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  1. Zoxe

    Reapercon 2019 Class Reviews

    I will give @LordDave a shout out for his Water Effects class (Reaper U: Basing – Realistic Water Effects (Cecil), Thursday, 10am). Was a really fun class, very hands on, and he was the most prepared of any hobby/painting instructor I've ever had. Target audience is maybe tabletop and those new to the world of clear resin, but basics could be extrapolated to more refined projects as well. Editing to add a pic of our results to give a better sense of scope of the class. Each student started with a blank base and learned to glue down and seal the cork. We set that aside and each student was handed a cured cork base and asked to do basecoat and some details. This second stage was then poured over with clear resin (the result is in the mini cup behind the index card). Lastly, we were handed a cured base and asked to create the wave and add the rippled water surface seen in the foreground. The multiple stages were required because of cure times; this way we got to see all stages of the process in rapid succession.
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    Reapercon Report

    I understand the concern about the logistics (burden of logging all the entries in, making judging happen, awards, pickup) of so many entries. I think Reaper does a stellar job of it all. I like that Reapercon is more about being inclusive, at all painting levels, and less about who's the best of the best of the best, or who's cool and who's not cool. I loved seeing the huge tables full of minis - all shapes, sizes, and skill levels - and the ballroom full of people there to celebrate everyone's accomplishments. I'd sit through the awards ceremony tomorrow if I could.
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    ReaperCon 2019 pictures!

    Omg the catfish conversion is both inspired and .... a little disturbing.
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    Safe arrivals!

    Pulled in the driveway and just ate some drive thru burgers. Seems weird to think I woke up in Tulsa this morning. Traffic wasn't bad, tho we did get into some holiday crazy around St Louis. Campers, RVs, trailers full of 4 wheelers, or kayaks, or bicycles, or moto cross, or classic cars. You name it, it was in front of us doing 5 under the speed limit.
  5. Food: last year we spent a fortune on sit down meals. We enjoyed it but our pocketbook didn't. This year we went to the Winco and got some premade salads to put in the mix. It was only 3 meals across the entire weekend but helped quite a bit.
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    Safe arrivals!

    Heads up to anyone driving through Joplin MO today. There are ramps closed but not marked, i.e. you can get off I44 but not back on. And the workaround that Google send you on is also closed. What should have been a simple gas and go cost us a bonus 20 minutes of screwing around.
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    Safe arrivals!

    Made our overnight stop in Tulsa. Up early and about to go raid a different embassy suites' breakfast buffet. We'll be on the road most of the day! Be safe out there everyone.
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    Raffle and Auction format 2019

    We are/were driving tonight (Sunday) but planned to leave after the auction either way. I'll +1 the above comment. It didn't hurt us, and we enjoyed the occasional break in the auction, but would not be fussed if the drawings were first to enable earlier departures for some.
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    Reapercon 2020: early excitement and chatter

    16 hrs in the car for us to strategize. Had the basics down before we hit OKC.
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    ReaperCon 2019 pictures!

    Random picture dump! The pictures of the entry table was around 3pm yesterday. The two figures at the end are Liz Beckley, unreleased Kingdom Death figures.
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    Just finished our lunch stop! Onward towards Oklahoma. Currently just over 5 hrs away but will probably stop twice between here and there.
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    It got better once we had the minis in the car! On the road now, I'm navigating. Weather is better than last year!! We spent 4 hours driving in a washing machine across Missouri.
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    We got out last night later than I expected but traffic cooperated and we made it to our overnight hotel. It's been a cruddy week (Mrs. Zoxe got declined for a promotion, my job imploded, and we had to call the plumber on Monday night due to a water pipe spraying in the crawl space, for a little while our trip was in doubt.) Because of all that, I didn't set an alarm this morning and we're on vacation time! Means we may not make pizza tonight but we'll show up eventually! About to go down for hotel lobby breakfast and wish I were already atbthe Embassys spread.
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    We leave today after work. Stuff is packed. We'll come home, swap into comfy driving clothes, feed the cats, and set out. Just had an outrageously stressful phone call with a subordinate here at work, I'm ready to check out for a few days.
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    I'm the same; I do the mental list thing while packing. With practice I kind of go into robot mode and just assemble it all. I have a few things that I keep under my sink the the bath as a ready pack, and build from there. Mentally I'm walking through the trip from the moment we leave the driveway until we get home. Other than road snacks, we don't prepare much in advance and just grab and go the night before. I like looking at lists to see what I could add/delete from mine, but haven't changed much in the past several years. Alton Brown (the TV Show Good Eats) has a schtick about avoiding "una-taskers" in the kitchen. I have the same philosophy when I pack; I want as few items as possible that only have one purpose. If a phone doubles as a flashlight, that's good. That being said, when we drive somewhere (like we will for Reapercon), we'll likely be testing the suspension on the car there and back with all the schtuff we insist on bringing. :)
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