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  1. I just wanted to pop in and say thanks to those who recommended Turbo Dork's Spicy Meatball paint. It worked for the first project I needed it for. Reaper's Ruby red makes an excellent undercoat for it. Now, back to painting.

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  2. Quarantine 37 turned up and I don't know what to make of it. The two mini campaigns are nice but they're so short. I'll have to play through it and see how I feel after that.

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  3. 8 hours ago, Corsair said:

    I might just buy the "Bag o Zombies" that has 100 zombies in it. A little small, but for the price kinda hard to ignore.

    I have those and they are shrimpy. In addition to what zenjw said, being monopose and small, they're also really bendy and a few of mine won't stand up right because of it. If you're looking for cheap and in 28mm scale, I've found quite a few Zombiecide boxes for about $20-25 and they have about two dozen minis in the Walk of the Dead, with I think three of 6 different sculpts. I found it to be the most price effective, when I was looking to getting into Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse.

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  4. 4 hours ago, Great Khan Artist said:


    I bought the GW ghouls to use as zombies. I also have the Mantic ones. They're both decent minis, if a bit small compared to most of Reaper's stuff. Oh well, maybe you shrink when you die. We saw Patiherchef at the Ether Dome in Boston and he's really quite small.


    I don't have enough bugs either. I'm using spiders. If you wait until Halloween, you can get plenty of cheap spiders. I'd like to use scorpions, but there just aren't enough cheap ones out there for all the different kinds of bug needed. GW 'nids are the easiest answer. The official Aliens minis could be fun, but last time I checked they only had a few sets. I bought Wargames Atlantic giant spiders--decent minis, but a pain in the butt to assemble. Because of their pointy legs I'm building them custom ruined bases from Hirst Arts miscasts. 


    The ghouls are on my painting desk to batch paint next, then a nice unique hero or two and onto the spiders, hopefully. Maybe my Bones 5.5 Arakoth will show up in time to be painted inbetween hordes. 

    I have a ton of Reaper zombies and the first Walk Of The Dead from Zombiecide, so I'm pretty sure I have enough. But I'll also have the scale problem, if I have to use the Walk zombies.

    Oh, that's a good idea. I'll have to give that some thought after I get a chance to read the book.

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  5. On 5/11/2022 at 3:04 PM, Great Khan Artist said:

    Q37 translates really well to Frostgrave, too. (Well, mostly just the scenarios, but you could make creative use of the treasures, too.) I am in the process of making the table for the medical pods. Mine is a crypt. Since it's Sandgrave, I have sarcophagi with removeable lids. (When you read the scenario, you'll understand the lids.) When my present dungeon is finished, I'll set it up and take pics for my topic. (The present dungeon is for the solo scenario in "Wizards Conclave".) 

    I'm looking forward to giving it a shot. I have more than enough zombies (I hope, I think I have over 30 at this point) but I don't think I have enough bugs. I'll deal with that problem after I play the zombie stuff.


    12 hours ago, Great Khan Artist said:

    I got my copy of "Last Prospector" from the post office, where I have finally convinced the postmaster to quit bending my books and stuffing them in the box--win!


    Anyway, here are my initial impressions. (I haven't read the whole thing yet.) This one has flavours of "Ghost Archipelago: Gods of Fire". Instead of tribes, you get five factions and you gain or lose influence with them based on goals you do or don't do in each of the scenarios. Like the GA tribes, each faction has boons applied to your warband if you reach a certain status with them, but these are static (unlike the tribes which are created by rolling off a chart).You start with scenario one, then players choose what scenario to play next based on faction standing. There are piles of special rules for each scenario. They aren't anything new, but are a creative reworking into something fun and different. I would recommend this book for a gaming group who play together often. Rules are included to easily have four players. This book has a real campaign feeling that is best achieved through dedicated play, and while you could disregard the faction special rules and play the scenarios as one-shots, it would effectively lose half the content. 



    Because of the throwback to "Gods of Fire", I believe that it is possible to play the game as a Frostgrave or Ghost Archipelago campaign. I am using the tribal guides as opposed to the stats in the Stargrave rulebook. You could make tribes instead of the five factions, but they wouldn't be too out of place in a fantasy setting, as they repesent gangs, homesteaders and a mining corporations for example.  


    Tiny spoiler: You can use your Green Griffon/Brinewind bar for the first scenario! (Meanwhile, in Sandgrave we have a marketplace with small stalls instead of a giant bar with tables and chairs to make.)

    My copy also turned up yesterday and I haven't looked through the campaign completely yet. I was happy for the new crew and other stuff, however. I'm really happy to have melee combat crew, so I can use some minis I got a while back.

    As far as I've read, I agree with you, this campaign is really a good thing for a consistent group to play with. I'd love to try it with four players, as it would be a fun bit of chaos.

    Oddly enough, Gods of Fire is the one Ghost Archipelago supplement that I didn't pick up.

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  6. I'm getting ready to start working on my "learn to play" crews, so I was wondering what people think of Quarantine 37 and The Last Prospector? I ordered TLP but I'm not sure if Q37 is worth it.

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  7. I'm trying to dig through my good sized collection of manga to find a one-off one that has mecha in it and I'm not having a lot of luck. I'm thinking about doing the second manga for Dominion Tank Police or the manga for Black magic, which is very different than the anime. Hmm. I'm also watching the Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. I've seen it before but was totally lost because I had forgotten or not seen a lot of original stuff. This time around, it was a lot easier to know what the hell was going on. :lol:

    I'm going to be spending the rest of the morning cooking and cleaning. Can I stop having to be an adult now? I want a refund!

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  8. 2 hours ago, Inarah said:


    I got a project notebook.  When I get ideas I write them down and make sketches and notes. At the beginning of the year I make a list of all the projects I want to work on, and check them off as I go.  Been doing this several years now and it is interesting to look back at ideas I had and projects I did.  It's also a way to keep track of how much actually gets finished.  We tend to forget how much we've really accomplished. 


    @Chaoswolf that bottle looks dangerously empty. 

    I have tons of them. It's been helpful the past few years, as I wasn't able to bring my laptop to work, to get those notes down and ideas hashed out. I actually had to go through them recently to pull out my notes for something I want to finish this year. A lot of my larger projects have several notebooks, sketchbooks, and graph paper. :ph34r:

    I think this is something else. It's like... One part imposter syndrome, one part stressing myself out because I feel like I *have* to be doing something. And maybe a few other things. As I put that story out there, I then sat down and cranked out a follow up. I was already planning it but I'm wondering if it's good enough or if the same people will like it and so on. And I force myself to wait to edit things because of that. While I'm waiting to let the thing cool, I usually try to do something completely different, so I'm not thinking about it. I also had some sinus issues this week, which kind of killed my motivation. So... Now, looking at it, I have no idea what's going on. :lol:

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  9. It looks like I'm suffering from "Idea ADHD" yet again. I keep coming up with new projects or ideas I want to work on and keep jumping around from project to project. And it is driving me up a wall! I went months without having much creativity and now I can't turn it off or get it to focus. I think that means I need to buckle down and get something done. Exactly what, I don't know yet. I'll probably try to direct it toward that group project but get some notes down for some of the others.

    Now, my next non-creative project is going to be working on my minis photography. I've got some ideas but I need to get things worked out. It'll be a nice distraction to get me to let the creative stuff to cool off.

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  10. These were taken at the same time as the last ones I showed off, so the lighting issue is the same. I'm working on the lighting. The cord in the background is a set of LED lights that I'm going to start fooling around. I used an older digital camera without flash, as I was afraid it would wash out the details. I'll keep experimenting with the set up.

  11. 12 hours ago, Mad Jack said:


    No waiting required.


    The Clown Motel series of films is about a haunted hotel out in the desert. Decades ago, a group of misfit clowns took over the hotel to form their own idyllic society where they could frolic and dance and be their clown selves away from the mainstream society that mocked them. Some locals from town hear a rumor about how the hotel was built on the site of an old gold mine and come to steal the gold, burning down the hotel with all the clowns inside. Now their damned souls are trapped in the hotel, and visitors to the hotel are killed and become new clowns.


    Don't google the films,

    Don't watch the trailers on Youtube.


    Honestly, Rob Zombie would kill himself just so he could roll over in his grave. 

    The only reason to be aware of these films is that they star Ari Lehman, who was the first actor to play Jason Voorhees, appearing as the young Jason in the original film.



    This sounds familiar. Have you talked about it before? And I had a vague idea of what a ghost clown horror movie could be and it wasn't that. You could go for the "Scooby Doo Classic" and have a ghost clown haunting an amusement park. Or you could go for "inspired by real people" where there was a serial killer who lived in the house before and killed people in the clown suit but was buried alive by the community because he got off on a technicality in court. Or reverse it and the serial killer killed people dressed up in clown outfits and buried them in the garden. Either one of those could be done easily and well on a low budget.

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  12. I've been working on a cooperative story idea... Thing... With a few people and it's reminding me why I don't do this anymore. Right now, there's seven people involved but only three of us are really working on it. Of course, some of those already said they were busy, so I'm cool with kind of leaving them behind on the world building but I also worry about losing them as we might agree on something they don't like or they might feel like we don't want their input. That said, it's one of those "you get out what you put in" kind of thing, so I'm not letting it get to me.

    And now I have a few things to pick up with the money I got from my tax return. :ph34r:

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  13. 16 hours ago, aku-chan said:

    Well that was mildly disturbing.

    Since the weather is nice today I attacked the garden a bit, and managed to dig up a clowns nose.


    No other clown remains have been unearthed ...yet.

    My mind went to two different places with this:

    1. You you want ghost clowns? Because this is how you get ghost clowns...

    2. Perhaps an angry wife had enough of her husband wearing a clown getup and buried it to keep it away from him.

    One is a horror movie just waiting to happen and the other is a sitcom plot.

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  14. 5 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

    so yesterday, I waited all day for an overnight package I ordered to arrive by FedEx.  It was supposed to arrive by 8pm. At 7pm, I went and checked the tracking on it, just to see if it was delivered, and I wasn't seeing it on my porch or something.  Tracking says that the delivery has been delayed, and it will be delivered tomorrow (today).  I call FedEx to get them to send a message to the regional center emphasizing that I need this package today.  I've done this before, it generally works. 

    Only the customer service agent I'm talking to refuses to do that, tells me that her system shows it's out for delivery, and that I will have it by 8pm.   Eight PM comes and goes. As I expected, no package. Fine. Whatever. 

    Go to check it this morning, and it is showing out for delivery again. Good.   A little while later I log into my FedEx account to track a package for a customer of mine, and notice there is a mystery tracking number saying label created.  I click on it, and it's a return label for my package to go back to the shipper. 

    So I call up FedEx again. Again, I'm assured the package will arrive today by 8pm. Agent can't explain the return label - all she does is assure me the package will be delivered today. I do manage to get her to send a message to the local office/driver emphasizing that I need the package today.   She then agrees to transfer me to another department who can tell me the source of the return label.  Wait on hold ten minutes, then get transferred to an end of call survey before being hung up on. 

    That's how my Wednesday is going.  How's yours? 

    That's insane. I don't understand how they can do that. Good luck.


    For my end, my body is fighting me when it comes to sleep. Over the past year, I've been going to bed exhausted or just physically tired. Now that I'm not wearing down my parts, my body seems to be be wanting me to be pushed to the edge before I can fall asleep. And I'm already taking OTC stuff to help me bed down. So, I ordered food, I'm going to do dishes, and then I'm going to crash. Hard.

    Now, I need to start tracking down more raygun gothic looking drones for some Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse goodness. :ph34r:

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  15. Got trained at the other desk last night by a dude old enough to be my dad (he's a year old than my dad, actually) and he smokes. A lot. I like to dip out here and there for a smoke but this dude was like every 30 minutes. I'm not saying a thing to my bosses, because screw the man. He gets the job done.

    I've got a few Twitter writer friends that are talking about doing a co-op story and I suddenly feel like it's 1999 again. We'll see what happens...

    And now I need to get started on some things. I may make another tread for some single minis I took pictures of. And I might put some together if I get some requests after the blog post goes live. :ph34r:

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  16. 17 hours ago, Grand Slam said:

    These look cool...I like having the option to try different paint schemes on the same mini. I also like the more subtle touch of using different pitchfork colors to complement the different skin tones.

    Color theory is important. It's also why I swapped the flame colors as well. It also means that the red one has hotter flames. :ph34r:

  17. Photography happened. I need to get a better set up going. I also need to paint more, which I think is a higher priority... :upside:

    The weather has finally changed completely. It's no longer dry and cold, so my hands are healing. That was a really rough week. And since I'm no longer out on the beat, I don't have to get soaked all night this week. I still will on the way to work but I don't have to deal with constantly wishing I could light people on fire with my mind so I can get dry.

    Oh, I keep forgetting about this. I don't know if anyone remembers but I had some of my Bones I translucent minis get sticky... Last year? Year before? Anyway, I was showing them to my friend the other day and, sure enough, it happened again. I soaked them in 91% alcohol for a day or so and they seem okay. It just sucks.

    What to see how bad my lighting is? Sure you do!


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  18. 1 hour ago, Chaoswolf said:

    @CaptainPete---While I have no general objections to your evil genius/super villain idea, I feel obligated to throw a monkey wrench into it. 

    Did you forget that Reaper is located in Texas? Or will you be issuing a warning and allowing people/businesses time to leave?

    Well, I *suppose* I could give them fair warning. 😛


    In other news, no pictures happened tonight. I did get to hang out with my friend before bed but I was up way too late and then woke up at my normal time. I did just lay in bed for a few hours, I don't feel all there today. Nothing important got done last night. Except for a shopping trip. I spent twice as much as I usually did a few months ago. This sucks. However, my bank account had more in it than I expected. Which I promptly used to buy more stuff from Reaper. And some other things... :ph34r:

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  19. 10 hours ago, TGP said:

    [I don’t know why that is being credited to Monsty instead of Pete]

    This is not to be political, just a fact check. Texas is way, way, ahead of you on this. 

    So called Oil-Rich, Texas T, petrodollars TEXAS is in fact The King of Wind Energy. I looked this up once. 

    Texas has 33,000 MegaWatts of installed wind energy generators. 

    Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa added together have less wind energy than Texas. You have to add in whatever state is number five, on the list of states that do wind energy, to equal or exceed the megawatt-age Texas can generate from wind. 

    No need for a takeover. Texas is all in on the wind energy.



    Also, there is no need to pave anything first [???] where did you even get that idea?  Texas wind farms are also Cotton, Soybean, or Sorghum farms as well. Except the ones that are ranches where the land underneath the turbines is pasture. Paving underneath would just be inefficient and wasteful. There is a small concrete pad right under the mast and that is all that’s needed—the rest of the land has other purposes. 

    If Texas was a country, it would be #5 in the world for generating (green) wind energy. 

    I mean the whole thing. Cities, towns, parks, everything. There will be no Texans, only wind turbines. Bury the state and let there be not a thing left! Muwahahaha! Yes, I think this is my super villain origin story...794091073_NobodyMessesWithTexas.jpg.1b05ce65abde5290b9171136a9f0e9ac.jpg

    And then I remember this. 😛


    In other news, I'm going to finally take some pictures of my painted minis. I'll have them up on my blog soon.

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