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  1. A new batch! The humans are rather terrible but oh well, i don't feel like spending hours on each one for the face when they just need to be suitable to game with, not contest quality This batch was a load of demons, humans, a giant and a scorpion, and a few others 89021: Mystic Theurge 89028: Arael, Half-Elf Cleric 77370: Troll Slayer Sophie 77393: Avukavali, Marilith Demon (Back only) 77324: Ice Demon 77337: Giant Scorpion 77258: Babau Dermon 77260: Ape Demon 77261: Nabassu Demon 77262: Vulture Demon 77268: Squog Warriors 77269: Mudcroak, Squog Shaman 77209: Arran Rabin 77085: Townsfolk: Wench 89010: Damiel, Iconic Alchemist 77049: Arthrand Nightblade, Elf Ranger 77047: Goldar, Male Barbarian xxxxx: Conversion Barbarian with chain/flail 77035: Deladrin, Female Assassin 77118: Tiviel, Hellborn Rogue 77117: Vandorendra, Snake Demon (back only) 77055: Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior 77089: Halbarand, Cleric 77022: Michelle, Female Human Ranger 77163: Male Storm Giant xxxxxx: Goblin archer on spider conversion ??????: Townsfolk: Woman with children x2 77088: Townsfolk: woman with broom xxxxxx: non-released figure with war hammer conversion 77038: Hellhound 77326: Lemures
    26 points
  2. 26 points
  3. So I landed a pretty good deal not all that long ago. I teach special ed, specializing in behavior theory and behaviorism, and my main area of expertise is in emotionally disturbed and behavior disordered children. I have considerable experience in the field, and this one school snapped me up when I put in. And I've been working ever since to earn it. There is a child. For legal reasons, I'll call him Alpha. Alpha's a bit of an emotional mess, due to the influence of caregivers no longer in the picture who ain't worth what you scrape off your shoes after a hike through the pasture. Alpha's capable of doing grade level work, but has self-confidence issues that I had to figure out how to address. He needed more than just confidence building exercises out of a book. ...so a while back, when weather required an indoor recess... I taught him miniatures. I had a bunch of HeroClix handy. I use them for parts and conversions and such; haven't played in years, but I still had the parts and rules and stuff handy. It SEEMED like a no brainer. What elementary school kid doesn't like superheroes? What kid wouldn't want to BE a superhero? So I showed him the minis that one particular day, and we played a short game. The old rules, before they got all complicated, are easy enough, and he took to it. I learned something: he was willing enough to get stuck in, but whenever he took damage, he'd flee to the furthest corner of the map and do his damndest to stay out of range. Teleport and Stealth were his powers of choice -- that, and ranged attacks. HeroClix actually helped with the kid's diagnosis: he wanted to be a superhero, sure... but he automatically assumed that in a sustained battle, he'd lose. Hit and run was his preferred tactic, regardless of what superhero he chose to play. He was literally playing the game the same way he lived his life: avoidant behavior strategy, because confrontation led to pain and loss. You can't win against the Big People, and at best, you hide and hope to be ignored... ...so one day, I set up a map, and played "booster draft" style: random figures and matching point values. And I cheated, of course. I got 200 points worth of ninjas, which made him frightened. ... until he opened his own box. ONE figure. The Incredible Hulk, the version from the Avengers movie, possibly the most powerful Hulk the game ever produced. This led to a bizarre opening game, in which the Hulk frantically tried to escape from the ninja horde... and was finally cornered. In desperation, he smacked a ninja. Ninjas only have three or four clicks of life, and the ninja promptly died. This did not slow the horde, and they swarmed the poor Hulk... and one drew his sword and slashed the green monster. "Roll vs. Impervious," I said. Alpha rolled a six. "No damage," I said. "What? NO damage?" "Impervious means that if you roll a five or a six, you take NO damage, regardless of how much he dished out," I replied. "On a 1-4, you take damage, but not the first two clicks. 'Cause you so tough." His face lit up. He immediately got serious, and began to study the map. Coincidentally, all the ninjas had a token, and they all chose to pass the following turn, rather than push and take damage. Alpha asked, "How many clicks does the sword ninja have? Can I kill him in one swat?" "No clicking the figures in play," I replied loftily. "You'll have to try it and see." I couldn't have planned it better. He rolled boxcars, which not only did an extra click of damage, but the knockback knocked the ninja into a tree, which did yet another click. "Oh, dear, he's ninja pudding now," I said. Alpha actually laughed. He doesn't do that often. For the rest of the game, Alpha did not run. The next few turns played out like a game of Whack-A-Mole, until he realized he could pick things up and swat ninjas with them, or THROW them at ninjas... and even when they connected with him, they did little damage, if any. The Foot Clan suffered a grave defeat that day. That was a while back. Alpha doesn't melt down as often... his emotional incident charts are WAY down. His academics are up. And he's more willing to try new things. And in the game... he doesn't tend to run away as much. He's willing to stand up for himself... and out of game, his other teachers and therapists have noted that he'll speak up when something isn't right, instead of simply hunkering down or shutting down. I can't take all the credit for this; I'm not his therapist, or his only teacher. But his therapist has asked if I can spare any HeroClix... A game of Taco Football in progress. At center, the Hulk battles the Amazing Mr. M for control of the Taco Truck, which can bring victory if you take it to your starting area. Mr. M is taking a beating, while a Paramedic heals the Hulk. At foreground, a Mandroid rushes to engage the enemy, while in the background, the Black Panther merrily drives the taco truck to victory... a game takes about twenty minutes, and is ostensibly a reward for good behavior or academic achievement. In practice, it's much more than that, and my department has begun to realize that... my initial evaluation for the year is looking VERY shiny. Hee, hee.
    24 points
  4. There is a kid I'll call Delta. Without going into too much detail, Delta's main problem involves a lack of focus, an inability to deal with structure, and years of being allowed to do whatever the hell he wants as long as he leaves the grownups alone. He's getting better. Used to be, he didn't get what he wanted, he threw a violent destructive tantrum. NOW, on the other hand, he doesn't throw violent destructive tantrums... until after he decides whether the consequences outweigh the possibility of getting what he wants. He doesn't like superheroes. He likes video games, which we do not play in schools, except when we earn time on our laptop, which is strictly limited and monitored (swelp me, the kid found an online open source version of Grand Theft Auto we caught him running one time). He dislikes having to EARN time on the computer, preferring to simply do as he likes, but we've come a long way this year. When he feels like it, that is. I noticed, though, that in video games, he accepted rules and structure just fine. Game won't let you open a door or jump over a knee high fence? Oh, well, move on to something else. How could we translate that acceptance of arbitrary rules and structure into his real life? The answer came one day when he and Beta were out playing on the swings... and they were shouting at each other as they swung... and I heard the phrases, "Master Chief" and "Covenant." They were pretending to be characters from Halo, the popular Microsoft shooter... and I had an idea. Worst that could happen? It wouldn't work, and even then, it'd fill some time until their lunch break, when another teacher would take over... and I'd be off the hook. Y'see, I'd found THIS thing out in the garage a couple of days earlier... ...and wouldn't it be nice if they could manage the structure and rules of a boardgame? Maybe fool Delta into thinking like it was a video game? The effects were galvanic. My boss was stunned that I could get Delta to concentrate on ANYTHING for an hour straight. Delta LOVED it, and wanted to know if we could do it tomorrow... and day by day, I've used it to introduce mental math repetition, probabilities concepts, and best of all, I haven't had to wrassle him in more than two weeks. True, I do have to introduce new wrinkles to keep him interested. At one point, Delta and Beta asked if I could bring the Flood miniatures, in addition to Covenant and UNSC, and we could try it THREE ways... trouble is, the game failed on the market, and no expansions were ever released. So I lied to them. And then I told them I couldn't find my Flood figures, they were in the garage somewhere... and then I introduced them to the concept of proxy figures. And then told them, "All right. But unless you cooperate and communicate effectively, and TEAM UP, the Flood will slaughter you BOTH. Work together effectively... or die." (Y'see, Beta's a bit bullheaded, and tends towards argumentativeness when things don't go his way. I figured I might as well see about addressing HIS issue while we were doing this...) ...amazingly, it worked. They got slaughtered. And rather than pitching a fit, they reacted as if it were a VIDEO GAME... and made plans for how to do better next time. This was unheard of. Fits and arguments are the norm for when things don't happen your way. But not in video games ... you can't argue with a video game. You merely persevere and do better next time. And next time... they cooperated... and got slaughtered. But the third game... they COORDINATED... and began PLANNING TOGETHER... and successfully BEAT OFF the swarming pony beads, Ghostbusters, bat swarms, and Elvis impersonators... My life is surreal. But my kids are learning. And I love my job.
    21 points
  5. Tried to make it look like she just drank someone's blood and us now performing a ritual which is causing the ground to shift.
    19 points
  6. Mr Bones, kind of what you think he would look like. Enjoy guys :).
    18 points
  7. I know this makes the rounds, but every time I read it, it makes me laugh. What's the laziest thing you've ever done?
    18 points
  8. This is the Secret Sophie miniature I painted for Generic Fighter. I removed the wings so they didn't block as much of the mohawk. This guy was fun to paint, though I forget how much longer larger models take sometimes. Sorry about that. Hope you enjoy him!
    17 points
  9. And poorly paying employees while making a HUGE profit. I will say, without wanting to get into any buzzing, that I am thankful for New Zealand's labour laws. Oh sure, you get to live in Middle Earth and be treated like a human being by your employer. Rub it in why don't you!
    15 points
  10. The reason she works so well and looks so tough is she has got the posture Renaissance theoreticians called "contrapposto", where the weight of the body is on one leg, tilting the hips one way, and the torso tilts the other way. She has it as a side effect of her original pose, where her right arm was lifted. Her torso then stretched up to support it. With a lowered arm her torso's tilt looks like a shoulder-rolling swagger. It is extremely effective at conveying attitude.
    14 points
  11. Hope you guys like it :).
    13 points
  12. It helps that HeroClix includes mental math. "Your attack is 9. My defense is 18. So (18-9) is the number you need to roll on two dice to hit me. What? You want ME to do YOUR math? No, no, I already graduated from school. You wanna do the game, you get to figure it out yourself..."
    13 points
  13. So my FRP order got here today... DSM 1184 Male Dwarf w Battle Axe DSM 7523 Barbarian Queen (Gonna be Takky in Human form) HFM V005 Old Man (For the Beholder Diorama after some mods...) ZEN ZR003 Luzbelle I had never heard of Zenit Minis.... George
    13 points
  14. Behold! Painted up a pair of not-beholders to menace people with. Went with two different color schemes, not sure which looks better. I am color blind, so sometimes things look good to me, and whacky to other. I think I like the purple-y one more...
    13 points
  15. Decided to finally take some (bad) pictures of some things I've painted and put them up here. First up, the Bones Sharkman. I paint to use minis in Pathfinder, so I like to put little touches for characterization. For this guy, he was a recurring threat in a pirate game, I painted a crappy little anchor tattoo on one arm, and a heart with Mom in it on the other.
    12 points
  16. Thanks for continuing to follow along with me on this journey everyone, I'm so happy that you all like where this is headed. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. Here's Severus after I worked on him last night, I think he's done now. I was contemplating maybe some dark gold trim along his robes, but that'd be it, no freehanding. The pages in the book aren't freehand, but rather I found some necronomicon pictures online and shrunk them down, printed them out, and glued them onto the book. I thought it looked really cool and pulled off what was in my head as I can't freehand something that small.
    12 points
  17. And poorly paying employees while making a HUGE profit. I will say, without wanting to get into any buzzing, that I am thankful for New Zealand's labour laws. Oh sure, you get to live in Middle Earth and be treated like a human being by your employer. Rub it in why don't you! Think that's bad, try the military. We work more hours before 9am than there are hours in a day! (And get paid less than minimum wage to do it! )
    11 points
  18. Today's important discovery - even simple papercraft buildings involve a lot of cutting. So. Many. Pieces. Man I wish I could justify throwing the money at an automatic cutter.
    11 points
  19. This one was a lot of fun to paint and and jazz up with some basing materials and stuff. Lesser Earth Elemental! Still working on the Bones great Earth one...slowly but surely.
    11 points
  20. This will take a while to complete, but these two are going on a base as a performing duo, probably used in camp vignettes rather than adventurers. I have spares of both, so I can try again as individuals as I am moved to. I wish I had someone with a recorder (the flute kind) and a drum in similar old school size/style...
    10 points
  21. Wut are these 'underwear' you speak of? ??? Edit: I'm not calling you an alien
    10 points
  22. Neither does Reaper. Well, as long as you aren't at the store in Texas.
    10 points
  23. amazon doesn't care if you have pants on while shopping.
    10 points
  24. Yes! Zombie bagel probably my favorite out of the lazy stories! G'mornin' all.... I'm gonna do my best to be useful today.....
    10 points
  25. Couple of things got here today: Big, South American River: Black Leather Combat Boots (MilSpec. They don't make 'em like that anymore.) Burgundy V-Neck T-Shirts Lighting Kit (to be installed AFTER I move) ThinkGeek: Doctor Who 1/2 Price Grab Bag: 3rd Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Doctor Who 1/2 Price Grab Bag: USB Desktop Dalek Doctor Who 1/2 Price Grab Bag: Pillow Doctor Who 1/2 Price Grab Bag: Dalek Book Lamp Doctor Who 1/2 Price Grab Bag: Tote Bag And I had to order a new 9th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver. The batteries are going on the one I have, and they can't be replaced.
    10 points
  26. Finishing up this batch with Dragoth. I had a lot of fun painting this one up. I have the older original version I am doing up in a similar but rusted and decrepit style. Then when the players foolishly release him from his prison, he will arrive in full fury! Mwahahaha. Ahem.
    10 points
  27. Stone Lurker! Fun to paint monster eyes, and this was a fun one to paint. Painted the metal before the Bones was out, as it is, it is a little fragile, the tentacles will bend and chip if I'm not extra careful.
    10 points
  28. My first foray into object source lighting. Picture looks worse than in hand, but still only met with moderate success. The mini had a miscast, goopy hand, so I put a flame skull effect in it and went with that.
    10 points
  29. Next up, is Xanesha, the Lamia for the Rise of the Runelords campaign. I wanted to get some more iridescence on the scales but couldn't pull it off yet. Otherwise, I was pretty happy with this one. Even though the fight was promptly ended by some clever tactics on the players part. Sigh.
    10 points
  30. Bathory - I saw those photos! They look amazing I've been rereading through everyone's acquisitions because I have a package waiting at home and I don't know what it is!! I need to see what cool stuff people got! I put in an order from Banshee, but I don't know if I was selected. I also have a backorder of a ShadowCrafter mini from FantasticCourses, but I don't know when that's coming in either! Suspense!! During my agonizing wait, I'll post what I got at PAX South! (You've seen this already if we're friends on FB) Spoilered each photo because I feel slightly guilty about spam. Our badges had little invaders on it under blacklight! I want to get a blacklight in a little shadow box for my badges. 2 Zelda Posters! Majora's Mask map and a pretty Ocarina of Time one. I think of the title screen when I see it. All the loots:
    9 points
  31. I do this too! I always think "I deserve to get credit for the things I've already done, even though the only person giving any credit is me.
    9 points
  32. Underwear - the leather armor you wear under the chainmail. If properly made, it won't rot for years.
    9 points
  33. Job interviews over Skype don't care if you're dressed from the waist down. Same with video conferencing, just remember to slide sideways until you're out of camera view before standing.
    9 points
  34. Job interviews over Skype don't care if you're dressed from the waist down.
    9 points
  35. I know, and they're expensive. Yesterday I left work right at 5:00 (usually I'm here until 6:00 or 7:00 or later) because I'm feeling so poorly. After I got home and sufficiently became one with the couch, BFF and I watched Predator (the correct original one this time ) for the first time which was hilarious. Like, I know that it's not supposed to be funny... but like BFF put it "The 80's were a completely different universe." Then I went to bed a good 2 1/2 hours earlier than normal. Ygritte only woke me up a couple of times and general sick misery of not being able to breath from stuffiness woke me up a couple more times. Unfortunately I'm feeling worse this morning. I texted mother of my godchildren back about her "invitation" to go to her house on Sunday with a noncommittal "I'll try but I might have the flu. I'll have to see later in the week if it improves." I don't think I actually have the flu, this feels like just a bad head cold, but still, I'm significantly sick and if I'm not just as significantly improved by Friday, I probably shouldn't be around children and definitely shouldn't be around her bedridden mother in law that lives with them. It's a valid reason not to go to someone's house. She didn't even bother responding. No well wishes whatsoever. Just nothing. Because knowing her, she's now mad at me for not immediately being like "YES I CAN'T WAIT!" It's never an invitation, it's always an obligation. And her lack of empathy has pretty well solidified that regardless of how I'm feeling, I'll still be too sick to go over there on Sunday.
    9 points
  36. And poorly paying employees while making a HUGE profit. I will say, without wanting to get into any buzzing, that I am thankful for New Zealand's labour laws.
    9 points
  37. Voted in the Iowa Caucus today! I will probably never be this politically influential again in my life.
    9 points
  38. In Regards to Wallmart. I despise the store, will not walk into it. My reasoning has NOTHING to do with those that use it. Walmart showed up out of the blue (my town dates to 1665; if I remember correctly). All the downtown stores have 17th century brick facades. (Now covered over). We have New Jerseys longest open pharmacy, James Fennemore Cooper wrote his "Terrible" novels here (last of the Mohickans). U.S. Grant lived on Pearl street in the city. In four months Walmart destroyed every business in town. The only stores remaining are an ice cream parlor, a couple of jewelry stores, and a few antique stores. They have TOTALLY destroyed the business in downtown Burlington. There is no reason to go downtown, except to pay your taxes, and go to a funeral parlor. Walmart.. uhh.. Run them out of the state as far as I am concerned! You can read about Burlington, N.J. just by doing a quick google search of Historic Burlington, New Jersey.
    9 points
  39. Ok, so I said I would post pictures when I got the chance. I have been home for two weeks, finished my Secret Sophie painting and shopping for my partner. Am mostly back on Australian time and settled in. So here are pictures! I didn't notice that the box was decorated until I got it home to Australia. They had pasted the customs slip over the picture so I carefully peeled it off. Even the box is a work of art! Opening the box. The first thing I see is chocolates! Yum! Next were these wonderful horses! I am still amazed at the detail of their tack...even little tassels! Next is this chariot that King Tut would envy! I am afraid to try and paint it! The painted minis. Tosek's pictures in the show off thread are much better! This photo doesn't do them justice. And finally, a whole pile of goodies to paint! In the box not pictured are also some plasticard and assorted building/basing materials. Here is the link to the show off thread with Tosek's photos. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/66402-secret-sophie-from-tosek-aka-egyptian-awesomeness/?hl=devourer Thanks again, Tosek! I got a new tool box as an early birthday gift for all of my paints and stuff. One whole tray is full of the minis you sent as they are next in queue to receive paint. Well, except the chariot. Still working up to that one!
    9 points
  40. First-time crockpot Chicken Marsala was a Learning Experience, albeit a yummy one.
    9 points
  41. Received my P3 wet palette today. Also got: Extra plastic palette for the boys so they don't fight over using one. Package of cheap golden taklon brushes so the boys can learn proper brush care on cheap brushes with bright blue handles so they know "this is a brush mom won't get mad at me for using." Extra divided storage boxes so kids can have their own painting kits and mini storage.
    9 points
  42. I will bear that in mind! We probably will, but not quite as many next time... a few with light sources, but more without I think. There may well be the odd hat or two in the next set. Give in! You know it makes sense... I have a feeling that if I'd made the half-orc topless, it might have upset a few people... still, I could always point out 'it's Heroines in sensible shoes - doesn't say anything about the waist up...' Anyway, the latest pics: I really want to post a piccie of the gnome, as she's my new favourite sculpt... but she's so small, she's difficult to photograph! Hopefully tomorrow I'll manage it... cheers Michael
    9 points
  43. Kabuki Models order made for the new 75mm Ky-Ra and the female vampire bust. I am not much of a bust fan, but dammit it was a vampire and I was ordering from them anyways....
    8 points
  44. My work has a board of directors above me. Except I am genuinely the most boring person they have ever met. So they leave me alone. I'm about three steps from being Milton from Office Space. Also, last week a co-worker stole my stapler again.
    8 points
  45. Already? We're only 2 days in! Job interviews over Skype don't care if you're dressed from the waist down. Same with video conferencing, just remember to slide sideways until you're out of camera view before standing. Excellent advice! Unless you've got on some really fun underwear!
    8 points
  46. Grrrr!!! I have been around this kind of behavior personally, and that kind of attitude makes me want to shake them! "Be!" *shake* "Nice!" *shake* I tend to imagine them as bobbleheads for extra effect. I really am sorry that it's something you have to deal with, though. I mean, at least I'm used to it? There was unfortunately a long period in my life that I found myself surrounded by people like her. The rest of them I've successfully left behind in my life, but because of the kids I can't cut her out. And I love her, genuinely I do, but I just don't like her very much anymore. It makes me sad but all she does is upset me anymore.
    8 points
  47. I'd offer to print the parts and send 'em to you, but my printer's at someone else's house right now, it's not very good, and in any event it's even odds whether I'd be able to get it to you on time even if I went out and mailed it right now. I completely understand. If things are too crazy at Walmart I get completely overloaded and stop really being able to human. Luckily the walk back to my house is through a very quiet (but mostly brightly-lit) area so by the time I get home I'm normally relatively settled again. Kiddo's back to school today. Dropped her off at daycare and she was just as happy as could be because everyone was asking her how she was feeling and such... She loves attention. And elder spawn actually jumped in the pool at "swimming" lesson last night! First time he's managed that! Hopefully this trend continues.
    8 points
  48. Wow, the last time I poked my head in here, it was back on page...7. And I still haven't finished going through the tail end of the previous thread, oy. Been living life in 3D the past while, which has resulted in: Getting a cold for the 4th or 5th time this winter, a definite anomaly for me (though each time I can point to exactly who gave it to me.) According to Flamehawke, if I'd just spend more time with my online friends, I wouldn't have to worry about such things. A bunch of KS rewards from different projects started showing up kinda all at once Been helping a friend out with her small clothing resale business, and trying to avoid being convinced to become her full-time assistant (especially since I've been paid in clothes so far. Granted, I LOVE the clothes, but now my closet is out of room, lol) Gloominess quietly sneaking up on me, and only recently recognizing that fact, so now I can try to get a handle on it. Rampant insomnia and the bizarre sleep patterns that tends to cause haven't been helping Putting together a Rey (from Star Wars) cosplay for RadCon, which is local for us. It's the most work I've ever done on a costume before, and I need to have it done before the 12th of this month! I'm not too worried about the costume itself, it's the staff that's giving me fits. I found instructions for how to sort of cobble one together from bits and stuff from Home Depot, BUT there are also a couple of people who made 3D printer files for all the bits. I got all excited and bought a copy of the files, before discovering that the people who had previously been printing the staff parts had a waiting list of several months due to demand. There appears to be one or two 3D printers in my area, so I'll contact them next. There's also a cheap plastic version I can get from Amazon, which I may turn to as a last resort (as cool as making my own staff out of faucet handles and conduit would be, getting access to the proper tools (such as a saw) will be a little problematic). ...I know there was some other stuff that happened, but I can't really recall anything else major. So, yeah, um, hey everyone. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    8 points
  49. It came out of her eyes, this she swore, this she cried, like the vapor or the mist of a Ghooooost. Word spread around town, it was seen creeping 'round, transparent and clear as a ghoooost. Prayers folks did pray, every hour, every day, for the Lord to come banish the ghoooost. Speak to us, speak to us, tell us why this town was chosen! Deliver us, deliver us, free us from this haunted prison! But nothing did change, no nothing did change, and we locked our doors to the ghooooost. But doors they do crack, from the smallest impact, so we burned the whole town full of ghosts. And fear did create, a force that was great, as a tide of a thousand ghoooosts.... Ahem. The Bones Ghost!
    8 points
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