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Cyradis

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  1. Yes. Caution: blues and teals do not stay vivid for long, even with bleach first. They also don't fully fade out like blacks and purples. My hair went teal to be a mermaid for D&D right before plague hit. Good thing I liked it - been updating it instead of letting it go like I'd initially planned. I think I'll keep teal/blueing it until plague is controlled. Also: keratin oil conditioner is amazing and even after a round of bleaching, no split ends after like 3 months since I gave myself a trim. I usually get split ends 2 weeks after a trim, no bleach. Friend was right. Conditioner with keratin oil is amazing.
  2. Have stuff from Poland and Italy that did finally arrive (~2-3mo travel time + customs). One more expected from Poland. Also waiting on something from my mom in Oregon and it has been 3-4 weeks now.
  3. Thanks folks :) with grandparent help, I got a new bike! It doesn't fight me! I can lift it with one arm! Brody brand so I think its name is Betty Brody the Bicycle. Old one is Chloe the Clunky.
  4. Eh, I always hated being in a writing course and passing my essay to a classmate and then we edit each other. I am a decent but not outstanding writer. And I'm honest - the goal was to edit, so I brought out the red pen and let it go. Then I'd get comments back on my essay and have almost nothing. Either the classmate was too timid to red pen me, or didn't see errors (and there totally were errors). So I felt like that elfhole who was mean, while getting no feedback myself. When I applied to the group I'm with now, they needed me to write a scholarship application in about 4 days. Not long of a deadline to work with. But Group Editor was there to help! So I wrote something up and sent it. She edited it. I got it back and she had actually red penned it. More than anyone else had. Talked to her and she said she tried to go gentle at first... I just told her to RED PEN ME HARDER and then we got going with super nitpicky red penning and editing. It is SO AWESOME to have an editor actually rip my work to shreds. People really should stop being upset about editing. Lots to learn from it and it makes a better final product.
  5. My adviser and group manager are editors on a mineralogy journal. They get a lot of international submissions where English is not the author's first language. The editors say these ones are often easier to correct than the English as first language authors who are bad writers, because the authors who have English as a second language have very formulaic (thus understandable) errors. The native speakers have much more random and confusing errors. Not true 100% of the time, because at a certain point even formulaic errors are too far off to know the meaning of a phrase properly, but usually that's not the case. In grading papers I see that too. Sometimes the grammar and word choice is such that it is word salad. Often it is just a certain set of errors that aren't severe enough to impact meaning of the phrase.
  6. Why are aquamarines coming out of eggs instead of dragons? O.o At least they got hexagonal symmetry... **grumbles in crystallographic**
  7. I like the idea but the sculpts all seem really incomplete to me for some reason.
  8. I am happy with seasonally limited paints MUCH more than truly limited. Gets the boost in participation with chances for those who missed out to try later.
  9. I think they are shipping international soon. Waiting on mine up in Canada still.
  10. Seems like Kev White should stick to sculpting, then sell the sculpts to competent business folks.
  11. Watched The Man in the High Castle. Definitely don't watch it if you want to feel good. The show is amazingly well done. But you can't really feel good about alternate history where Germany and Japan won WWII. Set in the 1960s. Minor sci-fi element to it. It punched me in my Jewiness really hard. Also weird seeing my university as a filming location, decked out/CGI'd to be Evil HQ. Yeah so... very good. Very relevant. And very painful. Watch out for Nazi-nightmares.
  12. Can also airbrush the liners. I use Vallejo airbrush primer on Bones and it works great. Also mixed that primer with brown or blue liner for it - still works great. Some paints just adhere better than others, even within the Reaper line. And even thinning the paint via damp brush has messed up applying first layers to Bones figures, from my experience. The first layer needs to be thick if you aren't using primer, which is unfortunate.
  13. The point of primer is to make paint stick - one day, or one year, or however long. As long as it was applied well (not gloppy, not sticky), and it is clean? All good. I wouldn't use soap on it once primed, but a rinse is alright. Finger grease does indeed mess with paint staying on surfaces.
  14. Yeah... streaming is nice, but they need to make use of written stuff just as regularly.
  15. While I dislike most GW paints, their washes are in fact quite good, and they're larger bottles. That said, I only have the black and the brown one. I mix all my other washes. I have one Reaper wash, and while I love most Reaper paints, their washes are less good. I'd say just get yourself a bottle of flow improver and keep mixing your own. Flow improver helps get the wash into the nooks and crannies better.
  16. I don't, but my mother does. Her town also has a dedicated group for it. She brought a bunch of her painted rocks when she last visited me and hid them around here. Three rainbow rocks she painted sit on the cobblestones of our apartment building. They have her town group's hashtag on the back so people can look up the group, lol. Make sure to varnish them well for the sake of lasting outside :)
  17. Based on the Bones V paint set, it seems like some once exclusive paints are becoming non-exclusive (such as Black Indigo). I am totally in favor of this.
  18. Does this mean CanadaPost has its shiznits in order? Still waiting on stuff from Italy and Poland here - stuck in CanadaPost now.
  19. I am curious about it, but the goblin I just finished from Big Child Creatives was a pretty poor cast. Resin bubble+blob on the nose, big crack in the ankle, more mold slip than expected for cost, and packaged such that an ear broke off. Other Vancouver painters got good casts though. I suspect they're probably Usually Good, but need to do better quality assurance checks.
  20. I was super sad by recent events, and wanted to help. I can help by doing uplifting art, right? So I biked to the local hobby shop, got a new base, prepped this figure, and did ALL of the painting in one day (Sunday last week). He is meant to be an honor to communities in need. After all, Black Panther, T'challa, is pretty much the most honorable and wise of the main Avengers cast. Love Captain America, but he totally should have been a nurse And Iron Man? Crass. Thor? Bro. T'challa is all good things in a person: smart, strong, and compassionate. The figure is being raffled for charity on my FB page. Not looking to spark political fights - I painted the figure for the sake of kindness.
  21. Learn to Paint Kit(s) Mouselings. Rosemary & Co Series 33 Size 0, 1, 2 (she's 13 and has interest, she can take care of good brushes by now). A junk brush for priming/drybrushing. Tub of Mastersons Brush Soap. Masterson's wet palette and some parchment paper. Brown/blue liner for priming Bones, and some brush-on primer of your preferred brand. A figure that you have and want to paint, so that if you both have it, you can video chat and paint it together. Triad of her favorite color of paint (in addition to LTPK stuff)
  22. Even in USD, it is no where near enough. I barely make $30k CAD right now, which is worse... but like, still same order of magnitude. And $30k makes a big difference in quality of life, but still isn't easy to live off of. You must have a pretty cool family. Anyway, I'm either.... 1) Living long enough for synthetic kidneys to replace my weary one, and then I'll live crazy long. 2) Not living long enough for that, and having them poop out on me between 75-80. Or lastly 3) Vaccine trial goes bad, I croak, and bring about the zombie apocalypse afterward.
  23. No, I will not trade it. Not a high enough value for a year, not by a long shot.
  24. The ship still doesn't have a name, so I am going to suggest it goes with an acronym. The RCS Really Cool Ship.
  25. Does actually look like the figures are based off a rainbow colored LGBT+ larping group. The pictures of them are gosh darn adorable. Doesn't seem like "for a cause" as much as "themed with our group with these values in mind". Seriously, those costumes are awesome.
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