Wednesday, 5 April 2017

March 2017

Sorry folks that things have gone a bit quiet again.  Unfortunately even my lunchtime painting has gotten sidelined for the moment while I juggle trying to assess a new photo editing program I may want to buy, try and make plans for a couple of photo trips I want to take while on holiday, and try and figure out exactly what needs doing when we (or, mostly, I should say, I) redecorate the lounge.

The good news on the hobby front is that it looks like I've located the missing spearmen I was looking for a couple of months ago.  They appear to have re-materialised on the lounge windowsill (which is definitely not somewhere I would have left them, so I suspect they had slipped off the dining table at some point and the missus must have found them and put them there).  I just need to find time now to stow them away in my conversions box (currently residing in the attic) so I can get them out reasonably quickly once the decorating is finished and start converting them into command figures.

At the moment I'm not quite sure when that will be, for the simple fact that I don't know when I'm going to be able to start decorating the lounge as it still needs clearing out.  I've made it clear to the wife that I'm not using my annual leave just to tidy up the mess the kids have left in there when I'm going to need that time to shift the things we'd normally keep in the lounge out of the way and then get the walls stripped before I can figure out where I want any new light and electric sockets to go. As I'm also wanting to future-proof the room as much as possible, I'm also trying to figure out if I can make space to put in a dedicated photo & video editing PC, as well as fitting in a photo printer, my current mono printer, flatbed and film scanners.  To be honest, I think I may be in for a bit of disappointment with what I will be able to squeeze in as it's not that big a room.

I've not managed to get any games of Warhammer in.  Unfortunately the last time I could have got down to the store the guys who I could have played weren't going to be able to make it or had stuff already arranged.  I have, however, been getting in near monthly board and card gaming nights with one of the guys I was at school with and a couple of the guys I started playing Warhammer with way back when (Nick the Orc and Empire Andy, who I think I may have mentioned on my old blog on the Heelanhammer forum, if anyone reading this remembers that).  This actually started off as something to do for my birthday last year but we've been trying to make it a monthly thing, although sometimes it's only been three rather than four of us.

The games we've played so far are Last Night on EarthPandemicForbidden IslandMonty Python Fluxx, and Exploding Kittens.  I think it's fair to say Pandemic has been the stand out hit between us and has become a staple of an evening, while Monty Python Fluxx wasn't quite Andy's cup of tea.  I actually bought Exploding Kittens for the most recent evening to be a between Pandemic games thing but we actually ended up playing it for the rest of the night. Admittedly it did take us about three games before we got the rules right - having played Games Workshop games for years you'd have thought that by now I'd be reading the rules of any new game three or four times before starting to play so things are pretty much right from the get go, but the actual minimal amount of rules for Kittens may have lulled me into a false sense of security.

Friday, 10 February 2017

February 2017

Good news everyone!

Barring the bases and sticking on two heads, I've finished my first batch of 10 Dragon Prince steeds.  After a bit of a post-Christmas hobby lull (as well as wanting to get bits for other projects out of the way) I've managed this week to get on with hobby every day during my lunch. I'm now at the point where I'm actually taking the models and some paints home today with a view to trying to get some work done on the other horses at some point over the weekend. The only downside is that it keeps reminding me I'll have a load of work to do on my Ellyrian Reavers at some point to bring their horses up to the same standard.

The spearmen I was looking for in January still haven't turned up. Hopefully they should do shortly - as we're planning to decorate the lounge this year I've begun moving stuff into the loft for temporary storage, which has seen nearly all my boxes of models that need assembling and painting go up. I'm just having to be careful not to file them away where I can't get at them for when I've finished the Dragon Princes and need to move on to the next unit. Once the lounge is clearer the spearmen should turn up - I think they've slipped off the shelf they were on and been buried under a load of my eldest daughter's books that have slipped off the shelf due to poor arrangement

Monday, 16 January 2017

December 2016

After making good progress with the Dragon Princes during my lunches I decided to bring them all home with the aim of getting some work done on them during the two weeks I'd got booked off over Christmas and New Year.

Of course, with all the time needing to be spent getting the lounge cleared up for Christmas day, plus doing my part looking after the kids, and adding in several evenings when I got nothing done due to being half asleep due to baby-induced sleep deprivation, the closest I actually got to hobby was moving my tray of in progress stuff from the lounge into the back bedroom out of the way.

Actually, I tell a lie. I did also attempt to make a start on converting some of my broken spearmen into command models, only to spend about 15 minutes going through my boxes until I realised the models in question were actually in the shed, and I was damned if I was going to trek out to the shed at night in freezing temperatures to dig them out.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

November 2016

Well I said it last time round but then realised after posting the August & September update just how many horses I'd got left that needed the basics doing, but this time I finally feel like I'm over the hump with my Dragon Prince horses.  

Having decided I'm going to stick with three colours for my horses I'm just about done on the grey horses.  Aside from the leather and cloth I just need to do a bit of touching up on the horseflesh from the other work that's been done before I need to start thinking about sticking on bodies and basing.  After that I think I'll just need to paint the banners to finish the unit, barring one shield which I've ordered this week.

Next up I should really see about getting one or two of my monsters progressed.  One of my dragons is in bits that should be easily transportable to work for painting so I plan to dig that out and bring it in once the DPs are finished.

After that, or in parallel if I can make the time at home, I'll need to get round to making up my command models for my archer and spearmen units.  If I can do that I can finally start selling off my metal models to generate some cash (although at the moment I'm not sure if I have the will to plough it back into a new army or additional units for this army).

Saturday, 8 October 2016

August & September 2016

It feels like I'm almost entering the last stretch with the Dragon Princes.

Barring a symbol or something to be painted on the two banners and assembling all the individually painted parts, I think I'm done with the torsos. That means I'm now onto the horses. I've already got about 10 or so whose flesh is painted to an acceptable standard, leaving 20 more to do the flesh on, followed by the armour and cloth.  I'm going to need to take a closer look at the horses I've already done the flesh on as although I know I've basecoated them I'm not sure how many have had the wash and highlight treatment.

From my progress this week and last I'm starting to think I could really do with a much wider brush for getting my basecoats on (especially as I'm still not sure about forking out for an airbrush without having any idea how much use I'd actually get out of it).  The main brush I'm using at the moment is a 4, or at least far as I can tell from what markings on the handle haven't rubbed off. Given how many large areas there are to apply paint to, I'm sure I'd be able to drastically reduce the amount of time needed to apply a base layer with a wider brush, even if I was going have to go back into some crevices with the 4 to make sure everything is covered.

Anyway, I'm trying to figure out what painting I can do at home that will help reduce the amount that needs doing at work.  Currently it's looking like  about the only thing I can do that won't lead to needing to be too careful is painting the base layer of horse armour and the rider's legs. As I managed to find a rare few minutes to do some painting at home this weekend I touched up the base coat of Ironbreaker on some of the horses that are in the queue for flesh painting and also started work on painting my Repeater Bolt Throwers, since as they're assembled they should be reasonably quick to paint. I say "reasonably quick" as I'd just glued them together without considering how I was going to be painting the bolts, which look like they're potentially going to be a pain on the two that have the six-bolt configuration.

So that I can cross the bolt throwers off my list of units that need to be built and finished I need to get on with building the crews.  As I'm kit bashing them one of the first priorities is making sure I've got the parts I need as I've a suspicion that I needed an extra arm or two but can't recall for definite.

When the bolt throwers are done I then need to find time when I'm at home to work on getting some of my other models built.  I should probably look at sorting out some of my monster and chariot kits first before shifting on to my units of White Lions that I'm currently using three of my cardboard storage boxes to house models in various state of clean up and construction, although my absolute priority should probably be converting up/kit bashing some command models for my archers and spearmen so I can start thinking about finally selling off my metal models, which I've been loathe to do until I've got plastic equivalents of everything I'm currently using (which is one of the reasons why I've been trying to sort the Dragon Princes out as they've been used quite often in any games I've had of over 2000 points)

Thursday, 4 August 2016

July 2016

As with the past few updates, what hobby I'm managing to get done has been continuing work on my Dragon Princes, specifically the shields. Having completed the first base coats around the time of my last update, I've since touched up where needed and applied washes.  I'm now painting the backs of the shields and lance shafts with my preferred colour for light wood for my High Elves.

Shield progress sample

Banner progress example
I also took a few minutes a couple of weeks ago to dig out the bulk of the unassembled and unpainted models I have to figure out just how many I've got before I can start looking at selling off anything.  As I'd got the paste table set up in the shed I spread the models out on there to photograph, which meant I could leave the acutal counting until later. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

June 2016

As I mentioned last time out, due to the arrival of daughter number two I hadn't managed to get any hobby done in May. I've been able to rectify that this month and carry on working on my Dragon Princes. I've done just about as much as I think I can now on the heads and torsos, barring a final highlight on the faces once I find the paint I normally use for that.

This week I've been working on the shields. I'd been unsure about how I was going to paint them but in the end decided to stick to using the blues I use for the army with silver and gold for the decoration. The photo below is of a selection of those that are work in progress. (Apologies for the slightly out of focus shot but I was in a hurry to tidy up)

Work in progress on the shields
I'm hoping to find time to do an inventory of the models I've got unbuilt at some point over the summer so I can try and figure out if I want to get rid of anything from my plastics to go along with the metals I plan to offload.  While last year I was harbouring plans of sorting out a second army, at the moment I'm not so sure I can drum up the enthusiasm to clean up,build and paint another army, especially considering how little gaming I've got done over the past year.  It might have to be a case of wait and see, although depending on how much I can get for the models I end up selling I might end up putting that money aside for more photography gear as I appear to have been bitten by the photography bug again.  (Yes, that's right, at a time when I've got even less money to spare than I had before, I've regained enthusiasm for my most expensive hobby)