Sunday, 18 February 2018

Interesting things...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It has been an interesting week. In fact, it has been one of happenings and things getting done.

To start with, I have talked to some local, reputable and recommended, double glazing people and this coming week I start the process of getting new windows installed in the house (the survey/measuring starts on Friday). That means that in a few weeks, we should have functioning windows that have vents and can open and shut without having to be sealed shut to stop the gales blowing through. It will be lovely!

I managed to get out on the motor bike this week too. I had a lovely couple of hours pottering about. I went over to Marazion and sat with a coffee while watching horses gallop along the beach and kite-surfers playing on the waves. I also popped over to the dealer where I got my bike from and they have my windscreen in so I have arranged to get that fitted when it comes to first service time.

In my hobby world, I have been getting quite a lot of sculpting and converting done this week. First up, I ordered some alien creatures from Fenris Games and when they arrived, they were smaller than expected... so I decided to have a play and see what I could do and managed to come up with this:

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It's likely to be a one-off but I guess even Halfling snipers need to get places and not be tired.

Next up, I have managed to convert and prime three Demiurg:

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These guys all have helmets and keep to the same idea as the other ones; mechanic, drone-controller and leader. These are going to form part of a new idea for my Demiurg army; they will be Air Guilders...

I have decided to have separate war-guilds for my Demiurg: 

Earth Guild: The leading guild that operates on the surface of a planet and has ground troops and drones. It has overall control of the three war guilds. These Demiurg tend not to wear helmets. Their colour is green.

Air Guild: This guild operates drones and machines that fight in the air and space. These Demiurg tend to wear helmets. Their colour is blue.

Subterranean Guild: This guild operates troops, drones and machines that fight below the surface of a planet and in the seas. These Demiurg tend to wear heavy armour and reinforced helmets. Their colour is brown/orange... like iron oxide/rust.

That's it for now but it's a start. In order to get some Subterranean guilders converted, I have ordered one of THESE to act as a starting point for a heavy armour conversion. I have ideas about what direction I want to take it in but I won't say anything just yet because I am fickle and those ideas may change.

With sculpting in mind, I have also been ticking along with my commissions and also Dutch from my Predator unit so sculpting wise, it has been a really good week.

In other news... I decided to sell my Halfling Sniper greens:

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I have kept aside all of the casts I need for my army and will likely dispose of the rest. I got Rob over at Hysterical Games to send the greens back and once they were in my possession again, I offered them up and they have been bought (and received) by CP Models. They will be produced in metal and will be available when they have enough new miniatures to fill a spin-cast mould... so keep an eye on them for any news.

So... this coming week, I am off to the doctors to talk about pain control and see if they can prescribe something to take the edge off my shoulder pain... then maybe I can get back on track and get some focus again. I have the window people coming on Friday and I have plenty of sculpting to be getting on with so it should be a good week... it'll be even better if I can get a few miles in on the bike as well.

See you from the duck pond! 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Focus... focus... focus...

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

This week has been a pretty strange one, with snow coming to make an appearance in Cornwall. Obviously, Cornwall ground to a halt because of ice on the roads so it was definitely an interesting week, weather wise.

The band on Friday at the Rodney, Helston was really good... they were called Bache and had a nice mix of familiar music and their own songs. It was a great evening.

I have decided that it is time to get the windows sorted... the mould from not having heating for two weeks has really highlighted the condensation problem so I have a 'Colin' popping around next week to talk about new double glazing. I knew it was something that needed to be replaced so it isn't a surprise... it's just going to be the biggest expense so far (outside of the mortgage).

I am SERIOUSLY getting itchy feet. Not actually... but metaphorically. I am getting to a point where I am going to have to get a job for my sanity. I reckon that once the windows are sorted, a job will be the next thing on my agenda... and it is likely to be in elderly care; starting on the lowest rung of the ladder and working up. I just hope that my shoulder doesn't make finding employment too difficult. I guess we'll see.

Hobby wise, I have spent most of my sculpting time on a competition sculpt. It is a Squat Berserker and currently looks like this:

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All that I need to do now is sculpt his head, tidy up the hammer head, fatten up his thighs a bit and add a basing tab and he's finished. He should be ready for the blog next week. 

Along with the competition sculpt, I have quite a few other sculpts on the go... all have taken a back seat while I focus on the competition sculpt because, for some reason, I can't seem to be able to work on more than one sculpt at a time (hence the title of this blog post). Here is what my workbench looks like at the moment:

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The ones labeled 'Squat' and 'Goblin' are all commissions and will be getting all the love, once I have finished the competition sculpt. Top right, you'll notice that the Demiurg with the helmet has been primed so he may see some paint fairly soon... who knows?

One problem I am facing at the moment is that my shoulder pain is not helping me sleep at all and that means that my mind is in overdrive. It is a double edged sword because I get lots of ideas but it also means I can lose focus and forget stuff. It also means that I don't have the dexterity to do fine sculpting so I have to be picky about what I do... so working on MY stuff is preferable to commission stuff because I am not going to mess up stuff for other people. OK... it may mean it takes longer to get the commissions done but at least I know that I have been at my best when I am working on them.

Well... that's it for now.

See you through gritted teeth!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The gates have been opened.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week he been pretty good; mostly because we have had the boiler repaired and I am now able to get warm without the need for twenty layers of clothing. It also means that I am able to use green stuff again rather than mixing it up and it not wanting to work properly (it doesn't like my cold hands).

As you may have guessed, I have been sculpting a lot this week. I have been working on Dutch, five commission sculpts and a competition sculpt. Unfortunately, there isn't much to show off yet so there are no pix... however, after a bit of chat on Facebook (the WH40k Squats group), I had the bright idea of assembling a Demiurg with a helmet instead of a sculpted head. I used a plastic head from HERE, Backpack and axe from HERE and Ion pistol (also from Anvil Industry but I can't find the link). This is what he looks like:

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I think that the larger head suits the look of my Demiurg so I will make a few more of these. Hopefully, it will stimulate my Demiurg 'head sculpting' muse.

Now on to the big news for the week. Games Workshop/Forge World have decided to make a Squat bounty hunter for Necromunda. the news was released in a video:

... and pictures have been released all over Facebook so I have mercilessly borrowed some:

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At the moment it is just the one... but seeing the response that this news has had, I am optimistic that there may be a few more in the future. 

My view on it is positive. It is a nicely designed miniature that will look great as part of a gang/unit. I don't think he is the same size as the original Squats; more like the size of a Kharadron Overlord... but I think it was inevitable that this would be the case. I expect that it will be about £15 to £20 in price... so if I get one, it will be just the one.

Still... very exciting news for a Squat collector... GW have admitted they exist now!

See you from the Home Worlds!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Chaos reigns!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been fairly good... I have managed to get quite a lot of sculpting in and have finished Sgt Harker:

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The next one up will be Dutch; the platoon commander for the little Vanguard detachment. He will be based on Arnie in Predator and will have a bolter, power sword and big cigar. He will be at rest, smoking the cigar, with his bolter in a relaxed position and his power sword sheathed.

In other news, the fourth of the half-tracks turned up and is now at the same stage as the other three (all shown here with an earlier WIP of Sgt Harker):

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I now have to decide on the next step but am having to think about it a lot because of the shapes and the fact that I need to make it a design I can reproduce easily. It is far from shelved, I just need to get the sequence right so that I don't end up wasting lots of plastic.

With sculpting in mind, I have an existing commission that I have started and have also picked up a further commission to keep me busy. Both are in the USA and both are interesting things to sculpt so it is a good example of how international trade agreements can be reached if both parties are open and friendly.

So... the weather has been rubbish this week but I managed to get out and about on my bike once. When I got back, I gave it a once over, lubricated the chain and managed to push it off its side stand in the process. Luckily, I managed to prevent it falling over completely but, in the process, I have damaged my back and further aggravated my shoulder so I am a bit like a hunched old crone at the moment. I can't drive, ride the bike or lift heavy things. Obviously, it was worth it to stop my bike getting damaged but I am paying for it now!

My 'dry January' is going well. I have so far saved £70.70 for the charity pot and will get close to £100.00 by the end of the month so it is looking good. If you want to help with fund raising, here is the link to the story and how you can donate:

My son is also dry for January and knows the family involved so it has a personal link to us. 

This coming week, I was supposed to be going to a friend's leaving do but I am unfit to travel so I am gutted. It would have meant a ten hour drive and I am not safe to do it. I will have to wait until I am fitter to go and visit but it is a real shame I can't make his do... We joined the RAF together in 1988 and he has decided, like I did a year ago, that he would leave to pursue other avenues, after a 29 year service. I will certainly be thinking of him on the day.

Well... that's about it for now.

See you from the hobby-horse!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

We're going airborne!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been dull, overcast, windy and very wet indeed... so I've stayed in and just kept up with the chores. I'd like to say that I have been warm and comfortable but the combi-boiler has decided not to work (Repair/service will be on Tuesday) and I have had a rather painful shoulder this week... and I have tried to steer clear of pain-killers for fear of addiction (Codeine is the only thing that touches the pain and it isn't to be taken lightly).

Monday was my birthday. It was very quiet and unremarkable. Any gifts I got, were money destined for Shelterbox (the disaster relief charity that I support) so I didn't get a 'haul' or anything like that... I prefer a 'gift of giving' present for my birthday; it gives a birthday more substance.

Friday was a pub night and the band was very good but with my 'dry January' thing going on at the moment, I was limited to lime squash for the evening... but raised a further £15 in the process so it was a good evening in the main.

Hobby wise, this week has been rather productive. I have been ticking along with the second member of the 'Predator' team (Sgt Harker) but haven't really got far enough to show anything. Most of the work has been on his free arm and getting his heavy bolter looking functional. Hopefully, I'll get further with him during the coming week. i would probably have got further with him if my Corvus Blackstar hadn't turned up. Once the kit arrived, I couldn't help turning it into a Valkyrie so after removing all the inquisitor symbols and assembling it, it now looks like this:

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There wasn't too much extra work and in another post, I will post some better pix with an explanation of what I did. Once the Valkyrie had been finished, I had my kit building head on so I unearthed my half-track kits and set to converting them. I have three of the kits and have ordered a fourth so I can get a platoon'e worth of kits converted together. I have been working on three of them and have got this far:

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I have paused for a while until the fourth kit arrives so that I can get them all to the same standard before moving forward. Hopefully, it will be here tomorrow or Tuesday. My aim is to build four amphibious assault vehicles that can be proxies for Chimeras... but they won't look like Chimeras at all.

There are other hobby things going on at the moment but I'll share them at a later date... needless to say, some is pretty average stuff and other bit are a little bit different.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A stirring in the warp...

Hello again.

It's been another week of things going on and passing by.

I managed to get a few miles in on my motor bike and popped over to Marazion for a spin:

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Only another 480 miles before it gets its first service and the little fairing fitted above the clocks. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to potter out again this week.

Yesterday was spent driving to Aylesbury for a family visit... followed by a drive back and today has been mostly spent in the pub. I haven't had a drink because I am going dry for January and am donating my pint-money to Enzo... read about it/donate here:

My son is also doing the same thing so hopefully, the money will flow in.

From a hobby perspective, I have finished sculpting my Squat version of Sly Marbo:

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I have also been drawn into an idea that I heard on a forum I visit, that involves a specialist air support unit... so I have ordered one of THESE to convert into a Valkyrie. I have also started to convert a Sgt Harker to join Marbo in my Catachan force. Sgt Harker is getting a shoulder carried heavy-bolter and... a teacup...

In amongst that, I have also been sculpting a Frogulon... who will get a decent pic once he is finished. He's getting there so it won't be too long.

This coming week, I expect things to tick along... but it'll be a bit different because it's my birthday tomorrow so I also expect stuff to go on.

Life's like that.

See you from the gate!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The dust has settled.

Hello and welcome to a normal Sunday at Inso's World.

It has been a quiet week again but I have needed it in order to land after a rather boozy Christmas and new year. Luckily, I have made a pact with my son to go dry for January and put what I would have spent, into a charity pot for one of his friends. My pub landlord is very graciously buying my soft drinks for me so that helps as well. The bonus is that I don't drink for a month and a charity gets some pennies... Winner!

To be very frank, the weather has been RANK this week. Storms, heavy rain, bitter cold, very strong winds... we've had it all (not snow, thankfully). Luckily, I managed to get one day where I felt it was OK to go for a ride on my new motorcycle and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even saw a glimpse of sunshine while I was out! I am hoping that things cheer up a bit more so that I can get out and about a bit more because I need to get 600 miles on the clock before my first service and my little windscreen fitted. That said... there is always a little bit of light to be found in any circumstance...

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At the end of the month, I have a 'top table' to go to. Basically, it's a formal dining event to mark a special occasion. This one is to join a friend of mine at his leaving do... 29 years RAF service. I joined up with him and we were on the same three-year apprenticeship together. I am expecting it to be a great evening.

From a hobby perspective, I have been all over the place. A lack of sleep has fired up my imagination and that is both a good and bad thing. The good thing is that I get lots and lots of new ideas... the bad thing is that I don't really have the motivation or focus to realise the ideas into physical objects. That basically means that I have half drawn pictures and bits of glued together things that will sit and fester until I get the motivation to work on them. However, it doesn't mean that I haven't done anything. I currently have a 'Frogulon' as a WIP and a Squat version of Sly Marbo. Unfortunately, they aren't at a point where I want to show them off yet so maybe that will happen next week... who knows?

That's about it for now. As is usually the case (recently), I hope to have something interesting for next week.

See you from the Rodney Inn, Helston!