Vampire Counts: Black Knights & the Wight King

So I decided to see how I liked painting some of the Vampire Count models…let’s just say I never want to paint skeletons again. Ever. But, nevertheless, here are the figures I painted. I used CitadelΒ brand paints & primer, which you can order online or at a Games Workshop store. There are also some comic book shops out there that sell Citadel paints and Warhammer figures. I don’t remember which paints I ended up using, but in the future I will make sure to keep a listing of the paints I used.

Below we have the only decent picture of the Wight King,

And next up a group shot of my Black Knights:

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They’re the same color scheme as the Wight King, with silver & bronze armor and purple fabric pieces. Now for some close(ish) ups! First you’ve got a semi-nice view of their leader, and you can also see the flag-bearer and trumpeteer (?) as well:

And here we have the flag-bearer and a spearsman. Unfortunately I accidentally broke the tip of his spear off, and wasn’t going to bother trying to glue the bugger back on (it was a pain enough having to paint that piece of plastic, nevermind the thought of gluing it back in place).

Last but not least the other spearsman (spear in tact lol) and the trumpeteer. I know the latter is kind of out of focus, but I’m still in the process of learning how to get the best images out of my iPhone until I can find and purchase a decent camera to do my photography.

So what do ya’ll think? I’m actually quite proud of the highlighting work I managed to get done on the skeleton horses, though I didn’t do half as well on the fabric… :/

till next post, Katie

Mani Monday: Easy Triangle Nail Art

Hey there everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good weekend! If not, I hope this quick and easy nail art design lifts your mood! I’m so happy with how this turned out, and it was super easy too! I’m so in love with the colors I used (Get Fresh With Me and Oh That’s Just Grape by Nicole). Surprisingly enough, I found them as part of a polish set (the two polishes, a clear coat and nail drying drops) at Sam’s Club! They also had a set with two shades of pink, but I decided on the mint/purple duo instead, as I’ve got quite the collection of pink polishes. ;)

trianglenails_tutorialLike I said, really easy! The only thing you have to watch for is the tape peeling up some of the 1st color of nail polish when you remove it. It could be that my tape was super strong, or perhaps the polish didn’t dry very well before I applied the tape. But I only ran into that problem on one or two nails, and it was easily fixed by dabbing at the bare spots with the tip of the polish brush. You could also try using a toothpick if the area is small enough.

till next post, Katie

Pray for Strength

Hello everyone! How’s your Sunday been doing? This week’s quote is…

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This quote means quite a lot to me, and it’s been especially useful for me these last few months. We often get into difficult situations, and every now and then the matter is so unpleasant that we wish that we could simply have an easier life. How unfair is it that you have to be the one to bear this back-breaking burden? Why should you have to deal with this, and have so many problems in life when it seems like everyone around you has things so much easier? You have to deal with this huge issue, and the person next to you is complaining about how their order got messed up at McDonald’s. How wonderful would it be if that was your greatest concern right?

But don’t think like this. Don’t wish that things were easy, or that you could push all of your problems on to someone else to deal with. Pray and hope for the strength and perseverance to bear and deal with this. Because at the end of it all, this hardship will pass and you will be a much stronger and better person. A person that never has any problems, a life without worries, is the weakest person in the world. In fact, here’s something that I posted on Facebook a couple of years back, so today you’re getting 2 quotes!

Some are born with everything in the palm of their hands. Others are born with it all on their shoulders. Guess who ends up being the stronger person.

So, in essence, it means that all of the hardships and difficulties you face in life will make you a stronger person and build you up for your next challenge in life. The experiences and things you learn from your past hardships will give you the ability to react and deal with new challenges better than if you had never had any problems in life. Stay strong. You can do it. I believe in you!

till next post, Katie

 

Where am I now?

Ok, so the last time I updated you guys on my life I was going to go for an interview at a local animal clinic, was still living with & getting over my ex, and not in the best of places in life.

Update 1: I GOT THE JOB! Yep. And as of the 22nd of July, I will have been working at the clinic for 3 months! I love working there, helping animals. No 2 days are alike, and there’s so much to learn and take in. I love the people I work with, and just…everything. Everyone. All of it. I never thought that I’d be this happy working anywhere in my entire life.

Update 2: I messed up the driver’s test because I hit the cone whilst parking……..and I haven’t yet had an opportunity to reschedule.

Update 3: I am living with my parents, and have essentially cut all ties with the ex. I’m moving on, and moving forward. It’s been ridiculously difficult…but I know it’ll be worth it in the end. I have gotten better at focusing on me and my happiness, and looking at the silver lining. And well…if you haven’t noticed from my Instagram feed over there { —–> } I’ve become more proud of myself and confident, and I have grown fond of taking selfies. (not too many, I promise lol)

Update 4: And…if you also haven’t noticed from my Instagram feed, I have also adopted a kitten. His name is Pascal. He was brought into the clinic one day by someone that found him on the side of the road. His back right leg was broken, and it came down to him either being put down or someone bringing him home. Obviously you can see what choice I made. He’s grown so much in the last 3 months, and his leg healed up perfectly (and quickly!). Before we knew it he was jumping and climbing all over anything he could get his paws on.

I know I haven’t gotten around to replacing the older images on the blog, but I’ve been kinda busy with my 2 dogs and new kitten, and work and everything…so I’ve just accepted that I’ll get around to it when I get around to it. lol. And, I have started working out again too! Right now I’m really out of shape…but my goal is to at least get semi-fit. Right now however, the goal is just to get into the habit of working out period, and maybe even grow to enjoy it.

till next post, Katie

Mani Monday: Pink & White Zebra Stripes

It’s Monday again everyone!….I know, I know, Mondays suck. But that’s why I do my best to make sure that I post something every Monday, to give you all something to look forward to, and hopefully something to start your week off well. This week you can rock this adorable mani and show off your girly & wild side! I hope you guys enjoy this one, I’m trying to get better at taking instructional shots! :)

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  1. Paint your nails with 2 coats of Cotton Mouth
  2. Using a striping brush (a toothpick will work just as well!) start painting on stripes
  3. Don’t worry about being too neat, the idea is to make it look stripy and confusing, and no two zebra’s markings are alike!
  4. Finish up your design and repeat on the rest of your nails.
  5. *tip* use a photo of a real zebra or zebra pattern as a reference to get a feel for how the stripes should look

I’ve always been a huge fan of zebra stripes, and this look is a perfect way to show off this bold style, while still keeping everything bright and summery! Good luck and I hope you have a great week! Let me know what you think of this tutorial in the comments below, or let me know what design you want to see in the future!

till next post, Katie