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  1. 1 hour ago, Inarah said:

    May 7


    What is your favorite part of the hobby process? (planning, assembly, painting, gaming, competition, etc?) 


    Prep and assembly.  There’s something I love about removing mold lines, filling gaps and air bubbles, sanding smoothing rough surfaces, re-sculpting damaged/missing details, pinning and gluing parts, and generally getting the model to a primed and ready to paint state.  


    Sadly, my shelf of shame reflects this preference.  It’s like an artist that only likes prepping a blank canvas for painting.

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  2. On 5/5/2020 at 7:13 AM, Inarah said:

    May 5


    Of which 2019 achievements are you most proud? 


    I got out of whatever malaise I had last year, and got past my procrastination and creative funk!


    6 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 6


    When life gets you down what do you do to cheer yourself up?



    I watch comfort movies — any fun or lighthearted movie from my shelf that I can rewatch and forget anything that bothers me.  Or I’ll play a casual video game, like Minecraft or Slime Rancher.

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  3. 4 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 4


    How did you learn to drive?


    My parents taught me to drive.  My most vivid memory of the event is driving down the freeway with my mother in the passenger seat, gripping her armrests in terror and repeatedly shouting: “Slow down! Slow down! Slow down!”


    What the hell, Mom?  I’m driving the speed limit!  Oh, we’re coming up on a slow-moving motorcycle...

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  4. 7 hours ago, Inarah said:

    May 3


    What restaurant meal do you miss most during this time of isolation and stay-at-home orders?


    Of all weird things, I’m missing Famous Dave’s barbecue.  I don’t normally go to their restaurants, but our company occasionally orders take-out from them for luncheons for visiting guests, and that’s just not happening with our state’s stay-at-home order...

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  5. 30 minutes ago, Inarah said:

    May 1 


    According to sources, today is unofficially Batman Day, this date in 1939 is when the crime fighter made his debut in Detective Comics #27. Participants are encouraged to dress like Batman or read a bunch of comics. 


    The first Friday in May is also No Pants Day.  Participate by going out in public (remember to stay socially distanced).


    Question for today: What are you wearing? 



    Right now, I am wearing a dark gray sweatshirt over dark gray sweatpants.  I’m totally rocking the “Batman at home” look.

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  6. Okay, I finished one goal, and May hasn’t even started yet:


    14 hours ago, Grumpy Cave Bear said:

    Try this “paint yellow over a pink base” thing


    Pale Saffron over Pure White and over over Rosy Pink:




    It’s hard to tell in the photo, but in person, the yellow over pink has more warmth and body, where the yellow over white is a bit flat and lifeless.  When I try this for real on a model, I’ll try a lighter pink with a little less blue in it, so I don’t have to use so many coats to cover the base.

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  7. 8 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 30.

    last day of April, what happened that was good this month?


    next month's questions will be asked by inarah. Thanks for playing. 


    April was an odd month — nothing really changed from beginning to end.  Projects that were started long before the month began were still going on at the month’s end.  No activities or going out to punctuate the days or weeks.  It felt to me like “the month that was on hold”.


    The only thing of note that happened was the passing of an distant in-law who had long been a thorn in my side.


    If I was to pick one thing that was positive, it would be that my immediate family actually grew closer together, being stuck together in the house for pretty much the entire day, days on end!

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  8. On 4/27/2020 at 7:02 AM, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 27

    what do you do when you can't sleep?


    I pick up my tablet and start reading, which exacerbates the problem, or I put on headphones and listen to a podcast while lying in bed.  I almost always wake up with the headphones on the floor and about the first ten minutes of the podcast in my memory.


    12 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 28

    What are your local birds doing?


    That elfin’ woodpecker has been rattling on our metal gutters this spring!  Off and on for about 3-4 weeks.  Haven’t heard from him in about a week though, so maybe he finally found a mate.

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  9. 17 hours ago, Auberon said:

    [...]  Some 1/8 scale kits have fallen into my hands over the years, but that scale is one where I frequently run into OOP issues.  I can either buy recasts and hide from @Grumpy Cave Bear or track down people like @Disciple of Sakura and rob them acquire their dusty old kits. [...]


    Heh.  I never said I didn’t own recasts, it’s just personal experience that soured me on them.  I picked up several recasts in the early 90’s when I first got into the hobby, some from a shop when I visited Taiwan, some mail-order in the U.S., and only learned they were recasts after I learned more of the hobby.  What a struggle they were to assemble!  My penance for buying early 90’s recasts was having to build and paint early 90’s recasts.  That tradition of punishing yourself with recasts continues today, especially if you buy the stuff made in Thailand and sold on eBay, which I hear literally crumbles in your hands.


    @Auberon, if you’re serious about it, I think the future of large scale figure modeling is in 3D printing.

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  10. 23 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 22

    we will need to use baked goods to lure a kobold into a box so we can learn the location of yesterday's question.

    what baked good should we use?


    The last time we tried something like that, they snuck around behind us and killed and ate our pack mule.  However, they do seem to prefer fish, so I’d instead suggest fish cakes laced with strong narcotics.


    Make sure the box has no air holes — we don’t want our prisoner shouting through them and alerting the rest of his tribe.

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  11. On 4/19/2020 at 7:08 AM, KruleBear said:

    Watched Snowpiercer earlier in the week. If you can suspend some logic it is an enjoyable although pretty violent film about a dystopian  future. The manipulations and struggles between different classes leads to thought provoking what ifs. 


    I’ve heard a very convincing argument that Snowpiercer is actually an unofficial sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The connections to the Roald Dahl book are just a bit more apparent in the graphic novel that the movie is adapted from.  

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  12. On 4/20/2020 at 7:38 AM, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 20

    do you paint or collect any minis in scales other that 25-28mm, if so, what?


    Yes.  I have a modestly large collection of 1:8 and 1:6 scale sci-fi and anime figures in vinyl and resin, mostly dating from the early 90’s to early 10’s.  I also have several O-scale model trains, trolleys and buildings, which are 1:48 (32mm).


    That doesn’t count the two or three 18”-24” ball joint dolls I have assembled and painted for my wife.


    3 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 21

    kobolds stole today's question, where did they take it and how do we get it back?


    It doesn’t matter what the question is, there’s no way I’m going to even try to get it back.  They’re Tucker’s kobolds.

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  13. 7 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 19

    What is the secret technique master failed  to teach you in case they have to kill you?


    He never taught me how to create a phylactery.  Until I can learn their construction and make one for my own life force, I am still mortal and therefore vulnerable.


    Once I do, I can finally be free of his geas, for I have discerned the location of my master’s philactory, and that of all the twelve counterfeits he has scattered throughout his domain.

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  14. 8 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 18

    how do you like your coffee or tea?


    I prefer my coffee with no cream or sugar, as I’ve begun to favor bitter over sweet.  But I don’t like heavily roasted coffee like Starbucks makes; it tastes burned.


    As for tea, I prefer green tea pretty much anymore, though I sometime switch it up with English Breakfast tea.


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  15. 13 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 16

    what paint do you use up the fastest?


    Oiled Leather.  I use it a lot as a undercoat color for yellow and gold, and as a deep shadow color for aged bone, and of course for oiled leather.


    After that is the Dark Elf Skin triad.  I really like it for shadows, which its dark and slightly purple grays work well for.


    In third place is Soft Blue, because I like using the Weathered Blue triad for uniforms and clothing and I base with the middle color when using this triad.

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  16. 11 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 15

    We're half way through the month. what's the best thing that's happened to you so far?


    I finally seem to have gotten through my painting block for good.  It’s been fits and starts, but now I seem to be doing something every night now.

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  17. 43 minutes ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 14.

    What is the largest non-human animal you've ever found in your house?


    Though I’ve seen raccoons and at least one coyote in our neighborhood, we’ve not had any large animals invade our current home, except at the beginning.  When my wife and I were moving into the house, a large yellow tomcat wandered in and introduced himself to us, then went in our open door and explored every room of the new house as we were bringing boxes in.  We left him satisfy his curiosity, then escorted him out when we were done.


    He looked well cared for and our new house was newly-built, so I guess he was just exploring, rather than looking for new human pets to adopt.

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  18. 23 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 13

    what is the silliest piece of improvised equipment you've seen or used


    Maybe not so silly, but one with a sense of catharsis:  I was replacing a rotted out fencepost from a fallen fence in my backyard, and needed to pull the concrete foundation out of the ground. I dug the chunk of concrete out just enough to tie a rope around it, then improvised a lever to pull and lift it using the only thing I had on hand — the rotted out fencepost itself!


    A quick balancing trick and a few jumps later, and the concrete chunk pulled from the ground like a rotten tooth.

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  19. 8 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    April 12

    what is the best bad kungfu movie?


    My personal favorite kung-fu movie is Return to the 36th Chamber, a comedy starring Gordon Liu.  I caught this movie on late night cable years ago, and it’s stuck with me since.


    It might not be a bad kung-fu movie, but I do put it in the category of the badly-dubbed films that were shown at odd hours in syndication.

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