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    @tgpumpkin Here are some pics! You asked if we were headed to Grandcon, but alas the answer is no. We're going to Reapercon later this month and then PAX Unplugged again. Looking at my haul, I realized I didn't really buy any new games (technically a couple of expansions for SoB). However, I just got my copy of ROOT, Founders of Gloomhaven, and VAST delivered to the house within the 2 weeks prior. PICTURE 1 Dropfleet Commander. I didn't intend to buy much at this booth.... on my list was a Battlecruiser, the new Destroyers, and 1 Battleship to fill out my collection. But, they were selling some of the webstore-only and residual Kickstarter Exclusive stock. Everything that's in a plastic bag is exclusive in some way. The scourge ships are for Mrs. Zoxe's army. PICTURE 2 Shadows of Brimstone and Broken Token. I really like the BT paint stands that we got at PAX-U and wanted more. The Brimstone goodies were offset by winning my painting category (the Depth Track and Trederran Raiders were covered by the prize pool). PICTURE 3 Kingdom Death - Spent more than I intended. This is a mix of gencon exclusives, models I think are cool and wanted duplicates of, and resins that are hard to get. The brown box Ringtail Fox Survivor (lower row, 2nd from right) has been scalped on eBay from $65 to $100. I paid $20 and is part of the initial collector's run of 500 (mine is #498).
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    This video randomly came up after I watched something else. I watched the whole thing spellbound. p.s. Is it safe to use a chainsaw in sandals?
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    Ok so this is my personal opinion, but having received so many wonderful wooden gaming products from Dog Might Games, I have fallen in love with chechen, a very beautiful wood. It has become my favorite wood so far that they have put up for sell and that is saying something because they have a lot of beauties in their shop. ๐Ÿ˜œ The beauty in this wood lies in that is it chatoyant which means when the light hits it, it exhibits beautiful changing luster throughout the wood. It also has a strong golden blonde and reddish brown tone, highlighted with other dark streaks. Simply put, its pretty stunning. Below are some youtube links I put up that show off chatoyancy in the wood. As well as some pictures. However chechen, will always look way better in person than in pictures due the chatoyancy it exhibits in lighting! Don't forget that when you think about which wood to pick! Pick chechen! Please feel free to add any wonderful DMG pictures of chechen that you might have! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJV8LVkleQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-0v46fRQgo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0HgIwch1XQ
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    With the arrival of our sentinels, I put out all my dice on the game mat to see how many I had. My husband decided to do the same. Turns out he has one more set of dice than I do, as well as more miscellaneous dice. (Mine is on the right).
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    I finally finished my blogger write up for the event. There are a few more pictures (and a lot more words). http://zoxes.blogspot.com/2018/08/gencon-2018.html
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    I love your cat. Doing a great job supervising your work.
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    Wood your redheart sibling do that to you?
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    Thanks. I had a blast painting it.
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    My sister and I played Founders of Gloomhaven twice. I liked it. Not easy to understand with just reading the rule book. The book does provide a link to a how to play video which I found very useful. Once we got into the game, we really liked it. Lots of deep strategy. I loved watching my town grow. I won the first game, but @Zenithsplendor won the second time. Figuring out points whenever a higher tier building is built is tricky, with some of the points being split between those who own the supplies needed to build it. Does help prevent run-away leaders.
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    Ok, get a cup of coffee and get comfortable, here's the reply! A couple of notes up front: Wherever I say 'MM' that means Miniature Monthly. I should also point you at my KDM Summary Page so you can see my individual builds. I try to give an overall process map for each figure. 1. Why the spare hose and filter? From what I'm seeing there is already a filter on the air compressor - so why do you need a second one "between hoses"? This is a bit of insurance, and is probably overkill unless you live in a very humid environment. The trouble is that if you don't have a tank on your compressor, the air hitting the first filter is still fairly hot and the water may not condense out immediately. That means it may condense out up your hose - bad news! During a long session, you can get water in the hose and then SPLAT onto your mini. Aaron at MM recommends the secondary inline filter to be placed away from the compressor. A 'long' hose was about the same price as a shorty, so I just got the spare Badger hose. With my setup, I did see some (minimal) condensation in the added filter but can't say that it would have averted a disaster. I've since upgraded to a tanked compressor and don't notice condensation at the 2nd filter at all (see #5). 2. Have you tried the airbrush that came with the kit since you posted this? If so - thoughts on it? I have not actually shot anything through it. The trigger pull feels very clunky compared to the Badger brushes I've used. I kept it as a spare, and intended to shoot varnish out of it, but honestly once I got the Patriot I never thought about it again. To be honest, I'd be afraid to use it for detail work - some of the work I'm doing now really needs a smooth trigger pull or I'm going to BLAT out gobs of paint where I don't want them. 3. It sounds like you're using the Patriot for your base coating as well. A lot of what I'm reading seems to suggest a siphon feed for basecoating rather than a gravity feed. Why did you make the choice you did? I won't be able to find the source/citation now, but I remember reading at the time that siphon feed airbrushes tend to clog up with our high-pigment, fairly thick mini-paint. Why the Patriot 105? As I was shopping for an airbrush, I signed up for MM (see link above) and watched Aaron's starter video on airbrushing. In it, he walks through a teardown, reassembly, and minor adjustment of a 105. I figured that having the very same airbrush would come in handy - and I was right. When I got in a bind, I went back to that video and re-watched the parts I needed. Today, I could take the 105 apart without looking, and by extension probably any Badger airbrush, but when I was getting started having that safety net was worth it. I could also point out that Aaron paints for a living; he could own any brush he wants and his well-worn 105 is what he uses. Lastly - for all Badger stuff, try to catch them at a convention. The prices Badger was selling at Gencon were pretty nuts. I could have gotten a Sotar2020 and Patriot bundle for the same price that I got the Sotar for. I had to walk away from the booth before I got sick. 4. Follow up on that is that one reason I see quoted for the siphon feed is because of the small cup capacity of most gravity feeds. Basically for doing a larger model like the Phoenix or the Dragon King - how much did the airbrush cover when basecoating / how often did you need to refill it? You can cover a surprising amount of surface area with the little gravity bowl. I don't recall how many times exactly for the Phoenix, but maybe 1 or 2 refills. Really not bad. When I'm doing detail work, I'm using just 3-4 drops of paint and can get a lot done with that. When priming or basecoating multiple figures at once, I'll of course fill the brush to capacity. I've also found that for me, 1 full bowl of paint is about the amount that I shoot before I want to pop a little cleaner through the airbrush anyway. So, if I have a lot of figures to do (like my recent Dropfleet Commander work), I mix a the amount of paint I think I need in a disposable shot glass. I fill the airbrush and snap the lid onto the shot glass (it will begin to dry and skin over very quickly). Spray airbrush until empty. At this point, I fill and dump the airbrush to get any dried chunks out of the bowl, and then refill and spray 1 or 2 bowls full of cleaner into my cleanout trap. Then I grab the remaining paint, refill, and continue. Sounds more complicated than it really is; with the squeeze bottles I linked above it's pretty quick to do a cleanout. This is overkill, but I don't have much trouble with clogging or dry tip this way - except maybe with white primers or very light gray basecoat. 5. Are you satisfied with that kit air compressor, or are you thinking of upgrading it? If the latter - why? Yes, considering what I paid for it, it worked great! I do have to add that I couldn't get the regulator to actually change the PSI. But, it defaulted to about the PSI that I wanted to shoot at, so I shrugged and moved on. I don't paint high volume so can't speak to its longevity. It's not very loud and pumps up fast. I did upgrade to a Badger Aspire Pro earlier this year, but this was driven by the fact that both me and Mrs. Zoxe would be taking airbrush classes together and I needed to outfit her with a self-contained kit. At the house, we now share the Aspire Pro and the generic kit compressor only comes out on class days. The Asprire is actually about the same loudness, but has a tank so the PSI is more consistent (but I do have to pause and wait for it to pump back up if I'm really going to town). 6. Do you prime with the airbrush as well? Yes! This was actually the reason I got the airbrush - I was totally done with any form of rattle can priming. After even the first session with airbrush priming, I knew I would never go back. That was almost a year ago. Each project I've taken on since then has added a little more airbrush work. At the time that I'm writing this, here's what I'm doing (this is in the order that I started doing it): Priming - I use Vallejo Surface Primer and thin it a bit, usually black. Basecoat - I thin down ArmyPainter or Reaper paint Directional Spray / Zenithal Highlighting Highlighting and Shadows (i.e. going back over a hand-painted mini that's otherwise 'done' and adjusting highs and lows) Masked details / stripes Weathering with Inks
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    Jeremiah has a glorious beard whose might likely repels the nastiest germs. People with beards in general exude an aura of such power and majesty that no infection stands a chance against the vitality of a bearded warrior.
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    I ACHIEVED PIN QUEEN STATUS YOU GUYS I was able to participate in some STELLAR trades so I really only paid for one of these pins (the Pachimari Blizzard one). Although to be fair, I got the Root one because I bought the game and the expansion. The rest were free or trades that I was able to execute because of pins that I got at PAX Unplugged or Origins. (In fact, the Vast one I got from a customer who appreciated my help back at Origins!!) There was a girl with a bunch of Pokemon pins going around looking to trade - I got my Raikou, Jirachi, Catpuccino, and the Majora's Mask pins all because of her and her lack of Game of Thrones pins. As for my loot: Root + expansion, Before There Were Stars, Scythe: Rise of Fenris (physical copy!!!! not pre-order!!! eeee!), Chessex Vortex set (the blue one with gold), Chessex burgundyish Borealis D20 that was discontinued, Crystal Caste Gen Con 2018 set (green with like gold flakes, love it for a forest or swamp witch), some Blizzard loot (Pachimari pin, Pachimari plush key chain that squeaks, golden Pachimari con exclusive plush, and Ana vinyl figure that I got for free because it didn't have a base... gotta pass that to Jeremiah in the shop still so I can mount it on a spalted tamarind plinth), and finally a lovely print from our artist for Countdown! ๐Ÿ˜ Ooh, and a t-shirt that looks like a National Forest sign but it's for Mirkwood. โ™ฅ๏ธ
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    Just got Brass yesterday! Oh my gourd I canโ€™t wait....
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    And.....we are back. Worked a half day yesterday to catch up a bit but didn't have time to jump on here. I have a fuller then normal inbox and know that a couple of you reached out to me there. I will be responding this afternoon. Had an AMAZING GenCon. Potentially the best ever. Big things happening that I cannot discuss yet but hopefully soon. Great to see so many of you there. Apologies to @Zoxe again for not recognizing you upon meeting. My memory is crap. Too much lumberjack juice. Went a little crazy with the purchases this year. One of our biggest hauls ever. The shortlist: Monsterpocalypse, Aristeia, Crystal Clans, lots of minis for Arena Rex, Guild Ball, Hordes, Pathfinder playtest, Vampire V5, L5R beginner box, lots of dice, and a bunch of other stuff. Root the game was a big hit with the crew. So much that I am sure I am forgetting something. Our crew did an amazing job. @Zoe took the lead on the booth this year so I could hobnob with some other businesses and it worked very well. Hats off to her. She has staved off her daily firing for at least one day.
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    Making some cards and always supervised... ๐Ÿ˜ผ
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    The transgressions of missing Rise of Tribes and Root are now hereby corrected after gencon
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    Small dice for a big box lol Bubinga
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    Polyhero dices, wizard set.
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    I just realized I have not posted in this thread... Name: Akilah Swiftfoot Race: Savannah Class: Skald Best Known Skill: Singing at one end of the house and the next second being on the other end without notice. Famous for: The war cry she gives before going into battle Most Ashamed of: Unable to walk slippery ledges With her constant chatter, one would think she would go into oratory as a bard, but when she senses danger, she flies into a fury of long legs and screams. This tough cat will prove to be a great travel companion, and a good fighter when need be.
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    Nice choice, Zoe! Looks like it will serve you and your dice well. Will look forward to showing mine off when they arrive.
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    Been awhile since I painted a humanoid figure. Here is my recent one, before I have sealed her.
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    Yeah.. I admit I was like "Yes, I want to pay $60 for the game, and then $1740 for the box!" Uggh.. I admit it's a very pretty box.. but still. I could buy a custom game table for that! Actually not backing that game.. but just the price on those pieces.. shudder.
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    Name: Clair Race: Mystery Mutt Class: Wizard Best known skill: Circle. She has learned that trick, and will now do it no matter what trick you actually ask her to do. Most ashamed of: Eating Fenrir's food when he moves too slow. She is a doggo with many years of experience frightening off evil creatures like bunnies and squirrels. Would be an asset to any adventuring party that needs someone to run in circles.