It’s been over a week since the last update and writing a blog post is as close to painting as I’m likely to get for the next week or two, so please allow me to indulge a bit. This isn’t the usual studio / painting update.
Why the Lull?
We adopted a dog (meet Libby, everyone!) and moved to a new house, about 6 or 7 blocks away. At the same time. The dog’s fantastic; she gets me up early and I get more exercise in the morning and after work than I have in ages (OK, ever), going on walks. The move, however, has been a pain; consuming any and all free time due to packing, moving carloads of stuff, etc. Since we’re only moving a few blocks we didn’t have to do it in one fell swoop and so it’s been death by a thousand tiny trips. Ugh. It’s exhausting.
Anyway, the point if this post is not to complain about the lack of progress these past few weeks, but to look forward at what’s coming up.
The Road Ahead
The NOVA Open
In just two months, it’ll be the NOVA Open, and I do not have much done towards my goals (enter the painting competiton, try to get Master Craftsman in Hardcore). I’m looking to get some competition pieces done, and I have finally admitted to myself that I will not have the Aquablight finished in time for Hardcore. Instead, the suggestion of polishing my Khador was put forth, and it is a good one (Thanks, Hawk).
The army looks good, but I really need to get something onto the Winterguard’s Banner. Especially since I plan to integrate Katya into the army (as a Mechanic Officer). I may even need to amp up the Standard with, say, Irusk2’s flag or maybe go back to the original one? I’m not sure yet, but I am fairly convinced it needs to be bigger. Additionally, the blending on the Spriggan’s shield could be smoother, and that flat area is just screaming for a Khador symbol or something, as is the Juggernaut’s top plate and shoulders. Any ideas, lads?
Beyond the freehand needs, I really should kick the highlights up more. This is easily done by using Khador Red Highlight and a Red Ink wash, but that’s something I’m a little scared to do, honestly. What if I royally screw up what I already have? What if I only get halfway through this upgrade to the army and don’t get the rest finished on time?
I worry about those things because the Khador isn’t the only thing I’ll be working on. The Capital Palette competition has several Categories across each of their Sci-Fi, Fantasy/Alternate Reality and Historical “Divisions”. They are: Small Single (anything on a 50mm base or smaller), Large Single (> 50mm base up to 6″ x 6″ x 6″) and Collection (multiple models, no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 12″). So, there’s nine combinations, along with Fan Favorite and Best in Show. That’s 29 awards for the entire competition, because it’s podium style: there’s one Gold, one Silver andone Bronze in each.
Now, I’m not into the Historical stuff (yet…), but the other two categories are up my alley (especially since Warmachine falls into the Fantasy / Alternate Reality category). Since the cost to submit to the competition is really cheap ($5 for singles, $10 for a collection or $25 for unlimited anything), I want to try and hit as many categories as possible, and take advantage of the $25 deal.
The Overall Winner from last year, “Irbe”, is a gorgeous model, and is a fan favorite on Putty and Paint, so the competition is considerably stiff. If I were to be totally honest, I’m not expecting to win anything. I know I’m not that talented, and when you consider the podium style of the competition, there’s not not much room at the top. Winning isn’t exactly my goal anyway, at least not this year. I see this as a chance for me to stretch outside of the Warmachine and tabletop painting world I’ve been in for too long, and see what else I can do, what else I can learn, and get feedback from the judges on what I can improve on and work towards mastering.
With that in mind, I’ve been taking advantage of eBay deals, and I’ve got some fun ideas in mind for the competition. I’m not sure yet how close to the vest I’ll be keeping these models, but you can bet on seeing WIPs and sneak peeks along the way with a full set of pictures and whatnot afterwards. The Open always takes great professional pictures, so there’ll be those too.
After Nova Open, there’s Templecon to look forward to (fingers crossed for finishing Aquablight!), along with some models for Clash for a Cure (yay, Charity work) and maybe some spaceships and 40k or something? I have a ton of stuff sitting on the shelf, waiting for a turn under the brush. Who knows!
New Painting Studio!
One of the great things that’s coming out of the move is that I get a dedicated
hobby room man cave studio!
It’ll be nice to have more space for working, rather than just the 2′ x 3′ little desk I’ve been using, and it certainly beats the snot out of the closet I was working in a few years ago. The studio is getting painted this upcoming holiday weekend, and I’ll be moving all my crud in shortly afterwards.
The extra space is going to be a huge boon. I’m hoping to have a semi-permanent photo set-up which means better quality photos for tutorials and showcasing models. An airbrushing station will be a must, the airbrush is just too useful and I want to practice and get better at using it to do shading and highlighting. Lastly, the additional space means I should be able to set up a decent filming station for doing video tutorials, product reviews and hangouts, for which the Plarzoid YouTube Channel has been eagerly awaiting.
All of this means I can finally do a video tutorial about 2-brush blending and other painting techniques. I’ve also been really interested in seeing how fast I can brass rod a full unit of IFP + UA (I think I can do it in under an hour, but I’m not sure). Beyond those ideas, I’m sort of tapped, though.
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