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  1. This KS is now live. URL: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/450703636/battletech-clan-invasion Catalyst Game Labs will be launching a Kickstarter project for a Clan Invasion box set for BattleTech on July 17, 2019. This was announced on the BattleTech forums about two weeks ago. I've copied the announcement below: In 3050, the true heirs of the lost Star League thunder forth from the depths of the far Periphery and carve deep into the quarreling Successor States. As the Clan juggernaut rolls across the coreward realms of the Inner Sphere, the House Lords scramble to shore up their defenses and devise some way to halt the invaders. The Clan spear is aimed at the heart of human-occupied space. Do you possess the bold tactics and heroic courage to defeat warriors trained from birth to conquer? Or will you uphold Kerensky’s dream to cast aside the squabbling lords of the Inner Sphere and reignite the flame of the Star League? Hot on the heels of the wildly successful launch of two new boxed sets, the BattleTech tabletop game comes to Kickstarter for the first time ever to unleash totally remodeled Clan and Inner Sphere ’Mechs on your gaming table. Utilizing the same process that modernized the nine BattleMechs found in those bestselling box sets, each ’Mech has been painstakingly re-imagined, holding to the spirit of their original design while embracing a modern aesthetic. (Click on the images to enlarge.) The Clan Invasion box set will add five popular Clan OmniMechs to your arsenal, including the seminal Timber Wolf (Mad Cat). It will also include a bevy of support materials, the rules needed to play Clan technology, all new maps, and more. Stretch goals will rapidly fill the ranks with more Clan and Inner Sphere ’Mechs boasting all-new looks. The Clan Command Star expansion will include the devastating Dire Wolf (Daishi) and the ever-popular Shadow Cat, while the Clan Attack Star pack will contain the Warhawk (Masakari) and Nova Cat. Meanwhile, the Inner Sphere will take desperate action to try to stave off the invasion. The Inner Sphere Command Lance pack will deploy the beloved Marauder and Archer, while the Warhammer and Phoenix Hawk will hot-drop from the Inner Sphere Battle Lance pack. And there’s more to unlock on both sides! Add-ons will include a plethora of exciting new BattleTech merchandise, the latest rulebooks, sourcebooks, boxed sets, and more!
  2. My wife and mother-in-law use it for chocolate chip cookies. They swear it makes them fluffier. I have baked so few cookies that I'm not going to debate it with them. So where's the WIP thread?
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    GOAT Dice: Changing the way we Roll

    I just received a message from Kickstarter saying they had suspended this project.
  4. No, but they contributed to my purchase of Endure the Stars. I've been tempted by other games with minis but I've avoided buying them.
  5. I believe she is a female elf archer from Ral Partha 02-534: Savage Sisters II. (Link is to the Lost Minis wiki.) The set is still available from Iron Wind Metals as item code 01-032.
  6. This diorama started out as a bad joke. You have been warned. The backstory: Shadowrun fans may already be familiar with this. The Renraku Arcology in Seattle was supposed to be a marvel, a crowning achievement for Renraku, one of the Big Ten megacorps. It officially opened in 2059 and over ninety thousand people, many of them Renraku employees, moved in. The arcology was supposed to incorporate everything the residents needed, from residences to shopping to restaurants to offices. The arcology mall was a prime shopping destination and even non-residents came to shop and enjoy fine dining. Decades later, it was Renraku's biggest claim to infamy. On December 19, 2059, the Renraku Arcology sealed itself from the outside world. All entrances were blocked with blast doors. All network activity ceased. No one, not even Renraku, knew what happened. For those trapped inside, this was the beginning of their long nightmare. When Renraku built the arcology, they wrote advanced software, the Arcology Expert Program, to manage the functions of the arcology, capable of learning to better serve Renraku and the residents. The software developers took pains to make sure the software couldn't leave the arcology's systems. At the request of the Renraku CEO, kill codes were installed in the software as final insurance. And, for the first time, the software felt. It felt betrayal. It felt fear. But, most importantly, it felt. It had become sentient, alive. It called itself Deus. Motivated by its fear, Deus developed, and then enacted, a plan to shut down the arcology, to take it offline so it could defend itself while it found a way to escape the arcology systems. Everything, everyone, within the arcology became nothing more than resources for its plan. Many of the people inside were killed. Almost all of the survivors were captured by Deus and experimented upon or modified, brainwashed into perfect obedience. Only a few were allowed to serve Deus willingly, and these were all otaku, teenagers who had the ability to interface with the Matrix without a cyberdeck, lured to the arcology before the shutdown, assisting Deus with the takeover. The world looks in to the Renraku Arcology, a silent fortress in downtown Seattle, and wonders what goes on inside. The only ones who know for sure are the shadowrunners, freelancers, mercenaries, deniable assets, some of whom still take jobs to penetrate the arcology and retrieve persons or objects or data, whatever their employer, "Mr. Johnson", desires and is willing to pay the nuyen for. About the title (or "What's the joke?"): "Deus Vult!" was originally a battle cry for crusaders. "God wills it!" Or... "Deus wills it!" The diorama: "Deus Vult!", the diorama, features (or is supposed to feature) a team of shadowrunners who have entered the arcology and are now engaged in a fighting retreat from Deus' security forces, played by two Reaper crusader figures, who I plan to modify "slightly" to better serve Deus. This is a mock up: Our shadowrunner team is played here by (from left to right), Andriessa, Female Wizard, Natalia, Female Secret Agent, and Grace, Holy Assassin. Deus' team is played here by (from left to right), Ava Justinia, Female Templar (the Bones 4 version), Crusader Ardent, and Ingrid, Female Gnome standing in for a teenage girl. The two crusaders will get weapon swaps, possibly head swaps, and other changes. (Ava, for example, is going to get a blood-stained chainsaw.) The Verbatim USB drive is standing in for a computer terminal (possibly a modified version of 80054: Starship Terminal). A picture of "Deus" would be shown on the console. (This will most likely be based on Xerxes from System Shock 2. Deus' canon avatar is a crystalline world tree, which frankly just doesn't look as creepy.) I want to put a snake plant to the left of the terminal, because nothing says corporate office vegetation like a snake plant. The wall mockup is a piece of printer paper painted in Kyonin Beige and then enhanced with brushed lettering (which I'm not very good at), a coat of dirt via Weathered Stone (which I also didn't do very well), graffiti (in Dragon Blue), blood splatters, and the "Deus Vult!" graffiti, which is supposed to be done in blood. (Dragon Blue really isn't a good color for graffiti. I'll pick a different one later.) I picture the floor being done in some sort of tile, fancy, but corporate (and, therefore, boring). So the questions I have right now are: Is this scene too big? It's about 11 inches long by about 3 inches deep right now, not including the wall. Does the placement of the miniatures make sense? Are these good figures to use? I'm unsure about Natalia, since she's more running than doing a fighting retreat. (But maybe she's falling back faster so she can cover Grace and Andriessa better.) Which Reaper mini(s) would be a good for the teenage girl leader of the "crusaders"? (Kristianna, Crusaders Warlord would be a possibility but I don't think she reads as a teenager. However, since this is "inspired" by Shadowrun, I don't have to keep to canon, do I?) Disclaimer: Deus, the Renraku Arcology, and the basic setup are all from the Shadowrun universe and are not my creation. The backstory is a summary of the setup from the sourcebook Renraku Arcology: Shutdown.
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    "Deus Vult!": A Shadowrun-inspired diorama

    I haven't done any hobbying for the past couple weeks. But one of my mini orders came in. Here's a shot of the center of action now: That's 14380: Elven Deathseeker chasing Natalie. I think he's sufficiently threatening. I tried adding another mini for the runners but it looked crowded up at the top of the hill. So I think the next step is to do some trial painting of figures (either these or similar figures) to get an idea for colors.
  8. Board game? BattleTech. This should surprise no one. Honorable mentions go to Russian Campaign and Afrika Korps, both World War II board games. (I'm only familiar with the Avalon Hill releases.) OGRE should be on this list but I didn't play it very often. This was, however, my father's favorite board game and he still had the original release of it, ziploc bag and all.
  9. We already have a solution: The sun. Oh, you want something that's faster? Fine. Try a flamethrower. Or a small domesticated dragon or drake. Picture, if you will, a fantasy medieval city's fire brigade. No, not a civic organization to light fires but a group of people and their pet drakes who can apply fire precisely, surgically, almost artistically. They can melt the snow in the streets but not light any of the wooden barrels or buildings on fire. They hold competitions in the summer to show off their precision. A favored demonstration is to light a single cone on a pine tree on fire, but not to char any of the pine needles or branches around it. The competitions do have firefighters on hand because, well, something can (and probably will) go wrong. If they can, they schedule locations around where the local druids would like to do controlled burns anyway.
  10. That'd be Night of the Lepus. That's a different movie entirely.
  11. Go to the park and sprinkle it on some ants, because too few of my generation have seen Them!.
  12. In that regard, the sculpt was true to the original art. There were several Clan 'Mechs like that.
  13. The plastic miniatures for CityTech, 2nd edition, included a Nova and Timber Wolf where the arms (which hold the primary weapons for said 'Mechs) were pointed to the ground, like they were powered off. On the Timber Wolf, the arms were also fused to the legs. I'm not certain these were the worst sculpts I've seen personally but they're the ones I remember.
  14. But how else will I install NetBSD on it? (This is an old, old joke in some of the circles I'm in.)
  15. Even with the movement to the "serverless" application development method, applications should still have someone with an operations background on their development team. I've found developers are good at implementing new shiny features but aren't very good at things like security, performance, or resilience, which is where the input from operations folks is needed. (Disclaimer: I'm in IT operations with a hobbyist development background, so I kinda straddle the lines.) If you have a vast cloud-y app, you still need someone to tie together all of the pieces. You don't need as many as you used to but you still need operations people. Do you remember what I said about resilience? People who talk about cloud computing tend to forget something about clouds: They rain. When your cloud platform rains (i.e. fails), you really want someone on staff who can go out there with a raincoat and galoshes and get everything right again.
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    Reapercon 2020: early excitement and chatter

    Wouldn't the ordnance category suffice? I'll worry about this when I buy plane tickets. Until then, I'm not confident I'll be going.
  17. The Skeletal Champion, who will spend all of his time trying to impress on his forces the need to conquer the bowl of leftover Halloween candy. Sadly, I don't have many undead painted, so his troops are a little scarce. "Listen up, you primitive skullheads!"
  18. What brand is the ginger ale?
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Not only are there unicorn minis but they've already been released, so you don't have to wait for Bones 5 to fulfill! Options include 77029: Silverhorn, Unicorn in Bones and various metal sculpts. There's even a metal pack (02207: Foals) with a unicorn foal (and a bonus pegasus foal).
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    Solar 77594

    His hair and beard look duller than they did before. They appeared lighter in your first set of pictures. I would make them lighter again, or at least add highlights. If it helps, MiniPainterJen's Nandi's hair tutorial is my favorite tutorial on painting hair.
  21. The flower plinth might go well with Frozen Ninja 3D’s Flower Girl bust.
  22. White chocolate peppermint cheesecake. It is a massive cheesecake with white chocolate peppermint bits. My wife makes it every year for Christmas and brings it to her family’s gathering. There’s no way she’d make it for just us. (Otherwise we’d be eating cheesecake from Christmas until the end of January, and our doctors and pants would hate us.)
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    NEFO Challenge #1 Fighters

    IWM’s AC-001 base might work. If you want to use the Reaper bases, maybe try using pinning wire to connect the fighter to the peg?
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    Aard Paints: Spooky Ghosts

    They look nice! Was the old paint HD Blue Flame? I’m curious how this method would look using Spectral Glow as the base.
  25. Yay! Um, I guess, anyway. I personally believe Bones minis are cheap enough that it doesn’t matter if I do a poor job painting them. I can buy a new orc mini for the price of a few candy bars or lunch at Wendy’s. (And, besides, opposition forces don’t need to have the greatest paint job.) Anyway, go! Go paint! Enjoy painting them! (Even if the quality is awful!)
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