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  1. Sharky

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I've been doing my darndest to keep it a quiet Monday.
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    Unreadable fiction

    I find R. A. Salvatore's unbridled use of melodrama so off-putting, I've never managed to get completely through one of his books. Honestly, any of the "Hey, that was an awesome D&D game! Let's write a novel about it!" authors are almost painful to read (I'm looking at you, Weis and Hickman). And yes, reading Moby Dick is like taking a beating. It's just so weird to read...
  3. You better be good... ...for goodness sakes. Wargames Foundry Bazooka Santa. Edit: Whoops, sorry - not a Reaper. I did just happen to paint up this guy a couple days ago, and figured he should be in on the festivities.
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    10-512, Goblin 1

    That has *got* to be a Bob Olley sculpt.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    My oldest are these Citadel Fantasy Tribe skellies that my parents got for me in 1983: Finally got around to painting them this year :p My first painted miniature was an Asgard barbarian that came with a variety of weapons to put in his (horribly miscast) hands. No pictures though - the paintjob is no big whoop. Rarest? I don't know... Space Slann? "Kinky Chaosette"? All unpainted of course, but i have recently primed a few of the Slann, and I hope to start my Chaos project next year...
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    Plastic Grenadier Orcs

    What do you do when you need to build an army worthy of Mordor, but have a limited budget? Outsource, baby! Some test scemes here on a trio of plastic Grenadier orcs from their Fantasy Warriors game. I'm putting together a Mordor force for GW's LotR game, but didn't want to just use their sculpts (because orcs are a varied lot - that, and I have a HUGE number of these Grenadier guys just laying around). Cute buggers, ya? Best part about them is that they seem to be the same type of HIPS that GW uses, so I can kitbash to my heart's content.
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    More Heritage Sorceresses

    Coincidence is a funny thing. A couple weeks ago, Kev! posted his version of the old Heritage sorceress (1206b) right when I was starting the highlights on mine. I finished slapping paint on mine (and her blister-sister, 1206c) over a week ago, but just now got around to snapping a couple pics due to work and stuff. Rough little sculpts, to be sure. My level of painting didn't do them any favors, either ;) I painted 1206c's (purple robes) eyes as if they were closed, as her pose and general "feel" is like she is deep in casting some heavy magics. Whatever the case, it's about time I got some color on them - I've only had them 30-ish years, after all...
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    "On Top" Ork

    Oh heck, while I'm at it... I painted this old Ork Boy at the same time that I did the Grenadier Orcs posted earlier, just to test the darker skin tone on a 40K miniature. Actually finished him a week or so ago, but work does tend to get in the way with posting. "On Top". Why? Who knows? Good photography is optional. :)
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Sorry to hear that. Goblin says that she will fill in for your kitty today.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Apropos of nothing, but the staff at the new Warhammer Cafe in Grapevine, TX didn't even blink at the 2006 ReaperCon t-shirt I wore during my visit there today. No trolling involved, I honestly didn't think about what I was wearing until I saw my reflection in a display cabinet. Nice place, BTW. Sadly, no ReaperCon this year. We'll be busy getting our little Poolee ready for her "vacation" at Parris Island.
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    Webcomics - Because....

    Stand Still Stay Silent has been mentioned. Excellent post-apoc story. Also by the same author, A Redtail's Dream. A bit more "cute" than SSSS, but quite good. This one reached the end of the story a while ago.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Its hour #11 of my 12.5 hour shift. Fortunately, it's also my Friday. Unfortunately, its Sunday which is always super busy at my hospital. Fortunately, it's been a less than insane day. Unfortunately, the one ER doctor that loves to order as many patient x-rays as possible is here and in rare form. Fortunately, I have a free frogurt. Unfortunately, the frogurt toppings contain potassium benzoate.
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    Is your fridge running ?

    Yes, my fridge is running. I also have Prince Albert in a can, but it can stay there as it is a fairly unpleasant pipe tobacco.
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    Undead Outlaw

    Hey all - still painting, just nothing worth showing here. As a "palate cleanser" from my current project (my old Blood Bowl Skaven), I decided to slap paint on Reaper's nifty Undead Outlaw figure. I've had him (or her? Death is indeed the great equalizer) for a few years, and he finally got my attention enough to get some work done. As usual, I just grabbed a few colors that I wanted to try, and went at it. Purple, in this case as I still need a lot of practice with it - it is turning into a theme color with my undead miniatures these days. I did learn how to not zoom in with the camera with this guy. I kept wondering why my pictures in the past were so bad, no matter how the miniature itself looked. Turns out if you zoom all the way to microscopic detail, then your microscopic mistakes are visible for the world to see ;) "Hate to see you go, but...no, actually I'm OK with that."
  15. I have quite a few of these, but I never knew that they made ruined versions. They are Outland Model buildings, in "N" gauge. I generally get them from eBay.
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    Dungeon Dwellers Returns in 2018

    I think I have some of Rictus' embarrassing older relatives: Old Heritage "Denizens of the Dungeon" plastics, in delightful '80 paint style. I once had all four of the plastic sets, only these guys remain :( Very happy to see the (re)introduction of the Dungeon Dwellers line. When I was a little shark, Heritage and pre-slotta Citadel minis made up the bulk of my collection. Edit: I kind of hope that there's a re-sculpt of the 1204 -1 goblins. I love those ugly little guys.
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    Marauder Miniatures Liche

    I have to admit that the joke is also influenced by Xykon in "The Order of the Stick" comic, who wears a crown just because it looks cool (not his actual words, those are a little non-family friendly). Edit: +10 internet points to the DM who has a lich say, "Tickle, tickle, tickle!" to the PCs. With a completely straight face.
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    Marauder Miniatures Liche

    What makes a lich(e), a lich(e)? For those of us who grew up with the first edition Monster Manual, we would say it's a nice crown, perched up on his bony noggin. I mean, look at this guy: What do you notice? The glowing eyes? The spooky skull? The impending threat of being tickled? No! It's that stylish crown. Which brings us to THIS guy: What are we looking at, here? All the hallmarks of lichitude are there, but what's the deal with the hat? Is he, in fact, an undead London Metropolitan police officer? Where's the sweet, sweet crown? All kidding aside, I am one of those weirdos who like most of the miniatures that Trish and Aly Morrison and Colin Dixon made for Marauder Miniatures. This lich is probably my favorite of the lot. Kind of different from what one would usually expect from the typical undead sorcerer, with a slightly goofy aura about him to offset the menace. I swear this miniature was the inspiration for the infamous Nagash miniature. My plan here was to challenge myself with a palette that I don't usually use. Evil undead wizards usually dress in ominous reds and blacks, but why not one in yellow? (I've been using yellow for my BB Skaven, but not as much on one miniature as with this guy.) For the second color I added purple, which is a color that I hardly ever touch - I painted his collar and stole(?) with Reaper's Faded and Bruise purples. I'm not super happy with how it turned out, but I'll put that down to inexperience with the color. Like most Marauder Minis, this guy is pretty big: Granted, he's standing next to an old, old Fantasy Tribes lich (note the crown!), but the MM lich still holds his own with most of today's minis. Gee, I wonder where the FT lich got his pose from? "Tickle, tickle, tickle!" "...No." The next time I paint up a lich (and I will, because they're one of my favorite monsters) and it doesn't have a crown - WELL - I'll give that lich a crown... ...Liches LOVE crowns.
  19. My son talked me into watching the DOOM movie last night. Saying this movie is terrible is doing it a kindness, really.
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    Marauder Miniatures Liche

    Do it! Bad taste compels you!
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    FitzBones: Iron Maiden

    Came expecting to see the band, was still not disappointed. Very nice!
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    Weird Dice

    I don't think that I have any truly weird dice (except maybe the two 100 siders that look like golf balls), but I have ENTIRELY too many plain white six siders from all the Games Workshop boxed sets I've bought in the past.
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    Dirty Rats!

    Finished four more guys from my Skaven team, yaaayy! I actually started them a couple months ago, but school was demanding at the time and they kept getting pushed back. Yes, they are the dreaded "table-top quality", but table-top is all I do: Mandatory booty-shot: While we're at it, here's the entire finished team, to date. The two guys in the rear left of the group were painted in 1990, and I don't really have the heart to strip and repaint them to match the rest of the team, even though they're noticeably brighter than the rest: One of these days I'll actually use a camera better than the one on my phone, but today is not that day. ;) Probably time to revamp my photo setup too.
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    Dirty Rats!

    Well, thanks all! It's good to see that I can still paint after not doing much for a few years (not to mention my eyesight slowly getting a little wonky up close - time for reading glasses, I think). Forgot to mention, this is the dreaded Warpington Ratskins team who have been skittering around the pitch since 2nd edition - mostly in an unpainted state. The Boy is interested in playing the latest edition, so I'm finally getting the rats and another team painted as soon as I'm able. Edit: Hey, 300 posts - only took me 11 years, too!
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    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    If one wanted to start smoking tobacco pipes, they wouldn't need to buy an expensive briar or meerschaum one - a corn cob pipe (NOT one from China!) is both forgiving and inexpensive. I have plenty of pipes, but my cobs are the best when I don't want to really concentrate on the smoke (yardwork especially).