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Hellcow

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  1. Darts. Hundreds and hundreds of darts (my 1st level 1E wizard carried something like 120 of them to every adventure). Their rate of fire was 2 or 3 per round, iirc, so even 120 was 'only' 40 rounds of combat. 41 if you count time I use my 'Sleep' spell ;)
  2. Difficultly in getting physical books probably. It is tough to find a copy of Rules Cyclopedia in good shape for a reasonable price anymore (at least it was 2 years ago when I was actively looking). I would love to run a RC D&D game. THe BECMI rules set was where I started and it hit its high water mark with RC. 1E & 2E were always good as long as you kept magic items rare and expensive (except for your standard magic swords and armour which I always just told players was of 'exceptional quality' rather than actually magical. A +1 sword is just about the dullest item in any game - what wizard is going to bother investing the time and resources into making them by the wagonload? A talented weaponsmith from the far of land of Goodswords is the guy you want to talk to for that stuff). 3E/3.5E - played lots of this but by the end of its run I could DM it anymore. The game was crushed under the weight of its own rules, ime. Pathfinder - ugh. House ruled 3E (thanks I have my own house rules). Love the adventure paths paizo put out but their game system started out bloated and just got worse. Never playing or running this thing again. 4E - honestly liked it. Quite a bit. Made some really entertaining scenarios in this system with the skill challenge rules mixed in with combat (though I did drop most monsters hps by 1/4 - make last long enough to get a shot with their main power(s) then have the PC beat them senseless). My favourite one had to be the players trapped in a city slowly being engulfed in flames while they raced through it trying to get back to their guild to save some important dignitaries. They had to calm panicked crowds, fight looting gangs even rescue some people (including the mandatory kitten) from a burning building. The Character Builder (the offline one that is) was fun as hell to play with and the Monster Builder made encounter creation take almost no time at all. Only system where I could have a detailed ambush/wandering encounter fully fleshed out in 5 minutes to the point where my players had a hard time telling it wasn't linked to the main story. Miss this system as without the offline Character and Monster builders it isn't as easy to use. Last system I DMed until the death of a close friend and co-DM of mine. That was over 2 years ago and I still cannot get the urge to play/DM back. Miss you lots, Greg. 5E - haven't played this or bought anything for it.
  3. And designed by the same person that made Arkham Horror and Pandemic... I think he did Descent as well. I might have to take a closer look at this as Descent is one of all time favourite board games.
  4. On ebay Canada they are pretty darn expensive. They are 'rare' and 'collectible' north of the border apparently...
  5. Mine must have been a miscast as the body didn't even line up properly and the arm with the bow was so thin it bent under the 'weight' of the bow :( (just trying to dredge up the memory of what was so off about it as i have never actually given up on assembly - painting sure, I screw that up all the time but I can usually put the things together OK!)
  6. I picked up some of these once the Chainmail game went belly up. Most of the humanoid figures were quite good but I remember throwing the Centaur away in frustration after failing multiple times to assemble it. The pieces just did not fit properly and it was, iirc, a 7 or 8 part mini that could have been done in 2 parts.
  7. An unthinned first coat (or one of the 'liner' colours reaper sells) and then paint as normal. I did up a pair of Trolls like this and then proceeded to abuse them unmercifully. Stomping on them, bending them at their thinnest points, singing off-key to them trying to make the paint crack or flake away. In then end (and honestly I pounded the crap out of these things) I got one crack to appear on the ankle joint of one Troll. Only one guys' experience but I had the same question so decided to answer it myself before the first KS was done. With the improvements Reaper has done over the years they have gotten even easier to use.
  8. Wow! That is a pretty nice looking table and $800 for it complete is very reasonable. I am very, very tempted by this despite having a great (albeit aging) game table myself.
  9. This is my feeling about Mal'drakar - I love the model but haven't a use nor storage/display space for it. It is far too beautiful to leave in its box (like DDS2 is doing right now ). I might lose the battle and order it but that is far, far into the future imo. Oh and I endorse the wearing of silly hats!
  10. I don't know why you wouldn't love the eyes! Those would scare the crap out of me if a DM plunked this down on the table. It sees into my soooouuuullll!!
  11. Ok - a serious question for buglips, ub3r_n3rd and OneClogBoot; is this thing on my neck getting bigger?
  12. In the end frugality won out. As nice as Mal is/was I just could not justify spending over $125 (shipping and conversion to CAN$ added the extra) on a single mini. I also found very little in the core set I wanted beyond the Ogres, Pretty Deadly and Sophie so that was out too. in the end I bought the add-ons Frost Giant Warriors, T'Raukzul, Frost Giant King & Queen, Solar, Fire Giant Jailer, Kyra and Lavarath, 3-Inch Bases, Kyphrixis (my wife thought he was cute as it reminded her of a Copper dragon ally our D&D group had for quite some time - Janderberris King of the High Forest!), Froghemoth and Goremaw (again my wife was impressed with this one too - she said it looked terrifying). I was going to add Stormwing but figured with all the dragons I have got over the last 2 KSs it and T'Raukzul would just be redundant. As an added bonus the $125 I didn't spend on Mal is going to our new bedroom furniture fund! After 12 years of marriage (today is the day in fact although we celebrated yesterday) I figure my adoring (and very patient) wife deserves to replace our 40+ year old dressers that are currently falling apart. IKEA here we come! :)
  13. That...actually sounds pretty interesting. I will have to watch a play through video on boardgamegeek to see if this is for me or not. I have a couple of 'dungeon crawl' boardgames already including a heavy investment in 1st edition Descent (didn't really get into this until the campaign rules in Road to Legend came out) and the original Heroquest. The insane cost of getting Warhammer Quest or the even older Advanced Heroquest pretty much puts those out of the question so this might be the best/only option for Warhammer themed dungeon bashing. I have literally no idea what "Age of Sigmar" is or why I should care about it outside of an RPG setting so there is that.
  14. It's a whole jurisdictional mess. Once the Space King captured the Space Pope and put him on Space Island the Egyptian Lich Box Pope's influence increased a great deal. just depends on who you ask and what their Space/Egyptian allegiance is.
  15. RAFM Cyclops and Krull Cyclops - separated at birth?
  16. That is really well done! Love the colour choices. For the photography the best advice I have heard is making a 'lightbox'. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/34149-how-to-make-a-cheap-light-box/
  17. I've only ever Dmed for close friends. Everyone contributed something to the pot (food, drinks occasionally a new book to use) and I Dmed simply because I liked to and most of the rest didn't. Never considered charging my friends for this but if they were all total strangers and I was doing the same level of prep I could maybe see charging for it. Seriously doubt anyone would take me up on the offer though.
  18. So far, after 2 KS of Bones and now having 20* Bones minis the only one I have not been able to get into an acceptable pose has been the Jabberwocky. I even managed to get Deathsleet to stand on her own after about 5-6 minis of a rolling boil and half an hour in the ice water (held for 5 minutes at a time in position then switched hands). That was a year ago and she still stands today on her little tiny feet! Like others I think it is boil time that is the culprit. Also - do you live in a high humidity locale? I avoid trying to reposition Bones during the summer here.
  19. I'm pretty sure I saw it, but I can't recall where. I remember it looking more solid and warty toad-demonesque than the concept art. Update 57 -- November 6 2015. I think we'll have to change your name to Froghemoth Finder! Thanks - I completely missed that update.
  20. The only expansion set that has a good chunk of minis I want is StoneSkull and even that is only running 50% want/50% meh. I suppose that is still a buy though as the ones I want would cost way more than $50 and it adds very little to shipping (as a Canadian once you put Ma'aldrakar in the package shipping doesn't go up any significant amount even with multiple extras!). The paint sets, surprisingly, don't interest me this time. The first one with the metallic triads is OK but from what I can see the second one is just a selection of paint already in production isn't it? I'm decided on getting the following right now but think i can squeeze a bit more into the mix Ma'aldrakar Solar Fire Giant Jailer (I am concerned that he will be much larger than the other fire giants I have and I am not re-buying models just to accommodate a size increase, same goes for the Frost Giant warriors although I currently only have the Jarl) Stormwing Kyra and Lavarath Frost Giant Warriors I'm still considering the StoneSkull expansion (currently I only want the Behir, Brain in a Jar, the 3 plant monsters and the dog-faced kobolds though), Marthrangul, Kyphrixis the Copper, Goremaw, The Devourer (this will be the next Purple Worm - everyone will paint it in a stunning variety of themes!), Froghemoth and Dagon. Was there ever a picture of the production model/3D model of the Froghemoth? I couldn't find one if there is. I decided early on that I wanted no scenery or DVDs. The scenery I will never use (or even paint probably) and the DVDs I would likely never watch.
  21. So I am nearing my wits end on what to do with the Bones III KS. Up until recently I was getting nothing - work was cutting my hours, I got no pay raise this year and a long looked for promotion went to an vastly less experienced person whom I trained. Time to get out. Which I actually did. Left behind a job of 20 years to go work for an independent for way more money, better hours and about 1/20th the stress. Now I have the 'problem' of what can I get for the KS!! I really want to get 'bang for my buck' i.e. pick out the models that will likely cost 2-3 times as much after the KS ends as they do now. I'm begging for your help Reaper peeps! Which ones are going to be 'the deal' (think back to KS 1 - if you had known Kaladrax was going to be so massive for only $10 wouldn't you have bought 2-3 or more?). This is pure speculation of course but might be fun to look back on after the models hit retail! (also you will help me make a decision on KS 3!!!)
  22. Thanks for asking buglips! Despite a few health issues (starting way back in Jan/15) I am feeling 1000% better and just started a new job! I finally threw off the shackles of my 25-year tenure in retail! It feels fantastic! I saw the thread about the insanity of you (and many others) attempting to paint Tianot in only 5 days. I'm looking forward to it but fear for everyone's sanity!
  23. For myself I would consider all of these well above my, personal, tabletop 'standard'. It is hard to even find a standard that can be applied across the board for 'tabletop' quality. I go for 'colours in the right spot, some shading or a Minwax dip, little to no highlighting (honestly I prefer no highlighting preferable to poor, slapdash highlights). The mini can be distinguished from others fairly easily and still looks OK from 3-4 feet away.
  24. While Avatar: The Last Airbender has a strong anime flavour to it I noticed that it became less and less pronounced as the series progressed. By the mid-point the anime 'tropes' as they are were drastically reduced and the final season is pure gold - worth every second of 'animeness' in the series. It just blew me away with its quality of animation and story telling. You already mentioned my all-time favourite cartoon - Young Justice (the episode where Red Arrow finally figures out what the hell has been going on with him ranks at or near the top) so I'll go a different route and call out Reboot. The first 2 seasons were, sadly, under strict control by the Canadian broadcasting board and couldn't really explore the themes the creative team wanted. That ended in the finale of season 2 however 'Webwars'. Season 3 was solely about dealing the ramifications of that single episode (and there were even spoilers about one of the major plot arches coming out after the 3rd season in that episode too). My recommendation is to skip season 1 altogether and pick it up about one third that way through season 2. And don`t forget the made-for-tv movie Daemon Rising.
  25. You are quite likely correct, but; this is a newbie friend, who has never worked with minis before. We did 2/3 of the the Bones LTPK last night, and they are the first minis she has painted, ever: and she enjoyed the experience enough that she immediately went out and hit up two hobby stores today for a Dragon Turtle, SotF, and some Vallejo paints (since nobody local apparently carries MSP). I would like this to be done *right.* Contact Reaper - I'll bet they send out a replacement asap. Their CS is second to none.
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