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  1. In the Storm King's Thunder campaign I'm playing in we've had 2 encounters with an ancient blue dragon named Iymrith. I don't have a painted blue dragon... And my very pregnant DM isn't going to get one bought and painted before we need her, so... Digging through my minis, I figured Narthrax was as close as I've got. It was going to be blue anyway (or dessert sands brown) so that was my top choice. I also thought about the wizkids dragons, but the FLGS only had the green, and I wasn't all that impressed with the sculpt. I'd rather drop $30 on another Narthrax if I'm gonna paint a brown one in the future. Tonight I pulled her out, scrubbed her down, and started working on her base. She could probably for on a smaller base, but with her wingspan, and the fact that she's an ancient dragon, I figure she deserves it. and the cork will give her some extra height. It helps her look even bigger as compared to Blightfang! More to come!
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    Google Hangouts Chatter thread

    I really do need to get back to doing this.
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    Getting To Know Each Other, November 2018

    ... ... You just wait til my attorney @buglips*the*goblin files his next movement with your office...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Depends on the office. It's very very inconsistent. Very. Thankfully my office is one of the good ones. Let me know, and I'll make sure you've got passes to get in! As for spring? Sometime between April and June? We actually have one, but it hasn't gotten pulled out in... Weeks, maybe even months. It *will* be out from now on, per the DM. Well, good time to get a fall jacket then. They should be on sale now! and if they aren't tell them to look outside and reevaluate!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yup, totally this. I guess fall is over...
  6. The painting theme of the month has been chosen! The Undead of October will emerge from their (freshly painted) graves The miniatures have been selected… Here’s what's on the painting table:9 Bones Skeletons (from Bones 2)6 Undying (Death, minotaur, lizardman, elf, halfling, & dwarf skeletons from Bones 3)Bone Fiend (Bones 2)4 mummies (Bones 2)Hecklemeyer & Styx (25th Anniversary mini)Dust King & Tomb (Bones 3)Demi-Lich (Bones 2)3 Nefsokar mummies (Bones 1)26 (or 28 if you count the broken tomb and the tiny puppet) minis, in 31 days? Less if you count the vacation in the middle of the month… Plus one day since I started on the last day of September. Granted, the skeletons should all go really quickly, but even still, it’ll be a push to get it done, but this would push me over 100 minis for 2018… Since everything is already lined with brown liner, the plan is:Dirty Bone on all the bone and mummy wrapping!Scorched Metal all the armor and weapons Heavy Sepia Wash pretty much everythingHighlightsSpecial Minis:Demi-Lich - Thinking green/purple flames?Hecklemeyer - Black & White costume? Black, White, & Red?Nefsokar mummies - Lots of gold and bronze. Dust King - Seriously tempted to paint it up like the ice lich from Warcraft… As for their bases? That’s a little more work. The skeletons, bone fiend, and maybe the dust king will get bases to match the flocking on the tombstones. The demi-lich and hecklemeyer will probably get some sort of sculpted flagstone base. The mummies? Haven’t decided. Seriously tempted to give them dungeon flagstone bases too… Okay, so it’s really unlikely I’ll finish all of these in October, but maybe by November?
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    Getting To Know Each Other, November 2018

    I'm sorry Quisitor. On the advice of my attorney, I respectfully invoke my rights under the Fifth Amendment.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My bride is okay with it, though she doesn't really *get* it. My ex can roast in the fires of h*ck that her soul spawned from. So, game last night was not as fun as it should have been, and it was all because of one drop in player... Even after the long walk home, then walking the dogs, and taking a hot shower, I was still so upset that I couldn't sleep. So I did what I had to do and wrote about it. http://towerofthearchmage.blogspot.com/2018/11/you-arent-tonights-special-guest-star.html?m=1 Which feels a little silly, but half the group has emailed about it and we're all in agreement that well address it more clearly going forward.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    ... ... .... ... Hail Hydra.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

     "Oh, is that what the kids are calling it these days?" When you graduate from wand to staff, it's important that you practice! Gonna need to invest in better deodorant. Bundled up because of the wind, and walking the mile to the subway... Hoo boy...
  11. As I'm discovering, downsizing to a smaller location does nothing to lessen the urge to play games or to have and paint lots and lots of miniatures (at least in theory). I figure I'm not the only one who's options are limited by space (not counting those TARDIS equipped Time Lords), so I wanted to start up a thread to talk about it. The idea to spend some time focused on it was actually suggested to me by @Rob Dean about a month ago, but with adjusting to life after this move, I'm only just getting around to it. So here goes! First, small space hobbying. (link to the blog post shared below) Since moving, I’ve had to adjust how I engage in my hobby. No longer can I keep my painting station set up on my desk, with minis and paints strewn here, there, and anywhere else I feel like it. For one thing, I no longer have a desk! And I’m sharing the limited space I do have access to. Also, since the apartment has a serious lack of counter space, the “dining room” table (46" x 29") often gets used for food prep, and even more often, actually eating!Storage space is also at a premium, an issue exacerbated with the arrival of Bones 3. Seriously, I had a lot of minis before… I had to put a whole bunch into storage. And now… I don’t even have room for Ma’al Drakar. He’s hanging out on top of my bookcase, and he takes up almost the whole top! At least while he’s in his box, I can stack other stuff on top of him.My solutions so far are to keep things as accessible as possible, while also making it as easy as possible to put everything away quickly and neatly.Due to the limitations of physics, not everything can be equally as accessible at the same time… and it doesn’t need to be. Honestly, of the hundreds of minis I have with me, I’m rarely going to need access to more than a couple at a time. Everything else can be tucked away until needed. To make it easier to find something I’m looking for going forward, I’ve tried to organize it all as much as possible. Mostly this has involved plastic baggies.This is just one of the bins of Bones minis I've got semi-organized. For the most part Bones 1, 2, and 3 are segregated. Not sure I'm going to keep that up, or reorganize it all based more on theme rather than the kickstarter they came from. For the things I use most often, the minis I'm actively working on and the paints to paint them, I keep them on the upper shelf, the easiest to reach. I have an old tray with a piece of cardboard on it that has my active minis, and whatever paints I've used most often, along with the brushes tools, visor, and paint pallet. Under it are my cases of paint. When I want to paint, I simply take the tray to the table, set up my ott-light, and paint. Usually I move the cases of paint to sit on the chair next to me, and the laptop next to the tray.I'd love to get a light arch, but for now, this is what I've got, so this is how I do it! *** Thoughts, comments, suggestions, experiences, etc. all welcome!
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    WIP 07010: Adrasteia Winterthorn, Vampiress

    Wow, she looks great! I love how the cloak turned out.
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    Happy Birthday MissMelons

    Sounds awesome!
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    Happy Birthday Buglips*the*Goblin

    *Adds cowbell*
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    Getting To Know Each Other, November 2018

    Go for a hike with my girls. Have a really nice dinner. -Redacted- until the end or the sun comes up.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Lunch time... D&D tonight... Really looking forward to being able to get some use out of my new 5th level spell slot!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    What if they like boobs? Is that where Kingdom Death came from? I mean... Okay, 2+ weeks worth of shirts ironed, 2 episodes of Supernatural watched. Gonna do a tiny bit of basing, then cut my hair, then call it a night.
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    Getting To Know Each Other, November 2018

    You're a monster... I'm gonna go with the forget-ray.... But I don't remember why. Still has some bugs to work out. Or does it? Crap, I need to take better notes.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    *Remembers this joke for when I'm in Hawaii standing on an active volcano*
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Are you kidding? I absolutely loved going through all 3 of my Bones kickstarters. I had the pictures up on the screen (or printed out) and had so much fun putting everything into their little groups... Seriously, hours of fun!! Okay, I guess it's time to wrap up this long weekend... *sigh*
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    Crowley's Undead of October

    @Rigel Outlining the diamonds? Uhh.... I... I'm not that good. I think I'm happy with this.. This was an interesting experiment, and decent enough for a tabletop piece, but this is one I'd want to try again on. Blurry? *Shrug* Tabletop quality minis, tabletop quality pictures! Dear Mummy Lord, why so much healthy looking flesh??
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    I'm thinking about talking to my DM about it. She wants an ancient blue dragon...