Many, Many apologies for the period of silence...
I really haven't had much "me" time recently...
You would not believe how many illnesses 4 children can circulate within a family unit...
It's been a very rough couple of months.
Hello once again,
I've been pottering around with something else I forgot to mention in the last post.
I was approached recently and asked if I would build and paint some figures, maybe on a regular basis. after a couple of discussions about it I said I'd prepare some example figures that show varying levels of quality that I think I can work to.
The things they would have to cover would be, construction, modelling/conversion, painting and basing.
I don't for a minute think that I am a miniature building/painting expert, but I do have experience and believe I have a good handle on the quality I can achieve. So after a little thought I divided up the stages that I would build/paint miniatures into levels of work.
I decided upon 4 levels, each one building upon the foundation of the previous ones:
Basic: Clean base colours and a single defining wash.
Tabletop: As above and highlighted.
Advanced: As above, additional highlights, extra details, different washes, weathering.
Display: As above, with more time/effort, freehand, glazes/washes, weathering, sculpting.
I chose Cadian Imperial Guardsmen for my example figures. Here's shots of them when construction was finished:
They're in varying paint stages and images will be posted up when finished.
I've also done a touch more work on the skirmish boards. Nothing groundbreaking, I just used textured spray paint to finish the edges off a little better and add a little random texture here and there.
as you may have noticed I finished with the moving of posts and deletion of my other blog.
I've been busying myself with several things right now none of which have been terribly exciting, first is this:
Rescuing and stripping the paint from quite a load of my old miniatures languishing at the bottom of my bits-box.
The second thing I've been working on is:
These are two of the four skirmish boards that I started back here at the bottom of this post: Paste Table Gaming Boards.
These two have had polystyrene sheet inserted into them and then uneven ground carved into it, now I'm just waiting for the texture paint to dry before I can work on them further.
They are going to be painted/textured for a slightly swampy/woodland setting, I'll be using water effects in the craters I made.
The other two boards need more work and are going to be done in an industrial/urban style.
And of course, I'll be working on pieces of terrain to go with these skirmish boards too later on.
And the third:
I've got quite a handful of posts that have been floating in the draft limbo of blogger (some of them for months... heh... sorry...), just waiting for me to finish writing and editing them to post up and I'll be getting right to that and you should be seeing these start to appear in the next couple of days.
Also on top of all this I have various other projects and bits and bobs I'm either working on right now, stuck on, or have just shelved because something else took my fancy...
Here's a rundown of them:
I ran an RPG of Vampire the Masquerade several years ago, which the players and I enjoyed very much. I have been asked by those players to go back to it and pick it up from where we left off. So the second season of my Vampire chronicle: Sins of the Father is now in planning, I just need to refresh myself, my notes and write a round-up of season 1.
The Pathfinder RPG campaign I am running is on a short hiatus, but instead of being an organise and drop in game, there is a possibility I'll be getting a regular time-slot to run my campaign: Beyond the Wardwall in the near future.
I'm still supposed to be writing some articles on my perspective on RPG world creation, creating Gods and some other things.
I'm going to prepare some one-shot games with various systems, they probably won't be run anytime soon, but they'll be ready to go when I need them.
I'm still working on my veteren guardsman "Freeman" and the short zealot that I posted earlier HERE.
I have several other miniatures in various states of conversion right now.
I still have a few pieces of terrain to finish that I was working on including the temple I posted HERE
I still need to paint the Half Dragon miniature I converted as a gift (now long overdue) for a friend.
I was working on a Night Goblin army for Warhammer, I got about 1000pts painted to tabletop level,but I want to expand it a lot more and improve the paint jobs.
I was also working on an Empire army for Warhammer that was building up through an escalation campaign my friends and I were playing (I can only find the Handgunner suport of my swordsmen right now for some reason...)
For Warhammer 40,000 I was working on a force of Road Warrior inspired Orks.
I still have many folders of my photography to go through, organise and to upload to my deviantart account.
Like I said...
Busy... And no focus...
So... Bit of audience participation?
If there's anything you'd like to see more of on the blog or any of the above seems interesting, just give me a shout and we'll see...
Reet... I'm knackered... Gonna put my feet up for a spell.
It was only about a month ago that I decided to split my blog into two because I wanted to separate my rare personal-life posts from my hobby output.
But I learned that it was a mistake the other day when I sat to write an article...
I wanted to start writing articles about artists, musicians, stories, places and many other things that inspire me, but when I realised I would want to duplicate this across both blogs it kind of made having two blogs seem redundant when in the majority they would be almost identical...
My other hobbies, interests and inspirations being personal to me, yet also affecting my hobby output
Neil101, you were right and I reread your comment on my post here, where I discussed the split with you.
I lifted this quote from you:
"I often think of separating things out into component parts , but then I think this is who I am take it or leave it."
Can't argue with the truth of that statement really...
I'll close the other and keep this, my first and most used blog. The other blogs name: Pull Back The Masque, will become the title for my personal life articles upon this blog.
The transition will be quick, relatively painless and probably go unnoticed in the greater scheme of things.
And don't worry... I won't be bloody doing it again!
I would have posted pictures yesterday, but I wasn't in the best of moods.
I had a momentary lapse of concentration whilst working at my desk and left my guardsman too near my desk lamp and melted some of the details from down his left hand side.
After much cursing and brooding I didn't do anymore yesterday. But this morning I sat down and fixed all the damage, the main part being a re-sculpt of much of his left arm.
*sigh*... Disaster avoided...
I did a little more work on the Veteran guardsman, I believe he is fully constructed now and just about ready for a lick of paint.
Here he is at the moment:
"Freeman" - construction complete..?
You can see his writ of citizenship upon his belt, a piece I liberated from a larger detailed Ravenwing banner.
He has an Ork skull as a trophy turned shoulder pad and the bionic eye is melded into his pitted and scarred face. Also you can see his left hand is now bionic, I made from a Space Marine hand.
Here you can see the amount of re-sculpting that was needed on the arm, I also removed the combat knife from the waist in favour of another trophy/relic and added it to the boot with straps. Also the tubes can be seen snaking from his ruined face.
And finally, you can see how I brought the rebreather/power-pack and cables together, a little bit of detailing helped to make it look a little more "techy", with a purity seal to finish it off.
And that brings us to another figure I'm working on. In fact I was working on it during the moments when I was waiting for parts to dry etc on the guardsman, but I wasn't spending as much time on him and in my last post he didn't feel to be at a stage worth showing.
The figure is in the main constructed from a night goblin fanatic, with a flagellant head and bits and pieces I had lying around as well as more of the details from the same Ravenwing banner used on "freeman".
I still have a few details to add, relics, purity seals and such.
I haven't really thought about a background for him other than a zealous member of the Ecclesiarchy. also regarding his height, I don't think he is going to be an abhuman, just vertically challenged.
Well that's my update for a little while. As always comments/critiques welcome.
I'm finally sat back at my hobby table and playing with parts.
I'm in the middle of converting a figure and thought I'd put it up at this stage to show you what I'm up to.
The Figure in Progress
The main body of the figure is a Cadian guardsman with a Catachan guardsman head.
I cut down the lasgun barrel to give it more of an SMG/Carbine look.
There are a couple of watch parts used here, one for an eyepiece of the bionic eye I'm making and the other just for a bit of detail on the lasgun.
I've carved out a portion of his lower face to give me somewhere to glue some cables/pipes and give me a little room for sculpting his battle-scarred face.
The box in the middle of his back was originally a part from the Warhammer Lizardman range, I'm using it as a combined rebreather and power-pack for his bionics, which the cables from his face will run to.
And you can see I've used some beads from a water filter to create a studded shoulder pad.
I've still got more fine details to attach, trophies, holy relics, seals/scrolls, possibly a little wear/damage etc.
The Possible Background
I see him as a veteran Imperial guardsman that after serving several tours of duty and surviving, has earned his writ of citizenship allowing him to return to his homeworld or to go populate a new colony.
But for some reason he has decided to carry on taking the fight to the alien and the mutant (homeworld destroyed/platoon wiped out?) and earned the attention of an inquisitor whom he now follows. He wears his writ on his person as a symbol of his choice to carry on fighting instead of settling down, which has earned him the "nom du guerre" of "Freeman".
Any of these ideas may evolve/change, I'm still toying with ideas as I go and I'm open to suggestions too.
Surrounded by a cacophony... Movements... Sounds...
But apart from it... Close yet distant...
Becoming lost in the quiet of that noise,
in the darkness within the light... Sinking further...
Do I hear voices..? A name..? A laugh..?
Then... No sight... No Sound... No thoughts...
A jolt..! A noise..!
Wrenched back too fast..!
I gasp for breath..!
Was it my name..? Was it a touch..?
Almost swallowed up by the blanket of nothingness,
that welled from looking inward for too long...
The myst roils back swallowed by that inner void...
And then I'm back... I am aware...
I am surrounded by a cacophony... Movements... Sounds...
But apart from it... Close yet distant...
J. Marshall 12/01/2013 Hello again,
It's been a while.
Forgive me my prose, I tend not to write creatively anymore...
Not because I don't want to, but because I just haven't been able to push myself to do it for a very long time.
I had a trying time this Winter holiday, there were definitely good things during the season.
And there were difficult things too, tied to my life, my friendships, my relationship and old ghosts back to visit.
But I didn't want to write a post that just amounted to self indulgent whining.
I wanted to be a little more constructive or even informative. So moments ago I decided to write about what it feels like when I begin to close in on myself, when the depression gains the upper hand.
And that is how the poem above came into being...
A little trite I know... And probably more than a little self indulgent...
But... It does go a little way toward trying to describe something that is quite intangible, so indefinite, in fact something so personal that it feels different for everyone affected by it.
I hope that this little glimpse into my mind is useful, informative or at least just a little interesting for someone.