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  • Give the gift of bread
    Give the gift of bread
    Bread baking is a most rewarding hobby! Here at the holidays, it's even more rewarding when you create a loaf of homemade bread from your own kitchen and give it as a gift. Bread baking is great fun and even therapeutic, according to health...
  • When you want just a little bit of cheesecake.....
    When you want just a little bit of cheesecake.....
    Cheesecake never fails to please those who love a rich, creamy dessert. Cheesecakes come in all flavors and types, fresh and frozen, light and dense. Many diners and restaurants are famous for their cheesecakes, which are often made on site, with...
  • The evolution of the mimic
    The evolution of the mimic
    The "chest monster" that first appeared as a vexing inconvenience for greedy adventurers has become a staple of fantasy gaming everywhere. In this article we journey backwards through time to find out where the aggravating chests with...
  • The evolution of the rust monster
    The evolution of the rust monster
    Ah the rust monster. The bane of just about every fighter's existence, created from a plastic toy for the express purpose of ruining a party's equipment -- which, given the uniqueness of some magic items, is worse than a character dying....
  • mini roses
    Growing miniature roses in containers
    Brighten up your patio or deck with miniature roses in containersIf you love to garden with roses but have limited space, think small for these flowers. Consider growing miniature roses in containers and develop blooms spring, summer, and fall...
  • Miniatures for your My Little Pony RPG
    Miniatures for your My Little Pony RPG
    In a previous article I established the surprising variety of unofficial tabletop role-playing games for My Little Pony. But if you're looking for miniatures, there are several options to consider. Two of them were launched through Kickstarter...
  • Bioprinting
    Vaccines and miniature bodies
    Wake Forrest Baptist Institute for Regenerative Medicine is set to begin the ‘body on chip’ project with a goal to replicate human cells and have them function on a small scale the jobs of human organs. Including the heart, liver,...
  • Reaper Bones review #14: Eyebeast
    Reaper Bones review #14: Eyebeast
    Because Wizards of the Coast has copyrighted the term Beholder, Reaper has to bend over backwards to come up with names for monsters that are clearly beholders but aren't beholders. This is how you end up with Julie Guthrie's Eyebeast, who...
  • Reaper Bones review #13: Black Orc Spearman
    Reaper Bones review #13: Black Orc Spearman
    Reaper's orcs, like its elves, have a distinctive appearance that's unique to this line. All the orcs are similar, which I appreciate -- you can tell that they all belong to the same species. Tre Manor's orc spearman isn't meant to...
  • Reaper Bones review #12: Aello, Harpy
    Reaper Bones review #12: Aello, Harpy
    Everyone knows the story of the harpies from Greek myth, but there's some disagreement as to their appearance. According to Wikipedia:Hesiod calls them two "lovely-haired" creatures, and pottery art depicting the harpies featured...
  • Reaper Bones review #11: Satheras, Elf Warlock
    Reaper Bones review #11: Satheras, Elf Warlock
    Satheras, Elf Warlock by Bobby Jackson, is the first elf in the Reaper Bones line and as such provokes an interesting question: is an elf and elf if you can't see his ears?Judging by the other sculpts in the Bones line, Reaper's elves are...
  • Reaper Bones review #10: Female Dragon Slayer
    Reaper Bones review #10: Female Dragon Slayer
    This is another miniature that is a scene fit more for painting and display than for gaming -- it seems unlikely that most players will use the image of a female dragonslayer looming over a dragon's head very often in a game (does the head...
  • Reaper Bones review #8: Medusa
    Reaper Bones review #8: Medusa
    Ray Harryhausen's depiction of Medusa in "Clash of the Titans" strongly influenced every version of her that came afterward in fantasy games. No longer was Medusa just a human woman with an ugly face and snakes for hair -- she became...
  • Reaper Bones review #7: Female Human Wizard
    Reaper Bones review #7: Female Human Wizard
    Reaper miniatures haven't had a great track record when it comes to strong female characters. Judging from the medusa and harpy that will show up later in the line, there's plenty of T&A to go around. Fortunately, the Female Human...
  • Reaper Bones review #6: Deladrin, Assassin
    Reaper Bones review #6: Deladrin, Assassin
    I struggled with this sculpt by the inimitable Werner Klocke. On the one hand, it's of an assassin, so I expect the cloak, two swords, and studded leather armor. On the other, it's hard to make her look particularly assassin-like -- she&...