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  1. Nunae

    Complaints Department

    Don't put it all on yourself. It's really disrespectful of your players to interupt you like that. If they have criticism of your DMing, they should talk to you about it like adults, not do stuff like that. Might also be that you have different expectations of the game, and your players see it as a primarily social thing with DnD as a backdrop, while DnD is the main event for you. I had a similar problem where my more combat-focused and extroverted players would chat with each other during RP sequences, especially if they were focused on specific characters. It wasn't with ill intent, but it was still interuptive and disrespectful to both me and the player who was trying to have their "moment". Talked about it, solved it mostly, now I just sometimes have to remind them in session.
  2. Nunae

    Best Version of DnD?

    I'm right now in a bit of a preparation marathon. My players have finally reached an exit from the Underdark, and are now free to do as they wish before being nudged back into dealing with the Demon Lords. Quite a few have expressed interest in going to their characters' homes, to either research the Demon problem, to find help or to simply show their loved ones they are still alive. And while I have a rather good time fleshing out the cities they are from, writing NPCs, potential social conflicts between them and the likes coming up with combat opportunities really doesn't come natural to me at all. I do finish some areas of my game (I'm well aware that they might not go everywhere and do everything), and then I constantly have to go back because there is next to no combat involved. Sure, they could start murdering the friendly NPCs, but as far as I know my players they won't. Right now I have some corpses which were donated to the University of Silverymoon for research purposes just randomly animating (due to Orcus being nearby on the material plane), a fact which the wizard in charge of the Necromancy faculty tries to hide. She is not at fault, but rightfully assumes that noone would believe her. Might try to do something Graz'zt related in Silverymoon, but that can turn awkward quickly. Sundabar, where our fighter is from, is easier. The city is already pretty orced up in the 5e timeline, they were slowly rebuilding but do now suffer again from orc and drow raids, due to them being forced from their homes by the demons. Sundabar also seems to have an underground lake and magma source, so I have weird two-headed watermonsters and Kuo Toa come up from down there, which could again make for an interesting dungeon. Those are the two closest to where the party popped up from the ground, and the wizard and fighter have expressed the most interest in going home. Any other ideas for actual fighting are appreciated, I want to show the players that the demon incursion isn't just an isolated Underdark problem, but has real consequences for the places and people they love as well, without just throwing demons themselves at them everywhere they go. If anyone has good ideas what else could happen in the Silver Marches (there are white dragons and werewolves as well, aren't there?) or how Graz'zt's corupption could be felt other than a sudden increase in extreme adult parties feel welcome to reply. Doesn't have to fit with any sort of Driz'zt book or other FR bibles, but I am using the maps and rough descriptions of the Sword Coast, so I'm kinda bound to the terrain and people living there.
  3. I do agree with you as far as the actual miniature scene is concerned, but not when it comes to digital sculpting with no intentions to bring it to the real world (movies, video games, digital art). I think a lot has to do with digital sculpting for our particular hobby is relatively new and artists need to adapt. Sculpting digitally is quite different, and while there might be short cuts that you don't have in reality (and neat things like saving a back up before you try something out that might go terribly wrong), it takes time to master. People who have been painting or drawing on paper for years also don't learn Photoshop over night. Artists from a digital background might have more experience with the software, but need to figure out how to pose their figures for printing and mold making and how much detail will translate at what scale. All that while the printers themselves are constantly evolving. I'm pretty sure in a few years we will see miniatures sculpted digitally that look just as good as those sculpted in reality. Good example for me are some of the unpainted Wizkids miniatures: they look super detailed in render images, with tons of little bags and pouches on their belts, but the final product doesn't read those well at all. And while that of course doesn't apply to the Reaper sculpts I have seen, digital programs help you to get to something close to decent without really knowing what you're doing by using examples already in the program/ready to download and reposing them/putting stencils and stamps on. While working with all the tools is of course valid, one does need time, experience and training to produce something really good. Digital sculpting might give you the illusion that you did something already kickstarting, because a beginner's result from starting out with an already anatomically correct human does look better than a beginner's work starting out with a bunch of wires.
  4. Weapon size etc is of course a matter of taste. Personally I'm not in love with those guard miniatures in the core set (nr 14 and 15, 416-418), though they are probably very useful for gaming. Bones already doesn't look as good for human sized minis imho, so making the detail not as intricate and weapons more robust is preferable to me opposed to having bendy weapons or soft/mushy detail. I don't really support the notion that modern miniatures are more cartoonish and video-gamy, I feel like there are plenty of sculptors who go with a more historical take on weapons and gear. And as others have said, the rendered turntables look unnaturally smooth and too perfect. Imho that's the medium and the fact that it's not photographed in reality. My Zbrush stuff also always looks kinda weird, because if something is smooth, it's really, really perfectly smooth in a way real things aren't. Also, if lighting and shader aren't super fine tuned and time-consumingly calculated, a rendered image will always look more like a cartoon than reality.
  5. Nunae

    Bones and Vallejo primer

    I do use Vallejo Brush on primer (never spray primer onto Bones, unless it's brush on primer through an air brush) and it's doing what I want it to. No complaints. I'm pretty new to this hobby though, so I haven't tried out all the primers to give a good comparison.
  6. Nunae

    Complaints Department

    Oh, here we go: Germany doesn't really have Hobby/Gaming stores either. We have GW. And some tiny stores with Magic cards. There are some, who luckily also sell online, but most bigger cities don't have their own. DnD community is really small. All the people I know playing were either introduced by me or brought in by my players. Worked out great, I have a nice group, but took us a year to get started. I'm really not looking forward to moving one day. That's were a FLGS would come in really handy. Wizkids basically unoptainable in Europe. I do love Bones, but for some of the official creatures like the Beholder or the Umberhulk I would really enjoy those miniatures to those prices. My go-to domestic online retailer is really having troubles keeping up with stock. They have infos on the product pages like "available agian in 2-4 weeks" but those are basically never true. Wanted the GF9 Zuggtmoy from them, ordered it, 2 months later they tell me they aren't even sure if they will get her again, much less when. Not sure how much blame is on them vs the suppliers, still frustrating as horseradish.
  7. This project is in it's last week. I bought the existing A4 book, which is quite nice. The maps are universally useful (some more than others) and the book seems durable. The campaign did unlock another A4 and A3 fantasybook (there are two of each now).
  8. Nunae

    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    I did paint 7 Wizkids miniatures as my Drow warriors recently. Was quite an experience. Some had pretty decent faces, some looked more like those horror figures where mouths and eyes have grown shut. Mold lines are pretty bad on all of them, to the point where I gave up on them. What bugs me personally more is that quite a few of them had pretty big gaps. I'm not sure if they were cast in separate pieces and glued together, but it was bad. Quite a few of my elves were from early releases though (the more recent ones somehow haven't made it to European markets yet), so I can't speak for the newer ones. Btw, has anyone sighted the newest wave yet? It is supposed to release in May. It's the one with the Slaad, the Owlbear, the Elementals and more indoor decor (e. g. some sort of evil altar and witches' den accessoires)
  9. I'm very happy with the Jade Fire Orc Ladies. I will probably purchase the middle 3 in retail again and have a nice little warband at my hands. I would like to see a turntable or at least larger picture of those giant ladies. The detail isn't that easy to see on those tiny pics. Personally I don't care about the caribou either way, but I get that people liked it in the concept art.
  10. I like them, though I would like the option to pledge for a typical 7 pc set. I do already own more dice than I need, so I don't really need extra d6 or d20. But this explains why those sets are more expensive than the sets in their webstore.
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Had that same experience with my domestic online retailer and the campsite set. Got an e-mail notification they were in stock, I was unsure if I want it and waited a day, then they were sold out. Got a notification again, apparently someone returned theirs. Bought that up instantly.
  12. I would like to see some prisoners/slaves for fantasy settings. Preferably multiple races and genders. In many adventures I have read or run you either free, escort, take or become prisoners at one point, so they would be a good addition to the already existing civilian fantasy miniatures we got.
  13. I backed this. I don't have a color printer, and buying and then printing A3 Maps (A2 would be even more crazy, prizes just explode at that size) is even more expensive. Plus the book system is quite genius in my opinion.
  14. Nunae

    Best Version of DnD?

    That cover is just, wow. I don't know where to begin. One can see that this is an old book by the way that lady is lounging herself over this computer monitor. Modern monitors are obviously inferior, draping yourself over a flatscreen just looks weird.
  15. Nunae

    identifying dragons from Bones 1,2 & 3

    Ah, I remembered correctly, there WAS a thread about dragon colors in here somewhere. Could someone of you dragon-owning people maybe help me out regarding the base sizes of those dragons above? I'm okay with dragons not being perfectly sculpted to fit a round foot print and needing a calvalry base or something. I know of the little triangle thingies, but I'm still having trouble gauging their dimensions other than height.