Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Sunday

Welcome to this week's blog update. I'll start by saying hi to my two newest followers; Darcy Perry and Fred Jackson. Welcome to you both, feel free to get involved and share your thoughts.

Where do I start?

Let's start with this:

Yes, it's 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Me and my better half went to see it and I won't share any spoilers but here are a few observations:
  • It is a couple's movie (one to take your significant other to).
  • There is a lot of romantic angst.
  • Spider-man is pretty cool (he is so much better than Toby Maguire ever was or could be).
  • Gwen is a cool character.
  • Electro is very cool... he gets better and better during the film.
  • Green Goblin is very sinister... the best representation of the villain yet.
  • The Rhino is a big mechanical suit (rather than a cybernitc body suit)... so it was different.
  • The Rhino is only in the film for less than 2 minutes! 
It was an OK film but I was pretty disappointed to see so little of the Rhino. The door is very much open for a sequel. I'd say that it was a chick-flick with some decent action and nowhere near as good as the Avengers films.  

Do you like art? Sometimes I view life as art and part of life is making altered egos. One of my altered egos is a Velociraptor and when I saw a dinosaur picture on Facebook I asked the painter to paint me a picture of a Velociraptor. It will be arriving soon... here's a preview:

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It's by a very talented artist called Jacob who is just five and a half years old and I think the picture is brilliant. I can't wait to hang it on my wall (I did, however, insist that he signs it first). 

OK... let's talk about Miniatures. First of all, I have been busy adding decals and varnishing lately. My Powered armour platoon is finished and if you would like to see it, and the rest of the NMA (what has been finished so far), then check out this link:

You will soon see why I have put it on the Grymn blog... but that is not all. I have been ticking along with the Squat program and have managed to get a bit more sculpted... and the Dreadnought painted:

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The Squat on the left is the first spotter for my sniper unit. The other two are troopers for the first squad (currently up to five models now... the Squat with the bolter is going to be part of the command squad). I think I am likely to add some decals to the dreadnought at some point but he will do for now.

In other news... my resolve is weakening for this:

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It is available from Puppet's War and has been on my radar for a long time but a reduction in price has made things worse. I am likely to get one soon to see how big it is and if it is suitable, it could be used for all sorts... watch this space.

Well, that is that!

See you from the edge of the dam!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

From little acorns...

... Giant oak trees grow.

What do I mean by that?

I have completed all of my Grymn powered armour troopers for my NMA (including Torge's Tigers).

They are all decalled up and matt varnished ready to have some photos taken tomorrow evening.

My painting table will look quite bare without them but they will be leaving soon and joining the rest of the NMA.

I am very happy about this... I just thought I'd share that!

See you from the edge of darkness!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Decals and varnish... amongst other distractions.

Hello again, it's Sunday and that means another blog update.

But before I start, I'd like to welcome Shaun McTague as the newest follower of Inso's World. Welcome aboard and I hope you find something to inspire you... and feel free to comment on things.

In a week of ups and downs, I have manged to continue with my current project and throw a few distractions into the mix as well. Hmmm what first? I guess I should start with the latest IG to Squat conversion...

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As you can see, he is armed with a las-carbine like the last one but apart from that, he's just a bit more of the same. Unfortunately, I haven't painted number three or four yet... but I did manage to find a random distraction in the form of this:

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The mech on the left is going to be a dreadnought for this little Squat force and the guy on the right is a Squat made from Tau and Catachan parts. The rifle is a pulse carbine without the grenade launcher. He's a little bit taller than the otherSquats I have been making but not so tall he doesn't fit.

This week, my decals arrived from Dom's Decals and they were screaming at me to be adhered to my Powered Armoured Grymn... so that's what I spent four hours of today doing! Yes... 4 hours! 84 tiny little decals are now attached to my Powered Armour platoon and have been varnished over. I haven't taken any pix yet because the troops are still gloss but once I have matt varnished them all, I will show them off. I am glad that the little task is done... I don't have a lot of patience for decals.

...and finally...

Do you remember these?:

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Well, they are now available to buy as a part of a pack of Leets from HERE. It is always nice when your own work gets put into a shop.

That's it for now.

See you from the end of the space-time shift!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Squats... Tau... Vulkans and Bikes.

It's Sunday again and the follower count is slowly approaching 200 with the arrival of Steve63 and Ironworker in Inso's World. Welcome aboard and I hope you find something of interest as you stroll along the twisting paths here.

So... this week saw a 'how to' on Tuesday. That has since moved on and the subject of the how to has been base-coated and washed but not finished. In the meantime, I have been converting Squat number 3... here he is:

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As you can see, he is the first of the 'bent leg' troopers and I have decided to use the IG helmet as well. He was given a chin-beard and not a full beard just for a bit of variety. The las-carbine is a trimmed down Catachan weapon and will likely be the standard weapon for the troopers. I think that it is a perfect size and it was very simple to convert... so is easily repeatable. One thing I noticed about the donor body was that it was less detailed around the shoulders so needed a bit of extra work. I also had to chop off the bent leg at the groin and shorten it slightly so that the knee joint looked right. Not too much of a problem but additional work.

The next one will be the other 'bent leg' pose and will also have a helmet on... so watch this space for that.

In other hobby news:
  • I have bagged another three Vulkans. Why? I have no idea (I truly think I have an addiction!) but they are currently submerged in dettol. 
  • My Mantic Kickstarter 'first wave' was completed. The missing bonus booster was sent after I wrote an email... so I now have all of my Rebs and will be waiting patiently for wave two to be produced (Forgefathers).
  • My Dom's Decals haven't arrived yet (but I have another two weeks before I need to worry).
  • I have a shiney new box of Tau firewarriors. Why? Hmmm... let me think about that... Allies?
In other, other news...

I have passed on my motorcycle to a new owner who will give it the TLC and maintenance that it needs to get back on the road. It wll be getting a new rider... a newly qualified, lady biker who will, I am sure, love riding my reliable little steed... sorry... HER reliable little steed. I am just glad my lovely little bike has gone to a great home:

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I will miss her... but it is for the best.

Parting with my bike was the reason I bought some Tau... comfort shopping.

I have also baked a cake today (three layers of a sponge cake) that I will be finishing off later so that I can take it into work (I should have sorted a cake out ages ago but I haven't... so I have made the extra effort and made one myself).

I've just watched the Amazing Spiderman film with Lizard in. It was good. Much better than previous Spiderman films... now I can look forward to the next one. It should be fun.

Well... that is it apart from...

Back this KICKSTARTER!... I want some mechs.

See you from the bus lane!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A short 'How To'... Space Dwarfs.

Hello. I know it's only Tuesday but I was asked by someone on Facebook to put together a guide for making my Squats from the old plastic Imperial Guard sprues... well here it is:

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So there you have it. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment.

I have started painting this one and have cleaned up the next donor so there should be more to see soon.

See you from the funny farm!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

I am mostly distracted!

Hello again. It's Sunday and time for a bit of a round up of this week's activities on the hobby front... so...

...Let's talk about Captain America and the Winter Soldier.

Over all, it was a great film with excellent tech, some great characters and expanded characterisation, spectacular special effects and some great bad guys. The film has a host of little plot twists and the action is fast paced. What really helped in this film was that we got 'under the skin' of some of the characters (Cap, Black Widow and Nick Fury) and it helped make them more human. The one thing that always bothers me about superhero films is that they have a mix of super and non-super characters that sometimes all take the same pounding and carry on fighting. I would suggest that if a normal person was struck in the face by a metal arm that was attached to a super-soldier, they would be hospitalised straight away... apparently, this is not always the case.

Did I like the film? Yep, I loved it. It was also better than the first one and the addition of The Falcon was a fantastic idea (he is a great character).

Remember to stay after the credits because there is extra stuff that may well tie into the next Avengers film... who knows?

I made a terrible mistake this week. I did the 'random bid' thing on Ebay and as soon as I'd bid, I thought "Why did I do that?!" Well... I won the auction and this turned up in the post:

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I really can't say why I bid on it but I now have a box of 30 'on the sprue' Imperial Guardsmen with another 6 poorly assembled and covered in glue. Well... 5 poorly assembled and covered in glue... one of them has now been converted:

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He's not perfect and the next one will be a bit better but it was just an itch that I thought I'd scratch. I'll convert the 5 remaining 'off the sprue' troopers and then make a decision as to whether I continue with the brand new ones. One thing I do need to sort out is what to arm the Squat troopers with. I am not keen on the lasguns in the box and have Catachan lasguns, Cadian lasguns and bolters that are available to use... but I am not sure which will be the best? I am probably either going to use bolters or a chopped down Cadian lasgun...Hmmm...


A small update:

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Just the base to paint. I thought I'd pay homage to his origins with his paint job.

This week, I should have been painting these:

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Well, I have been but they are not finished... due to other distractions. They are currently basecoated, awaiting a tidy up before being washed. I should have them finished this week but with so many distractions... who knows? 

I have been sculpting again! My commissions have had some work so they are getting closer to being finished.

Now onto Kickstarters. I was part of the Deadzone Kickstarter last year and have still not received all of my wave one stuff, even though it is being sold in the Mantic store. As a result, I must admit that my patience ran out and I have written an email to Mantic for a swift resolution. I had hoped that the process of filling in the 'missing items' form would have sorted this out by now but it seems not to have... so let's see what happens now. 

In other Kickstarter news, the Mechadrome Kickstarter is still ticking along but needs all of the support it can get so that I can get hold of my 28mm mechs! They have recently shown off the medium mech renders with all the weapon options and also a set of automated weapon platforms... well worth a look and a pledge.

My decals haven't arrived yet so I still haven't finished the Grymn Powered Armour. I am not worried though. Dom's Decals are top quality but I think they are printed to order so I expect to wait a little while. 

Well... I think that is about it for today. I know it has been a bit random today but I hope you all found something of interest in amongst the ramblings! The trouble is that I've had too much sugar today so everything is a bit hectic...

See you from the belly of a T-Rex!

Monday, 24 March 2014

New mech from Mechadrome.

Just a quick update on the Mechadrome kickstarter... a new mech called Trion. He's a freelancer and is a 15mm mech:

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There are also a few renders of the Medium Mech with various weapon options:

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There is much more to come so pop along and pledge (mostly because I want some 28mm mechs).

See you from the bus queue!