I have been promising the kids for a while now that we could get some resin done. So they promised to help me to get the shed cleared out to allow us to set unit up as a craft workshop. This isn’t too bad as it is about 2/3 the size of the house (I have a little house).
So we messed around and set up the various UV lights, one of the bottles of resin had leaked a bit so as I went outside to wash it I suddenly remembered it cured in sunlight and voila easy clean up!
So here are some bits curing under the lights.
And here is a finished pendant as done by my eldest, they did other things as well, but they went as gifts before I got them photographed.
We had good fun messing around with the colours. We learned a few things on the way. Safety protocols were in place to keep us safe, just in case you were wondering.
Tonight I didn’t get a huge amount done as friends came over for a Takeout Chinese meal. They were here quite late, so I didn’t get started until gone nine. But at least the halflings are finished.
I came across an unexpected problem with 6mm halfling basing.
I spent ages looking for one of the bases and couldn’t find it anywhere. I l found it when I went to add some flock to the next base…
Tomorrow, I will finish of the various bits and bobs on the box which is the grand total of two ogres, four wolf chariots, and a few wagons. I will get the skeleton host sprayed too.
As you might have guessed there is never really a dull moment in my household. Today we met up with my sister and family and went rock pooling and plodging in the sea…sadly no orca in sight, which probably pleased the three seals that came to say hello.
As you can imagine, with such a nice day the beach was heaving…
We kept getting dive bombed by a pair of arctic tern. Luckily they didn’t draw blood but it made life interesting for a while… we suddenly found the reason why!
My niece was actually stood with one foot either side of it… needles to say we took a quick photo and moved away.
We tried a bit of rock pooling, as I said. I was extremely successful…
I also managed To catch some young Pollack (I think). So we returned home and whilst we watched Fantastic Beasts I managed to get my halflings finished and onto their bases.
Tomorrow I will get them flocked up and ready to join the rest.
Today I got a pile of nice things for my birthday…
No surprises as I ordered them for myself, but it was the thought that counts 😂
I am pleased with the Battle Valour stuff as I am the only person to have Some of them cue evil laugh… Mwa ha ha ha . Well okay someone may have ordered from the states, but I got mine from the only uk distributor.
I got some Ashigaru with yari as well as some more samurai. The other new things are the witches and a seer who has a cat face, the. There are the Oni hounds both large and effing huge. I also got Featherstone’s play with yourself book. I am still a bit worried that I might not find anyone to play with.
My eldest made me a cake…
I also managed to get my halflings nearly finished…
Nature update… we put a feeder up last year for the birds and as a family of starlings was nesting nearby I thought I would help out by adding mealworms and fat balls… they have been very popular, then today this happened…
So we had a few popping too and fro…you cannot actually see them all in the photo…See how many there were… these were all youngsters
I have never seen as many fledglings in one place,
Tomorrow I hope to finish my halflings then maybe onto the skeletons, I also found my 6mm road wars stuff that definitely needs finishing.
By definition halflings are small, so as you can imagine 1:300 scale halflings are very small indeed.
These were sprayed yesterday so had 24 plus hours to cure. I decided to make them colourful as befits a halfling force. Still a good old bit to do but getting there.
I got an email from Irregular today to say that my parcel was on its way. Now that is a pretty speedy turnaround considering I ordered it on the 4th July and today is the 6th.
That reminds me, tomorrow I can celebrate by getting my Birthday present of more of the Battle Valour Samurai bits and pieces. My mate Martin let me know that they had come into his the country…so I managed to get them before they went onto the online store. I thought they would make a fitting pressie… prepare to be bored by photos of them tomorrow 😂.
Today was a day of ups and downs. Our cat of nearly 15 had to go to the vet and we actually thought we might not be brining him home, but luckily the new Vet decided to do some bloods and gave him a once over and we still have him. He is probably going blind and he has a heart murmur, not to mention a kidney problem… she reckons he has got a bit more time in him yet…but considering when we got him at two weeks old (he had been abandoned) and hand reared him, we didn’t think he would make it through the night as he had been fed cows milk by the lady who found him, after he had been left for a fair old while. He was covered in crap and was a pooh brown colour, it was only when we bathed him that we realised that he was black and white…There were seven in the litter and he had outlasted them all, which considering he was the runt is pretty impressive.
Tonight I cracked on whilst watching Monsters Versus Aliens. I am now within spitting distance of finishing.
It is so funny. Yesterday I hated these and today with a bit of flesh colour, some silver and a lot of black then I actually quite like them again. My next thing is the sashimono design. To save time and effort it will either be a straight line or a circle in the middle. I am probably going to go with white. Originally I was going to go with Gold, but I have now decided against it. The four mounted banners will have four similar designs, a bit like I did with the Sons of Set.
My resin has come, my UV light has come, my resin funnel has come, the one thing missing is the actual printer.
I was asked to show some WIP of the resin pouring that the kids and I did yesterday. So here we go..
On the left my son’s paper weight, then my eldest’s shot glass out of the mould and on the right one still in the mould.
Tomorrow is the last day of school in Shetland. So I will be running around like a bit of a loon to get stuff ready so that I won’t have to go in next week.
I am hoping that I can get these Samurai finished and based tomorrow evening.
More work on the 6mm Samurai and I absolutely hate them. They just seem to be taking forever!
Weapons are all painted in now as well as the sashimono poles. Hands are repainted white ready for the flesh colour. I reckon a few more days and they will be done. Still no sign of the printer ☹️. The kids and I played with the resin and a couple of the moulds today. They ran around and collected flowers from outside and put them into the moulds. They should be ready by tomorrow evening.
Tonight I started on the samurai infantry. Again I went for the different coloured armour. Part of me thinks they are a bit bright, but with all of the white bits showing too then they aren’t exactly looking the best. The other thing I did was paint the undercoat in for all of the flesh on the cavalry
The other thing I think is the problem is that there is a lot of solid colour without a break. Once I add weapons and flesh etc it should look better… I hope 🤞
It was a nice day today so we went just over the hill to Catfirth. The kids went for a paddle and err, as you can see it progressed a bit…
Please note, the pile of clothes, by time we remembered, they were somewhat damp and my daughter’s leggings floated away! Not a bad place to live really!
As my Samurai army were already undercoated white I decided I would make a start on them.
I really hummed and hawed about colours, and in the end I decided that the samurai were going to be different colours. In my 15mm army I did three coloured clans. This time there would be lots of variation across the miniatures. For some reason I decided to start on the cavalry. Most of the horses are bay or chestnut, with a smattering of black and other colours too.
This is them looking a bit untidy as I just went for it, I will paint in faces, hands and weapons in later on. I have decided they will all have a black sashimono to tie them all in together. I haven’t decided on the mon yet,but it will more than likely be a dot!
The Ashigaru are my next problem… do I go all coloured natural browns and greens etc. Or do I go for a single clan colour… I will have to think on that one.
While I remember one of the ‘elf’ bases sneaked in for a white undercoat and they are very obviously skeletons with the undercoat on.
I gave them a quick blast with skeleton bone as well as grey for the cloak. I actually think they will look fine.
Or a happy little accident as Bob Ross would say. Today my good lady moved my figures and one of the Oni slipped off so she picked it up and put it back on the box file that I use for my paint, it was then that something struck me… I know have giants to go with my Fantasy Japanese forces!
As you can see from the photo, I spent this evening getting the bases painted and then getting them flocked. Once this lot is dry I will get some tufts and pebbles on the bases to match in with the lizards.
I also spent this evening looking for my super magnifier headband thingy. I was having problems with the next army to paint as I couldn’t actually tell what they were. I have spent the last few weeks calling them elves, well I suppose technically they could be long dead elves as they all seem to be skeletons. I am really not sure how I am going to paint these when you cannot actually tell what they are! I will have to try and do my best, but I really do feel that there is some swearing ahead.
Whilst looking for my magnifier, I came across this lot…
The mammoth were used in mammoth racing game, the ogres and giants were got to go with the ork and goblin army, they evidently got separated a good while ago.
All finished apart from the bases and no doubt all of the bits I will have missed and notice in the photos.
I will get them based up the same as the Lizardmen and then make a start on either the elves or the samurai. The samurai will be painted up like my 15mm ones. Instead of three colours I will probably just go for one.
Here are a couple of close up shots…
As I said in yesterday’s post I really like the colours here. On my way out to work this morning I saw them in the sun and they actually looked even better. I will try and get them photographed outside tomorrow.