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  1. RomyCat

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    Been thinking about this post for days. How do decide out of so many games I that enjoy which are my top favorites? So I went to my BG Stats app where I have been logging plays for over two years. Here are my most played games during that time. Currently I have logged a total of 1076 actually plays. Sushi Go! = 39 Dig Down Dwarf (2nd Edition) = 32 Carcassonne =27 Dixit = 25 Shakespeare = 25 Five Tribes = 25 Istanbul = 25 Castles of Burgundy = 24 Above and Below = 23 Sushi Go Party! = 20 Onirim = 20 Escape: The Curse of the Temple--Big Box = 20 Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 = 19
  2. Stace, If I had found the Hero Quest furniture for sale, I may had bought them. For my cave terrain, I bought various type stalagmites, pillars, barrels, and crates at Dungeonstone. They are cheap and come unpainted. The ones in the pictures I painted using cheap acrylic paint I picked up at Walmart. Link: https://www.dungeonstone.com/
  3. PS: The pillars I on purpose tried to give a grungy look to. During my first version of them, they actually looked very new and polished, then I tried to give them a worn down look as if they were in a ruined palace.
  4. This is my first time ever to paint models, and I really enjoyed the experience. While I bought two beginner Reaper paint kits, I wanted to take the pressure off myself that my first minis had to be perfect. Reaper paints are high quality but come in small bottles. Not wanting to waste enormous amounts of expensive grey or brown, I headed to Walmart and picked up a cheap set of acrylic paint for $10. I decided my first painting experience would be with my cheapest minis. All these you see in the pictures, I bought at Dungeonstone at a very low price for minis. Link: https://www.dungeonstone.com/ These minis come solid white and are dusty from their manufacturing process. I gave them a good wash with soapy water then spray painted them with a black primer. Then I began painting, experimenting with the techniques I had read about in the Reaper booklets that came with the kits I had brought: basecoat, shadows, highlights, wash, glazing, and drybrushing. Everything in the pictures is painted with cheap acrylic paint accept for two tiny swords on coffins for which I used a Reaper metal paint. On one of the stalagmites, I experimented with a wet water effect using Scene-A-Rama Blue Realistic Water which I picked up at a craft store. The final results are not perfect, but I learned a lot in the process. I especially need a lot more practice with drybrushing. The biggest issue I had was with the sealer I used. I brought Krylon Cover Max on Amazon. Most reviewers said it worked well, but one complained that it sometimes ate away the paint. With my first batch , the sealer worked fine with the barrels, crates, and stalagmites, but when I later used it on the coffins and columns, I ran into that dissolving issue. Turns out when the sealer pools, it begins to dissolve the paint. Around the edges of my coffins and in some of the floor cracks, I got light gray lines. Fortunately those coffins only cost me $2, so no big deal. That is why I started with my cheap minis first, to iron out serious problems. I went back to researching, looking for brush-on sealers that will not pool, ones especially made for acrylic paint. Based on reviews, I ordered Dullcote, hoping it will work much better. Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0069FYJYI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I'm already working on some of my more higher quality mins now, enjoying applying what I have already learned.
  5. I need to take some updated pictures of my other cats. Currently four claim my house as theirs. I just the cleaner, food provider, and litter remover to them.
  6. Both that Sleeply Hollow, Too Many Boned, and that painter holder all look good. And the painting Sunset game. My money is too thin to get more, though I did pick up Amber Mines.
  7. Wow, he is good. I would love to own that holder. Drat 7th Continent (which I really want to play). Now I can't afford other Kickstarters. One thing I did different is use a paper towel to test colors and get rid of extra paint, instead of my hand. I have been painting cave terrain, barrels, crates, and a few other objects. I will try to post a picture in a few days once all the sealer had dried. I am really enjoying painting, though I know I still have a lot to learn. Watching painting videos has been very helpful to me. What others are doing is amazing.
  8. Your dragon sheath looks great. I'm jealous. Makes me want one.
  9. RomyCat


    Awesome work. I love that deep wood color. Great work on its design.
  10. Cool idea, SeeSome. I think you have the right woods picked in the picture. The stands look awesome. I have ordered something for my sister's birthday. Once it come in, I will try to post it here. I can't wait for her to see it.
  11. Thanks, Konas. I might buy them. I have to figure out the best way to attach to a base. Any suggestions on that? Would hot glueing them to a plain hexagon base be enough? Or would they fall down easily? Is there something you are suppose to do do the base?
  12. Hm, I'm curious what the clue means. You play-test....or created a wooden add-on....or you are infected with a tree disease.
  13. The Joan of Arc mini's looked awesome--especially the trees. I have been at wits end trying to figure out how to do proper mini trees for Gloomhaven.
  14. RomyCat

    #4: Leopardwood

    This write up made me excited, as one of my CoCo's will be Leopardwood. One of the tiles will be a saber-tooth tiger and another a dragon. I can't wait to see how the specks look with these animals. Hopefully the dragon will look like he has scales.
  15. Those two Kickstarters look cool. Alas, a 7th Continent has stolen my wallet. I have no more spare money for a while.
  16. Blinkus Maximus, I have that issue too, as the Seventh Continent has eaten up my budget. (Does not help that I am also buying paint for minis). I decided not to add any add-ons to the base game until Pladgemanger opens, that way, I can split the price over two months.
  17. Barb, that artwork sold be on Triplock. Can't wait to play it.
  18. A expansion for Near and Far was launched on Kickstarter today. It is blowing away through the stretch goals and only launched a short time ago. The base game is great. My sister and I love all of Ryan Laukat's games we have played. We have really enjoyed the questing stories form Above and Below (we have logged over 25 plays). Near and Far is just as exciting.
  19. Awesome job, Barb. That bottom door has so many cool details. I just ordered my paints and am excitedly waiting for them. As the Reaper beginner kit comes with several minis that don't need primer and includes a how-to booklet, I will start there. Hopefully I can build my skills up a little then try to tackle those roaches from Mice and Mystics. How hard can it be to paint a bug? I will be finding out. Once I get a bit more confidence I will tackle the other characters from the game. After that, I have mini furniture and cave items I bought to enhance Gloomhaven, including chests and doors. Maybe I can make mine turn out as good as yours. Actually, maybe I should try painting doors, chests, and crates before painting the live action mice and insects. I presume painting fur and skin is much harder.
  20. Was reading your blog, Lindsey. How many miniatures do you own? Do you get the Ghostbuster game? That was a lot of miniatures. Barb, you are making me want to buy that face painting set, yet I have not even mastered the basics yet...or even started painting. I'm still trying to be careful what I buy and lay out a plan for that. Question, when you are painting miniatures, do you hold it in your hand, have some type of turning wheel, or another why to handle the figures to move them without touching them?
  21. RomyCat

    #3: Redheart

    Quote: "Because of this fact, I have made it my personal mission to put a piece of Redheart in the hands of every gamer in the world!" I'm for that. How many trees would we need to chop down to complete that goal? Hopefully there is a huge forest of Redheart trees. I would love to have a redheart dragon sheath myself. I will keep that in mine for the future.
  22. Thanks for the advice, Blinkus. If I buy it, I will try to pick up an extra red to use. I know I will need all primary colors.
  23. Blinkus Maximus, she looks awesome. If any of mine come out even half that good, I will be happy. Konos and Lindsey, both of your also look cool. All of you have talent...and not just with wood. As I am trying to figure out the best way to get started with painting, I have several questions. I have watched videos and read different discussions about paints. I am currently considering buying Reaper's beginning kit to get started. Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I14QLGE8AH8B2B&colid=1VCH329LILIYU Does Reaper make good paint? I noticed this kit is missing the primary color of red. Does anyone have other suggestions for what a beginner should buy? I know I will need some type of primer and sealer. What are your suggestions for what I should purchase?
  24. Thanks everyone for the link to Massive Voodoo and the tips about painting. I'm very excited about beginning.
  25. This might be my future. All day at work on the computer (tech teacher here) then hopefully learning to paint minis. I got to order all my needed supplies. Thinking about getting Reapers beginner kit on Amazon. I know many minis need a primer also (though Reaper minis do not). Watching vids to learn the basics.
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