Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Painting Gods are laughing at me

Sometimes, life just knows how to throw a spanner in the works. My models are undercoated, so I sat down tonight to start painting them. Now I have a lot of paints, I had a big collection before my wife got me the huge paint set from GW. I've also been in the hobby for quite a while, so I've got some paints that GW does stock anymore.

But tonight, I only needed one, Codex Grey. Guess what, yep, no codex grey, I've got ghostly grey, I've got space wolves grey, I've got adeptus battlegrey, I've got six pots of fortress grey but not a single pot of codex grey. It sort of stops the painting dead in it's tracks.

So, tomorrow, I'm going to have to nip into GW on the way back from work and pick up another pot. In the meantime, I'm going to crack on with rehydrating my paints, only another 100 odd to go!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The Freeboota

Many moons ago, I was a member of the 40k Radio Freeboota forums. During that time, they were gathering material for The Freeboota e-zine, so I shared my Magnetising the Valkyrie tutorial with them.

Well, for various reasons, it's been about a year since I submitted it and after leaving the forum, I sort of forgot about it. That was until a few weeks ago when the editor dropped me a line to say it was coming out soon.

Anyway, the e-zine is out now, and if you're interested, take a nose for yourself. Just ignore their comments about my licking, I'm not a deviant, honest.

Also, I actually dug out the painting station and did a little painting yesterday. I've only undercoated Harkers Squad and one of my Starstreak Hydras. It was a small amount hobby wise, but a big step for in getting my mojo going.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Blog Wars!!!!

My hobby mojo has taken a severe beating over the past couple of months, but whilst surfing FTW I spotted just the thing to give me a kick up the backside and get my hobby mojo moving again.


No, it isn't an almighty slanging match between all the various bloggers out there, it's a tournament being organised by Alex from From the Fang that he's setting up for 40k bloggers. So, I've signed up and committed myself to attending it. Hopefully, this commitment will get me off my backside and back into painting.

So, to all my fellow bloggers, check it out, come along if you can and get ready for a botty whooping!

Who am I kidding, it's been that long since I've played, I'm going to have to relearn the rules! As long as I roll some dice and have a laugh, I'm happy.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

It's Old Stuff day

With it being 'Old Stuff' day today (Thanks to Rob over at W39,999), I thought I’d dust of my laptop and dig out some of my favourite blog posts from the past. This turned out to be more challenging than I originally thought it would. There’s just so many posts that I love, so many models and conversions that I want to dig out from the archives. So, instead, I’ve decided to highlight the posts which seem to have attracted the most attention in the past, my tutorials.

Firstly, I think that they’re good posts, secondly the blogosphere seem to like them based on the comments they’ve received. More importantly, I think rather than showing off my models, I’d like to use today to highlight these tutorials to all the new visitors to my blog who’ve probably never seen them. So here you go guys, my blast from the past ....

Newbies guide to blogging - Way back at the start of last year, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a post about what I thought you needed to do to be a successful blogger. Based on the comments, it looks like it hit the spot.

Getting your blog listed - One of the biggest struggles for newbie bloggers is making sure that their blogs appeared on the top of the various blog rolls out there when they posted them rather than appearing halfway down the list and getting missed. Luckily, I have a friend who works for Google who gave me some invaluable advice, it’s a must read for newbie bloggers.

Making Eldar cityfight scenery - I get a lot of comments about my Eldar cityfight scenery, a lot of people just don’t believe it made up out of sweetie tubs and cardboard, so here’s a simple tutorial on how you can make your own out of stuff you can find around the house.

Making heavy foliage - This one’s a relatively simple tutorial on how to make various types of foliage, from woodlands and jungles to exotic alien worlds. There’s also a bit on making area terrain bases to make playing your games more easier.

Magnetising the Valkyrie - Another oldie going back to the days of the Valkyrie release, this tutorial covers magnetising the base, wings, back door, bolters, wing points and nose weapon mounts, so just about everything really.

Plasticard bases - This one has to be the simplest tutorial on the web, I just did it to give people who kept asking me about my citiyfight bases a page to look at rather than retyping them method over and over again. Ironically, this is the most visited page on my blog, I think I’m missing a trick here - lol

Green stuff guides - Not so much a tutorial, but more of a guide to all the different greens stuff tutorials I’ve found on the web whilst getting into sculpting.

Sculpting cloaks & capes - Although it’s not really an oldie, I still think it deserves a mention because it’s my first and only green stuff tutorial and to be honest, trying to find green stuff cloak tutorials that aren’t just sticking a blob of green stuff on that back of your models is pretty hard, so I thought it’d be a good idea to share it.

Well, that’s it for the tutorials and ‘Old Stuff’ day, hope you found something of interest guys, I’ll get back to rehydrating my paints!