Desktop update June 2017

Hello readers! Again quite some time has passed since my last blog post, so there’s some stuff to catch up on.

First of the painting studio is back in use. In the last post I told you about some ambitious I had setting up my painting desk again after my home renovation. Well in the end I stuck to “never change a winning team” and ended up with quite a similar setup as previously.

I made some small alterations however. The Ikea desk I use has an optional shelf attached to the back of the desk. This was useful to put another row of paint bottles on, but it also hindered the access to some of the paints below this shelf. Because of that I moved this shelf to my left now, and raised the paint rack which was on their previously, so all of my paints are now lined up in a stadium-like layout. The shelf itself I use to put work in progress and finished figures on, to keep them out of the reach of exploding paint bottles for example :)

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In the previous blog post I also talked about creating a layout for the entire desk with Hobbyzone’s modular system. After counting how many paints I have I concluced that this was going to be quite an investment to buy paint racks for all of them. So I decided to only buy the tool rack, and re-use my previous paint racks, which I built myself out of left over floor planks. Actually they do just fine, except for the fact that some paint bottles fall over in a domino-like fashion when I clumsily take one out.

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In the image above you can see some miniatures I am currently working on. I just started another batch of Mordor Orcs for my Lord of the Rings army. I am also picking the Age of Sigmar project up again (yeah still working on the 2 year old starter set :) ) Quite some time went into painting this Lord Celestant on Dracoth, better pictures will come at some point in the future.

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Another figure I finished is the Imperial Space Marine you’ve seen earlier this week. Kind of a quick good gaming tabletop quality paint job. Fun miniature to assemble and paint. I also filmed the entire process. For this I bought a new webcam: a Logitech C920, and a miniature tripod. In the past I used a regular compact camera for this, but this seriously limited me: I could not position the camera optimally since it was on a regular tripod and I was limited by the battery and storage capacity. Recording with the webcam is much easier, and the files are immediately where I want them: on my hard drive :)

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The only thing remaining now is the editing of the 3+ hours of film I have. This process will be hindered by the fact that I am suffering from tendonitis in my right elbow, probably caused by using a computer mouse daily for the last 20 years. So I have cut down computer usage at home. The 8 hours I spend behind a computer at work each day should be enough for weekdays :) This means I will only be able to work on the editing (and this website and my other social media ventures) during the weekends. But I hope to get it edited in the end…

That’s all for this blog post, see you soon!


Imperial Space Marine

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Somewhere last year I won this limited edition model after a sweepstake on YouTube. Decided to paint him up as an Imperial Fists space marine, since I really like painting yellow :)

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New beginnings

In November last year I reported about my painting gear being packed up and stored. For the last 5 months we’ve been working on our house renovation project like crazy and last weekend all that hard work finally paid off. We moved out of our temporary living/dining room and occupied our new and improved living room and kitchen.

This means the room is available again for the purposes it served previously, with one important part being my preferred location for painting :)

Yesterday I cleaned the room and earlier tonight I assembled my desk again. There’s not much to see but here’s a picture anyway. A picture of an empty desk, you probably don’t understand why I’m so excited about this 😀

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As you might notice the desk is placed in the corner where my other desk (used for storage and assembly) was originally located. This desk was mainly just storage so I will look for an alternative solution for this (probably some shelves agains the wall).

Apart from that I want to invest into a paint storage system instead of my home-made paint stand. I am currently looking to HobbyZone’s modular system.

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More coming very soon 😀


Surviving

Hello readers! As written in a blog post back in November my painting desks had to move to make place for a temporary living room because of the renovation works on my house. The renovation itself is going well, although we have a long way to go still. It’s difficult to make predictions right now, but as it stands now my dedicated painting setup won’t return before March. But as mentioned in te previous blog post I compiled a little survival kit to be able to some painting now and then. Let’s have a look.

Basically everything I need is in the box, except for the lamp. My tri-tube light took a bit too much space, and also isn’t as easy to setup quickly on our dinner table.

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The top level stores most tools, brushes and glues, as well as some work in progress miniatures.

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The insides of the box itself contains a plastic bag with some of my paints. Since the only project I am currently doing is my Mordor Lord of the Rings army, I have all the paints I need in here. Other contents: cutting mat, lamp foot, my recipe booklet, pallet, water cup.

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So that’s all for this little wrap up. I have all the gear necessary here, but I noticed that the fact that I need to unpack all of this stuff, install the lamp, get some water sometimes keeps me from starting a small painting session. While previously I just had to sit on my desk and I could just resume painting where I left off without any hassle. But I understand there are plenty of you who don’t have the luxury for a dedicated setup, so all the more respect for you.

Anyway I made good progress on my Lord of the Rings army, but that’s something for a next blog post.

Oh and by the way good luck in 2017 😉


Crisis 2016 event report

This year’s Crisis was pretty similar to last year’s event, with some minor differences. If you’re not interested in my write-up but want to see the full set of pictures right away, then you can check them out here:

The show when I entered, I arrived rather late (about 14:30h I think), so there were already a lot of people leaving but it was still very crowded inside. I made a quick sweep through the two halls, occasionally stopping for a chat with the many known faces (good to see you all again btw). Then I took my camera out and went for a detailed tour.

As you can see from the haze the air was still infused with hot-dog cooking fumes :)

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Most traders were in the exact same position as last year, for example Warlord Games, one of the first booths I encountered.

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Traditionally, Crisis is still a show which mainly relies on historical miniatures.

 

 

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Pretty impressive 40k table:

 

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As always, a good mix of weird miniature lines were available, like these ghostbusters from Studio Miniatures:

 

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Or these clowns:

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Another game system which keeps intruiging me is Dropfleet commander. Check out these cool new modular space stations they are releasing:

 

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Sagas is also a very popular game:

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View from the second hall:

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The Guild Ball booth was one of the eye-catchers in last year’s show. It was crowded and they were constantly selling deals. Guild Ball was the hot new thing in fantasy football town.

This year however the stand looked a lot more empty. Not sure what caused this, but it was very apparent if you ask me.

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Of course many clubs were present. Some of them simply presenting their miniatures and tables, other giving participation or initiation games.

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I was very surprised to see some Darklands miniatures at the show. With their amazing miniatures and skirmish-sized armies this is really the game a painter like me would like. Good to know a Belgian group is now actively promoting the game. I made a long chat with Kristof from Darklands Wargamers and it really sparked my interest.

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Another HUGE table:

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The only thing I really planned on buying at the show (yes I resisted buying actual miniatures!) was a transport system for my little LotR Mordor force I am currently painting. I bought a small box from KR Multicase:

 

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Apart from that, a new brush and some brush soap…

As usual great show, great atmosphere and great people. See you in 2017 😀