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  2. Clearman

    Ethics of Kickstarter Practices

    I feel these example go beyond unethical and could be considered out-right criminal. You've described copyright infringement, investor fraud, and fraudulent accounting practices. These all go beyond just Kickstarter.
  3. Crowley

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Exactly... Oh, and now that I've had lunch: Bacuys
  4. NebulousMissy

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Nebyee? Susmik? Susyee? Nah... Roaike? Yroroh?
  5. *looks around in the tight dark spaces* Hmmm, looks like I'm going to be in here for awhile. Oh well, I can always pass the time practicing my shapeshifting. *turns into a cactus*
  6. So I did a thorough inventory of the Bones 2 box I got at the silent auction. I did not get any more pictures though so I'll post an old one. The unsealed core set was complete. Everything had been unbagged. It's a true box of minis. The baggies in the middle are... almost everything. There's no Dungeon Decor set and no expansion set 3. There's two Gelatinous Cube sets and two Water Elemental sets. There's a single Core Set add-on, an extra set of bases. There's one of... everything else. Every single non-core add-on is present and accounted for and in their original packaging. My first order of business is to move everything to the new apartment. Next, Verocithrax. I'm removing his wings entirely, adding fur to his shoulders and maybe hips, repairing the damage caused by sitting for years in original packaging in a guy's basement (the warping... the warping...), and building myself a Chinese dragon. I have whisker wires, I have a plan for a proper nose...
  7. Loim

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Speaking of children, I'm a firm believer in lying to young kids and calling them by names which are not their own. Most of the young ladies I know are either a Fred or a George. Sometimes I branch out. My best friend's daughter is The Zergling.
  8. Brianuk

    Dreadmere Pack turtle

    Thank you, great pics- none of those turtles look startled tho or cross eyed which is how they would turn out it I dotted the eyes!
  9. Doug Sundseth

    Ethics of Kickstarter Practices

    I can't speak to CMON's KS project ethics. I've never bought into one of their projects and haven't followed them closely enough to comment. But since your actual question was broader, I'll present a few that I've seen that I consider to be unethical (names elided for reasons): A bust project from a well-known company that had sculptures created that were clearly derivative works from art they didn't have the rights to create derivative work from. In addition to possibly being tortious conduct, this infringes upon the moral rights of the artists involved to derive the benefits from their labors. Same project: Upon finding out that they were likely to be sued by the artists involved (and after funding), the company pulled those pieces and refused to return the money to customers who had given money to support the creation of those pieces. This was, in my opinion, fraudulent advertising. Many companies: Upon running out of money for project completion, starting up a new project with the intent of using the proceeds to finish the first project without a realistic plan to complete the subsequent project. This constitutes, I assert, dishonest dealing between the company and the people who supported the second project. All fairly straightforward ethical violations, to my mind. But trying to sell a product for a price I'm not interested in paying? We call that a marketplace where I come from. If you value a product at more than I do, that's a great opportunity for me to sell you the thing, but not so much for you to sell me the same thing. E.g., I'd really like to own a Maserati, because I really like the look of their cars. But Maserati really, really, really likes the look of their cars. Oh well. I guess it's a not-Maserati for me.
  10. AuralEntropy

    Mori Learns Sculpting Part 2!

    Some amazing sculpting work. Definitely looking forward to seeing more of your work. Gives me hope of improving my own skills.
  11. Glitterwolf

    Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts

    That's pretty quick! Looking forward to receive my bust.
  12. Glitterwolf

    Happy Birthday Far_Realm

    Happy Birthday!
  13. Glitterwolf

    Happy Birthday Heisler

    Happy Birthday!
  14. Cranky Dog

    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    The Spelljammer. The legendary manta shaped living spaceship with a city on its back from the D&D setting of the same name. Hobbit homes. i.e. the partly buried homes of hobbits in the Shire. They just look so amazingly cozy. Anthropomorphized female anything. Artists have a knack of making anything sexy looking, even if it makes no sense (lizards with breasts because... well boobs )
  15. Glitterwolf

    Happy Birthday shammond42

    Happy Birthday!
  16. klarg1


    Nice job with some unique models.
  17. Cicciopiu

    Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts

    Got the same e-mail update, so I think they are fulfilling.
  18. LarsM


    Super Nice!!
  19. Werkrobotwerk

    Ethics of Kickstarter Practices

    CMON's KS practices are annoying. Particularly the inability to seperate out some things that you want from others you don't, and their failure to disclose things like cut off dates for address changes. But the closest thing to unethical I've seen is the way they do exclusives that are overtly designed to be characters and persons they don't have likeness rights for. And even that is boarderline because they will clearly pull them if challenged on it
  20. Xiwo Xerase


    Try a soak in Simple Green or acetone. I know Simple Green will loosen super glue and make it a little rubbery so it comes off easier and acetone will either loosen or dissolve it. I don't know how either would behave for clear epoxy. They should be fine for hot glue. Disclaimer: I know this works for "modern" metal minis (i.e. not completely lead). I don't know how either of these will behave with pure lead minis.
  21. Sylverthorne

    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    DRAGONS! ... but you knew I was going to say that. ^^;
  22. mvincent

    Ethics of Kickstarter Practices

    I haven't heard this. Maybe ask those people too their reasoning?
  23. Xiwo Xerase

    #03915 - Thregan Helmsplitter Duskwarden

    First: Don't worry. I believe there is a point in every painted mini where it looks like crap and this is especially true for NMM. So just keep going. So what don't you like about the hammer? Focusing on the head of the hammer: The gradients aren't there. Each face should have a full gradient from near-black to midtone to near-white. (On near horizontal round surfaces, like the rings on the hammer's handle or his shoulder plates, there would be two gradients, one from midtone to near-white and one from midtone to near-black, with the near-white and near-black adjacent to each other.) On the claw end of the hammer, if you put your highlights at the top of each point of the claw end, there should be a shadow at the other end of each point. On the panels next to them (which are almost vertical), you would do the opposite, with the shadow next to the claw tip highlight and the highlight next to the claw tip shadow. Then on the middle panel, the highlight would be next to the shadow of the adjacent panels and the shadow would be next to the highlight of the adjacent panels. I don't see any edge highlighting either, but let's not worry about that yet. (It does look like you've lined between the parts of the hammer. You'll need to do that for his armor too.) One trick for making sure your highlight and shadow placement makes sense is to paint with your base coat and then block in your highest highlights (near-white) and darkest shadows (near-black). It may make your mini look like dazzle camo but your gradient work will hide that soon enough. Four tips I have for edge highlighting are: Use Pure White or a similar, well, pure white. For hard edges (in this case, the squared edge of the hammer head at the end of the shaft), gently use the side of the brush to paint on the highlight. For softer edges, use a brush with a fine point. Keep another brush nearby so you can quickly wet it and use it to remove mistakes (or just thin the line you've painted). (This is really, really important. You don't want to have to redo your gradients again.)
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  26. Ludo

    The Goblin King is Angry

  27. klarg1

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    This? Right here? It's a key part of my secret plan for world domination. Now who wants a nice, hot cup o' joe?
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