Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Basing the villa part 2

There. All done.

I dug out some Tamiya earth filler to fill some of the gaps where the building wasn't quite flat on the base, then added three rounds of drybrush, various emulsions "Pain Au Chocolate", "Mary Jane" and "Ivory Tusk". Then it was out with the PVA, multiple shades of static grass and some grass tufts.

Job done. Annoyingly the foam board has curled very slightly at the ends, so I may slap a layer of PVA and paint on the back to see if I can coax it to straighten again.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Basing the villa

After a bit of thought, I decided the Sarissa villa needed a base.

One sheet A3 black foam board, roughly cut with a bevelled edge. I've sealed the edge with PVA and then spread more PVA and laid some mixed rock/ballast (no idea where it came from) on it.

First layer of paint is raw umber acrylic (I'd have used the ubiquitous Sandtex bitter chocolate, but it's at the back of the store cupboard :D). I'm aiming as per the Realm of Battle boards to drybrush with a couple of lighter grey/browns before adding some flock and static grass.

In related news, I just backed this Kickstarter, for 3D-printable design files for Dark Ages buildings - it's from the Najewitz Modellbau folks. who used to do resin buildings (as reviewed on Meeples) but have branched into doing all their business as 3D designers.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Hammerhead preparation

No plan survives contact with the enemy.

This is equally true, it appears, of our club scenario designs for wargames shows. It's pretty safe to say that, once again, the rules we ended up wit at the end of this evening bore absolutely NO resemblance to the ones Dan turned up with at the start, despite them being almost 100% based on our tried and tested "bloke with a rifle" rules as originally created by Rob for our Dead's Army game.

On the good side, we do now appear to have a squad-level (rather than man-level) version of said rules!

As to what the game is? Check the Hammerhead site, or guess from the pictures ;D

Sunday, 17 February 2019

A quick raid on Hobbycraft

Per recommendations from folks on Twitter (and the fact that it's nearer the local supermarket than B&Q or Wilkos) I picked up some artists acrylics from Hobbycraft to continue work on the Warbases Mansio - no photos since it doesn't look much different from yesterday ;) They're the student end of the Daler/Rowney range.

Also picked up some A3 foam board for basing the villa, and some Loctite brush-on superglue for those bits of MDF buildings where waiting for PVA to cure is a pain :D

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Catching up

Sarissa's Dark Ages Villa, with quite a bit of
customisation and general tarting up. Figure
by Bad Squiddo Games (Cartimandua).
Yes, I am still alive, honest.

Those of you following me on Twitter should at least be aware of that, since I've been managing to keep the #hobbystreak hashtag going, usually in my lunch break (but by the skin of my teeth on a couple of days), since the start of the year, which, if nothing else, is keeping me saner than otherwise :D

A combination of being the only available tech at work over Xmas, dealing with James' UCAS applications and getting him to open days (compounded by his depression, needless to say), and an unexpected death in late January (a close friend who passed away while staying with us, for which I wound up doing most of the local organisation for the funeral while his wife was back in Shetland). Most of my scant free time wound up keeping up with pre-booked musical commitments and organising Hereward Wargames Show, but...

*heaves mighty sigh of relief*

I actually got to sleep in my own bed and with no guests in the house, for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday. (I now understand why some of our guests don't like our various spare beds - the sofa bed is a thing of horror!) And I'm actually sitting here in the living room with a laptop and nothing to do for most of the rest of the day.

So. Plans:
  • I'm going to move the master source of the #hobbystreak posts to here, as I do keep hitting the Twitter limit (me, verbose?). They'll still get crossposted.
  • The next episode of The Miller's Tale will happen once I've cleared the mess in the music room (various stuff got dumped in there to make space for the sofa bed - the house has been chaos, as if you hadn't figured! :D) which should (I'm not promising) be this week, I know what it'll be about, but you'll have to wait and see :D
  • The Dux Compendium will get finished. The batch of buildings I'm just about finished with (see Twitter) has me somewhat inspired. Currently, Anne is out Wednesday evenings as duty vet at the dog track, and since I'm no longer booked to record with the Meeples folks on Wednesdays, I'm aiming to make that my serious writing evening. (As an aside, on that score, I am rather miffed to have missed the British Library Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms Exhibition :)
  • Ongoing modelling projects - a Cruel Seas Kriegsmarine fleet,  more Dark Ages scenery, some Peninsular forces for SP2, and maybe the Skytrex WW2 naval fleets I have kicking around and some War of The Roses 28mms.
OK. Fingers crossed, the world is back to some semblance of normality.

Catch you soon!

Sunday, 6 January 2019

A belated Happy New Year

Well, that was an interesting year. Didn't quite go according to plan, but hey - what can you do? :D

For those following on Twitter, I still have the tail end of a cold, so I'm holding off on the next episode of The Miller's Tale until I can do so without having to spend an extra hour editing out coughs. That said - every cloud has a silver lining, and while I miss helping to co-present Meeples, it does mean I've produced more episodes in the past 6 months than in the previous... um... yeah. 5 years?

At this time last year, I was hoping to get to spend a few months putting in some full time work on varios wargaming projects - funny how this never quite works out, isn't it? On the plus side, I do now have an office in the converted workshop (which took FAR longer than planned), as well as a wargames retailer (PE2 Collectables. soon to be rebranded as Wargames Direct) at the bottom of my garden. I've been surprisingly good at staying out of temptation's way. even so - PE2C are mostly (very) useful for those "erm, Reuben, I've run out of Army Painter spray black..." moments.

Plans for this year... well, apart from Really Really Finishing the Dux Compendium? I'm currently doing the Twitter #hobbystreak tag, which given the number of hobby-related irons in the fire should mean I find something to do each day: having a workbench as part of my office does make it easier to get odd bits done in lunch breaks or at the end of the day. Apart from the blog, which has been sadly neglected since last January, I have a Cruel Seas fleet to assemble, some Peninsular Napoleonics to either paint or cause to be painted, and a bunch of Skytrex WW2 ships to paint. Once the Dux Compendium is done, I have the figures and background work for another project, of which more later.

So - Happy New Year, and I'll hopefully catch you online in short or long written form, or audio, or at a show!

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Merry Christmas

Just got back in from midnight mass.

Which I guess means all I have left to do before I turn in (having had the first slice of the Christmas cake with a slice of Wensleydale, and a decent scotch (Ardbeg 10yo)), is to wish all my readers (and I guess listeners) a very happy and peaceful Christmas in whatever way you choose to celebrate it.
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