Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.I know... it's been a month but I have not really been getting up to much that is worthy of comment... so I thought I'd wait until something came up.A date has been set for my head/beard shaving, charity event... the first of October. As soon as I have a funding page up and running, I will post it up but in the meantime...Click the Pic!I have booked some holiday time so at the end of this month, I have two weeks off. That means I will have time to do some things... like get new glasses, see the doctor about my anaemia, get my bike serviced, see my son and maybe even chill out for a few minutes!Life has been pretty regular... still working and enjoying it, still loving Cornwall and still enjoying time with my wife and all the cats that seem to be arriving.On to hobby stuff and I did okay in the sculpting competition. I got 4th for the trooper and 7th for the Sgt:Click the Pic!There were 13 entries and some were by professional sculptors so I don't thing I did badly. It s
Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been a good one. Work has been great, sometimes challenging, but definitely a case of when the going gets tough, the team pulls together... and team-work, makes the dream work!Speaking of team-work, last night a large clump of my work mates gathered in my local last night and we all had a blast together. I got to introduce my wife to my friends and even threw a few shapes on the dance floor... a cracking night was had by all!I have had my son and his girlfriend visiting this week as well and we have been enjoying a few quality days together. He is in good spirits and it is always nice to see him.I have had notification that a Kickstarter pledge is in the delivery pipeline so it looks like I'll be getting some troops to chop up pretty soon. Which ones? These ones:Kickstarter LinkI have pledged for the Northmen and will have about 42 infantry to turn into men-at-arms for my Primaris Knights:Click the Pic!There will be lots more information, once I have recie
Crooked Dice Design Studio have licensed our latest vehicle release, the Cyberpunk Hover Car. If you’ve reached us via their Colony 87 Kickstarter, the rest of our Sci Fi Vehicle collection is available on DriveThruRPG as well. These are a series of 28mm scale vehicles that are designed for easy printing using home FDM printers for your Sci Fi wargame tabletop.
Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.After last week's post, I have stuck to my guns and have not added anything new to my army list. In fact, after receiving my Ogryn miniatures from Mad Robot Miniatures (in the USA), I decided to just have three Ogryn for now because it would take quite a lot of conversion work to change the second set of three into individuals, rather than a repetition of the first three.With the Ogryn in mind, I unpacked them and quickly decided that they needed widening and their heads being lower down. As they are, they look like large scale humans and I wanted them to be a bit more Ogre like... not too much... but a bit... so I added a small disk of plastic in between the arm/shoulder and filled in the area to make a tidy join. I also trimmed the neck away from the heads and then pinned them in place before filling in the gaps again. This resulted in a nice little unit of three Ogryn:Click the Pic!I am really happy with the way two of them turned out but the third one (on the right)
Hello again.It isn't Sunday and it is very early so that must mean that my brain is itching and I need to scratch it... and today, the itch is all about the Squat army that I am building... and over-reach.The beginning...Click the Pic!In the beginning, I just wanted to get a few of the old, 1980s, plastic Squat miniatures so that I could build a small patrol army. At the start, I thought about having 2 platoons of troops, a command element and a support element... nice and simple. Over a couple of years, I got onto EBay and managed to end up with nearly 200 plastic Squats... many more than was required for the small army... but I thought "better too many than not enough".Assembly started and I quickly discovered that I really hated the plastic arms so I decided that all the arms would be sculpted (apart from the odd one or two)... so I bit the bullet and went for it.I started with 31 troops.... the basic platoon; which consisted of this:1x Platoon Commander1x Command Squad2x Infantry Squad1x Heavy Weapon Squa
Hello again. Welcome to Inso's World.This week has been a beautiful, challenging, tiring and rewarding week.Work has been really good. I have worked with some proper team players and have had a very positive week... even though the temperatures within the care home have been like a sauna and I have faced some challenging behaviour from some of the residents. The good thing about the challenging behaviour is that it isn't the resident's fault, it is their dementia so I can blame the disease and not the person which means I never feel the need to get upset with anyone.I can safely say that this week has really confirmed the fact that I love my job.In other news, the garden is now cleared and has been mowed and actually looks like a garden again... which is nice. As well as sorting the garden out, I also managed to get a trip out on my bike during the week and yesterday, I drove up to Aylesbury to see my in-laws. It was a lovely visit and although short, was very much worth the long drive.Alfie has properly sett
Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been very similar to previous ones but with the addition of a head-cold... so things haven't gone as smoothly as they could.I'm keeping this post short because I have work in an hour or so... so I'll get straight onto hobby stuff.As I mentioned last week, I bought a box of "Avatars of War - Dwarf Seekers" and this week, I have been playing around with them to see what I can do. The idea behind getting them was to create a unit that will proxy for Electropriests (the ones with the gauntlets). I didn't want them to have the same style as the GW, human versions so I thought hammers were the way to go... and a more barbaric, 'forge' styled route was appropriate for my little army. Anvil Industry make some lovely little back-packs so I bought enough for the whole box of Seekers and have put together a couple of test models.Click the Pic!Click the Pic!I think that the simple approach is the way to go so I have left off any hoses or pipes at the moment, so I can
Hello and welcome to Inso's World.This week has been a bit all over the place.I have been going to work as usual and have had a really good bunch of shifts; as a result of some good team work. When I have not been at work I have been clearing the garden and on one occasion, while ripping out some rotten wood, I found a very cool toad (which I evacuated to a safe area). I still have a bit of a way to go but the garden is certainly getting there.Tuesday was a sad day. We had our lovely old cat, Fred (AKA Bouff and the Bear) put to sleep. He was fourteen years old and had been living with arthritis for a good few years (he was on medication for it) but over the last year, had developed some nasty growths in his neck and throat. We kept him going for as long as we could but he had just had enough so he was peacefully put to sleep on Tuesday.Click the Pic!Rest in peace, Fred.On Thursday, I went to give blood but have been told I can't donate for a year because I am anaemic. That came as a bit of a shock but it cou
The Cyberpunk HoverCar kit is available on DriveThruRPG now. This kit lets you build two mix-and-match Cyberpunk Hover cars for your 28mm sci-fi tabletop. It’s the second kit in a series of street vehicles I’m working on, and the parts also mix with the Cyberpunk Compact Car kit for even more variety. The next kit I’m working to produce in this series will be either a sci-fi convertable with seating for 28mm or 1/56th figures, or a sci-fi urban taxicab.
I’ve always been a huge Blade Runner fan, so it was natural to try and take the Compact Car design and turn it into a ‘spinner’ style flying car. Unfortunately it turns out I’m not Syd Mead and after struggling with trying to get a spinner design working that didn’t look odd, or refused to gel properly in Fusion 360 I started working on a more traditional hover car. Years of watching 80’s sci-fi movies like The Last Starfighter, Back to the Future, and Total Recall must have sunk in because a more traditional flying car just seemed to come together in Fusion 360 without difficulty. It started with a snub-nosed bumper, and a set of front hover pods that replaced the wheels and grew from there into the two vehicles I plan to release this weekend as a new kit. Designing stuff is interesting. I think if you find yourself having to force a design, or you struggle to make progress it’s often a sign the concept is flawed, or not well thought out to begin with. My Fusion
The Cyberpunk Compact Car kit is available on DriveThruRPG now. This kit lets you build two mix-and-match Cyberpunk Compact cars for your 28mm sci-fi tabletop. It’s also the first kit in a new series of street vehicles I’m working on. The street vehicles kits will work together with each other in the same way my earlier truck kits do, giving you more vehicle options with each kit purchased. The next kit I’m working to produce in this series will be a flying / hover style sci-fi car that will include a stand. I’m also planning a police style cruiser and urban taxicab in the series.
Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.It's been a fairly interesting couple of weeks, since I last posted, but mostly unrelated to hobby things.I have donated blood, worked a lot, got poorly, had a week off (holiday at home), travelled around Cornwall on my motorbike, got depressed and was very glad to be out of my own company and back at work again. I also counted charity money, did the annual accounts (for our committee) and even had a time where I sat and watched TV.My wife and I managed to see Captain Marvel at the local cinema and enjoyed it. I thought it was a bit 'impersonal' and I felt that I couldn't connect with the main character very well. Hopefully, that will change in the upcoming Avengers 'Endgame' film.Hobby wise, I have started things but not got very far with them. I managed to finish the two Big Squats though...Click the Pix!They have now been primed and are ready to be painted along with the other three that need paint. In addition to the two above, I have started three more. They are eq
The fourth of our vehicle packs are available on DriveThruRPG now! This pack lets you print and build a 28mm scale Garbage Truck for your wargame tabletop, and includes a detailed rear compactor and a separate printable ‘wheelie’ bin. It’s designed to work with sci-fi, and modern systems like Warhammer 40K Kill Team, Infinity, and the Batman Miniatures Game. The 28mm scale figure is from Pig Iron Productions, and is for reference only. All our vehicle packs work together, allowing you to mix and match parts for even more variety on your tabletop. This pack will be followed by a Cyberpunk Street vehicle in 2019.
Hello again.It's a beautiful sunny day in Inso's World today... even if it is quite chilly.The last fortnight has pretty much been all about work, lack of sleep and a little bit of hobby here and there... but as of yesterday, I am not only on a week off work but have also acquired a head-cold so this post is going to be a bit random.Work. As I have mentioned before, I now work as a health care assistant (HCA) in a relatively high dependency, Dementia care home. As much as I love working there, there are times when it can be challenging because some of the residents have quite complex issues/needs. There is also the constant threat of residents passing away... another part of the job that can be challenging to deal with. Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a death, a fall (resulting in a leg injury), some very challenging behaviour and a couple of new residents who are going through a settling in period. There has also been a decline in some of the resident's health. As a result, I have had a lot of
It’s been pretty quiet on this blog, mainly because I’ve been hitting the Tabletop Terrain Facebook Page with updates. For the last month I had planned to work on a Light Armored Vehicle based on the existing chassis my earlier kits use. However somehow I got distracted building a Garbage Truck back end for the Outpost Utility vehicle. Sometimes I find parts and designs seem to flow naturally into Autodesk Fusion 360 without too much thought, and once that starts to happen rather I tend to just run with it, rather than fight the 3D design Muse. This Garbage Truck went together really quickly and I’m pleased with both the garbage compactor back end, and the slightly retro wheel fenders. So much so I couldn’t resist tweaking the earlier vehicles so they can use these new parts. This is something I usually try and do anyway, as a bit of a thank you to any customers that have bought the earlier kits – and (slightly less altruistically) because I want to mix and match parts myself.