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Everything posted by SparrowMarie

  1. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    This is a maybe. I rode a bike all the time when I was a kid but haven't ridden one in over a decade so I'm not really sure. No funny stories to recall.
  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Windows gives me pictures of various things, mostly nature at this point, whenever I pull up the login page after the computer has been sleeping or closed. The current picture is of a Pied Avocet. It's a ridiculous looking bird. I love it. Picture pulled from Wikipedia, pretty sure it's the exact same picture that pops up on my login screen.
  3. Marching On: March 2018 Goals

    Mid-month update: have not done any of these. I have made progress on the paint swatches. I did start up two new projects which I assume I'll start/finish painting this month as long as the paints I need get here before the end of the month. I started on my Mini Ma'al and then started planning out Isabeau Laroche who I'm going to paint up to look like Captain Marvel. I have both WIP's in my signature if you want to take a look at those.
  4. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Got up just after 4 this morning. Got hungry around 5 so I decided eggs sounded good. I also decided I'd try my hand at microwave poaching them. Well I got them cooked but they were more like a mostly hard boiled yolk and the whites of a poached egg. I always forget we have a higher power microwave and need to cut things in half and then for stuff like that I'll usually go with 10 seconds at a time after that. But I forgot and got a weirdly poached hard boiled egg. Still tasty though. Lots of adulting to do today. Groceries, bank, hair cuts, and housework. Maybe we'll have time to squeeze Thor: Ragnarok in. We watched Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 last night and I bawled for the last like 20 minutes. Reminded me too much of my dad in a weird way.
  5. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Cannot swim, after more than one occasion of almost drowning I steer clear of the water for the most part.
  6. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    From the front the wings look a little wonky but it's good enough. They got a little bent on the way home so I will be boiling just the wings to get them back into a shape that I like and maybe a better angle. I'm not terribly happy with my sculpting on it's left wing. I figure if it's really bad I can go back and fill it in with some brush on sealer and then paint over it to make it look like scales.
  7. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    This idea is stolen (with permission) from @OneBoot. Last year she took a Bones Hydra and put wings on it to paint as a mock up for her own Ma'al Drakkar. It was most fun to watch. Husband loved the idea so much that he had to have one with traditional Tiamat colors to match our Ma'al when I get to painting him. Here is her original WIP: This is my first conversion and will be my first dip into the world of sculpting green stuff. Which I'll need to do to make it look like there are scales around the wings instead of just, well, blobs of green stuff. Okay, that's enough of an intro post so let's get too it. ETA: Sorry in advance in the pictures are big.
  8. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    I've fallen behind on this this month but I have an answer today! I'm currently in the process of modding the bones hydra to have wings to be a mini version of Ma'al. So far it's going well and there's only been one injury. I'm pretty happy with it as it is right now but we'll see how that goes as I continue.
  9. I saw the minis before I knew anything about the game. Then I read some reviews and things about the game and knew I needed it.
  10. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I'm home from mom's. It's getting more stressful to stay over there because of step-dad's health issues. We have to go back over there Wednesday for Sibling's birthday. Most likely not staying the night or anything though. I'm worried about my mom because she has to deal with this 24/7 almost. She works 12 hours shifts on the weekends with patients that have the same sort of health issues that my step-dad have going on so she doesn't really get a break from it. Which makes me feel bad that I don't get over there more often to spend time with mom. She's probably going through some empty nesting stuff on top of all of it. I'm trying to convince her she needs to go see the doctor for some on going pain and what not but so far she hasn't had the time to do it and hasn't been able to find a doctor that's taking new patients currently. Sorry for the rant. I slept for just over 12 hours last night. Probably due to stress and having my sleep thrown off. While I was gone our copy of Stuffed Fables came in. It looks super adorable and I've just glanced through the rules book. I'm hoping the nieces love it, it was difficult to track down, but it was also something that I wanted so even if they don't love it I'll still have some cute minis to paint and a new game to play.
  11. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    Slept on it and called the messing with GS done. Might boil the wings to straighten them out a little though. Overall, I'm happy with it so far.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Hanging out at my mom's with Sibling who's on spring break. I'm working on my Mini Ma'al. I'm mildly frustrated with it but don't have a whole lot of working time left for the green stuff before it's too hard to work with. Time for a quick break and then will revisit with, hopefully, a clearer picture of what I'm doing.
  13. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    I got the left wing on after much difficulty and cursing. It didn't want to super glue to the spot so I just went the route of GS to hold it on. This has left me with an awkward area. I'm trying to flesh out the musculature a bit but I'm not sure if it's working well or if you can see it at all. I'm trying to let the GS cure long enough to keep the wing from slipping out of place but not so hard that I can't sculpt. I'm worried if I put another layer of it on it'd be too bulky.
  14. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    One side is done with somewhat decent scales.
  15. using airbrush primers as brush-on?

    They may have changed the packaging so it might be a similar if not the same thing. This isn't the Game Color line. It's thin but works well and I haven't had any issues with chipping or it being rubbed off if the model is cleaned beforehand.
  16. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    Wings are off! Did a really bad job with scale sculpting so pulled everything off to start over. Currently waiting for the glue to dry before I try the GS again.
  17. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    Wings are on! Now to get scales on it. They are even at roughly the same angle.
  18. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    I definitely wouldn't call myself handy at all. This is my first mod ever so I'm hoping it'll come out well without too much trial and error.
  19. Sparrow paints Isabeau Laroche as Captain Marvel

    Had top stop drawing on the shield. I was getting small cuts into it. I think I feel comfortable painting it on now though. I sketched it out on paper. So maybe after a few more attempts at this I'll be totally ready to get in with it. I anticipate that the shield will be the most time consuming. So I'm tackling that first. Still trying to decide on a good skin color and highlight and shadow colors for it once I decide.
  20. Husband has asked me to paint up Isabeau Laroche as Captain Marvel. He saw some pictures of it done on Tumblr a while ago and thought it was the neatest thing. So I am going to attempt to recreate it. When I was initially asked I didn't think I was nearly good enough to pull it off but I think where I am now I can do it. I'll be using this photo as reference: The emblem on her chest will go onto Isabeau's shield as seen in original mini photos.
  21. Sparrow makes a Mini Ma'al

    Got the wing in with a little difficulty. Didn't take the time to pin it because I was impatient to start up on it. This means that before the green stuff cured it kept sagging until I propped it up with a bottle of super glue. But it is now cured and in place. I got a few scales in before I gave up for the night, the GS was too soft too properly sculpt. It could have just needed to cure more before I tried or I need sharper sculpting tools. Gonna try to carefully carve them out with an xacto today, maybe. Will definitely try to get the second wing on though. The way it's sculpted it is at a different angle than the first one. So getting them somewhat even might be difficult. I took pictures beforehand of the angles that I think they should be at, roughly. Here's the wing attached and maybe you can see some of the scales near the bottom of the GS.
  22. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    When I saw this I immediately thought about Robinson Cano (baseball player) and wondered when he wrote a cook book and where I could find it. ETA: Going to my mom's today through Saturday. I think she's having a severe case of empty nesting so gonna go keep her company for a bit. I don't get over there enough and feel bad about it most of the time. I need to figure out how to schedule things so I can go over a couple times a month or something. Last time I was over was...January? Doesn't help that Sibling now lives on campus in Seattle so they don't get down often. We are however going to pick them up tomorrow for spring break. It'll be nice to see everyone.
  23. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    I had this exact moment very shortly after answering this. I was thinking 20 years ago was still the 80's. Then I realized Sibling is going to be 23 in a week and suddenly felt old.
  24. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    I don't think I own any that old seeing as 95% of what I own is Bones. I might have picked something out in the last BOGW but I highly doubt it.