zondag 31 mei 2015

Generic Middle East Buildings structure detail

Last nights pic was shite :)

I went over the buildings with 60 grain sandpaper to remove any rough edges, coated a 6th building that I had manage to miss (but found that I had after reading my old Blogposts on the original start) and sanded that too. I noticed there is a bit of flex in the filler which is ideal, it gives a really tough coat to the model which doesn't crack, and that is a added bonus. Doing 6 buildings barely made a dent in the pot so this will keep with me for a long time (provided I sprinkle in some water now and then, put the plastic wrap back on and keep the lid closed)

I've made some decent detail shots. I've only had to reapply it to 2 bits I accidentally sanded down to the blue foam, I handled them roughly, but this means they can handle that treatment with no problem, and that is just the scenery I want.

The finish is rougher then what it would look in scale but the finish looks great when viewed on the table all together. My first buildings were a bit rougher , the rest a bit smoother as I got a hang on how to use the filler properly, but they all work I think.


Lay out changes

Just deleted the background pic, it only showed at the top post and since my focus isn't just on WO2 I thought it to be obsolete, so simple plain grey now. Also widend the Blog, it felt a bit cramped. Widend the right colums as well. Still don't think there is a need for a left bar.

Though if you disagree, let me know!

zaterdag 30 mei 2015

Festina Lente

...or in English, hurry slowly.

Back in January 2013 I proclaimed it to be the year of Afghanistan, purchased a stack of insulation board and went to town building...well, buildings. I made 6 of them and gave them several coats of Gesso, and then Kim became pregnant and everything was put on hold. I was never happy with the Gesso coat, the detail was too fine for my liking, not coarse enough, so I bought a tub of cheap filler mid 2014 and then proceeded to do nothing....again.

Cue this week. There has been another incident (for lack of a better word, and let's leave it at that) and Kim is hospitalised and my world is upside down again. Kim is ok-ish but won't be released till monday. Since most of our family is on holiday, my sister in law kindly offered to take in the twins for the night so I could have a evening and morning to myself, for the first time in almost 2 years. So I dropped off the twins, came home and went up into my hobby room.

And what a mess it is! Stuff everywhere, lots of stuff that needs to be sold, but I won't do that now. So what to do? Well, the Lead Mountain challenge starts on monday, so why not get a bit of a headstart and start something old?

So, out comes the tub of filler, a bit of plasticcard and 5 of the 6 buildings. 1 hour later they are all roughly coated with filler that is now drying pretty fast.





I tried to smooth it out here and there with abit of water but it dried so quickly that it was a wasted effort. I'll just take a bit of fine sanding paper in an hour or so and sand down the rough edges but other then that they are finally ready for paint I think. The 6th building is more official so that smooth coat can stay and will be painted more concrete. As soon as I can find it!

I really thought I made his barely a year ago. Time really does fly.

also, I really need to make more of these buildings. The foamboard used per building costs cents to the euro and all of the doors and stuff is made from cereal packets, plus the occasional pinhead for doorhandles.

Bring it on!

Honest Omar

Picture Copyright TAG 2015
The Assault Group have released 3 packs of 28mm security blokes and Diplomats/Politicians, and one of them jumps out as a perfect 28mm statue for Arab influenced AK-47 faction.

The miniature named Honest Omar is the best bit of the pack I think., 2nd is Dull John who would have been 100% better if they had given him a standard briefcase, not the round British special thing he is carrying now. Chancellor Mertel and Big Bill both suffer from some kind of illness to their hands as they are just crude coalshovels. A pity, not sure if Mark Evans can't sculpt better then that.

6.50 Pounds per pack of 4 models, of which 2 are useful to me. 13 Pounds plus shipping for a before/after statue is a bit rich atm for me, so I'll pass for now.

woensdag 27 mei 2015

Mini me

This is me at work.


I run around all day wearing what looks a lot like a labcoat (but is actually a ESD coat) and I'd like to copy that in another mini-me, in 20mm and 28mm. Gives me a fun excuse to paint something.

For 28mm I'm looking at these:
Pulp Figures by Bob Murch. He currently sells for 2,50 UK Pounds plus 4 Pounds shipping on Ebay



Hasslefree science dude. Sells for 3,20 UK Pounds plus VAT plus postage. He even has my clipboard that I use a lot.


Brigade Games German Scientist. Retails for 3.50 US Dollar plus shipping which wil be hefty.



I really like the Brigade Games one as he already has glasses, I will ask around if anyone has him in his stash. I just need to change the flask into a box cutter or a pistol (as I am proficient with both).

The other 2 are my second choice, and while the Hasslefree one looks better, Hasslefree will cost me more money as I have had the small asian leader in my sights for a statue for 2 years now, looking at 15 pounds or more expense. The Pulp figures one just needs removal of the moustache and then, at 6,50 UK Pounds including shipping, we have a winner.

20mm I will get back to you, sofar none really catch my eye.

maandag 25 mei 2015

Kindness of a stranger and fury of a woman

Last friday, before heading out to the club in Tilburg, I made a detour to Wouter, one of my readers in Belgium, just across the border. He had a few boxes of stuff for me, free if I wanted them. After a good hard look at his display case, in which there was anything from 6mm right up to 15mm, he showed me a stack of boxes and said, that is it. Stacked on top of each other the pile would have been more then half my height! He hadn't toutched the stuff in ages.

After managing to load everything in my car, I was again told I was free to do with it as I pleased, and we exhchanged emailadresses, and his reply is already in so Wouter, I will send you a reply asap after finishing my Blogpost for the day. :)

After a considerable detour (at one part going through a forest on a dirt road, just following locals who seemed to know where to go even if the detour signs in Belgium seem to lack anything usefull like information which way to go! I made it to Tilburg.

It was already past 8, so I could not do too much greenstuff work on the drone, but I managed to make both fanhousings look more organic, for the lack of a better word. A few nice chats and a first hand view at Mark's excellent conversion of a Bloodthirster (I hope I'm getting that right), plus me gazing at the new Mechanicus robots and their engineer, and the soon to be released Techpriest, all brilliant models for Inquisitor.

Came home, told the wife what I had in the car and was met with the foulest look in weeks. She was most definately not pleased! Well, it was (quite) a bit more then what I had expected myself, but our rules are clear, only free stuff can enter the house and anything unwanted must be sold.

Saturday was spent cleaning out the backyard and piling stones, so nothing got done that day, I didn't even manage to unload the car. Sunday my wife needed the car to go over to a friend (she won't be back till monday evening) so it had to be unloaded. I got that foul look again when I carried everything into the house.....

After she left, and I had put the kids to bed I spent a good 4 hours sorting stuff from all of those boxes. I managed to collect a big box of Chaos Space Marines, a big box of Dark Eldar and a box filled with various sprues. Also a box full of Epic Building sprues. All of that will need to go, as I have no need for those armies (having said that, I set all of the Plague Marine bits aside to keep, a good strip and they can be painted to join my Plague Marines) I then sorted all of the metals and painted stuff, again more Dark Eldar, lots of Chaos Space Marines and Terminators, a small painted Tau Force and then 2 big boxes of various stuff, 1 to keep, 1 to sell or trade. A full set of Warhammer Quest heroes inthere as well, plus some enemies, I think I will strip them and use them for painting practice. Also included were a Chaos Predator and a Eldar Fire Prism (with the metal bits), in open but complete boxes. The Predator can stay, the Prism will need to get a new owner.

4 hours well spent, I will need to get the unwanted stuff listed fast cause I'm really running out of room now, so I'm thinking of selling the boxes of Chaos Space Marines plastics, and the Dark Eldar plastics and metals as 2 big lots at a low price locally with free shipping to make room fast.

What a weekend. Thx Wouter :)

donderdag 21 mei 2015

Good old days: SAS Landies and friends conversions

A topic on the Guild - Landies made me dig up the pictures I took of my SAS landies for the Big Game back in....ehm....can't remember? Just to jog your memory:


Converting JB kits is fund and easy and cheap, and I still need to finish 2 more plus some troops to get a nice set of SAS to use for raids in enemy territory on my future skirmish table like the desert raiders. I've got the figures so why not? It gives me a chance to repaint the figures skin as well.


And it would be nice to have some opposition for all of the Spetnaz I got!

woensdag 13 mei 2015

Conquering the Lead Mountain

I can always use more incentive to stay on target, and Wouter pointed out to me that there was a initiative to help me with that. It's the:

Conquering The Lead Mountain FB page and historyspiderweb article

The rules are simple enough:
1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker.  You get three jokers to use on a figure purchase.  Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single figure...you can't splurge. The only exception to this rule is if you need bitz or A FIGURE (Singular) to complete a unit/warband etc.

1.1 - There is an opportunity to "earn" additional jokers.  If you complete an entire project (whole unit/army/warband etc.) with pictures of starting, WIP, and completion, you earn yourself a Joker. 

2.  Gifts do not count against you. Holidays, birthdays etc. Also, if you're given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise.

3.  Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.

4.  At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week.  If you instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC

5.  Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED. Other theme suggestions are welcomed.

6.  Anyone that wants to submit a before and after picture of a miniature that they are proud of completing during the course of the challenge to dmcffd@gmail.com will be entered into the running for a gift certificate to a online wargaming store of their choice.  Judging will be by an un-biased person.  Amount on the gift certificate will be dictated by winners nationality but should work out to about $30 U.S. I (Spiderweb of History) will not be eligible to win. 

It starts  June 1, 2015 thru November 30, 2015 so I'm just in time. Of course I will try to get in the plus by selling more figures as well, but I want to paint too, dammit.

Oh, and the chest I tried to cast last night? 95% ok, so more then passable for a tabletop piece.

I stay up too late, got nothing on my brain, hmm hmm


“I stay up too late, got nothing on my brain, hmm hmm”

A catchy tune from Taylor Swift, seems a bit like me, staying up late, but I do have loads on my brain. Next to the homely worries I’m really have to slow my brain down atm, as the Beast is hungry and needs to be fed. Or so it feels.

Ooh, 1/600 ACW Naval wars….nope, sold the lot, and who would I fight against?
Ooh, starship combat….same…..1/300….same…….ACW….same

No. What are my current theme words?
  • Low to 0-cost.
  • Skirmishability* on a 4x4 feet table or less.
  • Preferably 20-28mm.
  • Stuff I have in stock.
That kinds narrows it down, doesn’t it? Well, Mordheim, Inquisitor, Necromunda, Force on Force, 300 points Battlegroup. That is it really.

Modern Naval Warfare, WW2 to Modern Air Combat and Rapid Fire Moderns all need a bit more space then that, but are all in stock. I was clearing more space in the storage unit when I found the tray with 1/600 Vietnam aircraft. They sure brought back memories!

Still, room to actually paint is an issue, the desk is still a big mess of stuff. Stuff to be sold, stuff to be used, life-stuff….you know, stuff. Lots of it.   
So, I’ll turn off the PC for wednesday and start cleaning!


I’ll leave you with a inspirational pic I found on the web.
(I haven't got a clue where I found it though)

I’ve got a 1/600 B-17 that is already trimmed and chipped in places to represent damage, this paintjob would be the bomb if I can pull it off. Come to think of it, maybe it is time to dust off the old Bridge over the river Bug scenario again, a golden oldie if I do say so myself. But we won't, cause I will stay focused on Inquisitor, Team Nurgle for now. Even though I'm casting a big chest now so see if it can be done, would be a great addition to Mordheim and Inquisitor to have more then one of them. I'm just not sure if the mould is ok. But we will know tomorrow evening.

*Skirmishability is not a real word, but I like it so it is a keeper!

maandag 11 mei 2015

Casting call





Got to spend an hour or so this sundayevening, so just gathered all of my casts together and filled up the moulds with fresh greenstuff for tomorrow. I've got enough fans now to do another 5 drones, so that is sorted (but will do more for trading and scenery purposes), the mine mould seems to have worn out if I look at the last cast from it, it was deformed. That or I have pushed too hard. I've also started to cast lots of lenzes, sockets and bionic eyes for the drones and future creations. Still have 8 cm of the original 18 inches of greenstuff left, and the new 75cm roll is happily in the freezer right now, so I should be set for the next few months.

Also built the next 2 Plague Drone bodies and realised there is a lot of sculted details on the bodies, details I want to cast to add to a future monster or shrine devoted to Nurgle. I will make moulds of that first before I cut them open and fill them with plastic scrap later this week.I will neeed to make a bigger casting box though.

Also quite happy with my Graveyard topic on the Lead Adventure Forum. Almost 30 people have voted and some have shown examples of their, highly inspiring, work. As it stands now I think I will go for single basing again, with 2-3 stone bases added to that, just for the amount of adaptability it gives me. Sure, setting up takes more time, but I feel it is worth it. With the Gardens of Morr box and 3 bags of Ainsty's graveyard bits I have enough to last me a while. I'm eyeing the Renadra graveyard sprue, but....no buys for now. maybe it is better to get that (If I'm allowed to buy again) when I have finished the Garden and the gravestones markers. Or maybe as a birthday present for myself in October. A man can dream, eh?

2 more weeks till I have another club night. Can't wait to get out again.

donderdag 7 mei 2015

Blight Drones



From the Warhammer 40K Wiki:

"All things must wither and die. Let root rot and bower blight, to feed the pestilence of abandoned hope."
— Aghalor, the Bringer of Poxes
Blight Drones, also known as Bilecysts, are a Daemon Engine dedicated to the Chaos God of pestilence and disease, Nurgle. The Blight Drone is a seemingly weird conglomeration of insect larva, flying machine, and daemonic entity. The maddening, incessant droning buzz of their rotor disks echoing across the battlefield has become recognised as an omen of death by soldiers of the Imperium of Man. Stories from the maimed and rotting survivors of Blight Drone attacks are quick to spread through the ranks of Imperial Guard regiments that engage them in battle, each story having negative effects on morale and spreading fear and panic amongst the soldiers has become a great concern for Commissars. The threat to the morale and overall stability of a regiment has been deemed so serious that any Guardsmen caught retelling these tales faces immediate arrest and transportation to a penal unit.

History

The very first recorded contact between the armed forces of the Imperium and Blight Drones was during the Siege of Vraks, where the Blight Drones were encountered in large swarms fighting alongside the Vraksian Traitor Militia and their Chaos Space Marine allies. The first sightings of Blight Drones, often recorded from the tales of badly maimed survivors, led to their initial misidentification, with some of them being labelled a conventional aircraft of some kind or as massive Warp-mutated insects. Eventually, the savants of the Inquisition were able to piece together various pieces of evidence, and the truth that they were facing a new form of Daemon Engine became abundantly clear. The creatures themselves were usually encountered in large clusters or swarms, acting much in the manner of carrion flies and ambush predators. The drones seemed to appear on the battlefield where there were large concentrations of the dead as much as they appeared to be ordered into combat by some unseen force. Whereever the Daemon Engines passed the air grew thick with poisonous fumes and the soil itself blistered and rotted.
There exist unconfirmed reports of Blight Drones coming down to rest upon piles of corpses seemingly to feed, liquifying the carcasses of the dead and the dying, and sucking up the decaying sludge, perhaps to fuel themselves or maintain their presence in the physical universe. There exists no evidence of Blight Drones landing anywhere or needing any form of maintenance, nor did they ever return to any base of operations.
Although the Blight Drone's first confirmed encounter with the Imperium was during the Siege of Vraks, and their true origins remain unknown, it was far from the last. Since the Siege of Vraks, Blight Drones have been encountered in several other battles, notably fighting alongside Chaos Space Marine warbands such as the Purge and other Death Guard splinter factions. Additionally, unconfirmed reports have placed these obscene weapons as part of daemonic incursions in both the ongoing conflicts in the Charadis Rifts war zone and the Auralis war zone, and they were also sighted during the fall of Hive World Mitra, the invasion of Forge World Graia, and during the 13th Black Crusade.

Armament

The Blight Drone's macabre and deadly reputation was more than matched in dreadful fact by their effectiveness on the battlefield. The drone is armed with a Reaper Autocannon, and a Mawcannon. The Mawcannon is a smaller version of the weapon  found on the mighty Soul Grinder Daemon Engines, and fires out gouts of corrosive toxic bile that is powerful enough to eat through metal and liquify flesh in seconds as opposed to the Soul Grinder's preferred Warpfire. The bile from the drone's Mawcannon was extremely effective against the entrenched infantry and vehicles on Vraks, while troops out in the open had little cover from the drone's Reaper Autocannon. The creature's Mawcannon is also capable of spiting out large roiling masses of mutating phlegm at a distance, destroying entire enemy squads in one great blast. The Blight Drone's seemingly squat and bloated form is also unusually resilient against attacks, especially for a skimmer of their size. This quality is attributed to the living flesh and rusted armour plating of the drone, as well as the will of whatever dark intelligence is guiding them. If a Blight Drone is destroyed in combat it invariably detonates in a shower of bile and pus, and is capable of causing extreme damage to everything caught within the blast.

 Fun little critters, right?

To get it straight, I will not be making 1:1 copies of Blight Drones. I'll be making baby Blight Drones with standard armament and converted Plague Drones in the spirit of a Blight Drone with Blight Drone armament. They will look related :) As I'm no longer allowed to spend money, I should be able to spend all my time, energy and effort into these critters for some time to come.

While surfing the web, I found several fan made ones very inspirational, like these ones:

and





The last one is highly inspirational for the colourscheme, dirty white and rust.

I've also made the decision not to add surface detailing to the Baby Drones. It would take a ton of effort and I can do the same, in a lot less time, painting wise. The bigger Drones however will get the surface detailing.

Since I can't spend any money, my mate Mo has been happy to provide me with additional Rippers to base them on. For the Baby Drones, my inspiration comes from this artwork:




I will try to make each variant shown there, just because it will be fun, gives me more Baby Blight Drones and will look good on the table. And it will take time, time spent doing things that prevent me from spending money :) I already have it printed out next to me so I can leave off the PC and just get on with it!

I can do this !

And on a side note, I found a perfectly nice sketch for a possible Tau construction drone, jay me!

Last of the many and a tough choice

Today I received all of the bits needed for the Nurgle Drones (not the baby Drones) plus a large lot from a Belgian collector full of RT era stuff and other bits, many that will be sold off to pay for that and make a profit to go straight into the bank account.

I have 2 more payments to do for a total of 35 euros that had been accepted auctions from 2 weeks ago that I can't back out of.

Which leaves me a deal worth 55 Pounds for a AK-47 army that I agreed to buy as soon as I had the money for it, and for which I have bought quite the collection of aircraft. I've never backed out of a deal before, my word is worth gold to me, but in this case I have to be tough with myself and say no. I've always had nagging doubts about doing AK-47 in 15mm when everything I do, have and love is 20mm, and buying models in 20mm is just as expensive and even cheaper then 15mm. But 2 of my mates liked the idea so much I was drawn into it anyway, happy to have found likeminded individuals that don't live halfway across the globe. I really don't like to disappointing people, but in this case I have to be tough and choose me, myself and I.

And it sucks :( I've been looking forward to it so much. Picked up stuff and traded items for it. And now it has been all for naught. I'm going to return the bits I traded with my friends, sell of the rest and call it quits. The idea will remain in my head though, waiting for better times in the future.

Right, next up, make a blogpost about something nice.


dinsdag 5 mei 2015

I ain't no Scrooge McDuck

On a more serious note.

After my wifes incident (for lack of a better word) a lot of help has arrived for her and for us. One of them dropped in today to look at our financial planning (to prevent somebody asking for welfare, they send these guys over to make families financially healthy and steer them in the right direction....if possible, before they request welfare). My wife passed the test with flying colours, our mutual account just passed it but I failed it miserably. :(

As of today, my hobby budget is 0. Anything I sell will go into the bank account. I will not spend any money on the hobby for the next 2 months for starters, I'm not even allowed to trade bits (cause that would cost postage). I've already started a online cash registry to see what comes in and what comes out, and I've been shocked to see what I have been spending on the hobby for the last 6 months alone. The gentleman told me I have all of the characteristics of an addict as I refuse any help with clearing out my storage unit and downplay my expenses. On the other side he did praise me for being open about it and wanting change and told my wife to stop pushing me so much to sell, sell, sell as this clearly is a major issue between us.

In short:
  • Don't buy anything like miniatures, snacks or other crap (would make me healthier too)
  • Don't swap, only sell, ask full postage, no more discounts
  • Clean out the storage unit. Visit it weekly, sell what you can, throw out low value stuff and stop paying rent for it as soon as possible.
  • Clean out the attic. Visit it weekly, sell what you can, throw out low value stuff and sell all of those fancy high end storage containers you have that are surplus (around 40 of em eventually)
I've asked my mates to check on me, to see that I don't spend any money, and to keep enquiring about running projects so I keep at it. I got two thumbs up on that one, so I want to keep making drones for the next 2 months :)

I'm also told to have fun. Don't be selling all week, do that 2 nights a week and continue the hobby for the other 3. Go out to the club, after you drop by the storage unit. They are not teling me to quit the hobby, but to be more financially responsible with it.

And I agree completely.

Being in debt and buying models has caused stress and grief with my wife that we both can do without. If I keep at it till the end of the year and keep selling stuff I should be able to be debt free to the bank, but I know it will cost me considerable effort to keep my focus (again, that's where my mates come in) but if the end result is a happier wife, I'm all for it.

On a funnier note, the man handling the finances knew exactly what my hobby was about as he has had more clients with the same hobby, and the same problem! I feel I am in good hands, and he's coming over in the evening next week to further discuss steps that need to be taken, so I don't have to use holiday time to leave work earlier to get help. Cause right now, every single euro is needed.

And I'm sure I'll manage just fine.

zaterdag 2 mei 2015

Baby Blight Drone WIP

Halfway into the first baby Blight Drone





Based on the model as made here: epic-blight-drones-tutorial but I keep one eye at the original sketches made for them, and want to upgrade them as well (as they are meant for Inquisitor, not Epic)
This one is a boltpistol armed one, he will be joined by a handflamer one and a laspistol one, and then another one of each again if things go my way.

I'll need to find more Tyranid Rippers first!