Roller Coaster!

It’s been the highest of highs, the lowest of lows — the past few weeks (approaching months) have been the ultimate in high-G.  A full on emotional rollercoaster ride (of love!)

So why the radio silence?  I will engage the Oakenlist protocol.

  • Destiny The Taken King – Holy crap this game consumed my life for a few weeks there.  I’m starting to come out on the other side of it now that my light level is hovering around 290 and I can do just about everything I want to do.  The biggest issue is that I don’t have any pals that play on the PS3, and trying to organize raids with random players is a pain in the bloody neck.  All this to say, if you’re reading this, and you play on the PS3, drop a comment or shoot me an IM through the PSN, and maybe we’ll meet up someday.  Here’s a link to my profile.
  • Blue Jays – HOLY CRAP.  These guys are flat out fun to watch.  I’ve always been a fan, but now they’re making a push deep into the playoffs, and I remain optimistic that they can turn it around against Kansas City.  If they do, you can probably expect another 3 weeks of radio silence at least as I sleep off the hangover.  I was at game 2 of the ALDS, which proved to be the last game they lost against Texas.  What an experience!  The place was electric.  You could hear a pin drop before every crucial pitch, and when the crowd erupted it nailed you in the chest.  You could feel the floors shaking.  Absolutely incredible, even though they lost that game.

    Here’s a video I shot, that demonstrates a horrifically drunk fan (who was later escorted out of the building by 5-6 of Toronto’s Finest), and a strikeout by Marcus Stroman.

It's kind of tough to take a still picture that captures the kind of energy present at the building...
It’s kind of tough to take a still picture that captures the kind of energy present at the building…
The post-game crowd takes to the streets
The post-game crowd takes to the streets
  • I would be remiss to mention that my work life has been absolutely off the rails lately.  Obviously I can’t go into details, but suffice to say one of my projects has had some lawyers sharpening their blades, and we wound up getting a settlement in place approaching 7 figures (in our favour).  I’m immensely proud of how I’ve done throughout this entire ordeal (spending about 3 hours daily on the road, logging 50+ hour work weeks, etc.) and Mrs. Oak is starting to see me around the house a bit more often these days.  Which is awesome.

Anyways.  I’ve been feeling the urge to pick up the dice again lately, which usually is symbolic of my life returning to a state of normalcy.  Looking at my photo cache, it appears as though my last game was played about a month ago.  This will not stand.  I might write a blog post a bit later, which could be entitled: “What not to do when playing against Eldar”

But great looking Eldars they were.
But great looking Eldars they were.

I have been getting a bit more productive lately, trying to tie a bow on several of my outstanding projects.  Here’s a shot of my *almost* completed Tyrant Guard:

I need to add a gore-slick for the slaughtered Dark Angel, and maybe put a bit more effort in on the Boneswords.  I had a comment that I'm inclined to agree with, they just look a bit flat as compared to the carapaces.  In the meantime, this is a pretty good table-top quality that I'm content with.
I need to add a gore-slick for the slaughtered Dark Angel, and maybe put a bit more effort in on the Boneswords. I had a comment that I’m inclined to agree with, they just look a bit flat as compared to the carapaces. In the meantime, this is a pretty good table-top quality that I’m content with.

As well as the Tyrannocyte, which I traded my Tau Hammerhead Gunship for:

Mostly base-coated, this thing has a long way to go as of right now.  Considering it started off fire-engine red when I traded for it, I'd say it's come a long way.
Mostly base-coated, this thing has a long way to go as of right now. Considering it started off fire-engine red when I traded for it, I’d say it’s come a long way.

Hopefully I’ll keep picking off these long-outstanding projects so I have a bit less guilt about expanding my forces some over the winter.

That’s it for now guys.  I’m alive and I’m painting again.  Life is good.

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5 thoughts on “Roller Coaster!”

  1. Exactly the same here mate. Work has taken over, not painted or played for over two months now. But I have a game on Tuesday next week! Looking forward to seeing you around again and getting back into hobby myself. Take care.

  2. Ah, life. That thing which always interferes with our hobby. What a bitch it can be.

    You could do a few things on those boneswords. I’m leaning towards seeing them done in a NMM style, know what mean? Get some brightness on there with some heavy contrast.

    If you aren’t up to playing with NMM then maybe try giving it some visual interest like the carapace. Get another streaky color on there to give it some life.

    My last suggestion, probably the easiest, is just hit it with a much brighter edge highlight. Let it draw your eyes to the outline of the weapon and less to the physical flatness of it.

    1. I was looking at Dave G’s tutorial on HoP with respect to NMM’s, and I’m really, thoroughly impressed with his work there. I think the problem I’ve run into (for these models) is that the contrast isn’t high enough between the open field and edge, and painting in that kind of ‘european’ style isn’t something I’m used to.

      My approach at present involves Khorne, Nuln wash, and then a drybrushing of wazdakka and ushabti. Not a very fine method but it allows me to go ripping through at a very fast clip (to counter-act my glacially slow motivation processes).

      My thinking is that I either need to be more aggressive with the drybrushing, or layer it on like I did the carapace for that chitinous look. I might test it out on one model going both ways, just as a comparison. I could still do both of these very quickly, and it would be pretty easy to maintain this method across the numerous scything talons I will likely be completing fielding this army as a whole…

      1. Yeah, it’s really the lack of contrast that needs work.

        You could pull off a quick and dirty NMM approach on there pretty easily. Don’t spent hours painlessly blending it, just a few simple layers.

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