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    Question for the 12th of May: Do you have any hobby/gaming rituals? Blowing on dice? Always playing a specific piece of music? Making sure your paint water and drinking water are on the correct sides of the table?

     

    Gaming

    When I'm prepping for an adventure I try to make sure I have miniatures for as much as possible. It kinda irks me when I don't. To the point that I started learning to sculpt.

     

    Sculpting

    When I'm sculpting I tend to drop the putty not being used in the water I keep to the side. In my mind it's colder than room temperature so it will slow the curing.

     

    Painting

    I am not a full-fledged brush licker but I re-point my brushes with my lips.

     

    You haven't gotten the memo yet? :blink:

     

     

    :unsure: Which memo??? Arg!

    If it's about the paints, I do it after rinsing them.

    If it's that this makes me a full-fledged brush licker then I am in firm denial ^_^

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  2. Question for the 12th of May: Do you have any hobby/gaming rituals? Blowing on dice? Always playing a specific piece of music? Making sure your paint water and drinking water are on the correct sides of the table?

     

    Gaming

    When I'm prepping for an adventure I try to make sure I have miniatures for as much as possible. It kinda irks me when I don't. To the point that I started learning to sculpt.

     

    Sculpting

    When I'm sculpting I tend to drop the putty not being used in the water I keep to the side. In my mind it's colder than room temperature so it will slow the curing.

     

    Painting

    I am not a full-fledged brush licker but I re-point my brushes with my lips.

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  3. Greetings! I will be your Question-Monger for the month. Ideally, I'll get the questions out early enough for those who see the day earlier than I do (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia... Most of the world, really) will see it, but no promises... But let's kick this off with a completely irrelevant topic, and one not at all related to anything in particular...  

     

    Question for the 2nd of May: Have you ever volunteered for something without any preparation or thinking through the possible consequences? If so, what? 

     

    I volunteered to help with Special Olympics Golf. I thought it would be nice helping disabled kids but the problem was, at the time I had only just started learning golf myself. The person who convinced me to do it was like "nah, it'll be fun". It was but I was absolutely zero help for anything more than writing down scores, carrying things, and holding flags on the green.

     

    EDIT: Just saw that there's a different question.. I'll answer that too :)

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  4. The reaper bases don't have a bevel. So if you flip them over and see how the metal base sits inside the base you can start on a seamless base. If it's down in the base a little, put a piece of balsa wood, corkboard, or whatever underneath until the top is roughly flush with the opening. Now take some putty and roll it up as a sausage and circle it around the edge. Take a sculpting tool, popsicle stick, finger.. whatever.. and mash the putty into the base and level it off. If you're brave you can try to replicate whatever texture is on the metal and create a textured base.

     

    I know that sounds like a lot and it is a little bit of effort but the end result is a miniature on a scenic base that has a nice amount of heft at the bottom so is less likely to tip over. No cutting metal and hoping for the best.. just a bit of putty work and glue ;)

     

    I've done this for 4 or 5 metal minis by now and I don't know that I'll ever go back to trying to fight with trimming thick metal again.

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  5. Thanks everyone.

     

    How did you find the quality of the model itself? I've been looking at their barhbast devils but was unsure.

     

    Everything I got from the FD Kickstarter is of very high quality. Very clean castings. I only found one slight miscast when inspecting all my loot.

     

    Many of the minis offer multiple assembly options (heads, weapons, etc.) so plan on spending some extra time actually putting the things together.

     

    My barhbasts are prepped and awaiting paint: https://minisbyfinch.blogspot.com/2016/01/pts-xii-devil-build-color-test.html

     

    FYI: MA will only be selling FD minis through the end of the month.

     

    What happens to that range afterward?!?!? Those models look awesome and I'd hate to think they might be lost to the community due to a limited run.. ::(:

     

    Went ahead and ordered 2 packs of them (6 total). I wish they had some Orthons too but I'm glad I got these. Thanks for the heads up! There's only 4 more packs of 3 left in inventory as of a minute ago.

  6. The technique is really good. I hate to say this but it may be too good. The sculpts and poses are so basic that such high quality blending and shading seems stretched across such a basic form. Kinda like the uncanny valley notion of CGI.

    EDIT: The Fimir don't feel as uncanny and just to be clear.. the painting is amazing.

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    Try adding a bit of salt and you'll find that it CAN get colder... 

    (Not certain if that has any effect on Bones, though, and not going to find out)

    I imagine the salt would leave a residue.

     

     

    Perhaps I should open my reserve of baby tears and test this theory?

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     But overall I like bones for hordes. Playing d&d and want 8 actual gnolls? It's like $7 instead of 25.

     

    This! ^^^

     

    Actually.. No.. Unless you were a KS backer. The bones gnolls in the store are mostly right around the $3 mark.. so 8 of them would be right around $24 not $7. That's actually more expensive than an MSRP box of GW Beastmen.. which are really the closest thing I can think of. Cheaper than their metal counterpart yeah.. absolutely. Cheap as in the low end of the market? Nah.. not really.

     

    For this specific example, Frostgrave will be releasing a box of Gnolls a bit later in the year as well.. which are probably going to be $31 for 20 Gnolls.

    I'm not trying to start an argument or debate or anything. I'm more just trying to put perspective as to what we're discussing when we use the term cheap. For Bones, this typically doesn't apply to infantry models which are if anything, priced the same as places like GW and Mantic for their HIPS multipart kits.

    Now the big beasties.. those "usually" end up MSRP'd at a really nice cheap price. Sometimes not so much.. but a lot of them are a fantastic steal deal.

    Again.. this is only the case if you didn't back the KS. The KS prices are all easily worth it and I wouldn't have backed B3 if I didn't think so. It's the MSRP after the fact that I'm referring to.

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  9. When I got my Bones 2 stuff I reported the ones that were the absolute worst and they sent me replacements. The replacements were still pretty bad. I tossed a bunch (maybe 1/3) of my bones in a bin for my kids to practice painting with because they're frankly unusable for anything.

     

    That said.

     

    The ones that are good and usable are almost impossible to tell apart from their metal counterparts once they've been painted. I am still backing Bones III but I skipped a bit of it and will wait until I can see the blister in person before purchasing those.

     

    The worst tend to be anything with fine features like human noses, open human sized hands, thin legs, hoods or other overhangs around the head, or heavily textured thin pieces.

    Granted, this is all just my opinion.. and it's not meant to bash Bones so much be as a note of my observations so others might look out for things I've personally seen and felt less than thrilled about from my collection.

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    I still have the PDF for the original Warhammer Quest, somewhere - from back when they gave permission for one of the fan sites to host the files. (This was the same period when they were keeping up PDFs of a lot of the Specialist Games, Mordheim, Necromunda, even Dark Future....)

     

    The Auld Grump - GW, spending three million dollars to create a new website with less functionality.... Can you imagine the Reaper website with that kind of monetary support?

    lol.. well.. I suspect with that type of investment the Reaper site wouldn't crap out on me when I hit the back button..
    I have been getting that some lately. But usually with the Next button.

     

    It's 100% for me. I search something, click anything then hit back and get a big error message wanting me to resubmit.

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    Frankly the scare about lead in miniatures was always over-hyped.  You would just about have to grind a miniature to dust and snort it to ingest enough from a figure to matter.

     

    It's not clear even that would cause a significant health hazard (though I certainly wouldn't recommend it  ^_^ ).

     

    The New York attempt at banning lead miniatures involved using a masticating machine to continuously chew lead miniatures, which was not, by itself, enough to reach the maxima allowed for the most at-risk population (children under 2). The bioavailability of metallic lead is very low. Lead salts, OTOH, such as those used to make flake white (the white pigment in many lead paints), are easily absorbed and quite dangerous. I'm also told that flake white tastes sweet, which increases its danger.

     

    The metal and its salt have very different characteristics. This is very common, btw. Metallic sodium is quite dangerous, bursting into flame when it gets wet, but the salt you get when you react it with chlorine (a war poison) sits on nearly every dinner table in the country.

     

     

    You do know that chlorine is an element and that chlorine gas is not the same as elemental chlorine right? I mean this is off-topic but that's kind of an important distinction. In it's raw form.. yes it's poisonous and caustic.. but it exists outside of military application and was not invented by some military scientists or whatever.

  12. Very Black Plague-like.

     

    The initial release stated that it would be a modified version of the Z:BP rules. I would assume the core functionality is the same but possibly expanded upon for more options.

  13. I still have the PDF for the original Warhammer Quest, somewhere - from back when they gave permission for one of the fan sites to host the files. (This was the same period when they were keeping up PDFs of a lot of the Specialist Games, Mordheim, Necromunda, even Dark Future....)

     

    The Auld Grump - GW, spending three million dollars to create a new website with less functionality.... Can you imagine the Reaper website with that kind of monetary support?

    lol.. well.. I suspect with that type of investment the Reaper site wouldn't crap out on me when I hit the back button..

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  14. 3410  dragon familiar has separate wings, 1 piece about 1.5" across from tip to tip as shown.

     

    2969 familiar pack dragon has separate wings, but I don't have it so I can't measure it. 

     

    3651 storm dragon hatchling has separate wings that are 1" long each. 

     

    3457 dragonman conversion kit has several wing options and a scale. 

     

    2427 blood imps, I'm not certain, but those look like separate wings. 

     

    3187 the imp has a separate wing piece, it's really tiny, like .5" wide

     

    I'll have a look through those. I think I've seen a lot of the things on that list and I was kinda hoping to avoid buying a full miniature to cannibalize... but if it can't be helped :/

  15. I personally don't think we know enough about the game to really declare it mediocre or not. I never played the original, so I have no feelings of nostalgia towards it (other than friends saying it was a good game). Right now, most of the minis look cool, and if they keep the same gameplay as the old version, might be worth picking up (thinking the game will be in the $135 US range, with 51 minis, so that alone isn't too bad a price, especially if some are "deluxe" sized minis). I'm going to wait until the game hits the market, and read reviews/impressions of others. I can always buy mantic's Dungeon Saga instead...

     

    Damon.

     

    Yeah, there's also CMoN's upcoming Massive Darkness game if you like that art style. You could also go with Descent, D&D board games, Myth, etc. I would like to see Reaper do a dungeon crawler but I know they've mentioned it's not really their style.

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  16. Since they boneyard went away, I'm having a hard time figuring out which wings to use.

    I picked up some of the now defunct Ex Illis models and some of them were these little goblin-sized demons... which are in desperate need of some wings.

     

    So my question is, does anyone know a set of wings that are suitable for that size? I'm a bones 3 backer so I have access to that if there's options there as well.

  17. Normally I try not to do the pre-painted D&D figures but the bigger ones are sometimes usable .There are a few varieties of Hook Horrors in their different ranges and they're usually reasonably priced. There were also two recent Kickstarters that featured them and I think Mierce Miniatures either had one or is having one.. or it's available.. I dunno.. Mierce's store and kickstarters sometimes confuse me.

  18. The cork won't be more than 2".. likely it's 1"-1.5" He looks to be about a 2" monster... so definitely along the lines of an ogre or maybe a beefy troll. I could also see him being that one freakishly large lad they keep in the back until someone wants to try challenging the army's champion to a duel.. like that one scene in Troy.

     

    The sculpt though.. that's very nice. The slight "pee pee dance" stance is the only thing I'd pick at but he just looks so mean.. maybe we'll let that slide :P

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  19. I see people gushing over this on other forums and I don't get it. There's some pretty nice sculpts but on the whole it looks a bit pants. Not to mention, there's a load more games out there. If this were a redux of the original that were marketed as a cleaned up streamlined type of thing, I could see the appeal. As it stands it appears more a different animal than the original. One benefit is the people who have been charging $250+ for a set of the original will likely drop theirs down greatly in price like we saw with Spacehulk.

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  20. I scoured for the Impala. It took a few weeks of periodically checking and I think I got it for $16 + S&H. Compared to some $5 Diecasts I've gotten from drugstores it's very disappointing in quality and lack of opening doors/hoods/trunks etc.

     

    For Sam & Dean, google Warhansa. Check their Horror and Urban Fantasy. I tried ordering them before and he was out of stock. He took them down and I ended up ordering some other things and they were really nice and shipped fast. Now I see Sam & Dean back up on his site and I might order soon.

    If you do order from Warhansa.. whatever the charge is, they usually ask that you pay the paypal fee too.. which when I ordered 2 models it was less than a buck.. so not a big deal for me.

     

    Hope that was helpful and okay with the forum rules.

     

    EDIT: Oh.. and for Bobby (and possibly Sam and Dean conversions if you're crafty) the previously Wargame Factory Male Survivors kit (now through Warlord) has some options that could work if you're creative.

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  21. This looks good. If I was to find anything to comment on that hasn't been mentioned it might be that the knee pads seem a bit high and that the way the material flows it seems like it wants there to be straps for the knee pads. That said, it looks better than a great deal of the official WotC pre-paints in scale and proportion and as a miniature it has charm and character without being busy.

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