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Xiwo Xerase

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  1. Catching up. 2 points for last week, so 8 total so far.
  2. What resolutions? I've found New Year Resolutions are meant well - but end up being a source of guilt. So I don't bother. Why do something that makes me feel bad later?
  3. Assuming I can find one: Reaper 01609: Lysette (25th Anniversary) If not, Reaper 30001: Lysette, Elven Mage
  4. 6 points for this round. Missed last week, so 6 points total.
  5. I believe she is traveling today and will be streaming tomorrow. I'm not sure if Crow's Nest will be on later today.
  6. To-do list is clear. Everything's painted and basing is finished. I'm too tired to assess the figure so I'll do that tomorrow. (click on the pictures for larger versions) Anyone see something glaringly obvious that needs to be fixed? (Other than her left eye.)
  7. Any argument where we both agree - but we don't realize it because we're not using the same terminology.
  8. Since I last posted, I: Increased the highlights of her dress Increased the highlights of her hair Painted the orb black in preparation for painting it Stripped her face and repainted it Painted the rocks on her base Applied some green flock to the base - which looks an awful lot like moss. Realized I had no real plan for the base - and maybe the ballast wasn't a great idea. But here we are. I was hoping to paint more tonight but work intervened. So here's pictures from this morning: (as always, click on the pictures for larger versions) The to-do list looks mostly the same as before: Adjust her eyes slightly. Increase highlights on her face Fixing up the NMM on her right bracelet Her orb The rest of the base work Repaint the rim of her base. If there's time: Change her expression to something other than quizzical Fix the NMM on her bracelet Fingernail polish on her right hand. (Her left hand's fingertips are obscured.) What do you think so far? Is there anything that's not on my to-do list that should be?
  9. Since I have insomnia, let's talk about what I've been calling her bottle. I think it's meant to be an orb. It's the bit in netting off her belt to the left. There aren't enough details on the sculpt to definitely say what it should be. It looks spherical. It's probably not a bottle because it doesn't have a neck. If the neck were hidden under her sleeve, there should be a curve to suggest a neck. It could be a mace, with the shaft hidden under her sleeve, but I'd expect to see a hint of the shaft in the crook of her elbow. (This is still an option if you wanted to paint her as a drow - the netting could be painted like a spiderweb motif.) I'm going with it's an orb. This is one of three figures for Sarah the Seeress. The other two, 02030 (sculpted by Sandra Garrity), and 03354 (metal)/77210 (Bones) (sculpted by Julie Guthrie), hold an orb. Calling it an orb makes sense based on the shape and ties this figure in to the other two. Of course, it could also be a grapefruit. Or a coconut.
  10. Not often. A few years ago, I had a set of dreams in the same house. Don't remember anything else about them now.
  11. Thank you for the feedback! At this point, my goal is simply to do the best I can. Basing is one of my weak points. I'm not done with the base yet - but, no, it's not going to be an amazing base. (I have a lot of complicated feelings but this isn't the place for them.) Anyway! Here's where we are. NMM is mostly done (needs some touch up), leather bracers are done (or I think they're supposed to be bracers), some texturing work on her right bag. I tried redoing her face, which then led into redoing her eyes, which then led to... Yeah. You know how it is. (click on the pictures for larger versions) I don't think she liked my paint job. She's scowling at me. (I think that's because the shadows over her eyes are so dark.) What's up next: Her eyes still need a little adjustment. Her right eye should be a touch rounder and her left should be a little further to her right. Her face still needs work. And eyebrows. Fixing up the NMM on her right bracelet (and necklace, if there's time) Fixing up her hair (mostly adding contrast) Adding more contrast to her dress Her bottle and its leather mesh. Working on her base 13 days (including today) to go...
  12. No, not really. I have a rough plan for house repairs but that's about it. I never learned ambition, so I don't often have anything to work towards. And any plan I make won't survive contact with reality.
  13. Huh. This is a surprisingly hard question. I'll go with: I'd like to drop 60-ish pounds. At that point, I'm closer to my expected weight. I'd have to buy a completely new wardrobe - but that's a good problem to have. (I'm trying to lose this weight already but it's going slower than I'd like.)
  14. My first answer was: Anywhere where I'm stuck. I despise traffic jams or being stuck in crowds that aren't moving. But, really, I think the answer is: Anywhere where I risk bodily harm.
  15. Right now? Relax. Maybe take a nap. I haven't gotten enough sleep for weeks now. Paint if I have the spoons. My AC is losing against the heat (it's 97F outside).
  16. If you're leaving Sunday or Monday (Labor Day), you'll need to take Uber/Lyft to the North Carrolton/Frankford station on the Green Line. The ATRAIN will not run on either day. The trip from DFW to downtown Denton will take at least an hour and a half - and probably closer to two hours. This doesn't count time waiting for the Orange Line at DFW or for Uber/Lyft from downtown Denton to the hotel. If you're flying in to Love Field (DAL), DART operates a bus (524 Love Link) that runs between the airport and the Green Line. From there, you can take the Green Line to the Trinity Mills station and transfer to the ATRAIN.
  17. I'm not sure. I know joining the forums ranked highly on that list. The scariest thing I've done recently was driving through a severe thunderstorm on a highway for close to an hour. I don't recommend driving only 15 mph on Interstate 81 but that's all the visibility we had. This could easily have ended poorly but, luckily, didn't. Why? As the navigator, I misjudged. I thought we could drive through the storm because we were moving faster than it was - and we were trying to get to the hotel before it got very late. Then we hit major downpours, suffered poor visibility, and slowed down - and the storm ended up being faster than us. We should have just pulled off the highway and waited for an hour.
  18. Did shadows and highlights for her lace, tights, boots, belt, and packs. (click on the pictures for larger versions) Good: Her tights no longer stand out as much. Needs improvement (in addition to what I posted earlier): Highlights definitely need to be brought higher on her robe and hair. Her belt and left pack could use more work. My plan is to do the small bits of NMM and redo her skin before I revisit highlights elsewhere.
  19. One summer, I worked in the local hospital. I was supposed to help with migrating data from one system to another. I believe what happened was: Executive wanted a data entry position My immediate manager wanted a way to complete the migration faster and more accurately. And I had enough programming knowledge to be useful. After spending time helping my manager, I was told to just do mind-numbing, boring manual entry until they decided to let me go before the end of the summer. I wonder if they ever finished the data migration.
  20. A housecat. Every housecat is exotic - or, at least, that’s what they want you to think.
  21. I have wanted to paint 03073: Sarah the Seeress since I saw her on the Reaper site. This figure has been in my mini stash since July 2017. Now it's time to paint her. My goal is to have her ready in time for ReaperCon. This will be close. This is her current status: (click on the pictures for larger versions) Face and skin need work. Eyes might be fine. Hair needs some improvement. Dress has shadows and highlights but the blending is rough. TIghts, boots, packs, and netting around the bottle are basecoated. Tights are probably too bright. I suppose I could paint dark stripes on them to break them up. (Oh joy! Stripes!) Necklace, belt buckle, bracelets, and bottle haven't been painted yet. Basing is incomplete. The front of the base needs more ballast/flock. I haven't decided if I will repaint the ballast. Let's see what we end up with. Gold would be nice - but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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