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"Miniature Clear Display Domes 40mm"

on eBay. 

Or similar... These are sold by Plaguegames, but other sellers may also have them.

 

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Just perfect for a Dark Sword mini...

 

I've seen similarly sized domes used by geologists and other rock-botherers, so checking either suitable keywords on eBay or on sites that caters to them might get you some slightly fancier domes.   

 

 

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Acquired a new miniatures storage facility (aka a house) yesterday.  In the first snow storm of the season, of course.

Hopefully will be re-acquiring all our stuff in a few hours when the moving trucks get here.

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Awright, I might have taken things a little far... but it was all priced at ORIGINAL RETAIL or LESS!!!!

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I know, right? It was like Christmas!

EDIT: Sometimes I have dreams. 

Yeah, big deal. Happens every night. To nearly all of us. But sometimes I remember my dreams. And some of them get pretty ambitious.

I remember a dream I had about a used bookstore. This bookstore was amazing... it had all KINDS of stuff... it had all the Big Little Books I had when I was five years old. It had a first British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (none of this Sorcerer's Stone nonsense). It had The Collected Short Fiction of John M. Ford, a book that's never actually been published. A shelf had the original editions of Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators books, with the original cover art. It had every art book ever published by guys like Frazetta, Mike Ploog, Frank Paul.... it had all this and so much more, and every time I walked into a different room, there was yet more. At one point, a shopping cart appeared, and I kept tossing things into it, because it was all half cover price, even the Harry Potter first edition....

....and then I woke up in my own bed, without the dratted shopping cart. 

#$&@%*&@!!!!!

 

I remember a dream I had about a hobby shop. This hobby shop was on the outskirts of town and no one knew about it, and the guy behind the counter was about a million years old, and apparently far gone with Alzheimer's, because he still had old and dusty Aurora model kits, still in the shrinkwrap, and still priced like it was 1968. He had original Aurora Frankenstein kits with the glow in the dark parts, priced at $1.99. He had several of the old Lost In Space kits, all the original AMT Star Trek kits, he had the original President John F. Kennedy kit, he had the old Monogram Red Baron kit (with 1/45 scale Baron Richtofen and mechanic figures), he had a bunch of vinyl figure kits from Screamin', from the eighties, he had all the original Hawk Weird-Oh kits, he had a whole wall of resin kits by garage manufacturers I didn't know existed, he had the original Big Daddy Roth hot rod kits...

....and then I woke up in my own bed, without the armload of kits.

 

 #$&@%*&@!!!!!

 

I remember a dream I had about a different hobby shop. This one was in a converted house, and the cash register was in the kitchen, and every other room in the house was devoted to different games and accessories. The kitchen was mostly dice and Magic: The Gathering cards, but the further I went into the house, the more interesting it got. 

The living room was devoted to boardgames, but among the collector Monopoly sets, they had an old Milton Bradley copy of Space Crusade. There was also a copy of Shogun, and the original issue of Axis and Allies, and a slew of old Avalon Hill, still new. Down on the floor, there's the ancient Zo-Kalar fortunetelling board game, and a copy of The Green Ghost boardgame, box unopened...

 

This one room I almost missed because the doorway was partly blocked? All the old GW specialist games... Space Hulk and its expansion sets, Gorkamorka, HeroQuest, and all its little boxed expansions, Chainsaw Warrior, three copies of Mordheim,  the original Necromunda boxed set, expansions, scenery packs, and boxes and boxes of Escher, Goliath, Van Saar ganger miniatures....

A veranda, walled in and windowless, became a wonderland of shelves for ancient copies of Dragon and White Dwarf, and stacks of old AD&D and Runequest books... boxed sets of Fight In The Skies, The Awful Green Things From Outer Space, Marvel Super Heroes, and ... is that an old White Box D&D set, up back on that shelf, above eye level?

A bedroom was devoted to miniatures, and in addition to the current stuff, they had old Reaper "Doom" minis still in the blisters, with a patina of dust... old Ral Partha and Heritage and Phoenix and ancient Grenadier AD&D boxed sets... and it's like, the more I wander around, the MORE ROOMS THERE ARE...

 

....and then I woke up in my own bed, the smell of dust and history already fading from my nose.
 

 #$&@%*&@!!!!!


I'm neither exaggerating, nor drama queening. I've had these dreams, and others like them. Not too often, but they happen. And sometimes, they come true. The Model Kit dream is sorta kinda based on an actual experience I had when I was a kid, when I tripped over an ancient hobby shop in a strip mall in Victoria, Texas. I still have a couple of the old Aurora model kits I found there, and they wouldn't sell me the GOOD stuff, on the shelf over the counter, from the owner's private collection.

But damn, it's magical when I wake up on a Sunday morning.... and the stuff is still THERE.

 

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1 hour ago, Rob Dean said:

I reread The Last Hot Time fairly recently, but haven’t reread The Dragon Waiting in decades...

 

Been trying to collect Ford's stuff. His kin didn't approve of his writing career, and they've denied reprint rights for his books, except the two Star Trek novels.

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 I've read the Gamma Law books... I liked 'em. Jealous of the BECMI D&D books.

 

On a related note: The Macho Women with Guns minis are STILL IN PRODUCTION - the former president of SimTac now runs MSD Games... :winkthumbs:

I have about a third of the MWWG figures... They're awesome.

MSD also still produces some of the other lines that SimTac held the license for, like Kryomek.

 

Fun story: Back in the early 2000's I actually hung out with some of the SimTac guys once - a friend knew them, and we went over to some guy's house and played a WWII tank skirmish game on a huge terrain table in the guy's garage. It was the first time I'd ever heard of Macho Women with Guns, and I instantly fell in love with the miniatures.

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On 11/7/2019 at 9:20 PM, Crowley said:

Birthright Minis?1?!?!?!  ::o:

 

 In addition to the two box sets already mentioned, there was a small line of blister packs as well. I currently own the 10-253 Abominations set (minus the box), two or three figures from the other box set, and about half the blisters.

 

Nobody really knows about them, so on the off chance they turn up on EvilBuy they usually go pretty cheap.

 

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16 minutes ago, Mad Jack said:

 

 In addition to the two box sets already mentioned, there was a small line of blister packs as well. I currently own the 10-253 Abominations set (minus the box), two or three figures from the other box set, and about half the blisters.

 

Nobody really knows about them, so on the off chance they turn up on EvilBuy they usually go pretty cheap.

 

I do love the setting. I kinda wish the minis were more interesting. They definitely look like minis from the 90's.

 

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Almost forgot, past Saturday, got my small but very usable order of 40 dry erase wooden tokens from this KS:

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2113381686/dry-erase-game-tokens

 

Pretty nice pieces as they are dual-sided & such. They'll come in handy for 5e game conditions & such.

 

Also it appears, that a stl KS fulfillment came today as well:

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/266656159/bestiary-vol-2-3d-printable-models

 

(really need to fix my printer!)

 

@Dr.Bedlam

Very nice purchase! Seeing all those blistered Parthas, reminds me of my trips to the game store of my youth, Dark Horse Games over in Boise, ID.

 

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@Dr.Bedlam. Sounds like your dreams have brushed reality.  Your bookshop sounds like my first trip to Powell's bookstore in Portland.  It's still a wonder even in this day and age and feels like walking into a bibliophile's fantasy

 

The second game store sounds like my house ::D:!  If you decide to visit astrally again, please possess one of the reptiles or gundam models with high articulation so we can play a game or two...

 

Your finds are really great!  I've had a few of those experiences and it's hard not to buy the place out!  I remember my last similar adventure:  I wound up taking home the original Cosmic encounter and all the expansions in their original packaging for the original retail....

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3 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

@Dr.Bedlam. Sounds like your dreams have brushed reality.  Your bookshop sounds like my first trip to Powell's bookstore in Portland.  It's still a wonder even in this day and age and feels like walking into a bibliophile's fantasy

 

Last time we visited Portland (a few years ago) I took my wife to Powell's for the first time. She was in awe & asked her "you never knew about this place?", her response "Nope, but now I do!!"

 

If we ever go over for a Portland Timbers soccer game she said spend the entire time there, I could enjoy the game. Ha ha

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