There is a post I have been meaning to write for some time, about how excited I am by the new paints, and how they are making my painting so much more fun. Unfortunately, I haven’t touched any of my paints for the last three months or so, for one life-getting-in-the-way reason or another, and so this post has never had an opportunity to be written. In time, it will come, particularly as the days become shorter, and the weather remains resolutely wet.

However, tomorrow I will be off on holiday and, since we are planning to leave empty luggage space for cheap Bulgarian booze, I will not be taking any models with me.

I am pondering whether to take a new purchase with me, though. This is Debord’s “A Game of War” which was available at a bizarre exhibition on early board/wargames at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in Haldon Forest. Has anyone played it before? What do you think?

I’ve flicked through the rules and I can make sense of it, though the communication rules are complicated when stated in words… will it be too complicated to persuade the girlfriend to play on holiday?

Putting the Mek into my Waaagh

I’ve just assembled the Mek from the Lootas/Burnas kit, having decided that he’s going to be central to my Waaagh. So I then have to decide whether to make Lootas or Burnas.

Lots of dakka.
Fit with my Deathskull theme.
Possibly the most reliable ranged anti-armour option in the Ork army.
One of the very few Ork units that can’t move and shoot.

Flamers don’t need to roll to hit when facing hordes.
As power weapons they don’t allow saves when fighting heavily armoured elites.
Just expensive boyz with fancy toys when it comes down to it.

So, how to decide? Lootas or Burnas? Well, which would my Mek choose? I can’t see him putting together a list of Pro’s and Con’s…

I don’t really know what my Mek is like yet, so the only way to decide is to flip a coin…and we’ll be starting with Lootas.

I think this method of deciding projects for my Mek is one that I am going to return to in the future…

For sale

I’ve taken the decision to sell my resin body Epic Ork gargant. I want to convert it into some more of the new paints.

Here are some pictures…



I am incompetent and cannot figure out how to rotate the second picture using the WordPress mobile app.

A picture

Here, belatedly, is a photo of the Space Marines I painted for my nephews.


It was a lot of fun to have something non-Orky to paint at the same time as concentrating on my Orks, so I’m continuing in that vein by painting the Island of Blood Mage while continuing with the Orks.

I based the marines with the new Stirland Mud – I will be using texture paints for all my bases now and leaving sand behind me. So much easier.

A note of thanks

For one reason or another most of the past month has been a wash-out, in model painting terms. However, before painting the walls (and ceiling and skirting board) of the spare room, I did manage to finish the two space marines I was painting for my nephews.

Unfortunately, computer issues delay the posting of the all-important pictures, but I did receive this email about the welcome the marines had:

The painting was much admired and James and Bobby were thrilled to see their names written on the bottom.  Their fridge has a cupboard door over it but the little warriors clung effectively to the microwave and the toaster.  They have now joined an elite band of Playmobile and Lego men called the Assassins.

I later heard that the Crimson Fist marine was so inseparable from his new owner that he was taken to bed, where he was temporarily lost, causing much disappointment.

If I haven’t recruited Games Workshop at least one more customer within a couple of years then I’m not sure how else I could manage to do so.


I painted the nails/claws and teeth on my Gretchin today. It makes a big difference to how they look to have that fine detail picked out – even in a simple, amateurish manner.

I think I’m left with the eyes and the bases, and then I’m done with the Grots, and can go back to the Boyz and maybe the Deffkoptas.

Failed to find any Stirland Mud yesterday, as the GW stockist in Chippenham still had just the old paints.

New Paints!

I happened to be in town yesterday lunchtime, so I popped in to the GW to try out the new paints. Colour me impressed.

I was mainly interested in having a go with the new texture paint. I like it a lot. It’s quick and easy, and there’s potential to do interesting things by building it up into ridges and whatnot. The pots (of Armageddon Dust) that they had out were all more than half-empty though. I can see myself using this up very quickly.

I then tried Mephiston Red, the red base paint. This was good. I tried one coat followed by a shade on one part of the model, and two coats somewhere else. One coat isn’t quite enough – you could still see past the shade to where it hadn’t gone on evenly. However, two coats gives a very vibrant red over a black undercoat.

The white base – Ceramite white – was similar in needing two coats to give a good, even, bright colour over a black undercoat. That’s still miles better then what I can do with my current paints.

I have loads of paints already, but I will certainly be buying some texture and base paints as soon as possible, and probably some dry paints too.

I was excited enough to do some more painting on my Grots – most of them only need eyes and teeth painting now – so perhaps they will be ready to be based by the time I get my hands on some Stirland Mud.


I have brought the child to Scotland for this past weekend. For some reason I thought the new paints were being released yesterday, so I brought some of my models with me so I could try one of the new texture paints for basing.

Fortunately I realised my mistake before turning up at the store, so instead I had a little time to start painting a deffkopta.

It was an opportunity to test the strength of the magnets, and none of my models came loose after 480 miles of driving, so that’s a good sign.

Docbungle linked to an article about dice, so I worked out that if I rolled all my D6 the chance of not rolling any 6’s is approximately 1 in 709.

On Budget day

It’s the day of the Budget in the UK today, and so thoughts naturally turn to money, or these days, the lack of it.

I followed up my honesty about my miniature stash by sharing with my girlfriend the current retail cost of my Ork collection (about £200). You might think this is shooting myself in the foot, but we don’t have any spare money anyway, so it’s academic.

Since things started to get tight with money we began to keep a close eye on our finances. So far this year we’ve spent the same amount of money as has come in – except there’s still 11 days of March to go, and we need to buy food and fuel. so we’re going to be down a bit by the end of the month.

In April things get really interesting, because I’m expecting that we’ll be losing about £60 from the monthly budget. Consequently, I’ve started spending a lot of time in the garden in an[other] attempt to grow some food. Maybe we’ll find a lodger.

I’m a long way from being forced to take to ebay with my stash of GW miniatures, but given that I was the sort of person who used to be able to buy large amounts of stuff from GW without having to think about the price, then things do look to be tough out there.

Hopefully I will soon have enough money again to be able to make more GW purchases, and perhaps I will even have painted more of what I already have!

A desk of my own

..I showed the List to my girlfriend.

Why did I do such a thing?

Well, partly it was because the shiny toy syndrome was becoming strong. It’s not that I wanted her to actually stop me from buying a Necron barge, some Dwarf warriors, Tomb King chariots or a Dark Eldar raider, just that the act of publicly admitting to how many unpainted models I had would help me to control myself.

Naturally her first reactions were of amused surprise, then borderline hysterical shock. Fortunately, the List was long enough that she had recovered her poise before the end was reached.

Then she said two things. Firstly, “I suppose you’d better spend some more time painting all this,” which was followed up by, “would it help if you had the desk in the spare room to paint on?”

And so, now I have a desk of my own for hobby things.


I’d say that worked out quite well, all things considered.

Though I’m going to have to rely on my daughter buying me models for birthday/Christmas presents until, oh, about 2020 or so.