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Dr_Automaton

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions.  The Brilliant Greens triad is lovely, but has a bit of a "not found in nature" quality to it.  When you're looking for a more subdued look for things like vegetation, do you have any quick mixing recipes to cut back on the, well, brilliance?

     

    Also, when highlighting green areas, are there any colors that are particularly suitable to use either straight up or mix with the base color?  Like a particular shade of yellow or something?

     

  2. So the stars have aligned and Mudgullet has been released just in time for my group's Tomb of Annihilation playthrough.  I'm planning on going for a simple, suitably froghemoth-y color scheme but have realized that my palette is lacking in the greens department.  Oh, no! ::o:

     

    So, time to remedy this.  What should I grab from the MSP and Bones paint lines to give me a good selection of greens, while limiting the number of colors I need to buy (maybe 3-5 bottles this purchase)?  What are some of the colors you folk tend to reach for, with an eye towards versatility?  The Power Palette is only as good as the swatches it pulls from, and it's been my experience that Reapers paint swatches are very hit or miss, unfortunately.

     

    Thanks!

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  3. I'm behind on the weekly videos.  Has Reaper commented at all on the Bones Black models' pricing?  The owl bear is listed at eight dollars a pop, which seems comparable to last year's limited edition figures but twice that of the regular Bones price point.  I'm wondering what we should  expect for the new models once they start appearing in the regular catalog.

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  4. UPDATE:

    Just a quick note.  Since this was my first time playing with the transparent minis, along with using the Liquitex inks, I ran an experiment.  The cleric spent the last year (along with a ranger friend who was meant to be green but came out looking like she bathed in mouthwash -- I named her Listerina of Freshburst Forrest) on my bookshelf while the wizard was sealed in a small plastic box, sandwiched between layers of that foam rubber used in some blister packs.  Outgassing didn't seem to be an issue.  No tackiness or anything.  The finish on both groups feels smooth and solid.  Additionally, I didn't note any change in the color of the inks.  If there's any change in the color over time, it's likely to take years to be noticeable.

     

    So, yeah, TLDR; this method works for me and I'll be using it on other transparent minis in the future.  Only thing I might change is that I might try doing some lining with a darker shade to bring out certain details before staining the whole figure.

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  5. I'm stoked that we're getting the other Julie-snake!  I was sad that we didn't get it last go-around along with its big brother/sister, the giant cobra, and worried that there was something in the design that would make it difficult to translate into Bones.  Assuming that the sculpt more or less fits a 1" square, I can see picking up 10-20 of them for a big snake encounter in a number of games.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Sirithiliel said:

    I am debating dropping the hill giant hunter and getting his cat at retail

     

    Do we know if they'll be sold separately at retail?  Given that the Fire Giant is holding his Hell Hound's chain, my guess was that each giant hunter variant would be sold as a set with his or her animal companion.

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  7. 13 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

    As an aside, if Sir Forscale is the correct size, these figures are enormous. Even the winter wolf is like 10'/3m high at the shoulder.

     

    I'm pretty sure that it's just a Photoshop scaling error.  Reaper would have to confirm, buy my guess is that the giantesses will be the same size as the previous Huge giants.

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  8. Those are going to be some great giant minis given the other we've had in the past.

     

    As stoked as I am to see some battle-ready giantesses, getting more Frost Giants kinda highlights the fact that the only Stone Giant we have is the metal-to-bonesium sculpt from Bones II, and the Storm and Cloud Giants are looking at the upscaled Fire Giants with envy.  I'm crossing my fingers that the other Giant types will see some love this KS so we aren't stuck waiting a good 4-5 years for new sculpts.

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  9. 18 minutes ago, Ratmaster2000 said:

    So is it just me, or shouldn't the goblin heroes have six mini's? I mean the kobold's and other goblins had six. Just saying.

     

    It's likely due to Reaper's plans for the retail releases.  Chances are that those three will be packed either in a single blister or possibly three separate SKUs.  Ultimately, the KS is about building the Bones catalog.

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  10. 6 hours ago, TGP said:
    6 hours ago, Dr_Automaton said:

    I certainly wouldn't say no to some new Drow.  Bobby Jackson's Dark Elves are fine but don't really suit my taste.

     

    Just paint them appropriately [?] instant drow. 

     

    I don't get it. 

     

    It's a question of apparel.  Drow tend to dress less flowery, more spidery.  Dark Elves, as depicted in most F20 artwork, look, well, "evil."  There are distinct visual queues when compared to most other elves.  Most of Reaper's elf minis, usually intended for PCs, are depicted as heroic figures.

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  11. 22 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

     

    8 hours ago, Ratmaster2000 said:

    I don't remember as many calls for a roc as there were for cat dragons, so maybe there's still hope of backer requests getting one. But honestly now, I'd rather see dance of death first! Hoping dance of death gets revealed and unlocked, I actually want that now! Roc does look like a phoenix, so I think I'll need to add that to my list once its unlocked:(

     

    If we do not get a cat dragon, you need to think of one factor (or at least Reaper does): sale-ability.  We fans here are a limited and rather specialized group of their customers.  We want all the minis.  Most of their customers want minis that they can correlate to a creature in game.  The Roc actually correlates to 3 to 4 creatures in various games. When everyone started requesting it, I'm sure it was a no-brainer for Ron to have it made.  The Cat Dragon on the other-hand, well you might be able to sub it in for something; it really depends on the design. Experienced GMs like novel creatures that they can use, but the vast majority want things that are easily identifiable on sight.

     

    To add to TaleSpinner's comments:  Another thing to keep in mind is that people have been asking for a Roc for at least a couple of years.  There's been a persistent demand for it.  The cat dragon, AFAIK, is just a meme that popped up shortly before the KS campaign launched.  I would guess that Reaper was planning on producing a Roc when people first starting planning Bones IV.

     

    As for Dance of Death, you can probably expect it to become one of the final stretch goals in the last day or two of the campaign.  It's a big, capstone kind of model, similar to the final stretch goals from previous campaigns.

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  12. 5 hours ago, Jessie said:

    Yeah kinda bummed we have 5 hill giants now, ALL male, ALL shirtless, ALL wielding clubs.

     

    Really wish if we were going to have 5 nearly identically dressed dudes maybe one of them could have been throwing a rock or something at least. I guess all the lady hill giants are in the kitchen making sandwiches. ::(:

     

    I wasn't going to say it, but yeah, that was my initial thought, too (well, "cave," not "kitchen," but same intent).  I would super excited for a $10-15 add-on that was a set of Hill, Fire and Frost Giantess warriors.  Not "queens."  Warriors.  Not looking regal, not posing or reclining, but instead engaged in dynamic combat just like their Y-chromosome counterparts.  General purpose minis for use in gaming when players happen to encounter a female giant (I'm, like, pretty sure they exist in most F20 games).  The current Giantesses are fine, but when my group rolls out the Chessex mat, at least, it's for combat, not court politics.

     

    It's not like I'm actually looking to fight for gender rights in my toys.  I don't need to see a 1:1 ratio or anything, especially when fantasy tropes usually depicts males as doing most of the fighting.  I would just like to see some more variety and more importantly, utility in the Bones giants' catalog.

     

    (also, new Stone Giants, please)

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  13. Just now, LittleBluberry said:

    I need to practice painting dragons...  Should maybe dig out that half-painted Narthrax I've got in a box.  

     

    Mine has yet to see any paint love if for no other reason that I've seen so many great color schemes for Narthrax and have been left in a state of perpetual indecision (I suppose the obvious answer to just buy several more).

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