Posts Tagged ‘Hobby’

So Very Tired…

Posted on February 19th, 2018 under , . Posted by

  Evening folks, Abe here.  So I know it’s been a little while since I posted and there is a very simple explanation for my absence from the blog; laziness.Sloth, both my favourite creature and favourite deadly sin   But seriously f…

Musing on Basing

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’ve always been a fan of basing. I’m not sure why – maybe because basing responds really well to thinks like washing and dry brushing and those early techniques you […]

Cant find it, make it!

Posted on February 8th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Ever wanted to do something thing and to do it you may have needed to buy something that cost more than you would like for what you want to do Or you just cant find anything that would do the job well I did and thought I might as well make it!!So …

Bolt Action – Polish Airborne

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Many of you will have seen the slow progress I have been making on my 1250 point German Afrika Korp force. I have been building […]

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Stretching My Hobby Muscles: Wargame Hobby Bingo

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I don’t really do monthly hobby challenges anymore. While the first Hobby Progress Challenge from the Independent Characters I did pushed me to work on my army, my life and […]

Under New Management: Reviewing the LVO Team Narrative

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Despite writing a lot about competitive 40K, I’m a narrative player at heart. For me, 40K is about telling cool stories with neat models, and competitive gaming is a little […]

40K in 2017

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

You thought you had escaped, hadn’t you? Surely, by the 22nd, all the various New Year introspectives would be over. Oh no my friend, you vastly underestimate my ability to procrastinate. […]

La Danse Macabre – Venom WIP

Posted on December 30th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Hey folks. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a happy new year too! Sorry for the delayed best wishes, but as usual at this time of year, life is just super busy with family, visits, work etc (the usual stuff). Fortunately I have m…

2017 a hobby review.

Posted on December 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Wow its been a year! And what a year it has been! CSM getting a reboot in the first quarter, and then 8th ed drops for Warhammer 40k!I was just sorting out my photo album, well primarily trying to find photos to keep or delete and I was surprised what …

WIP: Blood Angel Sanguinary Priest on Bike + 20 Tac

Posted on December 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Just found some old pictures in my phone and thought I would share them with you guys! Sanguinary Priest on bikeLoads of BA Tacticals but don’t know when I’ll use them if ever

Ashes & Dust – Monsters of Malifaux

Posted on December 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Have gotten around to painting my Ashes and Dust for my Outcast faction. Really good fun putting this model and painting it. Here are some highlight photos from my journey! Big believer in putting as many models together as possible, even terrain!…

Hobby Management part 2- Smaugs Hoard

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So, what about the stuff you don’t or can’t get rid of? What about those models that scream “BUT BOSS, THERE MIGHT BE A NEW EDITION IN FIVE YEARS, USE ME!!!! USE ME!!!!!”

The horror, the horror Well it’s all about the storage isn’t it? I always think there are a few watershed moments in a life as a hobbyist, one of these is storing your figures correctly. It stops chipping as often, you don’t need a tube of superglue everywhere you go for those inevitable breakages (after all most figures are plastic now) and you can store more stuff if you store efficiently. NUMBER ONE- Hobby cases,  look after your stuff, protect your figures, respect your work. Most of us put a fair amount of time into what we do. In fact I was once part of a brief look at how long we spent painting vs gaming in a group of GW staff (I was young and needed the money…). Turns out that regardless of whether someone saw themselves as a painter or a gamer, everyone spent more time painting, other than one guy, who realistically did neither! You need a good case (or cases), there are many brands; GW, KR, Figures in Comfort… I could go on. I go for KR, they’re cheap, easily accessible to me and I can store them easily, but more on that in a bit. I tend to try and use 1-2 cases per army, this is fine for infantry and tanks, scales have increased in size over time and some oversized models are harder to store, boxes and your own custom packing seem to be the way forward to me, you can never plan for universally shaped larger models.

You can always go with the odd makeup case- JB is a fan

NUMBER TWO- Display cabinets show off your best work, store those awkwardly shaped figures, guilt trip yourself into painting undercoated models. Display cases are good, I used mine to show stuff off, from epic single models like Primarchs, to whole armies. Ikea was my choice for this, I paid about £150 per cabinet. They also do CD racks with glass shelves which you can mount on the wall. Obviously other retailers are available, but I like my cabinets.

NUMBER THREE- I have loads of cases! What do I do with them? Eventually you get here…”What are all there cases?” “Why are they here on the floor?” “Why has the cat got a lasgun coming out of its mouth?” I’ve heard the lot, again plan ahead, have a safe space, somewhere a case fits well, ideally a few fit well, maybe a level of organisation, maybe….Ikea again. So, turns out Ikea do some low level units which store exactly 2 KR cases (or GW) on a shelf. So I have two of these, all full of cases, with all the cases labelled for organisation and to satisfy any level of OCD I’m feeling that day. Again any retailer is find, but be thorough in your choice here, you may need a fair amount of storage over the years and it will need to be durable.

Mine looks like this but it’s on it’s side

Hobby Management part 2- Smaugs Hoard

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So, what about the stuff you don’t or can’t get rid of? What about those models that scream “BUT BOSS, THERE MIGHT BE A NEW EDITION IN FIVE YEARS, USE ME!!!! USE ME!!!!!”

The horror, the horror Well it’s all about the storage isn’t it? I always think there are a few watershed moments in a life as a hobbyist, one of these is storing your figures correctly. It stops chipping as often, you don’t need a tube of superglue everywhere you go for those inevitable breakages (after all most figures are plastic now) and you can store more stuff if you store efficiently. NUMBER ONE- Hobby cases,  look after your stuff, protect your figures, respect your work. Most of us put a fair amount of time into what we do. In fact I was once part of a brief look at how long we spent painting vs gaming in a group of GW staff (I was young and needed the money…). Turns out that regardless of whether someone saw themselves as a painter or a gamer, everyone spent more time painting, other than one guy, who realistically did neither! You need a good case (or cases), there are many brands; GW, KR, Figures in Comfort… I could go on. I go for KR, they’re cheap, easily accessible to me and I can store them easily, but more on that in a bit. I tend to try and use 1-2 cases per army, this is fine for infantry and tanks, scales have increased in size over time and some oversized models are harder to store, boxes and your own custom packing seem to be the way forward to me, you can never plan for universally shaped larger models.

You can always go with the odd makeup case- JB is a fan

NUMBER TWO- Display cabinets show off your best work, store those awkwardly shaped figures, guilt trip yourself into painting undercoated models. Display cases are good, I used mine to show stuff off, from epic single models like Primarchs, to whole armies. Ikea was my choice for this, I paid about £150 per cabinet. They also do CD racks with glass shelves which you can mount on the wall. Obviously other retailers are available, but I like my cabinets.

NUMBER THREE- I have loads of cases! What do I do with them? Eventually you get here…”What are all there cases?” “Why are they here on the floor?” “Why has the cat got a lasgun coming out of its mouth?” I’ve heard the lot, again plan ahead, have a safe space, somewhere a case fits well, ideally a few fit well, maybe a level of organisation, maybe….Ikea again. So, turns out Ikea do some low level units which store exactly 2 KR cases (or GW) on a shelf. So I have two of these, all full of cases, with all the cases labelled for organisation and to satisfy any level of OCD I’m feeling that day. Again any retailer is find, but be thorough in your choice here, you may need a fair amount of storage over the years and it will need to be durable.

Mine looks like this but it’s on it’s side

Hobby Management part 1- killing your darlings

Posted on November 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So, a tough article to write, the subject this time, the natural hoarding tendencies of the collector and ways to manage it. I think it’s fair to say that most of us are “collectors”, it’s called plastic crack for a reason and we’ve all bought a model that’s never been assembled/painted/seen again.

How much is too much?


A few years ago when I moved in with my now fiancée, I was forced to rationalise my collection, it felt tough at the time, but a watershed moment like this is useful in the long term. We just didn’t have the space and it made me realise how much of my stuff was just boxed and sitting on shelves. There were “dead games” that weren’t in production anymore, unassmbled figures, old armies in severe need of repair, paints that had turned, you name it and I have at least one of it. 
I turned to eBay, a few of my friends had some success and I was a decent enough painter, so after a few difficult sales I got better at it and it’s rare that I don’t make some form of profit, so I came up with my golden rules for managing my collection through sales, without further ado:
1. Paint all your stuff if you can, painted models sell better if you have some talent.
2. Store your figures well, there’s nothing more frustrating that having to repair or repaint figures just to sell them.
3. Take good pics, I’ll do an article on the little I’ve learnt on this at some point.
4. Sell the right stuff at the right time. GW price rises help, sell stuff when an army is re-released.
5. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to kill your darlings. Selling or getting rid of armies is sometimes necessary. Realising the signs is important, if you’re not using them, feel you could’ve done a better job or are just keeping them for nostalgia purposes, then maybe it’s time…
But how can you make it feel better? You put a lot of effort into that army, in a perfect world you’d keep them all right?

But should you catch ‘em all? 


Well my rules are that I photograph everything I sell and keep images for prosperity. I have pics of all my old armies, even though some are now in the Philippines, Germany, Australia, USA, Yemen and more. I’m pretty proud of that, my figures are more travelled than I am! The other thing I do if I can is sell to a friend, that way I can actually see someone enjoying the army, it doesn’t happen often though as most of my friend are holistic hobbyists and Base and paint their own stuff.

My recently sold Kaptain Flashgit Badruk, a nice figure to paint


So, don’t be afrai pd to slay you’re darlings. After all, plastic crack isn’t free and I know where my proceeds go! Next time I’ll talk about storing it all.
Last but not least if you want to expand your collection and really like my stuff, check out my auctions:

Hobby Management part 1- killing your darlings

Posted on November 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So, a tough article to write, the subject this time, the natural hoarding tendencies of the collector and ways to manage it. I think it’s fair to say that most of us are “collectors”, it’s called plastic crack for a reason and we’ve all bought a model that’s never been assembled/painted/seen again.

How much is too much?


A few years ago when I moved in with my now fiancée, I was forced to rationalise my collection, it felt tough at the time, but a watershed moment like this is useful in the long term. We just didn’t have the space and it made me realise how much of my stuff was just boxed and sitting on shelves. There were “dead games” that weren’t in production anymore, unassmbled figures, old armies in severe need of repair, paints that had turned, you name it and I have at least one of it. 
I turned to eBay, a few of my friends had some success and I was a decent enough painter, so after a few difficult sales I got better at it and it’s rare that I don’t make some form of profit, so I came up with my golden rules for managing my collection through sales, without further ado:
1. Paint all your stuff if you can, painted models sell better if you have some talent.
2. Store your figures well, there’s nothing more frustrating that having to repair or repaint figures just to sell them.
3. Take good pics, I’ll do an article on the little I’ve learnt on this at some point.
4. Sell the right stuff at the right time. GW price rises help, sell stuff when an army is re-released.
5. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to kill your darlings. Selling or getting rid of armies is sometimes necessary. Realising the signs is important, if you’re not using them, feel you could’ve done a better job or are just keeping them for nostalgia purposes, then maybe it’s time…
But how can you make it feel better? You put a lot of effort into that army, in a perfect world you’d keep them all right?

But should you catch ‘em all? 


Well my rules are that I photograph everything I sell and keep images for prosperity. I have pics of all my old armies, even though some are now in the Philippines, Germany, Australia, USA, Yemen and more. I’m pretty proud of that, my figures are more travelled than I am! The other thing I do if I can is sell to a friend, that way I can actually see someone enjoying the army, it doesn’t happen often though as most of my friend are holistic hobbyists and Base and paint their own stuff.

My recently sold Kaptain Flashgit Badruk, a nice figure to paint


So, don’t be afraid to slay your darlings. After all, plastic crack isn’t free and I know where my proceeds go! Next time I’ll talk about storing it all.
Last but not least if you want to expand your collection and really like my stuff, check out my auctions:

Bolt Action: Light Your Fire!

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by


Light Your Fire! Finding Inspiration for your Bolt Action Hobby.
By Kieran

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” – George Burns

See now that may seem like a rather lofty quotation to start an article about Bolt Action, or even an article about wargaming in general, but while I was looking for a title for this article I put the foundation word about what I am going to write about and it popped up on the old google and I said to myself yes that maybe captures it.


What am I writing about for this article? Well following from the feedback I have received from my first article (Burnout, found HERE) I thought I would expand on it a little and maybe bring something forward that I didn’t really address, the topic of inspiration.


Now no matter what you do in any tier of your life the things that really make us happy and fill the time spent doing them with the most enjoyment are the things that we are truly engrossed in, that have the ability to speak to us on a different level, these are fundamentally things that inspire us.


How do we involve inspiration within the game of bolt action? Well it is maybe something that we have already done. It is having that underlying interest with the armies we put on the table that we put hours into listing, collecting, modelling, and painting. Because I feel, as I know many others do as well, that having that story gives us a hook that will keep us indebted towards any army over a longer period of time no matter how competitive or otherwise it is.



This is maybe why there is that imaginary line between those who produce forces that have a bigger influence from some source or another and those who build for a competitive listing. Now maybe your inspiration comes from that competitive standpoint but I am sure that the turnover of forces that player would play is a lot higher than the other.

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Bolt Action: Light Your Fire!

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by


Light Your Fire! Finding Inspiration for your Bolt Action Hobby.
By Kieran

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” – George Burns

See now that may seem like a rather lofty quotation to start an article about Bolt Action, or even an article about wargaming in general, but while I was looking for a title for this article I put the foundation word about what I am going to write about and it popped up on the old google and I said to myself yes that maybe captures it.


What am I writing about for this article? Well following from the feedback I have received from my first article (Burnout, found HERE) I thought I would expand on it a little and maybe bring something forward that I didn’t really address, the topic of inspiration.


Now no matter what you do in any tier of your life the things that really make us happy and fill the time spent doing them with the most enjoyment are the things that we are truly engrossed in, that have the ability to speak to us on a different level, these are fundamentally things that inspire us.


How do we involve inspiration within the game of bolt action? Well it is maybe something that we have already done. It is having that underlying interest with the armies we put on the table that we put hours into listing, collecting, modelling, and painting. Because I feel, as I know many others do as well, that having that story gives us a hook that will keep us indebted towards any army over a longer period of time no matter how competitive or otherwise it is.



This is maybe why there is that imaginary line between those who produce forces that have a bigger influence from some source or another and those who build for a competitive listing. Now maybe your inspiration comes from that competitive standpoint but I am sure that the turnover of forces that player would play is a lot higher than the other.

Read more »

Inclusion Matters – 40K Edition

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Imagine you’re in a city you’ve never been to before, and you’re in the mood to watch whatever sport it is you like. Your team’s playing tonight, and one of […]

Review: HITECH Miniatures

Posted on October 26th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

On occasion, I get an idea for a narrative scenario and it takes hold, distracting me from whatever hobby project I’m currently working on to do something to make that […]

NZ Wargaming Invitationals 2017

Posted on October 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Another year of fantastic Wargaming tournaments around the country is about to culminate with the end of year event of events. The second annual ‘NZ Wargaming Invitationals’ will be the pinnacle event for those wargamers looking to finish off on a high…

NZ Wargaming Invitationals 2017

Posted on October 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Another year of fantastic Wargaming tournaments around the country is about to culminate with the end of year event of events. The second annual ‘NZ Wargaming Invitationals’ will be the pinnacle Tournament for those wargamers looking to finish off on a…

Call Me Old Fashioned …

Posted on October 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

As I get older I find things preying on my mind. Sometimes they make me feel old, sometimes they make me feel sad and sometimes they make me angry.

What I’m about to highlight are mainly all three.  Read the grumbling that follows at your own risk.

Game & Gaming
This is a verb (a “doing” word) that has become increasingly common amongst wargamers.

Now I admit that I play games, mainly tabletop

Call Me Old Fashioned …

Posted on October 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

As I get older I find things preying on my mind. Sometimes they make me feel old, sometimes they make me feel sad and sometimes they make me angry.What I’m about to highlight are mainly all three.  Read the grumbling that follows at your own risk….

Dark Eldar Bio-Dreadnought

Posted on October 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Alas I don’t have a dread-like model to be painting for Dreadtober, but as luck would have it the next installation from my back-catalogue is this beauty!Silsotha delicately adjusted the final few synaptic bridges on her latest prototypes, their forms …

Dark Eldar Bio-Dreadnought

Posted on October 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Alas I don’t have a dread-like model to be painting for Dreadtober, but as luck would have it the next installation from my back-catalogue is this beauty!Silsotha delicately adjusted the final few synaptic bridges on her latest prototypes, their forms …