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  1. CashWiley

    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    DOOD STATE OF DECAY 2 IS SOOOO GOOD. Too good. I should be in the studio drawing but I'm scavenging for ammo good. Just a nice mix of things that hits me in the right place at the right time. Lots of stuff to bounce between, but most of it very relaxed. It's an odd mix of how I like things, I guess! A bit of exploration and character development and emergent gameplay. Crossplay on Win10 and Xbox, too, up to 4 player co-op. Unfortunately all my friends are on Steam, so I haven't done multiplayer yet.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    The scene where he was chained in a slaver's wagon is the one I was thinking of.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Because I don't have a good answer for today's question, I'll give my favorite example of someone going into a berserker rage (in prose). Joel Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series, I think it may have been book two or three. If you haven't read them, stop reading this immediately and go read at least the first five or six. The basic premise is people playing a game of D&D are transmitted into the game world by the DM. A handicapped kid becomes a dwarven berserker, but when he needs to go berserk, he realizes it's harder than just saying "I go berserk" and rolling a die. He taps into some of his own past and rips it up. Amazing scene (also some pretty graphic bits in that part of the story, aside from the rage).
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Forgot to mention I also have to play music while I work. At school my instructor favors either some avant garde synth guitar stuff or old school jazz (louis armstrong, that kinda thing), but I prefer classical. I lean heavily on Amazon Music's Classical Focus station but also listen to chorale stuff like The Sixteen, solo cello like Yo Yo Ma's Bach Suite, or piano stuff like Satie. I normally like fairly fiery classical music, but when doing art I like it more relaxing so I don't tense up.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    ART BOOOOOOKS Seriously. Guys like Wayne Reynolds and Paul Bonner are pretty obvious choices for mini inspiration (since a lot of minis are based on their work!), and I've leaned on Frazetta and Vallejo a bit (that's why I like painting barbarians). But there are seemingly infinite choices for inspiration when you get to general art. My current favorite artists are Jeremy Mann and Nadezda, and I've just come across a talented artist named Mia Bergeron who is super inspiring (google image search all of these people!). They're all great figurative artists incorporating a very impressionistic feel into their work. I hope to get there some day!
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    Zombicide: Green Horde

    I mean, I don't really buy minis anymore and probably wouldn't buy them individually....so it's a pretty idle complaint. Back in my collecting days, yeah, there are some that it's a crying shame aren't in display quality formats...Not-Storm is soooo amazing (after I lop off that staff)...
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    Zombicide: Green Horde

    The rest of mine showed up today. Their sculpts are just so stunning! Very excited about the MD x-over, too, as I prefer MD. The plastic is decent for gaming pieces, but the sculpts are so good, I keep wishing it was just a little bit better...
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    The evil toys. http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/evil toys/z-a/02887 Black bear. Our family camp used to be on Bear Creek, so I grew up around them and we had paintings and iconography all over. Then I got a 25 lb black cat. Also, I like winter and hibernation.
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    Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    Yep, me too! Not the third order, though...but when he starts catching up to Kev's backlog when the KS finally finishes out...hooboy.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I am a board member of my local art association.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Studying at the atelier for a week qualifies for me.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I hear eating mosquitos is great for male virility. BAM extinction imminent.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Winter! I love snow, driving in it, skiing on it, looking at it. The colder it is outside, the more I can crank up my woodstove with a nice crackling fire and I spend less money to heat my house than when it's too warm to crank the stove (also, trees are a renewable resource vs natural gas fracking). I love wearing all kinds of layers and accessories, but I run hot so even in the winter I can barely bundle up, in the summer I'm always too hot. The cold kills off all the bugs and nasty critters, so we can go for months with no mosquitoes or other varmints. It also keeps the yahoos in their houses, summer time and every yahoo in the city is out causing trouble or making a racket. Finally, winter is a low-chore season. Sure, I have to rake the roof a couple times a year or run the snowblower...but I love being outside in the snow, so that's ok by me. And compared to the rest of the years, when the list of chores stretches on for years...yeah. Winter is art season. Winter! Now...I have to go price sheds because it's chore season and I need a new shed. And I need to weed, turn over and fertilize the garden so I can plant. And...so many chores. Looking forward to next winter!
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    Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    I will probably send Dameon a nudge this weekend if I don't see anything this week. I don't mind being the last delivered, just want to make sure there wasn't a shipping issue.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    My Swingline is black, but it's the correct vintage. I have a label saying 'Please don't take my stapler or I'll burn down the building' on the bottom of it.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Here's the thing. I used to be a geek when I was a kid. I wrote my first computer program in 1977 when I was 7, saw Star Wars in the theater multiple times, had action figures, read voraciously. The goalposts moved and I am no longer a geek, in my estimation. I look at the younger librarians and their fandoms, little figures and stuff all over their desks. I have a couple Egyptian cat statues, some Perry Bible Fellowship strips and Shakespearean magnet poetry (and of course a guitar under the desk, because there should always be a guitar nearby). I also keep a rotating display of a print of my latest finished piece of art in a small frame. It's mostly wires and bolts and keyboards and stuff.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Um...burnt sienna, I guess :D
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    ART! :D I already tell you as much interesting stuff as I can dig up! Controlling value shapes and edges is probably the most important thing. I love the Adirondacks and need to get up on some trails this year!
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    Raging Heroes: Dark Elves and Sisters

    For what it's worth, in hindsight I'm not a huge fan of the first KS's stuff because my attempts to assemble some ended up with lots of brittle broken bits. And my experience with trollcast donated by the dude who did the orcs was the same.
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    Raging Heroes: Dark Elves and Sisters

    The concepts and sculpts are great. The casting material, process and mold-making are terrible. If we've come to the point where that is considered good, then I picked the right time to get out of collecting minis in general. Luckily, there are many places still making high quality stuff, which is why things like the delays for HF don't bother me, I know I always get good stuff from them. Night and day from RH. I basically don't buy minis right now, except a few KD (because you have to if you want them, the ebay market is nuts) and HF. Quality, quality, quality. It's all that matters. You put a vent on a face, you have no business making minis.
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    Djinn's Studio & Workshop 2018

    That is by far the best mermay piece I've seen! Love the play on legs with the front grabby things.
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    Raging Heroes: Dark Elves and Sisters

    Yeah, and I feel like crap for talking them up for this one. Done with RH.
  23. So I've been slacking on both updating here and on my blog. Here it feels odd because I don't really paint minis these days (though I want to!) and the blog kinda died when I switched hosting away from wordpress.com, my views basically dried up. I'm active on FB but I keep my friends list very tight (no offense to anyone intended), I should open up my image folders to the public, but I hesitate to do that on FB. Here's a link to my thread from last year: Anyway, I'll try to catch up a bit for year 3 (what!?!). Here's the YTD WIPs from oil portraiture class. Same model, same painting. Getting into some more advanced stuff with glazes, trying to add physical depth to the painting. At this point it's starting to get pretty luminous in some areas. The physical light on the painting can pass through some of the oil-heavy layers and pick up color from pigments along the way, hit the underlayers and shine or dull for the return journey. Cool stuff, I begin to understand the reason people say you can't appreciate an old master oil painting in a photo, you miss all the complex stuff the physical light does interacting with the layers. Each of these represents a 3 hour session, or about 2 hours of painting time. I've also narrowed my focus in drawing to portraiture, so I can bring up my skills for heads. Since I want to pursue figurative works, having solid portrait skills is going to be crucial, and it helps me stay focused in my studies and hopefully avoid lulls between studies. I'm taking Stan Prokopenko's portrait lessons as a premium member, but he makes most of these lessons free on his Proko youtube channel. I like to make study sheets while I watch the videos, and draw as many examples as I can. I picked up this amazing habit from Patrick Jones, it's really helpful for learning and later reference. Each sheet is 18x24 charcoal on newsprint. The final two lessons are charcoal portrait copies, where the reference photo is on one side of the screen and Stan draws on the other side, explaining his process as he draws. Here I've just about wrapped up the lay-in step. Charcoal on newsprint approx 11x14.
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    Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    I don't have any tracking, so no idea. I figure I'll give it until the end of next week before I bring it up with Dameon, gives it a good bad-case shipping scenario with customs and whatnot (assuming last Wed as the shipping date). Seeing people get their metal rewards for Raging Heroes is a good reminder of why this delay doesn't bug me much...I know I'll be getting great quality minis and if there's any problem, it will be resolved beyond my expectations (immediately is not one, I only care about quality).
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    Cash's 2018 Art

    My first non-classwork portrait. Prince Lyf Charcoal 18x24
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