Sorry for the lack of an entry last week. I ended up at a buddy's house, had much of a strong beer. Then Independence Day.
In the meantime, I did finish the giant robot. At least, I finished building it;
This one I do plan on painting. I'm thinking flat or satin black with white accents. I'll also need to make some grayscaled versions of the markings. I don't like the colors they're in now.
If you don't pay attention to my other content, this
So, two weeks & 156 track links in, I realize I have the wrong hafltrack;
What I have here is a Sd. Kfz. 250/8 Neu. What I needed was a Sd. Kfz. 250/8 or the like. The hull is wrong, noticeably so. Should feature a peak about midway down the crew area. I'm really annoyed as I spent much time fiddling to get the tracks assembled. I'll have to keep an eye out for the correct 250 from Dragon, so I can use these tracks I've already finished.
I started bui
I finished the 'Gray' Zeta. I just need to make space for it on my large Gundam shelf. Becoming harder, that...
I currently have no pics of it finished in robot form. Pain to switch the thing. I had painted in the stripes, along with washing the panel lines. Ended up using sepia, to offset some of the vibrancy of the orange. Still not gray.
I picked up a clever little kit on a supply run to the local;
The clever little kit is exclusively
With the continuing concerns over COVID-19, and additionally the unrest in my neck of the woods, my Gundam club held another virtual build day. I joined, pulling out the Gray Zeta to work on.
Now, you've seen the cover image, so this is spoiled, but the Gray Zeta isn't actually gray.
That's right, it's cheddar orange. Supposedly the result of the mechanical designer having a form of color blindness. They said Stroudley was colorblind, too...
Sorry I didn't post last week. Culmination of excuses led to no work done at all. Shameful, but I suppose this is a hobby. Modelling is neither my job nor my life. Sometimes, I need to realize that.
Anyways, I've started streaming! I figured, should I be able to drum up enough interest, I might turn a buck or two doing what I do anyways. So I started a Twitch. New laptop for it and everything. I'll link it below.
With the energy I've found from having a reas
Started working on a model of BMW's MINI Cooper;
Pretty simple kit, actually. No engine, sadly. I can't do much more until I pick up airbrushing supplies. At this rate, I'll have everything built, with nothing finished. Save the Firefly. That kit can rot for all I care. Stupid individual-link tracks...
WHO THE ABSOLUTE F*** THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD G****** F****** IDEA TO CHROME THE WHOLE F****** DASHBOARD? Persistent s**
Finished up about what I could with the Opel;
Bunch of detail here you'll never see. No provision for opening hood (bonnet to y'all,) deep, narrow cab hiding the pedals.
Built a box. She's mostly straight. Just a little warpage. Should be fine.
Braced the box. All these brackets lift the box maybe 1/4" clear of the frame. The lift also gives space for the fenders.
Barring some small details I didn't photograph, t
Slowly working more on the Opel. I'm dying of boredom, and this isn't helping;
I also managed some airbrushing. Started doing color on the scooters. Then it has been waiting. Can't do much with the rain;
They'll all need further coats. Thankfully, I'm getting better with the airbrush. I just need to keep working at it.
I finally finished the Infinity army I've been working on for an age;
I felt these were too good of models for my normal wargaming 'color & wash.' I still don't think I did them justice.
And I just had to be clever with the bases;
These stopped play for a while. Illinois weather didn't help. I couldn't airbrush when I needed to.
I also decided I wanted to just build a model. Build it straight, no modifications, no care for the interior.
Not a lot of progress this week. I'm burning out with this shut-down. Spent a not-insignificant part of the week staring at a plank of wood with some bits on it.
In other news, I 'finished' the mini I had been working on;
I just really couldn't do what I wanted with the shield. I have no talent for free-hand painting. This'll be it. I honestly don't expect the character to live all too long, anyways.
I also dusted my Gundams. That was a two-day p
I'm too lazy for tags, or any major progress.
I did get in a new spray booth. I've used it a whole once yet. I primed a number of different projects. A combination of laziness and poor weather curtailed any further progress.
The bases for the Infinity, the Hexbeasts from Wild West Exodus, and some random space fighter I picked up a few years ago. The design is from Star Blazers 2199, according to the box. I can't read anything else on the box. Oh well. The M
Firstly, an unfortunate close-up of the soldier from last week;
To finish, I only need some white glue. The scenery-specific PVA I had went off, so I had to toss it. I just want to add some groundwork to his base. Something simple, like sand.
I pulled out a long-running project;
1/24 Revell Datsun 510. I took a Dremel to the fender flares molded on the body, as the wheels I want to use would not clear. Wasn't the neatest job, but I will b
I've been a busy little shut-in this week.
Yes, we have had a 'shelter-in-place' order in Illinois, as well.
Either way, I've built the 'City Bike' set. These things were little heaps. Nothing lined up or fit. The white bike, which is a Honda Tact, was to have a saddle-bag assembly. I couldn't make heads-or-tails of it. I didn't have directions in the box, nor were such forthcoming online.
I forget which of the two leftmost scooters is the Suzu
Until I sort a spray booth, the Infinity JSA will remain as they are.
These are temporarily fixed to the bases using (ancient) PVA, thinned with water. Water should cause the glue to let go when I go to paint the bases. Hopefully.
I also updated my 'con chain.'
Every time I go to a convention, I will buy another charm. I then add the charm to this chain. The chain hangs from a very clever shirt I picked up at one convention. Leather shoulders & bras
Most progress this week was on another project for the other blog. I'll have a post that way on Sunday evening.
I have been continuing with laying appliques to the Infinity bases. I've only two more to cut, and three to glue down. I'll need to define which model gets which base next. Afterwards, I can sit and slot the bases to take the tabs & pegs. I'll likely glue the minis to the bases with PVA for a temporary bond, until I figure out a spray booth. I'd like to act
Finally ordered (& received) the compass cutter. While I let individual wagons set, I've taken up cutting the base patterns for the Infinity JSA.
I thought the treadplate would look cool. We'll have to see when I get to paint. My idea is working well so far, though.
I finished building the Commando. Of course, the pic I took barely shows what the last bit I added was.
There's a couple where you can see the canteen. The canteen part also has the gas mask case. There also was another case for the waist. One or two have knives in place of either aforementioned part. I probably won't have these out for another couple of months.
Also, a teaser to what the next project is;
Watch the other blog. I'll be po
I finished building the commando!
...no I didn't.
Arms, heads, hats, and Bergan bags all on. I only need to clean and fit the waist equipment. Still, that much more time on a project I should have finished already. I do this to myself.
I REALLY should be done by this time next week.
I finally started on a box that's been floating about my workshop for a couple of years. Bolt Action Commandos, in plastic. They don't fall together nearly so well as the Tau I've been working on.
Mostly cleaning some pretty sever flash here, with Plastic Weld to fix the bodies to the bases.
Assembling the arms. Arming the people? Rules option allowed for all SMGs, so I built as such. Should be a fun time if and when I ever lay them on the table.
Last of the Tau is done.
These are just a little less knock together than the troops, but still no real effort. Mostly options slowing it down. Each one has both arms and the left shoulder fitted with a rare-earth magnet for swappable weapons.
Built a one-off model for an upcoming army.
Named model, Sister Novena or something like that. No special rules, though. Just sort of a showcase model. When I get to paint, I'm thinking of messing with object li
Getting close to finished with the Tau box.
Second Ethereal-blade is knocked up. I probably mentioned before, but it is a very simple, useful conversion. The parts break-down on these kits was intended to allow for easy modification.
This is all normal Ethereal here.
And the finished conversion. Different arms, different head, & a backpack. I've thought about changing the legs, but the torso & legs on the ethereal are a single molding. I
Not a lot done this week. Bad weather and bad motivation. Finished building the next squad, though.
Probably another month or so to finish this box, I'd reckon. If the snow would let up, at least. Then, more wargaming! Natch.
Lots of varied work this week.
Primary focus at home was the Tau. I finished magnetizing & building the Crisis Battlesuits from the first of my two boxes.
These get tucked away in a case somewhere for a few months until it is painting season again.
I started building the next box. Back to basic infantry.
Only just started, though. These go together very quickly. Again, shake-the-box.
I experienced some drama in Dungeons &
It has been slow at work. I've used my free time to build my gifts.
And VeeTwo Gundam
I also reached an impasse with the Tau. Until I figure out which magnets to use, I can't drill holes for the magnets. I can't mount arms & torsos until I drill holes. Shame, really.
Does anyone here know the name for square-tipped drill bits? I saw hobby-specific ones for a very pretty penny. Packa