Saturday, 13 February 2010

Statement Of Intent

If anyone ever reads this, and in light of recent blogs and the reaction to them (I.E. Anatomy of a Girl Gamer).

Here's my stance

If you take the string "gamer" and add anything in front of it, you segregate and separate yourself from that person. That also applies to "human" of course.

For example

[disabled,gay,straight,female,tall,ginger-haired,purple-anoraked,not-me,the-other,evil,christian,muslim,atheist,agnostic,brown-haired]&[Gamer]

Our fantasy flights are supposed to be separate from the illusion of difference we impose on our everyday lives.

The important signifier is "gamer". The unimportant denominator is "girl" or "female".

If you take "girl" and "gamer" you are no longer signifying the same set as "gamer", you are giving this new signifier a new set, "girl gamer". There may be a crossover between the sets, but they are different sets.

And thats why it is harmful and stupid to call this person out for having tits and a pussy rather than tits and a dick, like the rest of us.

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P3: Cote d'arms or just similar?

To my great surprise, I got home from work yesterday to find a nice wee box of Menoth P3 paints sitting there winking at me, thanks to my partner witnessing my suffering at the hands of the mixing gods.

Happy Days :P

I didn't get much of a chance to use them, yet, but briefly:

They water down very well
They do not require as much water as Vallejo Fantasy Colour
They require *much* less water than Vallejo Model Colour
They are better flowing, more "goopy" and more sticky out of the pot than GW paints(although, y'know, shouldnt use paints straight from the pot...ever).
If you over-weater them they are a great wash/glaze.

They also taste, smell and look very familiar if you started painting and playing in the late 80's :P

Very, very familiar.

I couldnt find out for sure but I would swear these are actually Cote D'arms paints.
http://www.wargamesworkshop.com They got these to me in less than 24 hours \o/

Onto the Box contents for the Menoth set :0
Sanguine Base: Essential for menoth, this is a beautiful, deep, maroon.
Bloodstone: Not used yet, but essentially the 3rd stage highlight as far as I can tell.
Heartfire: A very unique yellow, with orangey red through it, almost like the flesh of a blood orange, cant wait to use it.
Menoth White Base: Basically Bleached bone, or Boney white, but higher pigment density than the vallejo.
Menoth White Highlight: Very nice :) almost like skull white/white with a hint of umber, ideal for doing a realistic feeling white.
Sanguine Highlight: The complement , foundry-style, to the base, again a unique shade, like a light maroon.

Having such a pleasant experience with wargamesworkshop, I think i'll definitely use them again, but only for things I cant get in the FLGS. It is far more important to me that the local store gets my extra cash than me saving a few pence.

I'm also thinking of a wet pallete, as the non-gw paints really do dry far too quickly in the environment I paint in. My afternoon will mostly be spent finding out how to make one, and then I'll probably buy a slightly overpriced P3 version, like this one Wet pallete.

meh.

Its a luxury item, but what is the point if we can't treat ourselves now and then?

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Warmachine, Day 12

Atop my desk sits a pile of undercoated and block painted warmachine mini's...all destined for a bath in bleach!

After several attempts at getting just the right combination of paint and luck onto them, I have decided to go back to the drawing board and redo the lot.

I enjoy the vallejo paints, but i am perhaps just too used to the GW way of doing things, to my eternal shame...

I have learned a great deal about how the paint flows, and in some cases how much it tends to over flow, and I am loving the curve, but after advice from local players and the staff at the FLGS , I have plumped for a P3 set for the menoth colours.  Many people say that to achieve the menoth look pretty much requires these or GW colours, as the vallejo's just dont mix that well for the reds and purples.  Well, I'll soon find out.

In other news, Malifaux is looking sexy and my temp me away.

And tonight, I aim to finish some test schemes for the dwarfs and gobbos.

And bloody GW , releasing all that 40K ork sexiness...I'm trying to keep this habit in check this time!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Warmachine-1 Week on

Ok...white...

I hate white.

So far I have tried to paint it up from grey, up from bone and pure white/ink/highlight.

One thing is abundantly clear by this point.  I really need to up my game when it comes to painting.
It is the exact opposite of riding a bike it seems, half remembered techniques and methods that just dont work anymore, especially as I'm now using Vallejo paints.

A note on the Vallejo's , when you think they are thin enough, they aren't.

Unless they are red. In which case they are already too thin, too shiny and frankly a pain to work with.

The new Citadel Inks/Washes are a bit meh too.  I find I long for the previous iteration, and if anyone knows where i can find them I would be eternally grateful, i'll try Cote D'arms but i think thats a generation back again.

The warmachine faction of choice for me is of course Menoth, which means whites and reds.

I could have just gone Cygnar and slopped on some Blue over black, and been happy, but I really wanted to challenge myself, and really push myself painting wise.

Having bought the Menoth metal starter box, a unit of Flameguard Cleansers and a Paladin of the Wall solo, I have ample mini's to practise on.  My results so far are ugly, amatuer and bear all the hall  marks of someone just starting out:

--Paint too thick
--Paint patchy
--Not Neat
--No Definition or seperation.

I have to be honest with myself, and try and just get a neat paint job on there in time for my 1st game, which is booked, all being equal, for the end of the month.

So here's hoping that I have something worth taking a photo of by then!


In other news...the battle for skull pass box set has worked it way into my possession, and I love it...ooodles of goblins and dwarves to practise on, and the core of two armies, allowing me to branch out in either (or both) direction(s).

My woman has comandeered a unit of Gobbos; last i looked they were fully painted and sitting on her desk looking smug and accusatory...

Bloody goblins....


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