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  1. 6 hours ago, Unruly said:

    I can't say anything anymore. I just had to drop my pledge to a paltry $1. Because I just totaled my car.

    That really, really sucks. I hope you're okay and I hope you can find an adequate replacement for your vehicle without too much trouble. :(

    7 hours ago, Darsc Zacal said:

    Oh dear.



    Y'know... I could actually use those. Whatever, I'm in for a buck. I can pick up the ice elementals in the campaign manager.

  2. 3 hours ago, chaosscorpion said:

    That looks like a divergent diamond but it is hard to tell from the image. It is similar anyway but they are calling it a Single Point Urban Interchange.  The single point is the single light that allows left hand turns to occur at the same time.



    Single Point Urban Interchange, huh? Who knew this would turn into Civil Engineering 101? Not me.


    Look at this thing, though... this is your single-point urban interchange schematic:





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  3. 2 minutes ago, chaosscorpion said:

    That looks like a divergent diamond but it is hard to tell from the image.



    You can kind of see the lanes marked on the image. I think it's a variant of a regular old diamond interchange. There's only one light instead of the two needed for a divergent diamond, the lanes don't seem to cross in the middle, and if you look at the on- and off-ramps they're crossing a bunch of lanes of traffic--just what a divergent diamond is supposed to prevent.

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  4. I just looked up divergent diamond intersections and they seem pretty cool. Just have to drive on "the wrong side of the road" for a minute to make them work. :upside:


    Apparently we've got one constructed nearby that I've never seen and two that are under consideration. 




    Seems there's one under the Sam Rayburn Tollway as well, up by the Furniture Mart.

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  5. 14 minutes ago, Lovejoy said:
    51 minutes ago, Lidless Eye said:

    Sadly, though, it's a pretty useless option for them, as you can only use Sneak Attack with Finesse and Ranged weapons.  5E tried to move away from the Sneak Attack with a Ballista options, but Rogues have very little hitting power without it.

    Of course, the bigger issue with using her in 5e is that Kitsune don't exist in 5e...  I'll need to sweet-talk my DM! Or maybe I should just give Pathfinder a try...

    You could always try hitting up a local Pathfinder Society game and see if you like the system! Keeps your investment a little lower that way.

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  6. For quite a while, strength-based rogues were a quite usable build in Pathfinder. And there's always Slashing Grace... :)


    She might be called a rogue, and that's feasible, but she could also be a barbarian or fighter or swashbuckler or something. There's lots of ways to make it work. I wouldn't worry too much about it...

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  7. Yeah, the cloud giant is an interesting one. I'm not sure if it's a rushed sculpt or a conscious style thing... I think it's pretty cool, but man, that is a huge amount of undifferentiated cloth to paint!


    We got ours a few days ago and I'm inventorying them now. That owl is strange. I was not expecting the tiny little mantis-limbs in its chest. (Edit: I should note, they were there in the original art! I just wasn't looking for them, so I didn't see them. I didn't realize just how much of an arthropod the "dire owl" actually was.)


    One of the strong suits of Stonehaven has always been their support for unusual races, and this was no exception. The kobold bard is wonderful and the gripplis are welcome additions.


    The engineering on the gnomish titan is fantastic--if you look in the joints it actually looks as though someone took a few minutes to think about what combination of pistons and the like could result in this thing actually moving, as opposed to just jamming some gears and a joint in there and calling it a day. It's a pleasant surprise and I was looking forward to the piece already. It speaks well to Mike and, I suppose, the gnome pilot.


    Speaking of gnomes, the gnome fits in the titan quite well--although I got a bit ahead of myself on that one and trimmed off her pseudo-slotta-base to see if she fit. Now I have to figure out some way to mount her temporarily while I paint her.

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  8. 7 hours ago, Heisler said:

    I don't understand why there is an aversion to the scale. I have spent years playing aerial combat games running from 1/144th to 1/72nd, I would say that 10mm is just about perfect for something like this. 


    Some folks buy the minis to use elsewhere and never play the game. I've developed a bit of a habit of filling in holes in my 28mm collection with board game sculpts. :)


    These look like tons of fun, but at 10mm, I wouldn't have anything to do with them and I certainly don't need yet another game to play. Folks who are more interested in new games or pieces for existing 10mm games would probably be more excited about this stuff than I am.

  9. 10 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:
    1 hour ago, haldir said:


    Oh you mean that monster of a road structure outside of the hotels?  :blink:


    That thing is insane!


    If that were the only case, it would just be, "Look at that really silly intersection. Who could have done that?"


    But not only is it not alone in its surrealism, it almost seems to be standard for DFW. Using Google maps, travel along any of the major multi-lane divided roads in Dallas-Ft. Worth and you'll see that sort of thing over and over again.

    A few years back we took a few-hours break and drove north to see a friend in Oklahoma and we were amazed at how consistently insane the civil engineering is. What sort of Lovecraftian traffic patterns make that a good idea??


    Of course Dallas also doesn't seem to put paint on many of their side streets, relying on reflectors instead. I don't know how normal that is, either, but almost everything about the roads in Dallas seems strange to me as a Pennsylvanian. I certainly haven't seen this stuff anywhere else I've driven. And I'm only half saying that because I can barely see the lane dividers at night in Dallas...

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  10. 24 minutes ago, Thes Hunter said:


    In 30 years, I’ll agree to that. :lol:




    I completely look like a green leprechan gangster wolf. Absolutely. 


    And sny photo of me can be tagged as Thes Hunter, lime green gangster leprechaun. 


    It's okay. I'll work on getting someone else to sign off on it!


    I don't know about you. I always think of my leprechauns as wearing hats, and I don't remember you wearing too many hats there. You need to go all Doc Bedlam or something.

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  11. 6 hours ago, Mnemonic said:


    I was in his Base Camp class and heard him mention it was probably his last Reapercon. It was something about the class sizes where when he signed up when it was 6 or so. Then later it became 10 and later 12 seats. Sounded like he preferred the smaller sizes where it was easier to go into deeper levels of detail. I am absolutely hopeful he comes back next year though!


    I talked to him... I think it was Sunday afternoon... about it as we were all cleaning up. He also told me about the class sizes and how he wanted his class smaller and he wasn't happy with the larger size of the classes. He told me not that he wouldn't be visiting Reapercon but that he might not be officially teaching classes next Reapercon if the class sizes don't come down some. I saw him hanging out and painting with a few folks at his desk and it sounded like that reenergized him a little bit.


    Fingers crossed he makes it next year, in whatever capacity...

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  12. 24 minutes ago, 72moonglum said:

    So it looks these might be starting to either be shipping out or pretty close to being ready to go.  They're at Mr. Stonehaven's house if they haven't been pushed out the door with the postman yet.


    Yup... I just got a survey, myself. It sounds like he's having some trouble parsing addresses for boxes he's already packed, and has decided that asking us all for our addresses again via Kickstarter is easier for him.

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  13. A couple of years ago, the last auction at the hotel, went really well for FireElemental and I. We had about 2500 reaperbucks, just from the two of us taking classes, and we managed to get a couple of pre-signed boxed sets--Khanjira and Nethyrmaul. I was really excited that year! (We couldn't even travel with Khanjira. I gave it to a friend to paint, and I'm not sure he'll ever take it out of the box.)


    Last year, we saw significant price inflation. After the first half of the auction didn't go our way at all and we ended up being unable to afford anything we wanted, we threw in with Ludo. They got something nice out of it and then at the end they had some ridiculous number of reaperbucks available, and bought me the most expensive Reapercon mug ever.


    This year, we threw in early. I think the quantity of items in the auction is not keeping pace with the supply of ReaperBucks.

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  14. 2 hours ago, DixonGrfx said:

    That would be James Wappel's Shaded Base Coats class.  You wet blend several colors on the figure as your base coat where you try to block in your shadows and highlights.

    That's the one.


    27 minutes ago, Crowley said:

    I think it depends on what I'm painting... Individual figures do get more wet blending. But units of troops? Eh...


    What about you @Glitterwolf?

    If you go really sloppy, it works really well really fast on stuff like zombies, flesh golems, gibbering mouthers, and the like. Put a layer of dark purple down and then wet blend an off-white on top of it. You'll have to clean up a little afterwards of course. ::P: But Shaded Basecoat is all about using big brushes, so the initial color only takes a few seconds if you use a properly monstrous brush.

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