Posts Tagged ‘Modelling’

Ars Moriendi – A life in progress post

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

(Some appropriate music first)

It’s common knowledge that life’s a funny thing. You’ll hear the “life’s worth nothing but nothing’s worth life” motto and all kinds of ready made predigested thoughts when getting on the topic but rest assured I won’t bore you with any of it…
It’s just that life’s funny, you get a slap from one hand and a caress from the other… but memento mori I suppose (OK I did continue).
Why all the weird (and let’s face it, slightly gloomy) tone ? Well because among a massive dose of real life that hit me in a face like a trout, some good things have immerged. One of those is that Brian Roe AKA the Roebeast from the Magical house of sunshine blog, has kindly organised a giveaway to celebrate his 200th follower and I’ve somehow managed to be the winner of it thanks to a fluke !
I think giving away a present in which Brian put some time and effort makes it even more valuable and the excellent thing about it apart from its quality, is that it blends just nicely with my bases and their sort of purplish tone.

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Mantic Monday: Community Round Up

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the past week it seems like we have had a lot of community action going on – so let’s take a look at what has been going on in the world of Mantic! The Kings of War 2 beta army lists have been updated! For those of you that don’t know, the Kings of […]

Project: Astra Militarum Update #3

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

It’s been a long time between posts, so here are some ‘proof of life’ pics to assure you all that I am still alive and painting!
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The Coven painted and ready to go

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

Felt like a quiet day so I painted my Coven models that I got from the KS. Very nice models apart from the Powerhouse who I just didn’t like. So I added some claws and a head piece . Still looks a bit static but its better. I also made up some the temporary minions […]

Pulp City cards

Posted on March 30th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Pulp city dot com has started updating the web site to have the new cards. See here for list of Heroes and Villains. Here is an example of an updated card and what it means Twilight level 1 infiltrator with mystery alignment, generates 2 AP each turn and no minion points. Mounted on a 30mm base and […]

Pulp City based coated and washed

Posted on March 29th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Still lots to do but almost ready for a game or two. They are a bit brighter than photo suggests but I do tend to be quite a dark painter anyway. Very nice to paint and the variety is brilliant. Each model is unique and they are require different techniques. The big powerhouse, Cro Mag […]

Pulp City models based

Posted on March 27th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Well some of them are based, enough to have a starter game with my mate. I based up the Coven on some resin bases from Taban and made up a 50mm using a 40mm plus the rim from a 50mm. I based the Villains on some resin secret model bases. They are ok but not […]

Taking the Scenic Route

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

The Mantic Battlezones scenery is a fantastic, easy to assemble system. Everything works based on a 3” square tile. You simply take a tile, add some connectors and fix the next one to it, and so on. Before you know it you have futuristic cities for short range firefights, or the interior corridors of a […]

The Helpful Hobby Guide – How to make a wet palette

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

Probably the greatest tool in miniature painting history after the brush itself
Most of you must have heard of wet palettes before and many of you might already be using one or maybe some amongst you have tried and hated that.
If you haven’t heard of these or have but never got to try it, here’s how I made myself another one.
Now because I find my palette is my best friend, jus press play and see for yourself how life can be made so much easier :

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Hobby: Scale Modelling Techniques

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

My last couple of weeks have included minimal hobby time, so I still have no new models to share. I have also been held back by a desperate need for resupply; I have several paints and other modelling supplies on order from various stores that I’m waiting to receive before I can progress my Astra Militarum vehicles. I could, of course, be working on my infantry, but I honestly just haven’t found the motivation to grind my way through painting mass Guardsmen.
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Urgently Wanted: 1/72 HäT WW1 Figures

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Nick Papadopoulos of Papatoetoe in Auckland is currently in the process of mustering 1/72nd scale figures to produce two dioramas to display on behalf of the Papatoetoe Historical Society for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings. The dioramas will be a ‘Gallipoli

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Project: Hobby Update March 2015

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

My hobby time has been scarce recently, and most of it has been consumed by stripping paint… but I’m not going to let that hold me back! I’ve just made my biggest single 40k purchase of all time: a trio of Forge World Cerastus Knights.
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Mantic unleash their Secret Weapon!

Posted on February 10th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Mantic is a hobby company – we make good quality, affordable miniatures, and simple to play games. We offer incredible customizable scenery, and now we’re pleased to be working with Secret Weapon as their exclusive distributor for the Tablescapes Gaming Tiles in the UK and Europe! What are Tablescapes Gaming Tiles? Tablescapes Gaming Tiles are […]

Hobby: Setbacks and Motivation

Posted on February 6th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

My hobby time is rare and precious. I try to make the most of it: I keep my workspace tidy and organised, I plan ahead with my projects, I work on several models concurrently so I’m not waiting around for glue/paint to dry. I strive for perfection in all my modeling and painting. So how do I find the will to keep pursuing this hobby when it all goes horribly wrong?

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Tale of a King: Clash of Kings Road Trip: Part 3

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

Part 3: It’s all about the Base! So I’ve chosen the Faction, written my first army list, bought the models… now I need to start building my army! Everything in Kings of War has a base which is it’s Footprint. Infantry take up the smallest area so are represented on 20mm or 25mm square bases, […]

The Writing’s on the Wall

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 under . Posted by

Yet another not-very-interesting post today I’m afraid, serving to document what I’ve painted as opposed to entertaining the reader.

Another set of Tamiya 1/35 brick walls assembled and painted to add to the scenery pile in readiness for March’s Big Game (Burley Gate, Herefordshire, Saturday, 14th March).

Speaking of which, we’ve had a couple of players drop out recently, so if anyone’s interested in popping along, then please let me know (cost will be £10-£15 which includes buffet). More details here.

WIP: Astra Militarum Taurox Conversion #2

Posted on January 25th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I made good progress on my Taurox conversion today. The main assembly process is complete and this guy is ready for some spray primer. The wheels, side and rear steps, and exhaust pipes have not been glued on yet since I will spray those black while the rest of the vehicle will be sprayed AP Skeleton Bone.
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WIP: Astra Militarum Taurox Conversion #1

Posted on January 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

“This kit requires some modelling skill to assemble.” That’s what it says on the Victoria Miniatures webstore for their ‘APC Wheels and Suspension Kit’ a.k.a. Taurox conversion kit. Sounds like a pretty standard disclaimer for a resin third-party kit, right? What they probably should have said was, “you may be tempted to rage-quit the hobby forever trying to assemble this thing”.
So that was probably a bit melodramatic, but assembling the wheels and suspension was much harder than I expected—and this is just the first part of my quest to build a better Taurox.

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Tallarn Valkyrie/Vendetta

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

Well, here’s a great big photo dump showing the start to finish WIP on the Valkyrie/Vendetta I built for my Tallarn. The cockpit was fully painted before being put into the fuselage and then masked off, to prime the rest of the model. I also painted the interior of the passenger compartment. You can’t see […]

Fake Plastic Trees

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 under . Posted by

No, I’m not starting a Stereophonics tribute act.

As mentioned in a previous post, my modest collection of scenery was terribly lacking in trees. Luckily ‘Eric the Shed’ had blogged about a very nice orchard he had produced using some cheap trees from an eBay seller in China.

I thought I’d give them a try and ordered some packs, which duly arrived a couple of months ago after a very short wait.

Finally getting around to taking them out of their Jiffy bag the other day, my first impression was that, while they looked very nice, the foliage seems to be falling off quite readily. Cue several coats of hairspray to firm things up a bit.

I decided on the whole to base them individually and, after using up my small supply of mini CDs and coasters, helped Giles to bulk up an order he was making with some round 80mm plastic bases from Hurlbat.

Basing the trees was easy. The trunks are soft plastic, and the bottoms were easily flattened, before drilling a small hole into each one. I then glued a drawing pin onto each base and, once set, dripped a little glue on the pins and poked them up the bottom of the trunks (oo-er). The trunks were then washed with shade.

This contrivance was then covered/strengthened with putty and the base painted, covered with scatter and liberally hairsprayed. I also glued on the odd bush, pile of boulders (dried offcuts of putty) or larger stone slab (drybrushed bark chips).

While not massive, the trees scale up rather well with 28mm figures and so my need for woodland is sated!

UPDATE:-
Ooh, I’ve just noticed that this is my 200th post on this blog – go me!

“When we looked back again, that dark thing was not to be seen…”

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 under , . Posted by

An ancient and jagged stone stands deep in an old English wood. Steeped in legend and dark warnings, the place is shunned by all right-thinking locals, for it is said to be haunted…
Just who is the mysterious figure lurking on the periphery? Has Canon Albrecht returned to reclaim his scrapbook? Do the remains of Abbot Thomas still guard his treasure? Has Professor Parkins blown that whistle again?
Recently I’ve been re-reading the works of one of my favourite authors, M.R. James – in my opinion Britain’s foremost writer of ghost stories.
This set me in the mood to do something different, and so taking a break from my terrain-fest, I dug out a figure from Blind Beggar Miniatures’ Dark Clergy set – kindly sent to me as a freebie (thanks Mason!)
The trees you will read about in my next post, the standing stone is a piece of bark, the boulders just bits of left-over putty and the figure a vengeful spirit from beyond the grave (or possibly some silly blighter poncing around in a bed-sheet.)

Project: Astra Militarum Update #2

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

It’s been six weeks since my last Astra Militarum project update so I’m well overdue for another one! Unfortunately I have not achieved as much as I had hoped, mostly because I was invited to a tournament and so I spent my hobby time building and painting a Void Shield Generator and Jetbike Autarch to use with my Eldar army.
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Hedging My bets

Posted on January 19th, 2015 under . Posted by

With the next Big Game looming ever closer, I needed to crack on with some more hedges, as despite Giles’ prodigious output and willingness to part with ready cash (unlike stingy old me), we never seem to have enough hedging to dress the three huge tab…

Going to the Wall

Posted on January 12th, 2015 under . Posted by

Last year I treated myself to some goodies from Fenris Games, including a rather nice drystone wall set, which recently found itself at the head of the painting queue.Well, I say painting…The pieces came in a greenish-grey colour, which I thought loo…

Italeri Church

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

Following on from my last post (Italeri Country House With Porch) the other model I picked up from Kieran’s cancelled commission project was the Church (Italeri Kit 6129). This includes an attached (custom made) cemetery and is an outstanding model (if

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