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  1. Meet the Krodox! We've seen a couple of these hunchbacked space reptilians before. Superficially crocodilian, they are a remarkable case of evolutionary convergence. It appears they are remote descendants of Earth's labyrinthodont amphibians; while it can't be proven, the time period makes it likely the Second Martian Empire spread Carboniferous Earth life onto other planets during their colonial expansion. It's not easy to imagine how ambush predators evolved to fill a primate-like niche in the muggy mangrove swamps of their homeworld, and even harder to deduce how the knuckle-dragging scaly brutes developed intelligence and a society, let alone advanced technology. But here we are! Khurasan's 15-mm Garn make excellent juveniles and young adults. These are little fellows! I added some hunchbacks to their necks with Green Stuff. Living as they do on a metals-poor, mud-rich world interlaced with deltas and fjords, the Krodox have developed ceramics and hydraulics to a remarkable degree. Their psychology is hard for humans and uplifted apes to understand; patience followed by sudden action is a survival instinct for them in the way curiosity is for us. (Krodox are sought-after astrogation lookouts for this reason; they simply don't get bored with waiting the way we do.) Meditative contemplation and furious application during times of opportunity is how they developed hydraulic computers to the level of Wisdom Engines while we were still swinging in trees--and also why they were relying on those same Wisdom Engines while we developed spaceflight. Their society is a semi-feudal gigantocracy: Krodox respect Bigness as superior access to meat and therefore as right to rule. But dissatisfied subjects will overthrow a greedy ruler if the ruler lets their constituents go hungry. The election process is somewhere between democracy and a pro wrestling championship, and the recall process (as with many criminal convictions) involves ritual cannibalism. It's not a perfect system by a long shot, but natural and political selection means their supply chain logistics are second to none. Speaking of Krodox jurisprudence, grievous bodily harm and mayhem are seen as regrettable misdemeanors, but denying someone food or access to running water is a Very Serious Crime Indeed. Being found guilty of mislabeling or adulterating foodstuffs, though, is the worst possible transgression, a Crime Against Krodoxianity. While there is no Krodox Emperor or Pope (no one is huge enough to command THAT much respect), all the clans and tribes acknowledge the authority of the Truth Tasters. The society is somewhere between the EPA, the FDA, the FBI, the UN, and the Inquisition. Being armor-plated half-ton monsters with jaws like bear traps, the Krodox might be expected to be ferocious fighters--and this is true on the individual level. They make fantastic mercenaries and shock troopers. Their instinctive deference to hugeness and hunger/risk/reward calculus means they never did get the hang of organized warfare, though. Hostilities can only persist if two generals are of similar bulk and can feed their troops; and if the odds of death seem greater than the odds of a full belly, a Krodox will desert. It is...difficult to beat a Krodox into submission without impairing their usefulness as a soldier. This disorganization and stubbornness is why the Krodox world has been conquered by stellar empire after empire, and abandoned again and again as local prelates, satraps, and bureaucrats wind up getting devoured, sometimes ritually and sometimes just on impulse. Oddly enough, they get along just fine with the frail, pencil-necked intellectual Martians, sharing a great reverence for and obsession with canals. The flowing river is the core concept of Krodox philosophy, religion, medicine, and economics, and no one knows canals and aqueducts like the architects of Mars. (They also enjoy the steaming estuaries and giant beasts of Venus, and maintain a small colony/resort near the south pole, where the temperatures and invasive mold spores are manageable.) They don't think much of Earth culture, with the exception of opera, as bellowing while brandishing weapons resonates deeply in their culture. The current Earth Ambassador to the Krodox (after the regrettable devourment of several human Diplomatic Corps members) is a 600-pound uplifted gorilla. He has secured several trade deals and is a beloved celebrity.
    13 points
  2. Coral Golem for my local paint club entry. I wanted to do something different, It seems the norm to paint everything in bright colors do I wanted to simulate all the coral being dead.
    12 points
  3. G.R.F.F.N Food Log: Stardate: 20220627 …Captain's Log: G.R.F.F.N is losing badly in the Food Logs competition. We are far behind in data transmissions. SparkTrubble Internet (not their real name) may bear some fault in this. Nevertheless, We carry on with the quest for the perfect burger. The latest attempt involved a larger bun… Sir Kensington’s Tomato Ketchup, Green Leaf Lettuce, Angus Beef seasoned with Black Pepper, Muenster Cheese, (Vidalia?) Sweet Onion sautéed in Olive Oil, on an extra large, store brand, absolutely plain bun.
    11 points
  4. Up way too late, statting things for the pagan retreat - I had convinced myself that it was going to be cancelled again. I was wrong. Launching a different campaign, two years of downtime, so... I am going to do the Regency Space game, with the first being the Salvage Mission. If Megan has afternoons clear, I may have her as a ringer. (The PC that gets possessed, should be a lot smoother with a ringer than an actual PC.) The Auld Grump
    11 points
  5. More experiments with oil washes
    10 points
  6. Last night we picked up Youngest Vixen from the Airport after she had been away for studying in Norway for 6 Months. Despite Farmer Protests and Delayswe got her home safely. WOOF FOOD LOG: Saturday's Dinner: A Pitabread with Adana Kebab, a Salad of Spinach/Macademia Nuts/Strawberries/Cucumber and dressing of Applecidervinegar/Lemon Juice/Olive Oil and Honey. Apologies..our Agent was a little hungry and took a big bite of the pita before we could take a pic. My girl made fresh Applesauce, I put some cinnamon and powdered sugar over it ( despite the fact that it already contained cinnamon...what can I say? I just love cinnamon) SUNDAY's DINNER: Toasted Baquette on a bed of Babyspinach, warm Crispy Bacon, Goat Cheese from the Oven with Pinenutseeds and Honey/Lemon Dressing.
    9 points
  7. I have a house, I 'HOBBY' every day! I did get a little bit of painting done... I try to do at least one color on one mini a day, as a minimum to help preserve my Sanity....
    9 points
  8. And I am back from the shaman after giving the apropriate flesh and blood sacrifice, and in this case no news is good news. Also picked up some bbq brisket for the coming holiday weekend, to celebrate in native style, with lots of meat and carbohydrates.
    9 points
  9. Experimenting with oil washes and leveling-up my airbrush-fu
    8 points
  10. Don't have a pet, but... If it's a dog, I'd be something like this: Spot? Wanna walk? Who's a good boy? If it's a cat, I would be more like this: Whaddya mean there's no more food? It's right there! Why did you want me to open the door if you don't want to go outside? Why did you bring that dead thing in here? (And I'm a cat person.)
    8 points
  11. Are you happy? If not what can I do about it? What is your greatest wish? Why did you dig that hole in my garden?
    8 points
  12. No, I worked on big-atures instead (i.e. the house). I also need a new hobby lamp, but the one I am eyeing is clamp-on, which doesn't work with my painting desk and I can't find a similar one that has a base. Problem solving must take place before any hobbying gets done.
    8 points
  13. Washington State has no business ring this hot. If you trust the thermostat it's 102F outside currently. I am not at home with the hood AC. I am at my in-laws. Our younger niece is visiting while her sister and mother are on a Europe trip with eldest's school group. First morning after my FIL gets home with her he texted me and Husband saying he tested positive. He is isolating but we still need to test tomorrow to see if we're in the clear. Have been playing board games with niece. She has taken to Kitchen Rush like a fish to water. She played it with us last time she was here over her spring break. We are on the last rules learning scenario and it's...rough. We did not win that one. We brought 7 games and Kitchen Rush has been the most played so far. Followed by Burger Up, Chronicles of Abel, and Marvel Dice Throne.
    8 points
  14. Okay, with Reapercon coming up I will be running some Stargrave & Frostgrave games. So I have been in the position with transporting BOXES of minis and terrain before, and even though I have a truck, I thought that there might be an easier way to carry the stuff. Both of the 'Grave games are heavy terrain and while this is part of their charm, it will be much easier if I can limit the number of boxes going to Texas with me. Then the other day in Hobby Lobby, I was trying to figure out how to build this stuff, when I found their collapsed gift boxes. Perfect! And CHEAP! So I hit them with some variety of spray paint and then used the Plastic Mesh for windows after they dried. I am a bit concerned because I tried good old Elmer's Glue and I am not 100% confident in it's ability to work on the plastic of the mesh. So, everything is drying tonight and tomorrow will be the acid test when I try folding the boxes into their flat configuration. Anyway, here are the pics as I went along.
    7 points
  15. "Am I right, are you allergic to pork?" I think Lilly is allergic to pork, as she scratches her ears when she eats it. It would be nice to know. "Would you please quit attacking everyone with another dog that walks by the cabin?" German Shepherds are territorial. We have to tie Lilly up, because she's hellbent on guarding the place from other dogs. "What is it like to smell in colour?" I fantacize about this often. We see in colour, they smell in colour.
    7 points
  16. Since I don't have any at the moment, I'm going to pretend Tyr didn't die shortly after his tank cracked (he did not enjoy being in an orange five gallon bucket for half a day!) - Tyr was my crowntail betta that was obsessed with Mythbusters. - Why the fascination with explosions? - What explosions did you like best? - If you could see anything in the world, what would you love to see?
    7 points
  17. As for me, yes! Friday, did some painting on some Rcon figures, I even finished a couple scenery pieces. Saturday, FREERPGDAY so I hung out at the flgs, for about 6 or 7 hrs.. Sunday, not much but I did figure out what was ok in a 3d resin order for Rcon & I did a small bit of painting in the evening.
    7 points
  18. 104 was our high today, highest temp yet & while I didn't feel it till late in the afternoon, I felt it trying to go to sleep tonight. At least I got a few hours this morning after I got home from work. cause work would be a pita. At least it a short shift with no load. I can always doze on my break as well. I think the AC unit get installed upstairs, hopefully it still works.
    7 points
  19. Nice day today, temps were about 20 degrees F cooler than yesterday. Lady C gave me a haircut this morning. Spent part of today working on some foldable buildings for Stargrave/Frostgrave today, I posted a thread in the Terrain section. https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/99384-stargravefrostgravestarfinder-foldable-terrain/#comment-2074910
    7 points
  20. But you have to be careful - adult owls can also melt. Crows can also melt, but they just aren't as good at it. The Auld Grump No, that's Eww! De Kennel! No. 2!
    7 points
  21. Had a family reunion, so the only games I played were on my phone. I did a very small amount of hobbying.
    7 points
  22. While celebrating National Tapicoa Day.
    6 points
  23. Morning! I get an afternoon out of the office, testing some new equipment at a local customer's site. I love these days, as I get to concentrate on one customer and ignore the rest. The next 3-6 months are going to be trying. The merchant processor we primarily use for credit card processing in Canada has doubled down on Visa's Oct 15th deadline to get rid of mag stripe and replace them with Chip & Tap, and has started sending out what appear to be bi-weekly or possibly even weekly reminders to merchants who haven't upgraded yet. With less than four months to that deadline, we have tons of sites who haven't upgraded yet asking us for alternatives. The best part? There are no alternatives. The only difference in the other two merchant processor options is that they haven't been sending out the notices as frequently. So we're going to spend the next 3-6 months explaining to sites that don't want to spend money that they either have to, or they have to stop accepting credit cards. There is a small possibility that Visa and the processors will extend the deadline yet again and/or will still allow mag stripe transactions after it at significantly higher fees (they have done so in the past), but we won't know that until Oct 15th comes along. My guess is that come Oct 16th, they'll double, triple, possibly even quadruple the credit card fees for mag stripe, then around January they will start randomly turning merchants off for 2-3 days at a time to get their attention, and by this time next year they'll just start holding on to the funds of those still processing via mag stripe until they do upgrade.
    6 points
  24. I played a solo mission in Massive Darkness 2. I've been working through them trying the different classes to learn them, playing 2 characters per mission. This one is Barbarian/Shaman, which is a crazy good combo so far. Enjoying the heck out of the game and looking forward to cracking the rest of the mountain of content for it over the next few years.
    6 points
  25. I ask questions all the time, but they rarely answer: -- what the hell are you doing? -- what is wrong with you? -- what do you want now?
    6 points
  26. Who are you? I have no pet, so asking it a question is hard.
    6 points
  27. Thank you everyone! You are all too kind No cat pics this month, mostly because I locked them out of the room when I was trying to take photos. Little brats cried the entire time! First up is my Trio mini with @Pochi and @Evilhalfling. Not my best work, but its been a struggle trying to get painting time this month so I'm happy just to get paint on something. My Duo with @Humansquish. I tried to divert attention away from my painting by overcompensating with cork/rock! This fella does look a lot better, but thats because most of the work on him was done last month. She's Shavynra the Slayer from Bones 5 and shes part of our Quarterly group which includes @Inarah, @Maledrakh, @Thoramel and @ManvsMini Thanks for looking everybody! I've got the next couple of days off so I'm hoping that I can get some more minis done asap!
    6 points
  28. Welp We've finally got a contract to sell our house new school term starts on 18 July new school is 1000km away from where we are currently living I'm sure there's something I'm missing here on how this is going to all work
    5 points
  29. Just an FYI for anyone seeing this in the same situation - I had a lovely swift reply from Reaper support which explains what's going on for me. A few early orders accidentally had VAT charged on completion. Most orders did not and will get charged the VAT at the end (same for add ons added after the initial order for folks like me). Reaper will account for this when working out the final charge for VAT. So I can now go add my add ons to my hearts content knowing any extras will have the VAT charge when I pay for shipping. Huzzah! 🙂
    5 points
  30. I talk to Molly and Dixie all the time, and do get answers (just not in English or any other spoken human language). But there are a few nagging questions: "Why do you feel the need to eat every bit of poop you can find, Dixie?" "Molly, what is rule #1 ever since the day you arrived here?" (It's "no going into the street", and we're having a current issue of testing boundaries by walking right along the edge of grass and concrete.) "Why won't you both let me trim your toe-nails without putting up a fight? You walk so much easier afterwards."
    5 points
  31. What people need more of : an emotional support Grogu.
    5 points
  32. June 28th QotD: If you could ask your pet 3 questions, what would they be?
    5 points
  33. Having reverse buyer's remorse about the Saturn 2 - that collimated light source.... (Reverse buyer's remorse is when you get more satisfied with your purchase, not less.) The Auld Grump
    5 points
  34. So here I was, on the horns of dilemma about what color to paint the orbs.... So then I asked myself WWPD?* And here is the result... WC One Coat Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Blue. SC 75Sunset Purple, and WC Violet. SC 75 White Alchemy Thanks for looking! The Drow * What Would @Pezler the Polychromatic Do?
    5 points
  35. Hey, it's cooled down to a nice, comfy, 91 degrees! I'll need to break out the long sleeved shirts soon.
    5 points
  36. I painted this about a year ago, I think, but never posted pictures of it. I worked in stages: first the base, then I assembled painted and sealed the body, then painted and sealed the legs, then attached the legs. The last step was just touch-up between joints. I used two-part epoxy to attach the legs, rather than relying on super-glue. He was dead simple to paint. Base coat in Walnut Brown, drybrush with a mixture of 9:5 Jade Green and Golden's Cadmium Red which made a lovely vibrant (and partially translucent) brown. I can't recall what base color I used on his underbelly, but the markings I stippled on with the same brown mixture as on the rest of him. The fangs and stinger I coated with Aged Bone, washed with sepia ink, then picked out some highlights with more Aged Bone. And the eyes were Red Liner, a little red in the bottom, and some white for the "iris" equivalents. Oh, and I stippled the white pattern on his thorax with ... I think it was Dragon White but it might be Linen White. As for the base, I base coated it in Stone Grey, washed with Blue Liner, and dry-brushed with more Stone Grey. The bones were the same formula as Arakoth's fangs.
    4 points
  37. Hello All, Here is a 77322 Human Female Ranger, Kassandra I completed a few months ago. Thank you for looking.
    4 points
  38. Finished the following 5 from the Bones 5 town set: 211, 215, 216, 221 and 222. Really like how they all came out, especially the face on the young mother in green.
    4 points
  39. Very nice...I'm impressed with the realism of the color choices. The squid and starfish add some nice.pops of color to balance everything out. Also, I love that eel poking through!
    4 points
  40. If you're not into that, you could celebrate National Alaska day, instead.
    4 points
  41. Annoyed rocky. Just over the minimum if I measured correctly. Rainbow Thunderstomp, two and a half tons of drag queen diva. aka avatar of resilience.
    4 points
  42. Yes, I did a bit of hobbying. I finished a mini, Obulus:- And assembled/undercoated my next project, a Ghostly Ferryman.
    4 points
  43. Thanks! These are a ton of fun to paint. Today I managed to get another four base colored.
    4 points
  44. 4 points
  45. Reef blight golem! Now that's horror on multiple levels. Great work!
    3 points
  46. https://www.legendsofamerica.com/ah-paulbunyan/ GEM
    3 points
  47. Hobbied, in working on some buildings/terrain.
    3 points
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