Sunday, 28 February 2016

Production line fun.

These week has actually been quite interesting.

Sunday afternoon I travelled down to Aldershot for a Career Transition Workshop... a 3 day course that helps you with CV writing, interview techniques, provides you with pointers on career options and also gives you time with a career counseller to help you try to make sense of what the heck you want out of a civvy career.

It was a great little course but it has raised more questions than it answered... but in a good way. I now have lots to think about.

Since I have been back at home, the remaining wheels for my APCs turned up and the whole business of getting some flesh on bones began. First, All the wheels were fitted and the basic frame was made:

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What I didn't say when I posted the above pic, is that all of the basic frames are upside-down, drying so pretty soon, they turned into this:

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From that pic, you'd think that I was taking a pretty standard approach to a wheeled APC... but I think that the next pictures will show that these are not going to be the normal style of APC:

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As you can see, they have changed into something more like an armoured truck. They are all at the same point in construction so far (the cab is still loose as it needs to be worked on before being glued down). Here is a single one from different angles:

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The cut-out behind the cab is where the escape hatch will be. I am going to put exhast ducts behind the cab and then the passenger cabin behind that. The rear part of the vehicle is likely to change quite a bit so don't be surprised when the finished product doesn't look anything like it does now.

So... what next? 
  • Tidy up the cab and glue it down.
  • Decide how to build the exhaust manifolds/vents.
  • Order 30 small turrets.
  • Order some hatches.
  • Order some more 1mm thick plasticard.
  • Continue with the build.
The vehicle will have a flamethrower at the front and a turret on the top. I also plan to fit 6 turrets to each one to act as the crew controlled lasguns that a Chimera has. 

Well... after almost an entire weekend hunched over a table, cutting and gluing plastic together, I think I've earned a rest!

A bit later, I'll get shopping for bits and bobs.

This coming week, I am away on another course... an introduction to environmental protection... so I will be kept busy and will no doubt crack on with my little APCs at the weekend (if I am not too distracted by other things).

Well that's about it for today.

See you from the out-house!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

An early post.

Hello again! Yes, I know it's not Sunday but I will be busy tomorrow so I thought I'd post today.

This week has been interesting. My insomnia has blown my mind and I had to resort to a sleeping tablet... but one of the things that insomnia is good for is feeding the idea stream and it made me look further towards transports... which led me to buy a load of wheels... and some beams and axles and some of them arrived... and turned into these:

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As you can see from the picture, I have brought shame on myself by using ACTUAL Lego components for a conversion (or five). You will also notice that I am still waiting for 8 wheels to arrive from Ebay. The idea is that these wheeled chassis units will be grafted to vehicles reminiscent of the Khurasan Lion Attack Transports that were shown last week. As I may have mentioned, I don't want to directly copy them but these vehicles will be heavily inspired by them.

In other hobby news, the Squat Sgt got some paint:

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... and five members of her squad got started:

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You will notice that, unlike the Sgt, the girls have the start of sculpted arms. I tried to use the plastic arms but they just looked rubbish on the troops with rifles so I have been forced to sculpt my own again. It's a shame... but I could see no other way of doing it.

Finally... I am spending a few days away on a course so that is why I am writing my blog post today.

See you from the dock of the bay; watching the tide rollin' in!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Of Robots and Squats.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

This week has been a bit topsy turvy but, for a change, apart from my missus getting poorly for a day, I have had quite a reasonable week.

So... this really caught my attention this week:

I love the way it can go anywhere, has no suspension or steering mechanism (it skid steers and has squishy tyres to take the bumps out of the road) and with a little bit of thought would make a truly excellent vehicle to be used on a swamp planet. Seeing as my Squats are from a swamp army, it got me thinking.

As did this:

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I love these vehicles (not mine, they are from Khurasan Miniatures and the ones pictured can be seen, along with other great 15mm stuff, at The Angry Lurker Blog) because they are different and they could also be amphibious, just like the SHERP in the video (just a bit slower and better armoured).

So... with that in mind... I have visited EBay and bought a load of wheels... and yes, this could be the start of yet another unfinished project!

In other news, I decided that I would finally succumb to the voices and buy some female heads (LINK LINK) from Statuesque Miniatures. I decided to choose the heroic scale ones because they are designed for GW sized miniatures. Luckily I did because I ended up padding out the cheeks of my first trial run:

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I thought that, seeing as it is a fairly common thought that you can't tell a male from a female Squat, I would use the standard bodies and arms but just swap the head... hopefully, it has worked (even though the head is still just slightly on the small size). The Sgt in the picture is now base-coated and waiting for her wash before highlighting. She is going to be the Sgt in a veteran squad of lady Squats... once she is painted, I'll show her off. Keeping Statuesque Miniatures in mind, I decided to get some Fembots to join Tiny and the gang. They are truly wonderful miniatures and everything that got delivered was exceptionally well cast... 

... did I mention Tiny?...

I have also got a little further on him this week. He now has the start of his face:

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Well... I think that about sums up this week's activity on the hobby front...
Oh, don't forget that I have some stuff finishing today on Ebay:

See you from the workshop!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

What a week!

I am going to start this week's blog post with a picture:

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On the left is a very proud dad (me) and on the right is his son who has just passed out from basic training for the Royal Air Force.

It all happened on Tuesday at RAF Halton and was a whole day of waiting for a parade, and watching it. The parade went really well and the flypast was by a Puma from RAF Benson's 230 Sqadron (my old Squadron, ironically). The picture above also has a lot of history behind it. When I was in training, Block 16 was my home for two and a half years. A few years after I left, the Apprenticeship system was stopped and a few more years later, basic training was moved to Halton. In the period from then onwards, the block got its 'Puma' name. My son also spent time in this block during basic training... more coincidence.

When I left Halton, I started my RAF career at Odiham, working on Pumas... and over my career, I have worked on Pumas for over 15 years (on and off) so to find out that my old block had the Puma name really made me smile. 

I view this picture as a handover... as you know, I am leaving the Royal Air Force soon and I am handing over to my son who is just starting out.

So... that was Tuesday. On Thursday I went out for a fantastic meal with my workmates at my boss's house and we had a great evening of fine dining and partaking of a few drinks... so with everything that has been going on, you would have thought that I didn't have any time for the hobby...

... but in another shift of direction, I started work on Tiny. Who's Tiny? Well... this will be (when he's finished):

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For some reason, I decided to make a robot that was inspired by Mongrol from the 2000 AD comic 'ABC Warriors'. I certainly don't want to replicate him and this isn't going to be a direct copy but I hope to get some of the design cues in there. I think he is going OK so far. I have used the legs off a GW dreadnought, some parts from a 1/100 Armoured Valkyrie and a wooden doll's head (plus plasticard and green stuff). The arms will look similar to this when he is finished:

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In other news, I have bought a 1/48 scale Airfix kit of a Coyote vehicle so that may get used for parts for an APC later. I have also put up a bunch of model kits for sale (after 16:30hrs today, although there is one in there already...) on EBay so a bit later on, have a look. There may be something of interest:

I think that is about it for now. 

See you from the stands at the pass-out parade!