Tainted Grail Wave 2 – shaded zenithal, contrasts and washes, and Metal Color

Let's shift to an interesting topic, with lots of fun pictures: Painting the miniatures that came with the second wave of Tainted Grail. What's a "Tainted Grail Wave"? Tainted Grail is a massive role-playing board game published by Awaken Realms. The game was funded as a Kickstarter project. The overall game was so massive that Awaken Realms…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 5

Let's try to wrap this up. The story so far I listed four reasons why I didn't want to upgrade to Mojave: A bit of convenient entertainment would go away. Solution: None. No choice but to suck it up if I ever upgraded. I could no longer reprogram my universal remote. Solution: Maybe Logitech will eventually release…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 4

Audiobooks I listen to a lot of audiobooks. And by "a lot," I mean this: There's a lot to unpack from this picture, including why I don't want to upgrade from Mojave. I've circled on the part to focus on first: While the picture only shows the first 31 files in my audiobook collection, I have a…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 3

Keyboard About 15 years ago, I started developing pains in my forearms. It wasn't quite carpal tunnel; if it had been then the pain would never have fully gone away. But the pain did go away when I switched to using ergonomic keyboards. My first such keyboard was made by Adesso. It was a fine keyboard. I…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 2

In my previous post, I went into a hissy-fit over the tiny games I would no longer be able to play if I upgraded above Mac OS X Mojave. Get ready for more hissing as we delve into another #FirstWorldProblem. Remote Control If you have an entertainment system, the most valuable piece of technology becomes a universal…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 1

As the title suggests, I'm going to write a series of posts on -- Wait a second! You're writing a series of posts on why you don't want to upgrade? Isn't that a waste of effort? You know as well as anyone the truth behind this xkcd cartoon: You wrote a long series of posts on controlling…

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Mini painting wrap-up – Etherfields Wave 1

In my last post, in which I talked about shading Etherfields miniature figures, I ended by saying that I'd have to wait until the the weather got warmer and dryer before I could go outdoors and spray-varnish the minis. Then I discovered a varnish made for airbrushes. I applied four light coats to each mini, spaced at…

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More miniature-painting goodness: Citadel shades and washes, zenithal primes, and Etherfields

It's been almost a year since my last post on painting miniature figures. Therefore, I'm going to review the style of mini painting I use before I show lots of photos. I'll begin with why I started painting minis again. Etherfields Etherfields is a board game that I backed on Kickstarter. After a wait of about 1.5…

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The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is notorious. I remember watching it when it first aired. I was desperate for more Star Wars, and was willing to watch anything. Afterwards, I went "Huh?" I got more out of watching the Ewok movies eight years later. The 1978 Special is best known for introducing the character of Boba…

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Shadow’s Gift

Anyone who has visited my apartment in the past few years must have noticed the odor of cat urine as they walked in. For my Wicca group and other spiritual visitors, I'd light incense to mask the smell. For everyone else... well, they may be too polite to mention it, but there's a reason why my apartment…

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