Sunday, 2 August 2015

A week of calamity, reflection and insomnia.

Welcome to the 900th post on Inso's World.

Before I start this week's post proper, I'd like to welcome MIKE OLIVER to Inso's World. Welcome aboard, Mike and I hope you enjoy your stroll around. Feel free to comment on what you find.

So this week I have been hit with the insomnia stick and have not really been on the planet. That said, I have still managed to go to work and get a few things done at home as well.

First up, I have put in my notice and will be leaving the Royal Air Force in January 2017 (if they accept my notice). At that point, I will have completed 28 years  and 4 months service. Now I have put my notice in, my hobby time will dramatically reduce due to having to sort things out for my move and change of life. That is all I am saying about that at the moment.

A lot of other stuff has been going on that I want to share, and it is all about the Windows 10 upgrade.

My Dad decided to upgrade his computer to Windows 10 from Windows 7. He clicked on the free download and his computer has died. Now, I am sure that a computer engineer can sort it out but all the fixes that I have had suggested have failed because you can't actually enter anything in normal mode. As a result, my Dad, who is a pensioner that lives alone, in a town where there are no computer shops is stuck with no internet (fortunately, I have a spare tablet to send him so it shouldn't be for long).

So... part of my travels to try and find a solution was to join the Windows community forum... and guess what? Windows 10 is killing computers all over the world. For some it is minor stuff and for others it is like my Dad's computer... expert level fixes.

There are a few things to think about if you plan on upgrading to Windows 10:

  1. Make sure you investigate system requirements before you start.
  2. Make sure you save all of your important files to an alternative source.
  3. Make sure you have the correct listed updates installed on your computer.
  4. If the internet/your computer is essential... have an alternative handy.
  5. Wait a short while for all the bugs to be ironed out before you go for it.
  6. When you do it, make sure you are prepared to have to fix things.
You have been warned!

I went to Oxford yesterday. The main reason was to talk to my tattooist about getting my tattoo retouched... but he wasn't there so I'll have to go back another time. It isn't an issue because it has turned out very nicely with only a tiny area that needs a bit more filling. While I was there I popped into the Games Workshop store and noticed that they had one of the new base packs for sale... so I bought a couple. The reason I did this was because they have just introduced a wide range of oval and larger bases that I thought would come in handy. Here is what I bought:

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The pic shows one packet that I unpacked and another that is still sealed. As you can see, due to a packing error, I got a free 40mm base. You will also see that one of the base packs was £8.00 so that price may put people off a bit. That said, the bases will all get used and one of the main reasons I bought them was because I needed bases for my badgers and they seemed perfect:

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The badgers use the smaller sized oval bases and it is as if they were made for each other. I decided that I would fill the little moulding dimple in the middle of the base with green stuff so that when I come to add detail to the base, I don't have to worry about it.

Due to me being so tired, sculpting has been completely off the menu this week so I have had to find other things to keep me occupied. As a result, I had a check of the rule books and made a note of what was legal and what wasn't. I needed to change the Sentinel heavy bolters for autocannons and the Exo trooper hammers for either powerfists or chainfists. So, after a bit of thought, I opted to go for Anvil Industries chainglaives and howitzers for the conversions... and with a bit of work, have carried out the basic assembly work, ready for the sculpting bit to start:

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As I have already mentioned, they are still WIP and will be, until I have the aptitude for a bit of sculpting.

Well that, as they say, is that. Have a great Week and hopefully, I'll be back next week with something a bit more substantial to share.

See you from the side of the long and winding road.


AmyC said...

I like your take on the Exo Armour. It looks really good and solid!

The Sentinels are great too, I'm struggling to deicide on my own take on them so may take some inspiration from your ideas if you don't mind?

Inso said...

Cheers :)

Feel free to steal ideas from here... I wouldn't post my random conversions if I wasn't happy with people sharing...

... just remember to share the results :)