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Thrym last won the day on October 14 2013

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  • Birthday 03/21/1969

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    Waterloo, NY
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    Making display bases, painting miniatures, helping the miniatures community, advising ub3r_n3rd on his projects ... so on. If you want my advice, drop my name (I'll eventually find it), PM me, or hit me up on Facebook, Google or Skype.

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  1. The stupid system / Internet cut off and dropped part of my post. Edited for the remainder.
  2. This year's Christmas haul was fairly decent. I have also been sampling items off of Wish which has been mostly successful. To start, I got a memorial Stan Lee t-shirt from my wife. I see from looking for pics of it online that the image made the rounds to all of the t-shirt "shops." It's still cool. I also received a Star Wars Imperial Crossing t-shirt from my sister-in-law. In related stuff, I bought myself a Superman logo baseball cap off of Wish not too long ago and got it in a reasonable time. Been wearing it on and off over the last couple of weeks. Back to Christmas this year... I received a pair of Watch Repair Magnifiers and my wife also got me the OttLite LED floor and table lamp set with magnifying glass. 3 Pack IC-Gel Insta Cure Cyanoacrylate Gel Coral Glue These cool, Ancient Square Stepping Stones that are meant for Fairy Gardens but are now going to be fancy bases for miniatures. Some AC Moore house brand (Pre by Nicole) Gold Nylon round brushes sizes 1, 3, 5, & 6 The da Vinci Watercolor Series 1505 Maestro Paint Brush, Extra Short Retouch/Spotter Kolinsky Red Sable, Size 5/0 I got the Firefly Adventures Board Game and ordered the two expansions for it today. I think that covers most of my nerdy/crafty gifts for the holidays. I'll cover the rest of my random purchases the last couple of months to get caught up on my Acquisitions. So aside from the stuff I already mentioned above that I purchased, here's the full list. I bought every HD paint I didn't have for the clearance sale AND some other minis to pad the order to free shipping. 02819: Gloom Wraith 14307: Wraith Harvester, Necropolis Adept 14653: Wraith Harvester 77636: Death Shroud 07011: Dungeon Dwellers: Borin Ironbrow, Dwarf Adventurer X2 09974: MSP Bones: Monster Colors Set 09975: MSP Bones: Dungeon Colors Set And then to support Jason Weibe, I bought his personification and a few more minis to qualify for free shipping. 01633: Johan Rumbleguts, Dwarf Hero 14033: Nivar, Necropolis Hero 14265: Xailor, Overlords Monster 14555: Orbrag, Stonebiter A while ago and still trickling in I ordered the following from Wish. 50 Nd-Fe-B Super Strong Round N35 Rare-Earth Magnets 4mmx2mm Light Green Landscape Model Grass Powder 20 Resin Miniature Skulls (the size of halflings) LED 20x Magnifying Loupe Lens Jeweler Eye Glass set (essentially the same as I got for Christmas) Sugarcraft Food Paint Acrylic Brush Set (10mm, 7mm, and 5mm) 10 Artificial Ornamental Trees 12pc Acrylic Miniature Brush set (I picked these up to try because they showed actual minis in the picture) LED Foldable Lightroom/Photo Studio Cube. I have something similar but this folds into a smaller package and comes with the LED strip that I don't have for my older studio 8 sets of RPG dice in a variety of pearlized colors with a large dice bag 168 color dual head marker/brush pen set with carrying case A single 5/0 "Professional" Sable Hair Detail Miniature Brush with a triangular grip I also bought some more Air Dry clay for my current sculpting project and a plethora of FolkArt's Enamel, Metallic and Multi-Surface paints due to Joann's misprint of the 10-for-$10 sale. I like the Enamels because they have a fast dry-time but a slow cure-time. I can achieve better effects on some things with those ... see my Jabberwocky for my daughter in Show Offs. At this point, I am sure I forgot something that I already typed once or twice because of the glitching but I am done for the night.
  3. I added the Sombrero and the Sugar Skull buttons to the tavern today. Here is a close up of the Sombrero. I think it turned out pretty good so far. I also skinned the remainder of the skull and cleaned a couple of spots. Tomorrow I start adding details after some really light sanding. Stay turned and Enjoy!
  4. It's the holidays, so I present to you ... The Day of the Dead Fairy Tavern "Zapata's Skull & Rose" Okay, it's hokey, but my daughter enjoys the masks and such from the Day of the Dead and as I was trying out my homemade paper clay, I started to shape the fairy garden house. When I placed the windows where they ended up, they reminded me of a cockeyed skull and the idea was born. The List Das Air Dry Clay Two Plastic Bottles of different size with the bottoms cut off. Glue Gun and Hot Glue Aluminum Foil Painters or Masking Tape Cardboard for the base Extra Plastic from Product Packaging Homemade Paper Clay Construction First off, if you haven't had the chance and want to do something like this ... I do plan to make terrain, etc. using these components ... I suggest Creative Mom's YouTube channel. Yes, it's all Fairy Homes and such but she does a damn good job on construction and design using the above components. They are lightweight and durable and hold a solid edge if you want to use any of those cool terrain stamps many of us bought into or a mold. I hot glued the two bottles together so the cut ends are flush. I used a lot of glue to ensure that they were together solidly. Then after measuring a terracotta pot against the cardboard round from a frozen pizza, I glued the bottles to the cardboard. I wanted to ensure that there was space to glue the base to the pot's rim but not have the building flush to the edge. I then glued some aluminum foil to the bottles to form some shapes. The "hat" was planned all along but it's going to be a sombrero now. So I glued a ring of foil around the bottle top and then added foil over the ring and flattened the edges. To strengthen the form and blend the bottleneck out a bit I used the painters' tape around the brim and across the back where the "smokestack" comes up. To help bridge in between the two bottles a bit more I added a rope of foil from the front to the back in an arc and glued it down. Then I added more foil atop the cap of the second bottle to make it taller like and then used more foil and painters' tape to make it more of a long neck bottle. I glued a rectangle of packaging to the front as a box window. With everything constructed, I spackled the shape with the Homemade Paper Clay. The reason I used the Homemade Paper Clay first is that I used recycled shredded paper instead of toilet paper to make the clay so it's very, lumpy. The initial skinning of Homemade Paper Clay. The Stucco From here I wanted to apply a smoother surface for the finished product and wanted to add some sculpting. So instead of using a finer Homemade Paper Clay, I went for my Das Air Dry Clay. I created the skull face first. Then tonight I skinned the "bottle" side of the tavern adding a petal edge to the front and back around the neck and blocking out the window. What's Next? Well, I have to finish the back of the skull side and then the sombrero. I have three Day of the Dead skull buttons I am going to embed in the sombrero per fairly common costumes. I'll also add a bunch of details to the building and naturally, I will do my usual work on the ground. There are a lot of skulls that show a thin mustache for male ones, so I think I might make a series of boards tacked up to make a thin mustache to frame the doorway. This is a vector skull I manipulated to sort of match my quazy skull face. I am thinking of doing it black on white like this. As usual, thoughts and comments are welcome. Enjoy and Stay Tuned!
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    Tomb Guardians miniatures - 11/6

    Here are the new Pledge Levels they added: These are geared more toward flexibility for your options.
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    Tomb Guardians miniatures - 11/6

    Tomb Guardians has taken feedback from their pledgers and the commenters and added different pledge levels. I have backed this ... I do like dwarves and the wraith is very, very nice ... mainly because Jason and Bobby are such awesome sculptors and Tomb Guardians has a guarantee for their miniatures against breakage. Wraith: I hope they hit their main goal, $25K, and we get some of these Stretch Goals: Some additional miniatures added to their campaign page: Mountain Ogre: Fire Imp: Dwarven Female Tinker: Dwarven Female Warrior w/Pike and Shield: ------ As a bonus, if you join up and mention that I referred you (Thom "Thrym" Prati) in a message to the creator (I just need three referrals) I can get a free mini! I will post if I get the mini. So check it out. They have a Facebook page and Website if you search for Tomb Guardians Miniatures.
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    Pokemon Go

    I hope there are still people playing this on here. I need three new friends for Professor Willow's "A Ripple in Time" quest. The first three people to message me about this will get the friend code. If you miss out, no worries. I am sure there will be more required friendships. If there aren't any by the time I finish the latest quests, I will just take all-comers. Thanks!
  8. Posted to my blog, Thrym's Table.
  9. Added the Gloss Goo™ layer. Kind of looks like I glazed a cookie. Should dry quick in the ac tonight. Off to bed. Stay tuned and Enjoy.
  10. Added white water and some more spell effect. Gonna add the Gloss Medium & Varnish layer over that and then another Gloss Goo™ layer. Woodland Scenics White Water Highlight is the highlight. I added Reaper Sparkling Snow as a wash with a little gloss medium mixed in to create the silvery effect. Stay tuned and Enjoy.
  11. So, the Gloss Goo™ dried well by morning, so I added a straight Gloss Medium & Varnish layer and then another layer of the Turquoise spell effect. Which is drying fairly well in the air conditioning. Once that's dry I think I will do some highlighting of the spell effect before going back to the goo. Looks like the image is a little desaturated. Stupid phone. Anyway. Will post another pic when I get the highlights done and then the next Goo layer. I think I will also start the white water of the cresting waves. Stay tuned and Enjoy!
  12. Okay, I decided to create a concoction of the Golden Heavy Gel and the Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish that I've dubbed, "Gloss Goo™." So I mixed equal parts of water and the Gloss Medium along with a generous dollop of the Gel in a separate container. I threw in some glass beads for agitators and shook it all up to mix the gel into the varnish. The whole thing is a creamy yogurt consistency. Using the same large 6mm flat brush I've been using to apply the layers all along, I dabbed the Gloss Goo™ onto the water surface. I'll try to take another shot when this coat is dried. It's already drying a lot faster than Gel would alone. Tomorrow it should be ready for the next coat. Possibly more of the same to continue building up the layers. Also pictured in there are some recent purchases ... Happy Seppuku's recently released Coins and Basalt stamps. Woodland Scenics Water Tints (Turquoise, Navy Blue, Olive Drab, and Sage Green) plus White Water Highlight. All bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby at around a $1.00 a piece. In the corked jar to the right are Plastic Rocks for use with plaster, glue or paint when creating scenes for model railroads. I got two bottles for like 50 cents as another Hobby Lobby clearance nab. Stay tuned and Enjoy!
  13. Tonight's layers: I started off with another Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish layer At that point I decided on my underwater effect. I mixed what you see above, Woodland Scenics Turquoise Water Tint and Reaper Sparkling Sniw with the Gloss Medium and Water. That went into the heart shaped area between Ezren and the Maiden like a shield or fringe of a spell on the water. Next I added more Golden Heavy Gel to the back to help build the wave and then the front edges as well as where Ezren lifted his arm from the water. Next layers ... Future layers will be either just the Gloss Medium or a combo of the Gloss Medium and the Heavy Gel intermixed with expanding on the spell effect. Stay tuned.
  14. For those interested in how to build and to paint (airbrush) a water display base ... I recently enjoyed this tutorial by James Powell posted to the Weathered Models group on Facebook. I utilize some of the ideas and techniques he discusses above as I am building up the layers. I will be specifically be using the polyfill to add some more interesting details to the waves and splashes. Screenshot Preview: Facebook Video