Model and Miniature Painting

WIP: Bandai Millennium Falcon Part 1


Millennium Falcon – A Build at Work

Last year, I spent a portion of my lunch hour each day building the Metal Earth Star Wars models, rather than browsing the internet, (or worse continuing working!), but quickly completed all of those that I liked and were available.  This left a bit of a hole in my day, and I wanted something to fill the gap.  I’d always fancied building models during my lunch hour, but have been put off by considering the hassle of transporting the model or tools back and forth from work.

I had been collecting the Bandai Vehicle Model series (or “stockpiling” might be a better term) for a while now, and they seem particularly suited to lunchtime building as the models are small, simple and quick to create.

I’ve already built and completed one of the series, Poe Dameron’s X-Wing which I thought was good fun and I was impressed at how well it went together.  I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the inclusion of stickers over decals, but given it’s size, I can sort of understand why they aren’t included.

The next one I fancied building was the Millennium Falcon.  This is my absolute favourite movie model without a shadow of a doubt – I have numerous versions of model kits to build of this ship, including two vehicle model series boxes (yes, I bought a duplicate).  Given I had two, the “hobby fear” wasn’t going to hold me back from starting one.

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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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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 4


Christmas, Cockpits and Pilots

I had a really nice Christmas and Boxing Day, we ate out on Christmas day, and Boxing Day was spent at my parents.  It’s been nice not having to cook for a few days!

The holiday festivities have died down now (although today is my birthday), so I had the chance to get a bit of painting in yesterday and today.

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WIP: AMT/ERTL A-Wing Part 1


Already Started on the Next Model

With having today off work, and being quite pleased with the result of the X-Wing, I thought I’d crack on with a “new” simple model.  Although I still have a Blood Claw on the go, and had started looking at my old Millennium Falcon again, I wanted a smaller model to chip away at too.  The one I chose was one I bought around 6 or 7 years ago from eBay; an old AMT/ERTL A-Wing.

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FINISHED: Poe Dameron’s X-Wing (Box Scale)


Painting Progress

Although I’ve had a little painting time this week, mostly it’s been spent on practicing blending, glazing and feathering techniques on the Blood Claw.  This takes a while, and doesn’t show up well enough on camera, so I’ve not posted anything about it.  He’s very much turned into more of a test model.  I think there’s a small chance I may just figure out how to smooth out transitions better with a brush, which means I may relegate the airbrush down to undercoating and basecoats, but that may be getting well ahead of myself hahaha.

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