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  1. There’s a jelly bean shortage?
  2. Paint Thinning

    Beading up is usually a problem when the surface being painted is water-resistant. Some common causes of that are skin oils from being handled or leftover mold release (common on resin figures). A solutio is to wash miniatures well with warm water, dish detergent, and a soft toothbrush before painting. Reaper Bones figures are known to resist thinned paint, so it is recommended that one put on one’s first coat of paint full strength (or my favorite life hack, a priming coat of thinned Reaper Brown Liner). Running into cracks means you have too much paint on your brush. Blot most of it out onto paper towels or something before touching the brush to the figure.
  3. Happy Birthday Bonwirn !!!

    Happy birthday!
  4. Happy Birthday Chris Palmer !!!

    Happy birthday to you!
  5. Sphinx - 77576

    Ohhhh, she’s beautiful! I love those wings! I loved this set so much I got two. I had specifically asked for a sphinx and a manticore and I think Julie Guthrie did a fabulous job on them.
  6. Some advice please

    I attach little A-shaped clips to the ends of the wire I’m cutting to avoid shrapnel. I think alligator clips would work too.
  7. I was at a science fiction convention this weekend and bought the 5e D&D Players Handbook and Starfinder from the booth of my FLGS. Because reasons. Also a copy of John Crowley’s Chemical Wedding as a 25th anniversary gift for my husband because Crowley is awesome (and was one of my husband’s teachers at Clarion West). My husband, it turns out, got me a long velvet lace-up dress and a nifty steampunk black leather corset-belt, which I am planning to wear when I take the family out for dinner tonight to celebrate our anniversary. Also a silver necklace of two dolphins kissing because silver anniversary and personal symbolism. Yowza!
  8. A week and a half ago we were under (eyeballing it) about 36 cm of snow, though it was not too cold (Then again, this time of year I tend to start leaving my coat open if it’s sunny, and one year as I was doing so I looked at the bank thermometer and saw it was 15 degrees F ( -10 C)). Today we are having warm rains, it was nearly sixty degrees (15 C) this morning and the snow is all gone, although there is a flood advisory for low-lying areas. The hotel the sci fi convention was in backed onto a forest preserve with a small river. It looked very pretty from our high room window, especially when there was a little squall and maybe a half inch of clean snow fell, clinging to branches and all. I took a bunch of reference pix for when I need imagery of a snowy forest and river from the air. I wonder what it looks like now.
  9. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Meat was forbidden Catholics every Friday and on a huge swath of holidays. But fish and seafood was allowed. This led to quite a bit of self-serving cheating. See “barnacle goose”.
  10. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    Medium blonde and superfine. Most of my life it has been stick-straight and long. After an unfortunate attempt at a perm two years ago it has been shorter than I have ever worn it. It is not exactly a cut. I could call it an inadvertent pixie cut. It is at present between 1980 Debbie Harry and 1978 Debbie Harry (although darker).
  11. Happy anniversary, darlin’, and thanks for twenty-five wonderful years.
  12. This is how far behind I am. ... At any rate, we are back from the big sci fi convention and the panels went well, even the one I moderated. College Kid, a.k.a. “Red” of Overly Sarcastic Productions, was on her first panels ever and had a pretty good time. Turns out the program director’s kid is a big fan, so once he found out she was here he got real excited and pulled his mom in and it looks like College Kid will probably be doing some more serious panelling next year. He had her autograph his dice bag. Also this bit from her text stream with PingosHusband:
  13. Happy Birthday Marvin !!!

    Happy birthday.
  14. Properties of Paint

    All paints consist of pigments in binders. In acrylics the binder is acrylic resin. Binder and medium are the same thing. In acrylics there will also generally be some kind of preservative, usually in the ammonia or formaldehyde line (more good reasons to never get your materials near your mouth!). Other additives include thickeners, stabilizers, surfactants, coalescing solvents and defoamers. As for the formulations and properties of Reaper’s liners, I do not know and I suspect they are trade secrets. Their clear paints are made from a small selection of particularly bright, transparent pigments. They might be single-pigment paints, or at least some of them are.
  15. Today I learned what a jerrycan is.
  16. Or yeah, that. That would be the professional thing to do.
  17. It’s good of you to make so many appraise checks for them. I suspect the crew around here would be okay with helping out, maybe. People seem to like the challenge of IDing mystery minis.
  18. All these years I’ve been calling someone Great Great Aunt and I should have been calling her Great Grand Aunt?
  19. We had so much snow some of our players couldn’t get their cars out and so today’s game is cancelled. Welp, guess it’s back to sewing the greatcoat for Hades ...
  20. Damar the Mage & Damiel the Alchemist

    They both look good. Those are great bottles and flasks on Damiel.
  21. We have been presented with a lot of snow. Yesterday afternoon one of the custodians of the apartment buildings across the street brought his snowblower over and cleared our driveway and front walk.
  22. I am reminded of College Kid’s review of the “American Gods” miniseries: (She is blunter in speech than I am :/ I have mildly redacted her post.)
  23. Here is something I typed today:
  24. Giants - metal

    They are resin.
  25. Saw an article about how Vogue magazine was being criticized for using unpaid interns and how that goes against its claim to be committed to diversity. It gave me flashbacks to art school, where all of the really good student jobs were unpaid internships: Major art galleries, art publishers, fashion houses, magazines, etc. All shamelessly offering fabulous jobs with zero pay. I remember how much that hurt, because most of us needed to earn a living, and giving away free labor, even free labor with all the perks and contacts needed for a lucrative future career, was impossible for us.
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