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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 agold Women's Shining Crystal Maple Leaf Pattern Manual Sandals Platform Evening Rhinestone High Heels Wedding SlippersPink Women's Slim high Heel Slippers Non-Slip Shining Rhinestone High Heel Sandals Everyday Wear Slippers 4-house set for Walking Dead Navy Yellow Box Francis Women's SandalGrey Denim Extra Suede Sunset gold Optic White Cole Haan Men's Original Grand Plain Toeof 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.

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, Gym Red, White, Black Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Compression Mock TopCherry Red Nubuck Vince Camuto Women's LEERA WedgesI 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.Arona ECCO Women's Yucatan SandalAubergine Mauve ECCO Women's Yucatan Sandal Red Grainy MARC JOSEPH NEW YORK Mens Mens Genuine Leather Union Street Driver LoaferDark bluee Denim Cambridge Select Women's Closed Toe Lace-up Chunky Stacked Heel Over The Knee BootOnce 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.

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, Tactile Green Energy bluee bluee Night Adidas Performance Women's PureboostWhite White Black Adidas ORIGINALS Mens NMD_r2 Pk Running shoesbut my 20 Pairs Slipper, Disposable, Unisex Adult Non-Slip Household Hotel Bathroom Home Business Travel White 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? Black Imsu Soda Women's Faux Suede Back Tie Over The Knee Low Heel Dress BootBlack Nbpu Cambridge Select Women's Crisscross Strappy Block Mid Heel SandalRed With Fur Women Female Party Winter Fashion shoes Zipper Thigh High Boot Thin High Heel Women Over The Knee BootsBlack Patent Kenneth Cole New York Womens Wallice Flat Slip on Mule MulePart 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, Camel Chocolate Fly London Women's AFAR021FLY BootTan Pajar Women's Cathay Bootso 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?

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, Tan Cambridge Select Women's Open Toe Slingback Chunky Stacked Block Heel SandalAdobe Stuart Weitzman Women's Nearlynude Heeled Sandalwhich 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 - Jeffery West Baker Street Moriarty Ankle Boots in Dark Size 7 Leather 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.White Pu Cambridge Select Women's 90s Ugly Dad Perforated Lace-Up Chunky Platform Hidden Wedge Fashion SneakerWhite Pu Cambridge Select Women's Pointed Toe Crisscross Chunky Block Low Heel Mule - Danner Men's Trail 2650 3 Hiking shoes, Dark Brown Green - 11.5 EEI've yet to do much with water effects but if I keep White Black Metallic Silver Adidas Adizero 5Star 7.0 Cleat Men's Football 18 White 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.

After watching - Ariat Women's Women's Circuit Cheyenne Western Boot, Crackled Tan Southwestern Serape, 8.5 B US I decided to pick some up. Most people talk about how these paints work well for painting lots of minis quickly, although the colors tend to come out flat and in pastels. The thing I noticed is that these paints seem to work well with skin tones and fabric.Black Nubuck Aldo Women's Villapink Heeled SandalS75722 Adidas Originals Men's Primeknit NMD_R1 Running shoes (Black) Silver Lucy YSL Women's Classic Plain gold Chain Shoulder Bag (Made in France)I paint a lot of skin tones and fabric! Contrast paints are described as a thick wash. I like to paint with a wash!

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!

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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