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  1. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Last Reaper order for a few months is done. Feels... weird. But a little time to catch my breath is good. Anyway, some neat WIP projects coming in the new year - I'll be doing 4 Reaper horsepeople to try out my Coat d'Arms horse tone colours, and also a thread for the nifty Reaper "people on thrones" DHL figures. Should be pretty fun!
  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    You can always count on me not to be there. I haven't enjoyed a Star Wars movie in 30 years*. (I'd still put fistfuls of quarters into the vector graphic arcade game given the chance, though) *I enjoy the prequels in French, but that's a different kind of enjoyment
  3. FAKE Star Wars spoilers

    C-3P0 was the true power behind the Sith all along. Due to his childhood connection with Anakin, he was able to whisper poison in his ear from an early age. From there he continued to give terrible advice that caused every single major bit of trouble from then on - including trying to blow the Endor op by convincing Wicket to "do something rather rash" in hopes of alerting the Imperials. I especially liked his final showdown with Chewbacca, where he said "Turn round and fite me, you wooly!"
  4. Ral Partha Shadowrun Feathered Serpent 10-861 (all metal)

    So it's been some weeks, but I finally have some greenstuff. As I mentioned in the previous post, I got some from several different places in the hopes one of them might arrive sooner than the rest... only to have all of them show up within a day of each other. So it took longer than expected, but the good news is I got some very special putty to use on this very special dragon. Like many people here, I have long struggled with greenstuff epoxy putty. It just... never seemed to work out. In the beginning I just mixed it together as it came, later I discovered that you should cut out the middle section where the blue and yellow parts join since that cures quickly. But still it never seemed to work out right. So at Reapercon I met Bob Ridolfi and Julie Guthrie (who are fantastic people, btw, absolutely the best) and took the opportunity to ask them some questions, being's how they'd be the ones to know all about putty. And as it turned out, my problem all along was the putty I was buying wasn't very fresh. In fact, it was very much not fresh. They told me to check back at the end of the con and they've give me some samples of good putty so I'd be able to tell the difference. I didn't take this home in my carry-on on the grounds that squares of weird-looking stuff might cause security delays - perhaps excessively paranoid of me, but better safe than stranded. So @Guindyloo took it home with her and mailed it to me with some other stuff. So now that it's here, I can use Bob and Julie's personal stash on this beastie and find out what good greenstuff should be like! First I had to attach the wings. I removed the tabs from these because they were preventing a snug fit, replacing them with some pins I made from small paperclips. You can see my drill guide markings here in red, two pins per wing: Time to putty! Turns out the good stuff is very smooth and soft, not much trouble at all (thanks, Julie and Bob! ) So I filled in the gaps and smoothed it out a bit: making sure to get it into the underside crevice here: and here Time to make it look like something! The existing detail looked a bit like broccoli base, so I decided to do that. So anyone wondering how to make a broccoli base, this is how you do it. The existing detail is not quite broccoli, but it's easier to go full broccoli with my noob skills than attempt a perfect match. Primer and paint will fill some of it in anyway so when it's finished it should be a decently close blended match. Here is my poking tool: And with it i start poking the GS: And then poke it some more. Done yet? NO! MORE POKING! A lot more! But eventually, if you poke it long enough, it gets to looking right. Pretty easy!
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    "Winter" has been surprisingly snowless so far, but that seems about to change. I've been told to expect FOUR FEET tomorrow. I have Sunny Jim gassed, oiled, prepped and checked out. Edit: wait, maybe it's two feet. Can't remember if they said 60 inches or 60 centimetres. Must be cm, because 60 inches is 5 feet and I'd just give up on life.
  6. Google Hangouts Chatter thread

    I'll be going on in a minute for a few hours.
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    You want some weekend work? I got a guy over in Jersey needs someone to remind people about paying on time.
  8. Movies - Recently Watched or Plan to Watch Soon

    Exactly. It can be any language at all, so long as it's dubbed and has no subtitles. I'm not kidding, any of you who can do this can try it - if you watch them with the dialogue rendered mostly incomprehensible you concentrate more on the music and video to help fill in gaps. Even if you have already watched them a bunch, this trick will work and you'll make up better dialogue and story in your head while losing none of the essentials. It legitimately works, and underneath the terrible, terrible dialogue and story lie some pretty good movies.
  9. Movies - Recently Watched or Plan to Watch Soon

    And you can't even do the trick where you watch 'em in French to make them seem better, because you'll still understand it.
  10. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Beat ya to it. I painted lots of goblins and, since games rely on my imagination, I gave them SUPER POWERS (including the ability to mimic trees). I set up a TerraClips dungeon for them to live in and keep sending in adventurer figures looking for trouble. But then ZIP! BAM! POW! we use our sooper powers to beat 'em up and take all their stuff. Look at me! I'm a Paladin!
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I've lived among hoomans too long. I can never go back home. I've even stopped stealing. Mostly.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    To specifically address the question of a forum split, I can pretty much assure everyone that it is never going to happen. So no need to worry, as an idea it got all the traction of a greased weasel on an ice rink.
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Exactly. There are two sides to the issue: the Get Good side of painting, and the "ay, I'm tryna relax here" side. As a rule they've generally co-existed pretty well, it's just a problem if a forum leans too far one way or the other. In the most technical sense, the gamer painting side are the plankowners. This hobby was born because people who played games purchased little people who had to be painted. It was a necessary evil. People who painted them just to paint them came later. This is why forums that go too far in pushing people to paint high-end have it wrong; they're pushing out the OG-style crowd who laid all the timbers. But, those fancy-pantsers have contributed their share and more to the betterment of all so they have earned a place, too. This is what makes me and @Guindyloo such a good team, because we're one of each. And we get along okay, I guess. I might like her a little bit.
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I agree about being the dumb-but-curious one. At one time I might have even been the "dumb but loudmouthed" one, too. (it is my eternal shame to have argued that synthetics brushes are just as good as Kolnisky sables). The idea of a separate forum section was broached at Reapercon, but did not seem an especially popular idea or good solution. The best solution is to ask for critique if you want It, and mean it if you ask. Outside that, everybody just need conduct themselves as civilized persons/creatures and try to find out what's good for the more shy types. I go on the internet so I know what a special anomaly this place is, but really the only difference between here and everywhere else is that we act civilized instead of trying to eat each other. I'm sure many of you are perfectly flavourful, no offense, but I appreciate the unusually low level of cyber-cannibalism. Especially compared to the wastelands of Twitter... Facebook... or the most dreaded 4chan.
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    You put your finger on it, Doug - once people learn the basics and work up to a competent level, getting to the next stage usually involves chasing down lots of little things that add up. So this might suggest where a bit of demarcation lies in terms of good feedback. When somebody is new and fresh, they don't yet have the basics down. So we want to keep them coming back and keep painting. At this level, few lie to themselves about how good they really are compared to what else they see. So this is a good place for the "come in for some mylk and cookies" welcome. As they get comfortable then our task is to help them figure out the basic elements - lining, layering, making things work together, washes, etc. Teaching the essential tools absolutely everybody eventually has to try out (they might not use them, but they should try them). This is to help them work up to a competent level. At this point they face a choice: do they want to stay there and paint lots of stuff pretty quickly, or do they want to push on? Competent, at least for the immediate, was good enough for me - it meant eating through the horde rapidly enough to keep ahead of it. Some people get bored here eventually, some never leave. But it's at this point where we might be able to identify those who want a bit more out of their paintjobs and can give useful critique, critique that helps chase down all the little paintergeists keeping the bronze from morphing into silver. This way we can adjust the feedback to be more useful. One thing I've seen that's maybe not so helpful is when somebody shows their very first mini and gets a barrage of techniques and information and things to try. They're one mini in, let 'em breathe, they don't need a wet palette yet. Less might be more in that case while they're still figuring things out. Build the complex out of the simple, as it were.
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