News, Updates & ramblings

This Blog is acting as the news and updates page for my new website,

The website itself is the archive of my painting through the last decade or more, with easy navigation around what now amounts to over 3000 images of wargames figures & display miniatures.

It is also the repository for my musings, workbench notes and reports on all things gaming and miniature painting that I get up to.

I've been collecting miniatures for 24 years and have covered most scales, periods and styles in that time. Don't expect consistency on one project here - there will be variety in project, but hopefully consistently high standards!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A tooth for a tooth, and an eye....for a giant... ??

Its a couple of weeks unit I'm meant to have a host of giants painted up for a local event.

"Host" currently stands at two!

I have 3 little Ral partha giants, a grenadeir goblin war giant and none other than the truly massive Otherworld Miniatures Giant all put together &/or in early stages of painting.

I also have another Metal warhammer O&G giant which I've almost finished the putty work on as I'm converting it to be swinging a gobline fanatic by the leg.

So a tight deadline, but a lot on the way.

wearing goggles is a must!

I was drilling the beast that is the otherworld giant and it went together really nicely. Goggles on, careful planning, no worries. It is one of the best fitting kits I've worked on (though the sheer weight of it does mean steel pins are an absolute must!)

Shaving your head, optional
I finished the job, took my goggles off, sat back and looked at it. I ran my hand through my hair as I did so.

That was my error. Some of the pewter burrs from the drilling had been waiting to strike from the safety of my hair.

Long story short, I now have a minor operation to have tomorrow, to remove some entrenched metal flakes from my eye, and possibly stitch a flap of eyeball back into place.

Dont expect much new painting from me for a while, not small scale stuff anyway, so at least I have the giants to work on!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

The World of Twilight...

yes yes, I know its been quiet here, but a lot's been happening in the "real world" lately, and I'm pleased to be able to say that a fair bit has been happening in the workshop too :)

Having taken 51 weeks to get the first model painted frommy modest World of Twilight collection, inspiration hit and I've finished up not just the first unit of Enuk knights, but also the first unit of militia for my Fubarnii Empire Forces.

So, there's a modest update to the Twilight Fubarnii galleries today. (6 pictures)

There have been other projects afoot, which will hopefully start bearing fruit int he next week or two. Well, they better had, or I'm going to be in some trouble!

Gallery count: 0
Picture count: 6
Models Bought: 0
Models Painted: 12
Months into the Pledge: 0.6

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Taking the Pledge....

Thats it! This is MAD! I'm taking the Pledge!

Well, I'm taking a variety of "the pledge".

Confused? Let me explain....

The pledge is a commitment to paint more models every month than I buy.

I, like most gamer / collectors have always had a huge lead mountain. However, over the last 6 months I have come into a staggering amount of models on the cheap. Friends closing down trade stands, clearing out old stock and just generally being in the right place at the right time. Deals I could never turn down, but its become simply ridiculous. My flat now resembles the back room of a well stocked hobbyshop.

Thus, my Pledge is a modified one.

I hereby Pledge, that month on month, I will Paint more miniatures than I buy. Furthermore, I pledge that henceforth I will only purchase with funds made from the selling of figures(painted or not).

That way, I should not only start to finish some of the myriad of projects I've currently got partially done, but also be inclined to not just expand my cabinets every month, but actually get on with selling some stuff too, making my hobby self-sufficient once again!

Looking at my workshop, I have a lot of figures nearing completion that have been around for a while, so that should give me a head start, but lets see how long I can keep it up!

Oh, and I suppose I'd better start with a new model hadn't I...
The Twighlight Gallery is Open with my first Fubarni knight. More to come very soon! (4 pictures)

Gallery count: 1
Picture count: 4
Models Bought: update at end of month
Models Painted: update at end of month
Months into the Pledge: 0