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  1. Here is a screenshot of a map I made by layering two different maps. I needed a ship docked at a small pier. So I started with the pier map and layered the ship over an empty part of the map. Unfortunately the water of the ship doesnt match. The game tokens were made from photos of miniatures or by a feature in Heroforge that lets people design and download the tokens from that site
  2. I have been using Roll20 since the start of the pandemic. You can go a long way without spending a lot of money There is an endless supply of battlemaps available online. I frequently download them from Reddit. The downside here is that if you want a very specific map for a commercially available module, it will be a challenge to find something that fits. One thing I have found that sort of works is to find something that is close then paste other images and maps over it. And you can always hand draw a map OR; if you already own a paper copy of the map, you can scan it and manually fit it to the grid. A freaking huge tool that is available for roll20 and perhaps similar vtts is an app called Token Stamp https://rolladvantage.com/tokenstamp/ You can make custom game tokens. They look like this: Now it is definitely more convenient to just lay down the money for electronically printed modules, especially if you also already have the paper copy of the scenario or campaign. This is what I did with Ghosts of Saltmarsh. But I also used material from Skulls and Shackles, some other older nautical themed modules and Pirates of Freeport. So here's the thing. When I wasn't spending money I was spending time. There are tools available that allow the game to have fog of war and dynamic lighting. But you have to manually block areas off for this feature if you import your own maps. And it is time consuming to do it. I also spent time creating the game tokens but not nearly as much time as I spent painting and photographing the miniatures which were the basis for the game tokens. Hope it helps buckyball
  3. I received my package from Humansquish today thank you Jeff! buckyball
  4. It is a new month in the new year. What are people planning on painting this month? My goals for February are: Paint a game token for Marvel United Paint some figures for Rangers of Shadow Deep Finish some figures from the annual box. I started several last month; now I just need to finish them Start this quarter's terrain piece Baba Yaga's hut buckyball Hobby goals for 2023 Painting one large terrain piece each quarter or several smaller pieces. The goal here is to complete enough to use in a game or scenario Painting the 17 miniatures in my annual box [ 3 ] Painting one game token each month [ 2 so far ] Painting three Mithril miniatures each quarter. This works out to an average of one per month; but this way I can paint them in batches [ 1 so far] I also have the unusual goal of not buying any miniatures (for myself) in 2023. I have no idea how I will accomplish this ( 48 days since my last miniature purchase)
  5. " Goo goo g'joob" " Goo goo g'joob"! Very excellent job buckyball
  6. I did OK this month. I didn't get my terrain piece started, but that was because it was too cold to use spray primer most days. I plan to paint Baba Yaga;s hut for this first quarter. I think I can finish it in the next two months, especially since I am ahead on other goals buckyball
  7. I painted an Ice spider matriarch for Frostgrave https://scontent-den4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/324735829_1750954258639313_3242313072762555280_n.jpg?stp=cp6_dst-jpg&_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=5cd70e&_nc_ohc=T_nE40PxJsAAX-ERulJ&_nc_ht=scontent-den4-1.xx&oh=00_AfD0oKsLd-BtVDN0h02BNTfVpOpTdErb3VTzvmm0H_4R9Q&oe=63D445A4 buckyball
  8. I would like to see more 17th-18th century adventurers. Not just musketeers and pirates. Merchants and aristocrats would be great. Perhaps an astronomer or an inventor? buckyball
  9. Happy New Year you guys. For me 2023 will be mostly a continuation of 2022. I have ground down the pile of bones 5 terrain I needed to paint so I will focus less on that this year, and more of painting game tokens. My goals for January are: Paint a game token for Marvel United Paint an ogre for Rangers of Shadow Deep Start some figures from the annual box Start this quarter's terrain piece buckyball Hobby goals for 2023 Painting one large terrain piece each quarter or several smaller pieces. The goal here is to complete enough to use in a game or scenario Painting the 17 miniatures in my annual box [ ] Painting one game token each month [ starting at 1] Painting three Mithril miniatures each quarter. This works out to an average of one per month; but this way I can paint them in batches [ 1 so far] I also have the unusual goal of not buying any miniatures (for myself) in 2023. I have no idea how I will accomplish this ( 24 days since my last miniature purchase)
  10. My dead soldiers from the painting over the pandemic (so about 2 & 1/2 years worth) There are 15 half ounce bottles of paint. Two bottles of primer and two bottles of sealer https://scontent-den4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/323406699_3467713936794893_5285035357318395876_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=Zdp_YYgSnSwAX_DOVQC&_nc_ht=scontent-den4-1.xx&oh=00_AfCLNy91M21SeuYii97Qz4dbJZFFAmHwTPu_bY8p6jxnVQ&oe=63B54210 buckyball
  11. Comparing my goals for 2022 with what I actually got painted I am pretty satisfied with my progress through the year. I think next year's goals will be more in line with the overall goal of playing more miniatures games. So instead of painting a monthly terrain piece, I will have the quarterly goal of painting all the terrain I need for a given game or scenario. I plan to keep painting one Mithril miniature each month. I will just prioritize the character and monster minis I can use for Rangers of Shadow Deep. I also hope to get a starter force painted up for the game Stargrave. I am pretty sure I have enough painted sci-fi figures in my collection to play the game, but it would be fun to paint up a force specifically for the game. What are you guys planning to work on in the new year? buckyball
  12. I think the original idea was to use priority mailing boxes to mail metal miniatures since the weight of the figures would be very costly if it was a regular parcel . So from a purely pragmatic point of view, I can see making metal only priority mailers. My personal preference is to be able to swap out my metal minis for bonesium and resin miniatures and terrain. I have found that the plastic holds up better in transport and use. Most of what I have been painting lately has been bones black buckyball
  13. I believe that whatever guidelines apply to 3d prints should apply to hobby cast miniatures, (like ones made from Prince August molds); and vise versa buckyball
  14. Rangers of Shadow Deep is a good place to start for solo gaming. I have played a couple of Frostgrave solo/coop scenarios and I think they are more challenging than Rangers of Shadow Deep; both in how hard it is to win and in the complexity of the rules. If you enjoy the Rangers of Shadow Deep rules, you should have fun with Frostgrave. And if you dislike Rangers of Shadow Deep you will not enjoy Frostgrave. The games are written by the same game designer buckyball
  15. I went through the Corbin box and here is what I took Buckyball
  16. I have done really well this month. I think it was a combination of having to finish the secret Sophie and having just two minis left in the annual box. It became like a sprint to the finish line. But as things stand I just have to paint one terrain piece before the end of the month/year. buckyball
  17. Did you try ebay? Sometimes people unload old toys as a lot
  18. Here is a better picture of the three Khamsin archers https://scontent-den4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/69952320_10157551248128926_6698505181811703808_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=5cd70e&_nc_ohc=gB9mU3fhENoAX_iSf1h&_nc_ht=scontent-den4-1.xx&oh=00_AfBVyPqE30EdVxbV-c5_x0zJocoJ-CkGZYNxTQwHDjYuWw&oe=63BE1B75
  19. We recently played through the scenarios in Temple of Madness. The Khamsin rangers and heardsmen are perfect for the Temple Guardians https://scontent-den4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/316430864_10160511767983926_6083907758941705792_n.jpg?stp=cp6_dst-jpg&_nc_cat=108&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=5cd70e&_nc_ohc=2alG6l4gGo4AX9oqySw&_nc_ht=scontent-den4-1.xx&oh=00_AfAXXfUSWVmy7rxSjVF6bNggCdbg7tSYyTbpXzZgcAiRmw&oe=639BA380 and https://scontent-den4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/311882754_10160342329478926_7127347848382666520_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=5cd70e&_nc_ohc=gFD6u8VyRjkAX9vsiLq&_nc_ht=scontent-den4-1.xx&oh=00_AfBC-y4PVwbuLRAKoJSBev7nV7bT6E-Q2paIUntAncj9HA&oe=639C38AD buckyball
  20. I have thought about using a yoga mat. They come in different colors and cost as little as $5. The only downsides are that they are only 2' wide and many of the less expensive ones have a rough beaded texture. buckyball
  21. That's pretty cool. I may have to consider using it to make some terrain. buckyball
  22. I kind of understand. For me the thing that tends to motivate me to paint, is to play games. This sets up a type of feedback loop. I paint miniatures and terrain for the games I play; and playing games leads to needing more miniatures and terrain. Even during the pandemic when I switched to online games this remained the case. I was creating digital game tokens from pictures of miniatures I had painted. So when I set a monthly goal or even an annual goal, it is geared to some game I plan to play. It is hard to paint miniatures for the sake of painting miniatures. I know some people just really like to paint, and paint figures to improve their painting. But I am not one of those people buckyball
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