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  1. Man, given how small these figures are I am seriously impressed with your ability to get to all the little details. Great work.
  2. Style-less? Just jeans and a plain t shirt, or shorts if it's hot. Barefoot as often as possible. Ball cap to keep the sun off my bald head. Most of it is covered in mud stains. It's going to be pushing 100 F (38 C for you folks from more civilized places) with pop up thunderstorms all weekend. And everywhere around here I'd be interested in going to is closing back down again. So I'm planning on staying home. I'll be brewing a couple of batches of beer tomorrow. Going to start with a chocolate porter and then I'm doing a pineapple IPA. Probably do a little gardening, some napping, bit of painting, and maybe even hook up my wife's old PS3 and play some Gran Turismo. I never really play console games but I do enjoy that one. I'll post some homebrewing pictures if I remember.
  3. Got some more progress done on the skin tones last night. I'm starting to like it this way. I definitely think these kind of creepy monsters are even creepier when the flesh is well, flesh like. I've also begun thinking of the tentacles more as earthworms with spikes. I like the idea of it being covered in semi independent worm like entities. Going to work on the mouths and open wounds next. I'm thinking of doing both in the same colors so the mouths on the body look similar to the ripped open skin. Except for the maw at the front that is, I'm not sure where I'm going to go with that yet.
  4. Got a few more finished over the holiday weekend (which for me was 7 days long because I had some leave that needed using). First up is this beanbag cat from the Left at the Bottom of the Garden kickstarter. Somehow I managed to get actual cat hair stuck to it, which seems fitting. My wife has yet to see this one but I'm betting he'll disappear once she does. I recently received a Secret Weapon "Bag of Crap" that is a gallon bag of reject bases. So I've been playing around with rebasing some minis I wasn't very excited about. I think the nice base on some of these really makes a difference in my desire to get color on them. This is one of the core set devils from the bones 4 kickstarter. And this guy is from the bones 3 (I think?) kickstarter. Not only did I not care much for the original base, but since I speed paint I rarely take the time to do stuff like clean mold lines, and this guy just had so much of that that I never really wanted to paint him. But putting a new base on it kind of changed how I feel about him. Though still lots of little things I don't like about it, the new base makes it just likable enough for the tabletop. And here's an actual WiP I just started. This Xairbot from the last kickstarter had an extremely warped base and the left cannon was bent almost 90 degrees when I got it. Of course Reaper replaced it. But I threw it in the parts bin for later cannibalizing. Looking at this base I got the idea of having some robots that look like they've been through some alien battles and thought I'd start by further destroying this mini. Honestly, I'm liking it better so far than the replacement one Reaper sent me.
  5. I can be found on Twitch and discord occasionally under the name Thoramel. That's also my user name for a few homebrew forums and such. And while I have Facebook, Linkedin and a couple of other accounts under my real name (or as close to it as makes no difference) I don't really accept friend requests from folks I haven't met personally. I know that sounds rather antisocial, but the reality is my wife and I work in positions in state government that are extremely unpopular to a number of people for various reasons. I already get emails on a regular basis from people trying to manipulate, threaten, or berate me for the work I do, and have even had someone show up on my doorstep with an agenda they tried to push on me. And though I don't think anyone on here would do something like that, I'm also not going to risk that behavior by providing links to social media sites where personal details about myself and my family are easy to get a hold of. Better safe than sorry. But if you see me on Twitch or Discord dorking around and generally being a big old happy nerd, say hi!
  6. Sort of. Back in May I was supposed to fly out to LA for about a week and a half to visit with my wife's family and see my nephew graduate college. I really hated having to miss out on that, I've never been to LA and was looking forward to doing some touristy stuff. However, my wife was planning on flying out a week early and I was going to escort my terrible mother in law through multiple layovers on a cross country flight when I flew out to join her. She really is just a horrible, hateful person and I am quite happy I did not have to spend any time with her.
  7. I think I lost a sanity point getting it to this stage. Still more skin colors to go.
  8. No. My union is very anti cameras-in-the-workplace. Something I generally support.
  9. Potential anger inducing post incoming, spoiled so as to not ruin anyone's day.
  10. A couple of boxes of disposable paper dust masks for field season (that keeps getting postponed), a few N95 masks I keep in my painting tools for when I'm spackling or painting in a less than well ventilated area, a half dozen cloth masks friends have sewn for me, a foam hockey mask for when I want to dress up as Jason for Halloween, and a Honeywell air purifying respirator mask with dual cartridges in my gear bag for very specific site visits. I keep an atmosphere supplying mask with supply at work, but my hazwoper training is woefully out of date so hopefully I never have to use it. All goblins are the best goblins! I don't know why, but I just love every goblin I can get my hands on and the weirder the better (and just to reinforce what others have said, Malefactus' goblins are so far out there that they rank pretty high on my goblin appreciation scale). That being said, here are some of my absolute favorites... I really like the goblin skirmishers and warriors from the Reaper bones line (bones 3 maybe?) I've painted them 3 times so far. Once as normal, once with guns, and once with instruments. I have plans for painting them three more times. I'm thinking cannibal goblins, cyber goblins, and goblin casualty markers. I'm also a big fan of Rebel Minis Goblin Henchman But one of my most favorite goblins was this kickstarter exclusive from Impact. I used to not bother with looking up reference photos for paint jobs, I would just slap color on any old way because I don't really think I'm skilled enough to make anything realistic. Then last year I wanted to paint a deer to look realistic. I was pretty happy with the results, so now I'll often look up animal photos whenever I'm painting something that could benefit from looking at actual plumage or patterning. Here's the deer in question that made me change my habits:
  11. I was wondering why I kept getting dive bombed by the Robin's in the garden today. Then I found this little guy hanging out with some of my hot peppers. He's safely back in the Basswood with his family now.
  12. Actually, I believe you have a yellow warbler there. Very curious, intelligent warblers. Hope it shakes it off. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Had a few too many Fourth of July drinks last night before retiring to my painting area for the evening. This rather sloppy speed paint is what happens when I do a little too much of the homebrewing hobby mixed with painting hobby. The goblin Smurf. I can just imagine how he sounds... "I'm gonna smurf you in yer smurfing smurf, you smurfy smurfer."
  14. Cat boxes and doing my regular garbage pick up in the alleys behind my house. Both chores remind me how disgusting the animals I live around really are. Everything is within walking or bicycling distance. That includes shopping, entertainment, work, museums, sports arenas, convention centers, top notch parks, and just about every flavor of restaurant you can imagine.
  15. This is the Shub-Niggurath model from Bones 3. I think this is the last add on mini from that KS I have yet to paint. I did another WiP of the Stygian Barge earlier in the year as a way to motivate myself into finishing a large model in a reasonable time frame. This has been ready for paint for a while now and, except for the base, I wasn't getting anywhere. So when I sat down last night and got a first layer of skin done I figured maybe I should make a progress thread to help keep up the momentum. So far this is where I'm at. I finished the base first. I wanted some otherworldly colors so it's fluorescent blue, green and pink drybrushed in with some Reaper desert stone. Then the rocks are all Reaper purples washed with a little purple ink. Right now the body is at a stage where it looks like some sort of demonic rat. This is just a glaze of Reaper golden brown with drybrushed layers of sunburned flesh and rosy skin. I'm also planning on working in a little green, dark red and purple into the skin before giving it a watered down ink wash to make all the layers become less distinct. This thing is going to be so creepy. Or at least that's the plan.
  16. Painted a little guy that made me happy today.
  17. Excluding adult stuff not appropriate to this forum. That would be a toss up of seeing a drunk guy crash one of those ultralight planes into some power lines and then nosedive into the road right behind my dad's truck. Other than some broken bones he was ok. Or it could be the time I found the frozen corpse of a male deer killed by coyotes or wild dogs. It's eyes were wide open, head erect, and mouth frozen in a scream. It was right in the middle of a wetland I had hiked out to for an assessment of the hydrologic indicators. So I had to work around it for an hour or so. Strange pose and very creepy. Don't need to. My neighborhood has been a fireworks show every night for about a week and a half now. Anytime between dusk and about 3 AM I can just step outside and hear/see fireworks right now.
  18. Things are starting to pick up in the garden. Got this today. And it looks like I'm about to have big haul of cherry tomatoes. And my fish peppers have dozens of tiny peppers growing on them now. My beefsteak tomato plant is taller than I am and required another stake to keep it from taking over its neighbors.
  19. Howdy all. Went through some tough stuff this week that I felt like sharing. Putting it behind a spoiler because I don't want to make anyone slightly sad if they don't want to be.
  20. Added a full time job to the part time jobs I was already working. Moved out of the house at 18, about 4 months prior to graduation and had a couple of roommates so paying rent was the big priority. I tried a semester of college the following year, but didn't have the money to go any further. And there was no support coming from family (not their fault, sometimes bad stuff happens). And realized I didn't know what I wanted to do anyways. Stayed like that for a few years, just working to make ends meet. Finally met my wife and we both realized we didn't want to work factory jobs destroying our bodies for terrible wages anymore. So we used each other as our support networks and put each other, her first then me - she's older so it made sense, through college. Took until I was 38 to finally get where I wanted. But I'm there now.
  21. The need to hug people every time you see them. I'm not a big hugger and so never expect it when it comes out of nowhere. Then when it happens I just tense up and the whole situation becomes awkward. And even worse, there are those, who upon learning of this, make it point to try and hug me each time I see them like I'm suddenly going to love hugs or something. With some of my friends I feel like I need to have a hula hoop or something around me with a sign on it that says "if you are this close your greeting has become way too personal." Anyhow, thank you for the month of questions.
  22. It's hard to tell from those photos but I think you're right, that is almost certainly a species of Hummingbird Moth. That is a super cool find. Like seriously, I get paid to poke around looking for neat stuff like this and I think I've only seen them twice in my entire life (they're not super prevalent around here). Kind of jealous of the neat bugs being found in folks gardens. The only ones I keep finding are the kind trying to munch down on my plants.
  23. I'm just going to go with what Glitterwolf said, but switch out the first one for pizza. I mean those aren't really three foods. Those are dozens of foods with only three names. So with those selections I won't get bored. Dragon. They eat people. And let's be honest here, it's not like we're an endangered species or doing a great job contributing to the health of the planet. And since the question is what would improve the world, not the societies that inhabit it, I think dragons would do that rather well. Fashion. People spend so much time obsessing over how they look and it rarely appears they are doing it to make themselves feel better, rather it's to impress others and make them perceive you in a certain way. Could be a mall kid wearing $300 sneakers, or a guy that only wears $2000 suits to make others know how important he is, or some dirtbag covered in leather with motorcycle patches so we all know what kind of tough guy he wants us to think he is. It's all very confusing and annoying to me. I think we'd all be better off if we were more willing to get our clothes muddy while accomplishing something to be proud of instead of worrying about how the world sees us.
  24. Everything looks great. But that forge scene is awesome.
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