Monday, 29 September 2014

464 - '6MMRPC' #5 - Nothing Doing.

I've been praying to a different god this weekend; frustratingly, whilst away from home.
As such, nothing doing on the hobby front. Or ANY front, to be honest. Are we allowed weeks off for illness and incapacity?


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

463 - Oh Hell, Yes.

Played X-Wing.

What a game!

This is the scene just as my last ship (a 'Headhunter') bit the space-dust. Sweet.

Quickly-made asteroids by moi; everything else belongs to a colleague*.

Oh sweet, unbounded joy!

- D.

*That's right: a colleague...and thus the prospect of more regular games...

Saturday, 20 September 2014

462 - '6MMRPC' #4 - No Hobby Space But I'm Almost There...

Astonishingly - despite the Week From Hell at work - I sat down and finished off all the main painting for the last platoon of my Flames of War rifle company:
[And this is AFTER scraping off all of the crap that the other three humans in this tiny cottage had contrived to lump on top of what is supposed to be my work desk. Sheesh.]
Just washing, varnishing and grassing to go, then - yay!

Still not buying anything = win;
Forcing myself to make time to paint = win.

'Til next time,

- D.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

461 - '6MMRPC' #3 - 'Milking a Dead Cow'


Just a quicky tonight, as I've been trying to actually quantify the rest of my 'molehill-mountain' of stuff I need to paint - conscious as I am that many of my good readers have far, far greater piles of plastic crack than mine:

This chart relates to my slow-time and relatively pointless accumulation of 'scenery'; pretty much all 15mm. I say 'relatively pointless' because I never play anyone at home: I have neither space nor table...nor willing foe, so as hobby aims go, it's a bit like (as a student of mine once phrased it) 'milking a dead cow'.

Still, it's fun to make and a pleasant break from things martial. Half of it's aspirational, because I've yet to even get the material, but the aim is to do it all on the cheap: all scratchbuilt and easy to store.

- D.

PS: Why have all the fun, bright colours gone out of MS Excel these days? Seriously: it's like a communist eastern block spreadsheet...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

460 - '6MMRPC' #2- Some Painting...of sorts

I bloody love forcing myself to stop working at 10 and start painting: what a bloody brilliant idea - great for the soul!

Yup! Thank you, 6MMRPC!

I'm shattered and I need bed, so here is an unflattering pic of two of my 15mm scale scratch-built buildings with some base coats slathered on them. The photos cannot do them justice (they're way more detailed than they appear) but maybe a paint-job might in the end. Figures for scale.

I'll explain my 'other/non-army' 6MMRPC projects shortly, honest!

- D.

Friday, 5 September 2014

459 - '6MMRPC' #1 - Organisation.

Well now,

It's a long time (years) sine this blog has hopped on the back of any kind of painting 'pledge', but what the hell?! I'm going through a period of improving my life and getting my act together, so why not try to discipline my hobby a wee bit more too, eh?

Taking my cue from the wonderful Dai over at The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted [link], I fully intend to give this challenge (the 6 Month Mountain Reduction Painting Challenge) a damned good crack of the whip. Here are my two primary painting charts, as they stand:
My mountains are only very small(!) but my hobby time is very limited, so everything will be proportionate.

Here are the rules, adapted from Dai's version:

Over on the Dead Lead Project and Chris' Miniature Woes blogs, Deserter and Myincubliss have both started off a 6 month pledge to help get their bare model count down (Greatly) and not purchase new stuff in the meantime. I too suffer from the affliction of shiny-new-things, whilst my own pile sits largely unloved, so I've decided it would be a great idea to follow suit, just for myself. Below are the rules per the aforementioned blogs, plus an extra one I added.

Beginning 1st September 2014 [yup - I'm late to this table]...

1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker card. Like in a deck of cards, you get two jokers to use on a figure purchase during the six months of the challenge. Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single can't splurge.

2. Gifts do not count against you. Christmas and or birthdays etc. Also, if you're given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise. [This has never happened. It never will.]

3. Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.

4. At least one hobby related blog post and/or Instagram update a week. If you Instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC. [Like Dai, I don't even know how to hashtag, so no Instagram shenanigans for me]

5. Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED! [Wha...? I don't usually 'do' zombies, but something might come out of this, I suppose...?]

6. Along with the above 5 regular rules, I WILL allow myself to go sharesies on two X-wing starter sets with two colleagues...but that's not going to involve any painting anyway, right?

So there you go.

It's on.

Like Donkey Kong.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

458 - Nork you've never seen him before!


Karitas, over at Excommunicatus Traitoris [link] has made good on his promise to paint up a character figure of my choice, after I won a prize on his blog...and boy, did he do a blinding job on it! I am sooooooo chuffed with this model!

The pics he took speak for themselves...:

It's my conversion of Nork Deddog from a very old Ogryn model that I did years ago (based on that story from the old Codex where Nork salutes with the wrong hand after dragging his officer from a urning Chimera). Here's the parlous state the model was in when I sent it off to Karitas:
I was utterly baffled by how I ought to paint his face, and I ran out of ideas for convincing ways to vary my limited palette, but of course, karitas rescued these things AND added a magnetised 'Cadian 24th' banner as well, as this seemed to be a feature of the original model. What a genius.

I can take no credit for this at all, but please show your appreciation for Karitas's awesome paint job!

- Drax;
grinning broadly.