Back at it

So after 2/3 months of helping do up a house around working full time I am now finally reaping the rewards and have a much bigger and dedicated hobby area. It felt great to get building and painting models again after so long. I have a massive list of projects that I have fallen behind on but now I can get cracking into them.


New working area with James May looking suave on the tele

It is no where near as clean as that now sadly but progress is being made on two of the projects.

First up is my 1980’s US Army for Team Yankee. Decided to go for Butlers Printed Models for the bulk of the forces. The M1’s I am not 100% sure where I got those however they are metal. Minimal clean up on the 3D printed stuff and they are awesome quality for the price. I would recommend them to anyone looking for cheap 15mm modern-ish forces.


Some progression on the US, green isnt the NATO green that was used but in the table it wont matter. Going for the camo below (pic from Battlefront)


My other new pet project is Necromunda v2.0 or Shadow War as it is known. I loved Necromunda growing up so I was super excited to see this. Not having a massive amount of time to spend builting and painting a custom force just now I have opted for Grey Knights. Inital army comp is 4 models and going for a close combat style that is amazingly stupid in 2nd ed 40k rules but I am a Space Marine and the Emperor Protects. 


And finally the list of shame. Two commissions at the top, although I am doing them for free to try out new techniques so unsure if they can be classed as commissions. 


Hopefully back to more regular posting, I do have some more Dropfleet and Dropzone stuff to throw out there as well as a BloodBowl team on the way so expect some new things as well as revisiting some old projects. 

Cheers 🙃

The Big Gap

So its been a while, being an adult really kicks your free time in the balls. Between christmas nights out, work and family time I had pretty much zero hobby time except the time allocated to my project of finishing Robute Guilliman. Pictures of his awesomeness are below. If i was to do it again I would change the marble effect on the base, its pretty shit. 


After this I had planned to take a few weeks off over the christmas and new year break but in early January we decided to buy a house. This turned out to be a massive undertaking that is soaking up all of my free time. My hobby desk is being used for storage of all manner of random house things and I am now a definate +10 in fence post digging and drainage trench digging. 


In the Magic world I finally aquired my first three Dual Lands


These will fit brilliantly into my Animar and Daxos of Meletis decks. Got my 8 EDH decks out and decided that my next decks will be either Zada or Child of Alara/15 Gods. 


Also picked up a few inventions and expeditions.

Will be more regular updates eventually, just need to get into the new house and settled. Got a lot more Bloodbowl, Dropfleet and Dropzone, Team Yankee and more to come.

Long and short I am not dead 🙂

Slow Progress

So I can now say 100% without a shadow of a doubt that I hate any aspect of commision painting. It just sucks all the fun out of it. I find myself sitting at night looking at the model and making excuses to not work on it. Exactly the same way I feel about going to the gym or eating healthy actually. As such progress has been slow but the dread of the looming deadline has spurred me into action so a few shots below. 

These are all basic base colours with no highlights except the blue on the armour. Still quite a ways to go. Last pic I was bery tired so its a little blurry but its the most up to date. 
On the Hawk side of things I am the proud owner of 2 New York class Battleships and a Diamond Battleship. They will be magnatised to allow for the other variants to be used. Currently still in the packagaint until I can finish the Primarch. I am allowing for zero distractions.

One thing I did do on my nightshift week to change the pace a little is to start on altering some Magic cards. This is something I always wanted to do and it is much harder than I initially expected. Very different from my painting between the lines on a model.


Above is my first attempt, as you can see I copped out and didnt do anything with the lower part of the card. I have since rectified this and am now painting a Golgari symbol in there.


This is the initial sketch with green pencil, going to repaint it black then do an airbrush stencil and try it that way.


This is my second alter. One of my all time favourite lands. Below is how it looked originally (digital image) and also a before/after but with the before having a little base coat on it.


Overall I am happy with the Island alter, I have a few more planned but its just getting the time. From start to finish it can be done in 2 hours (or 2 Daredevil eppisodes) so its quick and fun. Definitly something you will see more of on this collection of inane ramblings.

Nightshift Week

Nightshift week just kills me. I am sure its not just me that is totally fucked up by the change. I have been actively trying to get some painting done however sleeping all day and being at my desk all night makes that jolly difficult.

My main focus just now is the Robute Guilliman mode for my friend. So far I am happy with it, its ticking over nice and slow. I have a long weekend coming up so hoping to have it done for this time next week.


Some WIP shots. Working at the desk in work and the lighting is pretty terrible. You can clearly see the yellow tinge in the light. 

My two New York battleships arrived today. Not built them yet but I will be unpacking them and doing a little review on them asap. From just a quick nosey at them they do look super sexy and I can’t wait to see them on the board.

Tutorial Day

So the teaching session was a sucess, both guys loved the game and want another. One of my friends already has PHR so he used those and the other friend used his Scourge. Sadly I was to excited to see another game as well as teach that I didnt take any pictures. I do have a few pictures below of some of the ships used however. 

If you only ever play I would recommend teaching a game. It gave me a different perspective on the game as I was still learning the rules however as I had no investment in the outcome it helped to see the rules more clearly. 

I looked at rules I already thought I knew slightly differently. My way of teaching is to spend the first two turns going through everything step by step and afterwards just let the guys get on with it and answer questions as we go along. Both guys are highly intelligent so there is no real need to baby them through a whole game. 


These are pictures of the ships still to be finished. Yesterday when we played they were fully painted. My other friends PHR were unpainted during the game so afterwards we went to mines and he airbrushed them Panzer Grey. The PHR look fantastic when they are airbrushed and I cannot wait to see what he does with them now. The concept he has for them sounds epic.

At the moment I am on a train to Glasgow to pick up some airbrush paints to get Robute Guilliman base coated and started. Tempted by the GW Air range but those pots, really?

Anyway until next time….

Sunday tutorial

So this Sunday I am teaching a few friends how to play Dropfleet. With two games under my belt and not a scooby about some of the finer mechanics this will be an interesting way to look over the rules and see the game. I have watched quite a few videos online about the game including the rather good Beasts of War videos that Dave was on. If you have not watched these yet then I would recommend them. Depending on how much of a disaster this is I will try write up a report and get a few pictures.

On the painting front its been a slow week. Working 12-9 is not fun and I haven’t had much time for hobby. Robute Guilliman arrived and I have started on the build for this. It is an epic model. Still 100% lost on how to set about this model but I will need to start soon. 


The base is a bit weird. He stands on a removable bit of marble that will sit on a 32mm(??) base however this does not fit through the gap. I will magnetise the marble base to the plastic base so it can be removed and used in game. First of the magnets are in above.


Finished the second starter fleet. Went for a San Francisco, St Petersburg and a New Cairo. On the frigate front I went for a Lima, 2 Missile Frigates and an Aegis Frigate. The names escape me at the moment. I have ordered two of the New York(??) class Battleships that will be magnetised up for the carrier and battleship variants. 

Until next time…

Dropfleet Shaltari

Making slow and steady progress with the Shaltari. So far you have seen them basecoated yellow and I have a few progress pictures below. Over the Army Painter Daemonic Yellow I did a wash of GW Baal Red and then GW Agarax Earthshade.


Yellow with Baal Red wash


After the Agarax Earthshade wash

So far so good. I am now wondering what colours to use as details and focal points. Probably green, blue and metal but we shall see. Was tempted by a lighter metal but with the overall colour being darker than my DZC Shaltari I am leaning to a Boltgun Metal with Nuln Oil wash, something very dark.

Until next time…