Saturday, July 25, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
I have always been a big fan of the White Dwarf (WD) since I was a kid. I would sit in the local hobby shop and read it right off the rack! This was the pre-subscription in the US days when the only place you could buy it was at a local shop. I was blessed with one that was only about 30 mile from my home town called The Tin Soldier. A great gaming/hobby shop that had everything Citadel, including WD’s. I set out at an early age to collect them and stated getting a subscription somewhere in the issue 90-95 range. I remember getting the flexi-disc insert issue back in the day. I subscribed for about 15+ years and stopped around 2010 due to a cost vs value analysis I did and just decided it wasn’t worth it anymore. There was little to no content. The magazine had drifted a long way from their heyday of the mid 80’s issues up to about 200 or so. That run was full of useful into like army lists, back ground, and who could forget the Eavy Metal sections! It was a great value and visually stunning. In the last decade or so it really wasn’t much beyond a publication that announced upcoming releases and had pretty pictures of them. Don’t get me wrong I do like some of those pretty pictures, especially that run where they were putting in pictures of entire sprues. Those were very useful. For the most part I just didn't look forward to reading it like I used to.
Lately with them stopping the monthly issues, renumbering and going to a weekly issue I decided to try and complete my collection up through when they stopped. By my best guess that is either issue 408/December 2013 or 409/January 2014. I have everything from issue 11 (1-10 are way out of my price range) up to 365. From there to the 408/409 mark I have a few holes. I have had a lot of luck searching local used bookstores here in Ohio and typically get them for 50 cents to $1.00. That is way less than the sticker price. I have just recently closed the gap to 10 missing issues with this latest haul. What a lucky find! I will continue to slog away at it
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Wrap It Up
Well these poor bastiches have been sitting for a while now and need to be wrapped up so they can join their brethren. These two C23 Jes G Ogres are late additions to the collection. Instead of re-painting them I simply enhanced their original paint jobs. The Samurai Ogre got a white face and a paint up to look like Tujiro the Kabuki Vampire from Grendel Comic fame and a touch up of some other areas. The other one is the Bounty Hunter figure, it was just a touch up and repaints of a few detailed areas. So these are the first guys up. Should be a quick project. Then onto the trolls and demons in the background, but more on them when it's their turn.
I had to go Dark Future/Car Wars after catching the latest Mad Max movie. I loved the original and have been stealing Hotwheels from my sons for over two decade now so it is about time to do something with them. I have also sporadically been attending the Origins Game Fair for the last 8 to 10 years and have always made it a point to stop by the Iron Winds booth which is the Ral Partha company of my childhood. As a side note living here in Ohio I was able to visit them in my early 20s and actually got to meet Julie Guthrie and Tom Meier while I was down there. What a great group of people! But I digress, I always hit their booth because they typically have loose bit and pieces from their Battletech line of mins for sale. So I have tons of little turrets and missile pods and whatnot that I horded for the day I started converting Hotwheels! Oh what a day, what a lovely day!
This looks better, not exactly where I want it to be but it will let me ease back into the swing of painting. I still have a lot of cleaning to do there was a ridiculous amount of dust on everything. It has certainly been awhile. I don’t know that I will get to the production output like Orlygg but I'm ready to get started. And that is where the real dilemma lies; where do I start! Ahhhhhh. I want to dive into about 20 projects but we all know how that goes, I start 20 and won't finish any. My vow is to start something and see it to the end. Now that doesn’t mean that I won't have a couple of irons in the fire but I don’t want to get to the point where I cannot get something completed. Maybe I suffer from a little adult ADHD but I need to have at least 2 projects going so that when I get bored with one I can jump to another. So that is my goal; pick 2 and get going!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Well as you can see from the pics my hobby area is a disaster. The desk has become a catch all for anything and everything. Now while I haven't painted in years that doesn’t mean I haven't collected stuff or stopped thinking about projects. Anytime I see something that would make an interesting bit I would grab it with the thought that someday I would get back to it. We now that the time has arrived I need to get the work area into shape. So here is a before pic and let's hope there is an after to follow soon!
Well I'm kicking off my hobby blog, to be honest I cannot remember when the last time I painted anything but it has been a very long time, probably 10-15 years. So what better way to get back into it then to also start a blog about diving in. I want to thank the likes of Orlygg, Steve Casey, Warlord Paul and others for reviving my interests with their Oldhammer blogs and other activities. I hope to someday make it across the pond again and attend a BOYL event. So let's dive in!