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  1. "open the pod bay doors please HAL." "I am sorry Dave, I am afraid I can't do that." (...) "All right, HAL, I'll go in throught the emergency air lock." "Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult." ---guys in their space suits, with and without helmets.
  2. As has been said, Bones Black was a new material introduced during the production phase of the Bones 4 kickstarter. During the KS itself, no mention had been made about it (as far as I remember). In the Bones 4 kickstarter, the Core set was produced in regular light grey Bones Classic, ostensibly because production had been started on those specific figures before they discovered the "Bones Black" material as a production option. The expansions were all made in Bones Black, while the Core set and a few add ons such as the wraiths and the larger models were made in Bones classic. When it comes to releasing to retail, Reaper portions the KS models out over a long period so as to not overwhelm the market and distribution network, they are still releasing Bones 4 KS models (most of/ all the bones and bones black models since last year are from the Bones 4 KS). It is simply a case of Reaper releasing the Bones Black models (from the expansions) before they started releasing core set models. That is the reason for the OPs observation.
  3. To discover something new every day; Reaper has a part of the forum dedicated to writing! ahem. Sorry to butt in. Silly question: I see references to both "word count" and "page count". When someone here refers to having written "pages", what kind of pages does this actually refer to? Equivalent to approximately how many words?
  4. Mine is a bit wavy like that only less pronounced. They are made in regular bones. You will also probably discover that the legs will bend under the weight over time -unless they have started making them in a more rigid plastic since the original KS where I got mine from. Since yours is grey I expect it is cast more recently than those in the kickstarter. They started dying the regular Bones models for retail grey insted of white after the bones 3 KS was delivered, moving to everything in grey around the time Bones 4 was delivered. I believe they have addressed several issues with bendyness at least in part with more recent production batches when compared to what was delivered in the KS. This issue with bendyness is fixable by dipping the parts in near boiling water for a few minutes or so, then holding down on a flat surface to reshape, and dunking in ice cold water for a while to set the plastic. To make sure the parts fit together properly, do this one more time with both at once and hold them together to shape.
  5. I like to fill the tub with my Bones minis and go for a swim, Scrooge McDuck style. Mind you, the Bones Black models can get much more hard, sharp and paintful than the older more rubbery bones classic models. Wear trunks to avoid critical hits.
  6. sorry for derailing the thread. Yes, the Harding has sympathetic strings mounted beneath the primary strings. I only wantet to point out that the model is not accurate anyway.
  7. Actually, that fiddle there has 3 strings and 4 knobs
  8. The creality cannot handle larger files. I have a couple of wardroid files that are more than 200k, and the creality refuses to open them. argh. Anybody know how Cura handles larger files?
  9. OSL the simplest version, from my Thorns of the Briar Queen post: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/84772-maledrakhs-thorns-of-the-briar-queen Varclav the Cruel OSL (object source lighting) is actually really easy to do. First paint the mini as normal, then the light source (candle flame here). Then hit the bits that would light up with an appropriate colour. Yellow in this case. Vary the colour shade towards brighter the closer, and darker the further away from the light source you are. make sure to not get colour in where there should be shadow. And Bob's your uncle!
  10. My experience with artists' acrylic inks is 1) that they go on smoothly with an airbrush...as long as the needle is straight and not bent at the tip, which will cause splatter. 2) They are not hard wearing, so drybrushing on top is not a good idea, as this has a good chance of pulling the ink off in places. 3) for the same reason, they are not good for the first undercoat on any model. Use a regular primer first, then the ink to add colour or zenithal effect. 4) they are for the most part very intense and saturated colours.
  11. Another 3D print today, this time from Lost Kingdom Miniatures current (October 2020) Patreon release. The Canopic Sorcerer More info, pictures and awful puns below.
  12. ah, those are reflections because the black contrast paint used is very shiny where I have not painted over it with the matter green. I probably should have given the whole thing a coat of matte varnish before taking the photos, but did not think of it since the shinyness is not really all that apparent IRL when not lit up for taking pictures. When I look at the model now IRL I actually like the shiny-in-places effect, it makes it look oily and dangerous, like Armus the Skin of Evil.
  13. Some time ago I had a problem with my PLA printer that made lines in the print where there should not be any. This was caused by the z-axis screw rod needing some oil, as it got partially stuck in places. might this be a similar case?
  14. The full moon casts a pale blue light across the rugged white landscape. Tall pine trees cling to the rocky ground, branches stirring, shedding their cold white burden as the wolves breathe past. The pack is on the move, and the land is trembling beneath their step. They move with purpose, something is not as it was before. There! An affront; a boat pulled ashore, a small group of fur-clad prey around a campfire, round shields and axes in sight. From the treeline the windwolves move, silent, swift, cold gusts of dark shadow, spirits of malice descending upon the men with claws of ice and fangs of doom. A huge load of pictures and musings to be found below
  15. This is the kind of project that (without my looking at it in depth or at all other than the above...which pretty much disqualifies me from having anything else than a superficial opinion) seems to be a few years late. Simply put, this sort of thing might have been a smash hit in 2013-2014 maybe even 2015. But now the novelty of KS has worn off for many, the saturation of projects and general economy means that to succeed a project will need to be a cut above or really, really well thought out. Not sure if this is either.
  16. Continuing with the random minis for now: Cavalry. Bones Cavalry that is. Over the course of 4 delivered kickstarters of Bones models, Reaper has released a total of 9 mounted models. (11 if you count the flying saucer from the Bones 2 Chronoscope Expansion and the chopper bike mounted Sophie (the one and only Bones KS model delivered in metal!) in the first Bones kickstarter.) Well, "mounted" is also a theme to use to get something painted, isn't it? And with 9 or 11 models to go for, it should be possible to get done in a timely manner. Here are the first pair of them that I have painted up. lots of pics beneath the
  17. Who is this mendicant? Is he going to mulch?
  18. Mine -original 80s Grenadier lead- weighs in at 1340grams, which is just a smidgen under 3 pounds. But I think I am missing at least one of the shields, and maybe some goblins. I will need to revisit it at some point, it is in a sorry state of unfinished disprepair. Pewter is lighter than lead, but I dont know how much lighter it would be. This is a kind of model that would benefit greatly from being redone in modern resins.
  19. One of the three minis in the "44036 Dreadmere Females" pack aka "Serena, Dreadmere Rogue" as she is known in the metal version. More like, "Serena, Dark Brotherhood Assassin" if you ask me. Nothing screams secret stealth assassin on a mission to do bloody murder as having members-only assassin guild special shrouded armour that is distinct and different from all other armour types and uniforms... Hm. I thought I heard something... 44036 "Women of Dreadmere" #1 of 3 Dreadmere Expansion, Bones 4 kickstarter 2019 Reaper Miniatures Bones Black PVC Sculpted by Bob Ridolfi 30mm base. Available from reapermini.com
  20. One of the oldest Bones models in existence: Reaper Bones 77009 "Werewolf", from the 2011 O.G. pre-kickstarter Bones lineup. This mini is also available in metal under the name 02747 "Jean Paul DuChamps, Werewolf". I just got the hankering to paint this one. Nothing special. Oui! Le loup-garou! En garde! 77009 Werewolf Pre-kickstarter Bones Reaper Miniatures Classic, blinding white Bones PVC Sculpted by Ben Siens 40mm base. Available from reapermini.com
  21. At the very end of the Lost Valley, the bossfight: Clubtail! A plant eating 4-ton tank armed with a deadly morning star tail, an armoured hide with spikes, -a fantasy version of an Ankylosaur. The clubtail is larger than the fossil record of Ankylosaur supports. Also the spikes are overstated in comparison. A lot. At any rate, the Ankylosaur was contemporary with the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Triceratops. All are from what is now North America in the late Cretaceous period, roughly 68 million years ago. It needed that armour. The question remains: What did it use the club-like tail for? To smesh predators? Rivals? Trees? An impressive display to attract mates? All of the above? And the clubtail has spikes. Did I mention the spikes? I detest painting spikes. It takes absolutely ages and I invariably lose patience and botch the job. These look OK for tabletop but do not stand up to close scrutiny at all. At least it is done. Together with the entire Lost Valley Expansion! Woot! The Clubtail is, in fact, the distant forebearer of the modern day Dragon Tortoise aka Koopa. I made it a 125mm x 100mm base. 44076 Clubtail from the Lost Valley Expansion Bones 4 kickstarter, delivered 2019 Reaper Miniatures Sculpted by Jason Wiebe Made in Bones Black PVC 125x100mm bespoke 3D printed base available from reapermini.com
  22. Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures still make some great D&D monsters, here are three more: Wave 1: Displacer Beast The Displacer Beast is one of the iconic D&D monsters, described as a six legged panther with a pair of enormous tentacles growing out of it's back. If that is not bad enough, the schtick of this beast is that is displaces. This is an ability that makes it appear as it is a few feet off from where it actually is, so while the party are slashing at the image in thin air, the beast invisibly outflanks them with it's powerful claws and massive bite attack coming from seemingly out of nowhere. Where are the mirrors I need to start breaking? I rebased it on a 40mm round. This is a Wave 1 mini, released a few years ago. The tentacles needed repositioning using the hot water/cold water technique. Wave 11: Grell & Basilisk Grell: Who names these monsters? Grell? What kind of a name is that? This is obviously the Flying Spaghetti Monster! The tentacles did not turn out all that well. The purple was too strong compared to the other colours and dried too fast to blend. Bah! Check out the big brain on Brett! 40mm base. And in the same pack as the Grell, a Basilisk: This one was significantly smaller than I expected. Please disregard the piece of flock-fluff on it's right side middle. This is a loose particle I did not see was stuck there until after the pictures were taken. I just cannot be bothered with taking new ones. Nice doggie? 30mm x 20mm oval base. Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures Wizkids I have no idea who sculpted these, as WizKids do not -as far as I know- publish this info. PVC
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