Today is a little bit works in progress, a little bit random/behind the scenes. This is what happens when projects get a little carried away and look to take longer than intended.
The hobby project that's turning into a big hobby project has been a trio of MDF houses. There's aVivident Women's Low Slip On Slide Open Toe Comfortable Everyday Block Sandals Trendy Slipper shoesJiang Womens's shoes Summer New Large Size Leather Sneakers,Ladies Slip On Loafers,Fitness Shake shoes Sneakers 4-house set for Walking Dead Fay Waters Women Adjustable Buckle Sandals Beach Slide Cork Footbed Casual Mid Heel Flip FlopsAdidas Originals Women's Gazelle Fashion Sneakersof which I picked up 3 during a sale at some point or another. As my theater project got delayed (more on that some other time) I thought I'd just whip out these 3 houses. My method of whipping takes a while.
I've long been hesitant to paint MDF as stories of it drinking up paint are legendary. I've not really experienced it myself, but I've really been limited what I paint. The kits as they come are fairly plain. I went my favored route for home and instead of trying to paint interior walls, MEIZOKEN Women's Peep Toe Platform High Heels Glitter Decor Ankle Strap Pump Comfort Office Party SandalsBtrada Women Summer Butterfly-Knot Platform Flip Flops shoes Slippers Woman High Heels Pumps SandalsI went by Home Depot and picked up paint sample cards for Behr paint. These specific cards are really good for what I need. They're sized to cover most walls. There's a variety of colors. Nobody in Home Depot seems to notice or mind when I grab 4 samples of 10 colors and merrily walk out without buying anything.
I've learned the method that works best for me is to glue the card to the wall and then cut and trim the excess. Before this, I dry-fit everything together (this will come in important on that theater project story for some other time) to make sure I get rooms with the same color.Women's Boots - Winter Boots Warm Anti-Skiing Boots Boots Low-Heeled Knee Boots Plus Velvet shoes 34-42GIY Women's Fashion Dress Ankle Boots Sparkle Rhinestone Pointed Toe Zipper Chunky Block Heel Short Bootie Women's Slip on Slides Platform Chunky Block Heel Sandals Open Toe Mules Summer Slipper shoes DK01QPGGP-Women's shoes Ultra-high-Heeled Pointed Single-shoes Slim-Heeled Sexy high-Heeled Women's shoes in Autumn in Europe and AmericaOnce the glue dries, excess is trimmed so the walls will fit flush, or as flush as I can make them, with each other and the floor. I tend to get a little overboard with the color choices. My house has tan (Gourmet Mushroom) walls throughout, but here I pick a different color for every room. It's colorful, if nothing else.
Interior window openings have been tricky in the past, with lots of mistakes learned. Just a square opening, thank you square hole punch, doesn't look right. Windows have trim. I tried a couple of craft-stick, fine - square toothpick - frames with 45 ° corners, Carlos by Carlos Santana Womens Gwyneth Fashion BootCity Classified Women's Chelsea Elastic Side Back Lace Tie Low Heel Ankle Bootbut my KAOKAOO Women's Fashion Snake Leather Pointed Toe shoes High Heel Martin Boots wasn't making consistent, flush cuts. Being lazy, I opted for and old fashioned square frame with longer top and bottom, and the sides are trimmed to fit between. With transparency film cut to fit the window and glued in before the paint card, it all makes for a decent window.
With the walls dry-fit into the base, I went ahead and glued all the walls together with some wood glue and let it all set for a day. Now it's ready for the next step. Ah, the next step. What is the next step? Notice the lack of doors? YANWENFANG Women Long Thigh High Over Knee Open Toe Stiletto Heel Denim Boots Navy blueeGhapwe Winter Warm Ankle Snow Boots for Women Fur Cotton Flats Heel Zipper Ladies shoes Beautiful Elegant Velvet Joker Fashionable Soft Wear Resistant Brown 8 M US shoesT-JULY Women Sandals Square High Heels Peep Toe shoes Fashion Woman Casual Party shoes for Spring SummerCambridge Select Women's Glitter Crystal Rhinestone Closed Round Toe Slip-On WedgePart of not gluing walls to the base is so the doors can still be added - and this time I took extra care to make sure the holes for the door hing/axis are on the correct sides. I learn from my mistakes! Sometimes. The outer doors have openings for windows, Sam Carle Women's Pumps，Classic Closed-Toe High Heel Black Brown Office Shallow Mouth shoesBalaMasa Womens Mule Fashion Cone-Shape Heel European Style Imitated Leather Bootsso I'll likely go the transparency film + toothpick frame route for those. The interior doors are very plain. I'm currently planning on printing out some door textures and gluing them on. Door textures may not be the proper term. There's some nice pics of interior doors on the Home Depot website that I'll likely be cropping and printing. I use Home Depot a lot for this stuff. Maybe I can get a sponsorship?
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There's some other little details I'm going to print out and see how they look, but I'll save further explanation until we see if it's worth it. The one part I will mention is how the floors of these 3 houses work horribly for house floors. While I'm tempted to just print out floors, WANGZHAO Simple Water Bucket Package Canvas Splicing Crash Handbag, Shoulder Bag SatchelAerosoles Womens Martha Stewart Mid Year Heeled Sandalwhich is Plan B, I'm going to see how 1mm felt works as a carpet replacement. That's crazy, you say. Home Depot doesn't have 1mm felt! That's true. Hobby Lobby has felt!
Seeing as it took the better part of 2 weeks to get walls covered in color and glued, I'm not really sure how long to expect this next phase to take.
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I made a list of the colors I would be most likely to use and headed out to The Deep to get what I could. They had 7 colors in stock. 5 of them were colors I wanted, so I picked them up. From there I went to the Warhammer Store, and discovered they were closed on Tuesdays. Luckily, Adam at work mentioned a Warhammer sale of some type at JCs House of Cards. I thought they were mainly a Magic The Gathering & card games of that ilk shop. Facebook listed Warhammer in their stock, so I took advantage of social media and asked if they carried/had in stock any contrast paint. They replied "yes, we have them all". That afternoon, I saw they did indeed have them all. And then I may have left with too many. But they had them all!
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I'm going to practice with these on some Zombicide minis that will never see the light of day, just to get a feel for how they work.
With all the Walking Dead minis I've gotten over the past couple of years, I've been racking up Mantic Points/Proof of Purchase. The Mantic web store had some more things in stock, so I finally got my points together and placed an order. I needed 40 pts, which I managed to get together - I had to raid a couple of not-yet-opened boosters. I'm not sure I've ever mailed anything to England, but I visited my local USPS to ensure I had everything packed, addressed, and properly paid. Sometime in the next 3 weeks they should receive my points. Hopefully in the ensuing 3 weeks I'll get my point paid booty.
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I ramble. Sometimes I ramble a lot. Other times I barely say a word. It's a lot like talking to myself but in a form the whole world can ignore.
For years my main hobby has been the legal acquisition of movies. Select friends can borrow what I've got, but more importantly I need a list to minimize duplicating what I have.
The Print & Play board game that took over a year to get out of my head and onto paper.