Archive for January, 2014

Mario has had enough time in the spotlight, now it’s all eyes on me…

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

 ‘Eyes here’ eyes!’ roared Coppelius tonelessly. Overcome by the wildest terror, I shrieked out and fell from my hiding place upon the floor…

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Coppelius, or rather, Coppeluigi, finished up for my Dreamer project. Only minor modifications since the original model is creepy as hell as it is, and I wouldn’t not want to use that. Gave Coppeluigi a plumber’s hat and a mushroom instead of an eye. Because in Mario-land you need mushrooms.

Since I personally feel that human-like monsters are more frightening than pure monsters, I decided to go with a human skincolor. Plus, it makes him look more like Luigi. Top two tentacles were repositioned and turned into the most moustachey and dapper tentacles on the market – because real gentlemen don’t settle for anything less than moustache-tentacles.

Placed him on a ?-block to tie him further with Dreamer/Mario. These guys are the only ones that’ll be on such block in the crew.

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“What did moma always say about accepting mushrooms from strangers…?”

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Rockin’ that ‘stache

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I’m gonna eat y’all”

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And now for something completely different…

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

I’ve always been interested in making music, but the universe has always conspired against me.
You see, I don’t have talent, I don’t have the patience to learn, and I get sidetracked way too easily. Those are personal flaws which I doubt I’ll ever get rid of.
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However, there is another thorn in my side, which I now can remove – Technology… And the solution – Technology.
To extrapolate, when I actually get the urge to mess around with music production, I just want it to work. I don’t want to boot up a computer, start a Digital audio workstation, launch a synth plugin etc etc. I just want to whip out a keyboard and get to it. This always got me down and eventually killed off my urge completely.
That was 10 years ago. 5 or so years ago I bought the Korg MS-20 Legacy Collection, which included a MIDI controller based on the original MS-20 (albeit smaller). This was awesome fun, but all the pre-work to get started was, as mentioned, too much for me to bother.

Now with modern technology, I’ve found a way to play my Korg MS-20 Legacy MIDI controller at almost any time, with minimal setup, and as such cut down on all the computey stuff that I so despise (I work with it 8 hours a day, so when I get home I don’t want to touch it more than I have to). The saviour is (of course?) Apple.

A few weeks back, I bought the iMS-20 app for the iPad, and after some googling found out that I could hook it up and control it with my old piece of hardware that’s been hiding in the attic. After a visit to eBay and a long wait for it to arrive from China, I got a China-brand iPad camera connection kit, plugged all the stuff in and it immediately worked! Funny thing is it doesn’t even require an external power supply, something that the official apple kit does.

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So…maybe now I can get some peace of mind and start playing some tunes. Maybe. Or I’ll drift off and paint figures instead. Anyways.

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It. Just. Works.

That’s all for now. Next time, I promise to show some new painted model.

I’ve always been interested in making music, but the universe has always conspired against me.
You see, I don’t have talent, I don’t have the patience to learn, and I get sidetracked way too easily. Those are personal flaws which I doubt I’ll ever get rid of.

Goomba Daydreams – Freudian field day

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The topic that could also be named ’50 shades of brown’. Too bad I already made a reference about that book not too many posts ago. And I haven’t even read it (no, honest!).

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First 6 soulstones done for my Dreamer crew! 5 models done in total… 6 stones. Not cool. Anyways..

Went with a very dark scheme for these dudes to try and keep in touch with the “Mario gone nightmarish” theme. I know I might use completely white eyes a bit too often, but to be honest I was afraid not doing so would make them almost feel human. Or silly. Or googely-eyed. White makes them feel a bit more monstrous. Or so I hope.

I also showed these to my wife, hoping for some well-deserved cred! I mean, I both sculpted them from scratch and painted them all evil. She said they looked like three little male love-sausages and laughed. I mean, the are based on mushrooms, not wieners! *mutter grumble *

So, here they are. Perverted mushroom-monsters. Or a penis-party. Your call.

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Doin’ The Sidescroller
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Compensating for its short stature by standing on stuff.

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Just me and my blue shell. Maxin’ the chillaxin’

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Not quite the 50 shades as advertised but these are the browns used for these very brown models.