Friday, 22 February 2008

The Yellow Horde IV

This is Sponge. The 'brains' of the yellow mushroom monster horde.


Sunday, 17 February 2008

Creating a Grymn Force VII

Latest from the (very slow) Grymn production line. Two heavy weapon specialists to support the Heavy infantry Squad already begun. Everything but the weapons and the bases is complete.

Heavy Weapon Crew:Running total (34): Painted - 8 : To Go - 26

Saturday, 16 February 2008

The Yellow Horde III

This is Spice, the 'Mother' of the pack...


I really must get back to painting some Grymn...

Sunday, 10 February 2008

The Yellow Horde II

No progress on the Grymn Sci-fi force this week due to work commitments so here's the second of the Vor Growlers I painted up some time ago as yellow mushroom monsters. This is 'Spite' the bully of the group. I think he's always in a bad mood because his skin is orange!


Monday, 4 February 2008

Painting Pledge - Excel

I was spending a few minutes considering my back log of unpainted lead figures (I often find this is more nourishing for the soul than actually painting anything) and I decided that the only way I was going to make any inroads into the moutain was to discipline myself. If i actually knew how much i spent on figures and how little I REALLY painted then perhaps this might shock me into doing more about it and putting time aside etc.

So, to help me demonstrate to myself exactly how squanderous I am with my own valuable time and money I put the whole lot in a spreadsheet. This allows me to record all the figures I have bought each month and the small number I have painted, and then with a suprising array of satistics (some of which I probably dont need) humiliates my meagre painting efforts.

It has no embedded macro's so I assume will be "safe". I accept no responsibility whatsoever for whether its accuracy or any other aspect of its (non)performance. As this is V1-1 it also comes without any help...

I MAY (repeat MAY) get round to updating it or providing further functionality if anyone requests something sensible. Also note however that I am not an Excel expert so am mostly self taught. I am sure there are better ways of doing what I have done here, but I didn't know abut them at the time!!!

Friday, 1 February 2008

Creating a Grymn Force VI

The first NCO of my Grymn force rolled off the exceptionally slow painting conveyor belt this evening. Start to finish this figure took me 2:40 minutes. The face slowed me a bit - especially the eyes ... the eyes.... arrgh the eyes...!


Whilst painting the helmet on this figure I noticed that the rear of the helmet has three sergeants stripes on the back of it which are tiny tiny tiny! However as I have been converting a number of Grymn troopers to full face helmet and enviro-suit I was thinking of asking Hasslefree if some of the helmets they produce separatey could have this designation sculpted into them - it currently only appears on this figure.
Running total (34): Painted - 6 : To Go - 28.

I've also tidied up the pictures for the rest of the Heavy Trooper suqad which I posted earlier.

Painting Pledge - Jan 08

January draws to a close, and with it episode 1 of 12 in the exciting new miniseries "Paint more figures than you buy".

Or to put it another way, I've promised myself that in order to steadily decrease the unpainted lead mountain and inspired by the pledge on The Miniatures Page I'll... well... paint more figures than I buy - simple really.

Bought : 5
2 x 28mm Rogue trooper miniatures
3 x 28mm Grenadier Dwarfs
Painted : 5
5 x Hasslefree Grymn troops (ok so they aren't based or sealed yet but its my game so i'm playing by my rules.)
Result : 0
Breakeven!!! Yay!
Unpainted Mountain : ???
No idea - something in the region of 1500 28mm figures.

Ok, so it was a pretty slow month but i'm claiming that as a victory!! Work has been very busy - but at least that means I have less time to buy figures as well as paint them.