dinsdag 20 augustus 2019

Nailed it

My old box of dress pins is perfect for nails. I think.


Getting there, slowly.....

zondag 18 augustus 2019

Ramshackle stonework

Slightly distracted, when these are painted I will finish the lot and call it a day for a while.

Plenty of other projects demanding attention, even if the hands are not cooperating with me....but I gotta keep busy.

donderdag 1 augustus 2019

Bricks and a bag of.....

REALLY had it with Blogger. For the past few weeks 2 Indonesian spammers seems to have unleashed some kind of offensive on my Blog. It started with 3-4 a day, and now it's up to 10-15 a day. I keep doing the same thing, report to Blogger as spam, then delete. It's just not fun anymore. Blogger just really does not give a shit anymore, I feel.

Anyhoo, do I go on or not? I have no idea who is still following is, and looking back at older posts it is really depressing to see so many posts worthless as the pictures are gone. But I also used it alot to motivate me hobby wise, so here goes.....

I've grabbed some unfinished foam ruin builds, finished them, and I'm not in the progress of painting them.
 I hope to have it finished by, why the heck not, sunday eveing?

 Did some work to make the Batllescale ruin a bit more to my liking. Thinking of making it a snow ruin now. Or not. Or maybe I do.

Wondering if I want to do a small 20mm project just for me. A equallish team of 30 troops, 1 gun, 3 vehicles for Russians and Germans, 1944. 3 or 4 bits of scenery. 1 Wood. 4x4 table. In the snow.....

Who knows, I might or I might not. Enough for today.

woensdag 10 juli 2019

Need a hand?

I wanted to start with:"Nothing much to report".....but that's not really the truth.

  • Yes, the hands still hurt, a lot more than what I was expecting. Plenty of things I can't do with the right one, the left is a lot more usuable, but....I don't think surgery fixed it. Shame.
  • This insurance company debacle is almost over, I signed and sent the last forms today, so I can put at least that part of the accident behind me and  focus on the future.
  • Still looking for a place to learn to handle my pain levels as the hospital has been set on hold for a indefenite period due to management leaving, and with the start of the holiday trying to contact anyone is a bit hard, but i have some emails sent none the less.
  •  I drew up the attic as a split kids room and as a hobby room as we want to give the kids their own space, either by me giving up my hobby room (Nikki already claimed my room!) or by splitting the attic. This has given us some ideas of cost, and what the kids want or not. Kim is dead set to give the kids their own private rooms. I don't really see the need yet, I lived in the same room as my brother till age 12, and the girls are turning 6 this weekend.....but better have plans ready. 
  • The original plan was to put me in the attic. In my last redraw I redrew my current hobby room as a office and relaxing space for Kim as she really needs one to blow off steam. Also, cost wise, it makes (currently) more sense to keep the attic generic so it can serve as the kids room now but can be used for everything really when and if they eventually move out of the house .....yes, we plan ahead! And I will be moving to what is now the girls room.....so basically Hobbyroom 2.0.
  • The clearing of the attic is going well. I'll spare you the pictures for now, but it has been sorted into keep (but check again at a later date to find more stuff to sell), trash (already in the bin, obviously) and a monumental pile of militaria, books and miniatures. When I get back from my holiday I've reserved 1 hour a day taking pictures and listing stuff on Ebay, salesgroups etc to get rid of it and stock up the war chest.
  • I bought a new PC. Well, a second hand one off of a 12 year old Fortnite player......Waiting for the M.2 SSD stand off screw toa rrive so I can speed it up even more, but for the next 2 years I'm set again PC wise, and no 10 minute loading times and crashes and the sound of a Phantom doing a quick afterburner run anymore. I had planned a large budget for 4-6 years, but decided to cut it by 2/3rd for just 2 years, and it fits my current needs. Already listed all of the salvageable parts of my old PC to make a few bucks back.
  • Hobby wise......I seem to manage a few hours a month atm. Too tired or too sore to do anything useful, and sorting and selling stuff takes up a lot of time.
So, quite a lot of stuff. Don't expect anything hobbywise for a while, I'm doing so little it is a bit pointless to Blog about it. I need to manage the pain and time before I can back int it.

But I think I will manage it. Eventually.

zaterdag 27 april 2019

Not dead yet :)

Hi guys,

Hand is healing up nicely, stitches came out fine, most of the skin surrounding it has dried and fallen off (no, I'm not a lizard alien, thanks) and I'm slowly....and sometimes not so slowly, using the hand more and more. 1 thing I keep forgetting is that I should not, in any way, should shake hands with men with even a half decent firm grip. It is improving, slowly, but sofar I've let a few (very manly) tears after meeting new people for trades, cause it <bleeping> hurts.

The numbness is still there, but I guess a bit less. The non finger parts of my hand still feel like someone has stepped on it with a hefty boot, and the entire hand feels thick and unresponsive at times. This has not stopped my hobby time, just it is slow going.

I'll live. Been told it will take 6-12 months to completely heal up to 95% effectiveness. Pain wise I just keep using the max reccomended dosage as my doc ordered and that is that.

Right, the hobby.

The gaming table is gone. Thought about selling it, but for the type I might get 10 euros a pop max. So...recycled into a workbench in the shed, managed to find some 2nd hand kitchen counter feet from a excellent quality, and a used kitchen counter top that was spot on what I wanted.  30 Euros spent on used parts but a good investment I think, makes a nice workspace for the 6-8 months a year I can work there

WIth the space now empty I've been looking at a Ikea Norden foldable table, but after getting outbid a few times in the 80-100 range for that sort of table, I looked at other options as I just wanted to get this done. Well, the Ikea Nordenfeld is a fold up table you connect to the wall and is new 35. Sure, not as heavy duty with storage as the other one.....but I found a used one for 10 euros 10 clicks from here, so picked that up and mounted it at standing level (for people of my limited height). Installed extra sockets that have USB connectors so I can install USB lights for photography. Been using it for a few afternoons and it works great, just thinking about making a small rig to support my phone so I can make top down shots easier. But that is no priority atm.

My hobby progress has been focussed mostly on 2 models, my Ork Battle Kroozer, now a Battleship as I read the stats wrong, and my fist crewmember of the Salvagers.

I'm not a power player, nor will I ever be. So a (hot shot) Laspistol, a grenade, 2 flares and a bionic hand is added to Joe Average. Maybe enhanced scanners because of his head. Still a bit rough around the edges, needs clean up and small extras, but otherwise ready to be painted.

The Battleship is being built organically, it just grows a bit whenever I work on it. After doing the math on how expensive it is to get the bits I want, I've run her up to Battleship status. That and after spending a good 2 hours on a turreted bombardment cannon, I found out the Battle Kroozer uses a combined torpedo tube/ bombardment cannon (Ack! Ack! Ack!) 

 I keep tacking on stuff, and on occasion ripping it off again. As she is my first Ork Battleship, I've chose a supporting one one, so Gorbags Revenge, the big Ork Carrier it is. Mine will just have a different name....to be decided later. This is the work done on the Starboard Launch Bays

And work done on the Port Launch Bays. Just using bits I have on hand, and mixing and not really matching as hey, Orks :) Also added the bridge  and more turrets and shield generators.

Also started a bit of work on some light tanks....a M3 for my Russians, and a TKS rearmed with a MG-34 for my Volkssturm.

Right, hand needs rest. I'm knackered.

dinsdag 2 april 2019

The joys of shopping around 2nd hand market stuffs

Sometimes you can make quite the catch.

Piko glass factory, H0 scale, PSC T-34/76 for scale. Bloody expensive when bought new, if you can find it at all. Secondhand....not so much.

It is almost complete, came with a big box full of aditional parts including a fence that completely surrounds it. It will need cleaning, and some adaptations to make it wargames proof/safe, and a base. I really want to get this done. When, I have no idea. I can make a proper fist now, but can't punch a dent in a wet newspaper, no strength at all in my hand.

maandag 1 april 2019

Chicks dig scars, right?

Swelling almost completely gone, wound is superclean (compared to the DIY ones) and I can almost make a clenched fist. I can't do anything with it yet, any kind of pressure on the fingers is instant major pain, but this should go away. I can type in 5 minute bursts.

Also made some decisions....

The rolling gaming table/storage cabinet will be disassembled. I'm not using it, it is too heavy, and it gets used just to pile crap on top. The cabinets will live on in the garage for storage, the wheels...I dunno. The cabinet it is in front now is partially empty and has the old Ikea cardboard storage boxes.  Those will get emptied and sold off. I have a lot of Ikea Moppe and they will move into that cabinet (I'm also removing the doors). I don't want to completely get rid of a table, so I have my eyes set on Norden folding table (not the huge one we have in the dining area, but the folding one which makes a undersized 3x3 foot if I want) which I want for photography, things with the kids etc.

The big brown cabinet behind me....I removed one whiteboard that will move to the front of the door. Removed all unfinished scenery from the top level into the To Do box. Big Brown Cabinet (aka BBC) is for finished scenery only. Motivation and all that.

Most of the drawers are now sorted, still a fair few bits to sell off. Not even going to mention the attic....darnit, just did.

Lots to sell, more focus, get some commissions done for extra cash as my phone is dying as well and the PC is....problematic.

woensdag 27 maart 2019

Regular posting will resume in a bit

Had surgery on my right hand yesterday, and will need to rest for a bit. Also, typing with 1 hand is bloody slow.

donderdag 21 maart 2019

Bricking the night away...

I get a brick, you get a brick, we all get bricks!

Test arch. I can do better.
 How my walls start life.

Centre biut will be my 2nd test arch

 I received a bits order and it included a proper weapon for my Undead Knight (Thingy) so fitted that. And now he is playing Croquet it seems.... One final check and then he is ready for primer.

donderdag 14 maart 2019

Yes, even more bleedin bricks...

....but now painted and finished. Well, the first ruin needs a bit more dust to tie it in, but that is for tomorrow. Done for today, and the scenery size reference is a Genestealer on a 32mm base.

woensdag 13 maart 2019

I see dead places

Took a break from the fences, took some MDF, 2 blocks of styrofoam and cut some thin sheets of Styrodur.

2nd coat of fixer for the sand tomorrow, then dry for 24 hours, and do the double black basecoat on friday. Also build the seperate door tomorrow or friday and insert.

Same really for the wall. Trimmed down the base, sanded it, needs a bit of filler etc in places plus a second fixer coat and then too 24 hours of drying and setting time.

Found a mini Me for 15 cents. Will get the same treatment