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  1. Almost unremarkable defining moments in your life

    Well, I would say the one time I was fired from a job, but that implies drama. I moved 1200 miles away from my family after college. Not as rebellion; my family is mercifully short on drama. Instead, I helped a friend move to Colorado, and decided I'd move too. Of course, that friend became a roommate, and that went south in a few months. I arranged to move back to Michigan that summer (about four months away). One night I was driving back from work at about 9pm. I didn't want to go back to my apartment and deal with the drama that was no doubt waiting for me, so I stopped by a country bar. Grab a couple sodas, listen to some mediocre music, head home. Instead, I was asked to dance by one of the local dance instructors. Naturally I sucked at it, but enjoyed it enough to go back the following week. Eventually, I screwed up the nerve to take a lesson. The lead instructor and I hit off a friendship, and she invited me to a dance retreat in Breckenridge that was happening in a few weeks. A bunch of dancers was heading up to effectively have a long weekend skiing and drinking moderate amounts of adult beverages. I came back from that weekend and cancelled the rental truck. I fell in to a great group of people, and it turned out I was really good at dancing. I ended up competing and teaching (both lead and follow roles). I became friends with people I never would have, learned a lot of new skills, appreciated music more . . . just because I took a right turn into a bar parking lot.
  2. Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    The steamer is from miniature scenery (dot) com. They're based out of Australia. Kinda pricey, but it'd be a blast to own!
  3. Ain't No Such Thang

    I was taking a road trip with a couple friends and as we were heading through the countryside passed a pasture with cows in it. One of my friends (we'll call her Mel) asked me to slow down so she could see the wildlife. "What wildlife?" The cows. She'd never seen them in the "wild" before. Yes, they had tags on their ears and were behind fence. Don't ask. As for boots and Stetsons, I saw more of that when I lived in Colorado. Yes, there were several who went to the bar dressed like that, but when I was in Fort Collins I knew several, and they actually did ride horses. I never liked wearing the hat - too hard to dance in. But the boots were great. The higher heel helped alleviate the pain of my flat feet. And I saw the yellow pages had been delivered today. Ah well, the recycling's gotta go tomorrow anyways . . . .
  4. Where's Fishnjeeps?

    I'm sorry to hear about the wrench being thrown into your plans. I'm in Mooresville, so not a long ways for refresher on how to paint.
  5. Paint agitators

    Small fishing split-shot sinkers. Tungsten is more expensive, but more environmentally friendly. Lead is cheaper but freaks people out. Both are non-reactive with regards to paint.
  6. Making your own pigments

    Not to make you paranoid, but pure pigments have the same issues. Very tiny particles that like to float around and get everywhere. The same issue can be found with chalk (like classrooms that us older folks went to school in, not these modern new-fangled dry-erase/computer projection screen learning centers) and bakeries (flour can cause 'baker's lung'). That's not to say you shouldn't use them, but know the hazards and wear a respirator. One minute exposure probably isn't going to cause problems; the problems come after continued exposures. And naturally, "continued exposure" doesn't have a real good definition. The more you're exposed to the hazard, the more likely you'll develop symptoms. For myself, I have a selection of artists' pastels that I've used to weather miniatures and models. The work okay, although the effects are subtle. Edit to clarify: "Toxic" is a subjective term. Water can be toxic if you drink too much. As I said, one time using ground pastels likely won't cause you any issue (unless you have prior problems with asthma, or other respiratory crud). Much like smoking one cigarette won't cause you to get lung cancer. But if you use the product regularly, your risk profile changes. Pingo, being a real artist (as opposed to a hobbyist), is very familiar with the toxicity issues because she's around them every day. I am okay with the risk because I've used pastels without a respirator something like one time in the past three years. But it's far easier to be a little more safe and enjoy working lungs.
  7. Getting to know each other, October edition

    Well, the second question is the more entertaining one . . . . The last book I finished was Agincourt by Jack Whyte. I strongly suspect I would have been given the "Oregon Trail" treatment and died of dysentary during the seige of Harfleur.
  8. Massive Voodoo Water Base (No Minis)

    Love it. As both a fisherman and a miniature enthusiast.
  9. Scenic Basing Order

    I will usually do everything except static grass/leaves, then varnish. After the varnish is dry, I'll go around the edge of the base with flat black. Finally, I'll add static grass or static grass clumps with superglue or PVA glue, respectively. In the old days, I would put down flock and then spray varnish. The flock is ground-up sponge, so it will absorb the varnish, and doesn't change how the flock looks. Static grass is different. I used to spray varnish it, but one day in Texas I did that and put on too much spray. It looked like early morning frost on my static grass. While a cool effect, it wasn't what I was aiming for. Ever since, I add static grass at the end. Note that I differentiate between static grass and flock. Anything delicately decorative, such as leaves or tall weeds/cattails/etc will be put on at the end.
  10. Living in a magic rich society

    Unlike others, I don't see a huge difference between a magic-rich world and our own. Civilizations grow until they reach the limits of their energy sources. In the medieval world, that was either the limit of food or the wood used for heat. The incursion of the Black Plague reduced the population, but the level of energy remained the same, so there was a "boom" of sorts. Increased energy in the form of coal and oil led to increased advances in civilization, and today we have abundant and cheap energy. I posit that magic works the same way. Most fantastic worlds have an "unlimited" supply of magic because it generally isn't used. Sure, a few wizards can wrangle cool effects, but much like a miller holds status in his community because he operates the only thing that allows all the wheat to be ground into flour, he is one person. If everyone has access to effectively unlimited flour, the next issue that pops up is that eventually the wheat will run out. Peak Oil is a good analogy. Peak Magic would have such wonders as might be seen in 3.x and 4th edition D&D - lots of magic, almost anyone can craft it. But eventually that goes away, and the post-apocolyptic world that was the default 1st edition D&D world comes into being - you can find magical weapons in ancient ruins, but you cannot buy them. Additionally, the high-magic world of Eberron engenders questions of morality - - Magic can be used to dominate the minds of others. Is it morally just to dominate the minds of those who did or may commit crimes to safeguard civilization? Who gets to decide? - Many magical beings can be utilized to perform some laborious tasks. Is it slavery to bind a life-spark to a golem? I think the War-Forged were the ultimate answer to this question, but what about lesser servitors? Life now means something different, and free-will may mean a golem is considered as alive as any human. - Utilizing zombies to do menial labor (such as tilling fields) is usually justified as "they're just husks anyways." Do people own their bodies, or do their bodies belong to society? - House fey are (in folklore at least) bound to the house/family they serve, and expect some sort of reward for their efforts (such as a bowl of cream). Mechanical/magical energy savings that would deprive fey of their livelihoods would likely be sabotaged, or a fey-union may be created. You think the Teamsters are bad? Wait until you get Brownies Local 341 partnering with the Benevolent Leprechaun Society to really gum up the works.
  11. Brush care experiment

    Well, to the original points . . . 1) If water alone is degrading the glue holding the bristles in place, you've got some cheap-elf brushes. In almost 30 years of painting, I've never encountered a brush that had water affect the glue holding the bristles. 2) Point up is fine. There shouldn't be enough paint/water on your brushes at the time you put them away that it will matter. The small amount of water on the brush will evaporate relatively quickly, and the bristles are too small to be pulled out of place by gravity. FYI, I've stored brushes point up, flat, and point down. None has had a lick of difference on how long my brushes last. What does have an effect? Care. I don't abuse my good brushes. I wash them with brush-soap once in a while (probably 2-3 times a year). I don't overload them with paint. I try not to store the good ones in water (rinse and put away) - the cheap terrain brushes (synthetics I've had for a decade or longer will get stored in water because I used them to spread glue around, but I'm not really caring about these brushes at this point) get placed in the rinse water and left, but that's usually because I forget about them. I don't do that with the good brushes.
  12. Getting to know each other, October edition

    To defeat con-crud, fresh vegetables, making sure I drink extra water (I will drink soda, but I ensure I get extra water), and diligent hand-washing (and I keep a couple alcohol wipes in my pack) have worked well.
  13. Best Version of DnD?

    RE: Boxed sets. I remember some discussion on the Paizo forums some years ago about it. Mainly, boxed sets are very easy to lose money on (as a publisher). Pathfinder has a beginner set for $35, but I believe it is sold as a loss-leader, intended to get people interested in the game and push on towards the full books. That price matches what Doug Sundseth says above. However, that boxed set has to be produced in addition to a full set of rules. RE: Alignment and choice - There is no "playing your alignment" by just sitting and waiting for something to happen. That's a player problem, and is something I won't put up with for long. I'm okay with players not wanting to go on the adventure I've created, but they'd better have an idea of what they do want to do. I don't let my kids play the "I don't want to do that" game, there's no way I'm letting supposedly mature people do it.
  14. Hi - I'm New Here

    Reaper's forums are probably the friendliest you'll find. As an aside, games are much easier to find in these days of the internet. Google Hangouts and Roll20 are good combinations, from what I hear. And if you're thinking of getting back into RPGs, I'll suggest you do a search for Swords and Wizardry Lite. Not only is it a free download, it's designed for those of us who were once gamers and then had life happen to us (although I'd say you had a little more life happen to you than most). Simple rules, just enough to scratch the itch and make us remember all the fun that RPGs can be.
  15. Getting to Know Each Other, September Edition

    I consider myself both. I wanted to be a display painter for a long time, but I can't get an army done that way. I thought I needed to do my best on each miniature. Turns out that's not true. I think I've achieved a good balance, switching back and forth as the mood strikes.