A quick update….

Hey guys, sorry I basically dropped off the face of the planet. I’ve been …tired.

A few things happened – as you (probably) know, through 2019 and especially the latter half, I was becoming more and more stressed and overwhelmed in general (mostly due to agency bullshit around looking after my dad), and work, and so needing to do round-ups, well, the extra pressure didn’t help. Also, becoming more socially isolated as some regular friends seemed to drop off the face of the planet and never returned calls. Still, even as I stopped posting, I was still managing to get some painting done, though I was too burnt out to photograph, write posts and all that.

At the end of the year, the day before the anniversary of my mother’s death 2 years ago, Marouda and I took my dad out to a (pre) Christmas lunch. Not because of the proximity to Mum’s passing, but because he didn;t get to go to a different Christmas lunch, so we were making it up to him in a way – As we were leaving, Marouda got a mis-text from a “friend” who I paint kits for having a big old complain that I was taking a long time for this one kit he wanted done, even though I’d spent at least 2 12-hour Saturdays just weeks before with his (adult) son painting his kits together – a mix of doing stuff and mentoring on how to do other stuff. There was even the word “fucking” in there.

So I rang him, and basically gave him both barrels a number of times. I also used fucking as pretty much every second word. It felt fucking good, as well.

Then I didn’t paint again, until a couple of half-arsed scenery sessions in Jan/Feb, and that’s pretty much where I am now as far as painting goes. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft instead, because it takes less effort and occupies my brain in a way that painting doesn’t. Painting works as a zen thing, and I can listen to music or podcasts and think. WoW is constant problem-solving, so that occupies my mind in a much fuller and “immersive” way.

Then the fires hit. I’m in Melbourne, so I wasn’t directly affected, though it was weird seeing the smoke haze so heavy across the summer, and seeing things like Gyms and pools close. Still, seeing people pull together was heartening, and things like Vic Minis’ bushfire relief appeal was something that was able to bring a smile to my face.

Those friends I mentioned before? I even called them in early Feb to try to figure out what was going on, but basically got deflected and again, they never called back. Still don’t know what the deal is there, but whateverthefuck at this point. If people want to be like that, and I mean so little to them that they can’t initiate a call or even return a call over the span of months – then I’m essentially left with picking from two choices – either keep calling people who don’t call back or bother to call us at all which to my mind basically just morphs into crawling/begging – or essentially saying fuck ’em – and writing them off.

It’s not a hard choice. It’s basically been made for me. No prizes for guessing the correct one.

But now there’s something even more important than my butthurt feelings. COVID-19. While Marouda and I aren’t old enough that we’re in the danger zone, and we’re pretty healthy after a year of regular gym and healthy eating (not that anything is a guarantee), my father is in a whole lot of the high-risk categories. Over-70, diabetes, heart issues, emphysema, history of strokes and a couple of mini-heart attacks. If he gets it, he’s fucked. He’s really only got us to care for him, and naturally I’m in a job that exposes me to sick people all too often, and one that the Government seems to have no intention to allow remote work anytime soon. So I need to try to isolate him as much as possible (no more catching the fucking bus to the fucking supermarket, dad!) and also supply him with food, water and companionship. While working in a petri dish.

Hoo fucking ray.

So like I said. World of Warcraft>Painting for me right now.

Oh, and the fridge died today. Had to rush to get a replacement and got super lucky to have a guy willing to deliver it same day (on a Sunday afternoon) for an extra $50 cash. Replacing it wiped out our cash on hand though – but I guess it’s better than having it die in a month when the country is much further in the shit and things like whitegoods are no longer readily available.

Stay safe guys, and look after your vulnerable ones as well. I’ll still read and/or comment from time to time, but I don’t know if I’ll be painting much in the next while – hopefully I’ll see you on the other side of this.

Yong Out!

Destino December ’19 – Community Painting Challenge.

One of the hardest parts about these challenges is coming up with (semi) interesting concepts, rather than just cycling through Units/Neglected/Something else each month. Well, that and doing round-up posts. 😛

Now December brings us Christmas, and so with both of these things in mind, I’ve decided to do something slightly different. It’s time to find a miniature (or a few) that you’ve really wanted to paint – or get finished. Now they could be a model you’ve had for decades and still not gotten around to painting. It could be a brand new release. It could be a model that’s been out for four years that you just finally picked up.

I’d count something like this for myself. Because whenever I saw it sitting around, I WANTED to paint it!

So yes, it’s basically a “finish anything you want” type month, though the onus is on you to be honest. I mean, I’ve got a unit of shitty plastic dwarves I’ve been wanting to finish for awhile – but that’s because I want to get them done and out of the way. They’re not models that inspire me, so they really don’t count at all.

To paraphrase Marie Kondo, we’re looking for a model (or models) that “Spark Joy” when you see it/them.

Here’s some personal examples:

  • Almost any of the AoS models (End Times+ era) that I’ve picked up that I’ve been “saving” until I get more of the neglected backlog done.
  • Forge World Chaos Ogres, Forge World Fimir, Forge World Chaos Dwarf Bull Centaurs.
  • Various Primaris Heroes.
  • That squad of Primaris Marines on my desk
  • That squad of OG Marines that need a resurrection
  • That Ultramarine* Terminator Captain conversion/kitbash on my desk that I started in 1992.
  • Redemptor Dreadnought on my desk.
  • That old Predator tank that I just rebuilt from garbage model parts.
  • Quote a few of those Classic Ork models.
  • …and heaps more.

This one fit the bill for me…

Here’s some that don’t qualify (again, for me) – examples of things that I need to finish that don’t “Spark Joy” to me: (doesn’t mean I dislike them at all, but they don’t give me that little burst of excitement/enthusiasm endorphins when I look at them).

  • That BA-ish captain on my desk.
  • That IW Hero on my desk.
  • That unit of Dwarves
  • That unit of Uruk-Hai
  • Sam Gamgee x4
  • Endless Endless Spells
  • Not-Shadespire Terrain
  • A fair few of those classic Orks.

Nope!

Hopefully this helps to illustrate what December’s challenge is about. Think of it as finishing model(s) that will serve as a Christmas present to yourself!

Now go, and fulfill your DESTIIIIIIIIIIIIINO!

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Razorback AFV (MechaNovember ’19)

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Razorback AFV

Something new finally for my neglected Flesh Tearers force! This Razorback was purchased second-hand from an internet-friend in Tasmania (Nerdfest), along with a bunch of other tanks and models. Many of the infantry have been reborn into Various Minotaurs that I’ve painted and shown here, while the vehicles have sat in a bit of a limbo, since I seem to be bad at getting that sort of thing completed.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Razorback AFV

Nerdy actually did the basic build as well as added all of the bones to the front, and had even basecoated the thing red and then done the subtle black fade on the lower portion. He’d also masked much of the lower portion with blu-tac which I then just needed to strategically rub off to show the silver base underneath and create the paint chipping. My contribution was adding the 3D-printed Flesh Tearers icons, painting the metal and black, the details and adding more paint chips where I felt he vehicle would have more wear (on the ramps where they touch the ground, around hatches, etc) and the weathering. And obviously I also needed to paint the bones.

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Razorback AFV

The turret is made from pieces that clearly come from either two or three different resin kits. I’m not 100% sure if he’d intended for the shroud to go with the assault cannons on this, as they’re clearly from different kits and needed a little bit of filing and bodging to get together, bit they look alright once glued together. Both the turret and top plate of the Razorback are removable as well, so I could theoretically turn it into a Rhino APC or even A Predator Light tank (sans sponsons).

Flesh Tearers Space Marines Razorback AFV

Still, I’ve had this thing sitting around for a few years now, and even though updates have been difficult to get up, having these challenges (which started simply as personal challenges) has still helped me on a personal level to get stuff done – it’s the only reason I managed to motivate myself to pull this thing out of the cabinet and complete it! I’m now working on trying to get another (much older) Rhino completed as well for a different force, and have started on another of my ex-Nerdfest vehicles to add to the Flesh Tearer’s motor pool!

WAAAAGH! Pt.22: RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Trooper, 44202/3 Space Orks (1988) (Kev Adams)

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Trooper, 44202/3 Space Orks, Oldhammer 40k, Rogue Trader, 1988, Kev Adams

Another four Oldhammer 40k Space Orks today – some that I didn’t manage to get finished last month for Orktober. But still – done a little late is still done! The three on the left are from the 44202/3 range, while the rightmost Boy is the “interesting” trooper sculpt from the Space Ork Raiders box. The leftmost boy with the bionic(?) eye also seems to have a Kev Adams Goblin face, so I’m not sure what’s been going on there with Da Doks…

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Trooper, 44202/3 Space Orks, Oldhammer 40k, Rogue Trader, 1988, Kev Adams

Aside from that, these Boyz keep the desert/Blood Axe-y theme running. I tried to emulate a MARPAT-ish arid digital camo on two of their helmets this time. The Space Ork Raider Boy is also wearing a couple more scavenged armour pieces from our Sons of Dorn…

This leaves me two more to go from this batch of old-school Ork Boyz, and then an additional five for the “Paint 25 Orks by the end of the year” pact I have going with Wudugast….

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower (Colin Dixon, 1998) (MechaNovember ’19)

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Following up from the crew, who I managed to complete a month or so ago, I’ve finally gotten the actual War Machine that they crew painted! Well, there is a little caveat there – I still can’t find the bolt nor the crank that are part of the kit. Since it was an eBay jobn a few years ago, I’m not 100% sure if I even have the crank, but I do know that I have the bolt. Once I find them, individually or together, I’ll paint them up and glue them down, I suppose…

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Here’s the Bolt Thrower itself. Nothing too amazing without it’s crew. Just a reasonably neat piece, mostly wood and metal. Still, combined with the crew it looks good, and that’s kinda the point! Bolt Throwers being War Machines, and War machines being mechanical, this also fits into November’s painting challenge. So with this thing finished, I’m finally out of the gate!

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Umbral Spellportal (Contrast Paint Experiment #13)

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

A quick one today, we have the Umbral Spellportal(s) from the AoS Maligh Sorcery box set, which I am (VERY) slowly working my way through…

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

The paintjobs were pretty straightforward, even if they took me forever because I was being pretty careful. This time it was a sprayed base coat of Grey Seer, with a zenithal overspray with white. Contrast Aethermatic Blue (diluted with medium) over the top of that, one side at a time laid flat and not glued to the base to get that depth rather than havint he contrast all go down to the bottom of the models. Careful down-only drybrush with white to re-highlight the “tops” of the “flames”. Varnished to protect the WIP, then the gold was carefully picked out, then washed, drybrushed, and then job done. Shame it took me about three months to get them done.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

Baturally, it wasn’t until I was writing the post when I looked up their effects (and the names of the bloody things, to be quite honest) and found that they’re actually spell portals rather than people portals, so the Khorne guys above are using them incorrectly to shoot ahead by about 12 feet. Ah well. I’ll live.

WAAAAGH! Pt.22: Another three RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) (Orktober ’19)

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer, 44202/3 Space Orks

Quick post today showing the last three of October’s models. Here’s the money shot upfront of all the Old-School Orcs done for Orctober. Not too shabby, I reckon. They’re also pretty fond of those Sons of Dorn, my Orks….

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer

No ETA on any round-ups. The short version is the shed is a dumpster at the moment, with the table covered in spray cans, boxes and half-sprayed bits of scenery. The weather is alternating between Aussie-summer-hot and cold and shitty and stormy, and I’m as busy as fuck with work due to being in the final few weeks before the end of November when everything comes to a peak. My current downtime is a small amount of painting and a lot of videogames and a break from intense blogging. I’m also in a fitness challenge at the gym this month where the categories are losing overall weight/dropping body fat percentage/dropping visceral fat/gain of lean body mass and a couple of other categories. So that means extra workouts, which=more tired, can’t be arsed blogging, or getting around to cleaning up the shed, and then round and round we go.

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer

So it’s not in a terrible way, but I just can’t be bothered blogging much right now. Some years I pretty much just drop off the face of the planet this time of year. I don’t want to dump the challenges – both for your motivation as well as my own – I still want to get my own models done, even if I don’t have the hours that it takes to spend on the blogs doing all the posting and admin. I’ll post when I can, but I’m not going to knock myself out over my hobby blog right now. 🙂