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  1. GHarris

    DSM8017, Victorian Female Cat

    I like the paint job and I like the sculpt! It finally answers the eternal question "Can a cat have junk in the trunk?"
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    Review: Mini Palettes by Stephanie Law

    ...and, as every person who grew up in the Midwest knows, we did it WAIST DEEP IN SNOW!
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    Dungeon of the Mad Mage PbP

    More than 4x the carrying capacity for only 3x the weight is still a very good tradeoff for the bag. Mind you, after playing countless games of 5e over the past few years the only times I have really seen carrying capacity come up is when grappler players show the DM that they didn't actually read the rules for how much a character can shove, carry, and pull. I've seen a few players shot down when they thought that they could freely move a creature around like a rag doll (including dragging them sideways through spikes!) just because they grabbed them by the collar...
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    Dungeon of the Mad Mage PbP

    You are correct about the item you want still being on top when you reach into the Haversack....but removing any benefit that you would get from that! Then made the Haversack a higher rarity item. Because....huh? I think it was one of the odd simplifications in 5e, like taking zero penalties for trying to swim in plate armor or allowing every flying creature to be able to hover and require no taking off/landing space. Don't get me wrong, 5e is excellent and you can nit pick every game system, the Haversack just happens to be one of the head scratchers of 5e.
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    Dungeon of the Mad Mage PbP

    For some reason 5E also got rid of the benefit of always having the item that you are looking for being on top with the Haversack, which was a huge advantage in the past. A character used to be able to quickly grab what they wanted out of the Haversack during their action vs having to dig for what they wanted at the bottom of a Bag of Holding. Now retrieving an item from either the Bag or Haversack requires an action, essentially turning the Haversack into an inferior Bag of Holding with a higher rarity. The Bag of Holding holds 500 lbs, the Handy Haversack a total of 120 lbs. The poor Haversack got turned into the Cousin Oliver of 5e!
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    Azer minis?

    WOTC also did an Azer model when they were still making metal miniatures. It was part of their Chainmail line.
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    Direwild Boardgame Minis

    Very nice, clean sculpts! What scale will they be printed in?
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    Apoxie sculpt questions

    I store the putty that I am using in an old flip top Altoids gum tin. It is a bit deeper than the mints tin, I just stick the putty to the underside of the lid so I can easily get to it when I am sculpting vs trying to dig it out of the bottom. I actually keep the tin in the freezer with the rest of my epoxies when I am not using it, putty warms up to a workable state fairly quickly. The epoxy that I have in long term storage is all kept in the original tubes and containers that they came in, as the epoxy in my tin runs low I just add more from the freezer. I actually don't freeze my Apoxie Sculpt, but I don't see the harm in doing so. I've found that Apoxie Sculpt is still fine for what I am doing even after sitting in its container for a year or two, one part might get a brownish film over time but I usually don't notice a difference in workability. Then again I usually blend it into green stuff, I haven't made a sculpture in straight Apoxie Sculpt in nearly a decade.
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    Introduction and a question

    If you are talking about vulcanized rubber molds for metal figures keep in mind that they are usually about an inch thick, meaning each half is about a half inch thick (give or take). Whatever you are molding has to deviate less than that half inch out from the middle of the mold, i.e. the plane where the mold halves meet. You can get fancy and rip apart an extra mold half and add a bit to each end, making an inch and a half thick mold, but you can only do this with certain mold types. Contenti makes molds that are in layers before they are vulcanized so they lend themselves to this sort of thing, but not every mold maker is willing or able to do this sort of thing so the "check first" adage definitely applies. The other restriction to keep in mind is the total mass of what you are trying to make. Even if you can make a big piece in a large mold you may not want to. Remember that metal shrinks when it cools, and on bigger pieces you may get pits, wrinkles, and distortions on the surface of the cast figure. When it comes to deviations a good moldmaker can remove material from one side of the mold and add it to the other side to make "cut outs" and "build ups". 25 to 30 degree deviations are very doable....but they make moldmaking more time consuming. Many people just want to squash a figure in a mold and let that be that. A piece of advice I would offer you would be to study the mold lines on figures you like. You can actually tell a lot about how a figure was molded that way.
  10. ...with beards, because a female dwarf without a beard is just a fat gnome! If you are going to make a female dwarf do it right!
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    Owl Coin

    New life goal: Become cool enough to be worthy of being able to call Talespinner "Peeps" My wife spent six months in college studying in Athens. She got Athena's owl from the old Greek coin tattooed on her ankle to commemorate going. I do see a little bit of a resemblance. I agree that this may be a case of great minds thinking alike!
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    Chunky robot bits, advice wanted!

    I've also heard of people using small pasta rollers to flatten out sheets of epoxy, but I've never tried it myself. Could be worth a look though. Looks like your grabby claws are coming along nicely!
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    Sculpting free-standing feathers

    Supposedly according to Mythbusters the hammer on hammer thing is not true but the episode was a bit controversial. The hammers were only hit straight on, they tried to harden the hammers to get them to break while brittle but used a questionable method of hardening, and real world examination of well used hammers finds that hammer heads do chip and crack, especially when hit against another hardened surface or at a less than perfectly straight angle, and those chips still have to fly somewhere. So if you are going to hit hammers together be careful and wear your eye protection!
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    Chunky robot bits, advice wanted!

    Blend some Aves Apoxy Sculpt into your greenstuff, about a 40% Aves to 60% green ratio. Milliput can be filed and cured like ceramic but is pretty toxic and a huge pain to mix. Magic Sculpt on its own is a bit brittle. Greenstuff + Aves gives you the best of both worlds: edge retention, longer work time than straight green, plus a little flexibility in the finished piece. Sculpt the pieces into the shapes you want and keep going back and working the edges as they cure. After the epoxy completely sets up you can file it with hobby files or sand it with fine grit sandpaper (think finishing grades). I do a lot of sideways scraping with a dull exacto blade when I am working cured epoxy into shape, but do what seems natural to you. A dust mask may be a good idea as you will be kicking up fine particles of epoxy dust. If I need to flatten a piece of epoxy I generally put some Vaseline onto the sides of two plastic sandwich (not both sides, just the side facing in!) and squash the epoxy between the bags using a book or something else flat and heavy. You can add in a piece of brass rod or wire if your finished piece will need support or if you need a connection piece. Straight line sculpting is tougher than it looks. Don't get discouraged if it is harder than you expected!
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    ReaperCon 2018 Admission Tickets Available Now!

    Thank you! So now the next question...I bought a 4 day games only badge because that was all that was available, thinking I needed to upgrade it afterwards. How do I return that so I can buy the correct badge? There is no option on the growtix site that I can see