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Sanael

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  1. some very cool stuff, there. Congrats! And I may have to place another order with CW...I got several of their first batch of minis, but most of the stuff they've put out I haven't been as interested in painting. This dwarf, though, is darn spiffy! And I want the coatl, too.
  2. Don't see enough of these. Lunas are really beautiful moths; you're really lucky to have such a visit. And we're lucky you post to the boards, since (as VV says) we now have an easily found reference pic for fairies, Mothra kitbashes, and nature-inspired Kikyus. Thanks for the share!
  3. I referred to the BoP as a "capital ship piloted by a federation crew," essentially because for a time a BoP was actually Kirk's vessel. For its size, though, it had quite an armament, and could easily give a Star Destroyer a run for its money. I will gladly accept that a BoP against a DS might be a bit much. While I agree that a DS is Bad News, I don't think it's such a problem for Trek-type ships. "Impulse" drive speeds are described as fractions of light, making full impulse a near-warp speed. Star Wars ships, even those with hyperdrive, are generally not too much faster than our rockets today when not imploying post-light speeds. I don't know how well the DS' AI targeting system can follow something moving that fast (and not all the turbolasers are manually targeted; for those that are, I'll allow that a savvy gunner could manage the job), especially since the capability to track such speeds hasn't ever been necessary in SW. Also, a Trek ship can fire in multiple directions, even maintaining a steady phase on a target as the ship is in motion. Which means an Enterprise (for example) could orbit the DS, locking on and firing on a single target as long as the DS' horizon line wasn't blocking that target. The Enterprise could produce more damage-inducing firepower on a single target than any SW-style ship (those turbolasers miss, and OFTEN)...and Photon torps can lock on a specific target pretty easily, so the first DS could go down (exhaust port) before the DS' crew even realized they'd been hit heavily. Well-armed runabouts could do the job inside the second DS while the Enterprise kept things busy topside, and the runabouts have appropriate phaser banks that the TIES fore and aft would be little trouble. Oh, and the superlaser? It shoots in a straight line...it's big, and mean, and if it lands you're done, but all you need to do--and a Fed ship can, easily--is stay out of the way. Problem here, is that this only takes into account the abilities of the ship. Throw in a crew, and suddenly the fed ship is only so much space junk piloted by a bunch of touchy-feely scientists disguised as military. Where the Star Wars universe would REALLY have a problem is with the Romulans, at least as far as ship-to-ship battles go. What's up in the air to me is the result of an unarmed honorable combat between a Wookie and a Klingon.
  4. Sanael

    Pliskin

    Of course, we're all wondering...from which major urban area is he escaping this time?
  5. I'm a fan of your sig line. As for Oxen...Mega Miniatures (Mini Market and Paizo both carry them) has a pack of cows...not perfect, but paintably close... Mega Minis makes pack mules and pack CAMELS, but not oxen? I'm confused.
  6. As a fan of both... Star Trek is about People and Issues. It has complex (often imperfectly so) plots and (with a few notable exceptions, most early in the franchise) worthwhile-to-excellent acting. As a franchise, it started with grandiose plans of societal change and has since toned back the zealotry a bit. Star Trek, in short, is SCIENCE FICTION. Star Wars is about Themes. It has simple (at times nearly imperceptible) plots and (with a few notable exceptions, most early in the franchise) abhorrent-to-worthwhile acting. As a franchise, it started with comparably humble hopes of societal acceptance and his since become a monstrous extension of one man's ego. Star Wars, in short, is FANTASY. The SF/F disparity is why I have a hard time making any reasonable comparison between the two, artistically speaking. I will say, however, that any capital ship ever piloted by a federation crew (including the Klingon Bird of Prey) could destroy even the Death Star pretty easily. However, because Trek is about People and Issues, they probably wouldn't. This is why a "Picard (or Janeway, or Kirk, or Sulu, or any other main-character Federation captain) finds a wormhole that spits him out above Tatooine" movie would suck lots. The two universes can't really coexist. EDIT: Wow, I sound like a nerd. Ah, well. ANOTHER EDIT: Should this, perhaps, be merged into Matsumoto's thread of the same basic topic?
  7. I'm gonna stick with Cristomeyers on this one. The queens are the only ones with definite, over-arching thought, capable of planning and foresight. The queens are also the only xenos that display a true sense of memory. The soldier xenos, and the facehuggers and other drone-types, show an ability to think in the moment. I liken them to the stereotypical grunt Marine. Zealous, powerful, and smart enough to know all the weapons at his disposal--and how to improvise if necessary--but incapable of lengthy foresight or long-term planning; highly effective in the heat of combat, and very powerful from combat to combat, but please don't ask him to make the big strategic decisions. Like Cristomeyers said, "cunning." The xeno race would be doomed without them, but it would literally be lost without the queens, reduced to nothing more than a group of vicious, cunning wolves. And we know how common wolves are in the places humans have made an effort to eradicate them. And, as for your alien with the cut-off tail...I don't think he was so smart...he just played the hand he was dealt. The predator, an adolescent of his race (else he wouldn't be in this little coming-of-age rite) said, almost literally, "please, mister alien, spray me with acid, since I'm incapable of giving you more than an annoying wound that won't disable you for at least a half hour, but will spread deadly acid all over the place!" The alien, nice guy that he was, merely obliged. That's not intelligence. It's courtesy. I'll also say to any marines reading this, I deliberately said "stereotypical" at the start of that generalization; please don't think I actually believe every marine is a moron. And, Eversburg, you make me sad...a great big WOW for Predator, but only a "pretty good" for Alien? Le sigh. A part of me has died, a little.
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    My latest green

    Yeah, I hope I didn't come across as too "tough." It is a nice sculpt; it's also a compositional choice that most of us haven't seen, or haven't seen in contemporary fantasy. I have some of the same comments others have made re: the shape of the goat's head, but it doesn't change the fact that I wouldn't mind painting this guy up. I hope you're able to get this one cast.
  9. Alien is honestly one of THE best movies ever made. Just be sure to watch the theatre release cut, not the "director's cut." Ridley Scott has said in numerous places (including his commentary on the DVD before you watch the dir. cut) that he cut the film for its original release the way he wanted it, and the DVD hype of "bonus features" resulted in the DVD producers pressuring him to add things in; he doesn't like it as well, and there's good reason for it. Alien is brilliantly paced, beautifully filmed, and splendidly acted. Truly one of the greats. Aliens is also good, not as masterful but still well worth watching. Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are decent flicks, but very different. I will say that all three sequels have some cinematographic moments that remind me of their heritage. Visually, this entire quadrilogy is stunning. There are also a lot of really fun quotes from all of these. AvP...well, where the Alien movies are generally about suspense and fear, the Predator movies are more about fights and explosions. AvP is more like Predator than Alien when viewed from that perspective, but it ultimately doesn't live up to either. 'Swhy I like comics. Matt, I miss the first time I saw those movies, myself.
  10. lovin' that parrot! Nice job on all these pieces. Keep 'em coming!
  11. ooh...I like the plasticard ideas...'sfunny, I have so much of the stuff and I never think to use it. Yeah, VV is right! must see pics!
  12. Sanael

    My latest green

    There's a bronze chimera in an archaeological museum in Florence that looks a lot like this fella. Any relation? I know this is a fairly common "look" for the chimera in ancient artwork. It's a nice piece, and your sculpt is very good. I have to admit, I'd prefer to see the goat a bit farther forward, more out of the shoulders (the body has more strength to carry the weight of that neck), although I do like the "ancient" along-the-spine configuration, rather than the more D&Desque side-by-side configuration of heads. Again, the body seems more likely to be able to support weight that way. Beautiful musculature. Although I think the lion's jaw is open a bit wide for a normal lion, if you're going for a belch of flame, I think it looks great...a creature like that would want to unhinge its jaw for the purpose. And I do love me some real-world anatomy on fantastical critters. Overall, a very nice sculpt.
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    Astrilee

    That is truly gorgeous. Those leaves are stunning.
  14. Hey, no probalo! I'll be interested to see how the lionfish conversion comes out; good luck!
  15. It's surprisingly resilient. It's what I use for a LOT of my pinning, now (though for pinning I use something thicker than what we're talking about here). Actually, depending on the length you need, you may find you have trouble getting it to bend the way you want it to. Really short pieces will tend to be straight, and stay straight.
  16. My PM also sent. Also, a question: some of us have fairly obvious aliases, and some of us are pretty easy to figure out by checking around the Reaper site or personal websites, but would it be possible (and amenable to all involved) to ensure we get both the RL name and address, AND the screenname of our recipients? That hasn't always happened in the past, and that kind of info makes it easier to take a look at who we're painting for if we don't already know them. Just curious what others think. And, CBP, thanks for doing this yet again! These are great fun!
  17. I would highly recommend guitar strings for your spines...that will let you get very thin, which will let your GS buildup bring you into scale with Pearl's existing fin structure. I'd get a tiny pin vise bit, one that's 1/4-1/2 the width of Pearl's finbones, then go to a guitar shop and ask for string to match. They'll have calipers to measure accurately. Getting this thin, it won't be an issue, but you want single wire strings, not the coiled/twisted kind. You'll likely spend more on the bit than on the string. As for GS or brown, I don't know. I've never worked with the brown, and I haven't had to do much thin work with the GS. Oh, a word re: guitar strings: hold loose ends away from yourself as you cut them, and better still, hold them steady with pliers...otherwise you'll discover why explosives wrapped in fine-guage wire make such nasty grenades. The string will jump when it clips, and you don't want to end up with it in your fingertip or eye.
  18. That's hilarious. Jester should make that last pic his avatar.
  19. Sanael

    Pirates 3

    just returned from seeing this one...I still can't stand Knightley, and I wish Bloom would start showing some decent acting chops (unlike Knightley, I think he's capable of it), but overall this installment is not as good as the first, but hand and fist better than the second. Some really fun twists and turns here, excellent special effects, Jack the Monkey is awesome as always (as are Pintel and Ragetti, not to mention their Royal Navy counterparts), and Geoffrey Rush is one of the most amazing actors out there. I thought the pacing was perfect except for one moment that lasted about five seconds too long (b/t Will and Liz, you'll know the one)...and be sure to stick through the credits. Jack's back! Yay!
  20. when I was very young, we actually had a TV with push-button channel switching...you pushed in channel one, and it stayed in until you pushed another channel...the buttons were made of bakelite. It wasn't very good for modern TV watching, since the reception was poor at best, it was B&W, and it only had 10 channel buttons. It was pretty spiffy, though, since the whole thing was in one of those big TV cases made of wood. I don't recall if it had the various knobs for H-hold and V-hold, etc. I bet those bakelite buttons would do some damage on Antiques Roadshow. But they're long gone, now.
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    Mongol Cav

    Man, that's some nice green on that tiny thing! Nice detail on the quiver, too. Funny, but I was taking scale from the paint drops on the worksurface before I saw the pic of the base! Little guy, isn't it?
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    wings

    I know the boneyard is behind in updates, but is it possible to get a part number to order the wings for the pegasus? I assume it would be 3096A, B, C, or D... And, of course, if that number isn't recognized by the shopping cart, how do I make it part of a larger order in the asylum?
  23. awesome! Although I'm quite happy with the current setup for my craft-room, I envy you the ability to build your own, as part of the actual structure of the room. Keep us posted; this should be fun to see!
  24. Well, since Nissiana is at work, I'll pick up the ball here and show pics of our plaster workstation. To be fair, she does most of the casting and building, but I know enough of what goes on here to give the tour. The casting station is built on a small folding table from BB&B. On top of the table is a vibrating platform, made large enough for six or so molds by sticking a computer tower side panel on top. The vibrating platform is great for knocking air bubbles out of the plaster after it's been poured. To the left of the table are the various mixing cups and so forth...although you do have to be fairly precise with Merlin's Magic, Nissiana has put together a set of cups for measuring...there's one cup with markings (fill plaster to the first line, then water to the second), but the markings are accurate only when you put a second cup inside the first...that way, the marked cup never gets plastery and gross, never needs replacing, and so forth. Above the table is a shelf with baskets of molds, then some drawer units from Home Despot full of cast bricks. Out of frame is the food dehydrator we use to accelerate the drying process. On the other side of the room is the building/painting station for plaster (yes, that means there's another paint station for pewter! You can see it in the workstation pictures thread). This is an old IKEA drafting table, dropped to a flat surface (a table with a rake is great for technical drawing, but not so good for building castles), with a variety of fairly self-explanatory objects strewn about...the piece in the middle is a companion for the entryway, a garden courtyard that I'm landscaping right now. The shelving unit to the left is the in-process shelf of shame...there are many, many more bits of pewter with primer or less in drawers elsewhere, but what's here are actual "current" projects, most of which have at least a dab of paint on them.
  25. "With Permission," she calls it...harrumph. Actually, I primed her after she was swiped from my shelf. Since I'm such a nice guy. I'm pleased to report that, in the intervening months, Nissiana has since learned how to prime her own minis! What you guys can't see in these photos is how much Pearl really pops on the shelf, here. In the hand, this mini is absolutely spectacular...the blue veining truly looks irridescent.
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