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Wirelizard

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  1. Got my box yesterday, had time to open it this evening! Shiny shiny Bones, everything complete and in order. First miniature painted will probably be the big Rat Ogre from Oh, Rats, as he'll fit beautifully into a ratmen (ahem, Skaven...) Bloodbowl team I'm going to be using soon. Cool figures all around, nicely done Reaper.
  2. After sitting very still in Bensonville/Chicago since Feb 20th, we have movement! Canada 03/02/2015 4:02 P.M. Package cleared by foreign customs office 03/02/2015 3:57 P.M. Package arrived at foreign customs office 03/02/2015 3:57 P.M. Package processed by international carrier CHICAGO, IL, United States 02/20/2015 2:45 P.M. Shipment Acceptance at international carrier 02/20/2015 12:00 P.M. Electronic Shipment Information Received for Package by international carrier Bensenville, IL, United States 02/20/2015 5:07 A.M. Package processed by UPS Mail Innovations origin facility Bensenville, IL, United States 02/19/2015 7:38 A.M. Package received for processing by UPS Mail Innovations My Bones might in fact now be in the right country, or at least on a plane heading to the right country? Customs probably opened the box and had a quick game or three with my collection, then forgot about them for a while before stuffing them back in a box and kind of taping it back up... Oh, and my total order weight is apparently... 1.2lbs. Do I win some sort of prize for smallest order mentioned so far?
  3. That's entirely fair & reasonable. Hopefully UPS figures out which way the border of Soviet Canuckistan is from Texas and gets things to me in good time so I can check for the presence or absence of rats in the box! Also, thank Dog I'm on the far side of the continent from that snowy hell enveloping the East Coast. Must be making deliveries in that part of the world much chancier than usual, as one of a host of more serious problems...
  4. Was wondering about this - my email from earlier today is short one pack (Oh Rats!) compared to my KS Manager account listing. I've just sent an email back to [email protected], so I'm sure things will get squared away in due course! Go luck with the fulfillment process, it must be a massive amount of work!
  5. Yellows and oranges always seem to have coverage issues - anyone know why that is? I'm considering Pumpkin Orange as goblin skin, myself, on my Bones-conversion Gobbo Blood Bowl team that's in progress. That kobold is a convincing argument for Pumpkin Orange as a skin tone! Thanks for the shadow & highlight recipes too, very helpful.
  6. Goblins looking awkward is their stock-in-trade, as is dying in droves! The Pathfinder gobbos have great "come get me if ya think yer hard enuf!" defiant body language already, and when you trim off the weapons so they're just waving their little fists at the world that lunatic defiance gets turned right up to eleven. That said, knuckledusters are very, very BB and those (as well as a few well-placed spikes on the armour) might well feature on the trolls and a select few gobbos! Thanks for the interest, I'll get some more pics up later this week as the figures progress.
  7. I've started converting Bones figures into players for various Blood Bowl teams. If you're not familiar with Blood Bowl, it's a long-out-of-print game from Games Workshop (GW) best described as "fantasy football with added mayhem" - think goblins getting flattened by minotaurs while attempting to score touchdowns, that sort of thing. Actual fantasy football, as opposed to that thing that apparently uses stats from real players or something. I took advantage of the October promo from Reaper to pick up a big order of Pathfinder goblins, a couple of trolls, and a random mix of other stuff that was mostly there to take my order over $40USD so I got me one of those swag bags. Most of the conversions so far have been light and fast - snip the weapons off, clean up the hands a bit to get rid of most of the hilts of weapons and such, and trim the bases way, way down, usually to just a pad under each foot, then glue to slottabases and putty around the vestigal base. Current state of play: On the far right are ten Pathfinder goblins, a mix of the fighter & pyro packs, converted and based as goblin linemen. Weapon snips, bases cut down, and in a few cases I cut an arm at elbow, shoulder or mid-bicep to re-pose the figure a bit. The Cave Troll comes empty-handed so the only work was carving down the base. I'm now adding a couple of football pads to his shoulders and elbows, just for the heck of it. Simple greenstuff putty work there. The big Marsh Troll is the most extensive conversion so far. I cut the club away from his arms, then cut the left arm at the bicep and turned it to hang by his side. The right arm got the big tab on the back of it cut away, then I did fairly extensive shoulder surgery on the right side of his body to move the back of his shoulder back. Didn't bother cutting the right arm at the elbow, but I might still do that as it looks slightly odd straight. More greenstuff football pads are covering up the wreckage of my conversion work, especially on the right shoulder. I've partially filled in the big slot across his chest and stomach but at least one more pass of greenstuff will be needed to finish that, and I want to do some straps and belts to make it look like all the armour bits could actually stay attached. The Minotaur isn't for the goblin team, but is currently an extra project just for fun. Incidentially, his skin is straight Nightmare Black, the newly released paint in the Halloween promo packs. It's lovely stuff, a really neat colour. Still to come are the extra players that make goblins so much fun in Blood Bowl. The gobbos can have a bunch of nominally-illegal weapons and devices on the playing field - a pogo stick, a chainsaw, bombs (!) and a fanatic wielding a giant spiked ball-and-chain. Goblins are, generally, terrible Blood Bowl players, but the extra toys give them a fighting chance against tougher and more competent teams... except when the bomber blows his own teammates up, or himself, or the ball-and-chain lunatic plows his own teammates over, that sort of thing. I might also pick up and convert a second Cave Troll, and reserve the huge Marsh Troll for one of the celebrity Star Players the gobbos can hire. More photos and such as the project progresses. It's been a lot of fun so far and the Bones material makes for cheap, super-easy conversions!
  8. Just wanted to say that if you got the bonus paints, try the Nightmare Black as soon as you possibly can find an excuse. It's instantly become a favourite after I just tried it out as skin tone on a Bones Minotaur I've converted and am painting up for Blood Bowl. A fantastic blue-black colour. I'm going to have to force myself not to use it as a main colour on every project now...
  9. Finally had a chance to open my package today. I got a witch instead of a rock, no extra bottle of unnamed paint, and (my actual order) a vast horde of Bones Pathfinder goblins and related beasties, most of which will be lightly converted to serve as Blood Bowl players.
  10. Looks like my recent order to the Wet Coast took eight days. Not bad considering the USPS apparently routed it via Chicago and New York while enroute from Texas to British Columbia. Although the USPS tracking page claims it arrived in both NYC and Chicago simultaneously which is a really neat trick...
  11. I've ordered Reaper stuff through my FLGS several times before, Bones and metal, and their markup is all over the map. I paid slightly more than double Reaper's USD price for the Bones Ogre Chieftain I bought a while ago, but only about a dollar more for a Bones Minotaur just last week - and this over a period when the Canadian peso has lost value fairly sharply against the US dollar, so it isn't just exchange rates! Not sure who our FLGS gets their Reaper stuff from, but their distributor is flaky as heck about actually having Reaper stuff in stock. I actually ordered both the Ogre and the Minotaur at the same time, the Ogre came in a week and the Mino took six. I want to support our FLGS, they're great people and it's nice to have some Reaper and other non-GW/non-Warmahorde stuff on the shelves, but they're being badly let down by their distributors in this age of simple internet ordering. Imperial Hobbies over in Richmond is my F-not-quite-LGS and they're awesome, a huge wall of Reaper stuff. Haven't been over there in about a year but I'm sure they're shoehorning Bones into that crowded wall of blisters somehow!
  12. Are any of these sessions/talks ever recorded and put on YouTube, turned into online material, anything like that, for the benefit of those of us for whom Texas is a bit of a distance? Even just a report and some photos here on the forum afterward would be awesome! I'm especially interested in the "create your own sculpting/converting tools" and the Mythos monsters conversion sessions, although honestly every single session sounds cool as heck...
  13. I'd like to see all the Bloodstone Gnomes done in Bones, actually, having just discovered them via the "forgotten stuff in the Reaper catalog" thread elsewhere here. Their golems are especially awesome!
  14. Having just discovered the Bloodstone Gnomes via this thread and a trawl through the Reaper site, they're awesome and I'd love to see them in Bones someday. I'll probably order a few of the metal ones anyway, enough for a small warband. Neat mix of scrap-metal and Meso-American influence from the pics on the Reaper site. The Aztec/Mayan/Meso-American thing comes through strongly on the Bloodstone Matron: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/gnome/sku-down/14499 I could see using them as alternate goblin figures, they've got that chaotic look to them!
  15. Do you terrify all the new arrivals like this, or was it the mention of the stockpile of old paint that started this off?
  16. Afraid not, it has the conventional pair of hands. I'll figure out some other use for the surplus right hand; currently it's in my bits box!
  17. So the left hand for the Spirit showed up yesterday. Have to say I was amused by the packaging - a cardboard box roughly 6x6x6, a couple of those air-filled plastic packing padding things, all to transport one solitary plastic left hand in a little baggie. Kind of overkill, but short of being run over by a truck there was certainly no way on earth that left hand was going to get damaged! Hand now glued on, and I'll finally start adding a few bits and pieces to convert this particular Spirit into a Treeman for a Blood Bowl team!
  18. If you're looking exclusively for Bones, this is pretty easy - just add the word "bones" as well as your other terms. So "bones tree" will get you the Bones Spirit of the Forest figure but not the metal original or the parts-bin metal pieces of the original you can buy. No existing "metal" or "pewter" tag that I can see for the non-Bones stuff for anyone wanting to exclude Bones from their search, though.
  19. That's an epic little mix of figures, I like all of them. An entire 40K force of Hello Kitty Marines would be hilarious, especially given how terribly seriously some (not many, to be fair, but definitely more than zero) GW Fans take their games! Heads might explode. Is the evil tree a "flat" or a fully 3d figure? Cool either way, but it's hard to tell from the photo.
  20. Looking forward to getting my Bones - I'm lucky #9371/Wave 6 so if I get the box'o'Bones before Xmas I'll be pleasantly surprised. Oh, and I'm in Canada, so expect more cross-border delays there.
  21. So first thing this morning I had an email from Reaper Customer Service, asking for a shipping address so they could send me a replacement part. Got a reply off a couple of hours later, then two hours after that got another email from Reaper saying the package had been dispatched. Now that, ladies and gentlebeings, is how one does internet-based customer service. I'd always heard Reaper was good, but really didn't expect a response and turnaround first thing Monday morning to an email I'd sent off late Friday evening!
  22. Thanks, I've been meaning to join for a while now, as I keep looking at the Bones lineup with Blood Bowl in mind and mapping figures to BB teams. I'll get some pics up shortly, here and on my blog, as along with the Spirit I got an Ogre Chieftain who has already had his club removed to convert him to an Ogre BB player. The club came off very easily, the Bones material is as easy to convert and carve as I hoped it would be. Still need a bit of cleanup but looks pretty good for a couple of minutes work with knife and file last night. I even saved the body of the club, as I realized after I'd cut it off the Ogre that it's got a face sculpted into one side of it! I'm sure I can find a use for that in one of my various projects.
  23. Email sent to [email protected], many thanks. The Boneyard entry for the metal version of the Spirit of the Forest does show both a left and right branch/arm, so it looks like the double right arms in my blister are a goof. Not too fussed, it happens, it'll get sorted. Looking forward to playing with the Bones stuff, I'm into the Bones2 KS and decided to finally getting around to picking up a couple of Bones figures to check them out before the KS box arrives. I only got into the Bones 2 Kickstarter in Wave Six or Seven, so it'll be a while before I see my box - not in a hurry, mind you, I have enough miniatures projects going on already, as most of us do! I've recently gotten into GW's old fantasy sports game, Blood Bowl, and am starting to look at the Bones line for inexpensive conversion figures for various Blood Bowl teams. There's a fair bit of potential already in the Bones lineup, and there'll be even more when the Bones2 stuff lands.
  24. I ordered a small batch of Bones stuff from the excellent folks at my FLGS recently, because they're awesome and it's easier to make them do the legwork than ordering direct through Reaper. (plus, the more we order through them, hopefully the more Bones they'll stock and everyone wins) One of the pieces I ordered was the Bones version of the Spirit of the Forest, who is absolutely massive and spectacular. However, the blister I got has two identical right hands, which I think is a packing error - but the various photos on the Reaper website of both the Bones and metal versions of the SotF aren't entirely clear on whether the two hands are identical or different. So are the duplicate right hands a packing error or a slightly odd design decision by Reaper?
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