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Dontfear last won the day on February 5 2014

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    Corgis and painting miniatures.

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  1. I can try. My phone is not always Cooperative though. I'll give it a shot tomorrow.
  2. Pew pew pew! https://www.ima-usa.com/collections/martini-henry-rifles/products/original-nepalese-gahendra-martini-rifle-untouched-condition I'm ultra excited. I also got a bayonet to go with it. It's a weird experience to buy a gun and just get it shipped to my house when I'm used to all the BS with an FFL but this is the first legit antique rifle I've ever bought.
  3. Fun quick paint up of the bones dracolisk
  4. More or less done, just need to paint the base!
  5. Loving the enthusiasm, excited to see what other people do
  6. I forgot to take progress pics but here is where we stand with one wing done.
  7. ugh, that is brutal. I've bought many of my best tools from widows who just wanted the tools to go to people who would use them. I hope at the very least they found their way into the hands of people who will Make beautiful things with them. It sucks to see a legacy just get scattered like that though.
  8. You really should check out Paul Sellers' YouTube channel. I think you would really enjoy it. Careful though, I went from buying a Stanley no. 4 because if him to a 100% hand tool shop in just a couple months....... Sounds like a heck of a piece of hardware and probably fun to use. I enjoy what people come up with using such machines.
  9. If it's good enough for Paul sellers to leave it sole down, it's good enough for me. In all seriousness, that is a bit of a controversy but some of the modern masters say sole down because it is less likely to knock your lateral adjustment off. Also here the iron is retracted because I don't want to damage my 200 year old piece of furniture it's sitting on :p Hand tools are far more precise than machines after all 0 rpm is way slower than 10,000 :p
  10. Today I worked from home and it was stupendously slow so I'm going to take you on a long and boring journey. Scales! Scales....... Scales............ And scales. Still scales That last step is magic, just a very thin wash of clear green.
  11. I use handtools because they are deeply pleasurable to work wood with. Nothing more than a well setup plane, The way the shaving rises from the throat of a plane and leaves a glassy smooth surface behind is beautiful, you feel the fibers of the wood being cut, feel the way the tree grew. Even the sound of the blade passing through the wood is beautiful, like a cross between the sound of a zipper and a shushing sound. you're lucky to have had that experience as a kid, I came to it much later in life. Thankfully I discovered that machines are entirely superfluous to producing good furniture, no need for dust masks or ear protection just the sound of sharp steel passing through lignum.
  12. Not as bad as you might think for a no. 8. This one has a cracked tote which I'll need to make a new one and a previously repaired frog which murders the collector value but it'll cut wood like the day it was made which is what I need it for. I paid 125 which is a bit dear for just a user but the supply on these is getting thin around here and they go for at least that much on eBay. Consider too that a veritas or lie Nielsen goes for 4-500 dollars and I'm pretty happy with it. Someday I'll have a full set of veritas planes to work with but I need a kit for now. In a strange reverse the smallest planes no 1 and no 2 are the most valuable due to scarcity. They are also the most useless thus the scarcity :p
  13. Now painting in the scales around the blue in a 50 50 mix. This looks ugly but I think it'll be ok when I blend it with glazes. Next I'll define the green scales And then I'll start glazing green and blue in the transition Lastly I'll rehighlight it because the glazes have dulled the contrast. Last a glaze of clear green I'm loving it. A good night painting :)
  14. First a drop of the black stuff to relax a bit.... I had an idea due to how the wash pooled up under his chin that maybe this guy has a blue throat that fades into his green scales, so I am going to give that a try Get out my colors..... And lay down a base coat This ultramarine shade is a gorgeous color. I'm going to have to remember it when I paint blue in the future. Now to highlight...... And get ready to fade it to green, starting with a dark green mixed with the base blue.
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