Thursday, August 21, 2014

New project, Ebay Sales & Space Wolves

Hi everyone,

Today I start a new project after a week of non-stop work.  During the summer season in the hospitality industry,  it is hard to get any hobby related stuff done.  Nonetheless, I have slowly been working my way through several projects that I had listed in my New Year's resolution.

Four of these projects were the painting-up of 54mm figures that I had started but never completed.  One of these figures is 'Conan the Barbarian'.  I have decided that this will be the next resolution to complete. 

I have always been a fan of barbarians, whether historical or fantasy, and I have a soft spot for Robert.E. Howard's legendary character.  Several years ago I bought this figure from a Spanish company called Andrea Miniatures.  The model was inspired from the first Conan the Barbarian movie featuring everyone's favourite Terminator - Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In fact the figure does look a lot like him.  The scence is taken from the later half of the movie when Conan and his archer friend make a stand after saving a princess (I think) from the temple of the serpent god Set.
Well, like so many other projects on my Shelf of Shame, this one was started and, for some reason I have completely forgotten about, stopped.  As you can see from the pic blow the only thing ready is the face.  This comes as no surprise because it is my style to start the face first on showcase miniatures.  If I don't like how the face turns out, then I don't like how the miniature will turn out.
Other than the face, only the arms are nearly done, so for all tends and purposes it is back to square one with this.  The picture below shows the accessories the kit came with - a stand, shield, sword and some stakes with a mound.  Andrea are very good at presenting figures with enough scenery to tell a story.  I have several other figures from their collection and they are all presented in the same way.  I guess it is how they stay ahead of their competition.
Well, hopefully next week I will show some progress pictures of this model.  Now for some personal news.  After so many years of playing Epic 40K and after even more years of not playing due to lack of community interest and lack of support from GW, I have come to the decision that it would be best to sell off my collection of OOP models and invest in something more current - I am thinking Dropzone Commander or Infinity depending on the interest I find in my gaming circles.  

If anything, the ranges are very nice, especially the Infinity models.  If I manage to sell enough figures from my collection I might reinvest in one of their starter box sets, which both seem very good value for money.

I will start off with the Knights.  I was never a fan of these models, in fact they are still in their blister packs.  So I guess they make for a good first candidate.  If they sell I will move on to the other painted models - and I will see where I get to from there.  So if anyone is interested, then keep an eye out for them on Ebay next week - they will go for a bargain!

If anybody knows a thing about me, then it is my passion for Space Wolves.  I have always been a fan of this Chapter since Rogue Trader and probably will remain so till the day I die.  Having said that, I am not always a fan of the models they bring out - Santa Logan in particular.

My currant Space Wolf army is probably my fourth and is also one of the several remaining resolutions I have yet to fulfill.  I wanted to start it first, but I had heard a rumour that a new codex was on its way so I decided to hold off till it came out.

Now that it is here and now that we fans also have a supplement as well, it is time to get back to the old drawing board with them.  I liked the fluff in the 5ed codex so much that it made me want to start a new army.  The new codex has lost a lot of fluffy flavour in my opinion but it has opened up some nice options for us. 

So it is time to restart painting my army and get it finished.  This will definitely be my last Space Wolf army and also my last Games Workshop army as well - at least not until prices drop radically - maybe in a blue moon.

Fortunately enough I have stuff hoarded over the years to complete it without having to buy any new miniatures if I so wanted - but I do want to get my hands on one of the Venerable Dreadnought box sets and see what I can kit bash out of it.  I will not be buying the chariot but I will try to get my hands on the new Logan model, as my Great Company are the Nightrunners.

Well that is all for now.  As I always do - it has become a tradition I guess - I wish you all farewell and good health 


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