Sunday, 17 February 2019

Still here.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It's still here... for now.

This week has been very similar to last week but a bit more challenging at work. I've had a couple of days where things have been particularly heavy and at times, I have had to defend myself and my colleague against physical harm... so it has been an interesting week.

Work is still extremely rewarding and worth all the highs and lows so I'm enjoying it immensely (even with the challenges)... dementia care isn't always straight forward.

In other news, I have been continuing to sculpt the Predator team and have finished Mac:

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I decided that the scorpion scene should be the main inspiration and also the scene where he cuts his cheek, while shaving (hence, he has a cut on his cheek). 

Dillon is next on the list and after a bit of 'on-line' chat, I have taken on board the suggestion to give Dillon big biceps... so he'll be the only member of the command squad that doesn't have sleeves. He is progressing nicely but I don't have any pics of him yet... hopefully, there will be pics of the finished team next week... and then painting will commence... OR I may continue sculpting while I am in the mood. Who knows?

See you from the disco!

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Maybe we dodged the Armageddon?


It would appear that the Google issues have held off so far... so maybe things will continue to go relatively unscathed. Who knows?

Welcome to Inso's World again and this week has pretty much been the same as last week... plenty of work, plenty of chores and I am still running everything because my wife is still poorly.

That said, I managed to escort her to the car, yesterday and we went and sat by the sea with a coffee so that she could get some proper fresh air. It's the second time I have managed to get her out of the house in three weeks (the first was to go to the doctors).

Anyway... this week's hobby has revolved around the Predator hunting team so without further ado, here is Poncho:

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... and here is Hawkins:

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As you can see, they are not copies of the team but they do have facets of their counterparts. I have started work on Mac and he will have a scorpion to deal with.

In other hobby news, I have been struggling to stay focused because I am tired and my creative mind has been working overtime. The main distraction has been a Hydra anti-aircraft tank. I have started converting a Chimera from one of my Meng King Tigers and I have reached a point where I just can't be bothered with it any more. If I can't be bothered with one, there is no way I'll be able to carry the design over to thirteen Chimeras so I am likely to switch directions and turn it into a Hydra. I have some gun barrels and I have the rest of the King Tiger kit, all I need is the turret and I think that I may have found a solution to that with a Panther turret from a regular 1/35th kit... but NOT NOW! I need to finish my little sculpting project first.

See you from the life boat!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

We're all DOOMED! DOOMED I tell you...

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

A very short blog post this week due to life being very hectic and not having a lot of hobby time.

To cut a long story short, my missus is still poorly, work is still heavy and having to do all the chores on top of everything has meant that my time has been all used up.

That said, I decided (for some completely random reason) to dig out an old project and get back on it... the call of the Space Dwarfs was very strong...

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This is an almost complete conversion of 'Dutch' for my special drop troop unit... AKA the Squat Predator hunting team. This picture was taken before a pair of bracelets were added... the following pic shows him finished, with his two buddies:

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These will represent various Catachan Jungle Fighter troops; namely:
  • Sgt. Harker
  • Sly Marbo
  • Platoon Commander
  • Command Squad
That means that I have seven planned with four more to convert. Currently, I have 'Poncho' on the sculpting bench. If you are still none the wiser, this image of the rescue team from the movie 'Predator', should clear things up:

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Obviously, the faces won't be likenesses of the characters... what with them having beards and being Squats... but I hope to capture a small amount of the essence of the characters of each one.

I have NO PLANS to sculpt the Predator... it would be a distraction, when I could be sculpting other things.

SO... in other news... my Blog(s) may be affected by Google's decision to kill off Google+ accounts. This could affect comments and images. Everything is set to start from tomorrow and will be finished by the end of March. I have no idea how my blogs will be affected but if images and comments disappear, I will be closing the blogs down...

... Let's hope that isn't necessary.

See you from the start of the downward spiral!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Another Sunday; another post.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been another busy one, with the added complication of having a poorly wife to look after. As a result, I have been doing all the chores on top of what I would usually doing so my time has been well used.

Luckily my wife has a really bad cough so I have really slept well this week... oh no... what I meant to say is that I have been listening to coughing all night so sleep has been a bit sparse too. That said, I must have had enough sleep because I have been able to work hard, get all my chores done and still have time for a small amount of hobby time.

First up, I have been continue to work on my Primaris marines and have got another five, roughly base-coated. I just need to tidy them up, before a wash and highlighting:

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Now for the distractions... I saw an image of a Mantic Teraton and thought "I've got one of those" so I dug it out, assembled it and have started to slap a base-coat on it:

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I have no idea what I am going to do with it... but it's a cool miniature and I would like to get it finished so I think I'll just see where it takes me. I have a few other Teratons so this may end up as a bit of a group... who knows?

Another distraction came about, as a result of someone showing me a mecha model. That got me thinking and as a result, I dug out my Dougram kit and have started to assemble it:

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The kit is a clear plastic version so I am going to have fun painting it... but I have assembled the legs so far and will be heavily converting the torso and head. Here is where I am at, so far:

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I'll not share what plans I have for it because I don't really have any yet... so it will be very much a case of seeing where it takes me.

In other news, my work place has decided that it would like to get some 'interactive' tables for some of the residents to have a play with. They are great for people living with dementia and they stimulate communication and interest. Here's a video:

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As a result, I will be trying to raise some money to help purchase one... so watch this space for my charity activities this year.

That's it for now.

See you from the pier!

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Of Space Knights and Superheroes.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again. It's been two weeks since my last post but I want to try and keep things relatively interesting so I felt a longer gap than usual, was warranted.

This week, has been very similar to last week... lots of work, lots of sleepless nights and lots of tiredness... but I had a birthday in there, so it wasn't all doom and gloom.

I have now been on the wagon for over eight months and the time is flying by now. May is creeping up nicely and I will soon be able to enjoy a nice pint of ale again.

At work, I am now (more or less) part of the furniture so I am working hard and people are starting to listen if they need to... which is nice. I still have some ice to break, here and there, but I'm getting there.

Hobby time has been relatively slim but I have managed to get a few things done.

First up is a converted superhero:

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It started life as THIS Hasslefree Miniature and ended up as a new speedster for my little group of superheroes. A very simple conversion and it has worked out quite nicely.

Next... this:

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Yes... I have been painting Primaris Space Marines.

I have called them Space Knights and they will all be represented by metal armour and their own personal heraldry. It is early days yet but the sixth one is on the table... so it's ticking along.

The bikes (from the last post) have not progressed at all and still sit on my painting table.

That's it for the hobby.

In fact, that's it for the blog this week.

See you from the carriage!

Sunday, 6 January 2019


Hello again! Is it Sunday already?! Welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been mostly about work... lots of it. That means that I haven't had a huge amount of time for very much else. It also means that when I did have time, I wasn't really in the mood for hobby stuff... so not a lot has been achieved.

I must admit that it has been nice having a couple of days off, with my wife. We have spent some quality time in each other's company so it has made up for me not having a Christmas holiday a bit.

Work is still great... although the 'politics' can be a little jarring. I am loving the work though... so that is where my focus is going.

So... all the hobby:

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This represents all my hobby time this week. The whole bike squad is now converted and the bikes are all in the process of paint. One is more or less finished, the other five need the green tidying up before a wash with Agrax Earthshade and then highlighting etc.

In other hobby news, I have received my Onna-bugeisha Kick-starter from Bad Squiddo Games. I have not really had a chance to go through it properly but I will do so and share a review soon.

In other Kick-starter news, I have sorted out the pledge manager for two others... so when they arrive, I can share a review about those too. More news about those a bit later.

Seeing as I now get a pay slip, I decided to get another five Meng, World War Toons,  King Tiger tank kits... so I only need five more and I'll never need to buy any more again... unless I change my mind.

That's it.

See you from the halt!

Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 in retrospect.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It's very nearly 2019 so I thought I'd look back over a year that has seen a lot of change for me and my family... plus a little bit of hobby along the way... so let's get started.

Early in the year, things were pretty settled. I was at home, my wife was at work and things were ticking along nicely... then my other shoulder froze up so the painkillers came out again. As a result, I became lethargic and began to get a little bit house bound... so I decided to do something a little bit different, in memory of my Dad, and quit drinking for a year (the only exceptions were toasts for very special occasions and the passing of friends/relatives). Since 8th May 18, I have been on the wagon and have had seven toasts... I will be finishing this drought on 7th May 2019, which is the evening before Flora Day and the first toast will be to my Dad.

Quitting drinking has made a big difference and I have been more cheerful as a result. I have also lost all of my 'drinking' weight and am back to where I was when I was fit and healthy in the RAF.

This year has also seen the completion of my "leaving the RAF" list because I have not only become a member of a charity committee (Marie Curie) but have also got myself a job, working as an HCA in dementia care, for a non-profit, charity organisation... completing my list, which was:

  • Move to Cornwall.
  • Become part of the community.
  • Get a part time job that I could walk to.
  • Get involved with charity.
It wasn't a big list but it was an important one. Now the list has been completed, I can properly settle and get my feet under the desk. 

As I have mentioned, my job has changed directions in a dramatic way... from Aircraft Engineer to Dementia Care-Worker. It has been a real eye opener and has been extremely tiring... I haven't had such a physically demanding job for years... but I love the work and get a huge amount of satisfaction from it so I am likely to be doing care work for the foreseeable future.

From a Charity perspective, Not only have I been assisting and working for charity, I have also been able to do a bit of fund raising and donating and have raised well over £1200 this year for various charities... especially those of which my friends are involved. I hope to exceed this amount in 2019.

From a family perspective, my daughter is doing very well at her job and is gaining more training and responsibility... and getting suitable pay rises to go along with it. She has also found a nice lad to share her journey and things are settling down nicely... joint habitation is their goal in 2019. My son has been in the RAF now, for 3 years and is currently enjoying a detachment in the Falklands (another coincidence because the Falklands was my first overseas detachment when I was in the mob). 

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He is enjoying himself and has really flourished in his military role... and he has grown up considerably as a result. He passed his driving test this year and will be getting a car when he returns to the UK. My wife has been pottering along as she always does... being the anchor for us all to cling to. She was the one who gave me some tough love and got me to seek work... something that needed to happen. She still loves her child-care job and is looking forward to a few changes to her work routine in the new year. The pets are all doing well (apart from Boris, our Giant African Land Snail, who passed away), especially my cat Sam, who has really grown into a proper cat now:

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The house renovations have stalled... I am too tired to start doing all that stuff at the moment but will look to ramp things up in the new year. Another thing I plan to do in the new year is get some miles in, on my bike. I am ashamed to say that I have had the bike for a year and haven't even ridden a thousand miles yet! That will change in 2019... my bike needs to be seen:

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From a hobby perspective, I have been fairly productive. In fact, I thought I'd been pretty slow this year until I checked back through this blog and listed what I'd done... Here's the list:
  • Sly Marbo - Conversion.
  • Valkyrie Drop-Ship - Conversion.
  • Sgt Harker - Conversion.
  • 6x Demiurg Air Guilders - Converted and Painted.
  • Squat Berserker - Sculpted, Sold, Cast Received, Painted.
  • Halfling Cavalryman - Converted and Painted.
  • Badger Rider Squat - Converted and Painted.
  • 2x Dreadnought - Converted.
  • 5x Squat Bodies (Commission) - Sculpted.
  • Tank Company - 11x Armoured Vehicles - Converted and Painted (Awaiting Decals).
  • 10x Halfling Snipers - Painted.
  • Engineseer and 4x Servitors - Painted.
  • Primaris Beastman - Painted.
  • Squat, Platoon Command Squad - Painted.
  • Squat, Infantry Squad - Painted.
  • Dash Hound (Superhero) - Converted.
  • Big Olaf - Painted.
  • Snorri the Giant -Converted and Painted.
  • 3x Hearthguard Bikers - Converted.
On top of all that, I have also painted a few Primaris Marines, part painted a host of Drones (for my Demiurg project), part sculpted a bunch of commissions (but lost my mojo and haven't sculpted properly for most of the year), part sculpted an Ogryn, Lizardman and various other characters... and I am currently in the process of converting a couple of Hearthguard Biker units. That said, I think that my crowning glory, this year, has been my tank company. I have always struggled to complete armoured vehicle conversions so I am glad that I have managed to complete the tank company:

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That was 2018... so what will 2019 bring? 

Hopefully, a settled year where I become accustomed to the physical aspects of my job and start getting my home-life back... rather than getting home and flopping! More bike riding, more charitable activities and more hobby time. I don't make resolutions because they just set you up to fail but I do plan to try hard in 2019, just the same as I do every year... and that is resolution enough.

I'll be celebrating the New Year in company and will be having a toast at mid-night (the only drink of the evening) so I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a 2019 that they deserve and also that you all stay safe and remember that living to work, will kill you... so work to live!

Click the Pic! (Taken at Perranuthnoe Beach).

See you from the big reveal!