Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year

Hi everyone,

I know it is a bit early, but unless I wish you all a happy new year now, I will be too inebriated to do so tomorrow!  I tend to get knocked out pretty early!
It has been a great year for me, and I hope this trend continues for me and everyone else in the wonderful worlds of our hobby.

I will be back on the 2nd of January with my first post of the year.  It will be called 'A Review on Request' for a nice chap from New Zealand.

Then it will be back to completing the back log of work.  In fact that is going to be my resolution - or an extension of the resolution I made a few months back.  2014 will be dedicated to completing all the half-started and half-finished projects that litter my study.  This year I will not start anything knew unless I finish everything else!

Well that is all.  Have fun and be safe.  Most importantly don't drink and drive.

Farewell and good health!





NR

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays

Hi everyone,

I just want to wish everyone the best holidays imaginable, whether you are working, on Xmas break, on leave or studying.
I have spent my holidays building my entry diorama for the Hobbylink TV competition and after it was completed I went away for a few days where no one can find me.  I am still AWOL!  In fact I am writing this from an internet café.

I want to thank everyone who read this blog or just looked at the pictures, and a special thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment.  It has been a treat and a year long Xmas present for me.

I hope to see you all soon next year, until then, as always,

Farewell and good health,





    NR

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Meet Jotunta: Part 1

Hi everyone,

I am currently very busy with my diorama for the Hobbylink TV model completion. It is very time consuming as everything I am doing is a first time experience.  Every step requires experimentation and trials before I go ahead and do it on the model. Thank god I had 4 months to work on it otherwise I would have thrown in the towel by now.

In between this and that, I have also been working on another of my overdue projects.  This one I present today is very dear to my heart.  Allow me to present Jotunta the Untamed.  Quite a name.  All will be explained when I write up her story and that of her current rider Wolf Guard Foral the Handsome.

In the meantime I have been working on her as a Wolf Guard bike for my Swiftclaw Bikers. I wanted the model to be physically different.  I did not only want Jotunta to have more elaborate armour, I also wanted the bike to be of a different yet similar design.  Something that shows it is older and modified.  This is what I came up with:


 

The pictures above show the first stages of work that went in to the project.  Many mistakes were made and many revisions were done before I took this pictures.  Nonetheless when I arrived at this stage I was still not satisfied. 

By elongating the front part to make the bike look more like an easy rider, I inadvertently made it look rather empty in the middle.  There are choppers that have this look, but I did not think it suited a Space Marine bike.  Space marines are all about 'bulkiness' after all.

So I went about fattening her out a bit.  I did this by adding parts to the engine section, and adding more bulk to the gas tank with milliput.






As you can see, the added parts fill the bike out a whole lot more, making her more interesting visually and as a side effect also adds realism to the model.  The model is not finished yet.  The next stage are the details, and that is where the real work is.

Well that is all for now.  Let me now what you think or how to improve her.  If you have any good ideas I am always willing to listen.

Until next month, farewell and good health,

        NR

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Flames of War : The Tigers

Hi everyone,

Today I present my completed (finally!) WW2 Tiger platoon from the Plastic Soldier Company box set.  These were part of my pledge to start finishing up all the open projects on my workbench.  I am glad to say they that I am getting there slowing but steadily.

Before I continue, I just want to inform anyone who follows this blog that for the months of November, December and January, I will be posting only twice a month.  The reason behind this decision is that I have entered the Hobbylink Japan online modeling completion, and my entry is taking up a lot of precious and limited time that I keep for modeling.  To make matters worse I cannot post anything about this project on my blog until after the results are announced in January.  Needless to say, this restrains the amount of material I have at my disposal - so a bit of economy is necessary.

That said, it's back to the Tigers.

A few months back I bought this box set from the PSC and I started painting them up about three months ago.  In the set you get four very nicely detailed Tiger 1 tanks that are very easy to assemble and need glue to put together.  I am no expert on WW2 tanks, so I cannot tell anyone just how accurate they are, but I have read around the net that they pass the test and do the trick.

Well, after putting the whole thing together I started painting them up.  The first airbrushed coat was a black undercoat from Vallejo.

The second step was painting the base colour with Dunkelgelb, and then adding white to the Dunkelgelb for highlights.  Once again this was all done with my airbrush.


The next step is the camo patterns.  I decided to go with just two colours with the Tigers. So I went with red brown strips. I found this pattern online and I thought it was good looking and doable with my current skill level with an airbrush.
When the tanks had dried properly I started with the washes, drybrushing and weathering in general.  I wanted a long campaign look to them, so I opted with a bit of heavier weathering.  I might have over did it a bit, but as I have said a thousand times, these are just playing pieces to me, so all I am looking for is a presentable look.
 
Overall I think I have achieved my target, but as always there is a lot of room to improve my technique and approach. I hope you all like them as much as I do.  I can't wait to field them and get my arse kicked!


Well that's all for the here and now.  Farewell and good health as always.


        NR


Monday, October 28, 2013

Resolutions Broken!

Hi everyone,

Yep, I have broken one resolution I had made a point not to.  That is, not to start anything new until I finished up the back log of projects waiting completion, like my Minotaur Vs Lamenter vignette and the Counter Strike diorama.
I do not want to make excuses so I will give a valid reason.  I have entered the Hobbylink TV Advanced Modelling Competition. As a norm, I never enter competitions of any kind.  Besides the fact that they make me uncomfortable and self-conscious, not to mention the amount of tension it creates in me.  Therefore as a rule I don't like competing in general, medals and trophies don't interest me, and I am only in competition with myself.

I broke this rule as well, but I did so because Hobbylink Japan [HLJ from now on] are offering product for those that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd.  I find this great!  I always enjoy buying new tools and kits from this company, so getting stuff virtually for free was an opportunity impossible for me to turn down - well not impossible but extremely tempting and I fell!

Also I could not enter something I already published on my blog.  The entries had to be seen  for first time on their site.  Not only that, but one has to submit at least four blog posts detailing the progress a various stages of the entry.  This left me no choice but to start something new.

I decided to build the Robot Gardner kit from the Japanese anime movie called Laputa: Castle in the Sky.  I am sure you have all heard of it.  I bought the kit from HLJ, so I decided to go for it. As I can not post the progress here until the competition closes and the results are published, anyone who wants to see it will have to click on this link here to follow.  While you are at it, I also encourage you all to join Hobbylink TV, and why not - join the competition as well.  There is still time to do something and from scratch and enter. 

If any of you do decide enter the competition or not, just join and post your stuff and comment on one of the different groups or if you want make your own group!  I have opened a group called Diorama Display and I would be honored if anyone would like to join up and post your masterpieces there.  

Well that's it for today.  Until my next post I bid you all farewell and good health,



  

   NR

Saturday, October 19, 2013

10mm High Elf Scouts

Hi everyone,

Another short post in the same vein as the previous one.  Today I like to show my 10mm High Elf Scouts or proxy Shadow Warriors.

                       
These figures were converted from High Elf archers.  In all cases the cloaks and blankets were added with putty.  I also added ropes and other equipment here and there.  The most difficult and tedious aspect of their conversion were the bows which I cut and repositioned.  Being scouts, I only needed to place three models per base which helped  a lot in reducing production.  Altogether I have eight bases which I use in two units.
As  most of you know, scouts are used mostly as screening or harassing units.  I prefer the latter with High Elves as they are quite expensive comparatively with other scout troops of different races.

Well, that's all for today.  I am not sure what to post next so I just you will just have to wait and see.

Farwell and good health,





    NR

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10mm High Elf Phoenix Guard

Hi everyone,

A short post this week of my finished 10mm Phoenix Guard. I have been working slowly to finish this 10mm army as one of my resolutions to finish all my open end projects.

I painted the figures red and white with gold armour.  The intention was to make them distinct from the spearmen which are mainly blue and chainmail, and a focus for the infantry units.  The painting is basically blocked in with very little shading, washes or highlighting - at least where I could avoid it!

I have two more elite infantry units to paint up.  One is the  Sword Master of Hoeth from the same Citadel range as the Phoenix Guard and the other are the White Lions of Chrace.  Citadel never brought out the White Lions on this scale but Eureka Miniatures have a good proxy for them that you can find here.
Well that is all for today.  In the next post  I will continue with the 10mm High Elves and present the High Elf Scouts (or Shadow Warriors at least in theory!).

Until then farewell and good health,





    NR

Friday, October 11, 2013

LONG LIVE BEASTS OF WAR!

Hi everyone,

Since last Friday, after Beasts of War announced its dissolution with Wayland Games and Tabletop Nation due to a legal missive from Games Workshop’s legal team, I have been thinking very seriously about this monster in the wargaming industry. 

There is no doubt in my mind that GW has harmed the community by de facto forcing BOW and TTN to dissolve.  It is a shame that a company becomes so obsessed with sales and money making, that it comes to a point were it forgets why it makes money and simply focuses on how. 
 
I have always been a fan of BOW.  For me it is an excellent source of news that keeps me in touch with the 'happenings' and 'going-ons' of the industry and community in general.  To my shame I have never been a back-stager.  I was just not interested in the content therein, but I never took the time to consider that by being a back-stager I could help support the content I did like.  So from now on I will redress this shortcoming and sign up.  I urge anyone who enjoys the show to do the same.
 
I have come to another conclusion as well.  I have stopped playing Warhammer Fantasy for a while now, but starting from today I will not play anymore 40K as well. I will still buy a few Citadel Miniatures here and there for diorama purposes simply because I love the universe, but no more buying for army building.
 
What really irks me is that BOW have always given good coverage of GW's products.  Yes, sometimes they have been critical but in my opinion the critique was merited. With their new set of trade terms that force GW's trade customers to adhere to a clause that effectively punishes Wayland Games for any advance reporting by BOW is simply absurd.
 
I think the community, BOW, Tabletop Nation and Wayland Games do not deserve this and it saddens me to see this hobby in this sorry state of affairs.  I wish BOW the best and I hope they grow from strength to strength with the help of a loyal and appreciative community spirit.
 
Farewell and good health,
 
    NR

Monday, September 30, 2013

Review - Basicks Great Wolf


Hi Everyone,

Today I have another review.  Anyone who has stumbled upon my little blog before, knows I am a profound Space Wolves fan.  I also believe that there are many types of breeds of Wolves on Fenris, and I have a plan to build three vignettes of a Space wolves with these great beasts.

The last review was of the Bitspuldo Sturm Wolf. Now I preset the 'Basicks' great wolf.  This wolf is cast in resin and is one of six types.  Actually there are 3 types of wolves. The three wolves can be bought with or without saddles.  They also come with three different heads which are interchangeable.



The great thing about this model is that Basicks actually send you all 3 different heads with every model - fantastic!

The model itself is very well defined with sharp detail.  The cast has minimal flash and will require very little cleaning.  The legs, tail and head need to be attached and do need a bit of putty to fill in the seems.  With models covered in fur, this is to be expected and is no feat really.


What I find strange is that several parts come in different coloured resin?  You can see this in the pictures. This does not effect the quality of the product in any way.  It just seems odd!

The next two pics are comparisons with a Space Marine for size and the Bitspuldo Sturm Wolf.

As you can see the wolf is of good riding size when compared to the Space Marine, and is roughly the same size as the GW plastic Thunder Wolves.  I can envision this Basicks wolf as Scout Wolf used for recon purposes - in fact that is probably the theme I will use it in the vignette I want to build for it.

The next comparison is with the Bitspuldo wolf.  From the picture above, it is obvious that the Bitspuldo wolf is the opposite of the Basicks wolf.  Where the Basicks' wolf is slender elegant and looks fast and fleeting - the Bitspuldo wolf is bulky and looks slower - it would be more appropriate as a battle beast in the front line. A ram so to speak.  Both have only one pose but the Basicks wolf has the advantage of varied heads as well as a finely detail base which you do not get with the Bitspuldo Wolf.

N.B. - A gentleman who read this article has pointed out that the Basick's site does not sell the base with the model.  I have checked this myself and it is true.  Nonetheless, they did send the base with the model.  I have not contacted Basicks to inquire about this, but if you do decide to buy this model, then do not expect a base.

The only drawback I find in the Basicks wolf is the price which is a bit steep and the packaging which is none existent.  The model came in a vacuum seal bag with some foam packaging in the parcel.

THE FINAL VERDICT

I say if you like these models, then go ahead and buy them.  They are well cast, detailed and well sculpted.  They can only enhance any Space Wolf army.

Farewell and good health,





    NR

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Flames of War - Bases

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd post some pics as a comparison for FOW, hopefully anyone deciding what to buy can have a reference.

The first pic are the bases from The Plastic Soldier Company.  They come cheap and in clear plastic packaging.  I find them ideal, but they do not have any round model base inserts.

The next pic is a comparison between The Plastic Soldier Company and the bases that come in the Wargames Factory box set.  As you cane see the Wargames Factory bases are pointed at the edges and somewhat thinner.

The next comparison is once again between The Plastic Soldier Company bases and Battlefront miniatures.  The Battlefront Miniatures' bases are roughly the same size and both have rounded corners.  The Battlefront bases are a bit thicker and have round model base inserts.  These inserts come in handy, but are found only on the small and medium bases.  The Plastic Soldier Company bases are all the same colour which I find convenient as I don't paint the bases. 

I find that if you paint the Battlefront bases khaki, they are virtually indistinguishable from the The Plastic Soldier Company bases.  Well that is all for now.  I hope to be back with more next week.  In the meantime I off to play FOW.

Farewell and good health,
        NR

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