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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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Another Sunday; another post.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been another busy one, with the added complication of having a poorly wife to look after. As a result, I have been doing all the chores on top of what I would usually doing so my time has been well used.Luckily my wife has a really bad cough so I have really slept well this week... oh no... what I meant to say is that I have been listening to coughing all night so sleep has been a bit sparse too. That said, I must have had enough sleep because I have been able to work hard, get all my chores done and still have time for a small amount of hobby time.First up, I have been continue to work on my Primaris marines and have got another five, roughly base-coated. I just need to tidy them up, before a wash and highlighting:Click the Pic!Now for the distractions... I saw an image of a Mantic Teraton and thought "I've got one of those" so I dug it out, assembled it and have started to slap a base-coat on it:Click the Pix!I have no idea what I am going to do with it.

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Two 6mm Scratchbuild Future Tank Platoons: Finished

I completed two platoons of future tanks last night, finally finishing up the detailing.Overall I'm pleased with all aspects of these except the tracks: I dry brushed so sloppy that in general I obscured the detail I painstakingly sculpted.  Oh well, that's learning.  Next time I'll paint a lighter base color on the tracks/wheels and then hit it with a heavy wash.

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(WIP) 6mm Scratchbuild Future Tanks: Heavy Tank

I finished a new sculpt a few days ago, this time a heavy tank, and have been steadily creating copies since then.The first pic below is a full life cycle shot from sculpt to duplicate cast.I've managed to create a full four-tank unit as shown next.  I still need to clean the flash off of these and add the barrels but I think they turned out well.  I really like this design.

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Scratchbuild 6mm Future Tanks: WIP Update

 I'm hoping to post more this year and I figured today's the best day to get a good start.Holiday break's almost over so I'm trying to crank out as many new tank designs as I can.  In the meantime, here's some pics showing the tanks in various stages of completion.The first shot shows almost all the components I produce when making a new design, from left to right.  First there's the initial shape, created in Sculpey (Firm and Super Sculpey mix).  Then there's the master pattern, a plaster casting of the initial shape with additional details added via impression molding (as explained here).  Next is the silicone mold of the master pattern from which I can make duplicates; cast parts of duplicates are the last things shown on the right.  One of my old tank designs and an X-Acto #11 blade are included for scale.  I'm still using pasta for all sorts of applications you can also see...As shown in the last two pictures below, the new tank designs feature rotating turrets.  I

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6mm Future Tank Scratchbuilds: WIP

I really wanted to get something, anything, creative done over the holiday respite from work.  Elaborating further, when I say done I mean I really wanted to finish any of my multitude of incomplete projects.  So, of course, I started a new project.  I'm glad I did however because it's helped me refine my methods for producing small batches of tank miniatures based off a scratchbuilt original.The pic above shows my first new design while the next two images show the design's original sculpt (hull and turret) sitting next to the silicone rubber mold used for producing duplicates, and a cast in progress respectively.I still need to sand the edges sharper and add a gun barrel but overall I'm happy with the design.I've produced more designs than just the first one shown.  The next few shots show the original Sculpey buck, followed by the detailed sculpt of a second design.  As one can see, the tanks are all about 33 mm long.  I'll pour the silicone mold over this sculpt today, as wel

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Future Tank Scratchbuilds: WIP

I really wanted to get something, anything, creative done over the holiday respite from work.  Elaborating further, when I say done I mean I really wanted to finish any of my multitude of incomplete projects.  So, of course, I started a new project.  I'm glad I did however because it's helped me refine my methods for producing small batches of tank miniatures based off a scratchbuilt original.The pic above shows my first new design while the next two images show the design's original sculpt (hull and turret) sitting next to the silicone rubber mold used for producing duplicates, and a cast in progress respectively.I still need to sand the edges sharper and add a gun barrel but overall I'm happy with the design.I've produced more designs than just the first one shown.  The next few shots show the original Sculpey buck, followed by the detailed sculpt of a second design.  As one can see, the tanks are all about 33 mm long.  I'll pour the silicone mold over this sculpt today, as wel

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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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