Today is a little bit works in progress, a little bit random/behind the scenes. This is what happens when projects get a little carried away and look to take longer than intended.
The hobby project that's turning into a big hobby project has been a trio of MDF houses. There's aFFTX Men Fisherman Sandles Leather Summer Walking Outdoor Closed-toe shoesNike Superfly 6 Academy Ic Mens Ah7369-060 Size 5 4-house set for Walking Dead XUE Men's Sneakers shoes Knit Spring Fall Low-Top Sneakers Lightweight Breathable Comfort Athletic shoes Outdoor Hiking shoes Air Cushion Personality Light Soles Running shoes Lace-upY-H Men's shoes, Loafers & Slip-Ons Lazy shoes,Spring Fall New Flat Slip-Ons Driving shoes,Peas shoes Walking Gym shoes,black,40of which I picked up 3 during a sale at some point or another. As my theater project got delayed (more on that some other time) I thought I'd just whip out these 3 houses. My method of whipping takes a while.
I've long been hesitant to paint MDF as stories of it drinking up paint are legendary. I've not really experienced it myself, but I've really been limited what I paint. The kits as they come are fairly plain. I went my favored route for home and instead of trying to paint interior walls, YAXUAN shoes Men's Comfortable shoes, Autumn and Winter New Sports shoes Mens Fashion Casual shoes Leather Breathable shoes (color B, Size 43)SHIXRAN Men Slip-On Oxford shoes British Retro Men First Layer Of Leather Feet Men'S shoes Young Sewing shoesI went by Home Depot and picked up paint sample cards for Behr paint. These specific cards are really good for what I need. They're sized to cover most walls. There's a variety of colors. Nobody in Home Depot seems to notice or mind when I grab 4 samples of 10 colors and merrily walk out without buying anything.
I've learned the method that works best for me is to glue the card to the wall and then cut and trim the excess. Before this, I dry-fit everything together (this will come in important on that theater project story for some other time) to make sure I get rooms with the same color.FuweiEncore Men Hiking shoes, Walking Outdoor Sports Sneakers, Breathable Push Trekking Summer shoes, Mesh Running shoes (color C, Size 43) (color B, Size 43)Xxoshoe Mens High help Winter Boots Leather Chelsea Boot Casual Ankle Boot Black Waterproof shoes for Men Yydt Men's shoes Outdoor Sports Men's Leather Beach shoes Casual Sandals Men Men's shoes (color 8.5 UK)Lacoste Men's Europa 417 Spm0044024 Low-Top SneakersOnce the glue dries, excess is trimmed so the walls will fit flush, or as flush as I can make them, with each other and the floor. I tend to get a little overboard with the color choices. My house has tan (Gourmet Mushroom) walls throughout, but here I pick a different color for every room. It's colorful, if nothing else.
Interior window openings have been tricky in the past, with lots of mistakes learned. Just a square opening, thank you square hole punch, doesn't look right. Windows have trim. I tried a couple of craft-stick, fine - square toothpick - frames with 45 ° corners, Men'S Loafers Four Seasons New Casual shoes Leather Single shoes Business Work shoes Outdoor Driving shoesCHENGXIAOXUAN Casual Beach shoes African Personality Wild Open-Toed Student Sandals and Slippers Men's Comfortable Mesh Sandals Breathable and Refreshing Elastic Sandalsbut my Dsx Trainers Casual Men's shoes Anti-Fur Green Four Seasons Can Wear Board shoes, yellow, 42EU wasn't making consistent, flush cuts. Being lazy, I opted for and old fashioned square frame with longer top and bottom, and the sides are trimmed to fit between. With transparency film cut to fit the window and glued in before the paint card, it all makes for a decent window.
With the walls dry-fit into the base, I went ahead and glued all the walls together with some wood glue and let it all set for a day. Now it's ready for the next step. Ah, the next step. What is the next step? Notice the lack of doors? Skechers USA Men's Palen Senden Walking shoes48+hours Men's Sandal Nobuk Leather Very Lightweight.Men women Printing Sneakers Spring Fall Comfort Light Soles Sport Running shoes Flat Heel Couple Lace-up Casual shoes (color White, Size 39)Bullboxer Men Lace-Up shoes Cognac Brown, (Cognac) 877-K5-5858Part of not gluing walls to the base is so the doors can still be added - and this time I took extra care to make sure the holes for the door hing/axis are on the correct sides. I learn from my mistakes! Sometimes. The outer doors have openings for windows, Saucony Scarpa men Mod. Jazz O greenFHCGMX PU Martin Boots Male For Men shoes Adult Winter Warm Comfortable Short Plush Lace Up Footwearso I'll likely go the transparency film + toothpick frame route for those. The interior doors are very plain. I'm currently planning on printing out some door textures and gluing them on. Door textures may not be the proper term. There's some nice pics of interior doors on the Home Depot website that I'll likely be cropping and printing. I use Home Depot a lot for this stuff. Maybe I can get a sponsorship?
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There's some other little details I'm going to print out and see how they look, but I'll save further explanation until we see if it's worth it. The one part I will mention is how the floors of these 3 houses work horribly for house floors. While I'm tempted to just print out floors, Fila Men's Nycon Fashion BootLOVDRAM Men's shoes Ins shoes Men'S White Casual shoes Korean Fashion Spring Men'S shoes Wild White shoeswhich is Plan B, I'm going to see how 1mm felt works as a carpet replacement. That's crazy, you say. Home Depot doesn't have 1mm felt! That's true. Hobby Lobby has felt!
Seeing as it took the better part of 2 weeks to get walls covered in color and glued, I'm not really sure how long to expect this next phase to take.
Segueing from Home Depot, it's clearance time of year. While I always drop in for coupon usage on HNGLXQ Combat Boots G-75 Leather Side Zip Army Tactical Boots Delta Military Work Army shoes Safety Ankle Boots Breathable Commando Outdoor Desert Tactical Military Patrol Boots,Black-EU44 I'll also wander the aisles looking for anything with a red sticker that I might one day use. This year that included some Brier Patch flock and a couple of water effects.GUOPIN Men's Handmade Peas shoes Leather Comfortable Casual Breathable shoes Round Head Fashion Travel Single shoesPuma Men's's Ignite Evoknit Fold Cf Sneaker GanSouy Men's Vintage Formal Smart Brown Derby Business Wedding Dress Oxfords Black Real Leather Brogue Lace-Up shoes Office Work Low-top shoesI've yet to do much with water effects but if I keep Men's Brogue shoes Lace Derby shoes Business Dress Casual shoes Fashion (color 1, Size 43EU) I'm going to try something or other before long. I picked up some random odds and ends while roaming the aisles, too. I was starting to run out of the Sand & Mud pigment that I use, so instead of using my coupon on primer I picked up pigment. I also picked up a couple of random packs of wood pieces, because sometimes I just need random wood pieces.
After watching Boots Men's Chukka Snow Boots Leather High Help Work Boots Big Head Rubber Plus Velvet Leisure Outdoor shoes I decided to pick some up. Most people talk about how these paints work well for painting lots of minis quickly, although the colors tend to come out flat and in pastels. The thing I noticed is that these paints seem to work well with skin tones and fabric.Mzq-yq Leather shoes Male England Korean Business Casual shoes Hair Stylist shoes Breathable Wild PointedOudan Men's Moccasins shoes, Classic Men's Driving Penny Loafers Casual Slip-On Boot Moccasins Rubber Sole (color Crocodile Brown, Size 43 EU) (color Warm Black, Size 41 EU) Spring and Summer, Men's Wear, Business, Leather shoes, Men's, Leather shoesI paint a lot of skin tones and fabric! Contrast paints are described as a thick wash. I like to paint with a wash!
I made a list of the colors I would be most likely to use and headed out to The Deep to get what I could. They had 7 colors in stock. 5 of them were colors I wanted, so I picked them up. From there I went to the Warhammer Store, and discovered they were closed on Tuesdays. Luckily, Adam at work mentioned a Warhammer sale of some type at JCs House of Cards. I thought they were mainly a Magic The Gathering & card games of that ilk shop. Facebook listed Warhammer in their stock, so I took advantage of social media and asked if they carried/had in stock any contrast paint. They replied "yes, we have them all". That afternoon, I saw they did indeed have them all. And then I may have left with too many. But they had them all!
I'm going to practice with these on some Zombicide minis that will never see the light of day, just to get a feel for how they work.
With all the Walking Dead minis I've gotten over the past couple of years, I've been racking up Mantic Points/Proof of Purchase. The Mantic web store had some more things in stock, so I finally got my points together and placed an order. I needed 40 pts, which I managed to get together - I had to raid a couple of not-yet-opened boosters. I'm not sure I've ever mailed anything to England, but I visited my local USPS to ensure I had everything packed, addressed, and properly paid. Sometime in the next 3 weeks they should receive my points. Hopefully in the ensuing 3 weeks I'll get my point paid booty.
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More painting - Abraham and Friends
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I ramble. Sometimes I ramble a lot. Other times I barely say a word. It's a lot like talking to myself but in a form the whole world can ignore.
For years my main hobby has been the legal acquisition of movies. Select friends can borrow what I've got, but more importantly I need a list to minimize duplicating what I have.
The Print & Play board game that took over a year to get out of my head and onto paper.