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  1. 9 minutes ago, The Steve said:

    what purple is that? looks like malveris purple(OOP)

    That’s an undercoat of Reaper MSP 09237: Violet Shadow, followed by MSP 09023: Imperial Purple, gradually lightened up with whatever ivory color I had on my pallete, probably Vallejo Game Color 72.098: Elfic Flesh.  Colors rarely resemble how they come out of the bottle, by the time I’m done with them!

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  2. This was the first thing I saw when I finally got back on the forum.  I missed my own birthday by over two weeks!


    Many belated thanks for the birthday wishes!  I’m moving further and further away from that half-century milestone.


    Oh, and sorry I haven’t been participating much here lately.  I blame COVID quarantines and work-related burnout.  I’ll be getting back to sharing my mini-painting adventures shortly.

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  3. 6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

    Question June 4th.

    What's something you like to do the old-fashioned way?


    I mow the grass with a push-reel lawnmower, at least when it’s short enough.  If I’ve left it too long, then out comes the gas-powered mower.


    I also like to make to-do lists by hand.  I like to cross things off when I’m done.  The only concession I’ll make is to make the lists in a word processor from time to time — no organizer app for me!


    My wife is the real champ here, though.  She still balances the checkbook and tracks household credit card expenses on paper!  On the backs of used printer paper, numbered and neatly stacked.  She’s even refused the ledger sheets I’ve offered her, preferring her own system that she’s done since I knew her in college. 


    It works though.  She knows exactly how much we have charged on the credit card on any given day.

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  4. 13 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

    Question June 3rd.

    When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?


    They want help with writing!  My wife and a few of my coworkers are non-native speakers of English, and though they speak rather well, they struggle with the written word.  So when they have something they need proofread or grammar-corrected, or if they need help composing something in writing, they come to me.  They’ll also come to me when there’s something that needs to be read and explained accurately, like technical instructions.  I think it has something to do with being perceived as highly educated and being a former college instructor.


    I also help my high school-aged sons correct their writing homework.

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  5. 6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

    Question June 2nd.

    What is one thing you're glad you tried but would never do again?


    Not one, but three:

    1. Writing my doctoral dissertation.  Three years of possibly the largest, hardest project I ever did in my life.  Many nights of staring at my computer screen and not wanting to write another word of it.  If not for the support of my wife towards the end (“You’re so close!  It would be a waste to give up!”), I would not have finished.  I’m glad I pushed through, and the opportunities it has given me, but it’s unlikely I’d ever willingly go through again.
    2. Competing in a rail handcar competition.  A coworker suggested it, and we organized a team of four.  On the day of the competition, we realized our situation — four software engineers against all of the body-building gyms in the area.  The four-person handcars were HUGE — not like the two-person ones I’d seen in film.  Our first run we gave our all, and came in a close second to our match-up; but the race timing sensor failed, we didn’t get a time for our run, and had to redo it immediately. But our muscles were completely spent, and not one of us was able to get back up and try again, so we didn’t qualify.  One of my coworkers went off and threw up his latte in the bushes, and I spent the next few days moving as little as possible.
    3. Marijuana.  Back in college it came out at a party, offered to me, and someone said like:  “Nah, he’s too innocent to try it.”  I decided to give them a shock and take a deep draw.  (My parents were smokers then, and I was accustomed to breathing cigarette smoke.) No problem at first, but it had an odd effect on me; I spent the rest of the evening pacing around with hyperactive energy, unable to calm down sit or relax.  I would not smoke it again, and I would tell my kids not to, either.  But at least if someone says: “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!”  I can say: “I’ve tried it... and I knock it, sir, I knock it!”
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  6. Let’s carry over my unfinished goals from last month...

    1. Finish painting a Khanjira
    2. Finish painting a Star Wars: Legion AT-ST
    3. Paint at least two Star Wars: Legion units (commander and troop)
    4. Paint a resin garage kit
    5. Paint my first Reaper metal mini (any kind)

    Two items less than last month, but still really ambitious for me.  Expect a lot of SW:Legion stuff getting painted up, because I’m invested in it.

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  7. 1 hour ago, 72moonglum said:

    I’d say the can is an excellent addition to the mini! We all know he is just trying to drown his sorrows about being evil and his kids and killing other Jedis and such. 


    I think the best part of it is that I forgot to remove the beer can before setting up a game of Legion, and my daughter and I played three rounds before she even noticed it.  That caused a brief game delay while she caught her breath and posted a few pics of it to social media.


    The Empire (as played by my daughter) won that game, so I think that pose was a victory toast.

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  8. So, end of month approaching, so time to review.  How have I done?


    On 4/30/2020 at 6:26 AM, Grumpy Cave Bear said:


    1. Finish painting a Khanjira — PROGRESS
    2. Paint an AT-ST — PROGRESS
    3. Start painting a Star Wars: Legion core box set — ACCOMPLISHED
    4. Paint a resin garage kit — Not done
    5. Paint my first metal mini of any kind — Not done
    6. Try this “paint yellow over a pink base” thing — ACCOMPLISHED
    7. Paint for my own collection — ACCOMPLISHED


    It did not help that I’ve had distractions from work, where my project leader had his contract cancelled, and I am now the de facto project lead, as I am one of the two people left from our four-person, and the only remaining one who has worked directly on the project code.


    That said, here’s the proof of the SW: Legion goals.  I got the AT-ST cleaned up and primed for painting, and magnetized the mortar launcher (hence the removed back panel), so definitely started painting.  Heck, it’s even close to the final color!



    As for the Core Set, there’s this fellow: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/91724-gcb-paints-an-angry-space-wizard/


    And I’ll consider the SW: Legion as “for my own collection”, so there’s slightly less than half my ambitious list done! 

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  9. On 5/26/2020 at 7:59 AM, Inarah said:

    éMay 26


    Name someone in the game industry you would like to meet in person. 


    Uhh... That’s not something I considered before.


    On 5/27/2020 at 8:05 AM, Inarah said:

    May 27


    What is something about yourself you think most people don't know?


    As a middle school student, my hobby for a time was macramé.  Most people don’t know about that, because for the longest time I forgot about it too.


    On 5/28/2020 at 7:53 AM, Inarah said:

    May 28


    What is the most fun you have had in costume? 


    My co-worker’s 4-year old daughter trick-or-treat candy while dressed in a gorilla mask.  I crouched down and held out the candy and made “ook ook” noises. It took her forever to build up enough courage to take the candy from my hand.


    On 5/29/2020 at 7:52 AM, Inarah said:

    May 29


    What is your favorite warm weather/summertime dessert?


    Almond gelatin, made with milk.


    7 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 30-31


    What aspect(s) of social distancing/home quarantine have been the biggest challenge for you to handle?


    I will leave you with a couple of days to think about that.  On Monday the amazing Glitterwolf will take over for the month of June.  Thanks, everyone, for playing along.


    Not being able to go out most anywhere and get away from our four walls.  My daughter said that our family has weathered the corona virus crisis better than most, since we’re all a bunch of introverts, but I really miss taking the bus/train daily, or being able to walk around downtown wherever I wanted. And most businesses are closed so there’s nowhere to shop.

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  10. 6 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 23-24


    What is your favorite time of day, morning, afternoon, or night? 


    I like the early morning.  There’s something about getting up early on a day off and going around doing things before everyone else is up.  Too bad that so many of my workdays eat up the early mornings.

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  11. 7 hours ago, Clearman said:

    I've noticed that my paint water attracts/catches a lot of fruit flies.  Not sure if this means it is sweet, but they seem to like it enough to die in it. 


    Makes me change my water every day though.


    Probably just dihydrogen monoxide poisoning.  If an insect flies randomly around an enclosed space, it’ll eventually encounter the one deadly spot inside that space and then stay there.  If you’ve ever had to sweep a pool’s surface, you’ll know what I mean...


    1 hour ago, Wren said:

    Lots of people have also reported finding cats drink their paint water (or have accidentally swigged some themselves.) Not desirable, but no dire effects I've ever heard of.


    Speaking from experience, Reaper makes the Worst.  Coffee.  Ever.  


    I do not reccommend.

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  12. 6 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 22


    If you magically received the gift of musical ability, which instrument would you choose to play?


    Magical-level ability?  I’d choose the theremin, that staple of 50’s sci-fi movies such as Forbidden Planet.  It’s possibly the most difficult instrument I can imagine to play well — it requires precise, steady hand positioning and near-constant tuning.


    I recently watched a YouTube video featuring musician Carolina Eyck playing the theremin, and was singularly impressed that such a level of music was possible with such a setup.

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  13. On 5/16/2020 at 8:00 AM, Inarah said:

    May 16


    Name an activity that makes you feel good, physically or emotionally.


    Lawn care and gardening.  It’s always there to do and getting worse, and I dread getting started, but I always love how I feel afterwards, a bit tired but with the sense of accomplishing something substantial and physical, which is a rare enough feeling for a software engineer.


    On 5/17/2020 at 7:50 AM, Inarah said:

    May 17


    What futuristic thing from a sci-fi movie or book do you really wish existed right now?


    How about true cybernetics and trans-humanity?  I’d love the idea of expanding my intellect with cybernetic implants, making backups of my mind and downloading my consciousness into new bodies.


    On 5/18/2020 at 7:53 AM, Inarah said:

    May 18 


    Of the things you learned in grade school (elementary school) what has been the most useful as an adult? 


    Ha, I think it was the science classes and experiments that got me into into the tinkering mindset, which has always given me the encouragement that I can always do it myself, if I just learn how...


    I still remember that project to build an electric motor using just enameled wire and nails.  I remember others made motors that spun around lazily, where mine ran so fast the rotor flew off its mount!


    On 5/19/2020 at 8:11 AM, Inarah said:

    May 19


    Happiness is.....?


    Sitting on the couch, listening to my loved one snore on my shoulder.


    9 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 20


    Do you dance when no one is watching?


    If I did, I still wouldn’t tell anyone that I did...

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  14. 5 minutes ago, Inarah said:

    May 10


    When something breaks are you more likely to try and fix it, or are you likely to replace it?


    With my supposed handyman skills, I always try to fix it.  I only replace it after I’ve broken it worse.

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  15. 15 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 9


    Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. There are few mysteries in life that are as perplexing as the mystery of the missing sock. No matter how hard you try to keep pairs of socks together, invariably one of them ventures out into the netherworld never to be found again.


    What do you do with the remaining unmatched socks?  Do you recycle them into dust cloths or dog toys, or keep them in hopes the pair will some day match up again? 



    There’s a section at the end of the sock drawer where the singletons sit; if you wait long enough, their mate usually shows up, often under the bed or tangled in some other laundry.  And if it doesn’t and my collection of rags runs low, the stragglers get cut up...


    The lucky socks get matched up with an identical pair which also has one missing.

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