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Manda’s (Amachan) Hobby with Disabilities.

Manda’s (Amachan) Hobby with Disabilities.

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About the Project

Since I have been severely hampered with problems in my right hand and arm over the last months and not knowing if this ever gets better, I at first kind of gave up on ever doing the hobby again. But slowly the desire to paint has been coming back. In this project I am going over my process of me trying to relearn how to paint with my left hand and using some new tools to aid me in getting back in the hobby.

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Weathering.

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I have finally been able to paint again and got the weathering on my chrome MV7 Marker Drone done. The weathering sadly did take away a lot of the shine of the chrome, but that’s why this was a proof of concept. I learned a lot from it anyway. Now, just letting all the paint cure and see where I am at, close to, if not done I think.

Weathering.
Weathering.

Doctors Results.

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I got the results from the doctor today and I have been diagnosed with a Functional Neurological Disorder. This is what causes the tremors in my hand and my balance problems that I am struggling with now. There are more little things that I do experience that are also the result of that. Further more we are looking at some physiotherapy which may help with these problems.

I will finish the chrome Tau drone that I am working on and then call this project finished and go on to working on my other projects that I have on the go.

More Metallics

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After a coat of Aqua Gloss to protect the chrome on my chrome MV7 Marker Drone, I added a couple of other metallics to change up certain areas of the drone. I am having to wait for an order to come in before I can resume work on this now, but that will hopefully arrive in the coming week.

More Metallics

Chrome Drone!

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Added some clear coats to my chrome Tau MV7 Marker Drone and here is a picture in both my painting light and the ambient light in which I feel the chrome just looks better.

Chrome Drone!
Chrome Drone!

Commissar Yarrick

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So here is Commissar Yarrick all done, I am really happy with the result.

Commissar Yarrick

Signs of things to come.

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So on to the next model. This model is going to be a bit of a proof of concept, but should still end up being a good looking model in the end.
First up, I used a gloss black lacquer primer and put on like 3 or 4 layers. Before it dried I used a toothpick to just scratch and damage the paint and then followed up with one final layer of primer and let that all cure fully.

Signs of things to come.

And then it was about getting the chrome right. I was really struggling getting the chrome right, it turns out the chrome is on perfectly it is the light that messes it up. So I put the model in just the normal ambient light and it looks absolutely fantastic. The camera does not do it justice though.

Signs of things to come.

More Yarrick Part 2, The Yarricking...

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I did a little bit more work on Yarrick and I am fairly confident this will be the last work in progress pictures from him.

More Yarrick Part 2, The Yarricking...
More Yarrick Part 2, The Yarricking...

Dirty Yarrick.

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Dirty Yarrick.
Dirty Yarrick.

More Yarrick!

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More work done on Yarrick and lesson learned, even though it is primed and received a base coat of acrylic paint before I put on the crackle paint, the crackle paint still pulls the strukture paste up…

More Yarrick!

I think he’s ready for shading and weathering. I did paint with my right hand today and it went okay for a bit. At least I got a lot of tiny detail bits done that I am just not yet able to do with my left hand.

More Yarrick!
More Yarrick!

Darkwing Duck

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This is Darkwing Duck finished. I am just leaving it here, I am not really happy with the paint job and I honestly did not really enjoy painting this model as it was all very flat with a lack of detail. On the plus side, I learned a lot about shading and highlighting using oil paints and I will definitely take those steps I learned moving forward.

Darkwing Duck
Darkwing Duck

Bleb! (Can't think of a title)

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Some more work on Commissar Yarrick done. I noticed that near the end of my painting session subconsciously started painting with my right hand, so I thought let’s see how well that goes and it went okay for a short time, but having to keep my hand this steady really hurts my entire right arm and shoulder. Maybe in time I will be able to paint normally with my right hand again. My main focus right now is still on painting with left though, but trying little bits every now and then with my right might not be a bad idea.

Bleb! (Can't think of a title)
Bleb! (Can't think of a title)

Nobody Expects an Imperial Commissar!

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As the some of the oils on Darkwing Duck still aren’t dry yet, I applied it a little bit too thick in certain areas, completely my fault, I started working on the next model. This is Commissar Yarrick, one of the victims of GW’s purges. He seriously doesn’t have any rules any more, not even legends. I painted this all with my left (non-dominant) hand again as I can do detail a lot better with that at this moment, slowly getting better at it.

Nobody Expects an Imperial Commissar!
Nobody Expects an Imperial Commissar!

Let's Get Messy!

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So here is another update on the duck with the darkest of wings and a bit of an health update. I have done some shading on Darkwing Duck and I am happy with certain parts less happy with others, I’ll have to see how I feel about him later. And for my health, my right hand has become calmer, still nowhere near as steady or precise as it used to be, but calmer. On top of that I have started to lose feeling in my left hand. So I have done all this work with my right as I don’t need a steady hand for the kind of shading that I do, but I am not sure how my hobby is looking going forward, I’ll keep trying though and see where I’ll end up. Still awaiting more tests and such to figure out what the heck is wrong with me.

Let's Get Messy!
Let's Get Messy!

I have also decided that I am just going to keep this project going until I know what it is that I have, just painting random miniatures in whatever way I can. Luckily I have a large pile of random miniatures I can just paint up for this.

The Next Chapter.

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It’s time for the next chapter in me trying to do my hobby with my recent disabilities and this time it is the best superhero ever. So let’s get dangerous with Darkwing Duck! Did I mention he is also a duck 🦆. One thing I really noticed I am struggling with is smooth coats of paint on larger surfaces with my left hand and that really shows here, but this is great practice in improving that.

The Next Chapter.
The Next Chapter.

Stumpy

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Here is Stumpy, my first miniature painted with my left (non-dominant) hand because of the disabilities I currently have. I am overall happy with the result, although I would like to perfect a couple of things, but let’s not let perfection be the enemy of good here.

Stumpy

Here is Stumpy’s little party piece when exposed to UV light.

Stumpy

What's going to happen with this project?

While I have shown and proven that I can paint and do hobby with my left hand, within this project I am going to do a couple more models, just to see if there is anything else I run into. So stay tuned for a handful more models being painted over the coming month or so.

The Weathered Stumpy

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Stumpy has got all of his weathering and shading done, now it just needs to dry. So in a couple of days there will be the final photo’s of Stumpy unless I find something that still needs doing. There are little bits that I would like to fix still, but I just can’t with where I am at with my painting right now. Overall, I really like how he has turned out and how things went.

The Weathered Stumpy
The Weathered Stumpy

Basically Basing.

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I didn’t really think about the base and what I was going to do with it, so I just painted it a sandy colour and then completely forgot about it…. Anyway, I now painted it brown and added a crackle paint on the top, this will do fine when Stumpy is all weathered and shaded.

Basically Basing.

Quick Update.

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Just a quick and small update on Stumpy, I fixed most of the stuff I wanted to fix and covered him with a matte varnish with my airbrush, which is still wet in the picture, to protect the acrylics from all the stuff I am going to throw on it later. Not technically necessary if the acrylics are left to cure properly for some time, but it also gets rid of any of the shininess of some of the acrylic paints.

Quick Update.

One thing I really started to notice is that at times you can’t easily reach something with your brush and the angles you have to approach things as are completely opposite from what I am used to. This is the biggest problem I have found so far to painting with my left compared to my right. Another issue is, that when I used to come across this issue when I was painting with my right I could just for that little bit paint it with left in order to reach that. I can’t really use my right hand to paint any more, not even small bits it is just too unstable. I am finding my way around it and mostly this just requires more practice to overcome.

Stumpy Paint More!

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While everyone is off gallivanting on their Christmas shenanigans, I have myself a couple of quiet days where I have to do absolutely nothing. Thus, I practised a bit more painting with my left hand on Stumpy and even did some free-hand triangles on the grenades. I got most of the base coats done now, I did however notice a couple of things that I still do want to try and correct and then I am going on to the shading and weathering of Stumpy.

Stumpy Paint More!
Stumpy Paint More!

Stumpy's Got Piant.

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So, this about a bit over an hour’s worth of work painting with my left hand for the first time. It went okay overall and I think with loads of practice I could possibly do this, but it is eating energy like a banana out of hell. I went for a classic Duke Nukem scheme for the clothing of Stumpy.

Classic Duke NukemClassic Duke Nukem