Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The range gets bigger...

 Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It's been a little while but the big Squat project is continuing and I have had some casts sent to me. The following image shows the different casts but I got multiples of each so that I can convert some for the range and paint/convert others for my personal army. Anyway... here are the casts:

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As you can see, it has casts of all of the greens from the last post. Now that I have some casts, I have been able to both continue sculpting from scratch and also beginning the work to convert some of the casts. The following image shows my work bench:

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Back row: Sgt, Lasgunner, Jr Officer, Jr Officer, Jr Officer.
Front row: 3 Comms Troopers with comms kit removed and bodies repaired, ready for infantry heads. 2 Lasgunners waiting for new heads.

As you can see, I have a little way to go on these WIPs but it will be a nice bunch of troops to add to the range, when they are done. It will also mean that there will be officers available; something that is lacking at the moment.

Looking at the casts/headswaps, the other casts that were shown earlier, will also get similar treatment so that I can add even more variety to the range. That means that I will have a selection of Sgts, Comms Troopers, and Specialists as well as a good selection of different Lasgunners.

It's all coming together nicely.

See you from the work bench!

Thursday, 2 July 2020

More grist for the mill.

Hello again. It's been a while but welcome to Inso's World again.

Since the last time I posted, things have been pretty settled and have ticked along better since I have been allowed to go on unnecessary journeys, riding by bike. If I get bothered and have the time, I can just jump on my bike and potter over to look at the sea... which has improved my demeanour greatly.

From a hobby perspective, I have been very busy sculpting more Space Dwarfs. First, I needed to sculpt a couple of extra heads on Lasgunner 2... then I set out to sculpt another (advancing) Lasgunner and two Special Weapon Troopers. Well, I got the two conversions finished... and finished the Advancing Lasgunner but stalled on the Special Weapon Troopers... so I started (and finished) a Comms Specialist and a second Sergeant. Finally, I managed to find the right motivation and finished the two Special Weapon Troopers... but I still have to sculpt their separate weapons (they are currently WIP and are a Meltagun, Plasmagun, Grenade Launcher and Flamer). It all sounds a bit confusing so here are a few pix:

Advancing Lasgunner (Click the Pic!)

 Sergeant 2 (Click the Pic!)

Comms Specialist (Click the Pic!)

The Group, Including the two Lasgunner Conversions (Click the Pic!)

The 'Weaponless' Special Weapon Troopers (Click the Pic!)

So you see, I haven't been idle. I am gradually getting the Special Weapons sculpted but they take a while because they are small, difficult to hold and need tiny bits sculpting before a lengthy drying time... so it is very much "little and often". However, that said, I am looking forward to sending these off to Macrocosm Miniatures (when they are finished) so that I can get some copies back and have them available in the store, for everyone to enjoy.

I hope you have enjoyed the show and tell today.

See you from the front of the queue!

Friday, 29 May 2020

Things are afoot!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

Time goes by and so does life, in the crazy, virus affected, world. Work has happened... Holiday (at home) has happened... Even a tiny bit of motorcycling has happened, now that restrictions are slowly being lifted. On top of that, we have worked on the garden and what was once a "verge of villainy and corruption" is now a flower bed with seedlings breaking through... with an added, paved area for a little bug house. We have decide that the verge is going to be a meadow so we have bought some Bee Bombs and planted a load. At some point, we may even have a meadow (hopefully).

All that aside, I have been sculpting and painting...

Stuff I have painted:

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I also converted and painted a little gift for a friends of mine. He wanted an unarmed miniature, painted with a rainbow... so he got this:

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Note the gratuitous use of a plastic Shot glass as a display dome. 

I have also got some WIP sculpting done but still have a way to go so I'll post pix when I finally get them finished.

Finally, I'd just like to inform you that Macrocosm Miniatures is now selling space Dwarfs on their site again. If you would like some... pop along and fill your boots:

That's all for now.

See you from the petrie dish!

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Extra chances.

Hi everyone.

Just a very quick post to alert you to a new kickstarter that not only offers a range of miniatures including Squat bikers and Genesteler Squat bikers but also another chance to pick up my Squat sculpts...

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 Here's the link:

Get on board and enjoy!

See you from the trenches!

Monday, 30 March 2020

We're all DOOMED...

Hello and welcome from Inso's World where, apart from a little extra not going out, things are pretty much the same as they usually are.

A lot of people are using their enforced home-time as an opportunity to get extra hobby stuff done but I appear to be ticking along, just doing the usual amount. I am a bit lucky because I am a key worker so I get to escape a bit more often and go to work (Dementia care doesn't stop, just because a nasty old virus turns up) and this is helping me keep rational about the whole thing. I also have the added bonus of more company because my wife is at home due to her playschool closing... so I am not left in my own company for too long... which would be a bad thing.

So... life is not overly different. I guess that's one good thing about being a geek/nerd... not being the most sociable of people. I stay in a lot and hobby anyway so it's my time to shine, as they say.

Speaking about hobby stuff... what the hell am I doing!?

To start with, I had a little rest after the Kickstarter and didn't do very much. Then I received a bunch of resin that I was able to paint up so I did just that. These are the first miniatures that will be joining my grand new army:

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Blue Platoon will eventually be the command platoon. The pictured miniatures are a Commissar, Sgt and four lasgunners. I went for a blue/grey beret because of my links to the RAF; which I thought was a nice tie-in.

At the moment, I am working towards building a (command) platoon of miniatures. That means that I need to have the following:

1x Platoon Commander
1x Commissar
2x Sgt
2x Special Weapon Trooper
3x Comms Trooper
A Command Squad (four Troops)
Lots of Lasgunners

As you will notice, I haven't mentioned heavy weapons. That is because I will be using heavy weapons in a support platoon so that will come later (and also... I've already sculpted a HW trooper so I don't need to worry about that too much). I also haven't mentioned the Command Squad contents because I haven't decided on them yet... and Lasgunners can fill in for now.

Currently, I am sculpting two Special Weapon Troopers and another Lasgunner. The Special Weapon Troopers will be similar to the heavies by having separate weapons that can be attached as you choose. The sculpts have been started and are at the stage where the quilted armour is going on. I won't post WIP shots because... I don't want to!

Once those three are finished, I plan on sculpting a couple of different Comms Troopers, another two Sgts, a couple of officers and more lasgunners. That will fill out all of the spots on the standard infantry side of things. If I can remain motivated, I'll then sculpt a medic and standard bearer.

Hopefully, everything will eventually be available to purchase form Macrocosm Miniatures, when everything is back to normal in the world... and also when I have finished the sculpts and Chris has sorted out casting them... so everyone should be able to build a GRAND army of their own.

In other news... my Motorcycle is as clean as it can be and is not allowed out... which is probably the only thing that I am annoyed about during the lockdown... but I am heeding the advice:

Stay inside... save lives.

Hopefully, that's what all of you are doing, if you are in a country that is telling you to.

Stay safe and look after each other. Community will also save lives in this time of fear and speculation.

See you from the watchtower!

Sunday, 26 January 2020

A Kickstarter?

Hello again... seeing as I have some big news, I thought I'd share it.

As it happens, a few months ago, I sold a couple of sculpts to Macrocosm Miniatures; after finding out that the owner (Chris) had bought my Berserker sculpt from the guy I sold it to...

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I didn't think too much about it and then I got a message that Chris wanted to start a Kickstarter for 'Seven Dwarfs' sculpted by Phil Hynes (of Bears Head Miniatures). We got talking, as you do... and the subject of adding some of my sculpts to the Kickstarter came up. After a bit of too and fro, we agreed that a Commissar and a heavy weapon trooper would be cool to add to the existing two that Chris already owned; these two:

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... so I said "why not?" and duly sculpted a Commissar and a Heavy Weapon trooper:

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The Heavy Weapon trooper is a conversion of the original Sgt miniature... that's the beauty of having a company send you lots of copies of miniatures to play with! Now... while I was playing with the Commissar and HW trooper, I got busy with riflemen... adding a couple of new heads to the first version and sculpting an 'all new' one:

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That just left me with the heavy weapons to sculpt. Now this is a new departure for me so I have been going through a trial and error process. So far, I have finished a Missile Launcher but am still WIP on the HMG and Laser Cannon... here's the finished one:

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I am currently working on the Laser Cannon and am also at a very early stage on the HMG but I am getting there. Once these are finished, I have plans to add a few more troopers to the range but they won't be part of the Kickstarter, they should (hopefully) be part of a range that will be available from Macrocosm Miniatures at a later date... So big things have been going on, over the last few months and I thought it was worthy of popping into Inso's World to share it.

There will be more news, when I have it...

... and to start with, the Kickstarter has JUST funded at £4085 (with a required amount of £500... so over 800%!).

How cool is that, eh?

See you from the top table!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Echo... echo... echo...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World.

As you may have noticed, this blog has been getting rather infrequently updated, mostly due to events and circumstances in the real world that have completely killed my motivation to post.

I am currently working on commissions so I am unable to post images as I go along... which doesn't make for very entertaining viewing.

The weather has been, quite frankly, appalling so I haven't even got any travels to update you with.

I am also beginning to question the relevance of this blog, when I am active in so many forums and Facebook... so I am on the brink of bringing everything to a close.

I won't delete the blog... and I may occasionally add to it... but these things need regular posts to attract interest and at the moment, I am not of a mind to do it any more.

So there you have it.

I won't say goodbye... just good-day to all my followers and those who interact with my blog. It's been an interesting 12 years but everything tails off eventually...

so... Cheers to you!

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See you from the slowly closing portal!