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On the Workbench 1

7:30 AM by , under

Since the desktop is down for a bit, I thought it would be fun to share what I've been working on. Sort of a progress report.

Remember when I mentioned working with Hirst Arts plaster molds? I'd been having trouble painting them consistently, but after a quick trip to Games Plus, I tried Vallejo's Weathering Pigments and I stand before you a changed man. Holy moley is that stuff amazing!

What started as a mass of plain, whiteish grey plaster bricks was transformed. I primed the bricks with black gesso and covered that with a very heavy wash of off-white. When that was dry, it was time to break out the weathering powders. I brushed it on very heavily, massaging it into all the nooks and crannies. When I had it looking just how I wanted, I took my spritzer bottle of rubbing alcohol (the fixative for the pigments) and gave it a once over.

Seriously guys, you have to try this stuff out.

Hirst Arts: SciFi Floor Tiles
Hirst Arts: SciFi Floor Tiles

Be good,
-Dave

when the saints become the beggars
and they live down among the fray



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Tech Support Ninja 1

7:05 AM by , under

So the computer problems I mentioned in my last post turned out to be a little more complicated than just a bad hard drive. I put in a call to tech support and when the technician arrived, he announced that it was most likely a motherboard problem. I could fix it, but I built the PC over 5 years ago and I would need to buy all new internal components (it still used IDE hard drives, so you know...) or I can save up a little cash and buy a modern computer.

Either way, this machine needed to be put down.

Tech Support Ninja

"Do it."

Be good,
-Dave

there's no one here to tell you about the depth of the water
or the trouble that you're in



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