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With my wife and I preparing to buy a house we've been clearing out a lot of our clutter to make packing and moving easier. We've also been working hard to bring in extra money too, and this project will hopefully do both. Today my wife signed up for a craft fair to help sell the wreaths she's been making for the upcoming holidays. From what she's heard from friends and other crafters this particular craft fair is really eclectic and pulls in quite a diverse crowd. As she told me about it that's when the idea seemed to hit us both, why not try to clear out all that terrain junk I've been hoarding? So instead of sitting down and painting or creating my latest joke piece I got started. First up was a couple of single tent encampments. I made one on a rounded base to better fit in a table of terrain and I made the second one squared to fit better on a grid system. Both pieces have their good and bad points but like usual I learn by doing; no amount of research or prep work make up for actual experience. Which is the main reason I made these single tent camps. Hopefully I've learned enough to make any subsequent larger camps better. Next up are a couple of joke pieces that were honestly going to get made anyway. That's right, they'll be 40k statues when I'm done with them, besides Buzz looks kinda like a space marine already. I had some glue left over so I also started making some sci-fi barrels and I know I'll be making a ton of those. The last piece of the night is going to be a simple 40k watchtower. At the moment it's really just in its infancy. The main features are finished barring creating a door and applying some details to the piece. Now before anyone gets too excited, I'm not selling any of these pieces online or anything like that. These are literally pieces that are made to be sold for less than five bucks or so and are really only being made to clear out my hobby hoardings.
Someone I play 40K with pretty frequently has a birthday coming up and after seeing how much he liked the barrels and watchtower I made awhile back I knew I had to make something just for him. Actually between him and his roommate they own most of the pieces I've made over the last two years; all these have been pretty crude and nothing more than proof of concept pieces though. This being his birthday present however I'd like to make something a little more polished. Thanks to Commissar Gamza's trash tutorials I knew exactly what to make, a Tau bunker. Also thanks to his video I knew exactly how to build it so I wouldn't have to design it or figure out the build (this of course is where I usually get stuck on a build and decide to just wing it, which usually results in a "tolerable" piece which is basically as I said, just a proof of concept). For this build however I had exact step by step instructions which I followed to create this... Unfortunately this became nothing more than a proof of concept piece during the painting. I used Apple Barrel craft paint for the base and I think that turned out great but the bunker itself just looks bad. Try as I might I just cannot seem to figure out how to thin and paint with this stuff. I know I could simply present this to him in its current state and he'd be ecstatic, but I'd really like to give him something nicer. I've got a couple more days to finish this and welcome any advice or suggestions to improve the bunker itself. I know a lot of people use the craft store paint for their terrain projects, what exactly is the trick I'm missing?