Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Gawd I've Missed Blogging!

Nice to see everybody is still out there!


Monday, 25 April 2016

Gone Plain Bonkers .. WWII Scale Creep

I promised myself never to do this but put a simple bit of temptation my way and after twenty years of resisting the fatal lure I go bonkers and get a 15mm WWII army. Three in fact, US, German and Russian (the Brits had all gone otherwise it would have been four)! All from a local hobby store(?) called Boyes (rather a department store with local managers discretion to add esoteric collections here and there) selling off a large part of their 'toy line' as 'dead lines' (boo hoo). I guess it must have been a bit like the Hobbycraft experimentation with FoW and GW stuff (now dead). Well at a third of the RRP price or less the PSC 15mm (£5 a box) was too good a 'steal' and I even succumbed to their half price (£10) Perry's WWII 28mm Plastics lure, again put a hole in my wallet (blown the toy budget for the first six months of the year). That means I have the insane "biggies" of 28mm too (just two packs, one DAK and one 8th Army, for a skirmish in the desert).

Once started you cannot stop (see below for some pocket money Zvezda Russian tanks that appeared in my shopping trolley!):


I have a perfectly good unpainted hoard [and then some] in 20mm (1/72 or 1/76 if you like), in fact I also have micro scale 1/300 (or 1/285 if again you like) plus a 1/200 (Skytrex Action Force) vehicles and infantry and 10mm Pendrakon infantry.

Madness .. how can I defend the indefensible? I claim "hobby insanity"!

The Defence's case rests on "being sociable" as I have wargamer friends who collect in the respectable 15mm range and model in the 28mm for skirmish (Chain of Command) games. 20m WWII gaming seems to be a rather niche area, accessible to all but people seem to move on from it (though not grow-up). Well there's another two (or should that be five) 30 Day Challenges ahead of me for this year ;)

PS Fear not Paul I will get round to finishing off the Fairey Battle in time for the hundredth anniversary ;)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

eBob comes up "Trumps" but not in the Donald sense!

A little (ahem) late but these Scots spear from eBob look fantastic (see below):

Beautiful figures, with great character, I am already looking forward to painting them, the above picture does not do them justice, so try this (see below):

Time to take the brushes for a walk!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Tau Kroots see the "Painting Tray"

My Martian Robots have been "put on pause" as another sparkly item in the corner of my toy box caught my eye instead. After a very long gestation period (approximately in Earth/Terra-time a decade [hangs head in shame]) my Tau Kroot troops finally made it to the "painting tray" stage (see below, a wave of orange monsters descends into range):

As chosen by my youngsters [I would have gone probably with a boring WWII US Marine "green" option], with a bold "blazing orange to bright yellow" skin palette, ah the audacity of youth (see below, the starting shade coat of Vallejo Blazing Orange):
  • Used Arfix Acrylic (01) grey undercoat
  • Washed with Vallejo "Sepia Wash" 
  • Base coat Vallejo Blazing Orange 

Rather than posting a step by step painting description as I have done in previous posts, I took some time out of blogging and just enjoyed painting them (see below, I started adding "yellows"):

The photos may just show "glare" but the Kroots are getting progressively more "yellow". I like the look of the primitive Kroot with barbarous knives, teeth and claws plus "space musket". A one shot then charge in tactic akin to Highland Warriors (see below):

Again, final yellow highlights to the skin, a Vallejo "bright yellow" of sorts (see below):

The result is a little less of the blog posting but a little bit more on the satisfaction, to paraphrase Elvis! PS: I hope some could see the irony of painting Kroots and using an old Tyranid Codex as a movement tray.


Friday, 11 March 2016

Where have all my postings gone?

No, thankfully I  have not LOST any content but sadly as of late I simply have not found the time to post. I have a backlog of activity from modelling projects to games to update you with so stay tuned


Sunday, 28 February 2016

TIE Fighter

Following on from seeing "The Force Awakens" my Sci-Fi hankerings were ignited and I resumed the "paused" Revell TIE fighter kit (see below):

It needed a complete Airfix acrylic (01) undercoat to cover the shinier than usual plastic (in my haste or rather excitement I forgot to wash in warm soapy water). I then decided to give it a deep space black wash (see above).

Saturday, 27 February 2016

The World of Tanks

Hmmm, now that I (or rather the family) am in the PS4 club I can indulge myself unrepentantly and unashamedly in the online gaming sensation that is ... "World of Tanks"!

I am just having TOO much fun :)