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  1. Sana'a, Yemen, the old city: http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/thumbs/site_0385_0018-750-0-20110809151007.jpg https://a630bbb17ae9d1222021-2afb368a5169e2c14e6c1f3083d913b8.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/2013/04/Sanaa.jpg
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    Overturn Rising Sands

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    Happy Birthday Spencerjohn

    I hope you have a good birthday!
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    Happy Birthday Ludo

    Happy happy birthday!
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    Happy Birthday Corporea

    A happy birthday to you!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Events are breaking my godsdamned heart again.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Just check to make sure they are seaworthy first. A lot of those things are top-heavy, designed for looks with no though to how they actually would float.
  8. I thought the shadows I put on her dress made it look kind of grimy, so I mixed translucent light buffs from Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, and Titanium White and laid them over her dress and boots. I also shaded the browns on her bow and arrow. I don't know what's up with my camera there. It was all the same exposure and settings.
  9. So while I was shopping at Ral Partha Europe (not the same as Ral Partha), I spotted some figures from Das Schwarze Auge which looked kind of nice in an Old School sort of way. Das Schwarze Auge was apparently Germany's answer to D&D in the 1980s. It was (might still be) quite popular there. I don't know the history of the figures. This is Das Schwarze Auge 15500F, "Female Elf Ranger". I have been thinking of her as "Plains Elf". I started this figure a while back, keeping it at the back of my painting table and adding bits as I painted other things. All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios. Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated. This is the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers. I already painted her face before I took a picture.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My studio is in the basement. I spend a lot of time down there in the summer.
  11. Really I should have done the gold on her cloak's brooch before I painted the gem, but I didn't. So here she is with what's going to be gold painted with pure Red Oxide (and I used some also to brighten her baldrick, arrow fletchings, and hair fasteners) and what's going to be silver painted with pure Carbon Black. And here she is with the metallics added:
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I know what you mean, although in more innocent times it just meant Iranian, which is the word for the people-who-never-called-themselves-Persian-because-that’s-a-Greek-word. I kind of got a big history lesson playing a Persian vampire. ... And it is mighty good to see you. Welcome back.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You might want to take a look at her book. Wow.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Have started Jewelle Gomez' astonishing Gilda Stories and am realizing that, so far as writing goes, I am still smearing around finger paints. Wow.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Psst. China Miéville is a fella.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    So here’s a thing. I’ve mentioned, now and again, that I’m playing in a fairly involved and pretty wild mix-up campaign of Vampire: The Masquerade (and a number of other Oddity: The Whatevering games) and Exalted. I’ve also mentioned that I am learning to write and have been working on various bits of character background. I’ve occasionally posted bits and bobs of my efforts, though not (much) of the latest. So, as it turns out I spent a good chunk of the spring writing what amounts to a novella’s worth of character background, approximately 30,000 words of … stuff. My writing tutor said it was actually good enough to show people, but both tutor and GM asked that I not post the entire story directly online, for Reasons. I can talk about it, though. So … If people are interested in reading my character background, please PM me with an email address I can send an .rtf file to (“rich text”, so should not have word processor issues). I have already shown the story to Glitterwolf. I tried PMing it, but since attachments aren’t a thing, it wound up being a gigantic post, and some of the words got changed to “broccoli”. So just actual emails, please, if you don’t mind. I do reserve the right to say “Wait, who are you, internet stranger who has stumbled on this post” and not send the dang thing. I probably only will be doing this for a little while after this post anyway, so no necroing this at some mysterious future time, please. Also it might take me a little time to get back to you. I keep odd hours. Some information: It is a vampire story. The MC is not a vampire, but several appear as characters. It is game character background. Much of the ethos is White Wolf’s World of Darkness, but it has a lot of homebrewed elements. I changed a bunch of the terminology because some of it was kind of dippy, but I tried to use logical, linguistically reasonable choices. It should be clear from context what is meant. Yes, there are cusswords strong enough to need broccoliing. At least one of the characters has a real mouth on her – it’s an important part of the character, I promise. And it’s international. I learned a whole bunch of fascinating new words for this story. Now you can too. There is no overt violence, gore, sexual situations or pseudo-sexual situations. There is some strong language, some threatened violence, some uncomfortable body stuff and some tension. I like to think there is also depth, humanity, perspective and interest. It’s basically a detective story. Glitterwolf says he enjoyed reading it (quotes used with permission): “There is a nice flow to it and enough mystery to keep wanting to know more.” “I find the description of the characters, their surroundings awesome. The references to real places, food, rituals, languages, history, they help build the story.” “I love vampire stories, so I might be a bit biased. But on the other hand, I can see the difference between a good one and a bad one. I really think you got something here.” So, that’s a thing.
  17. So while I was shopping at Ral Partha Europe (not the same as Ral Partha), I spotted some figures from Das Schwarze Auge which looked kind of nice in an Old School sort of way. Das Schwarze Auge was apparently Germany's answer to D&D in the 1980s. It was (might still be) quite popular there. I don't know the history of the figures. Anyhow, this is Das Schwarze Auge 15500B, "Female Sorcerer". I started this figure a while back, keeping it at the back of my painting table and adding bits as I painted other things. All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios. Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated. This is the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers. I already painted her face before I took a picture. Oh, and I left the orb on her staff just primed white because that will make it look more glowing when I paint it later.
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    Happy birthday, Froggy The Great!

    Happy birthday!!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Whoo, it is as hot as the dickens outside. So naturally we went out for Father's Day. To a tiny hole-in-the-wall dim sum place college kid recommended. (We were originally planning somewhere swankier but it would have involved a one-hour wait in a crowded, steaming hot lobby.) (Thank you, Google Maps!) The menu did not have portion sizes listed and the prices were so reasonable we assumed they meant the price for one bun for one person, sort of thing. When the first two plates of bbq pork steamed buns arrived we realized our error. Those were very reasonable prices. So anyway we have leftovers for maybe three more meals. Yum!
  20. I mixed a dull buff brown from Burnt Umber and Titanium White and painted her sleeveless coat and staff and stuff. Then I mixed a cream yellow from Titanium White ans Yellow Ochre and mixed it with the buff color for highlights.
  21. This is really sweet and a great introduction to Dungeons and Dragons. I’m kind of astonished — and delighted — that the news site Vox put it up. .
  22. Oh, okay. I thought a site that explained the news counted as a news site. Anyhow, I identified them as such because I wanted to make sure people knew it was them, not any other "Vox".
  23. All my Star Wars figures are four inches. Isn’t that the standard?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My condolences for your loss.
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