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  1. Well, the recommended age is 12+ but we don’t necessarily follow what is typically recommended. The same digit started playing Dominion with us at age 7 and that game is recommended for 14+. It helps that we all play for fun and are not really competitive about it. We do keep track of points and both digits love to total the scores at the end, each checking the others’ math. But generally they are happy for whoever won and look forward to the next game regardless of the outcome. The only sticking point is when both want to take the same action which can lead to disappointment. Luckily in 3+ player games there is a way to copy another player’s action if you can pay the food cost.
  2. Just got Caverna on Sunday and have already played a few times. Both of the digits (ages 8 and just turned 11) are digging it, despite the complexity, the fact that it takes half a day to play and takes up the whole table. Beyond the strategic elements, it is pretty fun with all the different meeple animals and resources. And you can choose a different focus for getting victory points when you start out. Last game, elder digit tried for as many animals as possible while younger digit went for the highest level weapon and kept going on expeditions. The current game, elder is trying to furnish as much of the cave as possible while youngest looks to still be going for weapons. I’ve found success with sowing and harvesting so far, as well as growing my dwarf family. You can play up to 7 players but I imagine it would take you a couple days at least, so beware! Also you can play solo, which I am planning to try out some time soonish.
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    Yet More Mushrooms, insane numbers of pics

    These are awesome! I love how much variety you get by varying the color schemes. I’m also impressed how each base is unique too - clearly each one represents a small but distinct part of your world. And the group shot - it’s like a fantastical family reunion! I’m surprised you got them to pose together with such strong and varying personalities.
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    Mashaaf 77375

    Haven’t posted anything in a while, so may as well break the silence with a WIP. I cleaned up Mashaaf, glued it together and stuck it on a CD base. Didn’t take pics until after the brown liner coat. Then base coated all but the base. The claws and leg things and tail thing got maroon red. The belly got nmm gold shadow. The upper abdomen got a sample purple color and I extended that to the bottom of the tentacles. The face and upper tentacles got entrail pink. The back and body got nightsky blue and the rocks on its back got walnut brown. Finally I used holly berry for the “eye spots” This is where it’s at right now: Probably will need another coat of each but I’ll try to get the base and rocks on the back dry brushed first since that may mess up some other areas.
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    Mashaaf 77375

    Pulled out the pokorny paints to do the rocks. First a heavy dry brush/wet brush of “base grey”. When that was dry (probably should have waited a little longer but ...) did an actual dry brush of “cavern dry brush”. Finally barely touched the tips with “stone edge” dry brush. It’s okay if it’s a bit light right now since there will likely be some darker washes applied at some point.
  6. Better late than never. I started these 3 months ago and finished them about 1 month ago. Finally have a halfway decent photo area again, so I can post pictures! Over winter break, my elder digit and I spent an afternoon playing with some plastic tree armatures from the train store. You have to glue your own flock on to make the leaves, etc. I wanted to make a cluster so I carved some foam into the shape of a little hill and painted white. The trees were not strong enough to punch through the foam though, so I ended up using the glue gun to get them to stay in. More recently we tested out a mini string of led lights and tried trimming the tiny trees. Did not work out great - I lost a lot of foliage in the process and the lights are spaced out too far for the scale - there’s wire all over the place. Oh well, I had to use it after all that work, so it is the background for this jolly crowd. Without lights clise ups with lights “Mood” lighting Thanks for looking!
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    Last hurrah of winter, goblin carolers, reindeer, and Santa

    Spot on! I’m not 3 months behind. I’m 9 months ahead! Thanks for the kind words folks. Here’s a bonus pic of something I sculpted today to fit the theme. Couldn’t fit it into my photo set up though.
  8. Oh wow, I feel so lucky to have been included among such amazing entries!(even if just randomly chosen). It is a huge boost of motivation to keep working to improve. Thanks to SamuraiJack for organizing such a cool event. And thanks to the judges and to Reaper for their support of the contest. You rock!
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    The Last Hurrah Project..Photo Heavy

    I had to peek in here again, and I do have one critique. Bear with me... Needs more mushrooms!!! I think the base is beautiful and adequately fungified, but I look at those bare lonely branches or tree “arms” and I can’t help but imagine a few more shrooms popping up on top. What do you think @malefactus? Is there room on top for a few more little ones? (I’ll be honest, the inspiration pics in the show off thread made me think of this since those mushrooms all seemed to be clinging to some bark or branches)
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    The Last Hurrah Project..Photo Heavy

    Love it in its colorful glory! Eye-poppingly good job!
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    Weekly Bones 3 road to improvment

    Just wanted to chime in and say how much I liked the bases of the werebear and werecroc. They really make the minis seem “finished.” If you know what I mean? And lol “hunny”! Keep up the good work!
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    T'Raukzul in blue

    Ooh, nice color combo there. I was thinking about blue and yellow for my stormwing, so thank you for the proof of concept. I especially like how you did the underside of the wings.
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    Happy Birthday InvisibleThumb !!!

    <Dispels invisibility> Hey thanks everyone! I’m, um, gonna go back to lurking now. <Recasts invisibility>
  14. I chose to paint Kyphryxes (still can't spell it). Rolled the colors mint green, olive green, and fire red. Replaced mint green with alien goo. So this was painted only with the following five colors (and red and green liner): Alien Goo Olive Green Fire Red Solid Black Pure White and here are the results: WIP is here. Kinda petered out at the end. and yes, it is pretty bright in person. Hope my next foray into random colors is a little less stimulating.
  15. I am trying to break out of my lurker mode and post more. I have many excuses for my silence the last few months, one of which is my lack of a good photo set up. So I decided to just take crummy phone photos with the scant natural light angling in the windows across the room. I actually like the results. Especially since you can't see a lot of my poor painting as well. approaching the the hill from the pumpkin patch... Some surprises pop out if the ground. door is open but no one is home. . . Maybe check the other side of the fence BOO
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    Rainbow Dragon challenge: a Sanwah Production

    Ooh tiger dragon would be awesome! There are white tigers too, with hints of orange...
  17. Nice rolls for colors! Go for it!
  18. Stuck my thumb in the box of unpainted bones and pulled out a Kyphryxis. must unbag bag and dry fit, trim mold lines and scrub, but first, the random colors... 15, ah what could that mean? I'll look later. Let's roll another. seven! Good. Nicely spaced numbers. Will look it up in a minute. For the third roll... Well darn gotta wait for the full minute so the time shown is different... Finally! oof! One! Critical miss. Well, it's probably a boring color at the top of the table. Let's see what this means: 15: mint green 7: olive green 1: fire red huh. Whadaya know. Time to go see what I've got for colors... (To be continued)
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    InvisibleThumb's quest to Randomly Rainbow a Dragon is complete!

    Done. I'm ready for my next quest!
  20. Kyphrixis alien goo (replaced mint green) olive green fire red 3 stars
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    Mouse's Mouslings

    Lately I've used a glue gun to fix mine to some old spools. It usually comes off easily enough without problems. Too easily if I take too long to finish a miniature.
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    Mouse's Mouslings

    Go mouse go! Good start. do you have anything that you stick your mice to while painting? I used to glue mine to the end of a unsharpened pencil to hold while painting. With such a tiny figure I can't imagine holding it in your fingers while trying to reach all the parts.
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    Mouse's First Mousling - Reapercon 2017 VIP Mousling - Hot Foot

    Cute little devil! I like the looks of the bubbling lava. And those tiny imps! How small are those!? Good job getting at their tiny features! One comment on the fiery foot (auto corrupt wanted that to say furry foot!) - I have seen before and like the look of fire when it is brighter/yellow at the bottom and more red toward the top. I don't remember if it is more "accurate" or that it sells the idea of fire better. In this case the flame is so small I don't know if it would be feasible, but I would recommend trying it out that way and see if you like it better too. oh, and good job getting the darned little thing photographed!
  24. Went ahead and made a show off thread. Same pics. Now to return to my novel writing for the month...
  25. Here's where it ended up. Eyes dotted, base dry brushed, and those wings shaded a bit more. Ended up sticking to just the five colors. Gonna have to take a break from red and green for a while(until next month anyway)! First the top view of those spots. Broken up by the darker lines, I don't mind the spots as much. Still not exactly the look I was going for, but I'm not inspired to do anything else. Here are he side shots. overall I am happy with how she turned out. Scary enough to counter the Xmas dragon feel.