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, 30 April 2013

The Invite to terminate...

Most of you will be aware of this little "community project" from other various forums where I've been getting people involved or at least shouting about it.

If your not, the concept was simple:-
1 Hour
1 pre-primed, ready to go epic (6mm) terminator.
What can you do with it?

Painters from all over the world have had terminators from me, and they're sending them back so they can be photographed together, and under the exact same conditios as each other so we can compare the models, but also compare notes on how the pieces were completed, our painting habits and such, with an identicle reference point between all the participants.

So far I've had less than 20 returned to me, but there's more than 30 more lurking out there waiting for their current owners to have a spare hour. Hopefully we'll get to see most of those at some point.

In the mean time, facebook has taken priority for this project, and the gallery can be found here: 

Thanks to all who have taken part so far, personally I'm finding it really interesting to see all the different ways people have approached the challenge - I hope the photos convey similar!

FYI - Mines the green one in the back ;)

Monday, 8 April 2013

Playing with the Coding

I'm banking on my mate Rich, who originally built this site for me, not reading this as if he does, he'll probably have a swift heart attack.....

Anyway, just a heads up really - I decided some time ago that I wanted to make the "For Sale" Page a Highlights reel instead as I never actually sold much through it - it all went through ebay!

This is all well and good and I threw down some waffle a while ago, but I'm now at the point that I'm playing with the core coding of the site to change the headers and such which the database and class files throw out.

Shouldn't be too hard, but there's always facebook as a backup should this all go wrong for a while....

Cross your fingers!

Friday, 15 March 2013

Kraytonians are here at last...

My Kraytonians are definitely my largest collection.
I worked for Dark Realm Miniatures for years.
I designed the game, Seeds of War, from which they originate.
When I desiged this site, it was one of the first galleries set up as a placeholder to see how it would all work.
But,somehow, even given all this, its taken me years to get any photos in there!

They're simply too big a force for me to photograph easily. As such even ow, they only pics I have for the site are of the latest batch of additions. There's a fair few models here, but they contribute only about an eighth of the total force to date!

None the less, I've included detail shots of all the units added with this batch, so its a fair start!

 My Seeds of war Kraytonians - 2013 additions. (20 pictures) 

Also, I'm slowly snapping units as I finish them ready for future galleries. Here's a little teaser - a 45mm AT gun I painted for use in Bolt Action, and also because I wanted to play with my airbrush and do some weathering before I think about doing 28mm tanks!

New Galleries: 0
New Pictures: 20

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

In the pipeline....

Its been a long time since I updated much at all here, and I've talked about the many projects I'm working on without much proof.

As we all kow "It didn't happen if there's not pictures", so here's a little "proof" that I have indeed been busy lately...

First up my Firestorm Invasion army. I only just Blogged the gallery for these guys earlier today, but as you can see its grown considerably since those photos were taken, and even the bases on the old models have been added to so it is in fact completely out of date already!

Then there's the last of the Kraytonian army which were painted a couple of months ago, and are actually almost ready for a proper gallery at last! The pic below is just the latest reinforcemets to the far larger complete force... 

Beyond that, I have finally had the excuse to work on a 28mm Soviet army of my own. I've wanted to since I did a commission force and had a few models kept in storage from those days. Of course, when I say a few... 

And then there's my flames of war forces. But whilst I've done a fair bit of work on them, there's few which I'd call complete just yet. They're ext up for final touches after just a few more soviets!  Then of course there's the "Tank Park" which is my current "To Do" board....

A fair selection of vehicles from different nationalities and eras on there. Mostly Forged in battle bought cheap from various sources - very nice models and I'll be painting as many as I can for ebay, so plenty of varied updates to come!

Well, that at least proves that I'm not idle even if it does fall short of a proper gallery update. More soon!

The HobbyBrush is back!

Yup, the site was offline for a few weeks... you didn't notice, did you? Apologies if you did!

It started to disappear from the interwebs after I'd uploaded my own Terran army gallery, As such I got distracted and never posted it on the news page. The army's now doubled in size, so it needs an update, but here's something you might have missed to tide you over...

New Galleries: 1 
New Pictures: 25

More soon (Honest! )