Thursday 29 October 2009

Another day; another post.

I got a bit of a surprise today...I received a parcel through the post. I thought there was a postal strike on at the moment but I'm certainly not complaining!

What was in the parcel?

45 metal miniatures, a small vehicle and a pair of jet bikes...all from Void 1.1.

E-bay is great...I got the whole lot for £24-00 (ish) including postage. Not bad eh!?

It was a job lot and the picture on E-bay was of a pile of miniatures with a couple of blisters/boxed vehicle next to them. I couldn't really tell what they were but I thought...what the heck, it's worth a punt and as a result, I have ended up with some really cool minis that I wouldn't have thought about buying separately. I was so impressed by some, that I started painting them straight away. When they are finished, I'll show them off.

So...YAY to E-bay and YAY to Mr. Postie!

See you through the letterbox!

Tuesday 27 October 2009

Monday...and something different AGAIN!

Unless you are new to my world, you will know by now that I tend to be a little...fickle?

I am fairly easily distracted and change my mind on an extremely regular basis... and tonight would be no exception.

As a result of an interesting E-mail I received, I have been spurred into action and have finally plucked up the courage to paint this awesome beast:

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The miniature is an Ogre sized miniature sculpted by Mike Thorpe for his Twilight range of miniatures. The miniature will be available here in the near future:

There is a bit of history to this miniature.

A couple of years ago, I went to Salute in London. Salute is a big gaming and miniatures event that a lot of people go to. A few people from the forum of Doom decided to meet up for a chat and I met quite a few new people. That was where I met Mike who, from out of nowhere, produced a small plastic box filled with some of his sculpts. I took one look at the partially complete Belog and was instantly hooked and demanded that he got it cast so that I could buy it! Now I'd like to think it was my fault that Twilight turned up as a result of my demands...but it was already well into the later development stages by then and it was inevitable that the range would become available...quality sells after all.

I was offered the chance to get the Belog a little early and after I assembled him, I was quite intimidated by the prospect of painting him after waiting 2 years for him to it is a big thing for me to be painting him today.

I just hope that I do the sculpt justice!

To change the subject...

I have finished re-painting the feet on all of my Urban Grymn that I I can put them away and concentrate on other things again!


See you through the purple haze dudes!

Sunday 25 October 2009


What a success my little review has been! I would like to welcome two more followers to my blog; inrepose and Dragonforge. Welcome to you both and I hope you enjoy your stay.

Now for a sort of apology.

A while ago I was over at Frothers Unite and I saw the perfect range of resin bases in one of the forum threads. At the time I said I was going to put an order in at some point due to the fact that the bases were perfect for what I was going to do with them. The bases were made by Dragonforge:

Time passed and I suddenly, without warning, decided that I needed to get the resin bases NOW (as I am impetuous and unpredictable sometimes) so I visited the Dragonforge store...only to discover that it was based in America. Unfortunately I couldn't wait so I went for a different, UK option and that was Fenris Games.

Don't get me wrong...the Fenris bases are excellent but I do feel a bit like I've broken my word so I will be putting in an order with Dragonforge very soon and will put a review up when the bases arrive.

Now all I have to do is decide what the bases will be used for...but I have SO MANY MINIATURES I'm sure I'll find something worthy of them!

See you through the blizzard!

Sunday Update...and a Review.

Hello and welcome to a rather dull Sunday afternoon in Inso's World. I hope that our British viewers have remembered to put their clocks back...far be it for us to have natural body clocks after all...we'd have nothing to moan about then!

So, what has been going on? Not a lot I'm afraid. It has most certainly been a slow week on the hobby front. I know I finished the little robot for the Starship Crew earlier in the week but I have been a little bit too tired for much else and have been driving my wife mad by digging things out and putting them away again...and digging them out...and putting them away...etc...

I did, however, manage to prepare a set of resin bases from Fenris here is a review.

Fenris Games produce a range of resin bases and scenery for 28mm wargaming. They have an E-Bay shop here:

This review is focused on the Sulaco SF, chamfered edge, 25mm bases shown here:

When my order arrived I was pleased to see that there were twelve resin bases packed nicely in a zip-lock bag, inside the jiffy bag. They were made from a light grey resin and there was minimal flash to remove from the edges. Before I thought about painting them I sanded a small amount of resin off the bottom of the bases to remove the meniscus and any flash and to make sure they sat happily on a flat surface. For all twelve bases it took a total of 5 minutes preparation time.

Next, I washed them in warm water with plenty of washing-up liquid to remove any mould-release oil (something that resin casting always has); using a gentle scrubbing action with a toothbrush. After drying them thoroughly with kitchen towels, I let them sit overnight to make sure they were completely dry.

To start the painting I gave them a coat of GW foundation paint to act as an undercoat and then painted them in GW Chaos Black paint. This was followed by a dry-brush of GW Chainmail and a couple of washes of GW Devlan Mud. After I painted the rims in GW Chaos Black again, the bases looked like this:

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One thing to mention at this point is that I wanted to keep the painting really simple...I have upwards of a hundred of these to paint and I will be adding as little flair as I can get away with. That said, these bases do have enough details to add a bit of colour and weathering to so don't take my basic paint job as a rule...just a simple demonstration!

If you look at the above picture, you will see that the base edges are just like standard GW slotta base edges...something that isn't immediately apparent on the Fenris site. Also, all of the detail is below the rim of the base.

So...the bases were prepared and painted and now they needed to be put to use. After I removed the slotta bases from some of my Urban Grymn and removed their basing tabs, I filed their feet flush and drilled a single hole in one of their feet. A pin was glued in place. While this was drying a single pin hole was drilled in each of the bases. The miniatures were then glued in place. This was the end result:

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As a result of removing them from their original bases, I have to tidy up the paint on thier feet but apart from that...job's a good 'un!

I really like the look of these and it certainly suits the miniatures better than the desert bases I originally had them based on. If I didn't have an entire army to base, I would probably paint some of the more solid floor panels in different colours but I am happy with the simple metallic look of these for a whole army.

So...any negatives? Yes.

These particular bases have a gridded floor (which can easily be seen from the pics) and because of that, it is quite difficult to remove the Mould release from the depths of the grid. That meant that when painting them, it was often fairly difficult to get the paint into all of the corners in the gaps between the grid. If you have an air-brush or used a spray primer/under-coat, this won't be a problem but I don' I had to spend extra time making sure that everything was coated. I reckon that a spirit based primer would make the job easier.

Apart from that I am extremely happy with the bases and would heartily recommend them to anyone who was looking for a good resin base supplier.

Well, that will be it for today I'm afraid. I doubt if I will get much more done today because the change in the time here has completely thrown me out!

Have a great Sunday and enjoy the sun that is out there...Winter is on the way and with it comes less light and shorter days...the bane of the painter!

See you through the falling leaves!

Friday 23 October 2009

Mmmm...I'm not quite sure?...

Welcome to Friday evening in Inso's World. I am a little bit confused as to this first announcement so you'll have to bear with me.

First of all, I'd like to welcome BRUNA OLLY to my blog. Normally it would be a case of me hoping that a new follower gains something from my blog but I'm not sure that would be appropriate in this case. It seems that BRUNA OLLY is some sort of a performer who has joined almost every blog in the world for a bit of exposure. I doubt if she will even be visiting this blog and if she did, I'm not sure whether her English is good enough to take an active part in it (I could be wrong but seeing as my Spanish is terrible, I am just making that assumption).

That said, I looked at her blog and she seems nice enough so good on her for showing a bit of initiative ;).

So Welcome BRUNA!

Now then...something completely different. I have been distracted again by the need to finish stuff that I started an age ago. Well this guy had different arms in other pix but now the latest member of the Starship Crew is finished. He is called APE and is the latest civilian version of the Beetlebot 2000; he helps Sola with the mechanical duties and organising the ships stowage:

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I haven't a clue what I'll do next...but I reckon I'll do something. the way, I have cleaned and prepped some of the Fenris Games bases that I received recently and they are very spiffy. I will have some pictures done for Sunday's update so stay tuned.

See you through the Black Hole!

Tuesday 20 October 2009

I couldn't resist...

Welcome to new follower Steven Weidner. I hope that you enjoy your stay and maybe get a tiny bit of inspiration from something here.

What couldn't I resist? The final member of the Starship Mystics is finished:

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He's the Mystic Panda from Hasslefree Miniatures and I have named him Tully.

I just thought I'd share.

Sunday 18 October 2009

Sunday sauntering...

Welcome to Sunday's update. I have deliberately left an update for a few days just so that I had a few things to show off.

Before I start, I'd like to welcome our newest follower; Phil C. Welcome Phil, I hope you enjoy your stay :).

So what have I been up to over the past few days? Well, I've had a few parcels turn up...

I received a parcel from Hasslefree Miniatures which contained a bunch of conversion bits and pieces and also a very cool little Mystic Panda which is shown next to a Grymn pilot here:

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In amongst the same order, I received a bunch of Rhino heads which I have been using for my Games Workshop Space-Marine Terminator conversions here:

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They are going to be 'Counts as' Space Wolves. The squad in the top pic is being led by Arjac, a special character.

I received another parcel from Fenris Games which contained a whole host of resin bases. I was going to put up some pictures of them today but I have been a bit too caught up with the terminator conversions and haven't had enough time to prepare them for they will be arriving in a future update (sorry).

A further parcel arrived from E-bay with five plastic Terminators in. I now have a total of 15 which will be converted to Rhino-men as soon as I get around to it.

What...more parcels? You bet! I finally got my parcel from Renegade and the miniatures look lovely...just 2 weeks too late to be useful.

I think that is about it...I'm not sure if I already mentioned the Void miniatures from E-bay or the Plasticard/Milliput from Evil Mushroom Games...but I guess I have now :).

Finally, I have made a decision about the Ogarix. He was sitting there looking very sorry for himself and all because I couldn't make up my mind how to make his gun/club weapon so I have decided to make his weapon a purely close combat weapon. That means I have chopped the end off, tidied up the shaft and now have a direction to focus on. All he needs to be finished is a few bits on his hand, a bit on his shoulder and to tidy up the head of the weapon...I must get him finished this week. Here is a pic of the alterations:

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On to other matters...I've actually managed to get a bit of sleep over the last couple of days so I am hoping it is the start of a trend.

I also managed to drill straight through the end of my thumb with my pin-vice. Fortunately it was only a 0.8mm drill bit so the hole wasn't as big as it could have been. It still bled quite well :), everybody...take care when hurts if you drill yourself!

I took the stray cat to the vet and managed to get a nicley torn up hand in the process. It's all very sore but it is also functional so I can't really complain. We now know that the cat is male, is between 7 and 12 years old, doesn't have an identity chip, WILL NOT ALLOW ITSELF TO BE EXAMINED, and has a really bad set of teeth. He's back to the vet on Tuesday to get fixed, one way or the other (depending on test results). We'll see!

That is about last!

See you through the blood!

Tuesday 13 October 2009

Tuesday...aaaand relax!

Well, what can I say? The shock has worn off and apart from a few minor niggles, we are all starting to think about what needs to be done and what we need to get in to order.

We've been to the doctor's and have been given a birth date of 13th Jun we have that, it is all real.

I reckon that before long, the hobby side of things will pick up again as I need a distraction from all of the preparations and worries that being a new parent at the age of 40+ brings.

To say I am ecstatic about the situation is an understatement and I have been overwhelmed by all of the congratulations and kind words that me and my wife have received through various on-line forums (and of course, this blog) so thank you.

On to other things and you will notice that I have put up a list of the Blogs that I follow. Now some of them aren't very regularly updated but they are full of stuff worthy of looking at when you need a bit of they are most definitely worthy of being in the list.

If you look at the list, you will notice a blog by Dwartist. Well, Dwartist has just joined Inso's World as a follower; David. Welcome David and I hope that you get as much pleasure from this blog as I get when I see your Imperial Guard conversions and paint jobs. There are few people out there who manage to add such realism to sci-fi without covering their work in battle-damage. I am glad to have you aboard.

What the heck am I doing at the moment? Well, I have stopped sculpting whole miniatures at the moment because my mind isn't 'on it' at the moment and I have started doing a few conversions...just to keep my hand in whilst NOT ruining what I have already sculpted.

What am I converting? Plastic GW Terminators.

Why? I had a box...I now have two boxes and another five terminators coming from E-bay and I thought they would be a fun distraction.

How? I am giving them different feet, hands, heads and equipment. There is quite a lot of work required and I am waiting for the heads to arrive from Hasslefree Miniatures so until I get the heads, I won't be showing off pix (otherwise you just won't see the direction I am going in).

The Terminators will be converted to be a 'counts as' Space Wolves army but obviously won't be Space Wolves. There will be approximately 15 troops and they will all be unique.

In case people are concerned about the other bits and pieces I have been working on lately...don't be. I need to take a deep breath for a short while and the Terminators are the deep breath. Once they are done, I am sure that I will be back to the proper work.

Well that's the lot for now.

See you through the sunshine!

Sunday 11 October 2009

Sunday Bombshell!

What can I say? I've just had a bit of a bombshell dropped:

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As you can imagine, I am a bit stunned at the surprising news because it wasn't planned. I am, however over the moon about it! Inso is on the baby trail again :).

The hobby has taken a bit of a back seat as a I doubt very much that there will be an update later due to the fact that my hands are shaking!

These are, most certainly, interesting times we are living in!

See you through the joy!

Thursday 8 October 2009


Just a very quick update for today...the trench got finished just in time for school:

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Apart from that, BOB has had his head replaced AGAIN and the 28mm Scale Space Dwarf has been ripped apart and has got a bit of repair sculpting on the go. I'm sorry to say that the 15mm Dwarfs have seen no progress but I have been busy sharing time with my son while we built his little project.

See you on the flip side!

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Tuesday and we're going over the top lads!

My son, with my help, has been building a WWI trench. The requirements were: Duck-boards, sand-bags, barbed-wire and mud. The base of this is cardboard, paper and glue; coated with kitchen paper and PVA glue. The sand-bags are Milliput (held in place with wood glue) and the barbed-wire is a coil of metal wire. It still needs paint and a few troops but this is what we have so far:

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Due to my Renegade Miniatures order not turning up (I'll have to chase them...I don't think pay Pal sent the order through), I have copied and pasted a few pix of the net and will be helping my lad stick them to card for a few trench-dwellers. It wasn't the plan but it will still look OK.

Have I done anything else over the last few evenings? No.

(But it's worth its weight in Brownie points though!).

See you through the gas curtains!

Sunday 4 October 2009

Sunday updates.

Well, I said that I would have a few pix today and I didn't want to disappoint you so here they are.

First up, work on the little Dwarfs has continued and they all have their firing arms ready for the addition of weaponry:

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As you can see, the leader has both arms and one of the others has a block in his hand that will become a weapon at some point. I have learnt something very quickly where weapons are concerned...I will need to support them during sculpting as the one that I did start was difficult to keep in one place...something for me to think about.

While on the subject of Space Dwarfs, I thought I'd knock one up in 28mm scale:

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Obviously it is still very WIP but it may end up showing off what is intended for the little guys...who knows?

Finally, I have a progress pic of BOB:

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He now has some shorts and the start of a face...although I may be ripping it off again as I'm not sure that it suits him...decisions, decisions...

As for the comment. I have stalled BIG TIME on that one and will need to start again. It's a bit of a pain but these things happen.

The WWI trench is ticking along slowly...lots of cardboard and paper...still no miniatures from Renegade though...Hmmm...they may have to be cardboard as well if there are no metal ones to use.

See you over, the white cliffs of Dover.

Saturday 3 October 2009

Saturday meanderings.

Before I start today's post, I'd like to welcome another new follower to my humble blog; Tom Crandall. Welcome Tom, I hope you find something of interest here!

I'm sorry to say that there are no new pix today...but by tomorrow's update there will be.

It has been a funny old week and one which has seen an excessive amount of tiredness...but on the bright side, it's the weekend so I have managed to catch up on a little bit of sleep.

So what have I been up to today?

First of all, the Land-mate is a bit more bulky but I am having difficulty with the sculpt due to not having a particularly effective frame to sculpt on. I can see myself scrapping it and starting again. That will mean that I will be able to work in the long term it will speed things up...Hmmm.

Next up, the superhero sculpt has been ticking along nicely. I have removed the head and put on a more realistic skull to sculpt on to. The upper arms are nearly done and work has started on the forearms. Apart from the costume, I have the following to finish:


So I reckon I'm going oOK on the superhero front.

For some reason, I am halfway through a 28mm scale Space Dwarf...I don't know why...I just am. It is destined to be a bigger version of the 15mm scale ones.

Speaking of the 15mm scale Dwarfs, I have started adding arms. It is amazing how much more like little people they look, just by adding an arm or two. I plan on having all 8 Dwarfs 'one armed' by the end of this evening so that I can think about adding the guns tomorrow. What I am doing is adding the 'firing' arm to each Dwarf; this will then have the weapon added, followed by the supporting arm. It will be quite a drawn out affair because I will have to sculpt each weapon individually and it will be a slow job to get them all looking the same. If I could have cast a few weapons, it would have made life easier...but I had never planned to do 15mm production miniatures so beggars can't be choosers I'm afraid. I may add a support weapon to the mix...but I'm not sure as yet.

"Are we going over the top sir?"
"Patience, lad. You'll get your hands on Fritz soon enough!"
"But sir, if I don't get out of this muddy trench soon, my feet will fall off with the trench foot!"
"Well, lad, if that happens, you'll be crawling across no-man's-land on your stumps!"

World War One was a terrible thing. Lots of trenches, lots of death and lots of mud. As part of a school project (my son's) we will be building a small model of a piece of trench; complete with sand bags, duck boards, barbed wire and a few troops (if they arrive from Renegade Miniatures, that is). It should be fun to build...especially since it has to be finished by Thursday!

That's it for now, my dinner is on the table!

See you an the hillside!