later. It depends. Anything I cook from ingredients, I season, but I'm sure that's not what's being asked. Most of the canned soup I eat is New England clam chowder, without any additions. It doesn't need any. I tend to eat other canned soup without any changes. I've been known to add croutons for soup, but only rarely.
  23. I haven't had the opportunity to do much painting. Last night was my first real chance. I spent the evening working on finishing her staff and starting work on her orb. For the work I did, I feel the larger stones need more work, especially the one at the top of the staff. I think I'm afraid of working on her face. Since I have other skin touchups that need to be done, I should really just go ahead and do it. Especially since I'm on a deadline now. Three weeks and change to ReaperCon.
  24. I picked out 14352 Unforgiven, Crusader Grunt to practice the lessons in Bones LTPK #1. I'm aiming for "tabletop" quality with this paint job. Here's the miniature with most of the basecoating done: The colors in use are: 09050 Antique Gold for the gold accents 09052 Shadowed Steel for the armor 09053 Honed Steel for the sword 09056 Templar Blue for the edge of the tabard, the sword hilt, and the edge of the tabard (or whatever that is) 09064 Brown Liner for lining between the blue and yellow on the tabard 09074 Palomino Gold for the tabard and the undercoat for the gold accents 09110 Oiled Leather for the belt 29843 HD Solid Black for the black The white patches on the tabard are 09108 Brush-on White Primer because I scraped off the paint there. (I got some basing material stuck there, decided I'd paint over it, and then decided to scrape it off and make it look better.) My next tasks are to repaint the reprimed parts of the tabard after the primer cures and fix any painting errors before moving on to the wash portion of the exercise. (Any shadows you see in the pictures are probably a result of the lighting rather than any painted effects.) After I'm done with this, I suppose I should paint Sir Forscale.
  25. Finally posted the Show Off thread for this crusader.
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