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Joe the Revelator

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  1. I hate the stuff, though I just slop down a tone of white glue (slightly watered down) and toss it on and then wait for it to dry some and shake off the extra.

     

    The best looking static grass I've seen is applied while running an electric charge though what you're applying it too. There are kits for this for sale via model train shops.

     

    You just explained a process of literally Frankenstein-zapping your mini bases to emulate life. Mind blown. I must now read more about this.

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  2. You should just tell her you've made her the beneficiary of your life insurance policy.  She'll be buying hair dryers for you :devil:

     

    Half the gear in my toolbox looks questionable anyway. When people see a nail-file and bleached chicken bones in the same tray as a scalpel, a hair dryer couldn't make matters any worse...

  3. For music I have a collection of music made by a group out of california who prepares music for movie previews. The series is called epic action and adventure. I've bought 7 of their albums and now have 7 hours of non-stop, appropriate instrumental action music. The best part is, that the music is not from a well known film or video game so players don't make comments like, "Hey, this is when Arwen and Aragorn meet."

     

    With these albums playing, quietly in the background, I have got lots of compliments like, "That music played the right soundtrack at the right, intense, moment. That was awesome!"

     

    Here is a link to their site, if anyone wants to sample their wares. I bought all mine on itunes.

     

    http://www.epicscore.com/cds_demos-ES018.php

     

    You nailed it. Epic Score, Two Steps From Hell, Riptide Music, all great ways to add a bit of ambience to your adventure.

  4. Funny story, but bad DMing and the opposite of an immersive experience, in my opinion. This is a classic case of characters knowing more than players: presumably the characters had some experience with ships or sailing or sailors or had at least hung around the docks a bit. The players probably hadn't, and certainly not in ancient Greece. When the players try to do something that the characters should know better than to do (especially when it's related to the setting and not just general jumping out of high windows or whatever), they should get a clear warning of some sort, like, "you remember that sailors are usually paid half up front and half upon the completion of the voyage, to prevent them from skipping town." "Gotcha's" like this ruin immersion and theme and punish the characters for the player's lack of knowledge in a very specific field. I'd recommend against this in a regular game, and even more so in a game you want to be strongly themed. Warnings like the above even serve as very nice bite-sized pieces of setting information, which will actually lend verisimilitude to the game without dishing out arbitrary punishments. The characters know more about the setting than the players ever could, unless the PCs all time traveled there in a freak accident.

     

    They knew. In fact, one of them brought it up as a possibility while they were discussing their options. But you're right about not using gotcha's. As a DM if you spend your time tricking players then you're cheapening the game, and wrecking any theme you're trying to set.

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  5. I have far more experience working with acrylics in design than I do with miniatures-- half of my "miniatures paints" are repurposed paints from the 70's, still in aluminum tubes before everything went plastic. And buglips has probably covered everything already (including stuff I've read on professional graphic design sites. Good on you, Bug) But I know a few, small tricks.

     

    Container swapping is a sin in some art schools. I do this often, if I know a dropper-bottle won't last more than a few years. If you're like me, using a dozen basic colors for mixing instead of a spice-rack full of custom paints, it's important to preserve, mix, and dilute your own paints. Think of it as a secret sauce flavor-formula which you must jealously guard against Father Time.

     

    And if you plan on swapping containers, visit a few websites to find which ones suit your needs, based on how well they seal, the volume you'll be working in, and the humidity of where you live geographically. I may be revealing a bit too much of how crazy I am, but i like to peruse medical/chemical online-stores for hermetically sealed containers.

     

    Combine that with a few jars of bleached chicken bones on your shelf (for horror scratchbuilding, dammmut!) and you'll look like you've well and truly lost your mind.

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  6. She has THE MOST adorable face; AND the rest of the Little Warrior is LOVELY as well. VERY WELL DONE!

     

    Seconded. Also, if you think the "pretty average" part may come from the armor, I wouldn't worry. The mini doesnt have any inlay or filigree, so anything you did to make it stand out would be added on. Nice work. I'd raid a dungeon with her (or a Toys R' Us, more like)

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  7. Just look at that shield. The red over blue with a black border really makes it pop. I'd love to get a clearer look at the left side of her face.

     

    Also, because black is slimming, her armor makes her look gaunt, but in an intimidating way. I wouldn't mess with her in a tavern-- doesn't matter how much ale I'd drank.

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  8. I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that a lot of what I love -- of what we all love -- is often based in the discovery of youth.

     

    Very well said. I think having a bookshelf with a couple of oddballs your friends don't recognize is important, and if you discover a great author instead of hearing about them online, then he/she becomes your author. Like a band you stumble upon before they get big, or a restaurant you eat at before everyone at the office starts eating there. Discovery in literature at a young age is huge!

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    We just bought our crew in Vikings.... pooled the funds and bought a couple of slaves :devil:

     

     

    Fear the gamers who aren't afraid to dip into the Evil Fountain for a steaming tankard once in a while.

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  10. So I went and Liked every post here, because it is a great topic with a lot of useful answers. I am studying Web Design right now, and I can tell you that Wordpress has totally changed the game. It is no longer impossible for a non-programmer/designer to create a simple but nice looking page without knowing the least bit of code. Going on what cutebutpsycho said, I think it would certainly be worth it to take a look at what you can do with Wordpress or another CMS (content management system) to promote yourself as an artist and give your customers something to follow so they know when you've put a new piece up for sale.

     

    Since redpiano already has a Tumblr site, I would suggest trying to make that as professional looking as possible (since Tumblr also does not require the user to have extensive knowledge of code), and including the link to your Tumblr in the eBay listing as well as on the invoice the customer receives. Good luck!

     

    I second this piece of sage advice. Wordpress has great templates, which has allowed me (terrible web designer) to see how utterly convoluted I can make a pre-designed site turn out.

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  11. ...Used book stores are filled with sci-fi and fantasy so bad that no one ever buys it, but in recent years there seems to be a larger and larger percentage that is quite good. I think it's wonderful that there is so much good material that I'll never get through it all. I remember way too many dry spells where I waited a year or more for the local library to get anything that wasn't pure dreck. 

     

    Even modern authors on the message boards talk about how awful early Sci-Fi and fantasy writers were, ESPECIALLY those we remember fondly. The Sword of Shannara starts off with 50 pages of slow, drudging exposition without a hook in sight. Robert Heinlein would usually spend the last few chapters of his books waxing poetic on social uptopia, far far from the plot. I loved the genre-setters, but so many of them broke basic plot-building rules.

     

    Now I have a 100-book lone recommendations list from Goodreads, all from good storytellers who follow rules of plot and are genuinely talented. That aspect of expanding Geekdom is awsome, and a little overwhelming.

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  12. Wow this is a great topic. I know you were looking for answers to your plight, Redpiano, but you hit on a pretty big phenomena that anyone who paints mini's will at least consider, and will probably encounter at some junction.

     

    I recently bough 03408 Female Victim on Spit, not because I plant to paint and sell it or anything, but because I joke on my personal RPG blog that she will NEVER get table time(I will now paint and mod her to continue this running joke). Her only use would be as a short gimmick/plot twist, and that's just not enough time to justify buying a mini, let alone a mini painted by a pro.

     

    I use this as a general rule though. I would totally use a mini as badass as yours for my main character, as a Lawful Evil Blackguard.

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  13. I read about the whisky market once, about several vendors who couldn't sell their product no matter how hard they tried. They lowered the price. They offered incentives and deals. They even cut labor and shipping cost so they could lower the price again to the customer. Nothing worked-- until they changed their marketing team.

     

    What did new marketing do? Three of these companies changed their bottles and increased the price from 7$ whisky to 25$ or 30$. The store owners were forced to place the whisky on the mid-shelf because (the shelf arrangements are price-based) and people assumed it was a mid-grade alcohol. In short, it sold like gangbusters, because people's perception of the product changed.

     

    Maybe none of this applies to your problem. This my be stupid advice. In which case, feel free to ignore me. But if it were me, I would raise the price and make sure the webpage you're advertising on looks professional. Because you have an AMAZING miniature there, and if it doesn't earn what it's worth, then I would keep it or give it to a family member (or another gamer) as a gift.

     

    Cheers!

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  14. I think it all comes down to shame and internet grouping. But I have a wierd A to B to X sort of brain, so lemme explain that one.

     

    Less people are shaming each other over their interestes. Geekdom varied wildly back in the day. You could be a math nerd, a computer (comodores and calculators), a science wiz, a D&D nerd, a comic geek, etc. etc. etc. But whatever geeky stuff you were into, you still deserved to be shoved into a locker and made fun of.

     

    After the internet was adopted by absolutely everyone, the public started to wise up to the fact that interests were diverse, and everyone had them. Suddenly a guy like Vin Diesel can admit to loving D&D, and it's cool when an action star like Dolph Lundgren has a chemical engineering degree.

     

    I think Alpha Geek is still up for grabs, but like sports you can't be a master of everything. If you knew the minutia for every game that came out, every Sci-Fi series that was produced, and every comic that hit shelves, you would bleed from the eyes and ears. You can also rest assure that you probably have me beat in almost every corner of nerdity and geekdom.

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  15. Couldn't agree with Mr Melons more. Visual cues are king, and anything you can set on the table to remind them of the theme/era will contribute greatly. Also, facts of life for the time period are important. I ran a greek naval game (with Pathfinder core) and when my players hired a crew and paid them in full instead of half after the journey, they were shocked to learn that their sailors had skipped town.

     

    For Skyrim I would look up facts about viking life. Things like what they ate as staples (black pudding and poridges), how they're heirchy was arranged (hint: it wasn't a birthright to rule) and what the punishments were for law infraction. Because if your DnD group is anything like mine, a crime will be commited before they're even on their first quest.

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