Savage Core: The Neanderthals’ Return

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  1. The Neanderthals look great man. In regards to the folding table you could always build one. I looked at that option a while ago and found free pdf plans etc specifically for tabletop wargaming. It all looked pretty straightforward really and most hardware stores would stick some sort of table legs I’m sure. Otherwise you could even make them as well. For the cabin build last year I built a fold away work bench the same way. Might be worth having a look mate and then you can make it to your own specifications.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words on the cavemen and while I hadn’t thought about this because I’m not that handy, it might be a good route to go down now that you mention it. I’ll do some research and see if this gets me unstuck on this problem. Cheers!

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      1. Its humbling but also true, I think my wife is more handy than I am. I’ll see if she’s taking commissions or not! To be a bit more serious, that is a great idea and I’d be happy to pay someone else to make what I need and save myself some time. Thanks for your help this, mate!

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  2. Nice work on the Neandethals, Jeff! 🙂 And I like the bark! You get more done during a slump than I do normally! I just use two folding wallpaper pasting tables for my wargames, with a small storage unit sitting underneath in the middle to support them – gives me a 6 x 4 table that stores away when I don’t use it. Something like that might do for you as a temporary measure. As far as jobs go, if your current one suits your work-life balance it’s maybe worth sticking with for now!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words on the painting, John! A slump for me means painting a little less and being less enthusiastic about what I’m working on. I’m a creature of habit and paint for a bit nearly every day.

      I’ll look into your idea as something like this could work well. I definitely need something that can be stored away in a closet because we don’t have enough space for anything more permanent.

      I agree with you on jobs as well. I believe I made the right decision to stay where I am and I’m thankful I turned that job down.

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  3. The Neanderthals look great Jeff, if you do another one, try doing multiple different colour pelts, especially if there is an easy to see definition between the pelts’
    Like the Bark reminds me of some rock faces I’ve seen with the deep undercuts.
    If your current job suits you better, then staying is the right move, far to often the lure of more money, can impact a persons happiness at work, which is important for ones mental health.

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    1. That’s a good thought, Dave. Thanks for mentioning it. I may just do that to add further variety to the fur. I’ve got quite a bit more and I think it could be a nice way to unify them all.

      I’m glad you like the bark too. I’m trying to sculpt a bit with milliput for this project so we’ll see what you think of that when I get further along.

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  4. Those Neanderthals are excellent, looking forward to seeing more of them. Regarding the table I’m in full agreement with IRO; build your own. It’s fun, it’s satifying, it’ll save you money and stress and you can make it the way you want it. I built my painting desk because I’m tall and anything “ready made” was too low for me and made me hunch, which was starting to screw up my neck and back. Should be easy to get the materials you need from any hardware store.

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    1. Thanks, Wudu! Another vote for building my own table as well. I’m glad that you were able to find a solution with your painting desk too. That sounds like a real pain and makes me thankful that I’m not very tall!

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  5. I like the Neanderthals and have to agree with some of the other comments. If the job you are in suits you better then stay with it. Your mental health is really important, the one you have let’s you do what you want to do. I would second the paste table or build your own. The latter option gives you exactly what you want.

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    1. Cheers! I agree with your sentiment on working as well. Your personal happiness is by far the most important thing and I’m glad I chose the job with the most work/life balance as it means more time to paint!

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    1. Thanks, mate! You probably already saw this but the Neanderthals on the Supreme Court have indicated that they’re just getting started so we’re headed for some dark times, I’m afraid.

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      1. Yeah I have seen that. Needless perhaps to say but several of my British and German friends and family are bewildered by these events. I am struggling myself to come to terms with these steps back.

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      2. This battle has been going on for 50 years and the warning signs were there for those who wanted to see them. I think the main surprise is that this happened as fast as it did, considering the recent additions to the court. I think people thought the new justices would have more regard for the public’s opinion and clearly that is not the case.

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  6. I love the Neanderthals, Jeff, excellent painting on some great sculpts and they’d make perfect additions to the Supreme Court. You’re right about the rope bits adding a bit more visual interest, and it’s attention to details like that that I love about your painting!

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    1. Haha, this gave me a good laugh and yes, we definitely have a few cavemen and a cavewoman masquerading as judges currently! I’m glad you like the ropes as well. They could have been neater but I feel like for a gaming piece, it wasn’t worth sinking further time in to achieve perfection!

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  7. Nice Neanderthals! Tree bark is hard to work with, the key is finding the right piece. I think stuffing the undersides with some ground texture should work.

    When I retired, a fellow employee asked how I did my work/life balance so well. I replied wrong focus. it’s life/work balance.

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    1. Thanks, Bret! I’ve already started the process with the tree bark and base so we’ll see how it looks in next week’s update.

      I like your philosophy on work as well. I often tell my wife, “Its just work” as in, its not worth getting worked up about so I think we’re of similar minds!

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  8. Don’t get me started on politics!!!

    Anyways, the caveman looks cool and seems like a fun pallet cleanser to do.

    I don’t know if the tables your after are for gamier painting. My paint table is an IKEA desk and that stays set up in the darkest corner of the house…. All my games are on 2.5’ by 6’ white folding tables you can get at your local anywhere…. And when not in use are stores in the garage. 😀😀

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    1. The Cavemen are definitely fun and really easy to paint so I’ll be using them as palette cleansers in the future for sure. I’m looking for a gaming table and I think your idea about using two tables side-by-side to get the right size is excellent. I think that might be what I do to solve this problem so thanks for mentioning it!

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    1. Thanks and I think I’m starting to get through the slump. I think folding tables are going to be the way to go as I’m looking for something quick and easy. Thanks for the suggestion, mate!

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  9. Hey Kuribo, don’t know how I missed your site before as I’ve read and enjoyed your posts on other’s blogs for quite some time! Guess it gives me a “new” site to check out though! Good job on the neanderthals, those furs and the rope bit turned out good. For games where I need a table in a pinch, I usually throw together two folding Card tables. They usually are cheap and nice thing is that they can be tucked away behind or under some other furniture. Here’s a link to one, but they might be cheaper elsewhere: https://www.target.com/p/20-x-48-folding-table-black-plastic-dev-group/-/A-13896#lnk=sametab

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    1. Hi Faust, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words about the Neanderthals! Funnily enough, I was looking at some tables just like that last night. The ones at Target are a much better deal though so I may have to grab them from there. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Thanks, mate! I wasn’t thinking too much about keeping each Neanderthal distinct but you’re spot-on. It will be helpful to keep track of them if they all look a bit different, for sure!

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  10. I think the addition of the rope texture really adds something to these sculpts. They are simple, but don’t lack character. Thinking about the folding table: maybe investigate if a local carpenter can make one for you. With shipping and import tax might be not too much difference.

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    1. Agreed on the simplicity of the sculpts. They benefit from any kind of texture you can add. I got some cheap folding tables to tide me over for a while. I think getting a carpenter to make a nicer one down the road will be my more permanent solution so I appreciate you mentioning it!

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