Monday, 30 March 2020

We're all DOOMED...

Hello and welcome from Inso's World where, apart from a little extra not going out, things are pretty much the same as they usually are.

A lot of people are using their enforced home-time as an opportunity to get extra hobby stuff done but I appear to be ticking along, just doing the usual amount. I am a bit lucky because I am a key worker so I get to escape a bit more often and go to work (Dementia care doesn't stop, just because a nasty old virus turns up) and this is helping me keep rational about the whole thing. I also have the added bonus of more company because my wife is at home due to her playschool closing... so I am not left in my own company for too long... which would be a bad thing.

So... life is not overly different. I guess that's one good thing about being a geek/nerd... not being the most sociable of people. I stay in a lot and hobby anyway so it's my time to shine, as they say.

Speaking about hobby stuff... what the hell am I doing!?

To start with, I had a little rest after the Kickstarter and didn't do very much. Then I received a bunch of resin that I was able to paint up so I did just that. These are the first miniatures that will be joining my grand new army:

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Blue Platoon will eventually be the command platoon. The pictured miniatures are a Commissar, Sgt and four lasgunners. I went for a blue/grey beret because of my links to the RAF; which I thought was a nice tie-in.

At the moment, I am working towards building a (command) platoon of miniatures. That means that I need to have the following:

1x Platoon Commander
1x Commissar
2x Sgt
2x Special Weapon Trooper
3x Comms Trooper
A Command Squad (four Troops)
Lots of Lasgunners

As you will notice, I haven't mentioned heavy weapons. That is because I will be using heavy weapons in a support platoon so that will come later (and also... I've already sculpted a HW trooper so I don't need to worry about that too much). I also haven't mentioned the Command Squad contents because I haven't decided on them yet... and Lasgunners can fill in for now.

Currently, I am sculpting two Special Weapon Troopers and another Lasgunner. The Special Weapon Troopers will be similar to the heavies by having separate weapons that can be attached as you choose. The sculpts have been started and are at the stage where the quilted armour is going on. I won't post WIP shots because... I don't want to!

Once those three are finished, I plan on sculpting a couple of different Comms Troopers, another two Sgts, a couple of officers and more lasgunners. That will fill out all of the spots on the standard infantry side of things. If I can remain motivated, I'll then sculpt a medic and standard bearer.

Hopefully, everything will eventually be available to purchase form Macrocosm Miniatures, when everything is back to normal in the world... and also when I have finished the sculpts and Chris has sorted out casting them... so everyone should be able to build a GRAND army of their own.

In other news... my Motorcycle is as clean as it can be and is not allowed out... which is probably the only thing that I am annoyed about during the lockdown... but I am heeding the advice:

Stay inside... save lives.

Hopefully, that's what all of you are doing, if you are in a country that is telling you to.

Stay safe and look after each other. Community will also save lives in this time of fear and speculation.

See you from the watchtower!

Sunday, 26 January 2020

A Kickstarter?

Hello again... seeing as I have some big news, I thought I'd share it.

As it happens, a few months ago, I sold a couple of sculpts to Macrocosm Miniatures; after finding out that the owner (Chris) had bought my Berserker sculpt from the guy I sold it to...

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I didn't think too much about it and then I got a message that Chris wanted to start a Kickstarter for 'Seven Dwarfs' sculpted by Phil Hynes (of Bears Head Miniatures). We got talking, as you do... and the subject of adding some of my sculpts to the Kickstarter came up. After a bit of too and fro, we agreed that a Commissar and a heavy weapon trooper would be cool to add to the existing two that Chris already owned; these two:

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... so I said "why not?" and duly sculpted a Commissar and a Heavy Weapon trooper:

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The Heavy Weapon trooper is a conversion of the original Sgt miniature... that's the beauty of having a company send you lots of copies of miniatures to play with! Now... while I was playing with the Commissar and HW trooper, I got busy with riflemen... adding a couple of new heads to the first version and sculpting an 'all new' one:

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That just left me with the heavy weapons to sculpt. Now this is a new departure for me so I have been going through a trial and error process. So far, I have finished a Missile Launcher but am still WIP on the HMG and Laser Cannon... here's the finished one:

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I am currently working on the Laser Cannon and am also at a very early stage on the HMG but I am getting there. Once these are finished, I have plans to add a few more troopers to the range but they won't be part of the Kickstarter, they should (hopefully) be part of a range that will be available from Macrocosm Miniatures at a later date... So big things have been going on, over the last few months and I thought it was worthy of popping into Inso's World to share it.

There will be more news, when I have it...

... and to start with, the Kickstarter has JUST funded at £4085 (with a required amount of £500... so over 800%!).

How cool is that, eh?

See you from the top table!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Echo... echo... echo...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World.

As you may have noticed, this blog has been getting rather infrequently updated, mostly due to events and circumstances in the real world that have completely killed my motivation to post.

I am currently working on commissions so I am unable to post images as I go along... which doesn't make for very entertaining viewing.

The weather has been, quite frankly, appalling so I haven't even got any travels to update you with.

I am also beginning to question the relevance of this blog, when I am active in so many forums and Facebook... so I am on the brink of bringing everything to a close.

I won't delete the blog... and I may occasionally add to it... but these things need regular posts to attract interest and at the moment, I am not of a mind to do it any more.

So there you have it.

I won't say goodbye... just good-day to all my followers and those who interact with my blog. It's been an interesting 12 years but everything tails off eventually...

so... Cheers to you!

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See you from the slowly closing portal!

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Mark... TIME!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It's been a slow couple of weeks and it seems that most of the stuff I will be talking about, has been somewhat put on hold.

I've had the last week off as holiday but I am still staying at home and not going far. That said, last weekend marked my 28th wedding anniversary so we did have an evening away at a local, exclusive hotel and really enjoyed the peace, different environment and food/drink that we found there. The next day, we found out that one of our friends had died... and spent the rest of the day with other friends, sharing both a sense of shock and sadness...

This week has been spent drinking.

Helston had its Christmas light 'switch on' which was great, as was the burger and chips from one of the many vendors there. Helston always has a good show of lights and if you are in need of cheering up, during the festive season, the lights and the wonderful people of our town will certainly do their best to help.

On the switch on evening, I also learned of the sad passing of one of our care home's residents... toasts were drunk.

One day last week, it actually stopped raining for long enough to go out on my bike so I popped over to Coverack for a coffee and a look at the sea.

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I also turned the VFR round in the garage and fired her up to make sure she still ticked over. Now I'll be able to see what the radiator damage is like and get around to getting some stripping down sorted.

In hobby news, the Leviathan has stopped, the Tauroxes have stopped, my army build has stopped and the only thing that has happened is that I bought a model kit and have been commission sculpting... so nothing to show off. On the plus side, the commissions are all Squat related so things should start making an appearance out there fairly soon, I reckon... watch this space for an announcement.

That's about it for now. Hopefully, this coming week should be a bit more positive because I have another week off and have a few plans on the social calendar. We live in hope, eh?

See you from the edge!

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Is it November already?

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It seems that I have become tardy in my blogging so I thought I'd post something to keep things ticking along.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have just pottered along at work and home and nothing really exciting has happened... oh... and it has rained all the time. As a result I haven't felt too motivated for very much.

That said, hobby-wise, things have been fairly interesting. To start with, I basecoated my little Taurox tanks:

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I haven't got any further with these because I need some paint and if I put an order in, I need to be at home for the courier (I will order spray paint at the same time and that has to come by courier) so I am waiting until next week because I start a two week holiday. With a hold on the Taurox tanks, I suddenly needed to build a Stormlord. I don't think that the official one looks big enough to hold 40 troops so I started to build my own. This is where I am at, currently:

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As you can see, it is based around the Leviathan from the old Epic game. I thought it would suit my Squat army better than a standard Stormlord. Obviously, I have a long way to go but it's taking shape nicely.

In other news, the two Squats that I sold, have been cast up in metal and resin and I have been sent a few to play around with. I have started converting a couple and will be sculpting a couple of others... so who knows what may appear in the future. I can't post any images because I don't want to spoil any release information/surprises.

That's about it for now. 

See you from the manufactorium!

Tuesday, 22 October 2019


Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

I checked the dates and it's been nearly a month so I guess we have a bit to catch up on.

To start with, I've had my two weeks holiday (at home) and have spent a lot of the time drunk or under the influence... so I could have probably made more use of my holiday time but I think it was a case of having a decent blow out after a long period of no breaks so I am not bitter. The second week was with my wife so we spent some quality time, out and about but sadly, my lad couldn't make it so there was a bit of disappoinment there.

In the first week, I had my Trengrouse Trim and went from this:

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To a rather more shiny:

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As a result of the evening's takings, the sponsor money from work and the Go Fund Me page, I raised over £500. With a bit more wheeling and dealing (sale of sculpts and some reproduction rights), I have added a further £400 to the total and will top off the rest so that, together, we will provide a new Flexi-Porter chair for the care home I work in. All in all, a pretty successful little venture.

On the same day as the Trengrouse Trim, I bought a VFR750 that had been involved in a bit of a scrape:

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Since the photo was taken, I have removed all of the fairings and seat cowl and have replaced the clutch/brake levers. I am in the process of replacing the right foot-brake but bolts are siezed and I need to drill things so it is waiting for a bit of enthusiasm. The aim of this little project is to build a streetfighter... so no fairing and a few modifications. All I need is some garage time... and I have some more holiday booked at the end of November so I should have some time for a bit of tinkering.

To change the subject, our visiting cat has been reunited with his owner so he won't be visiting any more... and our kitten (Alfie) has now been neutered so he is free to go out into the big world and get upto whatever shenanigans he wants to.

On to hobby stuff... to start with, I have been busy building the four proxy Taurox vehicles and they are just waiting for some plastic mesh (ordered) and they will be ready for paint. All the wheels have been base coated separately but here is where the vehicles are, at the moment:

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As you can see, they aren't a copy of the original design but more of a Stug with transport space. As soon as the mesh is attached to the rooves of these, they'll get sprayed up.

I mentioned earlier that I had sold some bits and bobs. The first thing to go was reproduction rights for these (already sold for personal use without rights to sell them): 

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I may have some interesting news about what happened to these, in a later blog post. In addition to that, I have sold my two competition sculpts:

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They were sent off today and I should also have some interesting information about these at a later date.

Well... I'm back at work again and life is returning to normal, after a small bout of illness so I reckon we can leave things here.

See you from the garage!

Sunday, 29 September 2019

A special evening.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

Today, I have a last evening at work before two week's holiday and I am mildly happy about it... well... very happy because I need a rest.

I started in care work almost a year ago (Oct 11th, 2018) and like a complete idiot, I have only had a week's holiday since I started. With dementia care being so physically and psychologically challenging (especially considering  that I had not worked for over a year, prior to starting the job), I have made a big mistake and should have had a bit more time off because I am pretty burnt-out at the moment. Lesson learned. At least I still love my work, the people I care for and the mates I work with... I just need to get the balance right.

This week, I have mostly been tinkering... with no real progress on anything so I don't have any hobby pictures to show off.

The Taurox conversions are coming along. I have almost got the box bodies on the three hulls finished and will most likely be focusing on those in the coming week or so.

In other hobby news, I decided that I needed to make some progress on my Squat Primarch (counts as Roboute Guilliman LINK) and instead of finishing my sculpt (sorry, no images), I have decided on a different approach and have bought an Orruk Megaboss (LINK) to convert. You may think it is an odd choice but I have looked at the proportions and think that it will be just what I'm looking for. I have already started the conversion... I have assembled the body (without the head) and have started sculpting a new, Squat-like head instead. I have also clipped off the axe head and will be creating a hammer head in the shape of an anvil. His other arm will have a ranged weapon of some kind (to match the Guilliman profile). I will post pix once the conversion is complete. Further to the conversion, I popped into my local gaming shop and have picked up a few paints for the finished item... I have some plans...

This coming Tuesday could be interesting. I am hoping to look at/purchase the VFR 750 that I have mentioned... so that will be cool (I am very keen). I also have my charity shave so next time I post a self portrait, I'll lookslightly different.

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Only two days to go so please pop along and donate, if you are able:

Well... apart from a bit of chilling out, I have very few plans for the next two weeks so I guess we'll just have to see what happens.

See you from the island!