Saturday, May 20, 2017

My hobby area part 2

I have finally finished my new hobby area upgrade and I have to say I am very happy with it. I now have more light and all my paints are out so i can see then as well as my tools on an old ikea magnetic kitchen strip. I feel really good about this space and the future projects that will come from it.

The original plan was to bolt two pieces of 2/4 to the cement floor then build the stud frame up from there. Well that did not quite go according to plan. So the back story to this was i "borrowed" some cement bolts from my old work. with the intention of fixing my garage up (another project on hold) but i thought i could use them on the hobby area. After buying a new hammer drill, drill bit and drilling into the floor. I just couldn't line the bolts and the holes up. So i said Sod this and got heavy duty construction cement and glued the wood down. I then nailed the top pieces to the floor boards then I cut all the in between bits and nailed it all together.

I also bought an ottolite  i think it will be a big help with my normal painting and with my photography. A family friend is moving house, so she gave me a very nice new desk and side unit that she did not want. Thank you very much.

The only thing I still want to do is maybe put up some shelves so I can display all the books I have.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

W.I.P upgrades to my Warlord Titans Part 1

I am a big fan of the old beetle back Warlord titans, when i first saw them many many years ago i was just so impressed with them. fast forward 25 years (DAM!) i am still a big fan but i understand that the design is old so i set out to add a few bits to up date them.

The first thing i did was make the neck joint look a bit more realistic by adding some green stuff then shaping it to look like a flexible connection. You can see from the picture below how it was and then what it looks like after.

The next part was to give the torso a bit more body ( pun intended ) I did this in three different ways. The first was use the back part of the 40k imperial guard vehicle search light. The second was the grill part from the 40k vehicle upgrade sprue. The third and easiest was the bottom part from vox unit from the 40k imperial guard infantry sprue.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

My Photo set up

This Quick post is to show you my set up to take pictures of my miniature, i am by no means a good picture taker. You can tell by the dark picture above, i am still learning. Like a lot of things in life it takes time and practice well a lot of practice as it happens.

Now that I have finished my hobby area (post to follow) I can concentrate on improving my miniature picture taking. The warhammer community website has a very good article about taking pictures of your miniatures. I found it very helpful, maybe you will too.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

So.....what ya doing?

Well the answer is not a lot really. I have not done any hobby stuff for a bit, mainly because i have had family over from merry old England. I just have not had time to go to my hobby area without a cry of where are you? what are you doing in there? or my personal favourite "you are not leaving me alone with your family so you can model"

So what do i have planned for the near future? i am thinking more Titans. The reason is one is nearish finished and one is well on the way, so that sounds like the easiest options i thing.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Titans

Well it was a very Happy Birthday for me, i was lucky enough to get my hands on not just one but two Reaver Titans and two Forgeworld Warhounds plus a much needed Baneblade.

This was all made possibly thanks to D6 addiction having an Epic clear out. It really was an Epic clear out, I was luckily the first to message him about what I wanted. I would have taken a lot more off his hands but I have Sooooo  much still left to do i surprisingly exercised restraint.

So i have a few Titans to finish. This is a list of what needs finishing from within my Forgeworld.

 1,  Emperor
 7,  Warlords
 1,  Psi Warlord
 3,  Reaver
 2,  Warhound

So it is safe to say i have a bit of work cut out for me to finish my Legion, but finish it i will!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My hobby area part 1

This is my fortress of solitude, my happy space, my hobby area. Basically the place i get to paint my miniatures or little men as the Wife likes to call them.

 As you can see from the picture it is in the basement of my house, it is a good size hobby area and i normally keep it tidy. I am grateful that i have a dedicated area that i don't have to pack away every time i am finished.

Now don't get me wrong i am happy with it but i would like to have some natural light, unless i win the lottery or a long loss relative leaves me some money this will not change. So i will make what i have the best it can be. I have a cunning plan..... i am planning on making a stud wall on the side and back  so i can put all my books, paints and stuff on.

Part 2 on the way.........

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Epic Hellhounds

So as I have said in previous posts I am upgrading the paint job on some of my 90's era Imperial Guard army units. 

So basically that means i am repainting all the units that don't match. These old Mk1 Hellhounds original were bright orange, but now they are a more subdued codex grey. I did leave a bit of the orange around the unit numbers and the skull, mainly because i liked to keep some of the old school feel to them.