Friday, 26 August 2016

A Splendid Prize!

First, thank you to all of you who wished me a happy blogday.  As an astute observer notes, I started the blog on my 45th birthday - mid-life crisis anyone?

But to the main point of the post.  Big Lee has just reached the stunning milestone of 2,000,000 hits on his blog.  He's celebrate in very generous style by giving away vouchers to the value of £100.  Details here.

Thursday, 25 August 2016


Yesterday was the 4th Anniversary of this blog

  • 651 posts
  • 217,697 hits

Thank you for all all for visiting, and especially for those who have contributed to the last two statistics.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Dr Who Wednesday #14

Mirabile dictu, I can report some progress on the Daleks!

After months of them sitting there in a part-painted state, mocking me, Dave Docherty's Paint and Chat hangout had it's desired effect, and I got two good sessions in on them.

Yellow will have to be re-done...
I've also got another batch of these free-with-the-magazine Daleks on the go (hopefully to be finished this week)* in another colour scheme again.

*In which case, next week we will have a Grand Dalek Parade in which Davros will review the troops (led by David Beckham Dalek).

Although I prefer Classic to these New Paradigm Daleks, these were much better to paint than the dreadful BTD ones.

Gratuitous Sarah Jane shot

Friday, 19 August 2016

Chat and Bargain of the Week

It's been three weeks since my last blog post.  What hobby progress have I made then?  None at all.

My plan of setting hostages to fortune by laying out what I hoped to achieve during July didn't work at all.  August has been a washout due to The Wife having an unexpected week's stay in hospital.  I'd like to thank all those of you who learnt of this through FaceBook and expressed concerns there: for the rest of you, she is now back at home and improving as she rests.  We are both exhausted though.

But no level of exhaustion will keep me from scouring the charity shops for bargains.  Here are my latest.

Been looking out for some of these for a while...

There may yet be a solution to my painting drought.  Dave Docherty has set up a video chat room so that we can paint and chat.  He's done it under the umbrella of the Analogue Painting Challenge Google+ forum, but I'm sure anyone is welcome to attend.

The link is it's a permanent link, so you can drop in at any time and see if anyone else is there.

When I told The Wife about it, she replied that it was wrong "on so many different levels", but really it isn't much different that the 'Stitch and Bitch' sessions she's been known to attend.  You can insert your own joke about watching paint dry here, but if you want some civilised conversation* while you paint, log on.

*Last night's apparently included a discussion on the relative merits of German and British sausages (it could've been Wurst!  BOOM, BOOM!)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Dr Who Wednesday #13 - BREAKING NEWS!

Warlord Games have just announced that pre-orders are open for their first Doctor Who figures
Last year we announced that Warlord Games have secured the licence to produce a miniatures game based on the BBC's enormously popular TV series, Doctor Who. Since then we've been tirelessly researching episodes both new and old, sculpting miniatures and working back and forth with the BBC to ensure the results are completely authentic. 
The licence covers not just the latest series of Doctor Who but encompasses all of the Doctors, their companions and their foes, spanning more than fifty years - so look out for long scarves and jelly babies as well as sonic sunglasses! 
We are pleased to present the first releases available for pre-order. The models are high quality pewter castings, officially approved by the BBC. Our forthcoming range will also include plastic Daleks, Cybermen and Unit troopers, as well as many more pewter figures.
The first two sets are 10th Doctor and Companions and 12th Doctor and Companions each have five metal figures and are priced a £19.99.

Midlam Apprentice Kickstarter

Some of you may remember that I have some of Midlam Miniatures' spellcasters for Frostgrave purposes.  Well, they've just launched their first Kickstarter - a class of wizards' apprentices sculpted by Martin Baker.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Dr Who Weds #12

Programming Note 

I wrote this post last week but didn't post it as I hadn't taken the photos.Since then I've been feeling quite rotten and, sad to say I can now post this without the need for any up-dates...  I never did the photos properly, so you'll have to put up with these snaps,  

On the painting table....

One of my major targets for July is to get clear of the Dr Who figures who have been cluttering up the painting table.

First up were a pair each of Ood and Silence.  I've had these for ages* and, quite frankly, they've been in this state for ages.  They're (literally) soft on detail.  I've never been satisfied with them or known how to base them, but under the New Dispensation I've decided to draw a line under them, give them a simple grass basing and Call Them Done.
*They feature in Dr Who Wednesday #1!

Also coming in the category of 'Dr Who figures that come free with magazines and can be picked up by the bag-load in charity shops' are these Weeping Angels.  These aren't quite the same vintage as the Ood - those one's are here.  They don't come in the category of 'already started', but I knocked them off while having 'fun with dry-brushing'.

I'll based three with grass to match my existing Angels and three without so they fit in better with Frostgrave.  Nicely, they're a different pose to the others (attacking rather than weeping).  

Elsewhere on the web...

Readers of the last Dr Who Weds (back on 1 June!) will remember that - after I complained about the BLOODY DERLICKS! - I mentioned that the Dr Who FaceBook hadn't yet announced the Monster of the Month for June.  It wasn't Daleks but - of course - was Davros.

July is on a better footing, as they've revealed that they're doing The Master (in all his incarnations).   I feel a nice, evil glow coming over me...

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Terrain Tuesday #17

OK, as you'll remember my first goal for the month is it get rid of some of the half-done terrain that's lying around.

The Viking(ish) buildings were 90% finished, but there was some snagging that needed doing.  It's now done.  As I wrote in the last Terrain Tuesday (back on 31 May!).  This was a project that I enjoyed  a lot.  The test pieces having worked out, I'll be making some more buildings along the same line.  Having watched a tv programme on Viking settlements in Iceland and Newfoundland, I also want to have a go at some turf houses.  Watch this space...

Next up were adventures in dry-brushing.  

You may remember the Big Stone Head...

Well, he has kin...

Looking at them now, they don't seem to go together, but I assure you they came out of the same box!

Then there was this evil bugger, who I picked up in a charity shop...

And going back to stone heads, I've picked up a pack of Ristul's Extraordinary Market stone faces basing kit to add features to my terrain.  I do like Ristul's bits and bobs - though most are a little too High Fantasy for me.  You may, however, remember I have their cursed treasure.

Is it me, or do some of them look a lot like Benedict Cumberbatch?

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