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  1. Lord of the Dish Pit

    Countdown to Halloween

    A few weeks ago I began to perceive subtle changes heralding the return of my favorite time of year. Fortunately it also brought with a return of my motivation to paint. Over the course of time I've managed to amass many 20s of horror and undead minis so what better way to get into the season than start actually painting some of them. I picked this up at Goodwill some months ago with the idea of having it be a home for the witches. The original painter did a pretty good job on it, but I'm going for something a bit more Charles Addams . So it got a coat of Pavement Grey craft paint. Here we have batch 1. The wraith, wolf, lich, vampire, and tomb are all from the Bones 3 Graveyard set and the two beastmen I picked up from the discount bin at Reaper HQ last year. The wraith was previously coated in black and at some point I added a brown wash for unremembered reasons. Here's everyone after Dirty Bone and Stormy Grey have been applied. The chimneys of the house had it drybrushed on as did the tomb. While base coating the others I noticed that for unknown reasons the Stormy Grey is acting odd, thinner than it ought to be out of the bottle. I'm not too concerned about it as I've had this bottle for a long time and I think it went thru one temperature change too many, as well as perhaps age catching up with it. The wraith didn't receive any because of this and because even someone like myself who abuses the grey spectrum with overuse on a regular basis gets burned out some. So I'm holding off on him for a little while. Now it might be asked what the beastmen are doing in a Halloween themed thread, but witches and goat headed creatures go together quite often in both art and legend. So they'll be acting as bodyguards for the witches of a more infernal type.
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    Countdown to Halloween

    Morning of the Flesh Tones is upon us. The Female Wraith was subjected to highlights of various Copper Verdigris/Maggot White mixes and a final touchup of pure Maggot White. Her robes were washed with a watered down Rainy Grey.I may go back and add pure Copper Verdigris to her eyes. Selmarina was highlighted Pale Skin/Pale Highlight, then pure Pale Highlight. Her skirt and hat got two coats of Gem Purple. Siobhana was done in the Vampire Skin Triad. After the base coat, I applied a wash of Frosty Blue which doesn't seem to have shown much. I based her inner cloak with Red Gore and her little friend had some Ebony Flesh based on his fur.
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    Happy Birthday OneBoot

    Happy Birthday!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It's Chicago. Shameless pilfering is a tradition, and the ability of the local newscasters to find a "Chicago Connection" to any and every world event is truly awe inspiring. When it comes to crackpot theories and off the cuff bs, I'm good...but the channel 7 news team is one of my few serious rivals.
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    77261 Bat Demon/Nabassu

    I went with a more "bat" than "demon"type of style with him, so as to have him match the Giant Bats I've done already. He is also something of a pain to take pictures of as he insists on leaning too far forward even after the boiling method was applied. Perhaps he's simply camera shy. A toothy greeting. Swooping upon his prey. More swooping.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The way I heard it he was the cause, not the warning of the bridge collapse. Anyway, he's made it a point to try and destroy my pumpkin patch, succeeded in that for the most part, save for one pumpkin. He's attempted to lure the Fat Little Birds into heresy against BOTH the Great Pumpkin and Agamenthar the Coffee God, (yes I'm apparently now responsible for the theological well being of a flock of sparrows, a cardinal, and a round little rabbit. Still not sure how that happened.), and considering Mothman's 60 some odd sightings in Chicago over the last 2-3 years it seems he's made an alliance with what dens there and that is very much Not A Good Thing.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    The timing of today's question was quite nice, as it usually is a bit more cluttered than this.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    How much does a Nebelwerfer cost? Because I see this and I see a mighty potato cannon that would ensure my supremacy in the neighborhood arms race. (also if a silver spike were to be embedded in the potatoes, this would serve in an anti-Mothman defensive capacity quite well.)
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    Countdown to Halloween

    Jesse Moonwalker's skin has been based in Dark Highlight, which I'll also be drybrushing the fur with after dinner. I'm still debating whether to use Oiled Leather or Harvest Brown as the highlight mix. The Vampiress has had a light coat of Rainy Gray applied to her nightgown, and Pure Black on the corset and eyes. Her hair, cloak and bat will also get based in black, I was merely using up what was already on the palette. Selmarina's shirt was also based in Rainy Gray, and her eyes are Golden Glow. I also added a highlight of Pale Flesh to her skin. While dotting her eyes, my aim was off when doing the one closer to her staff. While fixing this, the Pure Flesh got a bit muddled and thick, by the time I tried to smooth it out it had already dried. Upon reflection it looks like some manner of scar tissue. I've decided to just run with it as it gives her a certain personality and with the yellow eyes, she wasn't intended to be a kindly or friendly witch anyways.
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    Universal Monsters (WIP)

    Very nice!, As to themed music, there was an album called Classics from the Crypt, which is a compilation of spooky classical pieces, I think it can still be found on youtube.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I awoke to repeated cries of "#@$% it! I'm cold! Do something about it!" and other phrases in similar vein. Checked to weather report and apparently we're in for a frost tonight so I transfered Alexandra the Night Blooming Jasmine to her new winter quarters in the computer room. She seems happy here and is pestering the cactus with questions concerning the other side of the yard.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Not as much as I should lately, but under normal circumstances I get in anywhere from 3-8 hours average.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Repeated readings of the works of Montague Summers, various translated witch hunter manuals, and unsettling ability to produce a somewhat plausible conspiracy theory at a moment's notice have prepared me for an exciting career as Witch Hunter General, should the office ever be revived. A mundane explaination for this would be that someone once used mulch that contained mushroom spores in the yard and that they have found good conditions there to spread and thrive. At least that's the tale I was told when similar mushroom invasions began in my own front yard. But this still leaves an unanswered question. What influenced the one who placed it to choose the spore mulch? The answer is simple, the Fae were behind this. But to what purpose? Attempting to determine the exact reasons behind the doings of the Fair Ones is an excellent way to lose sanity points most of the time, but in this case it's relatively straightforward. Omaha lies within Mothman's migration range and it and the Fae do not get along. How far back their antagonism goes I'm not quite sure, some link it to an offshoot of Seelie vs Unseelie, some further back to the Fomorians, and one of the squirrels I consulted believes it might be connected to the Fae-Gray Alien War that broke out in 1887. But as interesting of the roots of this may be, the fact is that your lawn has been designated by the Fair Ones as a kind of resupply dump/marshalling area. Attempting to destroy or remove the mushrooms is only going to lead to very bad things, as the Fae will want revenge and the locks and guards that prevent Mothman from despoiling your land and property will disappear. Not to mention the Fae are probably on good terms with the local witches, which means yet another faction who can make your life...interesting. So in short, don't kill the mushrooms.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    A difficult question as this covers the majority of my movie collection. But if I had to pick one it would be Battlefield Baseball.
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    Happy Birthday, SparrowMarie!

    Happy Birthday!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Something or someone has been attempting to corrupt the fat little birds. When I left the suet out for them I thought I heard one of them chirp something that sounded suspiciously like "pumpkin spice". I then spent the next 15 minutes or so explaining to them about how that was heresy against the Great Pumpkin and trying to ferret out the name of the one who mentioned it to them in the first place. Being birds, their memories did not extend far enough to be reliable. But I have a pretty good guess as to who it was. Mothman is playing dirty now.
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    Countdown to Halloween

    The Bat Demon and the pillars are drying from the sealer and further progress has been made. The Witch has had a layer of Fair Shadow/ Fair Skin mix applies and the back of her cloak based in Pure Black. Jesse Moonwalker got his fur based in Ebony Flesh, which is the first time in awhile I've used a non grey on wolves or wolf like creatures! But other than grey fatigue, this will help when it comes time to paint his vest and shorts. I went with the non mechanical arm for him, it's being painted seperately and will be glued on after the side of the vest is done. The Female Wraith got a wash of Copper Verdigris applied over her skin. And the Vampiress got her base coat of Vampiric Shadow. and I forgot her hands it seems...d'oh!
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    Countdown to Halloween

    I finally got back into the swing of things and the graveyard pieces are finished, although the pillars still need to be matte sealed. Also got some more work done on the bat demon. Rainy Grey/Stormy Grey mix on the skin, then a wash of Stormy Grey over it and Brown Wash and drybrush of Dirty Bone on the crest. The Stormy Grey wash might have been a mistake, toning down the lighter grey far more than I expected, but I'm waiting until he dries before reaching any conclusions. Next up gratuitous pumpkin shot!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Painting is once again finally happening! The recent rains activated hibernation mode something fierce, over the weekend I may have matched the slumber level of the average housecat. Not something I ever thought to take pride in, but one takes one's victories where one can.
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    Halloween Prep (Pic Heavy)

    The Great Pumpkin approves of this.
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    Happy Birthday Dr Bedlam!

    Happy Birthday!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I wish, cats possess far more common sense.
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    Gaslands

    I'm going to "borrow" this idea whenever I get back to my redneck warband project.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Plain water does just fine. (Besides the acids and alkalis would just gum up the internals. ) Unexpected wetness seems to be something that most coworkers really do not like having applied to them.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Don't feel bad, I once had to resort to using a bike cable to keep the only functional pallet jack from "disappearing" during lunch breaks. But things like this are the reason why it is wise to pack a squirt gun on your person in the workplace.
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