WIP: Ork Boyz

On Sunday, I thought I’d switch over to painting some 40k, some Ork boyz to be exact.  After painting a Mordor Orc, and trying a more realistic, muted palette (yes, yes I know, how is an “Orc” realistic!), I fancied trying something a little more vibrant.

Before I continue, I ought to set the scene a little.  Although I’ve always liked the Ork aesthetic in the 40k universe, I never really had any interest in painting them at all – that is until I picked up the Assault on Black Reach boxed game many moons ago.  I purchased this because I saw it as a cheap way to get a bunch of Space Marine models, and the latest rulebook (although I never intended to play, or have ever played the game!).  This boxed game came with a ton of Orks too, I thought I could use them as practice,  However I found that they appealed to be more than I expected, and I quickly placed a few orders for some other units that I liked the look of.  I really like the appearance of a big horde of Orks, so I very much wanted to get a sample of each type of Ork unit and model, just for the flavour.  I painted the first model, using it to decide the colour scheme, painted the next following a process that I could use to batch paint, and then batch painted the next three for a set of 5.  I then started the next five, and then… well that’s exactly where they remained.  For a number of years, until one day I’d added too much primer to my airbrush, and rather than waste it, I decided to respray the 5 half finished models, and start again.

Well now it’s time for the Orks moment in the sun!

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WIP: Mordor Orc

Where Have I Been?

The last few weeks at work have been manic, and I’ve just not had the time, nor the inclination to paint.  That coupled with a few weeks of wanting to do other things (movies, theatre and trips), have seen me shift priorities, and I’ve very much enjoyed spending time with people over the more solitary hobby that painting tends to be for me.

Also, to be frank, I’d become a little bored of painting the Star Wars A-Wing after some quite irritating airbrush bleed, I’d lost all motivation.  I’d even stopped looking at hobby websites for interest, I’d quite literally lost any interest I had.  I think I was feeling a little depressed with everything, so I took a break from hobbies for a bit.

However, I’m now back, and trying to get back into things, and I decided to crack on with working on a fresh model to see if I could get my interest back… so I grabbed an undercoated Mordor Orc, and thought I’d give him a spin.

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Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Along time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Star Wars!

It is a period of new Star Wars movies.  Big budget films are being released, starring new characters and old characters, in a continuation of the Star Wars universe.

Watching the new movie in IMAX at the Telford Cineworld with one of my best friends; another huge Star Wars fan (and movies lover generally), I signed off what was a great weekend with great company with a great movie, before taking the train back to Stafford…

That’s a really geeky opening to a really geeky blog post on a geeky site!  I think I’ve outdone myself with that.

I’ve been waiting a long time to watch this.  As part of my weekend with Moni, the second and last trip before returning home was a visit to the cinema to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Obviously, you can tell from the blog name, and some of the hobby items, I am a huge Star Wars geek.  I’ve seen the all the films numerous times, and I could Empire Strikes Back as my absolute favourite movie of all time.

Given I have a tendency to prefer the second film of a trilogy (I like the darker, tone of a “second act”), I was really looking forward to this one.  Whereas I saw the Force Awakens twice, once with family shortly after release, and once on my own in an almost empty cinema, this time a I planned to see the movie with Moni, and the earliest we could get together was end of January.  I must admit it’s been tough to avoid spoilers but I did manage it, sadly there was no avoiding the negative vibes I was hearing.

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Theatre Review: Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler at the Grand

I’m branching out a little he from my model building hobby posts, I’m not sure if this is something I’ll do too more of, I shall see!

As part of my “do something different” target this year, an opportunity cropped up to go to see a play with my best friend Moni and some of her pals at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.  I don’t know much about Theatre, but as soon as it was suggested, I signed up for the trip.

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WIP: AMT/ERTL A-Wing Part 7

Two Updates in one Weekend

Yes, a minor miracle, two update in the same weekend!

Spent a few hours cleaning up the overspray and missed areas today with a hairy brush.  There was something really fun about removing the masking tape to reveal the White areas of the model, (mostly) untouched.  Things would have been a lot easier if I’d have sprayed the model in sub-assemblies, but live and learn eh?!

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 WIP: AMT/ERTL A-Wing Part 6

Excuses and Moaning

It’s been a really busy couple of weeks at work, and with the changes I’ve tried to make since the New Year, it’s been tough getting time in for hobbying.

This hasn’t stopped me watching season after season of GOT of course, but y’know how addictive that show is!
It’s not been a great week for me at work, I’ve been extremely stressed and not feeling particularly happy or satisfied with it – I have a good job, but sometimes the pressure and completely unreasonable deadlines on a large number of projects is just too much.  However this stuff is not what this blog is about, so I’ll leave it there.

I’m away next weekend, so I although I’m out this afternoon to see the guys and watch the footy, I knew I had to make at least some progress with the A-Wing, else I’m never going to make finish it.

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WIP: AMT/ERTL A-Wing Part 5

Not Abducted, Just Busy

It’s been a busy start to the New Year at work as I expected, and things have got a little busier this week with another project also for the end of January that I need to manage.  That’s pretty much wiped out my intended painting efforts for the next few weeks!

Todays the first day in a couple of weeks that I’ve had to actually get any painting done at all, although last week I did do a little cleaning up of the A-Wing panel line scribing to get it ready for painting.

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