Sunday, 21 August 2016

Just another one of those weeks.

Welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been filled with life... the new kitten has more or less settled in, the house buying is ticking along at 'solicitor speed', our cat that had disappeared; turned up, and some of the stresses of life have caught up with us a bit... so there has been a bit of a deep breath to try and land a bit.

This week, our daughter finally moved her things out of the house so we are now a two person home. That obviously causes a lot of mixed emotions but these things have to happen for life to advance; from our perspective AND our daughter's. Definitely bitter-sweet and just another pebble in the pot of other stresses that is getting pretty full at the moment.

That said, I did complete the five Squat bodies and have got them all packed up, ready for sending off on Monday to their new home in the USA.

So... what hobby stuff have I been getting up to?

The KING OF RATS is now fully converted and is paint-in-progress. It is part way through base coating and, even now, is looking exactly as good as I expected so I reckon it will be just what I planned by the end. I just need to come up with a fitting quote for it (it is going to be a very specific diorama).

DUNCAN has begun the conversion process. I have assembled him as standard but am now adding details to spice him up and make him into a Rogue Trader type adventurer. There isn't really anything worth showing off at the moment so no pix just yet.

In the bid to finish off commissions, I have been sculpting a small Cthulhu beast (15mm) that would have been much further on, had I not packed the WIP sculpt 'SOMEWHERE' and lost it... so I had to start again. It just needs arms and legs now so that should be finished very soon.

From a practical hobby point of view, that's about it... however, there has been a shift in the Force this week and a few things have turned up that have got me enthusing.

Do you remember these? (converted Greys - Alien Visitors):



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They were originally available from Tengu Miniatures but that company no longer trades. Fortunately, they were sold to CP Miniatures so you can still get hold of them... and in order to finish off the project, I have ordered another 24 this week. They will join the other unstarted miniatures in their little storage box, ready for some work in the fututure... BUT WAIT!

... there is more...

The Tengu sculptor sculpted some of these little miniatures in 15mm scale. They were sold to Khurasan Miniatures and are now available to buy. I have looked at them and think that they would fit in perfectly with my project by putting three on a 40mm base and using them as swarms. I am currently deciding how many to go for but I can safely state, there will be a bunch of 13mm tall aliens joining this force soon.

Surely there can't be more?! Well... yes there can. 

Games Workshop has decided to bring out a DROPSHIP that seems to be perfect for my Squat army. With a very small amount of tinkering, it will make a great proxy Valkyrie. With that in mind, I am almost certain to buy some:




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It may involve a certain amount of reorganisation but I think these are just what I have been looking for for a very long time.

Well... that is that.

See you from the edge of eternity!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sunday stuff.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

This week has been pretty good from a hobby perspective. I have been properly focusing on getting my little Squat commission finished and have nearly got there... I reckon that by the end of today, I'll have all five finished but unfortunately, this pic shows that I still have the straps on the one on the right to finish:


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However, I have made great progress on them and am pleased with how far I have got.

In other news, I ordered something from Fenris Games that really piqued my interest. It is something that I wouldn't normally have gone for but as soon as I saw it, I knew what I needed to do to it so I ordered it (along with another awesome miniature) and it has now arrived. I have already started working on it (it is being very slightly converted) but I am not showing it off until it is finished or it will completely spoil the big reveal. The miniature in question is this one:


... and the other miniature I ordered (because it is one I really like - and is a duplicate of one I already own) is Duncan. Here is one that I have already painted up:


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I bought a second one to turn into an alien Rogue Trader (sci-fi) so watch this space (although... it may be a while before I get started on this one).

With hobby in mind, you will probably notice that I have stopped work on my Squat army for the time being. It is only a temporary pause as I take stock of things, and part of taking stock is thinking about how I can make improvements or change small things to add flavour. Well... I have been thinking a lot about transport and may be moving towards getting some super heavy transport for my two platoons; namely some Stormlords. They are big enough to hold an entire platoon, can be purchased, need minimal conversion and are single vehicles (I would need three Chimeras (or counts-as options) to transport my platoon and even then, the heavy weapon squad would have to walk) so they seem to be the ideal choice. They are also one step closer to a Squat land train so they are quite flavourful for a Squat army.

The things I think about...

See you from the vehicle manufactorium!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Getting things done.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been geared towards finishing up commissions and that is likely the way it will continue for a while.

I have tried to sculpt the second of my Squat Assassins but have monumentally messed it up so all interest in that particular project died... so I decided to continue with painting Death and got him finished, ready to give to my friend:


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I was quite pleased with the finished result and particularly the way that the varnish tied all of the highlights together. It has now been boxed up ready for delivery so I hope my friend likes it.

If you are interested in where Death comes from, try here: DEATH

With commissions in mind, I have nearly finished the third of five Squat bodies. I just need to put the belt and chest disc on it. I have also started to build up the armature for the fourth one so that I have somewhere to use the leftover putty from the third one. I have decided that 'enough is enough' and it's time to get these done. Hopefully, I can do just that.

My little time waster (Sam the Kitten) has properly settled in and is a real firebrand. He is great fun but you have to watch him like a hawk. He is into everything and also reserves all of his 'angry play' just for me... so I have pretty scratched up hands at the moment... but he is just perfect so I give him the benefit of the doubt. I'll take a video of 'fight time' and pop it up so you can see just how angry he gets (in a cute kitten stylee of course).

House buying is progressing but things are slow... it's hurry up and wait at the moment but things are ticking along.

Well, that's about it for now. 

See you from the bunker at the corner of the street!


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Paint?

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It has been another slow week (where hobby is concerned), with a small amount of sculpting on some commissions being the only sculpting. I didn't even get any sculpting done on the Squat Eversor Assassin that I have started.

Instead, I have been enjoying having a kitten... who is growing very quickly and finding his feet in the family. Here he is with a feather:

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He is so full of 'kitten wiggles' that he has been distracting me from my hobby... but I can also blame the humid weather as well. In fact, the weather has been so sweaty that I have dug out my paints and started a bit more work on Death:


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Still a long way to go... but it is progress. You may notice the big slope on the base. Well, I noticed that he had a massive lean so I had to add a slope to the base in order to level him up again. You can't really see it but there is a bit of purple on the robes that will be getting highlights and washes in order to tone it down. As I said, still a long way to go.

House buying is progressing nicely. It is just a case of waiting for the process to continue and paying bills when they arrive. We also get the odd little mission to carry out (verifying documents etc.) so we are kept busy too. Still... all progress is good progress.

Well... that is about it.

See you from the countryside!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

A new addition.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.

This week has been another week of house related fun... solicitors, mortgages and all sorts of other things so I would have loved to have had my mind taken off things by my hobby but unfortunately, the weather has been too hot and humid for sculpting so I have had to settle for one very small sculpting session to finish off this little sculpt:


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As you can probably work out, he is a 'counts-as' Vindicare Assassin. I think he has turned out OK but there are a few things that could have been better (the arms are a little long, for starters). However, to carry out 'repairs' would mean a lot of rework so I will turn a blind eye to it and move onto the next one... an Eversor Assassin (but not as you would expect).

So the heat this week has meant that my hands have been constantly moist which has made working with putty practically impossible... so I needed something to take my mind off things and what better thing to do that than...

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Yep, I now have a kitty all of my own and he is called Sam. We collected him on Monday and he has had a check-up, his first set of jabs, worming and flea treatment and he has settled in nicely. The other two cats are getting used to him but they all still need to find their places yet so that will be ongoing. The good thing is that this is my kitten, not the families, so he will be getting trained up to be able to do a few tricks... sitting for treats (our other cats already do that) and possibly some fetching. He is full of character and has a wonderful nature (a mix of cuddly and killer... which is spot on).

And that, as they say, is that. I am back to work next week so I will have to shave my beard off today...


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... and I'll have to get back on the treadmill.

See you from the top of the hill!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Time for a break.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

I can safely say that this week has been quite amazing and tiring in equal measure... and also no hobby stuff at all has been completed, started or even thought about (well... maybe thought about... but not worked on).

Why?

House hunting.

Last Sunday, I went to the F1 Grand Prix with my wife and then on Monday, I drove to Cornwall for a week of looking at houses.

We had a number of viewings booked but, in the end, we cancelled a couple because we had seen the one we wanted and put an offer in... which was accepted. We are just waiting for everything to sort itself out now before we start thinking about removals etc.

Things moved extremely quickly and, as you can imagine, my hobby was the furthest thing from my mind while all this was going on.

Now that I am back at home, I am absolutely shattered (two 6 hour drives, not sleeping very well and more than a little 'testing the local ales'...) so probably won't be getting much hobby stuff done for a day or so.

However...

The big thing is that my hobby spending will cease from this point for the forseeable future (apart from Green Stuff). I have a massive amount of stuff to be getting on with and we need all of the money we can lump together for preparing the new house. Luckily, with a bit of Green Stuff, I can pretty much make what I like so it shouldn't impact things too much.

So much to do... so little time...

I have this coming week off work so expect an update in the week.

EDIT: I guess I could post a better WIP of my little surprise project:


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It should be fairly clear what he is now...

See you from the knife edge!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Neeeeeooooowwww!

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

It has been a very nice week of things... including a lovely works BBQ at the boss's house and a very cool trip.

So today the blog update is late because I have not long returned from taking my lovely wife to see the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The day started at 03:15 with an alarm that was far too early but enabled us to travel in relative quiet and arrive at the circuit just in time to see the gates open. We saw three races (GP3, GP2 and Porsche cup) before the main event and even though there were some very heavy rain showers (we were well protected due to our polythene ponchos) I still managed to get sunburn.

The main race was great... made even better because Lewis Hamilton won. I took a load of pics and a couple of videos but I am really tired so I have only uploaded a couple... however, I have a short video:


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The reason we went was because my wife is an obsessive F1 fan and is a mad fan of Lewis Hamilton. This is the first time she has ever been to an F1 race and she absolutely loved the whole day... especially because Lewis won... which was brilliant.

In other news, I have got a little further with my commission sculpt and also my mysterious sculpt...


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He's certainly getting there...

See you from my bed!