For the Love of Sci-Fi 03/12/2017

Having read the many, many comments about the event the day before I was apprehensive about going on the Sunday, and lowered my expectations.

“We will not lose parking spaces as we have hired surrounding car parks for you to park. Our traffic marshals will guide you into free parking in close proximity of the venue.” – For the Love of Sci-Fi Face book post https://www.facebook.com/FTLOSF/posts/1533905736691222

This was not the case. We parked at the nearby shopping centre, due to reading the comments on the day before, walked to the event to see marshals telling drivers to park anywhere. Whilst in the queue to the event a fist fight broke out between a marshal and a trader; and traders were still setting up as the event opened.

Once inside I expected queues, it’s a convention after all, what I didn’t expect was to sent down a dark, cramped corridor to be told we were in the wrong queue, then sent back to the original queue, then told it doesn’t matter (this felt like a common opinion from staff). Once we entered the main signing area we were greeted by what appeared to be some hastily “constructed” queuing routes and told by yet another staff member that the “Guests will arrive when they want, I’ve no control over them”. No. A schedule had been posted for weeks. We, as attendees, expect things to happen within that timeframe. A few minutes can be forgiven, but “When they want” cannot. Thankfully the guests being professionals arrived to the area early and started signing ahead of schedule.

The exhibits were good, if you could get to them. The orchestra was great, if you could hear them over the loudspeakers at the other end of the hall and the paid photo area which was another mess of queues with people standing in line the length of the hall and back on themselves at one point. The retro gaming area, which we found by accident and the quietest area in the event, although there was a slight odour from the room itself.

There was apparently a Cantina bar however due to the lack of signage we couldn’t find it. In fact had there been any signage at all, I feel the event would have gone a little smoother.

The trader’s marquee looked as though there was no provision for lighting and even though it was one of the warmer areas I suspect that was down to collective body heat.

On leaving I asked about getting back in as we were going for some food, we were told we just show the   wristband we got on entry, we weren’t given any. Once we’d spoken to 4 different staff members one of them asked to check our bags. Why? We’re leaving

Other things, a blue on black isometric map that bears little to no resemblance to the venue is a useless map.

Overall I think the event was oversold, in an unsuitable venue in the middle of an industrial estate and mismanaged. I hope that the event organisers learn from this weekend when planning future events but I’ll be voting with my wallet and staying clear. If it keeps going and improves over the next few years I might consider going again.

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Still Alive

Looking at the previous post, yep things got a little serious around here, so a mini update time.

I’ve had some news that takes a little weight off my mind, that’s all I can say for now.

The props and cosplays are going well, levelled up with a 3D Printer 😀 so expect more of them, in fact I’m attending a con soon, very soon. In 3 weeks at the time of writing.

Miniature painting is still happening, soon to be on twitch.tv/mr_badmek ,thanks to a new webcam and some patient people.

er what else….er… oh yeah. I’ve set up this donation thing called ko-fi http://ko-fi.com/A1381N69 , since bills exist and good grace only go so far.

**Anyone reading is under no obligation but a coffee is greatly appreciated*

Made it this far? Well here’s the reason for the title, been humming it all day

 

Take care now, bye bye then.

Too long for a tweet

Work is going through a takeover, at the the moment so HR asked about any medical conditions they need to know about so I told them about my head goblins, anxiety and depression, to which they chuckled. I respond, “I’m glad you find it funny, because the only reason I joke about My mental health is because deep down I’m terrified that one day it’ll beat me. It gives me some measure of control. But you doing so make me think you don’t take mental health issues seriously” cue stunned silence and stumbling from HR.**

 

You could call it my Spider-Man method of coping

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**So far I’m still employed and have been told that if I need anything to let them know.**

Time for a little honesty

**If this comes across as attention seeking it’s not, I felt like sharing. That is all**

It’s Mental Health Awareness week and I’ve been meaning to type this for a long time. I have anxiety and depression issues. Some of you probably already know this, since I call them “head goblins” on twitter.

What you more than likely don’t know is that, quite often I think about opening my wrists and calling it quits. I’ve been like this for at least the last 20 years. It’s become a reflex of sorts, thankfully I haven’t carried it through but the idea lurks there in the back of my mind. Yes medication is an option and I want to keep it an option for as long as possible. I prefer Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) it’s a more logic based approach that works for me.

“But things can’t be that bad”  I hear you say. They’re not. For myself I’ve got a loving and supportive partner who helps me in more ways than she’ll know, a  real life family that while maybe don’t understand they accept it, several online families (more on them later) a decent job that let’s me do pretty much my own thing.

I’ve developed coping mechanisms, admittedly not always healthy ones. If you follow me on any of the other platforms you’ll know I draw/paint. A lot. This is my primary coping method. It gives me a sense of control and my mind time to not focus or wander just to “be” I guess. It doesn’t make sense really but it helps.

My second coping method involves a lot, and I do mean a lot, of people. They are my online families of  SciFiHour, the Post Apocalyptic Tribe peoples and the Twircle. Without them I probably wouldn’t be writing this. We might be scattered across the globe but in some cases I’m closer to these user names than my flesh and blood family. Their patience and willingness to listen has helped me countless times (even if they don’t know it) and will be given back should they need it from me.

I think I’ve gone on long enough, the “goblins” are sleeping and the need to be creative is strong.

TL/DR I’m a little bit “crazy” but I’m still here. Look after yourself and each other.

 

New year, new me?

So it’s January 1st again and all across the social media I see “New Year, New Me” well honestly that’s not likely to happen, but I will say I’ll try to post more often, even if it’s just a work in progress picture. 

Angels and Demons…

*Mini update*

It that time of year when things go bump in the dark (no not me walking around my house) so I painted up Saint Peter from Purgatory miniatures and started working on Azaroth the Fallen from Heresy miniatures

A kindness of Raven(s)?

Recently a colleague of mine bought a DC Raven statue and wasn’t overly impressed with the paint job…

specifically this area 13565384_1743213609251739_330060916_n

So they asked me to repaint it. *Shocked expression* anyway after a quick bath in paint stripper, she looked like this

20160623_180036 a quick soak in acetone (nail polish remover) and most of the paint came off in sheets, leaving us with

20160623_190718 a “naked” Raven

20160624_015131 once she’d dried, I then airbrushed some white, yes white, primer and some Citadel Air: Kislev Flesh for a smooth base layer

Several layers of Necron Abyss, Druchii share and Rackarth Flesh mixed with white for the skin and she’s done.

***Things I learned***

  • The flash killed the colours.
  • Make sure everything is painted (there’s a slight mispaint that I only spotted after it was given back).
  • Get clear instructions off the owner.
  • Keep them updated with progress but don’t swamp them.

Trying to paint Gems…

Do not be alarmed. Yes it’s a long, long overdue post from me ( real life, blah, blah, blah).

Recently Games Workshop released some new technical paints specifically for gemstones,

  • Soulstone Blue
  • Waystone Green
  • Spiritstone Red
  • Stormhost Silver

https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Gems-Paint-Bundle

so I thought I’d give them a try. Now I don’t have many minis that have gems on them, so I used some Space Marine shoulder pads…

I started with an even layer of silver over a black undercoat

then I went straight in with the gem paints

they’re a little thicker than the Tamiya clears I’m used to, and not really suited to shoulder pads, but the coverage is good. they look a little streaky to my eyes but with some practice I’ll be able to get a more even coat. Again the Shoulder pads are not the intended use here but they’d be great on Rank and File Eldar or Elves and Eye lenses on helmets. I personally wouldn’t use them on centre piece minis, but I want to see if my other half will let me test them out on one of her Elves.

All in all, if you want gems done fast these will do the job. I’m going to try them through the airbrush later and update things here.

That’s all for now, back to the workshop

BONUS CONTENT!!!

Me being me I tried layering one over the other… it sort of worked20160619_003750

a little more experimentation is needed.

 

WiP of #Punchy team up

Here’s a work in progress of @ElizabethNeale‘s Skyrim Character “Punchy” with Wonder Woman. I used some stock poses for composition then added details by hand. I’ll scan it back into Photoshop to refine it then colour. I used stock poses because I’m not great at figure drawing, I need more practice. Next up on this is to add a background, I’m thinking a Gothic arched window and creeping vines.

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I ain’t dead..

As the title says, “I ain’t dead”, I’m slowly coming back to the blog with actual content this time not just BS ramblings . Back soon.