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    Beholder

    Remember Leonardo Da Vinci: "Works of art are never finished, only abandoned."
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    Beholder

    You hit that one out of the park.
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    Glue Acceleration

    Thanks to all for sharing their experiences and information. I have to admit that I've had such varied luck with CA that I have taken to pinning pieces when I use it, if there is enough "meat" on the parts to allow drilling.
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    Death of General gordon

    Once again, thank you to everybody for the unmerited applause.
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    Glue Acceleration

    On a related theme I have not yet used superglue accelerator, (despite often being very tempted,) as I was told it made joints brittle and weak. Have you found that to be a problem?
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    Balthazar Ironfaith and Halbarad, Crusader Cleric

    Excellent. Especially Halbarad. Very impressed with his face. Because of the position of the book I found that one quite tricky to make a decent job of.
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    77084: Townsfolk: Innkeeper

    The eyes are nicely done, I think. Decently proportioned and with the pupils properly aligned, which is always tricky on figures this size. One thing I find helpful with making eyes look realistic is to float a small spot of dark brown or even black ink into the eye socket before starting. This helps make the eyes stand out and is especially effective with female figures.
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    Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    So glad to know that I am "quirky", instead just a certifiable menace... ..But I doubt that the rest of the group I play with will agree
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Today in 1856 the Victoria Cross was first instituted. It Is Britain's' Highest order of military honours and can only be awarded to members of the Armed Forces and only for "Gallantry in the face of the enemy". (So unlike many medals it cannot be awarded to long-serving senior commanders, unless they actually do something brave themselves!) All the medals have been cast by only one jewellers, Hancocks in London. The decoration is a bronze cross, surmounted by a lion, and the inscription FOR VALOUR. This was originally to have been FOR THE BRAVE, until it was changed on the recommendation of Queen Victoria, as it implied that not all men in battle were brave. The medals are all cast from the barrels of captured cannons. Originally these were thought to be from Russian guns captured in The Crimean War. (Which is the war the medals were first awarded for.) But recent research shows that the guns used are in fact items captured during the First China war of 1840. Only 3 people have ever won a bar, (second award,) of the Victoria Cross. Eight have been forfeited, but none since the start of World War 1. And to date only 1358 have been awarded in total. At present there are only 10 living holders of the Victoria Cross. If you are wearing your VC and are only a private, Generals and everyone else in the services must salute you, and you are not required to return the salute. It is also the first medal to be worn (i.e. on the right) if the recipient has other awards. The recipient also receives an annuity, (originally £10, rather more now!), which is for life and tax exempt.
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    Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Is psychotic a quirk?
  11. I've just spent an enjoyable hour or so going back through all the pages of this thread and catching up on what you all like. Found myself nodding in agreement with nearly everything and scribbling down a few titles to chase up the next time I get near a bookshop. Does Marvin just INHALE books? I thought I had a serious print habit, but I acknowledge my sensei. One thing I was surprised to find missing: Unless I've turned over 2 pages by mistake no one has mentioned "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman. I think these are utterly wonderful books. Theoretically aimed at a young adult audience I found them to be so full of challenging ideas and moral questions that there is serious reading (and re-reading) for anybody. And in addition there are fights, adventures, mysteries and tragedies to move anyone who is not stony-hearted. As well as the original trilogy I have recently read the new book set in the same world "The Book of Dust". Good, but being a prequel inevitably there is a slight lack of tension.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Yes that was about the time he linked up with Mia Farrow, wasn't it? Everything went very suspect after that.
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    80001: Ape-X

    Really good.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Woody Allen used to be funny, very. Some of his magazine articles 40 or so years ago were a riot. But he lost it. Probably too much time with the psychoanalyst. Same problem with John Cleese.
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    Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Pay day!
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    Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    So while I am being bad mannered, yes Stonehenge is well worth a look: And the place I would choose to visit would be Osaka, to see the superb castle, preferably when the cherry trees are blooming.
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    14093: Finari, Crusaders Hero

    A lovely figure and a very useful tutorial, many thanks.
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    Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Sorry if it's bad manners to go so far back up the page, but this: Been fascinated by these creatures since I saw one in a museum when still only a schoolboy. And in 2017 I had the indescribable pleasure of having one snuffle round my boots to see if I had any ants. Not a great picture, but I wasn't going to scare it with the flash-gun.
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    Bones you dont like to see

    Absolutely, quintessentially agree with this.
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    Aversion to returning to 40K?

    Games Workshop: The hobby that makes golf-club membership or buying a yacht feel like the cheap option.
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    Bones you dont like to see

    Slightly ashamed that I got on my high horse a bit earlier. I had no intention of denigrating anybody's taste and apologise for rubbing anyone up the wrong way. As my sculpting skills are strictly limited to repositioning the occasional arm, I'll just tip my pointy hat to Ms Garrity and ... leave it at that.
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    60189: Kevoth-Kul, the Black Sovereign

    Very nice smooth blending. You certainly make me want to attempt this figure.
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    Death of General gordon

    Thank you both.
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    It was only very recently that I realised that Geisel did political cartoons before he started out as a childrens' writer;
  25. I yield to no man in my admiration of Orwell, truly one of the most important writers in 20th. century. But in "The Road to Wigan Pier" he misses one vital event. He's in the town in February 1936 and doesn't attend the Wigan 10 - 17 Liverpool Stanley Rugby League game! One of the all-time classic games! A notable oversight by this otherwise impeccable journalist... Judge Dee is about the only detective fiction I enjoy. Especially like his illustrations.
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