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Mad Jack

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  1. My first thought was that it reminded me of the windwhales from the The Black Company books... Second thought was the flumph.
  2. Way cool... Actually, that'd make a really cool flying monster as well, dropping down silently out of the sky to drag off unsuspecting PCs...
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    54mm miniatures

    You can check online stores like Noble Knight games and such, or eBay... If you're going to ReaperCon, you might be able to get one cast up for you at the factory. (Also, some of the Master Series miniatures are being slowly reintroduced into the regular lines, so there's always a chance she may show up in regular distribution again at some point...)
  4. Interestingly, that picture makes him look almost bio-mechanical, in a xenomorph sort of way... But I definitely agree on repositioning the horns and wings - it changes the whole look of the dragon.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Jack is wailing and gnashing his teeth right now... Not only did he waste the entire night sifting through EvilBay auctions for minis, but he also found not one but TWO of the Ral Partha 11-0XX AD&D Adventurers blisters (11-027 Druids, of which I have the male, and 11-029 Elven Thieves) still in the blister packs for starting bids of $13.99 each with free shipping. Both blisters are ridiculously hard to find at all, nevermind still in the package at a reasonable price... Both are ending in about two hours and twenty minutes, and Jack can't afford to throw money at them right now. He's very tempted to place a $13.99 high bid on each of them on the off chance nobody notices them before they end, but Jack already did that for two of the Ral Partha Dragonlance Villains this week - which cost him about a quarter of the overtime money from working last Saturday.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    No worries, you've still got plenty of time. "Good night, Grump. Good game. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning."
  7. Saw a film called Jenifer a few days ago... Directed by Dario Argento and starring Steven Weber (of Wings fame), who also wrote the screenplay based on a story by some guy I can't remember... It... wasn't interesting. I dunno, it seemed like Argento phoned it in, or pulled a Da Vinci and slapped his name on some student's work. I was almost shockingly disappointed. It's about a cop who rescues a seemingly smoking hot blonde girl from a guy trying to kill her. It's then revealed, however, that her face is horribly disfigured and she's seemingly half-feral, possibly even highly mentally-challenged. Rather than leave her in the hellhole of the state mental hospital, he takes her in for the night. Unfortunately, the girl is some kind of demonic seductress who quickly begins to destroy his life. The "horror", such as it was, was completely cliche, and it was really more of a shock and gore film. Which was also incredibly cliche, and poorly done - the standard "OMG, she killed Fluffy!" scene had about fourteen feet of garden hose-sized entrails that supposedly came out of the foot-and-a-half-long cat.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Put it in the freezer. It should make it easier to peel off the plastic wrap.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    FTFY... Best way to do straps on shields is to rub some vaseline on a flat surface so your green won't stick to it and then roll out a flat piece a tiny bit thicker than you want the strap to be. Use a razor blade or knife to cut out a strap shape about the right length and thickness, pressing down into the putty rather than trying to slice it (even a lubricated blade will pull and distort the putty a bit.) Scrape away all the excess putty from around it and gently peel it off the surface making sure not to stretch or distort it too much. Apply it to the figure. Starting in the middle or wherever the strap is best supported, use the flat of a hobby knife or sculpting tool to press the putty down so it sticks to the figure and is the right thickness - it doesn't matter that it will end up wider than it should. When you flatten the strap, the sides will bulge out, when you press the sides back into shape, the strap will bulge up in the middle. So you alternate between them doing a tiny bit at a time and trimming off the excess putty as needed. When trimming excess putty, don't slice it - press down the edge of your knife to the surface below it, along the line where the edge of the strap would be, and then draw the blade outward away from the strap to scrape away the excess putty. As you go along, you can use your knife or sculpting tool to reshape the sides of the strap as necessary and then reflatten the top so the edges are crisp. A little bit at a time, work out toward the ends, flattening and reshaping and trimming off the excess as needed. The key to a good strap is to have the edges nice and crisp, and making sure it sits or hangs as appropriate to it's position on the figure.
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    Chess Set Figs

    About six years before the first LotR movie came out I had begun putting together a list of figures for a themed chess set... Never did find the time to get anywhere with it, unfortunately. The Good side looks great, but I'm really digging the Bad Guys.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I was using the Print Screen button on my keyboard and then using "new from clipboard" to open them in Corel Photopaint 8 to edit and save them, which is at least twenty years old at this point, lol. I'm sure I might be able to find them somewhere, but it's not really worth the effort.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Thunder outside, maybe a storm tonight... And Jack is starving. (Unsure if these two are things are connected.) I should probably get off the damn puter and go eat something before I waste the entire night.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Don't you just love it when your program crashes, and you lose about 20 or so perfectly-timed screencaps that you will never have the chance to grab again?
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    Life comes at you fast.

    Well, you could always recommend one of us as an "expert" they can consult... (I'll even print up some legitimate bizness cards.)
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    When I go to the Goodwill to donate stuff, I never bother to get a receipt from them so I can claim it on my taxes - it says on the receipt that you can claim "fair trade value" or something like that for the items... But if I dump off a stack of two dozen books (most of which I probably bought used myself), I'd feel ridiculous about claiming I donated something like $100 worth of stuff at $4-$5 per book, y'know? My back makes cracking and popping sounds all the time. Sometimes my chest does as well when I breath deeply. It turns up on Evilbay every so often... You used to be able to get them at the Warstore, dunno if they still carry them... Also...