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  1. Flumphs are great! I've made a few myself. I used a pair of them quite a lot when my kids were first leaning to play, as friendly and mostly harmless protagonists that were very likeable. I would give them a level of "life" cleric for the healing spells to act as a battery and revive the boys if they were knocked out in a tough fight (to take out the sting of those low levels for new players). They now love flumphs; their fun little buddies who were always getting into trouble with those wicked kobolds! Nice work TaleSpinner!
  2. I’m definitely interested in the lighthouse. The wolves are tempting, too, even though I have quite a few already. Beetlefolk were a pleasant surprise. Something to look forward to at retail, along with wyverns.
  3. I look forward to it. on a whim I bought a bunch of tropical beach terrain and I'm fishing for ideas to populate the environment. Pirates seem like a natural choice. Your lengthy projects have been a source of inspiration for me for years.
  4. Very cool. That red shirt is snazzy. A pirate monkey is a better dresser than me, go figure. I had been dismissive of Epic's pirates, but this guy is nice. I'll have to take another look.
  5. Yeah, I get it. I saw them as a bit of a goofy gimmick offering, but oddly, that is why they saw the paint table so fast. No pressure, no expectations, just something simple to splash paint on. I find that I am often "in my own head" - overthinking what I want, with high expectations and that leads to lengthy paint "work". Sets like this let me ditch all that noise and just have fun. In the end, they are probably more useful than I was expecting.
  6. Dang, even a gargantuan base seems small for this beast; they have really up-sized the dragons like crazy.
  7. It's no secret, I absolutely love the Shadowsea world, and the Dark Mariners faction are one of the coolest lines in all of miniatures IMHO. They really turned me on the the special style of Bob Olley's sculpting, and I am now a superfan. I mean look at it! he is literally oozing character! So many neat details. I am grateful that DSM is keeping the line around, because I'll keep painting them - more to come. I stuck with the style I originally used on these critters a decade or so ago, and though I am a much improved painter now, there Isn't much I'd actually want to change about it - a mix of bright and muted marine colors, with metallics of all shades. Of all the details here, I particularly like the conch like underside of his carapace. He will fit right in with his hideous compatriots.
  8. These guys were among my first completed miniatures from Bones 5 because, well, they were easy. Not much too them, and a simple paint-job at that, but dang, they sure are fun! For whatever reason my metallic paints seem to go bad more quickly than everything else, so it ended up being more challenging than I expected to even get the paint on the model. It was a good opportunity to experiment with a tarnished and greasy brass look, so I made it work. The reaper bases were great here because I was able to nest the built-in bases inside and just match the texture with GS rather than go through the hassle of removing it. for quick sessions shortcuts like that are crucial or it bogs down the whole process.
  9. I feel like I need to mash the like button more than once for this; Its exactly the sort of thing I love to see.
  10. 🎵🎵🎵Money🎶 🎵🎵🎵Get back🎶 🎵🎵🎵I'm alright, Jack, keep your hands off of my stack🎶
  11. I agree I was really hoping for them early on, but they didn't materialize. I think they scratch the itch for just about everyone. They address the uniqueness and/of multiples issue(s) - as pointed out previously, to have an "encounter" you generally need multiples, and these had on-theme multiples! spiders, leopards, jaguars, dwarf zombies, ghouls/cultists, vampire ladies, yeti. Actually playable and fun, and unique, and splashy / exciting, and terrain with a great price point. what wasn't to love? Hopefully they can fit a few in before the end; I know they have a half dozen planned, but they missed the boat on not leading with those. who knows, maybe they will make for a killer closing week? *** Maybe a "core" is just an antiquated idea. sure, lead with the vanilla, but don't then bloat it out (vanilla + everything!), move on to other themed sets and encounters (salted caramel! Ube! peanut butter cup!). Now I just want some ice cream.
  12. too......easy.....must.....not.....comment......
  13. Oh, I have "all the things." In bones and metal. I really like painting animals, and have done entire threads of reaper animal familiars and companions. I was thinking of doing another bender this year, actually, so I'll need to re-up.
  14. Those wyverens are really nice. My kids will love them in 2 years. Dwellers might be my first miniatures of the campaign. Im hoping they do breakouts at some point because I'd be in for the familiars and mongrelfolk, too. That said, I will (2x) any paint offered, instantly. With models of basically anything available to me in my collection already (justifying re-purchases is tough - wyverns made the cut!), or with the click of a button, I'm really looking for pieces by my favorite artists. That, and the flavorful encounters. Those types of sets will always draw me in, but we haven't really seen any yet this time around. Still, I'm having fun watching the new releases for those newer to the hobby - Its good stuff!
  15. Funnily enough, that is how I intro'd it! My oldest saw it lurking on the ceiling (not on fire) and threw his torch at it. It did not have the desired effect.
  16. Last one for a bit, I swear! This one isn't a Reaper mini, but I had to share it because it is actually seeing game time! I am using it as the BBEG for the excellent introductory module "A Most Potent Brew" by Winghorn press. My kiddos have just encountered this beast, and it definitely spooked them a bit! Next session is the climactic final battle! I have a poster of the dungeon and everything - it has been really fun so far, and I plan on using it as a lead in for LMoP. If they survive.
  17. This is actually an older paintjob, but It doesn't look like I have ever shared it. it's simple, but effective - everyone needs a warg. For the wolf fans out there!
  18. Its my guilty pleasure - I love painting corroded metals. So much so that I actively limit it, or my collection would look like a rusty junkyard by now!
  19. Last year was my best painting year since 2013! I averaged one per week. Despite the enthusiasm with a brush, I have been less engaged with the community than ever. I paint 'em, and then they go to a cabinet never to be seen by another person. Naturally a good number of the pieces I have completed over the year are reaper miniatures, so I'm happy to share a selection of things I have done here. The undead are fun to knock out, and this Minotaur was no exception. They are so forgiving to rough paintwork that they are especially relaxing for brief sessions. Nothing fancy here, but I like it. The weapons on the base come from the reaper sprue from a prior KS.
  20. Nightmarish is definitely the vibe I was going for. My interpretation was vines, but the original description of the sussurus is ambiguous, referring to it as an exoskeleton, so it could really be painted as any material. a glass or gem effect could be striking. The previous suggestion of painting it like energy is a nice interpretation as well. With the right paintjob I think it would make an excellent "caller in darkness."
  21. More meetings, so not much time for painting, but plenty for sculpting. I made some changes to the prototype, and started a second piece that is being modeled as still hidden in the leaf litter. I was only intending to do one, originally, but three makes for a much more complete encounter (read: brutal), so that is the new goal. Still a good amount to do before the first bake. I will be adding a few extended tendrils on the new piece in the near term. the third piece will have a rather complex base, so the first thing to do there is build that out before making the creatures armature.
  22. Maybe try photographing it against a white background?
  23. I have a painting WIP running, and I think it is going decently well - I am keeping up on it, anyhow. I thought I would start a cumulative WIP on whatever random sculpting and terrain I do. It is a pretty big part of the hobby for me, and I enjoy it a lot, so I hope to keep it going on a personal level. While I am easily better at sculpting digitally (by a lot), I really don't enjoy doing it. At this point in my life, significant time spent in front of a computer is work, and I have enough of that to do. So, Ill post my ham fisted attempts to sculpt things for my personal collection below. So...I have been having some really long and tediously boring zoom meetings, and I have found that I can't both paint and maintain a CYA level of paying attention, but I can crudely sculpt with clay. rather than working on any of my projects that require focus, I thought I'd work on something that can be haphazard to keep it light through the process. I have been obsessive over plant monsters lately, so I thought I'd make a tendriculos. Big, forgiving, and fun - perfect! I had a marathon of meetings today, so I was able to jump right in and make some progress. Thus far all I have is an armature with a thin coating of polymer clay - but it's a start!
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