Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dropping in a quick one.

Any of you that have been reading for a while, know I did some consolidating a while back. I had 2 Drop pod kits in a bag. I decided to break them out and build them. A word to the wise... if you do that sort of thing, look at them before you bag them and throw the boxes away. Turns out one kit was missing the sprue for the bottom of the pod. I got an extra of the other sprue, so I bitz ordered the base and the engine and I built the other one.  Look...a drop pod!

I know, exciting. Its primed grey on the outside and bleached bone on the inside. See....

I left out the harnesses, etc. and filled in the holes for a nice flat pad for whoever or whatever might be in the pod for the game. The end result, once the painting is finished is a "generic" pod with minimal markings I can use for any marine army. Though I must admit, the temptation to do something like "Bob's Rent-A-Pod" was extreeeeeemely hard to resist.

Now for abit of history... of sorts. My first army, my favorite army... was Space Wolves. I've bought and sold 4 Space Wolf armies. And now, I'm starting another one ( because I'm slightly insane). Here's the beginning of one of my heroes.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stormboyz and Mold Assault!

Yes, I'm still alive! After a rather rude interruption by the real world, I'm back to hobby stuff. Lets get down to the good stuff.  I've got another one of the Stormboyz done.

Picture quality is a little muted, because my normal photo taking set up is...well, atop a big pile. More on that later. Overall, he's pretty cool. And here's the progress on his mates...

The big reason for such slow progress on something I should have been able to knock out in one good night of painting was the rather rude discovery of an invasion under my dining room/graphics office area in the house. Water and mold, not a good thing. So, now the area that had my scanner, graphics pc, office furniture and two huge book shelves looks kinda like this.....

That big blue air exchanger sounded like a jet engine. It was like living next to the flight deck for 2 days. And the place where I do my traditional artwork and models looks like this..... (There's my redneck miniature photo studio waaaaaaay back there where I can't get to it)....

Thankfully, things have gotten better. We now have a wall between our great room and garage (so I'm no longer cooling that as well as the house) and I cleared out a path to my model building desk and set up my old laptop so I can do this again and paint...ya know, so I don't kill, I relax me.  OH....and I also got these handy dandy tentacle makers from Green Stuff Industries .....

which I can't wait to start playing with. Once I get the hang of it, I may have to finally finish Ms. Charlotte. So, I'm back in the saddle again, though some of my stuff may be buried and eventually I'll have to paint the house too.  Its good to be back either way. :)

Cheers ya'll!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Extreme Makeover: Ork Edition.

Mista Ozprey needed his color scheme "modernized" to look good with his eventual hoard of Freebooter Stormboyz.  Basically, my formulas for rust and ork skin have changed in the years since I first painted him and the introduction of those glorious shades by GW have basically changed the way I paint.  So, without further ado.... the new and improved, Mista Ozprey. (the "before" is on the left - the "after" is on the right. )

And here's a shot with one of the boyz...

And now, something a bit different... a bit of an editorial.  The last week or so, Casa d Rednekk has been plagued with several computer issues - funky modems, pc power supplies dieing,etc.etc.  Being an old fart (i.e Child of the '70's) it got me to thinking how much we rely on computers. I know its no earth shattering thought, but its crazy how being without one...or without internet just impacts ones life these days. What scares me even more is what would happen if it all goes down? Yikes. So, I guess its kind of nice we all have a hobby where we still do something that doesn't require a computer and involves interacting with real people ....well, except when you are surfing blogs.

So, the next post should be the other 4 stormboyz finished. Then..... I think I'll dust off something scary.

Cheers, ya'll!