Tuesday, 31 August 2010

NEWS - Pith Helmetted Head Available for Pre-Order

The 28mm Pith Helmetted Heads are now available for pre-order from Secret Weapon Miniatures, the set includes five different heads and will be cast in metal at a cost of $5.00 per set with shipping estimated on the 27th of September.


Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Race for Mechanisation - Chimera (Part 1)

I fear my terrible secret is out...

Koppenflak said...

If you'll forgive the observation, this blog recently sounds like it's gearing up for a l-e-a-f-b-l-o... Oh Right. Forbidden word!


It's true, I'm not ususally one for list optimisation, I prefer to pick out models I like and armies which I find fun to play over being some sort of WAAC loser. However the tournament I'm attending in a few weeks time is a team event, and my team are probably a little bit more competetive then me and I really don't want to let them down (too badly lol), so I'm going with a slightly more competetive list, which bears a certain resemblance to a 'Leaf Blower'. I'll admit I'm not convinced of it's effectiveness, it feels very fragile with only AV12 front armour, even if there are 9 such vehicles in the list (keep in mind it's only 1500pts), but I've been persuaded to try it out all the same.

Next up on the work bench - and yes this is all going on at the same time, christ knows how I'll get all of it done - are four Chimera, the bare minimum I need for the list I'm hoping to field.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Manticore (Part 1)

I fell in love with the Manticore kit when it came out, though not the Deathstrike, and picked one up with almost indecent haste, and now with a tournament on the horizon which requires rather alot of work for my army it's finally work in progress.

I'm sticking with my standard Grey colour scheme with the upper section and one side of the hull now finished, I'll press on with the other side and the belly over the next few days.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Sculpting Pith Helmetted Heads (Part 9)

Following a little minor work to the fifth head here's the finished set, hopefully!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Tutorial - Swapable Basilisk/Medusa Artillery Tank

I decided I needed a Medusa, well two actually, for a tournament thats coming up, the catch being I don't have a Medusa, or the money to splurge on a Forgeworld kit. What I do have is three Basilisk partially assembled so I decided I needed to come up with a way to field them as either a Basilisk or Medusa, given they're essentially largely the same this is fairly easy.

To do this you need:
1 Basilisk kit
1 Baneblade Demolisher Cannon Barrel
Length of 10mm Plastic Tubing (Thin)
Length of 8mm Plastic Tubing (Fat)

I'm sure you can already see where I'm going with this.

Stage one is to take your assembled Earthshaker Gun, this could even be done on a tank thats already been fully assembled allowing you to retro fit the ability to switch between these two vehicles.

Stage two is too saw through the barrel as close as possible to the breach assembly, this needs to be done very neatly and carefully otherwise you'll end up with a bad fit and gaps later on, use a hobby saw.

Now in stage three you need to fit the larger 10mm tube inside the breach assembly, push it in as far as possible, this should be about 50mm, then remove the excess, cutting neatly as with removing the barrel.

Stage four is means cutting two sections of the small 8mm tubing (or whatever else you have, this needs to slot inside the 10mm tubing neatly), this will want to be about 55mm long.

Now you can fix this 8mm tubing inside your Earthshaker barrel (ensuring that it is central and straight, check it, test fit it, because a wonky barrel will look silly! If you've done it right you won't be able to spot the difference between this finished piece and the original before you started your conversion.

You'll need to then do the same for the Demolisher Cannon barrel, once dried your good to go, Basilisk or Medusa on demand!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Sculpting Pith Helmetted Heads (Part 8)

And there we go, finished heads number four and five, despite a few problems I think these will fill the gaps in the set of 5 so each head is different - over to Secret Weapon now.

Monday, 9 August 2010

EBAY - Rare 30th Anniversary Gold White Dwarf - ENDING SOON

One last chance to purchase one of the VERY Limited Edition Gold Plated 30th Anniversary White Dwarf figures which were released as part of the 2007 30th Anniversary of White Dwarf. Just one of these figures was given away from each Games Workshop store with this one hailing from GW Exeter in Devon.

This item finishes just after 16:00BST today, leaving just over 6 hours from the time I'm posting this, it's currently selling at £51.00.

The Auction can be found HERE.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Sculpting Pith Helmetted Heads (Part 7)

Well I had thought this concluded, but not quite, I've been requested to sculpt a couple more heads for the Pith Helmet set, so that each pack contains 5 different heads and with a little time on my hands today I've got going on these two.

The first is a snarling face (and I can tell you I've been getting some odd looks from my girlfriend as I've been pulling faces in the mirror to get a good idea of what I'm trying to achieve!), the second is a minor resculpt of the basic closed mouth head with a mustache, which several enquiries about the heads have asked for - so here we go.

Hopefully these will be finished very quickly, over this weekend infact!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Sculpting Pith Helmetted Heads (Part 6)

Well thats it, pending acceptance by Secret Weapon Miniatures the heads are good to go, there are three variants, Mouth Closed, Mouth Open and Bearded - exactly the same range as a certain set of Pith Helmetted soldiers from the 4ast Millenium, can't imagine who they could be!

Assuming that they are accepted, and the noise has only been good so far, they could be available to purchase in metal from September.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Hobby Fund (1st August)

Not such a great month as it turned out, I never quite got round to updating my sales list, though ebay did bring in a little as did a couple of smaller commissions. I really must update my sales list this month as following purchases the hobby fund is now empty basicly.

I'm still thinking about that gaming table, but for the moment at least it will have to wait, still there are some good things on the horizon which should see a nice bit of income for the fund.

  • Starting Balance 1st July = £0.70

  • Sales in July = £55.50

  • Sales Fee's in July = -£4.98

  • Purchases in July = £0.00

  • Misc Income/Outgoings = £1.85

  • Balance 1st August = £53.07