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  1. Thoramel

    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Favorite Fantasy Feature: Probably Unseen University from the Discworld series. The tower of art, library space, and especially the rubbish heap out back that causes all manner of strangeness. RPG Generators: If we're doing an extensive dungeon crawl I'll sometimes just use a dungeon map generator from whatever turns up first in a Google search. I've also been batting around the idea of subscribing to a world mapper. Not necessarily one that makes the world for you. But one that allows you to make your own world. But I haven't really found one I like yet. Then, in terms of random generation I have my trusty weather, treasure value, direction, dungeon segment, and trap dice I got years ago from Chessex.
  2. So I've been thinking of making a little "fairy garden" at the base of a tree in my wife's flower garden. And, that location being at the lowest point of our garden, these aptly named little guys are perfect. I'm in.
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    Pack Tortoise and Handler

    So it appears I posted this twice in succession. Sorry about that everyone. This was great fun to paint over the last few days and will be hitting the table this weekend as part of a merchant caravan.
  4. Thoramel

    Pack Tortoise and Handler

    So it appears I posted this twice in succession, sorry about that everyone. This was great fun to paint over the last few days and will be hitting the table this weekend as part of a merchant caravan.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    A very green day today. First, there was a stream bed full of my favorite groundwater fed species... Skunk Cabbage. Then we found some endangered horsetail. There were also some cool rocks as we hiked upstream. And then I came home and got the first lettuce harvest from my garden. Good day, all in all.
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Nope. May not always like it, may have a healthy respect for it, but I'm not afraid of it. That being said, I'm getting concerned about the number of 95 degree (35 C) plus days with better than 80% humidity we've been experiencing over the last decade in my region. One or two here and there is common. But I've seen week long stretches of this weather multiple times a year for a couple of summers now. We've seen an accompanying increase in hard rain events along with it. So it's not been a big impact to agriculture yet. But I'm starting to see shifts in habitat composition along with it that seem to favor more invasive and disturbance tolerance species. And I'm starting to see reports of stream temperatures increasing over the summer months and amphibian surveys coming back with no species listed where we had moderately successful populations in the past. Take that however you want. But it's kind of worrying.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Glad to hear your dog is going to be ok. Ticks are pretty scary stuff and their various diseases are not to be messed with. This is shaping up to be a particularly bad year. My wife went on an early morning hike Saturday. She stayed out of tall grass and wore long sleeves and she still found 4 on her at the end of the hike and 2 on one of our dogs. Luckily neither of them had ticks embedded. Just gave my interns the tick speech today. Tuck everything in, stay out of grasses, wear DEET or soak clothes in permethrin, homeopathic or homemade bug sprays don't work, how to recognize a bite, how to remove an embedded tick, and most importantly why you should immediately go to a doctor if you find one embedded on you. In my state we now have everything from Lyme Disease to Erhlichiosis, which makes you suddenly allergic to meat. Enough with the rambling though. If your dog has a place it sleeps indoors check it carefully for ticks. Wash its bedding. Same if it sleeps in your bed. If you find one squash it before disposing of it. I have heard stories of ticks reproducing in a house and causing serious infestations. Even after being flushed down the toilet alive. Also, if you have some of those house centipedes mentioned a couple of pages back they eat ticks.
  8. Thoramel

    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Great idea, let me think of some questions this week and I'll send them along in the near future. Thanks.
  9. Thoramel

    Couple of Bones 4 Speedpaints

    About halfway through painting it I started thinking of them as the dragon and his human. Instead of the other way around.
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    Couple of Bones 4 Speedpaints

    Here's a couple of rough jobs from Bones 4 I managed to knock out between bouts of gardening this weekend. I continue to be impressed with the improved detail in this latest batch of bones. I remember seeing and liking the wizard during the kickstarter but thinking you'd be unable to determine where the face ended and the dragon began. Glad that was not the case.
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Prepping Miniatures - Sort of? I pretty much only speed paint at a tabletop level so I don't spend too much time prepping the mini. But, when I prime and shade them (if i shade them) I tend to do several at once. Sometimes those go right on to being painted, other times they sit on the shelf until I get interested in them. So I sort of prep ahead of time. As for getting a large batch ready to go for the Memorial Day paint binge it looks like I won't be participating. A cousin's daughter is graduating high school and my rpg group talked me into running a game that weekend. I only have the time to run a game once every 1 or 2 months, so when we do it's typically a 12 to 16 hour marathon session which doesn't leave a whole lot of painting time. Most Minis in a Day - I painted 4 kobolds in one day one time. But they were very tiny and probably only added up to a single PC sized mini. I think I've finished quite a few more on a single day. But that would have been the culmination of a week's worth of painting. PSA - Sorry. I'd love to ask you fine people a whole bunch of weird questions but don't believe I have the schedule to do so every day right now.
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    Reaper at Origins 2019?

    I asked on Reaper Live a while back because they stated they weren't going to be there, but the initial event sheet had them listed. They said something to the effect of they were still sponsoring the show, or the paint n take, can't quite remember. Unfortunately, Origins released details on the paint n take on Facebook this week and it looks to be wizkids models and Vallejo paints exclusively. Although they do have some sort of contest going on for models painted in the paint n take area. That's kind of a drag because there were always a lot of smaller miniature companies in the paint n take area that may not get that exposure now. I was a bit disappointed in the Origins lineup too this year. I always enjoy the speed paint competition even though I never made it past the second round. And I save my quarters up all year for the Reaper gumball machine. I also read somewhere D&D was unlikely to have the presence they've had the last couple of years and that CMON may not be there at all. I mean, I'm not going to quit going because of this... Origins is literally a 5 minute bike ride from my house and we go every year. But if folks are pulling out like this I may only go for a couple of days in the future instead of the full show.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I didn't think this warranted a show off thread so I'm sticking it here. In the bones 4 core set there's a bunch of those fence toppers. I have no intention of buying a fence so I decided they needed an alternative use. I occasionally like to paint a mini and then leave it somewhere in public. Sometimes it's as simple as hiding it in a potted plant at the bar, sometimes I might superglue it to something. It's my little contribution to keeping my neighborhood weird. So I realized those fence toppers would be good to paint up and leave around the area. I've seen a couple of the remains of ones I've superglued down after they've been destroyed in the removal process. So I decided to start sticking magnets in these so when someone snags it they have a nice little magnet to take and maybe show people. Hopefully it makes someone happy for a brief time. Anyhow, enough rambling, here's the first of the fence toppers I've left around...
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Oh wow, I did not realize that was still on. Watched it a few times in the first couple of years. It was funny enough. Laughed pretty hard when I saw some of Lagrange's Theorem on one of the whiteboards in their apartment because I was studying that in relation to an economics class I was taking at the time. Never found the time to fit it in to my limited TV time though. Good for them. Hopefully it was an enjoyable finale.
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