Horsies! - Tactical Ninja
Aug. 8th, 2013
09:20 am - Horsies!
So I lasted most of the day at work yesterday before my boss came along and basically booted me out, telling me not to come back till I'm properly well.
Me: "Do I really look that bad?"
Everyone in the office: "Yes you do, go home you idiot."
This is what I look like this morning:
I don't think I look that bad, but I'm the one that's used to seeing myself after a day shearing, so, you know, I may not be the most objective judge.
Anyway, the good news is I only woke up twice last night. The bad news is that it was to cough so hard my throat hurts. The cold has now moved to my lungs. Joy. Oh well, at least I can breathe?
I've negotiated to take the rest of the week off. It's a slack time at work and because I don't get sick all that often (and probably because of yesterday), nobody's too concerned about me taking all the time I need. By Monday I should be fine. I bloody well hope so anyway, because I have a bunch of heavily-pregnant ewes to belly crutch on Saturday if it's not raining.
And to add insult to injury, my pompholyx is taking this opportunity to flare up all over my fingers. It's understandable given that it's an immune system thing, but I could do without it.
So I need to find ways to entertain myself for another four days. Luckily, I'm not short of ways. Right now I'm weathering, among other things. Last night I did the first coat on the gryphon armband:
What this shows is the armband, which had been painted black, covered with the silver Rub 'n' Buff, then given a wash of graphite to settle into the deeper bits. It doesn't stick well as a wash, but it will give a guide to the natural dips which I can then use a drybrush on to get the desired effect.
I also started on the breastplate - first a coat of silver all over:
It's not covering the nooks and crannies of the gryphon motif, but that doesn't really matter because that's where the grime would collect anyway, so eventually it'll be covered with darker paint, thus:
That was all I managed to do before I ran out of decent light, but I'm pretty pleased with the effect so far. This part will be front and centre for the armour, so I have to get it right. Today I'll graphite-wash the rest of the breastplate and add the dirt in the corners, then start with the umber/black grime-weathering. Finally there will be another addition of the silver Rub 'n' Buff on highlight areas as suggested by pickleboot*. If I work at it, I could have all the armour painted by the end of the weekend. I'd like this because a) then I could get on with the leatherwork to put it all together and b) I'd like it off the table before Dr Wheel gets home. Lalala...
* Yay! We have a smith in the house!
So, um, Not So Hardcore Ackshully. But it's ok, I'll stop whinging about my cold now that I don't have to try and pretend I'm well for the sake of appearances. I can just get on with getting better with no pressure.
Also, in case you missed it yesterday, it seems DA:I will have mounts. I have three thoughts about this so far:
1. Ponies, yay!
2. I hope they are not suicidal like the Skyrim ones.
3. The brief glimpse you get in that video shows the rider neck-reining, Western style. Now, neck-reining isn't limited to just Western riding, but that particular way of doing it, with the hand moving forward and down and the horse's head at a low angle, is very Western. Most English/European neck-reining raises the horse's head and the riders' hand higher up the horse's neck (even if that is bad form - sorry about that, it's just what happens). It bothers me, that. Yes, I realise it's nitpicky of me to say so, but if they're representing medieval Europe, perhaps using a riding style developed centuries later on another continent is somewhat incongruous? /wanker.