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  1. Yoda and Luke are walking through the swamp. Part of their usual training course involves shimmying along a cliff ledge, but today, there's a long break in the ledge they can't cross. "Something for this, I have." Yoda says. He reaches into his bag and takes out a bunch of regular dinner table forks and a rill of duct tape. He tapes several forks together to make a bridge and lays it down, allowing the two of them to get across. When they get back to Yoda's hovel, they find that some creature has chewed a hole in the fence around Yoda's garden. "Something for this, I have." Yoda says again. Once again, he takes a bunch of forks out of his bag and, using duct tape, tapes them in to patch the hole. Yoda and Luke return to Yoda's home, where Yoda looks through his bag. He's used all his forks but one, he discovers. "That's on Master." Luke says, wanting to be helpful. "I'll write us a note reminding us to buy more." So he writes the note and uses the very last fork to pin it to the bulletin board. He looks down at Yoda expecting pride, but instead finds a look of horror. "Master Yoda!" he asks. "What did I do wrong?"
    17 points
  2. Oh. Oh oh oh oh oh. Oh, my story collection is finally dropping. At last. After literally years of holdup with the press. Oh, oh. Eh.
    17 points
  3. I didn't ask how big the room was. I said I cast Fireball.
    17 points
  4. Also, I've been playing a lot of Five Leagues From The Borderlands. Here's the latest turn.
    17 points
  5. I was ready for the Equinox and definitely did not ignore it.
    16 points
  6. Finally got back on the painting horse tonight! Not much: a couple touchups where the liner was showing through, the wing highlights (although I'm not happy with them, I'm not likely to redo them), and some work on the base. Still over-exposed. I've really got to learn how to take half-way decent pictures one of these days. Probably after I learn to highlight.
    15 points
  7. Don't know about books, but our local Value Village is still taking donations. We actually went there Friday to look for costume/cosplay stuff. Somehow my 18 year old was able to find a nice beige linen jacket, two skirts and a pair of pants. I guess it helps when you're around size 4, even if you are petite. (Seriously, size 4 petite khaki pants from a petite boutique? For $7.50???). She's supposed to be dressing up as Aziraphale from Good Omens, her friend is going to be Crowley.
    14 points
  8. This is the last mini I have completed this year. I started her during Reapercon Live and used her for several classes since I did not have the proper minis for those classes. I used her for Skin Deep with @Corporea and Buttery Blends and NMM Bootcamp with @Kuro Cleanbrush. If you ever get a chance to take classes with them either in person (I wish!) or online, do it!!! This is a super cute sculpt and is big enough to not feel overwhelmed with tons of tiny details. Way to go Bobby Jackson!
    13 points
  9. So I heard part of Science podcast that mentioned lucid dreamers learn skills faster if they intentionally dream about them. So when I woke up briefly at 3am I decided to dream about painting minis. (sometimes I have full lucid dreams, but its not always successful) I dreamed (non lucid) about being on a crime scene/post mortem clean up crew, where I was cleaning up a house belonging to a dead gamer/ painter. I didn't get to actually paint anything. that dream seems a lot more morbid now that im writing it down. instead I had a partially lucid dream that I could return to a saved point if i didn't like how it was going. I dont remember any events in that dream, but it counts.
    13 points
  10. Just finished my 8-Hour Boredom Endurance Challenge.
    13 points
  11. You've been listening at doors, you have!
    13 points
  12. I didn't realize it had been so long since I had posted a Show Off. I have painted this year. I will post some of the stuff I painted but not all at once. No need to overload everyone! I created this Beshaba rom the Ziba model. Beshaba is the big bad in my D&D campaign. I am not a good sculptor and had a heck of a time making antlers. They are not pretty but I did learn something - find a mini with antlers and cut them off and save myself a lot of stress! Haha! Anyway, here she is!
    12 points
  13. Hmmm... I wonder how easy it would be to make some 3D printed Weebles.... Just spotted some Glow in the Dark filament, and I think the Ghost from the Weebles Haunted House is lonely.... The Auld Grump The Auld Grump
    12 points
  14. Thanks, and she will be under general anesthesia, which she has undergone once (she somehow got a lithium ion battery out of a noise-making dog toy and swallowed it when she was 7 months old, so that was 6 hours at the animal emergency to get it out of her... and no more toys with batteries). We also opted to do the CT scan at the same time so they can get a better idea before they go cutting into her. I met the surgeon back in January when he did an extensive surgery on the cat, so I'm confident he has skills. But still... it's near her throat, and if whatever it is (currently just diagnosed as a lipoma but felt bigger a few days ago) has begun to go deeper into vital areas, she could have problems. I'm going to worry regardless. She chose me as her protector during the first 24 hours she was here, and it hasn't changed in 2.5 years (little blurry of a photo, but she's sitting right between my legs after the vacuum scared her):
    11 points
  15. It tried, but was unsuccessful due to my intervention. Though the hotel tried to sneak off while I was dealing with it, and I had to admonish it greatly.
    11 points
  16. Ugh. I need more time in the day... Too much to do lately. Then again, I was seriously slacking off the last few months because of stress. Today, I'm going to make some split pea soup. My dad dropped off a two pound bag of dry split peas, some carrots, some potatoes, and an onion. I defrosted a chicken breast and bought some bacon. Wish me luck!
    11 points
  17. Yay! My movie dreams are back! This time it was about an older lady assassin who was questioning her life choices, and when hired to kill a young woman who was an important trail witness decided to protect her from all the other assassins instead. Although my brain decided it needed a gimmick, so everyone was armed with lightsabers.
    11 points
  18. Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures still make some great D&D monsters, here are three more: Wave 1: Displacer Beast The Displacer Beast is one of the iconic D&D monsters, described as a six legged panther with a pair of enormous tentacles growing out of it's back. If that is not bad enough, the schtick of this beast is that is displaces. This is an ability that makes it appear as it is a few feet off from where it actually is, so while the party are slashing at the image in thin air, the beast invisibly outflanks them with it's powerful claws and massive bite attack coming from seemingly out of nowhere. Where are the mirrors I need to start breaking? I rebased it on a 40mm round. This is a Wave 1 mini, released a few years ago. The tentacles needed repositioning using the hot water/cold water technique. Wave 11: Grell & Basilisk Grell: Who names these monsters? Grell? What kind of a name is that? This is obviously the Flying Spaghetti Monster! The tentacles did not turn out all that well. The purple was too strong compared to the other colours and dried too fast to blend. Bah! Check out the big brain on Brett! 40mm base. And in the same pack as the Grell, a Basilisk: This one was significantly smaller than I expected. Please disregard the piece of flock-fluff on it's right side middle. This is a loose particle I did not see was stuck there until after the pictures were taken. I just cannot be bothered with taking new ones. Nice doggie? 30mm x 20mm oval base. Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures Wizkids I have no idea who sculpted these, as WizKids do not -as far as I know- publish this info. PVC
    10 points
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  20. Guarding a Car Park whilst sitting in a car? That challenge? Let me guess: it didn’t roll itself up and leave.
    10 points
  21. I'm vaguely aware of it, but I'm not any good at drawing stuff so I won't be attempting it. That seems to indicate a marriage just took place! If so, congrats!
    10 points
  22. What a beautiful day. I wish I were here.
    10 points
  23. But they are chock full of xp and treasure!
    10 points
  24. Today being Yom Kippur I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our Jewish Forumites an Easy Fast. GEM
    10 points
  25. That sounds fascinating. So would you research the cultural origins of food? I read a lot of journal articles. Mostly related to my line of work, but I also like to read stuff that just sounds interesting. And I'd almost certainly read an anthropological paper about food. Also, is this a field of study that already exists? Because if so I feel I'm missing out not reading about it already. If you're interested in something along these lines but in a more armchair sort of level, I suggest a YouTube channel called "Tasting History". Also "How to Cook That" has done a few historical recipes, but there's a lot of non-historical stuff on that channel too.
    10 points
  26. Okay, gonna have to check out 5LFTB... not that I've even gotten in a single game of RoSD... Hmm, maybe I'll do that tomorrow!!
    10 points
  27. Fingers crossed for Molly! Here's hoping she takes it in her stride and is back with you, safe and sound, as soon as possible after the surgery. Give her a big hug from me. Thanks everyone, it's nothing serious, just something pops up once in a while and leaves me at a low ebb. Mostly over it now, thank goodness. That's pretty creepy, it reminds me of a traditional Scottish Halloween neep (turnip). In the interests of food anthropology, here's a guide to making your very own carved neep https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtsbdj7L9mY
    9 points
  28. Fairly productive day. Met my brother halfway to swap fresh orchard apples for his picking up my meds (compound pharmacy makes it, and we don't have one in my town). Was able to take Molly with me for a nice hour long car ride that didn't end with her at the vet, though she'll hate me next week when I take her in to have those lumps on her neck removed... trying not to worry too much about that, but I'll be a nervous wreck while she is in surgery (they may keep her overnight too, and she's never spent a day or night apart from me). Ran a few errands around town, and picked up dad's order of mulch for the yard. A tip of the hat to the lady at the store register, she was kind enough to let me use his veteran discount despite his not being present, as the info was stored in the computer. Now it's raining, so not much else to do until dinner time.
    9 points
  29. Oddly, I woke up twice last night and both times I was dreaming about miniatures. Unfortunately I was apparently dreaming about still not having my Death Troopers or Inferno Squads painted, so perhaps I'm lucidly working on improving my procrastinating skills? Off to go listen to Silent Lucidity.....
    9 points
  30. "Danger close, danger close. Splash flames on my coordinates, over." At least you were kind enough to give me time to cast Resist fire first. Unlike a certain Dwarf.
    9 points
  31. I needed a rather unique mini for a unique creature in my Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign. Kleestad is a traitor cursed into the form of a bloated, sore-ridden worm creature. Here is the artwork from the adventure. He’s rather, um, grotesque. I knew I was never going to be able to find a mini that represented him, so I started thinking outside the box as to what I could do. The Maggotcrown Bonesack had recently come to retail, and then I was able to score several Arkham Horror game mini’s on clearance. One of them was a rather large and sinuous worm-like creature. Its head was large enough that I figured I could make it work to join up with the upper half of the Maggotcrown Bonesack. After finally overcoming my trepidation of my first true green stuff sculpting job, I finally sat down and joined the two halves together today, and filled in the sizable gap (held together by rather long pins) between the Maggotcrown and the worm, and sculpted the “waist” into a decent-enough transition between the two halves. Not perfect, but not terrible for my first real sculpting job. I can’t wait for the green stuff to cure, so I can paint it tomorrow night.
    9 points
  32. Flocks of cockatrices are best avoided, 2nd best dealt with from a distance, 3rd best allowed into melee range. Thankfully for the party members that weren't already statues, the burn nicely under the heat of a fireball spell. Productive day, aside form D&D, and tomorrow should be as well. Going to attempt to visit Trader Joe's... We're down to the last bit of Pumpkin Spice waffle mix, and want to restock for the year. I'm hoping Monday morning won't be too busy.
    9 points
  33. Soylent Green is People!!!!! Also... (not for the squeamish)
    9 points
  34. The fact you're worried about it probably means you'll be fine Most important thing to remember is that every child is different, so just because someone says something worked for them doesn't mean it will work for you - listen to everything and pick out the bits that work for you/your child/your family. For example, a lot of what I've seen says to swaddle babies, well, our eldest just refused to be swaddled (she would get an arm out within about 5 sec regardless of how 'well' she was swaddled). Oh, and everyone will have advice - don't get overwhelmed by it and don't be afraid to just ignore it! Including this!
    9 points
  35. Presenting Tzandi, a member of Monkey's Troupe from the game Twisted by Demented Games. Been painting this one on and off for a while, as I could only work on her teeny tiny details in small bursts (She essentially feels like a much larger scale mini that's been shrunk down). I think taking my time paid off as I'm pretty pleased with the results. This also means I've actually finished a set of something for a change (At least until Long Ma the dragon comes out):- The full Monkey's Troupe. As always, any comments or criticisms are warmly received.
    8 points
  36. I realize there's a number of amazing painters in here, so I'm fortunate enough to watch and learn from what i see posted. I just finished layer 2 of skin (foregoing wash toys time and straight layers only) and decided to hit the road before i get too far along. I just nailed the best eyes I've done so far and feel like sharing. Still gotta finish this Ogre off, but my hand is still shaking from excitement. Need to stop for a bit.
    8 points
  37. At least working from home is safe, and you get more time with doggo! :)
    8 points
  38. I will also answer this one pretty much the same way. I like drawing, but 1,I am not much of an artist, C getting what I want on paper is.... Hard sometimes, as I can see what I want, but can not seem to make what I want to happen... Like translation han to stupidy.... It does not work well and Pears, I do have something I am currently drawing that I could possibly share for the Inkober.
    8 points
  39. We need to get better at Leading with the fireball... Today's lesson: don't panic the magic-user, it gets messy You say that like its a bad thing good luck on your grocery store adventure The weighting is the trick to making weebles. I've seen STLs but they have to be carefully weighted or they don't stand up Does UV work on that? I have a UV grtup for my old fish tank I mainly keep around because there is nothing alive on the other side of the exposure. When I took slide samples from my salt water tank (I was curious) the result was a holocaust like imagery: so many dead and ruptured micro-organiams...
    8 points
  40. For How to Cook That, look for titles "200 year old <blank>". She uses one recipe book from her (some number of generations) great-grandmother (from memory). And she just does the recipes, not so much the history.
    8 points
  41. Science was performed with control specimen. Results will be posted to my youtube when I get the video together. If they don't want me to buy dullcote, I'll find my own varnish. Spoilers: I have one that will work, in a bigger can, for 11 CAD. Addition: I really should buy myself an airbrush soon though.
    8 points
  42. Really need to play that one of these days. I've had all the rules for well over a year. Despite quarantine we stalled badly on mini games this year. Haven't played in ages although #1 son is wanting to again. Have played a lot of different board games at least so not a total loss on the gaming front.
    8 points
  43. So, after a long discussion with my client, we decided on the following changes: - Green is good as it is, no changes. - White is close to perfect, but I am going to add webbing from the head spine to the neck like in the old 1e white dragon - Blue will have a nose horn reduction and other minor head changes to make the head a little closer to the 1e style than the 3e style - Black will have a completely new head and neck frill to bring it more in line with the 1e designs - Red needs a whole new pose to make it more castable. Might redesign things a bit to reflect 1e inspiration, but I definitely won't be doing the old grandma glasses look of the face of the 1e red. I started the black, but still have a lot of details left to add to the face, fixes to the back scales, and raising the front foot so we can enlarge it by about 5mm:
    8 points
  44. This was a fun one to paint. Instead of going all black I added some dark blue. Fun fact: dark blue does not stand out to well against black. So I gave it a light grey drybrush which I then went over with the blue to make it pop. This is also the first mini where I tried my hand at adding moss to rock. It's not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty well for my first go.
    8 points
  45. Discussion of the virus is not forbidden, just keep it non-political and don't fight with each other.
    8 points
  46. I read that as Nazi Goering, which made the whole sentence really weird.
    8 points
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