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  1. Was just coming to see if this was posted. πŸ’œ Thank you @Sylverthorne for collating all the goodness into one place! I wasn't even aware of such a thing before last year; the spawn and I had a great time with the daily inspiration to draw. (Although, since school's back to in-person, she may prefer the less-than-daily option.)
  2. Thanks again @Darcstaar ... really appreciate your help! Cheers @Neatpete 🍻 Hope it wasn't too much of a kick. πŸ˜„
  3. I have been remiss in not posting a follow-up. ☝️ After reading and re-reading all the advice, I started in on trying to give Luwin a makeover. Messed with the orb (again and again and s'more). Darkened the glow everywhere to help with the orb. (Not sure that was entirely successful but I feel much better about it, overall.) With my new-found knowledge, I'm going to give fire OSL a go for my next experiment. πŸ˜… Thanks again, all of you. πŸ’œπŸ» (I stupidly changed out my backdrop before taking a picture of his back -- so that's against black velvet instead. πŸ™„)
  4. Celebramations and congratulatations for the happiest of birfdays @Chaoswolf
  5. Really appreciate that encouragement and all the words of wisdom... ☝️ The mister and I were discussing this very thing over the weekend. How our mindsets have greatly changed from the very first minis we had painted and everything was either an irreparable mistake or just a total disaster. With some "arse-in-chair" time under our belts, the mistakes are finally something we can either correct or, at least, attempt to fix. Having that ever-so-slightly improved foundation of skills has made a marked improvement in our confidence levels as painters. ("I can full-on f* this up and finally trust that it might not wind up sitting there for months unfinished or suddenly turn into a projectile." πŸ˜…) All appendages crossed for the stars aligning for 2022. 🀞 πŸ’œ (Spooky ghost lurking is the best lurking.)
  6. My daughter played in your Thursday night session -- and had an absolute blast! Beforehand, she was a bit concerned about being a relative newbie amongst all the pros but her fears were completely unfounded. (She'd only played a few sessions in The Before Times and got hooked.) Thank you -- and to all the players, including @albevazin -- for making her feel so welcome. πŸ’œ Not sure she has an account here, but I'll tell her you're reaching out for your players.
  7. Haha, I've definitely jumped into the deep end. @Glitterwolf πŸ˜…πŸ»
  8. @Guindyloo Guinnnndy! You're back. πŸ’œ πŸ«‚ (Sent all the good juju I could muster your way and was so relieved to get an update from Lord Dave at the Con. And, I remembered all the Buc-ee's advice from long ago when the family and I went around for the first time, all in wide-eyed wonder. 😲) Thank you so much for posting all that OSL goodness... I went back and fixed that shadowed arm last night based off @Darcstaar 's suggestion and I feel much better about it. (Thanks again!) Also, darkened some of the lower-down hints of light. Now, to put your advice to work and fix that globe (and/or that hat). That yellow on the globe was irking me and I now know why! The grey scale idea for value is making me smack my forehead because I've seen it done so many times but never thought to do it for my *own* minis. (Major duh moment.) Thank you for making me realise that I should actually be utilising this technique, as well. (Wish I'd started him properly, and primed in black. I decided after the grey went on -- and watching the beginning of David Diamondstone's class -- that I'd have a go at OSL. I'm a "just enough half-assed knowledge to be dangerous" type, so I did myself no favours. It inevitably leads to many, many bad attempts at pretty much everything. πŸ˜„) The swatching along with checking for values is such a brilliant idea. Definitely have a tiny, paint-friendly sketchbook that I now have in mind which can sit next to my painting spot. Greatly appreciate all your help! I was initially quite hesitant about posting for help -- mostly because I oft-times feel like I don't have enough of a solid foundation of skills to make good on the advice -- but I'm so glad I did. 🍻🍻
  9. Thank you @Darcstaar ! I'm all about saving my what remains of my sanity. πŸ˜„ I'll go in lighten that area of the sleeve.
  10. Hi there all, I've decided to dive into the deep end with finally trying the scary world of OSL. πŸ˜„ Feel I've lost the plot on this ... so any advice on how to proceed with this would be greatly appreciated! (Having fun, though, despite not knowing what the hell I'm doing. 😁) I'm including a "top down" view, which is where I'm most confuddled. That dark line down his arm which represents the shadow from the staff which sits between the source of light ... it just doesn't look right to me. πŸ€” So, I'm all ears for suggestions on improvements!
  11. πŸ˜… Wasn't trying to be exclusionary by not listing all the various forms of social media! I'm just familiar with Discord's "sign-up" based push notifications and how well they worked for ReaperCon Online and RVE. Any sort of day-specific highlights made available each morning with times listed would be extremely helpful... Ultimately, use of that digital sign like Inarah mentioned above or something posted right outside the main hall would be most ideal.
  12. If this happened and I just didn't realize it, please disregard... Not sure how easy to send out a Discord ReaperCon announcement via notification would be every morning of the Con? Like a mini "Coffee Ketchup" but via Discord notification. Nothing extensive, but perhaps something with reminders of important times for that day, like when Meet-and-Greet starts, the costume contest, the deadline for MSP entries, etc.
  13. You're onto something! ... πŸ€” perhap a baby Watcher in the Water to accompany me. πŸ˜„
  14. That art has me stoked! πŸ˜²πŸ‘ Despite being about 75% through sculpting an octopus to adorn my pirate hat, I'm thinking I'll be able to use it again at some point for a future ReaperCon, eh?
  15. It was our family's first Con ever -- after planning to attend Adepticon & ReaperCon in 2020. We had an absolute blast and met so many wonderful folks. (Haven't really socialized in forever so that was a mighty task to accomplish, let me tell ya!) Barring a rogue asteroid or a country-wide zombie infestation, our trio will be there. (Perhaps even if with a zombie infestation because I feel the problem-solving skills of this community would be highly advantageous. πŸ€”)
  16. @Pegazus I was so stoked that I'd finally made a row and then utterly failed to locate you again on Sunday. (Whomp, whomp, whooooomp) πŸ˜‚ Managed to help a couple get Blackout and got to chat with a loads of cool folks along the way, though -- and that was the best part of all. Thank you for organizing this! 🍻
  17. Hmmm, as a complete and total newb, I just need to figure out how to locate @Pegazus first.β˜οΈπŸ˜‚
  18. Colour me green with envy! Our current progress... 😬
  19. Safe travels! ☺️ We'll be joining the "Road Tripping to ReaperCon" crew later today.
  20. Can Con newbies get in on this (if it's not too late, of course)? I'll throw my pirate hat into the ring, if so. The name is Coffee.Nerdery.Beer ... and we'll be there from Wednesday evening until Sunday morning. Forum avatar is fine. 😁
  21. You are absolutely the best. (And have the most exquisite taste in wicked mirrors which still propogate to my ads whilst browsing. πŸ˜‚ ) This helps immensely! She (and her entourage: the mister and myself) will stop by and say hello, indeed -- and possibly get some quick pointers! (She just adored taking your Crystals class during RVE and really appreciated the feedback you offered on Discord. Same goes for me with your Skin Deep class... learned so very much. ☺️) Thanks so much for answering my odd question! My understanding of her thought process after quizzing her (but don't quote me as I've been burned before πŸ˜„) is she just really wants to see how her painting fares using the non-youth criteria. Greatly appreciate your offer to advise -- I'll send over an image of which mini she had in mind. 🍻
  22. Thank yoooou Dicey & Guindy! I appreciate your replies. ☺️ It really helps knowing what how the process goes and that she'll be able to get feedback afterward. New question has cropped up... If she wanted to "test the waters" of having her mini judged by the more rigorous non-youth criteria, would that be okay?
  23. Hello all. o/ It will be our family's first Con -- and we're all quite excited at the prospect of all the goodness in store! Sorry in advance for asking these newb-silly questions. This inquiry is on behalf of the spawn (14 year old), who is attending with us after I coerced her into taking 3 days off school. 😬 She's interested in entering a piece in the Painter category. What she has mentioned was wanting to get a score on her piece -- and, potentially, depending on nerves and bravery supplies -- ask for some judges' feedback. At the age of 14, I'd imagine she's too old for the Youth category? (Or perhaps not? My search skills are failing me!) If she's most interested in possibly getting some quick (to not monopolize time) judges' feedback, should she enter the general non-youth Painters category?
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