Sunday, 5 November 2017

A lovely day for a drive.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

This week has been one of a lot of diversions.

Monday, I popped up to Somerset, gave dad's flat a quick clean and then handed the keys back to the landlord. It was quite surreal, leaving the flat empty and for the last time... but it is a big tick for the 'jobs done' list. When I got home, I couldn't be bothered to cook so we went out for a burger and a couple of pints.

Tuesday was a flop day... followed by another Halloween party (and it was my friends birthday as well so it turned into a very good evening)... I hadn't planned on a second Halloween party and had cut my hair... so the Joker ended up like this:

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Wednesday was a good day for popping to the beach with my two ladies.

Thursday I had a visit from my friend who is going to be renovating my bathroom and after we had a chat, we popped over to the plumbing store to order a bathroom suite and some fittings.

Friday saw the delivery of the bathroom stuff and after the delivery man had left, I decided to go over to a local bike shop to see what they had to play with... and I got to sit on a lovely motorcycle... which got my mind ticking over...

Saturday... me and my wife went back to the bike shop... and after my wife had had a sit on the pillion seat and looked at the display bike... I ordered one! Yep... I have ordered a new motorbike! It is a new 2018 model, Kawasaki Vulcan S, in black with an additional cafe racer style fly-screen. I find out on Tuesday, when it will arrive and be ready for collection. It is very similar to this one (but doesn't have the chrome spot-lights and has an additional fly-screen):

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Now I need to get some new bike gear (for me and my wife) to go with it... although I won't be getting any for her just yet... I need to learn how to ride a 'feet-forward' motorbike first!

I am extremely excited about this purchase.

We topped that off with an evening of karaoke at my local pub.

Today we popped up to Somerset again; this time for something good. It was my Great-Nephew's Christening and it went very well. Not only did all the little ones behave very well in the church but we got to socialise with lots of family and friends as well... so it was a lovely way to spend the day. 

As you can see... it's been a bit of a random week so I haven't really had a chance to do much hobby work. However, I did look into arranging my Squat army to fit in with WH40k 8th Edition and came up with this detachment list:

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As you can see, there are some nasty yellow areas that need addressing but I have already been lucky enough to find a partially complete, 3rd platoon with commander and command squad (just the arms need finishing) so that was a bonus (I had completely forgotten about working on it and still can't recall doing it). I have also looked through the Squat component storage box and have bagged up the bits I need for the veteran squad, the heavy weapon squad and colonel Straken. The lower two detachments haven't been looked at yet. 

As a result of the reorganisation, I needed to get some shotguns for the veterans and some heavy weapon tractors for the new platoon and heavy weapon squad so I went for THESE shotguns and THESE heavy weapon tractors (both from Anvil Industry). They should be arriving this week.

Apart from the weapons that I have ordered, I have everything else already... with the exception of the three Sentinels... but I can worry them at a later date.

Everything is going on! Hopefully, the positive streak will continue.

See you from the saddle!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Something different.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World on an overcast Sunday morning.

I am nearly there!

Yes, I am nearly at a point where I don't have to spend weeks away sorting out flats. Monday is my last trip (for now) to hand over Dad's flat keys. That means three things:

  1. I don't have to travel up there again.
  2. I don't have to worry about clearing any more stuff.
  3. I will have more time at home to focus on his remaining estate and being at home.
I will be glad to regain a bit of normality after what has been a taxing 3 months.

So... apart from clearing a flat, what have I been up to?

Monday was a day of trying to get things done and failing miserably... however, I did manage to tidy up most of the colours on the Squat unit. Only a couple of colours to go before I add the wash.

The rest of the week was clearing Dad's flat and if it hadn't been for the help of my family, I think I would have lost the plot. Thankfully, everything got sorted and I was able to come home on Friday. Speaking of which, I arrived home, threw dinner down my neck and in the space of 40 minutes, transformed myself into this chap:

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That pic was taken after the party at my local, The Rodney Inn. It was a great night with good friends and a live band as well. Sadly, very few people turned up in fancy dress... but we made an effort so that was the main thing. Did I say we? Yes I did because my two most important ladies joined me:

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My daughter was Poison Ivy, I was the Joker and my wife was Dr Harleen Quinzel (before the Joker fuelled transformation into Harlequin). 

I thought I did well to drive home, eat quickly and then manage to turn into the joker in 40 minutes (including dying time for my hair... which is going to be green for the next couple of months...).

To keep the super theme going... me and my wife went to see Thor Ragnarok at the cinema. I won't say much about it but it was a very enjoyable film with some nice little surprises. The Hulk stole the show for me because he had a developed character and wasn't just saying one word at a time... and Korg was brilliant too. Well worth a watch... and keep an eye out for the Easter Egg in the armoury under the Asgardian royal palace... with the upcoming Infinity Wars, it may catch your eye.

That is about it for this week. Monday I will be popping up to Somerset and back but after that I will be home to sort out life and all the other stuff... so hopefully, I will be able to squeeze some hobby time in at some point.

See you from the pinnacle!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A busy few weeks.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World on a rather overcast Sunday afternoon.

It's been a couple of weeks since the last post but I thought that it would be better not to post if there was nothing to tell you about or show you.

Over the last few weeks, I have been sorting out Dad's flat, making lots of phone calls, writing letters, having meetings and generally being involved with all the things you get involved in, when someone passes away. On Wednesday, this all culminated in my Dad's funeral and he had a good send off.

Over the next week or so, I am clearing the flat and dealing with probate and all of the lovely paperwork that goes along with that... so I will still be pretty caught up in real life.

Now that I have put all that to rest, what the heck have I been doing with my hobby lately? Well... even the staunchest of warriors needs a quiet moment or two and my quiet moments have been put to good use. First of all, I have finished the remaining two Squat Berserkers (Ministorum Priests):

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Once these two were finished, I looked through the storage boxes and the only primed miniatures for the army, were my three Beastmen Jedi (Primaris Psykers) so I started to paint them but then... BRAKES!!! Let's be sensible for a moment... I don't want to paint all the characters before I paint some basic troops... so I put the Beastmen away and primed a squad of Squats, ready for paint. So far, I have finished a rough base-coat and now need to tidy them up before a wash... but just to prove that I have managed to get that far, here's a WIP pic of the first squad of 2nd platoon:

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As you can (hopefully) see, they are in the same earthy colours as the Berserkers and I quite like the toned down look to them. I can't say that they will be finished for next Sunday but I hope to get a few more stages finished, even if it is just the tidy up and wash.

In other news... THIS happened:

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My Kickstarter pledge turned up. It's been a while but it's not the most delayed Kickstarter I have been involved with (Mantic). I will sort out a review at some point but at first glance, they are rather nice... but a little bigger than expected. Now I would be the first to say that I didn't pledge for any other reason than to just see what they were like. With that in mind, I am free to use these in whatever way I see fit (rather than fitting them into any particular army) so they may end up as aliens or dwarfs or even robots... who knows?

Well... that's it for this week.

See you from the stairway!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A pause to reflect.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

As you will be aware, I didn't post an update last week.

The reason behind the lack of a post, is that I was called to the hospital because my Dad took a turn for the worst and sadly, on the evening of the 1st October 2017, he lost his battle with cancer. It was a rapid deterioration and he passed away peacefully.

Safe Travels, Dad.

If I don't post as much as I normally do, it is because I have a lot of stuff to think about and I also have a lot of things to sort out, with regard to arrangements.

I will be travelling back and forth for a week or so.

In other news, I decided to have a couple of days at home so I thought I'd put some paint on one of my Squat berserkers:

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This is the very first painted Squat for my army.

See you from the garden!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Painty... Painty...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

I know... there was no post last week but I was fed up with having nothing to post so I didn't think it was fair to post an empty update again.

This week, I have hobby stuff to share.

First of all, I decided to just bite the bullet and assemble a few more Squats to try out some more colours... so I did. This led to me thinking that I would be wasting my time if I went too far with them so once I had decided on a few colours, I started painting a few of my Squat troopers... namely my three Berserkers (they count as Astra Militarum Priests). I haven't got too far with them; just the first rough base-coat BUT it is a start and they represent the first painted troops in the army:

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Now that they have a rough base-coat, I need to tidy them up, wash and highlight them but I will be doing them one at a time now so that I have mini goals to reach and get mini wins for achieving them. The first one that I am working on is the one in the middle so hopefully, he'll be finished fairly soon.

In other news, the Halfling Sniper sales have completely dried up. None sold now for two weeks... so rather than get miserable about it, I dug out a strip of some of the 'not quite perfect casts' to have a play with. I remember someone mentioning that they could almost be 'miniature Wookies' because the leaves could double as fur... and this got me thinking... Maybe not Wookies but something more WH40k... so I thought I'd try my hand at a 'counts-as' Jokaero:

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I decided not to go for the 'Orangutan with techno gubbins' and instead went for 'Ape-like character with a gun'. Hopefully, it worked OK and also I hope it gives people ideas about how versatile the little snipers are.

Speaking of Halfling Snipers, you can get them from here:

I think that's about it for today...

...apart from the ever changing face of Inso's World:

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I just can't seem to get rid of the blues...

See you from a different place!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Peaks and troughs

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been a bit of a strange one due to lots of personal/family stuff going on. As a result, I haven't had too much time on the sculpting work-face.

That said, I have continued with 'the next big thing' for the Emporium and have also got a bit further with the charity sculpt... so I have managed to get a bit of sculpting done, even if I can't show it off.

One thing that the sculpting has shown me this week is that sometimes, you have to rework pose and proportions when you are working on figures... and I have had to do that on two of my little figures. Luckily, the rework has been successful and I am now happy with the direction they are taking.

Sales of my Halflings and Exo Legs have stalled so I haven't had to go to the post office very much this week (just the once)... so I still have a good few left, over at the Emporium.

This coming week, I have builders working on the house, more visits to hospital with my dad and a few other bits and bobs so I doubt that I will get much hobby time; if any.

It's been a bit of a run of boring posts lately... sorry about that.

See you from the bottom of the jam-jar!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sunday, 'nother Sunday.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

This week has mostly been completely bland. I have done the odd chore here and there, done a bit of sculpting but not really very much more...

However, we did have a call from the bat rescue people and we were lucky to get our rescued bat released again:

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On another plus side, I have had a slow trickle of orders for my resin casts and have been busy packing them up and sending them off.

There are still a few sets of Halfling snipers and Exo Armour legs available so if you want to get hold of some, you can get them here:

As part of a slow expansion in the Emporium, I have begun sculpting body blanks for the start of a range of infantry troopers. Unfortunately, I have not got very far with them yet but have started five bodies in various poses. I plan to sculpt male and female bodies (just torso on legs) with armour and equipment which can be sent away for casting. When they come back, I will then sculpt arms/heads/weapons on to them. As part of this project, I will also be sculpting a set of weapons/helmet/equipment which will also be cast up and used to equip the bodies so that all of the kit is uniform across the range.

My plan is to tie everything together so that there are standard infantry, infantry with special weapons, heavy weapon crews (for artillery pieces) and leaders. It is early days and I am keeping the designs a bit close to my chest for now but I am hoping to have something to show off by the end of the year.

In other sculpting news, the sculpt for the Frothers charity competition has progressed a little bit and now only needs an arm and head to be sculpted. It is looking pretty good so far and I am now hoping that I can carry on the standard when I sculpt the rest (the head especially). As a result of the competition rules, I am not able to show the sculpt off... but if you are interested in the competition, here's where the finished sculpts will end up:

That's about it today.

See you from the vice!