Tuesday, 29 April 2014

It's been a bad couple of weeks...

... In real life. All work related, initially just crazy busy, but then last Thursday there was a system failure that, no joke, almost ended the company. We all had to pitch in and try to keep clients happy etc. Late nights, early starts, and frankly I got off easy compared to some of the guys. I don't know how my two bosses didn't have heart attacks, I felt so bad for them Not fun! Anyway over the worst now *touch wood*.

Anyway, as a result I haven'd touched any minis let alone paint one in about 2 weeks. I'm dying to get this squad done, but just to tired right now. Bank holiday weekend coming up though, hope to resume normal broadcasts soon. The pic above is where I'm picking up from. Looking forward to it, and I WILL do a basing tutorial for these guys. 


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Hobby as it should be - Shout-out to The Painting Bunker

Hey guys, I just want to make a special mention of a recent post by The Painting Bunker.

John over there put on his own tournament, focused on all the beat parts of the hobby, rather than math-hammer and ultimate army lists. This event was about fun, fluff, good company and breathtaking armies and boards. It's really incredible stuff. Take a look at the amazing models, and read the article. If you're intersted in great terrain check out the rest of the site too. Actually, check it all out anyway it's brilliant!


Monday, 7 April 2014

The Iron Tenth - Part 5

Okay, so lesson 1: Working on 3 dreads at once is tough going.

The plan was to use all my from the various kits to make some cool models. I'm pleased with the results for sure, but I'm not convinced they're particularly unique dreadnoughts. Next time I reckon I'll try for one that was a Techmarine/Iron Father in a past life. Anyway, this was a long project. There's a good bit of kit bashing and plasticard work on each, plus magnetised arms, bases and interchangeable stuff. This, plus general real-life things going on made for a long start to end process.

Lesson 2: Working on 3 dreads one by one would have been worse.

Having said all that, I think it was well worth it, and lets face it, if I hadn't done them all together they wouldn't have been done at all! Being able to paint the models in stages, all the base colours, first level highlights, metal etc in steps really sped things up. If I hadn't committed to doing them all together, and not rushing ahead with one model until the stage I was on was done on all of them helped keep me focused. Personally, it was easy to stay motivated on this, where as I reckon if I got one done, then had to start from scratch on the next one.... I think I'd have moved onto another project!

So, here they are anyway, all painted and ready to go. I want to go back and add names to them all, including the contemptor, but I'm going to practise that a lot before I risk ruining these guys! Not sure what I'll be working on next, not dreadnoughts though that's for sure.

Hope you like them.


Friday, 4 April 2014

Ideally, I'm sure we'd all love a litlle nerd den at home, with a workbench, paint station and gaming table all set up and ready to go at all times. Well, I'm going to go out on a limb and say most of us aren't so lucky!

I live in a really nice, but small apartment with my wonderful girlfriend. One bedroom, living room / dining room with a kitchenette and a bathroom - so space is at a premium! I usually need to pack all my crap away every evening, otherwise I'd very quickly take over the whole place. I'm always on the look out for handy things to make my hobby life a bit easier and when I was out shopping with my girlfriend a few weeks ago, I found this.

It's a makeup or jewelry box I guess, cost €10, made of cardboard. It's the best €10 I ever spent! Look at all the compartments in here, each level is just the right height to stand a paint pot. I get all of my paints and tools, knives files, glue etc in this one thing. I think thats pretty cool. It could do with reinforcing, but a duct tape attack will take care of that. Anyway, that turned into a bit of a rant, but the moral of the story is keep your eye's open, especially when dragged into shops by your girlfriend!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Slow progress, bear with me...

So it's been a kinda slow week hobby wise. Well, at least in terms of this blog... But more on that coming soon.
So here's what's on my workbench (eh... tank box..) at the moment: what looks like a dreadnought graveyard, dude with a sweet bionic arm and some rather garish looking chaps.  Beleive it or not, all of the laborious parts on the dreads are done. The black armour and edging is complete. Just detailing now, and that's what's gonna make then stand out, I hope. More info and updates on these  and everything else coming soon.