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Lord of the Dish Pit

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  1. SNOW!! Finally the lies have ceased! Granted it wasn't the two feet or blizzard I was hoping for, but my last Peppermint Patti was not consumed in vain at least. Hopefully the clouds will stick around, it's been far too bright and sunny again the last few days. For those curious, part of my enthusiasm for the snow comes from the fact that since last summer was hot and dry there was an increased chance of Tatooine Sand People invading since that's the sort of thing they like. With the coming of the snow and cold, I don't have to worry about fending off angry Bantha Riders. It also inhibits the mobility of Mothman to a certain extent.
  2. That is a mean looking worm. Or should I say METAL WORM! Great job!
  3. Well...didn't meet the goal of finishing the bone yet, but made progress all the same... Graveyard Bone applied... Same on the command, as well as Blackened Steel, Ancient Bronze, Cursed Gold, Honed Steel,Dragon Red and a bit of Ebony Flesh. I also cut out the bottom of the unit tray but I'm holding off on that until I get these painted so I can get an accurate measurement.
  4. ...and Batch 2 is done! 11/20 of the unit is finished, goal for tonight is to get the bone done on the remaining 9.
  5. Almost done... Freehand will be next session, my eyes are getting tired. But I'm happy with my return to productivity the last few days.
  6. Bone is finished on Batch 2! Now only weapons, shields and basing remains.
  7. Since I was hoping to get the unit done by the end of the month, and having a bit of momentum from finishing Drangus and four mouslings, I delved back in... Batch 3 after a thinned Brown Wash... Same with the command group. I used straight Brown Wash on the drumstick bone and the horns of the ram skull to give a bit of difference between them and the skeletons. First of Batch 2 has the Linen White highlight done
  8. Viking and Barbarian mouslings are in Show Off, and I made a bit more progress on the Eastern mouslings... Deep Twilight and Dragon Red. Part of what had me stalled on these was trying to figure out what to do with the mask, since I'm going for a grey/white fur on these, a white mask wouldn't work. So after some time going thru google images, I came across a red demon mask, which would also let me tie the two together a bit more with the purples and reds.
  9. More completed from the Shelf of Incompletion...
  10. 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.
  11. ...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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Found the base I was looking for. Now to wait for the other arm and wood putty to dry...
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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...
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