I’m Back

The question is have you missed me?

So I haven’t blogged for three whole days and I reckoned I should get my finger out and write something again… the reason for me absence, well actually there hasn’t really been one apart from getting tired and going to bed to write something then falling asleep.

So what have I been up too?

First up..I finished the pilots…

I also made a start on the Mantic Deadzone GCPS booster pack. Never have I sworn so much. Luckily there were only 10 miniatures as I reckon 6 heads pinged across the room to superglue themselves to various bits of furniture, curtains and perhaps the dog as no matter how hard I looked they never reappeared!

The Star Saga minis were, if you remember, a single piece casting. The new lot comprises legs, torso, head and weapon/equipment arms. Some of the ones in the pack are metal.

I decided to go for one ranger and made him a sniper. The other guy kneeling is a comms operator. The final one with metal arms is an engineer. The rest are a mixture of carbines and assault rifles. I also built a flamer and a grenade launcher.

The biggest Pain in the Arse was this…

Absolutely no instructions and it came looking like this…

Bits were sticking out from every bit. Now to be fair after a bit of head scratching I worked out what went where, but it did take a bit longer than expected.

I am getting there just the weapon to add to him and then all of armour for the shoulder and the knees. As the arms are in two bits each and then it is causing a few headaches making sure that it is going to fit together.

I decided to go for the big gun, but could have gone for a flamer and chain saw. I felt the former was more Mobile infantry, but I may add a second one to the force at a later date.

My horse went out into the summer paddock yesterday, I started off the journey as a cavalryman and ended up as an infantryman as I had what is technically called a saddle malfunction. Luckily I was able to get off before it went completely awry!

Here he is having a little excited charge about…

He is the black in the foreground.

Right off to tame a triceratops in Ark (our new game for the console).


A Pale White Shade

Further work on the pilots, shading done with the blue wash. I also managed to get some paint onto the belt accoutrements.

I am just about managing to do half an hour a night, if I had longer I would be a bit further on (talk about stating the bleeding obvious). I will try and get the belts finished tomorrow then move onto the troopers.

A Paler Shade of White

More work on the pilots this evening…

Only did about 30 minutes this evening as I had been off tromping round a field for a couple of hours putting up electric fencing. The horses are off to their summer paddock on Sunday so we were getting it ready to go.

These will get a bit more done tomorrow. I forgot to bring in the blue wash to add shadow to the grey areas around the head.

Whiter Shade of Pale

Well I have just spent a very long time painting two spacesuits white… if I ever need to paint a spacesuit again in the future it is going to be anything but white!

Still a very long way to go but some progress has been made. The faces have been repainted so often that I think the detail is going! Next time I will paint the. White then put a flesh wash over the top and see how it looks 🤔.

I decided that a blonde female would be a bit of a cliche so went for dark haired instead.

The neck collars are going to be the same colour as the knee and elbow patches and the belt apparatus…I haven’t a clue yet 😱.

Hopefully I will get a bit more time tomorrow evening, first up will be highlighting of the boots and gloves as it will be something that I am bound to forget.

Bug in the Wild

I thought I would photograph him out in nature…

I photographed the troopers too,

I also had a bash at painting the two pilots, bit of a disaster, both faces have been painted so many times. They just looked wrong at every attempt

I reckon they are going to go a bit shiny like the Reaper Bones do. The plastic is more rigid than the bones, but they still have some give in them. I forgot to spray the one with the red base and brushed undercoat on. In hindsight it was possibly a mistake.

We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Plasma Bug WIP

I made some more progress on the big bug tonight…It took over 2 hours to paint the bulb.

Not exactly what was in my head, but skill and vision ain’t exactly the same thing. That is not to say I am not happy with it, indeed it looks better in real life than in the photo, the problem was that the blending didn’t go exactly to plan, the darker colour was drying faster than I could get the lighter colour in.

Hopefully I can get him finished tomorrow and then get a bit further on with my fleet rescue pilot (proxy).

I put some very thinned light blue paint over the white to try and get a shade into the crevices. I will give her a dry brush of white to lighten the suit up a bit.

It is certainly getting towards that time of year as there is still a fair bit of light in the western sky.

Soon we will have about 22 hours of daylight and no real darkness.

Big Bugs and Good News

First up…

I did some work on the plasma bug, the black lines took forever. Every time I looked at it from another direction I had either missed a bit or had painted a white bit black. I am happy with it how it stands. Next up will be the blue bits, darker through to a light blue/white in the middle… well that’s the theory….

I also filled in some of the gaps on the large leech and then resprayed it. I did consider trying green stuff, but in the end I thought sod it and covered the gaps in gel superglue. I will find out tomorrow how it looks.

As for the good news, on Wednesday I was reserve candidate in a job interview, I have now been bumped up to preferred candidate. This is a secondment to the end of the term, but it means something. I have been a parachuted into schools as a head teacher three times, applied for a permanent post three times and each time have been told that I wasn’t quite up to scratch (paraphrasing a bit there). This one is a deputy head post, but I seem to have broken the curse or whatever it was that stopped me getting anywhere (different chair of the panel might have had something to do with it 🤔).

This was the view out of my Office (sort of) yesterday…

Not a bad view really. The high ground and cliffs in the distance is the South end if the island.

For anyone that is interested… home looks like this…

the photo above the map was taken from the sticky out lump (or the Wastside as people call it up here). One of the islands is missing from the map and that is Fair Isle this sits 24 Miles south of the main island (and only 25 Miles from North Ronaldsay in Orkney). The One to the extreme West is Foula.

Okay Geography lesson over….

Hopefully I will get some more done on the Bug tomorrow.

Worm Infestation

They just keep on coming! Ok maybe I should stop hitting print, but they are strangely satisfying.

I have decided on a red colour scheme for these… I did cock up the layer height on my first print. I bet you can’t tell which one it was!

The nice thing about the 3D printable files is that one can up and down. The dodgy print one is 100 %. The middle one of the double ones is the 100% one too.

Another package came in the post today…

I was a bit concerned that I was going to be building a whole pile more figures but nope, they came ready built and based 👍

They aren’t too bad size wise to the EM4 miniatures. These are pretty much the light infantry version…

And these the heavy infantry version (with two weird mutant things)

These are going to be painted up as Fleet Rescue (whatever colour they are).

Big day tomorrow, job interview for a deputy headship of one of our high schools, therefore early night tonight…

I will try and get the light infantry and the new stuff sprayed tomorrow evening.

Light Infantry… Back to square one

Well okay maybe not all the way back to square one but I just built the last of the Light Infantry.

I managed to get these done whilst being forced to watch the Hobbit. Anyway 3 were armed with the assault rifle, 2 with SMG’s, an officer type and a couple of heavy weapons. The HMG was a straight forward add arms to plastic body type of thing. The flamer was a bit trickier in that I needed to butcher various bits and pieces to take it from a skinny armed flamer lady to a male trooper. I don’t have a problem with females in the unit, just the arms looked totally wrong on the larger plastic body. I even tried adding a female torso but it still looked wrong. The heavy weapons came from the ganger set and not the trooper one.

I am considering painting these up as ‘fleet rescue’ but we shall see. It all depends on how my Star Saga minis look.

I managed another giant leech or two (the other is still printing) …

I cannot remember what percentage increase I put into the splicer… but he does look rather imposing.

Finally we were redecorating a wall in the lounge so my birthday present from a good few years came down. I thought I would take a photo of him.

A nice original watercolour that is close to 100years old. One of these days I will try and find out some more about him/ the regiment.

Light Infantry…Almost there

Yep the LI are almost done. Some highlights on the weapons and packs and I think I will call it a day…

But of course me being me, I just had to start on something else… so next up are some large scary leeches and a very large scary leech.

The one in the middle is the same as the two either side except I increased the size by 150%. The one at the back is 100% scale.

I just fancied printing something different. The first attempt was dire, they pretty much fell apart. Heads fell off, the fangs on the big one all snapped. All in all a bit rubbish. So instead of binning them I got the gel superglue out. I reprinted the head of the big one. The damaged on will be used on a base and will be erupting out of the ground. I will have to redo the teeth/fangs with Greenstuff but it should work fine.

I have forgotten the designers name. I will add it into future posts relating to them.

And finally I had something new to read this morning…

I rather enjoyed them. I think I will have to try and find another set.