maandag 28 augustus 2017

Weekend good, monday bad...

This weekend has been a busy one!

Replaced my son's bed. He had a creaky, wobbly metal loft bed and that has been disassembled and brought to the skip. He now has a nice and sturdy wooden bed, again loft model so he can have his desk underneath.

I also made some nice progress on the two rocky hills for Gaslands/WWII Afrika. I fixed the damage/thin spots on the filler layer and glued on the rocks and sand:
After that I sealed and primed them with two coats of a slightly watered down mix of PVA and black paint:
And at that point I ran into some problems:
My brown paint for this terrain has almost run out.  I couldn't finish basecoating the hills this sunday. And it's a bottle of craft paint I bought nearly a decade ago (2009) and I have no idea if the local arts and crafts store(s) still sell it! Now I may need to find a similarly tinted alternative. Sadly the local arts and craft shops are only open when I'm at work. If that hiccup hadn't occurred I might have gotten these hills painted. Oh well, no deadline, no worries. Though I would have liked to have them available for our game this Thursday.

As a diversion during drying time for the paint layers, I dug out my boxes of scenery materials with the intent of going through them to find materials and ideas for Necromunda, as I'm getting psyched to build terrain for that. This is my stash, minus specialist materials like XPS, foamboard, mdf and plaster and filler and such:
Sadly, piling this stack from the garage to the living room was I got to do this weekend. The problems with the paint for the terrain (exacerbated by my overthinning the paint in attempt to stretch it to at least finish these hills) cost me more time than I thought. As wel as my back and shoulders being knackered and sore from stress and poor seating at work (which luckily will soon be a past thing), meant I had to opt for having the occasional lie down on the couch, instead of maniacally rummaging through these boxes.
Oh, well, there is always next weekend, or the weekend after that. Necromunda won't return until November.

Speaking of work related aches, todat the boss dropped a little bomb: Originally the project I'm currently working in was supposed to last until October 1st, with maybe the chance of another extension. Today we got the news that the project will terminate sooner, to be precise: coming friday! As of  Monday, my job will cease to exist. Some choice words were quietly muttered, naturally. Of course this didn't help the aforementioned back aches.... It means I spent most of the evening applying for unemployment benefits (hoping I don't need them, but better safe than sorry) and frantically sending out more job applications. It also meant that today me and my teammates were repeatedly encountering the following error:
So, my goal for the coming week is ride out the work week with my head and professionalism held high, try and not let the dour mood at work infect my current hobby drive and good mood at home and find a new job as fast as I can. Wish me luck!

See you next time!

5 opmerkingen:

  1. I do like your hills for the grasslands, but bad news about the job. Wishing you the best of luck in the search for a new one.

    1. Thanks, Michael! I'm a bit upset about the short notice, but not too worried. I already had some feelers out, I just need to reel something in more quickly...

  2. Well done Erik! I just watched Fury Road three times again the other day and am in the mood to do something for gaslands too! However I have to slow myself down to not loose focus on too many projects. Congo first, Frostgrave second and then Dracula´s America before anything else (with the occasional Doctor Who miniature thrown in for variety of course...).

    1. Thanks Michi! I've worled my way through the quadrilogy and the PC game these last weeks for "inspiration". If you already have suitable terrain Gaslands can be a quick project: Converting and painting some matchbox or hot wheels cars can be done in a weekend... ;)

  3. Your terrain is already looking great, easily on par with the 'terrain in a box' sets.
    It's sad to hear you just lost your job, hopefully a new one (and one with a longer contract) will present itself soon.