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Lord of the Dish Pit

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  1. More completed from the Shelf of Incompletion...
  2. I blame the channel 7 news team. If they are confusing weather predictions for the Netherlands with the Chicago area, then their map reading skills are even worse than I suspected.
  3. ...and once again, my plotting is foiled by the lies of the channel 7 news team... They promised snow. Made it sound like a substantial amount, so I was hoping we'd get something decent. Plenty of snow, howling winds, something to set the stage for when I'd take a nice stroll thru the blizzard to the hill overlooking Rt 47, trenchcoat whipping in the wind, staff raised up high, my maddened evil cackling echoing throughout the night, hoping to make the day of anyone passing by a bit more surreal. But nope, all we got was a light pathetic little dusting. Grrr.
  4. Managed to finish Drangus and got some further progress on the Mouslings... His expression of irritation probably has to do with the fact his feet are cold. Finished highlights on the fur, Harvest Brown base coat, then Harvest Brown/Blonde Hair mix, then dry brush of Blonde Shadow. On the white parts, Rainy Grey base coat, then Misty Grey, then Linen white drybrush. Oiled Leather on the spear wrapping, Viper Green on the armor, Honed Steel on shield, spear, and mail. Ancient Bronze on the shield, spear and crown. Dragon Blue on the cloak, Oiled Leather on the hair bands, Blonde Shadow on the hair, Cursed Gold on the wings and arm band. Same colors used here. On to the barbarian mice... Same fur mixes as the vikings, Honed Steel and Cursed Gold on the armor and arm bands. Same colors again on "Conan"... With the addition of Oiled Leather on his loincloth and sword hilt. My unit painting tendencies are coming to the fore again, but I wanted a "realistic" color scheme on them to tone down the fantasy elements. But with the fur out of the way it should be a relatively quick finish seeing as how they have a lot of metallics that only need an armor wash.
  5. A long time resident of the Shelf of Incompletion finally finished! Although it doesn't photograph well, the SceneArama snow I used works nicely. I also found some Army Painter tufts I forgot I had.
  6. I haven't tried spiderwebs before, but here is how I go about trees... Starting with floral wire, I get the base... Then I add strips of contour putty, usually one at a time along short sections of the tree, using the tip of an exacto knife to shape it and blend it into the previous line. This can be a bit fiddly at first, and it can be difficult to keep branches thin at first. The secret there is to have only one or two strips of putty on opposite ends and stretch them into coming together around the sides, adding a bit more where needed in very small amounts. The putty dries in about an hour and in the begining it's stickiness can make it hard to work, but that phase doesn't last long. After doing this with a test piece, you'll learn the handling quickly enough. The end result gives a nice gnarled bark look, and the putty holds paint well, although due to the nooks and indentations, it'll take two or three coats to get paint into the inner recesses, and washes help a great deal there. After I get the tree pinned down to the base, I use the same methods on the roots. Granted I went abnormally long on the roots, so for a regular tree, a bit of touch up with the putty at the bottom might be all that's needed. As to durability, they don't like to be dropped, but repairs are easy enough, just a small putty bit and paint. I can't say how this compares to the use of Green Stuff for making trees as I haven't tried that yet.
  7. Tonight's attempt to clone old school Pizza Hut cheesesticks went well for the most part. Got the spice profile almost down, need to work on the cheese mix, and the dough I used worked far better than the Pillsbury I used on my last attempt some months back. Oddly they came out as very close to the "Toppers Stix" I used to get in Dekalb. (Which was my secondary target.) No pics available as they didn't survive my ravenous hunger long enough for me to take one. Now I just need to figure out the method behind the Toppers Philly Cheesesteak pizza. When they first opened in 2008, this was the best thing on their menu other than the Topper Stix. Unfortunately after they lost their head cook, it went vastly down in quality to the point it wasn't worth ordering. Looking back I wonder if they also repeated Pizza Hut's mistake of no longer using freshly made in house dough, in favor of frozen crusts sent out from a central kitchen.
  8. Got the first colors down, Steel Legion Drab for the dirt, Misty Grey over the putty for the snow... This will give me an excuse to test out this... The plan is to use my usual grass mix over the brown, then a few layers of the Scene-a-rama stuff over the puttied parts, maybe a light sprinkle over the grasses, and some Army Painter tufts I forgot I had. I don't try to force it, I just remember a time when I would sit down to paint then find that what felt to me to be only a short while, was in fact the quick passage of hours, and I was completing things on a regular basis. Over the last year, that focus and attention span has been harder to find. I'm facing similar blockage with writing, and even video games I can't concentrate on like I once did.
  9. Found the base I was looking for. Now to wait for the other arm and wood putty to dry...
  10. I don't know how or why it happened, but I was able to finally get back into the groove of things! Unlike the last two hour session, I managed to stay seated and working the whole time, and thus brought Drangus to the state of "More or less complete"... His face was done in several layers of Pine/Leaf Green, Leaf/Viper Green, and straight Viper Green. On his shield, the same greens were applied as well as Dark Highlight on the neck, dabs of Dirty Bone on the body, New Sample color with Buckskin Pale on the Bill and feet, Stone Grey on the wing tips and Drangus's hands, a patch of Linen White on his inner wing, some GW Balthazar Gold on the shield, and a thin tint of Heather Blue over the background. The bits of clothing peeking out are a mix of Stormy/Cloudy/Rainy Greys, some Dark Highlights on the leather, and various mixtures and washes of New Sample and Buckskin Pale on his bill, as well as a thin Black Wash about his mouth line and nostrils. I'm currently waiting for his arm to dry, as I search for an appropriate base for him.
  11. I remember Mordheim had some rules/scenarios for encampments, and a ship would basically be that so it wouldn't be too difficult to rig up something similar for Stargrave, maybe having components for various upgrades for warbands/ships be based on looting tech from ruins on certain planets and such....also if small ships can be brought in as something more than static terrain pieces, that opens up the possibility of rigging up some kind of space/atmosphere level dogfighting rules... I haven't heard or read about anything like this, just pulling ideas out of thin air, but it's interesting to think about.
  12. I forget where I read this, but I think part of the lore is something about the various warbands trying to stay one step ahead of pirate fleets. So that would explain why people are building them, although I can't say if this is going to have any in game purpose outside of scenery for certain scenarios.
  13. This is what I'm thinking it might be. Sometimes Necromancy require woodworking skills as well, so it could be a bit of garden fencing from the pumpkin patch nailed into place to ensure that the horse can swallow whatever it is that it has in it's mouth.
  14. A bit of progress... Some Pine Green on his head, Ancient Bronze on his buckle and bag, some more Ebony Flesh on his belt... Brown and Black Washes on his bags and bedroll... More Ancient Bronze on his sword and shield, and blocked in the emblem with Ginger Cookie on the body, Russet Brown on the neck, Pine Green on the head, and Shadowed Stone on the wings, tail, and Drangus's hands. Spoilered for rambling.
  15. Arg. Yesterday's snow didn't last long after the sun emerged...and now most of what snow we did have has melted. I can see where this is leading...from here til Spring, only ice then when Spring hits it'll be monsoon season interrupting my attempts at yardwork until the weeds have a massive headstart on me followed by the return of the Tyranny of the Yellow Orb That Burns and Blinds...
  16. Started pecking away at Drangus... Finished his feet with some of the sample paint from my last Reaper order... ...and used some Heather Blue mixed with Rainy then Misty Grey on his shield... Gives a nice Winter sky vibe to it I think.
  17. It is snowing. Not a gentle drifting down from the clouds, but plummeting with serious purpose, a good firm packing snow ideal for building with. A nice change from the rain/ice that it has been for the most part so far this year. Unfortunately the Yellow Orb That Burns and Blinds has made it's way out from behind the clouds, so the Weather War begins anew....
  18. Air. Between being able to surf a tornado as a form of transportation, manipulate clouds into position, and gaining the allegiance of every bird on earth, I would be able to bring my power mad schemes into fruition much easier than with other elements. Also I'm an Aquarius, so obvious choice here.
  19. It seems 2021 is to be the year of the "painting blehs", where many of us are struggling to find out just where our inspiration has wandered off to. The world seems to be going increasingly mad each passing day, so this isn't surprising. With so much uncertainty about, it's difficult to get back into painting mode with so many other things to worry over. Last year I was knocked out of any steady routine for long periods of time, and it appears that for this year that may hold true as well. So how to adapt is the question here. To begin with, to recognize how I wound up with a horde of half finished minis on the table nagging at me. Simple, for the last few years I've had the tendency to bite off far more than I can chew on a regular basis. Between juggling Undead, Witch Hunters, and the Witch/Halloween army, I've put myself in a place where I'm dealing with units on a regular basis, and using pretty much the same palette on all of them. Don't get me wrong, the limited palette achieves what look I'm going for with everything and I'm still just as much in love with all of my factions as I was when I started them, but like with all things there are consequences. My habit of opening a blister of something new to try and feed the motivation also doesn't help me here. Humans are to a greater or lesser extent novelty seeking creatures. Although I fall into the far end of lesser, sooner or later it catches up. Also part of why I fell into the current structure is logistical, I've lost the knack of small pours, and have a horror of wasting paint, so limiting colors to what can be spread far in the case of overspill makes sense. Another contributing factor is that having learned the hard way with drawing, I cannot and will not try to "force it" when it comes to artistic projects. All well and good, but it leaves me in a position where as soon as the muse decides to hide beneath the sofa, the project comes to a screeching halt whether it be painting or writing. So what to do about this now? Goal setting in the loosest possible sense of the word. Overall objective is to clear everything off of the table before unblistering or opening anything else. I've been doing good here, so it's just a matter of keeping this up. Outside of my faction projects, these are what's staring at me... Barbarian Mouslings... Viking Mouslings... Eastern Mouslings... Drangus the Duck Knight, meant as a Christmas gift two years in the running now, saving grace is that the recipient has no clue about this. Zombie Dragon, also meant as an unexpected gift. The snag here is that this is the first full size dragon I've ever attempted so scale got intimidating quickly and that I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what was rotted flesh and what was muscle. Gluing the wings on this early didn't do me any favors either. I have another one still in it's package that is destined for my undead army, so hopefully by tackling this one I can have an easier time when it comes up in rotation. Even here it's obvious as to how I go strongly with theme, even in my "random" minis. Since I tend to try and paint as large a batch as possible, with this the solution might be to focus on one or two, finishing them before moving on, even though my brain is going to screaming at me otherwise.
  20. I'm kinda going through the same thing. I started off the year thinking that I was getting back into the groove....then it petered out. So I'm right now just letting things take their course until the inspiration kicks in again. So I've been flipping through the old undead and vampire counts army books, playing some skyrim and ps4 mordheim, wandering across the internet reading various hobby blogs, soaking up the vibe until it returns.
  21. Well this adds something new to my theory from yesterday. The increased traffic was thralls of the lizard people moving stolen puzzle bits about, perhaps in an attempt to create some manner of resonance between the incomplete puzzles towards some yet unknown nefarious purpose... It could be that a war is brewing between the lizard people, who seek to drown the world in sunlight, and the cabal of vampires seeking to block it out.
  22. Grr. Stupid sun is back. Also noticing a vastly increased amount of traffic as well, leading me to conclude that the these things are connected. Perhaps the townsfolk have been replaced by lizard people, or have otherwise lost the ability to generate their own body heat...
  23. Boxes: Warhammer 4th edition box (had three games, most recent 1997, gave the High Elves to a friend, kept the Goblins) Mordheim (last game 2001) GorkaMorka (never got to play, assembled/painted minis though) Warhammer Battle For Skull Pass Starter Box (basis for my Coffee Dwarf army, still haven't assembled/painted the goblins, never got to play) Fellowship of the Ring Starter Box, Fellowship Box, Box with Reinforcements (mostly painted except for the Fellowship, never got to play) Pike & Shotte For King and Country Starter Box (using these as reinforcements for my Witch Hunter army) Not Boxes: In the course of bulking up my Angry Catholic army, I've probably got a decent start for a Reaper Warlord Crusaders army. The Undead army I'm working on is a repaint of my 4th ed Warhammer force In theory I have enough to build small forces for Kings of War/Oldhammer/Warlords of Erehewon/Oathmark and probably a few other rulesets if the opportunity for a game ever presented itself. In practice though, I'm just building armies of things I like.
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