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Joe the Revelator

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  1. I usually side with chemical solutions over mechanical ones. Too easy to destroy plastic surfaces. But have you considered a really light method of buffing the paint off? Perhaps a dremmel with a cloth head and some gemstone polishing compound? It wouldn't just strip the paint with a few passes, it might make the clear parts less surface-cloudy.

  2. Howdy Reaper! I haven't posted in a very, very long time, so I figured I'd get back in touch with my mini painting roots. Last night I finished my kitbash fighter. I wanted to try making a weaponmaster (great weapons) with swappable weapon parts. With magnets. The answer is always magnets.

     

    With the exception of a few oversize weapons from old warhammer variants I had rattling around in my scraps bin, the Reaper minis I savaged for this project were: 77382: Vernone, Ivy Crown Knight, 03447: Weapons Pack 7, and 60113: Technic League Captain.

     

    And yes. I made fun screaming sounds under my breath when I detached their heads with my wire cutters.

     

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    Magnets were socketed with super-glue.

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    Plumber's putty for the base, with flat metal inserts for the magnets. Although, on reflection, Greenstuff would have been less crumbly.

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    My base coat was yellow (not show) so it would have a slight sepia bleed-through. I washed with a black mix, mostly water, so he would look grungy. Very grungy.

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    And lastly, the weapons (which affix to the raw metal shards at the base) are differentiated by having brass parts. All the other weapons (static parts) are from the assortment pack.

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    It's all about the accessories, right?

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    Anyway, thank you Reaper for being awesome and having so many great models, although I'm slightly sad I cut the head off a Bobby Jackson sculpture (that's why I bought 2!) And thanks to the painters here who showed me everything I know. I'm still growing.

     

    Warm Regards,

     

    Joe

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    Something must be wrong with me. I think those actually look kind of sweet.

    Nope nothing wrong with you. I was thinking the same thing... Maybe something wrong with me too. LOL ::P:

     

     

    I approve of this in a totally non joke manner. I appreciate the humor, but seriously, these aren't bad ideas. 

     

    A little work and that hubcap could be an overgrown abandoned bunker...

     

    Lol, I can see the bunker, now that you mention it. Maybe saw out the middle so a circular door can open up exposing the nosecone of a missile. It was a lot of fun to throw caution and care to the wind on these, but now I'm curious how some time and love could look on some bizarre objects. It would be freakishly strange if this prank turned into a serious pursuit...

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  4. Hello terrain builders,

     

    So a few years back I started cooking up an idea for a joke website where I pretend to be the worst scratch-builder/terrain-maker ever (not a big stretch for me) and brag about how amazing I am at it. I started collecting junk that I could give pithy names to, like a hand saw for Sawback Ridge, a broken hubcap for Battle of the Rim, whatever, and then make up terrible stories to accompany my ridiculous brags about how I "flocked" non-terrain items. Literally trash items with Zapp Brannigan levels of brag.

     

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    Did I mention that I've been running this site for two years now, slowly building followers and readership so I could pull this prank overnight? I re-tooled Statbonus.com for this

     

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    Anyway, I figured I'd invite my friends from Reaper to create their own joke submissions or write comments about the junk. The gag is that we praise the terrible stuff, and disrespect the actually good terrain that's been provided by Arbiter10. Don't worry about being cruel, he's in on the joke, and I've given him cred and links to his etsy from the "about" page-- which is the only serious section.

     

    Got an old toaster or TV that would look good green? Ever wanted to flock garbage? Here's your excuse.

     

    [email protected]

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  5. A friend of mine is helping me start a joke blog about terrain flocking. It will be called The Big Flocker. The prank is that we use flocking and glue on household items and pretend it's a masterpiece. Like a pan, a bit of wood, a cradle, a phone etc.
    Whenever we post a pic of one of these disaster projects we post comments at the bottom like it's genius tier work.

     

    To up the ante we're thinking of taking some genuinely good pieces of terrain with flocking, post them, and talk about them like they're ugly. So whoever allows us to use their terrain pics will get ridiculed in the name of a fun joke. (but will also be credited/linked on the page if they so wish)

     

    Who's on board?! ::P:

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  6. Here is a site that specializes in paper models. Its a little hard to navigate and the search function is in the right hand column but you will have to scroll down to it (scroll slowly its easy to miss).

    http://papermau.blogspot.com/

     

    For paper models you don't worry about what scale the print out is for, just reduce it to the proper size. Z-Scale is 1/220.

     

    Yah. After looking around I think I'll be working in paper a lot. rarer scale than I thought it would be.

     

     

    I have a 6 year old, so the firs thing that came to mind for me was way off the beaten path for minis, but I wonder how hard these would be to modify?  The brown cars in particular seem not too far off.  I know not all the pieces would be usable, but depending how many you need, this might work since it's pretty cheap relatively speaking.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Tank-Engine-Helicopter-Passenger/dp/B00EPRZPYU/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1422303694&sr=1-1&keywords=tiny+thomas+train

     

    Very funny you mention this. Roommates came home. See me looking very serious at my drafting table, squinting through my magnifying lamp at some old thomas engine toys. Without missing a beat, one of them says:  "So, they're back to talking to you again?"

     

    Thanks for the ideas everyone!

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  7. Greetings all, here to beg some advice from fellow scratch-builders.

     

    I recently implemented a vehicle system into my game relying on apx 1 inch game pieces (Z-scale in model trains) without really doing research. Now I'm trying to find tutorials for alchemy-punk looking trains, or any trains in that scale really, and I'm having the darndest time with it.

     

    I've found several sites for larger trains, mostly working with cardstock or balsa. But our grid won't accommodate anything larger than 1 or 2 inches. I'm  totally willing to kit-bash it, but not at 20-30 bucks per locomotive like what's listed on amazon.

     

    Any links, shops, or advice would be welcome. Just need some help getting started. Thanks in advance!

  8. Grrr! Frustration! Why won't the other dragons spawn after I killed the Hinterlands lizard? I'm 60+ hours and I feel I'm just policing up level 11 zones.

     

    Oh, and thanks for the tip about the credits. I have a very bad habit of closing out the program after I beat games. :upside:

  9. This thread brings me no end of joy. Now I'm imagining a round-robin support group for heroes with parasites. I've been trolling around on other forums for blood parasites for Wolverine. Based on how many exotic locations, backwoods, and wildernesses he's tromped through during his fictional history, I'm guessing he has all of them. Also, if he's healing constantly, does that mean his immune system is capable of fighting diseases ours can't recognize? If not, I want him to have blood flukes, C. Diff, and a prion disease.

     

    And Aquaman having oceanic parasites is just awsome.

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  10. Some months ago I was tooling around on the Center for Disease Control website (as I'm wont to do, because the NSA doesn't have enough dirt on me already) and I got inspired to write a blog post about how Batman probably has rabies, statistically speaking. This accusation against Batman was pretty successful, and sparked some good conversations. So naturally, I did it again, explaining why Dracula has syphilis, which is a pretty well known allegory, since Bram Stoker showed several signs of the disease before he died.

     

    Last week I posted about how Catwoman has Toxoplasmosis, a parasite that gets transmitted from cats to human. And now...I'm stumped. I've been beating my brain for other heroes, fiction characters, or movie protagonists, and all I can come up with are psychological ailments. Which I view as a cheap shot, because everyone has something wrong in the head.

     

    Anyway, any suggestions would be helpful. You can read the Catwoman thing below, which also has links to Batman and Dracula. Figured I'd ask the most knowledgeable nerds I know.

     

    Thanks all!

     

    (P.S. if we're not allowed to post article links, I'll totally remove it.)

     

    http://masksofmonsters.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/catwoman-has-toxoplasmosis/

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  11. My biggest grip (of which there are many) is that dwarves in the new movies are born with one of two genetic pre-dispositions. Comedically clumsy to the point of insulting (Dominant) or so brooding and proud they're almost ignorant (recessive).

     

    So much I don't like that's been "enhanced" or adapted, yet I can't stop myself from getting hopeful about the next movie. Probably because my brain is whiskey-infused oatmeal with floating neurons desperately shouting at each other.

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