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  1. Huh. I'd considered getting a "novelty souvenir" mini-bat, but the ones that are the right length are generally kinda chibi in their proportions. But I hadn't thought of just starting with a dowel rod. Because why do a simple thing. That might work really well. I do want a wood bat; eventually I intend to sculpt a layer of duct tape around the fat end, with a split or two along one side. This thing will have the sort of "personality" that comes with heavy (ab)use. Although using actual wood might be the way I go, I'd also be interested in hearing how the GS-pushers around here would handle this problem; I suspect it'd be a useful thought exercise even if it isn't put to immediate use.
  2. So, I'm working on prepping Ouroboros Miniatures' "Akane" bust. Here's the sculpt as-is: A good bit of modification is going into this one, including replacing her sword with a baseball bat. For reasons. This is what I've done so far: I know, very exciting. So this is the right length, I like the width of the business end and of the handle, but the taper between them is uneven. I'm willing to cut putty away, but at this point it's off center, so I'll run in to the brass rod before I correct the taper. So I figured I have two "easy" options and one "nuclear" option. Am I on the right track with any of this? EASY: 1. add putty to the flat side of the taper, let it cure, then trim away everything to the correct taper. 2. Leave it be. Her arms and jacket will obscure the angles enough that it won't be noticeable. This might actually have some truth to it, but I'd like to make this a competition-worthy piece, so I'm not find of this option. Here's a held-by-tension-and-dreams mock up of what it looks like now: NUCLEAR: start over entirely. What else did we think "nuclear" meant? If I were to start over, I think I'd first make a layer the width of the grip, the full length of the bat, let that cure, then add a layer from the fat end to about the middle of where the taper goes, let that cure, then a layer the full width of the striking end of the bat, feathering the taper at each layer. Regardless, I need to smooth the whole thing, which I think will entail loading the brass rod into a drill and smoothing the thing on sequentially finer sandpaper. So... Thoughts? Advice? Thrown pottery? I may have a few more sculpting questions (of a... fleshier... nature) before paint starts happening, and I'll definitely WiP the paint. Thanks all!
  3. Oh, I understand! Not mad about it, just sad that my needs don't align with yours. I love your sculpts, that magpie is fantastic!...I just can't quite justify the spending when it won't see use in a game and doesn't fit the paradigms for the various minis-related gifts I give. Of course, that magpie could be a kenku merchant in Eberron...hmm...
  4. I know that I'm super excited about a ton of the stuff we've seen, including the busts, but I'm still only at a base core set level. Partly because I can't be bothered to keep changing my pledge, I'll do it once near the end, and partly because I know the bulk of my contribution will be in the pledge manager over there course of a year.
  5. "Fettle" is the condition of a thing, what kind of shape it's in, its status of being. Originally Old English, I think, but where it came from on its way there I couldn't say. It's a "fossil word," or a word that only gets used as part of a common phrase in contemporary language. There was a time that one might have said, "that object is out of fettle," meaning it's in poor condition... Nowadays, the word is only in common usage as part of the phrase, "in fine fettle."
  6. Well... There were (1900 or so), then there weren't (1905ish), then there were or there weren't (through 1970ish), then there definitely weren't (until 2015) and now there probably were. The apatosaurus/brontosaurus/camarasaurus description debate is a hot one in paleontology. My current "big project" is my first bust. Once I get the prep work done I'll start a WiP.
  7. TFW, riding your bicycle at high speed downhill into the wind when it's already 40 degrees... Then some jackass riding low in a hoopdy starts keeping pace with you about 12" off your left side, his bass loud enough to rattle your teeth along with his trunk hatch... Then when you both pause at a light, he stops the music, rolls his window down, says "you crazy, man. Iss cold! Dis fo' you." Then starts blasting Led Zep's "Immigrant Song." ...yes, MC Gangsta Lean. Dat fo' me. ... Twenty minutes later, I was on the riverside trail being chased by a homeless man in a ghillie suit waving a broken bottle. ... My commute isn't usually this interesting.
  8. Yeah, I had to leave the twitch early today, hoping for some screen shots of whatever new they showed... I'm sure someone will provide eventually. I can wait. Patiently.
  9. Mysterium and Betrayal are both great, very fun games... But I think they play quite poorly with fewer than 4 players, which I had the impression from your posts might be an issue. If that's wrong, I'd recommend either, in addition to Ghost Stories and Gloom. I don't know Ghostel, will have to look it up. A note on Gloom: the base game is really great on its own, and I like the expansions for it. There are also alternate versions (I know of a Cthulhu version, and I think a Game of Thrones version either just released or will release soon), but I haven't played those so I can't say if they're as good.
  10. Sanael

    Bones 4 catfish

    Awesome! I have one waiting for paint...I really like the pattern you've chosen for yours! Based off a redtailed catfish? I'm thinking I'll base mine off the green-and-speckled patterns of the Goonch.
  11. I would personally like some 1/1 scale earwigs and silverfish in Bonesium. At the usual 1"=5' scale, those would be some pretty creepy crawlies.
  12. Yeah, I've dryfit mine; it's huge! But the airbrush will make it super quick to lay in basecoats, so even if you decide to go to brushes after that you'll have saved days. Relax, breathe, enjoy knowing you'll love putting it on the table when the time comes.
  13. Guh. I love oathsworn stuff... But I want to see another "sensible shoes" project...I have very little use for anthro minis. Still, that toad is pretty incredible. And is that a Raven in a waistcoat? Might fail this will save yet.
  14. If you enjoy cooperative games, Eastern themes and incredibly high difficulty (to win), than I would highly recommend "Ghost Stories." Gameplay is pretty simple, but actually winning is pretty fiendish. Theme of the game is the players are a group of magic Wuxia-style monks protecting a village from nightmare hordes of creepy demons. Winning a game of this is always incredibly satisfying, but that's often because it's your third straight game tonight and you lost the first two badly. I love this, but I know others just find it frustrating...YMMV. If you enjoy storytelling games and appreciate the sort of bleak humor of Edward Gorey or Wednesday Addams, then I would heartily suggest "Gloom," in which players compete to reduce their (fictional) families from a collection of bizarre misfits to a series of gravestones in the most morbidly hilarious fashions possible. There are others, but those are the two that come immediately to mind that work well with as few as two players.
  15. Around here, most of the trick-or-treating has gone commercial. We live in a nice neighborhood with a fair number of kids (there are schools nearby covering grades K-12), but most of them go to one of the nearby shopping centers, where the stores give out candy. Stores like it because it gives them a chance to catch new foot traffic, parents like it because it's well-lit and the police know where to be. It's sad that anonymous police protection and corporate strangers have become a replacement for knowing one's neighbors, but there it is. I also really love Halloween, but I've largely given up on it. We'll have a bowl of candy at the door, and I might carve a pumpkin for the porch (I love carving pumpkins, but I am too often lazy about using the innards, so I feel bad about the waste), but that's probably about it. If a hangout materializes, I'd probably be down for that. It's likely that I have some undead to paint, or someone who needs a Santa Muerte face.
  16. Sanael


    These are great! I love them so much. If I could pick one nit, it's that the "mermaid hair" on the fishnetted one is stuck to her breasts in defiance of gravity. I realize it's a concession to modesty, but it strikes me as odd. The expression on the last one is fantastic!
  17. AR: Pokemon Go counts, so yeah? Also there's a local theater company that specializes in "AR experiences," basically very immersive environments that represent something that might be going on in reality but you'd never notice... Kinda like the next evolution of murder mystery theater. The most recent one cast the audience as people attending a big tech company's latest product launch, which happened to be an AI Android... Over the course of the evening, the audience could uncover all the ways the CEO and others at the company were corrupt, it was possible to trigger an AI self-consciousness emergence, etc. Pretty cool. VR: I have a friend who picked up a VR set, it's pretty cool. I think it's super impressive. I had similar worries about VR going in. It sounds like my visual state isn't as severe as you described, but similar. I have a slightly "lazy" eye that centers itself close to my nose. Normally not an issue as when I concentrate, I can pull that eye outward enough to get single vision, and the closer an object is the less I need to work to focus on it, but generally if I'm casually looking at something more than five feet away, I'm probably looking at two of it. I can't use binoculars without a lot of pain, because my right eye isn't looking down the center of the tube, so I usually see a clear circular image through the left lens and a waxing crescent through the right. Because there's so little visual information surrounding the thing the binoculars are pointed at, my brain can't fudge the angles, and I become very aware that my eyes aren't pointed the same direction. Trying to shift my right eye enough to compensate gives me a terrible headache (really it's like a charlie horse just behind my eyeball, because it's due to muscular tension). I was worried VR would be the same way, but the headset my friend has is very adjustable, so the two screens can be set at different angles (unlike binoculars, where even if the tubes wouldn't get in each other's way, a few degrees difference at my eyes would result in completely different targets, because geometry). In some ways, I have better vision in VR than I do in real reality. It's still not perfect, but it works well enough that a half hour of use was fun and didn't result in a tension headache!
  18. Secret Weapon bags and Neko Galaxy ladies...I really need to make some orders for both at some point.
  19. Ok, translucent swirly colors would be ok with me. GodAmongKobolds ("Sanael" was taken... Doesn't happen to me often, but hey)
  20. Of course, none of the official Reaperpeeps at that moment were Ron, so who knows. I find it interesting that Justin was suggesting that they could do random colors (pledge for one, don't know what would come in your box), then people could trade them. He made it sound like Reaper was cool with this... Which leads me to wonder, to what extent is Reaper rethinking trading policy for this forum? (The answer, I'm fairly sure, is that they're not thinking about this forum at all, when it comes to their social media plans...) Regardless, I'm still pretty against random colors. Clear or solid, color if it's appropriate, but please don't make us guess!
  21. We only have one of most molds, but we also have a few homemade silicon molds of complete floors or walls: cast the pieces to make one floor, assemble, then mold that whole floor. Makes certain projects go a lot faster. Walls are harder because they have texture on all sides, but if you're doing dungeon hallways you can make a flat mold and the "void" side of each wall can be smooth; likewise if you're doing structures that you won't see the interior.
  22. My hair is currently at the small of my back. Either I don't take good care of it, or age has rendered it weak (likely both), but it no longer grows past that point. I used to keep it long enough that I could sit on it, but when I have roles that call for it (and pay for it), I cut my hair. I've been considering getting it cut for the sake of getting it cut, but I haven't settled on the idea yet.
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