2019: Retrospective

January 3, 2020 at 1:03 pm (Uncategorized)


I thought I’d write up a post to [roughly] cover what I’ve been up to over the past year. I’ve definitely been pretty busy, sometimes intensely so. The most obvious things taking my time has been my son and my job. In the past year, both have been very demanding. Outside of those things, here are some notes in no particular order:

Miniature Painting and Kitbashing

Continuing from the previous year, I spent a fair amount of time working on my miniature painting skills. I definitely need a lot more practice, but I think I’ve improved at least somewhat. I worked on various techniques such as layering and glazing, and I’m even happy with a few miniatures.

In addition to this, I also played around with kitbashing and cloning pieces. I made use of sculpting putty/epoxies like Greenstuff and Milliput for this. I used Bluestuff (thermoplastic material) for making moulds and sculpted various other things.

In the posted images, one picture is of a squad of 5 guardsmen I painted and created custom bases for. The next image is a soldier with dual guns; I had to kitbash this guy using casted parts. Lastly, I took a miniature of a guy holding two pistols and added the mask and ties using Greenstuff. The character is Orson Randall from Marvel comics, but I don’t think I’ve officially finished working on him; I wasn’t happy with how the glowing hands work though.

3D Printing

This year I picked up an Ender 3 printer and did a LOT of printing. The primary thing that interested me was custom miniatures and boy, did I print a lot of those. The following photo is a mechsuit I printed off in multiple parts and then painted. I also printed off and painted a miniature of the game character Sack Boy for a coworker.

Art Stuff

I’ve slowly continued practicing various types of art as well. As seen below, one medium I worked with was pixel art using MS Paint. I started with a picture from Google Image search and incrementally turned it into a tiny version using a smaller colour palette. Next, I did a painting for a charity art show; a quick acrylic painting of an abandoned house on a foggy day. I also created a custom costume for my son for Halloween as well; Finn the Human from Adventure Time. Seen below is his hat made out of felt stitched together with thread. Lastly of note, I did a marker drawing of the game character Blitzcrank from League of Legends.

Cooking

One of the more notable hobbies I picked up is food science. I’ve hated food for most of my life, but recently had something click in my mind and now I’m obsessed with cooking and studying food. I’ve pulled a TON of various cookbooks and food science books from my local library and have been meticulously studying them. I’ve actually been considering writing a book about this journey as well; I think it could be interesting to see the change of perspective as well as the incremental improvements in skill.

 

 

 

 

 

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