Totally clear night last night (Saturday to Sunday, since technically I’m writing this on Monday morning), so it was always going to be cold. The frost this morning though was amazing. On the shed roof it looked a little like snow, but the grass and leaves on the ground looked like they’ve been coated in sugar.
Tried to get some shots, but not really pleased with how they came out. I’ve whacked a Picasa album up (including the shots of the snow we had recently) which you can see over here.
Here’s my favourite shot though (click for full size) and check out the album above for a couple more.
I really can’t praise WordPress enough. It’s such a simple install (point it at your mysql server, and it’s done) and although out of the box it looks pretty ugly (in my view), there are so many quality free templates that it can look however you want in about 20 minutes. Of course, it takes more time to use some plugins and decide on a layout in general, but really it’s so easy to use everyone who wants an web presence but doesn’t want to spend much time should use it. It’s mainly a blog, but the pages feature means you can certain include a lot of ‘non-blog’ content easily as well.
Anyway, the point of this post, Grete has moved her blog from blogger to WordPress over at her old URL (http://www.darkstorm.co.uk/grete) and she’s slowly moving the content over from her old personal website at that URL, so it’ll be more than a blog in the end (she assures us!) She’s using the Mandigo theme as well, so I put together a few random headers for her site, she’s not seen them all yet so they may not all stay and at least one of them doesn’t work very well in my view, so I’ll probably get rid of it later. But I liked them all anyway 😉
Why are they so evocative? Click the pictures for full size images. It snowed in Nottingham today, for about 15 minutes, really heavy wet snow which lay and then started to vanish almost as quickly as it had arrived.
Both cats are old hands with the whole snow thing so no sudden flurry of excitement from them, although Fizz did try and eat a few snowflakes as they fell on her.
My jaw is pretty sore now, both the muscles from holding it open for 20 minutes and having my lower jaw stressed hard when the tooth was pulled, and also the gum/jaw area where the tooth was removed now actively hurts (pulsing pain).
So, here’s a few pictures of the tooth I had extracted. Feel free to show these to your kids, or your nieces and nephews as a reminder of why they should,
- brush their teeth more than they do
- take the advice of their dentist when he says ‘you should consider having your wisdom teeth out’
This tooth was impacted by one of my wisdom teeth growing into it at an angle, and basically got a cavity and decayed at the point of impact, until the hole you see was caused when that part of the tooth fell away a few weeks ago. I was lucky, it didn’t hurt.
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I was out in the garden earlier because the apple tree in our garden has the brightest yellow leaves. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but they are bright yellow.
But a few of the leaves have some amazing colours.
The small tree has a few stubborn leaves just hanging on until the bitter end.
And somehow, there’s a single fresh daisy in the grass, although we’re not sure where it came from.
Did quite a bit. Finished up the Elmore piece I started an absolute age ago. Looks ok real-size, looks terrible photographed, I have to work out if there’s a better way (been saying that for 10 years). Made a start on three Rackham miniatures, did a tiny bit on a vampire and kept going with the 20 zombies. Doing the zombies is kinda cool, don’t have to be too careful, slap a lot of random colours on that no self respecting heroic single miniature would wear, try out different things to see what works. The contrast with working on hugely detailed pieces like the Rackham miniatures is incredible, everything takes longer, everything has to be planned out carefully.
The hardest part is seeing what you want to do with the miniature – once you’ve got that in your head it’s just a matter of making it happen. I’m struggling with the vampire because I don’t know how I want it to look, blacks? purples? oranges? reds? some mixture? Greys? Not sure. Once I have that sorted it’ll be a lot easier.
Today I am a happy geek. I’ve ticked all my boxes.
- Fantasy Miniatures – check
- Blogging – check
- Photography – check
- Using Picasa to manage photo’s – check
- Using Picasaweb albums – check
Pretty good day. We popped into the Games Workshop Warhammer World shop to pick up some paints (white and black) that I’m missing (I can cope with other colours missing, but white and black are pretty essential). The guy behind the counter was as chatty as they always are in Games Workshop shops, and he was asking what I was painting (I said undead), and if I was looking at getting any other miniatures. I sort of laughed and said no, I had plenty to keep me going. He asked what I was interested in, and I had to just say, “I’ve been painting for over 20 years, with some breaks, I’m really not into playing, just painting the miniatures”.
It was a number I plucked out of the air (20 years), but it turns out it was pretty accurate. Started when I was 14ish, which makes it 23 years. I’ve probably been painting for longer than the shop assistant has been alive. When I started painting the miniatures were made out of real lead (probably).
So anyway, didn’t manage to get any painting done this evening but I did end up finding a lot of miniatures I’d forgotten about, and did some web geekery, so yeh, pretty happy.
So I spent the evening going through my collection of miniatures, re-photographing them and uploading those pictures to Picasa.
A disclaimer before you go look (if you were thinking of looking). Yes, there are far too many half-naked nubile unfeasibly dressed female miniatures, so sue me. Yes, I suck at painting eyes. In fact, yes, in general, the painting sucks. These things are designed to look ok from about 3 feet away and are 1-2 inches high usually, so when you photograph them from 7 inches away and blow them up, they look pretty cruddy (well, mine do).
First up, a collection of my oldest miniatures.
Next, some of my more recent butcher paint jobs.
And finally, a bunch of stuff I’ve not started yet.
Click the images to link to the Picasa albums. I’ll sort out some photo’s and post some stuff I’m half way done on at some stage.
Edit: In-progress album now up.
Looks like just keeping the images smaller helps, they look more like they would if you were holding them or looking at them on a table.
One of those (left) is a macro shot from earlier, and the other is just a regular shot from distance.