When Laura said she’d like to host a post on the Geekhood Blog Tour, I was chuffed to bits. As you might know, she has offered an astonishing amount of support for my book; support that I much appreciate. So, when she agreed, I thought that it might be nice to try and do something a bit different. After a bit of head-scratching, I decided upon introducing her to one of the Geekiest of Geek Pursuits: painting miniatures. One mid-morning, Laura, quite bravely I thought, came down to my stretch of the Thames and suffered a dinghy-trip to my boat, where she suffered my cooking. Amidst all the laughs and questions, I gave her the basics on painting a White Scar Space Marine. If you don’t know what I’m on about, hang in there – I think all will be revealed in Laura’s Geek Week.
|That's Andy. In a hat. It's rather a holey hat but a hat none the less|
Anyhow, what Laura’s put together is what happened that day on my boat on the Thames. And I’d like to thank her for her selfless support and generosity of spirit. But I know she gets a bit blushy when people say nice things, so I won’t.
Right Andy's done talking so now it's MY turn :)
Andy Robb has written a book called Geekhood (published by the good folk at Stripes Publishing in June) and I begged to read it and then couldn't stop telling people about it. Loved it to pieces because not only was it a kick ass read but it spoke to me and the little geek girl inside me. Here's the summary:
If you haven't worked it out yet, girls don't do this. They don't come to the Hovel. They don't like goblins and dragons. They don't paint miniatures. They don't play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don't talk to Geeks like me especially if they're pretty. And this girl is pretty. What do you do if you're a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a Beautiful Girl has appeared in the midst of your geeky world? And she seems to like you... For Archie, the natural reaction would be to duck and cover ... run for the hills ... buy a new model elf... Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. But even Geeks have to put their heads above the parapet at some point. With his mum barely able to contain her excitement that her son is about to join the human race, and his step-father, Tony the Tosser, offering crass advice, it's time for Archie to embark on a daring Quest to win the Beautiful Girl's heart and shake off his Geekhood for good...
Andy Robb lives on a boat, it's like a floating Tardis and thus cool. He invited me over as part of this blog tour and who was I to refuse; it's a boat. Yes I'm easily amused. The boat is pretty much as you'd imagine when picturing a Geektopia. Every little shelf or wall had a Geek touch from guitars hanging (including I am told on signed by the Rolling Stones), autographs and comic lithographs, a mound of built LEGO (he says it's his lad's but we both know this is a lie because LEGO is cool and should be played with daily) and he's already set up the work station for the day.
I've done Art at school but painting a teeny tiny plastic figure is hard. I soon had to whip out the old Geek glasses for the detail stuff. Like in Geekhood you start with a wash all over to pick out and highlight al those details and give him a worn look. You want your warrior to look a bit battle worn.
Geekhood is Andy's debut novel and he's had quite a varied history of jobs. Actor, Movie set caterer, tattoo artist (what? random but cool) which led onto just doing the fake tattoo for movies and clubs. He's got stories that'll leave you in stitches for each of these careers. It's brilliant but he's a Geek at heart so his best tales are the Geek war stories which we traded off with. He won. *sulk face*
Once my little White Scar Warrior was dry next came highlighting some parts with the heavy black. If i'm honest Andy showed me how to do it and the areas to highlight but because we kept with the Geek chat I just kept highlighting at random. I need to be stopped. I was refocused by Andy and painted my warrior's wee gun black because a weapon must by black and dirty. This dried pretty quick and then came dry brushing which is what you'd think. Painting with a dry brush. Brain surgery this code is not. I was to do this flicky thing with the white paint so it made the White Scar look dirty in a way but good dirty. Like he'd seen a few fights and wasn't fresh out of the little warrior shower all shiny.
TO BE CONTINUED....RETURN AT 2PM FOR PART 2!