24 July 2021

Micro-scale projects, part 1

 This month's special focus was to be about 1/300 or 6mm stuff that is in the hobby mountain.  I have not been able to get too much done but here are a few of them:


Waiting for primer - some large tanks for OGRE, a platoon or so of M3 Lee tanks from GHQ, and some GHQ infantry amongst other stuff.


05 July 2021

Aircraft project, part 1

 This post was behind schedule - June was the month for my aircraft project, one of my rotating series of other games vying for my attention...

First up is Aeronautica Imperialis, the new game from GW with Warhammer 40K aircraft.  These planes are not too large, definitely not to scale with the 28mm 40K figures.  They are a bit expensive, especially for larger planes than shown above, but few are needed.  The kits themselves are very nice with plenty of options for assembly.

Part 2 of the aircraft project started with these fine models.  I picked this box up on eBay, with a surprise within:

The kit was advertised as having three kits within the box.  Upon arrival, I discovered that there are SIX planes in the box - 4 fighters and 2 attack planes.

Of course, an opposition force is needed:

And gets an ungainly start with the Airacobra!  Fortunately more, and better, planes are to come.


02 July 2021

Painting table, July 2021 - and back again, hopefully

 At the risk of seeming to be a broken record, I am going to try and get the habit of blogging back into gear again.  But first, here is a pic:

Lots going on there, which I will try to explain in due course.

A plan has been crafted that should see progress across a variety of projects while not making those projects seem too much of a struggle.  In simple terms, each month will see a project make a guest appearance to the table - similar to those TV drama series with a core cast of actors and guests every week.  Right now, my GW Age of Sigmar and 40K projects are at the core, with other projects making occasional appearances.  I will make it obvious in the title of the post if GW figures are at the fore - some folks might not want to partake of that and it is fine; just come back next time!

I am feeling good about my hobby again, and hopefully I can make it last with measured (even if small) progress.

Again, my apologies to those bloggers that I have missed throughout this spring/summer.  I think that I am back on track with online notices although I still get behind and delete notifications out of frustration.


20 February 2021

Scots, part 6

 Another addition to the Islemen contingent - these were finished some time ago:

Originally produced by Claymore Castings, now available from Antediluvan.


31 January 2021

Painting table, January 2021 - and a bit more

 Impetuous would be a good word with which to describe my approach to this hobby.  Just about anything is see and read about miniatures seems to be a Great Idea, and leads to a lot of informal planning and wishful thinking.  My bookshelves can tell that story well!  It also leads to adding just about any nifty blog to my Feedly files... and sensory overload is the usual result.  This has led to cursory, at best, scanning of blog topics and mass deletion of items, sometimes numbering several hundred posts.  

So, one experiment I am starting to try is a return to an older reader.  Before I found Feedly, I used The Old Reader (TOR), which is based upon the beloved and now defunct Google Reader.  TOR now has a maximum subscription limit for free accounts - 99 feeds - before one has to pay for a subscription.  Slowly, I am loading my TOR account with blogs, up to the free maximum, with the idea that this will enable to keep up with the torrential flood of digital distractions and allow me to participate again in discussions.

Hardware has not been overlooked in the recent past either - a new painting table has been assembled and filled with all sorts of figures and paints:

And this shows another enormous change - at the moment I have gone back to work on several Warhammer projects, both fantasy and sci-fi.  The decision was made, just over a year ago, to join up with my sons and work on projects with them.  I can not deny the amount of fun I am having, despite my glacial progress.

Historical projects have not been forgotten, and I'll post more about those in the future.