Birthday gift

I could not decide what to get my nephew Oscar for his 10th Birthday, my budget was restricted to around £10 and that does not get a great deal these days, even on e-bay. So I rattled my brain and remembered that he’d like to get into Warhammer fantasy and that he wants to start a Chaos Warrior army, (No accounting for taste I know, but he is only 10). So I thought to help him I would by a character model and paint it for him, so it becomes more that just a bought present as I will have put some effort into it. I will post the development here and direct his attention this way, so he can keep abreast of the development.

 

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I’m still currently working on a post giving my opinion on the new Dwarf book, making comparison with previous editions.

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Routine, music and results.

I think I’m correct in assuming that we all have our little rituals prior to actually starting a painting session. I certainly do, there is a certain water pot that I have to use, which I find, wash and place on a paint mixing tray. Then I get my paint box, and set out all the brushes and the colours I’m going to start with. I place my drying mat and a few sheets of kitchen roll to take excess paint off the brush, and dry water from the bristles. Next I take my favourite pint pot, and carefully pour in some nicely chilled ale, but only half way, I don’t want to finish it too quickly. Then I select my painting music, I tend to have a pre-selected list specifically for my session, I find that I just cannot paint in absolute silence. In fact I even find that some tunes inspire me as I mix, shade and layer the different paints to whichever model I am working on. Any music is good, but I find I get into my zone most easily when listening to classical music. I chop and change the songs on my list to shake things up but I say my top five regulars has to be:

 

Once Upon A Time In The West – Man with the Harmonica – Ennio Morricone    

Dances with Wolves – John Barry

For the Love of a Princess – James Horner

The Armed Man – Karl Jenkins     

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Tan Dun

 

Only with all this set up and my tunes playing softly in the background can I focus on the project in hand.

 

All this brings me to my latest completion; it has taken a long time, apathy being my greatest enemy. Here is my Lothern Skycutter:

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This particular babies head was wetted with a fine ale from kent brewery Shepherd Neame:

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A very nice drop.

Quick up date

Just another sound bite really:

I finally have my hands on the new GW Dwarf book, just as the ‘Woodies’ have made their appearance, had a quick flick, but nothing in-depth, I will report back on this. Actually ordered it from Wayland Games 5 weeks ago, and had to wait a long time for delivery, not overly impressed by that:

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Also have done a little more work on my sky cutter, the base is near complete, thought I’d share a pic:

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Beer wise I have tried two lovely drops at the Wetherspoons ale festival:

Spring Forward, a light hoppy almost fruit pale ale, very refreshing on a warm day

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Night Bell, a rich dark ale, not too sting, with nice malty dark treacle after tastes, gorgeous,

certainly worth a try if you come across either of them.

Painting up date

Well I’ve not added anything for a while, but I have had some painting time so I though I’d share the progress on my sky cutter:

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Some definite progress if you can cast you mind back to my last pick of this model.