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  1. Okay, this is dumb, but I'm gonna do it anyway. 1. When I am working on something "important," that is, "something worth taking time to make it artful, as opposed to tabletop quality," I like to warm up first. I take a little time to paint up something to tabletop quality, or slap a coat of paint on a plastic army man, something like that. Work out the finger joints, get the eyes tuned up. 2. My beloved is crazy about bead shops. The way I am about used bookstores? She is about little independent bead stores. And sometimes I find some things I like, too. In this case, it was little sugar skull beads, Calaveras, symbols of the Mexican Dia de los Muertes, the Day of the Dead. And an idea began to gel in my mind... Each skeleton is equipped with a bead for shield or prop, and a poorly made putty hat. This originally started as a silly little thing... I have WAY too many Bones, and originally, I was just warming up and doing simple things, like paintin' Skellies. And naturally, it got out of hand... ...but durned if I don't kinda LIKE 'em. They're far from my best work, but that's kind of one of the reasons I DO like 'em... they remind me of my childhood, wandering in the mercados de calle in Mexico, looking over all the bizarre handmade merchandise for sale to the gringos. It makes me feel like I'm looking into some kind of parallel universe where D&D was invented twenty years earlier, and the Mexican markets were catering to an entirely different brand of customer... the miniatures freak. Don't judge. Forty years ago, you could find this exact same sort of thing, except instead of 28mm plastic skeletons, it was 1:1 taxidermized frogs playing little musical instruments. For all I know, those frogs still wait for purchasers... Now I kinda wanna do a proxy army, if I can come up with enough Mexican flavored inspiration to do a whole series of individual figures. Lord knows I have enough skellies..... and yes, that's semigloss clear coat. Still waiting for it to quit snowing so I can put the flat coat on...
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