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  1. WizardOne

    18th and Early 19th Century Fantasy

    FlintLoque, I am sure what you saw was FlintLoque.
  2. I don't think there should be a Mouseling Villain, everybody knows ferrets are the villains and criminal masterminds. Super Hero Mouseling . . . where have I heard that one before . . .
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    Savage North Totems?

    On a related topic: the sigils (logos symbols) for the Taltos factions are available on the Reaper Forum/Website (as handy little gif files; they are even available as forum avatars - like mine) but there is no sign of the Savage North ones? Was there a command decision to make them less available?
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    3111: Small Egyptian Treasure

    Could you paint the boxy shapes [caskets?] on the deck of the big boat in somewhat the same style as the chest? Do the ends of the smaller boat with a stylized lotus color scheme? Or, for the smaller boat, green on the lower part of the hull, bronze/gold detail on its ends, do some stripes...[?] Looks like you could go nuts painting the hulls with fine details and murals if you wanted to: http://egypt.myweb.hinet.net/photo%20new/00021.jpg http://www.lessing-photo.com/p3/080102/08010261.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/2897725560_e15365251e_o.jpg http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/kmt_sesh/Tut%20Exhibit/tut026.jpg http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI/223/1566/X1300/PreviewComp/SuperStock_1566-063866.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_hL4UsejIVKQ/S91GrYDmgoI/AAAAAAAAAk4/pY6uiA6AhEw/s1600/tomb+of+menna+luxor+egypt+boat.jpg [Edit] One more:
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    Sand?

    There is model RR ballast, there is colored sand at craft stores ( Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. ), there is ash tray sand. Natural sand is a multitude of colors. So mix several different colors if you can. Grain size (geology definition): sand is particles 2mm in diameter or smaller. Scale: your scale is either 1:12, 1:18, or 1:36. Depending on whether: your 4 inch tall figure represents a 4 foot tall dwarf - 1:12 your 4 inch tall figure represents a 6 foot tall barbarian - 1:18 your 4 inch tall figure represents a 12 foot tall ogre - 1:36 So the best case is: you need to scale down 2mm grains to 1/12 that size which means grains no bigger than 0.167mm. Luckily there is such a thing: A mix of Very Fine Sand (1/16 to 1/8 mm) and Fine Sand (1/8 to 1/4mm) would be about right. But, I am assuming your dwarf is standing on Very Coarse Sand. BTW, material smaller than 1/16mm is considered silt not sand (again, geology definition). Whew, that was fun. Math and Geology in the same post. So, what actual scale is your miniature? Cyanoacrylate glue really likes sand. Put a blob of CA glue somewhere, gently pour a sand mix onto/into the glue, (I use drinking straws to pour nice and slow), wait patiently, let the glue dry, go watch TV..., then tip the figure to let the excess sand fall away. It dries very hard, like miniature concrete.
  6. The market is kinda saturated with villainous, rat-like, rodents . . . just sayin'. King's Musketeer Mouslings, 4 poses: Atho-mouse, Portho-mouse, Ara-mouse and Mouse-tagnan . . . not, most definitely not,.. ..Mouseketeers.
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    Old School Board Game

    Fortress America was the one with Bombers, Helicopters, Hovertanks, 8 Wheel APCs, and Infantry. Four factions: Red menace from the Atlantic, Yellow horde from the Pacific, Blue Hegemony from the Carribean, and the defending US forces were a proper army men Green. Later in the game the US side could develop battle laser stations, but I don't remember nukes.
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    Banths

    How many paws does each beastie sculpt have? I tried to count, but my eyes kept getting confounded... I tried to look up "Banth" online and got two answers: 10 paws or else 8...
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    Colour theory books for math nerds?

    These are some 'art school' books about color theory: Albers Albers Edwards Itten Itten Itten Wong I present these more as a review (warning) than a recommendation. They are the typical texts that would be on the reading list for a college level course in the subject of color theory. I have owned (and may still possess) a couple of these titles. (But I forget exactly which...sorry...it's been awhile.) My guess (based on dimming memories of whatever older editions I have) is that none of them are what you are wanting. But they are some of the big-name titles in the field. Written by art professors, their approach to the subject was not exactly mathematical or technical. However, I do recommend Amazon's preview pages feature. You ought to be able to get a sense of whether one of these is the sort of book you want using that. And, here is the Amazon link to the book Michael recommended: Wilcox
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    OSL - Critique, please.

    I think you picked a very tricky flame color (blu-ish) plus a very tricky to highlight garment color (black). Would a black surface reflect much blue, even from a blu-ish light source? Thought experiment: what if the sword snapped off and got lost? How would this model look then? To me the highlighting on the robe looks perfect as: dark-robes-on-undead-horror with-chalky-highlights-where-the-dust-of-the-ages has settled on the garb when he blasted his way through an old wall. So good news: save your notes on how you did this because it is an excellent technique for Wraith Robes covered in Dust from the Tomb. It looks excellent as that. But the bad news: OK, that was not what you were aiming for...
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    Keep on the Borderlands nostalgia

    The 345 total is assuming the GM never re-cycles figures?
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    Shading Rosy Shadow 9067

    Out of curiosity I tried the experiment Jon suggests with this image. The Power Palette found all of these in the one face: 09067 Rosy Shadow [+] ⇒ (upper lip, her RHS) 09111 Burnt Orange [+] ⇒ 09201 Orange Brown [+] ⇒ 09138 Intense Brown [+] ⇒ 09073 Chestnut Gold [+] ⇒ 09225 Redstone Highlight [+] ⇒ 09232 Bright Skin Shadow [+] ⇒ 09242 Carrottop Red [+] ⇒ 09243 Highlight Orange [+] ⇒ 09068 Rosy Skin [+] ⇒ ...it took over a dozen tries to find Rosy Shadow
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    New Job possability w/move

    Better pay? my thought is see if that holds up after you calculate the difference in state income taxes. In fact, have a tax accountant take your current salary and find out what salary number you'd need to earn in MI to break even. [Edit] It might be worth pondering how much taxes might go up in both NE and MI. Each state's budget troubles, here are some MI figures, might have some bearing on what happens next tax-wise.
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    crackling paint, primer the cause?

    You should post a picture of a crackled cloak. Meanwhile, consider whether there is anything new or different about the drying process. Things like hotter lamps, brighter bulbs, more airflow, humidity of ambient air, ambient temp...
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    Events at ReaperCon

    IIRC, that was only a quasi-official event sponsored/instigated by Froggy the Great and/or ReaperBryan. I am suspecting it was a: he-who-brings-the-dead-gadgetry is in-charge-of-that-research sort of deal. With any luck one of them will officially deny-all-knowledge and clarify things further after noticing this thread.
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    I have a dream...

    A web page where Pantone color numbers are equated to RGB values and Hexadecimal values: Goff Grafix. Would that be of any use? Maybe a way to get close? I think the issue is going to be that there is not necessarily an exact Pantone match for a given MSP color. The MSPs may be in between the Pantone choices and vice-versa. For instance: Lava Orange, 09218 (reference swatch: Lava Colors Triad) is RGB 223-86-32 (according to MSpaint); a candidate for a Pantone equivalent might be: Pantone number 1655, which according to Goff Grafix is, RGB: 249-86-2; Hex: F9-56-02. But there were 2-3 more Pantone Oranges that were HIGH red, Medium green, lo blue. I didn't see an exact numerical match. There is also a possible IP issue and the fact that Pantone Colors are mixed from 15 pigments (including black and white) whereas MSPs are mixed from a different (smaller?) number of pigments (...did someone once tell me 8, including black and white? It is probably more complicated than that.)
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    Support Your Local Game Shop

    28. ...because sometimes they'll have a flood sale
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    FLGS UNDER WATER!!!

    Wow fingers crossed for you. I suppose a [big] pipe cracked during the freeze and blew out when it thawed?
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    Post-apocalyptic novels

    Earth Abides, George R. Stewart, 1949 This might be the grand-daddy of the genre. It won the very first International Fantasy Award (1951). (The final IFA was given in 1957 to The Lord of the Rings.) Lesson from the book: the most useful tool to have after the 'apocalpse' is a ball-peen hammer because, with the hammer you can generally break into or out of anything you have to in order to obtain whatever else you might need. Links: WikiLink, warning: **Spoilers** Amazon listing: English MMPB
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    February Roll Call

    '...one-page set of fantasy rules...' ?? More info please.
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    The dark side of the hobby

    Parts 88 and 97 of the Blonsky Apparatus are, respectively: "a net" and "a thick wad of cotton" (according to the supporting text). I wonder if the Blonskys invented anything else... ...maybe I don't want to know the answer to that.
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    I little help

    Well, the friendliest of my local gaming stores has a really nice selection of minis. I know some of the reasons others don't carry big selections of minis. Some mini manufacturers will insist that the store carry "the full range" if they carry it at all. That can represent a five figure investment, for a small store, and the odds of recouping the whole investment within a year are low. Product turnover (except for Mouselings) is slow on average, in-spite of impulse buying. (This is the explanation for the second part of the first point.) The internet makes the sale after the store shows the product. The internet gets the repeat business after the store introduces the product. So the real question is: what could Reaper do to help little brick and mortar stores overcome obstacles like those? (I will think on this further: how to fix those problems for the B&M FLGS without losing money...hmmm.) An FLGS that is not stocking minis has something else as its core product line. That might be MTG, MTG and other card games, Radio Controlled Models, Comics or possibly another miniatures line that has tied up all the money they could scrounge to invest. Reasons to add (Reaper) minis: The kids who play card games will cease doing that someday, but miniatures is a way to retain some of them as life-long customers. Miniatures are made of a material that can increase* in value while it 'sits' on the shelf. (*Curse unstable metal prices anyway...) If you buy in-store you get something you don't/can't get if buying online... ...if such a thing existed that would help, a lot. Tired now, but not done thinking.
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    Super Bowl

    Oh, Yes, second that. At first, I thought it was a movie trailer or a WoWarcraft ad. The Doritos commercials were twisted, edgy, out-of-the box but not in a good way... ...I was already not a fan of Doritos before the super bowl so it just puts them on my buy-something-else list. Do the Black Eyed Peas always electrify themselves like that when they're in concert? The halftime show looked like Matrix vs. TRON at the Beijing Olympics. And, I swear I saw some Cybermen bopping around on the stage toward the end -- silver suits, blocky metallic heads? -- did anybody else catch that?? The sound was horrible but that is the norm for the venue. Concert acoustics are just dreadful in Cowboys Stadium. As for the game, I rooted for the team wearing yellow!
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    Need Advice on Selling an Army

    I had to look up Sabol Trays... ...I just called them foam trays. Now I know who makes the things, learned something. It occurs to me that 2x15mm minis would fit each little rectangular space in one of those foam trays. But, if you are determined to sell them off a group of empty spare trays is the way to go.
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    Not mine, but awesome enough for a post...

    This is awesome . . . I don't find it the least bit demotivating. I am a touch saddened that the 40K crowd can't or won't spell correctly... ...but I knew that already. It might be hard to paint in power armor but that just makes it a good drill. This one activity: Hones fine motor skills while wearing armor Accustoms a Marine to the use of his enhanced adaptive optics Familiarizes a Brother with Chapter Iconography Occupies many hours of time on those long hauls between star systems So, Chapter Approved!
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