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 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.