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  1. Speaking of Black Library stuff I got about a third of the way into Dark Imperium and fuck me I don’t care. I like the stuff with Guilliman’s thoughts on how the Imperium has changed (eg the meeting with the priest) but I can’t be doing with all the stuff about how wonderful he is. Everything the Horus Heresy did to final make me like the ultramarines and not thing of them as some boring, teachers pet type pricks is getting swiftly undone. I’ve given up on it. Is it worth persevering in with, does it improve? I moved on to Spears of the Emperor, such a better book. Thank the false emperor for ABD.
  2. I think this video on Jojo Rabbit and The Book Thief (book, not the film) touches on maybe the thing many film critics are hitting when they criticise it for not doing the holocaust properly, and that’s the distinction between stories about/involving Jewish people durning the holocaust and stories where the Jews are an object in the story but not people in it. The author (person who created the video) explains it much better and it comes quite near the start:
  3. Cool, can’t wait to see it. Mine’s still in a box in my very long backlog.
  4. yeah, we can all learn from that. I don’t adjust any settings, getting things in focus causes enough issues at times one change I did make this year which helps photos & painting is using some baking paper to diffuse the light. Just held onto this famous Ikea lamps with magnets.
  5. Added some crackle paint, took a knife to my crappy sculpting, re-airbrushed it, and am blacking the rocks in black. Not going to be black, more a moon rock grey I think.
  6. Falling Down is my favourite of his, although I haven’t seen it in a long time. I went to a press screening of 8mm and I despised it, I thought it completely failed to live up to its premise and wasn’t nearly as dark as it needed to be. That’s the only time I’ve seen it, so maybe it’s another that needs a rewatch. I like some of the things Minnie Driver’s been tweeting about him.
  7. I love the original Harlequins, these are the very first minis I painted back in ‘94: Which you can tell by the chipping I painted over bare metal
  8. What did you watch it on? Reading this makes me wonder if I should give it another shot. I love the first two, and saw the third at the cinema at release. I hated it so much I’ve never watched any of the other Terminator films.
  9. I finished The Clone Wars the other day, I’d watched the first 5 seasons years ago so I started with the last few episodes of season 5 to get back into it & remind me how certain things played out. While I’m not a fan of the prequels I liked that the last two seasons started to tie more elements into them, season 7 runs alongside Ep3. Season 7 has definitely benefited from a leap in tech, some of the camera moves & compositions they use are quite something. The final two episodes are just great, some of their best. The music is fantastic, there’s a 5 minute sequence in the second last episode with next to no dialog just slowing following what’s going on with the most un-Star Wars music - ominous, synthy, electronic, but so very appropriate.
  10. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford A film almost as long as its title. Only 13 years late to this one. Thumbs up from me. Love Deakins’s work, and Nick Cave’s soundtrack is a thing of beauty. 4/5
  11. @Cocky do you put a general filter over everything or do you do specific transitions - like take the highlight colour & do the transition between midtone & highlight?
  12. This astronaut project is meant to be quick & fun. So I tried an airbrushed lava base - the idea is they’ve picked a really bad landing spot and are sinking. So quick & fun… got it to a place where I was happy with it. Then I improved it and had to do it again. And one more time. I’ve come to the conclusion my sculpted ripples are shit - couldn’t find any sculpting tools on Saturday so was using a tooth pick & brush. It got to the point I’d convinced myself I don’t have any, I don’t really sculpt just gap fill & it’s been that sort of lockdown. I just found them 5 mins ago while looking for something else Think I’m going to try disguise my shitness with crackle paint, I started a few experiments earlier as I’ve never used it.
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