Posts Tagged ‘styrene’

Today I haven’t painted a single brush stroke.  I’ve been so unproductive and lazy I forced myself at around 4:30pm to bike down to Grand Prix hobbies to buy some styrene.  I’ve been hanging out more on the Waaagh and I want to get my Looted Wagons armed correctly and fully painted for this edition of Warhammer 40,000.  I also plan to do at least two Battlewagons which will be converted and kitbashed but first I need a new job.

I actually have a job interview Tuesday afternoon.  However I have my doubts about the position and the job offer.  The company is a startup and although I’m totally willing to work for a startup, I don’t know what they actually do or how they plan to make money, besides the ever trendy “social media“.  Seems to me that the social media field is a lot more crowded than it was three or better still four or five years ago.  I know as I’ve been blogging for a long time.  Anyway we’ll see what the CEO has to say.

Styrene tubes and more

Styrene tubes and more

I ended up buying more than a few tubes of styrene.  I forgot how much styrene and Woodland Scenics stuff they carry.  I think they get some model train people, scale modelers, and maybe even a few architects or students at least.  Imperial Hobbies has a lot of stuff too, but I always think that is farther to go.  Grand Prix is a decent bike ride, but you can still bike there and back in under an hour I imagine.  I usually stop somewhere else on the way back…

I couldn’t pass up the battlefield styrene. I’ll probably cut one of them up.  The tubes will also serve as pipes and what not, but some may get turned into gun barrels.  I wanna order some more paint and of course Forgeworld goodies, but first I have to paint some Diseased Sons, then assemble and paint some more Chaos Space Marines, then two Forgeworld models…  Then maybe I won’t feel guilty buying some small Forgeworld stuff.

Plus I’m going to get back to making terrain tiles every couple of weeks.  I have to assemble another  paint rack.  All these plans don’t leave a lot of time for Warhammer Fantasy Battle.  If I want to play that game, the Daemons are ready to go, but they always lose, so I’ll have to finish off another goblin unit.  I plan to paint some Slaneesh daemons gradually, possibly over a grey basecoat which I’ll continue to experiment with.  Painting even a dozen Slaneesh daemons seems easier and funner than 25 Ork Boyz or even 66 goblin shields…

New Painting Queue

New Painting Queue

Waaagh Musk 40K, requires lots of touch ups, and re-armings.  Last night I did further revisions to the army list, I added and removed some vehicle upgrades, and I think one of my dreads will get a weapon swap, and I might as well give the Blood Axe nob a powerfist too…  It might sound like a lot but there isn’t very many Orks in Waaagh Musk at 1500 points.  I do have to do up five large vehicles, which I usually hate to do, but Ork vehicles can be made a lot funner and less work through heavy drybrushing and crazy weathering techniques.

Stay tuned, I might paint something late at night.  Last night while I couldn’t sleep I tried out the Vallejo paint on gloss varnish, it worked great on the Bloodletter’s horns.  If not tomorrow I will begin work on the last Purple Plaguemarines/Nurgle renegades I will ever paint, I mean it this time.

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My new magnetic sheets

My new magnetic sheets

So even before yesterday’s less than triumphant return to the Warhammer Fantasy battlefield, I was already dreaming up a bigger multi-model base to allow my converted musician and my army battle standard bearer to rank up better.  I stopped in at the Urban Source on my walk back from Strategies and bought some magnetic sheets, combined with my stockpile of super strong magnets, balsa wood, and sheet styrene I was well equiped to built my multi-base or regiment base and yet more new movement trays for the units I need to field in week 2 of the Mighty Empires campaign.

My horde of plastic sheet styrene

My horde of plastic sheet styrene

I took a lot of pictures and worked on this one base through the wee hours after I couldn’t sleep.  The glue couldn’t dry fast enough and my basic design didn’t change but made it more elaborate and now it will be a lot more work to paint, I have six days, hopefully I can do it in two.

First thing I did was layout some of the stuff I would need, including all the sheet styrene I’ve acquired over the last couple years in anticipation of finishing my Ork & Goblin army and building my trench table.  I went with sheet styrene for this base as I had it in a lot of different thicknesses and it is actually easier to work with than wood.  You just score it with an exacto knife then bend it the other way and it snaps pretty much perfectly clean.

The basic base materials

The basic base materials

The magnetic sheet you can cut with scissors and I trimmed it with an exacto knife too.  I glued it to the sheet styrene.  I affixed the super magnet to the bottom of the base with super glue then I put tiny sheet styrene guides to keep the models in the right spot rather than just allowing them to attach willy-nilly to the base.

With that all done it was time to add sand.  I also planned to embellish the base and went looking for a Nurgling in my bits box, I didn’t have any, I did find a really old squig.  I also cleaned two more of my 28mm Black Cat Bases metal skulls.  They are still awkward to clean but once done they glue and paint up nice on bases.

Installing the strong magnet

Installing the strong magnet

After the sand had dried I sealed it with more white glue.  That sand was a bit sparse but I had to let glue dry so I went to bed.  I actually got about two hours sleep.  Then I woke up and checked on the model and some other stuff.

I’d already jotted down next week’s army list and I even was looking ahead to week three, noting I needed a Herald of Tzeentch so I went looking for one among all the old models I bought back in the day or traded for.  I never found a single Horror, but I found a Chaos Sorceror who might do.  I also waded through a whole bunch of bits to find all the pieces to a circa 1995 Marauder Fiend of Slaneesh and two Steeds of Slaneesh one with an old metal Daemonette rider.

Test fitting the miniatures

Test fitting the miniatures

I also needed to figure out the bases that should go with the models now.  I had to rebase my Beasts of Nurgle earlier and I put them on homemade 40mm square bases.  The base I was working on right now is about 50mm square.  I actually found two resin 50mm square bases and many cavalry bases that came with the Steeds, Fiends, and Fleshhounds.  I went on the internet and it appears the new plastic Steeds and Daemonettes are on cavalry bases.  I plan to assemble the one I have maybe use it as a Herald some day.  I have another Steed which I’ll mount a Chaos Space Marine on someday…

The Fiend appears to be on a 40mm square base which I have none of.  I could make one out of sheet styrene but I might look into getting a resin one at Strategies.  The model is so old and puny a bigger base would help it stand out.

My WIP custom base

My WIP custom base

After rumaging through my grandfather’s old shell case which I use to store blisterpacks and bags of minis.  I finally got to see how the new base ranks up with the other plaguebearers and the movement tray I’d previously made.  It worked just fine thank you, another tribute to precision engineering.

It was about then or perhaps after lying in bed unable to sleep for a couple more hours I realized I could have put two more Plaguebearers on the base.  I would have been better off perhaps gluing them straight to the magnetic sheet, but I already had some sand down.  Despite how late at night it was, I got out a variety of tools and clipped, cut, and sanded the tab off two plaguebearers.  I test fit them first, but basically I had to glue them to mixture of UHU glue, white glue, and sand.

Fitting one base into another

Fitting one base into another

One of them went on alright, the second one not as well, partly due to cat liter in my sand mix.  I gobbed on more UHU glue and went back to bed.  Several hours later I was still awake so I got up and removed the extra sand I’d added.  The UHU glue must not have been fully hard, or it interfeared with the previous glue, or it was just a bad fit as eventually while fiddling one plaguebearer leaned over and collapsed.

I had to clean off some glue and sand then more forcefully I jammed his feet into the still slightly wet mixture of sand and glue.  This time I didn’t use super glue to try and attach him, I tried an epic-ly old tube of Citadel plastic cement that came in some game box set and has lasted me a decade or more, then if that wasn’t enough I got out my super glue and drenched the sand around the plaguebearers feet.  That hardened things up and I think it should hold.  If it makes it through painting it should get a game tryout next Sunday.  If not the next thing to try is epoxy resin.

Custom Magnetic Regimental Base

Custom Magnetic Regimental Base

After again not being able to sleep I finally got up at around six am.  My kitchen is pretty empty, I need to do the laundry, go to the doctor and pharmacist, and I plan to visit Darren and double check a few things before I go to crazy with painting and converting for next weeks campaign game.  What can you do at 6 in the morning? Well you can get the paper, go to one of the 24 hour cafes on Main Street and read.

I also checked my email and I’m waiting for my doctor’s office to open at 9am.  So I decided to use some of this time to type out another rambling blog post, complete with the most pictures ever.  A lot of steps and stages went into making one little movement tray.  After I confirm my army list for next week I’ll make two maybe three more movement trays, probably out of sheet styrene as it is quicker, but I might make one out of wood, it all depends on the size and shape.  I also may be forced to finally finish the bases on some of my goblin hordes, my proposal for 375 points of Night Goblin mercenaries results in 54 bases I need to do…

There were more in-progress shots, plus a bunch of various old minis I’ve horded and sorted through late last night.  Here are a couple more snaps I took with the iPhone:

One of my stashes of unpainted minis

One of my stashes of unpainted minis

Box of Old Random Minis

Box of Old Random Minis

Bag of OOP Chaos Renegades

Bag of OOP Chaos Renegades

8 old Daemonettes

8 old Daemonettes

Bag of 40K Khorne stuff

Bag of 40K Khorne stuff

Bag of old OOP Daemons

Bag of old OOP Daemons

Old Chaos Sorceror Model

Old Chaos Sorceror Model

Old Fiend of Slaneesh bits

Old Fiend of Slaneesh bits

Metal Steed of Slaneesh bits

Metal Steed of Slaneesh bits