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  1. Can anyone can recommend a quality magnifier lamp to use for mini painting? My wife finally conned me into checking out her lamp (she cross stitches a ton) and I liked it enough that I'd like to get one for myself. The things I'm struggling with are: What diopter/magnification works best for painting figs? What brands have the best reliability? What features do mini painters find most critical when buying a lamp? Do people prefer table top, clamp on, or floor models for painting figs? As an aside: Has anyone tried using a magnifier while airbrushing? Picking up an airbrush is going to be my next major expenditure after this.
  2. @mikem91 Thanks for looking that up. You're probably right about those being warlord bases. At the time I was part of the Black Lightning team and I was demoing Warlord and running "Paint and Takes". My google-fu hadn't been strong enough. The only things I'd found were some truly ancient pieces from the Dark Heaven line that were just flat squares with a slit, without the recess.
  3. They weren't that recessed from what I remember, maybe a 3mm or so. Just enough that I could get some green stuff and basing material inside and have it still look nice and clean as if they're standing on whatever surface rather than hovering above the base. The recessed factor I could let go, I just really want metal bases. I like the idea of gluing a washer to the bottom of a plastic base if it comes down to it. I just was hoping I wouldn't have to revert to a hacked solution.
  4. So I used to paint a ton, but that was maybe 10 years ago. I just started getting back into the hobby and I've run into an issue. Reaper used to make metal bases that were recessed. I know they sold them in square, maybe 1" or so. I'm pretty confident that they also sold them in round, but I'm not 100% on that. Now I've been working on a mini project and the base that comes with the figure is abysmal. I was really hoping I could just clip the fig off the existing base and with the help of a little green stuff put it on a new metal base. I really prefer the feel and weight that a metal base would add to the figure. It appears now that Reaper isn't selling those bases anymore. Does anyone know where I could either find some old inventory and pick up a handful of them, or does anyone know of another source that makes a similar product?
  5. How is the heavy line of miniatures? I've always liked the heft of some serious metal. Chronoscope wasn't out (in fact I've heard nothing at all about it) when I was last playing. I'll have to go dig up some of the 411 on it.
  6. Hey folks, I know I've been deep in hiding for quite a while now but I've been looking at getting back in the game again. In line with that, I took a peek back at what my last experiance with Reaper was like and I was wondering if people could bring me back up to speed again. Last time I'd played was before the RAGE chronicles had even been published and just before the plastics line was released. Anything amazingly startling that I've missed or that's on the horizon? As part of my examination going backward I wrote a review on my blog. http://www.MikeAtTheMovies.com. I'd love to see a couple of people poke their noses in and correct me if I'm wrong. As always, it's great to hop back into the community once again. It's like visiting family you've not seen in a long time.
  7. Hey folks! I know it's been a long time since this was announced, however I wanted to update people with a quick status report. Work has begun on the project FINALLY after a multi week hiatus I've finally cleared my calander and this utility has become the number one priority. I can tell you for sure you'll be able to view the data cards of each and every unit. You'll be able to build troops, armies of all sizes. Validate your army list. and those are just the features of V0.5.0 After that there's a slew of more features I'll be working on that'll make this utility really kick it up a notch. We're talking exports to Excel and PDF hopefully, We'll have search functions to look for just the unit you want. The ability to save your army lists, revisit them, edit them later. And whatever other features you request will be featured in subsequent versions.
  8. I'm afraid that I can't do that :( It's going to be a webclient that you will be able to access from REAPERGAMES! Also for those of you who were interested in Project Jester, I'd take a look at the auctions page. Last I'd heard from CBP she was liquidating the last of it.
  9. Alas, I can't make it to R-con, but look out for Chesme, perhaps she'll cash in on that offer. At some point in the future after v 1.0 is released, I will open up 'feature requests' so if you've got a nifty idea for something you'd like to see the utility do, start writing them down!
  10. Well I have to send a HUGE thanks out to Chesme. She was really the one who got this whole project kickstarted. As the other member of the development team, I'll happily announce that yes, there is indeed a project in the works to bring an Army Designer Utility to see the light of day. For anyone who wants to see the AMAZING work that Chesme has done so far, you can check out what roughly the interface will look like here: http://www.projectjester.com/Util/ Development is underway thanks to a generous hand from our buddies over at Reaper. If ya'll wanted me to make a guesstimate at when I'll be done writing version one of the utility I would say conservitively in about 8 to 12 weeks. Now, I'll toss it out there as an offer since other people seem to be very interested in this project. If anyone wants to jump on board and is intimately familiar with either CSS and HTML, or PHP, please contact me. I wouldn't mind having a spare hand or two helping me out.
  11. OMG! This is so amazing! I totally can't wait for it to come in the mail to me. I'll take awesome pics when it gets here... Now on that note... Lanse, maybe I can borrow some of your mad scientists and we can whip up a sexy laboratory!
  12. I have a very sexy looking 02895 : Agramon, Pit Fiend. I just thought he came out perfectly for a Rathros. I'll post pics of him as soon as I get a decent digital camera.
  13. Here's an interesting "limited edtion" style thing, I don't know if anyone likes it but what if we did something along the lines of what RPGA does and have a "Players Reward Program" for every X points you earn you generate maybe a swag point or something, or some other sort of redeemable. Maybe you can order just printed datacards with it, maybe more. Nothing exlusive, just allows me to get say a replacement for that Mossbeard card I lost 3 months ago, or perhaps an alternate sculpt if I save up 3000+ points, or maybe a Medal Trade in system. (or make the medals available to BL sponsors/RAGE stores) Maybe you release spell cards with alternate art. Yeah it's CCG ish, but after all, we are all collecting mini's. Multi-player battles: YES. I run more of these than anything else. How about a Local Players check box. I hate looking up the same 5 people I play all the time, what if we added a quick click link to submit a battle report against one of your favorite players. Also on that note a drop down or name selection for player rather than those cumbersome ID #'s. I like the balance of power, however it would be neat to have an alternate map that just takes the taltos regions and sprays them over the real world map, so I can see that say Mercs controll all of the Eastern Seaboard (US) but that Necros have Australia [and thereby causing me to go on a big long roadtrip] I like the split points idea, perhaps I'll have to get into writing fluff. I love the flavor of the game, and I'd love to see a real living plot start to evolve out of this game. Create your own contests are always neat, although I'd be careful about making promises. I've been working w/ Froggy on his Moonscar, and I know just how much playtesting needs to be done in order to make a fair and balanced faction. The MetaGame is tricky to deal with, so I'd not promise anything about making anything official. Whoah, crazy idea: piggy backinf off of stubdog. Any chance of starting a warlord BBG? If Reaper wants to host it perhaps, I'll rally a team and we'll code it. The more options for reporting you off the happier I am. I'd love to see the best dwarf player vs. the best over all player. I don't like the idea of an ELO rating system. Part of what I love about warlrod is that it isn't all that competative. It keeps the "Cocks" just that much friendlier when they can't brag and say they've got a 1500 rating and you're only a 1400. I love how you fight for your faction in the current setup much more than you fight for yourself. That's the way I really envision this going. Having it focus more on indviduals makes the reapergames site lose that whole aspect of tracking the way the world is evolving rather than being a competative forum. Subfaction reporting would be nice, but only as an addendum. I don't want to see any region ruled by the Crypt Legion. They're necropolis. Let Razig come to the table. He's his own faction make him as such for Reaper Games. YAR!!!
  14. Was he painted with Enamels? He looks shiny
  15. Upstate NY has a fairly good showing. We've got Froggy and Myself up here pushing it. I've been selling it on college campuses. The Demo team does a lot of work getting the word out with live demo's. I mean how much good does a magazine ad do you when you can't play the game. However, I would highly suggest that some other people start thinking about canvasing the college scene. There are a lot of gamers out there and this is a nice cheap alternative for wargaming as compared to GW. I've gotten 8-10 players into the game down here. (albiet not all of them are active, of that 8-10, I'd consider 6 really active)
  16. I've uses the MSP and the Pro paint primers. I prefer the MSP primer. However overall I've had best results with spray primer as it goes on much more evenly in my oppinion. I don't know how MSP primer would fair in an air brush as I've never tried it. As far as color goes. I so prefer white. Black dulls all your colors far too much, I've not experimented with grey yet, but nothing can compare to the brilliance you can get out of white.
  17. I love Total Annihilation. I'm currently playing AOE III.
  18. I've often found myself organizing an event and then having someone walk past say "that looks cool, can I play" so I whip out my demo sets and get a demo going paralelle to the event. Often I find that my players are excited and bring people they want to get into the game along so that I can show them the ropes and get them started with purchasing an army to play. It's amazing the kind of exposure just running a game will give you. More than anything however, Terrain is what catches eyes. Just toss a felt and a couple of decent looking hills on a table and you'll instantly stop 2ce the people, if you can get somethink like a resin building in there the numbers just keep going up.
  19. I'm glad someone figured out what to do with her. I've had her sitting in my army case now for months simply because she's so detailed I'm afraid to paint her. I'm glad I now have something to look at to point me in the right direction. I love her hair by the way.
  20. If you've got the capital, perhaps you've Identified a business opprotunity. Carpe Diem, and take the plunge. Become a retailer yourself. I can attest that it isn't that hard to get set up if all you want to vent is Reaper products. In NYS all it cost me was 25 dollars for my DBA and then some time to get the proper tax paperwork filled out. Then it's an E-mail to Jay and you're up and running. Getting hooked up with a distributor isn't much worse. So maybe it's time to quit your day-job and go into business for yourself. Just a suggestion.
  21. Didn't mean to come of sounding so demanding. The reason I asked so vehmently was because I couldn't turn up where the official ruling had come from and you are correct about BL policies that I have to abide by, so when a player asks me why does this happen this way I should have a relatively reasonable answer at my finger tips rather than "Because". Thank you for assisting me, and clairfying for me. I apologize if I've angered anyone. I still don't understand the "why" behind it, (and perhaps as was mentioned in that other thread it is simply because I'm reading far too into it) but they've made it official and so it is. Again, Thank you.
  22. That seems silly, and a bizzare way to word it. Why would you phrase it as MAY when you mean MUST. I understand that you cannot bury a card, so ergo you don't get a chance later on activate a troop, but I don't think that it should force you into picking which troop to pass on. Hate to sound like a cock on this, but this rule makes absolutely no sense to me in the way I read the rules. Can I get an Offical Clarification on this, as well as an explination as to why that decision was made. I'm Black Lighting and I can't for the life of me see where this interpretation has come from.
  23. Out of curiousity where does this ruling about having to activate come from. Because I've read that section very clearly and as far as I can tell there is nothing to prevent you from "forfiting" a card. You don't have to waste an activation, yet you don't do anything either. To me it seems very silly to have Tactician become a drawback at some point because you are going "too fast". I'd just like to know where this ruling comes from. I've based mine upon the 2nd edition printing that says "The Side controlling the suit that is drawn may conduct an Action Phase with one of its Troops that has not already been activated in the current turn". (56) That whole may implies to me that you may also "May not" conduct an action phase, and thereby not activate a troop, but you do forfeit that card.
  24. I was looking at what was shipping to distributors today and I saw the Hobby Que box sets come out. From what little I could gather off the net I was thinking about aquiring some, Only I've got no bleeding idea what these little buggers are. Has anyone seen them, more importantly does anyone have a pic, even of an un-opened box that I could take a look at? Also any more word from Reaper on what the Hobby Que line is going to be?
  25. I agree, take the time to do some conversions and come up with a really neat, unq. army of evil dwarves. That's the best thing about reaper in my oppinion. THEY SUPPORT CONVERSIONS. Unlike GW where I've heard horror stories about how constraining they are, here we can make changes to our hearts conent. I'd love to field my good dwarves against our evil brethern, it'd be so neat.
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