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  1. buglips*the*goblin

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Canada only, and usually took the form of a simple math equation. It was always perfunctory. I haven't seen one in forever, most junk food promotions having gone digital, so I don't even know if it's still a thing. But if you want your free bag of chips it'll be: 12-4+5 x 14-6 ------------
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Prizes have additional tax rules. I don't know what those are but I do know that $1000 canadian of Reapercon stuff cost me $160 with customs. At ~ 400 paints that's maybe $1800 canadian, so about $220 taxes off the back of my hand estimate. Prize tax rules afaik are provincial, so $220 is probably a fair estimate for most canadians even if normal import assessments just do the gst.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Show up and type "#free" at the appointed time. On Thursdays (and today, in about an hour) there are regular shows with giveaways. Show up at any time while it's live before the end draw and type "#free". That's it, all you gotta do. This is usually a good system, and I like that it's not limited to subscribers only. For the big paint set, they haven't officially announced the plan - but presuming it is an announced window then when they say its from X time to Y time then show up and enter "#free" and you're in. Good luck, and if you win 'em I hope you enjoy 'em!
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    No, the paint set is for the twitch subscriber goal. While this is tangentially related to the kickstarter, the paint prize itself is for that specific goal and Reaper Justin mentioned the open window for entries specifically to allow viewers from any time zone to get the word and enter. The problem arises when this prize goes up, for an extended period, with no qualifications except that somebody A: Be a twitch user and B: show up long enough to type "#free". With $1500+ of free stuff (actually probably closer to $2000), no qualifications, and an open window that large there is a significant chance it will attract people with no interest in the kickstarter, or the stream, or even the hobby at all to show up and enter. This is, particularly, a problem because the paint set was a lure to get people to work towards this goal to unlock this reward - and should the winner pool get grossly inflated by entrants who had nothing to do with reaching the goal, or even care that it existed at all, this reduces the chances of every person who DID work to achieve the goal - a fact that I imagine would make a lot of said regular participants pretty damn salty about the whole thing. I should note here that I'm not planning to even enter for the giveaway, on the grounds that I'm already freshly supplied with lots of paint and thus while it's a nice package it's not as useful to me as it might be to another entrant. I don't need incentive to promote Reaper, I do it of my own free will because they've been exceptionally good to me. I note this so it's clear I'm not pointing out the above in order to advance my own odds and self-interest. This is not a dragon figure or a pack of pathfinder paints. This is the whole paint line - and that's going to be a lot more attractive, in terms of effort v risk, for somebody who might only want it in order to hock it on eBay.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Yeah, but it should be a smaller window though. That's some $1500 of paint and a whole week is a long time if word gets around. The intention is to let worldwide viewers get a fair chance, the effect may be a flood of Twitch member entries from people who have never and will never watch a single minute of the stream.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I dunno. I fell asleep reading and missed today's stream, lol.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    It's for when they reach their next Twitch subscriber goal (1300, I think). Drawing the winner will not be live, but have an open entry window where Twitch users can just go to the stream and type "#free" to get in on the draw.
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    Warlord Games Sturmgeschutz (StuGly the ugly StuG)

    So in working on StuGly I decided that I really just hate it too much and went ahead and ordered the Rubicon one. So when that comes in I'll finish this WIP off with that, start to end. I just can't even look at the Warlord/Italeri one, it's such a vexing, wretched little thing.
  9. Since I was asked for pictures of my StuGly duckling's repaint, I decided to do up a thread. I had painted this with a rather poor job of splotchy camouflage and then left it, intending to replace it with a Rubicon Models StuG. I will still eventually do that, but I'll have some tasks for a StuG before then so StuGly here gets a repaint. This is just put on over the existing basecoat, so I'm not too fussed about the finish. I did look for some paint camo schemes to see if there was one I liked, but didn't find anything thrilling so I followed the First Rule of German Armor: when in doubt, paint squiggly lines all over it. So as it progresses into (hopefully) something not too bad, I'll update. In the meantime, enjoy the brown and green spaghetti.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I'm glad it had a positive effect all around, it's better to paint than not to paint!
  11. Okay, so now that multiple people are doing 7-day challenges, here's the present iteration of rules and guidelines. Please note that these challenges are fan-run and not officially endorsed by or affiliated with Reaper Miniatures. Reaper may, at their sole discretion, offer a prize when such challenges overlap with contests, but for the most part these are just for kicks and maybe some forum fame. The Basics: 1. You may use no brushes larger than Size 0. As Size 0 can vary by company and brand, the average bristle dimensions are 10mm long by 1mm wide. When selecting brushes, try to be as close to this guideline as possible. 2. You have 7 full days to complete from your posted start time (including a picture with a time stamp from a phone or computer screen is helpful to establish this) to complete the model. 3. All visible areas must be painted, and all paint must be applied with a regulation brush. 4. No drilling, filing, mold line removal or other prepwork is permitted before start time. The only preparation allowed is to dry fit your pieces to make sure the model is complete, and do any boiling and reshaping necessary to correct warpage and return the model to "factory spec". You may also clean the pieces with soap and water. 5. All pieces as included in the box set at retail must be painted. This includes, for example, the 5 adventurer figures included with Dragons Don't Share 2. (Note that this means you cannot remove any parts) 6. You must declare in your thread title that you are doing a 7-day challenge (ex: Kaladrax in 7 Days; Khanjira in 7 Days). This way your thread gets noticed as a challenge so I can watch the fun and make arrangements for the prize if you succeed. 7. Eligible models for the challenge are: Khanjira, Kaladrax Reborn, Dragons Don't Share 2, and (when available) Ma'aldrakkar. FAQ: What about inks and pigments? - Inks, washes, and pigments are treated as paint. So long as you apply them with a size 0, it's fine. Note that previously inks were not allowed, but it was easier to treat them all as paint than to codify a dozen special cases. What if I want to add custom terrain or other models as a diorama? - The challenge only covers the painting of the retail set model. In general, this is plenty of work as is. There is no prohibition against doing extra work during the 7 days, but if you can leave it until after you complete the challenge it would be best so as to ensure you finish in time. This is my strong recommendation, as any leftover time during painting can be used to help polish your paint job after completing the basic requirements. In a competition, when such is running, terrain and mods are neither penalized nor worth extra points, so serve as wasted time and are best left out until after. (Note: greenstuffing gaps counts as terrain for this purpose, you don't get any extra points for gap-filling. The challenge only covers the model as stock and the painting of it) Is it really that grueling? - Yes. The challenge is designed so that you will never have enough time to do all that you want to do and must make compromises. It is also unusually taxing physically and mentally. It is important to pace yourself and it is easy to set out too ambitiously. This is also why extraneous work is best left until afterward. It's a lot to do on a deadline and will almost certainly mess with your head a little. Do I get a prize for doing this crazy thing? - Yes. All who successfully complete the challenge will get a Not-Trophy from me. Not-Trophies may be subject to change based on availability but presently consist of a Certificate of Survival from the International Goblinhood of Painters, and a small faux-bronzed figure. There will also be a small digital title you may add to your signature to show off your feat to everyone (collect them all!) Do I have to use Reaper Liner Colours as a Basecoat? - No. Many people do in order to help mitigate wear and tear from handling because it works very well on Bones material. Unless you are sure of using a very robust paint, it's probably not a bad idea. But it is not required, only recommended. What if I find out I have missing or damaged pieces partway through? - Dry-fitting of parts is highly recommended before starting to check for errors or warping, but in the event you discover an issue while already underway you can contact Reaper for a replacement and then continue the challenge with all the bits you have. This will count as a completion. If you have duplicate parts, such as two front legs instead of a left and right, you must paint both duplicate parts (the duplicate thus standing in for the proper piece as a stunt double). This also applies to damaged parts. This prevents the need to stop the challenge to wait on a replacement. When said replacement arrives, you may complete and assemble the model for show-off purposes. This sort of scenario should be quite rare. Can I tape three 0 brushes together, or use one size 0 in each hand? - You may not modify your size 0 in any way unless said modification is subtractive. i.e. - you can cut the bristles and flatten the ferrule to make a more flat brush out of your regulation size 0. You cannot make any modification that is additive (taping multiple brushes together). You can, however, use one brush in each hand. This is not likely to work very well, however, and will probably waste time rather than save it. Can I use super glue accelerant if it is a spray? - Yes, but only if you do not otherwise use it to alter the paintable surfaces. You may only use it during assembly for its designed purpose. When assembling the model, the participant can use any sort of adhesive desired - or even none at all if it can hold together without it. This is to allow those who wish to do extra work to do so after entering their challenge, so that the model may be easily disassembled at that time. Can I modify the figures, remove parts, or give them new bases? - No, all parts included in the kit as stock must be painted. It's best to just paint it as is and do any modifications after the challenge. Done carefully, this should be achievable without major damage to painted pieces. I messed up on my paintjob and want to remove some paint. Can I? - Yes, but only if you intend to reapply paint over that area. You could not, for example, paint an area and then wipe it off with a cloth to remove paint and then use this as quick shading - the cloth would count as an outside and invalid tool used to alter the finish.
  12. buglips*the*goblin

    Warlord Games Sturmgeschutz (StuGly the ugly StuG)

    StuGly got a wash. I used some Secret Weapon washes that arrived yesterday. Dark Sepia and Heavy Body Black. I should have tried the soft body first, tbh, the heavy body was so dark I had to thin it half and half with reaper wash medium. But, it worked. I also think Sewer Water might work better for dark yellow than the sepia, I'll find out when I get to the big cats. This probably looks overdone, but it's that way on purpose for the next step.
  13. I know there are a few of us here who have been poking around in this line, so I thought a general thread might help us find each other. I know @lowlylowlycook and @SisterMaryNapalm have done some Bolt Action wips and show-offs, but given the volume of the board these posts may sometimes be easily lost. Here you might provide some links to them so they at least catch interested eyes. As most of you know, I'm a Reaper guy. I love Reaper, I've bought (and buy) lots of Reaper, I'm a lifer and I've been here practically forever. I sort of fell into Warlord by accident after my house fire. I'd been poking around the interwebs looking at assorted minis, and when I went to ReaperCon, Frontline Games and a Bolt Action demo team were good enough to hook me up with some stuff. Initially this was mostly so I'd have something to do when I got back, since whatever I didn't lose in the fire was going to be in storage for a bit. That's why there's so many US Infantry sets above, I was mostly picking based on what looked fun. Gradually I started to get more interested, and I realized that this might be a good way for me to build a collection of historicals. I've long ogled ancients and napoleonics in assorted figure catalogs, but my primary focus was fantasy - and while a regiment of redcoats might look classy and cool, they were expensive and difficult to get into. At the same time I was mulling this, the house got finished and my stuff came back from storage. The results were... rather grisly. My ~300 painted figures suffered quite badly, and would need to be redone. I was starting over from scratch. This is something I intend to do, but if I'm honest I don't have the heart for it right away. So to tide me over and keep me working, I bought the Hail Caeser and Black Powder starters. This is a good fit for right now, because there's a lot less pressure to paint more than tabletop - given that there's a bazillion figures in that picture. I can relax, paint some army men, and work up the will to do the dreadful sorting and culling of what remains of my fantasy collection (presently I've hidden them away in boxes). At some point, I might even play one of these games! I don't have Pike & Shotte... yet... I figure I should finish some of what's already here before going deeper down the rabbit hole. So if you've been poking around with this stuff, too, please join in!
  14. buglips*the*goblin

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    If people do them I'll still award their badge for it, but I've stopped encouraging people to do them so I cut it off at Ma'al and have been low key since. This all started to show that Kaladrax wasn't so scary and grew from there, but Kaladrax was a $10 add-on. Khanjira wasn't expensive either. But as big pieces get bigger, and pricier, it was clear to me after Ma'al Drakkar that the choice becomes either halfway killing oneself for a decent paintjob, or doing it really sloppy to finish in time. Ma'al retails at $150 US - that's a big purchase to expend for a small signature jpeg. I think at this point it's best if people put real time into the big and fancy stuff, make it worth their while. I expect the pirate ship will be pretty pricey as well. There's nothing stoppng anyone from painting it as quick as they like, I just don't want to encourage people to burn up their fancy expensive minis for no real gain - or to nearly die trying. It's a nice ship, take your time and show it some love.
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    Warlord Games General Historical Discussion

    So the errata didn't yield any useful info. The age order of the books is: US Forces, 2nd Edition Rulebook, 2nd Edition German Forces. So I could treat subsequent point variances as superceding older values. But, since I'm not packing my stuff up to go play at a store, I think I'm going to playtest some force combinations and use my own judgement on what constitutes a fair fight. It's just supposed to be a friendly sort of thing, and while I'm working out two even armies I'll just rely on the house rule that my opponent gets first choice of armies. If I haven't done a good job of making things balanced, it'll be me it works against. This does mean I have to repaint my ugly StuG (StuGly?) to fix it up, though.
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    Already broke my "reapercon paint poke stick"

    Huh. That actually broke on the pin, not the cast metal head. So, in that case anyway, it doesn't seem like it was a casting or manufacturing error on Reaper's end, but possibly one wherever the t-pins came from.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    It's the opposite for me. Shipping from the UK is very affordable, shipping from the US is getting quite pricey. So my UK purchases have been increasing. Reaper's US shipping and free ship threshold are still good, so I haven't started using their UK hub yet. But it's probably a future option, if necessary.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    It's only tuesday and I've seen this video randomly pop up like 8 different places already since sunday. I haven't even heard the song since like 1981, suddenly I can't escape it. Is there a secret holiday I missed or something? Well... Happy Bilbo Week Everybody! Buy a $14 add-on to celebrate!
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    They're wrapped up. Spiders, amirite? Can't take em anywhere.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    This is my understanding as well.
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    Warlord Games General Historical Discussion

    I bought the Armies of the United States book so I could recalculate my forces, and expected the German force recalculated to their guide to come out over the point total. Instead the US list is 200+ points over. I may have to look up some errata to find out why the point totals from different sources vary so wildly. The germans already have 2 veteran panthers, 2 veteran puma, and a veteran 251/10 plus a pak 40, plus everyone has a pile of panzerfaust. The US has 4 regular M4A3, 1 Regular M4A1 76, an M8 greyhound, a 57mm at gun, and the rangers only have gammon bombs. The german force seems more than a match for the american tanks as it is, but the point tots allow me to give them an additional Regular Stug III! edit: I could also drop one sherman instead of adding the StuG III. In either case, I'd expect the americans to have a bad day. Something not right there.
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    Already broke my "reapercon paint poke stick"

    So I put my new ones through the rigours, even tried bending 'em and whacking them off stuff and they're still okay. So I guess a small handful are gving trouble? I noticed the T-pins are not seated the same in all of mine, so maybe too much of them was poking out the back of the fragile ones and the metal skull was only gripping on to a tiny part of the pin.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    No, the Birdman https://www.reapermini.com/search/birdman/latest/02917 I thought that exact figure (or near as makes no difference) was also already in Bones. Maybe I was just pushing for it but it never got there and I forgot about it. Well, I'll ask for one now then.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    There's a "birdman" figure in the Reaper webstore catalog. I thought it was also in Bones, was sure of it, but I could only find the metal one.
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    77177 Wyrmgear, Clockwork Dragon - Math parchment version

    That's a very cool idea, and a good look for Wyrmgear.
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