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Grumpy Cave Bear

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  1. I have not gotten back to this for a bit.  A project for the daughter's birthday took precedence.

    But I did get some work done:  The rocks of the integrated base, and at least a base color on the underbelly, horns and spines:




    Still very rough, but so far I'm liking it more than I thought I would.  Wait until those are properly highlighted

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  2. I got into painting minis around the time of the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter.  I pledged in 3 of them, so yeah, that’s the vast majority of the ones I own.  Then I got into painting metal minis, still Reaper.  And most of the paints I own are Reaper’s too.  I’d say about 80% of my collection is Reaper.


    Reaper minis are affordable, and they’re made by a US company with great customer service.  What more could you ask for?

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  3. I haven't done a WIP in quite a while, and I want to keep committed to clearing my Shelf of Shame for the year.  So here's an unfinished mini from my shelf:  Reaper 77108: Shadow Dragon:



    I had assembled & primed this mini before, but hadn't painted it, so it sat on my shelf for a while.  So two nights ago, I washed it, sprayed Stynylrez black primer over it, then sprayed a base coat of Burgundy Wine. 


    ...and that's where it stands.  Hopefully, I have an opportunity for more work tonight.


    I don't have any ideas at present for what the color scheme will be, save that I want it to be purple.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

    Sealing with Reaper Brush on between layers won't cause a problem.

    I have done that several times, maybe this helps?


    Love that Reaper Brush-On — it’s about the only sealer that’s never caused me problems with frosting.


    But since it’s matte instead of gloss, it would have worked against my plan of having the wash settle into the details.

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  5. I was reviewing what I did while painting these goblins, and realized why the highlight layers were shedding.  I put down a layer of gloss varnish before I tried shading with the Vallejo Game Wash, to make the wash collect in the details — that was the layer the paint was shedding from.  


    Next time I’ll try sealing with gloss medium instead of varnish; it might have better adhesion.  Or better yet, no shade wash at all.  I don’t think it’s needed.


    Either way, this experiment is done and sealed.  I’d rather go onto other painting projects, than redo this one.

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  6. 8 hours ago, haldir said:

    February 10th Question of the Day:


    What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?


    1.  My podcast app


    2. Audiobooks borrowed from the library.


    I know those aren't radio stations, but I haven't bothered to figure out how to use the radio on these newer cars with console screens.

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  7. 3 hours ago, haldir said:

    February 9th Question of the Day:


    What is the best hotel you've ever stayed at & why?


    Let's flip it as well, what's the worst hotel you've stayed at & why?


    Can't say much on this one... Most of the hotel rooms I've stayed in were paid for by the company, so reasonably good, but nothing outstanding.  Nothing has stood out, for the best...


    The worst was from my childhood.  My parents were traveling to visit my paternal grandparents in in eastern Montana.  Somewhere along the way back, we ran into a minor emergency and had to stay at a motel overnight, somewhere in Idaho / western Montana.  When we went to the room, it was literally some cots in a basement room, with only a tiny window up next to the ceiling.  I don't think there was carpeting.   I also remember we didn't stay the night there.


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  8. 4 hours ago, haldir said:

    February 8th Question of the Day:


    Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why?


    An easier choice than I expected!  I would choose winning the lottery.  At my present age, I feel I've worked at a job long enough.  I want to retire, go do my own thing and enjoy life.

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  9. 12 hours ago, haldir said:

    February 7th Question of the Day:


    What is on your key chain besides keys?


    Pretty minimal extras:

    1. My public library card fob, with bar code.  Very unused these last 2 years, what with pandemic closures and restrictions.
    2. A fob with my company’s first logo.  It’s the same company that I‘ve worked at for nearly 25 years, but has had 5 different names & logos, and 4 different owners, since I was first hired there.  It’s kept the same phone number, though, from what’s listed on the fob!
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  10. 2 hours ago, haldir said:

    Feb 4th question of the day:


    If you could change two things about the world, what would you change?


    I’m assuming that this is entering wish territory…


    1.  I’d eliminate gross stupidity.  I’d do this by requiring everyone to always seek out information on their decisions, consider potential risks, and think through the consequences of their actions on themselves, others around them and society at large.


    2.  … That’s all.  #1 should be enough to resolve most of the world’s problems.

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  11. 2 hours ago, haldir said:

    Feb 3rd Question of the Day:


    Is there one or more songs that you know the words to in it's entirety?


    You mean as in:  I could sing it at a karaoke bar with the lyric prompts turned off ?


    "Hello! Ma Baby", "It's Only a Paper Moon", "Fly Me to the Moon", "L-O-V-E" and any number of other jazz / Tin Pan Alley favorites, for starters.  There's a big disconnect between the songs I like to sing and the songs I like to listen to.


    ... And nearly the entire pre-2000's Disney music catalog, thanks to a collection of CDs that my wife played constantly on road trips.


    EDIT: And a lot of novelty songs, Saturday morning cartoon OPs, School House Rock and breakfast cereal and toy commercial lyrics.  Stuff you learn as a kid sticks around forever...

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  12. 15 minutes ago, TGP said:

    I found an analysis done by some research outfit that claimed the Groundhog was correct 39 years out of 100.


    I have no idea how that stacks up against hooman weathermen. 


    39 times out of 100 is within 1 standard deviation of 100 coin flips, which is about all you can expect when it comes to predicting the weather 6 weeks out.


    I've heard it said that, even if you used an extremely accurate computer weather prediction model and input the current global weather conditions precisely, you'd not be able to predict the weather more than a few weeks out.  This is because the model's equations would be completely reset, just by the random Brownian motion of molecules in the atmosphere.

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  13. On 2/1/2022 at 8:27 AM, haldir said:

    FEB 1st 2022 Question of the Day:


    What is one thing you won't do when it comes to hobbies?


    No to painting commissions.  Been there, done that, want painted minis for my own shelf.  I might do commissions again, sometime in the future, but for now I'm waiting on something I call: "the right price". 


    3 hours ago, haldir said:

    FEB 2nd Question of the Day


    It's the Day of the Rodent or as some people call Groundhog's Day, here in the US. Do you believe in the rodent or do you just look out the window & say "Eh, it'll be spring, when it wants to."


    Punxsutawney Phil is as accurate as any other weatherman!

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  14. 14 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Quizzle for 31 January 2022

    When you were a kid starting the new school year, what was your favorite new thing to take to school?

    And @haldir steps up for February, our newest Quizzitor!


    Second place item: the clear vinyl bag with holes on one side to fit the 3-ring binder and a zip-lock style zipper on the other.  I still have one of them that was/is filled with D&D dice from that time.


    EDIT:  Found it!  It's a bit amazing that this thing has survived for about 35 years in relatively good condition.



    First place item: The combined plastic ruler/protractor that had the geometric shape stencil cutouts.  I used that thing to draw & doodle art designs when I was supposed to be paying attention to lessons.

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  15. 20 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Quizzle for 29 & 30 January 2022?

    29: What's the last movie you watched?

    30: What were your munchies with it?


    I last watched “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, one of my favorites and one that I ripped from the DVD to my desktop computer so I could play it anytime.  I believe I was snacking on corn chips at the time… 

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