Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Finally some progress on shading.

It has taken weeks to get this far. Not constant work, but every other session I have a go at glaze shading, and I fail every time.

I finally figured out my problem recently after watching a short video shared on reddit (linked below).

More after the jump

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Throwback Post - Awww how cute, A video of my Figs from 1997

you know when you look back at old videos of yourself, how young and naive you are, makes you cringe.

But you get to a certain age where you can watch videos of a certain time a ago and finally think awwwwww how cute was I. That's how I feel when looking at the below video I managed to find when I was uploading old family vids to YouTube.

If you want to watch this, I'll warn you now, it's bad;
  • I was 13
  • The video is old (like bad SD home video camera quality old)
  • I can't focus the camera
  • There are times when I am just staring at one mini for about 2-3 minutes.
  • I don't even really speak until about 10 minutes in.
  • When I do speak the quality of the content is terrible.
  • The timestamp keeps jumping about because I stabilised it in YouTube.

After watching it, it;s so great to see that my old Mini's that I'm still impressed with the quality of, are still here. Except Ahriman, why did I ever strip Ahriman! That was a great paint job by my 13 yr old self.

I also like that I have confirmed that my Khârn the Betrayer I recently posted about is at least 20 years old, I suppose just like the rest of my models.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

PSA: Don't Horde Models!

I do this all the time, get into something, buy a few bits. then buy a ton of bits to see me through for a year or so. Now I have so much stuff I don't know where to start and have been uninspired for over a month!

Above is a picture of my display cabinet, its full of unfinished work!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Argh Glaze Shading! (Space Wolves WIP)

First off, I haven't broken my new years resolution of one post a week! I normally post on Tuesdays and it's now Sunday. But it's still the same week so it counts.

I've been so busy this year with resolutions I don't have enough time to do much painting, but I managed to get my brushes out for a couple of days this week.

It's worrying as I literally have;
  • Dark Vengeance
  • Age of Sigmar
  • Space Hulk
  • Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower
  • Space Wolves Battle Force
  • Start Collecting Space Wolves
  • Stormcast Eternals Battleforce
  • Lost Patrol
All to paint after Xmas! I have managed to get about 20 more paints into Dropper Bottles though!

So, this week, I'm really struggling to get glazing a blend working (still) on these models (true, it's only my 3rd go at it) what am I doing wrong? More after the Jump.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Throwback Post - Khârn the Betrayer

Just a quick post for today, all these new years resolutions (keeping fit and stuff) are making me so tired. I'm literally dredging up old picture of models to talk about.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Cheap DIY Dice Tray in 15 steps

Welcome to the new year everyone, let's hope 2017 is a great year for all hobbyists (well, for everyone really, but you guys are my favourite people ;) ). 

As an aside - My hobbying resolution is write ad write the ultimate beginners guide in 2017 by compiling a huge amount of resources and knowledge from across the internet into one easily digestible guide for newcomers/returners. As I have been away from this hobby for over 16 years, coming back was so daunting. When pro's write guides, I find that sometimes they are so far disconnected from the introduction to miniature war-games they're speaking a different language to what beginners would even understand. Hopefully with my former knowledge (of what's important) and my recent re-introduction I feel I'm in a great place to write in a way that's more directed at beginners. Essentially miniature wargaming 101. (I may even move away from this blog to a separate website dedicated to Miniature wargaming info)

I'll be looking for help from people in the the community for this mammoth task, so if you are interested in helping staff build a community resource, comment or drop me a line and I'll be in touch.

Anyway, on with the post. If like me you got some new games for Xmas or you have some old ones you play on the tabletop. I've found a dice tray is a fantastic tool to stop you hitting your mini's or getting rolls that land on the edge of something. to keep games fair too, we've instigated the rule that the dice must hit a side of the tray to be counted. Just to avoid anyone trying to do trick roll and get what they want every time. 

Shortly after having my first ever game of Space Hulk, I realised a Dice Tray would be useful to stop my dice from knocking minis, landing at odd angles against the board, falling off the table and would just be a generally cool thing to have. (sorry if you don't like the colour, but in case you can't tell by the blog theme, I like Black and Orange) You can make this in pretty much any colour you like (so long as you're happy with the frame in Black or White, or you want to paint it.

I usually turn to eBay for all of my hobby supplies, 2 reasons. one is that it is normally the cheapest place to pick up supplies and tools, and 2 is that if you click my links and make a purchase, eBay will pay me for the referral. Yes, I'm making some money (like £3 a week) from this site, but at least I'm not bullshitting you about it.

Anyway, this time eBay failed me! Search for Dice Tray and you're looking at £15 minimum. It's not too bad, but the quality of the cheapest items did not seem worth £15 to me. So, with a little ingenuity, I decided to make one, and doing this meant I could have a decent sized tray in the colours I wanted. The best part is it cost me less than £5 and I managed to make this on Boxing Day, that includes going out and buying the parts.

Dice Trays on eBay

After the Jump, I'll show you how to make one for yourself for less than £5 (£10 if you get the components online).

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

PSA: Load up on Hobby Scenery Supplies at Christmas

Hey everyone,

Just a quick post this week to remind everyone that you can save up some fantastic hobby supplies from Xmas day leftovers!

Maybe I had too much this year?

So, chances are you've got a load of new miniatures laying round after Christmas, but this isn't the only hobby supplies you can get over the xmas period.