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I finally tried out the airbrush I got this past year. Spent the day getting used to it and testing it out.
I've had a set of Croak Raiders from Hordes that I've been excited to paint up. I figured an airbrush would really help speed up the process.
However, I knew better than to test out a new tool on something so detailed that I cared so much about.
So I broke out this Great Worm that I got for use in Rangers of Shadow Deep.
I documented my process for once as I was sharing it with some friends, so I figured I'd show it off here too.
The worm got glued to a 2in base and I used sand to help build up a transition from the rocky sculpt to the base.
More super glue and some baking soda were added to the whole thing to create a finer texture that looks better at scale. This is my go-to basing method. I use more or less sand depending on my purpose.
I don't yet have a primer for the airbrush so I primed this mini with craft paint as usual. I did use a darker gray than normally as I had a feeling this would work better for airbrushing.
So I broke out my new airbrush. Got an Iwata from some friends last summer. I've only ever used an airbrush a few times before but never for minis.
Decided to paint this as a Purple Worm so it could serve double duty in D&D. Slapped on a few shades of purple. My takeaway here is that I could use colors with more contrast and really push the light values.
I had a bit more contrast in the under belly, painted the mouth deep red, and then slapped some brown on to the base. I figured this was as much as I could accomplish with the airbrush.
I wasn't happy with the contrast so I added some washes to darken the shadows before moving on to some layering for highlights and detail work.
I'll get around to taking better pictures later, but this was the final result. I still spent nearly 4 hours working on this after the airbrush, but I think it saved me a lot of time at least with the base colors.
The airbrush was definitely helpful but also annoying. Spent half the time I was using it cleaning the dang thing. Also just getting comfortable with paint it techniques.
You might have spotted in the background that I did work up the confidence to put some color on the frogs.
I was inspired by the box art for these guys so I tried giving them lighter yellow bellies and orange hands/feet.
I also tested out zenithal highlighting a bit. Unfortunately these guys were primed grey like I usually do so the contrast wasn't that noticeable. Will have to try it out properly next time.
By Crusoe the Painter
So hey, I've known you guys for years. Kinda dropped off when we had kids, but I think everyone here is pretty level headed and only a handful know me IRL.
This is rambling, and long.
The whole mess is this.
I am obsessed with Japan. Literally obsessed. I had a wonderful two week trip with my wife there. Before that I spent a few months learning Japanese so that reading the signs, knowing kinda the gist of what people were saying, etc, was somewhat possible. My interest actually started around back when I was teen, around bonsai and arts and craft, and the influence Japanese design had on it.
The language is brutal. I want to know more. The culture is fascinating. The food in general delicious.
The food? Eatting it, cooking, drinking green tea and matcha saved my guts. I shed 20 lbs, kept it off, my digestion improved. My IBS improved, my sibo went away.
The wife had a blast, and she's like "You know, if an American firm gave you enough money to work there, I would be for it". She's in love with the quilt books and fabric stores. A Japanese bookstores is like US bookstores in their heyday. They're stocked and wonderful. The craft stores have everything you could need.
Our only concern would be navigating the possibly brutal Japanese education system, or finding a expensive foreign school for our kids.
So here I am making good money as a software dev. But I'm kinda of tired, doing basically glorious rest apis to backend datastores. I tried my hand at a Japanese joint for carpentry and didn't 100% flub it up. And it was enjoyable. I helped my parents prune some trees, chop up wood, and the immediacy of the feedback was refreshing. I told them "Man, I hate mowing but I could do this all day". And when I learned of temple carpentry and saw what they did, it stirred something deep inside. Like maybe I missed my calling, but it just could be my late midlife crisis.
My parents are loving, and good. But sometimes I feel I am needled more for my interests than my sister. I don't need to have jokes, no matter how good natured, made about every project I want to do. Like yes, I am weird, and odd, and I have been for 40 years, I don't need to hear it again. You all enjoy my cooking, so kinda cut me some slack when I want to build a hibachi or irori, and try my hand at some really old school robotayaki/yakitori.
No one looks at you too weird if you're a fan of french cuisine and buy french wine and cheese, and maybe visited Paris.
But start talking about buying your own block of dried aged smoked bonito, and a proper plane to shave it with, and they look at you funny.
It's been ten months since the trip. I still have dreams about it. I think the covid isolation is making it worse. Because of the commute, and now covid, I really don't have anyone to talk to. There is a Japanese Culture center just up the road, with the local university, and a Japanese Language group. But basically, its entire focus is around their yearly anime convention. So I don't have any cooking/culture outlet there. Why not call it an anime club? Don't be misleading. The Culture center doesn't seem to have many programs beyond being festooned with a garden and supporting the Japanese language program.
Oh well, they do offer language classes, and since we will be working from home for the foreseeable future, maybe I should sign up.
I don't know what I am looking for.
Just venting more than anything.
I keep saying I don't want to feel bad for enjoying the things I like, but I still do. Why does everything need a comment?
"Oh, you could go into special FX" said during the last dot bomb by my mom.
"Well, I had an interest in that kind of stuff, but you didn't like me drawing monsters, or telling me what I liked wasn't true art."
I know some of it she probably got from her dad about her interests, but sheesh.
A breezy, cool night in the high desert. Heat lightning crackles on the horizon. Gusts of wind bring the faintest scent of far-off rains.
The full moon illuminates a strange crater in the parched earth. Was that there yesterday?
All at once, a rumble. The earth quivers and vibrates. Grains of sand begin to dance about near the lip of the hole; then, pebbles.
A frenzied writhing that sets the land in tumult! A great roar, the sound of it almost a solid thing, impossibly basso. Again, and again. There is a faint reply on the desert wind: an echo? or another of the unfathomably great burrowers beneath? It's hard for you to tell, but eventually the titanic bulk subsides and the desert is quiet once more, save for a faint shifting of sand and a ripple on the dunes heading for the horizon.
This was an old project I never posted; painted back when washes were almost all the paints I had. A great sculpt, dynamic and expressive. The purples are alternating layers of midnight blue and a sort of pinkish red. I should go back and add some razzamatazz to that belly, now I'm seeing the big photographs.
While a lot of people think purple worms are D&D cribbing Frank Herbert's sandworms as it did Margaret St. Clair and John Wyndham's fungal underdarks and dark elves--and they ARE pretty rad--I'm convinced that the genesis of both was far earlier, in a 1929 David Henry Keller short from "Amazing Stories." It's called, appropriately enough, "The Worm," and is worth the few minutes of your time to track down and read.
Come to think of it, this story might have also partly inspired Ray Bradbury's "The Fog Horn," though the tone of that story is much more wistful and melancholy and less increasing dread. And without THAT, and another tonal shift, monster movies and kaiju movies might have been very different indeed.
So, as mentioned in the Getting to know you thread I'm starting this off. I am a big fan of easy ingredient/quick to make food. Since I live alone I don't have to please anyone but myself.
I eat a lot of rice and veggies. I also love doctoring up cheap Ramen. One of my favorite additives is pickled cabbage. For starters I will share one of my favorite quick recipes.
1x Can of Condensed Cream of Soup (I prefer Mushroom or Celery)
1x Box of Macaroni and Cheese Dinner (Kraft Dinner, Velveta Shells and Cheese, whatever you prefer)
1x Can of Tuna
Prepare the Mac n' Cheese as per directions. Mix in the tuna and soup (no water). Add in seasoning to taste.
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