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  1. Pingo

    Wedding Toppers

    Congratulations to both of you! I remember when you staggered in all smitten, having just reconnected with her.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ragnarok started making more sense to me once I learned that the g was pronounced like a y.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yesterday afternoon in the studio I began to be aware if alarming noises outside, a heavy rumble and some repeating strange, rising note unpleasantly reminiscent of bombardment. Turned out to be one or more massive sewer trucks down on the corner doing something until dusk. I figure if ithe noise is bad for me, it’s way worse for the people who have to do the work day in and out.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I put underpainting on (counts) 25 pirate hats, kerchiefs, or other headgear today. And black-primed (counts) 27 swords and long daggers. Some of them were dual wielders and some of them were bareheaded. That was a lot of pirates.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Oh who, I wonder, who could this be?
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    And babies have such short alimentary tracts.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It is well known that new parents develop serious amnesia about how much work new babies are.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    All babies are poopy.
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    Muller Skeletons

    One Reaper skeleton does! I discovered the model on the far right in this set has a big ol’ cascade of curls in back. I’m thinking it can double as a skeletal musketeer / cavalier.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    My studio time keeps being eaten into by the learning curve of filming what I’m doing. agh. OTOH, I did some work on a Marid and started a sapphire dragon-related project. And this morning I uploaded some new art to my Threadless and CafePress shops, so yay.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Problem solved - with PAINT.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I can’t even. My heart goes out to you and your friends, and I don’t care if it’s Beekeepery to say that.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I hope people have had a pleasant holiday weekend. My family name is Irish (though my father was beyond adamant that we were English. Okay, whatever.). I wore black all day and had quesadillas for dinner. Kid #1 clumb a tree and drew bark and Kid #2 ran a loud and friendly D&D game for high school buddies. PingosHusband stayed upstairs writing and I stayed downstairs studioing.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Okay, this isn't turning out too bad.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Well, yeah. OTOH, when we read the book (which we did for every book before we handed it to our kids) there was a whole plateful of Nnnnnooooooope and that one went on the “Collectible Do Not Read” shelf along with “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the first printing of “Little Black Sambo” a well-intentioned relative gave us.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    OTOH, they carry an unpainted wooden lighthouse in their boxes and unpainted wooden birdhouse section that I keep looking at as crude, but with possibilities.
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    Black 2.0 and Reaper Bones

    Because of the optical nature of painting media, any pigment will look less intense and saturated with a matte finish and more intense and saturated with a gloss finish. This includes black. No matte black paint can be as intensely dark as a glossy black paint. Since the current fashion for painting miniatures is with a strongly matte finish, we have to contend with colors which will never quite reach the full depth and brilliance they can achieve with a gloss finish. As I see it, the best compromise is to use contrast. Rather than try to find the reddest red or the blackest black, use the colors on the rest of the figure to play up their strengths. Desaturate most of the other colors on a figure and its reds will pop. Keep the lights fairly light and the darks will look darker next to them.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    They had ten bells, and if I had known how rare it is to find real change-ringing I would have been less casual about it. When the place Eldest went to university made the national news, she texted us in wonder, “My god, I go to Hogwarts.” It was that kind of place. Currently waiting for admission letters from places Kid #2 has applied to. Tenterhooks.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It’s kind if fun to listen to, if you like math. Kind of like the essence of Bach, distilled and played relatively slowly on gigantic bells. Unless my memory has gone wonky, I would swear the first time I heard change ringing I hobbited* my way up to the bell tower and the crew there, who was friendly and happy to explain when they weren’t yoinking ropes, included no kidding Christie Hefner, swelp me. *I was very good at finding my way up and down and into and out of buildings in sometimes unorthodox ways.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I painted eighteen faces, wrote some stuff and played a game and had dinner with family and friends.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    The wind must be fom the right direction. I can hear them ringing changes down at the university.
  22. At first I read the text on that box as “WEAPON: MONOFILAMENT COW” (Also, “warrioress”? What the?)
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Mine looked just like yours before I primed it, grainy texture and all. The details really got lost, like she's covered in a thin layer of melted wax. By way of contrast, here's another primed figure from the same batch of pirates. This is the crisp level of detail I tend to expect from my priming method:
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Compassion and solace to New Zealand.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Hm. Priming up a copy of 03913: Cailleach Deargh, River Widow and the details are really soft and mushy, especially on the face. Most unusual. Is that normal for this sculpt, or might I have an unusually blurry one? (This priming is the thinnest possible layers of Titanium White and a wash of Burnt Umber ... It's not thick paint.)
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