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  1. Good evening all you Reaperpaths! So tonight I've got an old blister pack of miniatures, a mounted and and foot Lord Soth, sculpted by Dennis Mize for Ral Partha's D & D TSR series from the eighties and nineties. This is another one of the miniatures that I'm going to be selling on EBay (just listed them a moment ago), and the proceeds of the sale are going to go straight to Melissa Noe, the wife of Michael Noe, Iron Wind Metal's president. She was diagnosed last year with cancer and their bills are copious even with insurance, so trying to do a bit to help out. Anyhoos, here they are finally, first Lord Soth on foot: and then Lord Soth on his loyal steed (not saying the steed has much say in the matter really): and here they are together: I had a few problems, as I'd mentioned in my little post under the "Painting Tips and Advice" forum, where lots of the chainmail I could see little white holes that just didn't get filled, but spent lots of hours trying to fill them individually and was successful to some degree, and if not under a 3000 x 2000 pixelated photo, you really notice overly the holes. The other thing that I did was I was able paint the second eye in the Lord Soth on foot, for which I added that close up because I was so happy I was able to get it done. So crossing my fingers and hope to find a buyer for these two fellas and their horsey. If you happen to know anybody that collects Partha figures, make sure to mention to them that this is out there, just waiting to find a new owner, and that all money received is pretty much just going to straight to some medical bills for a very nice lady. Anyhoos, at the very least I hope you all enjoy the paint job! Thanks, Mark
    21 points
  2. Two more for the history books. He's ready to be a villain in a campaign. He even has an undead bruiser.
    18 points
  3. Had to push myself to clear off my painting desk so I could start the projects I have been waiting for. I received a reaper order in the mail but was half way through these guys so needed to finish them first. Now on to my new toys!
    18 points
  4. 17 points
  5. This was a surprise Christmas present from very kind friends with a printer. The figure is amazing the level of detail and thought is incredible. Which is why it has taken me since Boxing Day to try and do it justice - painting the glyphs was something I could only do for a few minutes before my hands gave up . I've attempted variation of light and weathering and the colours are I hope as authentic as watching every single documentary on National Geographic, Discovery + and the BBC about Aztecs, Inca and Mayans can get me.. The figure is huge and I was lucky to have the chance to paint it
    14 points
  6. We know that minis are art. Painting them, and sculpting them too. But THIS particular mini is art mirroring other art; I feel like the medieval German master stonecarver Adam Kraft was the inspiration for this. The fellow could turn rock into lacework in the Gothic style, and one of his most famous pieces includes a carven self-portrait supporting the ponderous structure above. That same sense of endurance under immense weight, and that same chin-beard, are evident in this laboring dwarf. I do love the detail of the cannonball pouch. No idea how heavy a cannon of that size would be, but at minimum I would say 'hella.' The trudging posture really sells it. The jezzail came from the Futuristic Weapons Reaper sprue, 50025. Those cogwheels fit pretty nicely in a fantasy Early Modern past. Hope you enjoy!
    14 points
  7. It is hard to remember. That qualifier “last” is what makes it hard. There are lasting memories that are from long ago, but they wouldn’t be the most recent OOCZ event. There was me giving a speech to about 400 strangers… I could go with that. I was forced to. Obligated. No choice. If you are dumb enough to get the 1st or 2nd highest grade point average in your graduating class—they punish you by making you give a speech. Miserably. (Maybe in the Middle Ages when mortar board hats were real, and not just cardboard imitations, robes were real garments, and they actually taught Oratory as a subject? Then maybe a kid with a high GPA could be expected to do a decent speech.) But it was sad, lame, and (probably) mumbled. It’s only redeeming feature was that it was very short.
    10 points
  8. My boss just told me to have a good day. So, I went home.
    9 points
  9. Become secretary-treasurer of our union. Well........I'm knee-deep in it now.
    9 points
  10. 9 points
  11. Back porch with a cup of coffee and a good book. Had to preach at our Church a few weeks ago, I normally teach a Sunday School class, but not preaching. I guess it went okay, nobody left the church!
    8 points
  12. Brass (Feb) and Green (March) are released. Paint by Aaron Lovejoy. Brass: (He talks with his hands, LOL) Green: I hope you like them.
    8 points
  13. How about the next thing I'm going to do out of my comfort zone. I have been asked to teach a class on painting figs at a local Con. I'm not sure that I am up to the task in "skill level" as a painter. But know that I am able to impart knowledge. I'll let you know in April.
    8 points
  14. Take up Pickleball My wife nagged me. I now Pickleball three times a week.
    8 points
  15. I replaced the LCD screen on my 3d printer. I'm not a tech person and usually I have to build up some confidence before I do something like this. I'm always afraid I will ruin it. With help from youtube and advice from forumites it worked out well.
    7 points
  16. I went to a one year old's birthday party for my cousin's umpteenth kid. Normally I would avoid such things but I haven't seen him or his family in quite some time so it seemed like the right thing to do. While there I had to interact with numerous children under the age of five. Could have been just a few, could have been dozens. They all look the same to me. Normally having a conversation with a stunted little proto-human that insists on touching you with their sticky hands is way out of my comfort zone. And I had to do just that multiple times throughout the afternoon. But by the end of the day several of the kids there had learned a couple of new finger gestures and I didn't pick up any nasty kid germs. so I guess it went okay.
    7 points
  17. I don't remember exactly, but making phone calls to strangers is always awkward. Having to make up conversation on the fly without lots of pauses makes me nervous. I much prefer email, where there is time to compose well thought out dialogue.
    7 points
  18. It depends on the situation. While, in general, the house is a "good enough" retreat for most situations where I'm overloaded, when things in the house get to be a little too much (typically, this is when the in-laws are in town) I generally retreat to the bedroom or I try to find a less-occupied area of the house and then bury my head in silly games on one of the tablets. Painting actually gets me better results than tablet games, but the setup for painting is a bit much and people have a tendency to suddenly become very interested in what I'm doing when the painting kit comes out. I've been known to paint over lunch at the office (not so much lately, as the boss doesn't mind me leaving early if I cut my lunch short). But when I did paint, I always dreaded the inevitable questions: How do you do that? (I put the brush in the paint, then I put the brush on the mini...) How do you see things that small? (I hold it very close, just like I was doing when you asked me...) Isn't that tedious? (No, this conversation is...) I like to read as well, although I'm not as much of reader as I used to be. And if I'm trying to find refuge in the house, the chances are that it's going to be too difficult to focus on what I'm trying to read.
    7 points
  19. Hello everyone, I just finished gluing the cavalier onto its mount. The horse was sculpted by Sandra Garrity and the cavalier, a Bones black version, was sculpted by Jim Johnson. Also I replaced the polearm for a spear from Weapons Pack IV, which was sculpted by Werner Klocke. All these parts are made by Reaper Miniatures. I had planned to use a black backdrop, but after some experimentation, I found that a white background worked much better. The white color of the horse was too saturated on a black backdrop, and the different shades of gray from the horse's coat didn't come out well in the pictures. I'm happy to say that this model will be one of the main pieces in the diorama I'm currently working on. Have a great day!
    6 points
  20. This is Brunhilde, my barmaid barbarian. She fights with a beer mug, her improvised weapon, and is incredibly vain- her rage is triggered by petty insults about her looks. Bruni is my first character- when I started playing D&D in 2019, I had a Hero Forge mini to represent her, but as she’s adventured more and shifted out of “failed barmaid” mode and into “full fledged adventurer” mode, I figured she could use an upgrade. A few days ago, I started concepting and sculpting a new mini to represent her, and this is the result! Also, the base and spilled mug of ale are by Vae Victis
    6 points
  21. Work: Learn/learning web development: CSS, Javascript, Freemarker, and Bootstrap so far. Mini related: Sculpted 13 dragons in 2 years. (That's not entirely true as #13 is only about 1/3 done, but it is due by May, so I need to get moving on it.) Sculpted 2 humans digitally (1 done, one 4/5 done).
    6 points
  22. Question March 9th. What was the last thing you did that is out of your comfort zone? Reason? / how did it go?
    6 points
  23. Home is my me space, but different parts at different times. My room is fine anytime. Downstairs paint room is usually fine, better if dad isn't watching TV upstairs as it echos down the stairwell and sometimes I can hear it through headphones and closed doors. Dad is a day person. Up in the morning, turns on TV, and it isn't off again until he goes to bed, around 8pm most nights. (After M.A.S.H. is over). I'm much more nocturnal. As long as I'm not making a lot of noise, the house is mine after he goes to bed. So I might curl up in the recliner in the living room with books, do things in the kitchen, or not worry about outside noise while Downstairs with minis.
    6 points
  24. 6 points
  25. The last time I volunteered to teach primary was quite a few years ago. I had six or eight kids about 10 years old. I totally nailed the Q&A part. Kid 1: Was Jesus a zombie? Me: No, Jesus has free will; zombies do not. Kid 2: Could Jesus do double back flips? Me: Probably, but he chose to inspire the people with more lasting miracles. It's almost like I still have the mind of a 10 year old... They haven't asked me to do it again, though.
    5 points
  26. I'm trying to get an insurance quote so I apply for the contract mowing grass at the post office. They quoted me for $2 million dollars, which is the smallest amount they provide. I said that I could destroy the entire post office for $2 million dollars. The postmaster told me she would like it if I somehow managed to destroy the building. I don't know how on earth a push mower could do $2 million dollars worth of damage anything, but it sounds like a challenge to me!
    5 points
  27. Just saw one of the saddest engineering drawings I have ever seen. It was a rectangular piece of plastic. No holes. Three dimensions. Length, width, height. And all I could think of is how gutted it would be to work that. Sure, it was probably a fifteen minute job. Hopefully the designer had more interesting parts after that.
    5 points
  28. We are going to Postmodern Jukebox on the 15th. A little closer to Megan's birthday we are going to Jukebox the Ghost.... (Warning - F Bomb.) I am sensing a theme there... put another dime in the record machine. The Auld Grump - a band that I had never heard of until I went looking for something... birthdayish?
    5 points
  29. For old school DMs, skeletons are comfort food. I’m pretty sure this is an Ed sculpt that I entered in RCL last month. Animated bones and copper just seem to play so nice together!
    5 points
  30. Went to a small con last weekend. Ran a game, even. Still had a panic attack from noise levels and had to go sit in my car 2 hours middle of Saturday afternoon session. (Not my game). Exhausted self so much slept at a rest stop outside the city for 2.5 hours shortly into 2 hour drive home Sunday, wasn't safe to drive. Somewhere in there between con and dad gallivanting around town, we now have covid. Yay.
    4 points
  31. I visited my friend at his new house. He told me to make myself at home, so I threw him out. I hate having visitors.
    4 points
  32. Presently I am looking at starting a business so I can put in a tender for the landscaping contract at the post office. We need more casual work. We're learning all about business insurance today. It's frustrating. Everyone wants to insure my push mower for $2 million and I have to give everybody I call the same info after sitting on hold for 10 min.
    3 points
  33. I've lost some weight by wearing bread on my head.
    3 points
  34. RTB Pro-Tips! SKU#30068 Burgermeister! 3-9-23. Started at 11:37 AM. https://www.twitch.tv/reaperminiatures
    3 points
  35. 3 points
  36. I've been on a bit of a go slow recently, but the Ork Kill Team finally got finished. This is one of those rare situations where I feel the light box photos look worse than the desktop ones.
    3 points
  37. https://youtu.be/NykQRnlRqbk The Auld Grump
    3 points
  38. Great work on these memorabilia. I like how the horse' eyes and mouth are blazin. The golden edges on the armors are very well done too. Good luck with the auction and I hope Melissa will get well soon.
    3 points
  39. Tubes & the smoke monster mini print out perfectly. While the tubes aren't see through, they'll work for the minis/scenery that I plan to use them for.
    3 points
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