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TT Combat Sci-Fi Scenics – Shipping Containers

11/06/2014 Leave a comment

Back in the summer I backed TT Combat’s fourth Kickstarter campaign and have finally got round to painting some of my pledge.  To start with, I decided to get ready my five shipping containers.

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As my new office is by the docks in Edinburgh, I decided to paint my containers in colours common to their real life counterparts.  After under and basecoating I applied a Boltgun Metal drybrush followed by a very liberal glaze (more like a bath) of Agrax Earthshade to really dirty them up.

Like real world shipping containers, these are designed to be stacked.

Like real world shipping containers, these are designed to be stacked.

 

The doors are deeper cut so if you prefer you can remove them.

The doors are deeper cut so if you prefer you can remove them.

 

What scenery article would be complete without a size comparison?

What scenery article would be complete without a size comparison?

This terrain will certainly find itself regularly used, I can see applications for Infinity, 40K, Necromunda and Killteam.  I still have a landing pad and a couple of walkways to build, I can’t wait 🙂

You can view The Troll Trader’s full like of scenery and terrain at their website.  I highly recommend giving them your custom.

Moving On

10/22/2014 1 comment

Model?  Check!  Paint?  Check!  Extremely sugary drink?  Check!  Absolute Classic Rock on the main PC?  Check!

Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you but I’m actually painting again 🙂

It's not much, but it's a start

It’s not much, but it’s a start

I started this quite some time ago but, as regular readers will know, so many things go in the way.  Especially lately.

It’s now been just over a month since Dad died and I’m so glad that I’m now in a place healthy enough to start painting again.  Originally I wanted to finish my Heldrake as it’s so damned close to being finished but I really need to get my eye back in and what better practice than a project like this?

I probably won’t get this all the way finished that quickly as I really want to get stuck into more pressing half-finished projects however I reckon if I aim to do at least a couple of panels a day it’ll be done in no time.

That’s the theory, anyway…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definitely something.

06/16/2014 1 comment

Well, it’s built.

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I won’t be able to completely paint it for this weekend’ game however I should be able to make it presentable enough then worry about the details next week.

Ruined… something

06/15/2014 Leave a comment

Now that my squad of Chaos Cultists is almost complete I decided to try and get a new piece of terrain completed for the game next Saturday. I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew…

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It’s only about half-built but all the other pieces have been clipped and tidied so I have a tiny chance of having it ready.

Manufactorum

02/26/2014 3 comments

A week after starting this mini-project, I’m very pleased to say it’s finished.

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The Heralds of Desolation capture an Imperial Manufactorum, who knows for what end?

The Heralds of Desolation capture an Imperial Manufactorum, who knows for what end?

 

I really enjoyed building and painting this terrain piece.  This was the first time I have used the Typhus Corrosion technical paint and, while it took a bit of getting used to, helped me create some nice rust effects.  I’ve also tried to keep the colours in keeping with the other Manufactorum terrain piece that I painted some time ago.

I think that this building will be great to use as an objective in some games, but it’s too small to use as a bastion.  Can’t wait to include it in my next game 🙂

I still have the rest of the Imperial Sector box to build, I hope to create another whole building as well as some ruins.

Manufactorum – WIP 3

02/25/2014 Leave a comment

Almost finished this mini-project.

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The details, such that they are, are more or less done. While it’s very tempting to go overboard, I’m trying to keep it fairly simple so as not to detract from my armies’ models.

That said, I’m going to experiment for the first time with the Typhus Corrosion technical paint. Looking forward to it.

Manufactorum – WIP 2

02/24/2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday I finished basing and undercoating my new Manufactorum and today I spent a relaxing half hour drybrushing it with my last dregs of Boltgun Metal.

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That’s all for tonight but since I’m on holiday this week, I imagine I’ll make some more progress tomorrow.

Manufactorum – WIP 1

02/20/2014 Leave a comment

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Not bad for a couple of hours. As well as four Manufactorum sprues worth of walls, I also used some plasticard to block the open windows and a spare Modular Movement tray for the roof.

I also left a couple of gaps to enable walkways to be attached later to link this to future buildings. You can also see some gargoyles which will help support them when they’re in place.

All that’s left to do is base it, I have some MDF that I’ll cut to size this evening, and then it’s on to the painting.

And so it begins…

02/19/2014 Leave a comment

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After a gap of at least two years, I’m finally getting more scenery built. I picked up an Imperial Sector box ages ago (when it was considerably cheaper!) but never really got round to doing anything with it. I also picked up a few other IS sprues on eBay along the way.

This evening I’m going to try to build a whole manufactorum. Not a big one, more a tool shop than a Titan assembly facility.

This is the first completely new project since moving to the new house in December. I’ll stop pissing about now and get on with it 😉

My 2014 Hobby Not-Resolutions

01/13/2014 2 comments

Now that things are ever so slowly returning to normal, I think it’s time to run through a few of the ideas I have for the coming few months. I did seriously consider writing a list of ‘Hobby Resolutions’ for 2014 but given my track record, I think I’ll keep things slightly smaller scale to avoid disappointment, dissolution and frustration.

First of all, I need to finish my Hobby Room / Man Cave.

A fancy-pants panorama of the Hobby Cave a couple of weeks ago.

A fancy-pants panorama of the Hobby Cave a couple of weeks ago.

And as it looks today (about twenty minutes ago actually), I managed to fit in an extra bookcase which now holds...

And as it looks today (about twenty minutes ago actually), I managed to fit in an extra bookcase which now holds…

...all my wargaming books.

…all my wargaming books 🙂

As you can see, it’s currently taking shape however it still requires some more light (the ceiling light doesn’t work, thanks previous owners!), a couple more chairs and a gaming table.  Unfortunately the pictures don’t really show how long the room is, it can easily take a 6’x4′ table with enough space to be comfortable.  Most pressingly however it requires to be tidy, that will be my first challenge and one that can be completed without spending any cash. Doing so will also allow me to start painting and building again, something I’ve not done since the middle of December. As for the lighting, chairs and gaming table, that will have to wait until after payday.

Next up are the current projects that need to be completed. Before I started packing up for the move I had the following on my desk.

  • Three push-fit Warriors of Chaos – this is part of my Warmonger Secret Santa gift and Warmonger decency means that I’ll be finishing these first. As it stands they’re basecoated so I think I’ll get them completely finished in about four hours.
  • A Finecast Fabius Bile – the basecoat is almost done but significant work is required. This model is going to be a labour of love as I don’t know when I’ll have the chance to use him in a game. I want to get this model done right; it’ll take as long as it takes.
  • A Khorne Berserker Rhino – this is really close to completion. All I really need do is make the stencil for the icon on the top hatch and tidy up some of the detail. I reckon I can get this done during a weekend.
  • A Forgefiend – this has been built and basecoated using the Maccrage Blue spray. While I don’t want to give it a Fabius-level of attention, it will be a centrepiece of any deployed army so I want it to look good. I think maybe a couple of weeks’ worth of evenings and a solid weekend or two.
  • An Imperial Bastion – basecoat is done and I’ve been adding detail while waiting for other things to dry. That pattern will continue until it’s done, whenever that is!
  • Five Mutated Chaos Marines – all are progressing nicely, their amour is done so I only need to do the mutations. Maybe a couple of evening’s worth of solid work.

I have many other projects on the go, too many. The list above is sufficient to give me some mental clarity; I don’t want to become overwhelmed into inaction again as such things happen too frequently to me. On the back burner right now are my Dark Eldar, Bretonnians, Dark Angels and Imperial Guard, all of whom have half-painted or half-built models requiring attention. I also have a full box of Imperial Sector sprues I’d like to play with sooner rather than later.

Right, onto the not-resolutions.

As you can see from that list, it’s exclusively Warhammer Fantasy and 40K. I’d like this to be the year I explore other game systems. In the late nineties I played a tiny bit of Battletech, I’d like to revisit this is possible however I don’t know how big the scene is in this part of the world so that’s the first thing I need to find out.

I’ve also heard good things about Infinity, given that 40K has more or less abandoned its skirmish routes this game does appeal to me. That said, it would be cheaper for me to dust off my Necromunda gang as my regular gaming group plays this regularly but I fancy something non-GW for a change.

I’d also like to finally take the plunge and get on the Kickstarter bandwagon. There are so many great things to back, the main reason for not doing so up to now is that my wife and I were saving for a house. Now that’s out of the way, and the fact that there are no kids on the horizon, means that I should have a bit more cash to play with.

This year I’d like to try out a few new painting techniques that I’ve been too scared to go near thus far. As such I’m going to make an effort to experiment with Edge Highlighting, Object Source Lighting, and Non-Metallic Metal. I’m also going to try to rely less on washes and glazes, but that might be a step too far!

Finally, I really want to make Ramblings a better, more professional site. I’ve no idea how, but I’ve been doing this for a bit over two years and I think it’s time for me to grow as a blogger and for the site to grow with me too. How’s that for vague?

That’s all for now. Thank you all for reading, commenting and generally supporting the blog, it really means a lot. Here’s to 2014!