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    Wherever I lay my hat...
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    Travel, photography, miniature painting and modelling, reading, a little wargaming and role-playing. Oh, and fishing of course. Lots of fishing. ANY sort of fishing. Fresh water or salt, game, course, with fly or bait. Just.... FISHING!

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  1. paintybeard

    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I wondered if this was a reply to todays question... redambrosia is printing black kittens
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    Katarina, Hasslefree Miniatures

    Lovely figure and good colour choices. I do hope the "problems" Hasslefree had with this kickstarter will not prevent them from doing a second one.
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    Hellboy Boardgame kickstarter by Mantic

    Somewhat aggrieved to see this is already being advertised by Wayland Games at a heavily discounted price.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Dilvish echoes my feelings exactly. They sound like a good idea if you want to make a hundred repeats of one figure. But I want a hundred different figures...
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Definitely Dog.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Size of box? Likely to cause a minor shift in the Earths axis of rotation.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Not if it means I have that weird upside-down smile face he is always pulling. And definitely not if it means I make unjustified accusations of child assault.
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    50029: British Colonial Riflemen again!

    "Zulus! Fahsands of 'em!" Very nicely done.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Sadly breathalyzer tests are mandatory, and regular blood tests. Since "Amoco Cadiz" and "Exxon Valdez" nearly all tankers have been dry ships. Hammock and rum tester.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Thank you for your interest. Yes Cruise ships do have stabilisers and they do their best to avoid the nastiest bits of weather. (4,000 people being seasick at the same time just isn't much fun.) And there is only one cure for seasickness. (Sit under a tree. ) The VLCC's I sail on can cope with most weather, but there is a big difference between when they are loaded and when they are in ballast. It takes a lot to make things uncomfortable on a loaded tanker, but when unloaded we are so high out of the water that saying is: "They roll on wet grass". We don't have stabilisers or anti-roll gear so things can get rough. The only good thing is that being so broad in the beam we take very long, slow rolls. (And yes, we are so long that the fore end can be rolling to port while the aft end is going to starboard.) Basically even the biggest most stable ship cannot beat Mother Nature. If you really hit bad weather, head into it and do the slowest speed that will keep steerage way. I got stuck behind Hurricane Katrina in the Yucatan Channel on a 250,000 ton ship. Just sat there for 3 days, doing half speed and going nowhere, until she decided to move. Poor old New Orleans. Plenty more tall stories where that came from!
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    But what happens to the paint pots when the ship rolls? I bring a few paints and cheap figures away with me most trips. Anything more than about Beaufort 4 and the faces start looking decidedly wonky.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Of course, I see cruises for the other side. Human beings: aka the most difficult cargo there is. I've never worked on a cruise liner, but I have failed a job interview. This was for Holland America Line. I passed all the technical stuff, but then they put you in a room with a couple of elderly lady actors, who are dressed up as passengers. They ask you the sort of daft questions that passengers are known for and you have to answer about 30 minutes while keeping a straight face. I was in hysterics after about three questions, so no job for me!
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I'd say The First Duke of Wellington, but I doubt that he would condescend to talk to me. ("The Scum of the Earth, enlisted for drink.") So perhaps George Orwell.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Best of three is it? In that case be here again: And as close as this to something beautiful: