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  1. 11 points
    This is yet another of my metal trade bin finds! I picked him out because he looked like he was wounded, and I love minis in poses other than at-arms. It turns out that he's clutching a dagger on his chest, and not a wound. Also, I'm spoiled by Reaper's wonderful faces. This one is a little bit flat, though that may be due to being in the bin. Anyway, not my best work, but I painted this in a few hours!
  2. 7 points
    Otters! Well, any mustelid to be honest. One of the many things I miss about not living on the coast is not seeing them nearly every day. Fortunately, I live fairly near a nature reserve that has a pair that are alright with people as long as you don't make too much noise. One day I hope to take a good photo of them My favourite is the one that @Pezler the Polychromatic posted. I've got a friend that keeps on trying to get me to replicate it for him... A Griffin please! I've almost finished painting this fella but since I'm nowhere near my minis just now, here's a version not done by me I once got attacked by one of these and fell and hit my head. It bled a fair bit (me, not the birdie) Mind you, capercaillie have no respect for anyone, not even David Attenborourgh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xSj5XcByuA
  3. 6 points
    July 4th, various years Slight burning due to bottle rocket impact (multiple occasions) Sprained ankle from falling in ditch as me and others were fleeing the police station where we'd just left a 500 roll of firecrackers on a cigarette timed fuse in the outdoor basement stairwell. Significant bruising from getting hit by riding lawn mower. My friend that was driving it had confused forward and reverse while getting it out of the shed. Halloween mid 90's Playful duel with antique ceremonial swords ends with opponent's blade completely impaling base of my middle finger, pining me to the wooden grip of the sword I was using. Christmas 2008 Cozy candlelit evening with girlfriend goes sideways when my hair ends up on fire. Looking back at this I'm beginning to wonder if my current dislike of holidays stems from the fact that they're just so much more boring these days...
  4. 6 points
    If it's over a hundred years old, it isn't porn, it's ART! [/purple] Glad he told me, I'm packing OUR costumes. I know Andrew and Jamie have pirate costumes, Jamie because she's Jamie, Andrew because he's married to Jamie. I just need to get Tom and Linda onboard, and we can have a CREW!
  5. 6 points
    That's an awesome beastie, @warlordgarou! I went on a bit of a mousling splurge this month... 01434 Reaper Artist Conference; Space Mouslings 03535 Halloween Mouslings 03543 Santa Mousling and Helper 03557 Valentines Mousling 03576 Lara Kraft, Mousling Adventuress 03577 Asiago Jones, Mouseling Adventurer 77080 Wall of Fire (not shown) 77080 Rhino Avatar 44006 Garghuk, Ogre Chieftain Also in the box was an extra Tara the Silent, the free mini from May I also picked up some paints It's mostly Instar, my replacement Bones 4 paints and some of the new GW Contrast paints. Instar were phasing out their colourshift paints in favour of selling the individual shift pigments so I managed to get some of the last of the old stock along with the new shiny stuff.
  6. 5 points
    Holy highway robbery, Batman! I don't drink soda anymore anyway, but if I were in that position, I would definitely be setting up a smuggling operation. Come to think of it, I DO know some people down that way... 'Scuse me, I've got a criminal empire to set up.
  7. 5 points
    It is astonishing the extent to which the Germans shot themselves in the foot with their persecution of the Jews in the 1930's. From Einstein and Jung down to the actors everyone has mentioned there is a total exodus of incredible talent that Europe still hasn't recovered from. Look at a list of Nobel Laureates from the 1920's, they are nearly all German. A similar list form the 1950's is almost entirely American. (Although the names may look the same!)
  8. 4 points
    Okay, shutting down the CPA studying for the night. I'm just stressing myself out at this point. Test is tomorrow morning. I have to be in the testing center by 10:45, test starts at 11:15, and runs 4 hours. My bride is due home in about an hour and a half... time for dinner.
  9. 4 points
    Which image? There’s more than one. There’s more than one! It’s ... fascinating? ... to watch art historians debate when the images date to and who may or may not have painted them based solely on hairstyles because ... well, there’s not much else to go on ...
  10. 4 points
    ooooh @paintybeard I've never seen you so animated. Don't let Doug wind you up, it's just his way of showing affection....he luuurves the British and dresses up in his Loyalist pantaloons on the weekend, to march around the bedroom whistling 'God Save the Queen'. ttuckerman on the other hand would try to persuade you that America invented the steam engine, and Shakespeare was from Kentucky. In between you'd be reminded of how America saved your Limey arse from just about everybody
  11. 4 points
    After nearly 6 months of waiting, my Badger Sotar airbrush has finally arrived! I wanna give it a try sometime soon. Maybe next weekend. This weekend I have to work...
  12. 4 points
    In a park in New Braunfels, Texas, not far from where I lived, back in the day, we would sometimes go to feed the ducks. And at this park, Landa Park, there were picnic table campsites. Each picnic table had a sort of little box on a metal rod, planted in the cement, There would also be a trashbarrel, chained to another rod, planted in the cement. These little metal boxes on a stick were barbecue grills, provided by the city of New Braunfels for your use and convenience. And in the summer, every campsite would have a happy family or a mob of college kids, merrily drinking beer and roasting some form of dead animal part. Weiners, steaks, chicken quarters, fajitas, hamburgers, all kinds of stuff. Happy times! One day, when I began a new job there, I had to drive through Landa Park shortly after sunup. No one was in the park then, and even the birds were, it seemed, just getting up. Except for the buzzards. Place was ALIVE with buzzards. Some were perched on the edges of the trash barrels, poking through the garbage for anything interesting, and the majority of them were perched on the little boxy barbecue grills... scraping remnants off the metal grills with their beaks. I never used any of those public grills, ever again. But I did, on one occasion, take a bag of steak and brisket trimmings out there first thing in the morning to feed the buzzards. They were suspicious at first, but provided I threw the chunks at least ten feet from my person, they were happy enough to eat them. A couple of trusting souls even walked up to me, as if to say, "Please sir, I would like some more carrion." Not even I was crazy enough to try to hand feed a buzzard. But we did share a moment, that particular summer morning....
  13. 4 points
    Donation to local tech school? Either they can repair it and have a working printer or it becomes salvage for another project they have? Doesn’t get you any money, but maybe does someone some good.
  14. 4 points
    I can't really recall any. That's actually rather amazing considering the amount of dumb things as I did as an 'adult' in the Navy.
  15. 4 points
    Not only are you quite correct, a third recurring character, the evil General Burkhalter (Leon Askin) was Jewish, as well; the scar on his cheek was real, and came from a beating he got in the street for bein' all that Jewish, in public and all. He eventually returned to Austria where he racked up awards like mad and eventually died in 2005 at the age of 97. A fourth was Major Hochstetter (Howard Caine) who was also Jewish, although he was American, and served in the US armed forces during the war. Another WWII vet was Robert Clary, who played the French prisoner, LeBeau, who was perpetually bribing Sgt. Schultz with streudel. Clary never wore short sleeves on the show for a reason: long sleeves hid the number tattooed on his arm. He, too, was Jewish, and the youngest of 14 kids, most of whom died in the concentration camp where Clary spent a chunk of his kidhood. Werner Klemperer was an accomplished concert violinist, which made it all the funnier when Klink tried to play the violin and was NOT very good. Klemperer and Clary met on the Hogan's Heroes set and remained close friends even after the show was cancelled, up until Klemperer died in 2000. Clary is now the sole surviving cast member of the show. Larry Hovis, who is seen above in the picture (he's the one dressed as Hitler) spent his final years as Artist In Residence at the theatre department at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. And just to confuse things further? The black leather aviator jacket that Col. Hogan wears throughout the series is the same one worn by Frank Sinatra in the WWII prison camp film Von Ryan's Express.
  16. 4 points
    No worries. She is not on the forums and there is an 85% change that she never will be. And if the 15% that she gets in the forums and happens to discover this comment, well let us just say I know how to hide, but you all will never see me again.
  17. 3 points
    I think that's most people - you wouldn't believe the number of liquor stores on the Indiana/Michigan stateline where I grew up.
  18. 3 points
    laundromats all seem to have them here
  19. 3 points
    Robert Clary, who played Lebeau, was a survivor of Nazi Concentration camps. He was the only one of his family to still be alive at the end of the war.
  20. 2 points
    Best of success to you! The Auld Grump - as a job, accounting has its pluses and minuses. Tempted to ask we cancel the game tonight, and head to the theater to watch Spiderman: Far From Home. In a nice air conditioned theater. Our air conditioner is in storage - and we missed getting there before it closed for the night. (By 'we' I mean 'me'.)
  21. 2 points
    Picked up box #2 today. Cultists, ghouls/beastly men, a few other monstrous humanoids, some japanese flavor stuff and a few other bits and bobs. Picking up box #3 tomorrow.
  22. 2 points
    I never did properly answer a couple of these. But finally the camera and the minis got near enough for a picture. Earlier I said realistic, but maybe I should have gone with dull, grungy, muted, cartoonery? IDK. ...I am bad about finishing the bases. What style is that? Stop trying to color inside the lines. Instead, First, do the coloring. THEN add the lines. That above ^ and this next are really more broadly applicable than to just miniature painting. Four words: Ask Someone Who Knows ASWK That is sort of the general solution to all obstacles and the best way to find out anything. I have found it to be much more practical than either WWJD or WWED.
  23. 2 points
    In all honesty... can't really think of any.
  24. 2 points
    I believe the standard American term for the inhabitants of my country is "Britishers"... For the record I have visited (in no particular order) New York, California, Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia and New Hampshire. (Plus Puerto Rico.) I enjoyed every visit and can't think of anyone I met whom I did not find friendly and sociable. (This includes a fair number who I think would be termed "Rednecks". Mind you I was left with the impression that if I accidently wandered onto their property my life expectancy would be very short.) In fact I find Americans to be MUCH more polite than Britons. I certainly plan to see more of USA as soon as the opportunity allows. My wife and I dream of being able to do some kind of road trip, zigzagging across the whole country. Please note, I would not dream of saying that this means that I "understand" the USA. Nevertheless I'm mildly curious how much of Doug and ttuckerman's opinions of my country and its history are based on direct experience.
  25. 2 points
    We had those BBQ grills up here in parks when I was growing up too. No buzzards though. Just crows.
  26. 2 points
    Ehrmmmm ... I know from art. I’ve drawn any number of nudes of all types. I’ve seen plenty of nude art. This one was on the order of Courbet’s “L’Origin du Monde” without any of the delicacy. Wowsers.
  27. 2 points
    Not mine. My son thought it would be a neat idea to rig it for lighting, and have a bunch of them along the driveway, like little evil garden gnomes. Can't say that I disapprove of that idea.
  28. 2 points
    just wondering, will my (inevitible) fountain pen stained fingers count for inked?
  29. 2 points
    Ribbons... check! Back to painting.....
  30. 1 point
    Or poor enough that losing everything was not as much of a problem. Travel cost a lot less, back then, even compared to the lower incomes. The US had very open immigration, and New York did become the real melting pot. Steerage sucked, but it got you there, mostly. (A person that shares my name drowned when the Titanic went down - traveling steerage.) The Auld Grump
  31. 1 point
    If you pass you can have a cup of coffee....
  32. 1 point
    Could end up in Beekepers if folks get too heated about it. The Auld Grump
  33. 1 point
    I've been to England* several times, the first when it there were still 240p to the pound sterling, but not recently. As in most places, I liked most of the people I actually talked to. Since then I've corresponded at some length with quite a few people in the kingdom, and again I've liked most of them personally. (I enjoy conversing with both you and @Beagle even when we disagree, btw.) But with that background, there are a few subjects that come up with some regularity, often enough that I have rather rehearsed the arguments. Among them are linguistic differences, US participation in WWI and WWII, various political subjects that I won't even mention here, and this one, the "I'm not English/Scottish, I'm Scottish/English" thing. If you think about my responses above, it should become apparent that I mostly do understand the differences and understand some of the emotional loading. (I'm also, as @Beagle can attest, entirely willing to either make serious arguments or jerk the chains of people who seem like they're willing do do the same -- or who I think need it.) But I don't expect that knowledge about either the UK or the US from others. And I'm willing to both explain and defend that rational ignorance. And at some point those rehearsed arguments can start to seem more emotion-laden than I intend them. If that happened here, I apologize; it was not my intent. (I do think it likely that if the US had died aborning, central North America would not likely have ended up a single, mostly English-speaking country with a strong alliance with the UK. There were too many branches in that history that make that seem unlikely to me, starting with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. As to my feelings about the UK, they're more complex. Since about the middle of WWII, the alliance has been strong and useful to both sides. Before that, I have a strong impression that the semi-official view of the UK government was that the US was an occasionally valuable pawn that should really just shut up and do what it was told. (To be fair, that has since become the semi-official view of some in the US government about the UK as well.) In both cases it's understandable but unpleasant, and should be expected to result in reactions. Further, my knowledge of history is sufficient that I don't think that the US and UK have always been or will always be allies. The Palmerston quote seems apposite, "England has no eternal friends, England has no perpetual enemies, England has only eternal and perpetual interests**". I hope our interests remain alligned for a very long time to come, but if they don't, my loyalties belong to the US as I'm sure yours do to the UK. And I hope to visit the UK again with my wife, possibly upon my retirement. The nice parts are very nice indeed. If you find yourself (and your family of course) anywhere near me in the US, I would be happy to spend some time over a beer to discuss these things in a place where facial expressions and body language are available to reduce problems. * Actual England, the SE part of the island of Great Britain. ** Note that this quote was from a time when you would apparently have me believe that he should have said "the United Kingdom" or "Great Britain", but you'll have to take that up with Lord Palmerston. You mean "America (My Country 'tis of Thee)", obviously. I'll forgive you for not knowing the correct lyrics.
  34. 1 point
    Been more than ten years since I last saw one in Maine. (Waterspouts used to real common though, in Casco Bay.) The Auld Grump - got to see that last one touch down. Big, wide, but low velocity. Not far from the Maine Mall.
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  36. 1 point
    I think the [/purple] was to show that it had been purple to begin with. (I could be wrong, but seems likely.) Megan also knows from art, and has been going to MECA for longer than I've known her. Still trying to finish her degree - One. Class. At. A. Time. Brigid eats a lot of the available time. Megan's Mum has been babysitting on Megan's school nights. (5:30-7 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at least for the Summer semester.) The Regency definitely had porn. Heck, Paris, at the time, had very explicit broadsheets for their houses of ill repute. (So did some of the groups that met at The Crystal Palace in London. See the same Victoria and Albert Museum, if I remember properly. *POP!* And there is the selfsame image I suspect you were posting about! Under Gender and Sexuality in the 19th Century.) The Auld Grump - it ain't porn! It's history! (Unlike Megan, I'm posting on a computer - purple works for me!)
  37. 1 point
    I hope you don't have any problems.
  38. 1 point
    Soviets too during and after the revolution. My russian wife said that most of the best and brightest left or were shot in the 20's and 30's which matches the history I've read. Not as many famous scientists but same theory and effect on the country they fled from.
  39. 1 point
    Having travelled through some of the American South that is NOT a mistake I would be likely to make, Doug.
  40. 1 point
    I believe the standard British shorthand is "Yank", from Yankee. A Yankee is a resident of New England, not the US in general. If you live in a glass house, ....
  41. 1 point
    Eh, I think we all did. It was needed, even if it is relevant to B5, it is relevant in general for anyone who uses the mail.
  42. 1 point
    And most of the changes happened because we rebelled. Most of the cause of the rebellion were excessive burdensome taxes and regulations to stifle industry in America. I said we would still be 13 colonies because Parliament put in Legislation that the colonies were not allowed to extend west. The French and Indian War meant that Britannia would have to provide security to settlers going west and they did not want to spend that money. (Is that a more acceptable nomenclature? Your own song say "Rule Britannia!") End of my dissertation so to keep from the bees
  43. 1 point
    If you're planning on relying on tanks, trucks, ships, or aircraft produced in either Hawaii or Puerto Rico* to run a war with (which was the original subject), I don't think that's going to work out very well. Hawaii has mostly specialized in tourism with a minor in agriculture and has done well. Puerto Rico hasn't, though it's tried both. To some extent, at least, it is precisely the difference between being a colony and being a state. (There's also the issue that Spanish colonies have broadly ended up with a lower standard of living (and industrial might) than United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Irelandish colonies, which is possibly fraught enough an issue to belong in Beekeepers.)
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  45. 1 point
    If you look at the relative industrial might of, say, Pakistan, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, Australia, Canada, ... and the USA, it's pretty clear that the English* Empire at least didn't try very hard to increase wealth in its colonies. When most Brits of whatever flavor don't realize that the Channel Islands are not part of the UK, when "Britain" refers to both the island of Great Britain and Brittany (but not to Northern Ireland), when the various member states** of the UK play as a single team in some competitions and as separate teams in other competitions, and when the most correct alternative adjective to "British" would be something like "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland plus those poor benighted souls in Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey, and Sark-ish", I don't find it surprising or dismaying at all. After all, it's pretty normal in English to refer to the Kingdom of the Netherlands as "Holland". So the metonymic use of "English" for ... whatever ... seems fair enough. But it's always a good subject for a whinge, I suppose. * The empire was decidedly an English creation, whatever the political fiction. ** Intentionally ambiguous term, because of the intentionally ambiguous nature of those entities. If only there were real a constitution that explained these things.
  46. 1 point
    As an aside, for the future low priority pile, when I come in and I'm not logged in, and I don't notice until I try to wishlist something, it would be super nice if after logging in I can be redirected back from whence I came instead of returning to the home screen and having to repeat my search.
  47. 1 point
    Really? From 1776 to 1914 you wouldn't have stepped outside the original 13 colonies? What a bunch of girls blouses you must be. So the French colony of Louisiana presumably expands to occupy the rest on the modern continuous USA...
  48. 1 point
    I have no idea. But I guarantee the entire class was exposed that day. This was pre-vaccine and the school admin wouldn't let her go home. She had to supervise the whole school day even as she broke out in spots.
  49. 0 points
    Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings right now. Oldest asked me why we don't have sirens like in Tornado Alley. Because we don't have the frequency and strength usually like down south. Last year we had one small one go through my farm (missed the buildings) and that's about the third or fourth in my lifetime that I know of. We don't usually suffer a lot of damage when they do happen and they're rare enough to not need a massive warning system.
  50. 0 points
    Well, Just spent 4 hours of my time fighting with my Prusa printer (which I purchased because their tech support and reliability was supposed to be excellent) and I am now officially done. it worked great for about 6 months and then a fan died and it has never worked right again, even after replacing the fan... and the other fan that died next, and the z axis motor which died next. Now the thing is doing a reset halfway through the print with no warning. The same settings adhere or don't to the plate, the filament flow is inconsistent, the feed motor now skips and I am done. I would just like to find a way to get some of my money out of it. The only reason it hasn't hit the recycle bin is because it was expensive when I bought it and I can't bring myself to just throw that kind of money out, however, with all of its problems, I can't bring myself to sell it to someone either. So it sits on my desk, tormenting me and driving up my blood pressure. Arrrrgh! Sorry I needed to rant somewhere. Tech support for the printer certainly isn't listening.
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