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Rob Dean

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  1. Got the cat dragon and tree...don’t know if I’ll be able to do another order; depends on reading some rules and planning a warband while the sale is still running...
  2. Well, I need to paint Christmas figures for the Christmas village (er, Fantasy Winter Festival village), and 40mm French Revolution troops for Huzzah in May, so naturally I painted part of a third project at lunch today...
  3. The ghosts don’t do much for me Christmas-wise, although Christmas Present looks like she’d fit my Ghost Archipelago crew nicely. I’ve got at least $50 in my basket (if it hasn’t cleared), and it probably wouldn’t be too much to go for $100, so Cat Dragon 2 and the Orna-bots? Oops, it has cleared...and I didn’t capture it, so have to recreate.
  4. Well, I ended up finishing three terrain pieces and a vintage Minifigs ent, as well as finally getting a varnish coat on my four speed paint figures from Gencon. Pictures at my blog: http://sharpbrush.blogspot.com/2019/11/november-activity.html I also got in one game, so it was a pretty subdued month. On to December.
  5. So, once upon a time, there was an imaginary country called "Schoeffen-Buschhagen", somewhere in Not Quite Germany...(Map by my older son.) OK, I won't really tell it that way.The real world story of this army is that I picked up a set of Prince August molds for 18th Century "Irish Wild Geese" in 1990-1 sometime, and my older son was a baby. Thinking to myself, under the influence of wargaming magazines I was reading at the time, that it would be fun to do an Old School imaginary countries game with him, when he was a little older, I set to work. Happily, Chris Palmer came along to pitch in in the mid-'90s, because it took longer than I was originally expecting. But my son, and, eventually, my second son, grew up to paint and play with these figures... We were using units of almost 60 infantry or 30 cavalry, so there was a lot of casting and painting to be done. Eventually, we maneuvered by regiments on large tables. Here older son's light infantry in muted organs guard the flank of an advancing unit of Wiegenburg infantry (in white, younger son's unit) with one of my regiments (blue and yellow flag) beyond, and backed up by a regiment of mercenaries (we acquired someone else's similar abortive project at a flea market, flag by older son). With some help from another club member, we built a section of fortress wall for sieges, and the brothers can be seen here planning their attack. Schoeffen-Buschhagen dragoons, supported by S-B infantry and younger son's Wiegenburgers attempt to force a bridge against another club member's troops, in an exciting game at Chris Palmer's house. Chris's green-coated North Polenberg troops can be seen in the upper right in the distance. Family gaming as originally envisioned, 28 years later... S-B infantry advances against older son's Wachovian foot, in field maneuvers (not a battle, since we are traditionally allies).
  6. I trust you're aware that Iron Wind Metals still has the Ral Partha Shadowrun figures available, if you need to expand.
  7. My partner and I went to have Thanksgiving dinner with my son and his new (July) wife yesterday. Apart from it being about a two hour drive each way, it was nice, and I only had to bring back a few leftover dinner rolls. (Bread pudding?) It does mean that I need to figure something out to eat today...probably a big vat of lentil soup in the instant pot. I'd like to celebrate Buy Nothing day today, but I think that the project du jour is going to be Christmas cookies, and there are a few supplies I'll need, so a trip to the grocery store will be on the agenda. In between kitchen sessions, I'd really like to get some paint on some miniatures today. I haven't finished anything in several weeks, and have scarcely picked up a brush. At least I've had a game in the meantime.
  8. Nice! Congratulations! I sold off my Harpoon stuff a long time ago, but remain a Traveller fan. Of those, I’d probably use The Traveller Book (I have a new Print on demand copy from DriveThru RPG so it doesn’t matter if something spills on it...), but I’ve spent a lot of time with MegaT as well. If it’s pristine, though, hopefully you have the errata pages if you go to use it. There are 8 Alien books, by the way...6-8 are Solomani, Hivers, and Darrians respectively.
  9. So it’s been nearly a month since I had a game. Elder son drove up today for some Dux Bellorum and to collect a free turkey for the upcoming Thanksgiving feast. Saxons against Romano-British; a tough fight overall...
  10. Now that the renders are showing, I’ll need a hireling/henchman set...when we have time to play here, it’s usually original D&D (0e...) rather than anything more recent.
  11. You might also consider getting a bottle of brush-on primer. That could tide you over for a few miniatures in a pinch... I have spent a good bit of time on the road for work as well. I've put together a travel paint kit for such opportunities: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72131-travel-paint-kit/
  12. I’m also on the W&N series 7 000 as the “tiny” brush, though, as mentioned above, paint dries fast in those quantities.
  13. Hmmm... haven’t made these in a while...more spread than I expected, and a little bigger, too. Tastes right, though...
  14. I reread The Last Hot Time fairly recently, but haven’t reread The Dragon Waiting in decades...
  15. Apparently this post has been seeding an idea in my brain all week, because I’m making some peanut butter cookies myself today. My partner and I are going out dancing this afternoon, so I’ll have a chance to bestow some elsewhere, with a cut for my ice dance coach tomorrow. It’s been a baking day in general; I made whole wheat buttermilk biscuits as part of brunch this morning as well:
  16. The three headed troll is a find; they were usually pricey on the Bay of Ease...
  17. Soup is always good, and I agree about being willing to drink the cooking ingredients. I had to go back for a second slice of bread after the trial end, so pretty good. One of these days, though, I need to read up on bread theory, so that I have more control over the results at the mixing/kneading stage. That’s usually a good choice, too.
  18. I’m free of computer games for a while, at least. My OS upgraded this morning, and the couple of games I own are no longer compatible. So, time to be useful instead. Honey whole wheat bread...
  19. That doesn’t HAVE to be in purple. With the ship coming in Bones 5, I started thinking about what kind of nautical campaign I might run, and started reading a popular history of the Portuguese in the east in the early 16th century...
  20. ah! But why? I probably saw it somewhere...
  21. That last, approximately...I am pretty sure it’s a Barsoomian white ape.
  22. I go back a long way...a very long way, so I’ve seen some doozies in the primitive age. The 1973 Minifigs orc with sword in the front row is pretty sad, although I’ve done what I can with them:
  23. Perhaps? I don’t remember when I started doing that; my first dungeon didn’t have it on the earliest levels, but eventually (before 1979) did, at least for stone sections internal to the trace: Later I also started outlining them; a doodled dungeon here from a 1987 notebook: In both cases, it looks like these were done with my habitual 4-color pen, though mostly using the red, blue, and black. The green block in the first one is a patch of green slime, but I apparently didn’t think a key was necessary and have no idea what the solid red rectangle in the corridor in the lower center of the first map was supposed to represent...
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