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  1. Phoenix Rising

    Dwarven Forge KS5 Back to the dungeon

    I think you'll get your shipment by the time we get our last round. Asia is being pre-packed (i.e. your stuff is getting sorted and boxed near the factory) now, shipment in about 2 weeks. US final shipment arrives in 16 days (to shore or to warehouse I'm not sure, but I'm guessing shore based on timing...). Then it's a week to unpack, pack, and start shipping. Add another week in transit if the shipping estimate is sea travel only. You'll be telling us about golems and elevation and stuff that we won't see for another week... The US has a warehousing facility that's already staffed. It's actually easier for them to get this stuff off their floor, and the overhead is relatively minimal. Paying distributors adds up... EU are the real losers in this as they have to wait for a 5-week ship journey that might have left on Monday China time. They'll receive the equivalent of US wave 2 about the same time everyone else gets their final shipment.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    If the terrapin's equipment is totally separate from the terrapin as it looks like it might be, that's going to be a great set! Love the render.
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    Dwarven Forge KS6 Return to the Caverns

    This KS is going to drain my wallet. I love complex cave builds, and I'm impressed by what's been teased to date.
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    Dwarven Forge KS5 Back to the dungeon

    Latest DF KSV shipping update: at the DF forums Everything has finished production. NA is shipping wave 2, which is encounters 8-14 (maybe unpainted 15 and 13 part 2 according to backer shipping notices), almost all unpainted add-ons except elevation tray and emperor's palace, and some painted add-ons. Remainder arrives in 10-17 days (to US port or warehouse I'm not sure). EU first shipment ship is 2-3 weeks out from Germany, contains pretty much everything NA is getting in the first two waves. AU first shipment is somewhere at sea. Asia will ship complete by 1st week of August. Mideast 3-4 weeks out. Lots of detail on just what's outstanding in the post.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Dreadmere: Terrapin handler Dreadmere: The only part of the Terrapin that's been seen is its pack AFAIK Dreadmere: Herbalist Darkreaches: I can't find the Dark Elf Female Warrior anywhere Darkreaches: Also don't know where the Troglodyte Boss is, though all three Trogs are on the page as 3D renders. We have seen the Carnivorous Pudding, at least in green.
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    I caught mine hiding out in the shelves early, but I know exactly what you mean! Books. In bookshelves. Who'd ever know?
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    It is still uncool to copy rules text and not be up front about it. This is a game they've supposedly spent a lot of time on - and I believe they have on the creative side. But their order of execution, combined with the way they've appropriated text from several places, does not give me confidence as an investor. Have they appropriated anything else? Will someone drain their resources in a copyright lawsuit? The best thing they could do IMHO is to cancel this KS and come back with prepared materials and a more finalized product (and someone who can be clear and consistent in communication...)
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    If it gets to "not sticky" it's good already.
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    Half the wood chairs got converted to round stools, but that's fine IMHO - I have many chairs from DF already, but no round stools.
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    And that is, unfortunately, enough to sink it with me. Copying other peoples' stuff is right out.
  11. I'd like to see giant kings/queens for the giants that don't yet have them - especially stone giant rulers. The existing sculpts are spectacular. Also would love to see sophisticated adventurers and NPCs with African and Middle Eastern appearances. The Overturn KS has me drooling over what Middle Eastern figures could be, and there are rich game settings that use these themes. More Dreadmere; I seriously love the feel of those pieces.
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    I think someone posted above. It's a PVC blend, and they're all pretty much the same. Wash them with warm (not hot) dishsoapy water, scrub with a toothbrush, rinse and let dry. Then you can paint directly on them, or use a brush-on primer, or use Reaper Inks, or...
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    Neutralizing Gloss Varnish?

    In finish, the top layer always wins.
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    Frost Giant 77544 DONE!

    Just - over-the-top spectacular! The icicles are the finishing tough to me. Top-notch paint job, great basing. Wow.
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    Good to know on the coin size. I'm thinking about ordering a Treasury or maybe just the King's Coffers x2. I'm uncertain about my need for treasure hoards; like the dragons they're most often associated with, they're not an everyday use thing. Also thanks for the info in the plastic hot water fix. Makes future concerns much less. For the most part my DF DoD is taking painting priority right now...
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    Did anyone get the Treasury? I'm interested to know if the coins in their piles are as oversized as they look in the previews, or if, like the rats and skulls, their proportions are overblown in the images...
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    Just unboxed mine! My shipment was in pristine condition; don't know what they paid UPS, but the outer box didn't even have a scuff mark on it! Everything was there, except they packed a DS door set instead of the furniture set. Impressions: Most everything I received (Town Crate, Wizard's Study, Dungeon Debris, Torture Chamber, and Temple) was of a very stiff plastic; not Dwarvenite - not heavy enough IMHO - but not Bonesium wiggly, either. Things that could have been wiggly - the throne banner, map, scrolls, or small debris - were perfectly rigid. A few pieces defied the trend. The orrery, cart, throne runner rug, candlesticks and braziers, ladders, and weapon racks were flexible (and warped). My cart wasn't too bad - mostly the hitch. Why, I don't know. It's not the color of the plastic or the size of the piece, though really spindly pieces almost all suffer. Mold requirements would be my guess. My two torture rack legs felt like they would break off - they were stiff, but felt attached by a mostly stressed-out thread of plastic. Some of the stiff plastic was also warped, e.g. the round tables in the Tavern. I'm hoping they'll be better with hot water, but less hopeful than with the softer stuff. The stiff plastic has some leftover roughage - much more than on DF pieces, and of an abrasive nature. Could be sprue or mold break-off points. There are also some occasional mold lines. Some of this is annoying, especially the mold lines on the multi tapped barrel set and the rough tips of the liquor rack bottles. The Temple set is spectacular, and much heavier than the other sets. There's a slight warping on the ends of the two circular floor pieces, but wow! The Torture set is more mixed for me. The Iron Maiden/Sarcophagus bottoms are shallower than I expected, and they don't have a lip to match them to their tops. Not so with the coffins, which are fine. Torture equipment itself will be a welcome addition to dungeon scenery, but the skeleton and mummy don't do much as they're limited to being props for the scenery. There are itty-bitty tiny pieces in these sets! I mean, really really small. The skulls and rats are especially miniscule - as in, actually to scale for a regular rat! Some of the small pieces like to hide in bigger pieces; I had to dig some books out of a bookcase. I love these little detail pieces, but they're going to have to find a special bin in my storage. The poop no longer looks like a horse dropping; it now resembles a small pile of coal, which is I guess why it's in the blacksmith set to begin with...
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    I'm going to continue watching this. The thought of picking up an entire campaign worth of Middle Eastern figures is really interesting, but it seems a bit risky...
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Duergar, the evil Underdark Dwarves, have an innate enlarge ability. So you get regular and extra-beefy versions of the smiter...
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    On stiffness, Dwarvenite is generally a much firmer plastic than Bonesium. If the Mantic material is between the two I'll be fine.
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    Mantic Terrain Crate

    Yeay! A forum I can post in for my TerrainCrate order! I got in late via BackerKit so I can't post on KS. I'd say order is completely random, since mine is arriving Monday via UPS and I only got in on pre-order. Town Crate, Wizard's Study, Dungeon Debris, Torture Chamber, Temple, and DS Furniture are on the way. I regret not ordering the campsite and will probably get one or two once they show up in retail. Bed pallets and tents are useful things in most adventures.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I'd also prefer with Caribou.
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    Tips for light wood tones like natural oak/pine?

    Thanks for the start on this! Here's what I wound up with for an Oak... I'm working on DwarvenForge pieces, so the starting material is dark, not white Bonesium. Base coat in Leather Brown. Wash in Chestnut Brown, trying to get a decent coat in crevasses but not much on top. Re-wash lightly in Leather Brown - don't want too much Chestnut... I didn't have the rest of the Warm Brown triad, so followed with a liberal drybrush of 2-pt Leather Brown to 1-pt Pokorny Stone Edge (equivalent to one of the yellow bone colors I think). Highlight with Desert Sand light drybrush - liked it more than the Khaki. The result is a bit sandy compared to the image, but pretty decent; perhaps a bit more Chestnut on the wash isn't so bad... Inside of a wagon wheel for testing... For the yellower Pine, the Golden Blond looks like a good option for the first drybrush. A final wash of Leather Brown might work to yellow up the tone if that's not available.
  24. I'm wondering what people use to reproduce natural or light varnished oak and pine wood. Darker woods and weathered wood aren't too difficult with Reaper's paint selection, but I can't seem to find the right combo to get anything close to natural oak or pine - either the "neutral" light wood color of oak or the yellower tones of pine and varnished oak.
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    89004 - Pathfinder Goblin Warchanter

    Thanks for the feedback! Yeah... I had noticed that from others' painting and from my comparative lack of contrast in my LTP2 figures. I moonlight as a nature photographer; while eyesight is an issue for me, I'm good on colors and tend toward understatement or "natural" as much as I can get away with in the market. For figure painting, picking up the highlight/shadow levels is going to be an ongoing lesson. Hopefully I'll be reminded of that until I get it right!
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