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  1. I don't need the box, the brushes, the palette, the extra shipping cost - so the early bird is wasted on me. I'd probably have done an early bird for the whole line-up if it didn't waste a bunch of money.


    Instead I'll pick up a box or two to try it out.


    A side note is that if you pick up their "normal" sets of paint, it's around a 22% discount on the standard boxes, and a 17% discount on the inks/specialty paints. So if you lump those in and don't get killed on shipping, could be worth it. 


    I'm going to stop being excited for Scale75 kickstarters though. There's never a "great" value. It's always meh. 

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  2. It was very obvious to me that some of the teachers were well prepared and some were not at all. Here are my brief reviews:

    Dragon's in the Details - Cecil - Material here was good. The class felt like it was over before we could really explore everything, but I definitely learned a few things about making realistic bone. I think maybe the best thing this class could do would be to have an overly large example - take a much larger example and much larger brush to show off the technique, or have a way for us to all watch at the same time. I'd take another class with Cecil. 


    Paint the Hoard - Van Patten - Unfortunately I didn't learn anything in this class. I though the teachers were good and clearly well intentioned, but preparation wasn't perfect (materials had been left at home) and the two most effective techniques were ones I already knew. I think this class could be focused on fewer types of speed painting and a focus on materials that most would use (eliminating inks and oils). I'd try again with these folks if I had a better idea of what they'd cover. 


    Bones Mashup - I didn't "learn" much in this class, but I had a blast. I'd definitely do it again. 


    Giant Zombie/Pumpkin - Wiebe - This felt like a chance to have coffee with Jason Wiebe, if that makes sense. I didn't learn a ton, but it was a neat class. I probably wouldn't take another class with Wiebe, but I don't want to scuplt either. 


    Intermediate Basing - Stahl - Like the previous reviewer, I was very disappointed in this class, for exactly the same reasons. I honestly wish I'd done ANYTHING else. Not worth any amount. I would never take a class with this teacher again based on this experience. 


    The Monster Under Your Bed - Grange - Great class with a fantastic painter. I learned a ton and would 100% take more Rex classes. Good mix of hands on practice and instructor assistance. 


    How to Speed Paint Intense Colors - Rodriguez - I felt like this class was misnamed, to it's own discredit. I though going in it was about speedpainting, but it was so much more. Color theory, blending, a bunch. This was a great class, I learned a ton, and would 100% take more classes with Anthony. Already subscribed to his Patreon.



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  3. 3 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Someone had a pizza delivered to... was it the auction or the awards ceremony? I saw some other food being delivered during the con too. I just went over to IHOP and Cheddars across the parking lot. 

    It was me. Door Dash delivered just fine, I met them in the lobby. 



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  4. @Heisler being responsive like this is one of the reasons that ReaperCon is so great. Folks involved in planned listen to feedback whether it be constructive or just full of praise (and everyone deserves both).


    Thanks again to everyone at Reaper for putting on a great show. 

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  5. FWIW, I was the guy who got pizza delivery for Awards. :D


    The Good: I brought 3 new people to the 'Con this year, and all of them thought it was the best convention they'd ever been to. @corbie and @fletcherpeatross and one other. I had as much fun as I did last year (which means I'll probably try and bring 9 people with me next year). I took a class that was incredibly fun (Bones Mashup) that I'll certainly do again, several very educational classes with fantastic painters (including with one of the best in show winners and someone who won multiple vendor awards). I participated in a bunch of paint and takes and Hobby Hijinx (thanks @Ludo for your hard work). The hotel was great. I walked away exhausted from all of the fun I had, and my hands were ready to try new techniques when I got home. Tons of loot acquired, and still a bunch of metal weight to redeem next year. 


    I want all of my "bad and ugly" to be constructive and not just complaints. If I don't have a suggestion I won't say anything. 

    The Bad:

    • Some of my classes were underwhelming. I think the level of preparedness for each instructor varies and some of the classes were honestly a waste of my time. If they'd had better outlines in advance (as part of the class description), I could have made better decisions. There was at least one instructor I will actively avoid in the future (though I'm sure others had a better experience). This is also on me, I should have researched class instructors, not just subject matter. 
    • Classes were scheduled correctly, dealer hall closed and opened on time, Hobby Hijinx went well. However main 'Con activities were not on schedule and the schedule wasn't available to be seen easily. "Hey, are you at the raffle tonight?" "What raffle?" shouldn't be a conversation that we had. But we did. A printed schedule of main events like HH had should be out and visible and adhered to
    • The awards ceremony was far too long. 1000 entries from 1500 participants? There needs to be a limit to entries. The current format isn't scalable. 
    • The auction is a frustrating experience for a lot of folks, especially newcomers. I watched a poor kid raise his hand on everything he wanted and lower it at 1700 every time. He didn't have a chance to win anything and he sat through the entire thing trying anyway. Apparently he couldn't even have turned his bucks into tickets because registration ran out of them. But knowing you could do that isn't information that's widely understood either. The raffle should be completed before the auction. Examples from previous years should be given - "Paint sets went from 4,000 to 8,000 last year" so that people know what to expect. 

    The Ugly: GrowTix is the effing worst. With the way the 'Con has grown, it simply cannot be this bad again next year. I think Reaper has to keep hearing about it until they confirm it won't be in use next year. Two years in a row of just the worst possible customer experience really putting a stain on them - and it could easily be avoided. 


    For all of these complaints, I loved my experience. I will definitely be back next year. I hope that Reaper has the opportunity to make improvements, but if they can't, I'll grin and bear it. 


    Thanks Ron and Ed for putting on another great show. 

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  6. @Ludo just wanted to say that the Hobby Hijinx was fun of my favorite things in my first year at ReaperCon, and one of the selling features I used on bringing three new folks to the 'Con. Looking forward to participating in as many as I can! 

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  7. 17 hours ago, Highlander said:

    What happens when you put off finishing your entries until a month or so before the Con?  Because that is when you project having lots of free time?


    In my case, you can have surgery on your left hand,  Today.  I'm right handed. but, even then, I won't be able to firmly grasp whatever I'm painting.  The good news is that I'll be highly motivated to work on regaining full use of the hand -- following the Doc's instructions -- by month's end.  Already have some foam balls arriving to begin squeezing -- on Monday.


    And, yes, this is one handed typing.


    I say you take one of those weightlifting gloves and glue some of those tiny magnets to it. That way you can magnetize your bases and just attach it to your hand.

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  8. On the new Facebook event for ReaperCon, one of the two organizers (one is ReaperCon), the other is Frog God Games. 


    Anyone know what's going on there? How are they participating? 

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  9. 27 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:


    Not overexcited, this seems to be a common reaction.:rolleyes:

    A lot of "Why didn't this work?" - - - "Oh" happens when it's close to time for ReaperCon tix to go live.


    Which accounts for my not paying attention and ending up with extra swag bags and VIP goodies because I was too excited to read the fine print.


    Twinkle   Twinkle


    what are "extra" swag bags and VIP goodies? I'm not sure that tracks. :D

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  10. 10 hours ago, Darsc Zacal said:

    I just put whatever info I come across from wherever here on the forums and hope other people do the same.


    My personal opinion is that having one person look after Facebook, another look after Twitter, etc is the wrong way to go about managing your social media. One person, or two working together, should be looking after it all. 


    But then I don’t work for Reaper so I don’t get a say.



    I think this is likely just an issue where there hasn't been an opportunity to set up processes, they just add new pieces and start running, and there's no consistent guidelines on how to accomplish their branding. Part of it is charming I guess? But it can definitely be frustrating when as a consumer you miss things because you just didn't know they existed. 

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  11. A problem Reaper has with their messaging is that it's so scattershot. That's not the "main Reaper page" - it's a fan group (and maybe it's run by Reaper, but that's not the point). Reaper Miniatures has an official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ReaperMini/


    It's frustrating that sometimes things are announced on the forums, and sometimes on Twitter, and sometimes on Twitch, and sometimes on FaceBook, and no, the other Facebook, or now it's on YouTube, etc, and not even on the main Reaper site. 

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