|I don't really need that much desk space|
On the craft side of life I have been busy with the Advent Calenders, all the supplies (except the shipping boxes) has arrived, including one last tea to add, and I have been folding and setting everything up. Currently I do not have a desk, it is filled with neat little boxes which have Christmas themed paper all pre-folded. When I do a huge origami project like this I like to do it is stages, say the envelopes have several different folds, first I fold all the paper in half, then I fold in the triangles, then on each set of 25 I fold into thirds and then finish shaping the envelopes. I feel that doing it this way, oddly, keeps it from seeming like a massive project that is overwhelming. I timed it last night and it takes me roughly 2-3 hours to fold all 25 envelopes, so not bad, of course I like to give my hands a few hours to cool down between since they tend to cramp if I don't.
|Waaagh Green! Egads I am turning into an orc!|
My other big crafty thing at the moment is of course miniature painting, yeah remember that terrible thing from last week, my super tacky APC? Well after my playing around I decided to get started on my real paint scheme, along with Ben's UCM units. I am mainly focusing on his first because it will be quicker (not so many details) and he will be playing battles with friends while I am off in Pennsylvania for three months. Instead of the usual urban/dessert/arctic/jungle camo that people go with for the very militant UCM, Ben wants Roman Legion colors, vibrant red and gold! He always wants them to look a bit aged and beat up so I am starting with a base coat of brown and will be covering that with red, that way I can scrape away the red making it look like rust and dirt.
|Ignore that red splotchy thing...it is an experiment.|
My Scourge units are going to be blending organic and machine, the base is black with Waaagh green as a thin coat over it. I will then take a slightly lighter green and a very stiff stenciling brush and flick speckles on it to make them look mottled. I was testing this technique the other day and mottled my face which was both hilarious and annoying, at least the shade of green matched my hair. I will be doing details in a mix of very bright silver (using Vallejo's Liquid Silver, which is a synthetic resin with Metallic pigment) and electric blues. I might add a little purple as well, just for a bit of color.
On the tea themed front, I had a real moment of annoyance today. I had accrued enough Adagio points to buy my Minecraft Enderman Custom Blend, because I had a need for a tasty berry themed black tea and I wanted to add it to the Advent Calenders. Plus it would be fun to see how the new labels I designed turned out.
|Flash....ahhhh...he's a miracle|
Well poop, the label is so dark that I cannot even see the sparkly purple and the Endermen (Endermans?) the name and the Enderpearls are really clear, the ingredients are a little dim...but really, it looks so much darker than it did when I was designing it/on the website. I definitely have to redo it, possibly redoing the Ender Dragon, Wither, and Cave Spider labels since they are on the dark side. *Sigh* I won't have time to redo it until after I finish the calenders since that is my top priority, so that is doubly frustrating.