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  1. I think my favorite Lovecraft is "The Dunwich Horror". It, and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" are good places to start, IMO. You don't have to have a really strong mythos background to follow what's going on. Don't get discouraged by the density of the language, give several stories a try, the quality of what's been published really varies - some of his very early stuff (initially rejected by publishers?) is pretty weak, IMO.
  2. Normally, I like mounted figures. Lady Denova, though . . . unless I can convince myself that she's in the process of jumping off, she's not doing it for me. I'm guessing she's supposed to be riding sidesaddle, but it looks like she's sliding off and is about to end up on her kiester on the ground. Thoth, however, I like. He'll be on my wish list when he comes out. The specter and the sorceress are nice, too.
  3. Why yes, that was us, and my wraiths.
  4. Dracos picked up Garr, Word Dog Alpha the other day, and we noticed that he has the Cavalry SA. As described, the Cavalry SA says that the mini with the SA actually counts as two when counting how many minis you have in a troop. When applied to one critter riding on another, that makes sense. However, Garr is essentially a self-guided cavalry unit. Does Garr still count as two minis, or will he be an exception and only count as one? (My personal opinion is that Garr is not Garr-on-a-well-trained-horse, or smart-monkey-riding-Garr, so that that Garr should only count one.) Is there an official ruling on this? I did a search of the forum and didn't see anything. Other opinions?
  5. So far I've also been going by the "what I like" criteria, and was originally working on a theme army, of mixed factions. I haven't quite abandoned that idea, but I think I'm moving toward it being a subset of my total available forces. I've got lots of armies on paper, the trick is getting them painted...
  6. Two words: Crate Training. Done right, and the dog will trot happily off to their crate when told, and you don't have to worry about what they're up to when you're not home. (unless, of course, you do something silly like forgetting to *latch* the crate, or a sock within paw-range of the crate starts calling to the dog... )
  7. You can also highlight black fur with a red-brown or brown. Many black animals look brown when you get them out in the sun.
  8. Or, to go a different direction, look at the colors you use a lot and which ones you don't - if you don't like, say, orange, then you may want to hold off on the oranges. If you're a blue fiend, get one or more of the blue triads. Fro instance, I was doing a happy dance when we got the red-brown triad - I forget which one of them is a darn close match to my favorite (Tamiya) Hull Red.
  9. I think you're thinking Verlinden. I thought their website used to be something with Verlinden or VLS as the main part of the name, now it appears to be VLS Corporation's Model Mecca. I'll second the recommendation for Pegaso. Here's a link to the Pegaso Home Page in English, even. Dracos and I got some Pegaso minis for Christmas . . . and have been intimidated by them and haven't started painting.
  10. And how can we forget G-Force/Battle of the Planets/Gatchaman?!?! Frighteningly, Dracos and I are seriously considering ADV Films' New English Dub of Gatchaman . . .
  11. And just to stir/confuse the soup a little more, the term "dye" is often commonly used to refer to the combination of said said color particles in a dissolved state in the solvent. In my house, dyes are usually used for leather, and generally have an unpleasantly toxic base, particularly the petroleum-based black. (for me, dyes are the things that soak into my skin and leave me speckled for 2+ days, everything washes off or otherwise disappears within 24 hours...)
  12. Civil Engineer, reviewing new/revised floodplain maps/studies. Oooh. Dream Job. So many choices. No particular order: Reviewing books - but the ones I pick. Working at a quiet homey bookstore (not sure I want the management hassles of actually running one!), the kind where the customers are likely to be bibliophiles like me. Now, the real farmers please don't burst my bubble this is *dreaming* after all: moving out to the boonies and have a farm. Sheep, dairy goats, several other possible critter types. Hitting the lotto first or having the mythical rich uncle leave me a heap is something of a prerequisite. Open a workshop/gallery selling all the hobby/craft things Dracos and I do - leatherworking, knitting, weaving, spinning, mini painting, model-building, etc. Hmm. Need that lotto thing again.
  13. Looks good, although not quite the Techno-Trousers I was expecting. I really like the metallic colors. I'm quite happy to use metallic paints for metals, myself. Whoops! Let's edit that and not quote all the pictures...
  14. Evil (combination Necropolis/Nefsokar/Overlords force), because E-Vil always has the spiffy uniforms! Or something like that . . . I guess I just liked the look of the evil factions' minis the best.
  15. My army is mostly Necropolis, with a pretty hefty dose of Nefsokar and Overlords. I put myself down for 2 factions, although I don't know yet if the second one after Necropolis is going to be the Overlords or the Nefsokar, on the theory that before the year is up I'm probably going to have a pretty complete second faction army.
  16. We picked up a copy on Thursday from Games Plus, in Mt. Prospect, IL.
  17. There have been many comments on dimensions adn the ability to store triad of paints in the compartments or 9 paints. Yes, there have been comments about the dimensions of the interior divisions (and I was one of them), but that's not what I meant when I said the overall dimensions. I mean that no one has said anything like "its too freakin' big, it won't fit on my paint table" or "why isn't it big enough to carry 40-eleven-trillion bottles?"
  18. Aha! That is a big part of the problem. In the The "What ISN'T Reaper Coming Out With" Thread, the paint case is referred to as the "Deluxe Paint Caddy" (including a post by Reaper Ron). Reaper has trained us to have high expectations with their minis and the care they've been taking with Warlords. We see "Deluxe" and start to drool. So, when we get what is more of a basic model paint case, yeah, that's probably where the disappointment is coming in. I don't think anyone is really expecting Reaper to re-tool this paint case. (I know I'm not) Speaking for myself and Dracos, and making an educated guess as to others' thoughts, we're airing our opinions so that if Reaper comes out with another paint case or widget along these lines some day, they know the kinds of things that we do and don't like, and which details we think are important. (for example, no one has said much about the overall dimensions, so that looks like a non-issue)
  19. I had this problem a while back. The diagnosis by other folks here was that the spray enamel primer I'd used (Krylon, IIRC), hadn't sufficiently cured, and so was reacting with the paint (Reaper Master Series enamel). We let the other minis that had been primed at the same time sit for a few days to a week before painting; sent the can of spray primer down to live with the other general around-the-house paint, and switched to the Reaper Pro-Paint brush-on primer and Testor's spray primer (also an enamel), and haven't had a repeat occurance.
  20. Check with the local dress and bridal shops, too. Even if they don't have any in stock, they may be able to make one or point you toward someone who can.
  21. Your best bet is probably going to be having someone make it for you - red isn't a typical color for modern US weddings, unless it happens to be this year's trend, of course, so I'm not terribly surprised you can't find anything. My wedding dress was royal blue, and about the only blue pre-made flowers and other bits and pieces I could find were pale blue, so I understand where you're coming from. I see in your .sig that you're in the SCA. You may have to go outside your group, but there should be a Laurel open to bribery or someone else who'd be up to it around.
  22. Sunday Dracos ran down to Games Plus and picked us up one of the brand-shiny-new Reaper paint cases. We're disappointed, I'm afraid. My intention is not to whine or kvetch, but just to list the "whys", for both the other forum members and Reaper Peeps. First (although these are in no particular order), the sections in the case hold 7 bottles of paint. I'm assuming that the section size was a result of the size of the ProPaint bottles, as it doesn't make sense when looking at only the RMS paints. With the RMS paints organized in color triads, sections designed to hold 6 would have made a lot more sense. And, there's a lot of wasted space in there - you get two rows of 3 with the 7th in the center. Some of the center sections might take 8 bottles, if you really wedge them in, but the outer edges are tight with 7. I expect you could gain some slack by taking out dividers, but then when the case gets joggled while a couple bottles are out or a row isn't full, disarray will probably ensue. The handle undercut seems like its going to be awfully small once the case is filled with paint. The latches - in an earlier discussion on the sneak peek at the paint case, someone expressed concern. Well, as a certified Rubbermaid Junkie , I concur - I've had lots of different kinds of tackle, organizer, and whatnot boxes, and that's a hinge design that's going to fail sooner or later - the latch itself may hold, fine but the thin section of plastic that allows it to flex and open is going to go. The hinges aren't bad, they don't rely on plastic flexing. In an ideal world (assume a spherical cow at STP) I would have preferred a slightly shallower body and deeper lid so that the paints are taller than the box when open, but then you get into a tradeoff problem with the weight of the lid vs. hinge strength, and I won't argue with the decision Reaper made there. If Reaper Peeps hadn't said otherwise, I would suspect that they shopped around and found a stock container that the paints would fit in and put a Reaper label on it - its just, so . . . blah. Its not terrible, but it could have been a lot better. Dracos is a BL member, and is sorry that he won't be able to recommend the paint case. He won't be telling all and sundry not to buy it, but if someone asks about it, he feels that he has to give them his honest opinion - that there are better choices out there. (Why isn't he writing this himself? Because I'm the one in the family with better spelling and grammar) In the end, we won't be moving our RMS paints into the case, and Dracos will be building dividers for a second case to match our first one - a tray of one-bottle dividers Dracos made up out of styrene from the model/hobby shop, that sits in a storage box like this one from Dick Blick (may actually be the next one larger or smaller).
  23. The Urban Fredricksson charts don't even have color samples - What they provide are equivalencies between various brands of model paints and how they relate to the FS number system. (There are links from the chart to samles of the various FS colors, incuding a warning that the color on your monitor is not necessarily the real color). So, once you have paint samples, even if they don't include FS number information, you can check and see if there it is an FS equivalent, or vice-versa. (or in my case, if the model kit lists Gunze Sangyo colors, I can figure out what Tamiya and MM Acrylics I need)
  24. I've used this one several times when working on models. Very good reference, IMO.
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