Thursday, 24 December 2015

As the year draws to an end. . .


My best wishes to all my followers whatever holiday you celebrate.

See you when the year turns.

Take care.

Jonah


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Solitaire... The Path of Damnation... Aenur Sword of Twilight conversion.



(This is a post that has been sat in limbo for a couple of months)

A little while ago I took part in a challenge on Facebook. The challenge was to take the Mordheim special character Aenur, The Sword of Twilight (which many people had knocking around due to him being a freebie on a white dwarf cover) and just get creative with the base miniature.

For my conversion I decided to make an Eldar Harlequin Solitaire. I love the tragic destiny of the Solitaire, their curse for playing the role of the Chaos God Slaanesh, that their own soul is forfeit to that same god upon their death unless The Laughing God can trick them out of that prize. A lonely wandering figure ostracized from their own people due to the path they tread.

I did have a bit of a problem after agreeing to take part in the challenge, during the course of the time I was supposed to work on the figure Nurgle blessed my household. We had a major head-cold circulate several times around the family and I ended up in a zombie like state unable to focus on anything for longer than a few minutes at a time. I ended up doing the conversion and sculpting in the week leading up to the deadline and through sheer force of will painted the miniature that very evening (actually I was 10 mins late for the deadline due to having to take pictures, but I was let off).

My main inspiration for the conversion was this piece of John Blanche artwork:


I wanted to stay away from the oft used purples and pinks that usually signify Slaanesh, but I still wanted something that looked opulent. So I thought referring back to the main inspiration of Blanche's art would be best and go for the tried and true red, black, white with some gold detailing that much of his work uses.

With that in mind I looked for a bit more inspiration and found this Jokers Card to my liking:


So, with some inspirational images, a general idea of what I wanted to makea a dip into my bitsbox and the Asslessbits box (guess the bits JB) and my limited mental faculties at the time here is what I was able to come up with:



Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Terrain: Necromunda Bulkhead Shipping Containers - part 02

Hi everybody, this is just a quick update. I managed to knock out another two containers today between other things I had going on so I'm up to six now. I also found something in my bitz-box to use as handles on the "doors", I think they were from the old Rhino kit but I'm not 100% sure.



I'm not going to mess about making hinges and things, I'd like to imagine that they have internal hinges or something along those lines. Plus I'm being a bit lazy and I'm trying to keep them robust enough for constant handling on the tabletop.

I should be painting these up within the next couple of days. I'm thinking about trying out salt weathering on them, it's something I've wanted to have a go at for a while and these large flat(ish) surfaces should be good to practice on.

I'll be back as soon as I make some headway.

Take care.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Terrain: Necromunda Bulkhead Shipping Containers - part 01

Hi everybody, I know, I know... I've been a bit lax with hobby updates recently , but random life events and injuries got in the way of some quality hobby time.

The Deadzone Plague miniatures I mentioned a couple of posts back are still in progress. I've just been finding it hard to motivate myself to actually sit and get on with any painting.

I decided to get on with something quick and easy to break me out of my hobby-block. And I've been needing to get on with some terrain for my collection anyway... So, two birds, one stone and all that.

I went to a local model railway store and picked up some supplies and this is what I've been up to today:





I've been wanting to make some shipping containers for quite some time, so I got some supplies together and made a start on them. I wanted them to still fit in with other 40k terrain I'll be making and the Necromunda bulkheads seemed just the thing to keep them in theme.

I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out so far. I like the scale and they are quite durable, being constructed entirely in plastic and fixed together with poly-cement. They'll be able to be played over easily and block lines of sight effectively. Really looking forward to getting them done and onto the table.

I just need to add some minor details like hinges and door handles and then I can get them painted up.
For anybody interested in how they were constructed, it was not terribly complicated and a very quick and simple rundown follows hence forth.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Project: Karak kadrin... The beginning.

Hey folks, hope you're all well.

I've been a bit too busy running errands and sorting the house out to sit and crack on with my current projects this week...

*sigh*...

But there was a little bit of a silver lining. While cleaning the house from top to bottom I discovered a handful of tubs/jars with stripping miniatures inside that I had completely forgotten about. Since I had a few minutes to myself this morning I decided to open one up and get them scrubbed:


A bunch of Dwarf Slayers, a mix of old and new. I'd been picking up small lots here and there over the last couple of years, with an eye toward a Karak Kadrin (Slayer Keep) Project. But that is going to be some way off yet. These little guys will just have to take a load off with the rest of their Slayer buddies:


I've got everything I need, I'm just waiting for a time to put other projects aside and get to work on them.
It's going to be quite an intimidating horde of angry short guys when it does get done :) 

Well, better get back to the cleaning, my hobby desk was sacrificed to the storage gods while I was working around the house. I'd better get it cleaned if I do want a chance in Hell of getting back to my projects.

Until next time, take care.

Friday, 20 February 2015

2015... Back in the saddle with some INQ28 miniatures and Deadzone!

Hello everybody, long time no see.

This is actually the second attempt at my first post of 2015. The first just got too depressing to read and I've decided to bin it.

To paraphrase that abortive post: "From the end of September 2014 and up until a couple of weeks ago, lots of crap for my family and I to endure (trouble, sickness, threat of homlessness), massive hobby slump, bleurgh..."  

Trust me, that was better than the awful depressing drudge I was going to inflict on you all... Better to flush it and concentrate on good things.

I'd pretty much packed up all my minature hobby gear and materials because I just didn't have the drive to get on with any of the projects I still had on the go at the end of September. I've mainly just been keeping up with roleplay in my gaming group as my sole form of fun and escape.

But over the last few weeks I've been catching up on blogs on my feed (many of which are you, my followers) I've mainly been reading and rushing on to read more from others without stopping to comment (sorry about that) and there have been an awful lot of exciting projects on the go.

I'm starting to feel that little spark of inspiration starting to rekindle. So I owe you all a great big thank you for being such an imaginative and creative bunch of people.




So... Baby steps... I'm wanting to get back into the hobby groove so I'm working on a couple of little projects to warm up: