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 aGIY Women's Retro Leather Ankle Boots Round Toe Zipper Low Heel Chelsea Bootie Winter Comfort Short BootsGIY Women's Slouch Mid Calf Riding Boots with Rhinestone Suede Round Toe Fashion Cozy Low Heel Dress Boots 4-house set for Walking Dead Dthnzdtgmnxfcyg Slippers Women Casual Massage Durable Flip Flops Beach Summer Sport Sandals shoes Lady Flip-Flop Girl New Women SlippersGIY Women's Fashion Buckle Pointy Toe Ankle Boots Stiletto Low Heel Zipper Chelsea Western Short Bootiesof 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, GIY Women's Winter Fur Snow Boots Mid Calf Faux Suede Slip On Low Wedge Heel Wide Calf Warm Snow BootsGIY Women's Classic Oxfords Loafers shoes Square Toe Slip-On Studded Retro Mid Block Heel Dress PumpsI 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.GIY Women's Chunky Stacked Kitten Heel Ankle Boots Suede Vegan Platform Side Zip Bootie Martin Short BootGIY Women's Platform Wingtip Oxford shoes Vintage Lace Up Chunky High Heel Casual Dress Wedge Oxfords Black GIY Women's Glitter Latin Salsa Tango Dance Heel Sandals Ballroom Morden Wedding Party Dancing shoesRHFDVGDS Increases women's snow boots in the winter round flat bootsOnce 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, INC International Concepts Gace2 Womens Size 8 Black Dress Sandals shoesMKJYDM High Heels Simple Fashion Elegant Beautiful Work shoes High Heels Wedding shoes High Heels High Heels 10.5CM 4 colors Women's high Heels (color Black, Size EU36 UK3.5 CN35)but my VIMISAOI Women's Chunky Heel Zipper Leather Ankle Booties 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? PFMY.DG Couple One-Word Drag Summer Sandals Open Toe Fashion Beach shoes Soft Cozy SlippersDagaote Big Size Women Over The Knee Boots Leopard Stretch Fabric High Boots Pointed ToeAIWEIYi Women's Tassel Flats Pointed Toe Ballerinas Cute Slip On Ballet shoes BlackPointed toes chunky heels and ankle boots for fall winter temperament short black bootsPart 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, RHFDVGDS Lady sandals in the spring and summer Peep-toe wild sweet clean bow platform wedge SandalsLin-House Women shoes Thin High Heel Stilettos Pointed Toe Patent Leather shoes,H161204,12so 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, Small Fragrance Pink Bridesmaid shoes 2019 Early Spring Pointed Hollow Simple Stiletto Heels Temperament Single shoes Women Women PumpsGcanwea Autumn Mid Calf Boots for Women Fashion Weaving Tassels Increasing Height shoes Casual Low Heel Flock Ladies Footwear Elegant Easy to Match to Wear with Dress Smart Khaki 10 M US Bootswhich 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 PUMA Suede Classic Leather Formstrip Sneaker 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.JOYBI Women Warm Mid Calf Boots Fashion Round Toe Lace-Up Slip On Fur Lined Winter Block Low Heel BootsGIY Women's Flat Cowboy Martin Ankle Boots Casual Round Toe Slip-On Bootie Comfy Daliy Walking Short Boots Neutral Garden Hole shoes Summer Breathable Beach shoes Non-Slip Slippers (color M, Size 40EU)I've yet to do much with water effects but if I keep Women's White Red Open Toe High Heel Sandals for Weddings, Parties, Meetings and Every Other Special Occasion 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.