Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Progress on Ork Nobz ... and a Spitfire!

After weeks of not painting, inertia had set in. And trying to get started again was awfully hard. Granted I was tired out after every work day but I was just clinging to every other excuse - watching TV, reading books, playing the latest video/PC games (Diablo 3 anyone?) - to not start painting.

Was I finally fed up with the hooby? Gork (ork pun intended) forbid, of course not! I guess I was just daunted at the huge array of miniatures I have yet to paint. It's easy to say a thousand miles begins with a single step ... yada yada ... but I still looked at my paint workstation with a measure of dread.

Well, I have finally managed to drag my lazy ass bum to the workstation and continue my work on the Ork Nobz from the Assault on Black Reach set. Managed to basecoat all five miniatures and give a combination wash of Badab Black and Devlan Mud. So next up will be the mid-tones.

Ork Nobz (Front view, progress so far)
Ork Nobz (Back view, progress so far)

The following is a detailed look at the miniatures before and after the wash.

Ork Nobz 1 (Basecoated, Before Wash)
Ork Nobz 1 (Basecoated, After Wash)
Ork Nobz 2 (Basecoated, Before Wash)
Ork Nobz 2 (Basecoated, After Wash)
Ork Nobz 3 (Basecoated, Before Wash)
Ork Nobz 3 (Basecoated, After Wash)
Ork Nobz 4 (Basecoated, Before Wash)
Ork Nobz 4 (Basecoated, After Wash)
Ork Nobz 5 (Basecoated, Before Wash)
Ork Nobz 5 (Basecoated, After Wash)

Just this week, I accidentally came across a magazine cum die-cast airplane model offer for just RM9.90 (US$3) at a local bookstore. It's one of those magazine/model publications that seems to be all the rage again in Malaysia and Singapore. Me ... I am not too much of a fan myself but when I saw the model on offer, it was just too good to pass. Moreover, it happened to be my all-time favourite airplane ... the Spitfire. Here are some pictures I took of it.

Guess I am back on the hobby track again, albeit at a slower pace. Hope to do more painting soon.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

All quiet on the hobby front

A slew of 'happenings' meant that time spent on the miniature hobby has been ... well ... non-existent. Starting a new job, catching up on Warhammer 40K lore, continuing my adventure in what is IMHO the best console franchise I have ever experienced, and the return of two of my favourite TV shows all kinda combined to ensure nothing got done at the hobby front.

Catching up on my reading

Managed to read two Warhammer 40K books at a rate of one per week. Black Library's Space Marine Battle novels are just nice for a quick entertaining read if you are pressed for time. Having read three books in the series so far, my favourite remains the first one, Rynn's World by Steve Parker.

Playstation 3's most awesome franchise ever

It's about time Steven Spielberg/George Lucas made an Uncharted movie
I can't recommend Uncharted 3 highly enough. It's a freaking incredible ride of console gaming heaven. Naughty Dog, the creators of Uncharted, has kept the franchise on an upward track with each new game in the series surpassing the previous one. Only mid-way through the game, I have been unwilling to put it down long enough to do any miniature painting. Also looking forward to Uncharted 3's new Co-Op mode as it will my son and I some quality time together.

All my free time tied up in a neat little bundle

Supernatural (left) and Mad Men (right)
To top it all off, two of my favourite shows are back with new seasons on satellite TV. Supernatural is back with Season 7 while Mad Men weighs in with Season 5. Looks like it will be even quieter on the hobby front in the weeks to come. Hopefully I will have settled into a new routine in a few weeks time or earlier, with the new job and all, and try to get some painting done.

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