Part kit review! 

Posted: February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

It’s been a long while since I did anything resembling a kit review so I figured I’d have to put this one up as I’m just so baffled. 

As a note, I’m on holiday. I wasn’t doing any modelling this holiday so purposely didn’t pack any. Which would of course lead us upto discovering that an awesome model shop was on our best walking route to town. 

I couldn’t help it – I needed one. So given how when faced with racks and racks of kits I tend to dither way too much I asked my wife to pick me a starter set out, me thinking it would be enough to satisfy my itch. 

She floored me a little by picking out a revell one instead of the wall of airfix is been looking at – I’d not really noticed the revell starters she found myself. 

So:

  
It was packaged with 3 paints, glue and what turned out to be a double ended paintbrush – basically all bar the knife & clippers I thought. 

Not quite. 

It’s either been way too long since I tried an out of the box starter level kit or revell have a strange way of doing starters. 

I’ll go piece by piece here. 

The paint:

  
Two shades of grey and bright orange. Ok, this is a little of the bafflement factor, I’ll explain more later – but notice the decal sheet next to them, they have even provided r2d2’s dome markings as a decal. 

The brushes. 

I can’t stand them up in my usual pot at home- very strange! Reasonable base coat one end and the other feels more like a purposed drybrush. 

The glue. 

Standard revell liquid glue in those pots with the needle spout, fr experience you have to be careful not to let the spout foul as its a bugger to clear. Otherwise not a bad glue. 

I just haven’t had to use any….

The kit.

Revell x-wing, 1:112 scale (I felt like crying looking at the rack, not a single Star Wars kit was the same scale – even the tie was 1:110! I mean it’s so bloody close they could have picked one! And what was wrong with using 1:100 or 1:144 that they use for other series?) 

It’s mouldings are crisp, very little flash to deal with, and the detail is nice. The instructions are the first like it I’ve come across – full colour and quite clear assembly instructions (I was still going too fast clipping stuff out though and ended up doing detective work when I realised I’d got three not quite identical laser cannons off the sprue though!) 

  
My one gripe with the kit instructions is as yet I’ve found no reference to the base grey white colour! It could be that they intend you to leave the bare plastic but I’ve got no intention of doing that. 

Which nearly brings me back to the other ‘starter kit’ issue. The kit wants ten colours for the various detail sections. Remember the pic? Three. Yup – and the packaging obscured the back of the kit box so I didn’t see the ‘required paints’ bit. 

Right. So far we’ve got a nice kit, with a funky brush, some glue I’ve not really needed as yet and three not really relevant paints out of the ten suggested. 

So here it is so far:

  
I’ve ignored the paint scheme on the diagrams, I’m going to ignore most of the decals too – it’s just too much to put decals on for r2’s dome instead of just painting it. 

Summary: I like it, but it’s gonna have to wait till I get home and settled to get back painting it!

I shall continue after I’ve done some more on it 🙂 

5/25/-20

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We had a good weekend! Started off with a Friday night game of the Battle of Britain – did a little bit of rules tinkering and development and then the raf got comprehensively shot out of the sky, with only the last two heros of ‘the few’ diving into the fray making a dint in the german squadron! 

Saturday we started with a couple of 15 point skirmishes and rounded off with a 2v2 game with the 15 point armies. My skirmish pitted Drake McBaine and his net & freebooter force against Denegra – which I lost, but fun was had! 

I came out on top with my Merc Caine list (we fudge the lists somewhat to use models we like the look of) in the bigger game, backed up by some solid work from Mike’s protectorate force. That was despite Denegra influencing one of my warjacks to beat his buddy half way to scrap in a single turn! 

   
    
    
 
Alas I realised too late that I would need to go in the loft to get the scenery out and as if already got the kids to bed we improv’d a pond and some woods. 

Anyways – looking forward to the next games night! 

Ill update the lead tally next post – I’ve done a couple of devil dogs but not finished the unit and I can’t remember what the total’s at now! 

See you next time! 

January has been a blur since I went back to work- routine with shifts and kids and life has meant that I’ve been looking at the icon for this blog on my phone and still not managing to get myself sorted to post something! 

That doesn’t mean however I have done nothing to post about 😉 

I’ve been chipping away at the lead pile, slower due to being back at work than the Christmas break that’s true, but still chipping. 

I’ve kept my focus on the warmachine and haven’t been derailed too much yet, so I’ve painted another few solos and the last of the jacks. 

In the order of painting –

Kell Bailoch (merc sniper)

  

  

  

 

Next up : Dirty Meg 🙂

Very happy with this one, took a bit longer and it’s my first attempt with darker skintones, but I think she came out ok. 

   

  


And last up for now – Thor Steinhammer and his Avalancher! 

   
    
 
That’s all for now, hopefully more soon! 

4/23/-19

🙂
   

Happy new year to the internet! December was frantic with last minute diy and tidying and decorating and preparing…. So no updates! 

  

However, christmas came and went, the kids have been pretty good to us and have been merrily crafting away with drawings painting and sticking stuff and as a massive bonus during the clear up we’ve managed to make the painting stations re-useable! So the week has transformed into a bit of a painting and gaming marathon 🙂 

So while the kids have been painting old school plastic warhammer chaos dwarfs in vivid blues purples and pinks we’ve been hard at the painting ourselves! I got a box full of 1:300 scale ww2 aircraft to use for the Battle of Britain game I’m working on and a couple of nice 1:48 scale airfix kits of british army vehicles. 

As a Christmas bonus we decided to re-set the lead counter at Christmas (on Boxing Day so the presents wouldn’t count 😛 ) rather than wait till new year, mostly because I completely lost track and to give ourselves a positive start for the year. Since I’ve not been to the shop yet this year my total is already looking good! 

I was so desperate to start the planes I based and undercoated them the day after Boxing Day! While I was waiting for the spray to dry I grabbed a warmachine figure out of the cabinet and painted her up – start to finish in one hit which I was a bit stunned by, I don’t usually ever manage that! 

Anastasia di Bray- looking a little bit Buffy now I look at her but I’m happy enough with the paint job 🙂 

   
 
Now the planes! 

I’m trying to make a ww2 air combat game and I’ve started with the Battle of Britain as its pretty iconic. So for a fairly typical combat I’ve got 4 me 109’s (I know they should be called bf 109’s, but more people recognise the me designation) 4 me 110’s (same thing with bf) and 3 he-111 bombers for the Germans and 4 spitfires and 4 hurricanes for the Brits. I’m hoping that I should be able to make a few good games out of that lot! 

As it stands I’ve already painted the Luftwaffe, the markings aren’t all correct and they are a bit rough as my freehand is awful but they give a feel of being historical at games mini’s which looks good enough for me! 

So the Luftwaffe: 

   
 

The Hurricanes are not far off and the spots are half way there. I’ll update those when finished. 

Now – Undercity! The iron kingdoms board game we bought ourselves for Christmas. 

It’s great! It’s four player co-op with a good villain mechanism that keeps things rolling and actually can put a lot of pressure on the players (when you do it right – we were on the third game before we got it all figured out!). 

The only let down for me personally was the soft plastic of the figures, I was hoping for a harder Wargames quality figures but I understand the logic behind using soft plastic for a chuck it back in the box game. I’ve been linked to a hardening process guide that I might try in the future if I decide to paint the figures. I might give it a go on some airfix dudes first to see how it goes. 

We’re on course to finish it within a week so I’m looking forward to more games! 

So I’ll round out today’s post with my first lead tally report of the year:

0/12/-12 

Just gotta keep it up now 🙂 

Happy new year to the internet! December was frantic with last minute diy and tidying and decorating and preparing…. So no updates! 

  

However, christmas came and went, the kids have been pretty good to us and have been merrily crafting away with drawings painting and sticking stuff and as a massive bonus during the clear up we’ve managed to make the painting stations re-useable! So the week has transformed into a bit of a painting and gaming marathon 🙂 

So while the kids have been painting old school plastic warhammer chaos dwarfs in vivid blues purples and pinks we’ve been hard at the painting ourselves! I got a box full of 1:300 scale ww2 aircraft to use for the Battle of Britain game I’m working on and a couple of nice 1:48 scale airfix kits of british army vehicles. 

As a Christmas bonus we decided to re-set the lead counter at Christmas (on Boxing Day so the presents wouldn’t count 😛 ) rather than wait till new year, mostly because I completely lost track and to give ourselves a positive start for the year. Since I’ve not been to the shop yet this year my total is already looking good! 

I was so desperate to start the planes I based and undercoated them the day after Boxing Day! While I was waiting for the spray to dry I grabbed a warmachine figure out of the cabinet and painted her up – start to finish in one hit which I was a bit stunned by, I don’t usually ever manage that! 

Anastasia di Bray- looking a little bit Buffy now I look at her but I’m happy enough with the paint job 🙂 

   
 
Now the planes! 

I’m trying to make a ww2 air combat game and I’ve started with the Battle of Britain as its pretty iconic. So for a fairly typical combat I’ve got 4 me 109’s (I know they should be called bf 109’s, but more people recognise the me designation) 4 me 110’s (same thing with bf) and 3 he-111 bombers for the Germans and 4 spitfires and 4 hurricanes for the Brits. I’m hoping that I should be able to make a few good games out of that lot! 

As it stands I’ve already painted the Luftwaffe, the markings aren’t all correct and they are a bit rough as my freehand is awful but they give a feel of being historical at games mini’s which looks good enough for me! 

So the Luftwaffe: 

   
 

The Hurricanes are not far off and the spots are half way there. I’ll update those when finished. 

Now – Undercity! The iron kingdoms board game we bought ourselves for Christmas. 

It’s great! It’s four player co-op with a good villain mechanism that keeps things rolling and actually can put a lot of pressure on the players (when you do it right – we were on the third game before we got it all figured out!). 

The only let down for me personally was the soft plastic of the figures, I was hoping for a harder Wargames quality figures but I understand the logic behind using soft plastic for a chuck it back in the box game. I’ve been linked to a hardening process guide that I might try in the future if I decide to paint the figures. I might give it a go on some airfix dudes first to see how it goes. 

We’re on course to finish it within a week so I’m looking forward to more games! 

So I’ll round out today’s post with my first lead tally report of the year:

0/12/-12 

Just gotta keep it up now 🙂 

We’ve been on something of a nostalgia trip lately for the old student days of rp games and playing network pc games so we decided to see if we could get a network game of neverwinter nights up and running. 

Not as easy as first thought! 

For one thing the desktop pc’s haven’t been reassembled since we moved a year and a half ago and they were probably at the point of needing a re-build then. We were given an old pc last week off parents who weren’t using it so we figured we’d dust off some of the old games and have a go. 

Turns out that it’s not as easy as we’d hoped, the free PC is lacking on the graphics and the laptop is running windows 8 and isn’t all that happy trying to run games last run on windows xp. 

Trying one of our old pc’s didn’t help, as it was refusing to even boot properly. 

This is going to turn into a bigger project than I’d envisioned! 

Fingers crossed that we manage to sort it out next time we try! 

Busy busy busy…

Posted: December 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Apologies, I’ve fallen off the update train again! We’ve had a rather busy few weeks and I’d not managed to actually get to the stage of blogging. Have managed to watch a movie, commentary further down! 

I’ve done a little more assembly work of the big box of bits but with Christmas approaching we’ve suddenly realised we had promised to hold the Christmas Eve Santa visit (previously held at my mother in laws, but she’s feeling a bit old to be dodging a house full of toddlers now) that is a tradition. Only our house ain’t exactly finished so we’re on a drive to blitz the last few jobs and make it safe and secure for little ones to rattle around in for a couple of hours! 

The upside of this is that the house might actually be completely decorated by Christmas which would be nice and then hobby related stuff can commence with abandon! 

Speaking of abandon – I’m not going to put the lead tally on this time as I’m not sure whether I’ve updated/bought anymore since the bit box of monsters arrived.

If I can figure it out I’ll put it up later. 
The Hobbit, extended edition.

We stumbled across this in the supermarket – we’d been waiting for it instead of buying the regular versions and it had just that day turned up. 

Worth the wait.

There’s a lot of little scenes that didn’t make the final cut (and a few big ones too come to think of it) and they add depth to it all, added build up and some of the light hearted bits of the book that were missing are in there. 

The battle scene gets a fair bit of a boost too, and shows why the dwarfs were less afraid of the elves than you might have expected given what we see of their archery in the Lord of the rings. 

Overall I liked it. As for the grumbles about tauriel and the extra character arcs (and other extra characters) I think they only added extra dimensions to it, given how little of the dwarven characters we actually get to read in the book. It is after all only one book. 

Next up, I’m gonna watch the extra 9 discs of extras……