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Friday, October 26, 2012

Dervish Workshop Day 1..

And Mr. Lee heads to Germany for his first professional painting workshop! Held by none other than Dervish from over at Rathcore! And yes I am posting this up quite late tonight cause we just finished ( and I just cropped the photos ) for the first day..

So after a couple mis-steps in the travel from Brussels to Eschweiler, Germany ( where the workshop is located ) I was able to meet up with Dervish and the rest of the "students" to get our hands dirty and learn some of his secrets! And when I say mis-steps I mean it is all about Mr. Lee and the natives not able to speak the same language ( You no know German, what you stupid? )  but thankfully everything got sorted in the end, and things moved along nicely.

One of the first things that occurred was the pairing off of students into the desks that then faced where the teacher would present and show us his magic. Now being that this workshop is in Germany, and the teacher speaks German, and the students all speak German, and well Mr Lee doesn't speak German.. well this sounds like a recipe for disaster eh? Not so! Seems that there is another student here that also isn't fluent in German ( but can understand it ).. MaGie from MaGie's Miniatures! So Mr. Lee is not alone! Better yet, we got paired off into the same table to make it easier on Dervish for when he translates some of his teachings into English at quieter times throughout the session.

Things that we tackled so far though was the assembling of our model. The Maruader Lord kit from Avatars of War! Quite the model to tackle in the beginning, but one that has a lot of areas that will lend itself to what we want to learn this weekend ( or at least what will be taught to us.. let's see how much Mr. Lee can absorb shall we?!? ). We also got to receive the upgraded version of Dervish's model holder.. but a more in depth review of that to come at a later date. And the final piece that we learned was how to smooth out the rough parts of a model.. super secret technique! Shhhh.. watch this space later for how it is done.. once I get the materials myself to replicate it that is ;)

Once all of this was done, Dervish then went into 2 hrs of theory on color contrast, and saturation. Again, all in German, but thankfully with the help of MaGie and others in the class ( who speak GREAT English! Thank you for this! ) I was able to stay up with the topics well enough until I have a more in depth chat with the teacher later this weekend! The only interruption that we really had was the arrival of our "ever so healthy" dinner that was later.. and with that it was pretty much the end of the first day.. Not much on the hands on portion, but I think that will be filled in tomorrow.. not sure if I will have the energy to post something up directly afterwards like tonight, but we shall see!

Keep watching this space, and in the meantime I will leave you with a photo of tonight's meal! Shhh don't tell Mrs. Lee!!!!




16 comments:

  1. Sounds bloody cool, sorry for the rudeness but how much does this cost?

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    1. Final costs for the trip would be hard to state, but the workshop cost was 140 Euros. Which is quite good considering that the model, and the stand, and such are included. But I think the entire weekend will cost me a small arm and leg. Still worth it though!

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  2. That looks like it could be a good weekend! Looking forward to a review of that strange contraption!

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    1. So far so good! And yeah, the contraption is still needing to be worked with, so not sure what to say about it yet!

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  3. Sounds like your having a good time. Look forward to seeing the fruits of your labour. Enjoy the pizza strangely I now want one for breakfast!

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    1. Heh thanks Brummie.. it is going well, but very difficult at the moment. A new post very shortly!

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  4. Damn this Workshop was not too far away and I missed it. The holder seems really cool, in the german forums it is pretty good rated. Whats your opinion on it?

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    1. Paradox0n.. you should join the BrushBrothers forums.. get a lot of news concerning up coming events there through other blogs. Would be cool to meet up at one of these one day!

      http://brushbrothers.de/Brushbrothers/index.php?page=Index

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  5. Sounds like a great weekend! And pizza as well!!!

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    1. Great weekend so far with some great people indeed. Am having a lot of fun, and learning quite a lot! Oh and lots of pizza!

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  6. Looks like you are having a great time there. If you read this before Sunday evening make sure to say hi to MaGie from me :) -Corvus

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    1. So far so good, and MaGie has been my painting partner all weekend ( us foreigners need to stick together! ). And holy moly she can paint!

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    1. Was good, am exhausted, and yet, I still want to say a few things of today! Watch this space!

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  8. i will say it: i m jealous, ok... happy? :)

    seriously though mate, glad that you made it. i know you had some problems with the schedule almost at the last minute but in the end everything's just fine.

    and now, this is the moment you ll tell me the secret about the smoothing the minis :)

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