Sunday, 19 August 2018

The platoon is growing.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World on a lovely, foggy day.

This is currently the view from my window:

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It's definitely different to last weekend... Hopefully, it will disappear and we'll get some sun again.

Back on track... this week has been one of travels and a bit of hobby so we'll start with travels.

My missus has had a bit of a holiday and we have been pottering around and doing everything she wanted to. We have been to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Pendennis Castle, Trebah Garden and have also traveled up to see my Step Mum in Seaton. While we were there we went for a lovely ride on the Seaton Tram system and had lunch on Colyton station. In lesser travels, we have also been to see Ant Man and the Wasp at the cinema. I was also (thankfully) left at home when my missus went to see the second Mama Mia film with my niece so that was a bullet dodged. We have also pottered about in town and spent some quality time together so this has been a good week.

On Monday, I had a bit of official duty to perform. I went over to Mullion in order to take part in a little photo opportunity for Marie Curie. There was a 'big cheque' handover that needed some yellow-shirts to be present and that went really well. I can't share the whole photo but here I am in all of my Marie Curie finery:

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As you can tell from the sun in my eyes, Monday was a little less foggy than today!

That's enough life for today so let's talk hobby now. Last week, I showed off two finished elements of the first infantry platoon for my Squat army. This week, I get to show the first complete, Squat elements. This is the Platoon Command Squad for the First Infantry Platoon (complete with Primaris Psyker, as shown off last week):

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As you can see... there are ACTUAL Squats painted! Okay, it isn't the best pic but when the platoon is all finished, it will get a decent photo-shoot. 

Now that the troop units are well under way, here's a WIP of the First Infantry Squad:

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The image shows the first, basic, base-coat, ready for tidying up prior to a wash. The gun-tractor has been progressed since the picture and is already washed, ready for highlights... mostly because it has to be painted in a different way to the troops due to the need for it to be separate from its base. It's also nice to have a 'little project' when painting blocks of troops, just to take the edge off a bit.

In other hobby news, Warlord game have had a summer sale and the prices were so ridiculous, I felt obliged to spend some money with them. As a result, I have ordered twelve Ghar Battle-suits and ten sprues of Concord troops/drones. The reason for this was that the sprues were reduced from £10.00, £8.00 and £12.00 to £1.00 each! Instead of having to spend £20.00 on three battle-suits, I got twelve for £12.00! It would have cost me £120.00 to get ten of the Concord sprues... instead it cost £10.00! It would have been insane NOT to buy any... especially seeing as they will all be added to my Demiurg army and were already earmarked as future purchases.

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... Speaking of which, when all the sprues turn up, I will have the following:
  • 6x Ground Guilders.
  • 3x Air Guilders.
  • 1x Ground Guilder Command Crawler.
  • 30x Ground Drones.
  • 10x Large Air Drones.
  • 20x Small Air Drones.
I will also have fifty Concord troops to add to the bits box and this may be an opportunity for a little conversion for something else that has been rattling around in my head lately... Kill Team.

... but that is for another day!

See you from the abandoned city!

Sunday, 12 August 2018

The Dwarfs are on their way!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been a bit up and down so it's going to be a fairly brief update today.

This week, I have met up with the local arm of the Marie Curie Committee and also the county's charity coordinator as well. I have officially claimed my place as the local treasurer and am now getting my teeth into what my duties are. I also got a T-shirt so that's cool. This coming Monday, I have an official 'photo-call' with a local shop who have donated a large sum to the charity so I will be pictured with a giant cheque, the shop owner and a few other local committee members for a newsletter... so I may get another 15 minutes of fame! The good thing is that now I am not in the military, it won't cost me beer if I get spotted by my colleagues!

In hobby news, I have been painting a bit this week and have managed to finish The Halfling Sniper unit:

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This is the sniper squad for the first platoon so I thought that, seeing as I had started on the platoon, I may as well continue with it so I also painted the Primaris Psyker:

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He is a Beastman Shaman but I will be using these as my Primaris Psykers because my Squats have left their psykers back on their doomed home-world so don't have any of their own anymore. Since the Primaris Psyker was now finished, I decided to give some Squat troops a go so I have opted to paint the Platoon Commander and his Command Squad. I haven't finished it yet but I have nearly finished getting it ready for the wash stage (I only have the weapons and beards to tidy up now). Here is a WIP pic of the troops:

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The colours are down... I just need to continue with them and they will soon be finished. The plan is to paint the whole of the first platoon and then move on. The platoon consists of the following:
  1. Primaris Psyker (Finished).
  2. Halfling Snipers (finished).
  3. Platoon Commander (Paint in Progress).
  4. Platoon Command Squad (Paint in Progress).
  5. Infantry Squad (Not Primed Yet).
  6. Infantry Squad (Not Primed Yet).
  7. Heavy Weapon Squad (Not Primed Yet).
  8. Armoured Sentinel Squadron (Not Primed Yet).
  9. Chimeras (Not Started at all Yet).
I have a way to go but it isn't too much to start with. The only stopper may be the Chimeras but I have the kits and if I don't convert them now, I can do it later but continue painting other things while I wait.

This coming week, I have company because my wife has some time off work so we will be pottering about and doing things. That means that I won't necessarily have time for much hobby activity but I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

That's it for now.

See you from the top of the cliff!

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Another week of summer.

Hello and welcome to another Sunday in Inso's World.

This week has been a rather lack-lustre one because my sleep patterns have been shot so I haven't managed to do a lot of what I wanted to.

The weather has been up and down so I have had to tailor what I did, to fit in with the weather as well.

During this week, I have had issues with debit cards (could have been embarrassing if I didn't have alternative ways to pay) and also the tourists have arrived in vast numbers so crowds of people and clogged roads are now a major part of life in Cornwall.

Yesterday, I was up at 3am and at 4am, I drove my missus up to visit with family six hours away. we had a great time and I drove back later in the day so it was a long, tiring day. Thankfully, I had Red Bull to keep me on my toes.

In the hobby news, I have finished the Engineseer unit:

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I haven't edge-highlighted them because I am tired and it would have taken ages (I have so many miniatures to paint!) so I have just base-coated, washed and re base-coated them... with highlights applied to very limited areas (like the Guilds-man's face). 

From the top we have Jecub 'sure-grip' Mikkelson, Freya, Thor, Tyr and Loki. They are an Engineer Guilds-man with four helper robots but they count as a Techpriest Engineseer with four servitors. As was mentioned in the last post, they will be travelling in the Chimera and will be part of the Spearhead Detachment.

With this unit complete, I decided to dig something else out so what better than a nice simple unit of Halfling Snipers. Rather than go green, I decided to tie them into their bases a bit better and go for a mix of browns. It's very early days yet... but here is the unit so far (first they were primed and then base-coating was started):

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Obviously, there is a long way to go but every journey starts with a first step.

That's it for this week. In the coming week, I will be collecting a fourth Toon Tank from the post office (so I will have a platoon's worth of Chimeras to work on) but will be working on the Halflings (this unit is attached to the first platoon so once they are done, I'll crack on with the Chimeras for the platoon as well)..

In other news, I have a couple of meetings with Marie Curie this week so I will be getting my teeth in to what is required of me as part of the committee. I have my wife with me for a couple of days because she has holiday so we will be going out and about. I also need to get a few bits of admin sorted... assuming that I get some sleep at some point!

See you from the queue!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Water? From the sky?

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It would appear that the weather has turned from glorious sunshine to wonderful storms and heavy rain. The only downside is that it means priming is off the table so I will only be able to progress any projects up to the priming point.

Yesterday we popped over to Porthleven for lunch and we spent a while watching the sea crash against the shore in the blustery weather. That's the wonderful thing about living in Cornwall. You get to see every aspect of the county in all weathers.

I have had uncle duties to attend to this week and have been busy helping to get things sorted with cars. It has made a nice change and has meant doing a few things that I haven't had to do for a while... like getting a mechanic to fix a car without ripping anyone off... so that was fun.

Friday evening was spent in The Rodney Inn, listening to a decent local band while socialising with friends and it was handy that I am teetotal because it meant we could avoid the rain by me driving to the pub.

So... what about hobby stuff? Well, to start with, work on the last of the tanks for the tank company has stalled completely. I am completely unable to sculpt at the moment. I have tried but I have a bad case of the yips and even after mixing putty, I cannot sculpt anything and end up wasting the putty. That said, I am able to fill gaps and do simple stuff but I just can't seem to face anything more artistic. I am hoping it will change soon.

That's what I haven't been able to achieve. However, I have been able to get some work done on the Chimera proxy and have managed to get it finished:

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I am very happy with the results; especially because it has certain hints towards my favourite AFV, the FV432. I also think that the process is simple enough to repeat in a fairly straightforward manner so producing more 'identical' vehicles shouldn't be a problem.

With the Chimera finished and the last tank stalled, I had reached the end of what I could be getting on with so I needed to have a think. First, I ordered some more tanks... but in the meantime it meant having a look at the army list and seeing what I could work on. Then I had an epiphany. I could finish a Spearhead Detachment fairly quickly by using the armour that I have made, finishing the last tank and painting up five miniatures. here is the detachment:

HQ - Tank commander (Vanquisher Battle Cannon)
Elite - Techpriest Engineseer (mounted in Chimera)
Elite - 4x Servitor (2 standard, 2 heavy - also in the Chimera)
Heavy Support - 3x Leman Russ (Battle Cannon)
Heavy Support - 3x Leman Russ (Punisher Cannon)
Heavy Support - 3x Leman Russ ( Plasma Cannon)

Luckily, everything was already converted (apart from the Company Tank commander) and it was just a case of locating things.

On the 'to-do' list was:
  1. Paint the Engineseer and Servitors.
  2. Sculpt the Company Commander.
  3. Paint the Company Command tank.
  4. Add decals to all of the vehicles (including the Chimera - it would be marked up in the same way as the rest of the tanks because it would be a tank-company support vehicle, rather than an infantry company vehicle).
With a solid plan in mind, I have located my little Engineseer team that originally looked like this:

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... and have started painting them. They now look like this:

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As you can see, the Engineseer is more or less finished and I have started to work on the two basic servitors. I haven't started on the heavy servitors yet because I need to sort out basing them but also being able to paint them off the base (so I can paint the bases without being hampered by the tracked chassis of the two servitors).... so I will be putting my thinking cap on for that. 

Overall, I think that having a goal for everything that I am currently working on, that is all tied together so cleanly, will help me to finish sculpting the tank commander... hopefully!

Anyway... that's it for now.

See you from the shopping cart!

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Indicators on...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World on yet another glorious, sunny, day.

This week has had a few 'life' adventures with a bit of family visiting and other things going on.

First up, my motorcycle has had its first service and the screen that it should have originally arrived with, has now been fitted:

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Next up is something that I have been working on in the background. Over the last few weeks, I have been in touch with the local wing of the Marie Curie charity and have applied to become a committee member of the Helston/Lizard branch. This week I sorted out my application, it was accepted and I am now part of the Marie Curie club. I even have a new ID card to go with it:

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I am rather happy with being accepted and hope to meet the rest of the committee at the beginning of next month. It will not only wake me up a bit but it has also ticked off one of the items on my "leaving the RAF and moving to Cornwall" list. The only thing remaining is to get a job and I am looking into that as well.

On to the hobby and this week I have finished the Platoon Commander for the Battle-Cannon tanks:

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Obviously, I still need to apply decals but as I have mentioned before, they will be applied when the whole company is finished. With that said, I have also started work on the Company Commander but have stalled somewhat. I have added speakers and a flagpole to her turret and have got as far as sculpting her padded torso but that's it. The ideas for her have sort of run dry and the weight of other ideas has meant that I have needed to "scratch an itch" and change direction a bit...

... so I have ordered another King Tiger kit to play with; this time to try and make a simple conversion into a proxy Chimera. I wasn't expecting the kit until Monday but it turned up yesterday so I have already been tinkering and so far, it looks like this:

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All I have done is remove any details that were sticking proud of the surface and have added the basic shape of the passenger cabin. The hole at the front is for a small turret.

Looking at the image, I plan to use the top hatches from the turret as hatches for the driver and "machine-gunner", with a vent/grill panel between them. There will be an engine panel on the front of the hull and the "machine-gun" mount will be fitted in the same place as it is on the other tanks. On the top of the passenger cabin, I will be placing a round top-hatch, six periscope viewers and a small, automated turret with the main weapon attached. On the rear of the hull, there will be a large ramp for accessing the passenger cabin. On the sides of the cabin will be six gun ports. Various details will be added and a lot of them will come from the components of the kit so I don't have to find them elsewhere.

So far, the conversion hasn't been too onerous so I am hoping that when I need to replicate the design, it shouldn't be too difficult... but it's early days yet.

That's it for this week. In the coming week, I hope to get the Company Commander sculpted and possibly, finish off the first of the Chimera conversions... we shall see, I guess.

See you from the road, man!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

A lot of stippling.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World on yet another glorious, sunny, Sunday.

This week has been one of this and that. Chores, a bike ride, watching the football and the tennis and also getting quite a lot of hobby stuff done. On Friday there was another cool live band at the Rodney Inn and in between all of the comings and goings, it has been sunny and positive all week.

Last Monday heralded the occurrence of two months being tee-total. so I am now into the third month. It has been interesting... I haven't missed the drink but there are downsides to being around lots of people who drink... namely you can't join them!

The football has been disappointing but also quite an achievement... England are out but the team got further than any of the adult, male, England teams in the past 28 years... so it proves that a young, relatively unknown team can get along nicely without the old guard. Once today's game is over that will be it for football, for me.

The tennis goes on and I don't pay it too much attention.

Hobby wise, I have been relatively busy. The two dirtied up tanks have improved and I have got the tank commander for the third platoon finished:

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I could have done a slightly better job on him but it is another of my 'finished, not perfect' sculpts. He is looking at his digi-map, wondering how he arrived at his destination and not where he should have got to. 

With the Tank Commander finished, I could get his tank up to the same standard as the rest of the platoon so I ended up with three dirtied up tanks:

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From then it was just a case of spending a few hours stippling and dry-brushing to end up here:

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The last pic shows the tanks all ready for decals... but the Tank Commander needs to be painted before that happens so he's next up in the painting queue. 

While I am painting the Tank Commander, I will be sculpting the Company Commander... but although I know she will be female, I haven't decided how to pose her yet so I need to do some thinking.

This week, I needed to replenish a few paints and have done so with a visit to my local Warhammer store (for Agrax Earthshade) and also with an order to Great Escape Games. Unfortunately, the order got a little mixed up but one email was all it took to clear everything up so I will heartily recommend them, both for their economical pricing and their great customer service.

This coming week I hope to get the Platoon Tank Commander painted and the Company Commander sculpted... but it all depends on how things pan out.

That's it for now.

See you from the cupola!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Heat pause.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It's been very hot this week so I have been restricted in what hobby things I can do. All I have really managed to do is get two tanks up to the same standard... base-coated and washed in shade:

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I have also been sculpting a little bit and the tank commander is getting there now... just his arms and equipment to go now... but I am not taking any pix until he is finished.

The trouble with all the recent hobby activity is that I am getting to a point where I am running out of various paints so I am nearly at a point where an emergency re-stock is required. I guess I'll have to put in little orders all over the place to sort out the deficiencies but I will try to make things stretch until the tanks are done... but I may not be able to.

So... other things...

I have completed enough miles to get my motorcycle serviced and have the fly screen fitted. That will be in a week or so (it's booked at the earliest possible time) so I can't wait to get that sorted so that my wife can join me on my little excursions (if she is about).

I have been in touch with the local Marie Curie charity committee and (pending approval) will likely become the next treasurer for the local area branch. I had a little 'interview' and we got on famously so I am hoping I will hear from them soon and start the handover process. I am looking forward to it.

England... football... yay... semi-finals... (soon it will be over)... 

That's it for now. It's a bit sparse this week due to the heat.

See you from the air-conditioned toilet!