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  1. buglips*the*goblin

    [SPLIT] Discussion of ReaperCon class labeling and content

    Standardization is largely a linguistic issue because the terminology evolved rapidly post-2000 and techniques continue to evolve. Terminology doesn't necessarily keep up, because new terms only appear when needed. So what happens is that somebody using, say, a glaze, decides to use it for a specific purpose and then has to refine the term in an attempt to explain what they're doing. (So you may suddenly have "shade glaze, tint glaze, shift glaze", etc. appear). This is wholly organic and of the moment, and others doing the same may feel no need to make any distinction at all (it is all "just glazing"). Others might see this, try it, and start using the terms themselves. But somebody else might have done the same thing and given it a different name and have other people using it because they saw it there first. (I think the current contender for most confusion with least definition is figuring out just exactly what "true metallic metal" is because that is a term that covers a whole lot of different stuff presently and there's a lot of play happening with it. The basic concept is clear enough, what techniques comprise it are still in negotiation.) So what happens is that you wind up with five different ways to say the same thing. Eventually one form will become more common and popular, but until it does so organically it cannot be standardized since there's no way to control for usage. There will also be a certain "legacy period" where old usage still occurs because the new usage hasn't rippled through the whole lake yet (thus wash and glaze, two distinct categories from the same original root, still enjoy a measure of confusion - though less than they used to). This is further compounded because when new people join they may inherit terms from one group or the other without necessarily knowing why the terms evolved. Generally in our corner of the hobby the terms are mostly used similarly because we form one community with a shared dialect. But outside of our community in the broader community there may sometimes be significant variance ("we're speaking American; they're speaking English" as the old joke goes). Standardization will likely remain an issue for a long time, though quite a lot now is more standard than ten years ago, so the best thing to do is try to explain things as clearly as possible and if you're one of the confused ones then ask for more details. It's a pain in the butt and not very efficient, but there's not really a way to make it sort itself out until it decides to.
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    clear-coating bones

    I absolutely love Reaper's brush-on sealer. I buy so much of it I'm sure they must be thinking I'm drinking it by now.
  3. buglips*the*goblin

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    The weird thing is that because of how it was spaced out, it actually felt like half as many as last year. If you look in the picture thread for a lot of the con you can see a lot of empty seats in the ballroom.
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    Athena: FeR bust

    Niiice.
  5. buglips*the*goblin

    02691, Striges

    Neat! I bought a bunch of these little guys last year and they're pretty cool models. I found deciphering the details a bit tricky, but you did a nice job on them.
  6. buglips*the*goblin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You can use an x-acto blade, preferably a fresh one that's nice and sharp. Place it firmly but gently where you want to make your cut and instead of trying to slice through, lever the blade back and forth a bit with some very light gentle pressure. This may take a bit of time but it's a safe method and will avoid snapping off any frail resin bits. If frail bits aren't as much of a concern (so it's a nub left on a more solid piece) then you can use more pressure. But remember to let the blade do the work and slowly eat your way through. This will prevent it from suddenly springing forth on the opposite end and jabbing into anything. I used this technique to cut off Diva the Blessed's metal base so it will work for resin and probably not take as many hours to do as cutting through the metal took me.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    We're scaring you to avoid scarring you! You can never have an overabundance of hobby caution if you don't want to be one of the people at conventions who tell grisly stories and show off scars. I have a few in interesting places, which is how I learned to check the chair carefully before sitting down because round x-acto handles can roll.
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    Practice?

    It was a correspondence course, I got assigned to a ship and everything. I even had a diploma but it got lost in the fire. I made it all the way to Lieutenant Commander before I decided to become a CAF Colonel instead. I have levels of nerd in my past you can't even begin to imagine.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Exactly the way I like it. The less I know, the more I know. I think that's called the Freddy Kruegar effect or something.
  10. buglips*the*goblin

    Practice?

    I am a graduate of Starfleet Academy. I know many things.
  11. buglips*the*goblin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Says the lady who cuts towards herself. Every time you use an x-acto blade I cringe and wait for a scream. Stop doing it, it freaks me out!
  12. buglips*the*goblin

    Practice?

    You can also highlight a selection of the post and a small window will pop up that says "quote selection". Which is what I just did here. Much easier than quoting and deleting, especially if you have a mobile phone like mine that if you hold the button goes: delete this thing, then some of the things, then most of the things, ALL OF THE THINGS without any warning. And the sometimes it will delete part of a sentence, get through half a word, and then decide it's done for the day and won't delete any more text.
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    Studio McVey Elven Skirmisher

    Very nice work!
  14. buglips*the*goblin

    Happy Birthday, Tripleh5133!

    Happy Birthday!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You are a heartless fiend, devoid of all pity.
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