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Still here.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.It's still here... for now.This week has been very similar to last week but a bit more challenging at work. I've had a couple of days where things have been particularly heavy and at times, I have had to defend myself and my colleague against physical harm... so it has been an interesting week.Work is still extremely rewarding and worth all the highs and lows so I'm enjoying it immensely (even with the challenges)... dementia care isn't always straight forward.In other news, I have been continuing to sculpt the Predator team and have finished Mac:Click the Pic!I decided that the scorpion scene should be the main inspiration and also the scene where he cuts his cheek, while shaving (hence, he has a cut on his cheek). Dillon is next on the list and after a bit of 'on-line' chat, I have taken on board the suggestion to give Dillon big biceps... so he'll be the only member of the command squad that doesn't have sleeves. He is progressing nicely but I don't have any pic

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Maybe we dodged the Armageddon?

Hello.It would appear that the Google issues have held off so far... so maybe things will continue to go relatively unscathed. Who knows?Welcome to Inso's World again and this week has pretty much been the same as last week... plenty of work, plenty of chores and I am still running everything because my wife is still poorly.That said, I managed to escort her to the car, yesterday and we went and sat by the sea with a coffee so that she could get some proper fresh air. It's the second time I have managed to get her out of the house in three weeks (the first was to go to the doctors).Anyway... this week's hobby has revolved around the Predator hunting team so without further ado, here is Poncho:Click the Pic!... and here is Hawkins:Click the Pic!As you can see, they are not copies of the team but they do have facets of their counterparts. I have started work on Mac and he will have a scorpion to deal with.In other hobby news, I have been struggling to stay focused because I am tired and my creative mind has bee

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We're all DOOMED! DOOMED I tell you...

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.A very short blog post this week due to life being very hectic and not having a lot of hobby time.To cut a long story short, my missus is still poorly, work is still heavy and having to do all the chores on top of everything has meant that my time has been all used up.That said, I decided (for some completely random reason) to dig out an old project and get back on it... the call of the Space Dwarfs was very strong...Click the Pic!This is an almost complete conversion of 'Dutch' for my special drop troop unit... AKA the Squat Predator hunting team. This picture was taken before a pair of bracelets were added... the following pic shows him finished, with his two buddies:Click the Pic!These will represent various Catachan Jungle Fighter troops; namely:Sgt. HarkerSly MarboPlatoon CommanderCommand SquadThat means that I have seven planned with four more to convert. Currently, I have 'Poncho' on the sculpting bench. If you are still none the wiser, this image of the rescue t

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Woooosh!

Hello again! Is it Sunday already?! Welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been mostly about work... lots of it. That means that I haven't had a huge amount of time for very much else. It also means that when I did have time, I wasn't really in the mood for hobby stuff... so not a lot has been achieved.I must admit that it has been nice having a couple of days off, with my wife. We have spent some quality time in each other's company so it has made up for me not having a Christmas holiday a bit.Work is still great... although the 'politics' can be a little jarring. I am loving the work though... so that is where my focus is going.So... all the hobby:Click the Pic!This represents all my hobby time this week. The whole bike squad is now converted and the bikes are all in the process of paint. One is more or less finished, the other five need the green tidying up before a wash with Agrax Earthshade and then highlighting etc.In other hobby news, I have received my Onna-bugeisha Kick-starter from Bad Squiddo

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2018 in retrospect.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.It's very nearly 2019 so I thought I'd look back over a year that has seen a lot of change for me and my family... plus a little bit of hobby along the way... so let's get started.Early in the year, things were pretty settled. I was at home, my wife was at work and things were ticking along nicely... then my other shoulder froze up so the painkillers came out again. As a result, I became lethargic and began to get a little bit house bound... so I decided to do something a little bit different, in memory of my Dad, and quit drinking for a year (the only exceptions were toasts for very special occasions and the passing of friends/relatives). Since 8th May 18, I have been on the wagon and have had seven toasts... I will be finishing this drought on 7th May 2019, which is the evening before Flora Day and the first toast will be to my Dad.Quitting drinking has made a big difference and I have been more cheerful as a result. I have also lost all of my 'drinking' weight and am

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Company is a good thing.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been pretty much the same as last week. I have been working hard, had a small amount of time off and have squeezed in hobby time here and there.At work, it has been a good week. I have had my first assessment and they are very happy with both my performance and my progress so I am happy with that. In between work I have been helping the Marie Curie committee with their accounting and have also managed to see my wife occasionally... I'm sure that one of the reasons I left the RAF was to see more of family but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment...So... hobby time.To start with, I finished painting my Tank Company Commander (I'll take some pics at some point) and this is where the Company is, at the moment:Click the Pic!I still need to add the markings but I have now received my order for varnish so it is just a matter of time before I knuckle down and get the Company finished.In the meantime, I have also received my Black Friday offer from Mantic an

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Grinding advance.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.What have I been doing this week? Painting a tank. Sadly, I haven't been able to get as far as I would like because I have had work and family distractions... plus a strained back... that has meant that my hobby time has been restricted. As it stands, I have a painted tank with a WIP tank commander and the model will be finished by next weekend... here's some paint:Click the Pic!The fully painted and assembled tank:Click the Pic!This image shows the base-coated and washed tank commander. She is ready for the highlight stage which will probably start tomorrow because I have to go to work very soon:Click the Pic!It has been a nice change to work on this tank... but I still don't enjoy the stippling part of the painting process... however, it does create the effect I am looking for so I guess it's just something I have to put up with.What happens when this is finished? I'm in two minds. I'd like to get more APCs converted and painted but I have a few distractions that are

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A little bit of sculpting?

Hello and welcome to this week's blog post.To say that this week has been an uphill struggle would be an understatement.Working in elderly care, especially where dementia is high on the agenda, can be a roller-coaster ride. This week has proved it to me. I have seen the highs of making a huge difference to some of the resident's lives and I have seen the lows of watching the coroner taking away residents who have succumbed to dementia.There have been staffing issues, disgruntled people and 'interesting' challenges that have arisen due to some of the more diverse behaviour that dementia can cause... I have even worked two extra shifts to try and ease the situation... but it has all been positive (for me) so I am happy ticking along.Add to that, my charity duties whilst I have had time away from work (counting charity boxes, creating event programmes and paying in money at the bank)... and that means that I haven't had a huge amount of hobby time...... however... a small miracle has happened. My muse has paid a

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Getting there.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been one of this and that...There's been lots of work and I'm beginning to get used to the demands of it. Having something to eat, before going to work has made a lot of difference so that is a good thing. As is normally the case, I got the wrong day off this week... I wanted Friday but got Thursday... so I am now hoping that I don't have to play hooky on Christmas day because they haven't taken into account my initial request (when I joined) and the Christmas rota request (that I have clearly marked)... I have PLANS, Damn it! Hopefully, they will understand and realise that I will not be attending work on Christmas day, whether I am supposed to or not.So Friday was a bit of a rush. I worked until 14:30hrs and then dashed to the local church for my 14:35hrs, blood-donation appointment (33rd donation). When that was done, I pottered home, sorted my life out and when my missus returned from work, we went out for a meal to celebrate our 27th Wedding Anniversa

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Life's distractions.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been one of slowly getting used to working for a living (again) and a bit of hobby stuff... so here we go.Work has been pretty heavy this week. I haven't really had a manual job for a good ten years and I think that the heavier aspect of this job... especially when stepping up from two years off work... has caught up with me. How can I tell? Well, I nearly collapsed at work on Thursday and if it hadn't been for the fact that I knew where the chair was, I would have. I managed to quickly back myself into a seat and put my head down to try and shake off the feeling that I was going to pass out. Five minutes rest, a drink of water and some fresh air sorted things out but I learned a valuable lesson... I need to eat breakfast. With that in mind, I now have some breakfast bars to go with my morning tea so I am hoping that the energy boost will keep me going at work.Apart from that, I have had a great week at work and am getting properly stuck into things now. I

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The start of an interesting journey...

Hello.Welcome.Let's get the show on the road...This week has been a week of all sorts of things...First of all, my son (and his girlfriend) was visiting and I got to see him a bit while he was in town. It is always good to see him when he visits because he's his own man now and we have a good understanding now. He is still enjoying life in the RAF and I am still immensely proud of him. It was particularly nice to have a family dinner with My son, his girlfriend, our daughter and us... I am now looking forward to the next visit.As I mentioned last week, I started a few shadow shifts, at the care home, this week but I ended up phoning them because I was waiting for the call... but it didn't come. I think that there were crossed wires and we were both expecting to be called. Anyway... I have now shadowed an early shift and a late shift and already know that I have made the right choice in my career direction... the care system needs all the help it can get.I have shadowed some lovely people and have been able to

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The wind has changed direction.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been fairly interesting so I'll get straight to it...My wife braved the shave... (the week before last... but I failed to mention it in my last blog post) and has so far raised nearly £400 for MacMillan Cancer Support, which is very cool. Her charity page is still up and now shows a 'before and after' so pop along and please donate if you can:Brave the Shave LINKOn the job front, I have now passed all the checks and should be starting work this coming week. I will be shadowing a Health Care Assistant for the week before going for my induction training the following week so things are really getting interesting now. I know that the first few months will be tough because it's all new to me, it's a particularly demanding job and I have been away from a job for nearly two years. I have a feeling that Inso is going to be a very tired chap! I am really looking forward to it and can't wait to get started.I have finally got my medals sorted out. I sent them off th

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Space Knights?

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been a bit of a "hurry up and wait" week. I have been fidgety because I am waiting for my job application to run its course and I haven't really heard much; apart from a couple of my references getting in touch to say that they had been contacted... so things are progressing but at their own pace.I have pottered around a lot this week but haven't really achieved very much. Yes, I have done my chores and got what needed to be done, done... but really, I have felt a bit in limbo. It has been a bit of a "coulda, woulda, shoulda" week.Hobby wise, I haven't really got much done either. I bought another couple of Warhammer Conquest (issue 1) copies because they were on 'last day of sale' and have been chopping one one of the Primaris Marines up, to see if I can turn it into a Demiurg Subterranean Guilder... but haven't got very far. I have even started assembling a  couple and painting them as they are... which hasn't got very far either. In fact... the onl

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The times, they are a changin'...

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World on a lovely sunny, if rather blustery, day.This week has been... interesting.I'll start off with hobby stuff... and this week has been solely geared towards my Demiurg project. As is usually the case, a chance happening has distracted me away from my Squat project and my attention has been fully turned towards Demiurg... on this occasion it was a mix of insanely cheap miniatures and the new Warhammer, part-work, magazine. With that aside... I have fully painted three Air Guilders for my Demiurg project:Click the Pic!As with the Earth Guilders, there is a Controller, Leader and Mechanic (from left to right) but they are a different colour to mark them as a separate guild. To go with these Demiurg, I have been assembling and painting some drones that I got from the Warlord Summer Sale (which I have mentioned over the last couple of weeks). These aren't finished but are most certainly getting there:Click the Pic!In the picture there are four large drones and eight smaller

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The day of the Badger.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World on another dreary Sunday.Life has been and gone this week (biking, shopping, chores, paperwork...) ... so I'll get straight on with some hobby stuff.To kick things off, one of my orders have arrived from the Warlord sale (12 Ghar Battle-Suit Sprues) and the other order (Concorde Sprues) was marked as dispatched yesterday so it should be here over the next few days (allowing for the bank holiday on Monday). I am looking forward to seeing what the Concorde troops look like and will most probably be distracted if they are of a suitable size for conversion... but I guess that we will have to wait and see there. I can safely say that the drones will be spot on because quite frankly, I won't be buying any others so they will HAVE to be. Here are some links to the sprues I have ordered (each sprue was £1.00 during the sale):Ghar BombersGhar Close CombatConcorde Troops and DronesIn other hobby news, I found myself distracted by talk of Rough Rider conversions and for no reason whatso

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