Good update! It’s pretty cool that you managed to get your old army back, there’s not many that would be that lucky! Did you pay your friends brother back what he paid you?
The new canopies look great, the orange definitely looks the nicest. It works with the vents/intake colours for sure. Good luck painting up all of the pilots and interiors
The new hobby setup looks cool, though I must say that your PC
looks as if it might be a bit overpowered for AoE2! It was a fun game iirc
Thanks gobert! Did not need to pay for them. I have provided quite a bit of help in IT
and car related matters though, so it evens out
With a powerful PC
I miss the nostalgic frame drop when more than 100 units roam around the screen
youwashock wrote:Awesome that the Uruks have found their way home. Lovely set-up, and the orange windshield looks very cool. Have fun with the various projects!
Argive wrote:Smashing wraithlord!
I like the vents/armour joints cleanliness. I seem to really struggle with those :(
Thanks Argive! For the joints, I used really thinned out dark gold, washed it with sephia and did some highlights with a really bright Vallejo gold to give the vents some definition.
Okay then. I decided to jump to yet another project.
But don't judge me yet.
I've been feeling like crafting something for a while, but just have not had the idea nor storage space for any more terrain pieces.
The crafting space has been a small issue as well, as I'm not too keen on making a mess at home.
Even though I have the 34 square meter rented garage, for some reason I have not utilized it for other terrain projects than the AoP board done two years ago.
Not sure why.
Lately the reason might be the combination of the global pandemic and working remotely from home, that somehow makes you lazy an unable to leave the house for no good reason.
Even the idea of heading to the garage to work on my car has felt impossible, which is something I enjoy a lot (except when there are rusty bolts
Which feels a bit counter intuitive.
That has changed recently.
A few factors made that happen.
Firstly, the current theme for the painting competition is something horror related.
I don't have any models that would properly fit the theme, so I though about crafting a piece of terrain.
Secondly, my girlfriend wanted the house for herself the other day, as she had some friends coming over. Only thing I could come up at the spot was to evacuate myself to the garage.
That was the nudge I needed. I decided to pack my tools and crafting materials, and try to come up with something to do there.
I laid down my stuff on the garage floor, set up the table, put on some music and started brainstorming and trying out different things.
I did not have to care about the mess nor noise I was making. It was just me, a few tools and some good tunes.
It felt really good. Even more so than normally.
A change of setting and the fact that I did not have to care about anything else than the materials in front of me was a liberating experience.
After that night, I have gone to the garage for three days in a row.
I just have to be careful, that my girlfriend doesn't end up as a hobby widow
Okay, that was the diary section.
Now to the real stuff.
Before leaving, I did some really quick sketches. Thinking about building a graveyard type setting.
Crafting area up and running!
I decided to start with the easy part: making some gravestones.
It was cool to play with the wire cutter first time in a looong time. Still smelled horribly bad though. I really suggest using a respirator for this.
And for any many parts of the crafting process actually.
Using a piece of aluminum foil and a pen, I made some texture and engravings to the stones.
A quick undercoat with black crating paint and couple of layers of gray later they were done.
I will do some foliage or something on them later on.
Then, I decided to start designing a building for the piece.
It took me a while to figure out the design. I was not sure, if I wanted to make a small chapel or a shack. Chose the latter in the end.
The theme will most likely be something related to Mordheim, so I want to make it look a bit rugged.
After pondering for a while, I decided to do two iterations.
The first one will have stone walls with a few supporting planks and a roof made out of shingles (not sure that's the right word).
The second one will be entirely made out of planks.
I did two frames out of foam core for the buildings.
I made some measurements sure, but in the end I will always mess them up at some point. And that's fine.
I'm usually more exited in building gritty and ruined buildings anyway
Using a saw, I cut a pile of ice cream sticks to pieces. Balsa wood or even cardboard could have worked too, but the sticks were an easy and quick solution.
I then glued each piece individually on top of each other. I tried to make it look a bit random and like it was built really quickly.
The first one was made two days ago, and the latter I finished today. The first one bent a bit, even though I tried to cover both sides with PVA glue.
Maybe super glue might have been a better choice, but hey ho. It's nothing I can't fix.
The second one was covered entirely by planks made out of balsa wood. I built a small support structure for the roof as well.
I left the second building to this stage to dry out. I will then cut the excess wood away.
It will be a surprise to see how bent the building will be when I return to the garage in a few days
I took a ton of progress pictures from each step, but in order to keep this to a reasonable length, I decided to pick the most relevant ones.
All the painting will still happen at my house, as the garage is a bit dusty for that kind of business. Plus the chairs and tables there are not that great for delicate painting work.
When I'm home, I will keep on working on my Eldar projects for now, and when I feel like the walls are closing in, I will head to the garage and keep on building this terrain piece.
Will try to get most of it done by the end of the month though.
This turned out a lot longer than I intended.
Thanks for reading!
I will keep the next one shorter, I promise!