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Posts posted by CashWiley

  1. 11 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:


    I'd like to try oils on minis. Not this weekend, though. I'll be doing docks and Cavernscapes and hopefully some work on an entry for Reapercon.

    I also would like to try out oils on minis, since my studio is currently geared up for oil painting.


    I should probably prep and prime one to work on between 2d stuff while I have paints and brushes out.

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  2. 17 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    June 22: Are there any content creators (videos, blogs, etc) that you follow online?

    You know my list is extreme! I'll try to hit a few highlights...mostly on youtube:


    Proko - Stan Prokopenko's free content and vlog. My favorite! SO MUCH quality education. He's a silly dude and the theme music will make you crazy, but it's top notch drawing education FOR FREE.

    Cesar Santos - Great inspiration and phenomenal talent. Best sketchbooks in the universe, though the raps...yeah. He has fun.

    Jeff Watts - Stan's teacher. Lower content, but very inspirational talks. I watch Jeff's "How to Train to Become a Successful Working Artist" at least once a year because it rekindles the dedication every time.

    Florent Farges - The French Bob Ross, so soothing to watch. For a long time he was doing regular live stream painting with chat, very relaxing and informative, as you could ask him questions while he worked. Tons of great painting instruction on his channel.

    Paul Foxton - A Munsell color instructor, another very soothing channel. So much information, Paul is an absolute gold mine and I encourage you to check him out, as his color methods benefit everyone, including mini painters. He still does little popup FB livestreams now and again, as well as webinars. Fabulous guy, very knowledgable, kind and funny.

    James Gurney - I think we all know James here, everyone's best Art Dad. Again, a very informative, kind and funny guy. Follow his blog, too (gurneyjourney).

    Zin Lim - Charcoal portrait master, lots of time lapse work.

    CroquisCafe - My go-to resource for figure drawing.

    Draw Mix Paint - Mark has some decent content, but he's a bit of an odd bird and really pushes his product line as solutions for a lot of things.


    I sub to a bunch more, but those are my core set and tend to update regularly and/or feature more useful content.

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  3. 15 hours ago, Morihalda said:


    Yes! I grew up reading and didn't have a lot of people interaction. I didn't think about this until you mentioned it . I remember people laughing at me because I didn't say things right. "Interpret" and "Nazi" were two I distinctly remember getting wrong. For a long time after, I corrected people on ones I learned because I didn't want them to get laughed at either, but I stopped several years ago when my husband told me that people don't really care and were just as likely to get fussy about it either way.... 

    I try to never make fun of someone for not knowing how to pronounce a word, because often it just means they're a reader. And your husband is wise in the ways of people.

    15 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    June 21: What are some fun desk toys or busy knickknacks?


    Thanks, husband.... :lol: 
    (He says he expects a list of new shinies by the end of the day.)

    I'm too old for the desk toy generation, but I keep two brass Egyptian cat statues on my desk (lacquered black, one on a wooden coffin). I also have a small frame where I rotate in my latest art print.

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  4. 7 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    June 20: Do you say tomato or tomato? Are there any similar pronunciations that completely vex you, like when someone says eligible instead of illegible?


    Thanks, Pezler!

    toe may toe


    I have s batch of words that my brain misinterprets on the way to my mouth, because a lot of my vocabulary came from reading as a child (feed your kids as many books as you can!). Last on I remember struggling with, even though I know the correct pronunciation was 'detritus' because my 8 yr old brain read it as 'detrius'.


    We've had an influx of immigrants, mostly from NYC, over the last 20 years, it's fun to watch them try to pronounce some of the city names (often named by natives) in upstate. 

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  5. Chemist, doctor, vet, mechanic, electrician, civil engineer, farmer, woodsman, hunter, brewer, tailor. Ideally you'd want to locate in a colder climate (assuming cold would hinder zombies since they aren't warm-blooded). 


    The brawlers and shooters are going to be valuable during the initial year, both in defending the settlement as it sets up the initial infrastructure and in protecting the scavenging teams. Raiding should get you through that initial buildup period, water and food from packaged sources, etc. 

    Then you'll want to have access to a solid spring, set up plumbing and develop a small farm. You'd also ideally locate near an energy source like a natural gas mine, that could be tapped to build a small power grid. Once you have the food, water and power set up, it's mostly about surviving the human raiders.

    I play a lot of zombie games. :D

    And it's not nice, but your best bet is also raiding preppers to take their caches (they'd be unlikely to share). They load up on food, meds, water and ammo: the essentials of the apocalypse.

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  6. 7 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    June 15: Have there been any board games or video games that you've discovered lately?

    DOOD STATE OF DECAY 2 IS SOOOO GOOD. Too good. I should be in the studio drawing but I'm scavenging for ammo good.


    Just a nice mix of things that hits me in the right place at the right time. Lots of stuff to bounce between, but most of it very relaxed. It's an odd mix of how I like things, I guess! A bit of exploration and character development and emergent gameplay. Crossplay on Win10 and Xbox, too, up to 4 player co-op. Unfortunately all my friends are on Steam, so I haven't done multiplayer yet.

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  7. Because I don't have a good answer for today's question, I'll give my favorite example of someone going into a berserker rage (in prose).


    Joel Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series, I think it may have been book two or three. If you haven't read them, stop reading this immediately and go read at least the first five or six. 


    The basic premise is people playing a game of D&D are transmitted into the game world by the DM. A handicapped kid becomes a dwarven berserker, but when he needs to go berserk, he realizes it's harder than just saying "I go berserk" and rolling a die. He taps into some of his own past and rips it up. Amazing scene (also some pretty graphic bits in that part of the story, aside from the rage).

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  8. 14 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    June 13: Where do you find mini painting or general art inspiration?


    A place, a show, a song?

    Forgot to mention I also have to play music while I work. At school my instructor favors either some avant garde synth guitar stuff or old school jazz (louis armstrong, that kinda thing), but I prefer classical. I lean heavily on Amazon Music's Classical Focus station but also listen to chorale stuff like The Sixteen, solo cello like Yo Yo Ma's Bach Suite, or piano stuff like Satie. I normally like fairly fiery classical music, but when doing art I like it more relaxing so I don't tense up.

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  9. 8 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    June 13: Where do you find mini painting or general art inspiration?


    A place, a show, a song?


    Seriously. Guys like Wayne Reynolds and Paul Bonner are pretty obvious choices for mini inspiration (since a lot of minis are based on their work!), and I've leaned on Frazetta and Vallejo a bit (that's why I like painting barbarians). But there are seemingly infinite choices for inspiration when you get to general art.

    My current favorite artists are Jeremy Mann and Nadezda, and I've just come across a talented artist named Mia Bergeron who is super inspiring (google image search all of these people!). They're all great figurative artists incorporating a very impressionistic feel into their work. I hope to get there some day!

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  10. I mean, I don't really buy minis anymore and probably wouldn't buy them individually....so it's a pretty idle complaint. Back in my collecting days, yeah, there are some that it's a crying shame aren't in display quality formats...Not-Storm is soooo amazing (after I lop off that staff)...


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  11. The rest of mine showed up today. Their sculpts are just so stunning! Very excited about the MD x-over, too, as I prefer MD.


    The plastic is decent for gaming pieces, but the sculpts are so good, I keep wishing it was just a little bit better...

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  12. On 6/10/2018 at 10:48 PM, Morihalda said:

    June 11: What do you consider to be hidden gems in Reaper's catalog?


    Thanks, Xiwo Xerase!

    The evil toys. http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/evil toys/z-a/02887

    9 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    June 12: Do you have a spirit animal or guardian? If you made one for fun, what would it look like?


    There are all sorts of fun stories and types from different cultures! 

    Black bear. Our family camp used to be on Bear Creek, so I grew up around them and we had paintings and iconography all over. Then I got a 25 lb black cat.


    Also, I like winter and hibernation.

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  13. 18 hours ago, Morihalda said:


    Nooo hahahaha noooooooooo that's me on both of those. ::P:


    I had my original order (including a leopard), a second order in November (chose to add to my KS shipment), and a third order 3 months ago (separate, from the store).


    At least it will be a big box of happy if all 3 sets arrive together.

    Yep, me too! Not the third order, though...but when he starts catching up to Kev's backlog when the KS finally finishes out...hooboy.

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  14. 57 minutes ago, Morihalda said:

    June 5: What's your favorite season? What do you like about it?

    Winter! I love snow, driving in it, skiing on it, looking at it. The colder it is outside, the more I can crank up my woodstove with a nice crackling fire and I spend less money to heat my house than when it's too warm to crank the stove (also, trees are a renewable resource vs natural gas fracking). I love wearing all kinds of layers and accessories, but I run hot so even in the winter I can barely bundle up, in the summer I'm always too hot. The cold kills off all the bugs and nasty critters, so we can go for months with no mosquitoes or other varmints. It also keeps the yahoos in their houses, summer time and every yahoo in the city is out causing trouble or making a racket. Finally, winter is a low-chore season. Sure, I have to rake the roof a couple times a year or run the snowblower...but I love being outside in the snow, so that's ok by me. And compared to the rest of the years, when the list of chores stretches on for years...yeah. Winter is art season. Winter!


    Now...I have to go price sheds because it's chore season and I need a new shed. And I need to weed, turn over and fertilize the garden so I can plant. And...so many chores. Looking forward to next winter!

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  15. 37 minutes ago, klarg1 said:



    I just remembered: One year, the manager that hired me at my last job gave all his direct reports bright, Swingline Rio-Red Office Space staplers. Does that count? If so, I had that too, even if I didn't choose it myself.

    My Swingline is black, but it's the correct vintage. I have a label saying 'Please don't take my stapler or I'll burn down the building' on the bottom of it.

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