Sunday, 30 December 2012

Holiday hobby part II

Hi fellow hobbyists, I hope your Christmas break has been a good one.
I've been a bit busy seeing family and bargain shopping with the wife, but if squeezed in a bit more work.
I've cleaned up and pinned the Van Saar gang I'm working on for Adam Smith and built a few Plasma and Flamer marines for my Space Wolves too.
My own Necromunda gang parts have arrived from Puppets War and Pig Iron, more on these soon.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas hobby time

Hello again!
A very very long time no see,I've been rediculously busy renovating our new house for the past 5 months.
And our first little baby munky is due within the next few weeks, exciting and busy times.

Now the house is wrapped up for Xmas (lol) I've been able to organise my workspace once more.

I've been redoing my Space Wolves paint scheme, 5 months away has allowed me to see them in a new light, I'm taking the opportunity to add missing options and weapons to the units to round them out.

Two of my friends have been leaning on me to start commission work again, so I'm going to be working on a Dark Elf Blood Bowl team and a Necromunda Van Saar gang as well.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Facebook test

Hmmm hope this works
Just testing the RSS feed to my facebook page

Pop on over and give me a like if you like!


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Super Dungeon first game.

Hello again and welcome back,

This unfortunately will be the last post on here for a good while due to me moving home, it's been 11 long stressful months of chasing potential buyers and quite frankly awful solicitors but we are there finally.

Have no fear I will return to the hobby, after all 6th edition is right around the corner and I will be sure to play that at some point, where am I going with this....well I shall be constructing a new man cave in the new house!
At long last all my hobby tools will be together with my paints and supplies, and I can get that airbrush setup properly in a spray booth.....heaven!

But enough of the future and back to the recent past!

This is the merry band of heroes painted by Adam and myself for his SDE box set, how awesome do they look! I absolutely loved these as a mini project, they were a blast to's all about the eyes as soon as you get them done they just come alive.

At the time of this picture Adam had everything painted but 1 Ogre and the Dragon, almost the complete set and don't they look good.

We settled down to play a game (my first) and I found it easy to pick up, if a little crazy remembering how many dice each hero gets for various actions, the game flows really well and gets seriously tough once the Ogres and Dragons pop out to play.

In the end the Paladin was slain quickly followed by the Elven Archer babe,leaving just the little Dwarf to take on the Dragon........he failed and was toast!

Had a fantastic game and it was cool to play with painted stuff as well, congrats to Adam for the finished set.

Right that's all from me for a while, I will see you on the other side of 6th edition bigger and better!

Take care peoples


Friday, 22 June 2012

Dropzone Commander Diorama complete

There it is my first diorama!
All I wish is that I had more time to spend on it but I am right in the middle of moving house infact I move in two days!

These are the buggies I opted for an urban scheme featuring panels of grey, white and blue.

And the Shaltari Warstrider, not sure if I got the OSL right on the main gun but it's as good as I can do in the current time frame.

This picture is just to show you the size of the units compared to a 5 pence piece for scale.

The whole build was very different to how I would usually approach a model, and taught me that you have to add so much more detail to a diorama to get it looking "right".

Thanks people i'm off to decorate and pore over the 6th edition rulebook this wekend!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Dropzone Commander Update

Welcome back to another fun packed edition, the update so far on the diorama is that its built and the units are painted at last........phew!
I went for an urban camouflage on the UCM Wolverine Scout Buggies judging that future humans would still use camouflage as a method of avoiding detection.

And on the Shaltari Ocelot Warstrider I chose a suitably alien scheme with some OSL for it's main beam cannon.

Once it's all dry a quick coat of varnish and they are done, onto the building at last.
I may still chance a few details on the Warstrider to pimp it up a bit but not sure what!
 Stay tuned for more.....

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Dropzone Commander!

Hello Munky fans I am back with a bang!

I managed to snag some pre-release models from Hawk wargames up coming future sci-fi game Dropzome Commander.
David kindly sent me an Ocelot warstrider and 4 Wolverine Scout Buggies from the Shaltari Tribes and United colonies of Man factions respectively as well as a building to play with.

The Warstrider is a nice kit the legs are posable and the weapons are all push fit so a small magnet in the fitting will allow full rotation of the body, cockpit and main weapon.

The scout buggies are the same the turrets just push in place.

The building has superb detail and is very well proportioned for the miniature which are 10mm scale.

The models have a ridiculous level of detail, they are covered in vents and lights and only had  a few air bubbles in odd places which were filled with Liguid greenstuff or squadron putty.

The resin is flexible and easily worked with a file or knife and glues nice with superglue as well.
Overall I am impressed with the kits and they knock the socks of GW's crapcast, very pleasant to work with.

I am planning on a diorama to showcase the models, it will be an urban setting with the official looking building as a back drop, and the buggies have stumbled upon the mighty Warstrider...a David and Goliath moment!
The building will be raised up somewhat on steps and there will be a pavement and road added in as well as other details.

Let me know your thoughts and suggestion please


Sunday, 27 May 2012


Wow another month has blown by so fast, were does the time go?
Anyways I'm back from a much needed break to Portugal and had a week of at home too, so I'm nice and recharged and rested.
Enough chat time to show you what I've been doing in recent weeks, the first up is the chests from Super Dungeon Explore These were a blast to paint up and I stuck them on some bases to match them to the figures from the game.

This is the Barbarian chick, Paladin and Thief from the set, Adam from Warhammer Tau painted the Paladin I did the other two on the first afternoon we met up to do some painting.
On the second afternoon he painted the Dwarf and myself the Wizard, I was distracted by Adam putting Predator on the TV awesome film!

I still have the Archer and Sorceress to do, once they are done I will post pics of them for you.
There is a secret project in the works too, I am just awaiting the models to arrive in the next week or two, once I am able I will spill the beans, suffice to say I am well chuffed to be painting these!!!

All the best and thanks for looking 


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

TuShan complete

Hi Munky fans,
Many apologies for taking so long to post this I have been extremely busy.
As you can see I finished the TuShan model and the Cyclone Terminator for the client, these are the final two figures for the moment in the Salamanders commission.

I learnt how hard it is to get a nice smooth blend with white (damn that was hard!) and how tough it is to get a clean finish with your sculpting, so to all you dudes and dudettes who do it a massive chunk of respect goes out to you.

So what have I been up to recently.....not much to be honest sorry, I'm still grinding through my Space Wolves I post up the pics once I have finished the current 3 models.
Why three you may ask, it's a good number for me to work on at one time, any more and I get bored and less and I feel like I'm not making progress.

I have started to play about with the new Games Workshop paints and they don't seem too bad, I've stocked up on the colours I need for my Space Wolves as I was silly enough to make a custom grey......DOH!

I have been painting up some Super Dungeon explore figures with my buddy Adam and once they are done I'l post them up too, they are very nasty sculpts but they are way cool when painted.

That's all for now folks

Il catch up soon


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Warhammer Forge Masterclass

- Above image is used without GW consent.

Hello once again, it's been a few weeks but I have tales to tell.

Once again real life has been getting in the way of my hobby time but the move draws ever closer and my new workspace looms on the horizon so it's a case of "good things come to those who wait!"

Enough of that and onto what I've been upto this past weekend.......

As the title suggests I attended the Warhammer Forge Masterclass this past Saturday hosted by Adam Snook and with Phil Stutcinskas and Mark Bedford as our teachers for the day.

I drove up the night before and stayed in the Park Plaza hotel in the city center mainly so I was rested and ready for a hard days painting, the day began with registration in Bugmans Bar at 9:30 we were led across to a conference room setup with a video camera and projection screen so we could watch up close.

Each painter had a workstation setup with brushes and paints and an Ogre Kingdoms Stonehorn/Thundertusk model built into subsections and basecoated appropriately, the schedule for the day and which areas we were going to cover along with what paints were used was laid out on a laminated sheet (which we got to keep along with the brushes and model!)

Phil and Mark had previously built and painted each of the variants in their own style for us to drool over, and the painting for the day was to cover their techniques for painting good looking armies very fast.

The actual day was great their methods are very easy to follow and whilst they may seem very strange they work amazingly well, I honestly believe that everyone in the room could produce a model as good as the two shown above with what we were shown on the day.

Adam Snook was photographing us and uploading them to the GW facebook page throughout the day so if you want to see more check out their facebook page .

I will be returning to the model in a series of articles very soon to divulge what I learnt and to finish it, it is an awesome plastic kit packed with detail so will be a joy to paint.

See you soon

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Tu Shan update

Hello once again, I must confess it's been another busy week so not much has happened on the hobby front but I have got a little more done on Tu Shan.
The scales on the loin cloth was a bit of a challenge but it's all about learning it for yourself.

I also started work on the cloak which is very challenging to get it smooth but a few coats of liquid green stuff should smooth the way, then it's time for some more scales.

This little piece was sculpted from a Space Wolf Thunderhammer and will sit on the top of the Terminator armour as decoration, what do you think?

The only other thing I have done is the first bit of shading on the Cyclone Terminator, but there is much more to go.
I should have some time this weekend to get more done so stay tuned for an update.

Munky Out

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Tutorials and cool stuff added to blog.

Hi everyone I hope you are all well!

I have been adding a little content to the Blog in the way of Tutorials I have done and seen over the years.
I know there is only a few now but I have loads to share, once I have checked the links are OK they will appear on the site, just browse off the menu bar at the top.

One of the tutorials I found only a week or two ago is of such a high standard that I just have to share it here as well.
It is by G.Schellert on his Blog here there are downloadable files of the articles he has produced.

Now the tools he describes and builds are of such a high quality and range that I personally will struggle to match his work, that aside it has inspired me to make some myself (although not as well finished as his!)

I am a novice sculptor and haven't really done much since my college days so I have a long way to go, but I was struggling to see how anyone could sculpt a models with conventional tools like these:

That's not to say that they aren't useful of course they are, but it struck me the other day that my problem was they are just too damn BIG! such a simple thought but ground breaking none the less.

After poring over Schellerts pdf I decided to make some myself, now I don't have all the wonderful tools he has but armed with some wire a steel block and a hammer I bashed some tools out and with some bending in a vice and polishing with 1200 wet and dry paper I had success.

The handles are old xacto knifes and with a little modification to the chucks (I drilled them out with a 1mm bit a little) my new tool fit.
Each tool tip is around 30mm long and just pops in the handle when needed.

So far they are proving to be much easier to get into the details on a model, I just need to learn how to use them to they fullest which will take time.

Any ways thanks once again to G.Schellert for a wonderful article.

In other news I have had little free time this week due to 4 viewings of our flat which meant everything had to be tidied up grrrrr!
But I have added some studs to the armour of Tu Shan, I will be doing a Tutorial on these soon to show you how I do it.
Excuse the bad pic it was taken on my Iphone, as usual any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Munky out and see you soon.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

Hello I hope you all had a nice hobby filled festive break, and I hope you got lots of chocolate hehe.
There are only a few tidbits I've been working on over the break, I couldn't get much done due to "man flu"
The first is the cartoon Tau you see above, the scheme is designed to be fast and manga-esque.
The colours are Astronomicon grey and Solar Macharius orange with a Brown ink wash in the details, I'm not 100% sure on it yet so any comments are welcome.

The second item is a test model for my Necrons, I always fancied copper as the colour for them with a Verdigris wash it looks pretty sweet.
The gun and glow colour is still undecided I went with Purple as it's my favorite colour but it doesn't really work that well, I may switch to the tried and tested green?
I also have done the mask in Rotting flesh and shaded with a little Terracotta to give the appearance of a Ceramic death mask, what do you think?

On the commission front I have begun painting the final Terminator to round out the squad here and give them all the available weapon options.

I have made progress on Tu-Shan and there are plenty of things to add to him like flames on the shins and scaled cloak and odds and ends, I have used Thunderhammers from Chapter House Studios and a spare Logan Grimnar Storn Bolter arm with Blood Angel's Melta pistol barrels to make his "fist of fire"

Anyway that's all for now and I hope to have more to show this weekend, we are still trying to find a buyer for our flat so things are just a little bit mental right now!
But it's all for the better because once the move is complete I will have so much more room to store my hobby stuff in one place thing's will be a great deal easier.

Any hoo

Munky out