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Celtic Hill Fort, my daughter's school project. Or... How your nerdy hobby skills are awesome!

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Hi everybody, this is a little break in my normal hobby routine. I just wanted to post about a little homework project I helped my youngest daughter Rhiannon (8 yrs) with over the last couple of days.

She has been studying the Roman Empire at school for some time and they moved on to some of the other peoples of the time period. The last term they have been looking closer at the Celts.

For the Easter break her class was given a project to complete and bring back with a log/journal of how they made it at the start of the new school term and she had been having some difficulty deciding what to do.

Rhiannon had been wanting to make a mask based on some they had studied with a visitor to the school, but she became despondent when children in her class started to bring their completed masks into school and she didn't think that hers would be good enough.

I took a look at her project book and pointed out it said she could make a model of a Celtic roundhouse or hill fort if she wished.

She lo…

Space Marine Painting Competition - Completed

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A few posts back I showed my work in progress entries for the painting competition. I didn't get straight back to it as intended due to other things getting in he way, but I completed the paint-jobs and took them to the store to enter them.



Here's my thoughts on how they turned out:

I think he two different whites turned out quite well on pauldrons of the miniatures. The Guardian of Celeres on the left started from a pale grey base colour, the Angel Revenant on the right started from a bone base colour.

I wanted the bases to set them apart a little too, so one got a very light, dry dusty base using weathering powders. And the other got a wet muddy base by mixing weathering powders with a little gloss varnish.

I had a lot of fun with the freehand, it's something I haven't done very often in the past. The Guardian of Celeres chapter symbol on the left was challenging to get the lines straight, but turned out okay, the Angel Revenent symbol you saw in the last post just got a…

Assassinorum: Execution Force - Chaos Cultists W.I.P.

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Hi everyone, here's my first update on my board game side-project. I decided to start with Games Workshop's Assassinorum: Execution Force (as you probably already knew from the post title...)

So... I just can't keep things simple. In the box set you get 3 each of 5 variants of chaos cultist. I didn't want to have so many duplicates so I decided to mix things up a bit with some simple head and weapon swaps to make them look a little bit more individual and rag-tag. I also gave them all industrial style bases to match the board game.


Nothing complicated, cut, glue, fill, sculpt... Aha! that reminds me. I decided to try something out I'd read about online some time ago. I used a mix of epoxy putties for the filling and sculpting. The mix was a 50/50 mix of Apoxie Sculpt and good old Green stuff. from what I've seen online the mix can be carved and drilled a bit more easily than pure Green Stuff, but still retains a bit of it's flexibility, reducing the hardness …

Sunday night roleplay prep

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So I've finally finished all the spring cleaning after hiring a van and removing practically a metric ton of crap from my house and cellar and that's pretty much my entire spring break gone.

I've got all my hobby room sorted out and finally sat down to relax for the evening and get on with something, tonight it's prep work for my Monday role-playing group. A little while back I started running the Rise of the Runelords campaign for the Pathfinder RPG, but had to put it on hold while I got on with things around my home.

It just dawned on me while I was sat here scribbling notes, that I mainly post about miniatures and wargaming on my blog, even though I play RPG's a lot more than I get to push miniatures around a battlefield these days.

And it got me wondering about you, my followers.

I know many of you are into miniatures and wargaming, but how many of you are roleplayers too?

Are you in a RPG group at the moment?

If you are, what are you playing right now?

What do you wa…

Space Marine Painting Competition - paint in progress

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I haven't had as much time to dedicate to my miniature hobby as I'd like over the last couple of weeks, what with spring cleaning the house, my roleplay group gathering twice a week at my place, entertaining the kids over their Easter holidays and various other day to day shenanigans.

But luckily my local comic store Narrow Escape Comics is holding a painting competition as part of the 30th anniversary of the creation of Space Marines. Games Workshop provided a load of push-fit miniatures for the competition.

We're allowed to pick up and enter as many entries as we wish, so I picked up a couple of miniatures to play around with. It's given me a little project to work on when I have a few minutes to spare from my other duties as a semi-functional human adult.

I decided either to have a go at painting chapters I've not done before and that looked interesting or come up with my own scheme. I used this pictoral guide to known Imperial Space Marine Chapters on deviantart t…