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Morihalda

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  1. There was the Battle of the Cookie Cat Castle the other day.... I've been stacking and moving these same two boxes for a week now and the cats are loving it. It's excellent. My husband and I have also been having impromptu Rubik's cube fights. I've never had one before. It's not going well.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    13 hours ago Yup. I guess I really needed the sleep. It's okay! Mori will be. o. k. That's the plan. Being okay! I love all these stories about getting into the mini world. They are super sweet! We used to have a thread somewhere about getting into minis, but it was specifically these gaming minis. It's cool reading the stories before the gaming minis!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I've had a few really good, plain normal days in a row, but now I'm so tired I could sleep for another two days. If that's the trade off my body needs, so be it. I can handle that.
  4. I love creating characters. How they look, how they act, their flaws and strengths, their history, what they'll do to achieve their goals.... How a character in one world would be in another.... I am just plain awful at playing them. I can write it but I can't act it, and at our current rate of 1-2 sessions a year, I doubt I'll ever get the practice, ha.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Goodness, I thought I had replied back to this sooner! Thank you so much for giving me a part in this! I never realized how difficult concept art could be, and I learned so much cool history during my research. It was tough but fun: an excellent combination. I appreciate that you show us your mistakes and how you fix them. I have a dremel that I bought for a project a few years ago and never used it. I was going to try to sell it this week but now I'm thinking I should keep it.
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    Alternative Title: How Morihalda Achieved Maximum Distraction from 14 Other WIP Threads: A Story. Chapter One 6 November. My husband and I went on a date to the museum. We always have so much fun there and learn so many new things! I saw an absolutely gorgeous snake and thought, "Wow, that would be an excellent dragon pattern. OH WOW Ma'al could be five different reptile patterns!!" I'd been wanting to do a skeletal or blacklight theme for him for forever, but I decided those would be better suited on a smaller dragon. I spent some time that night researching snakes, lizards (and the occasional amphibian), and habitats before settling on some patterns. I spent a few more hours cleaning up mold lines and convincing myself that I don't need to resculpt these perfect heads! Red - Fire Skink Black - Lace Monitor Green - Green Iguana Blue - Blue Tree Monitor White - Blue tongue Skink Body - Fire Skink This Boelen's Python didn't make the cut since I settled on lizards, but look at that good son! He's going to be my black dragon one day. The red fire skink will be inspiration for both the red head and body. It has so many amazing colors that will help bring all the faces together. I'm thinking the wings will be muted on the underside to match the black and white heads and more fire skink on the top. This means the black and white heads need to be the middle level heads - there's a beautiful curve from them leading to each wing. My tentative color blocking. Good enough for an art gallery, yeah? ;) Chapter Two 7 November. I spent over three hours this afternoon pinning, gluing, and green stuffing specific sections. The wing gaps and one of the legs are pretty rough, but the head scales perfectly cover the neck scales! Almost like it was planned. Chapter Three 8 November. I am still prepping. There is still barely enough done to warrant a forum post. All I have to show you are stabby holes in my hands (yes I will be using a holder/lazy Susan when painting, but I need all the angles while sculpting). Either I got one that was a little uneven or I'm just way more picky than some folks, but I have had a ton of gap filling to do for the legs. How did some of you do this in 7 days?! Someone send me rations and supplies to survive!
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    That sounds like so many terrifying things could go wrong. I can't wait to test it out!
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    That's what I would want ideally. I'm just not sure how to form the edge of the resin - I feel like the smooth plastic edge that most folks use would look weird here since the base edge isn't smooth.
  9. WHAT. Me too @ "December already?!" Uhhhh. I still never went to the store to buy LEDs for my nightlight dragon. It's been a couple years already. I guess pushing it off another month won't hurt it! - Finish a thing for a friend - Ma'al is my destress piece. Work on it and make happy art! - I really need to just sit down and figure out what I don't like about Kiara (my latest human sculpt from a couple months ago). I watched a sculpting video and the guy just... sculpts his feelings or something and it just magically appears. I do not have enough practice to do that. Kiara not having arms at all, not even wire, is just throwing me off too much. I can't "see" her pose anymore, especially without that full armature. I think that just means it's time to restart her! - keep practicing skintones
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    I did that thing where I relax and just make art. It's excellent. Except I don't know how I'm going to make this water work now. I feel like it would... feel best if it were a river flowing away from us and into the back of the ruins. I have no idea how I could make the "end" of the resin in front. I've seen folks use plastic as barriers, but the edge of the base isn't smooth. I thought about making the little spot in front like a closed pool, but the water just doesn't seem like it would flow that way. I think it would look weird closed off, too. What do y'all think? I could try to curve the river away so the end of the resin isn't directly in your face, but that still leaves the edge issue. The rocks, plants, and man are not glued in.
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    Feral Flora

    Your art always makes me smile. I just truly love this!
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    Review: Mini Palettes by Stephanie Law

    Okay, cool. There were already a lot of low budget options in the thread and I didn't want it to read like, "Well I got the lowest low budget so there" LOL.
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    Yeah but the whole.... shape of it is straight through. It reads more like stream instead of pooling water. I guess I could do stream.... haha.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I'll never be able to read my notes again but hey, at least they're beautiful!
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    Review: Mini Palettes by Stephanie Law

    That is a gorgeous and fast paint job! I love the brightness of the fur. I've heard all sorts of different ways to make your own palettes, but I've never used anything more than a spare tile lying around. I have no idea how to make that not sound rude in text. I'm sorry! It's relevant! Anyways. I loved how tiny and cute these were and I've always wanted a real cool kid's paint palette, so I bought one as well. I also grabbed the perfect bee pin. Rainbow bees!!! The package has been at my in-law's house and I've been so impatient to go get it. I really like that you can prolong the paint life with a damp cover and of course having the well. It will be nice to have spots for glazes without it spreading into my other paints.
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    I will be adding rocks of various sizes to form a natural pool on one end. That's why I'm not happy with how straight that middle section looks, haha. The random green blob was my attempt at copying the ruins so I can extend some crumbly bits out if I need to. Awesome, I'm so glad! Nature is full of beautiful, amazing, and terrifying things. Perfect for inspiration!
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    I don't know what I'm doing with little pieces I've torn off of fake plants but it sure is fun. :D I need to write down what I'm seeing in those videos or I won't remember. I still wanted magic edges for a minimal base but since that won't work out, I'm doing that wood edge base instead. I wish I could make the connecting putty not so.... straight? I might try carving at it some more.
  18. Me too! I do this every time haha! "I'm not touching this any more! It's FINE." "Well. Except this one part. I still have a little time...." I do think that's an excellent idea though. I remember you had wanted some pretty strong colors and glazing shouldn't mess with those amazingly shaded cheeks. Personally, I'm a huge fan of wearing salads. And antlers.
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    I'll check him out, thank you! I skipped to a random spot on his rainforest tree video and was pleased to see him using rope, tissue, and glue. That was a common combination used for natural textures in low budget cosplay and I was going to try it at this smaller scale. I'm happy to see it work! Wire was common to use in cosplay so you could make stuff bend on their own, so I'll probably use that instead of rope for vines. His videos look super promising to learn from. :D I just clicked to a random spot in another video and he was using whole peppercorns for coconuts. I LOVE IT. EDIT: Those mangrove bases!!! I'm in love!! -- I don't remember seeing anyone use a natural texture edge for a base. Is it just too much? Should simple edges be better? Or go all out, haha....
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    Of course. Just ignore it for a few days and then realize you overthought it! I couldn't figure out how to make the two pieces of Ma'al's base look cohesive, even though I'm positioning them differently than intended. Just put both pieces on a bigger base.... Like literally every other mini.... Yesss! Time for more fun ideas! I wanted him to have a unique edging, following closely to the outline of the ruins, but that would be fairly difficult since I don't have any tools for that. Maybe he'll go on a cool kid's wooden base like the ones from craft stores instead...? He's going to be in a rainforest so only the edges of the base will be visible. If I can't have magic edges, I want bark edges! But I'd survive with this.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Of course. Just ignore it for a few days and then realize you overthought it! I couldn't figure out how to make the two pieces of Ma'al's base look cohesive, even though I'm positioning them differently than intended. Just put both pieces on a bigger base.... Like literally every other mini....
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Dangerously good. My husband grabbed it when it first came out a couple years ago. He played for a few hours straight, then turned to me and said, "Mori, if you value your sleep and your job, you will never buy this game." I bought it about a year later and exhibited the exact amount of self control (read: none) that he expected out of me. I didn't get ANYTHING done that weekend. If you liked Harvest Moon games, organization, farming, fishing, you'll love the game. If you like managing your time and maximizing farm efficiency, you'll get an extra few layers of fun out of it, but it's still enjoyable without those skills. And spreadsheets. I have so many spreadsheets. XD LOL. I used to love playing PUBG! So many good moments like that. I love it.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I was playing Stardew Valley just now and the apartment started smelling AMAZING. I asked my husband if he was cooking anything, and then said, "wait no you're sick you're not even supposed to be in there. The neighbors must be cooking a really nice late lunch." And then I remembered I put some brisket in a pot two hours ago and never stirred it again. It'll just be extra.... crispy on some parts.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Leveling up is fairly smooth and there's plenty of story to get you through it. It's a short but good story and you get a fair amount of exp! I think the original expansion prices were too high but I've also been spoiled hard by GW2's content updates, haha. I agree that it's the "random" events feeling so similar that make it feel like it's taking forever to get your second and third specializations. I would love to keep playing the game for hours and hours. I enjoyed the Strikes a lot! Just don't force me to play it because of an artificial grind (weekly runs of things to maybe get the correct drop that might increase your power level by a little bit at a time IF it's an item for the right slot and if it has the right stuff for me) so I can maybe get to raids and do that power grind all over again. I prefer games that reward skill over time invested, or that time invested isn't such a huge leap above others which hurts newer players. Games need new players to keep coming for the community to thrive.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I love the shootiness of Bungie games, but man. Not a fan of the artificial grind. It's an excellent game to occasionally wander around the planets in awe of their environmental team or enjoy just shooting things though. It's so satisfying in that game!
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