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    D&D books?

    For more perspective . . . For $150, you get three rule books that allow you untold hours of entertainment. Netflix costs $8/month. That's 19 months. A year and a half. As mentioned, it's about 3 brand new video games, not including the cost of the station itself. Given movie prices, that's not more than 10 weekend movie nights (probably not including popcorn). It gets you a great start on miniatures/paints and supplies. It's probably about as much as a teenager spends in gas over the summer ($20-25/week?). How much is your cell phone bill with a data plan? (I don't know, because I don't have a smartphone). How much do kids (or their parents) spend on travel sports every month? Way more than $150. Or, just stop eating fast food for a few weeks. If you eat two meals off the $5 menu each week, that's 15 weeks and you've saved the money. Based on a quick google search, Americans 25 and under spent around $1200/year on entertainment. That's just over a month's worth of the entertainment budget. Now, Mom and Dad may grouse about spending the $50 for a book, but pretty much every teenager can earn that by working a few months. Lawns need to be cut, babies need to be sat.
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    Getting To Know You July

    These days, I am more influenced by the idea that goblins are fae creatures, so I'm more willing to give them weird skin tones - blue, or purple. But not green. My orcs are not bright green. I might use an olive drab, or a gray-green, but my orcs range all over the place. There was a Heavy Gear paint that was a pale flesh (Grel Flesh) that worked quite nice. I've used cool, pale lavender-gray. Reaper had a decent brown-green triad (Troll Shadow - Gnoll Brown - Half Orc Highlight) that I like. I haven't used a reddish color yet, but I could do goblins in an orange without any issue. Not only does that fit in with the colors originally mentioned in the Monster Manual, but it's close enough to a fae-ish color so the folklore side of me is happy. My reasons? Well, goblins got cut from the orcish line because there are too many goblin critters in D&D. Goblins, orcs, hobgoblins, gnolls, ogres . . . how about we just give orcs class levels? The flavor I want in my games is "fae" - they are otherworldly, and we can't understand them. Kobolds, for instance, are not little dog-like draconic critters in my world, but the miners of folklore = they can cause illness and spoil veins of metal (Kobold and cobalt are related). So goblins become evil critters from Faerieland, occasionally stealing babies and replacing the infant with a changeling. As for the orcs, I strongly dislike the green tones used for GW orcs. I get that it's part of their fluff. But there's so many better options for skin, and I don't get to use all the available different tones often enough, so bright green is out. Muted colors (with the occasional pale albino-ish orc) are in.
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    Getting To Know You July

    Funny story about that . . . . I generally don't display. I have a couple clear plastic display cases where I put them temporarily until I do a mass purge into the foam transport cases. The only ones I don't are my Darksword minis. Those stay up, but not really displayed because I'm the only one who bothers to look at them. But, when we moved into our current house, the previous owners left a huge china cabinet. My wife immediately took it over for china, wine glasses, various bowls we only use at parties, etc. Two years ago, she finally gave up some of those glasses, and we again had some space in the china cabinet I mean, who needs Christmas-themed wine glasses when you don't drink wine? Then, I painted a dragon that wouldn't fit in a case (Ebonwrath). Into the cabinet it went. Last year, I started mass painting with plans to start playing Kings of War. And I didn't want to individually move each mini off the movement tray, so I found a little spot in the cabinet for a unit of skeletons. These were joined by zombies, werewolves, a skeletal giant, cavalry, and various character models. Also a couple buildings from Tabletop World and 4Ground. The first few times I put something in there, she didn't even notice. It took her until Thanksgiving to realize I had started commandeering the cabinet space, because that's when she went in to get some fancy salad bowl. Luckily, I've found it's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission. I do not recommend others follow that advice.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I've placed cardstock buildings around the wall of my cubicle. Castle walls, barbican, houses . . . . Not sure that it qualifies as a "desk toy" but it's fun having a cube call that's about 6" higher than everyone else's. I have a diecast model of a Battlestar Galactica Viper. I've considered repurposing my kids' Hot Wheels Star Wars models into an Office Cube Armada.
  5. I've read many decent books lately, namely from Manly Wade Wellman and Abraham Merritt, but I just finished "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield. Wow. The story is pretty good, but the understanding of what drives a warrior to fight, knowing there is no outcome other than death, is profound. I actually cried. The character of Leonidas, speaking to the surviving Spartans on the third day of fighting at Thermopylae: "They will come, scholars perhaps, or travelers from beyond the sea, prompted by curiosity regarding the past or appetite for knowledge of the ancients. They will peer out across our plain and probe among the stone and rubble of our nation. What will they learn of us? Their shovels will unearth neither brilliant palaces nor temples; their picks will prise forth no everlasting architecture or art. What will remain of the Spartans? Not monuments of marble or bronze, but this, what we do here today." The movie 300 was a comic book, and much divorced from reality (which was fine, as it was an epic rebranding of the history, and as such not to be confused with Truth). This book actually reflects hoplite warfare, as well as what Spartans endured to become citizens and warriors. It is not for the faint of heart, as it treats soldiers like soldiers, and the phrase "swears like a sailor" didn't come about because Navy guys were fair-mouthed and soft. Fiction, yes, but respectful of the ancient Greeks and Persians.
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    And apparently Rupert Grint . . . .
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    Grey Bones

    The different color allows painters to see the details better. The plastic is the same.
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    Bones and Vallejo primer

    If it's brush-on, it's probably acrylic-based. Therefore, they will be fine for Bones.
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    Bones and Vallejo primer

    I don't think acrylic-based primers have any issue, it's only the organic solvent-based ones. I use Vallejo airbrush primers, and they're fine. I've also used a Krylon primer/paint for plastic ("with Fusion Technology") - it comes in a variety of camo colors, and has worked great on Bones, as well as other plastics.
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    Is there a genre for non-contemporary science fiction/sword & sorcery/Weird fiction? Howard, Leigh Brackett, Manly Wade Wellman, Clark Ashton Smith, Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Why? I think it's because the writers in that era were the beneficiaries of Literature. These writers are just simply Better^TM. They certainly had a better understanding of how to tell a story than most contemporary writers (who shall remain nameless, because seriously, go read Robert Howard or CL Moore).
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    Complaints Department

    The biggest complaint right now is the fact that a really nice semi-local store is having trouble getting my special order in. Story time: So I've been blown away by the Scale75 paints I've used, so I wanted the full Fantasy color set, as well as a couple of their large models. The very local store didn't know who Scale75 was, and was amazed that I would think they could get in something from a European country. "Well, that's why Scale75usa.com exists . . . " to no effect. Therefore I took my business to a store farther away that does get Scale75 stuff, but only intermittently because it's a direct order from Texas. But I've waited two months, and I'm getting antsy . . . . Other than that, I really want to play with pigments more, as well as my airbrush, but space constraints limit what I can do. Plus, our new cats have decided I'm their special human, and insist on jumping on me when I'm painting.
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    What makes a good war game ?

    I don't think you'll find "one system" that everyone likes. Mainly because we come to this hobby with different expectations, likes and dislikes, and desires about what we want out of the game. For instance, the game store where I regularly play Warlord also hosts Infinity games. The store owner loves Infinity. It's tactically flexible, reliant on lots of terrain, and has some good underlying math to help people remember the modifiers. I personally dislike the game, although I like many of the models. If I have to stand a separate piece behind my opponents model to determine if I can see it or not, I'm spending too much time with the meta-rules rather than having fun shooting things. Plus, I'd have to invest in a new army and new rulebooks; I'd rather spend that money on other stuff. Most games have a large range where you CAN play, but a smaller range where you SHOULD play. For instance, Warlord can run 250 points to many thousand, but the sweet spot seems to be around 1000 - you get to play a variety of possible models, and the game doesn't bog down too much. I've become a big fan of Osprey's wargames, like Frostgrave and Gaslands. They're simple enough for new players, don't require a huge investment in new models, and don't have the huge depth of fluff that something like WH40K has. Go find treasure in a lost city, got it. Go shoot up your opponent in an abandoned space station; that's straightforward, and I can use whichever models I have hanging around. I also dislike tournament games, as I find them to attract a type of player that doesn't have the same set of play goals as me.
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    Micron Pens for eyes

    Tried it, hated it, never used them again. Well, I used them for drawing, but not for minis. The ink is water soluble. That's a problem if you seal with brush-on sealant. The tip of the pen isn't flexible, so you have to hit the eye just perfect to get ink to deposit, and then you still don't have something that looks right, as eyes look best if they're 2/3 or 3/4 circles. I can use a #1 W/N brush and get better results. I get about the same results with a micron pen as when I just sharpened a toothpick and dotted the eyes that way.
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    Is your fridge running ?

    Don't forget to drain your water heater as well. Just did that tonight . . . .
  15. Thrym, although the time limit has passed on when you must give your decision, your situation is such that I felt another voice should respond. There's a rule to live by when you have to fire someone: If you had the opportunity to hire this person today, would you? If the answer is no, then you best allow that person to move on to the next job. A corollary question is: If you were offered this job today, would you take it? If not, it's time to move on. Most likely, once you let go of this, you'll find yourself a new and likely better position, even if you have to make it yourself.