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GHarris

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  1. Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Pics or it didn't happen! (Who doesn't love pirate turtles?)
  2. Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    They do have 5 turtles, one of whom is a pirate. Don't get me wrong, they are very nice sculpts, but a lot more variety would be quite welcome... especially if they are sculpted by someone as talented as Talespinner!
  3. Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    These are going to look awesome! Is there any chance that they will have options that will make them generically fantasy enough to be used as Tortles? They are a playable race in 5e Adventurer's League but there is a lack of miniatures for them.
  4. Bmpc WIP

    They always pay the handsome guys more than the rest of us rabble! But seriously, Talespinner is right. Cold slows the curing time in the same way that heat accelerates it.
  5. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Room is booked. Missed it last year, going to make up for it this year!
  6. Golem Print Arrived Today!

    For a $30 print that looks pretty good! The extreme detail prints from Shapeways seem like they are a great option for pieces that you can have as samples to show off without having to pay 4x as much for a higher resolution "professional" print. It definitely helps that it was a great looking sculpt to begin with! I may have to pick one up if I see it for sale somewhere in the future...
  7. ROUNDABOUTS!!!!!! The only thing they are good for is saying "Look kids! Big Ben! Parliament!"
  8. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Fall is also better because you don't have conflicts with Adepticon.
  9. Don’t Drink and Dungeon-Crawl diorama

    That bard was made by White Knight's Miniature Imperium, I believe it is available through The Assault Group. Great model!
  10. ReaperCon 2017 pictures

    I get the feeling that a picture can't really do this figure justice...
  11. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    I am actually a licensed physical therapist assistant, so a good sized chunk of my schooling was in ergonomics, posture, therapeutic exercises and so on. If you have a good physical therapist that may already be interested in teaching an ergonomics class I could easily be convinced to help out if they are doing some more hands on stuff or with helping people follow what's being demonstrated. I don't paint much but I will spend hours at a time sculpting and, well, I'm not getting any younger. Watching my posture, trying to make my work area as ergonomic as I can, and doing corrective exercises and stretches has done a lot to help with pain, fatigue and focus. I actually had to rehab my shoulder about ten years ago because of neck pain- due to the way I held my arm when I was working I stretched out some muscles and shortened others, causing hypermobility and instability in my shoulder. Learning how to take care of yourself may not sound as cool as learning a new painting or sculpting trick but in the long run your body will thank you for it! I can't be the only one that is hoping they have Ray Charles.....
  12. One Take on the Classes

    Hmmm...it may be best not to joke about this any further then!
  13. One Take on the Classes

    I am seeing a lot of stories about how annoying the ocarina player was. Is it bad that I wouldn't be surprised to see a post about how the ocarina's player's proctologist visit went after playing the same song over and over for two hours? And if the ocarina was still in playable condition after the visit?
  14. GW partners with Wizkids to make games

    Sadly this would also put Battlemasters out of the running too. I actually bought 8 copies of that game back in the day just for the masses of cheap "official" GW miniatures that could quickly get dropped on the table for cheap. The local Kay Bee toys would sometimes have clearances of old gaming stuff, and one day they sold Battlemasters sets for $9.99 each! But given the choice between the two I would rather have Heroquest now. It was a fun game, and I can get a bunch of better quality cheap miniatures now by buying Bones models instead of Battlemasters sets!
  15. ReaperCon 2017 pictures

    Well now I am even sadder that I didn't go, I would have loved to have seen all of those old miniatures!
  16. ReaperCon 2017 pictures

    Was there a vendor that was selling old lead miniatures at Reapercon this year? Or were they a display?
  17. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    Huh. Ergonomics. I would actually be qualified to teach that! I had the "seriously, we need to go to Reapercon next year!" discussion with the wife and I think we are going to make it happen. You may need to remind me as the date comes closer, if there is still interest who knows? As Mnemonic pointed out ergonomics would be hard to stretch out over 2 hours. Basically by the nature of what we are doing we are doing bad ergonomics, especially when painting. Look at pictures of people painting- basically don't do that! Problem is people steady themselves with their arms on the table, and lean in so they can see what they are doing, that is pretty hard to avoid. You can raise the table to a correct height, get good lighting and get corrective eyewear but people are still going to hunch over. I think I would talk more about reversing that bad posture, relieving pain and preventing nerve impingement. Taking breaks, doing scapular/shoulder/neck/chest exercises and stretches, being aware of posture in general. I would probably also touch on hand care, and preventing/treating carpal tunnel syndrome from the neck down to the hands. Maybe even throw in some medial or ulnar nerve glides? Maybe talk about text neck, which overlaps a lot with neck pain in what we do?
  18. Reapercon 2017 minis online?

    This would be an excellent idea! With day 12 being the new holiday miniature in place of the December miniature (as you would probably be getting the December miniature with your order anyways!)
  19. Reapercon 2017 minis online?

    I do wish I could have grabbed a few more miniatures, sure, particularly the scarecrow, the other Mouseling, and the dragon bust (I know, keep dreaming...) but I am actually very happy about getting the bag itself. My wife actually uses the bags from last year when she goes to the gym! But I can't seriously complain. After years of not being able to go to Reapercon I finally was able to go last year, and I was blown away by how good of hosts Reaper were. I have been a fan of Reaper for years, ever since they had those life counters for Magic, and every time I had dealings with them they were always so friendly and genuinely interested in nurturing the community. Reapercon brought that to a whole new level. I have no doubt that Reaper is trying to do its best when it comes to Reapercon goodies for everyone!
  20. Reapercon 2017 minis online?

    I can confirm about the swag bags, I just bought one! Although I would have much rather have been able to pick mine up in person....
  21. Do ReaperBucks Expire?

    I have no doubt that this has been answered before and that I have failed to find the answer but.... Do ReaperBucks expire? I have 750 of them from last year and I am wondering if they are still good!
  22. Mori Learns Sculpting

    I am liking your progress! And it is known that all of the cool elves have a squid on their head. This is a lot better than my first attempts at sculpting a full figure. I;d love to see what this looks like when you are finished!
  23. Do ReaperBucks Expire?

    Thanks for the answer. Last year was my first Reapercon and I ended up having to hit the road home before the auction started. I wish I had known before I left, I would have given my bucks to someone so they could get something cool! Lesson learned.
  24. Digital

    I have also been switching over to ZBrush. I will still do the odd physical sculpt if I have to but I am not really pursuing that any more. Realistically, the processes for making plastics is getting cheaper and the cost of high quality printers is getting cheaper- and will continue to do so for years to come. A solid foundation in actually pushing putty, a knowledge of the odd proportions used in making miniatures, and a knowledge of how miniatures are physically molded and made are all invaluable- those are things that separate good digital miniatures sculptors from all of the other ZBrush users. I too encountered companies that only wanted physical sculpts because they didn't like the "bland" look of digital sculpts, but those opinions were often based in how digital sculpts were seen years ago when the idea was newer and people were still figuring it out. Now? Pretty much all of the larger companies around use it, and people often can't tell the difference. Digital is faster for certain things but also slower for others (especially if you want to keep some "life" in the sculpt). You can avoid scale creep, keep the look of standard weaponry and equipment consistent much easier, scale issues are easily handled, you can go direct to plastics, and consumers are starting to prefer the cleaner look of the finished models. The down side is the steep learning curve, the cost of the programs, and still needing to have that knowledge of using digital programs for miniatures making vs computer graphics or special effects. Traditional sculpting teaches you fundamentals, is easily accessible (you can practice it as you learn to convert your figures), and there is always going to be a small niche of people who only want to make physical models. You get bad sculptors and good sculptors in each medium, and you get good models and bad models in each medium. The other perk of digital? I am getting older. After about 30 years of holding paintbrushes and sculpting tools I am noticing that my eyesight isn't getting better, arthritis is setting in, and bad posture for long periods while wearing an optivisor is starting to hurt more. Having to cut off mistakes or grind down/cut master castings that are being modified is getting to be more tedious. Digital sculpting is much more friendly for me physically. Also, because I don't have to work around set up times for putty or need to set aside larger blocks of time to work to make mixing up a batch of putty "worth it" I find that I am more productive- I can sculpt for 20 minutes, save, go have dinner with my wife, and return to my work right where I left off. One other thing that I have noted at the past few conventions that I have attended that makes me feel good about the switch to digital- a lot of companies have bought their own 3D printers and are now printing in house. The printing cost barrier is shrinking.
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