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!

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Tanks for the memories...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have mostly been absolutely shattered... so things have happened in fits and starts.

Work has been very good and I am still loving it. A few changes have happened but the team is pulling together and making everything tick along nicely so Kudos to everyone there.

From a charity perspective, I have been very humbled by the massive support I have received from my work mates and visitors, for my "Boldly Goes" event. I have collected over £150 in sponsorship pledges so far and that will go very nicely towards my goal of buying a new 'Flexi Porter' chair for my care home. I have also been invited to carry out the little shaving event at my local pub "The Rodney Inn", in Helston so that's where it will happen and many thanks to Terry and Emma for that wonderful gesture.

As for the on-line fund-raiser, I could do with a bit more support so if you are able to, please see if you can add some funds here:

In other charity news, I will likely appear in the local paper at some point in the next couple of weeks because Marie Curie received a very kind donation from Wendron Football Club and the committee needed a few bodies for a photo-call to accept a big cheque... it seemed appropriate for the treasurer (me) to be there so I attended. A MASSIVE thank you goes out to Wendron Football Club for their donation!

More charity... this time a little bit of sculpting. One of the members of a sculpting group I am on (Facebook) has found out that he is afflicted with Sarcoidosis (a condition where lumps called granulomas develop at different sites within the body) and he has come up with an idea to raise some money for the UK charity. As a result, sculptors have been sent small shields and have been asked to sculpt faces on them before returning them for casting and sale. With this in mind, I was sent some shields and did this: 

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If you are interested in this little charity drive and use Facebook, here's a link:

That all leads me nicely onto hobby stuff. Sadly, I have not been up to much hobby BUT I have managed to start work on my four Taurox IFVs for my Squat army. At the moment, I have a 'proof of concept' vehicle and have now started work on building up the other three vehicles to the same standard. Obviousl, I have a long way to go but this is where I am at the moment:

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As you can see, it is not designed to look like the official Taurox but I think it looks okay. I have tried foe a German WW2 version of a Swedish S-Tank. The main guns are the twin-linked auto-cannons that a basic Taurox can have and they are more or less fixed... a bit like fitting them to the rear positions on an official Taurox. I am currntly working on the 'top boxes' for the three remaining hulls.

There's more... my Kick-Starter from Bad Squiddo Games has arrived. I pledged for 'all the Dwarfs' and they are very cool. Here is a link to where you can see them on the Bad Squiddo site:

I haven't really had a chance to look through them but from first glance, they look excellent.

There's even more... but this time it's all about bikes! I have an opportunity to own a Honda VFR 750 that has had a bit of a scrape and needs some TLC to get it back on the road again. Of course, I want to streetfighter it so it will make a nice little project for me to keep my engineering hands in. I haven't seen the bike yet but it is a given that I will own it! More news when I actually own it.

Finally, I start two weeks holiday on 30th September so hopefully, I'll be able to rest, recouperate, visit the doctor (anaemia) and generally recharge. What will happen over those two weeks is anyone's guess so we will all just have to wait and see.

That's it!

See you from the sea-side!

Sunday, 8 September 2019

A whole month?!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

I know... it's been a month but I have not really been getting up to much that is worthy of comment... so I thought I'd wait until something came up.

A date has been set for my head/beard shaving, charity event... the first of October. Here's the link:

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I have booked some holiday time so at the end of this month, I have two weeks off. That means I will have time to do some things... like get new glasses, see the doctor about my anaemia, get my bike serviced, see my son and maybe even chill out for a few minutes!

Life has been pretty regular... still working and enjoying it, still loving Cornwall and still enjoying time with my wife and all the cats that seem to be arriving.

On to hobby stuff and I did okay in the sculpting competition. I got 4th for the trooper and 7th for the Sgt:

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There were 13 entries and some were by professional sculptors so I don't thing I did badly. It spurred me on to think about sculpting a few more BUT...

... I started to sculpt and my muse disappeared...

So I have been converting up another Meng, King Tiger, "World War Toons tank"... and have just finished painting it... so here is my version of a Hydra, anti-aircraft tank:

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It just needs decals to be applied but I will do that when I do the rest of the tank company. With that in mind, I have finished the building/painting of the tank company now and that means that I don't have to add anything else to it. That said, I still need to build transport vehicles for 13 units of troops so I came to the conclusion that converting 13 Chimeras would drive me insane. That meant that I needed to have alternative options so I have chosen to convert 4 Taurox transports for my command units and 9 Chimeras for my troop units. As a result of this decision, I have ordered the remaining King Tiger that I need to convert into Chimeras and 4 Tiger 1 tanks, to convert into Tauroxes. I am awaiting their arrival and will attack the Taurox IFVs first, followed by 3 batches of 3 Chimeras.

Phew! I'm getting there...

Due to me being tired and a bit down in the dumps, I have taken to spending money on toys again... so on top of the afore mentioned tanks, I have also bought a box of THESE. They have since arrived and the cockpits seem to be the perfect size to fit Squat pilots into them... that means I have to think about how far I convert these... but all in good time.

In addition to that, I found a cool little shop that has snuck into my town, below my radar and it happens to sell wargame stuff. As a result, I have bought some 'space dinosaurs' (Reaper miniatures) and some GW enforcers (LINK). I have no idea why... but I am sure I will find a use for them.

In other hobby news, the Kickstarter pledge that I mentioned in my last post, has arrived and I have had time to mock up a couple of troopers. I haven't done any filling on them yet so I will wait until I have done that before posting any images. I am tempted to try out some Contrast paints on these troops... but I am not quite sure yet.

Well... I think that's about it for today. Hopefully, I'll have something to talk about next week as well.

See you from the top of the tree!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

More Sculpting.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been a good one. Work has been great, sometimes challenging, but definitely a case of when the going gets tough, the team pulls together... and team-work, makes the dream work!

Speaking of team-work, last night a large clump of my work mates gathered in my local last night and we all had a blast together. I got to introduce my wife to my friends and even threw a few shapes on the dance floor... a cracking night was had by all!

I have had my son and his girlfriend visiting this week as well and we have been enjoying a few quality days together. He is in good spirits and it is always nice to see him.

I have had notification that a Kickstarter pledge is in the delivery pipeline so it looks like I'll be getting some troops to chop up pretty soon. Which ones? These ones:

I have pledged for the Northmen and will have about 42 infantry to turn into men-at-arms for my Primaris Knights:

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There will be lots more information, once I have recieved the pledge and started conversion work. 

Speaking of conversion work, The Beastman Jedi has had a small amount of work done... but not enough for me to show off. He now has a right arm and the start of a lightsaber so things are moving forward.

Sculpting has been my main priority, this week and as a result, I have finished the second of my competition sculpts:

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I think he turned out quite well and scales up with the Sgt quite nicely:

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I have started to bulk out another armature, in a bid to get another basic trooper sculpted. I am thinking of sculpting a few basic troopers, a comms specialist and maybe a few special weapons troopers (Melta, Plasma and Grenade Launcher). That way, there will be enough to build a veteran unit. It's early days but while I am enjoying sculpting, I may as well take advantage of it.

Speaking of sculpting, I have got embroiled in another competition which is all about alien creatures. I need to convert an alien creature, paint it up and put together a bit of fluff to go with it. I knew what I wanted to do so I have been sculpting a successor to this one (that I sold off a long time ago):

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The one pictured was a "three-eyed, moustachioed, hairy, groper" but the one I am working on is going to be called "the Catachan, moustachioed, hairy, groper". It's another full sculpt that will be a one-off (I have to paint it) and it will be markedly different to the one pictured above... so watch this space for an image or two, next time I post.

Well... that's about it for now. 

See you from the sculpting bench!

Monday, 29 July 2019


Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

After last week's post, I have stuck to my guns and have not added anything new to my army list. In fact, after receiving my Ogryn miniatures from Mad Robot Miniatures (in the USA), I decided to just have three Ogryn for now because it would take quite a lot of conversion work to change the second set of three into individuals, rather than a repetition of the first three.

With the Ogryn in mind, I unpacked them and quickly decided that they needed widening and their heads being lower down. As they are, they look like large scale humans and I wanted them to be a bit more Ogre like... not too much... but a bit... so I added a small disk of plastic in between the arm/shoulder and filled in the area to make a tidy join. I also trimmed the neck away from the heads and then pinned them in place before filling in the gaps again. This resulted in a nice little unit of three Ogryn:

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I am really happy with the way two of them turned out but the third one (on the right) will do a trip for now. Since this image has been taken, I have primed them and put them in the painting box, ready for when I get the brushes out again. In the meantime, I have been adding to my second competition sculpt and have added the pouches to his belt and have started to build up his infantry weapon and arms. I am hopeful that I will be able to finish him fairly soon.

As for the army, I have got the Beastman sat in exactly the same state as his last picture and have the command squad and commander for the final platoon, sat on my desk. While looking at this little unit, I noticed that two of the command squad troopers are finished so I only need to add the arms to three miniatures... winner!

As a side note, it is nice to be able to tick things off a list as you complete them... I have a lot more green and a lot less amber on my list now... not long before the troops are done, I reckon.

See you from the happy chair!

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Random, Mid-Week, Hobby Musing...

Hello again.

It isn't Sunday and it is very early so that must mean that my brain is itching and I need to scratch it... and today, the itch is all about the Squat army that I am building... and over-reach.

The beginning...

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In the beginning, I just wanted to get a few of the old, 1980s, plastic Squat miniatures so that I could build a small patrol army. At the start, I thought about having 2 platoons of troops, a command element and a support element... nice and simple. Over a couple of years, I got onto EBay and managed to end up with nearly 200 plastic Squats... many more than was required for the small army... but I thought "better too many than not enough".

Assembly started and I quickly discovered that I really hated the plastic arms so I decided that all the arms would be sculpted (apart from the odd one or two)... so I bit the bullet and went for it.

I started with 31 troops.... the basic platoon; which consisted of this:

1x Platoon Commander
1x Command Squad
2x Infantry Squad
1x Heavy Weapon Squad

Then I built a second one and an army command unit. All was going well... then NEW THINGS HAPPENED!!!

Mantic released new Steel Warriors for their Forge Father range, Prodos released some new Vulkan Battlesuits for their Warzone Resurrection range, I found some new 'chibi' tanks from Meng that were perfect for my needs, GW released Ambots and Kastelan Robots, I found some cool Mecha kits that might make a good basis for titans... the list goes on... and I got swept up in it.

Pretty soon, I had two factions in the army; a Space Marine faction (uper echelon leaders and hearthguards) and an Astra Militarum faction (the basic troops and armour)... and things were being added regularly... maybe even a Mechanicus faction...

Enough was enough! I needed to grip it. That said, not by very much because over the 4+ years that I have been working on the army, I have got a lot of conversions finished... and I discovered that (apart from tanks/APCs) I don't have too much to finish converting BUT I have some road blocks that I was struggling to overcome. Time to trim.

Looking at my big list of things to finish, I had one complete platoon to convert, a squad of Ogryn, a scout squad, a terminator squad and a bike squad...

The platoons have expanded from the initial idea and now consist of:

1x Platoon Commander
1x Primaris Psyker
1x Command Squad
2x Infantry Squad
1x Ratling Sniper Squad
1x Heavy Weapon Squad
3x Sentinels

There is a problem because Prodos have stopped making Warzone Resurrection miniatures and I was using the Vulkans to convert into Sentinels. This started the seed of doubt and my mojo decided to walk away... taking with it , the will to convert the Space Marine elements that still needed to be finished. I started work on the Primaris Psyker and stalled so I did the decent thing and chopped a few bits and bobs from my army list... turning the Space Marine Battalion into a Vanguard Detachment and losing a couple of mandatory elements... that meant that I only needed to convert a single terminator Sgt and a single scout bike Sgt to finish off the Space Marine element of the army... so this happened:

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The conversion of the single Sgt meant that I could field two five-man Terminator Squads, rather than having to convert a full squad of ten. The above image shows the two squads accompanied by their Captains. The same thing happened with the bikes and the conversion of a single Sgt meant that I could field two three-man squads instead of needing to convert another squad of six:

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In doing this, I have a finished detachment but also have the option of adding the chopped units at a later date if I want to because I have the miniatures set aside, ready for conversion.

Now, from a troops perspective, I just need to convert the platoon, which is already well started... just the arms need to be finished on most of them and six Ogryn, which haven't arrived from the USA yet. I have also finished the Ratling Snipers but will need to decide what route to take with the missing Sentinels... it may mean converting up some Hellhound tanks instead.

Once converted, I have two options... start on the tanks/APCs or start painting...

So... what have I converted so far? Lots!

Astra Militarum:
  • 1x Army Commander
  • 3x command Squads
  • 4x Infantry Squad
  • 2x Heavy Weapon Squad
  • 3x Ratling Sniper Squad
  • 6x Sentinel
  • 3x Ministorum Priest
  • 3x Primaris Psyker
  • 3x Veteran Squad
  • 1x Predator Hunter Squad (Harker, Marbo, Platoon Commander, Command Squad, Valkyrie)
  • 1x Col Straken
  • 1x Tank Commander
  • 9x Leman Russ Tank (various main guns)
  • 1x Engineseer
  • 4x Servitor
  • 1x Chimera APC
Space Marine:
  • 2x Terminator Captain
  • 2x 5-man Terminator Squad
  • 2x 5-man Scout Squad
  • 2x 3-man Scout Bike Squad
  • 2x 3-man Centurion Squad
  • 2x Dreadnought
Looking at the completed elements, a single platoon with six Ogryn doesn't seem very much, does it?...

... well... not until you think about the 14 Chimera APCs and the Hydra anti-aircraft tank... and the possible Hellhounds...

... Or the painting...

Oh the first world problems of the hobbyist! Cheers!

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See you from central command!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Back to the Army.

Hello again. Welcome to Inso's World.

This week has been a beautiful, challenging, tiring and rewarding week.

Work has been really good. I have worked with some proper team players and have had a very positive week... even though the temperatures within the care home have been like a sauna and I have faced some challenging behaviour from some of the residents. The good thing about the challenging behaviour is that it isn't the resident's fault, it is their dementia so I can blame the disease and not the person which means I never feel the need to get upset with anyone.

I can safely say that this week has really confirmed the fact that I love my job.

In other news, the garden is now cleared and has been mowed and actually looks like a garden again... which is nice. As well as sorting the garden out, I also managed to get a trip out on my bike during the week and yesterday, I drove up to Aylesbury to see my in-laws. It was a lovely visit and although short, was very much worth the long drive.

Alfie has properly settled in and has been well and truly adopted by Sam. It is ever so cool, watching Sam protecting little Alfie when he goes out into the garden. It's like he's got a little brother that needs keeping an eye on. Yep... Alfie is properly settled:

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Now for some hobby news and I have had a distraction again. I have stalled on my Electropriests because I got fed up staring at an older project on the work bench. After a bit of effort, I finished off the third of the three veteran units for my Dwarf Army:

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This unit will join two others and Colonel Straken to form a Vanguard Detachment. The same detachment will also include some Ogryn but they haven't arrived yet. After all my indecision, I finally decided to get some Ogryn from Mad Robot miniatures in the USA. As a result, I have six of THESE (with guns) on the way. When they arrive, they will climb to the top of the conversion list so that I can finish off this detachment fully... and also see how the miniatures assemble and maybe write a short review.

Now that the veterans are finished, I decided to start work on something else from the army. After trying to clean up some legs for my Hearthguard and losing the will to live, I decided to keep things simple and start small so I dug out a Tau Firewarrior body and started work to convert it into a Beastman Psyker for the third infantry platoon. Here's where it's got to, at the moment:

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It is very early days but hopefully, I can make a bit of progress over this week.

That's about it for now.

See you from the production line!