Monthly Archives: April 2015

All Projects on hold.

Hi guys, I have some bad news…

So I’ve recently just broken up with my long term partner and had to move out, leaving her and my kids behind, luckily me and her were amicable enough to leave access as “whenever I can/want” which is lovely, but obviously my head is still not in a good place, so all projects are closed until further notice.

So to anyone that’s been following, I apologize for the delays, their likely to last a while, but watch this space, I will land on my feet and keep going, but for right now, I need a new job, and new house and a new focus in life.

So until later folks.

Callaghan04.

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Finished LotD commission batch

So, prepare for a picture Carpet Bombing!

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All the family, n’awwww!

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Steve, the captain…. Sorry.

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Power axe!

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“Look at this! Someone threw this grenade looking thing at us?”

Last words of Astartes Garviel Almeddon.

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Chaos marines make good leaning posts.

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“Guy with the power axe is obviously compensating.”

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“Three arms are better then one”

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“He’s right, one and a half arms kinda sucks…”

So anyway, that’s these guys done at last! Been putting them off for ages, that first LotD squad I done as a test was enough for me! So I’m going to BEG Paul to let me do some Tau now, I’m slowly starting to come around to the idea of starting a Tau army while simultaneously doing my mantic Corporation, need 2 armies to display them nicely… And some tau based sci-fi terrain… Which I’ve already started!

But I’m not posting any WIP of this particular terrain piece… If the Mrs saw what I was using I’d be stabbed.. “Hi honey!”

Anyway, what’s the thoughts here folks?

Callaghan04.

Custom Gunship Pt 4

Got a bit more paint on my gunship, added a few little details, I’d say that’s all the base coats except The crew done now.

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Top view.

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Side view (UCMC stands for United Corporate Marine Corps)

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Added various little bits of writing.

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So that’s it for this update, I’m going to be adding Decals from the Lynx Helicopter to add more detail, warning signs, hazard stripes stuff like that.

What’s the thoughts here?

Callaghan04.

Custom Gunship Pt 2

So I’ve made a little more progress on the gunship I’m making, but before I continue, I apologize for the messy workstation, there is method in there… Somewhere…

Anyway!

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Most of the bodywork is done now, filled most the gaps, just got to get smooth details and stuff done now with sandpaper.

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Added the crew!

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A driver and an escort gunner, and when I get some Corporation weapons teams, they will be set up in the back aswel, but they’ll be remove able so it can be either a support gunship, or a drop ship for extra troop support.

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And the anti-grav engine has been beefed up… With some academy 1/48 tank wheels! But it kind of reminds me of the ship from “the matrix” now…

Anyway, that’s the progress so far, to be fair I could have base coated it or something, but I’m terrified of just how much paint this sucker is going to take up! Like previously mentioned I’m massively cheap! And there’s no way I’m painting a model this size with paints that cost £2-£3 a pot! For 20ml! Roll on with The cheap school ground acrylic paints I have in experimental phase!

One day, this blog will be renamed to “cheapskates guide to modelling”

Callaghan04.

Custom Gunship Pt 1

Well yesterday I was all up for a rant of creativity, then realized I have not successfully “fully” converted much at all, maybe added a few little bits, or done a few bits swaps, so today I decided to go all out with available supplies, including two full models, spare wire, a baked bean can, random bits of plastic… So on and so forth…

This has all come together to make the beginnings of something awesome that will eventually be part of my mantic mix match militia, got to put the “mix match” into it somehow!

So this is the basic shape, the skeleton that I will be working off to create what I hope will be something cool looking.

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My Gunship.

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Using bits from an old GW stormraven, a 1/48 British lynx helicopter, and a few bits of bean can, I have made the external parts of an anti-grav engine.

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Needs a lot more work, but this is the basic shape.

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And apparently I need to straighten the tail a bit.

So this is the start of it, I will be filling in all the gaps with milliput, wall filler and green stuff (wall filler actually works really well!) Then starting to add details and extra bits, then when I fully satisfied I will begin painting, but I suspect this will take a LONG time to do, as there is so many gaps and bits that don’t fit right etc, but I’m kind of excited to see if this works out or if its an epic fail!

What do you guys think?

Callaghan04.

General Thoughts on the hobby

So recently I’ve been looking through tonnes of blogs that are successful within the wargaming niche, and I’ve started to notice a pattern, there are tonnes of REALLY successful blogs and an ever greater amount of totally unsuccessful blogs that are (in my opinion) just as good, if not better!

This got me thinking, what is this hobby, is it about having the most expensive bits? Pro painted and then using this expensive army to play games etc, or is it making things from scratch, using bits from multiple different sources and creating a unique model? Or is somewhere in between?

For me personally it is about creativity, I have never even once played an actual game with any ruleset with any miniatures! And I likely never will, but the lore, the converting and the painting is what I love.

Unfortunately for me, it seems the blogs filled with all the expensive bits are the ones that are noticed (understandably) and the ones with real creative thought behind them seem overlooked a lot of the time, now I’m by no means saying my blog is super creative, or even that good and that I ‘deserve’ a large fan base, but after a long look through a huge amount of blogs I found some really interesting articles of scratch built vehicles, totally converted infantry and huge armies of all sorts made from all sorts, and the blogs sometimes had 0-10 followers, some had a few more but only 1 or 2 had a decent base, then there are blogs filled with straight out of the box models with no extra bits or creative thought past following the printed instructions put into it, and these had hundreds of followers!

Now I’m just a really poor sociopathic guy with too much free time on his hands, but doesn’t that seem strange? In a hobby based around the ‘creation’ of miniatures, mostly in a fantasy (sci-fi or historical) setting, that miniatures that are truly unique are overlooked so we can stare at the same figures over and over again just because their painted differently? I mean don’t get me wrong! The models are awesome, and yeah they are a pleasure to look at, but really? If you had tuna pasta bake every day for dinner for 3 weeks, then you were asked “you want pasta bake or steak today?” Would we really pick pasta bake again? Why is this metaphor different for minis then? “Want to see a generic imperial guardsmen again? Or do you want to see this scratch built sci-fi marine?”.

Anyway, I’m apparently good at wasting a good 2 minutes of your life! If you made it this far, I’m honestly impressed!

I’d love some thoughts from you folks, why are YOU in this hobby? Creativity? To be unique? To follow the fluff to the letter? Somewhere in between? Hit the comments hard dudes and dudettes!

Callaghan04.