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  1. After a long day on that dusty trail, a man has needs. And while sometimes a man might just go round behind a cactus or a rocky outcrop, other times a man's in mixed company where that just won't do. Now, ain't nothin' to be ashamed of, just a part of livin', that's all. But sometimes--and praise the Lord, it ain't often--it's the last part of livin'. "whut in tarnation...?!" But when it's your time to go, you gotta go. *** A little sidenote on D&D monsters and their origins: We all know that pulp and sci-fi influenced the creators of Dungeons and Dragons as much as fantasy does (displacer beasts came from a van Vogt space opera, and I'd bet money that orcs--pig-faced brutes in early RPG art--got their green-skinned tusky look because D&D precursors included Tharks from Barsoom until the Burroughs estate sued.) But where did the Mimic come from? It's hard to tell, but there are a few strong possibilities. First, Wollheim's short story "Mimic" from 1942. If you haven't read it, do so--it's a great little pulp yarn. The titular mimics aren't the amorphous sticky oozes we know today, but they conceal themselves almost perfectly as mundane people--and, more importantly here, objects. Secondly, and perhaps most convincingly, Philip K. Dick's 1953 story "Colony." A tale of paranoia on an alien world, and probably also where we get the Rug of Smothering. The alien threat here is pretty much exactly like our D&D mimics, formless organisms that can take on any shape (and do). Thirdly, John Bellairs' "The Face in the Frost," published 1969. This is the first gelatinous amorph masquerading as a building that I've seen in a fantasy context--though it isn't clear whether the entity in question is an organism or a magical construct, or if there's a meaningful difference. Anyway, all those 'what if the WHOLE TAVERN was a mimic?!' suggestions? Been done before the moon landing. Lastly and returning to this post's genre of Weird America, Manly Wade Wellman's John the Balladeer stories. Our hero Silver John rambles about the Appalachian hills encountering strange doings and stranger critters and haints. Among these is the false house or 'gardinel.' (John doesn't know why they're called that.) \ This last isn't a certain influence because it's mentioned only briefly in a 1963 short and brought up again in more detail in a novella written after the Monster Manual came out in 1977. But you never know. I for sure don't. I think this will work just fine for a little Western gardinel.
    20 points
  2. Hey everyone, this is the fourth Oldhammer dwarf of my Slayer unit. It was sculpted by Aly Morrison. All painted with Reaper MSP Color, here's the list;
    10 points
  3. Say Hello to Trumpet! (on the right) ^ (the Bloodhound). Trumpet won Best in Show a couple of hours ago at the Westminster Dog Show. There is no evidence that Trumpet is an Agent of W.O.O.F
    9 points
  4. Did some cops to go with the set
    8 points
  5. The gods of battle : the Thracians at war, 1500 BC - 150 AD. / Chris Webber Focuses a lot on the archaelogical evidence and contrasting conclusions from modern historians against works written in Roman times.
    8 points
  6. Australia: "Everything changed when the Emu nation attacked."
    7 points
  7. Definitely We started buying baby wipes by the carton when we had babies, but we got so used to having them around we keep getting them...
    7 points
  8. I "read" a large number of audiobooks when I paint. Both "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas and "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" by Sherman Alexie were very good. I would highly recommend them for the young adult curriculum. They have explicit content, and stong subject matter but so did "The Wars" by Timothy Findlay and there's some rather heated things in "The Grapes of Wrath", both of which were required reading in high school for me. For something less spicy, "Braiding Sweetgrass" was really good, too. "Percy Jackson's Greek Gods" was a lot better than I thought it would be. It's a re-telling of classic Greek myth, but censored for a young teenage audience. The paintings rock. For non-fiction, I have to recommend "Planet Dinosaur" which is a companion to BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs. It's a really fascinating look into dinos from around the world and how they shaped and were shaped by their environments. I'm going to ask for a copy for Christmas.
    7 points
  9. We had a fun night at the FLGS. Loud & allot of people tonight, but it felt like we were at a game store. We finished off a long Adventure League game tonight as well. I love Chris Valentine's work but his AL adventures are allot to digest in 4 hours, so I've taken to breaking them up into 2 sessions, my players don't mind. We also had to play with a shorter time frame, as tonight was the store's monthly employee meeting. Also, found out my store is participating in FREERPG Day this year (Saturday the 25th). I wasn't sure after the weak turnout for it last year, but this year marks the return to the traditional day (at least for the US) of it. I'll be running a couple adventures for the store (Cyberpunk Red Quickstart "Step into the Dark Future" & Loke Battlemap "Curse of the Dread Marsh Crew" adventure. I was able to pick a free item for running, so I went with the Harengon paint kit from Wizkids. I will also be able to pick something up this Saturday as well. I'll most likely pick up the Root RPG free adventure. Pretty cool, I think there will at least be 6 GM/DMs this time around, so a variety of stuff will be on display for anybody that comes up to the store that day. Looking forward to it.
    7 points
  10. It's been a good awhile since I've picked up a novel myself. Just too many other things to me to do instead + I've never really have been a heavy novel reader. I think the closest "book" would probably be a game supplement or something. I'll say the last Dungeons & Doggies Seaside port Campaign hardback that I got from their Kickstarter.
    7 points
  11. Should have known - Rogue Brewery out of Newport, OR always has a fantastic line up:
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  12. Someone's autobiography????
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  13. He seems deliriously happy about it.
    6 points
  14. Since I never finished reading it years ago, SO I am rereading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. I am also rereading Alan Dean Foster''s Spell Singer novels. I have quite a backlog of books to read; re, when I am in reading mode I inhale them at a brisk pace.
    6 points
  15. You need to check state law for the legality of recording a phone conversation without disclosing that a recording is being made. However, there is no law against making notes as you are on the phone, transcribing those notes and sending a copy to the person you were on the phone with so you both agree on what was said. GEM
    6 points
  16. The drummer printed up... And the lead singer, (obviously the Tiefling's human half brother) (pic from Ironwind site)
    6 points
  17. Last book I read was The Gift of Imperfection, by BrenΓ© Brown. I was given it to read last year by my social worker. I could recognize myself in only a tiny part of it, or in a "spell out stuff I already knew" kind of way.
    6 points
  18. Hi All! So I had an idea and wanted to experiment with the armor. One thing lead to another. I ended up experimenting with metallic paints and I think this actually came out pretty cool. Let me know what you think! πŸ™‚ Thanks for checking this out! Cheers! ~Z
    5 points
  19. Yes. By which I mean if there is a health or safety reason for it to be clean, you can safely bet that it is. My bathroom is clean. My kitchen is clean. My workbench (both at home and work) is a complete disaster.
    5 points
  20. I'm a pack rat. Stuff just piles on and on. It's one of those habits my dad and I shared (and drove mom crazy). There are probably enough dust bunnies for me to qualify myself as a ranger/druid/sheepherder. On occasion, I do roll up my sleeves and get to cleaning. At the same time, I produce surprisingly little waste. You won't find leftover food, or any weird stains or smells. I'm untidy, not gross.
    5 points
  21. Record the conversation if it's only by phone. @TGP Congrats to Trumpet. Looks like a very wise dog!
    5 points
  22. I feel like it's @Froggy the Great patiently suffering to explain things to his son.
    5 points
  23. As someone who works at a Regional Library HQ, I come across many interesting books:
    5 points
  24. We... pulled the trigger on the Saturn 2. Surprising exactly no one. The Auld Grump
    5 points
  25. The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry
    5 points
  26. I'm currently re-reading the Ian Cormac Polity novels by Neal Asher. He's got another, more recent, trilogy that touches on the events of those books. So I thought it would be nice to have those fresh in my mind before I read the newer books. It's hard science fiction with crazy powerful AI, impossible to understand aliens, and violence that's on such a large scale as to be nearly incomprehensible. Kind of a scary vision of the future, but compelling nonetheless.
    5 points
  27. Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout, the first Nero Wolfe Novel!
    5 points
  28. It's been a long time since I painted an LOTR mini, so I thought I'd paint 4. These were painted using coat d' arms paints and AP speed paints. Of note, after applying the speed paints I added a wash of Argax earthshade which waterproofed the speed paints and completely stopped the reactivation. This also happened when I painted my generic monster hunter from crooked dice. I dismissed it as a fluke with the intent to test it again on a different mini. Well, I tested it again on these guys and again, the reactivation issue was stopped dead in its tracks.
    4 points
  29. 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...
    4 points
  30. Australia: "Everything changed when the Emu nation attacked." No, they didn't. They were acting in self defence. And no, that's not supposed to be in purple. Look up The Great Emu War if you don't know what I'm talking about.
    4 points
  31. I am a clean person living in a cluttered world. I've learned to give up and embrace the mess (cough... wife's mess... coughcough) in order to maintain a happy life.
    4 points
  32. Yah this is definitely me as well. Thou, I am a clean freak (thou I'm not the boy in the bubble like my co-worker is kinda clean freak) when I'm at work.
    4 points
  33. Depends on who you ask. I feel I'm tidy with things, but ohhhh noooo, my mother could go on for aaaaaages. I like my spaces lived in, and my workbench with my common tools ready to go. A tidy workbench means it's never used, or you literally tidied it up to take a "here's before the project started" pic.
    4 points
  34. A bit of both. I rank personal hygiene very high, which includes clothing; I wash my uniforms at the end of each week, avoid getting stains on clothing, and scrub to get them out (it doesn't help that my uniform is white). I try to keep my space tidy at work, or when I am cooking/assembling something at home. All that effort is draining though, so mess tends to build up at home. Clothes don't always make it into the dirty laundry bag, dishes can pile up in the sink (dishwasher is currently broken), and just last night I didn't have the energy to sort clean socks when I got home, so the pile got pushed onto the half of the bed I don't sleep on. I try to do better, but energy level is the determining factor. I don't actively try to make a mess. I believe in being tidy throughout a task as much as possible.
    4 points
  35. Scale 75 Birch as base for Feet/Hands/Tail Ends. Scale 75 Arabian Shadow for Basecoat rest of fur. So far for batch painting, with the mere base laid down I'm now going to pick one and see what I can do with these. I can already tell I like this Army.
    4 points
  36. Highlands does Dwarves in July. Crippled God Foundry Sea Creatures
    4 points
  37. They're an engineer, if they offered a tldr version it would still be 100 pages long..
    4 points
  38. It's funny, but we really need a facepalm emote.
    4 points
  39. Reread, White Plume Mountain, Paul Kidd Novelization of the classic adventure Excellent read
    4 points
  40. The live streams Ed and Ron both made it seem like there would definitely be some kind of power ups in the past the first power ups happened around a month after KS ended. now we're about 1 1/2 months out, but they're also still scaling up bones usa production, running the base boss 2 KS, and planning for reaper con. I wouldn't be surprised if there's not a whole lot of new news before reaper-con (sept 1-4). reaperJon did say in discord to expect the PM to stay open till the end of the year or early next year.
    4 points
  41. I didnt mess with the black part of his suit, so it is straight brown liner, but I think I might call him done. Wasp is up next.
    4 points
  42. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I actually do this technique for basing quiet a lot. I must have pieced this all together after watching online tutorials, can't remember the exact origin of it. Sawdust Mod Podge Cheap acrylic paint Mix them all up. More Mod Podge and finer sawdust - smoother surface. Less Mod Podge and coarser sawdust - rougher surface. This particular one is on the smoother side. For the paint - dark green for grass, brown for forest floor, etc. This is basically the base color. I glue the figure to the base and then use a flat coffee stirrer to lay out the mix on the base around the figure's feet. Once all the surface is covered, I add tiny real rocks or twigs. Grass tufts are better glued when the whole thing dries up. So wait for it to dry up. Once dry, do the usual terrain kind of painting - wash/dry brush. Done! πŸ™‚ I'll update with some pictures when I'll get a chance. UPDATE with pictures: This is what the mix looks like. Mix applied with a real rock A piece of terrain made with this approach: A few other bases I made with this technique: Hope this was helpful πŸ™‚ Cheers! ~Z
    4 points
  43. 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.
    3 points
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  45. True. Some states only one party has to know(and that CAN be the recording party) but some require that it be announced so both parties can consent. That and it's generally just polite to go ahead and say 'this call will be recorded'.
    3 points
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