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  1. Just finished my final deployment with the British Army reserves after being at Her Majesty's service for 20 years. It's going to take me until after Christmas to dry out. It's also one of those strange moments in life where a previously open door, closes behind you forever. The upside being that my weekends going forward are now much more open, which means I'll finally be able to pick up my brushes and start going through those unopened Kickstarters from years back
  2. I know all of them. Avoid the lemon one, he's such a diva, and don't lend the caramel one any money, you'll never get it back
  3. They did, there's something particularly unnerving about that film. On the one hand it feel a bit like a Horror comedy and on the other it's extremely sinister
  4. Yes, sadly true, I still love it though. That's a shame. Strange they should block it there but not here. I've just watched 'The Conjuring' with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Really well done I thought. Also, yesterday I saw a low budget movie called 'The Shrine' - fairly run of the mill initially but then it really ramps up and the twist is excellent https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1341710/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  5. I have a regular Halloween watchlist Sleepy Hollow The Witches of Eastwick Trick r Treat Warlock (difficult to find, but the full film is available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrRlBqfLvU0&list=PLiv6O--EHnFf52NCgyPI-vGDZsekFl17N)
  6. We watched two horror movies over the weekend, both were on the Shudder channel through Amazon video. I'm very picky about my horror films and these two offered something new and umm 'fun' The first was a genius Japanese movie called 'One cut of the Dead'. The first 20 minutes are so-so but the remainder of the movie is fantastic entertainment. The second was an American movie called 'The Rite', it follows a fairly formulaic story for the first half of the movie but then you get a fantastic twist. I loved it
  7. A link to a really haunting Youtube video where modern locations have been cut with film footage from 1916. I found it captivating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuz0BA3-_P0
  8. I worked in Japan for 4 years and have spent another couple of years there when you sum up various trips. My wife is Japanese, 20 years married this year. I don't have much time and I can tend to waffle so I'm going to bullet point some thoughts I moved to Japan after living in various other Asian countries for a short while (I was working in the oil industry) and I was blown away by the place, it was easily the coolest place to be. The lustre wore off after about 6 months. A friend of mine who still lives there mentioned that it must feel the same if you move to Disney Land, sooner or later it becomes all too obvious that the things which seem magical at first are far more banal when you figure out how or why they operate. That's not to say it's not nice, just that the initial glow will dim. A wet Tuesday afternoon in Japan is like a wet Tuesday afternoon anywhere else. Being a foreigner can be tough depending on where you live and how thick skinned you are. If you live in Toyko or Osaka you won't get a second look, if you live in a rural town you'll get lots of looks. I only encountered kindness but I know foreigners who have had a tough time in smaller cities/towns. In some cases you can absolutely embrace this and some flamboyant foreigners have done really well in Japan....despite seeming to be almost completely talent less to non-Japanese people As a foreigner in the workplace you will be given more slack than a Japanese person, but you'll also be excluded from stuff and the Japanese way of doing business can drive you crazy. The hours are long, the salaries are usually excellent. If you live in Tokyo, you'll be living small, living space is a premium. Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto are nicer places to live than Tokyo and will offer a better standard of living while still providing lots to see and do You know about the food already, but I'll point out that wherever you go in Japan you'll get great food and service. I'm not sure the EFL route is as easy as it used to be. There are a lot more homegrown English teachers now, plus things like the JET scheme dropped lots of unprepared young Westerners into the rigid Japanese education system and the reputation of EFL teachers took a big hit. The fact that you're older will certainly help in that regard. I knew someone who recently went to Vietnam as an EFL with the intention of getting experience there before applying to a school in Japan. It turns out he wants to stay in Vietnam now, but that was his strategy. Good luck. You'll only really know if you try it, and IMO it's better to try than regret not going years later.
  9. Parrots. They can talk, and they're asshats
  10. We could do that, or we could fight back against the madness, that's my plan.
  11. But not just that. What level of offence is necessary for a statue to be condemned and can you just tear it down once you've decided ? Do homophones get to take down statues of Oscar Wilde? Can the Germans demand that we take down statues of Montgomery or Haig?
  12. We have statues of George Washington, Julius Caesar and Benjamin Franklin in London. All slave-owners, let's tear them down. And there's one of Richard the Lionheart outside Parliament, leader of the only successful Crusade. Let's get him down too, don't want to offend any Muslims. Henry VIII - Misogynist Gandhi - Racist George III - Transphobe And then, and then, and then
  13. In London, Black Lives Matter activists, celebrated by vandalising the Cenotaph, our most sacred memorial They also heroically vandalised Churchill's statue So brave, so righteous
  14. I gave up with that mini, which isn't one of the best in the line...so no great loss. At the time of their release the larger metal models were amongst the best on the market in terms of quality and design, that design quality has been surpassed by later models (which are of incredible quality), but I prefer working with metal so much more than plastic.
  15. That's true, some are fiddly, not the worst I've encountered by a long stretch, but a couple of the skinny undead models are really tricky to assemble
  16. I would advocate picking up some of the old Malifaux metals, they almost paint themselves, they're such excellent quality.
  17. If only they weren't so expensive. I blame Games Workshop setting the standard for over-priced plastics I did try explaining how cool they are to my wife, I'm not sure I succeeded :-)
  18. You've just started putting people into Space again. Bravo
  19. The naysayers (and I'm guilty of this myself), perform a valuable service. They're a counter to the worshippers who believe Poots is above criticism, and in this project at least they have legitimate reason to complain about poor communication and delay. The pandemic has hit my bank account quite hard so I've been toying with a refund request but I really do want those miniatures, especially some of the really bizarre monsters.
  20. I went in at the Satan's pledge level, I swing daily between regretting that and being really pleased that I did. Friends and I played the game but it just didn't grab us, it was fascinating but we didn't have fun. However I am a big fan of the minis and it looks like there are a huge number to come. If I sell off the expansions I have and the new ones (if they arrive before the Grim Reaper catches up with me), I could see a situation where I end up with a host of minis and a break-even cost.
  21. Thank you both. I haven't tried priming them yet, maybe that should be the next step. I just had a go with some soap and the wife's toothbrush on the mounted figure in the photo I posted, it removed the stickiness you mention @Gadgetman! but not the overall sheen.
  22. Thanks. The two I've posted pics of are amongst the worst. There are some less badly afflicted that I have washed in soapy water and there has been some improvement. I think you're assuming, as I did, that it's a result of release agent, but now I'm wondering if it's a bad resin mix. Still not sure
  23. This week I purchased a bunch of miniatures from the Loaded game released by Archon/Prodos Games. The miniatures are cast in 'Unicast' the resin developed by Prodos. 75% of the miniatures I am really happy with, the sculpting and casting quality is remarkable. However the remaining 25% all seem to be suffering from....well I don't know what. In the pictures I've posted, the figure on the left is fine, but the one on the right has an unpleasant waxy texture and is either poorly cast or has an extra thin sheen of oily plastic coating it. Has anyone encountered something similar and if so did you manage to treat it succesfully? Thanks
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