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    Pathfinder, D&D, minis, cooking, gardening, reef aquariums (hence my user name), anime, science fiction, and woodworking.

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  1. CorallineAlgae

    The Uprising Miniature's Race!

    I have to agree about the quality difference. I like the new Bones Black material a lot, but nearly all of the character sculpts in Bones 5 seem to be designed for 1 piece casting. So many are in static poses, as opposed to the very dynamic poses of almost all of the Nolzur's character minis. I'm getting a boatload of wonderful Bones 5 minis, but it's a little disheartening to see Reaper give us a major material upgrade, only to make so many of the hero and townsfolk figures stand around with their arms out to the sides or their weapons pressed against their bodies. Reaper's sculpt quality is quite high for much of the new offerings, but the poses look flat compared to the D&D minis, or even many older Bones minis. Maybe it is a limitation of the Bones Black molding process (as Darsc said above), but Wizkids doesn't have that limitation, even though the WizKids' unpainted plastic material is nearly as firm as Bones Black.
  2. CorallineAlgae

    The Uprising Miniature's Race!

    I do. My point was more about the copied sculptural elements than about having a grouping of similar figures. Like the dwarves all having the same boots, bracers, belts, and even a couple with the same faces. All wielding variations of the same weapon. As useful as they may be for all the fantasy skirmish game players with a dwarf warband, it seems a little unimaginative compared to past Bones offerings. I understand your point though. In wargames it does seem common to see the same character in different poses making up a group.
  3. CorallineAlgae

    Pathfinder Version 2

    Character creation limitations in PF2 is a complaint I've seen posted about on the Paizo forums over and over. Perhaps sales have been poor enough to urge Paizo to rush out the new Advanced Player's Guide. Hopefully this isn't a rush fix effort. PF2 might've been a better game if they had taken more time during the play test. Whatever the case, it won't affect me. I love original Pathfinder, and Golarion is my favorite fantasy game world ever, but I switched to 5e. All the fun, without the drama.
  4. CorallineAlgae

    Pathfinder Version 2

    Exactly. It took them months to abandon the most despised parts of the early P2 playtest rules. I'm not sure they would make any significant changes to anything in such a short amount of time unless it was universally panned. Even then...
  5. CorallineAlgae

    Pathfinder Version 2

    I'm not sure how well a one month playtest is gonna help shake the wheat from the chaff. Sounds like more halfhearted nonsense to me, but what do I know. Might be helpful.
  6. CorallineAlgae

    The Uprising Miniature's Race!

    To be honest, Bones Black could still use a material tweak. It's an improvement that isn't quite sorted. It's a bit too brittle and some of the sprue break off points are problematic. It also might be better if Reaper had fewer figures in their kickstarters, but made far more with better poses and sculpt details. There are a lot of beautiful minis in Bones 5 but most of them are surrounded by too many meh figures. Wizkids has far fewer minis, but also far fewer boring ones. It may not be a good idea to have 100 Bones villager minis, if only 30 of them are cool. A big selection is nice, but maybe cut the wheat from the chaff. Not every sculpt deserves a mold. They also seem afraid to cast all but a few of their new Bones 5 character minis in multiple parts. Nearly all of them are standing flat-footed and either holding their weapons against their bodies, or out to the sides. Lots of the character minis in the Bones 4 core set had exciting dynamic poses, but they were all cast in old Bones. I don't understand why they don't make equally dynamic sculpts to show off the newly improved Black material. Wizkids character minis are made from hard PVC and are in extremely dynamic attack poses, many running with flowing robes. It can be done. Retail packaging also needs a boost. From the individual mini packages to the inexcusable paint labels. The big minis are packaged nicely though. I think part of the reason the Greek expansion seems so popular is because nearly every mini is nicely posed and individually sculpted. No set with 5 versions of 2 sculpts cut n' pasted together then re-positioned to make a group of 5 similar warriors. It's got a strong theme with a condensed selection of killer sculpts in energetic poses. It's Reaper at their best. Hope part 3 has the same quality. Just to be clear, I'm not trying to rag on Reaper. They are hands down my favorite mini company. I'd just love for Reaper to have a plastic mini catalog that's as awesome as their metal catalog. It's a tall order, but I'd much rather see Reaper do it than Wizkids.
  7. CorallineAlgae

    Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Gotta agree with Kangaroo. It's hard to say the game is all that small when it pulled in 19k+ backers and $12,393,139 in pledges for the reprint (plus some new expansions). Some people suspect it may have pulled in more funding afterwords, just from pledge manager add-ons., than some of the highest backed board games on KS. After the original printing of the game went gangbusters, a fair number of board game manufacturers started coming out with dark themed, adult art games populated with highly detailed gruesome horror minis. Projects with creepy minis and/or stylized pin-ups started popping up way more after KD:M became a thing the first time around.
  8. CorallineAlgae

    Zombicide 2nd Edition by CMON and Guillotine Games

    Thanks for letting us know. I went down to $1. I'll have a look at the shipping cost and if it's something I can handle, I'll up my pledge for the goodies.
  9. CorallineAlgae

    Zombicide 2nd Edition by CMON and Guillotine Games

    Whoa, was it $42 shipping in the US? If so I'll have to drop down to $1 and see what shipping will really be in the pledge manager. The estimate says $15 to most states, but I haven't backed a CMON game since Z:BP.
  10. CorallineAlgae

    Happy Birthday Dr.Bedlam

    Happy Birthday!
  11. CorallineAlgae

    Happy Birthday Sculptdude

    Happy Birthday!
  12. CorallineAlgae

    Happy Birthday ShadowRaven

    Happy Birthday!
  13. CorallineAlgae

    Bones and Airbrushing

    I also airbrush prime all my Bones figures with Stynylrez after washing and drying the minis. Works beautifully and looks much nicer than liner in my opinion. How much I thin Reaper paints (or any paint brand) depends on a number of factors. The needle size of the brush, how thick the paint is out of the bottle, how much or how little coverage I'm looking to get. It's different for base coating than it is for glazing or shading/highlighting. Thinning paint properly for the effect you're looking to achieve takes experimentation and practice, especially for brushes with really small needles, like the .2mm needle in the Badger Sotar. Air pressure is also part of the equation. It's fun to learn, but I continue to make mistakes and get minor splatter or spidering sometimes. It's a real skill. Just gotta earn the XP to get the various airbrushing feats. Priming with Stynylrez is a breeze though. It's just goes on so easy. It was an absolute priming game changer for me.
  14. CorallineAlgae

    Frost Giant Raiders & Winter Wolf (updated)

    Nice work on both of these. May I ask what paints you used for the blue on the first giant's quiver? It came out beautiful. Really gives it an almost magical effect.
  15. CorallineAlgae

    Acidic Ooze Yakuza

    Have to agree. The eyes really make these things way more spooky and adorable than they have any right to be. Easily their best feature. No idea what game these are for Froggy, but it must be a hoot!