2016 was one of my worst years for digital coloring pretty much since I started. Looking at my archives, the previous lows were five in 2010 and 2011, but last year I managed four. And two of them were tests, and the other two were so-so. 2017 seems to be on more or less the same track, but at the same time PaintsChainer has at least temporarily re-invigorated my interest in painting.
I once saw an April Fools or some other joke that suggested that some future version of Photoshop could paint your pictures for you using fancy algorithms or whatnot. Well, that day has actually arrived, though it’s a bit more primitive than I’d have liked.
J pointed me to PaintsChainer some weeks ago, and from the moment I saw it I was hooked. PaintsChainer does exactly what I just described: you upload a lineart and it paints it for you. Machine Learning, Whatever, don’t care how. The outputs are quite amazing even if you don’t touch any of its knobs and dials, but they have some flaws and for now I think it’s difficult to correct them.
So I’ve been playing World of Warships for a while now, and it’s recently encouraged me to make some videos.
It’s not that I haven’t made videos before: J and myself have shot plenty of footage of LEGO models and various other projects, but the corresponding videos have just been clips spliced together with some transitions. The WoWS videos range from slightly to somewhat more complicated.
Like the Yoga retrospective, this post is very late on account of the events described having taken place after the soft ending of Nonsense Wars, but I would still like to document my experience with this machine.
When I wrote about my original fanless NUC project I mentioned that the mSATA SSD ran into the 70s even after I attached some tiny aftermarket heatsinks. This was really a sign of things to come: in “production” all of the temps on that machine were higher than I would have liked – not dangerously so, but just enough such that I wasn’t comfortable. So I kept my eye out for a replacement.
This is an old Nonsense Wars post that was supposed to have published in 2013, but that I apparently never finished. Around the time that I completed the Ayase I entertained the idea of rebuilding my second oldest MOC, a hover barge about the same age as the Kagurazaka, and eventually took said idea out for dinner. With both the recent “real” end of NW and the dismantling of the rebuild, I thought it was an appropriate time to complete the post.