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A simple record of the goings on with regard to the hobbying of Mr. Horati0nosebl0wer

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Product review: AK Interactive Natural Leaves&Plants Neutral Protection

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Verdict: Not useful in this case

I bought this specifically for preserving beautiful leaves I had made using GSW punches and real leaves. As the product says it is for actual plants I picked it up to make bases more eye catching. The directions state to have the vegetation soak in the bottle for 24 hours. It’s just seven hours for the soak time now and all the color has leached from the leaf matter.

Granted, these leaves are two years old so it might be a variable to taken into consideration but the colors are pretty good for the age. Overall, this has left me questioning if the product was a wasted purchase.

Yes, perhaps harsh for a decision but it does bear out in this initial test. It may also be a matter of time submerged so I’ll try again. For the moment I’ll call this a fail .

Making up my mind on minis

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I’ve had time to sit and think about quantity versus quality. It stems from the gaming convention last month and the judging of my figures. Receiving the feedback that my work was at that of high level gaming is supportive that I do well enough but not so much to compete outside of a gaming store. Now, after the exhilaration of the competition, I’m thinking in terms of making my models present better. I know I can do better. I want to be able to give myself that sense of “shiny” and simultaneous “I did that”.

I don’t feel bad about my entries as they are the best I have so far. I want to have better results and still maintain a high level of productivity. The quality of number and the quality of end result stand at seeming odds with each other.

Right now I am trying to paint a large figure and make it quite presentable but I find myself asking if it’s worth it as a gaming piece. To put in all the extra effort of adding in more shadows and highlighting with greater care seems like I’m putting in too much. I have more figures and plenty of work to do. I think that drops my need to go ham on the gratuitous detail despite the fact it is a huge monster. Ugh, balancing “The Force of the Brush” is indeed a real thing now as I become aware of it. I am thankful for Speedpaint and my airbrush for future effort.

 

Having seen this book and purchasing it myself I believe I can push my painting with practice further up the ranks. I already have an idea for next year of trying out NMM chrome on a unit of mechanized cavalry. This aspiration is a small unit outside of the army I am continuing to work on. Again, being realistic on effort.

GhengisCon 2024 (not the Australian one)

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Class sculpt of myconid, a very forgiving entry to the artClass sculpt of myconid, a very forgiving entry to the art

Not much to report but a spot of information to share from thus weekend’s convention. I had my first in person sculpting class and it gave me more insight into how I’ve been going about greenstuff wrong. First, the ribbons of blue/yellow was a known bad investment. What I didn’t know was that keeping the separate blue/yellow sticks in the same tube or container was not good either. It seems, from my class, that the vapors from the material can cause the reaction of hardening.

Using material that had been kept in their own small plastic bins and later mixed with equal parts of Apoxiesculpt made for a pliant putty that did in fact start to set in an hour. A few hours later it was set solid. I was very impressed and with the pointer of when to start sculpting things like hands I feel like I can raise my kitbash game. It will also help with the rig that the teacher was kind enough to give each of us and keep.

Outside of that I won a first place in the painting competition for Group (my Arabian Knights commander on horse with entourage) and placed third in the Single Figure category (same army, leader on the giant scorpion). I’m feeling good and think I’ll start on getting my entry for next year together. Like other thing, a little work at a time can lead to outstanding results. I might start going to other cons for this kind of thing now. There’s a big world and I’m a small fish that needs to grow beyond this bowl.

What Warren can show off with pride in public

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All the pisht you can shake a stick atAll the pisht you can shake a stick at

After digging around in my past photos here’s what Warren’s army looked like all ranked up before I sent them. The bases were painted to reflect the same kind of detail as the Little Big Men Studios shield transfers.

Giftmas Eve givings

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The gifting time is here since I saw a future gamer without his own army. Here is the handiwork of a Noseblower with purpose.

Properly formed up for display to gameProperly formed up for display to game

Its not a spectacular effort to wow the crowds but it passes my muster for a serviceable selection of 4 points or more. Here’s to a first foray into weird and wonderful non GW fare. Maybe we might see a bright new OTT-er pup on the boards.

A coming new year and new paint line tested

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An update to my painting armory is in order. As I’ve been in need of fleshtones lately I’ve considered investing in restocking my Vallejo paints. Due to a recent swap at my regular monthly painting group I’ve come to own a couple sets of Cuttlefish Color paints. I am very pleased with the results as the selection of color is easily placed for what I need

OMGZ THESE ARE.AWSUM!!!

The names are not set to your standard expectation from some other lines and they can be overlooked for purpose. You only need to pull them to mind when you restock. The consistency and how matte the final result turns out are really where these feel better for me.

This is now going to be my standard for skin as how they flow out of the bottle, with only shaking and no thinning, just feels good and yields beautiful results.

 

Tales From the Toiletbowl #1

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Peeling primer and barely a basecoatPeeling primer and barely a basecoat

I think these rescue operations for minis is appropriately titled. I have snagged a group of Dark Eldar Incubi created before they were Drukhari and made of other material.

There was high hope seeing all the pieces with what looked like little effort for restoration. I was wrong on my assumption. The single in front that is in pieces came apart easily as it seems that rubber cement was used to stick them together but it might just be a fluke. I will be dropping these into The Stuff (not that B movie stuff) and cleaning them before seeing if they need pinning. With luck this will be very simple.

To a better tomorrow for these figures from yesterday.

 

No way in Chinese Hell or a take on Monty Python's "I like Chinese"

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This really is a rant against an overarching government as it happens to hit gaming (look at the impact of the publishing industry in the not too distant past) and how I would like to have input from abroad on visual weirdness for tiny fighting men.  I can pore more over this for academic purpose but my point is to stay on track for the hobby industry as it relates to my very small) global presence.

My plan is to one day build a Chinese mythology army based around the many afterlives one might be subject to after death. It would be fun for a miniature agnostic system, take SAGA for example, where my mind could run naked and free in the same manner as a Phil Foglio character. It is heavily swayed by the fun time film ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and thinking back to the quick reading of White Wolf’s ‘Kindred of the East’ books outlining their take on Asian vampirism. I will complain that I have found quite a bit of Japanese undead and some from other cultures but none from China. I blame the Chinese Communist Party and their affiliates for this cultural let down to impede my merriment in exploring mythologies through miniatures. Yes, a first world problem but actually relevant to our hobby as a whole.

Is there something to be said about a Eurocentric hobby mostly encircling the western portion of the continent? Yes, it’s definitely something to point out and see cultures that have the economic level to afford time and possess enough technical means of producing models for mock warfare. I will refer to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and say we as gamers have hit the big time beyond just scraping by for sustenance.

Do I think that the rest of the world should have some shot to show of their weird and wonderful stories with cultural idiosyncrasies? Hell yes, is my answer to that. I like exploration and finding new things to pore over visually. Here is the crux of the matter that I find most vexing. There are cultures in the world which do not allow for the free exercise of imagination; The People’s Republic of China is one of them.

This jumps into the realm of the political with the destruction of The Four Olds and The Cultural Revolution. The Chinese economic model for prosperity is great for analysis but out of the scope of the observation for the moment; I won’t touch on recasters in this post.

As a hobbyist I want to have my mental fun to bring to the tabletop and amaze other’s eyes. I’d like to be able to promote people who actually know the intricacies of folklore better than I. I can’t do that without pushing against another society’s norms and values. My interpretations are from the outside and cartoonish (not animated illustrations but the original definition). For a society with so much ambition to be seen as moden and developed internationally this seems like the smallest of benchmarks but could prove to be as difficult as making the roller balls for ballpoint pens.

Have you been to Mongolian Grill?

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Such a lovely little hordeSuch a lovely little horde

So I’ve put together the box of Steppe Warriors and Mongol Cavalry box that I ordered a couple of months ago. I thought doing a force for SAGA would be fun but I have no need with so many armies of my own queued up. I have made amends with my conscience and wallet that this is going to be the starter force for the son of someone I know at my FLGS. The father plays SAGA Age of Crusades so I can play him occasionally with my figures as is barring monsters. On the flip side he would need monsters and his knights would fit right in. To give the young lad something to do I thought it best for him to have his own army which he could also face off against his dad with. Bringing in a young pup to chew on something other than 40K is alright by me.

As a quick aside I think Gerry might recognize some Amazons, in a lovely tote in the background, which may get painted at some point.

A couple things more

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The recent commission that have been bundled with other things previously covered. I’m not keen on doing tigers in future.

Giftmas to be launched this week!

OMGZ! The brain babies!!!

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It’s been very quiet from me here on the site but it’s not been so with regard to my hobbying. The volley of Giftmas presents is almost ready to send and I’ve been catching up on long overdue work I promised to get to my regular patron. On top of that I was caught up on being sick and have more inspiration for projects that I may or may not work on. Terrain-fest will get my addition as Sundancer, Brennon and Ewokkebab (among so many others) has shown that doing the table dressing is manageable. I think it’ll be a good break as I continue to bounce around different hobby aspects to stay motivated.

To plan for the future beyond what I have set now and have a quick reference for projects to build as crossover points between historical and fantasy wargames (“Take SAGA for example”… some wookie we all know) here is a list of ideas I’ll have simmer for consideration and fuss about with as I feel moved to do so.

Jason and the Argonauts

Mongolians

Warring States Chinese

Ayutthaya Kingdom (medieval Thai)

Medieval Japanese

Aztecs/Toltecs

Dark Age Irish

Israelites

Embiggening brushes and humidity check

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I picked up some new cheap nylon brushes as my current ones have been beaten pretty hard. I’ve done pretty well with the Royal & Langnickel and Dynasty. My FLGS has some Chinese made Ghost(?) brushes which I’m playing with right now but are priced a tad more.

I’ve worked with (size 1?) and have made a change to size 3. It is a bit of a jump but it’s made quite a bit of difference as the bristles actually have some spring in them. The point is useful with minimal curling and the reservoir (not much of a bell to speak of) holds enough moisture in my arid environment to allow pretty good work. I’ve also invested in a small spray bottle to moisten my wet pallette with occasional misting. As I’ve said, the place where I live is pretty dry (lately mostly around 45% depending on the time of day) and shortens the working time my paints significantly so this seems like a no-brainer. Here’s a way to check what kind of conditions you might get with your own humidity levels.

Meteored Humidity Map

Right now painting goes well and masses of minis are getting color. Good luck to you all slinging paint.

Busy in the background

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I’ve dragged my feet for a while on finishing my Arabian Knights and have tried to keep the forward momentum going with doing other stuff. Here is what I’ve been up to.

AI and gaming... a deep think

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I’m not a very intelligent person but I think there are sparks of insight that hit me from time to time. After going over a podcast on the matter and getting input from the Jonston brothers over a few episodes I think AI is a disruptive technology and it will affect our gaming world. We are a subset community of our societies at large and we have unique aspects of analyzing information around us. I want to take present information, as I see it, and take a slow process without Discord to mull out where we are and might be headed.

The evolution of sensory input of animals/plants

Pressure (?)
Chemicals
Energy waves

On the basest level one might be able to look at the sensory input of any organism and find pressure. The neural firing of a particular set of cells signaling physical relation.

The upward evolution is the sensory input of organs meant to take in environmental data is that of chemical stimulus.

The latest input is that of organizing and interpretation of patterns in variable energy waves. Could the “psychic sense” just be attenuation of individual perception to other wavelengths beyond those more broadly experienced? (Topic of a future thought experiment).

With AI coming into our lives does the human experience of life and living, utilizing factors of sensory experience outside of waves (sight/sound) become more important? I think that the generation of having “experience vacations” and the glorification of the self and sensory input is manifestation of just such a thing. How does this affect the gaming world? We need to damn well play as social human animals. Building up experiences between other humans via tribes of supporting members that “fight” and play with each other in decentralized social environments that isn’t automatically generated for our minds and bodies is key to surviving the AI future as a species.

Am I advocating for “the good old grognard days” where gaming was invisible? No, it’s fun to have friends and know I’m not alone. I think that there is value in having human connection and exercising the input of my whole being other than what television could give me.in that aim I will start to put away some pennies to perhaps see some of you out there in the great wild world… if I only paused buying minis. (Plan: paint the minis I have and save money to travel?)

Is this revelation or just a crackpot idea?

Hobby legacy

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Decoupling the mind of want from need is not easy. If I entertain my brain on wants then they appear as needs. These wonderful toys we play with are wants and we see new ones all the time. Do we need new things? Did the old toys which came before get gifted or were they lost to time and/should they be replaced? I think that there might be more to be said for “legacy toys”.

As we now see Ticket to Ride join the ranks of other games with legacy editions can there be a place for minis? I think that with the historicals Gerry has shown on his trips to Scandinavia and those Lloyd has noted in photos (not to forget that huge table of flats at Salute) figures have a place to be legacy items. Applemak and others have shown that gaming with kids is a means of keeping the hobby alive and our collections relevant. The usefulness of wargaming and the figure painting is a pass time, but what happens with the figures after we pass on? I believe Warren has addressed this as a good project with his own dungeon build. The static nature isn’t to my taste as title can only be a display but that is its purpose. I am too mobile in life to have such things but I might do something like board/terrain build if I weren’t.

We hobbyists have an interest and its something that may not be for future generations. If we don’t gain the attention of others to inspire them to be curious about what we do our hobby lies as lifeless as our tiny fighting men.

Random addendum after some time

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Front faces and Lloyd's all at onceFront faces and Lloyd's all at once

Having the chance to grab some figures at the paint and take from a recent con I now have some figures to throw at my friend who I’ve not been diligent on finishing commission work for. It’ll be an apology gift that I know he’ll use in his D&D campaign since some of the models are dragon related.

A long overdue piece I thought would be fun to base for display. I haven’t gotten the black paint to stick so well around the bottom but that’s an issue with working with Black 2.0 from Culture Hustle.

Making a plan and poking fun

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To make stuff that looks cool for the new year is my goal. I’ll be tackling old projects before the Spring Clean gets underway because I know myself and how much I am liable to procrastinate. That being said I’ll dig into some one shot pieces and smaller model count stuff to get it off the desk. I know that I have models I’ll never paint so this will help me to confront the fact and make it easier to part with them as they just aren’t worth keeping.

 

I think I’ll reasonably have enough breathing room to finish some work on my Arabian Knights. Yes, I will finish them this year… likely before some Pagan Rus or Slavs that Lloyd has been sitting on for a while. 😂

Push past your thinky pain

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I found a nugget of wisdom at random and it makes sense as to why I hobby like I do. I am not ok with being bored and I want to be good at something.

Miniatures isn’t an outgoing and spotlight grabbing hobby. It makes for literal small victories against being lost in the doldrums. I’m not great at many other things, but dammit, I can shine here. I put time into this craft to produce better results. There is art in the creation and process of making tangible the abstract ideas which I have. I want to get my ideas out and sharing a vision makes me happiest when others enjoy the un-sane and non banal with similar wonder.

Its a small and perhaps minor thing to think but pithy poignancy produces profound results if allowed to flourish in the tilled fecund furrows of the mind. Upgrade your grey matter cus’ one day it may matter.

Science, hobby and headspace

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Dopamine, a blessing and a bane. The addictive chemical in our heads that lead us to rise or ruin. I call it all this as I take my break from hobby and do some self relfection and general life analysis. I think about the ebb and flow of hobby and all the other stuff I do that are fun. I got to thinking about this after a video on YouTube got me curious as it mentioned high energy lifestyles and adrenaline junkies. My housemate fit the bill, as what they described, in trying to always be on the move doing something but with diminishing dopamine return on the pleasurableand ending up with no free time.

I turned this on its head and got to thinking of the pleasure principle in painting and building. Collecting has been fun but rather useless other than making moving difficult in the past. Gaming might be fun as time spent with others and making memories over battles which haven’t been fought like I play out.

Putting things into overdrive for projects has seemed like a means of dealing with the crap of the world. Finding a little corner of solace with a warm blanket, hot mug of tea and some well worked minis to show off is my ideal spot and really best practice. It beats flailing about in attempts to try and find the next thing to work on badly with poor results. Trying to get the easy return doesn’t make the models any better. Time, patience and some self discipline to say its ok to set down a project (and then follow through to pick it back up again) is good. We deal with our heads and hearts with this stuff. Its good to take a breather and set the models aside for a few to analyze our selves and how we hobby.

Commission Completion

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An ent and the goblin from the Shadowrun blister for a commission lot. All sorts of pleasure to see more things done and even better to get cash for them.

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