Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Bus Stop

Tonight I painted a 28mm-scale bus stop. I took pains to paint between all the lines, and I came pretty close to succeeding. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

They Slip Away and Leave Empty Space Behind

Week by week, their numbers dwindle, my beautiful books, unceremoniously hauled off in cardboard carriages. But I can't take them with me now, can I, and we have no heirs who could inherit. Into the hands of strangers they fly, sacrificed to other hobbies, newer needs, supplanted by my electronic reader. And so again the future inexorably washes away the past. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

I Wanted to Love This, But I Don't


As a fan of both Paul McCartney and Beck, I was pretty excited when I ran across this new music video just a few minutes ago. But while "Find My Way" has an interesting beat, it just doesn't grab me like I hoped it would. Plus, the CGI version of young Paul falls deep into the uncanny valley. I guessed the final reveal, though! 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Nelson and Murdock's Apartment Building

Just now, in the wee hours of the morning, I finished painting this 28mm-scale New York office/apartment building. 

As you can see, this building is set in the Marvel Comics version of New York. 
I believe this is the largest terrain piece I've painted so far. 

I tried to make the building look a little grungy and aged by adding a murky ink wash and some dry brush effects. 

I'm quite pleased that the Nelson and Murdock sign is legible. The dry brushing here isn't perfect, but given how teeny-weeny the job, I'm more than happy. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Fib

When I
Said that I
Knew the rule of five
The truth is found on the sixth line

Friday, July 23, 2021

Desert Outbuilding Mark II

Yesterday Jeff posted some excellent tips for improving my desert outbuilding, and I took them to heart. I repainted the driveway in basic black, then sprayed a thin layer of glue over the driveway and building. I sprinkled sand over all surfaces to give the place a weatherbeaten look. Then, I popped in some foliage for a bit more character. 

I left the cargo module alone, since I might need it for other environments and I was pretty happy with it anyway. 
Here's an anachronistic merchant for scale. 


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Desert Outbuilding

So here's a desert outbuilding and some cargo stored next to it. I'm happy with the paint job on the walls and cargo, but I'll probably take another stab at the driveway. I just couldn't find a result I liked, and as a result, I have a mess. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Alps Over a Century Past


Here's a very sharp, clear glimpse of the Alps as they were in 1917. Trains, horses with sleighs, iced-over streams melting, dapper ladies and gentlemen seemingly overdressed for the weather by modern standards--it's all pretty fascinating. 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Against the Grain

It's hard to tell from this crudely-shot photo, but the Vallejo "Wood Grain" paint Sean introduced me to really does a great job of making plastic look like wood. Thanks Sean! 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Inkwashed Tower

Here's my Modular Realms tower, finished at last inside and out. I'm pretty happy with it.