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    Back for the first time in ages!

    Yep, it sure did. New one is presently under construction on the same foundation.
  2. So back in October 2017, the night before my first trip to Reapercon, I happened to be on eBay.ca and randomly stumbled across a Ral Partha Shadowrun Feathered Serpent listed by a seller located in Canada. Being the more unusual all-metal variant, the vast majority of them being resin and Ralidium, it caught my interest. Especially being in Canada, because eBay's global shipping program really ramps up shipping costs so it killed my ability to buy from US sellers except at dire need. However, as I needed all of my hoarded money for ReaperCon and travel expenses, I couldn't buy it right then, so I added it to my watch list. Then I went to ReaperCon and forgot all about it. Shortly after I came back home, very exhausted, I fell asleep on my couch with the 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide on my face and woke up around 8 pm. For some reason I felt compelled to check my email, and there was an "item ending soon" notice. So, with 5 minutes to spare, I bought it. Now... my life is weird. Not really super weird, it's just that for some reason my reality operates on the premise of "why do something normal when you can add a weird subplot?" And so it is here, because I discovered that this all-metal beastie was made of lead. I had heard of all-metal Feathered Serpents, but always assumed they were later lead-free production on account of Partha's resin experiment going drastically awry and being unpopular with customers. I had never heard of a lead version, and if asked before getting one I would have guessed such a thing didn't exist. So I had a mystery! To solve this mystery, I needed information. So I started at the first logical place - Lost Minis Wiki, hoping maybe there was a clue to be had. Well, imagine my surprise when the Feathered Serpent there not only resembled mine... it actually WAS mine! The very casting I had in my hands! http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Shadowrun_(Ral_Partha)#10-861 So! Since this creature is presently recorded for posterity as the exemplar on what is currently one of the top resources for old miniatures, and as I am never one to turn away from a weird and convoluted tale, I decided that its long-overdue transition from box to beautiful should also be recorded for posterity. So here we are, and here we go!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have been using the clubs wrong.
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    Ral Partha Shadowrun Feathered Serpent 10-861 (all metal)

    Yes. It is no longer in mint condition on account of the fire that destroyed my house back in July.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    1:1. Fully compatible. She greets visitors at the door. No idea. Soon I hope, but there's a lot of interior work to be done.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Doozers got dispatched to my house, and worked fast. The bottom level is framed in and roofed (technically floored). Quick work for just two dudes.
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    Killer Rabbits: Medieval manuscript art made into miniature

    I never though of Kickstarter as bizarro Wimpy before, but it's apt.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You know too much. How many iron filings are in you?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    They're sprinkles. Special sprinkles. The magnetic attraction is really just magic.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You know the most terrifying things.
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    Paint agitators?

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    Paint agitators?

    She's not joking, she really made me do that when we went to dinner at her Aunt & Uncle's house. I complied mostly because it was a bit out-country and Guindy can shoot faster than I can run.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Ever wonder what the Owner's Manual for a Tiger I tank was like? http://www.alanhamby.com/tigerfibel.shtml
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    Lining 54mm Minis?

    I would line larger figures, just remember that you want the lining to still be thin. So if you were to take a 28mm figure with lining and magically scale it paint and all to 54mm the existing lining would be much too thick. Instead you would line your 54mm as you would a 28mm so the physical painted line is the same actual size but in scale size would appear half as thick because the model is twice as large. What you lose in line definition eye cheat you will make up with your shading/highlighting that will create depth with smoother blending. So if you normally do 28mm with shade, mid, highlight then on 54mm you need to extend it with a darker mixed shade and high mixed highlight on each end, and a transition mix between each colour, making: mixed shade/shade/shade+mid/mid/mid+high/high/ high mixed w white This is more info than the question asks, but I wanted to show the basic premise that as scale increases you get less lining but your transitions need to get smoother. On a bust, if it is a large bust, lining will be very subtle to nonexistent. The work it does in smaller scales is replaced by expansion of your working transitions for more natural looking shade/highlight. To see some examples, look up the big 72mm Sophies in the Reaper store. It might make the wordy explanation more clear.
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    Happy Birthday Chaoswolf

    Tryna sneak one past me, eh? Well it won't work, because I happen to know you have GOOD STUFF! I've been eyeing that old paint for a long time, and I'm going to make this the Happiest Birthday I've ever had!
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    Saga second edition

    Yes. Many 20s. I saw that BP2 was imminent, but I can wait on that since it wasn't front of the list. I just hope the hardback will still come with a (or the) free figure.
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    Saga second edition

    That makes a lot of sense. Thanks, I was wondering why they seemed to have two different games for the same thing. I wasn't actually picky about which of the Warlord Games I started with (primary choices being Hail Caeser, Pike and Shotte, Black Powder, and Bolt Action) but it turned out to be Bolt Action because it was the most readily available. I bought rather a lot of it at Reapercon, but also got the softback rulebook for Hail Caeser. I'm enchanted by all the games and models. I'm not even sure I care if I ever actually play a game, they just look fun to collect.
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    Saga second edition

    So I've recently been seduced into Warlord Games stuff and I'm intrigued by pretty much everything. I'm not clear on the relationship (or difference) between Saga and Hail Caeser! Are they two separate ruleset groups, or is Saga a more precise revision of Hail Caeser? Or the reverse? It seemed to me that HC was the one that covered Crusades and I thought Saga was viking-specific. If you can help me figure out the difference, I'd appreciate it.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Second leaf from the right is what I get when I don't do my drybrushing right. Or maybe I do do it right... I am become The Secret Master!
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    clear-coating bones

    I'd just like to add that my extreme loyalty to the Reaper sealer is because I put it on three metal models that endured the violence of a fire hose, then banged around loose together in a bag, then each got a repurposed CAV blister but otherwise no protection, banged around in those in my carry-on for two weeks and *still* got almost a silver at RCon without any touch-up at all. I think that counts as a durability pass.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I was playing Pandemic 2 today and had a virus start in Canada as a fever. For some reason it was still highly contagious. When it hit Tier II evolution it gained diarrhea. By this time it had spread to everywhere except Madagascar, which had quarantined quite early. Then I put everything into making it resistant to vaccines and environments. 6.37 billion people died of the dreaded Moose Poops. In other news, they finally poured my foundation today. Soon the buildening will be underway. Provided we don't die of Moose Poop Fever.