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Cranky Dog

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    Happy Birthday OneBoot

    Incorrect! I taped a prism to my face, so that everything looked like rainbows. Wait, unless *that* is how Pezler works.
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    Painting Khanjira but in The Tarrasque Colors

    Hello and welcome to you too! If you want to, we have the Work in Progress (WIP) subforum for those who want to share the evolution of their projects.
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    Happy Birthday OneBoot

    Happy Birthday to my favorite purple kitty!
  4. As I'm mostly unfamiliar with the full spectrum of the possibilities, I'm curious to know as to how wide the category is or not. Standard real life military gear is easy to accept, as are Big Stompy Robots. But what about other less imposing sci-fi or fantasy units, or simply a bunch of soldiers? Where do you draw the line at accepting them in this category or putting them in Open/Diorama/etc. For example, are a bunch of Star Wars stormtroopers acceptable? What if they're standing on a AT-ST? Or how about a bunch of Warhammer dwarves/orcs and their war machine. Is the whole idea of the category machines first, personnel second?
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    More Contrast isn't Realistic?

    Hair is one of the few parts of a mini where the use of glossy/satin sealer would make sense.
  6. It's a shame that it isn't panning out as planned. Though I wasn't going for the dropship itself, I know a lot of people were excited for it. Still, in my view it was properly communicated (a key factor in many campaigns), and were getting the Pillager as a free extra. The Pillager looks huge! How does it compare in size with the Enforcer?
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    More Contrast isn't Realistic?

    Hair *is* an odd beast when it comes to how it reacts to light compared to other surfaces. It's a bunch of tiny translucent and reflective strands which are packed loosely enough that light can easily reach deeper layers. Regular shadow-highlight rules do not work with many kinds of hair.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Then again, the Tre Manor orcs are also very similar. The new ones in Bones 2 were basically weapon swaps.
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    Painting Khanjira but in The Tarrasque Colors

    A useful tool on Reaper's website is the Power Palette. You upload/link an image, and with a zoom tool, it can create a list of approximate colours from their catalogue. The tool is slight out of date, as it only showed me the SKU codes and not the names like it used too. But you can get a good ball park idea of the hide and carapace colours, be it the base colour, highlight and shadow.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Wow, I never realized how huge Mumlak would be, nor Blacktooth Terror. Now I have some regrets of not pledging fore the Lost Valley expansion and dinos.
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    Back for the first time in ages!

    Welcome back! I'm doing fine. Twenty!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    A better idea and use of a workplace squirt gun is to fill it with the leftover coffee. You know, the "bottom of the pot, not enough for a real cup and the last guy was too lazy to prepare the next batch." Incidentally, that guy is also your next target. Something more evil would be to add some yellow food colouring. That'll get a reaction (and maybe a meeting with angry HR).
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Growing up, I was the one who drew the most in the family. I used the reverse pages of leftover documents my father brought home (also did a lot of math homework with those blocks of papers). Most of the time, I was drawing while watching TV. Later in life, it was mostly countless doodles in class notebooks. I kind of "gave it up" when the Internet became a thing. My "idle" hands are now always busy typing or handling a mouse. And doodling during meetings isn't very professional looking, though the occasional drawing still appears in my notes. Now as to what I was drawing. My boy brain with a penchant for engineering had recurring themes. Giant robots; race cars; mazes; Escher type illusions. Of course, when I started playing D&D, I drew maps and representations of my characters. A unique recurring theme I had was drawing "real time" space invasions. A hostile space fleet is attacking my underground base! Deploy laser cannons! On blank sheet of paper, I drew a jagged line to represent mountain range near the bottom quarter of the page, usually with one side climbing higher. Then I'd draw gun turrets in most of the nooks and crannies of my mountain range. By gun turret, I mean a circle arc with a rectangle poking through, pointing in random directions. Often, I would have one much larger (and fancier looking) main cannon, connected to an underground energy crystal (shaped like a diamond of course) The invasion fleet (heavily inspired from the baddies from UFO Robot Grendizer) was tons of randomly placed little circles, to which I added tiny winglets and "t" shaped tail fins, also pointing in random directions. A couple of much larger circles were "boss" ships. Then I'd take a ruler... and the battle began! I'd draw a straight line from each cannon and ship in the direction they were pointing. Everywhere the line fell, an explosion occurred. I'd scribble an explosion over every ship that got hit by the laser, and the same for everything on the ground. If by any chance, one explosion touched another ship/cannon. That ship/cannon would also explode! The larger the ship/cannon, the larger the explosion. So you can imagine the sort of chain reaction that would easily occur. By the end, I'd have over half of the page covered in squiggly explosions. If anything survived, I added more cannons until the space fleet got defeated, but at tremendous cost. Especially if the energy diamond got caught in an explosion, and also exploded, for it was made of... explosive energy. In the end, I spent a half-hour of action filled drawing, with a beginning, middle, and end of a story. With the right programming skills, I could make a screen saver or mini flash game out of this.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Stuff that happened while the forum was down: Booked an appointment for a 100K km service on my car. It's been good to me and needs some TLC. A young fox wandered on our work site yesterday morning. It seemed curious and not fearful at all this mining activity. A couple of guys took pictures of it. Cute little fella. We must look like some kind of herd animals when we step off the shuttle in a group. The young fox was still here this morning! Strutting around. Weather is rainy and very windy since last night, and there are tons of hidey holes around. I think it's secretly a head-hunter, scouting for new recruits for a different company. My last day until the long Thanksgiving weekend! I'll be visiting the family, and trying a different route to get there.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Pretty much my regular level of (non) activity, but without the pleasant distraction of the forum. The day felt much longer than usual. On the plus side... Uhm... My F5 key still works!
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Obviously I would waste it and not be productive. I don't blame sleep on my procrastinating habits. So I'd be *not* doing activities 24/7.
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    The 5 Word Story

    eating the troll soup, so
  18. First time I saw them, I thought they looked like slippers. Armored assault slippers!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    This one is unfortunately easy to explain: They sell Spell Cards.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I love soup! And I usually always have a batch of homemade soup in the fridge, especially in winter. My regulars are vegetable soup; carrot soup; and butternut squash soup. My recipes are pretty simple: Vegetable soup: two cans of diced tomatoes, mix of diced veggies (generally carrots, green peas, onions, celery, beans, corn, etc.), chicken stock. Carrot soup: several pounds of diced carrots, onion, a potato or two (to thicken), chicken stock. Blend after cooking. Butternut squash soup: diced squash, onion, a potato or two, chicken stock. Blend after cooking. The secret ingredient being chicken stock, which is often turkey stock. Less frequently pork/beef. Since they're also all homemade, it depends on what I had the previous weeks. Seasonings vary: salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, turmeric, garlic, etc. Depends on what I have around in the pantry. I also use olive oil, but only add it when I'm about to eat it. Since I have a nice hand blender, I tend to blend directly in the pot. Cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, blend real smooth. Now if I'm really in the mood, I make Vietnamese Pho soup. It's not particularly difficult, but it is time consuming as it has many little steps, and cannot be prepared in small quantities. I only make it if it's for group gatherings. One type of soup I like but never made for myself is French onion soup. Mostly because I don't normally have wine or beef broth around.
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    Paint Track Apps?

    Updated, and I scanned all the new paints I got at ReaperCon! For @CourageousOctopus, some minor adjustments needed : Reaper paint 09464 Cursed Gold is not shown as being a metallic paint. Reaper paint 09465 Skeleton Key is not shown as being a metallic paint.
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    The 5 Word Story

    an extra hamburger topped with
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    Getting to Know You: Sept 2018

    Simply put, no I don't. Main reason being I'm a single guy, with no visitors, and I'm always visiting family during the holidays, or just any long weekend. So I'm never home during any holiday where decorations would matter.
  24. Grrr! Bought an Ottlite folding fluorescent lamp on clearance sale at Canadian Tire, and it's DOA. Both the lamp *and* the bulb are non-functional. I know the bulb is dead because I have another Ottlite with the same bulb and I get no results from switching the bulb around or trying the old one in the new lamp. I think it's one of the very old Ottlite models, or exclusive store models, as I can't even find it on their site. Won't be able to return it for at least a week. Guess that's reason enough for me to switch to LED lamps.
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    Understanding "Needs More Contrast"

    One thing I noticed from my own experience is that the work light we use can seriously affect our perception of the contrast. We usually prefer a strong light, close to the miniature we're working on. This exaggerates the contrast we perceive, so we don't use highlights as bright as they can be. Once you look at your work under normal lighting/viewing conditions (arms length, regular indoor lighting), it becomes more dull looking. So for me to get a good contrast, my mini must essentially have overblown highlights when right under my work lamp under magnification, and then look at it again and again under normal conditions. P.S. You made me excited to try out Red Neon Glow when it comes out with Bones 4.
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