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The 15mm Japanese Fantasy miniature range sculpted by John Bell called Sengoku doubles in size today up to forty with the release of the second wave of miniatures.  We have Monks, Mikos, Ghosts, Snakes, Spiders, creatures like the Rokurokubi with stretched neck and two part upper and lower bodies to make monsters and warriors.  Single pieces, value packs and a full set with saving.  There is a lot to this release following up on the Tengu, Oni, Kappa, Goblins and School Girls from the first wave.  Read on!  GBS
The 15mm Japanese Fantasy miniature range sculpted by John Bell called Sengoku doubles in size today up to forty with the release of the second wave of miniatures.  We have Monks, Mikos, Ghosts, Snakes, Spiders, creatures lik...
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(Re)Discovered a new tool in making these el-cheapo 3rd edition Battletech Plastic Miniatures look nice - good old fashioned Testors Contour Putty.

This article helped me remember how to make it work well.
http://www.calsmodels.com/calstipsfour.htm
In the not too distant past, the chances of me puttying up the seams on a model kit were roughly the same as me wrapping my right leg over my head and hopping to a first place finish in the Boston Marathon. Recently, however, with constant pressure coming from subjecting myself to the work of ...
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I'm waiting until I get moved to start painting the plastic ones I got from Catalyst. 
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I need dis.

(h/t to +Mark CMG Clover for the link)
It's probably a good thing that this incredible DIY R2-D2 bus only physically exists in Porto Alegre, Brazil, because if it was here in the US, I would want to empty my savings account in an effort just to travel to it and be photographed beside it. César Aguzzoli shared his immense DIY project on Instructables.com, and while the process is intense and detailed, the outcome is galactically awesome. Below is a gallery of the big steps in the trans...
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This would make both me and my wife happy. Well I assume so as my wife is in love with the VW bus.
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So, remember that wonderful ECO castle (looks like an Elastolin castle) that I bought right after GaryCon, the el-cheapo one from Germany?

Turns out that it's a toy version of Camelot. ECO NO:434000 'Camelot'. Check it out!

+Joseph Bloch - thought you'd be interested, as you had originally thought I was saying this was a Bodenburgh. I can't afford one of those, given its connection to D&D history, however, I'll take a fantasy castle for my elf-games anyday.
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+Greg Johnston  "'tis a silly place. 
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Happiness is seeing +Angie S complete a series of adventures in a world I've had in my head and on paper for 20 years. The two specific adventures were cribbed from "Fast Play AD&D" adventures by Jeff Grubbrom 1999, but the Vale world has been in my imagination for a bit longer.

Of course, getting out the "holy shit" miniatures is also happiness too... that moment when she sees the big bad ugly and her eyes get very wide (and she fumbles two attack rolls...)
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lol @ fumbles
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The final hours are ticking away on the first Ral Partha Chaos Wars Kickstarter. A lot of free gifts, stretch goals and some amazing miniatures are there for the taking. At ~ $1.27/mini at some of the pledge levels, this is a really good deal to jump in on. I love me some classic Ral Partha armies and some of the extras are going to be lots of fun to throw on the wargame or RPG table. 
Iron Wind Metals Company is raising funds for Ral Partha's Chaos Wars on Kickstarter! Iron Wind Metals is re-igniting Ral Partha's Chaos Wars, and re-releasing 48 Elf, Orc, and Goblin miniatures; sculpted by Tom Meier.
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Sometimes, writing to a company for information works out VERY well. If you've been looking for possible replaces to Forged Monkey dayglo paint, you might want to check out the Testors Flourescent *ACRYLIC* paints. The "Dayglo" company in the US who makes dayglo pigments forwarded me to this source. 

I'm going to be ordering the set to see how they work. Compare them to the Vallejo flourescent blue. I know price-wise, the Vallejo was $3/bottle - where here, I'm getting a "pot" for $1.33 each. Price-wise, that is attractive, since I'll not use much per application.

http://smile.amazon.com/Testors-Acrylic-Paint-Pot-Fluorescent/dp/B006Z83WMO
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Hey +Kyrinn S. Eis  - are you still working on Urutsk actively? I took a peek at your profile and I didn't see anything lately posted.
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This is the stuff of my childhood reading SciFi, now reality. A photo of a "cliff" (actually the other lobe) of a comet. Amazing.
A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
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I need the 5th panel as a TShirt... "SEEK NOT THE SIXTH WAY!"
lovingly rendered pictures of cocks. style-stealing tomb robbers.
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That's what struck me, too, when I read it. "SEEK NOT THE SIXTH WAY!" Hehehe
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Yesterday gave me an opportunity to do a full miniatures inventory, with counts and then links to the minis manufacturer or to the lost minis wiki site for historical reference. I was a bit surprised how many Ral Partha, Grenadier Guthrie/Personalities and how many Otherworld Minis I had. 

I have 376 painted minis, the bulk of which are various monsters. Followed by my DBA Sumerian army figures and then PCs, mass combat human figures.

I have 351 unpainted minis. The bulk of these are 15mm armies I've got for Enonia/campaign mass combat battles and 6 complete sets of Grenadier 1980s AD&D small figure sets. Followed by a crap-ton of those really bad Battletech boxed set 3rd edition plastic minis. For some reason, because they are Unseen, I had to buy 3 sets of them. :SMDH:

Not that anyone really cares, but it was fun going through them and seeing the progression of my painting skills. Stuff that I found so hard at first, now it's 2nd hand nature. It takes 5 years to really master a craft, so I'm about 2 years from hopefully being a much better miniatures painter. Some of the things I see on the minis groups are amazing show pieces. I paint for the table.
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Someone on Dragonsfoot asked "what edition should I use for a 1:1 game with my wife" and did a poll. The usual answers... and then there's mine. I'm probably going to get banned for the "self-fondling" part...
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I've been running a 1 on 1 with @thePrincessWife on and off for almost 6 years. We've had a recent long term hiatus, but the main point is that I've been doing this. My wife didn't know any specific version of D&D, just that she played BITD.

So... I voted "other" because it doesn't matter in my 1:1 with my wife.

If you ask @thePrincessWife about specific mechanics or rules, she has no clue. Even after 6 years. FWIW - I've moved from microlite20 to Swords & Wizardry 2nd edition to S&W White Box to almost base OD&D/LBB, using a lot of Delta's rules and Philotomy's Approach. Does she know? Nope. 

However, if you ask her about her character, what her character can do, what her character has done and what she's hoping to achieve, she'll tell you all about it. I tell her what to roll when it's important. If she asks if she can do something, I figure it out and tell her. If dice need to be rolled, I tell her about it. She spends more time on her CRS in the money and treasure section. 

And all this is as I think it should be. Edition-self-fondling is, IMO, mainly for the DMs and (perhaps) people who want to put an emotional flag down on their sacred elf-game book set. Me? I just wanted to play D&D with the wife. 
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Riding in the Windy City.

I am gaming again. Mostly OD&D, a bit of AD&D online and Battletech, plus as much fantasy wargaming using Chainmail, HOTT or Book of War that I can. 15mm, 25mm. I've got a couple of DBA Sumerian armies too.


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Went on 14 day primitive survival course (BOSS) at age of 42.