Majkhel: Oh yes, the mud will follow... Experiments are promising thus far. I'm going to try out some vallejo mud effects, and some AK interactive effects. I'm going to try and use an airbrush on a wetted brush to create mud-splatter effects. I think I'll try a lighter brown for a dryer look, as well as a darker brown for some variation. Mixing plaster with vallejo mud seems to give it a dried, clumpy texture, whereas mixing thinner gives a thin/loose/runny texture.
Goals and efforts. I'm getting some more vehicles on their way, while logging lots of painting hours each week. With the pandemic and slow-down at work, I've had more time. Though I wish I'd get 4 hours a day in, limited motivation and other distractions get in the way. Still, I'm averaging just over an hour a day, and I'm painting every day the last 12 weeks. I've been keeping a log of my progress, and getting better about it. Last year the longest stretch I had was 6 days. Most days I wouldn't paint, but then I'd paint like 6-8 hours on the weekend. I'm more and more convinced the only way to get better at blending/glazing is to paint everyday--to be one with the paint, in some overly cliche martial arts way.
Horizon. Blood Angels are on my mind again. Better dead than without red. I'm really interested in the idea of Mephiston in an impulsor moving quickly to assist/buff assault units at the front. Some times i couldn't be troubled to read the rules and codexes. At other times i'm obsessed with variations, permutations, and list building. It's getting in the way of my painting this week. There is always a new unit or super awesome thing coming out. I have to remember that this won't change, and regardless of it, I still need an army to play.
Classes: Well no Adepticon (Illinois). I'm doubtful for Reapercon (Texas). I'm signed up for CK Studios (Minnesota) and Sam Lenz (Wisconsin) classes this summer. We'll see if those are cancelled. I think Sam's is already. But, I can still make time for classes on YouTube, and Patreon. I find that online classes/videos/tutorials are great for a view of the model. But, in-person classes give a feel for the process--so many things are happening at once, paint consistency, brush saturation, brush direction, brush pressure. So, there is a benefit to being in-person, though I never really know what questions to ask. I'd like to ask more questions.