Last 15 posts from Inso's World

A single minded post.

Posted on August 23rd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello again.This week has been a productive one. I seem to have shaken off my lack of enthusiasm for everything and managed to acheive a few things (mostly home/work related) but most importantly of all, I have finished my secret project.It has taken a…

An eclectic Sunday mix.

Posted on August 16th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Before I start today’s post proper, I would like to welcome The Responsible One to Inso’s World. Welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. Feel free to comment and take inspiration where you find it.

So… where to start?

Being an ‘artist’ has its ups and downs. You’d like to be able to get stuff done but your muse comes and goes and finding motivation can be tough. There are also times when you get the terrifying statement “you’re an artist… can you do…?” thrown towards you. It is apparent that just because I can sculpt and paint tiny people, I can paint portraits, build stage backdrops, hew sculptures from stone… etc… which of course I would give (and have given) a go at but it isn’t my speciality and leads to mixed results. At the moment, I have a number of small commissions on the go. One I have had for almost a year and I have just lost my mojo for (fortunately no money has changed hands)… I have also misplaced the sculpts I was working on because I packed a lot of stuff away when I went to the Falklands and haven’t found everything yet. Another I forgot about but found languishing in a bag and am now getting sorted:

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It is a driver for a radio controlled car that needs a coat of paint. There was no rush on this one but I must admit to feeling a bit guilty when I found it in my work bag. I get to choose the colours and just paint it up.
I then had a request to paint black bits on a Celtic Knot for a wedding next weekend… so this is now done:
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It’s about 60mm diameter and will look much better than a solid chrome piece, when fitted to the kilt it is destined for.
In addition to this, I have my secret project, which I will reveal in a few weeks and have just been approached to make a cake topper for a wedding cake.
The trouble is… I take on these projects with all intention of getting them finished quickly and up to a good quality… and then my muse buggers off and I am left with no flair or motivation to get things finished! Then you just feel guilty… and that makes things worse.
I certainly couldn’t do this sort of thing for a living. It would have to be on my terms and it would also have to be on subjects that I enjoyed working on.
Anyway… back to other things and I have now got as far as I need to on my first badger rider, ‘Chuck':
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I still need to finish the lance head but I will sort out the whole unit’s lances at the same time so that I can focus on getting them all the same. The base also needs to be finished but I will tick along with that, using waste putty from the other sculpting I am working on at the time. 
I have also been thinking about other elite units and my thoughts turned to Bullgryn. Now at £28.50 for three, getting some from GW would have been overly expensive and to be honest, I fancied having a go at something different anyway so I ordered some Dreadball Orx from EBay and now have five miniatures to convert. While I was waiting for them to arrive, I thought I’d mock a few ideas up on Microsoft Paint… here’s one of my ideas:
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They look the part but will be slightly smaller than the newest version of Ogryn; however, with a slightly taller base, they are the perfect height for the old second edition Ogryn so I am not overly concerned about the difference.
As I have mentioned, I plan on casting up some vehicles at some point, using plaster. Part of the preparation is to assemble a casting kit and I am now one step closetr as a result of finding some cheap Lego ‘proxy’ bricks in a shop. 2 boxes of 500 bricks came to £5.98 so I was very happy with that. Now I have the ability to build a moulding box… I just have to wait for two large bases to arrive and my casting kit will be complete:
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I guess I’ll need some talc too… and to build what I want to cast of course!
Finally… I have got to get my uniform up to scratch because I am going to a wedding next week and in a few weeks will be going to an award presentation… so it will have to be very immaculate.
… and that is it for this week. My plan is to finish the secret project this week, continue with the badger riders and get some paint on the driver. Hopefully, my motivation will stick around long enough to achieve this. Who knows?
See you from the inside of a particularly robust turtle shell!

A Sunday post with no waffle.

Posted on August 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Before I start this post, I would like to welcome tony maher and JP Price to Inso’s World. Welcome to you both and I hope that you can feel safe travelling the pathways, sharing comments and ideas as you go.So the big news this week is that my sculptin…

A week of calamity, reflection and insomnia.

Posted on August 2nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome to the 900th post on Inso’s World.

Before I start this week’s post proper, I’d like to welcome MIKE OLIVER to Inso’s World. Welcome aboard, Mike and I hope you enjoy your stroll around. Feel free to comment on what you find.

So this week I have been hit with the insomnia stick and have not really been on the planet. That said, I have still managed to go to work and get a few things done at home as well.

First up, I have put in my notice and will be leaving the Royal Air Force in January 2017 (if they accept my notice). At that point, I will have completed 28 years  and 4 months service. Now I have put my notice in, my hobby time will dramatically reduce due to having to sort things out for my move and change of life. That is all I am saying about that at the moment.

A lot of other stuff has been going on that I want to share, and it is all about the Windows 10 upgrade.

My Dad decided to upgrade his computer to Windows 10 from Windows 7. He clicked on the free download and his computer has died. Now, I am sure that a computer engineer can sort it out but all the fixes that I have had suggested have failed because you can’t actually enter anything in normal mode. As a result, my Dad, who is a pensioner that lives alone, in a town where there are no computer shops is stuck with no internet (fortunately, I have a spare tablet to send him so it shouldn’t be for long).

So… part of my travels to try and find a solution was to join the Windows community forum… and guess what? Windows 10 is killing computers all over the world. For some it is minor stuff and for others it is like my Dad’s computer… expert level fixes.

There are a few things to think about if you plan on upgrading to Windows 10:

  1. Make sure you investigate system requirements before you start.
  2. Make sure you save all of your important files to an alternative source.
  3. Make sure you have the correct listed updates installed on your computer.
  4. If the internet/your computer is essential… have an alternative handy.
  5. Wait a short while for all the bugs to be ironed out before you go for it.
  6. When you do it, make sure you are prepared to have to fix things.
You have been warned!
I went to Oxford yesterday. The main reason was to talk to my tattooist about getting my tattoo retouched… but he wasn’t there so I’ll have to go back another time. It isn’t an issue because it has turned out very nicely with only a tiny area that needs a bit more filling. While I was there I popped into the Games Workshop store and noticed that they had one of the new base packs for sale… so I bought a couple. The reason I did this was because they have just introduced a wide range of oval and larger bases that I thought would come in handy. Here is what I bought:
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The pic shows one packet that I unpacked and another that is still sealed. As you can see, due to a packing error, I got a free 40mm base. You will also see that one of the base packs was £8.00 so that price may put people off a bit. That said, the bases will all get used and one of the main reasons I bought them was because I needed bases for my badgers and they seemed perfect:
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The badgers use the smaller sized oval bases and it is as if they were made for each other. I decided that I would fill the little moulding dimple in the middle of the base with green stuff so that when I come to add detail to the base, I don’t have to worry about it.
Due to me being so tired, sculpting has been completely off the menu this week so I have had to find other things to keep me occupied. As a result, I had a check of the rule books and made a note of what was legal and what wasn’t. I needed to change the Sentinel heavy bolters for autocannons and the Exo trooper hammers for either powerfists or chainfists. So, after a bit of thought, I opted to go for Anvil Industries chainglaives and howitzers for the conversions… and with a bit of work, have carried out the basic assembly work, ready for the sculpting bit to start:
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As I have already mentioned, they are still WIP and will be, until I have the aptitude for a bit of sculpting.
Well that, as they say, is that. Have a great Week and hopefully, I’ll be back next week with something a bit more substantial to share.
See you from the side of the long and winding road.

A rainy summer’s day.

Posted on July 26th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

It would appear that the traditional British summer rain has hit today so the light in the house is appalling enough to hamper any real hobby stuff. With that said, I thought I’d get in an early blog post today, in the vain hope that things cheer up an…

The ebb and flow.

Posted on July 19th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Before I start I’d like to welcome Amy Clark and Ariel El vikingo dark to Inso’s World. Welcome to you both and I hope that you enjoy your stay. Please feel free to comment on anything you see fit and share your thoughts.So…this week has been a bit u…

What an Eclectic Week!

Posted on July 12th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Before I start today’s post, I’d like to welcome Suber to Inso’s World. Welcome aboard! I hope you enjoy your travels around the world and comment when you see fit.This week has been an odd one.A few weeks ago, my daughter turned 18 and she decided tha…

The putty is rebelling!

Posted on July 5th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

One thing that an amateur sculptor needs in order to sculpt, is putty. I have lots of it but it seems that the environmental conditions have caused it to rebel! It has not been mixing properly and won’t stick to what I want it to and I blame my sweaty …

What is all the fuss about?

Posted on July 4th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Games Workshop has decided that now is the time to revamp the Warhammer Fantasy game by… well to be honest… completely changing almost everything about it.They have renamed it Warhammer Age of Sigmar, have renamed most of the races, completely chan…

A very busy week!

Posted on June 28th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Before I start I’d like to welcome Jayke Hall to Inso’s World. Welcome aboard and feel free to wander the grounds and share your experiences.So… this week has been one of much ado.First of all, I decided that it was a good idea to show my daughter an…

Oooo… something NEW.

Posted on June 21st, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again.

It has been a good week really. Much of it has been fairly normal but I also had a leaving do to attend (lots and LOTS of cocktails) so that was nice.

So what’s new? Well… there is a new tabletop gaming magazine out and it is called Tabletop Gaming (OK… not the most original title… but it certainly is all about what it says on the cover).

I bought one to see what was inside and you get 162, full colour, nicely laid out pages for the price of £5.25. It is an independent magazine so has stuff about a host of games (by host I actually mean HOST!!!!!) with a certain amount of advertising throughout. I bought mine from WH Smith’s and it was in the computing section… which didn’t surprise me because it has the look and feel of a computer magazine.

The content of the magazine is a mix of gaming types with everything from card games, through board games and dice games to wargames. Due to this magazine being about ‘101 Games You Need to Play’ there are a lot of games with a small amount of detail. There are one or two of the games that have interviews and are expanded a bit but generally, you get a brief overview of the game and not much else. If you are expecting a wargaming magazine, this isn’t it… and there is only a two page spread of hobby material, which seemed a bit lost.

With all that said, it was worth getting and there is a bit of text that says that the next magazine will get a bit more balance… so there may be more hobby stuff in there. So look out for Tabletop Gaming Magazine when you are out and about.

Now that has been said… what hobby have I been getting upto this week. Well, I have been working on my secret project a bit but have also managed to finish the second Gun Servitor which completes the Engineseer’s little unit:

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He is armed with a Multimelta… even though it happens to be one that has been traded from a Tau. The gun choice was out of necessity due to me not having anything else I liked the look of and I didn’t want to go parts shopping again.
In other news, I have been working on my Beastman Primaris Psyker and have managed to get the proportions right but I haven’t got far enough to show him off so you’ll have to wait for him a little while longer… but he is a Jedi so he should be worth the wait.
As well as the beastman, I have been tidying up the easy areas of the second platoon ready for the arm slog. I have attached the comm sets where I need to and will be sorting out the carrying straps soon. They are very nice little comms sets from Mad Robot and can be found HERE.
That’s about it for now… next weekend is socially very busy for me so if there is a blip, don’t worry, I’ll make sure I post an update Monday/Tuesday instead.
See you from the box under the wardrobe!

A nice cuppa.

Posted on June 14th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’m sitting having a nice cuppa whilst updating Inso’s World this week. It is nice to just plonk sometimes and be a bit lazy and that is what I am doing today. This week has been a mix of dental pain, fitness tests (I passed it) and an excess of tequil…

The long haul.

Posted on June 7th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

IHello again. I’ve not been too busy with sculpting this week but I have been doing little bits here and there… namely working on the second Squat Platoon:Click the Pic!As you can see, all of the basic assembly has been completed and a certain amount…

Friday meandering.

Posted on June 5th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Before I start this out of sequence post, I’d like to welcome the newest follower to Inso’s World; Ian. I hope you enjoy your stay and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas here, in the comments.So… yesterday, I had a pair of wisdom teeth out an…

Reflection, adaptation and focus realignment.

Posted on May 31st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

It is that time of week again and I have had a week where some plans have had to be changed and some focus has had to be adjusted.What do I mean? Well… when it comes to army building you have to have an idea of what you are aiming for. Sometimes it w…