Well, I finished the Cherudim. It’s, um, colorful. I think I overdid the mods and camo and made kind kind of an eyesore. I think the camo on the standard Cherudim or the mods with the standard green color scheme would have worked, but I think all together it’s too much. I like the guns, though. Next up, VF-1D Super Valkyrie.
Last night I hosted the November build gathering at my house. We had a medium sized turnout with about a dozen people. Terry got there on time but we weren’t there… doh! Mexican time.
Terry brought a new army of Dark something or others. They looked like they were into some crazy S&M but their Jabba the Hut-style skiffs were pretty well-detailed (chains and whips included) and several of the figures were posed to hang off the edges, which looked cool.
Mika showed up to a BG for the first time, as did my twin brothers-in-law. They’re anime nerds, but even amongst us anime nerds they seem socially awkward. Clem got things going right off the bat by commenting that they were dressed the same, and then asking them sarcastically if they did that on purpose. They may be twins but they ARE 22 years old, about 10 years too old for that in my book. They were pretty quiet but I’m glad they came and that they seemed to get most of the jokes we were making. Maybe there’s hope for them.
I finished my Cherudim 69 and also got my award for winning the NY Comic Con edition of the Bandai Model Kit World Cup (a ver. Kunio Okawara PG Gundam) and my medal for winning the US leg of the World Cup.
Terry showed my the Creme Fraiche episode of South Park and a group of us watched it in the corner and laughed our asses off. “Now use your other arm.”
Clem went to get his girlfriend and the rest of us went to dinner at Portillo’s. There was a guy there with a Zeon jacket and I realized he wasn’t part of our group. There are others out there…
When we came back (that is, everyone but Clem… he must have been enjoying time with his GF without the Gunpla crowd) we watched Unicorn episode 2. We all had a good laugh at the part where they opened up the cockpit and were shocked (just SHOCKED!!!) to see that the pilot was a civilian teenager (He’s just a BOY!!!). That never happens in Gundam.
Then I went and got the cake for the twins as it was their birthday. Just 18 more to go until they’re 40 Year Old Virgins. After that it was more building. Things broke up around 11:30.
While I have managed to squeeze a little model building in lately (the Cherudim is ready for a panel line wash, then flatcoat and assemble… almost there) a couple other things are taking priority this week.
The first is some very long overdue home improvement. I’ve been living with patches in many of the walls in my house for probably about 6-9 months now. It’s better than before when they were just holes, but still… The holes were cut by the electrician who overhauled our electrical system last December (yes, it’s been that long). My dad and I patched the holes around January but then we started working on the lawn and patches just don’t scream for fixing like holes do.
So this week I decided I was going to fix it. There were walls with repair work in the livingroom, kitchen, master bedroom, my daughter’s room, both hallways and the extra room (the build gathering room). Actually, it would have been easier to name the 2 rooms that didn’t need work…
Work involved sanding down the patch material (kind of like sanding filler putty on a model). I wisely bought a power sander that saved me a few hours work. Then I had to do some touch-up filling and re-sanding. Then I had to apply the crappy texture-in-a-can. I spent a lot of time with that step, trying to spray a wide area to blend with the original texture and dabbing at it using my fingers and a wet sponge on some of the walls to try to get the texture pattern to match. It looks like shit if you just spray it on over the patch.
That was day one. Day two was a bit of sanding of the texture, again to blend it better. The lots of painting. There were two large pieces of wall in the kitchen with no paint at all and large areas in the livingroom and one of the halls to paint over. I went through like six colors of touch up paint and had to clean my brush and roller between each color… ugh.
But now it’s done, though I still have to put the rest of the house back together (and fix the damn spot I forgot on the kitchen ceiling).
My second distraction can be seen in the last picture. ROCK BAND 3!!!!!
Christmas came early this year and so I finally shelled out the cash (or the credit card) and upgraded to Rock Band on the PS3. Anybody want to buy a Rock Band setup for Wii???
My wife actually encouraged me to make the switch. She was probably tired of seeing me debating whether to make the switch or not. I’ve lost about 80 DL’ed song in the process, but I’ll build them back over time. I’m really stoked to see how much more music I have available to me and that I’m limited by my wallet nad not the size of my SD card. I DL’ed 5 Jimi Hendrix songs and it was so much easier than the Wii. The only down side is that the red RB3 guitar has a dull, rough “finish” (it’s just the bare plastic) which feels cheap and… um… plasticky. Plus my instruments are obviously mismatched. But I saved almost $50 buying them that way, and I get Rock Band Beatles. I might be tempted to switch out the guts of that red guitar with the ones in my beloved Wii sunburst Strat. We’ll see…