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  1. Yeah he passed on April 30, actually. So, couple of days ago, but the news came out today. Sorry to hear this, Mayhew seemed like a good guy. Rip, Pete!
  2. Oh, I'm old school in every way. I've looked at stuff like zBrush and other 3d software but it's just not for me. Mostly I've done 2d-media work actually, drawing/painting illustration type stuff. But I have done miniatures also, though always traditional sculpture and/or lost wax technique for custom metal figures. Always just a side hussle, though. Like I said, it doesn't pay the bills.
  3. Oh, wow. You're down right affordable! Hire this guy! Personally, I don't do commission work for less than 30$/hour American. And even that never generated enough revenue for me to drop my day job. Artists are pricey, for good reason.
  4. The Dewback makes me happy. I'm glad I converted all my DLT Troopers the regular, non-backpack stormies and so have plenty of models ready for Sandtrooper conversion.
  5. Yeah, my Legion models required plenty of seam filling.
  6. I'm wondering if you have any experience with model work... Outside of dropping simple game figures on a table. Have you ever built a model car kit? Or a plane or anything? I ask only to try to offer helpful advice. I'm not trying to be a d!ck, here. If you use a sharp x-acto knife (or any razor knife) the material should cut through with minimal effort. If you hold the sprue against a table surface, preferably protected by a cutting mat, there is no risk to your human fingers. If removing a small part that might eject from the table by cutting off the sprue, drape a washcloth over the blade to catch the tiny part. With just a little practice, you can safely and easily remove parts from frames. Just give it a try, you'll probably find that it's not a big deal. Hardly a barrier to accessibility.
  7. I have both. The Priority Supplies box has stuff to specially support the games objective cards, besides adding new cards. If you ask me, it's worth the price just for the vaporators, which are cool. The Terrain Crate stuff is mostly intended for interiors, stuff like tables and computer terminals. There's nothing that would look weird along side Legion scale models, but also, there's nothing as specifically useful for the game. Also the Terrain Crate stuff is made from an even bendier plastic than FFG uses. I hope that helps!
  8. I guess I really must be a sprue wizard. It baffles my mind that there are so many people here who are so troubled by the prospect of clipping parts off a sprue. It's not difficult or dangerous and it does not take very long to do. I'm trying not to be mean here, and engage in juvenile name-calling, but honestly...
  9. I disagree with your negativity here. I was disappointed by having bagged models when the game first launched. I vastly prefer sprues. I've seen too many parts in bagged games that were sloppily clipped in the factory. Also, I prefer harder plastic. Also I like how a sprue keeps the parts organized so I don't have to hunt for the itty-bitty detail bits--I just cut them off the sprue when I'm ready to glue it on. Will they be more fragile? Marginally. Will they take longer to build having to cut them of a sprue? Hardly. Especially when you consider the savings in time spent looking for little parts that roll out of the bag. Sprues are a hundred times better than baggies and I applaud this decision.
  10. A pity! You and I seem to have overlapping tastes where these games are concerned. Sadly, I live in Portland and there's a whole continent stretching between our two cities. Elsewise I'd invite you for a game!
  11. I beg to differ. Speaking as a fan of miniatures games, for me the appeal is primarily the modeling options and hobby aspect. I love converting and painting minis. Years ago when I got started in the hobby I played 40k and built a Tau army, complete with a squad of human Troopers in Tau armor (converted from a box of fire warriors and a box of catachans) and some Kroot cavalry (a conversion involving a LotR cave troll head and some reptile mount from WFB). Fact is, I have very little opportunity for actual gaming so spending time on building great terrain and fun figures keeps me busy and entertained and sometimes there's even a game I can play with these things! Once games get over-involved in their army building complexities, I usually check out. I was way in to Warmachine when it launched, but it got so complex and--detailed for lack of a better word--that I lost interest in it. I don't play 40k anymore either thanks to the way codices are released and used in play. Even X-Wing 1 got so much upgrade bloat that I stopped playing, even though I kept buying--because I like the toys. I anticipate that Legion will hold my interest given that it's Star Wars and I like modeling Star Wars stuff. Even when the rules go off the rails (which I expect it will) I'll be able to homebrew up my own rules, or just use this stuff for RPGs, or play WEG SWMB with it. Honestly it's the models and the modeling that interests me about miniatures games and I couldn't give less of a dam* about board games or card games. And I know I'm not alone in that feeling.
  12. Nice Sarlaac pits. Though I think of I build one myself, I'll go with the pre-1997 non-beaked variety.
  13. Yeah you can easily use the content of the battlefield objectives box as fodder for scatter terrain. I bought two packs, one for its intended purpose and a second for more vaporator parts to customize my objectives, while using the other bits as scatter terrain bits.
  14. @TauntaunScout thank you for bringing up Perry Miniatures. I have somehow never heard of them, but it seems like they fit my needs for medieval stuff perfectly. I'll be ordering from them soon.
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