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Ash Adler

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  1. Thanks . I just rolled with the expression that was sculpted on there already, so most of the praise really ought to go to Gene Van Horne.
  2. I've been working on this one on-and-off since around the middle of January. Finally got around to finishing it, on the eve of going out on a long business trip As usual, more photos and thought process are available at my blog: link For my first time making a complete custom base, I'm thrilled with how it turned out. The paint job itself is to a slightly lower standard than what I usually try for, but I rather wanted to finish it before being away from home until March C&C welcome
  3. Watch/Follow: NFL, NBA, college football I used to play football (strong safety and fullback) and soccer (fullback), though neither at an organized level outside of public school, so that era passed several years ago.
  4. I haven't read any in quite some time (read: at least a year for the most recent, and several years for the rest), but I was a fan of: 8-Bit Theater - A cute parody of a lot of stuff from the Final Fantasy series. Exploitation Now (NSFW) - Also started out as a raunchy joke series, but it ended up growing to have a pretty nice storyline. I'd downloaded the whole series way back when, just in case the site went down, though I'm oddly happy to see that it's still around. The Last Days of FOXHOUND - Pretty cute parody of the villain cast of Metal Gear Solid, with some appearances from other characters in the series. Sexy Losers (NSFW) - I just found most of the storylines hilarious. Also one of the original popularizers of the "fap" onomatopoeia, so it has cultural value! Twisted Kaiju Theather (sometimes NSFW) - Honestly, I think the main draw of this one for me was just the merciless mocking of the 1998 Hollywood "Godzilla" movie. Not sure if this is the sort of remedy you were expecting, but from what my father tells me, one remedy for a dog who just ate something poisonous is to immediately feed it some yogurt. I've never had cause to see if it's true, though
  5. Seems like my focus's been revolving around this for the past couple of weeks, but I've got to go with getting together with an artist to work on the covers for my ebooks. Should they do well, it's not unreasonable that I could switch to being an author as my job, and given how much I enjoy writing, that'd pretty much be a constant vacation, which was how I described my Ideal State.
  6. Social butterfly. It's just...so completely the opposite of how I am No bonus for me. I didn't realize that there were Tuesday songs, until the whole topic of [x]day songs came up earlier in this thread.
  7. Same this as I was looking forward to on the weekend
  8. I can't think of any. I've got amusing stories about making really dumb mistakes when I've forgotten to think at times, but that's a different question
  9. Gotta lump myself in with the crowd who didn't realize that there were songs about Friday Ebook cover art progress. I took the plunge this week to start working with someone, and it's been exciting to see things start to come together, so I'm really looking forward to whatever the next step is.
  10. Tear out of the horribly undersized clothes that I'd be wearing. I mean, I feel constricted just from wearing stuff that I'd bought about 10 years ago, so waking up to find myself squeezed into something from back when I was 5 would be awful.
  11. I think the closest I come to that is associating plantain pancakes with the weekend, since I usually make them for breakfast on at least one of those days. And then eat the rest as dessert later on, since I tend to make them sweet and thin enough that they straddle the line between pancakes and crepes
  12. I had been meaning to actually get to painting the mini that I've got prepped, but I got preoccupied with something else, so I ended up just doing a few more detail touches on the base I've got ready for it. Very happy with how it's turning out, for my first time making a complete base, but at the same time, I really should put some paint on the mini that'll mount it at some point
  13. Went out for lunch with a friend. The meal was nothing remarkable, but the company was priceless. I can't say that I know enough about what's available in the hobby to know what's underrepresented, but I'd be interested in creating more in the vein of non-humanoid creatures. Stuff like the Shambler from Darkest Dungeon, this representation of Nyarlathotep, Barachiel from Star Ocean 4, the eldritch horror from Age of Wonders 3, or Satan from Shin Megami Tensei.
  14. Never trying. Failure is something to be learned from.
  15. If it's a meeting of some sort, I try to be prompt, because I feel like it'd be disrespectful of others' time to expect them to wait for me. If it's something that I'm doing, then it's more a matter of the mood I'm in, how busy I am, and whether I see any problems with putting it off There are these little dark chocolate squares that I'm borderline addicted to at the moment.
  16. Pretty much the same as what a lot of people have said. I start out cautiously optimistic, and that gets reevaluated as the person proves whether or not they deserve to be trusted.
  17. Hate it. I'm fine with rain, hail, or freezing rain, but snow is a pox upon the land.
  18. I did indeed manage to avoid forgetting to breathe, so goal accomplished Even managed to hit the hobby bonus, amazingly. Oh, gosh, there are so many tempting choices, but if I have to pick just one, "DOS" by Ayria. Because I love it, and because I can definitely relate to several of the ideas it touches on (feeling separated from the world, being trapped in your own head, unhealthy martyrdom, etc.). Oh, sweet Midian, I burn for thee at heart. Don't despair me, Come bear me, On wings of graveyard-wrought leather, To where pleasure rings deep secrets in spurts after dark. (Honestly, I don't care for much of what Cradle of Filth has done since Cruelty and the Beast, but "Tortured Soul Asylum" is an exception )
  19. I've got to pile on with everyone else saying that the eyes and shield are both especially awesome!
  20. Thanks for the kind words. I tend to be pretty hard on myself, so it's good to have some positive feedback to keep my self-hatred in check
  21. I've been fortunate enough to travel to a lot of nice places, despite being someone who doesn't look to travel in particular. When I do choose to travel, it's usually to go to specific events, and since most of the other ones that I'd be interested in happen in cities that I've been to already, I'll follow the lead of some of the previous posters and say Denton, TX for Reapercon.
  22. No specific plans to watch, but I might catch some incidentally during some down time.
  23. I don't think I've ever been in the same room as a karaoke machine. Hell, I'm not sure if I've ever been in the same building as a karaoke machine, for that matter
  24. Well, I can't say that it's interesting, but I can't think of any better stories involving public speaking (regardless of the speaker), so here goes: In school, I was the sort of person who sat at the back and barely participated. Most teachers were content to leave me alone, probably since I got good enough grades that they didn't feel like I needed any extra attention, but in one math class (I think it was 11th grade calculus), there was a student teacher who was adamant in her belief that everyone had to be actively involved. At least she was that way at first, but I'm getting ahead of myself. She'd call on me to answer questions as regularly as anyone else, and I'd do so, so it wasn't anything remarkable at first. One day, though, she asked me to go up and solve some problem on the blackboard. I should mention here that, when it came to working with math, I had a habit of being very compact with my presentation, as in I'd do multiple steps between lines and crunch things together so much that I'd just use one sheet of paper for homework when most people were using 3-5. For others, this had the effect of simultaneously making them want to copy my work (because it was short, on top of being correct more often than not) and making them not want to copy my work (because they had trouble understanding how I was actually getting from one line to the next). Getting back to the story, I went up and solved the problem. Someone asked how I went from one part to another, which I explained as having done some two or three things at once, and when their expression made it seem like they didn't understand, I wrote those steps out explicitly (taking up about as much space as the rest of my solution, as I recall). Then someone else asked about another part, and out of annoyance, I stabbed the chalk at the blackboard while pointing to whatever it was that I was explaining there. It broke with a very audible pop, and whether because it was a shocking outburst or because chalk was a valuable resource, the student teacher asked me to sit down while she explained it. She never asked me to answer anything again.
  25. Getting back to painting, after a brief break to take care of some other things. This was my first attempt at a non-humanoid/skeleton, so I had trouble judging the proper size for the striations on the carapace (which is to say that they're generally too short and thick ), but it was fun to try doing a different material effect. As usual, more pictures and thought process at my blog: link Looking back at it now, I should've shaded more of the flat area of the red and done more to separate the body from the ground. The eyes are a bit sloppy, too, but they're so damn small that I'm amazed at how cleanly others have painted them. There's also an ugly gap between the Bones base and the actual base, though that's because I'd overestimated the strength of the bond (using just PVA and spackle) and broke it off, and then I just superglued it back in place as closely as I could without adding any more filler. On the plus side, I think the blood stains and the white "reflection" lines on the red areas both added nice touches without being overpowering or garish. C&C welcome
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