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  1. Where I live, mounds of rock and dirt come in a variety of sizes. I grew up with the understanding that the smaller of these are called "hills", while the larger are called "mountains". This gives me an intuitive grasp of the relative sizes of constructs to which these words are applicable. Then I went West to Arizona, and Colorado, and New Mexico, and saw Mountains the likes of which my internal sense of scale could not rationally accommodate. But I still call the thing I drive over going to and from work a "mountain". I am getting 20 Bones, which really is a lot. I mean, it's downright silly how many figures are going to be showing up. Honestly I'm kind of counting on my daughters to claim a lot of them for themselves, because otherwise I don't know where I'm going to put them. And I know that some people may laugh at what I consider to be 20, but I don't care. Because 20 is an awesome, magical, mind-blowingly enormous number, no matter how big it is.
  2. Add me to the list of folks whose UPS tracking # isn't working. - Got the "We're shipping your kickstarter stuff" email from Reaper at 9:52pm last night - Did not receive an "We're sorry for getting your hopes up" email from Reaper - Have not received an email from UPS - My tracking number does not appear to be cut off, but the UPS site displays the same error as reported by others Note: This is intended to be an additional data point, not a complaint, on the off chance something has gone wrong between Reaper and UPS. Absolutely no complaints here - this has been an amazing ride from start to finish. I just hope I get to ride it again someday... EDIT: On the assumption that many, many others in future waves will experience the same, some 30+ hours after I received the initial "We're Shipping your kickstarter stuff" email from no-reply-bot , I got an email from "UPS Quantum View" containing the same tracking number. Checking the UPS site, the tracking number now worked, and in fact contained data covering the last two days during which I had been checking but had been receiving an error. So as usual (always?) LadyStorm is right: If your tracking number doesn't seem to work initially, just be patient. The bones are coming. -BlackDuck
  3. Thanks everyone for clearing that up! I understood Reaper was focused on non-toxic paints, but I had not realized until now that this was true from the beginning. -BD
  4. I wonder how well their online store would have handled the strain had they offered the retired liners as a 12 days promo? (This assumes that they were retired due to poor sales only... if instead they were culled as part of Reaper's focus on reducing/eliminating toxicity, then good riddance. The less cadmium and such in my kids world, the better.) -BlackDuck
  5. Request: Casketworks April 1 2015: The Silly Names Edition
  6. I'm partial to Slightly Largespike - I'm constantly surprised by how much more detail Reaper seems to be able to tease out of Bonesium compared to, well, practically every other plastic mini out there. I've also always been a sucker for a good name. -BlackDuck
  7. "You have no honor!" He shrieked as hex hopped at the stunned skeletal knight" I love me some auto-correct... though it compliments the made-up names nicely. Though you might let Sir Forscale cool off a bit before making up any more new phrases... (edited because somehow I hit post before I was done typing) -BlackDuck
  8. I *think* I've seen coated fishing sinkers. The idea being to address fears that lost sinkers might leech lead into the ecosystem (no idea whether or not this is a reasonable concern). As shiny as the middle one is, I have to wonder if it's really lead, or something else (??) coated with a matte varnish to give it a dull lead-like luster. Whatever it was, it certainly looks like your sinker had a thin outer layer that got eaten by the varnish.
  9. While I generally agree with the underlying sentiment towards bureaucrats in general (and, in my experiance, US government officials in particular), my understanding is that in this case when a particularly inquisitive DFW inspector actually bothered to try to confirm the CITES compliance of the Chinese source of kolinsky hair listed by a particular brush manufacturer, the response from Chinese officials was that the hair in question had been illegally exported. The impression I get is that for CITES export documentation purposes the EU officials consider the country of origin to be the country in which the brush manufacturer is located, which provides an interesting (and possibly legal) loophole for manufacturers who obtain their brush hair from questionable sources. There was a good writeup somewhere back in December, but Google is failing me. Best I can find is http://www.namta.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4044 .
  10. Anyone know anything about the SC75 toxicity compared to MSP? Part of the reason I always go for MSP over some of the others is that I know Reaper takes pains to keep the nastier stuff out of their product. I have young daughters who love to paint (I swear I think we own a good chunk of all the bones Silverhorn's ever produced). They usually only get to use the "school supply" paint, but for "special" projects they get to use our MSPs with supervision... and so I worry about stuff like cadmium, cobolt, chromium, etc. that are I know are in a lot of other paints.
  11. Anyone know anything about the SC75 toxicity compared to MSP? Part of the reason I always go for MSP over some of the others is that I know Reaper takes pains to keep the nastier stuff out of their product. I have young daughters who love to paint (I swear I think we own a good chunk of all the bones Silverhorn's ever produced). They usually only get to use the "school supply" paint, but for "special" projects they get to use our MSPs with supervision... and so I worry about stuff like cadmium, cobolt, chromium, etc. that are I know are in a lot of other paints.
  12. Our plastic palettes kept getting consumed by my 7 year old's obsession with "glitter paint" (a.k.a. "glitter glue") , from which there is no recovery. My solution: $5.38 gets you 40 sheets of palette paper. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SYOI0W/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Basically paper with one side coated with something paint can't soak into. I cut them into quarters, because each quarter sheet is more than enough for a mini or two. I'd originally thought they would make a great "automatic journal" of the colors I used, but funnily enough some paints just peel right off once they've dried. -BlackDuck
  13. Kind of wondered about that myself. My theory: Elves are often portrayed as being closer to nature, and thus less interested in worldly possessions. Dwarves, as mentioned, are typically the polar opposite. So perhaps when someone starts planning their kickstarter they say to themselves "How do I balance the need into have lots of figures which are individually unique, yet still tied to a common theme without the cost going through the roof? Well, if we focus on a specific race, then we can take a few base models and accessorize them... " "Elves are always cool, so let's do elf with longbow, elf with dagger, elf with ... um ... a hat? No, have to see the pointy ears. Oooh, SEXY elf with longbow! And EVIL elf with longbow! And... sexy evil elf with longbow? How many was that?" Or maybe Legolas was right and one elf really is worth a dozen dwarves. That's not me talking - it's the invisible hand of the free market.
  14. It rather involves being on the other side of this air-tight hatchway.
  15. Bought the second HD kit two weeks ago from Reaper's web store, and I also have issues with excess glue becoming stuck to the bottom of my bottles and migrating everywhere. I have now taken the paint bottles out and cleaned them and am not using the case until I can figure out how to clean it to the point that the little gluey splods don't get stuck to everything.
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