Plastic Orc

My dad wrote this about his dad, who I was never able to meet. As we remember D-Day 70 years ago, I am proud to learn about him!

Dad’s D-Day - by Doug Acker

Dad told me that when he was 18 he crossed the border to join the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)in 1941, before the US joined the allies.  He told me it was not about fighting the Nazis so  much as learning to fly.

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kstipetic:

14 Nights is finished! Here is the epilogue.
Thank you to everyone who has followed along all these years. Your support has meant so much to me.
When I started this story about a fat amputee and a man afraid of sex, I assumed it would make the Bad Webcomics List and be the laughing stock of 4chan. But I went ahead and put it out there anyway, not really caring if I got made fun of. It’s been almost 5 years, and I’ve never received a single hate mail for this story. Instead, I’ve gotten dozens of letters thanking me for writing it.
Thank you for reading it.

After watching it grow for years, I am so happy to see it complete! Congratulations!!!

kstipetic:

14 Nights is finished! Here is the epilogue.

Thank you to everyone who has followed along all these years. Your support has meant so much to me.

When I started this story about a fat amputee and a man afraid of sex, I assumed it would make the Bad Webcomics List and be the laughing stock of 4chan. But I went ahead and put it out there anyway, not really caring if I got made fun of. It’s been almost 5 years, and I’ve never received a single hate mail for this story. Instead, I’ve gotten dozens of letters thanking me for writing it.

Thank you for reading it.

After watching it grow for years, I am so happy to see it complete! Congratulations!!!

How to drybrush hard-edged camouflage - a quick tutorial

0. (not pictured) Wash and prime your model really well. It is absolutely critical that the paint stick and not chip off. I used black Liquitex gesso.

1. Give a quick coat of your base color, thinned. It will look awful, don’t worry.

2. Wash with a dark, contrasting color. Sometimes I use a thinned chocolate brown with this yellow (like here) instead of this dark grey.

3. Once the wash is really, really dry, drybrush layers of base color: first, the base, then at least two highlights. Make sure the hue shifts in your highlights: I add bright, warm yellow as well as white. The last highlight should only hit the edges, not the surfaces.

4. Mask your model with blue tack or something similar. This step takes forever. Don’t be afraid to start over on some part of it.

5. Drybrush your camouflage color over the mask, then highlight layers. The highlights should progress in a way similar to the base color. The goal is that the highlights essentially match up, both in location and intensity.

6. Remove the tack with a bigger piece of tack. Take your time and be careful of fragile parts.

7. Paint details.

8. Weather with yet more drybrushing: I use two different dirt colors for some modulation.

9. (not pictured) Use a soft pencil to lubricate the turret joint if you want a moveable turret. This helps prevent damage to the paint too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading!

Guards Armoured Division - Grenadier Guards - A Squadron

Just a group picture of my Shermans and friends. Also got the Motor Platoon into the light box for the first time.

Panther G (very late)

More PSC Panthers! These are the company command tanks: they have the very-late two-color pattern to distinguish them from the rest of the company. First and second platoons are base-coated green, but need highlights and (shudder) camouflage. The blue tack stripes are really irritating, but definitely worth it.

A note for anyone considering PSC Panthers: the commander fig (in 401) does not come in the Panther set, he is taken from the Tiger. I have not used the full Panther commander, as his outstretched arms don’t work with the optional MG ring. Can still trim them down to busts as in 402.

lookatthislittlething:

My Aunt makes dollhouses. This is her latest creation. - Imgur

Wow. Every time I think I’ve seen the tiniest, most detailed thing, I’m wrong.

Selling off 6mm sci-fi figures. Mostly GW Epic, some Exodus Wars, some scratch-built. Reference post for sales listings. But don’t hesitate to contact if you want to make an offer!

[Sold — 06/2014]

Panther G - Late production - MAN factory

Models are PSC 1/100 scale. This kit got a lot of flack for lacking the infamous Zimmerit paste. Battlefront probably hopes that Zimmerit plus a Jagd- option will get people to pay almost twice as much for otherwise identical tanks. But to me, it was an invitation to either do very early Panther D’s from 1943, or very late Panther G’s from 1945. Went with the latter. Very happy with the kit overall. Skirts are super easy to attach, and very easy to knock out/damage/partially hang single panels (as I did on the rest of the tanks, but not these).

These are factory-camouflaged in dark yellow and red brown over a green base. As these vehicles are imagined to be rushed to the front for one of the deranged offensives of ‘45, the running gear and lower hull were left in their red lead primer. This is badly chipped: just like in plastic models, bare primer chips horribly without a coat of normal paint over it to give a more coherent surface finish.

Mismatched skirt panels come directly from a reference photo. Went with MAN references because Daimler Benz tanks are just too uniform: identical camo patterns and identical upgrade configurations all the way to the end. MNH patterns are really, really ugly, and only really seen on the Eastern Front anyway. Don’t have any Russians, so no point.

Two new techniques: sponge painting for the chips, and masking with bluetack for the stripes. Very happy with results, but the masking is completely maddening. Oh well, means I get to spend more time painting …

kstipetic:

And thus ends chapter Wednesday.
The story is not quite over!
There will be a 5-page epilogue, which I will draw completely in Livestream over the course of a few days. It’ll be a book-finishing party and I hope everyone can come! The Livestream will start on MAY 21 BEIJING TIME. If you want to watch but worry our time zones are incompatible, never fear! Just message me with a time that works for you and I will try to cover that spot.
Onward, to the end!

It’s pretty amazing to see the story all the way through. There is really no other webcomic like 14 Nights. Can’t wait to see the epilogue!

kstipetic:

And thus ends chapter Wednesday.

The story is not quite over!

There will be a 5-page epilogue, which I will draw completely in Livestream over the course of a few days. It’ll be a book-finishing party and I hope everyone can come! The Livestream will start on MAY 21 BEIJING TIME. If you want to watch but worry our time zones are incompatible, never fear! Just message me with a time that works for you and I will try to cover that spot.

Onward, to the end!

It’s pretty amazing to see the story all the way through. There is really no other webcomic like 14 Nights. Can’t wait to see the epilogue!

laurenheakinart:

This is my final model of Bank Lane Railway Bridges. It took me several months to construct, roughly 20,000 tiny bricks placed on individually, a lot of patience and observation and hundreds of cups of tea!

I firstly built the two different bridges, I spent a few weeks making them in-between other parts of my studio work, I then marked out the shape of the walls on to a thick card and applied all the tiny bricks. The painting came next, followed by the building up of the hills formed from expanding foam and newspaper. After that it was pretty much just applying the scenery, tracks and ballast. I’m so happy with how this piece turned out. I strongly encourage anyone who takes an interest in model making to try making something, no matter how daunting it may seem. It has been a very challenging and rewarding project.

So cool!!! 20,000 … . Really nice archway and moss too.