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  1. Bill_Adcock

    Hitch hiker miniatures

    Re-reading the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I was thinking how cool it would be to have miniatures of the central characters: Arthur Dent, in his bathrobe looking rather befuddled; maybe holding a copy of the Guide. Ford Prefect, looking perfectly non-chalant, tall, thin, wavy hair also perhaps holding the Guide. Zaphod Beeblebrox, two heads, three arms, a cosmic-looking leisure suit (remember, he was voted worst-dressed sentient being seven years running) shooting a winning smile and holding a drink (Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, of course). Trillian, slender, in a plain dress, her hair held back with a scarf tied in a vaguely arabic manner. Marvin the Paranoid Android, looking pained and clutching his left side (horrible pain in the diodes along his left side) or sitting on the ground with his chin propped on his hands. Maybe even Slartibartfast, though any long-haired wizard could probably be converted to resemble him. What do you guys think? Any other HHGTTG fans here? And who would sculpt them? I like Bobby Jackson's humans a lot, or maybe Sandra Garrity, especially for Trillian.
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    I've fallen

    It's true. I've discovered Battle Wagon Bits, and blocks of Night Goblins from the Skull Pass box set, $6.99 for a unit of 20 sounds like a fair deal to me. I've ordered 40 Night Goblins with spears, 40 with bows, a troll, and a Boss. In the not too distant future I'll be getting another unit of spearmen and a unit of spider riders, to convert me some Night Goblin spider riders.
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    I've fallen

    Yeah, my plan is to do the bulk of the core troops with the Skull Pass spearmen and archers, none of which need assembly -- pop them on the base, spray black, paint faces and hands green, wooden bits brown, metal bits dirty metal color, and just blaze through them. Ideally get 20 done a day (oh, how I love Christmas break).
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    Happy New Year (EST that is)

    Well, I'm gonna start with a storming of the Bastille, so as -- oh wait, reSolutions, not ReVolutions? Uhm. Well. I'm going to build a Night Goblin army for Warhammer, of no less then 1,000 points. I'm not going to play tricks on drunken college students. Even if it is funny to see them fight over toothpaste. I'm going to learn the Savage Worlds RPG system.
  5. Actually, according to the guys I GM for, that's the cure for being German.
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    I return from the dead!

    Well, after a long hiatus from the forums (and miniatures-painting in general) I return (returning actually to both, hehe). Miss me?
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    Wow the things we say

    From a D&D game I observe: "You enter the spooky woods..." -- the DM "Aren't all woods spooky?" -- Dan "No, only the ones that are story significant" -- the DM
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    I return from the dead!

    Still at Geneseo -- my Junior year...GAH! It goes so fast! Awesome! I look forward to seeing you at the convention.
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    Trying for a concept

    Half-Orc Barbarian-Rogue. Sneak Attack with a Greataxe.
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    Now this is someone who loves gaming

    I like the "Po' student" gaming rig I've got set up now...two couches in a study-lounge for players to sit on, a big block/table, about 3'x3'x2' on which the players place bottles of soda, snacks, and roll dice, and a separate table for the DM, supporting a DM's screen made of two manila folders paperclipped together.
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    Minis we would like to see (fantasy version)

    A Chain Devil/Kyton. My DM is gonna need one.
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    Is D&D 3.5 that Munchkin?

    I roll with a pretty good group, and the best darn DM I've ever had the pleasure of gaming with. I'm playing a relatively quirky character right now, a human barbarian whose WIS and CHA scores are well above average, especially considering the fact that he's an overmuscled guy dressed in furs and lugging a greataxe around. Plus, instead of Chaotic Neutral, I chose to make him Chaotic Good. So I play him as being generous, friendly, and as having a bit of a philosophical streak. So he's not the usual overmuscled lunkhead. A couple examples of how Brauron the Barbarian acts: The inn we're staying at is burned down by a Magmin summoned by an evil cleric, planning to immolate us and prevent us from meddling in his business. Immediately and without hesitation, I go over to where Gabrielle, the innkeeper, is sobbing into her apron and empty the pouch containing the gp, sp and cp I'd looted from a dozen goblins I'd killed into her hands, telling her it was to aid in the rebuilding. And those were some rich goblins, it worked out to about 50gp worth of coin altogether. I'm sure there'll come a time in the near future where I'll wish I had 50gp on me, but I won't regret giving it to her. A bit later, we (the elf wizard played by the DM's girlfriend -- right now, we're the entire party) were talking to Lilgen, a wizened old NPC who'd been an adventurer decades earlier, gathering information. The elf had been surly (the elf often is, and Brauron often finds himself apologizing to NPCs for the elf's behavior) and as we walked away from Lilgen (who I'd made friends with the night before, playing a couple rounds of a game of chance with him and swapping stories about killing goblins) I told the elf that I didn't know what sort of manners they teach in elfland, but where I come from we're taught to respect our elders. "Elders? I'm older than Lilgen will ever grow to be." said the elf. "Years are not what's important. Wisdom gathered from a life well-spent is. You've done nothing but sit and read your entire life, Lilgen's travelled the world, seen and done things you and I can probably barely imagine. For that, you should respect him." I replied. The elf (the elf's bad behavior prevents us from referring to it by name, and it's ambiguously gendered, hence the lack of a gendered pronoun) also doesn't do much. Mostly because the person playing the elf doesn't like her boyfriend's DMing style and often sits and sulks, or declares that they are attacking harmless, non-threatening NPCs. The elf tried to extort a healing potion from a local cleric after I'd already agreed to pay for it. So I think it's the players, more than the mechanic, that Munchkin the game, and/or make the game fun/unpleasant. Certainly the elf's player is often unpleasant to play with, and if the DM wasn't so amazing, and the other players (when they're able to play) weren't so much fun, I'd probably end up quitting the group. She's thrown tantrums over the fact that my character has more XP than hers does (because my character acts instead of sulking), over the fact that the other players get along with me better than they do with her, etc. Though perhaps she was right to be grumpy when, after the elf decided to be POINTY-EARED, CURLY-SHOED, NO-GOOD, STINKING, ETHNOCENTRIST and insult my culture, my tribe and my own greatly-missed deceased mother, I smacked the elf upside the head with the flat of my greataxe, knocking the elf unconscious and leaving it in that state for six hours.
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    Merry Christmas to All

    I got a stocking full of pewter (Crocodile Games' Wargods of AEgyptus stuff) and a gift certificate for The War Store, one of my favorite online hobby shops (for when I'm buying goodies from multiple manufacturers at once, plus dice and some card games) that went towards a mix of Reaper and Crocodile Games pewter.
  14. I LOVE my DM. We're at 2nd level, and we only had a dungeon crawl with goblins as a side-quest. We've dealt with a wild boar (I killed it good), some dogs (before I joined the party...the rest of the party ran from the dogs), some Grimlocks (I'm not sure what happened with the Grimlocks, it was before I joined the party but after the dogs) the goblins and an evil though low-level cleric. Oh, and a corrupt, bribe-taking town constable. The constable I dealt with entirely by myself...the cleric I got some help with from our party's wizard, casting a sleep spell on him to buy me time to get close to him....the boar our cleric helped whittle down with a crossbow, and killed a few goblins as well. Our over-arching quest is rescuing our wizard's lover/study buddy from a band of orcish slavers....we're not supposed to know, but the DM accidentally let slip that the orc slavers are under the command of a Chain Devil. We're not sure how long it will take us to reach the Chain Devil though, because we play regardless of who's present...if someone's can't make it they collaborate with the DM to create a reason for their character not being there and then the people who could make it go on a sidequest.
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    Anybody play Blood Bowl?

    Hehe, yeah, I had originally planned on converting an orc team out of Dark Heaven figures, especially the army packs. I ended up buying an Impact team instead. I may get an Imp team from Impact in the future as well. They're so darn characterful!
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    Anybody play Blood Bowl?

    The treasurer of GAGG, while snooping around in the back of the club's game-closet, found a copy of Blood Bowl. He wants to get some people playing it, hopefully culminating in a big Blood Bowl tournament during the Superbowl (i.e., we eat some pizza, some nachos, watch the commercials shown during the Superbowl and play some Bloodbowl). Is it worth getting in to?
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    Painting the Carnivorous Ape

    My recipe for apes is undercoat black, drybrush the fur with a 1:1 mix of the darkest brown I can find (Reaper Walnut, for instance) and a dark, dark gray (paints with names like "Charcoal" tend to be pretty good). For a silverback, I add lighter and lighter grays to the mix as I highlight the back. One thing I've noticed with gorillas is that there's often a browner patch on the top of the head. This spot gets a drybrushing of a reddish-brown, burnt sienna color.
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    My Third Sculpt

    Gorgeous dragon, and it's a shame it won't be cast up, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. One niggling little thing though; it could just be me, but it looks like the tail tapers too fast at the base.
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    Monster Name Decoder

    My login name is even more original than Hinton's.
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    Anybody play Blood Bowl?

    Excellent! I can't wait to work on them.
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    Anybody play Blood Bowl?

    I ended up chucking the orc idea and ordered a team deal of Valkyries from Impact Miniatures, with plans to stat them up as a Norse Team, the famed and feared Midgard Maulers, 12 lovely ladies (clad in armored thongs, kneepads, furry boots, jerseys and winged helmets) backed by a hulking Snow Troll. I had it shipped to my home address, not school, and with any luck it'll arrive while I'm on Thanksgiving break and can work off that turkey by painting a team and then get started playing.
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    Anybody play Blood Bowl?

    We're not sure how much play it'll be getting....right now the treasurer and I are the only ones really interested in playing. I'm planning on using Shadowforge's Orc Cheerleaders But other than that it will be plastic GW Orc Boyz with weapons removed. I looked at a few options and that's more or less the cheapest way to do it. (btw, Frosch -- small world; my DM's girlfriend played in the Alice in Wonderland scenario you ran at Rudicon. She showed me the con booklet to point out the event and I saw your name and said "heyyyyyy...")
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    Anybody play Blood Bowl?

    hehehe, we wouldn't be watching the superbowl per se....more just paying peripheral attention to the commercials as we play Blood Bowl.
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    Minis we would like to see (fantasy version)

    a plump ogre relaxing by a campfire, with a human foot sticking out of his mouth. With a boot on it for comical effect!
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    Anybody play Blood Bowl?

    I'm thinking of playing Orcs. Preferably with a Troll for support. I'm thinking using a Reaper Troll - $22 GW Blood Bowl Troll? Do Not Want!