It lives! - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 25th, 2013
09:16 am - It lives!
Last night was the start of the horn painting. I mean, the start of the bit that comes after the gesso sealing that is. Ram horns come in a variety of colours, but I figured I'd go for the Bighorn sheep look, which is the one people seem most familiar with.
These horns have a very pale base colour that gets darker in the cracks and on the non-exposed bits. To do this, I'm using a similar technique to the one I used for the Enchanter's Staff - starting with a light colour and washing over with the darker colour to fill the cracks, then wiping it off to expose the highlights. This is the first coat, in a colour called Buff Titanium:
No, I don't know who names the colours for studio paints. However, the naming is more consistent than for interior decorating paint. I know this from experience. I mean seirously, Aspriring? How are you even supposed to know what colour that might be? At least Buff Titanium describes a colour...
Anyway, while that was drying I took the mess of hookup wire that I referred to briefly yesterday, and finished soldering it into a circuit. Then I tested it:
No that is not a bird's nest. I know exactly which bit goes where, yep. I totally do!
And then I inserted Yorick's eyeballs because so far, all of this project has been done based on what I think it will look like finished (as are most art projects tbh). And because it was getting dark, we got a really good idea of what it'll look like:
I have to say, it surpassed my expectations. I wasn't expecting the light to show through the bones like that, and IMO it adds to the effect.
So, the next step is to put the code onto the AT Tiny so that we can fit it all through the spine hole and into the brainbox of the skull. My brother is set up to do this conversion, but because hall effect sensors vary in their resting readings, he needs mine to make sure the code is properly calibrated. So I had to make my bird's nest into a loom so that he can make sense of it for testing purposes. Check it out:
And yes, I know all you proper electronics folks are gasping in horror that I used white instead of black for the ground wire. That's because when I went to Jaycar to get some, they didn't have black and IMO white is as good a replacement as any - in fact better, because like black it's not really a colour. Nyah.
While he's cracking on with that I'll keep painting the horns, which I expect to take a minimum of three coats to get looking hornlike. Once those are done I can look at attaching the skull to the staff shaft, by which time I should have the gubbins back which need to be hidden under bits of leather and whatnot, and by the time I've done all that my fancy magnet should have arrived and and and.. I still have quite a lot to do, don't I? O.o
And now, in a display of
So, um, yeah.
 Today is the day that Pronunciation Book counted down to. Turns out it's an ARG launched in conjunction with Horse_eBooks. I am disappoint.