Sunday, 27 July 2014

End of an Era.

Before I start today's post proper, I'd like to welcome Hybrid Alpha to Inso's World. Welcome to the blog and I hope you enjoy wandering around and sharing ideas.

Well, I'm afraid that my hobby mojo has deserted me again. I'm hoping that it is just the weather because I have so many things I want to get done but recently I have just ot had the enthusiasm or drive to do them. I have achieved nothing this week (where the hobby is concerned). All I have managed to do is sort out a few components into poly bags for a Squat squad and shorten a few classic lasguns. 

So what else has happened? 

Last Thursday was our unit's families day. A time when the families of the service men and women can visit, watch some displays, see some static aircraft, have a wander round some stalls and see a band later in the evening. It was pretty good; the Chinook flying display was particularly awesome (as usual) and the band was a not-Beatles band... and they were pretty cool too. Here are a few pix:





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This last pic is of a Puma HC Mk2 helicopter. It is what I have been helping to roll into service over the last couple of years:


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It is an uprated and updated Puma with better engines, better electronics and much better capabilities. When I first left training, the first cab I ever worked on was a Puma HC Mk1 and to be able to be a part of introducing the latest update is humbling. She's a beauty :).

In other news... Didcott now has a few less chimneys at the power station:


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I stayed up all night last night, just to see the chimneys fall. At around 05:00hrs this morning, the three towers were destroyed by a not insugnificant explosion. I was a long way away (these are NOT my pictures, I was directed to these on Facebook) and only saw a tiny spectacle... but a few seconds later, I heard the bang that went with it. As a result, I am tired but am very glad that I saw the end of an era. 

And what does it prove?

Times change.

See you from the back of the HMS Pinafore!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Holiday round-up and the FunVee Project.

Before I start today's post, I'd like to welcome Baconfat to Inso's World. Welcome aboard and please make yourself at home, take any ideas you wish and be sure to comment on the posts.

So... today is the last day of my week's holiday. It has been a busy one with day-trips here and there, swimming, lounging, drinking, feeding the ducks, getting the car serviced/MOTd and robins fledging... and that is just the tip of the ice-berg.

It has been really... REALLY humid over the last few days and I have been exceptionally lethargic so hobby-stuff hasn't been hugely on the agenda but I have been ticking along with what I am now calling the 'FunVee Project' (create a Space Dwarf vehicle that I can cast up).

You may remember this from a post in June:


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Well, it ended up at this point before I realised that it was just too flimsy to even consider casting it:


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I also decided that it would be awkward to cast as a result of it being fully assembled and some of the shapes... so a rethink happened and I ordered a lot of (thicker) plasticard from Antenociti's Workshop. Once everything arrived, I set to building a slightly different shaped vehicle in modular form. This is the point I am at now:


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As you can see, I have started to put a small amount of detail on but I am planning to keep things fairly detail free so that I can change options without having to build new modules. The idea behind the original vehicle was to build a larger 'Humvee' type vehicle that was armoured and quick. It needed to be able to carry a squad of 8-10 Space Dwarfs and be useable as a counts-as Rhino vehicle (like the ones Games Workshop make). In order for that to happen it needed rear, side and top access and the option to add a storm-bolter/HK missile on the top. I didn't want a Rhino clone (hence going for four wheels). Because I am making it modular, it gives me the option to experiment a bit... so I can add extra wheels on the side or swap them all out (at a much later date) and add track units if I want to. Here is a rough idea of two of the options:


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Obviously, things are at a very WIP state at the moment but the plan is to make modular components to be able to have a four wheeled Rhino/Razorback/Predator (APC/IFV/light tank), and a six wheeled truck/transporter with a possible later addition of tracks (either standard ones or smaller track unit that replace each wheel individually... giving the option of a halftrack). The various details will be separate so you just glue them on where you fancy... or leave them off if you want to.

So... there we go. I still have a long way to go yet but from little acorns; great oak trees grow.

See you from the bitter end!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Holidays!

This weekend is the start of a week's holiday for me. I won't be going away for the week... just occasional day-trips... so it means that I have plenty of time to chill out and see where the mood takes me. So far, it has taken me to Reading and Henley but I expect to go a little further afield and dip my toes in the sea somewhere.

Over the last week, I have come to the conclusion that a vehicle I was working on wasn't robust enough. So I went online and bought a bunch of plasticard from Antenociti's Workshop. Not only are the prices reasonable but the delivery time was very quick... so I can recommend them to everyone now. It means that I now have what I need to start afresh and make a nice robust vehicle that is suitable for casting.

In other news, I have recently joined a new forum called Random Platypus. It was originally a 'Not Frothers UUK' but now it seems to be gaining a shape of its own. As a result of joining the forum, I have taken up a challenge to paint a squad in a certain time-frame; which means I have picked up a brush again and have started to paint these:


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They are the first squad of converted Rogue Trader Imperial Guard that have been turned into Squats. I have finished a 'pre-base-coat' which I will now call a 'disgrace coat' because it is a lot messy... however, it is a start and will hopefully motivate me to continue with them.

I have been browsing around and have now discovered that Prodos Games has the new style Vulkan up for sale. Here is a pic:


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It is a gorgeous little model that has a choice of weapons and is very much worth a punt at £14.99. It is also perfect for my converted Squats to use... so I very much expect to be getting one or two in the future.

And now for a complete change of direction... the Robins are nesting in out kitchen extractor fan again. I managed to get a very blurry picture of the chicks and there are at least two so once they are more established (and I have my ladder back from my friend), I will get some better pix that are good enough to show off. I am glad that I followed the advice I was given; not to clean the nest out after the first clutch. Isn't nature great?

Well... that's it for now. 

See you from the construction table!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

A continuing theme.

This week, I have not spent any time on the hobby at all. I have been enjoying life, socialising and drinking... which seems fair enough to me so this week I'd like to draw everyuones attention to the Forum of Doom's 'Unofficial Diorama of Doom 2014' competition.

Here is a link to the competition rules:


Basically, it is a yearly competition that encourages those who give it a go, to build a themed diorama using miniatures from one of the Forum of Doom companies. There is no prize, just bragging rights and the opportunity to show what you can come up with. Here are two which I built (not winners):



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Over the last couple of years, there have been size restrictions but not this year! 

The competition is open to anyone who wants to have a go and there are two themes that you can chose to use:

It'll never fly

They mostly come at night... mostly

You can even choose to incorporate BOTH themes in the same diorama... and if you want you can enter more than one.

So please check out the very minimal rules, start collecting bits and bobs together ready for the event to start on September 24th and prepare your ideas.

See you from the observation post!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

It's that time of year again.

well, what can I say? This week has been quite mixed again. Work has been work and home has been home.

Hobby wise, I have been adding to the horde with another Ebay batch of plastic Squat miniatures. I have quite a few now and it is getting to a point where I will have to start putting them together. Unfortunately, I am a bunch of arms short so I will have to take that into account (and sculpt more or see if I can get some other arms from somewhere else... dare I say recast ones?). I have also been investigating transport options and have not really come up with anything... so I am building my own:


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You can't really see much from the above picture... but I have got the shape down to what I want and have put together some wheels too. You will also see that I have some model filler in the picture. That is because I am seriously thinking of getting this cast up (either I will do it or I will pay someone else to) so I need to make sure all the gaps are filled and smoothed down, ready for the mould making process. The plan is to make these standard transports so they will be nothing fancy; just wheeled, armoured boxes. I've still got a long way to go but I am in a bit of a hobby drought at the moment and this seems to be something I am willing to persevere with (at the moment). It always seems to be the warmer weather that slows things down...

So... Friday night was the Sergeants Mess Summer Ball and this year, I took my wife and an additional guest (which was nice). We all had a great time and knocked it on the head after 1am in the morning. I was a little worse for wear and really didn't sleep very well so Saturday was written off and after another rough night (very little sleep) Sunday has been pretty quiet too. It's life in the fast lane at the moment!

Because I am a bit tired, I thought I'd tinker today so my wife got a new bracelet:


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All patriotic! This one is better than the last one because I have joined two looms together now so that I can get longer bracelets... so the stars go all the way around. It took me about half an hour and cost me about 30p... that is great value for a hobby.

You should all be aware that I am a bit of a fan of AT VOTOMs. Well... on my travels through Ebay, I spotted some Gashapon mini-mechs and couldn't believe the price so I had to buy them. I got six 1/60scale VOTOMS mechs (each about 3.5inches tall) for the grand price of £12.99 including postage! How could I refuse? They are made of a slightly rubbery material but are painted and hacve a certain amount of movement. Once I have decided how I am going to deal with them, I will post some pix... but here is a link to five of them: LINK. They are pretty cool, aren't they?

Well... that is about that for today. I hope you are enjoying life.

See you from the shady spot!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

I have become a Loomatic!

This week has been one where I just needed to reflect on life and go with the flow. I went to a funeral on Monday and it was a very well run thing but it was the last time I'll ever see my friend, Angie, (even though she was in her transport pod to the next level) again so it does make you think about life and how things go.

So... I have tried to get some hobby stuff done this week but have failed dismally. I have no enthusiasm for it and the ideas that are coming to my mind have become such a burden that I can't focus on any of my on-going projects. The ideas are namely bike designs for Grymn and transport options for Squats... both need to be found and/or created... I am hoping that the transport can be 'off the shelf' but I am expecting the bike to be home made.

What have I been doing instead of my hobby... well, internet mainly. In fact, during one of my 'Ebay drive-bys' I managed to pick up an awesome bargain... and have a box of 36 'on-the-sprue' Squats on the way! They cost me less than £50.00 but have no bases (which isn't a problem). I was very pleased with that!

And that was it... that was all I could muster this week. I couldn't even generate the enthusiasm to throw a sculpt together for the Frothers Unite UK sculpting competition (a Mos Eisley theme) and normally that would have ignited my creative flame. Instead of that sort of thing, I decided in my infinite wisdom to try something new and learn a new trick. So I bought the stuff (really cheaply) and went to You-Tube to get a bit of tuition and this is what I managed to come up with:


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Yes... I have started to mess around with looms, hooks and tiny rubber bands. It is quite relaxing, takes a bit of thought and both my wife and daughter think it is great because they get the finished results. The only down side was that the loom I had was too short... so I bought 2 and with a bit of chopping, bracing and gluing, have joined them together. Who said an old dog can't learn new tricks? I also used to make Scouby bracelets with my daughter so this is just another little handy craft under my belt.

I know it is pretty random on here at the moment but things usually get a bit weird when the weather warms up... maybe sometime soon, I will get back on it and start to focus a bit. I hope so.

See you from the wishing tree!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Tigers!

I know I sound like a bit of a stuck record but I have had another slow hobby week this week. I have put a bunch of plastic space Dwarfs into the Dettol and cleaned them off. I then separated them down into their components and quickly discovered that I have got enough heads/bodies/weapons for about 35 troops... but not enough arms. It isn't a problem because I'll just sculpt them on but it does add to the length of time it will take to put them all together... and it is something that will be on the back burner for now anyway.

I've been throwing bids on Ebay this week and failing in glorious fashion... so I don't have any news about that.

I am looking forward to the end of this Kickstarter project (Mechadrome):


I have pledged for a small gathering of these awesome little mechs and I hope that they are as awesome in hand as they appear on the site.

Speaking of mechs, Prodos Games has been updating a lot of their Warzone Resurrection miniatures and they have been doing a great job. The one that really caught my eye was the new version of the Bauhaus Vulkan... a proper stocky little chap:


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I think that this will make an excellent addition to any Squat/Space Dwarf force... oh... and Warzone Bauhaus force (of course).

In other news, the Forum of Doom is having an Unofficial Diorama of Doom competition again this year. At the moment, the final poll is up to vote for a theme. If you want to pop along, have a look and vote it would be very cool of you. Here's the link:


You never know; you may be inspired enough to join in with your own offering.

From a personal hobby perspective, I managed to throw a basecoat on my Torge's Tigers dropship. It is still very WIP but, I think I have the patterns roughly in place:



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So... tomorrow I am travelling down to Somerset for the funeral of my friend who recently passed away after her fight with cancer. It's not one I am looking forward to but I wouldn't miss it for the world...

See you from the pit!