Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ReaperCon Competition WIP

I have no idea of I'm going to be able to finish this piece for the convention or not. She is close but I figure I might have as much as another 10 hours to go to get her competition ready. Its kind of a study in brown but what I'm really trying to bring out is the flaking paint revealing the creature beneath. I think there is enough difference in the browns that I used to make things stand out and I like the flaked paint look that I have managed to achieve so far. Really I'm down to pulling off the rusting effects at this point, but there is a whole lot of chain to paint. I'm on the road again on a fast trip, but I leave right away on Wednesday morning to head to ReaperCon, all I can think to do is perhaps pull an all nighter on Tuesday and see if I can get her close enough to finish at the con. I tried to limit myself to just Reaper paints so I can grab what I need at the show rather than having to check a bag. I really prefer carry-ons for air travel and you would be amazed at how much I can fit into a carry-on suitcase, about the only benefit to being a road warrior is the ability to back well.

Here are the pictures, I'm really happy with some of it, and less happy with other aspects.


For the planking I used the muddy soil triad, for her body I used the woodstain triad and for her skin I used the ivory tried. You can see the initial flaked paint look on the decorative vines and flowers.



On the back you can see the first rusted chain as well as the red flaked paint. I have seen British wooden ships with the upper deck sides painted in red. The theory being they wouldn't show blood as badly.

Working on the flaked paint look for the dress, then I will re-apply the brown highlights.

I thought I had one more later shot but apparently this is the last one. There are a couple of places where I used the Scalecoat paints from Scale75. The dress in particular as well as parts of the anchor and some of the highlights on the wood.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Washington DC - The Trains

At the client site their was an employee kitchen/dining area that faced out towards the rear of Union Station. I was able to snap a couple of pictures while I was waiting for my meeting to start. This is a bit different from the engines I usually get to see so it was nice to be able to get a few pictures.


MARC 71(GP39H-2)  

MARC 23 MP36PH-3C

MARC 73(GP39H-2)  

Amtrak 792 SW1000R

Amtrak 793 SW1000R

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A bit of Washington - My whirlwind trip the finish

And a few miscellaneous pictures to wrap it up.


A line up of food trucks during lunch (all the way down the street!).

This duck is cheating, he is standing on that concrete block, kind of reminds me of a politician

I should know this breed but it escapes me right now. There are actually two of them, but the other one is out of sight behind this one. (Now I remember Bernese Mountain Dog, not quite as big as my Great Pyrenees).

This is a "gate keepers" house. I have no idea if its for the gates to an estate or if there was a canal through the area and it was for the gates to a lock.

Because I managed to get lost I found service area for the passenger trains for Union Station

And of course I would take a picture of the back of Union Station instead of the front. The trains are obviously more cool than the architecture in this case.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A bit of Washington - My whirlwind trip part 2

This is more of what you normally see photographs of from people that have visited DC. So here are a few of the buildings and monuments that I took pictures of.

US Capital

Smithsonian Castle

Lincoln Memorial


WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial Pacific side

WWII Memorial Atlantic Side


Minnesota, on the Atlantic Side. My three great uncles that fought in the war were from Rushford MN.
34th Infantry Division
390th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 568th Squadron
168th Infantry Regiment (also known as the 168th Marines)

Statues at the Vietnam Memorial


The Vietnam Memorial - The Wall



Vietnam Veteran ready to answer questions

Washington Monument

Washington Monument from the WWII memorial

Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial
The White House

A bit of Washington - My whirlwind trip part 1

I had a meeting in Washington DC last week, one of those places that I have never been to. Since it was part of a business trip I didn't really have a lot of time so I couldn't actually visit the museums and monuments the way I would have liked. So a fast walking trip was the plan. 10 miles and two hours late I made it back to my train. I have never managed to get lost when I have walked but the DC streets are very confusing. Today I'm going to focus on some of the buildings and architecture that struck me as interesting, the monument pictures can follow on another day.