Yes. Just up there. Have a look.
Continuing the theme we have a pair of shipwrecked pyrates from Reaper.
I have greatly enjoyed painting these figures but time seems to be slipping away and I always seem to get side-tracked by other little things. Here you can see an Oldhammer sign for my display case, some regiment signs for my Napoleonic army and some Black Powder gaming tokens.
But the big news….
…..we finally completed on a house!
So no more tiny flat with all my belongings and hobby bits in storage.
Now my time is going to be taken up with getting the house ready and of course my Man-cave.
The answer to that is, not a lot. My Death Korps Riders hardly got touched and have been retired to the cupboard. This month I’ve pulled out six pyrate figures and I’ll tackle them one at a time.
First up is Captain John Finch from Musketeer Miniatures.
I made the mistake of using some Tamiya Flat White as an undercoat. I might as well have painted them with chalk, the stuff just flaked off. I’ll do a bit of reading about it. It was purchased along with a few other pots of clear colour at a Flohmarkt for fifty cents a pot. The clear colours are fine and I already use the Clear Red for blood and gore.
The month hasn’t been wasted though, I’ve added a few more items to my shop. Go on click the button, I know you’re curious. And I won a painting competition. Puppets War http://puppetswar.eu, a Polish miniatures company are running a monthly painting competition. I entered my Ork Jet which I’d finished earlier this year and I won sixty six Euros to spend in their store. Which was nice.
At the end of the month we get the keys to our new house which is kind of exciting and kind of scary. It does mean that I will be getting a permanent hobby space, although for the first few months it is going to be used mostly as a storage/unpacking area as we clear the lager.
It’s arrived at last! And it’s huge! Flippin’ huge!
I am of course talking about the Heresy Dragon. I ordered it before Number Two Son was even thought of.
Andy, the creative genius behind Heresy, has had an absolute nightmare producing this. Originally he thought it would take a couple of months to produce. Since then…
Here is a scale shot with a 28mm figure just to give you an idea.
The pity is that now it has to go back into the box for a couple of months until my man-cave is set up in our new house.
Did I say, “New house”? Yes, I did. More on that to come.
Now go to Heresy and buy something!
I’ve had a real slow month this month, a bit depressed and some minor health worries have taken my painting mojo. I have really been put to shame by the output of some other people, mentioning no names, amateurairplanes. My mood also hasn’t been improved by advised, by a builder we hired, not to buy the house we had been looking at as it had potentially too many problems and would end up being a money pit. So back to square one!
These guys were my first unit of the year and for a while the painting just didn’t do anything for me. It’s only been in the last week when I started detailing that they have started to pop. With a little push they won’t take long to finish.
So obviously I’m behind this month and I’m very tempted to leave the painting schedule behind and just paint Snotlings this month.
But on a positive note, I have embarked on a new project, still wargaming related. It’s early days yet, but once I have something to show you I will.
Finally got round to varnishing these chaps and putting the final touch, bloodied (Tamiya clear red) crosses on the shields.
So, Daggerandbrush, here they are.
In the background you can see the Tree Lady and a unit of Ratling Snipers.
Can’t seem to shake off the Winter Blues, hopefully things will pick up soon. We are going for a second viewing on a house and if it proves acceptable then I can start properly on my “Man Cave”. There is enough space, upto 650 square meters which includes a space that was used for cheese making. Big enough for the Wife’s cookery school.
Here is the first unit finished in Austria. A unit of Halflings, made by Battleforge, for my Albion army. The sculpting isn’t amazing, but they are so full of character and fun that I’d rather have these than a unit of dull but amazingly sculpted figures.
I had a lot of angst about finishing this unit. I had started painting them before I left Blighty and I had promised myself that when I got my stuff this was to be the first unit I’d paint. When I unpacked them I did a double take. The quality of the painting was so much higher than I thought I could do. Could I match it? I wasn’t sure and spent a while prevaricating before sitting down and starting.
The end result is good, but still not up to the standard I set.
I used a couple of new techniques that I have mentioned previously.
Microplaned sponge, I’m fairly pleased with the result, though you have to make sure that the particles are really fine.
Tester pots for the basing, this works well and I am pleased with the result.
So here is unit WHFB/A/1/numbers 1 to 30.
Not strictly gaming, but damn useful.
The Really Useful Box Company.
They have proved their worth on my move overseas, strong, tough and stack like a dream.
As you’ve been reading I’m moving to Austria and have spent the last month or so packing up the house. My Pro Arte brush finally gave up the ghost so I dove into my stash to get a new brush. I must explain here, because I’m moving into the middle of nowhere with no initial income I’m building a little stash of supplies to tide me over until better times.
The first brush I picked up was a Revell Painta Luxus. Bad mistake, this brush just does not hold a point. A touch of paint and I might as well be using a chimney sweep’s brush.
As I’d bought it some months ago from Modelzone there was no way I could return it. There was only one thing for it, contact Revell direct. I sent of an eMail to Revell.de expecting a polite rebuff. Within twenty four hours I’d received a reply from Annette in their German office who promised to send out a replacement.
Two days later the replacement arrived.
Do they have quality control? It was exactly the same.
Another eMail sent off to Annette. Another brush promised.
I had thought that Revell was a purveyor of quality products for the modeller. Let’s see.
Well I got a new parcel in the post today. Opened it up and there were four brushes inside. Three were useless and one might pass muster, just.
This is such a pity, Revell’s customer service has been exemplary, why can’t the product match?
Getting ready for the big move to Austria and have just about packed everything away. It took two days to pack away my glass cabinet!
Thirty five days to go. I had planned to finish a unit of Warlord’s Roman Auxiliaries for my Field of Glory Imperial Roman Army but I can’ t justify the time. A bit of a pity because it was the last unit to be painted on my list.