Saturday, July 5, 2014

Round Two gets some paint!

All right... time for some paint on the Wild West Exodus bases.

A bit of gray/black primer, brushes on as usual.

Just like the last batch, I did the sky blue/black color combo.

A gradual lightening takes place...

Just like the first batch, I am working up to the shading and tinting process...

Getting there.  I am trying to add as much 'warm' highlight colors as possible, to make sure it's not too heavy towards the blue.

Nearly ready for the glazing.  I have been using the #6 filbert the whole time, by the way.


I placed a few layers of glazing on the bases.  I started with more of a blue/black glaze, but then shifted more towards a brownish yellow.  This will ensure that the rust and weathering will not be too dramatic.  This is supposed to look more like the interior of Serenity, so not quite as exposed to the elements.

That is, until you have a herd of cattle in your cargo bay!!!  Yikes.

Dealin' it at Convergence

So, life on the road, headed to Convergence on Wednesday morning.

Camp Douglass always signifies that you are beginning to get close.  Also, Black River Falls is not far away!

Black River Falls.  The Orange Moose, Perkins, and the Mouse.

Cathy in her Nightvale gear approaching the giant mouse.

Giant ugly mouse.

On arrival, it was time to haul up the stuff, nine bins at a time.  Five or six trips at least, through the hotel, up the elevator...

Halo Kitty!

Then the Great Puzzle begins.  Where the heck do you put everything?

Every design is labeled as "front row worthy" it seems, but something has to go in the back.

As it turns out, things in the back are not so horrible.  They are very close to us, which means people need to ask us to hold them up, and they don't feel so guilty about it, since it is right next to us. :-)

The game continues.  Cathy organizes them into sectors, like Dr. Who, Cuthulhu, Science, and Gaming.  This also made it easier for me, since I could gravitate towards sections where I thought I had a bit more knowledge, and could banter!

The leather folks next door.  Some very cool stuff in there!  I smelled leather all weekend long!

Another shot before lots of the dealers arrived.

Wage gets into the action!!

And Babo's Bag of Holding!!

Babo sold lots of Hoodies over the weekend.

Then there were these guys.  Cathy's shirt is in Gallifrey round text, and it's the poem from A Good Man Goes to War.  I have my Lucky Memoir '44 shirt!!

Plus, the signs that I made for my own referral, which turned out to be in just the right spot for all the customers to see!  Got very little price requests.  Yea!

A Wild time with Happy Seppuku moulds

This new set of bases using the Happy Seppuku moulds will be used for the Firefly inspired miniatures from Wild West Exodus.  You might recognize the unique shape of these round bases!

As usual, the sculpey is pressed into the moulds, and then placed on the ceramic tiles for baking.

I wanted to try out a few with more of the plastic deck plating texture as well.

Building up the base, this time sculpey on sculpey!

This one will be set up for some plastic sprue as conduit and pipes.

Having the lines set into the texture like this makes it very easy to cut out the various sections, allowing me to place them in whatever combination I need!

I am going to combine the textures from a few moulds here...

And then add a little bit of polystyrene tubing.

Sprues!!  The little brown pieces had been leaking from one of my exercise weights for a while.  I didn't realize it until they were all over the basement floor!  

So, I swept up a bunch of them and 'repurposed' them for basing!  They are all different sizes, which turned out to be very handy.

Eight bases, ready for paint!

I will show the painting of this set soon!!!

Parallelogram was next to me while I was creating these bases, and stuck his face in front of the camera...