Archive for April, 2015

Brushes Fear Me

04/24/2015 1 comment

Earlier this week I popped in to my local GW to pick up a couple of new drybrushes.  Here’s a comparison between them and the ones they’re replacing.

Brushes 01

Let’s zoom in for a closer look, shall we?

The small drybrushes

The small drybrushes


The medium drybrushes

The medium drybrushes


I believe that my problem is threefold.  First of all, I use drybrushing all the damned time, especially to highlight, as I like the rough look it gives miniatures.  I know, I know, I really have to experiment with a more varied portfolio of techniques but at heart I am a very lazy individual.

Secondly I suspect that there’s something to be said about the quality of these brushes.  I don’t want to start yet another round of GW Bashing but I’m certain that the older GW brush lines lasted longer.  I have invested in a set of the Ichiban Studios brushes and without mincing words, they are fucking spectacular; I got them through the Kickstarter but these days you can get some here.  The Ichiban brushes do not have a drybrush and I’m certainly not going to use the others in the set for something that heinous so I think I’ll try the Army Painter’s range to see what they’re like.

Finally, I think that I’m not as disciplined at cleaning my brushes as I really should be.  Like every other sane individual, I use The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver however I think that I’m just not using it properly when it comes to cleaning my drybrushes.  I’ll pay extra special attention when cleaning these to see if it makes a difference.

My main problem is that while brushes aren’t really that expensive, it’s still money that’s being diverted from my hobby budget which would be far better spent.  If anyone out there has any tips, tricks or hints please feel free to comment below.  🙂

White Dwarf Subscriptions to Return?

04/21/2015 Leave a comment

This evening on my way home from work I popped into my local GW to pick up the latest issue of White Dwarf. 

As the shop was about to close for the day and all the Normals were out enjoying the sunny early evening I stayed for a few minutes chatting to the store manager. He told me that he’d heard that a subscription service for the weekly magazine could be appearing very soon. 

Again, take this with the traditional Plastic Thunderhawk full of salt but if anyone is likely to have wind of these things then it’s GW’s Black Shirts.   

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The 2015 #WAACChallenge – Part 3: Painting in Progress

04/19/2015 2 comments

It’s slowly coming together.

Ork In Progress 01

As you can see, I’m keeping the colours fairly traditional.  Now that (most) of the base coat is in place I have quite a lot of highlighting to do, as well as to decide how weathered and rusty to make his weapons and armour.

Originally I’d planned to devote most of this weekend to him but a Saturday movie marathon with my wife took preference 🙂  Nevertheless, I’m confident of meeting the six week deadline.

Warlord Titan Incoming?

04/15/2015 Leave a comment


Could it be that Forge World have finally made the model we’ve longed for all this time?  The hints are certainly there, check out the new trailer for the new Horus Heresy book, Tempest.





The 2015 #WAACChallenge – Part 2: Model Built (almost)

04/11/2015 Leave a comment

It’s here!

I spent a little time today building this guy. 

The resin base is from the 40K Basing Kit, I still need to put some more Green Stuff down to fully cover the gap.

As well as drilling the barrel, I’ve added a Space Marine targeter to help him shoot vaguely straight.

I decided against attaching the model to the base at this point and, once done, I’ll pin it in place for added resilience. 

I was also wrong about this model being a standard Ork Boy, from what looks like an old White Dwarf or Citadel Catalogue, he appears to be a Nob. 


That might help with the selling price, right?

Some Chaos at Work

04/06/2015 1 comment

Recently my team moved to a different part of the office, we even got new not in any way hideous carpets.  As such, I decided to bring in a few models to sit on my desk to both inspire my creativity and advertise to all and sundry my wargamer credentials.

Here’s my new desk.

Honestly, it's always this tidy...

Honestly, it’s always this tidy…

And here’s a close-up of my monitor stand.

New Desk 02

Work for The Work God!

Veteran readers may remember that these models were my 2013 Warmongers Secret Santa gift.  Before I moved jobs I used to have some old Cadians and Eldar Guardians that I’d previously used to test out colour schemes but they were really poorly painted and didn’t really reflect what I’m capable of.

Plus hopefully I can channel some of the, erm, straightforwardness, of Khorne in my daily tasks.  Either that or I’ll start reaping skulls in the greater Leith area…


04/06/2015 Leave a comment

My wife’s blog is up and running. Becky’s currently working on her first graphic novel, Bionomikon, as well as other projects.

R.G.Ferguson: Bionomikon and other works

Even as I type, I’m learning how to work this site so, for the brief, I my mind is a-cavern of vacuous, windy ideas. My dutch oven of ideas should air out as the site builds around my needs.  This post is more of an explanatory apology than a fascinating read.  If anybody found these preliminary comments remotely of interest, I would be blown out of my fucking chair and into the house next door, a-rubbled and dramatic like the Cool-aid man.  I don’t even think I can bother typing any more, so bored am I by my own words.  Let us pray, and let us have lettuce, lest us be tormented by the fiery hell-pokers of more laborious blogs.  Here is one circle in my hell: never knowing whether my ideas are simply another frequency of senseless white noise, but drag into it with me a host of unsuspecting bored victims.  Here…

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The 2015 #WAACChallenge – Part 1: Model Acquired

04/05/2015 1 comment

This year I’ve decided to take part in the WAAC Challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.  The rules are simple: buy a cheap second hand model for £5 or less, paint and sell it within six weeks with all the profit going to the charity.  You can read the full rules on Dave’s blog here.

Today I managed to win this ‘Ork Boss’ on eBay.

eBay Ork Boss 01


eBay Ork Boss 02

I’m fairly certain that this is one of the old Ork Boyz from the Assault on Black Reach box set.  Nevertheless, I bought it as an Ork Boss and that’s how I’ll sell it, once certain modifications are made to improve its bossiness…