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  1. 1)The most obvious thing that is that if you're painting light, you have to make other areas dark, The light needs something to contrast against, and the only thing light contrasts against is dark. 2)This also means that the lighted area needs to be lighter than the nearby areas. As an example, the leather bag is the same leather, just with yellow paint on it. The correct way to do this would be to lighten the leather being hit by the source light, darken the areas where source light doesn't hit, then if you want to add a tint based on the color of the light, add the tint gently, which leads to . . . . 3)Finally, the intensity of the light lessens the farther away from the source it is. On your miniature, the same intensity yellow exists everywhere. Yellow light from a lamp/candle doesn't actually illuminate very far in real life, so I would make my farthest yellow just tinting, while the lamp itself would be the brightest point at a pale yellow. Object source lighting is also a more advanced technique, so if you're just starting out then kudos for attempting it, but don't worry if it doesn't work yet.
  2. Very nice. It also reminds me that I need to get an order to Jim.
  3. I will suggest you watch some of James Wappel's videos over on the Ewe Tube. He paints quickly and at a very high level. My advice is twofold: 1) Practice. Then practice some more. There's a certain memory that goes along with art stuff. Some of it is muscle memory, some is "I just know the consistency of paint I need" or the like. 2) Cheat. There's no need to blend every highlight and shade. There's also no need to hit every detail. I've found skipping eyes is particularly useful for army-level figures. Buckles look fine if you just hint at a little metallic color instead of trying to paint the entire thing. 3) Line. Dark-line the seams (between armor and cloth, between skin and cloth, between leather boots and pants, etc.) and it makes the miniature pop a bit more. Minimal work, maximum impact.
  4. For most skirmish games, one might get away with a selection of paper miniatures to get started and decide it's something he'd like to continue with. That cuts down the cost considerably. Paint a couple leader figs and get playing!
  5. Sine Nomine Publishing, Red Tide Campaign Sourcebook and Sandbox Toolkit. For $8, the toolkit is well worth the money. There's some campaign-specific terms, but everything is very compatible. The supplement itself is written for Labyrinth Lord rules, but any half-decent GM can substitute "1d6 cultists" for something else. A quick example of a "borderland site": d10 = 10 = Trading Post Add 1 "tags" d4 + d10 = 4, 8 = Uncertain Title, then 2, 6 = Faded Glory Each tag has a selection of Enemies, Friends, Complications, Things, and Places So, enemy = greedy treasure hunter, ambitious noble Friends = curious antiquarian, young farmer starting a homestead Complications= a sudden rush of outsiders pour in to claim treasures (gold rush), Things = Ancient Treasure seems to work, Places = huts made from strange ancient building material, tumbled boundry stones So a trading post in the middle of the wilderness. The "lord" of the place is an aging man who built the place outside of the nobles' power . . . but the lord is running out of money, the nobles back in more civilized areas want a piece of the action, and to top if off word has filtered out that an ancient ruin holds vast amounts of treasure, bringing an influx of new adventurers and grifters . . . er, settlers. One of these is Mattias, a young man recently arrived with his bride who is trying to build a homestead at the edge of the the site, near some tumbled boundry stones that may or may not prove important for later land claims. (The tags serve as inspiration, and you don't have to use them if you've got enough ideas already.) There are adventure hooks that take some time to flesh out, but there's enough there for an hour's worth of interaction before the PCs wander off to find that treasure . . . which can be created with the Ruins toolkit.
  6. Honest conflict is better than dishonest harmony.

  7. I’m not a doctor, and my analogies are not the best, but . . . . I also won't be surprised to learn that different blood types are more prone to the clotting effect than others. I know there's some evidence that some types are more likely to have better outcomes than others, so I fully expect that genetics play a role at some level. Which isn't surprising, as there's a rare gene mutation that prevents HIV infection. This gene may have played a part in certain people surviving the Plague back in Europe's Middle Ages. It's weird being fascinated by the data and information coming out of this. I hope I'm not alone.
  8. White Star? Yeah, my Swords & Wizardry stockings are showing . . . . But it was either that or pointing out that Stars Without Number has a merchant expansion, a cypber punky expansion, a military campaign expansion, a naval campaign expansion . . . . Okay, I also admit to being a Kevin Crawford fan.
  9. The mixture sounds like what the standard of care is (or at least, was) where I live. Don't know if it's been changed (haven't talked with the medical professional for a couple months). Eastern Virginia Medical School also has this mix described in their Critical Care protocol. For anyone interested, reading that document should provide answers to the "whys" for each piece of the mix. Get well. I'm sure you'll be back to hobbying soon.
  10. The only purges I've done were related to sorting through a bunch of old paint I picked up at the end of a paint-n-take. After a couple years, knowing I wasn't using those paints, I went through and transferred some to bottles I was using, pitched the dried out ones (retrieving the Reaper skulls in the bottom if possible), etc. Rarely do I discard old brushes because old ones can always be used to mix paint or for terrain pieces where detail isn't important. Just last night I used a brush I wouldn't otherwise use to stipple a building's wall because (1) it was handy and (2) it was large enough and splayed enough to give a really random pattern. Now the question of "should I purge" has a different answer. I definitely need to sit down and organize. A couple projects have finally reached a stopping point so I can replace all the paints into their respective places, rinse and wash brushes, reorganize the tools. But purging probably won't happen, because even though I have a triangular piece of styrene cut off from a larger piece to make a base for that building I mentioned, eventually I can break that little piece up and make rubble with it.
  11. I lived in Irving (between FW and Dallas) for a year about . . . 18 years ago, so take my information for what it's worth. Yes, it's hot and humid in the summer. Winter was weird for me. A whiff of snow sends the metroplex into shutdown. The year I was there an ice storm hit the area. I drove to work to find that I was the only person on the entire site. Now, driving after an ice storm is not unusual for me, as I grew up in Michigan and lived in Colorado, so I can handle snow and ice. Not so much for everyone else. Hail is as thing in the spring as the storms move across the area. Tornado warnings exist. Dallas is metropolitan - it's the Big City. Fort Worth is (in my opinion) more laid back and "country." I moved there from Denver. It felt like I got a pay raise. Granted, there weren't any mountains, but the overall cost of living was lower. Oh, avoid heading into Dallas from FW when the Dallas Cowboys are playing - traffic gets stopped and backed-up near the stadium. Fun Texas things: Cross Plains (west, near Midland) has the Robert E Howard house. I took a long lazy Saturday and drove out there. It will rain mud in Lubbock. It's so dry and dusty that occasionally rain will collect the dust on its way down and presto! Raining mud. Houston reminds me of New Orleans. It might be the humidity, or it might be the drunken vacation I was on. It was fun in both cities. . . . The cartoon "King of the Hill" - there's some truth about Texas in that series. Texans take their football seriously. I never heard high school games broadcast on the radio until I lived in Texas.
  12. I have both GW and Reaper washes. I also have some Vallejo washes. And I've also made my own. My own are by far more versatile. I have made a Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade equivalent that are far more concentrated than GW's, so I can dilute it to what I want. I can add more medium to make it behave more like paint, or airbrush medium to make it more wash-y. I find Reapers a little thicker than GW's. However, use what you can find. There's only one semi-local store to me that carries Reaper paints, and that stock was pretty sparse the last time I went. Most stores have GW. I have enough experimental urge within me to buy a bunch of inks and mediums and make my own,
  13. Are you in a comfortable environment? Then the temp/humidity are fine. I've painted in 65F and 100F. I've painted in the low humidity of Colorado and the supersaturated atmosphere of Dallas. It doesn't matter. I've primed models when it was winter outside, and I've primed models when it was raining outside. As long as the sky-water doesn't get on the model, it didn't matter.
  14. 1982. It was a good year. My dad bought me my first plastic model, a 1/72 scale A-10 Warthog. I discovered Star Blazers on television. And a school-mate introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons (magenta box). Miniatures came later, at Christmas of 1988. I had finally found a group outside of school-friends to play with, and as I could drive I was able to actually go to other people's houses in order to play. One of the players painted minis, and I was . . . less than impressed by his creations. Certainly, I could do better. So, I asked for the Ral Partha Learn to Paint kit for Christmas. Got it. Went down the rabbit hole of painting. I'm still painting 32 years later. I'm still playing D&D (although I use Swords & Wizardry now), so 38 years of gaming.
  15. I've had this happen to many of my brushes. Invariably, it's the cheaper ones. The W/N and DaVinci haven't done this. But the cheaper ones absolutely. I don't own any Rosemary brushes, so can't vouch for the quality of them. But every company has quality control issues once in a while. I blame leaving the brush sitting in water. If the lacquer gets cracked at all, if there's anyplace water can get through, it will, and then the wood will start to absorb it, swelling. This cracks the lacquer and makes the problem worse. Having said that, it doesn't impact my painting. The bristles are fine. If the ferrule gets a little loose, I can fix that with a small bit of glue.
  16. I don't understand the fetish of watching people play D&D online. I mean, I vaguely understand the desire to watch sports, and I completely understand watching movies. But watching an RPG is . . . not the way to experience it. Watching paid actors do their RPG thing doesn't help me run a better game; I think it sets up a weird expectation amongst players. But, obviously I'm not the target audience. No, an additional sourcebook isn't going to make it's way onto my bookshelf. IMO there's way better stuff produced by others (and if you happen to run a game based in the historical world, most of it is free - the inaccuracies of Wikipedia finally have a use!).
  17. I'm going to go against the grain here and suggest instead of buying a whole bunch of new paints, effort should be made into learning color theory and how to mix your own colors from existing shades. There's really no reason to have 18 shades of blue. I say this as someone who has 18 shades of blue from various manufacturers. Or, I can take a mid blue, add a bit of blue or brown liner to darken it. I can add a bit of dark liner and a lighter color to desaturate/gray it. I can add a touch of orange to make it a different gray. It makes for faster painting, and trains you to use your eyes to see colors instead of color names (the "I have to use leather brown because I'm painting leather" effect). The necessary paints? Liners, several lighter colors, the clears, and a selection of mid-tones.
  18. As an aside, you should kill the links, as commerce links aren't allowed on the forum. With Black Friday coming up, I'd sign up for emails from USA Airbrush Supply and see if a decent deal is offered. My first airbrush was an Iwata, that I bought as a kit. Cost me somewhere just north of $300, I think, but I'd learned enough about airbrushes at that point to know it was something I'd get my money out of. And it is. I also purchased a cheap Harbor Freight one, just so I'd have something to beat up. I can feel the difference - Iwata's is smoother, with a better finish, and heftier. HF's feels light and cheap (because it is). HF's is also a bottom-fed brush, so not nearly as useful for painting miniatures, but good for me to practice with on paper to learn spray patterns, what different pressures do, etc. I learn by doing, and I can learn the basics with a $20 brush, I'd rather risk clogging that one. Compressors are basically all the same - there are some cosmetic differences, but it sure looks like one company makes most of them, slapping different labels on depending on who the customer is. There's nothing wrong with that, but my focus would be on the airbrush, not the compressor.
  19. The smallest brush I have is a Winsor & Newton Series 7 at 3/0. I don't use it very often, since the paint tends to dry before I can get the brush to the miniature. The usual brush for details is a W & N series 7 size 0. Eyes, stippling, freehand, thin lines, it does it all. My normal brush is a W&N size 1. I can do eyes with that one as well.
  20. Slightly off topic, but I put my Bones Jabberwok in 90% isopropyl alcohol for about a week. In the two weeks since, I haven't seen any issues with sagging.
  21. Personally, I've never seen it. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen, of course. It would be a red flag to me about the store, because either they don't know the MSRP of their product, or are hoping their customers don't know. But, note that there are some Bones figures have a metal counterpart. The price difference between the two could be double.
  22. Well, as has already been pointed out to me, there are far more guns on it than the Dark Maiden had (according to the 1st edition fluff). Pretty sure that won't stop me from getting it . . . .
  23. 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.
  24. 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)
  25. 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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