Desiccated Rat Corpse

Assembled the new Stuart ‘Honey’ with a turned out tank commander. I’ll make this one the command tank for the armored support team. Went together very nicely…much better fit than the older model. Need to apply some stowage though. Started assembling second Humber Mk II armored car as well. Once the two AC’s are painted and the 5 Universal Carriers are finished I’ll have a couple of recce units done.

Started painting a couple of WHFB Zombies as well. Still experimenting with rotted flesh schemes.

Spend most of the night stuffing pink batts into the ceiling again. Found an extremely desiccated rat corpse up there as well. Vis-a-vis his metabolic processes had ceased to be. Probably explains the dodgy smell we had a couple of months ago that we thought was coming from the floorboards.

British Vehicle Markings

After posting on the Flames of War forum and doing a bit of searching I’ve learned that the New Zealanders basically only marked their AFVs and then they used the British vehicle marking system. Universal Carriers don’t appear to have been marked as AFVs. So marked up the Stuart ‘Honey’ and varnished it. Marked up the Humber MkII but needs a bit more detail work to finish. Also picked up a $3.95 dustpan from Plastic Box with a nice black nylon brush. Clipped a bunch of bristles and they make handy vehicle aerials when attached to FOW vehicles with a bit of green stuff and superglue.

Black+green ink washed the old Zombies I camo green based ages ago. They actually don’t look too bad. Will do some highlighting on their flesh this week sometime and see if that scheme with do for them.

Storm of Apathy

Well, the latest White Dwarf just arrived in my mailbox and it’s full of Storm of Chaos stuff which frankly I don’t give an anus rattus about. Usually WD isn’t bad reading, but the last 3-4 issues have seemed quite dull. Wonder if I should bother re-subscribing?

Oh and it turns out the painting competition opens on the 28th June and closes on the 14th July or something like that. So I might select a few figures to enter and take them down to St Lukes GW this weekend.

This looks kinda interesting. Might have to try that technique out for some metal doors on the Mordheim ruined church – maybe with a nice embossed ‘twin tailed’ comet?

Modern Art

A couple of days ago an art gallery up on K-Rd installed a piece of art that interested me. Usually this gallery displays a lot of incomprehensible modern rubbish…you know, the usual giant doll’s heads etc. However this piece caught my eye for a number of reasons.

Modern Art

First, the yellow shapes are from a common plastic children’s toy – one my own child has in fact. Second, the shapes are on ‘sprues’ – suggesting industrial mass production. Third most of the shapes are removed from the sprues and scattered around except for two stars.

Not sure who the artist is or what they’re trying to say, maybe a comment on the uniform nature of children’s toys, are all kids having the same ‘mass produced’ experience? Are we raising kids in an industrial manner with day-care and working parents? Seems odd to me that the stars remain on the sprue…maybe the kids that excel in our society are expected to fit a certain pattern? Is the artist saying society favours a narrow fixed role for it’s ‘stars’? Oh hell I don’t know, makes you think though eh?

Wonder what the work is titled? That might give you a hint of the artist’s intentions.

You can see some more of the artist’s work in the back of the frame, although urinals on a plastic sprue just seems like a slightly wanky reference to Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ to me… or are those toilet training seats?

Digital Camera

Messing around with the digital camera last night. Here’s an experimental snap of some FOW vehicles in progress. Still wondering how the devil to base that 25pdr gun. White balance is a bit off in this photo as it was taken under a table lamp without a flash – the vehicles aren’t really that pinkish. Also wondering what I’m going to use to make that Stuart ‘Honey’ a radio aerial. Apparently black nylon scrubbing brush bristles are the thing to use.

FOW vehicles

The photo also shows the new cutting matt I picked up from Gordon Harris in the weekend. White primed 5 Zombies and 5 Ghouls to paint for WHFB as well as the FOW Humber Mk II armored car. Checked those 40k Cadians that were painted with the French ink and they still look pretty good. So might keep using that ink for them. Possibly because the ink wash is applied over a brown toned base the fading is less noticeable?

Competition?

Broke out the GW inks and inked/based/drybrushed the Stuart ‘Honey’ – came out quite nicely. Also progressed the 25pdr gun + carriage and another Universal Carrier. GW inks aren’t effected by the Clear floor wax and give a nice ‘hard-coat’ to paint over. Just remembered I painted some of those new Cadians with the French ink so will have to go back and see if they’ve bled/faded. Picked up another can of Helmar’s Matt Spray varnish from good old Warehouse Stationary in Newmarket. They charge $12.99 for a can and I’ve seen up to $19 at Paper Plus!

Picked up a Canon Powershot S50 digital camera from a parallel importers in the weekend as well. $949 for the camera plus 2 x 128MB memory cards. Amused ourselves most of the weekend by taking AVI movies of our baby boy doing various things (hand clapping, talking, emptying the contents of kitchen drawers). Haven’t tried it for miniature photos yet.

Painting competition on at GW that closes on the 28th. My wife reckons I should enter a few pieces. I’m only really interested in entering if there’s prizes of any sort. But might hand in a few spare painted figures I’m currently not gaming with out of curiousity. Oops! 28th is today! Ah well, maybe I’ll enter the *next* painting competition they run then…

Inks

Three more Zombies assembled. That gives me 20 Zombies in total to paint. Picked up some paint as well as a selection of inks (Flesh Wash and Chestnut Ink) from GW last night. They look like they’ll do the trick. Considering the volume $4.50 isn’t a bad price for the inks. Whitcoulls in the city used to charge around $8 for a smaller glass bottle of Windsor & Newton ‘Chestnut Ink’. Might dig out the FOW vehicles and try them with an ink wash tonight.

Mixing Sprues

Three more Zombies assembled. Marvellous how well the WHFB Human Militia and Zombie sprues mix. Three more Zombies and I’ll have another 10 assembled. Then I’ll patch them with green stuff and start painting them up a rank (five figures) at a time while assembling the last 10 as well. Hopefully that will give me 30 painted Zombies by the end of this year. They’ll be pretty handy actually. They’d be great for a Mordheim Undead warband not to mention general “Dawn of the Dead” or “Diseased Mob” type scenarios in Mordheim as well as my Vampire Counts WHFB force of course.