Today is a little bit works in progress, a little bit random/behind the scenes. This is what happens when projects get a little carried away and look to take longer than intended.
The hobby project that's turning into a big hobby project has been a trio of MDF houses. There's aLelehwhge Women's Elegant Buckle Pointed Toe Ankle Strap Mid Stilettos Heel Sandals Black 8 M USBe fearless Spring Autumn Women Moccasins Women's Flats Genuine Leather shoes Woman Lady Loafers 4-house set for Walking Dead High Heels Women Sandals Thin High Heel Two Piece Round Open-Toed Casual Half SlippersMao YiE Women Elegant Dress shoes Pointed Toe Square Heel Luxury Pumps Dress shoesof which I picked up 3 during a sale at some point or another. As my theater project got delayed (more on that some other time) I thought I'd just whip out these 3 houses. My method of whipping takes a while.
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I've long been hesitant to paint MDF as stories of it drinking up paint are legendary. I've not really experienced it myself, but I've really been limited what I paint. The kits as they come are fairly plain. I went my favored route for home and instead of trying to paint interior walls, LUOBM Fashion shoes Breathable Refreshing Versatile shoes WomenLelehwhge Women's Comfy Bowknot Round Toe Low Cut Wedge Medium Heel Slip On Pumps shoes Pink 7.5 M USI went by Home Depot and picked up paint sample cards for Behr paint. These specific cards are really good for what I need. They're sized to cover most walls. There's a variety of colors. Nobody in Home Depot seems to notice or mind when I grab 4 samples of 10 colors and merrily walk out without buying anything.
I've learned the method that works best for me is to glue the card to the wall and then cut and trim the excess. Before this, I dry-fit everything together (this will come in important on that theater project story for some other time) to make sure I get rooms with the same color.goldencar Fashion Women Pumps Simple Shallow high Heels shoes Round Toe Spring Autumn Single shoesFragrancety 2019 Size Women 10cm Block High Heels Bridal Scarpin Valentine Pumps Ladies Pointed Toe Plaza Heels JaHGDU Women Fashion Solid Leather Medium Purse Thick Martin Boots Round Toe Brown Black shoes Wild Tight Casual Quality Super Elegant Leisure for WomensCHENSIR9 Waterproof Snow Boots Women Knee High Boots Flat Heels Handmade Winter Boots Women Fashion shoesOnce the glue dries, excess is trimmed so the walls will fit flush, or as flush as I can make them, with each other and the floor. I tend to get a little overboard with the color choices. My house has tan (Gourmet Mushroom) walls throughout, but here I pick a different color for every room. It's colorful, if nothing else.
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Interior window openings have been tricky in the past, with lots of mistakes learned. Just a square opening, thank you square hole punch, doesn't look right. Windows have trim. I tried a couple of craft-stick, fine - square toothpick - frames with 45 ° corners, Lucksender Womens Round Toe Platform Side Zip Knee High BootsPerilla fire 2019 Rhinestone Transparent Stiletto Sandals shoes Crystal T-Strap Lady High Heels shoesbut my FUMAK Genuine Leather Women's Chunky Sneakers 2018 Fashion Basket Women Platform shoes Lace Up wasn't making consistent, flush cuts. Being lazy, I opted for and old fashioned square frame with longer top and bottom, and the sides are trimmed to fit between. With transparency film cut to fit the window and glued in before the paint card, it all makes for a decent window.
With the walls dry-fit into the base, I went ahead and glued all the walls together with some wood glue and let it all set for a day. Now it's ready for the next step. Ah, the next step. What is the next step? Notice the lack of doors? IOJHOIJOIJOIJMO Chelsea Boots 2019 Dropshipp Low Heel Boots Zipper Women Round Toe Square Heel Patent Leather BootsGcanwea Women's Dressy Faux Suede Buckle Ankle Strap Pointed Toe Kitten Heels Sandals Casual Simple Ladies Stylish Classic Skinny Breathable Comfortable Sexy Elegant Flexibility Pink 5 M US SandalsLEEPO Women's Cow Suede Martin Falts Boots Low Heel Round Toe Short Ankle Boots Lace-up Oxfords BootiesAworth Women Sandals Fashion Solid color Summer High Heels Sandals Wedges shoes Elegant Peep Toe BucklePart of not gluing walls to the base is so the doors can still be added - and this time I took extra care to make sure the holes for the door hing/axis are on the correct sides. I learn from my mistakes! Sometimes. The outer doors have openings for windows, Autumn Winter Women Fashion Denim Jeans Knee-high Boots Women Boots High Heels Long BootsGIY Women's Loafers Flat Moccasin Exotic Stripe Slip-On Round Toe Linen Dress Casual Loafers Oxford shoesso I'll likely go the transparency film + toothpick frame route for those. The interior doors are very plain. I'm currently planning on printing out some door textures and gluing them on. Door textures may not be the proper term. There's some nice pics of interior doors on the Home Depot website that I'll likely be cropping and printing. I use Home Depot a lot for this stuff. Maybe I can get a sponsorship?
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There's some other little details I'm going to print out and see how they look, but I'll save further explanation until we see if it's worth it. The one part I will mention is how the floors of these 3 houses work horribly for house floors. While I'm tempted to just print out floors, Everone Women Casual Leather Tote Tassel Cross Body BagSpring Women Sexy High Heels Pumps Pointed Toe Heels gold White Wedding shoes Female Prom shoeswhich is Plan B, I'm going to see how 1mm felt works as a carpet replacement. That's crazy, you say. Home Depot doesn't have 1mm felt! That's true. Hobby Lobby has felt!
Seeing as it took the better part of 2 weeks to get walls covered in color and glued, I'm not really sure how long to expect this next phase to take.
Segueing from Home Depot, it's clearance time of year. While I always drop in for coupon usage on Woman Low Heels Slippers Pointed Toe Slides Slip On Loafers Leather shoes I'll also wander the aisles looking for anything with a red sticker that I might one day use. This year that included some Brier Patch flock and a couple of water effects.Oasrs 11Cm Thin High Heels Sandals Women Open Toe Cross Rap Leather Heels Wedding Party Ladies shoesSummer Sexy High-heelsed Women Sandals Rome Open-Toed Female Sandals Thin High Heels,Black,7 MUJUN Fashion Summer Beach Sandals for Men Or Women Outdoor Casual Lightweight Slippers Comfortable Anti-Slip Waterproof Flat Round Toe (color Brown, Size 9 M US)I've yet to do much with water effects but if I keep JQSM Casual Tote Crossbody Bags for Women 2019 Large Capacity Women Handbag Luxury Handbags Women Bags Designer I'm going to try something or other before long. I picked up some random odds and ends while roaming the aisles, too. I was starting to run out of the Sand & Mud pigment that I use, so instead of using my coupon on primer I picked up pigment. I also picked up a couple of random packs of wood pieces, because sometimes I just need random wood pieces.
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I made a list of the colors I would be most likely to use and headed out to The Deep to get what I could. They had 7 colors in stock. 5 of them were colors I wanted, so I picked them up. From there I went to the Warhammer Store, and discovered they were closed on Tuesdays. Luckily, Adam at work mentioned a Warhammer sale of some type at JCs House of Cards. I thought they were mainly a Magic The Gathering & card games of that ilk shop. Facebook listed Warhammer in their stock, so I took advantage of social media and asked if they carried/had in stock any contrast paint. They replied "yes, we have them all". That afternoon, I saw they did indeed have them all. And then I may have left with too many. But they had them all!
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I'm going to practice with these on some Zombicide minis that will never see the light of day, just to get a feel for how they work.
With all the Walking Dead minis I've gotten over the past couple of years, I've been racking up Mantic Points/Proof of Purchase. The Mantic web store had some more things in stock, so I finally got my points together and placed an order. I needed 40 pts, which I managed to get together - I had to raid a couple of not-yet-opened boosters. I'm not sure I've ever mailed anything to England, but I visited my local USPS to ensure I had everything packed, addressed, and properly paid. Sometime in the next 3 weeks they should receive my points. Hopefully in the ensuing 3 weeks I'll get my point paid booty.
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I ramble. Sometimes I ramble a lot. Other times I barely say a word. It's a lot like talking to myself but in a form the whole world can ignore.
For years my main hobby has been the legal acquisition of movies. Select friends can borrow what I've got, but more importantly I need a list to minimize duplicating what I have.
The Print & Play board game that took over a year to get out of my head and onto paper.