Showing posts from 2013

The Rot Takes Hold... Nurgle and a scratch-built beastie...

Hi everyone,
I haven't forgotten about the blog. I've been busy with family, friends and roleplay over the last couple of months.

I've done some bits and bobs of hobby work, but nothing that seemed that blog-worthy...
Until now...

Last week I had a friend coming over for a few games of our often waylaid Warhammer escalation that we had started. After looking at my current forces I realised that I wasn't feeling the drive to work on any of them at that time. So I looked through my hobby supplies to see if I could knock together a quick 500pt force of something different. I found some unopened boxes of Deamons, so I grabbed the book off the shelf and came up with this:

:Daemons of Chaos 500pt list:
1 Herald of Nurgle, lvl 1 wizard. 20 Plaguebearers of Nurgle, full command, banner of swiftness. 1 Beast of Nurgle Here are the Herald and unit the of Daemons:

I know, nothing exciting. They're pretty much stock with a couple of minor conversions. I played around with some textures …

Back to painting... 10 months is too long...

My other half forced me to sit down and just paint something, because I haven't painted any miniatures for over 10 months.
So I chose this figure, a Grey Maiden from the Reaper Pathfinder line.
Just something to relax into and blow the dust off.
It's a little rough around the edges, but I'm happy to call it done as tabletop standard. She may be the first member of a Song of Blades and Heroes warband.

I've had quite a long hobby slump, but I'm trying to combat that.
One of the main reasons is I like to paint socially and so do some of my friends and we're trying to get back into doing our hobby time as a group thing.

The blog has suffered for my lapse and I'm still deciding whether I want to carry it on or to seperate some my interests into another blog. I'm a little OTT when it comes to moving stuff around until it feels right.
I'm organising my hobby space right now and may get back to uploading soon.


The Van Saar Pictures... Finally...

No excuses, it's been far too long since my last post...

I apologise... Life happened.

This post is pretty much going to be a big pic-dump of the images I promised to show in my last post.

At the time I worked on this gang I had been rather ill, I was delirious for about a week at some point during that time and my recollection is a little foggy.

I didn't manage to get my photography set-up sorted out and had to make do snapping a load of shots minutes before the miniatures were picked up. Here are some pictures I deemed good enough to post after going through a lot of really bad ones... Seriously, I took about 150 pics and these were the best I could salvage, the quality is not that brilliant (sorry...).

When I was originally approached to paint the figures I was asked to paint them the same as the ones in the Necromunda book. But to be honest with you, I frickin' hate that lime-green colour scheme. I wanted to paint them to suit their underhive environment, something dark and…

I'm here, just working behind the scenes...

Hello everyone, it's been some time since I put up any hobby articles on the blog.
I apologise for that, but it's been the furthest thing from my mind for some time.

As a bit of a placeholder I'm posting this image from a Necromunda Van Saar gang I did as a commission for a friend:

I worked on this commission around the start of the year but there's just been so much going on I haven't had time to dedicate to any updates.
In my next post I will upload several more images of the above gang and go into a little more detail.

Right now I'm in the process of organising my image folders on my computer. I have been putting it off for a long time, but it seriously needs doing.
I'm also looking into hosting my images elsewhere, I don't think Photobucket is ideal for me. I may just end up using Picasa/Google+ and try to keep all my things/profiles tied together a little better. I'll see how that goes, I don't really know what it's like for ease of use and a…

Nurgles Melting Pot

Many, Many apologies for the period of silence...
I really haven't had much "me" time recently...
You would not believe how many illnesses 4 children can circulate within a family unit...
It's been a very rough couple of months.

Busy,busy, busy...

Hello everyone,
as you may have noticed I finished with the moving of posts and deletion of my other blog.

I've been busying myself with several things right now none of which have been terribly exciting, first is this:

Rescuing and stripping the paint from quite a load of my old miniatures languishing at the bottom of my bits-box.

The second thing I've been working on is:

These are two of the four skirmish boards that I started back here at the bottom of this post: Paste Table Gaming Boards.
These two have had polystyrene sheet inserted into them and then uneven ground carved into it, now I'm just waiting for the texture paint to dry before I can work on them further.

They are going to be painted/textured for a slightly swampy/woodland setting, I'll be using water effects in the craters I made.

The other two boards need more work and are going to be done in an industrial/urban style.

And of course, I'll be working on pieces of terrain to go with these skirmish boards too l…

Learning from my mistakes... (Or... Wow! I learned a lot!)

It was only about a month ago that I decided to split my blog into two because I wanted to separate my rare personal-life posts from my hobby output.

But I learned that it was a mistake the other day when I sat to write an article...

I wanted to start writing articles about artists, musicians, stories, places and many other things that inspire me, but when I realised I would want to duplicate this across both blogs it kind of made having two blogs seem redundant when in the majority they would be almost identical...

My other hobbies, interests and inspirations being personal to me, yet also affecting my hobby output

Neil101, you were right and I reread your comment on my post here, where I discussed the split with you.

I lifted this quote from you:
"I often think of separating things out into component parts , but then I think this is who I am take it or leave it."

Can't argue with the truth of that statement really...

I'll close the other and keep this, my first and most us…

More WIP shots of "freeman" and more...

Hi guys,
I would have posted pictures yesterday, but I wasn't in the best of moods.

I had a momentary lapse of concentration whilst working at my desk and left my guardsman too near my desk lamp and melted some of the details from down his left hand side.

After much cursing and brooding I didn't do anymore yesterday. But this morning I sat down and fixed all the damage, the main part being a re-sculpt of much of his left arm.

*sigh*... Disaster avoided...

I did a little more work on the Veteran guardsman, I believe he is fully constructed now and just about ready for a lick of paint.

Here he is at the moment:

"Freeman" - construction complete..?

You can see his writ of citizenship upon his belt, a piece I liberated from a larger detailed Ravenwing banner.

He has an Ork skull as a trophy turned shoulder pad and the bionic eye is melded into his pitted and scarred face. Also you can see his left hand is now bionic, I made from a Space Marine hand.

Here you can see the amount of …

Veteran Guardsman - work in progress

Hey folks,
I'm finally sat back at my hobby table and playing with parts.

I'm in the middle of converting a figure and thought I'd put it up at this stage to show you what I'm up to.

The Figure in Progress

The main body of the figure is a Cadian guardsman with a Catachan guardsman head.

I cut down the lasgun barrel to give it more of an SMG/Carbine look.

There are a couple of watch parts used here, one for an eyepiece of the bionic eye I'm making and the other just for a bit of detail on the lasgun.

I've carved out a portion of his lower face to give me somewhere to glue some cables/pipes and give me a little room for sculpting his battle-scarred face.

The box in the middle of his back was originally a part from the Warhammer Lizardman range, I'm using it as a combined rebreather and power-pack for his bionics, which the cables from his face will run to.

And you can see I've used some beads from a water filter to create a studded shoulder pad.

I've still got …

Close... Yet Distant...

Surrounded by a cacophony... Movements... Sounds...
But apart from it... Close yet distant...

Becoming lost in the quiet of that noise,
in the darkness within the light... Sinking further...

Do I hear voices..? A name..? A laugh..?

Then... No sight... No Sound... No thoughts...




A jolt..! A noise..!

Wrenched back too fast..!

I gasp for breath..!

Was it my name..? Was it a touch..?

Almost swallowed up by the blanket of nothingness,
that welled from looking inward for too long...

The myst roils back swallowed by that inner void...

And then I'm back... I am aware...

I am surrounded by a cacophony... Movements... Sounds...
But apart from it... Close yet distant...

J. Marshall 12/01/2013

Hello again,
It's been a while.

Forgive me my prose, I tend not to write creatively anymore...

Not because I don't want to, but because I just haven't been able to push myself to do it for a very long time.

I had a trying time this Winter holiday, there were definitely good things du…