Saturday, 30 August 2014

457 - Six Years of Bloggy Progress. Thanks.

Hullo, All.

I've been meaning to write this post, on account of something the excellent Karitas [link - more of whom very soon] noted recently. Like a lot of bloggers in our niche I tend to be quite hard on myself, and Karitas kindly - and quite rightly - called me on it. 

I'd left a comment [this great post] in which I'd called into question my own ability to perceive (and by extension apply) colours and palettes, noting that 'Even I' could discern the subtle differences, and Karitas replied with the following:

"'even I' says the experienced and accomplished modeller who is now painting unit markings in 15mm.. :)"

And I realised that he's right.

My issues with palettes notwithstanding*, My painting really has come a long way, so I've chosen just to put together this quick comparison of a strictly limited four pics:
  1. a rather staid Imperial Guard command squad painted (and gloss varnished!) in 2008 when I started this blog;
  2. an Imperial Guard command squad converted and painted up as a liaison squad for Zzzzzz in 2013;
  3. my first, basic and sadly rather inaccurate Flames of War platoon from two years ago, and
  4. my recent modelledFlames objective marker.
So there you go. The differences I know may not appear too starkly in the pics, but trust me, these models are worlds apart in the 'flesh', and it's almost entirely due to various aspects of feedback received and examples admired through this wee bloggy portal.

Thanks for your time, as always. And I mean it when I say this: keep up the great work!

- Drax.
*They ARE real, Karitas - honest - you've seen the way I dress!

Monday, 25 August 2014

456 - Aunty Beeb Chooses Her Own Adventure

I don't know if this link will work for all of my overseas readers (their site doesn't always), but the BBC has put up an article today about everyone's favourite heroes, Jackson and Livingstone (pic is linked):

My brother and I only had a handful of these, but they weren't half fun!

A few years ago, my wife and I actually made a choose your own adventure for a friend's birthday present, mirroring a possible working day in his life. It ran to some 120 pages and about eight or nine different endings. A fun project that took us the best part of a week - a great deal of planning and mapping-out!

- D.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

455 - Seven Feet of 15mm Hedges? - Done. Fun!


Sometimes - rarely - I get the urge to make scenery. Never very often for 40K, but I've found that I like scratchbuilding stuff at 15mm, so I thought I'd have a stab at these with ideas/tutorial courtesy of the excellent Empire of Ghosts [linked here].

I made 14 of these in 6" lengths - they're very simple to make indeed, and dirt cheap. In fact, I spent no more than £3 on about 12' worth of 1/4" scouring pad AND 100 jumbo lollipop (posicle) sticks. Here's the look:

Two things worth mentioning are that (a) I used Indian Ink to 'udercoat' [stain?] the lollipop sticks once the sand was glued on, and it was sooooooo quick. I may do a post about some of the weird tools of my trade soon...
...and (b) that the scouring pads - whilst by no means perfect - do appear to have a blue-ish hue in these pics which is not the case in actuality. The pic immediately above appears just as my camera made it look; the others have all been desaturated by 28%.
Lanes driving - yeah!
It's not just tanks who can cower, y'know!

I should of course note that these are only supposed to be cheap, 'generic' well-ordered-but-not-recently-maintained hedges: they're certainly not Bocage-y, and they're certainly not perfectly crafted, but they work, they're easy to store, and THEY WERE FUN TO MAKE!

Huge thanks to Empire of Ghosts for this: do please check out his stuff.

More soon,

- D.