Photo by me
Photo by me
I completed the undead and then sprayed them in Army Painter no-shine to balance the reflections. I did not take photos between steps. What I did was just correct all the errors after painting the diluted colors, which run a bit. I used undiluted paint and painted around the edges. You have to be careful to not remove all the shading from the dilute process when you do this. I also brightened up the white as it was looking gray. This would not make fascinating photos!
This is not a process that requires anything more than time and 3x bifocal safety glasses and the insane detail brush from Army Painters.
One trick is that the tiny brush can well brush better than make dots. This means you can brush details in by painting over with other colors. So I often dot in the buttons and then brush along them with the cloth coat to fix the misses.
I lastly painted Nuln Oil pure on the figures. Just brushed it on thick. They are undead, so I wanted the bones to be filled in with black. This is in replacement for Army Painter dipping or painting on their shading inks.
I have the photo of the figure put away. The yellow faction of lion people shows how odd they look unpainted. Also, one of the characters has a staff like the surfs, and this is confusing. I have seen some errors in play from this faction from confusing the character from the surf.
I am moving to the human faction next. I am continuing on with the Scythe characters. I have added Pandemic characters to my painting as they are part of a Christmas present.
I have painted three times about an hour-long each time to get the base coat painting done on the undead. I have found that when I do groups of figures that some groups get done first. The Scythe figures are all different colors, so they just get painted once and a while.
I did much of the painting with the regimental brush. I did dilute the paint for most of the work. I did not dilute the brass and gold colors as I find that gold just fills cracks and does not cover well. Also, it stands out so well that it is more a highlight than normal colors. I picked brass and not gold to get a different look from the king figure. Undead always look better with brass I find.
For the undead warriors, I painted the shield with bronze and silver and the teeth with skeleton bone (a tan like color). I painted the rim with a mix of oak brown and silver. The wood inside was colored a dilute oak brown. I then used the insane detail brush to touch it all up.
On the undead characters, I used gold, not bronze. I painted the hourglass with some red to hint at sand flowing. The glass I painted the same sand color I used for bases. As the wraith character is not on a painted base so that should not be noticed.
Touch-ups will follow with paints that are not diluted. I also used blue ink on the silver helmet and metal-like kilt on the warriors–that matched the art.
As I said, Scythe figures are still just started. I am again just doing a color here and there.
I am back to work this Tuesday.
We returned home after driving from Seattle leaving about 11:00 and arriving in Beaverton about 2:30 Monday. I drove fast with traffic.
Remembering Seattle, I got up on Monday and headed out to the Pike Street Market about 8:15-ish and purchased various baked goods and another bagel. The gal, her name is lost to me, remember me and was happy to see me back. I promised to be back in a year or so and buy another bagel. “I will be here,” she said. Their bagels, she told me after I asked, are usually only available at restaurants and like–this is their only retail store. The bagels are fresh and soft. The salmon, for a lox bagel, is local too. Yes, I will come back.
I also met the friendly staff at the original Starbucks. Early morning Monday is a great time to talk to the team, and the line is short–thirty minutes later it was almost around the block. I had coffee from the French Bakery down the street which I apologized for. They went for a “live-and-let-live” approach to that. “As long as it is good,” one of the staff said. I purchased a shopping bag, another one, and a thermal cup. Both the shopping bag and the thermal cup celebrates the original store. My purchases of memorabilia made the team even more friendly towards me, and when I told them I was from Portland and was happy to come and see them, they just ignored the crowd, and we talked about coffee for a while. I saw them again later, and they waved to me–even with the line around the block. Coffee is liquid friendship here in the PNW!
There is a leftist bookstore, Left Bank Book Collective, and I had to walk in and find something. I found a fascinating read there: Thinking in an Emergency. I am only on page 15, but I am already thinking differently about emergencies and their effect on freedom. This book is from 2011 and followed just after 9/11.
Returning to our exit, the hotel was very friendly and got our bags–there were two more now–to the car. They also got the car out front and loaded it up and helped me with Susie as it is a steep hill, a most excellent hotel: Inn at the Market.
The drive was uneventful with the usual stops and starts. We managed to avoid rush hour in Seattle and Portland. Susie crashed, I did my laundry and unpacked and got ready for today. I had an all-day planning meeting at the shoe company.
It was a short trip, it left us wanting to come back again, and I have a few new things to remember Seattle.
We got going about 11:00 to the SAM. I first went down to Pike Street Market and picked up some baked goods and some fruit. I also bought two cedar planks with seasonings from Pike Place Fish known as the chef’s special. These are the guys that sing and throw the fish. As I was buying my stuff, one of the guys was cleaning the hats and other trinkets for sale, “Fish guts on them.” I suggested that was a working hazard here and that got a smile. And then at Choice Produce, I purchased ripe peaches that all but exploded with ripeness and some nectarines that are good for a day or so. They also had some pepper hangings that I know Corwin would love to have access too. I still need some cloth grocery bags so I got one too. I was wearing my t-shirt from Ringling College and the fruit seller told me he was a graduate. I told him I just knew someone who just graduated. Michael, his name, said to me that he graduated a few years ago in Illustration from Ringling and had been in the Seattle area for five years much of it selling fruit. He did seem happy to sell fruit.
Susie thought the bear claw average, but the cinnamon roll made up for it. I had a bagel with local smoked salmon and other items that did not improve your breath. Excellent!
I then pushed or more like pulled as it was downhill to SAM. It was the Victorian Radicals show we headed for. There we learned about the history of art in Britain and the Pre-Raphaeli movement–about 1850-1915. With the new pigments and a desire to paint what you saw instead of trying to paint the light and contrasts, the Pre-Raphaeli artists were a rejection of the flowery and muted colors so loved by Queen Victoria for more detailed and colorful. Not photo-like, but bright and a bit stark. I did like the early paintings. Victorian and early twentieth-century painting just is not interesting to me. This was interesting for some of it. I find that only the stained-glass, dresses, and textiles (I just love Morris) are of much interest in the later period. I like art deco instead, which comes at about the end of this movement.
The display at SAM started with paintings from the Queen’s (Victoria), favorite artists. The Great Exposition showed all this art to glorify the empire. A fantastic rug that likely was in the show is included. It was created by a steam-powered loom. The display then moved into the new look. These paintings show super attention to detail and coloring that was fantasy. To me it looked like what would have happened had you given the old masters new paints and asked them to paint what they see. I did not know that we had such painting in the late 1800s.
Slowly the style changes to the less detailed, and I am less interested. But then the textiles are there and William Morris, one of my favorites, is included. Even a dress made of Morris cloth! I am sure you would recognize his works–they show up around Christmas time.
Some stained glass is also great. One object is just a hand drawing of the plan for the glass. It is all that exists now as the glass did not survive WW2.
We finished up and have an average at best lunch at the museum Taste cafe. We then pop up and look at the ancient art. I find that art museums often have exciting historical art items. I am not disappointed. They have heads from Egypt from the 18th dynasty and even older smaller pieces. Some Sumerian too. I am frustrated again as they have cuneiform tablets on display without translation–I find this at most museums. They need to get them translated and display the meanings. These looked like counting documents, so it likely said something like “Joe has three goats, three buckets of beer, etc.” but still it would be better to tell us more about them. I have been wondering about writing a Python program that translates photos of cuneiform. Hmmm.
Susie is now mostly putting up with me. So we head to something I have not seen before at a museum: The Porcelain Room. There is a computer screen, touch screen, you can use to identify the porcelain. The room is full of porcelain from floor to ceiling. Susie is now really polite as I walk by and study plate after plate, cup after cup, and so on. I then look up what interests me.
And we head back. Susie wants a bit of rest. I push Susie up the hill this time. Oddly, it is more comfortable as the walker is not trying to use gravity to get away with Susie. We also do a bit of shopping and stop at a few shops. Susie gets some rest.
I head into the Pike Street Market again. I visit the Bavarian Meats store and procure a box of meat. I am told there is a Purple store. I finally visit it, and yes everything is purple and locate a hat for Susie. I also find a tie-dyed Seattle shirt for her.
I head to The Crumpet Shop to have tea and crumpets (their website is hacked and shows male enhancement pills, so this is the yelp page instead). There I answer the Facebook questions about the store, I am a trusted reviewer. “No–Jet skies are not available here,” I answer. “No–it is not a computer store,” I correct. More hacking, I am afraid.
The rain starts as Susie, and I head to the Hard Rock Cafe. Just the light stuff we get in the PNW. There we have poor-quality food to the sound of Rock-and-Roll and screaming unhappy children. The closet child started to scream when Madonna appeared on the screen, singing not one of her better songs. I agreed with the child.
Susie gets a t-shirt. Another Hard Rock Cafe visited. Our most exotic Hard Rock Cafe was in Beijing with the sign, “No Drugs And Nuclear Weapon Allowed,” above the entrance. It is a thing we do. Update: The one in Beijing is apparently closed and gone.
(Yes that is Kurt’s)
We head back tomorrow.
We are here a bit early in the room for a Saturday night. We drove here and then explored the Pike Street Market on a beautiful day here in Seattle. I am a bit tired now. I was tired on Friday, so I will cut today short.
We were here 28 years ago (1990) for our honeymoon at the same hotel: Inn At The Market. It seemed like a good idea to come back and stay a few days. We have a package to visit the Seattle Art Museum that includes valet for the car for a few days. It is my recommended place to stay in Seattle. You are in the middle of Pike Street Market.
We enjoyed the market and Susie got a new purse with owls. I resisted everything in the magic shop and did not even enter the comic and gaming store–best not to be tempted this time. The ice cream was a good investment.
Which reminds me, I found a crazy place, expensive! For lunch were, they offer hand made pasta. The food was terrific: Mercato Stellina. We have some leftover pizza. I had made pasta from scratch a week ago, and the place got my attention. I wanted to taste someone else’s that I saw them making. It had less egg flavor and a more solid product. Hmmm.
We went up to the hotel roof and watched the sun setting and ordered cheese and beer and bread. You call the Cafe, and they deliver to the roof ($3 delivery fee and charged to room): Cafe Campagne.
So we will start again in the morning. I will get up early and get Susie a fritter–Just like 28 years ago.
I had another hour or two tonight to paint.
I am at the hard part of the project–of any miniature or model project–the end of the start. I have enough started that the project looks well unfinished, and all the mistakes and misses are apparent. I am just trying to get the base colors on the figures and get through the mass paintings. I spent a good amount of my time painting boots. Not very interesting. This is when it is hard to keep going. There is so much yet to do. So I try to just do something every free night. Like painting all the boots.
I used the dilute paints with the flow enhancer again. I am happy with the look so far.
I made progress on the undead of Heroes, and the characters for Scythe are looking a bit more complete.
Lastly, I did buy some contrast paints a few weeks ago. I have used them on the monkey and the wolf. So far, I am not able to use them to much effect.
That is all for this update.