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 🙂

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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.

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…

Knight Titan

Yet more old models come to the fore. When I first saw previews for this model, even though I had taken a step back from 40K and gaming in general, I knew I had to have it. And so I made my pre order at my FLGS and it was everything I had hoped for and more. It just oozes imtimidation, nothings says “dont fuck with me” like a massive chainsword.

Some time went by and I decided to paint it up in a very generic AdMech colour scheme with a little Imperial Fists thrown in for good measure. It has languished in a KR Case for a while now, painted but with no transfers on it. It finally has those now and just a little more work on the base will see this monster complete. 

Full on frontal

Named him Khan after the greatest Star Trek villan of all time, (very badly) hand painted banner

In other news I made a little progress with Operation Panzer. The drybrushing is now finished. Next up is the decals then onto the weathering.

Pre and post drybrushing

March of the Panzers

I will need to get a move on as these guys have their first game one week today.

Paint Rack

So I seen an app on my adventures through WordPress that you imout your paint collection into and it helps you pick out triads etc using the paints you have. I decided to pick it up but havent got around to using it properly yet, I used the rapid scan feature to go through my Vallejo and P3 paints and then I hit the snag of GW’s super duper tiny barcodes on their paints and had the joy of imputing in all of them by hand. I am hoping that it will be worth it long term as the app looks quite good. PaintRack is the app’s and it cost around 3 quid.

Some of my PaintRack 

I will do a proper review after a few weeks of using it.

Three of my trays of paints, you can never have to many paints, this is around half my collection

More work on the Big E/Rogal Dorn. Finishing the blade of the power sword then its just the minor details. Im sure ive been saying that for weeks now

Airbrushing Again

Finally managed to get some airbrushing done in the new flat, not a complete sucess though. I can smell the paint all over the flat so I am pretty sure the extractor isnt working. Just need to open the doors and windows next time. Anyway here is a few pictures of the stuff that is finally based up:

Early war WW2 Germans, all nice and green ready for detail work

15 38ts and 3 panzer II’s ready for drybrushing and detail work

Some Pak 36’s I think and 10 or 15cm howizers, still learning the gun types

The Big E/Rogal Dorn finally has a semi decent looking power sword, still WIP

Claymore 2016 Prep

Claymore sneaks up on us again this Saturday, I put a few figures in the painting comp last year but they were True Scale Deathwatch and honestly not that great so as expected got no where. Ill throw a few pictures up for you all to have a giggle at.

Not the best quality pictures but good enough to get accross the painting quality.

This year I decided to throw in two models from my Imperial Fists, my favourite sculpt from any GW game line the Terminator Chaplain and also the Forge World Alexis Pollux. Both of these are, I feel, better quality than the Deathwatch guys but still a lot of areas that I can improve on.

In other news Operation Panzer rolls on at a snails pace. Rommel is 99.99% finished however the 38t horde is still a WIP. I have based them for spraying and plan on getting to them at some point this week…ish.

Next up on the GW front will be finishing off the Big E as well as sorting out Lorgar. He has been half finished for what feels like a million years. Few pics below on his current state.

He looks very unhappy at being left for so long.

Until next time…