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  1. A while ago I stumbled upon upon a type of clear paint, named Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy, that cracks while it dries and creates an interesting ice effect that can be used to make some nice wintry bases that are more then just dirt and snow. Now Distress makes more then just a clear paint and Massive Voodoo has an excellent write up that explains how they used the non-clear paint for mud and other effects. This guide will cover how to make a base like the one below as well as a few other different types of ice bases. This is just an example of what you can do with the paint The paint comes is a fairly large bottle, about twice the size of your normal paint pot and is thicker then regular acrylic paint--which is good since you don't want this running everywhere as your using it. You can easily grab paint from the pot or off the included brush, which I've found way to big to use in any meaningful way, and place it where you want it. A few things to know about the paint before we start on the first base is this can take a while to dry and the thicker you paint it the more it cracks and the more brittle the cracks. Despite the brittleness you'll want to paint more of this on then you'll think you'll need and unless it's really thick you won't have a problem with this cracking when you drill through it with the pin vice. Its best to get something you don't care about, like a piece of cardboard, and experiment with some thicknesses before using it on any project. Step 1: Making the Ice Chunks This is the most time consuming part, but one you shouldn't have to do too often, and that's making the ice chunks that decorate the base. To do this you'll need to poor a lot of this stuff into something that's flexible so you can easily break out the "ice" once the paint has dried. You can use clay or a cheap plastic container, it doesn't really matter, just poor it in how big you want your chunks. Now the thicker you poor this the longer it takes to dry, as with anything, so expect at least 2 days for this paint to dry completely. Step 2: Prepping the Base Once you have your Ice chunks you can start to make your base. You'll want to take a normal lipped base, I haven't tried a non-lipped one, and cover up the slot with tape then paint the base whatever color you want your base to be. Darker colors tend to pop more with the dry brushing but using a lighter color and then staining the ice effect with an ink works quite well (the first base shown off in this guide uses P3 Frostbite with a turquoise wash). The base colors here are Rackham Wizard Blue and GW Ice Blue Next you'll want to glue your ice chunks where you want them and wait for the glue to dry. Step 3: Applying the Crackle Paint I find it easiest to hold the included brush over an open area where I want to place the paint and then, using an old brush, push it around to where I want the paint. I'll just keep adding more until I have the amount I want as it's easier to add then to remove this stuff. I haven't seen any negative effect on my brushes from using this paint but you don't want to get a nice brush in this stuff since you'll really have to wash to get it all out. Once you have the paint where you want it set the base aside and come back in 2-3 hours when it will be dry. Step 4: Finishing Touches Once the paint is dry you'll need to decide if you want to stain the ice effect or not. I tend to always stain the ice chucks I've added with some Turquoise Ink heavily watered down (maybe 15:1) and do several coats where I want it to have a stronger color. Once the Ink is dry, if you've used it, you'll want to dry brush the ice effect with a white. This part is tricky as you'll need to have more paint on your brush then you're use to having but if you've got too much then you'll just end up painting over everything. Your finished base The above base is pretty simple and nothing fancy, but you can do various things with this method to make some bases that really stand out: Combing Dirt, Snow and Ice will give you a more realistic base Part 2 will cover how to make this base (Edited to remove a commerce link without changing the tutorial, TaleSpinner.)
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    Announcing Reaper Bones Black!

    Be curios to see how BB compares to what Monolith puts out.
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    So I'm more the likely backing as I could afford to loose $130. Having a guy that speaks some Chinese and has experience with manufacturing there, even though it's in a different filed, is a big plus. Cost of what we're getting is still a concern but I've never backed a project before where the cost of living is significantly lower then the West so that might be part of why they can offer some prices (outside of the loss leader with expensive add ons). They're all Pakistani, living in Pakistan currently, but several of them having lived in Canada at one point in their lives. I think this come from a previous post of mine where some of the minis looked like production samples vs 3d prints (which they've confirmed they're all prints) due to some flaws on the base that looked like it came from a mold. So sorry about that. I think this is a cultural thing vs being rude in general and at least the one person I saw them calling out was being a jerk so I don't blame them. I'm kind of tired of people running KSers just enabling toxic comments sections for fear of losing a baker or too so I've enjoyed this. That's incorrect. There's been no blind playtesting but there has been by reviewers. But since I just want this for parts, as most games on KSer, I could really care less about how it plays. And they don't state they don't have project management experience just no experience in making a miniatures game. Still obviously a concern for some people but not the same. They also have some well off backer who's invested in the company at some level as he pays their travel costs.
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    So this one got me curious so I decided to swing by here as no one is quite as skeptical of a good KSer deal these days as the Reaper forums. I think what they're doing is offering the core box near cost and then making their money on full priced add-ons. outside of the Architecture Set everything else they have in that list is about what I'd expect to pay for retail, if not a bit more. Compare the expansion pack add ons (the first two) what you get for $45-50 and then look at what Monolith, mythic and CMoN give you for the same price as an addon. So basically bait people in with a really good core box, and it is a price that reminds you of KSer stuff from 3-4+ years ago, at/near cost and then hope you reel in lots of higher priced addon purchases. The buildings are probably near cost as well. Now the making big figures this is a concern but lots of companies have been making things that size in PVC for quite some time and now days is more on the manufacturer then the other side of things so that's less of a concern. I'll be watching as if they've actually got PVC samples already that shows they've already invested in production, have more then just quotes and actually kind of know what they're doing. Just looked at the bottom of the KS page and it looks like they have the whole core already done in PVC and cardboard. Crazy, you just don't see that these days. They've already dropped what? 200-300k on this just for molds?
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    Tutorial: Creating Ice Bases

    Same. I figure if it can last this long it's going to be quite some time till it yellows if ever.
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    Tutorial: Creating Ice Bases

    Hey all. Pulled one of these old bases out of storage to see how it held up after all this time (about 6 and a half years), since I was looking at using this medium for a project, and it still looks just as good as it did back when I made this tutorial. I added a quick picture to the end of the second post as well as below this sentence.
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    Marrow Productions - Journey Wrath of Demons

    I don't know if it's under the Asmodee brand or one of the other 500 game companies they own as at gencon all of them but FFG were grouped in one area. Even Monoliths Conan, which one of the former CEOs of Asmodee works for, was unsure what label was distributing Conan. They were saying that it was FFG in the US until corrected by backers. Hell Dorado wasn't one of their games as far as I'm aware (outside of distributing the closterphobia game set in that world) and the company that killed it off was Ninja Division after they bought it off of cypher because the KSer really didn't give it the jolt people were wanting -- Sometimes games just don't get traction.
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    Conan redux

    Got my rulebook reprint today. That's everything from this campaign for me.
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    Marrow Productions - Journey Wrath of Demons

    Got my resins from the core set today. Also the distribution deal they mentioned in their last update is Asmodee, they were demoing\advertising it at Gencon. Should be in stores for Christmas.
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    Mierce Miniatures - Darkholds

    its understandable though as tooling for the larger things is rather expensive and they're playing it safe.
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    Obsidian 3D Printer: High Quality, Sleek, and Affordable.

    eh, it's nothing spectacular. Probably it's most useful feature for the price is the phone based control. As always, 3D printers have a horrible track record on Kickstarter and it's just better to get something that's available now and has good reviews then wait and hope it lives up to the hype (which they never do). if you really want to hit that $150 sweet spot just watch r/3dprinting as there are several that go on sale for that price throughout the year that people in that subreddit will post and you'll still end up getting your printer months before this ever delivers. As GadgetMan said, build plate is pretty small but fine if all you want to do is dwarven forge type of things. You'll find that for our hobby height is usually the space you run out of over width and length. You don't really need a heat plate, I never use mine as I don't print ABS as it's not worth the effort and PLA is just fine without one with some hairspray or glue sticks.
  12. On September 25th 2016 I "won" the day with most likes despite not having any posts make it into the leaderboard that day for most likes. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/leaderboard/&custom_date_start=1474804800&custom_date_end=1474804800 Not only did I win, I crushed my competition getting more votes that day then all my competitors combined. So either I posted 279 times that day and Uber just liked all of them thus none of them showing up on the list due to low like count or I had planed on posted something really awesome that everyone would have loved but never got around to it and the forum just decided credit me with the number of likes I would have gotten with that totally awesome non-existent post. Since the forum gave me a win for a non-existent post I'd figure I'd let the forum decided the non-existent way(s) it plans on celebrating "Monkeysloth Day".
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    I hereby declare September 25th "Monkeysloth Day".

    Sure Pingo. Just try to pretend you're not one of the people that gave my non-existent post a like. Won't work! I see through the façade.
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    I hereby declare September 25th "Monkeysloth Day".

    Should have had the top non-existent post then.
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    Buildone 3D printer

    This. Been there, done that personally already with a kickstarted 3d printer. What was a good 3d printer 2 years ago when I backed spec wise was trash when I got it delivered this year compared to others. If you want one just buy one instead of waiting for a mythological one to appear on KSer that's what you've been waiting for price wise. If you can afford $100 that arrives in 16+ months you can save up for a $200 one and get it way before the other one arrives. Also even the one I have can print at 50 micron like this one but that doesn't mean you should (most can print about half as thin as advertised--just doesn't generally do a great job). Even this 3d printer says you normally shouldn't print that small right after you say you can so it shows that they're not being really straight forward about it. With anything that's a complicated machine it's better to get something that's already out as opposed to what looks to be a deal on KSer as not only do 3d printers have a horrible track record as a KSer so do most things that aren't tabletop or art related so we tend to look at stuff via rose tinted glasses.
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    EPICS: Interlocking City System Terrain

    The issues I really have with basic\common terrain items like this is you can buy a 3d printer and print out something the size of this in like a month for a lot less. And then, from there on out, you have the printer and don't have to buy that again. I'm comparing this to the Duke which is a full castle for $750 usd (roughly). Good 3d printer is $300, about $50 for the plans (more if you want a more complex castle) and probably $40-$50 in plastic. If all you care about is dwarven forge sized pieces you can cut the printer cost in half. It only makes sense to but one of the large, expensive pledges, if you love the look of it (which it is very nice, but very low detail even for MDF) or something that would be awkward to print size or modularity size. I do the same. Works really well.
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    Buildone 3D printer

    I'm just going to pop in and say if you really want a 3d printer there are really high quality ones for less then $200 that are prebuilt and have better resolution and you can get it this week instead of waiting forever to arrive (lets be honest, there hasn't been a good 3d printer KSer yet). r/3dprinting keeps and updated list of best printers for the price and new people. Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer is my recondition. It regularly goes on sale for $150-$175. It's easy to use, has a warranty (if US). I use the $300 version (larger print bed and faster speed but same resolution) and they're great for terrain and such.
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    Conan: Rise of Monsters

    that's pretty much common now days. Getting rarer and rarer to see KSers that allow people to just pledge a la carte . For me it will depend on the price point but I figure, like most board game KSers, that it will be around $100 for the pledge with stretch goals, probably $80 without. Also, ya, I would suppose this isn't going to launch until the end of March at the latest. They've done pretty much no work trying to get people excited for this game and if they just state "hey, its happening in a week, it will probably bomb again.
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    Conan: Rise of Monsters

    For supposedly starting a KSer soon they're really being quiet. We've only seen a few minaitures as well, though there are more concepts up on the original KSer page (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2060871444/conan-rise-of-monsters/description) As for price, what hurt them so much last time was the cost ($125 for one faction starter that was like 15 minis) so hopefully the Reaper team up makes this much more realistic in price for both the KSer and final product. If a reasonable price I'll be in for the terrain but so far the figures and setting don't feel very conan nor do they seam to even be bothering trying to stick with the traditional setting design for most units and figures. I'm not a fan of some of the artistic direction and worry they're going more of a western high fantasy look for it (see dragon and serpent warriors)
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    Darklands: Starter Hosts

    I had the same thing happen to me. Pinned Rob and he said it's either because he's trying to send out emails to people when they have lots of stuff available to ship so you can buy shipping to get it without having to wait for everything else or you have too large of an order to ship at the 10 quid price and need a second one.
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    Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Clealy Cash is Dusty.
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    Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Beagle and I Beagle, Monkeysloth and I. I'm pretty much off KSer with this too. I've mostly only been backing terrain things for the past while and now that I have a 3d printer I really don't need that anymore (plus I have a decent backlog of MDF to finish up this year).
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    Darklands: Starter Hosts

    Most of the regular backers that are active in the KS comments have been really trying to help him but Rob is Rob and won't outsource anything to anyone but Tim. I don't think they'll ever grow much as only around 4% of their sales come from outside of KS or their website (that number was from last year) and the starter set everyone wants him to do he won't as it's too expensive to produce so decided this was the route to go. I actually don't think this one will fund--or it will be very close--as there's nothing really for the long time people to get and as have stated not very new person friendly.
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    Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Which I do and I loves me some terrain airbrushing (it's all I've been doing for about a year). But budget.
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    Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    I'm really intrested in the game board but it's out of budget right now (or I don't get the pathfinder set and Hyperlight one). Over all I'm pretty happy. Lots more things came in the past week then I thought he would add. If I end up selling the pinups* the gamblers will cost me easily under $500 which is really good. *I want too, but I might be too lazy to actually do so.
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