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  1. Troglodytes?

    There have been a lot of troglodyte interpretations in D&D and Pathfinder over the years, but by and large they have spent most of their time looking like slightly smaller, less fierce (but doubly smelly) lizardmen. My favorite trog models are those from Otherworld, which look like 1st Edition trogs, but are very pricey. I assume this pic in the post above mine is from 5th Edition? Not sure I like that design at all. Then again, "troglodyte" is a word originally mean to denote cavemen, so really they should have looked more like Morlocks all this time.
  2. Skeletal Centaurs

    Those Rackham models were great. I grabbed up three of the centaurs before my FLGS ran out. Very hard to find now. Privateer Press has some skelatish centaur types in the Cryx faction, but they are cyborg/steampunkish. And pricey.
  3. Twisted Films

    Even MST3K could barely make Warriors of the Lost World tolerable. You've no doubt seen Hell Comes to Frog Town? That might be my favorite Road Warrior-esque dumpster dive from the period. Made tolerable by the humor and the presence of Roddy Piper. (And that cool pink panel van.)
  4. Twisted Films

    I have a pretty encyclopedic knowledge of bad movies myself, having been a slavering fan of them since I was very little. But there is one weird flick that I cannot seem to find again, no matter how hard I Internet it. It was some sort of alien invasion flick, but with just one alien. This was late 'seventies or very early 'eighties. What I can remember is, there is an isolated house, perhaps a farmhouse, and a youngish guy and his girlfriend or young wife go there for the weekend. I think just for the weekend. Turns out some humanoid, kind of fish-looking alien has crashed in the woods nearby. I have no idea why it needs to terrorize anybody who comes near to the house (except "plot"), but it does, and it has this weird sucker-mouthed bio weapon thing that it flings like a parasitic shuriken, and it flies around and attaches itself to people, and... I don't know... my memory is hazy... it sucks their blood? Eats them? I can't remember. Anyway, it reads a bit more like a slasher flick than an alien invasion movie. The alien thing basically picks off random characters, and I think (spoilers) the girlfriend/wife is the only survivor. I'd like to find out what this is. I remember, even at the tender age of 9 or 10, thinking this was a pretty bad movie with rather horrible acting. But at the same time, there were elements I found intriguing, like the bio weapon/pet shuriken. UPDATE: The internets is telling me now, after all my searching, that this flick might be 1980's "Without Warning," starring Jack Palance and Martin Landau, both in the midst of their "take any role" days. It seems like it might be it, sans the farmhouse, but maybe they just find a farmhouse when they are running from the flying shuriken. Again, my memory is fuzzy.
  5. Question for the comic-book folk.

    There was a time - long, long ago - when I would have said to bag and board them all, but to be honest, very few books since about 1992 or so actually hold any, or have increased at all in value. Leading up to that time, the industry moved to a business model that essentially killed true collectibility. I won't go into detail. You can Google for "Direct Sales - comic books" or similar, and get a feel for what happened. That leaves the question of what comics you got, and when they were printed. Titles and age would be helpful to know.
  6. Keeping a mixing tray clean

    Well, probably most would recommend using a wet pallette. I do not use them often myself, but if you're going to be painting marathons, you'll find this suspends drying time, and allows you to store your pallette between sessions, saving you paint and time. They're pretty cheap, and only require occasional maintenance (like, between projects). I personally do not have any issues with cleaning out those cheap plastic trays/pallettes you get at Michaels. Even caked on paint comes off after a night in the Simple Green. Not sure what is causing your issue - maybe the supermarket brand is not the right kind of plastic? Steel wool is bad, since it will give the plastic "tooth" - the rough grooves will actually cause the paint to stick better to the tray. On the other hand, you can still use a dirty pallette; I often use the same chunk of plastic for days and days before switching to a new one. Your old paint will not interfere with your new paint, or shouldn't, as long as it's dry. It's not pretty. Some people feel it's distracting, but there you go. As to sitting and painting for 6 hours+... You really should take a break. Trust me. Take breaks.
  7. Color Palette -- Are There Trends?

    Hmmm... I would argue that color trends in the broader world at large do not as directly or closely affect color trends in our specific hobby. I am sure they affect it to some degree, as that would just follow human nature. Human see = human do. But I think color trends in our particularly hobby are more directly influenced internally. For instance, I also joined in on the aforementioned green and red scheme boom, and I happened to be very conscious of it at the time. My feeling then, as now, was that its presence was largely due to the rise of Saga and a few related historical games, and the prevalence of that color scheme in the studio models and on package art. Your Google searches of the time would have brought up more and more models in that sort of scheme, and I think it just perpetuated itself. In this hobby, most of us stare at other peoples' work a lot. We're all going to lean toward the best of it, or what strikes us most. And that is going to push many of us in the same direction a lot more than the color of a station wagon or a cola can. Not that those things don't have their place, too; we might reference them on modern pieces. But which are you more likely to incorporate into painting robots? A scheme you've scene in Star Wars, or a color from a bicycle you saw riding down the street yesterday? I'd say you're more likely to lean toward the thing that is more relative and more exciting. For most of us, that would be Star Wars, or related.
  8. November Hobby Goals!

    Didn't have a super spooky October. Kind of sad about that. Working on getting a bunch of minis and terrains together for a post-Halloween (hopefully November) CoC game.
  9. Lidless Eye Hobbies: A Nurgly Orctober

    Nice! Very Halloweeny! Much appreciated.
  10. 77318 Bookshelf

  11. 77137 Sarcophagus

    Uh-oh... Dracula got out.
  12. I've seen this, on occasion, when brushing on sealant. I don't think brand of paint or sealant is the issue. I've seen it happen with all combinations of GW/Reaper/Vallejo/P3/Army Painter paints and sealants. I've never been able to conclusively root cause it, myself, but I can tell you that having experienced this is why I am very, very careful to use a clean brush and to very gently seal with tiny amounts of sealant at a time. My best guess is that when we gob on too much, and humidity or cold damp, or whatever conditions are just right, the paint can temporarily reactivate, and the brush will take it off. I think we're fooling ourselves when we pretend that any of these acrylic brands is somehow itself the culprit. They are not so dissimilar as we'd like to think. To paraphrase Vincent Vega, "This xxxx's freaky, but it happens."
  13. corpse minis?

    How "corps-ish" are we talking? Like... been there a long time corpse, walking corpse, or fresh casualty? If the latter, most historical games have casualties for various human units. Halflings would be harder to find. If one of the former, Reaper has that halfling skeleton. You could take it off the base and pose it like it's been lying there for a long time.
  14. It is my experience that gregarious people making plans with strangers in fabulous, far-off lands rarely, if ever, honor said plans. Especially if they have a less-gregarious, tag-along friend to worry about and to entertain. The more detailed and extravagant the plans, the more likely a flaking will occur. I quote Toad The Wet Sprocket: "Half an hour later... we'd packed up our things... said we'd send letters... and all of those little things... They knew we were lying, but they smiled just the same... seems they'd already... forgotten we'd came..."