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  1. So this is my Super Secret Christmas Project for Mrs. Gargs (don't worry, this isn't all she's getting). Holiday Mouslings wonderfully sculpted by Gene Van Horne. I'm going to be giving this a go as a stocking stuffer for Mrs. Gargs. Now, I have no hope in heck of matching the beautiful paint job seen here, in fact, I'll be thrilled with a high table top quality on this as I'm just still new at this and don't get near enough time to paint as much as I'd like to in order to improve. That said, I do think I can at least get a halfway decent job done on this (by my standards anyway). However, it won't be without its challenges. In fact, I've identified three major hurdles already: 1. The Super Secret. You see, my painting desk happens to be the dining room table and sits roughly 15 feet away from where Mrs. Gargs is usually sitting while I paint, and we very much have an open floor plan. So, keeping it a secret will be the first hurdle. I will at least have a decent amount of time on Saturday while she is at work in which to get a good start, but I am very much a slow painter, so in addition to trying to do the best I can, I will also likely be trying to get stuff done quickly. 2. Ummm, yeah, there's a snow man. He's white. I haven't ever gotten a handle on white (admittedly still new). No getting around though, gonna have to give white a go. (Yeah, sorry, not gonna do a yellow snow man ;P). 3. Basing. I'd love to do something a little fancier than the stock photo, but that's probably the best I can hope for. I may have to go searching for the main piece of base though as I don't think these guys are all going to fit on a 50 mm base, which is the largest I have at the moment. I'd gladly sculpt something (and will consider any and all suggestions) but the next thing I sculpt will pretty much be the first. That said though, for using snow on a base (I have some snow flock from Army Painter) do you normally put down a layer of green stuff for the ground, or just throw it on the plastic/wooden base directly? At any rate, I strongly encourage/appreciate/request/etc. any and all feedback along the way. Criticisms, critiques, suggestions, etc. Its all good. One of the things I hope to accomplish out of this is actually improving! And if I pick up some new skills along the way, even better! So don't hold back, I'm going to be trying a lot of new stuff along the way here, so I really do appreciate any comments and feedback! As always, thanks in advance!
  2. Shambling Mound

    Looking good and I agree with the others, a wash will work great here and then going with midtones and highlights you can bring back anything you covered with the wash.
  3. But, but . . . its Science! :)
  4. Ocean base

    This is looking exceptionally awesome! It certainly gets my creative juices going and inspires me to continue to progress my skills because someday I want to be able to do something this cool. Can't wait to see more!
  5. Yes, amazingly some stuff from elementary school still sticks in my aging brain. :)
  6. Happy Birthday Doug Sundseth !!!

    Happy Birthday!
  7. Gargs' Secret Christmas Project

    First step (priming) done, and now on to the first mini obstacle. Eyes. Up until now, my eyes have consisted of either a) keeping them "closed" (i.e. paint skin tone over them), b) white oval followed by tiniest black dot I can muster, or c) full red eyes for animals/monsters. Obviously those are "ok-ish" from a table top perspective, but they are hardly eye catching. So I'm going to try to up my eye game a bit here (and thankfully they are still animals so that makes it a bit easier). In the stock photo, they are mostly just dark orbs, so I am starting from there and went with a base of black (P3 Thamar Black) and then added in some walnut brown -- which didn't really change the appearance much. I did however manage to add in a dot of white to give some eye shine, but it still doesn't quite look right to me. I'm not sure why. Are the eye shines not lined up right? Do I need more white around the dark parts of the eyes? Or am I just over thinking it? This is as far as I got today as Mrs. Gargs came home early. Sorry for large picture size, still working on figuring out proper photo editing for this stuff. :p Mostly just base coated the fur some to be able to get a good look at the eyes. Anyway, as I said, any help is greatly appreciated!
  8. Hmmm, good question! I think I would go with Adam Baldwin (note, not part of the Baldwin Clan that contains Alec, William, Stephen, etc.)
  9. Mrs. Gargs is borderline OCD.
  10. Nope, of course I routinely don't eat breakfast either, but that's a different issue. :p
  11. My coat, can cover all the other needs (pockets for hands, hood for ears), etc. with the exception of feet in a pinch.
  12. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Pretty sure those who don't confess to the same are lying or live under a rock. My father, in continuing the theme of trouble makers in my ancestry, was stationed in West Germany when in the army. Among his official duties was to submit a weekly report to command (I believe European command or somesuch, I've obviously never served). Nobody ever told him what was supposed to be in the report so the first week he sent a report on how many flies were caught on the fly paper. When nobody said anything he did the same the following week. He was never questioned and told his replacement to send the same report when he finished his tour.
  13. Probably would not buy mouselings on that scale. Though to be fair, mouslings are not exactly my cup o tea to begin with (super secret upcoming project for Mrs. Gargs not withstanding). :p
  14. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    My grandfather's house (and the house my mom grew up in) was on the Antietam Creek and was a stop on the Underground Railroad (before my grandfather owned it, I'm not THAT old).
  15. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    I come from a line of "trouble makers". To name a few in my ancestry: Lucretia Mott (generally not a trouble maker per se but certainly rocked the boat a bit). An ancestor who came from Australia but arrived in Australia against his will at a time when it was a penal colony. Another who was arrested by both the Confederacy and a the Union during the Civil War despite fighting for neither. A result of this is that I now own a ladle that was created from melted down silver dollars given to his wife by Abraham Lincoln. Just to name a few.
  16. I'm not as worried about the mail/absentee voting (though that is subject to security issues too) but I am highly skeptical of electronic voting. I'm assuming by electronic voting (which is what a lot of people are clamoring for) we are talking about more than just "push the spot on the screen" (which has been used with very mixed success already -- i.e. the chosen candidate wasn't always the chosen candidate). I think that anything that makes it easier to scam the voting process is a bad idea personally. Even if we talk about just push screen tech (which has already had issues) and with nothing connected to the internet, we are relying on the people running the elections to not corrupt them. We already saw a large scale attempt by the DNC to rig the primary (albeit in what I think are legal ways even if not entirely ethical) and I've heard plenty of other stories of flat out illegal practices. Last year in Chicago for instance, there were people going around the polling places as people were entering the booths and handing out "voting guides" which listed who to vote for (listing only one candidate for each race -- this was during the primary). If you open it up to allow people to vote from home via the internet (which some are asking for because you know, its so hard to walk down the street to the polling place -- I realize its further for many) then you are just opening up a huge can of worms. You think the Russian interference in the past election was bad, imagine if voting had been done online.
  17. I did not, but only because we literally, had nothing on the ballot this time around. Primary comes in February though which will have me voting.
  18. Okay, so I am going to be painting up this guy soon: I'm curious about what colors to use for the snow on the snowman. It doesn't seem to be a pure white (which makes sense) but I couldn't tell really what colors were used. I know that blues and even really dark blues, are often used for shadows (I know that Nightmare Black is actually a favorite of at least one forumite), but its the "white" that has me unsure. Any ideas? (as for the base, I realize that there are a number of options for putting snow on the base). As always, thanks in advance for any help?
  19. Colors for painting snow

    What sorcery is this!?!? :) Seriously though, thanks all for the replies!
  20. Make me lose an hour of sleep when I had to work on a Sunday. Seriously though, its never really been an issue for me. Plus now I rarely have to work on Sundays.
  21. Sunless Citadel 5e

    Khel will meet up with the rest of the party.
  22. Color Palette -- Are There Trends?

    That actually makes a lot of sense. By "not caring" you probably get a lot more done, which means you are practicing more, which means your skills are getting better. Whereas if I try to get everything "perfect" I tend to not really get much of anything done because I'm constantly fretting about the mistakes on the current project. I think that there can be a fine line between trying your best, and simply "getting reps" in and improving that way. I probably need to look more at "getting reps"in and worry less about the final outcome. Easier said than done though. :(
  23. I'm definitely against the whole Christmas Creep phenomenon (even if I do already have a Christmas present purchased). I'm usually of a mind that its ok to start decorating once Thanksgiving has passed (one holiday at a time please) but I might give a bit of leeway in November based on relatively few T-Day decorations. As for "goofy" decorations, I guess I don't have a problem with them. Can't really think of any that I've seen though, but I'm kind of a "to each her own" kind of guy. I suppose if you went all Clark Griswold with your lights and lived across the street from me such that I couldn't sleep at night that might be different, but that's also not a reality I've had to deal with. Closest to a "goofy" decor I saw last year was the house that sported a blue W on the roof starting November 3rd, but then that had nothing to do with Christmas and I was wholeheartedly in favor of it! ;) #FlyTheW
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