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GreyHorde

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  1. January goals: Finish 3 Mouselings and Snowman - done 8 zombie walkers - done 18 zombie runners - done 16 zombie walkers - deferred to February 18 zombie fatties - deferred to February 1 Infinity - sold 50 ASOIAF added 26 Effigy gnomes added Net: +46 See what I mean? Flexible. Life got wackier than normal for the 2nd half of January. No way to predict it. Roll with the punches. February goals: 4 Z:BP Gipi guest artist box survivors - done 16 zombie walkers 4 Z: BP Neal Adams guest artist box survivors 18 zombie fatties 6 Z:BP survivors, the original 6 in basic game Sell a bunch....
  2. January goals: Finish Mouslings and Snowman - done 8 zombie walkers - 75% done 18 zombie runners - 25% done 16 zombie walkers 18 zombie fatties Wrapping all those up soon will get 2022 off to a really fast start. Annual goals will not really be set because life has too much ebb and flow to lock in any sort of detailed planning. Rather than lay out X number of minis per day/week/month, or plan an arbitrary 'project' thing like "All xGAME minis by June", the best approach seems to be to just keep standing up groups of gaming pieces and working on them several times per week. When I can only spare 30 minutes or so, instead of working on groups, put a little something on a single figure, small diorama, or other display piece. In other words, focus on the process and the numbers will take care of themselves.
  3. Nativity - done, although slightly past Christmas. Santa and Mrs Claus - done, although slightly past Christmas Mouslings and Snowman - almost done by New Years Eve, but not quite. Walkers and Runners for Zombicide: Black Plague - finished 8, started but did not finish another 8. Quick review of 2021: Total of 79 miniatures painted, more than doubling 2020's total (36) and breaking the old mark of 53 set back in 2014. While I did have more time for painting in the early and late months of 2021, the boost in productivity can mainly be attributed to learning oil paints. No, I have not mastered them yet, not by a long shot. Just saying that learning the basics, some of the shortcuts, was enough to save a lot of time. Looking ahead at 2022: New Year's Weekend and since then, I finished Mouslings and Snowman, made solid progress on 8 more zombie walkers, and started another 18 zombie runners. Wrapping all those up soon will get 2022 off to a really fast start. Goals will stay fluid, life has too much ebb and flow to lock in any sort of detailed planning. Rather than lay out X number of minis per day/week/month, or plan an arbitrary 'project' thing like "All zombies by the end of January", the best approach seems to be to just keep standing up groups of gaming pieces and working on them several times per week. When I can only spare 30 minutes or so, instead of working on groups, put a little something on a single figure, small diorama, or other display piece. In other words, focus on the process and the numbers will take care of themselves.
  4. By Christmas Eve: Reaper Nativity Reaper Santa and Mrs Claus Reaper Mouslings and Snowman (may roll to following week, since wife wants them for her desk when she goes back to work By New Year's Eve: Walkers and Runners for Zombicide: Black Plague (long overdue, as many as I can blast thru to count as completed in 2021)
  5. With about 48 hours left, there have been some fun stretch goals unlocked and a pair of gnomes on the line for the final stretch goal.
  6. Gnomes taking up arms in defense of your flowers and shrubbery!
  7. A small but creative series of Garden Gnome miniatures by sculptor Tom Mason. Search for his name in the Reaper figure finder and you'll see some of his other work. The Gnome Guard “The Gnome Guard” expands on the world of “The Adventures of Little Knife and Kronan” & ”The Goblin Menace” by introducing the stalwart guards of the garden. One of the world’s most timeless lawn decorations can now come to life on your tabletop. Whether you need comparably adorable force to face off against other pint-sized foes, or you’re just obsessed with garden gnomes, these miniatures will make a great addition to any collection. I have a few preview gnomes on my painting workbench. They are great! Small, simple, metal, easy to paint, but full of personality. [/unsolicited review]
  8. Wow, that's looking great! Guess I should start saving up for the late-year releases.
  9. Oh, NO! The big five-oh! Happy Birthday, my friend!
  10. I have a weakness for TMM elves, goblins. and Arthurian knights. And so much good stuff in RPL. My poor wallet.
  11. These were WIP for a long while at my local Paint Club, before C-19. Sat idle for a while until WFH for self and family settled and I could wet a brush again. Yes, these are benchtop phone photos, nothing special, and the base edges need cleaned up. Still, pretty happy with how they turned out. Looking forward to fielding them for Counterblast tabletop games and RPG (coming SoonTM as an officially licensed Savage Worlds setting). The main 9 and Azhro Rider are all by Bombshell Miniatures, while the 'tiny, but fierce' Andromedan is by Reaper.
  12. 10 minutes to go! Support your fellow Texan, Reaper & Dark Sword sculptor, and all around swell guy, Patrick Keith! :-)
  13. Final day today, $10k stretch goal unlocked. Hoping they hit $12.5k, really want those Thunderbikes.
  14. Just 5 days left in the campaign, and two more FREE downloads have been added. Also, there are some new backer levels, add-ons, and the first stretch goal is down... I have a 3D resin printer arriving today Monday, so I'm "all in" to really get going with CounterBlast and other games.
  15. Instructors just recently began submitting class outlines and requests for time slots. It will be a little while before those are arranged so organizers can publish the schedule in Growtix and make class tickets available.
  16. Fantastic work! A really creative take, very well executed.
  17. I've never taught a basing class, but feedback on various projects, plus questions online and conversations at RC last year, sparked several ideas. So, the following rough draft/overviews are some possible, hands-on classes for RC2020: Basing 101 - an intro to basing tabletop & RPG minis. Brief demo on working with integral bases and tab/slot, different types of plastic gaming bases, and the basics of drill/pin, putty, and glue. Hands-on the rest of the way, getting a mini mounted, add materials, ready to paint. A small take-home kit with sample materials and a handout to reinforce most of the class, list sources of tools & materials, and expand on some things we can't cover in under two hours. Scenic/Vignette Basing - PART 1 - more of an intermediate-level class, assuming students are familiar with the tools and concepts but want to 'level up' a bit. Hands-on work through building up a base with bits, putty, and several materials to set the scene for a character or creature mini. (Haven't quite made up my mind on which direction, yet, this being just the rough draft stage.) Probably no hand-out for this one, unless it's a list of sources for tools & materials. For those signed up for Part 2, I would hold the mini for putty curing, then prime and maybe paint/wash the groundwork, and bring it back to them for Part 2. Scenic/Vignette Basing - PART 2 - Painting and finishing with special effects: realistic snow/slush/mud. I would provide the paints and materials, and the mini from Part 1. For those who missed part 1 or have a WIP on hand and want to apply the effects & paint to it, that would be okay, too. I might provide a random plastic base with some 'ground' on it, make sure all students have something to work on in class. Fundamentals of Diorama Design - this one is very much a vague idea, tossed out here to gauge interest. I think this would be more lecture/demo class, possibly co-hosted with another instructor, if scheduling permits. We would go through the thought process from sketch, composition, structure, scenic elements, telling a story in a small space. By working with two instructors, students would get variations on approach, different perspectives. So, what do you think?
  18. Weight: all time high Activity level: all time low Food choices/portions/timing: poor Excuses: many and varied Physical challenges: some, like arthritis, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis (yeah...a lot of itises); age; long days at a sedentary job Goal: -50 lbs before travel to Reaper Con 2020. Targeting September 1, that's 29 weeks and 4 days from today, so I'll need to average about 1.7 lbs per week. Seems reasonable. Shrink Goal...because Stretch Goal sounds too much like a Kickstarter and the semantic opposite of a weight loss goal...: -60 by September 1, or just shy of 2.0 lbs per week, on average. Right, then, since goals without actions are just dreams or wishes, today's first action will be to recognize and separate excuses from legitimate challenges. When that's done, excuses can be isolated and destroyed like stragglers from a herd of caribou (my spirit animal is the grey wolf, you know? ). Less metaphorically, I will stop whining and start to work around & through the challenges. Second action for today is to get support for food intake - Keto, intermittent fasting, Weight Watchers - some sort of structure. Figuring it out on the fly, at the grocery store, is not working. Need to be more intentional. So, that's where I will start, choosing and working in a proven system of continual improvement.
  19. ^^^ what they said! My first Reaper Con, 2017, can best be described as, "I found my tribe!" And that feeling has only grown over the last couple of years as I meet more great people and share these wonderful, crazy, niche hobbies of ours. So, yes, please swing by artist's row and if we're not there at the moment, chances are we're teaching, shopping, or volunteering somewhere. Especially Corporea - when you spot her, you may need to hurry, catch her before she accelerates.
  20. Rush has been my favorite band for my entire adult life, and part of my adolescence. I saw their concerts by far more than any other band, only missing a couple of tours over all those years. Neil's music, lyrics, books, personality...so much about the man has been a part of the very fabric of my life...his loss somehow feels deeply personal to me. And realizing he battled a form of 'C' similar to the one that took my brother last January, and that they were both quietly fighting it at the same time...it's just hard to put into words.
  21. I am crushed by this news. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-peart-rush-obituary-936221/ Rest in peace, Neil. Your music will live on for as long as I draw breath.
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