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  1. It's been a long time since I painted a dragon. It might be a long time before I do another one. This took me nearly six months of painting nothing but scales. Once I had the scales done the rest of it was pretty quick. The galaxy effect on the wings is something that I learned from a Reapercon class and have wanted to do on dragon wings ever since. I'm sure it's not new, there are likely others out there, but it's the first time I've done it and I like how it turned out.
    18 points
  2. I painted up Ollamiel as a Mahkwab, an obscure type of Dragonlance dark sea elf (appearing in two source books and one novel). Not a lot to work with, description wise, just pale skin and black hair. While I liked the sculpt on the female sea elf better, with the floating pose, this one has a lot going for it. He's got a swimmers body and looks martial. His face kept making me think of Jerry O'Connell, too, which is neither here nor there. That's 54 Dragonlance creatures down, 103 to go.
    18 points
  3. Hello everyone, here's my third Dwarf Giant Slayer. This model was also sculpted by Aly Morrison. All painted with Reaper MSP Color, here's the list;
    17 points
  4. Well, after finishing a giant dragon that took me forever to paint I decided to paint something smaller by choosing a miniature that is completely covered in metal and decided to paint it all using the NMM technique. It was probably more than I was ready for but I think I'm getting better, it's finally starting to look like metal. Any critiques or feedback are welcome.
    17 points
  5. This is one of the fantastic miniatures from Bombshell Miniatures. The fine details on their miniatures make them really fun to paint and they have a slightly more realistic style than the usual miniatures that I paint (Reaper). It was a nice break from what I usually do. Most of my focus on this one was to apply things I've learned from Reapercon classes and to practice painting skin. I finished this one several months ago and just now got around to taking pictures. I was pretty pleased with it when I finished it but now I see a few things that I would probably do differently and hopefully better. Continuous improvement, I guess...
    14 points
  6. I am soooo there right now... Despite the fact that I've been the sole user and paying the bills for my internet for the past twenty years (the company has changed names twice), I have to get my old man to call up and have them restart my service since his name is still on the damn account and I never got around to seeing if they can change it before this. Bah. Grumble, grumble, grumble... On a related note, I was going to do my taxes on the free IRS thing this year, but in order to verify my identity I have to send them a pic of my driver's license and a webcam photo of myself. Except I don't have a damn webcam, so apparently the whole "pics or it didn't happen" thing means I don't actually exist. But, if I don't exist, then why the hell do I have to pay taxes??? Oh, yeah... Update: Jack is no longer a state-sponsored bum and drain on society. Jack now has a crappy second shift job at a place called Acme Wire, making things like the wire face guards on sports helmets. After five paychecks, he's finally caught up with his monthly bills. As of Thursday, Jack has hot water again for the first time in five months. And he has managed to throw a bit of $$ at Bones 6 (he got a lighthouse). Yay me.
    14 points
  7. I really wanted to paint this so that it looked like the horse was black. I couldn't make it work. All the pictures I could find were very shiny black horses and it always looked wrong when I tried to paint it -- due to my skill mostly --after three or four times painting over it all and starting over I settled on this brown and blond colored horse. The minis was fun because it gave me lots of opportunity to practice my NMM technique.
    13 points
  8. A really nice mini 😃 I enjoyed painting his cloak! 😁
    12 points
  9. The reason why Americans are muy gordo: Fajitas for one at a favorite local spot. Comes with ~2lbs shredded meat, rice beans, condiments, fresh hand made tortillas, and complimentary chips and fresh salsa. Two of us ate half of it, and the rest is in the fridge.
    12 points
  10. This was fun and relatively quick. I used metallic paints on this one, trying to practice using them. I'm not sure I got it quite right but I learned some things doing it. Not much to say about this one. It was pretty fast and easy. Weirdly I'm having a harder time getting my head around how to use TMM than NMM. I basically did NMM but using metallic paints and I don't think it worked very well here. Any advice anybody wants to give on how to paint TMM style on miniatures would be welcome. Also, how to add rust, or verdigris to metal. That is something else I have not done successfully, I added some red to the chain mail but I don't think it looks like rust.
    10 points
  11. Continuing my foray into Steamforged Games Animal Adventures (see also Part 1 and Part 2) . . . Here we have Cornelius the Golden retriever Wizard: . . . and Solan, the Persian Sorcerer: Man, these are tiny miniatures.
    9 points
  12. OH BUT I LOVE THEM ALL...mostly! Yesterday we hit Se-Port Deli; I got a grilled cheddar, bacon, & tomato on toasted rye...OH JOY & RAPTURE!
    8 points
  13. I rarely eat them, but a really good Cuban, especially if the whole thing is toasted a bit and a little sloppy, is really great and one of my favorites.
    8 points
  14. A bacon, black pudding and egg butty is a great way to start a day! But on the whole, I just kinda make them with what's on hand.
    8 points
  15. Anybody interested in a free ride in a helicopter flight for 4 people? I'm still looking for 2 more people to join us. We leave early Saturday morning from Myrtle Beach, SC and will fly to St. Augustine, Fl where we will have breakfast and then on to a yacht for lunch. Then we’ll do a flight along the coast to see Jacksonville, FL and return back to St Augustine for dinner and then fly back home. If interested please pm me.... Preferably someone with a helicopter and yacht, otherwise we can't go.
    7 points
  16. Since going gluten and dairy free I don't eat sandwiches Gluten free bread is mostly terrible, home made stuff is usually better (and the sweet white rice flour is added to try and get the bread to be less crumbly and less rubbery - most of the GF bread here is rubbery rather than crumbly)
    7 points
  17. The my child-like self goes for pb&j (crunchy pb and grape j) or a double stack of pb and Nutella on one layer, then pb and marshmellow creme for the second layer. The latter usually has me bouncing off the walls. Regular pb&j is easier on the digestion, so it's my go-to for work lunches as it isn't always easy to get off the assembly line for an emergency potty break if we are short-staffed (which we always seem to be). My adult self likes a salami sandwich, with hummus spread on on the bread, some American cheese and tomato sliced thin.
    7 points
  18. Lately it has been burgers: But if somebody else is making the sandwich then it is a cheesesteak sandwich. This one: No American Cheese or Kraft cheese anywhere to be seen on this sandwich. Grass fed beef smoked by the owner of the restaurant that makes this sandwich. And this is nowhere near Philly.
    6 points
  19. Well my wife really wants to go to Florida but we're not allowed out of Canada and my helicopters are only about an inch long so don't fit 4 people.
    5 points
  20. June 19th QotD: Got lost on time, watching a bad movie (Shrek Forever After).... When was the last time you "lost time" doing something? (also Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there in the world & Happy Juneteenth as well.)
    5 points
  21. Battloid received a bit of cleanup but it didn't change too much. So a picture doesn't seem necessary. The Guardian and Fighter though were almost completely basecoated. It's looking like next session will be the last one for this batch before moving on. So the question becomes Roy Fokker's or Rick Hunter's scheme next?
    5 points
  22. Just quick paints to get them done.
    4 points
  23. Another paint n take. A first time painter went with this coversion by paint: Some of my younger participants seem to be getting a bit more patient: Not sure these were done when I too this pic:
    4 points
  24. That's going to be a rather long flight, probably 2.5-3 hours, which isn't always the most comfortable in a helicopter. Sticking to running alongside the coast, you're looking at approximately 265 nautical miles, and most helicopters cruise around the 100-120 kn/h range. If you're in a Robinson R44, that's going to feel cramped pretty quickly. If It's a BK117, you'll get there a little faster at 130kn cruise speeds and won't feel anywhere near as cramped as the R44, but it's also a twin turboshaft design, and the Lycomonster engines are known for being fuel hungry (yes, I called Lycoming "Lycomonster", it's an aviation thing). But y'know, if your friend happens to have the helicopter and the yacht, I doubt they'll need to worry about fuel costs, since at minimum it's going to be an entire tank of fuel to make that trip - it has a range of 292nm, and you're travelling 265nm. Most operators would stop for fuel halfway, but yeah, you're going to be burning close to (or slightly more than) 700L of jet fuel for each leg of the trip (183 US gallons). According to Beach Aviation Service's website, Jet A is $7.37 per gallon, so add a little bit of rounding for servicing fees and that's $1,500 USD just in fuel for the first leg. According to Global Air's fuel map, it's $8.91 per gallon, so adding in service fees that's another $1,800. And using information from 2019 from the US Forestry Service's "HELICOPTER SERVICES HOURLY FLIGHT RATES, FUEL CONSUMPTION, AND WEIGHT REDUCTION CHART", you're looking at a cost of at least $2k USD per hour of operation in costs, and since they use something like $5.20 per gallon of fuel for pricing, it's probably a lot closer to $2,700 USD per hour of operation, which means that those six hours of flying costs almost as much as a Honda Civic Brand new (Google says they start at $21,700 USD, and six hours at $2.7k is $16,200). The Bell 412 I was originally going to use for these numbers uses even more fuel, and doesn't look as lovely at the BK117... But yeah, given it's a 2.5-3 hour flight, if you want it make it there for lunch you'll want to be on the runway no later than 08:30. It would be faster and a ~lot~ cheaper to fly in a Van's RV-10 (183 knots cruise speed), or if we want something fancier (and available in a lovely coppery ORANGE! ...and y'know, already built) the Diamond DA62 seats 7 and moves at 171-185 knots cruise. You'll also still have fuel leftover from the round trip, and it'll be a lot quieter too! Oh yeah, and if you like to sleep in, the DA62
    4 points
  25. Found my reading glasses! Sports car dash.
    4 points
  26. No, his cousin Ralph is actually the devil. But there is a strong family resemblance... So, Jack finally managed to get in on this one... I haz a lighthouse. (or will, next year.) I'm eventually planning to get another lighthouse, and potentially some combination of the paints, Briarwood Vale, Green Griffin and/or the storm giant queen.
    4 points
  27. Right now I could go for a spicy Italian sub, the messier the better.
    4 points
  28. Some of my June projects so far. This month I wanted to do some male fighters and he was one of three that I had primed for it.
    3 points
  29. Last Thursday when I was to grill a Cedar Plank Samon with Garlic Onion Rub. I was watching something on TV and lost track of time to soak the Cedar Plank.
    3 points
  30. It used to be daily at the worst time: driving. Exhaustion/lack of sleep will do that to you. Nowadays, it still happens daily, but typically because I haven't had enough caffeine/sugar to jump-start my system. And no, it no longer happens while driving, thankfully. Just in the hours before work.
    3 points
  31. A couple of weeks ago, drinking coffee on a balcony, looking out at the ocean.
    3 points
  32. I was busy closing my eyes last night, then before I knew it, it was suddenly morning.
    3 points
  33. With so many combinations, I don't think I can settle on one. By coincidence, we had a charity boat race yesterday, and I discovered that I wasn't crazy for the vegetarian option sandwich the caterer made. Maybe if it had a decent condiment sauce with it, but that one tasted very bland. If it involves YouTube and the many channels I follow, it's a regular thing. My evenings go by fast.
    3 points
  34. I don’t know that I have a favorite. I can tell you things I don’t like though.
    3 points
  35. You mean chop the head off of an stl and just print the head on a shield? Probably take a few minutes to do the modelling. This sort of computer kit bashing is something I've been learning how to do. If you have an stl of Charizard I could do it for you. I'm not so good at creating organic shapes but I have been making a few of my own buildings and vehicles.
    3 points
  36. Charmeleon needs an upsize, so will be reprinted. Lucky too as my 8yo unfortunately dropped him not long after this family happy snap and his flame tail broke off. At least my son has a mini to practice his painting. He wanted to have a to at painting them, but was worried about messing it up.
    3 points
  37. Liking this skin tone a lot!
    3 points
  38. Whooo, my Trident lives again, although I need to figure out why doing a g28 turns my Nevermore fans on when they're keyed to be activated by the heater_bed being turned on (and then have idle timeouts for once its off), but that's a problem for future me after he's gotten a night of sleep. Future me also has to put the panels back on, but gets to negotiate with hubby as to whether it's purple or orange ABS going in, but no matter what in all of this the input shaper mount is definitely being printed because that definitely needs to get sorted out this weekend...
    3 points
  39. 5 Pokémon minis printed and one very happy 8yo. The prints were a bit rough in some spots as I just did medium autosupports all over, which was definitely overkill. That's ok though as my main concern was to not have anything fail, more so that have a perfect finished print. My 8yo was so excited to get them printed, that a failed would have definitely been worse than a slightly imperfect one. Now that I know the prints work, I can always reprint them with light supports later. Given how much fun he's been having playing with them this afternoon, I don't think he minds too much.
    3 points
  40. 3 points
  41. If this band is a Nüclear Krïll tribute band maybe their name ought to relate somehow. Examples: The Fab Four (Beatles) Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd) So IDK? The Atömïc Thriill!!
    3 points
  42. That is freakin' awesome! I love the galaxy effect - if you do it well, it makes everything better. (I've painted up a couple of human figures with swirling robes and capes where I painted the entire thing in the galaxy pattern and then gone back and painted over just the highlights in regular colors so that the galaxy pattern was only in the shadows and inside folds of their robes, like there was another dimension inside them.)
    3 points
  43. Time to snuggle up with your minis, and feel better. Are you saying that Grump tastes better when he's poured out of a mug and replaced with coffee? That must be a very large mug to begin with.
    3 points
  44. Whatever the Sandwich Project has up for grabs as their feature is almost always absolutely delicious....
    3 points
  45. I doubt if that qualifies as a mini anymore...what a monster!
    3 points
  46. I'm thinking about getting this "mini" due to Rocket Pig has a 60% code for Father's Day this weekend: Those are 28mm minis on his left leg! The code makes this one 13.99.
    3 points
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