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In Exile

08/02/2014 Leave a comment

Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic! What’s happened is that a friend of my wife is unexpectedly staying with us for a few weeks for reasons too complex and horrible to really go into on a light hearted hobby blog.

Anyway, he’s ensconced in my War Room so I’ve decamped the essentials of my operation to the kitchen.

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It’s weird no longer having my own hobby space, it reminds me how lucky I am to have one. That said, when I got back into the hobby in 2009 I used this very table to paint and game on so it’s not as if I can use my current predicament as an excuse not to get things done!

I totally will though 😉

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For Sale!

05/18/2014 Leave a comment

A while back I mentioned that I’d be selling some rare hobby stuff for a friend.  Here’s what’s on offer.

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While it was near overwhelmingly tempting to make an offer myself, I’m trying to be good for once.  If you’re interested you can find more details and bid should you like them by following these links:

Bloodthirster

Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness

Valentine’s Day

02/14/2014 5 comments

I love my wife, look what she got me 🙂

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Is that what I think it is‽

02/01/2014 Leave a comment

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Is it?

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YES IT BLOODY IS!!!

After nearly a month and a half, and only five weeks after we moved house, I’m finally painting again 🙂

First off I’m going to finish the Khorne Warriors of Chaos I received as part of my Warmonger Secret Santa and after that hopefully finish my Chaos Marines. It feels so good to finally get back to this!

2013 In Review (Part 2)

01/03/2014 Leave a comment

Now that I have a bit of breathing space, it’s a good time for a more personal look at my hobby year.

Compared to 2012, last year was comparatively quiet hobby-wise. This was for the most part due to Real Life getting far too much of a look in. January saw me starting a new post at work which required a significant amount of training and retraining which was bookended by yet another move to an even busier area in November! Alas my pay as remained the same so you can’t have everything, but I’m just grateful I have a job I usually enjoy and am halfway competent at.

Coupled to this was our protracted and somewhat stressful purchase of our first home. After months of prep our offer was accepted in early October but due to legal shenanigans at the seller’s end we were unable to move in until December 20th. Needless to say, we’re still unpacking! Also, I’d like to once again pay tribute to our many wonderful friends who helped us out with the move:

Norma
Ged
Charlie
Martin
Suzy
Tim
Elizabeth
Ben
Richard
Steve

We could not have done it without you.

Right, onto the actual hobby stuff.

For me this was the Year of Chaos. I finally got my Heralds of Desolation into a fighting (but not winning) condition. I’m particularly pleased with how my Chaos Lord and Terminators turned out, and am very pleased with my converted Hellbrute. I’ve wanted to build a Chaos Space Marine army since the release of the second edition’s Codex Chaos in the mid-nineties but I knew I could never do the army justice, while there are thousands of better looking Chaos forces out there, I’m really happy with the progress I’m making with them.

The next army that I’ve been working on, although not nearly as much as I’d hoped, has been my Bretonnian force. Now, I say ‘working on’, I really mean undercoating and gaming with as I participated in a few more rounds of The Rock in The Badlands campaign with my mates. Unfortunately due to more Real Life reasons, the campaign’s on a bit of a hiatus but we’re optimistic that it’ll restart sometime soon (*prod, prod*).

I also, completely by accident, started a Dark Angel allied contingent for my Imperial Guard army. In truth, this was inevitable since I picked up the Dark Vengeance box set upon its release but I admirably kept temptation at bay for almost a year until a slightly drunken perusal of the iPhone eBay app in July. I now have a solid foundation of core units which I hope to paint up soon.

Finally, and as I direct result of the development above, I entered my first painting competition at my local Games Workshop. Even though I only came third (out of three…), I thoroughly enjoyed the process and would love to repeat the experience at least a couple of times this year. I don’t think I’ll ever be worrying the likes of Golden Daemon, but I think such things will help me improve as a painter.

As for my plans for 2014, well I’ll leave that for a later post. I still have so many boxes to unpack!

2013 In Review (Part 1)

12/31/2013 Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Mission Almost Complete (AKA Hobby Room Part 1)

12/29/2013 1 comment

While everyone else was taking a break over the holidays, my wife and I have moved house. As such, things have been really quiet on the hobby front however one of the best things about our new home is that now have MY OWN HOBBY ROOM!!!!

It’s nowhere near complete but here are some recent pics.

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Although it’s not that apparent, the room will be able to easily fit a standard sized 6’x4′ gaming table and I suspect there’s room to expand this to a modest Apocalypse sized table.

With a bit of luck I’ll be able to get everything sorted out over the next week, although I think I may need to replace my assistant…

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Lazy bastard.

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Radio Silence

11/25/2013 1 comment

Yes, I suck!

Those few regular readers of this pokey little blog will have noticed a complete lack of recent updates, this is because we’re in the process of moving house. As a result I’m not sure when I’ll next have time for any hobby, let along bloggage.

Things should settle down towards the end of the year so don’t worry, I’ll be back 🙂

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Taking the Plunge

10/22/2013 Leave a comment

After thinking about it for a very long time, I’ve finally decided to post some of my stuff on CMON.  I’m not fishing for compliments when I say that I would only rate my stuff at a four or five, but my main reason for joining is to hopefully get some constructive feedback.  I don’t know if I will, but I think it’s worth the attempt.

You can view my stuff directly by following clicking here

An easier way to buy and sell miniatures

09/27/2013 Leave a comment

 

Miniature Bids

If, like me, you buy and/’or sell miniatures and other gaming paraphernalia, you’ll have most likely used eBay or, if you prefer living dangerously, Gumtree or Craigslist.

Now though, there’s a dedicated miniature gaming auction site which I think is going to do really well.  Presenting Miniature Bids!

The advantage to sites like this is, of course, it’s bespoke nature, it’s far easier to find what you’re looking for and chances are the buyers and sellers will be more informed regarding the items for sale.  I certainly wish I’d known about it when I had to sell a shed load of stuff last year as I suspect I would have made a bit more money.

Nevertheless, web ventures live and die at the hands of their users, let’s try to make this one a success.

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