Archive for February, 2008

And now for something completely different

February 26th, 2008 No comments

Nothing to do with any of my hobbies.  Just the newest cat to join the house.

The reason why only one eye reflects?  He's only got one eye.  Hence the new name of Popeye.  Don't fret – the other one was surgically removed.  But it still looks a little creepy.  And oh joy, they seem to have left the tear duct so he gets crunchies in the socket.  He doesn't mind them being removed tho.

Edit – GAHHHH!!!!  Those aren't just crunchies in the socket!  They seem to be attached to stitches I sure hope are dissolving.  A call to the shelter is in order this afternoon.  They didn't include the medical records for the surgery and I'm going to insist on getting them.

Edit – More GAAHHHH!!!  But not so bad really.  The volunteer who took him for his original surgery stopped by to check out the stitches.  She agreed that they didn't look like the typical dissolving ones.  So she took the bit I cut off and will check with the vet tomorrow.  He seems fine so this isn't bothering him too much.

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Looks like I’m staying put

February 25th, 2008 2 comments

Don't worry about changing your links – I'll be sticking around for a while.

And I hope to have some new completed pieces up later this week

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Blog overload

February 24th, 2008 3 comments

I've been invited to join another blog site that includes some 'social networking' functions.  Going from one blog to three to two is rather overwhelming.

The second blog in the middle?  The forum software used by Hirst Arts has the ability for you to blog as well.  Good point – it uses the same images I already uploaded for use in my forum posts.  Bad point – the blog layout is terrible.

So now I'm down to this one and testing out the other one.

Don't fret.  I'll pick one soon enough and if it isn't here I'll post the new link.

I sure wish people would make up their minds!

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The fountain is complete!

February 20th, 2008 No comments

Yes, after much angsting the fountain has been completed.  Overall I'm quite pleased and will have some pictures later with it combined with my modular dungeon.  But for now, behold it in all its glory!

The tinted water is a nice effect, I think.

There's a statue in the middle.  Some day I'll be able to take a picture that shows it.

Edit – detail shot that was requested on one of the forums so I thought I would add it here too.

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I haven’t forgotten

February 19th, 2008 No comments

The fountain is ~thisclose~ to being done.

But I'm feeling out of sorts so it is going to stay ~thisclose~ to being done until I'm feeling better.  I already broke it once.  I'm not doing that again.

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More fountain details

February 14th, 2008 No comments

Rather than edit the last post I'll just put them in a new one.  Makes it look like I've been doing more work than I actually have.

This shows the overall look of the fountain.  And my poor attempt to use a book as a backdrop.

And more of a closeup of the fountain details.

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Red granite fountain is repaired

February 13th, 2008 No comments

Well, the fountain is kind of back where it was before I broke it.  The difference is that now it has the red granite detailing it didn't have prior to my test of epoxy strength.  There's no water effect yet since I want to varnish it prior to putting that in.

I also moved the part with the fountain heads around so they are going to be spewing water in the widest part of the base, like they should have been in the first place.  I know there's a couple of other things that are different from the directions but this is my fountain and I like it.

I'll try to get some closeups when the lighting is better.

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Quick update, no pictures

February 11th, 2008 No comments

Too busy doing stuff to stop and take pictures.  Actually, either the item isn't able to be moved to a good place to take a picture, isn't dry, or isn't interesting enough yet.

The fountain has been reassembled.  I finally took the time to remove the old epoxy and put it back together.  That takes just as long as making it in the first place!  I'll make a note of that for future reference – don't break.

The bookshelves that are shown below with the books and scrolls just don't work for the books.  The shelves aren't tall enough to let any of them stand upright.  ~sigh~  Measure twice, cut once.  To be honest, the shelves were made waaaay in advance of the books.  So I kind of have an excuse.  So I made new ones.

The new shelves are made from balsa instead of the Hirst Arts wooden plank mold.  I'm finding wood easier to use than the plaster pieces for things like this.  Especially cutting and sanding to fit.  The new shelves were assembled, detailed and stained.  The stain will take overnight to dry completely so I'm just leaving them alone.

The books are done.  I finished the last dozen or so on Saturday.  I'm starting up a D&D3.5 game and some of my players were rolling up characters.  Since we're using the straight rules I didn't have much to do besides tell them what region of Faerun they were from.  They took the rest from there.

Finally, I cut the blocks for the new cabinet units to go behind the counter in the magic shop.  Right now they're just blocks of wood.  I need to add the fake drawer fronts and make them look much better.  But I'll show a progress picture when there's something beyond a block of wood.

Good news is that Mega Miniatures has some figures I can use as shopkeepers and my friends want to combine an order so we get a break on shipping.  If you haven't looked into John's figures I highly recommend you do so.  They're a nice figure at a great price.

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Update on the tedium

February 8th, 2008 No comments

Yes, I said tedium.  Making terrain isn't all sweetness and light.  Sometimes it is boring, grueling work.  Or at least repetitive.  I personally don't like making a lot of the same thing at once but there are times when that needs to be done.  So I sign onto my favorite chat channels and chat while I do this.

Here's how some of the books look with the covers completed.  Please note, only a very few of them will actually have the covers showing.  So the ones that look really odd and/or really bad won't be at the front of the stack.  I looked at this as a time to practice my freehand.  Yes, I know more practice is in order.

There's less than 1/4 of the original amount left to complete.  Which is good.  Because I'll be working away nicely and find my inspiration has gone somewhere .. else.  So that means I pack it up for the night.

Also, since I couldn't really fit the books into the existing bookcases I have new ones being built.  They're on the magnet board tonight and should be ready for detailing and painting in a day or so.

This thing might actually get done!

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Some books are done!

February 4th, 2008 No comments

I'm having problems keeping the patterns and designs random.  Especially the spine decorations.  So if anyone has any hints go ahead and post them in a comment.

For reference, the shelf is 2 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches wide.

I used gel pens to decorate the books and alchemical symbols for the writing.  Since the spines are going to be what's visible on most of the books I'm trying to get those looking good.  And the books with good covers will be used more prominently.

I think this is going to work out very well!

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