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  1. Got the box from Buckyball late on Saturday. Monday is Columbus day so no postal service. I invited a friend over to look through the box and he took a few things. I may need to repack the box as we are adding more volume than we took. I hope to get it out by Wednesday unless Bonwirm is going to ReaperCon in which case I could deliver it by hand...?


    My wife was very pleased by the Archive Miniatures Basilisk. We looked it up online and found some references to it here:



    Looks like it might be between 35 and 40 years old and still in the shrink wrap. We plan to take it out and give it a good paint job. The poor thing has probably just about given up on ever being painted or played with. After ReaperCon it is in for a very pleasant surprise. :)


    When it comes to Box of Goodwill pictures quantity is the preferred quality - enjoy.























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  2. 1 hour ago, Mr Melons said:

    Or you could always purchase extras during the Con that way you don't have to haul them around....


    2 hours ago, Pegazus said:


    Do you have extras of the models? Maybe enter your current planned entries, then get a set of extras either unprimed, based coated, or whatever level you're able. Might be a better way of doing things. The judging happens on Saturday afternoon, IIRC.


    Sadly, CAV currently only has 2 factions in production. It took a lot of effort to hunt down the oop models i'm playing. You can't buy them anywhere and if you do find them they are quite expensive. I tracked these down through a combination of BarterTown, Noble Knight Games, and some awesomely friendly people in the CAV forum. 


    I don't have any extras. I could do proxies but I'd rather miss the painting contest than play with unpainted models or proxies.


    I'm weird that way.


    Thanks for the advice!



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  3. 1 hour ago, Heisler said:

    That could be difficult. Entries have to be in by 5pm on Friday night, and judging takes place that night except for Saturday only attendees. So it depends on when the CAV tournament is. If its on Saturday and you have a full weekend badge we might be able to accommodate you. If you are only attending on Saturday, the models have to be in the competition by Noon and you won't be able to use them during the day. So the answer is, it depends.


    Looks the CavCon tournament starts on Saturday the 21st around 9am. I do have a 4 day badge. If I submit the models on Thursday/Friday can I pick them up Saturday morning before 9am...?


    Thanks for your help and advice.



  4. 6 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

    Question the 26th of September: Let's say that someone asked you for a book recommendation.  What fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction title/series would you recommend?  Feel free to suggest more than one if you can't narrow it down.


    "A Night in the Lonesome October" by Roger Zelazny 


    This book is my own personal guilty pleasure. It is my favorite book of all time. It isn't the best - just my best. I try to read it every October.


    I suppose it falls into the Fantasy section.


    As for Sci-fi, I always enjoyed the 'Bolo' series by Keith Laumer. I like the way he wrote from the AI Tank's perspective. The way the Tank's maintained a lonely vigil watching for an enemy that the humans had forgotten about.


    These are the book equivalents of 'cookie dough' - you know you aren't supposed to eat it but darn if it isn't good.



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  5. On 9/19/2017 at 11:16 AM, Evilhalfling said:

    keeping it up :) 


    I was thinking a cloud base - possibly made of expanding insulation foam.  But trials proved unsuccessful and the best cloud base examples I found online seemed to sculpt the entire cloud, or use cotton.   Added to this is the difficulty of building a base at the varying high levels of his claws.  

    So ill put him on his rock base (will paint brown /red for contrast)   and then add some cotton to fill out a circular base. 

    If anyone has done/seen a good cloud base I'd love a link. 


    Unless ..I switch this concept for a sea base - I know I can sculpt waves, crashing against the rocky outcrop.  hmm. 


    wings are still rough/wet blended, lots of detail to add. 

    I think ill tint them a bit grayer, leaving the outer tips the full brightness. 





    How about basing the dragon on the rocks you have and then using cotton or something similar to simulate clouds around the lower part of the base. Make 'Insomnia' look as if he/she were perched atop a very high peak that jutted through the top of the cloud layer?


    Perhaps waiting on the clouds to break to see what the morning offered on the winding track far below? :)


    I think that's what you're seeing..?



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  6. 1 hour ago, TheAuldGrump said:

    One that came to my mind recently is gone-gone - one of the Girlamatic comics....


    Five Star - a webcomic about a gnome that wants to be a paladin, and do good deeds... had an arc where our heroes go off to rescue a princess in distress... only to find that the damsel isn't in distress, the villain isn't a villain, and 'hey, didn't you guys get my note?'....


    It had a tie in with another Girlamatic comic - Compass....


    Gods, I miss Girlamatic....


    The Auld Grump


    There is a book with this exact premise called NPCs by Drew Hayes. It is a good read/listen. Wonder if they are the same work?



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  7. I too look forward to meeting the paintRack team. One of my favorite apps. It's my preferred way to track paint schemes when I decide to add to or modify a unit.


    You can expect me to shamelessly ask for new features.


    ...and I'll just leave this zinger from my youngest daughter...


    "How many tickles does it take to tickle a Courageous Octopus...?"






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  8. I started playing SFB in 81 or 82 back when the game came in a small plastic ziplock style bag. I enjoyed it a lot. Taught my wife to play when we first got married and she got good enough to beam boarders over and capture a ship after smashing its front shields.


    Neither of us have played in years... too many other good games and not enough people interested in the minutia of a complex game.


    I'm enjoying your battle reports please continue.



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  9. 16 minutes ago, MKCS said:

    Anybody here at the countdown party?

    If so what's the vibe?

    I can only assume watching the total pledges jumping hundreds of dollars isn't exactly what was hoped for.

    (Dont  get me wrong, this KS has been wonderful, but it seems to be ending a bit softly)

    I'm at the party, no one seems upset. ReaperBryan is calm and talking about the Fan favorites. Lots of people painting and talking. 


    Several of the sculptors and painters are here working on models. 


    I spent a stupid amount in the 'damaged packaging' bin.




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  10. 7 hours ago, hungerfan said:

    Oh and for anyone driving out this way tomorrow for the party....


    Are you aware the gas stations are low/empty on vehicle nectar?  It has been a little nuts up here the last 2 days.  up to 20 min waits or just no gas at all when you visit a location.  Just wanted to make sure anyone driving a distance to get here knew the situation and to be prepared.


    Thanks for the tip. Leaving tomorrow at 7am to get there in time. Gas tank is full and we can make the round trip on one tank so shouldn't be a problem. 


    ...and if we get stranded at Reaper HQ, well I guess I could try that Mal'Drakar challenge to pass the time. :)



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