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.
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!!!!