Friday, 20 February 2015

It's 2015... And I'm back... Finally!

Hello everybody, long time no see.

This is actually the second attempt at my first post of 2015. The first just got too depressing to read and I've decided to bin it.

To paraphrase that abortive post: "From the end of September 2014 and up until a couple of weeks ago, lots of crap for my family and I to endure (trouble, sickness, threat of homlessness), massive hobby slump, bleurgh..."  

Trust me, that was better than the awful depressing drudge I was going to inflict on you all... Better to flush it and concentrate on good things.

I'd pretty much packed up all my minature hobby gear and materials because I just didn't have the drive to get on with any of the projects I still had on the go at the end of September. I've mainly just been keeping up with roleplay in my gaming group as my sole form of fun and escape.

But over the last few weeks I've been catching up on blogs on my feed (many of which are you, my followers) I've mainly been reading and rushing on to read more from others without stopping to comment (sorry about that) and there have been an awful lot of exciting projects on the go.

I'm starting to feel that little spark of inspiration starting to rekindle. So I owe you all a great big thank you for being such an imaginative and creative bunch of people.

So... Baby steps... I'm wanting to get back into the hobby groove so I'm working on a couple of little projects to warm up:

A little while back over on the Oldhammer forum a thread was started entitled Oldhammer Salvation Army, where members could post up miniature conversions that were forgotten and/or in need of some love.

I adopted this little fellow:
As you can see he didn't survive the trials of Royal Mail intact...

A conversion made by Whiskey Priest which he dubbed "some kind of admech sound specialist". But the moment I saw him I knew what I wanted to use him for:

After repairs and a little conversion work he is going to be used to represent an Imperial Astropath.
I imagine the staff to be an ancient piece of dark-age tech that basically amounts to an astropathic amplifier.
Here he is with his inquisitorial agent buddies Freeman and the Priest, two of my own forgotten/unloved conversions now given purpose.

I'm going to do some more detail work across the three of them and get them painted as a little project together. I was thinking of adding an Eldar member to the group and I also need to make an inquisitor to lead them.

My friend has been really championing Mantics Deadzone and wanting to get members of our group to play it. I've had a couple of games and I like how it plays.

The same friend backed the Kickstarter and got multiples of the faction starters which he gave as gifts to many of us.

I was given the Plague faction and have started to work on them:

I didn't like the integral bases on the Mantic figures and so I've removed them so I can make some more personally pleasing bases.

You may have noticed the new look of my blog, I started to change the look and layout back in September. I'm not completely happy with it and it may change a bit until I find what I'm after.

I've got a few more little bits and bobs that I want to work on, but I'm just going to try to ease myself back into hobbying slowly.

I'm also considering posting about my roleplay interests too, but I'm not too sure at the moment... I'll ponder upon it.

So... Sorry I was gone for so long... I'll hopefully be back a lot sooner this time... Asa always comments/critiques much appreciated.

Take care.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Club Necromunda Terrain

Hello again folks, wow it's been so long... An hour or two must have past since my last post... How the time flies...

Well I got the Necromunda terrain done for the local club, forgot to take any pictures of it at home. But I did get to snap a few quick images of it down at the club reunited with the rest of the terrain I made.

I didn't have a gang prepared but with some extra miniatures at the club we managed to have a 3 way gang fight, it wasn't a campaign game. Just to blow the dust off. Had a great time:

Here's one of the Van Saar I painted for Steve a while back (linky, linky), getting himself comfy on his new home turf.

That MDF terrain really likes to suck up paints and washes, it took a while to get decent coverage.

I went for an overall aged, rusty look for the terrain. Mainly so it matched some of the scatter terrain I'd made previously for the club.

I think the orange of the rust makes it stand out nicely against the neutral grey of the gaming board.

All in all I think it's a really nice set of terrain, it paints up pretty easily and has a lot of detail. I'm really considering getting a set for myself.

(Apologies for not taking any in-game pictures. I was having too much fun and forgot. I think Steve the club owner took a few. If I can get ahold of some more I'll edit this post and add them below.)

That's your lot for the night methinks...

Take care everybody,

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Week of Hobby Exhaustion... And a Dwarf...

Hi folks I'm back for a quick visit... Actually I'm back because a friend reprimanded me for having images to share and not posting anything for a while... And since he's made a nuisance of himself, let's give him a bit of a spotlight shall we? BWAHAHAHAHA.

My friend Carl has decided to give this whole blogging lark a go, because he's got some weird notion in his head that kind of thing is fun... Or some such rubbish...

So why not go over to his place at Roleplay Dwarf and say hello... Or kick over his stuff... You know the usual thing. As I said he's a friend of mine, he's going to be blogging about RPG's, Warhammer, stuff. He's one of the most annoyingly interesting people I've ever had the misfortune to meet.

Right... Now we've got that out of the way...

The Week That Was...

Last week... Not the one we've just gone through... Last week, got it?
I had so much on and did an awful lot of hobby related activities that I was too tired to blog about it.
Let me give you a run-down:

It all started on Wednesday..... (*whisper* Actually it started before that because I was still working on Necromunda terrain since the previous week, but Wednesday was definitely the point of no return...)

  • Wednesday evening went well, my mid-week roleplaying group met up for our weekly World of Darkness game. It ended around midnight or so and my friend Jess stayed over we chatted for a while, I was in bed for about 4.30am.
  • Thursday up and at 'em for 8am to do the school run. Jess went off to work and headed home. My other half went to spend a couple of days at our friends house and in return Carl was sent back this way. The girls get do... Whatever they do... And we got to spend a couple of days doing manly things (playing board games, playing with miniatures, discussing roleplay) you know the drill. 3.30pm pick up kids. We were going to go down to the local gaming club but it got cancelled just before we were going to go. After talking about Necromunda most of the afternoon we decided to have a game at home because Carl had never played. Skip forward, couple of games of Necromunda under the belt it's about 2.30am. We talk more gaming crap I get to bed between 4.30am and 5am.
  • Friday up at 8am kids school run. Back home and we're still chin-wagging about gaming and miniatures. Waiting for our friend James travelling up from Derbyshire to spend a couple of days. we'd decided we were going to play a game of Warhammer 4ok 7th, for the benefit of James and I learning the latest ruleset. Carl said he could get to about 6000+pts depedning on what James and I could bring to the game. 3.30pm pick up kids. James got here about 8pm and  joined forces against Carl's Imperials with our Ork hordes and using unpainted minis (Gods I feel dirty) managed to amass about 6500+pts. So not only were James and I a bit sketchy on the current rules, it was also our first Apocalypse game too. (pictures at the end of rant). That frickin' monstrous game didn't end until 11.30am SATURDAY FRICKIN' MORNING!!!
  • Saturday it's 11.50am we've just packed up all the boards, terrain and miniatures, our weekend roleplaying group and the significant others are due back any minute so we can play our Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Carl, James and I collapse on available patches of floor and catch an hours sleep. Dungeons & Dragons starts that afternoon (not sure what time, I was a bit dazed) pretty cool session that goes on until about 11.30pm. James is dead to the world at this point. Jess, Carl and I carry on talking until about 2.30am-3am. Finally sleep... Sweet blessed sleep...
So... That was the week... It took me about 3 frickin' days to recover from that! Man I feel old...

The Apocalypse Game:

Here is a pic dump of the images we caught of the game. Can't remember the mission, but we played on an 8'x4' board and due to set-up were playing the length instead of the width of the board. Have you ever seen 6500pts of Orks squashed into about 4'x2' deployment!?! (please excuse the unpainted miniatures and in some cases broken/unbuilt).

Absolute Madness... But man what a laugh...

So there you go... Exhausted was not the word... But a great week all said and done...
I've got some more images to upload and another post to write after this so I'll bid thee farewell for now.

Take Care everybody,

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