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On 4/8/2017 at 5:48 PM, Mad Jack said:

 

 A "Serious" fight...

 

 You stand in front of each other perfectly motionless, arms at your sides, and use only your face to try to get the other person to laugh while remaining serious and not laughing at yourself...

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Chaoswolf said:

Bones.

Not Bonestm the very cool product made by our hosts, but bones, like from a once living creature.

 

Now, who was it that was thinking about making a skull throne?:devil:

Oh that's a good idea! Something killed something else in my front yard at some point and scattered it's bones in the yard. I'm not sure what did it or when or even what it was, but my wife wants those bits removed. I could use those with the seeds.

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 Frog eyeballs... ::D:

 

Yes, really.

Frog eyeballs. Specifically the lens.

In amphibians (particularly younger ones) the lens of the eye is nearly spherical, and is basically a tiny little transparent yellowish ball. And it doesn't really get cloudy or lose its shape as it dries out. I'd discovered this fact when I dissected a frog in junior high school, so when my younger brother did it two years later I arranged to have him and some friends save me a couple.

They ended up being used as crystal balls.

 

 And then much like Knarthex, another one of the strangest would be my own tooth, although mine was a baby tooth that I found in a picture album from my childhood.

When I first started out at the age of fifteen, I didn't have the money to go buy miniatures just for use as bits, so I made my accessories the same way as I made my full-scale items - I'd carve wooden bows and staves and file down nails for swords.

So it seemed only right that I should carve my tooth into a skull.  ::D:

I've also used bones from chickens, fish, mice, frogs, and birds, as well as fingernail clippings.

 

I've also based some Victorian-era historicals on what you could call "period-authentic" fragments of slate - they came from the roof tiles of an 18th century manor house.

 

 Then there was the time I accidentally added REAL GEMS to a treasure hoard... (Oops, lol.)

Sometime during college I found an old brooch that I hadn't seen my mother wear since I was probably eight years old. I assumed it was 14k gold-plated costume jewelry since it was ugly as hell. So I mined the two dozen little red, blue, yellow, green and white chips that I assumed were either glass or semi-precious semi-worthless stones.

Then about eight years later, my mother happened to find an old picture in which she was wearing the hideous-looking thing, and wondered whatever happened to it...

So I casually inquired about it, and found out it had cost over $150, back in the '70's when somebody gave it to her.  :blink::blink::blink:

 Needless to say I didn't mention finding the thing.  ::P:

 

 On the bright side, at least they ended up getting glued to a special diorama I was commissioned to make for a friend - he had the limited edition Ral Partha Dracolich and wanted me to recreate the scene on the cover (the image that was used for the cover of the D&D novel Spellfire)...


 

4 hours ago, EvilJames said:

Oh wait I have one more thing I'm going to try to use. Apparently snapdragon seed pods, after they are done and dried out often look like odd skulls. My wife salvaged one out of the flower bed the other day and if I can figure out something to do with it, then we will likely harvest more this fall.

 

  How long are those things? Those tings grow all over around here - I may have to go find some...

 

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4 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Bones.

Not Bonestm the very cool product made by our hosts, but bones, like from a once living creature.

 

Now, who was it that was thinking about making a skull throne?:devil:

*** whistles ***  Uh... well... probably a Barbarian.  Yeah, that's it. The Barbarian  *** whistles and pushes the Red Button ***

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5 hours ago, EvilJames said:

Oh that's a good idea! Something killed something else in my front yard at some point and scattered it's bones in the yard. I'm not sure what did it or when or even what it was, but my wife wants those bits removed. I could use those with the seeds.

 

Good idea!

Be sure to cook the bones and clean them so there will be no nasty germs left.

 

Prime them and paint them to preserve them,

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21 hours ago, Aryanun said:

Question for Tuesday, April 11th

What is the strangest item you've ever used to base a mini? (As scenery, the base part, or implement used to create something for the base.)

 

A chip from a broken green marble trivet:

 

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Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

 

Please note, any "Likes" this question produces are all most likely in sympathy

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20 hours ago, TGP said:

Plastic drinking straw & Bright Blue craft sand.

 

Here is a picture:

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The sand was like the ^ bright blue stuff in this pic. 

 

The straw :: I needed a tiny shovel. How else to put the sand on the base without just dumping it all over? Wanted a little bit, here and there. So a straw got carved up and made into an improvised tool for applying small amounts. 

 

8 minutes ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

 

That would have been a wreck...

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16 minutes ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

The time I parked an '82 Ford Escort into the trunk of an early 80's Caprice Classic at an estimated 30mph...and my friend in the passenger seat wasn't wearing his seat belt.

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12 minutes ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

at the wheel: a truck lost a big chunk of tire in front of me on route 17 and it caved in 3 panels on my car.

passenger: I was asleep in the back seat of a van on my way to college freshman year and woke up to the side of the van being torn apart by a guard rail.

Just missed it: picking up my sister and mom after the family's old saturn caught fire when my sister was learning to drive. (for a car with a lawn mower engine it burned kind of impressively)

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25 minutes ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

 

Car accident back in the 90 when I was a teenager.  Whole family was in a rental and we were out trying to find our new house (posted to Madrid, Spain at the time) and we were trying to turn around as we'd missed our exit.  Our lane was solid traffic so my dad pulled over and a trucker behind us waved us through... oncoming car going way over the speed limit (this is Europe, so...) hit the front of the car and spun us around a few times before we fell into a ditch.  There were no seatbelts in the back.  I managed to grab on to the back of the seats and grabbed my sister around her waist and my brother who was holding our 1 year old sister on his lap managed to wedge down with his knees to not go flying.  Car was totalled, brother's knees were messed up but the baby was fine, sister I grabbed split her lip on the console between the front seats but at least didn't go flying and both parents were badly bruised from their seatbelts and the steering wheel.  Was the first time I swore at or in front of my mother as I was trying to go after the other driver with a stick and she wouldn't let me...  

 

Back in the 80s we were going across Canada in a motor home and the engine caught fire on an open stretch of highway.  I just remember playing on the grass next to the highway but my parents were plenty freaked out.  

 

Late 80s, driving from Mexico City to San Antonio and having the engine overheat (stupid canadian thermostat in a van shipped to be driven in Mexico...) in the middle of desert in Northern Mexico.  Ah, what a long trip that was...  Needed to replace the engine once we finally reached the US.  

 

About 10 years ago (BK: Before Kids) driving to my inlaws in Northern Quebec for Xmas.  Roads were so bad that if we went over 40KM/H, we spun out.  When you're spinning in the middle of the highway on a (thankfully!) deserted highway late at night on December 23rd and  you're not even sure which direction you're facing when you finally stop spinning, no one is having fun in the car.  20 hours later, we made it to our destination.  

 

 

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22 hours ago, Aryanun said:

He posted on Bookface that he was on the side of the road waiting on a tow truck.

 

So, I'll play the quizitor.

 

Question for Tuesday, April 11th

What is the strangest item you've ever used to base a mini? (As scenery, the base part, or implement used to create something for the base.)

 

I used a locking piece from a bookshelf as a kerosene tank for my Rex, future hero figure for one of the bones contests.  It turned out pretty well, I think. 

 

45 minutes ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

 

Car dealership related:  Paid to have a transmission replaced.  Not only did I discover that the transmission was NOT replaced about a year and a half later, they didn't even drain the fluid from the darn thing.  They put a band-aid on it and sent me on my pathway. 

 

Outside of that, my wife's current car blew a tire.  She had a bad bearing that destroyed all the parts of the spindle, forcing me to replace all the parts.  That was a fun job (after the dealership issue, I do ALL my own work minus a handful of other things that I go to shops I can watch the work being done.  I may not have the tools but I know what needs to be done). 

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1 hour ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

 

Please note, any "Likes" this question produces are all most likely in sympathy

 

When I was 6, I was run over by a car.  It gave me a compound complex spiral fracture of the tiba and fibula.  (My memory, which I admit is suspect is that I was hit several times - that she hit me, backed up over me, then back and forth several times, looking for neutral, before rolling back off.  It is possible that she hit me, then backed up over me.)  I have been told that the best way to visualize the damage is to immobilize the ankle and knee, attach a big pipe wrench about the middle of the shin, and spin it until everything gives.  It left me with some truly impressive scars (including several failed skin graft scars).

 

I have also been hit twice as a cyclist - once, I pulled the bike up onto the hood with me, and the other, I parted ways with the bike because it was going under their car.  Did not get anything beyond bumps and bruises with those.

 

And I have been in several auto accidents - one of them totaled the truck where I was a passenger (we were one of the middle cars in a pile-up in a cone zone on the highway - apparently, vans full of changing and vending machine restock can't stop too fast when full), and the others were run of the mill fender benders.  (I hit a cop once - they made a left turn in front of me when I had right of way, but three guesses who got the ticket.)

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1 hour ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

 

Please note, any "Likes" this question produces are all most likely in sympathy

 

I have really bad car anxiety so most of them could be my answer. But one time me and my ex were driving home from Christmas with his family (Texas to Washington) and the car just started shaking and lost all power on the middle of the highway. We managed to get over to the side of the road but had to wait forever for a tow truck. Once it got there I had to listen to the drive and my then boyfriend talk about very misogynistic things (this was the turning point for when I decided the relationship was over.) Anyway, we were towed to the nearest "city" which was over the mountains and about 3ish hours from home. My mom ended up driving there in the middle of the night as the next day was my first day of class for that quarter. Oh also, on that same trip I drove on the highway for the first time ever. I almost got run over by a semi-truck. That was the first and last time I ever drove on a freeway.

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1 hour ago, David Brawley said:

Question for Wednesday, April 12

What's the worst car related experience you've had?

 

Please note, any "Likes" this question produces are all most likely in sympathy

A couple years ago, the Check Engine Light came on on The O'Neill (with two Ls) so my wife dropped me off at the train station and she took the car in to the garage. The coolant manifold had warped and it would be a $1000 fix. Note: This is literally the newest part on the car (plastic part against metal part) and since the car probably wasn't worth $1000 in the first place, we decided it was time to find a new one.

 

The commuter rail station had just installed Plugin Hybrid Charging Stations, so we spent a couple weeks looking at Plugin Hybrids. We had a couple really great leads at the local Toyota Dealership but all of the Hybrids have this huge center console thing that torques my wife's hip something fierce. So after all that work, no Hybrid for us. In the meantime, however, the alternator also developed an issue. So now The O'Neill overheats if we drive it for over half an hour and...won't start if we drive it for less than half an hour. Good luck the commuter rail station is a half hour drive!

 

Time for Plan B: A camping vehicle. Now we'd borrowed my father's 2011 Ford Escape for Pennsic over the summer so we knew it could hold all our crap. His was red, so we didn't want red, and we hated the idea of having a car that was black, white, grey, or silver, but one of the local Ford Dealerships had a blue one with very few miles on it. So we got home from work and went to go check it out...and got stuck in traffic. The headlights started to warble a little whenever we weren't revving the engine. And whenever we did rev the engine, smoke came out of the car. Eventually there wasn't enough juice left in the battery to keep the engine running and it stalled less than a mile from the dealership.

 

So there we were stuck on the side of the road in the growing darkness and the traffic clears! Yay! Just in time for our tail lights to run out of juice. So every time the light turns green we're standing there waving our arms trying to not get killed by the oncoming traffic charging at us. Now we'd called AAA but they wrote down that we wanted a tow to our house and not to the dealership and so the local tow guy on call for the Police couldn't take the call until our car was declared a road hazard and came to drag it away. When we explained the snafu, he managed to finagle the paperwork for us and took us to the Dealership, which was of course closed now.

 

My father met us at the dealership and then took us out to dinner because it was my birthday.

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