Big ol’ pile o’ shame – The SteamCon panic edition.

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Having not given myself any sort of deadline to demolish the pile o’ shame, I wasn’t feeling particularly worried about getting anything finished within a certain time frame. As per the last post, I picked something I felt like painting at that particular moment, and it got finished as and when. The only slight wrinkle to that is the fact that there are a few models I’d like to take to SteamCon in November, so they would need to get bumped to the top of the ‘To do’ list.

Briefly flirting with that top slot were the Ratcatchers. Having played a few games with the Morticians recently, I started to toy with the idea that painting the Rats in time for the convention was something I ‘could do’. Thankfully reality came to the rescue, and it didn’t long for me to realise it was something I ‘couldn’t do’. With work halted on them, I got on with making a start on Rookie Salvo, and building and painting my new Morticians goal token from the Broken Toad Mob-football (read: Guild Ball) goal token Kickstarter.

So here then is my progress. To keep track, I’ve come up with what I’m calling my Super Hi-tec Image Tracker (or S.H.I.T) photo, developed at great personal expense after lengthy research in to the available solutions. I think you’ll all agree that the manner in which it informs you, the viewer, of the current progress at a mere glance adds an air of professionalism to the project. I hoping to get photos of completed models up in the future, along with a write-up on the Green Dragon terrain, but that wont be until after SteamCon at the earliest.

If you’re heading to Manchester for SteamCon, say hello. Other than that TTFN.

Big ol’ Pile o’ Shame

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Okay here we go. First blog post in over a year, and yet another attempt to get back on the blogging horse. Those of you with a particularly sensitive irony meter should probably back away slowly, as I’m about to use this comically overdue update to talk about how I’m using it to motivate myself to get shit painted. Yeah, whatever… but before you wander off, this one involves self-flagellation. Sort of. I’m talking real shame here, folks. A big ol’ pile o’ shame to be precise, and I’ve decided the only way I’m going to tackle it is by being honest.

Behold! My wanton non paining of the things!

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You know how it goes; you buy something shiny, it goes in a box or cupboard until you have time to get round to it, you forget all about it, then another shiny thing comes along that you just gotta have. Eventually you get here, a big pile of unpainted stuff that sulks moodily in the corner of the room. Fear not though, fellow addicts, for there is a solution that doesn’t involve begging your local vicar to perform a resin and plastic-based exorcism – painting!

Right now, this picture is my motivation. I’m going to pick something pictured above, paint that thing (and only that thing) until completion, and cross it off the list. Then I’m going to pick a second thing. Then a third. And so on. This photo is my painting schedule for the foreseeable future. I need to get on top of my mountain of unpainted toy soldiers, and right now this particular pile of plastic and resin feels like the easiest to climb. Next update I’ll tell you all about how I kicked off my journey by buying more Guild Ball minis, but until then…

Guild Ball – Engineers Starter Set

Time for a little update on my doings within the tabletop realm. During Salute 2015 (which I totally intended to write about, but didn’t), I picked up two starter sets and a rulebook for Guild Ball. The first set painted is the mighty Engineers. Whenever I pick up starter sets, I always make sure I have two sets of forces, one for me and one for my victim opponent, and the Engi’s are mine. The other set I bought – The Morticians – is yet to be painted, but I thought I’d post up some pictures anyway.

 

The starter set in all it's glory.

The starter set in all it’s glory.

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Ballista – Team Captain

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Salvo

Velocity

Velocity

 

 

Damaged Bunker Build – Gallery

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Good news! I’ve managed to pacify the youngest child long enough to post something on here. I still don’t have too much time however, so I’m keeping this post short and sweet. Bellow is a gallery of my last terrain build. Based on the first bunker I blogged about earlier, this one has more detail, and far less cover. I tried to keep a kind of photo diary of how I built it, and hopefully you’ll enjoy watching it come together.

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Project: Hide from the Dakka!

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Back like the renegade master. Or something.

So back in the dim and distant past, I was working on a scratch-built 40k bunker. Despite the fact that updates on the project were as elusive as my local MP, the project was progressing well. So well in fact, that the thing was finished, used on the tabletop, and providing inspiration for the next one. Well now I’ve finally gotten off my lazy ass, and taken enough photos to write the final update.

Looking back at the overall process, there are some things I’d do differently, but I’m more that happy with how it’s come out. It looks good on the table, and I made it myself. I’m planning  to make a second one, and hopefully I’ll improve the design enough to be happy to post up the plans. Until then, enjoy the gallery of photos below.

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Nephilim Build: The Final Episode!

 

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Dakka Dakka!

Dakka Dakka!

So here we go. Delayed by Christmas, video games, and a reluctance to pick up a camera and take photos, the Neph is finally finished. Truth be told the thing was done a while ago, but as usual, my mind had moved on to other projects, and I forgot all about the last one. Even now, I’m typing this in between working on something.

Last episode, all that was left to do was some highlighting and the main gun. Highlighting-wise, all that was really done was a touch of silver on all the rivets, and on the various metal parts and some of the scratches. Both main weapons were painted and magnetised, and that’s all! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed building the Nephilim. I’d like to get another and build the Dark Talon too, but that’s for the future.

Below is a gallery of shots of the Neph. I hope you enjoy them.

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The Obligatory Festive Blog Post

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Seasons greetings!

As we’re all in that weird period of stasis – between Christmas and the New Year, I thought I’d bore you with some words. Hopefully you had a great Christmas and enjoyed all the traditional seasonal things like turkey, too much chocolate, and PSN outages. Personally, having spent Christmas Eve night throwing up, I spent the holiday gingerly eating things in an effort to work out what made me sick in the first place.

Obviously from a gaming point of view, the big news of the holiday was the attack upon Xbox Live and PSN. Both services went down at one point, and rather predictably, Xbox Live recovered quickly whilst PSN stumbled around for days until users patience had run out. I know a lot of people got hot under the collar about the outages (probably justifiably so), but I simply can’t bring myself to be angry.

Maybe it was the Christmas cheer, or maybe it’s my time spent playing Eve Online (where the best way to beat the griefers is to just ignore them until they go away), but my response was to simply play Far Cry 4 offline and ignore it all. The ONLY time I got slightly fretful was when I realised Xur had the Hawkmoon upgrade for sale, and even then my panic was quickly alleviated by PSN coming on for long enough for me to buy it.

Apart from that, my Christmas was spent either sighing at the sight of all my children’s presents spread across the living room floor, or wistfully glancing at my unfinished modelling projects, and wishing this could all be over so I could get back to doing them. Pretty much the same as usual then! Hopefully you enjoyed your festive period as much as I did. Come the New Year normal service (whatever that may be) will resume, until then, have a good new year!

Nephilim Build: Part 3

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So Nuln Oil washing, huh? Get crazy with that shit, bro! Seriously, I put it on almost everything. There’s loads of detail on the Nephilim, and it’d be a shame to lose it. After washing I tackled the dread job of edge highlighting. Normally I don’t bother on my Greenwing vehicles, but on all the all black Ravenwing, its kind of a necessity.

Weathering was kept simple. I drybrushed some of the edges with the same edge highlight grey colour to simulate worn paint, and then after that I drybrushed on some silver. Another quick wash with some Nuln to dampen that down, and I was done. For the wings, I wanted a slightly different look, so I began with sponging on some black. Once dried I sponged on some silver, then washed them back removing most of the wash with a cotton bud.

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All that’s left now is to fit the canopy (this bit is actually done), a few highlights here and there, and paint the main weapons. But! That’s for next time. So until then….

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To save myself from edge highlighting hell, I put the Neph down for a while to work on the flying base. Rather than do a long write-up on what I did to the base, I snapped a load of shots of it with my phone along the way. There’s no fancy techniques involved, the pictures tell it all.

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Nephilim Build: Part 2

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Zooooommm! Zoooooommm Dakka dakka dakka!

Yes, I have been swooping my half built Nephilim around, and making those kinds of noises. Because why wouldn’t you? Last update, I’d finished painting the cockpit, and so it was time to fit it inside the fuselage, and assemble the model.

First things first, glue the bloody cockpit in! With that in and masked up, I sprayed the whole model with Army Painter Matt Black Colour Primer.

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The next step was base coating everything that wasn’t going to be black. So much silver!

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On the underside there was yet more silver! I’ve always liked the Gold/Silver/White colour scheme for the Dark Angels logo, so I used here on the underside of the missile pods. A touch of Vallejo copper was used to add a little detail to the engines.

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Next up is Nuln Oil wash all over the base-coated bits, and final assembly. But as I’m super-slow about updating this project, that will have to wait. Trust me, I DO have the photos ready!

Everything stops for Destiny.

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As per usual, a long period away from my blog usually means I’ve gotten my head buried in a new game, and so it has been this time around. The release of Destiny in the early part of September has seen my tenuous grasp upon the idea that doing something productive with my day is probably “a good idea” finally desert me, and all I have left is the bewildered mental haze I now find myself in. Thankfully, just as I was about to decide that playing Destiny at 7 AM whilst my children were getting ready for school was something I could totally do, I realised the danger I was in and pulled back. Currently I’m using the fact that bounties don’t refresh till 10 AM to stay off the game until a reasonable time, and over time, I will kick this habit.

But I didn’t want this post to be exclusively about Destiny, so I’ll move on to the tiny bits of my life that haven’t been consumed by Bungie’s latest game. A few months ago, I stopped writing for The Game Jar. The seed for doing so was planted during E3, during which time I paid absolutely no attention to what was going on there. Man oh man, did it feel good. For that short period I wasn’t thinking about games. I wasn’t pouring over coverage hoping to find inspiration for my writing. I even started to wonder whether I gave a shit about gaming culture at all. When I did eventually get back to paying attention to gaming, I did so knowing my heart wasn’t really in it.

Part of that was because of the pressure I felt under to produce content for the site. Admittedly it was pressure that I stupidly placed upon myself, but it was still there, and just I couldn’t find a way to stop worrying about it, no matter how hard I tried. Then, when it looked like the site was going to go through some big changes, I asked myself whether I still enjoyed writing about games, and the answer was a pretty convincing no. I’ve never been one to do things hard-heartedly, and once I’d combined that with doubts about whether anything I’d written was at all interesting, to anyone, my decision was made. I felt like I didn’t have anything interesting to say.

But I’d be lying if I said it was all about my own confidence in my work, other hobbies were calling out to me. You may have noticed that over time the content on this blog has shifted, and that’s because it reflects how I’m spending my time now. Modelling – a pastime I’ve indulged in for a very long time – has returned to me, and I now find that I want to spend the majority of my days painting toy soldiers! I do miss writing about games from times to time, and I certainly miss being part of the Game Jar crew, but I’m reluctant to swap my paintbrush for a keyboard. Hopefully, when I feel like I have something to say again, I’ll figure out how to spend time on both things happily.

So that’s where I am today. Stuck between my desire to play Destiny, and paint little plastic men. With my bingeing period over, things on my blog should get back to some sort on normality. Already I have updates to projects piling up, awaiting  photographs and other such finishing touches. Over the next few weeks I’ll get caught up, and we can all pretend this whole sordid affair with a certain game never happened. Until then, thank you for reading, and please keep visiting my tiny little corner of the internet. I’ll get lonely if you don’t :-p

 

 

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