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  1. 5 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

    Either fill it with oil or coat it liberally with oil, then bake it. Or cook it, if you don't have a cast iron handle. Then wipe out the excess oil with a paper towel or clean cloth. The goal is to get a smooth finish, so the food just slides off. Lodge cookware is the most common brand of new cast iron, and they require minimal seasoning when new.


    And as grump said, you don't want to wash it with soap and water. If you do it right you can just wipe it down, maybe put a new coat of oil in and wipe up the excess with a paper towel.

    GOOD DEAL! How often should I season them? The ones I just ordered have cast iron handles too.

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  2. 6 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:

    One of the great things about cast iron skillets - with cast iron handles: They can be used in the oven as well as the stove top.


    Make sure you season it properly - and wipe it out to clean, not scrub it with soap and water.


    Cornbread from a cast iron skillet is wonderful.


    I'll be honest, I've heard about seasoning the pan but I don't know what that means. I need to look it up. I just ordered the pans. :) 

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  3. Just now, redambrosia said:

    I have come to an important conclusion: slush is the devil's invention.


    A) cast iron is amazeballs if you care for it properly and don't have weak wrists. 


    B) snow begets slush; slush is the work of the devil.


    Yeah, I keep reading about how "non-stick" stuff is not really good for you and I've been wanting to do it well before I read that.

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  4. 1 hour ago, Glitterwolf said:


    Hi there!

    The usual, Coffee, Bacon, Goblin Stank, Some Glitter ( no idea where that came from) and talk about minis.







    So I made a lofty goal for 2019: To do my best not to purchase miniatures that I am not going to use for a project as soon as they arrive. With only one exception; If Tre Manor does a KS for sci-fi or Samurai style miniatures. I've done very well for the month of January. 

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  5. 20 hours ago, Heisler said:

    Concur, my group, which has been together since Jr High, has never played intended. It has always been actual for us.

    I have concluded that this group was not a great group to be apart of and thus have stopped playing with them. They kind of went back to intended game play...  


    That was an interesting discovery for me as well; I found that most wargamers play actual. I almost lost hope in enjoy war gaming until that realization.

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  6. Last I posted on this topic was May 2018. 


    Additional: A good war game plays Actual placement over Intended placement and no checking distances between your model and your enemies model constantly. 

    • Speeds the game up,
    • Makes people learn how to judge distance better
    • and cuts down on debates.


    I have found, for me and many others, that it keeps the player from over focusing on small engagements in a game. Instead the focus shifts to the entire battle or campaign. After switching to this method the quality of game play went up for most players. The ones it didn't were the ones who I found to take advantage of the intended style way to much. 


    We also stopped constant Line-of-sight checking. Now you could do it but we found it told the other player what you intended to do once the action phase came around. It was more fun not to know. When you get better at "eyeball it" the game moves a lot faster. And from a narrative point of view you could input more role play elements into a game... if that is what you like. A war game turns into a poker game, "maybe I'll do that, maybe I want you to think I'm doing that."


    It was really strange to switch over and see how dramatically it changed the environment.  For me personally, it opened up my mind while the game was going on. I could imagine the bullets/lasers flying and the sounds of crashing and explosions. Add in some ambient sci-fi war sound track and the entire experience as a whole is more entertaining for all.




    Context for the above:

    I am apart of a facebook group for the wargame Infinity. Now I don't play Infinity as i dont have the money, there is no one around here that plays and honestly the learning curve is steep. But I do enjoy watching. The game is pretty... anyways.... They had this very large discussion about intended VS actual. The discussion was wide and lengthy. By the end of it the creators of the game chimed in saying that the game is meant to be played with Actual, not intended. Or someone found an offical source where they said that.. I forget.  


    I got with my war gaming group and discussed it. Back then I we had gotten into larger games that took a lot of time. We could never really pin down why the game took so long. After this discussion we figured that was the issue. We played, Intended so the issue of, "well I meant to this, that roll doesn't count" and other such nonsense came about. A few of the guys - who win all the time - did not want to switch to Actual. But we did and it made all the difference. It seemed to put everyone on a level playing field. You could no longer talk your way out of the move you didn't intend to make. The skill comes in learning how to judge distance. It's the only way I play wargames now with others. I thoroughly enjoy getting in multiple turns and multiple games. As oppose to one very long game.


    It also makes playing with new people a lot easier too. I briefly explain (or show) what intended VS Actual is and then explain why we do it. Most everyone gets it and strangely enough the reaction to this is, "well yeah, duh." But I have found that most people may think it's common place but don't actually play like that. 

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  7. On 1/2/2019 at 3:34 PM, Jeepnewbie said:


    Thanks Jeepnewbie.


    On 1/4/2019 at 2:43 AM, Redd Knekk said:

    Wow. I thought this was on par, then one thing caught my eye. Then another. Then I really looked and this blew my mind. 


    Your top down highlighting is great. The shadow on the back of the hat. The extra highlighting on the ripple on back of the cloak....


    Absolutely beautuful work.

    :) /grin, thank you for your comment! :) I really pushed for something brighter and lighter than I use to do. I think I achieved it. 

  8. On 11/16/2018 at 5:37 AM, SisterMaryNapalm said:

    He came out really great!


     I really love how all the colours come together!


    As I am currently listening to some of the discworld's audio books again, this just reminds me of all the smoking and asthmatic wizzards :-D


    Great work!


    Wow, thank you. The smoke was a last minute decision that turned out better than I thought. I got the idea from seeing a WarHammer 40k smoking barrel. 

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  9. I got a chance a few weeks back to play x-wing(second edition) for the first time. I was thoroughly surprised how well made that game is. I haven't played it since and the only reason is I think I'm unconsciously trying to avoid spending money on another game. :P Not much of a battle report on it as I was so flippen excited playing the game. Truly was amazed at the built in operations to account for drift and random chance. It really felt like space dog-fighting.


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