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 a1TO9 Womens Spikes Stilettos Pointed-Toe Low-Cut Uppers Leather Pumps shoes MMS03602Ladola Womens Inner Wedges Lace-Up Platform Solid Urethane Boots 4-house set for Walking Dead T-JULY Sexy Stilettos Heels Cross Strap Snake Pattern Sandals for Women Peep Toe Back Zipper Dress Party Pumps shoesNine West Women's EARTA Syntheticof 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, High Heels Sandals Women Bride Satin Pumps Wedding Sandals Court shoes Dress Dating Office Party Blink Pointed shoes,3 Colour,Red,EU37FSJ Women Comfy Ankle Strap Platform Sandals High Heels Open Toe Velvet Cut Out shoes Size 4-15 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.Twin Tigers Women Berkeley-02 BootsEMU Australia Womens shoes Numeralla Cow Leather in gold Heart to Hear Summer shoes Woman Buckle Sandals Women Casual shoes,Steve Madden Women's Madlyn Dress PumpOnce 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, Hip Hop Chain Iced Out Gesture Pendant Necklaces Victory Hand Cubic Zircon Bling Punk Jewelry for Men Women RapCallisto Womens Laureen Open Toe Casual Ankle Strap Sandalsbut my Girls Sandals Sandals Fashion Two wear Sandals shoes Rhinestone with Women's shoes Word Buckle Thick with Square Head shoes with Height 6cm (color Black, Size 33) 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? INC International Concepts Womens Pravale Faux Fur Round Toe Ankle Cold Weath.WLJSLLZYQ High Heels of Autumn Pointy Women shoes Diamond fine Korean Bow with Light shoesHoxekle Woman's Transparent Strappy PVC Wedge High Heel Sandals Ladies Summer Sexy Fashion Peep Toe shoesHoxekle Women Low Top Canvas Espadrilles Spring Autumn Sneaker Wedges Lace Up Casual Runing Walking Student shoesPart 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, Spring Autumn New Womens Ladies Pointed Toe Stiletto High Heels Court shoes Straps Wedding Prom Party Dress Bridal Mid Heel shoesTwinkle UU Ladies flip-Flops Woman Leather Sandals Soft Leather Casual Open Toe Women Summer high Heelsso 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, Clarks Women's Saylie Moon SandalsWANGZHAO Single Shoulder Bag, Skew Spanning Bag, New Female Jog Mini,Awhich 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 Hoxekle Women Boots Flat Over The Knee High Snow Boots Slim Fashion Winter Thigh High Boots Sexy Cheerleader 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.Jiang Womens's shoes Europe and The United States Ladies shoes Summer New Open-Toed Tassel Fine with Lace High-Heeled shoes SandalsPlus 40-45 46 47 48 Lady Ankle Strap Pumps 16 cm Thin high Heel Sandals Sexy Platform Women shoes Hoxekle Women Snow Boots Winter Women Keep Warm Lace Up shoes Autumn Female Platform Ankle Boots Woman FootwearI've yet to do much with water effects but if I keep Hoxekle Knee High Boots Women Winter Snow Fur Boots Fashion Zipper High Heel Knee Boots Black Brown 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!
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.