Painting Miniatures

Ever wonder how people paint those tiny plastic figures? It’s actually easier than you think. I started painting figures about four years ago. I began my hobby by using some cheap paints and old brushes to paint some knight statues I had. Over the next few months I purchased the correct model paints and some nice brushes and had fun with some World War Two figures. They ended up looking terrible since I only had five different colors and no experience.20190325_135921

Now before you go off and start painting everything in sight, listen to my words of wisdom. Not every paint works on miniatures, you have to use paint specifically made for model painting. The paintbrushes you use are also vital to the quality of the result; it affects the texture, thickness, and surface area, which is the difference from making a piece of plastic come to life or random shapes with color sloppily painted on. Usually the best time to paint miniatures or models, whichever you prefer to call them, is the weekend or whenever you have several hours of freetime. Paintbrushes aren’t the only method of painting models. You can use anything with small pointy tips for tiny details such as buttons or eyes or a belt. Another method is mainly for bigger models like vehicles or buildings, it is airbrushing! Airbrushes are good for evenly distributing paint on a surface quickly. Now you can take my advice and get a headstart on model painting.20190325_140143

My skills have increased to allow me to be able to paint things such as eyes the size of a mosquito. I have learned many different techniques, how to blend colors, adding shadow, how to make things look old and worn, etc. painting miniatures is a fun way to see the beauty in any color, even mustard yellow somehow!20190325_155721

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April Playlist – Throwbacks

While looking through all of my music options I noticed some nostalgic songs. These are songs that I personally grew up with and that give me a good feeling when I’m listening to them again. Then an idea hit me; throwback playlists. With some classic and still wonderful groovy and good-feeling songs, I now present to you April’s playlist 

Enjoy!

Throwbacks Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMuAGLIYs1U6Fqc9kxwnumO0NsadyREzm

Creature Feature: Elephants!

            Elephants are the largest land mammals. While the Asian elephant is the smaller of the two species, they still weigh a hefty 2.25-5.5 tons and stand 6.6-9.8 ft. tall at their shoulders. On the other hand, African elephants, the larger species weigh from 2.5 tons to 7 tons and are 8.2-13 ft. at their shoulders. One of the most obvious ways (besides size) to tell apart Asian and African elephants is by their ears. Asian elephants have relatively small round ears while African elephants have larger ears that tend to resemble the shape of the continent of Africa. An elephant’s ears radiate heat away from their bodies to help keep them cool. Sometimes this dispersal of heat is not enough. When this happens elephant can be found relaxing in water and showering themselves with water they sucked into their trunks.

 

You might not know it, but an elephant’s trunk is actually a long nose. While it is a nose, an elephant’s trunk is used for much more than just breathing though. Asian elephant trunks contain a small, fingerlike part on the tip; African elephant trunks have two. These fingerlike features are used to pick up small objects. Elephants are herbivores and eat up to 300 pounds of food a day. Since they must eat so much, they don’t sleep very often and walk great distances to find enough food.

 

            Elephant tusks are made of ivory. Because of this they are often hunted for their tusks as ivory can be sold at high prices. Illegal hunting, called poaching, has caused many species to become endangered and in some cases, even extinct. Asian elephants are on the endangered species list. This is due partially to poaching and partially to habitat loss. Poaching is a vast problem for many species including elephants.

 

To learn more about Asian elephants visit

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/asian-elephant/

To learn more about African elephants visit

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/asian-elephant/

If you’d like to see elephants in all of their glory, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs has African elephants in their “Encounter Africa” area and the Denver Zoo has Asian elephants in their “Toyota Elephant Passage” area.