WIP: Bandai Vehicle Model 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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WIP: Warhammer Old School Minotaur Part 1

WIP: Warhammer Old School Minotaur

With the A-Wing finally complete, and having been able to get the motivation to complete the Evil Sunz Ork boyz, it’s time to choose and work on a new model.

This time, I decided on a change of pace, and having searched through boxes and boxes of models, I spotted an old GW metal Minotaur that I thought might be good fun.

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WIP: Painting Space Wolves Blood Claws

Painting Space Wolves Blood Claws

Or a more accurate title really ought to be “how to ruin some Space Wolves Blood Claws”!

I have a lot of the latest iteration of Space Wolves Blood Claws / Grey Hunters, but I have an older set that I wish to work on first. I did paint these a few years ago, probably my last models before leaving the hobby, and they were at least base coated. Apparently, at some point, I’d undercoated over the original base coat, and for some reason I thought I might be able to paint over this and get a reasonable result. I was deluded.

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Warhammer World Visit

Trip to Warhammer World

First of all, this is not an advertisement for Warhammer World, nor for Games Workshop. I enjoy Games Workshop models, the setting of Warhammer 40k and the depth of background, but there is a lot about the business model, and a number of aspects of the hobby that don’t really work for me.

I’m not a huge fan of Games Workshop stores, I’ve always preferred local hobby stores, such as the ones I used to visit as a kid, as you get exposure to different model kits, and generally because that avoids what I think can only be described as “overly pushy sales pitches” whenever you try and buy anything. Part of me believes that this sales style is there because hobbyists are considered a little meek, and therefore if you push them, you might make more sales. This is the opposite for me, and I’m actually more likely to leave with buying nothing if the staff piss me off. If I need help choosing a product, I’ll speak to a member of staff. Slight rant over!

Basically, I wouldn’t go out of my way usually to go to a GW store, and would generally go to a more general hobby store. If there was a GW store in Stafford I’d probably think differently, however as the nearest to me is probably Wolverhampton, it’s never been particularly convenient to go to one anyway.

I can’t say I ever really had a massive desire to go to Warhammer World, as I’m not and will never be a wargamer, however with a week off work booked, and nothing planned, the weekend before my break from work I made the decision I’d like to go.

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WIP: Ork Boyz Part 5

For the fourth day in a row, I’ve managed at least an hour of hobby time in the evening.  It’s now become part of my routine, and it’s becoming quite therapeutic; bang on some youtube videos, set things up, do some painting, then clear it down.  No more leaving the wet palette set up, and no making excuses!

I may not blog every day, or update my CMON WIP thread daily, but that’s more to do with preferring to spend time painting, and hobby time over taking pictures and writing about it.  I’ve also given up on being too transcribed with describing the paints used, as it was all getting a little too much documentation and note taking, and I’m enjoying it a lot more not worrying about keeping track of everything.  I suspect I will regret this however when I start to paint the next batch!

I’ve also decided to do away with the “Read More” links on the blog.  I think it’s more fun to see the pictures straight away, and besides, who wants to click when you don’t have to.

What’s Been Done?

Worked on highlights and cleaning bits up, and when I look at all of the together, I’m really happy with them.  Up close and personal shows the usual flaws, but I think I’m getting in the swing of things.

Also added an undercoat layer on the bases, which are separate (they’ll be removed from their current bases once I’m done with them), and pinned the heads onto paperclips on corks ready to start them.

Although I still want to do far more on the guns, the straps, and clean up the transitions on the red armour, I’m also going to start progressing the faces, just because it’ll help with motivation.

I’m enjoying the batch painting process, though five at a time may be a bit of a push for me personally, but I quite like the methodical repetition, it’s almost a bit like meditation!

Enough rambling, and on to the photos:

And finally, the mob together…


And there we are!