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  1. Doug's Workshop

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Kicktraq doesn't account for the initial surge nor the last-minute surge. It simply goes off the most recent trend. As an example, it forecast on Day 1 that this KS would do in excess of $30 million. I believe Reaper aims for about 1 stretch-goal per business day, and Reaper the last campaign was run very successfully this way, so I'd say it's probably going to be about the same. I'll say low-to-mid-3, since that keeps up with the past campaigns. And with luck I'll be pleasantly surprised.
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    Help needed! Rock troll gems!

    The thing about gems/crystals/glass - light enters the top and then diffracts out at the bottom. So, the top part is best painted dark, with the bottom part holding the color of the gem. White can be used to catch the edge of the crystals. If I'm lucky I posted an image of what I'm talking about . . . . (note not my original picture)
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    [Game Mastering] Keep on the Borderlands & Beyond

    For what it's worth . . . My KotB has the Caves as an outpost for a group of beastmen/orcs. The various humanoids become orcs, of differing tribes (some are larger but few, some are smaller and more numerous). The kobolds became fey kobolds, the mining race from the British Isles who inhabited the caves first, and are more than happy to get the big folk out (and are most likely to ally with PCs). The various orc tribes are being gathered by Evil Cult, but the cult leaders didn't predict that the orcs would be at each others' throats, so the plan to conquer the surrounding countryside has stalled out. The owlbear is still an owlbear, and the orcs tend to not move around much at night while she is prowling around. I link the Keep with the Village of Hommlet, since both involve an evil cult. Depending on how the group wants to handle things, I can keep the cult-plot going for a while, having the PCs chase various cult leaders to other dungeons. Thus far, no one has tried to take over the Keep and use it as a base to start their own kingdom, but I've just introduced Adventurer Conqueror King rules, so that might happen some day.
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    75 years ago today...

    The First Wave at Omaha Beach While my children are still too young to understand war, it's not too early for me to gather information to pass on to them.
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    Night Setting

    Definitely using OSL. Night seems to work well with deep muted blues/blue-grey. Which it does because night is really a super-deep blue. Black is reserved for total absence of light (like cave tours when they turn the lights out). The light from the moon is a blue-ish light. As SGHawkins09 shows, muted colors surrounding the light source. Victoria Lamb's "Fiery Angel" and an diorama with a soldier being stalked by an alien (no name, but do a search for Victoria Lamb OSL and you'll find it) are excellent examples, and are two opposite color schemes. One is hot, the other is cold. In both instances, the darkness is accentuated by the OSL.
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    THORVALD, DWARF BEAR RIDER

    White is a difficult color. For your bear, obviously you can't highlight white. Plus, if you're like me, I put my polar bear onto a snow base . . . and the snow has to be the whitest thing there. Looking at pictures of polar bears, I'd say you needed to focus more on bone and linen colors. I'd probably do bone as my base, linen as highlight. I'm not sure what color heartwood brown is; it might be a decent shadow, but I suspect it's too dark. I'd probably use one of the darker ivory colors. White I would keep minimal, probably touching lightly around the face and ears. James Wappell did a tutorial on white fur, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB4qtag5r9g&feature=youtu.be I'd suggest that, since adding lots of variation to the basecoat is pretty cool, especially for something as big as the bear.
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    Question about the paint on primer

    The minimum amount of time is until the primer is dry to the touch. This could be tricky because if you touch the model and the primer's still wet, you've ruined the smooth primer layer. Primer also takes a little time to "cure" and that chemical reaction takes about a day. So the reality is somewhere in between. Usually, due to other work, I'll wait at least an hour after priming. I'm reasonably sure everything's dry at that point. Of course, I also prime and let minis sit for a couple months prior to painting (winter priming sucks).
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    How Many Books is a Lot?

    I’ve never counted how many books I have. Did I once have too many? Yes. How do I know that? Because I kept an entire series even though I was 99.9% certain I wouldn’t read it. When I finally did start to get rid of books, I didn’t miss them. My wife found a huge collection of Fantasy/SF paperbacks at a garage sale. I pounced, snatching up a bunch at a quarter each. I kept them for a year, realized I didn’t have room for all my stuff, and started to read them. I discovered I didn’t really like most of the, and I the ones I did read I didn’t feel the need to read again. So as I read them, I gave them away or otherwise removed them from my house. Today, I have a strict limit on the books I buy. I’ve got a complete collection of Lovecraft, so I never need to buy more of his stories. I’ve got a complete collection of CA Smith’s works. I’m working on Robert Howard’s works. Reference works get extra scrutiny these days, as many things I “need” I can find online. So my list of bookmarks is long, but the number of reference books on my shelf is not quite so overwhelming. I've discovered I don't really enjoy most modern fiction writers, so the library is a great resource. I will keep classics (Shakespeare, Socrates, E.A. Poe) because I either reread or make reference to them. But while I really like lots of RPG material, I'm sore-tempted to divest myself of Pathfinder stuff because it's either not that interesting, or I probably won't use it. Ultimately, and as others have pointed out, it's about understanding why you want to keep something.
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    Is it lead???

    I'm a chemist. I work with lots of things that you'd rather not get into your body. I've had lead miniatures around me for 30 years. I shoot firearms (lots of lead in bullets), and I fish - I've put lead split-shot sinkers in my mouth and bit down on them to fasten them to my line. My current job tests me for heavy metals on a yearly basis. There are no heavy metals (that includes lead) detected in my body. Did you know there's lead in your drinking water? If you ask for a water quality report, you'll find a line for lead, and you'll see something along the lines of "ND" (meaning not detected) or LT x ppb (meaning it's below their limit of detection). You will never find a zero. Because that's not how it works. Water dissolves pretty much everything, and there is a tiny little bit of lead in your tap water. Don't worry about the miniatures and your kids. Take normal precautions about keeping small things away from toddlers who like to put everything in their mouths. That pacifier that fell on the floor and you were too tired to wash, instead just wiping it off a bit before shoving it back in your baby's mouth? That's more worrisome than lead miniatures.
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    Kings of War Question

    As lowlylowlycook says, it's the base size of the unit that matters. So, the smallest unit of ghouls is 40mm x 100mm, which equates to two rows of 5 miniatures on 20mm square bases (10 miniatures total). There are some guidelines about how many miniatures should be on the unit base, but that's more for tournament play than friendly play. Basically, they still want you to play with lots of miniatures; having one miniature zombie on a horde base and saying "that's a massive unit right there!" is frowned upon. I believe the rule is that you should have 60% of the required miniatures on the unit base. There's nothing stopping you from just cutting out the correct size template and moving rectangular shapes around a board, either. The nominal base sizes correspond roughly to GW base sizes: Orcs get 25mm bases, elves and dwarves get 20mm. Ogres get 40mm. But ultimately the base size is basically immaterial (my totally not-a-tournament army has ghouls and mummies on 25mm bases, because that's what Reaper's Warlord game has), because the unit size is what matters.
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    Work Space Lighting

    I've got two swing-arm type lamps. One is an Ott Light, the other is just a normal $15 lamp I clamp to my desk. Throw in a 5000k bulb and you have as much bright white light as you need. The Ott light is great, but I'm not convinced it's worth the extra money when I can get a non-yellow bulb for a heck of a lot less money. LED lights are much more "white" than traditional bulbs, so that removes another issue where Ott usually wins. I prefer 2 lamps as it reduces shadow on my working area (one on my left, one on my right).
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Friday night, after I picked my kids up from their after-school karate club, I asked if they wanted pizza for dinner. Naturally, they said yes. So, I drove over to a Little Caesars for a $5 sausage pizza. They're cheap, the kids like 'em, win-win. Paid my money, and then heard one of the chefs call out "Anything other than [pepperoni] is gonna be 20-25 minutes." So it's a very popular night (Friday), and obviously the store should have forseen that lots of people were going to come in for pizza, because it's freaking Friday, and $5 pizzas are popular among the cheap/frugal minded. I could have groused about how they don't know how to run a business, how I spent my money already and by golly they should give me my pizza dangit, and how my poor starving kids are going to go hungry waiting for them to fix their mistake. Or . . . knowing it's Friday, and things happen, I just waited. Eventually they got the pizza out. I took it, went home, had a nice evening with the kids. I often wonder how people are going to react to a real crisis. Like, say, their furnace going out during the Polar Vortex (ask me how I know). Or "Hey son, just calling to let you know I've been diagnosed with cancer." Getting twisted up about toys not making it to their destination "on time" seems like a heck of a lot of wasted energy. Reaper-Peeps, thank you for your hard work on this project. I know when it's all done you'll be able to relax a bit and enjoy a short period of rest and recuperation. Thanks for putting out fantastic models, even if I prefer metal to Bonesium. I get to buy my kids miniatures and not care if they make the guy look like he rampaged through a Sherwin-Williams store while drunk on bootleg vanilla extract. I get to paint Happy Murder-Hoboes and silly dragons taking wing to defend their ill-gotten gains. This is a pretty good thing in my book, and having to wait just a bit longer isn't really that big of a price to pay.
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    The Day & Night at Tortuga Island, 75mm Resin Figures

    Yep, same guys. They took the worst-offending miniatures out, renamed a couple others, but there's still a Steven Tyler pirate; a Keith Richards Pirate; as well as Orlando Bloom's, Keira Knightly's, and Naomie Harris' characters. So, buyer beware. Disney has the time and money to mess with this project if they want.
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    The World of the Lost Lands

    700 pages of setting goodness. And in case of an intruder, I can hurl the book at 'em and likely knock 'em out. Plus the book will be none the worse - the Frog Gods do a really good job about binding their books. While I'm not sure my Frog God shelf can take the weight, I'll likely back this one. As for the huge price to ship overseas, they state in the Kickstarter that due to the increase rate of damage to the books when sent to overseas addresses, they will be double-boxing the books, as well as insuring the books. They offer a 100% resend policy, so they've got to make the money somewhere, and that somewhere is in the shipping.
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    Favorite Holiday Traditions (Open Thread)

    My family's baking traditions are modest. Banket (pronounced bun-KET) is a Dutch pastry filled with almond paste. We also do baklava, from a recipe given to us by my 4th-grade teacher, Chafiq Khaled. I need to tell you his name because he was the absolutely nicest and humblest man I've ever known. We also make what are variably called Mexican Wedding Cakes, Danish Almond Cookies, or Russian/Swedish Tea Cakes. These days, as I am several hours away from my family, we participate in my wife's family's activities, which is Christmas Eve spent with Dad's extended family, and Christmas Day spent with Mom's family. As Mom doesn't have any other family, I see pretty much the same people as I did the night before, minus some cousins. The weekend after Thanksgiving my wife will decorate the Christmas tree while watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." My own suggestion of "Bad Santa" is vetoed year-in and year-out, especially now that we have children. Dinner-wise, we used to do turkey with her family, and hope there were enough leftovers so we wouldn't have to make anything that night. However, after trying a prime rib roast at Thanksgiving, I've decided that a rib roast is just about the best option for us, and if I'm exceedingly brave I'm going to try and do a Yorkshire pudding for us as well. We'll see if I'm able to start a new tradition this year or not . . . .
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