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Title: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 22, 2013, 01:55:36 pm
well, in an effort to record what ive done, and have it seen ( my old way was a bit of A4 blutacked to the wall) I think ill do one of these interweb blog dofer thinigys.
I dought it will be as pithy and entreating as some of the others round here but its as bought as good as itll get.

so on the just finished list are ( 28mm wargames stuff first)
7 Hasslefree hazmats, ( 2 comms, a giger counter, a flamer, and 3 normal g36 armed troops) in "civilian orange"
1 Citadel Eternal champion box moonglum
1 Crocadile games avatar of hourus ( bird feet and wings version)

My 1:48 TSR2 NASA launch chase plane ( sniper pod off set by the sidebay door and a Airfix Jaguar recon pod under each wing)

total 9 figures   1 model

in the clear space on the desk now ive got from crooked dice in 28mm 4 normal astronoughts  ( think space1999) 3 armed verions of the above and a river song version of the above plus a small 6 wheeled moon buggy from Ainsty,  and at clean up ive 14 14 more hazmats, tough thse are going to end up in a more "military" colour and been added to, on the comms and giger counter carryers with sidearms, and a MGL 40, and Armbrust on 2 of the riflemen. Ive 2 Ainsty vehicles to undercoat  and an Ainsty cargo container to spar as well.
should keep me out of mischief  for a wile.
  Oh and anyone know the best way to get the paint off the top half of a Dinky SHADO mobile? as im thinking of having that as the transport for the hazmats
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 23, 2013, 05:56:59 am
  Oh and anyone know the best way to get the paint off the top half of a Dinky SHADO mobile? as im thinking of having that as the transport for the hazmats

What's it made from ?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 23, 2013, 06:50:48 am
Narses2 its the Dinky diecast one, so some form of metal,  ive heard several options ( fairy power spray, nitromors and hot water). Im wondering if any one has any experience and can offer advise based on prior experience.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on June 23, 2013, 09:54:34 am
I  believe that the alloy Dinky toys are cast from is"MAZAC",  an alloy of magnesium, aluminium, zinc and copper.  It's also known as ZAMAK.... see  high powered research document here......

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazak_(alloy) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazak_(alloy))


I used nitromors to strip a lousy repaint on an old Dinky toy without it causing  a catastrophe
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 23, 2013, 10:47:39 am
nitromors itll have to be then, I need to get some in and then wait for some good weather, as I have no dought ill end up using it outdoors, as I don't want to be splashing it round either the kitchen or modelling room.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 23, 2013, 10:48:56 am
and the second set of hazmats and vehicles mentioned above have been under coated this afternoon in-between showers.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Father Ennis on June 23, 2013, 07:49:44 pm
My personal favorite for paint stripping is to use Easy-off oven cleaner. They now have a new forumla that doesn't give off the toxic fumes so you can use it indoors. Works great on both plastic and metals. Heavily spray and coat the item(s) ,let sit for about an hour then clean with soap and warm water with an old toothbrush. Repeat as necessary. I've used this method for decades to good effect.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 24, 2013, 12:31:33 am
Ah Monsieurs Rheged and Ennis have beaten me to it.

Just be sure that you give the model a thorough soaking in water once you've stripped the paint. Overnight is best as any residue of whatever agent used will attack the metal after painting.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 24, 2013, 11:13:39 am
it is why I didn't mention the Mr Muscle option above,  ( I used to work in an electroplaters, and we used to use reasonably dilute sodium hydroxide {NaOH} to dissolve the zinc into solution)  so im wary of anything that will attack the metal in addition to the paint, If the body was plastic it would have been one of the chemicals of choice, ( but the solvent options would have been out)  I don't really want to pit the cast surface, or risk attacking ay of the finer details.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Mossie on June 25, 2013, 04:01:26 pm
I've used Fairy Power Spray on white metal without any problem.  Found an MSDS online, NaOH concentration is less than 1%, I'm guessing it's in there as an acidity regulator rather than an active ingredient.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 30, 2013, 05:23:42 am
Space suited figs are having the bases dry then are up for varnishing and the cargo canisters at the same point

Total so far 19 figures  1 bit of scenery  1 model.

the Military hazmats have been sprayed Halfords ultra mat camo green.  and when theyre good and dry will start getting the details touched in.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 02, 2013, 01:43:06 pm
14 military green hazmats finished. im not 100% happy with the green spray as a base colour. but there dry brushed and based.
33 figures 1 scenery 1 model
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 09, 2013, 12:38:26 pm
the Ainsty resin panel vans done, but aside from that ive been too busy trying not to melt..
had a great day a hamex on sunday, some of the studio scale stuff was amazing, but I think some of the outher visitors may have been a touch obsessive in there desire to identify random tank parts, stuck to things.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 14, 2013, 09:30:10 am
just back from  a small wargames show at the TA centre in Stoke, friendly atmosphere, a few demo games on show and enough traders to make it feel full without it being rammed,  got 2 1st ed games workshop rhinos and a predator with no turret but with the sponson laz cannon for under a tenner ( total), and a stack of Ainsty resin scenery and crooked dice figures  a copy of the 7tv heros set and a 1977 dan dare album,  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 23, 2013, 11:13:55 am
ive the next 3 days off, tomorrow is for stuff, ive some studio ghibi from Christmas on the v box, the dangermouse box set and some Ace dr who  to choose from.  Thursday is my 40th birthday.  so possibly to the cinema, Friday is a dentist visit 1st thing then freeeeee.
so there will be some painting and glueing as well. :party:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Gondor on July 23, 2013, 12:16:50 pm
Many Happy returns in advance  :drink:  :party:

Gondor
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 24, 2013, 07:08:47 am
Yup have a good one. 40's not the milestone it was but you do have to start thinking about, thinking about being an adult  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 24, 2013, 07:20:01 am
thinking  yes.
Adult  :blink: NEVER!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 25, 2013, 02:29:15 pm
well that's 40.  got a suggestion for the Chally 1 ive just got,  Berlin Block!  :tank:  it is also giving me an inspire to do my CARV Rhino the same....  now all I need to do is get the time.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 27, 2013, 01:29:50 am
planning on a trip to brum today,  so ill be having a word with my plastic supplier regarding pre-ordering warriors, getting some airfix vehicle crews, and seriously considering a merlin,  plus hopefully some lead and maybe some outher stuff.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 28, 2013, 05:01:36 am
a small wargames show at Penkridge  this morning, I got some metal 80s GW woodelfs,a dn some original style swooping hawks, and a Celtos Shide army ( 2 boxfiles worth  I must be losing it)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 03, 2013, 07:55:54 am
slowly painting more 28mm Victoriana figures ( lod Currs company ffor In her Majesty's Name) and making slow progress on some crooked dice not-who figs.
Ive been cleaning up and assembling a resin "bullet" ship from Blake`s 7.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 10, 2013, 11:27:04 am
lord curs company is finished 11 28mm wargames figures, also done a warhammer 40k Assassin, a different paint scheme on a crooked dice Lady winters ( or Servalan ), an Ainsty astronaut and buggy, a remote track, and 3 uncharted seas destroyers
51 figures 1 bit of scenery 1 model.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: rickshaw on August 10, 2013, 05:37:56 pm
If there are no pictures....   ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Old Wombat on August 10, 2013, 06:53:13 pm
If there are no pictures....   ;)

... it didn't happen! :P

:cheers:

Guy

PS: Do penguins bray? :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 11, 2013, 08:30:39 am
to answer the 2nd first, yup, they bray( link to bbc  docu here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfstYSUscBc )
and for the 1st one im afraid that ive still not found a pic hosting site whos T+Cs I can read and understand enough to feel confidant in taking photos,  and my painting is workmanlike and wargames quality, ill be winning no prizes for it, and my photography skill are less.  the sea Tonka here
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36789.30.html  and  the Berlin block camo and the 2 Challenger conversions here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,33960.345.html are earlier stuff to my normal ( just) standard
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 27, 2013, 12:55:07 pm
11 strong servants of Ra for in her majesty's name,  and 10 dr who alikes ( 2 smiths a ecclestone, a tenant, 2 river songs, 1 pond, 1 rose 1 eternal centurion, and a raf captain)  and a bipedal combat bot, ( from who or where I have no idea)
22 28mm wargames figures,

73 figures   I bit of scenery  1 model.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 16, 2013, 11:54:17 am
15 strong London police for in her majesty's name ( box set +4 west wind ones) and prof Moriarty, a brazier for them to stand round ( so I can have a group of warm fuzz  :lol:)  a ground zero SWAT van and a Ainsty security camper van
17 figures 2 models
90 figures 1 bit of scenery  3 models.
next up is a Tamiya Matilda in 35th ( RW as its part of my long term display plan, 1 of each British armoured vehicle used by the UK armed forces), currently drying in the sink after being wash to remove mould agent.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 28, 2013, 10:21:29 am
went to  the Derby wargames show today ( its also open tomorrow if any one fancy's a look)  at castle donington race track. the was a lot there but the venue isn't good, its dark, noisy and not a patch on the old site at derby uni ( which the organisers can no longer get  :banghead:)
there was a lot of interesting stuff coming both laser cut MDF scenery and laser etch acrylic scenery, and had a look at the warlord games Pegasus bridge  its well shiny but a bit of a one trick pony for me to consider. latest acquisitions on the stash and library pages
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Mossie on October 02, 2013, 02:29:18 am
28mm, that's around 1/48?  Might look good for a dio with one of the FM Horsas.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 02, 2013, 11:21:01 am
28mm is around 1:56, the bigger versions of 28mm scale well with 1:48 ( empress minis modern Afghanistan Brits go well with the airfix ones) especially when you add the figures base
Ive one of these http://www.grandmanner.co.uk/Allied_Horsa_Glider--product--184.html  for my grounded Horsa to go with my WW2 Brits.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 03, 2013, 07:26:06 am
28mm is around 1:56, the bigger versions of 28mm scale well with 1:48

Sums up the problems with "Wargames" scale stuff succinctly enough - the problem of ever larger figures was one of the reasons I gave up on Ancients and Napoleonics  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 26, 2013, 08:46:44 am
 :tank:  Matildas finished, overall sand, with some weathering and the crew added..
what next is the question?
more federation for Blakes 7? or possibly my Prussians, or Tong  for in her majesty's name.  want something small and reasonably fast.

90 figures  1 bit of scenery, 4 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 02, 2013, 04:13:53 am
so much for small and fast,  the bits currently mocking me from my desk are a games workshop space marine dreadnought and the bits to convert it to something more resembling a Battletech Rifleman mech.  a few bits cut and stuck and  a large pile of bits... meh
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 10, 2013, 08:56:42 am
dreads ready for undercoating.  just need some light and a dry time slot.
got the Hawk T mk1 out as well, possibly a naval point def, gun pack, twin sea eagles and twin winders. sound good?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 21, 2013, 11:25:42 am
the Hawk grinds on.  Not impressed with it, no crew for the office,  etch for etch sake ( not used or needed) the flap actuators are transposed on the assembly numbers, and the flap doors don't fit well if you build it wheels up.  and worse of all one of the largest flap doors has fallen into the body wile I was test fitting it and become lodged somewhere inside the body, and wont rattle free :banghead:.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 07, 2013, 01:13:32 pm
gear door replaced and im going for a last ditch anti black sea fleet sortie load, single sea eagle on each wing,   every fly able airframe that can reach, try to overload the point defences with missiles, the back up will be one of my Tonkas with the JP223s on it ( how would those work against cold war era navel units that are out of point defence weapons ?  Very well I hope.)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on December 08, 2013, 07:25:02 pm
Nice. Look forward to seeing it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 09, 2013, 02:04:50 pm
well I was going to get some paint on the hawk tonight, till I tried brushing on the grey,  it immediately beaded ill have to try to get some spray paint on it tomorrow somewhen   :banghead: :banghead: aghhhhhhhhhhh
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on December 09, 2013, 02:58:50 pm
It always sucks 'when good modeling sessions turn bad'

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 16, 2013, 11:14:59 am
put the basecoat on as tam OG instead of starting with the grey.   bingo jobs a good un.painting up the sea eagles  more green on the dread, and from the part done lead pile a  mounted and foot dr who cheetah person going..
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on December 19, 2013, 08:18:27 pm
Still waiting to see the Hawk !

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 29, 2013, 06:18:50 am
did some drilling and screwing today,  put up a new display shelf in the back room 8foot long by 1 foot wide, at the height of the door frame tops, should give me a bit of showing off room. 
varnished the hawk, just need to assemble the Perspex parts and its done.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 31, 2013, 02:22:58 pm
Hawks done  :party:
started on a 4ground  wargames 28mm  pre painted cook house  MDF kit, its a joy to put together, they get round the thickness of the laser cut MDF by double thicknessing parts, ( which is clever) and it PVA glues together well. Ive just done the range and oven ( a bought 40 parts) and its been a pleasure so far,  it requires you to pay attention and think a little but some of the big plastic company's could learn from them.  The instructions are full colour, well numbered and show what your trying to achieve .
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on December 31, 2013, 03:47:30 pm
Interesting....have to check those guys out !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 08, 2014, 11:42:47 am
finished the cook house, lovely build, and im going to have to get there paints to "finish it " properly, but well worth time and money.
2013 total
90 figures  1 bit of scenery, 4 models

2014
1 bit of scenery

gonna start the stable block next and  maybe some 28mm minis.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on January 08, 2014, 09:01:53 pm
Pretty good haul for 2013 eh ? I want to keep track of mine this year.....
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 09, 2014, 07:16:05 am
Pretty good haul for 2013 eh ? I want to keep track of mine this year.....

Best laid plans  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 09, 2014, 11:40:07 am
the real output was higher, that count only started in june.  and I couldn't face copying up the bit of paper bluetacked to the wall to start from.
but do it this way... that way I wont feel too bad as my productivity is sucked away by TV and Guild wars2
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 10, 2014, 07:00:03 am
Yup must admit my blog on here and the "my stash just grew again" thread are the evidence the lawyers will use for/against me at any time  :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 19, 2014, 10:10:52 am
finished the stable block. again a nice build, the fact its all pre painted and laser cut makes it a pleasure to build.

2 bits of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 19, 2014, 01:23:18 pm
finally finished my  foot and mounted cheetah people  ( black tree designs dr who range)

2 figures 2 bits of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 22, 2014, 01:39:51 pm
finished a 54 mm Anastasia the bride  from war griffon,
3 figures 2 bits of scenery

and cleaned up 3 forces for in her majesty's name
brick lane Commune
black dragon Tong
and society of Thule
glued to bases and in need of undercoating when I get a bit of light and dryness.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 26, 2014, 08:04:49 am
brick lane commune just need the bases flocking and varnishing so are finished,  and im starting on the Tongs next.  Its a nice feeling to get stuff done and sorted. ive also done a set of inlet valves for a tank farm ( a fish tank air line splitter on a scrap bit of boards from the stables, and some Tamiya wall sections)
15 figures  3 bits of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on January 26, 2014, 02:08:43 pm
Can we see some photos of these ? Sound interesting

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 03, 2014, 10:50:05 am
It being the first week of Feb ive got a weeks hols, today was dentist apt and stuff, tomorrow is getting the shed roof fixed and housework, and then the rest of the times my own,  theres a trip to cosi coming up, and possibly into Brum, but there will be painting and modelling going on, ive started my black dragon tong, and may well have a go at a kit or 2 as well.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 10, 2014, 11:24:42 am
back at work now, but managed a trip to Cosi on weds last week, it was windy enough to be blowing the surface water up the road by the cold war hanger.....  finished my Black dragon Tong, and the steampunk Fagin, did some reading played on the puter a bit, had a good relax.
and felt like I hadn't been away after 30 mins at work this morning :blink:
26 figs 3 bits of scenery
started on the society of Thule figs now to have a stab at getting all the IHMN figs done, before the steam walker and Prince of wales company come out.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 18, 2014, 12:26:57 pm
that's the Thule  figs done  4 jaegers 3 hero's, and 4 Todtruppen.
37 figs 3 bits of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 20, 2014, 07:16:01 am
a relatively quick set this time, ( and easy fortunately, as ive a stinking cold.)
all from Crooked Dice, 3 running Fed troopers, 1 commander fig with communicator, 2 mutoids, and a security robot.
7 more figs
43 figs and 3 pieces of scenery.
 cleaned up a 28mm Tetrach and a panard AC ready to undercoat.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 27, 2014, 02:43:59 am
ive just spent the morning "tidying" the stack of kit boxes, blister packs and resealable bags next to my painting desk, wile moving some old wargames magazines from the "easy readable" pile to a plastic stacker crate, ive found some 1:48 jeeps id bought a few years ago, and been able to shelve some games workshop rhinos that had been finished and left lying round.  Its a bit tidier and I think I have a little more elbow room, but I think I may need to rack up my production rate as I also found my 2011 and 2012 painting totals  ( 152 items including a 1:48 A10 and 16 resin vehicles,  and 228 items including 17 vehicles and a 1:48 Tonka respectively)
and im enjoying the sun streaming through the window at the moment as well.
next up is to try and clear the accumulated stuff on my desk and think a bought what I may do for cosford this year. Or weather ill bring along a carry case full of 28mm stuff ( some of the stuff from above and some general oddness from my painted collections)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 28, 2014, 01:43:40 am
cleaned up a load of Ainsty resin scenery yesterday  fencing, sci fi cargo pods, ISO containers, temple dogs and a Budda statue and 4 28mm Saracen apcs, at leas one and possible all will be for Berlin block ( giving either 2 or 5) and finished off a steam punk tunneller bursting from the ground ( id managed to drop it and snap the tip off so ive put some filler on the underside of the drill and some clump foliage on the very tip to make it look like its surfaced through a bush).
and what a change of weather, its grey wet cold and horrible...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 08, 2014, 03:02:29 pm
not a lot happened, got the black on the Saracens for the wheels and the plastic card cut for the bases for them,  but this weekend being the Aldersly wargames show, my youngest brother is up, so after a wonder into town, this evening was out for a Chinese meal, so im currently a very well fed Penguin and tomorrow will be a walk round to the show and then a walking round the show.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 10, 2014, 04:40:54 am
picked up a little wargaming stuff yesterday and during some free time ( working round the paint drying on the Saracens)  im scratching a turret for an original GW predator that I got second hand some time last? year it has the las cannon sponsons  on but no "frying pan" turret so a couple of circles of plasti card and a couple of resin blocks as the centre the 1:48 gun of a academy Challenger 1 ( its either from the AA version or the AVRE conversion I did), the turret back / bustle is a couple of tool bins from a 1:35 Honey,  and the main body / glacis  will be humbrol putty.
 so it should look vaguely T72/ chieftain / original turret like
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 10, 2014, 01:26:40 pm
a Question gents.
the humbrol filler is roughly shaped and drying  but looks like it was put on with a cake spatula, aside from sanding is there any way of smoothing it out?  or something that can be applied to the tools when applying it to make it smooth?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on March 11, 2014, 07:21:01 am
AFAIK sanding is the only way.

As for putting the stuff on. I use an old scalpel blade and then the good old Mk I thumb or finger
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 11, 2014, 12:25:03 pm
thank you Narses, tis what I feared,  will splodge sand and smooth with liberal brushings of humbrol liquid poly then.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 11, 2014, 01:14:15 pm
The old Revell putty used to come with a softish polythene spreader attached to the tube by an elastic band. They almost invariably fell off and thus LMSs ended up with some of them just lying around. I've got a couple of them that I use to this day and I've recently seen very similar spreaders included with packs of 2 part epoxy glues like Devcon or Aladite.

Well worth looking out as they give a nice smooth finish, and the epoxy can be used as glue too, or so I've heard.  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Hobbes on March 11, 2014, 01:24:39 pm
a Question gents.
the humbrol filler is roughly shaped and drying  but looks like it was put on with a cake spatula, aside from sanding is there any way of smoothing it out?  or something that can be applied to the tools when applying it to make it smooth?

When you're applying the filler, you might be able to use acetone (e.g. nail polish remover) to soften and smooth it. I sometimes use a cotton swab with acetone to clean up after filling a seam.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on March 11, 2014, 02:32:20 pm
I always use my fingers too.....easier to conform to curves especially the wing joint.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 14, 2014, 07:34:15 am
turrets as good as...  so im adding hatches and vision blocks, need to do some smoke dischargers, also a goodly way along a Sarrisa scifi pod / module, sprayed grey, and 95% assembled, the last few bits are just gluing, after that itll need a little bit of paint to finish.  also stated on the 4ground hotel that I got for crimbo,  33 boards of parts, im soooo glad that I did the 2 smaller buildings first, they gave me the practice I need, and an idea of how the instructions are.
slowly progressing on the Saracens as well, im now on the brown, and its slow as its the last colour of the main camo ive got to be careful with the lines,  the Panard AC is slowly coming along as well, tyres are black and the main green in on, need to do lights vision blocks, an ink wash and probably some graffiti.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 16, 2014, 06:52:43 am
Predator turrets finished just needs varnishing now, Panard ac is finished and based, just needs varnish, the Saracens are slowly moving frwd, they need optics, lights and smoke launchers finishing, some ID codes put on them and basing, then varnish and finish.  The hotel is slowly moving fwd, glue a couple of parks,  let the PVA set, glue a couple more
45 figures  3 pieces of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 16, 2014, 02:25:07 pm
Saracens done and based whew, berlin block is a great idea, till you do lots of it.
49 figures 3 pieces of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Leading Observer on March 16, 2014, 03:59:47 pm
There's no subsitute for a wet finger, quoting SHWMBO
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Mossie on March 17, 2014, 04:02:22 am
a Question gents.
the humbrol filler is roughly shaped and drying  but looks like it was put on with a cake spatula, aside from sanding is there any way of smoothing it out?  or something that can be applied to the tools when applying it to make it smooth?

When you're applying the filler, you might be able to use acetone (e.g. nail polish remover) to soften and smooth it. I sometimes use a cotton swab with acetone to clean up after filling a seam.

I read once that Humbrol filler rubs down nicely with 'alcohol', although the modeller didn't state exactly what.  I tried it with Methylated Spirit to no affect, I've always meant to try some IPA/surgical spirit/rubbing alcohol but I've never get hold of any to try it.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 18, 2014, 02:28:56 pm
32" of ainsty resin fencing on the go, paint GW bestial brown, add a back / brown ink wash, ill highlight some of the planks in a mix of lighter browns with the odd touch of green I think
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 26, 2014, 01:54:24 pm
the fencing is done, just needs some static grass added and then varnishing, one of the Ainsty ISO containers is done as well
49 figures 7 pieces of scenery ( 12" of wall fence etc counts a one piece)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 27, 2014, 02:22:45 pm
20" of  felled tree trunk fence finished tonight gone for a slightly birch like look.  its been undercoated and mocking me for months, so nice to get done.
49 figures 9 pieces of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 29, 2014, 11:53:20 am
2 second hand GW Rhinos, green and black British army style,  nice and fast, Tamiya spray green this morning, black stripes this afternoon,  varnish after tea Jobs a good un!
49 figures 2 models  9 pieces of scenery.
wondering what small stuff to start next,  possibly some figs again
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 30, 2014, 10:40:02 am
3 of the Ainsty ISO containers and one of the sci fi cargo pods done, as well as a 28mm Tetrach,
49 figures, 3 models 13 pieces of scenery,
got another ISO that has been hit with some of the Halfords camo paint, green and khaki, needs to dry then get a bit of darker brown and a little black, before ink washing, and the final one will be in the ultra grubby white of Trans Sys.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 08, 2014, 06:19:04 am
after a good day at cosford,  and getting an A10 there for the engines to put on the Learjet, ive been off today, ( ill be chauffeuring Sapphire Penguin to a dentist appointment later), ive put the stuff I had on display back in its correct storage boxes, and repacked the bought kits, ( the hasa weapons kit went in my part used version, and the Typhoon went in the box of the un-started one)  and then repairing the 2 built A10s that sit on the phoon box, ( one twice) :banghead: ive got some more of the hotel together, one set of the outside steps and the basic floor, outside walls and internal wall facings are drying.
any suggestions from out-there as to what to do with a engine pod less A10,  I have a vague idea of no wings 1 central tail and turn it into a waterline scale mini sub for 1:56 / 28mm wargaming.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on April 08, 2014, 06:50:31 am

any suggestions from out-there as to what to do with a engine pod less A10,  I have a vague idea of no wings 1 central tail and turn it into a waterline scale mini sub for 1:56 / 28mm wargaming.

Backdate it: replace the engines with radial prop jobs.... :wacko:


BTW, thanks for the tip about the Charity Tank Girl figures - got my donation in and my name down for a set.... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 08, 2014, 09:06:28 am
hhmm, its an idea, ive got some spare props from a trashed ac130....
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 10, 2014, 01:48:22 pm
started the Lear,  and realised that the diameter on the A10 engines ( CT34?)  is not far off the body dia of the lears,  :blink:  filled in the old engine slots ( they may end up as power plants for a couple of homemade cruise missiles) got a ECM pod from the F111, and a flair pod off the AC130, I think ill leave 3 of the back single seats out , 2 as blanks for storage lockers/tool boxes, and 1 for a table, giving the double seat at the back and one on the jump seat side facing backwards .   
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 15, 2014, 11:26:30 am
lear slowly continues, im trying to get the slot for the new engines cut before I start to do any major internal work,  and ( unlike normally on wargaming stuff) im going very slowly and carefully, I want this to look good!
the 4ground hotel slowly continues also, im having some problems as the instructions are a little less than clear in some parts, and I think the fitting may be a little off of a few parts, I can rectify it, but it means that the assembly speed slows as it becomes, test fit, modify, test fit, modify, test fit, glue, which on most wargames stuff is at least one test fit too many.  Im getting there, im glad that I have my modelling tools though, the razor saw and craft knife are proving very useful.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 04, 2014, 11:45:21 am
engine pods assembled and internally painted, floor painted and im getting some where with the seats, the Hotels advanced a little most of the 1st floor is now finished ive got to start on the attic floor,  slowly along enjoying the trip.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 25, 2014, 09:04:50 am
just spent a "happy 30 mins" cleaning up some 2nd hand 28mm wargames figs ive had sat stripping in a pot of acetone thinners for a few weeks ( 2 elder ghost warriors  80s metal types, 2 war walkers 5 seers and a couple of small unicorns)  the elder must have been at least 3rd hand as the paint was coming of in slabs and peeling off like an old plaster,  so they've all gone back in the pot for a wile longer. :angry:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 26, 2014, 10:46:24 am
after watching pirates of the Caribbean 4 last night and Horizon 40 years on the moon today feeling a bit better, so ive done a bit more on the hotel, the attic floors now complete, need to do the roof and all the windows.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 14, 2014, 12:41:10 pm
the body of the Lear is together  with the new engines added, and the wings on,  all of a sudden it looks far more like a plane, than a disparate collection of bits, it does look good, even if I say so myself.  Got to let it all set together, then it'll be fill in the body / engine pylon, underside/join and think a bought undercart. pylons and paint.
The hotel is further along the top floors done, the roofs having the dormer windows fitted, then it'll be the chimney stacks, windows and window surrounds, and that will be not far off finished. :thumbsup:
After that, not too certain. it'll depend on what catches my fancy.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 15, 2014, 01:20:04 pm
im at the P stage of PSR with the engine pods,  at the moment there's a nomnomnomnomnomnom sound from the underside of the pylons as my humbrol filler disappears into the gap, im letting it set then it'll be clean of any filler that was splodged in the wrong bit  smooth with solvent then (try to) sand I may end up wrapping the wet and dry round a paintbrush handle to get between fuselage and engine pod wall.

I may do some resin wargames stuff after  ive a couple of ainsty hovercraft and  some 6 wheel bugs with drivers similar to the Valley Forge crew that may be next. Or it may be a 1:56 cent to convert into a tankdozer,  or the other IHMN gangs,  or.........  I need some dedicated painting time!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 23, 2014, 11:32:01 am
Lear bodys done, tails on, need to pre paint the gear  and gear flaps, and to think on the colour scheme, light grey underside, not too certain on the top, I want something punchy but not too stand out..
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 03, 2014, 01:49:43 pm
went for a sand top colour , that's done, gluing on the gear and gear doors, its been titled G - DARE , and needs varnishing and itll be done.

off on hols next week and it looks like ill be at Bovo one day of this weekend, and the other will be visiting stuff round that area, ( were in a hotel in Yeovil for sat night).  will be doing some sticking and painting while im off just don't know what yet.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 07, 2014, 09:39:46 am
back from Bovo :tank:
so ive finished the Lear all bar the front windscreen,  that'll get PVAed on in a short wile then done.
ive started a Acadamy 1:48 M60 A1  its going to be quick and simple, so all the sub assembly's are already glued, I can put the wheels onmthe hull then itll go out for grey undercoat, then itll be green brown and black, add tracks and final assembly a quick varnish and done.  well that's the plan
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 08, 2014, 06:30:37 am
49 figures 4 models 13 pieces of scenery had forgotten to count the Lear in
got a couple of coats of green on the M60,  next up is black rims on the road wheels and the other 2 cammo colours,  said it was going to be quick
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 10, 2014, 08:12:54 am
 :tank: M60s done.  as is the hotel    :party:
49 figures 5 models 14 pieces of scenery
some 28mm figs on the desk In an effort to get some stuff finished.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 20, 2014, 06:02:22 am
ive got some 28mm stuff done from the dr who ep family of blood,  the dr in teachers outfit, Martha, random maid 8 SMLE armed schoolboys, the head Boy, and the youngster with the drs watch, ( all gripping beast figs)  and a crooked dice Dorothy,   young lady, softball bat, rucksack with 2 drinking bottles/ nitro 9 cans.
another 14 figs  ;D
63 figs  5 models 14 pieces of scenry
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 20, 2014, 01:25:35 pm
also finished off today, a old red telephone box, and a pillar box for the post. and another resin ISO container and a sci fi container in my ever scruffy Trans-Sys scheme ( black print, white base,  lots of ink, repaints, scuff and rust)
another 28mm  an old Black Scorpion lead Alfonso,  been sat waiting for the inspiration to finish for 4-5 years +

and started my Brengun AGM109 Tomahawk itll be RN but well scuffed and singed as it will be doing either as a recovery mission marker, or in a mad scientists toy room / lab / hanger.  so the booster is being magnetised so it can be either on or nearby on a table.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2014, 01:49:36 pm
managed to get the tomahawk together, 3 attempts on the wings,  :banghead:  and managed to mis-cut one of the tail fins  :banghead: :banghead:  able to botch it back together with superglue , kicker and swearing,  it just needs undercoating now, then a quick lick of paint
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 03, 2014, 02:53:03 am
Tomahawk is finished, as is an old citadel Corum  from the eternal champion box, and a teddy bear hero figure,
65 figs  6 models 18 pieces of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 03, 2014, 02:00:15 pm
wile rummaging what to do next I found my Ground Zero Games UNSC light carrier group, been yonks since I did teeny tiny space ships  so there next,  ive got the older ones ive done out, so I can get ( close) to the same scheme.  http://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=125   for some pics of the raw metal.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 24, 2014, 08:44:22 am
carrier groups finished  7 ships and 4 fighter groups, so some more slow progress
76 figs 6 models  18 pieces of scenery

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 31, 2014, 05:50:52 am
assembled a Martian scout walker from all quiet on the Martian front, stands around 6" tall, so will go across all the scales I do / may try, its intimidating as a scout in 1:48 and 28mm  and slowly becomes more scary through 1:72 to 6mm / 1:300 where it probably taller than a steeple.
painted up 6 28mm Foundry street violence figs as well 2 large Sicilian business men, and a pistol armed guard, 1 male in suit with mobile phone and badly shut briefcase, and 2 business women.  slowly cutting into the pile of pre undercoated stuff ive got.
82 figs 6 models 18 pieces of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 10, 2014, 01:40:31 pm
after Partizan on sunday ive been finishing the Tripod, gunmetal base with ali highlights blue ink wash and the gills / optics in clear green and a couple of gold details, it does look good if I say so my self.  also tonight saw a 28mm suit and longcoat wearer done from the street violence figs
83 figs  7 models  18 pieces of scenery

im on a bit of a crooked dice burn though now so I may be having a crack at something of theirs next,  either more federated security, ( the iron fist of space command.)  or some future freedom fighters.   that's if I don't go sideways and just open a pack at random and go at that.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 21, 2014, 12:36:39 pm
sideways it was finished the last 2 of the eternal champions  Erekose and Urlik Skarsol, and the second of the 3 martian scouts ( well it will be when ive got some flock on it).  And started a Grey Knight Techmarine mash up.
 though the techmarine may go on a back burner as its not inspiring much at the moment.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 06, 2014, 02:04:58 pm
finished 2 street violence figs and started on 4 temple dogs a a 2-3" tall Budda statue, want to make them look ile they were originally gilded but that the gold has all gone, except in the deep recesses  so white undercoat, dark grey thick wash, then sponged a few more greys on to get a spotty stone look, and put on a very watery gold wash, its dried but I think there was too little gold, will try again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 11, 2014, 08:37:38 am
the temple dogs and Budda are finished  I think ive got it right, final decider will be when there varnished  here hoping  :blink:
also finished the squire wife and daughter pack from the  gripping beast set ( they look reasonable enough to double duty for the Alien family of blood, from the  Matt Smith episode, and the book Human nature)
also glued a load of  tapezial  ( flat topped triangle) sprue together to make a "sleeper stack"  painted concrete, they'll make some difficult terrain.  and stuck together the 10 parts for my HLBS ZSU 23-4 Shilka, which will need undercoating soon.  And will end up mainly green for my WarPack  forces.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 12, 2014, 02:07:27 am
things have taken a step sideways,  my delightful wargaming wife has been looking through cupboards, and has refound her Dreamholme senics chieftains hut, which is a serious chunk of resin that will need some bashing to get together,  the main building is in quarters and the walls are going to need heating and flexing to get them to meet, and wile the tops of the walls are level, the bottoms of each section arnt, plus when I get it together its going to be  close on 2 foot long by 1 foot wide.  ( link to some ones website showing the model completed at a wargames show http://norsehammer.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/dreamholme-collectables.html  )
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 12, 2014, 02:59:56 am
......... the main building is in quarters and the walls are going to need heating and flexing to get them to meet, and wile the tops of the walls are level, the bottoms of each section arnt, plus when I get it together its going to be  close on 2 foot long by 1 foot wide........

If it was easy everyone would be doing it...........  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 12, 2014, 06:33:10 am
Kit  yup I suppose your right on that  doesn't make it any easier though  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on October 12, 2014, 07:13:09 am
That's huge ! The finished example looks really neat. I've never been a gamer myself, so was wondering what's the point in having something that big ? Is it used during the game ? Or is just a collectible or somat to build and enjoy ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 12, 2014, 07:30:15 am
Does look good. Make a nice centre piece for a display skirmish game.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 12, 2014, 07:43:48 am
centre piece of a game, nice area for a skirmish, challenge to assemble well ( id normally add paint but as its my wife building she want to paint it).  it can also make a fine objective for a larger game  1 side has to defend the other either capture of destroy.  The main reason weve got it is that she saw the painted example at a show and said " that would be wonderful for me for Christmas"   and that's all the reason I need to get it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 12, 2014, 07:46:25 am
Ahhhhhhh. Such is young love  ;D ;D ;D :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on October 12, 2014, 07:50:46 am
I see ! Are you going to keep track of how many hours it takes to get it looking like the photos ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 12, 2014, 08:18:45 am
Narses  14 years married and still diabolically  happy   :wub:

Captain Canada  egad no,  ill get it to a raw assembled  bare resin, then probably undercoat it with Halfords primer,  then Sapphire Penguin  will paint it till shes happy with it,  we do this for fun, not to make a living, the time spent is an enjoyable part of the journey,  not a chore  :thumbsup:   
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 12, 2014, 08:21:38 am
Narses  14 years married and still diabolically  happy   :wub:



Well done mate  :thumbsup:

Captain Canada  egad no,  ill get it to a raw assembled  bare resin, then probably undercoat it with Halfords primer,  then Sapphire Penguin  will paint it till shes happy with it,  we do this for fun, not to make a living, the time spent is an enjoyable part of the journey,  not a chore  :thumbsup:   

Absolutely the right idea  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 14, 2014, 11:44:44 am
resin is washed and dried, itll get initial assembly ( hopefully) tomorrow night, gonna have to clear the dining room table of the RPG stuff though to do it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on October 15, 2014, 02:38:20 am
You are lucky.  Mrs z makes me keep my anti tank weapons in the shed...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 15, 2014, 11:23:29 am
Zenrat.  alas wile I am a die hard twilight 2000 gm, its more role playing games stuff than rocket propelled stuff  :lol:   mainly 13th age books and my hard back copy of the dr who game
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 18, 2014, 08:15:31 am
2 large cans of Halfords red primer later, one sprayed lodge, and undercoaterd ZSU,  the tripod, temple stuff ,and the street violence figs are varnished, but as I was walking out the door to matt them I banged my elbow and the other 3 fell of the board and chipped  :banghead: :banghead:  ive got  wait now to see if there salvageable or just straight back in the stripper
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 19, 2014, 04:38:59 am
well the walls have been straightened, by the simple expedient of filling the pasta pan with boiling water and dipping the offending parts  in it, bending when soft, checking with a set square and cooling under the tap. 
the first pair are glued together, and the ( very) gappy underside joint has had more araldite splodged into it to try and do some gap filling.
the second pair will be after lunch for the same effect ( I hope)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on October 21, 2014, 06:10:42 pm
Sounds good. Nice to hear you guys can enjoy the hobby together !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 22, 2014, 11:22:18 am
the 4 quarters are together and mounted on a 2*1 foot piece of 6mm MDF the parts for the 6" wide by 2` long sectioned araldited together fine, when I tried to repeat the process with the 2 long halfs I got a total contact area of less than my little fingernail,  ( ad id used around half a pack of araldite to try to get them together.  So the central join is  Wikeses  solvent free gap filling high grad adhesive  between the central joint and mounting the whole lot onto the base board, a whole tube ( 300 + mL) 
if this thing moves im going to be very very disappointed
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 24, 2014, 02:32:30 pm
no modelling tonight,  I spent the evening, playing ( and losing) a game of Munchkin  ( link to producers web site http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/  )
with 3 very good friends and my lovely lady wife,  it was an absolute laugh a minute backstabbing slaughterfest,  and we will no doubt repeat the silliness on sunday, and win or lose it will be the same.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 02, 2014, 01:18:46 pm
well the 3 figs mentioned above that took a dive have been touched up and just got some brush on matt varnish.
the ZSUs had some more khaki drab on it, and the red primer is staring to disappear.

and just seen the new releases from Crooked dice,
for the strange there's  a set for  the  series  Danger 5    ive seen a bit of it on you tube and its wonderfully barking  :thumbsup:
for the more familiar  there's department X     the Commandos are cool  and the  2 stars are readily identifiable but from different series.
http://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/
And after watching Black sails ive an urge to get some pirate figs,  there's a skirmish set of rules from Osprey that should work and  between Northstar  and Black Scorpion, I can do standard human, and several fantasy pirate crews.  YAR!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 10, 2014, 01:21:30 pm
went to Cosford today to visit the conservation centre, ( its open  10:15 am till1:00pm till the 15th  5 to get in).  the Halifax looks better the hambone is coming along nicely and the rescue boat look better than last time I was there.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 11, 2014, 01:49:45 am
started gluing MDF this morning,  the front part of the 4ground grand stone hotel in 28mm, if I can get a good bit done, ill have finished a Christmas present in the same year I got it  :lol:,  that's on the downstairs table, up on my desk ive got the last of the Martian scout walkers coming together, this one will be gunmetal with a green ink wash, the 3 will then have a similar base look with a slightly different tone to them to tell them apart.
im also doing a bit of tidying up which will ( hopefully) get a bit of order in the lead mountain, and maybe just maybe, give me a little more room on and around my painting desk.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 11, 2014, 06:15:57 am
 :banghead:   ( insert invective filled rant to self here)  :banghead:
Ive just sat back down to start fitting the interior walls to said hotel.  And realised that id put the 2 external end walls on the wrong ends  and there handed, and they have dried in place.
So out came the razor saw and craft knife, I hope ive not made too bad a job of it as the panels are now re gluing  with masking tape holding them in place...
if im lucky, I can repaint the areas where the MDF is visible and do a little filling and it wont be noticeable.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 13, 2014, 06:33:29 am
been into Brum today with my wife,  the sealife centre  to see the Penguins, and the Rays,  well neat.  had luch in bella pasta and came back via ian allen, kits and books for me, and a tree set for her.
I think ive salvaged the hotel, the interior walls have gone in and fit ok,  whew.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 16, 2014, 09:13:19 am
finished the 3rd scout tripod, and the grey knight tecmarine  and made another "sprue stack" terrain piece
from 83 figs  7 models  18 pieces of scenery
to  85 figs  9 models  18 pieces of scenery
zsu23-4 is finished as well
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 23, 2014, 10:42:07 am
varnished the last few things id mentioned today, as well as a mesa scenery piece that Mrs Steel Penguins done.
started on a new tree, an off cut of grape stalk if I remember correctly,  it glueing onto a base, then will need some polyfilla to hide the gap where ive straightened it up.  Also undercoated is the Revell F-19 I got from Kit a wile back,  got a spare pilot to put in it, and it may well get a different load out to the 2 mavs that come in the box, im thinking that with the advances in laser guidance tec ( and that the military are actively trying to get) 2.5" rockets with designator heads arnt that far off. so the trapezes will get rocket pods, and instead of the load being double barrelled I can give it a clip.
after ive finished typing im re watching the assembly dick for the chieftains hall again,  ive got the body together, I need to fit the internal steps, and then work out how im going to do the roof and totem poles.. busy busy
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 30, 2014, 11:36:14 am
cleaned up some 1:72 wildlife for my wife so she can paint them for her dads railway layout,  2 dogs, 2 goats, 2 horses,  2 giraffes and a rino.   as his layout is a small welsh village narrow gauge scene, it should make the viewing public stop and think.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on November 30, 2014, 11:50:21 am
cleaned up some 1:72 wildlife for my wife so she can paint them for her dads railway layout,  2 dogs, 2 goats, 2 horses,  2 giraffes and a rino.   as his layout is a small welsh village narrow gauge scene, it should make the viewing public stop and think.   :thumbsup:

Put a sign up at the entrance to the field they're in that reads "Dai's exotic meats..."  :wacko:

When I was at school, all the societies and clubs had to put on a show for Founder's Day, so the wargames club used to put on four or five big dioramas, which were pretty much the highlight. Some wag always managed to sneak a jokey item in. The WWII Pacific beach assault diorama got through most of the day before one of the teachers noticed the psychedelic M113 with peace logos painted on it hiding deep in the jungle, and they never did spot the Hitchhikers' Guide To The Galaxy cast stood on a ledge watching the fantasy Ragnarog scene (well it was the End of the Universe, right? .... ;) ).
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 30, 2014, 11:53:55 am
Weaver   :bow: that is just spot on  :lol:
as the layout is the Wye, Bodda, and Dunnowe railway,  the start helps in the smiles. one of the scenery flats he ha has the Bodda boot company's factory on it.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 09, 2014, 01:22:54 pm
trees done, F19 progressing,  done a simple conversion on a crooked dice Tarrent  remove neutron blaster, straighten arm add big ole auto pistol,  instant 70s cop,  the Dayna fig that was in the same pack ( and the reason ive got 2 of them)  has had her neutron blaster removed and her arms re-bent to give a more side on archery stance, and a bow glued on, so that I can do the version from the 1st ep she appears in.   The Chieftains hall as had the steps glued in and green stuff added to fill the GAPS!!!   and is now in the airing cupboard till after the family and friends have visited over chrimbo.  I can still do bits of the hotel as that packs far tighter.  Also may be starting the clean up on the empire of the dead vampire slayers I got recently.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on December 09, 2014, 05:44:12 pm
Weaver   :bow: that is just spot on  :lol:
as the layout is the Wye, Bodda, and Dunnowe railway,  the start helps in the smiles. one of the scenery flats he ha has the Bodda boot company's factory on it.

Don't know why I didn't see this reply when you posted it..... :unsure:

I love "Asterix-style" puns like that, probably because my mum did too. We once came up with a whole story about two defecting Russian ballet dancers just so we could call them Tarachuk and Opitova. If I ever get around to it, my Airfix RNLI lifeboat is supposed to end up as a KGB Border Guard patrol boat called the Ukan Bugarov... ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 09, 2014, 05:57:29 pm
I used to help run an N Gauge exhibition layout for the Gloucester Model Railway Club that was based on the Somerset & Dorset, and we called it 'Fircoombe'.

For some reason none of the model railway magazines would call it by it's proper name when it was mentioned or reviewed.  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 10, 2014, 11:45:41 am
Kit and Weaver,  its that sort of thing that gets us labelled "terrible people"    ;D :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
its just so much fun out thinking some folks isn't it?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 10, 2014, 01:01:17 pm
Precisely!  ;D

I love the look that comes over some of my fellow modeller's faces at my 'local model club' (it's 45 miles away...) when I show up with my latest Whiffed creation. I thought one of them was going to collapse when I took my B-35 Northrop Northampton there last month.  :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 10, 2014, 01:39:09 pm
and thank you to kit  and mrs penguin, my stealth's have just been named.   f-19  Denver S1 for the one type and S2 for the one on the desk 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on December 10, 2014, 01:45:58 pm
I used to help run an N Gauge exhibition layout for the Gloucester Model Railway Club that was based on the Somerset & Dorset, and we called it 'Fircoombe'.

PMSL - PLEASE tell me it had a stately home called Fircoombe Hall.....
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 10, 2014, 02:02:07 pm
 :bow:  thank you Weaver   that is ROFL territory,   just brilliant.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Go4fun on December 10, 2014, 04:07:15 pm
I had a "Wall Route that covered about 200 Smiles (Scale Miles as ran by a 3-to-1 fast clock) in N scale. The N-Scale of Topeka club had nine members but it seemed they were at my house every other month for the meet & run.
Took 3 meets before someone noticed the bones outside a crevasse under a road bridge and on closer inspection the T-Rex trapped inside.  :o They started looking harder for other tricks after that.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 10, 2014, 05:34:47 pm
I used to help run an N Gauge exhibition layout for the Gloucester Model Railway Club that was based on the Somerset & Dorset, and we called it 'Fircoombe'.

PMSL - PLEASE tell me it had a stately home called Fircoombe Hall.....

Of COURSE it did! That's where the layout's name came from.  ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 14, 2014, 07:44:01 am
another 28mm street violence fig done
86 figs 9 models 18 pieces of scenery
and got some paint on the f19, so some progress on that
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 21, 2014, 08:55:29 am
A pair of ex-Harrier SNEB pods are together and part painted for the F19 S2,  and im slowly getting the paint on the main air frame,  ive got the launch trapezes to do and then itll be the air-brakes and canopy, some decaling and finish!! ( oh that sounds so easy  :lol:)
the vampire slayers and crooked figs are undercoated  so there's a little progress forward there.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 25, 2014, 01:21:10 am
well the house is tided and the veg is ready, weve family and friends over in a bit, so Id better stick my head  round the door here and say " happy Christmas " to all here, I hope that you all have a good day, 
Take it easy, and enjoy  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2014, 06:38:21 am
Happy Christmas to you and yours as well !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 27, 2014, 12:46:04 pm
post crimbo the tables been filled with MDF buildings again, got some of the interior walling on the hotel and Mrs Penguin has been doing the thatched house she started a bit back.
Del Tarrent PI is finished as is another street violence type with a M60 mg, they just nee varnishing, Dayna has had to be repainted, I did want to go for a white outfit but it showed up the conversion too much, do shes been redone in a jade green, ( similar to another outfit the character wore).  The vampire hunters are stalled at the moment, but Dorian Grey has had his suite done a pale dove grey.
the F19 just need the bay doors and trapezes adding on the underside, and then ittl be markings and varnish before I PVA the clear stuff on.
and the grape stalk tree is done based and varnished.
88 figs 9 models and 19 pieces of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on December 27, 2014, 04:33:26 pm
Holy smokes you're busy over there ! Any pics ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 28, 2014, 01:33:47 am
Alas pics are not possible,  As ive said previously, ive looked at photo hosting sites, and tried to read there Ts & Cs and got nowhere ( like 6 windows open to different bits of them, nowhere), and my skill with a camera is barely this side of ok,  plus if you search through the "what does your workbench look like" thread you can see mine, and its not got any better since the photo was taken  :banghead:
some of my stuff is on the Cosford show photos http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38558.15.html   in Kits photos  the 3rd one down has my TSR2 and the Berlin block stuff and associated figs are mine as well.
Most of mine wont set the world alight, its reasonably good quality wargaming paint schemes, put together so it not fragile. 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 29, 2014, 03:02:18 am
yesterdays and this mornings work has been supergluing Mrs Steel Penguins Mounted welsh warband together ( 28mm stuff, so horse to base, rider to horse, weapon to rider) and undercoating 13 of them,  another 12 to finish on the desk.  Havent been much of a historical player before, but the SAGA system has caught our  attention ( a small force is 17 figs, a moderate one 28 ish,) so it isn't the hundreds of figs that a lot of the other systems seen to want.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Howard of Effingham on December 29, 2014, 04:50:29 am
I used to help run an N Gauge exhibition layout for the Gloucester Model Railway Club that was based on the Somerset & Dorset, and we called it 'Fircoombe'.

PMSL - PLEASE tell me it had a stately home called Fircoombe Hall.....

Of COURSE it did! That's where the layout's name came from.  ;)

someone will then tell me that the GWR did actually name one of its hall/castle class steam locos Fircoombe Hall?  ;D

anyhow, mounted welsh warband, steel penguin? what era are they? sounds interesting to me!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 29, 2014, 05:55:04 am
Howard, late dark ages,  early medieval. The game is sort of around  1066 ish, Vikings, Normans, Anglo Danish.  There's a new version for early crusades out as well, but weve not got that.
Link to Gripping Beast who are the main distributers http://www.grippingbeast.com/shop.php?pageNum_rs=0&totalRows_rs=17&CatID=2396 ,  the special dice aren't necessary as the rule books do give normal d6 equivalents.
Ive got Normans to start on  a mounted leader, 8 mounted Hearthguard, 8 crossbow armed warriors in mail, and 12 levy with bows, far less horses to paint :)
weve friends with Vikings, Saxons, and some of the more exotic groups.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on December 29, 2014, 07:27:47 am
Ah 28mm skirmish wargaming. Never got into skirmish games but I was an Ancients man. Mainly 15mm Sassinian for my real army and lots of assorted stuff for Tony Bath inspired games. Used to use his simple rules as well. Long before the days of WRG and lawyers  :banghead: Fond memories
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 31, 2014, 01:48:40 pm
all of the Welsh are done, assembled and undercoated, theve been stated by Mrs Steelpenguin,, for my own merry band the warlord, (Baron La Grange) { the pun is he wants a castle on a promontory overlooking the sea so I can call it La Grange point} is en horsed, his 8 body guard are similar, the 8 foot guard with cross bows are cleaned up and on bases, I need to add bow staves to 2 and the bows to another 2, then ill be starting on the 12 peasant rabble with short bows.

the total for the year isn't too bad, all in.  Ive had fun doing what I want and aside from the Hawk, its been no great troubles ( note too self  READ INSTRUCTIONS before assembly and glue) the hotel is continuing ive got the start of the grand staircase in, I need to start assembling the Risers and steps.

There's a small wargames table top sale at Penkridge this sunday ( 4th jan 2015)  that ill be going to, and will see if theres anything shiny, possible more of the west wind empire of the dead figs, though ill be on the lookout for the 2nd hand stuff as that's one of the main points of the show, Mongrel NATO and Russians, possibly some more 28mm Nam stuff, and I need to get some opfor for the US marines and ANZAKs ive got, plus the normal 40K stuff and etc etc.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on December 31, 2014, 09:32:30 pm
...the pun is he wants a castle on a promontory overlooking the sea so I can call it La Grange point...

Shouldn't he have 5 properties called L1 to L5?   :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 01, 2015, 01:36:18 am
I was thinking of just the one ( not greedy you know), I can number the outbuildings though to get that effect  :thumbsup:
ran out of steam at around 10:30 last night so the peasants didn't get started, maybe later today. 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 03, 2015, 07:24:56 am
well the 1st of the new years been finished  :party:
1 4Ground ruined semi  in 28mm not too bad, and a pile of bricks to keep as spares.  I got sick of staring at the hotel and did something I could finish quickly,  nice to do as Mrs SP has managed to finish one of her anglo-danish hovels  teddy bear fur thatch roof and all ;D

2014   88 figs   9 models  19 pieces of scenery
2013   90 figs   4 models  1 piece of scenery
2012   228  items including  1  1:48 Tonka  and  17 vehicles
2011   152 items including 1  1:48  A10 and  16 resin vehicles

not too bad, but I think I need to try and up my rate of production.
 ( edit to add previous years values)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on January 03, 2015, 08:39:58 am
That is a lot of production ! Looks like you slipped a bit in the past few years tho.....maybe you need to throw in the odd 48th scale aero to keep you going ?

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 03, 2015, 11:16:32 am
C C  this years run included
in  1:56  / 28mm  a Panard Armoured car, 4 Saracen APCs ( berlin block), and a Tetrach light tank
in Games Workshops heroic 28mm 2 new style Rhinos, and an old style Predator ( the 80s first release that I had to build a new turret for)
and in 1:48 a Brengun Tomahawk sub launched cruse missile, a M60 A3 tank, a ZSU 23 4 Shilika, and the re engined Lear jet.
im nearly finished on the F19 a2 Denver but ive realised I need to do the roundels and stuff before I do the bay doors and trapeze launchers, so im working up enough enthusiasm to get out the circle cutters and make the masks to paint with.
but I need to pick something to do next and to work out what im working towards for Cosi this year, ( aside from the Lear)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 06, 2015, 12:36:34 pm
I get ever further on the F19,, now its decaled, the trapezes are on and one pair of bay doors are on  :thumbsup:  hopefully I can get another pair done tonight then itll be varnish then add transparency's.  in the mean time ive had a tidy up of my blister pack pile and found a mark II centurion  ( 1:56) id forgotten id had,  around a dozen ECW musket men,  which I need to give SMLEs and SLRs, and similar to turn them into a 7TV gang, which id also forgotten id got.  and a short platoon of ground zero games Nuns with Guns ( painted  :thumbsup:) that id once again forgotten id had.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on January 06, 2015, 04:12:13 pm
I was thinking of just the one ( not greedy you know), I can number the outbuildings though to get that effect  :thumbsup:
ran out of steam at around 10:30 last night so the peasants didn't get started, maybe later today. 

Then again, since only two of the five La Grange points are stable, maybe he should have a castle, an outbuilding and three caravans.... ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Howard of Effingham on January 10, 2015, 02:20:04 am
thanks for the link, steel penguin.

some of the stuff looks quite interesting.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 12, 2015, 11:43:29 am
Daynas finished, as is  a street violence tin tin,  a west wind Dorian grey, the Baron La Grange ( on horse). and the F19   :thumbsup:

so that's
5 figures  ( cav count double)  1 piece of scenery and a model
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 13, 2015, 01:00:32 pm
another mounted norman done ( or he will be when I re stick the spear into his hand), 2 more painting well and some base on 3 peasant archers

7 figures  1 piece of scenery 1 model
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 14, 2015, 01:31:07 pm
Mrs Steel Penguins birthday pressie arrived today  a 4ground "stoic arms"   a build it yourself MDF 28mm inn  should keep her happy for a wile, and with it for me the 4th of there painting sets, watched the 1st part of the topgear  Patagonia special,  the scenery was amazing, and got 2 more mounted Normans done.  and wondering what to build next, the pressure for Cosfords off this year as I realise ive got 3 airframes to show ( the twin sea eagle Hawk, the reengined Lear, and the F19 a2)  and I want a bit of a change from the 28mm horde...

11 figures  1 piece of scenery 1 model.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 16, 2015, 07:12:35 am
I am trying to figure the reaction of the ex Mrs E upon receiving a present of 24 15mm French Guard Grenadiers ?  :blink: :blink: :blink:

You are a lucky man mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 16, 2015, 10:38:47 am
Narses   yup very lucky indeed, a modelling wargaming wife, our biggest problem is that we tend to encourage each other, hence the current pile of MDF to glue ( a small WW2 village, a old west town, a Viking village and a spread of middle ages stuff, in addition to La Haute Seinne ( sp?)  ) and the fact that when I said that I had saved up for my warrior company, and when asked where they were going said " straight in the loft bar the one by my desk," she made certain one of our friends came along with me to get them  :thumbsup:
the trick is to find something you both like and then its fun together time.   that and the fact she paints horses far, far better than me  :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 17, 2015, 05:29:22 am
 that and the fact she paints horses far, far better than me  :lol:

Many, many moons ago when I was actively wargaming my then young niece was horse mad. She offered to paint some 15mm horses for me and did a far better job then I could ever have done or do now  :blink: I suppose she just had an affinity with the beasts/ Still has. Now in her late 40's she has her own riding business.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 17, 2015, 01:07:35 pm
more productive time today,  2 more cav, 2 foot-men with crossbows, 4 peasant levy with shortbows finished.

21 figures 1 piece of scenery, 1 model

got the other 8 peasants on the desk in park done form, along with a 1:56 transit van from Crooked Dice though im having the normal problem with using auto spray ( ford ice diamond white)  far too smooth for things like ink washes to stick too, so its carefully paint on the ink  let dry wipe off excess, add dry brush and splatter dirt and use that for any further inking.

Narses  yup in the same way that we have an affinity for planes  / stuff we spend a lot of time round, and a knowledge of what colour and patterns go together etc, what may look right, may not be right, and wile on a few horses you can get a way with tiger stripes, not on a standard historical figure
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 19, 2015, 11:39:11 am
peasants are done  Transit continues being messed around with
29 figures  1 piece of scenery  1 model
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on January 19, 2015, 02:26:55 pm
Someday you'll have to get a pic for us. I'd love to see the whole thing, like that WWII village !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 25, 2015, 07:18:14 am
the rest of the crossbow men done
35 figures 1 piece of scenery  1 model
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 25, 2015, 01:18:14 pm
and the last 3 cav done, and the Transits finished
41 figs 1 piece of scenery  2 models.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on January 25, 2015, 05:10:33 pm
Racking up quick !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 26, 2015, 01:20:25 pm
Yup the advantage with 28mm stuff is if you know what you want, and you arnt trying to win competitions , and are happy that things look good at arms reach on the table top is that you can burn through things  ;D
so another 3 finished tonight ( 2 of which have been sat 2/3 done for yonks)  2 black tree, high elf sword warders,  and a very limited run plains elf from Mystic Spirals,
44 figures  1 piece of scenery  2 models.

im trying to get some breathing space on my desk,  im off next week so I may want to start something big,  but to do that I need to finish some of the 5 boxes of part done figs that are on the window sill and desk  ( total area is ~ 150 square inches)   if I can compact it down ill also finish the odd project or 2, Like my ground zero games combat nuns which have 4 motor bikes and 4 powered armoured troops left to do, or the animated scarecrows ( 4)  or the savage schoolgirls ( crooked dice around a dozen), or the Gripping beast Morris and armed Morris men.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 31, 2015, 08:25:08 am
2 more street violence figs, a pair of bystanders, 1 man tying his shoes with a brief case next to him, and a street sweeper, with broom.
46 figures  1 piece of scenery  2 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 01, 2015, 12:08:04 pm
4 of the crooked dice animate scarecrows done,  they're ok, I wasn't Sure the effect I was looking for so it rather shows.  they do look rather brown and dowdy.
50 figures  1 piece of scenery 2 models.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 02, 2015, 03:50:15 am
it being the first full week of Feb im off   :party:  so im trying to paint the stuff on my desk, glue the hotel some more, and catch up on the telly ive recorded, I may end up doing more this week than I normally do when im working,  ;D
I still haven't decided on the "big" kit im going to do,  though it may be the staghound  AC  :tank:  its been kind of mocking me since I got it,  mainly due to my problem of the kit box size, vs my mind going armoured CAR! 
as it is ive done some of the chores, watched last nights top gear, done my democratic duty in the Whiffeys, and painted some more 28mm bits  so at the moment im happy
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on February 02, 2015, 06:48:44 am
Yup the Staghound and its cousin the Boarhound were on the large size  :rolleyes:

My memory says that one or possibly both were built specifically for us Brits
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 02, 2015, 08:20:35 am
Narses its the fact that the Italeri box is the same size as my Tamiya M60A2 box that gets me. 

still done another bit.
3 Ground Zero Games ( GZG)  combat nuns on motorcycle,  1 twin nun motorcycle, and 4 powered armour nuns, which finishes of the platoon ( I started off half a doz of these years ago as  a joke force, and it kind of snow balled)

62 figures  1 piece of scenery 2 models  ( bikes are like cavalry, count as 2 figures  even if it  is a bit with a rider and a pillion passenger)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 03, 2015, 05:51:20 am
the staghounds washed, undercoated with, and had a coat of Halfords "camo green"  and then a quick overspray with Tamiya  TS2  I can start assembly in a bit,  its going to be a closed box kits so the hatches and covers will be shut,  there's only a little detail in the turret cage so I wont bother,  ive also cleaned up the 10 crooked dice freedom fighters, so ive the original Liberator crew, plus Tarrent, Dayna, Soo Lyn, and the scarred Blake from the last ep.    and  there was me saying to try to finish things and get them of me desk  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on February 03, 2015, 06:57:23 am
Combat nuns  :o ;D ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 03, 2015, 07:45:25 am
perfect for anti Vampire operations,  :thumbsup:
or as one of the factions on the GZG web site,  biker babes, angel warriors,  bug eyed Martians, gun bunnies, cave girls, hells bells, nuns with guns and a couple of others. http://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/
they are different to the  Po faced  forces that a lot of company's produce, or the mor skulls deff future dystopias.   but most importantly fun.

the staghound box is both full and rather empty,  4 sprues of plastic ( body, turret and 2*wheels) 1 sheet of acetate, 1 small thing of etch   :-\  a turned metal gun barrel and a length of cord as a tow rope.   the box height is needed to allow for the main body of the AC. 
im really not certain whether its good, bad, indifferent  or expensive.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on February 04, 2015, 03:09:08 am
Fun is very important.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on February 04, 2015, 04:32:43 am
Thanks for the link. It does sound fun !

Who did you say was the maker of the Staghound ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 04, 2015, 05:12:35 am
Staghound is a 1:35 Italeri  kit http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=978   ( currently oop by the look) :angry:   who also do a mk III http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=997 and an AAA version http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=982.   :thumbsup:

Mrs Steel Penguin is off today as well so were doing "stuff" together,  this morning was gluing more 4Ground buildings,  a settlers cabin for her and a detached  town house for me, weve also had a tidy through the used sprues for the stuff weve built, and slung a load, but kept any useful bits in a bag for tatting with.

I wargame, and paint stuff to wargame with for fun,  if its not fun, im wasting my money on it, and far more importantly wasting my time,  Ive seen games where the players look as though they've had all the fun and pleasure sucked out of them, and I think " why are you even bothering", its not even like some of the rivet counters in modelling or at railway exhibitions, where you can see the effort and time theve invested, and when you can engage them with why its different, there face lights up, weve all seen it at the whiff stand, where we can show the punter the book and paper project, and they go away informed and happy,  this was several blokes sat round for an afternoon, hating what they were doing.  Its one of the resons I have shied away from historicals for a long time,  My painting and playing style  wont win me any prizes, but I count a good game as one where both my opponent and my self have fun, and have seen many "historical experts"  wine and moan for hours concerning the fact that the uniform colour is wrong, or that the formations arnt accurate for that day :banghead: :banghead: . Fabric dyes fade, and run,  and matching colours is tricky at the best of time, and next too impossible under non natural light, and with dodgy colour vision.
Fortunately I had one friend who got me into WW2 with a version of Warhammer 40000, fast simple and gave the right feeling for what we wanted,   so I ended up with multiple armies  before he moved, and now another couple we know have got both of use interested in Saga ( early medieval, late dark age),  im still looking for a good American civil war set, ( cavalry  for Mrs Steel penguin, modern firearms and tactics for me)  so weve only got a few of those painted for using as forces in the games workshop cowboys skirmish game, along with the other gangs weve got for it.
My modelling is the same, I build and paint for pleasure, I do research to a certain level, but generally if it looks right at arms length, im going to be happy,  if I find a mistake later I may correct it, or make certain its done right on the next one of that type I build.  I can appreciate the hours others spend on each project, getting everything perfect, but its not my temperament.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on February 04, 2015, 07:38:38 am
You've jotted down the reasons I gave up wargaming quite succinctly there mate. Only thing missing was the Rules Lawyers, or did that only happen with WRG Ancients rules ?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 04, 2015, 09:15:40 am
alas Narses the Rules Lawyer is universal...  the advantage is that earlier editions of 40K were reasonably well written, and contained sections on rules disagreements ( check the rules, ask someone else's interpretation, if all else fails  flip a coin and use that version from now on).  I have asked a bought rules in mid game, the young lad I was playing with gave me his version, we checked the relevant army list, and then I apologised and insisted that he carry on using the correct rules against me.... ( oh did I feel embarrassed)  2 turns later the situation was reversed, so we both learnt some thing that evening).  I remember this, not due to him proving me wrong or vice versa, but because of the way that it was dealt with, we both wanted a good game and worked to get it.   I had another person at the same club tell me I was wrong, ( when I knew I wasn't, and where to get the info to prove it) and when I turned up  at the next meeting he seemed very put out, to not only be proved wrong, but to be shown it by the "new guy",  the problem being id been playing for 10-15 years at that point  :banghead: 
The ones that wound me up the most ( seriously, seriously wound up) was the times ive caught people cheating in friendly games ( not against me) against new players, that don't have all the rules and have to take the cheats word for it....   :o    people that had to win, no matter what the cost, against someone they were supposed to be teaching the game.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 06, 2015, 07:22:05 am
staghound continues apace, the Italeri instructions appear to be photocopy's of the kit being built, not terribly easy to see, and some of the part placement seems a bit vague,  but never less both  suspension / drive systems are together and on the AC body.  the turret is coming together well also.
My current puzzle is where to put the Brachiosaurs box  19" * 13" * 5"  Its playing " move round the hobby room under the not used desk " at the mo  ( to give an idea that box is marginally higher and deeper than my Dragon Wagon box)  the easy answer my be either the loft, or next build....  ;D
The detached house has been finished,  and reasonably quick and easy build, it would be simple to "posh" up by adding acetate windows and a fireplace, but I think that would fill it up too much.  the one thing im ( probably) going to do, is replace the interior doors, so that instead of plank doors they are made from plasticard and look more like a modern smooth door, id love to do the older style interior doors, with the 2 central bevelled panels but I think its a little much for something on the wargames tabletop.
62 figures  2 pieces of scenery 2 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on February 06, 2015, 08:08:38 pm
Always nice to hear of folk enjoying themselves ! And why bother if you're not ?

 :cheers:

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on February 07, 2015, 02:55:53 am
Simple and quick door solution would be to print them onto paper and stick the printed 2 or 3 panel doors onto pieces of plastic card.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 07, 2015, 03:21:25 am
Zenrat,  thank you !  that's an idea that id not thought of, and am going to run off with giggling  ;D
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Post by: Weaver on February 07, 2015, 09:29:17 am
Or if you want a little relief on the door, print the panelled door onto white card, cut out the panels, make the edges of the cut-outs match the rest, then stick it onto another sheet of card or plastic.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on February 11, 2015, 12:57:36 pm
the staghound continues  so far one piece of the etch makes sense to me, and then only just, and that's the cradle for mounting the Browning MG, where its folded up yo form a U shape, and even that could have been done in plastic easily, :banghead: it looks as though ill end up with bits of it left,  so itll be off to the parts bin.
done some more doors and frames on the hotel, but its a bit sloggy at the moment.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on February 19, 2015, 01:31:14 pm
kind of distracted at the moment, so ive been cutting balsa to make railway sleepers  ( at 1:50 there 52*5*3mm)  ive got several boards that I can use,  they will give some random stackable cover for industrial areas / garden centres, or even for a rail line under construction for wild west stuff.  ( unless any one here knows, where I can get a lot of similar scaled ones dirt cheap) ( as in a few pence each)  in which case ill turn the 2 bits ive got part cut into something else... :lol:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on February 22, 2015, 12:58:49 pm
ok my head hurts, just finished watching Ascension, which is a cracking show but the end was rather confusing  :blink:
I wasn't certain whether the son of the original founder,  wasn't going to actually fire the main engines when he said " there going to space"  at the end. and then the surface shot with the XO maid it even weirder.   but thank you dr Bowman  the star child is born   :blink: :blink:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on March 08, 2015, 02:21:17 pm
went to the Aldersly wargames show today, with a some friends and my youngest brother who came up from Bristol for the weekend.  some very inspirational stuff on the display / participation tables for the games, and the modelling clubs that were there had some equally neat stuff on display, including one gent who had made an ammo supply vehicle for the AGS90 from a reworked version of the Trumpy SPG kit.
got the normal few bits of lead,  witch's for the witchfinder general game,  cards for Munchkin, 2 more building sets from 4ground, the 28mm grocers shop and bakers shop, some of the Lead adventure characters ( plynikes, matakashi , and a couple of others) and a big pile of second hand Challenge magazines ( score!!)  so I can get the ideas and adventures for Twilight 200, Dark Conspiracy, space 1889, and others from them.
put a few more bits on the staghound,  and a little more paint on the 28s that are sat on the desk,
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Post by: Steel Penguin on March 22, 2015, 04:59:22 am
not a lot more done on the AC  and  so its been fairly quiet,  been watching more Musketeers  of the Vbox, and doing some tiding up on the shelf's in the back room, which ment we found 2 resin vehicles and 2 resin Viking houses that belong to Mrs Penguin that shed forgotten a bought ... oopps
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 02, 2015, 12:23:59 pm
got abought 1/2 doz bits and the ac is assembled, a quick spray and decal and itll be finished  ( whew).
got some more done on the hotel, been reading the Challenges I picked up, and that's got me thinking  Traveller again  :blink:  ( ive tried to run it several times got absolutely nowhere  :banghead: )
think that the next build will be the brachiosaur,  just to get some space back in the modelling room.

 
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 03, 2015, 04:32:42 am
started the Brachi,  big ole beasty  but not a massive number of parts, the skin texture is good and craggy.
if I can get the body assembled and puttied, ill have to see a bought getting the colour on by spray paints
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 04, 2015, 12:56:02 pm
the staghounds been resprayed, and ive got to add the wheels, decals and its done.  some of the parts could have fitted far far better.
ive the baby brachiosaur together  and its big enough for a 28mm figure to ride easily,  the legs of the adult are together as well and there a sight to see. 
ive got my own mix of the best of blue oyster cult on the PC and enjoying a good ole relax.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 05, 2015, 04:34:34 am
decals, and wheels are on the staghound, need to add some blue for the optics and a bit of dirt and ill call it done, which will give me a bit of desk space to tat on with the dinos, or ( as likely) paint some more 28s or start something else.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 06, 2015, 12:31:38 pm
staghounds finished struth its big, its larger than the Honey tank ! and around 3/4 the size of a Churchill !
62 figures 2 pieces of scenery 3 models

the brachi legs are together and 2 of them are attached to a half body, I was wondering how to fill the gaps that I knew where going to be there so ive put a bead of humbrol filler in the leg socket and then pushed the leg in   :thumbsup:  success !  though it means that the vapour fumes are a bit heady!  :blink:   ill let it dry then have to do a bit more filling and re-scribing the skin detail  and if my head comes back to dock ill do the other body half later,   
also assembled a 1985 Grenadier storm dragon for Sapphire penguin yesterday, the joy  ( and I mean joy here) of drilling and pining old  high lead content metal minis.  so much easier on the hands when using a pin vice.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 11, 2015, 04:21:37 am
packing and doing I.R.A.N.  for Cosford tomorrow, a tray of 28mm and 1:48 figs, some 28mm vehicles, 3 Martian scout tripods, a 1:300 modern British battle group ( its easier to bring the box there in than split out a couple ) 2 f19s, a hawk, and hopefully the lear  ( the access doors are having to be re-glued on)  the flight bases will have to come separate but the rest should fit in the now empty brachiosaur box, which means that the rucksack will have the minirolls, Jaffa mini rolls and food in it, on the way, and any purchases on the way back !
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on April 13, 2015, 05:45:08 am
it was good to even briefly glance at your models yesterday SP as the harrier PR a/c as based in belize istr, has given me an idea as to what to do with a rather stalled harrier T2 I have on the bench. :)
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Post by: Captain Canada on April 18, 2015, 06:20:19 am
Harriers ? That's it...we need pics ! Can someone direct me to them if they are already here ? Can't keep my mind off of them Harriers !  :blink:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 18, 2015, 08:44:24 am
Howard , we may be a cross purposes here, as I had 3 on display  a F19 with a laser pimple and SNEB pods, the twin sea eagle armed Hawk, and the reengined Lear, ( plus the Blakes 7, 2 man space craft, Martian walker and a few figs )  Im not certain who's the Harrier was, but alas it wasn't mine.
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Post by: Weaver on April 18, 2015, 09:08:18 am
The PR Harrier was mine, the other whiff factor being that it's in AAC markings (the US Army won the handbag fight with the USAF over fixed wing CAS and the Uk forces followed by example). It was done for the 1WkGB back in 2009: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,25092.0.html
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 18, 2015, 09:14:13 am
thank you Weaver  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 18, 2015, 01:23:14 pm
Braci is all together and im slowly finishing the filling and rescribing,  ive an initial white primer on to see where the extra works needed.   Finished 3 28mm figs  as well  from the westwind vampire hunters box,  Quincy, Mina, and Lucy.  Jonathan has got some paint on   Gauldalming, van Helsing and dr Seward  are a lot further behind ( theve been UCed and had the flesh done but no more)  and ive done some clean up and prep on some resin scenery.

65 figures  2 pieces of scenery  and 3 models.

slowly trying to get some stuff finished and off the desk again, but not too much, its always spoken in whisper in wargames circles, but supposedly if you finish you last figure, the gods smite you   :blink:    though at my ratio of purchase to paint ill be seeing in the next millennia  :lol:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 21, 2015, 01:48:04 pm
more progress on the fearless vampire hunters, Jonathan, dr Seward, and Lord Goldalming are done, van Helsing is still to finish ( hes not inspiring me at all)   And an Ainsty resin Celtic cross on stand done
68 figures, 3 pieces of scenery, 3 models
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 25, 2015, 01:35:42 pm
just need to put the name on Van Helsing and hes done
69 figs 3 pieces of scenery  3 models
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2015, 07:43:12 am
Sod Van H what about the Kate Bekinsale character  :wub: ;D

Mind you I looked at a couple of resin figures of Buffy a few years ago and none looked anything like the lady. Now painting that would have been a labour of love  :wub:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 26, 2015, 11:54:54 am
Narses im afraid there not that identifiable,  I was only able to id the 2 female chars in the pack due to Mrs Penguin being a fan of the book!  ( I go  which one is which?  Mrs P reply's Lucy is the blond! ).
As my next fit of enthusiasm I pulled my 48th Jaguar box out, and found that ive got 2 kits in there,   so ones going to get done as a laser painter centre line fuel, 1 LGB on inner pylon one designator pod on the other,  the 2nds going to get the centre recce pod, and twin tanks load,  then I had to search out crew   :banghead:   why do company's do kits with all the bang and wooshy bits BUT NO CREW!!!!!!!  I have a couple of spares in my Hasa crew sets, but not many for any other now...   Still plastics washed down and spent the day drying, I can start on assembly and internal painty bits later ( hopefully).
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 27, 2015, 06:26:15 am
  then I had to search out crew   :banghead:   why do company's do kits with all the bang and wooshy bits BUT NO CREW!!!!!!!  I have a couple of spares in my Hasa crew sets, but not many for any other now...   Still plastics washed down and spent the day drying, I can start on assembly and internal painty bits later ( hopefully).

I've a few 1/72 scale pilots sitting around doing nothing. You are welcome to them if you want them ?
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 27, 2015, 11:19:17 am
Thank you for the offer Narses, but im a 1:48 scale bunny  penguin, so they would be a little out of place  :lol:
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 28, 2015, 07:11:04 am
Ah, right  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Weaver on April 28, 2015, 08:12:20 am
Sod Van H what about the Kate Bekinsale character  :wub: ;D

How about this one?  ;)

(http://www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/images/WH1a.jpg)

Anonymous "Female Werewolf Hunter" from Copplestone Castings: http://www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/range.php?range=CC

Got a couple of these with the intention of converting one to a Jet Girl figure (the other's a spare in case I screw up) . Done nothing with them yet though...

Side Note: go look for the Underworld outtake reels on Youtube. It's hilarious watching Kate go from badass-vampire-with-guns to "oops sorry, just little me..." in the blink of an eye as soon as she makes a goof.  ;D
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Post by: Steel Penguin on April 28, 2015, 11:41:32 am
thank you weaver,  :thumbsup:  I think ive got her stacked away in the lead mountain somewhere   the one problem is that shed not fit in to the Victoriana style of the empire of the dead ones ive finished,  but will go well with my modern near future slum scum.
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2015, 06:25:49 am
Ah I didn't look for anything "generic"  ;D Copplestone do nice stuff
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 02, 2015, 12:16:15 pm
in my eternal optimism  I though id see if I can get 1:48 modern pilots, and if any are cheaper that 15 for the hasagawa pilot / ground crew set  ( 6 pilots 15) 
 :banghead:   if I want anything like a modern RAF crewman  its a fiver a pop   for zots sake!  at that price its almost more to put the crew in than the flaming kit cost! ( my tonkas and jags are all cheap  / second user)  and no one apparently thinks that the army lynx's should have crew.....
still if I get the hasa ones ill have lots of figs to convert and mix and match for ground troops / adventurers  etc
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Post by: Weaver on May 02, 2015, 12:50:50 pm
Ah I didn't look for anything "generic"  ;D Copplestone do nice stuff

You get a lot of generics like "Time travelling doctor with scarf": licences are such a nuisance.... ;)
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Post by: Weaver on May 02, 2015, 12:54:09 pm
in my eternal optimism  I though id see if I can get 1:48 modern pilots, and if any are cheaper that 15 for the hasagawa pilot / ground crew set  ( 6 pilots 15)  
 :banghead:   if I want anything like a modern RAF crewman  its a fiver a pop   for zots sake!  at that price its almost more to put the crew in than the flaming kit cost! ( my tonkas and jags are all cheap  / second user)  and no one apparently thinks that the army lynx's should have crew.....
still if I get the hasa ones ill have lots of figs to convert and mix and match for ground troops / adventurers  etc

These PJ ones work out at 3.85 each, though you'd have to factor in postage, of course: http://www.pj-production.be/en/9-figures-1-48

They also do a Navy Lynx crew that arn't too different to an Army one.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 02, 2015, 01:12:14 pm
alas Weaver those were the "cheap "  one on Hannants     4.50   close enough to a fiver for ranting  :rolleyes:

Narses  for good "generics" have a look at Ainsty castings http://ainstycastings.co.uk/index.php/cPath/57/osCsid/2bdc9d979cef15a4027bf2f02c335f29
and crooked dice  http://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/

some lovely stuff on both sites in 28 mm  ( large / heroic size 28)  ive got a lot of it,  the Federation troops I had at cosford are crooked dice ones
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2015, 01:48:56 am
some lovely stuff on both sites in 28 mm  ( large / heroic size 28)  ive got a lot of it,  the Federation troops I had at cosford are crooked dice ones

Which isn't 28mm  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: Although I think we may have had that discussion  :rolleyes:

I understand the "Licensing" issue and sometimes wonder how some people get away with it simply by saying "it's generic" when it obviously isn't  :blink: I suppose the sums involved are just not worth the hassle as long as people are being seen to comply with the licence in it's strictest terms.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 03, 2015, 03:43:46 am
Narses   yep the scale creep problem is a thing of frustration,    and I think that's one of the discussions that happen wherever wargamers gather, as company's don't match  :rolleyes:

Part of the licencing thing is that if you can make it similar enough but not identical then you can easily get away with it,  a British army Brigadier in wooly pully and beret / hat is generic but once you start making the face the same as Mr Courtneys   and give him a name its tricky.  The other as you say is the amount its worth to the owner   The old  garage kit thing for larger scale stuff comes out to play as well.
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Post by: dadlamassu on May 03, 2015, 05:50:06 am
Also, I suppose there is the "advertising".  The original owner of the copyright might accept a "not Doctor Who" in a relatively small market is worth leaving alone if it encourages the sale of licensed DVDs, books etc or increases the numbers in the TV audience.  A trade off.
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Post by: Weaver on May 03, 2015, 06:02:41 am
Sadly the "not worth bothering with" approach rarely occurs these days, since companies are generally advised by their lawyers that if they don't defend EVERY infringement of their copyright then they're setting a legal precedent, i.e. an offender could turn round in court and say "well you didn't prosecute that other guy so you've given implied consent to everybody".

The case with generic small scale figures is more basic: they're not identifiable enough to infringe the copyright. The BBC can copyright the name "Amy Pond" and Karen Gillian's likeness in connection with Dr Who, but if you produce a 28mm figure of a short girl in a sexy policewoman outfit and call her "time-traveller's companion", then it's never going to look enough like Ms.Gillian to make a copyright case stick, and the BBC don't own the rights to police uniforms or generic women. The only time you'd have to be careful is with distinctive uniforms and equipment. For instance, you wouldn't get far making non-licenced Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars whatever you called them.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 06, 2015, 01:46:58 pm
the jags are stalled,  im happily clipping metal and cleaning mould lines on yet more Federation Troopers,  the rebs are undercoated but I cant bring myself to put brush to metal yet,  so more faceless oppressors, its easy to paint as there in several shades of black.  its fair to say ive now got more than appeared in any ep of Blakes 7  probably by a factor of at least 3  :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on May 07, 2015, 06:14:52 am
Bring back the Jags ! lol. I get the painting woes now and again myself....

 :blink:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 07, 2015, 11:26:18 am
capt  they'll get a bit done on the weekend  ( more than likely) its just that the leads easyer to deal with in a evening.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 10, 2015, 08:01:26 am
fed troops are all together and cleaned up, I've got a few extra done as well  some pulp dangerous dames, both versions of the crooked dice Hugo Solomon  ( simple suit and action pose) and the new action pose Pandora king, in addition I've a Black Pyramid games Martian expedition trooper  done ( British army expedition)  so hes got some kind of stubby auto gun rebreather and will have a red jacket.   
I've done a bit of a tidy on the lead pile and found that I've copy's of some figs that I've no need of at all ( oh well  either conversions  or very alternative paint schemes)
The pilots for the Jags are together so I need to paint them and the pits before I can try any assembly, but I've got my previous version out of the cupboard so I can keep a comparative eye on them.

In other news I've seen that Northstar are doing an introductory / launch deal on the new game  Frost grave http://www.northstarfigures.com/list.php?man=195&page=1    so im going to have to get it, as the figs look splendid, the wizards are distinctive and the plastic lackeys should give a good set of variables, and a set of skirmish fantasy rules are always worth a look.   That's in addition to getting some more of the cold war 1:48 scale vehicles from HLBS  the Saladin, and Saracen  go well together,   and the Fox and Stalwart  are 80s cold war icons  :tank: 

adding to the pile faster than I can shrink it again  oh well  :lol:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 18, 2015, 01:55:25 pm
got some NATO black on the fed troops, and fairly well along on the original hugo and new Pandora, 
the pirates from sat have got me hankering to paint ip my ainsty resin pirate ship,  but ive not got the room currently, it also makes me want to scale up a Spartan games elven Raven class frigate as the idea of crazed elves in catamaran racing pirate ships is something I like, the problem being that ive no prior on building ships from scratch ( it wont stop me) and ive no room  ( which will)  pics of the elven ships on this link http://community.spartangames.co.uk/index.php?/topic/5020-iron-dwarves-and-thaniras-elves/
id have to measure the ships up and scale up but the design isn't to complicated looking
maybe a mid range project....
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Post by: Captain Canada on May 19, 2015, 09:46:18 am
I'd love to see some pics of the armour. Love 80s military vehicles, really should get on collecting some myself.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 19, 2015, 09:53:22 am
Capt,  I can give you a link to the site,  http://www.hlbs.co.uk/range.php?id=14   a few of them haven't got picks but most have,   they are nice but I should warn they are solid resin wargames models,  so wile good, they haven't got some of the fiddly bits scale kits have.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 25, 2015, 09:24:11 am
managed to finish ( bar flocking) 3 fed troops a commander, 2 mutoids, Hugo, Pandora, a savage school girl and a commanding Witch,   as well as both pilots  so ittl be seats and pit tub next for them,  my 1st one for the IPMS display is together, its a simple weapon swap,  one of the Airfix op Herrick patrol figs, with the SA80 swapped for a cross bow, he will get miss matched camo and be a simple post apoc trooper.
ive got 4 * 28mm scale coffins on the desk nearly done as well  so some movement forward,  so im reasonably happy  :party:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on May 25, 2015, 01:07:28 pm
Thanks for the link some nice stuff in there. Love the nautical bits.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 30, 2015, 10:18:36 am
coffins are ready to varnish and another 6 fed troopers are ready for flocking,   the airfix troopers together and the cross bows on,  the plastic is a bit vinyl-ly  but the biggest problems going to be getting  a decent white over the sand coloured base of the plastic.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on May 30, 2015, 01:43:25 pm
well the flockings on so the following count as "finished"  they'll need a varnish when ive time/ light/dry weather.
from crooked dice,  old Hugo Solomon, action Pandora, a savage school girl, 2 mutoids, 1 fed trooper commander  with comm unit,  9 fed troopers,  from Ainsty castings, 4 coffins, and from ( I think) Rapier minis  a commanding witch.  a total of 20 figs
Giving a total this year of 89 figs 3 pieces of scenery  3 models.

Ive got some more of the Jags done,  bang seats painted and a coat of grey in the cockpit areas on the fues`s,  and a second coat of white on the trousers of the post apoc infantry man,   and a couple of little bits on some of the other 28mm figs on the desk.   happy with than  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 02, 2015, 12:38:56 pm
both the Jags have got complete and decaled pits, and both have had that placed in the main body's,  both of which were bowed, so they have been well cemented together, and then had large amounts of rubber band and cello tape applied to hold them together wile curing completes.
Ive got some more done on more fed troops and a couple of savage school girls nearly finished as well,  and the 4Ground hotel continues, ive got the main build of the 1st floor done and am well into the roof section now.
im trying to get some stuff off and finished as ive got a load of the new figures for the skirmish game " Frostgrave"  on order  http://www.northstarfigures.com/list.php?man=195&page=1  so I want to be able to start some of that when i get it next month.  in addition  theres a small order in to HLBS, so im in the traditional need more space and time state. :party:

Tomorrow im off to the Falconry centre at Newent, so little modelling will be done, but I can watch, learn and maybe get some photos.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 03, 2015, 11:38:53 am
had a great day spent watching Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Kites and a Condor,  and got photos of some,  at the bird of prey centre in Newent.  so will be doing any modelleling this evening in a nice relaxed fashion.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 03, 2015, 01:13:44 pm
ive had a hot chocolate, and a bottle of Newcastle brown, read some fouras and web comics, and flocked 9 figs, 6 more fed guards, and 3 savage school girls, the glamour's one, the bookish one, and Misty the slayer.
98 figures 3 pieces of scenery  3 models.

 :cheers: ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 04, 2015, 12:26:46 am
ive had a hot chocolate, and a bottle of Newcastle brown,

 :cheers: ;D

Not mixed I hope ? :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 04, 2015, 01:07:33 am
not mixed but fairly close, one after the other,  but I feel fine this morning, and once the days warmed up a bit itll be lawn mowings I think,  the grass is getting long enough the kittys are starting to disappear
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 13, 2015, 10:24:03 am
ive finally finished the hotel complex   :thumbsup:  spent this afternoon, filling in the razor saw cuts with humbrol filler, repainting and then using brown ink to add a depth of colour to between the courses of bricks, so that's Jobs a good un   yay !!.
Ive got a ruined semi to do next, as that's a smallish job, then I have to decide between the 2 corner shops ive got, or to open the La Haye Sainte box and start assembling parts of that, which is 7 or 8 buildings.
the Jags are on fill, file, and shape at the moment and then will moving forward again.  And wile I know its the Cosi air show tomorrow, ill be staying home, after a couple of years ago when the traffic was so heavy, I didn't get there, and this years, only available to pre purchase tickets, what with the UK weather being so random  I was just  :-\  bleugh  till today, and the rain and low cloud, with tomorrows forecast im not at all certain its worth the cash.
I can paint, pute, and model.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 13, 2015, 01:27:58 pm
3 more figures flocked and ready for varnish ( and therefore count as done!!)
a classic 80s games workshop squat ( space dwarf)
a savage schoolgirl Misty conversion, swapped the hockey stick for a sword
and the 1st 1:48 airfix op Herric patrol figure, SA80 swapped for a cross bow, and panted in several different cammo finishes,  post apoc trooper
including the hotel that gives

101 figures, 3 pieces of scenery, 4 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 04:07:25 pm
That's a lot on the go ! And a lot finished ! The building intrigue me....somat I'd defo love to see and try to do.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2015, 12:49:31 am
a savage schoolgirl Misty conversion, swapped the hockey stick for a sword

St Trinian's Guard of Honour ?  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on June 14, 2015, 06:28:35 am
3 savage school girls, the glamour's one, the bookish one, and Misty the slayer.
 

I'm waiting for the most dangerous females of all to be modelled..........a pack of attack Brownies!!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2015, 06:15:48 am
3 savage school girls, the glamour's one, the bookish one, and Misty the slayer.
 

I'm waiting for the most dangerous females of all to be modelled..........a pack of attack Brownies!!

There were a bunch on the train to Arundel yesterday and they do have an air of menace about them  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2015, 08:00:28 am
3 savage school girls, the glamour's one, the bookish one, and Misty the slayer.
 

I'm waiting for the most dangerous females of all to be modelled..........a pack of attack Brownies!!

There were a bunch on the train to Arundel yesterday and they do have an air of menace about them  ;D

Especially en masse!  :-\
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 17, 2015, 12:20:47 pm
the last of my federation guards are finished  3 normal troopers, a heavy weapon trooper, and a sec robot, 

106 figures 3 pieces of scenery 4 models.

I dread to think how many fed troopers ive got ( more that the Beebs Blakes 7 budget allows that's for certain)   I know for certain its 2 Servalans ( ones in the black dress from the series and one in a more flame effect outfit) , a Travis and 4 mutoids  and a passle of troopers. :thumbsup:

not certain where my meanderings going next, ive still got the rebels to paint, plus some pulp figures, a set of Morris dancers ( some armed), the Jags, more airfix troopers, a brachiosaur, and others,  but ive a hankering to do the 1:56 cent ive got  give it a demo gun, and ive got a set of gulf war warrior upgrade armour to fit ( it wont exactly match the upgrade the AVRE Cents got, but itll lot close enough to confuse  :lol:

or who knows what else...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2015, 05:40:34 am
Right I'll ask the obvious. What's a Sec Robot ? A robot just in case the guard captain just has to dictate that memo in the middle of the action ? "Please send more ammo" in triplicate of course  ;D

a set of Morris dancers ( some armed),

Morris dancers are always armed. Have you seen the size of those sticks ?

Love reading your blog just shows me how much the world of Wargamming has changed  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on June 18, 2015, 06:10:00 am
If you're going to have attack Brownies, you might as well have a troop of their smaller siblings, the Sparks. Imagine all of the trouble they could start  :thumbsup:

What do you end up doing with them all ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 18, 2015, 11:35:31 am
sorry Narses     a security robot..  its the 3 armed flame thrower thing from the series   pics via google  https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1684&bih=911&q=blakes+7+robot&oq=blakes+7+robot&gs_l=img.3..0i10i24.1283.15270.0.15430.20.14.2.4.1.0.98.903.13.13.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..6.14.864.tdejs_p5pfQ

the armed Morris have hand guns and grenades, ( the sticks give extra range )    there from the gripping beast Very British Civil War range ( no abdication and things go down hill from there) http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/Specials__The_Woodbine_Design_Company--category--224.html   

Capt C  when you say Sparks I have a very, very weird mental image of the Mael brothers singing "this town aint big enough for the both of us"  in brownie uniforms.... :blink:    Every so often I game with them, ive plenty of different troop / force choices to play around with,  if I display at shows I normally have some to show off, and like  a lot of folks round here I paint to enjoy the pleasure  of painting. 

Wargaming has spread a lot further, and some of the things now available are utterly bats, some of the things are weirdly sublime,  and there are enough sculptors for hire out there that if you can imagine an idea, you can get it sculpted.  I know of at least one person who gets stuff sculpted for his projects, than when hes got enough, sells them off to a commercial company and uses that money to seed his next project,  He did an attack on the Ducal residence Dune style game, and is now doing a bizarre cross between Lost, Gilligans island and some of the console survival / jungle island stuff....
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 19, 2015, 01:11:41 am
IIRC the Lancre morris men didn't need to be armed to be an effective fighting force.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 19, 2015, 06:46:08 am
the armed Morris have hand guns and grenades, ( the sticks give extra range )    there from the gripping beast Very British Civil War range ( no abdication and things go down hill from there) http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/Specials__The_Woodbine_Design_Company--category--224.html   


I had heard of that range. It was possibly about when I gave up on the Wargames magazines ?

I started wargaming in about 1963 when Donald Featherstone brought his book "War Games" out. Was lucky enough to meet the man on a few occasions  :thumbsup: Originally I fought WWII and American Civil War using the book rules and then branched out into Ancients  using WRG IV. Ancients always amazed me as the "experts" constantly wrangled over realism in the rules and then would pitch 4th Dynasty Egyptians against Wars of the Rose's Brits  :blink: What If or what  ;D

Gave up, but kept an interest when the rule book lawyers just got to much. I think you are at the fun end of the hobby though mate, which is the good end  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on June 19, 2015, 02:14:10 pm
Neat stuff, especially the lost/ Giligan's Island thing !

Love the Scary Scarecrows in your link. Too cool !

 :drink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 19, 2015, 07:34:18 pm
Mrs z's cousin does Napoleonic wargaming with really tiny figures.  He's not too keen on rulebook lawyers and it's put him off a bit.  I think he tends to only game against the same group of mates as they're all comfortable with each others interpretations.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 20, 2015, 01:04:49 am
Mrs z's cousin does Napoleonic wargaming with really tiny figures. 

Probably 5mm but I have seen 2mm !!  :blink: The first time I saw 2mm figs mentioned they'd been made from the "spikes" on women's hair rollers ! The last Salute I went to, many years ago, you could get them in metal and an entire US Civil War set including both sides, scenery and a train with track were being sold in a box the size of an Airfix Series 2 kit. Weighed a tad more though  ;D They were just meant to be "splashed" with paint and then the effect was en-masse, but I bet some paint to competition standards now.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 20, 2015, 06:24:56 am
I think they are about 10mm tall.  Tiny enoough if you have eyesight like mine.  He paints every single one including details like stripes on their trousers.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 21, 2015, 03:57:30 am
got a load or Ainsty resin bits undercoated,  some  small transport pods, some ISO containers, a row boat, 2 skips, and a few boxes / crates.
both jags now have the wings fitted and im filling  / smoothing out the joint.

And im hope that any one visiting the Cov show today has a good day,  im afraid that my in laws were up yesterday for fathers day,( which is a pleasure not a chore, ill hasten too add)  so im catching up on the weekend jobs that need doing, ( washing cloths etc).  So its slowly progressing on bits a pieces in-between things.


The smaller scales for wargaming are something ive looked at in the past, and even got as far as getting some, but my friends mainly play either 28mm for man to man,  or we are really small size for star ships,  so 1:72 ( ive got modern brits and a chally)  or 1:100 ( flames of war )  I just haven't had the interest to get together,  ive some 1:300 modern brits and WW2 brits but I don't remember actually using them,  so any part done is just languishing in boxes.
Ive seen 1:72 ( 15mm?) figs that ere jaw dropping,  Napoleonic's that had all the straps and things in the correct colours and stuff, they looked amazing close up, but did make me wonder the effect at mass and range, ive also seen a skate punk lizard man that a friend did for fun in that scale that he`ed painted the  Nine inch nails logo onto that was readable  :blink:  there are some seriously talented painters out there.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 21, 2015, 12:08:14 pm
the resins done
3 ISO truck style containers
3 sci fi cargo pods
a sci fi gas canister pod
and  6" long row boat
 8 pieces of scenery

106 figures  11 pieces of scenery 4 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 24, 2015, 12:02:32 pm
came home tonight, and found the horror that any cat household knows.   
Multiple birdstrike
one of the kittys had brought in a bird, and it had been flying round.   my navy tonka,and a sea harrier were down  and I think reparable, but my resin Horsa glider has shattered and lost some of the support struts on the tail,  so its going to need replacing. 
my desk was all over the floor  fortunately none of the paint, or glues spilt so things have been policed up and will get thoroughly checked later    :banghead: :banghead:

said bird was encouraged to leave the house by flying ( under its own power) out of an open window, at least
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 25, 2015, 03:53:53 am
Did you also defenestrate the cat?  I would have...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 25, 2015, 10:53:30 am
Zen,  no,  cats get no punishment for doing what comes naturally ( hunting) to them,  in fact we praise them and fuss them, wile we quietly get the item out of the way.  :thumbsup:  weve had very few things brought into the house in the 18ish years weve had ( various) cats.   If I was really worried id have more display cases then open shelves, as that would stop the dust as well as remove the impact risk.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 25, 2015, 08:41:17 pm
Fair enough.  I'm no cat person but I realise there are a few of you out there...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on June 26, 2015, 03:46:56 am
the armed Morris have hand guns and grenades, ( the sticks give extra range )    there from the gripping beast Very British Civil War range ( no abdication and things go down hill from there) http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/Specials__The_Woodbine_Design_Company--category--224.html   

One of the guys who came up with VBCW and writes a lot of the stuff is part of the group of bikers I (used to) hang out with. I had several fascinating conversations about it with him in the early days, and he was interested in some of my Patchwork World ideas that fitted in with it. havn't seen him for a few years unfortunately.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on June 26, 2015, 03:50:16 am
Ive seen 1:72 ( 15mm?) figs that ere jaw dropping,  Napoleonic's that had all the straps and things in the correct colours and stuff, they looked amazing close up, but did make me wonder the effect at mass and range, ive also seen a skate punk lizard man that a friend did for fun in that scale that he`ed painted the  Nine inch nails logo onto that was readable  :blink:  there are some seriously talented painters out there.

IIRC,  1/72nd is "realistic" 20mm. We used to use 1/72nd & 1/76th kits to make sci-fi vehicles for 15mm though, becuase obviously, slightly too big is useable when you're making it all up anyway, but slightly too small is hard to explain no matter how ingenious you are.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 28, 2015, 01:59:07 am
TY Weaver, below 28mm ( 1:56 to 1:48)  :banghead:  I tend to wobble a bit on size / scale    20mm  1:72, so  15mm must be 1:100,  I know 6mm is 1:300 (ish)
the VBCW  is a small interest for me, part of me wants to play, but the force id want ( forest of Dean independent militia ) isn't likely to appear any time soon, and ive got a lot of other stuff I want to get done, that I can get easily, or have got and need to paint up.  Including 80s NATO and Warpac, I still want non UK and Russians, so Dutch, German, French, Danes, Nordics, and US army for west, and Germans, Poles, etc for east.  My Viet Nam project needs more vehicles for the ANZACs, and some VC, and NVA opfor plus scenery.  I need to get and paint some fall of the Reich troops, ( ive got Russians and both normal, and para UK forces, but my opponent moved so I need to lay in the opponents again),  my DAK and desert rats are still in there boxes, unassembled. My ACW rebs have a small raiding band done, the rest are still boxed ( my wife's northern force is in the same situation) , and the  wild west stuff and weird west stuff needs to be finished.   my "cult tv" forces are still not done (mainly  Spectrum )  and ive got a set of bad guys to sort, along with a wood elf army to do, a high elf army, a Imrryrian  force, some Tau to finish,  more gre knights, eldar, and a pile of near future slum scum.   that's with my model pile not included,  which im still adding to, despite wanting to slow down  :rolleyes: :lol:  I seem to be acquiring stuff still.   and I haven't even begun to get stuff for some of the projects id love to start, Traveller ( possibly have to be 15mm as I want to go up to the TL15 grav tanks on that one),  a weird world war 2 project based on the snippets form the Peter Grant novels  concerning Ettersberg,  some pulp stuff and onwards to infinity  ;D
I just need an extra lifetime to do it in and at least an extra house to store it all in....  and a lottery win to pay for it all.  :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 29, 2015, 01:50:33 pm
been gluing bits onto another AVRE centurion, so this one will have track front mint plough ( I cant find a full width dozer blade at the mo) and the Cobham armour panels ( sort of) as im using bits from an empress miniature Warrior up armour kit, with a bit of chop and shunt, need to make up a plate of ERA to go on the turret roof front, possibly using repurposed bricks, and then try and chase down something to make the ECM ? Mine detonator thingy from,  and then give it the berlin block treatment.
the harrier is fixed and fine,  the Tonka though has lost the ECM pod and one of the winglets from the chaff pod has gone  :banghead:  hopefully it will still turn up, if not ill have to scratch another.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on June 29, 2015, 04:44:16 pm
Would love to see some pics of that Centurion....my favourite family of tank right there !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 07, 2015, 11:48:26 am
 :tank:   cents together and undercoated, and the above is a mine plough,  though a mint plough may be an idea, from what has been said by my friends, who garden regarding mints survivability.
Ive also got 2 of the  10 future freedom fighters done, Cally and Avon,   Dayna isn't far off finished. ( there are 2 Blakes 1 idealistic freedom fighter, one with a serious scar on his face from the last episode)
The next one of the airfix 1:48 troopers is off the sprue ( one of the knelt down ones without the radio) going to have the SA80 swapped out for a  mine /metal detector.

just finished 2 books as well,  Ready player one, a cyberpunkish novel with a serious case of 80s flashback, and the latest one from Charles Stross in the Laundry series   The annihilation score,  Stars Mo more than Bob, but im not incredibly impressed, the end run on a laundry action by another faction is ........ hmmmmm.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 15, 2015, 01:48:01 pm
all 11 of  blakes 7  painted, good Blake, Avon, Cally, Jenna, Gan, Villa,and Orac from  the start, then Soo Lynn, Daina, and Tarrant, from the later series, and merc Blake  from the last ep.
with yet another savage school girl   12 figs.

118 figures  11 pieces of scenery  4 models

not too bad at the moment I think
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 19, 2015, 11:39:48 am
more parts on both Jaguars the intakes, nose, over wing pylons, RWR fairing,  so going well.
ive tided up the "to paint" stuff on the desk and window sill, as well  one of the younger cats likes to watch out the window, so things were taking a beating... its easier to be tidy, than to train a cat  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 20, 2015, 05:57:48 am
You can't train a cat (except perhaps a kitten to use a cat flap) they train you  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 20, 2015, 10:57:58 am
 :thumbsup:  yup Narses most defiantly yup,  there are a group of Buddhist monks who train cats to do tricks as part of there duties , but they are far more patient, and better tempered than I.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 24, 2015, 04:26:26 am
the front gear flaps and engine plate, and the engine cans are now on both Jags,  so steady progress,  neither is gear down, so ive yet more gear legs and wheels....
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 24, 2015, 08:02:41 am
the ruined semi that I started in june is finished
118 figs  11 pieces of scenery 5 models.  :thumbsup:

next building is a corner grocers,  the pack comes with 3 options UK, France or Germany,  you choose the windows, and the signs for the door etc,  at the moments its leaning towards UK...

Any of you gents out there have any experience with the Sanger vac form kits ?   they've announced that there taking interest for the 1:48 B52 they've been preparing,   if im going to go in tat the deep end....  :banghead: :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on July 25, 2015, 03:44:35 am
1/48 B52?
You could climb inside one of them and take it for a spin!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on July 25, 2015, 05:13:53 am
Looking forward to seeing the Jags ! Love that aeroplane.

And a BUFF that big ? Wow !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on July 25, 2015, 04:04:33 pm
You can't train a cat (except perhaps a kitten to use a cat flap) they train you  :banghead:

Depends on the cat: my dad trained one of ours to walk on his hind legs.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on July 25, 2015, 04:08:51 pm
Traveller ( possibly have to be 15mm as I want to go up to the TL15 grav tanks on that one), 

I have some of the old 28mm Traveller figure sets: can't remember who made them, but they're pretty nice.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 26, 2015, 07:22:18 am
You can't train a cat (except perhaps a kitten to use a cat flap) they train you  :banghead:

Depends on the cat: my dad trained one of ours to walk on his hind legs.

You can use their natural play reaction of trying to "bat" something to get them to do that, as I've seen it with a friends cat. Said cat will only do it if you are dangling a ball or something for it to play with however, so I'm not sure if that's you having trained the cat or the cat having trained you to play with it  :rolleyes:. I'm not saying they can't be trained but it must take endless patience, at least far more then I have. Dogs (most of them) are relatively easy compared to that. Although I wonder if that's because you can praise and chastise a dog. Chastise a cat and it'll more likely find someone else to feed it  ;D

Can you tell I'm a dog person ? I've had cats and like them but still prefer dogs
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 29, 2015, 11:05:25 am
my birthday pressie from Mrs Steel Penguin arrived today,  were at a bit of a "what do you want?" problem at the mo, as we tend to get things for each other, and ourselves as we see them and can afford them.   
 :thumbsup:  the smile on my face says it all though, a standard box ( 24 * 2) of dark chocolate bounty bars   ohh yess
I must go careful as eating too many at once will make me ill,  and I like them far too much for that.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 29, 2015, 11:49:40 am
NomNomNom!!  You have a great Missus and I hope you appreciate her sufficiently...  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 29, 2015, 01:55:57 pm
Rick Lowe,  I tell her I love her frequently, and keep her supplied with hot chocolate, as she wishes ( one of the secrets to a happy marriage in my mind)

im making some of the smaller parts from the 4ground le saint haugh set,  some walls and small buildings, as its all I can cope with, wile mrs P has started on the market hall and jail http://www.4ground.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=78&product_id=547    as its smaller than the livery stable that's mid build and in a box.

the Recon Jag as the flair, chaff and recon  bits on,  the fuel tanks are gluing, and the pylons for them are on the wings  once there on I have to reattach one of the wing top rails (  :banghead: ) and it'll be painty time, the laser guider will be in final assembly next.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 29, 2015, 02:39:03 pm
A marriage based on the supply of Chocolate... I've heard worse ideas, and as it works for you, that's the main thing.  ;D :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 29, 2015, 03:25:01 pm
DARK chocolate Bounty bars? In the red wrappers?  :o

I'm SERIOUSLY green with envy here, they're as rare as hen's teeth in these parts. The blue, milk chocolate ones are as common as muck of course, but we snap up any red ones as soon as they appear on the shelves.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2015, 11:42:00 am
Kit   apparently she ordered them from amazon    :thumbsup:  ;)   the blue ones are ok but the red wrapped ones are just heaven
 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 30, 2015, 01:46:11 pm
I'd NEVER have thought of that! Nice one, thanks for the tip.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on July 30, 2015, 01:47:32 pm
DARK chocolate Bounty bars? In the red wrappers?  :o

I'm SERIOUSLY green with envy here, they're as rare as hen's teeth in these parts. The blue, milk chocolate ones are as common as muck of course, but we snap up any red ones as soon as they appear on the shelves.

The next time you are in Hereford, try Wathens the newsagents beside the Spread Eagle pub, just down from the cathedral. They usually have them  Madame R and I are avid consumers of the red wrapped plain Bounty.  One upon a time you could get dark choccy Mars Bars too!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 30, 2015, 01:56:00 pm

 One upon a time you could get dark choccy Mars Bars too!


Wow, I've never heard of them before!  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 30, 2015, 02:05:06 pm
I LOVE the Dark Chocolate & Cherry Bounty bars - when I can get them; they seem to all be snaffled by the OZ market, before they get here... *sad*
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2015, 02:10:51 pm
dark choc mars  are good,  limited editions that come out occasionally
but  Cherry Bounty's   ohh they do sound very nomable....   
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2015, 02:14:31 pm
which has lead me to
http://www.cybercandy.co.uk/index.html

but the cherry bounty's are out of stock currently....   :banghead:

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 30, 2015, 02:17:03 pm
'Nomable'... I like that word very much, and may have to steal borrow it for my personal use!

Cheers!!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on July 31, 2015, 04:48:16 am
We don't need your stinkin' cherry bountys, we have Cherry Ripe... (https://www.cadbury.com.au/Products/Chocolate-Bars/Cherry-Ripe-Bar.aspx) ;D

Dark Choc Bountys have been spotted locally in limited numbers but i'd kill for a case of Double Deckers (https://www.cadbury.co.uk/products/Double-Decker-2374?p=2374).  I refuse to pay the inflated prices the "English Shop" charges for such things.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on July 31, 2015, 05:26:57 am
This thread is making me hungry....and I'm just about to go grocery shopping as well !

 ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 31, 2015, 11:53:38 am
that does look very nice Zenrat .
It doesn't help that this does rather make me hanker for some of the now vanished  chocs from my youth,
Frys 5 bar    ( for those who don't know like a fry mint cream  but had 5 flavours of the cream in it
Spangles, especially the old English flours ( I remember that some of them were powerful enough to de line your mouth if you weren't careful, but they suffered the problem of being very sticky for boiled sweets, if you were unlucky you ended up with most of the wrapper staying on !)

im certain there are others, but my mind is slipping...   and I quite fancy a Bounty now...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 31, 2015, 12:01:54 pm
Have you noticed that today's Wagon Wheels are nowhere NEAR as big as they were in the 50s? Maybe half the size even.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 31, 2015, 12:06:46 pm
allegedly  the original moulds  and plant were shipped to Australia,  and were substantially larger 
its something ive heard mentioned numerous times Kit.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 31, 2015, 12:11:50 pm
allegedly  the original moulds  and plant were shipped to Australia,  and were substantially larger 
its something ive heard mentioned numerous times Kit.

Are we talking about Wagon Wheels or FROG kits here?  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 31, 2015, 12:37:12 pm
wagon wheels I hope, ive never liked the taste of styrene  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on August 01, 2015, 02:21:46 am
It's not just Wagon Wheels that were larger when we were young.  I swear 1/72 models were also bigger.

Remember Texan Bars, Caramac and Mint Crisp (which is still available here but extinct in the UK AFAIK).  I used to put Texans in the freezer to harden them up and would nearly break my teeth chewing on them.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 01, 2015, 04:01:05 am
caramac   mmmmmmmm   got some a wile ago,  I swear they tasted "more"   the caramel taste was hardly there :( 
Texan bars I cant remember, and  wile im sure I can remember mint crisps, I cant remember the taste.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on August 01, 2015, 05:28:18 am
Never liked Wagon Wheels, but there was a chocolate, biscuit bar (by Carrs I think) that they sold in the school tuck shop and that was  :wub:

Yup back in the 60's even State secondary schools had tuck shops  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Thorvic on August 01, 2015, 06:39:49 am
caramac   mmmmmmmm   got some a wile ago,  I swear they tasted "more"   the caramel taste was hardly there :( 
Texan bars I cant remember, and  wile im sure I can remember mint crisps, I cant remember the taste.

Just take a look at a Caramac, to get that colour and flavouring they would have loaded it with artifical stuff thats probably now banned, the safer replacements just can't match the original tastes quite the same.

As to the shrinking chocolate, whenever the price of the raw materials went up the reduced the volume to keep the price steady. Probably cost about 1.50 these days for an original sized Mars Bar
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 02, 2015, 01:17:14 pm
Thorvic  wile that may be true  :banghead:  I don't have to like it much.

But away from sweeties  on the modelling front
the wall sections are done  5 parts.
and the base grey is on the Jags
and 3 more sprue stacks are together as scatter scenery  ( but will need painting)

118 figs 16 pieces of scenery 5 models

and ive been following an anime series on you tube called Gate, briefly  a gate to a fantasy style world opens in down town Tokyo, and after the attacking  legions, orc and dragons  surge  into the down town area,  and then meet the JLSDF and JASDF, Japanese troops are sent back through to the other side to see what's going on.   there's politicking going on both sides of the gate, and some of the lines are smileable  when a Dragon attacks the hero and his recon patrol  they swing into attack it ( and defend the refugees there escorting) declaring that " fighting giant monsters is all in a days form for the sdf"    It gives a few ides for some dioramas,  Helo gunships vs dragons, and  SDF troops  escorting wagons  with elves etc in them.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 02, 2015, 01:47:31 pm

and ive been following an anime series on you tube called Gate, briefly  a gate to a fantasy style world opens in down town Tokyo, and after the attacking  legions, orc and dragons  surge  into the down town area,  and then meet the JLSDF and JASDF, Japanese troops are sent back through to the other side to see what's going on.   there's politicking going on both sides of the gate, and some of the lines are smileable  when a Dragon attacks the hero and his recon patrol  they swing into attack it ( and defend the refugees there escorting) declaring that " fighting giant monsters is all in a days form for the sdf"    It gives a few ides for some dioramas,  Helo gunships vs dragons, and  SDF troops  escorting wagons  with elves etc in them.

Gate sounds interesting.

" fighting giant monsters is all in a days form for the sdf" 

Well, you have to remember that they've been battling Gojira et al for decades, now, so they should be well versed in that sort of thing...  ;D

I like the idea of the mixture of genres as diorama possibilities.

Cheers

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 02, 2015, 01:55:58 pm
 :thumbsup: exactly my thought  ;D

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 05, 2015, 02:06:56 pm
the base grey is on both jags, and the green disruptive blobs are going on,  all 3 fuel pods are grey, the recon pods grey,   I need to do the LGB and the laser painter and then  white paint on the winders, transparency's and decals,   so not that far off.  :thumbsup:
ive also seen the price of a tacom  mk 11 chieftain   :blink:  that's a bit...  but I wants it   :tank:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 08, 2015, 08:55:30 am
jags are getting closer to finished  and my  wondering mind is trying to settle on the next thing to do,   :blink:    I need to concentrate on finishing the job in hand, or ill never get the jags of my desk  :banghead:

and im mentally prepping my self for the trip to get a chieftain mk 11,  a black label Conqueror,  and wondering when the 1:48 space 1999 eagle will be out, and what the damage on that is going to be
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 09, 2015, 10:06:34 am
jags are done, in an attack of the perversity of being, though the varnish has developed a finish between scaly and pebbled   :banghead:  so ive pva glued the transparency's on and that's it finished   :angry:

im also going through the part painted 28mm stuff again and 2 more of those are done   a WPC in the old blue below knee skirt and jacket  ( I have no idea where I got the figure from)  and an elven adventurer from Heresy minis.  which has been 90% done for years.
Also watched the next part of gate, where the hero and friends have got themselves inside a besieged town, and call in help from the troops near-by,  the CO send the helos that hes got available but the commander of them, in his second statement says  "you've got to let us go, weve got the speakers and the Wagner ready"    to which the co thinks " there possessed by the spirit of Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore" so you know where its going to go.....

120 figures 16 pieces of scenery  7 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 09, 2015, 12:37:59 pm
  "you've got to let us go, weve got the speakers and the Wagner ready"    to which the co thinks " there possessed by the spirit of Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore" so you know where its going to go.....


Nice reference! Shows the character has a good sense of history.
(I always think it's one of the best sequences in that movie.)

Although, having watched "Rango" with the voice of Johnny Depp, I'll never hear 'The Ride of the Valkyries' in quite the same way again...  :blink: :rolleyes:

Cheers
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 10, 2015, 01:10:28 pm
next set of 28s on the desk.  Something that any "England" based game needs   ;D
Morris men   ( and armed morris men)  care of gripping beast  http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/TWDCSP03_The_Morris_7--product--4091.html     and  http://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/TWDCSP04_Armed_Morris_4--product--4092.html
I plan on similar colours to the ones on the above pages ( not as well painted no dought)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2015, 05:59:31 am
Those Morris men are really neat, and look excellent all painted like that. Interesting stuff for sure !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 19, 2015, 01:07:16 pm
 having changed my sig  ( you have noticed haven't you)
my old one is below   just in case I decide to ever change back
still thinking, how abought....  nah thats not good ebough... how abought?   nah neather. update 17/01/11 I think, therefore i cannot be at work. UPDATE 06/10/13 Occasionally, dangerously competent,  update 01/10/14, hmm minirolls
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 20, 2015, 06:46:53 am
Dangerously Competent ! I recall a workmate asking the engineer to show him how to perform a certain task. The response ? " No ! A little knowledge with you is dangerous ! "

Funny stuff.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 20, 2015, 11:09:40 am
thank you CC :thumbsup:   that's the general idea  behind the quote
though mainly its due to the fact that my lack of knowledge never ceases to amaze me   :blink: :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 20, 2015, 11:29:35 am
I have to say, I've always liked the 'Occasionally, Dangerously Competent' comment...  :lol:

Then again, if you don't know something can't be done, it's amazing what you can get accomplished...

Cheers
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 20, 2015, 12:31:00 pm
as my dad used to say  " you can get further with brute force and ignorance, than you can with just brute force"  :thumbsup:
he also used to say " yesterday I couldn't even spell engineer, now I am one"
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 20, 2015, 12:33:19 pm
Or as I often say, 'If Brute Force and Ignorance don't work, you're not using enough'...

There again, I also say 'When in doubt, empty the magazine', so there you go. :smiley:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 21, 2015, 05:47:15 am
lol good points ! But, like everything, if it doesn't kill you.....and when it comes to this hobby, if you don't try, how do you know if you can or can't ? Half of my battle is over thinking, and it's just a lump of plastic for #$ sakes.... :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 21, 2015, 10:48:19 am
CC  ive finished " if it doesn't kill you"   many different ways  especially in role playing games
... it cripples you for life
... it reduces you SAN to nill
... it wasn't trying hard enough
.. the GM wasn't paying attention
... itll never succeed again

but overthinking is something I can empathise with, the Lear suffered from that, the terror of looking at a perfectly serviceable kit, the razor saw, and remembering the messes id created when younger.   :banghead:
I also tend to finish off the saying  " youll get on like a house on fire "     with the question  " what the emergency services in attendance and major property damage ??"  :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 23, 2015, 05:14:22 am
the morris men are done  another 11 28mm figs,  :thumbsup:

131 figures   16 pieces of scenery  7 models.

contemplating the next build,  I think it'll be 1:35  and tracked.
got a dozen plus to pick from   :tank: 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on August 23, 2015, 12:08:32 pm
A friend finishes "What doesn't kill you..." with "Had better know how to run!"

But then he's built like a brick wossname, so he can back that statement up...   ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 23, 2015, 12:16:17 pm
 :tank:  went with the conqueror  :tank:  its at the top of the pile  and the part built Chieftain or Chally are a long way down it
its been washed, and the base coat of white is on
yup Berlin time!!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 24, 2015, 02:01:17 pm
well the plan was to do some gluing.
I forgot to tell that to the oldest of the kittys,  shes decided that my desk is perfect for sitting on tonight  :lol:
maybe tomorrow
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 05:36:37 am
...it wasn't trying hard enough ! I like that one  :thumbsup:

35th and tracked sounds good ! I'd love to break out some armour myself.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 27, 2015, 12:14:07 pm
gha!  roadwheels how I hate thee
each of them has 4 gates and the mould line  ive done most and now have a blister on my thumb from it...  and its in just the "right " place that if I forget I hit it when typing.   :banghead:

I need to get the running gear sub assembly's together so they can get sprayed black, alongside the underneath of the body.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 01, 2015, 01:53:54 pm
wile the suspension units continue on my desk.  ive finished the washroom / small building from my La Haye Sainte set,

131 figs, 16 pieces of scenery, 8 models.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 01, 2015, 02:08:08 pm
Wow are you going for a personal record ? Imagine how many you'd have done if it weren't for roadwheels  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 03, 2015, 12:20:00 pm
Capt, I have no doubt, id be moaning that something else isn't going well...  It seems that no mater how carefully or delicately or well prepared, something always go's wrong,  still im slowly getting there on them  :tank:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 01:12:57 pm
Ya, that's human nature eh ? I suppose we're a product of our environment. I'm not talking about yourself in particular, or myself, just our 1st world culture. We've had it so good for so long that we have no real clue as to what to properly get upset about !   :thumbsup:

That is an impressive number of builds tho. Something to aspire to !

 :drink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 07, 2015, 01:15:09 pm
I can get properly upset if things need it, and either loud and sweary and ranty, or very,  very still and quiet,  and oddly its the later that seems to upset folks more, most of the time ive no reason to,  im a bit of a muttery grumbler, and tend to be a bit of a realist /pessimist ( the glass isn't half empty, its twice the size it needs to be   :lol:  type of thing)
im aware of it as a bit of a failing, but I try to keep it under control and stay on the happier side of the line.

the build rate is just what comes to hand and across the desk, most of the time its a hour or two on an evening and maybe a few on a weekend,  if I wanted to kick em out id be able to do a lot of 28mm figs by production lining them, clean up a load,  base, assemble, undercoat,  then 30 or so at a time  flesh, boots, uniform, webbing, weapon, wash, a quick highlight / drybrush, eyes, paint the base, flock and varnish,  its possible to do that number in a couple of evenings,  and wile the 1st batch is drying you work on a second etc,  its how id do a new army en mass if I needed them out sharpish,  its a lot of work, but you end up in a "zen" state wile doing it if you get it right.  Though at the moment im in no way going to go near that, most of the systems I play now either ive got ready army's for ( so am only adding a few figs here and there)  or are skirmish so a group of 5 to 13 is enough.

ive been varnishing a dragon for mr p and cleaning up and undercoating some horses for her as well, so my stuffs slowed down a touch,  im still putting together suspension units, drive wheels and idlers, the tank will take a big step forward as they come together  :thumbsup:   
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 09, 2015, 09:08:09 am
wile the tanks away...
ive finished the other 4 horses for mrs P,  and wile im at it cleaned up and undercoated 13 Crooked dice figs, the 2 science / command figures for project time lift , and 11 security figures, when they've been colour coded for identification they will be a full Spectrum of troops  ;)

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 13, 2015, 01:45:07 pm
more prep work on other stuff...  there are times im am very easily distracted, :thumbsup:
from the West Wind games empire of the dead range  the streets of London box,  got the hansom cab together and attached to the draft horse,  the gentleman's carriage is abought  80% done and has fitted together like a dream, and I need to do the Omnibus when that's finished.
ive cracked open the Phantom f-4c that I got for Unit air support for the 70s, ( seeds of doom)  yup wrong model, itll have the wrong weapons on it ( AGM78 s  3 or 4)  and the wrong roundels ( going to get big RAF red / blues  with the old UNIT pattern in white on it),  should be a fun build ( I got it as it was the cheapest Phantom in 1:48 in the store  and this is going to be a fast no frills happy smiley build,  I cant get it right as a Reel build let alone a real build  :lol: :lol:)
I figure I can wind up the JMNs, the DR who obsessives, and a few others as well at the same time  bwahahaha
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on September 13, 2015, 02:34:10 pm

I figure I can wind up the JMNs, the DR who obsessives, and a few others as well at the same time  bwahahaha


So - you've *really* got some bang for your buck/pound  ;) :thumbsup:

Cheers
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 14, 2015, 07:11:09 am
"It isn't half full, the glass is just twice as big as it needs to be "

I like it !

The Phantom sounds neat ! Lots of them going around these days

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 20, 2015, 09:15:00 am
a little further on the tank.
though I am seriously not pleased
I went to slide the back plate on to the hull, it has been primed, and de burred and de mould lined, and from the instructions should just slip in, nope to wide,  ok thinks me must be a good tight fit, de primer the edges.   nope still to wide, de prime the contact area on the hull rear... still to wide   hade to take around a mm off of it. 
This is a 50 quid kit, and they cant get the basic assembly parts to fit!!
I had a look on the web for reviews of the kit a several of the build ones mention it as well,  I can cope with the "accuracy " problems that show up in the reviews mostly they wont have a major effect, but this smacks of shoddy design, and then no assembly of the kit prior to shipping. 
at this rate its going to end up with the preassembly's and stuff going back in the box and being left like the chally 2,  not quite to rot but certainly well down the list.  and Dragon being put on the  not on your nelly list.
the resin stuff is together and undercoated, the omnibus went together like a charm,  and where the stairs spiral up to the top deck ( which would be a serious weak spot  PITA to get to resin fill) the designer, master maker  has put a couple of cases / bags to give strength and gap fill. really cleaver thinking!


Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 21, 2015, 06:27:47 am
I could see where that would be maddening......put in all that time, effort and care only to have that ? Looking forward to seeing the Omnibus too.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 21, 2015, 01:58:39 pm
liny to the omnibus 
http://www.westwindproductions.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=204_229&products_id=1683
the painted pic will expand, and the  illustration of the underside is here
http://www.westwindproductions.co.uk/catalog/download/images/london%20omnibus.jpg

its a very clever little model  and according to Mrs P the horses are reasonable as well for the load they'll be pulling.

maddening is a good description, ive ( fortunately) been watching Grimm on the V box tonight and yesterday so haven't had to face the thing, if my mood and mojo lift, I will have a go later in the week,  if not it can sit a wile.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 22, 2015, 05:10:29 am
Thanks for the links. Very nice indeed. That would look good just sitting on a shelf !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 25, 2015, 01:46:30 pm
the will o the lead strikes again.
West wind are running another Nickstarter for the first Frostgrave supplement, ( discount lead andstuff) so im getting yet more 28mm figures, to add to the lead pile , plus some other related / weird stuff ,  wolves, snow toads, pirates, and a side project for an idea that hit me.   an evil Marion of Sherwood   Baroness Marion de Belem, with her Saracen hit man and ensorcelled giant,  her scarlet warrior etc.    I just need to find figures for the 80s  Robin of Sherwood cast and suitably repurpose them  :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 26, 2015, 02:07:09 am
tanks back in the box and in the pile,  so the phantom will be next ( probably)  im rather frayed at the mo works been double plus busy, and last night there was a Madness concert at the local race course, it finished rather later than id wanted to get to sleep at, BUT it was nice to listen to the set from the comfort of my own home, without bothering with the crowds ( I only found out it was on Wednesday, so rather cursed not being able to get tickets),  so the tank being NO FUN at the moment had to go, or id not go near the desk.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 27, 2015, 01:49:10 pm
well played " kill dr lucky " to day, from cheapass games  its the fun bit before cludo   you have to off the old git, making certain theres no lone of sight to any other player, and they have to try to use cards to counter the weapon your using,  ie the killing joke, tight hat, loud noise, or civil war cannon,  and certain things do better in certain rooms,  the rat poison in the green house,  fast fun and silly  :thumbsup: brill!
watched the recent king Arthur film ( the Kera Nightly one)  its ok, its got a couple of thiveable ideas in it
started painting and gluing the Phantom, ohh am I glad its a cheap kit, its flashy and some of the gates arnt far off the thickness that would need an angle grinder  :blink:   so far though its fun, so its what I want, ill need to source an additional body for the rear seat as you get 2 crew, one for the pit, and one stood holding the bone dome  :unsure:  so ill have to rummage in the hasagawa boxes for that.   
im figuring tank, twin winder and agm, sparrows gunpod on the centre, then twin winder and agm, tank.   might put tip winders on as well
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on September 28, 2015, 06:07:35 am
watched the recent king Arthur film ( the Kera Nightly one)  its ok, its got a couple of thiveable ideas in it

I quite like that film and the use of Sarmartian's as the Heavy cavalry and thus the "Knight's of the Round Table  :rolleyes:" is inspired in my view as the late Roman's did have some Sarmartian's and indeed Parthian's in the British Isles.

Allegedly on spying the publicity poster which showed a shapely Keira  :wub: bending down to fire her bow she quipped "I wonder where they came from ? Hasn't the airbrusher's art come a long way"  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on September 28, 2015, 08:52:34 pm
well played " kill dr lucky " to day, from cheapass games  its the fun bit before cludo   you have to off the old git, making certain theres no lone of sight to any other player, and they have to try to use cards to counter the weapon your using,  ie the killing joke, tight hat, loud noise, or civil war cannon,  and certain things do better in certain rooms,  the rat poison in the green house,  fast fun and silly  :thumbsup: brill!


Yeah, the Cheapass stable has a few good'uns in it.

The Phantom loadout sounds good, nice & varied.

Cheers
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 03, 2015, 06:06:24 am
the pit and pilots are getting some paint, ( had to have a deep delve in the pile to find the 2nd crewman) but its a fun build so far, enjoyable and not too fiddly.
ive had some more lead arrive for that pile and having seen the skunk works F-16XL  around I may want to get one or 2 of them, and as Dogfighter Zen says, modernise it, the spine and CFT are a certain, as would be double shoes on the wing tips, and possibly a medium sized pile of LGBs on the pylons, possibly doubles and some Brimstones as well.  Oddly the XL is really the only 16 version I have been truly struck with.  shame it never got anywhere.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 05, 2015, 01:34:04 pm
in between a nice walk in the park, ( off work this week  :thumbsup:) and picking some more pears from the tree,  managed to get the pit finished and the 2 body half's onto it, bit of a struggle to get the pit in the "right" place.  looks ok now, and will dribble some glue in and around it to fix it good,  got the fuel tanks together, may start getting the 2 half's of the AGMs together as well, still fun, and cor its a big ole thing with the wings and body dry fitted together  :blink:

what I have seen as well is the new pics of the 22" space 1999 eagle supposedly out soon... oh I wants one, ( at least)  wonder if I can fab up a few different pods for it ...
lets see  passenger, lab, laser, rescue, crane, politico, recon,  ( it says 10 on the wiki page but some may be rather similar)
and there is mutterings on the companies blog that they'll be producing the Al tart up pack for the engine bells  but the cost they've given is the same as the base kit, so it may be an expesive luxury compared with extra eagles on the table ( warning wargaming penguin at hart, 2 tanks or 1 super detailed tank will always result in 2 tanks)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on October 06, 2015, 05:00:09 am
Not sure what I'm more interested in now....the Phantom, it's weapons load, the movie ( Knights of the Round Table ? ) or Kiera Knightly !

 :thumbsup:

The weapons load sounds good tho.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 06, 2015, 06:27:10 am
No contest.....................Keira  :wub: :wub: ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 11, 2015, 07:25:52 am
wings and bodys together, tail planes are on  agms are assembled, as is the fuel tanks and gun pod, I can see why people like the toom  its gor a presence even in white undercoat, incomplete, balanced on the paint pots on my desk.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 13, 2015, 01:37:44 pm
the phantoms all assembled.  and after careful consideration, I think it will be maximum JMN bait,
so the over load on the war load, it'll have full wrap round grey green paint, and I don't think ive got any 19sqdn decals,( pale blue and white check)  but I have got some yellow and blue checks that I can pinch from a jaguar sheet, and ill have to overwrite my unit marking with a rotering and white ink.  ;D  oh and its the wrong model as well... and when they moan  ill answer with either Wookstas gentle little witticism, or start on the fact that its a reel model anyway and that its from Dr who ( sort of) and they just used some stock footage ( a barefaced lie) and ask if theyre misremembering from there youth....  mwahahahah
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 19, 2015, 11:13:33 am
the greys on, and ive got a guide coat of green on, realising ive no paint guides for F4s I turned to the next best thing,  the Vulcan calendar from last year, nice big deltaish wings, Bingo !
and it actually looks quite good, even if I say so myself.   though it is taking 3 or 4 coats of green, I may have over thinned it a bit,
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 25, 2015, 02:58:23 pm
ive started decaling,  the under wing roundels are from a sea harrier ( 48th) so red white blue,  the intake decals are from a hawk ( I think) and are small but will look ok with the checker board from a Jaguar on either side, and the wing top ones are 1:72 Vulcan red / blues ones.  and I have to give a big  :thumbsup: to Airfix on them as there around 30 years old, and not been stored particularly carefully, and have gone on like a dream, soaked off cleanly, and sat with no trouble either.
so far its still being a nice fun build.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 27, 2015, 12:49:44 pm
as an aside, any one out there got the latest IPMS mag yet not the one with the Chally 2 on the cover but the next. ?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 27, 2015, 03:28:30 pm

as an aside, any one out there got the latest IPMS mag yet not the one with the Chally 2 on the cover but the next. ?


No, is it out yet?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 28, 2015, 07:44:28 am
I haven't got it yet and it normally comes while I'm at SMW  :banghead: although in all fairness it came before SMW last year
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 28, 2015, 11:51:25 am
I was certain it was out before SMW last year , that was why I was asking.  The publication date in the Chally fronted one is given as mid Oct, hence the timing.
im just undergoing a curious mind thing  :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 31, 2015, 10:21:35 am
well ask and ye shal..  my copy of the ipms mag arrived this morning, complete with a bonus of a porshe  racing cars insert.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 31, 2015, 02:22:35 pm
well ask and ye shal..  my copy of the ipms mag arrived this morning, complete with a bonus of a porsche  racing cars insert.

So did mine, the Porsche bit was written by the founder member of our own SIG too, Ian Hartup.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Nick on October 31, 2015, 03:42:22 pm
My copy arrived just as I was going off to work so I took it and read it on the train!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on November 01, 2015, 07:37:29 am
Hopefully mine will arrive Monday then I can plan my shopping  ;D Not that's there's much
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 04, 2015, 01:34:37 pm
well after an attack of "the fear" and a good procrastinate, and then re solvating the artist ink for the white ink,  and realising that if I drew the cross hatch on the intake roundels it would a) take forever, and B) not look that good, I settled for adding the UNIT initials over the roundels, im now adding a spacer under the pylon so the winders don't interfere with the AGM,  still progress, on wards ever onwards.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 14, 2015, 01:48:40 pm
slowly moving forward on this, having to repaint the winders and AGMS as the white primer didn't cover well enough ( drat)  Also been gluing up the stables building from  my La Haut seine set ( sp?)  on the downstairs table,   in other areas, finished reading  The shepherds crown by Terry Prachett,  had a tidy of the HLBS kits under the desk, getting them stacked in other areas, throwing a couple of unneeded boxes out and further increasing the packing faction / density of the made stuff.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 21, 2015, 12:04:58 pm
ive got the 2 rear view mirror housings to glue to the canopy frame and its done,  varnished it earlier, and just PVAed the canopy's on.   :party:  and for a 15 kit its ben a pleasure to do, the fit has been good,  not to tight, or sloppy,  not a lot of flash to clean, took paint and glue well.   so this ones  :thumbsup:   a nice fun build.
and of course the eternal question, what next?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on November 22, 2015, 06:07:41 am
Never mind what next, we want to see this one first !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 23, 2015, 12:55:30 pm
back and sideways we go,  as a push from the song of the day, and an aside.  got board of hearing the same old faves on the puter wile I did stuff, so instead of sticking the lot on random, ( its a lot of music and can be rather jarring)  ive put winplayer to show by album name alphabetically, then I select a good selection from a, play through, then b etc, on s now, its nice to listen to stuff I like , and some of the things I wouldn't normally put on.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Gondor on November 23, 2015, 01:30:56 pm
back and sideways we go,  as a push from the song of the day, and an aside.  got board of hearing the same old faves on the puter wile I did stuff, so instead of sticking the lot on random, ( its a lot of music and can be rather jarring)  ive put winplayer to show by album name alphabetically, then I select a good selection from a, play through, then b etc, on s now, its nice to listen to stuff I like , and some of the things I wouldn't normally put on.

I agree that it's nice to listen to some music that you would not normally listen to from your music list. However if I did that on my machine it would take 56 days, 18 hours and some 8 minutes to listen to everything  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 23, 2015, 01:49:56 pm
gondor, its why im doing it a letter at a time, and with a little judital picking  :blink: 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 23, 2015, 05:55:21 pm
However if I did that on my machine it would take 56 days, 18 hours and some 8 minutes to listen to everything  :blink:

Gondor

Dizzy could build every plastic in the whole world in that time!  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 24, 2015, 01:33:44 pm
oh and with the phantom finished  and the stables / cart house done as well  its
131 figures 17 pieces of scenery 8 models so far this year
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 26, 2015, 10:53:04 am
I was planning a "small" visit to the airfix black Friday sale   this morning has put paid to that  :angry:  back passenger side tyre was flat, got a screw in it,  so after changing it for the ( full size) spare ill have to get it fixed Saturday, and if theres any cost involved itll be no plastic..  poot!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on November 26, 2015, 11:09:55 am
Much sympathy!  I'm having to be careful with the imperial treasury at present (spent too much on Madame's Christmas present) 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 26, 2015, 12:18:46 pm
Much sympathy!  I'm having to be careful with the imperial treasury at present (spent too much on Madame's Christmas present) 

But that gets you mucho plus points for the New Year.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 26, 2015, 12:35:12 pm
that is very true Kit.

though in truth, when I mentioned the fact that I was going to miss out on (yet) more Airfix goodness, Mrs penguin  said if I wanted shed wrap up some of the Airfix boxes from under the bed, in brown paper and let me open up a parcel  :lol:   ( Mrs P is widely know for paying attention when things are talked a bought, and she may well have been channelling Kits wife from when she pointed at the ceiling / attic, and mentioned the biggest kit store in town  :thumbsup:)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 26, 2015, 12:50:34 pm
( Mrs P is widely know for paying attention when things are talked a bought, and she may well have been channelling Kits wife from when she pointed at the ceiling / attic, and mentioned the biggest kit store in town  :thumbsup:)

In the COUNTY in my case!  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 26, 2015, 12:54:28 pm
 :thumbsup:   :lol: :lol: :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 28, 2015, 04:53:54 am
well, im back from getting the tyre looked at.  :(  not reparable ( I didn't think it was going to be)  so ive had to get a new one. 
on the other hand, im not far off getting all the presents that need getting so  :smiley:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 08, 2015, 07:49:09 am
ive been waiting in for the Gasman to come to service the boiler today, ( its a non stop rock and roll life I live  :blink:)  so ive finished of the 28mm figs ive been progressing with.
2 Pulp minis dangerous dames,  a mystic spirals weird WW2 German with mecha arm, a black pyramid  Victoriana mars expedition trooper, and 11 Crooked dice time lift security, all done in nice identifying colours, to give a good spectrum of appearance.

that gives
146 figures  17 pieces of scenery 8 models

and copy / paste from earlier
2014   88 figs   9 models  19 pieces of scenery
2013   90 figs   4 models  1 piece of scenery
2012   228  items including  1  1:48 Tonka  and  17 vehicles
2011   152 items including 1  1:48  A10 and  16 resin vehicles

wow ive managed to do more  :party: :blink:   knock me down with a feather  I thought id been slacking off.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 10, 2015, 01:01:16 pm
2 more 28mm figs done,  crooked dice project time lift again,  Benton Troad and Bambi Gascoigne, the civilian head and assistant, vaguely prisoner-esque  figures, but they finish out the prepped set for Project time lift so im happy  :thumbsup:

148 figures  17 pieces of scenery  8 models.

ive got a Hugo Solomon  nearly done ( needs a wash and the eyes doing then possibly a light drybrush to bring the colours back up)   after that ill be prepping a pile of the Department X commandos, heavy weapon teams and command figures, including another Solomon and Pandora set.  that will be the majority of my " good guys" for 7TV done, ive still got some odds ( temporal travellers a lizard woman investigator and staff ) and a set of Shiva stuff for the baddys to sort.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 13, 2015, 01:48:22 pm
Solomon is done, so all I want now is some dry, still wind, oh and a bit of light to varnish with  :blink:

147 figs  17 scenery  8 models

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on December 14, 2015, 02:25:00 am
Solomon is done, so all I want now is some dry, still wind, oh and a bit of light to varnish with  :blink:

147 figs  17 scenery  8 models



I'm confused, which isn't difficult  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 14, 2015, 11:05:22 am
sorry Narses
that should read
I want some dry, still weather.
I spray varnish and as such the only place I can do it is in the back garden, so at the mo, high winds and wet weather are not good
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on December 15, 2015, 08:24:18 am
Understood. I do the same thing on the balcony
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 24, 2015, 11:57:52 am
well  works finished for the year, the majority of the pressies are wrapped, my diet for the next few days will probably be fowl, ( badum tish!),   Mrs P folks tomorrow, and mine on sunday,  with a bit of time to do some painting on the X-commandos ive got together and undercoated,   12 troopers, ( mix of SLRs MP5s and HPDAs ) 2 two man heavy weapon teams, genny and energy weapon, a sergeant in a kilt ( Sean Connery with SLR) a Brigadier,  a dapper scientist, alien strandie in a ruffled shirt, and a catsuit wearing crime fighting female. 

Oh and my addition seems to have become subtraction
Solomon being finished should have given me a total of
149 figs, 17 pieces of scenery, 8 models.
Doh!!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on December 24, 2015, 03:42:32 pm
That`s certainly a good output ! Have a great Holiday and looking forward to seeing what you get up to next year...when you`re not so fowl  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 26, 2015, 02:03:52 pm
well the lads have got black boots, and im having to think how do you do black assault gear without out it just becoming a black blob, im thinking Tamiya nato black for the body suit with a dark grey for the assault vest, webbing, holsters and pouch's,  then grey edge highlights in very small  amounts.
The originals are here http://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/forum/Blah.pl?m-1410287908/   but im not that good, nor am I painting for that close in, 2` on the table looking ok is all im aiming for, and that's a very different discipline to paint too.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 31, 2015, 03:21:40 am
well I think ive finished all the ones im getting done for this year,
the Brig, Solomon, Pandora and a pulp dame with pistol are all done,  I could ( possibly ) crank out the Connery ad trooper figs, but it would be a rush, and not that much fun.

So I think the total for the year will be

153 figs    17 pieces of scenery  8 models       not at all bad

and copy / paste from earlier
2014   88 figs   9 models  19 pieces of scenery
2013   90 figs   4 models  1 piece of scenery
2012   228  items including  1  1:48 Tonka  and  17 vehicles
2011   152 items including 1  1:48  A10 and  16 resin vehicles
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 01, 2016, 10:39:10 am
well the new years starts, grey wet and windy

ive ferreted out the gun for the chally AAA conversion, so that will be a starter soon,  and im going to have a peer in the stash tub and see how many SNEB pods ive got to play with,  so that's a bit of planning.
tomorrow ive got to get a small pressie for Mrs Ps birthday,  a pair of Terrys choc oranges, one milk one plain, then split and reassemble them, as 50:50 sets, one plain one milk segment  :thumbsup:   its silly and something she mentioned wistfully the other day.
theres a small show at Penkridge church / village hall on sunday,  the bacon buttys are good, the entry's free, and theres usually a goodly chunk of cheap wargames stuff for us to rummage through, ive got some real bargains there in the past. 
then its back to work Monday.  were did the holiday go?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 02, 2016, 05:32:33 am
tomorrow ive got to get a small pressie for Mrs Ps birthday,  a pair of Terrys choc oranges, one milk one plain, then split and reassemble them, as 50:50 sets, one plain one milk segment  :thumbsup:   its silly and something she mentioned wistfully the other day.

What a lovely idea  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 02, 2016, 07:35:34 am
Where do you get the plain ones from? I've not been able to find even ONE this year.  :banghead: :banghead:

Erm, last year I mean.....
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 02, 2016, 10:33:11 am
I ended up trolling every shop in town I could think of, even the specialist retro sweet shop didn't have any, I ended up finding them  ( by the tray) in Sainsbury's, of all places

the look on her face was priceless.
as a daft idea success its a good one.  :thumbsup: 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 03, 2016, 06:27:45 am
the look on her face was priceless.


I can imagine.  ;D

Always (or normally) found that it's the small gifts that you've either really thought about or spent some time on that are most appreciated  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 03, 2016, 11:57:43 pm
It's a brilliant idea.  Although if I tried it I think i'd feel compelled to eat the "spare" segments to destroy the evidence.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 04, 2016, 01:54:54 pm
zenrat,  I couldn't, I managed 1/2 of the one I got for crimbo, and felt rather unwell.
Oh and if anyone wants to do there own, go for it, its tricky to split the segments well, and you need to carefully retape the boxes back together with alternating panels to truly get the visual effect.  :blink:   I may have rather overthought how far I was going to go, you know.

Ive also had a ferret in the stash tub, and can only find a pair of SNEBs  so I think it'll be the chally that get them,  for the stolly rocket truck I may have to use a pile of the US ones ive got from the hasagawa sets ive bought over the years,

If any of the profile types out there fancy a challenge, may I recommend doing anything that was UK used in Berlin brigade block pattern, you know, Harriers, Lynx,  tracked rapier, Saracens, and Saladins,  Abbot SPG, Apaches, 
as you can tell ive had a rather large handful of chocolate after the first day back at work, and im slightly into overdrive.  :o   ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2016, 12:52:20 am
zenrat,  I couldn't, I managed 1/2 of the one I got for crimbo, and felt rather unwell.

I chocolate, finding the right amount so that you enjoy rather than  :blink: :blink:. One of mankind's continuing aims in life  ;D

I had some wonderful Lindt Hazel Nut Chocolate over Xmas (I don't eat much chocolate nowadays) and the thinness of it made one bar just about  :thumbsup: Have I discovered the secret ?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 05, 2016, 11:12:12 am
Narses   sounds like a great balancing act there,  in my defence I was rather distracted at the time and didn't realise how much id eaten.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 11, 2016, 01:32:25 pm
first figures of the year finished  :thumbsup:
16 X- commandos   2 * 2 man heavy weapon teams and 12 others with a mix of SLRs MP5s and HPDAs,
a X-Commando Sgt, looking suspiciously like Sean Connery, in a kilt with a SLR
another pulp dangerous dame, who will also fit with my Victorian stuff.

18 Figures.

clears the table so I can decide on the next project.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 12, 2016, 01:45:10 am
zenrat,  I couldn't, I managed 1/2 of the one I got for crimbo, and felt rather unwell.

I chocolate, finding the right amount so that you enjoy rather than  :blink: :blink:. One of mankind's continuing aims in life  ;D

I had some wonderful Lindt Hazel Nut Chocolate over Xmas (I don't eat much chocolate nowadays) and the thinness of it made one bar just about  :thumbsup: Have I discovered the secret ?

Contaminating chocolate with nuts of any kind is wrong.  It forces me to suck all the chocolate from the nuts and then spit them out into the bin.  When I rule the world etc.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on January 13, 2016, 02:50:20 pm
And for your next challenge, wrap and box this:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXvV_9-WwAAendZ.jpg)

From here: https://twitter.com/jennycolgan/status/683384190335881218
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 13, 2016, 03:13:11 pm
That puts me in mind of HR Geiger (Gieger?) and Alien.
Has delicate choco-welding taken place?

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: major on January 13, 2016, 04:47:06 pm

Can feel my teeth 'Itching' with decay just looking at that!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 16, 2016, 01:13:03 pm
ive suffered a minor derailment, I was going to start the Challengers, but as I was finishing off clearing the desk, I happened to find my pile of Statuesque miniatures,  so ive assembled the DI Denton / red queen pack,  the reporter and cameraman pack,  Esmeralda Tyke, and Lillie Poots,   Ingao Wilde, and Mei Lynn Maefair, ive now got 15 Hong Kong killer fembots to assemble and 2 Mei Lynn Maefair 2.0  to do.
sideways, ever sideways.  :thumbsup:


Weaver id not be able to wrap and box that, id have eaten too much of it.  yum!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 28, 2016, 11:52:31 am
Ive been suffering one of those moments with the bots,  :banghead:   they were going to be a simple paint scheme, white primer, then a blue ink wash to delineate panels and joints, , gun metal guns  done, with a bit of extra for the flesh headed ones and hair colour.  except the ink wash has anti washed, its gone and stuck to the flat and raised areas,  and even a second try with a drop of liquid soap in it to reduce surface tension has gone the same grrrrrr.  so at this rate its either  spray paint blue, re do flesh areas and dry brush,  hand paint the blue areas for joints and dry brush the flats back or, abandon, chuck in a bag, and come back too in a couple of years .
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 30, 2016, 05:24:53 am
I tried a little repaint on one  Tam sky blue,  the ink re-solvated and it went green  :banghead:  after some technical advise from Mrs SP, one was handed across  drybrushed white, then a dilute Prussian blue artist ink wash done, then a quick white dry brush again,  It was the look I wanted, but was far too subtle, at 3-5" you could see the white body panels and the pale blue shadows round the joint, at 3` it looked like a white figure :(  so they have all been repainted GW ultramarines blue ( its too light for real ultramarine)  and are getting drybrushed up, to get something.  once that's done ill need to redo the heads with flesh and the various hair colours, and then do the handguns.   so much for fast and easy.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 31, 2016, 01:49:02 am
It's a lesson I have had to teach more than a few young people - just because it's the easy way doesn't mean it's quick  ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 31, 2016, 03:22:59 am
zenrat,  its not that it was either, I had the mental image of what I wanted, when I got it, it wasn't visible at wargames viewing distance.  the contrast that you got wasn't sufficient to see, and if id gone for a much darer colour round the joint it wouldn't have fitted with the body colour.     I was wanting almost a appliance white body, with a blue shadow round the joints and panels, as if they were being lit with a slightly blue , white light.  It was too little to see considering the delicacy of the figures.  Ive had quite good success with a similar effect on a more heroically proportioned style of figures in the past, ( GW metal elder) so knew what I was doing, and how to do it, the initial problem with the ink not going into the recesses is the reason for the fast and easy comment.
but 9 of them are done ( the drone / bot headed ones) so it not that much of a slow down.  the 8 human headed ones need to be finished.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 31, 2016, 03:14:30 pm
Thanks for the explain.
How big are these?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 01, 2016, 02:16:13 am
approx 32mm tall  ( http://www.statuesqueminiatures.co.uk/p/8774369/sm021-hong-kong-killer-fembots.html  )  link to manufacturers site,  the knee on a painted fig is just under 2mm across ( measured very gently with my vernier set, as I don't want to scratch the paint )  very fine  / delicate figures
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 01, 2016, 02:19:10 am
OH and yes im home this week, its the first week of Feb, as so im off, house work and DVDs today, along with some painting, im hoping that the wind will calm a little ( hah) to do some varnishing and undercoating. tomorrow will probably be a visit to cosford, and Mrs SP is off the rest of the week so not too certain what that will entail. 

So a more Live hi to the more international members out there today ( insert waving Hi smiley here)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 01, 2016, 08:38:07 am
managed to get my varnishing done on what ive painted recently
so  ( all 28mm)
9 drone / robot headed HK killer fembots (HKKF rom now)
3 female headed HKKF ( statuesque heads)
3 female headed HKKF ( Crooked dice heads fembot, moonbase , plat )
2 Mei Lynn Maefair 2.0
1 Mei Lynn Maefair ( original human)
Ingao Wilde

from the Lead adventure foura range  Matakishi with cat
a pulp dangerous dame, (flying jacket, helmet, silk scarf, Lugar and dramatic pose)
a crooked dice savage school girl, the screamer ( not my fave but im trying to finish the packs ive started)
and a resin figure from?  that I think is supposed to be Milla  Jovovich from resident evil, but who got red hair  and a yellow dress, as im painting a pulp figure that's called " red queen" at the mo so I didn't want to do 2 the same.
and a knocked together air purifier / random table bit
23 figs and 1 bit of scenery

this years total so far
41 figs  1 bit of scenery

ive also broken 2 Academy 1:48 challengers out and sprayed them green to start on the bases for the GAU 30 AAA tank and the  gun tank with the SNEBs on it
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on February 02, 2016, 01:35:34 am
approx 32mm tall  ( http://www.statuesqueminiatures.co.uk/p/8774369/sm021-hong-kong-killer-fembots.html  )  link to manufacturers site,  the knee on a painted fig is just under 2mm across ( measured very gently with my vernier set, as I don't want to scratch the paint )  very fine  / delicate figures


Thanks.  They look lovely.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 02, 2016, 01:42:58 pm
going well on the GAU turret, a couple of bits of resin pour sprue to make the radar bar and stand ( free!) on the back of the turret,  the gun has had the resin barrels and muzzle brake assembled, and the original 120mm has been cut off at the recoil bellows so I can add the resin barrels probably tomorrow,  I just need to find some thing that would look right for a visual aiming system now. one possibility is to  use the front end of a Lantirn pod from one of the hasagawa missile sets ( ive a few around and there 1:48 scale as well ) and mount it just in front of the gunners hatch,
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 03, 2016, 06:58:12 am
well I had a look through my Hasa sets, all the Lantrin pods have gone  :banghead:  so I found a thick bit of frame off cut, and cut a slot in it, then found a 6mm plastic BB pellet filed the sides down and got one that looks similar, but wont move ( don't matter), so I need to get a quick shot of paint on the bare plastic and finish.
had a quick finish of 2 more 28mm figs,  from the Statuesque pulp range  the red queen, and one  of my Lillie Poots figures.

43 figs 1 bit of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 04, 2016, 02:03:14 pm
more finished Statuesque figures,  DA Denton,  Tallulah Caine and Carter  a reporter and her camera man.

46 Figs  1 bit of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 07, 2016, 11:37:14 am
an Egyptian style Steele   
2 resin dumpster / skips
1 ammo crate / objective marker
and a Vasa bird of prey Shogun figure ( 28mm driven power suit / mecha )

44 figs  5 bits of scenery.

a little more tatting on the AAA chally turret, and watched the 2nd part of the Vulcan restoration docu, I hadn't realised how close a run thing it had been with the fund raising  :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 11, 2016, 12:12:36 pm
the turret is together ( not hard) and has the base green on it, and a little gun metal.  ive been assembling / cleaning up more 28mms  so my forces of SHIVA can move forward to world domination,  hopefully ill get a bit of good weather on the weekend to undercoat them in.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 18, 2016, 12:35:31 pm
first sets of the SHIVA stuff done,  dr Mao, and the mannequin, 2 new and 3 old daughters of SHIVA, and a Kali.  and one of the guild ball mascots the Otter.
9 more 28mm figures
53 figures  5 bits of scenery.



Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 20, 2016, 07:54:11 am
the 3 new HKKF are done with drone heads , and the turret is at the point it needs the black added to match a tank body, the back bin having had its orange "friendly " ID added, the sights having had a touch of gloss blue on them.


56 figures 5 bits of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 20, 2016, 11:49:17 am
2 of the crooked dice " destroyer" models done,  4 armed animated statues,  nice and big, a good stone effect from a combination of inks and dry brushing.

58 figures  5 bits of scenery
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 26, 2016, 02:16:23 pm
the running gear on the challis together and painted, the body's assembled, the drivers vision blocks been blued, and the tracks are on, need to neaten up the glue marks on the glacis join then it'll be black striping time.   going well.
the Sneb pods together for the other version, itll need filling at the join, then ill need to fit / place it on the turret, where is the question?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 07, 2016, 04:07:23 am
GAU Challengers finished  :tank:
the next one is under assembly on the desk, and ive hit the disparity between land and air vehicles, the Sneb pod that doesn't look that big on a Harrier, is rather big on the tank turret. :-\  itll get painted etc for the final look see but this may be one that gets done for the Cos ford show, then possibly may be " back dated" to a standard gun tank after wards..  will have to see.

still
58 figures 5 bits of scenery  1 model
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 13, 2016, 09:16:23 am
had a busy weekend, though little modelling done.  My youngest brother was up for yesterday and today, we spent a goodly amount of time yaking, had a meal out, with Mrs P and a friend, and went to the local wargames show today, he got stuff he was after, I had one of those shows where nothing caught my eye,   but it meant I had a good walk and a catch up.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 28, 2016, 12:32:24 pm
2 more guild ball pets, the raven and the cat, and an empire of the dead Quatermain, slow progress, but progress.  a squad of 6 GW sisters of battle, done in the same yellow and purple as my main space marine force ( JWN bate  )  nearly finished and more on the SNEB Chally.  but other things ( real world) have been drawing a lot of my attention, so my progress speed has massively reduced.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 28, 2016, 01:04:38 pm
sisters are done now, just finished the base's
9 figures ( including just above)

67 figures   5 bits of scenery  1 model.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 30, 2016, 01:45:16 pm
Challenger is slowly proceeding, got the black on the roadwheels, and the green on just a bought everything else.   needs the blue on the vision blocks and then the roadwheels clipping on and the body / hull assembling, and then a "camo" coat of black stripe.  this may get finished for sunday at this rate  :o

also need to have athink if I want anything "full price" at the show, or if im just going to mooch round looking for bargins  :blink: though I am rather running out of storage space  :banghead:

a bit up stream I may have mentioned a Japanese animated series called Gate, well theve done the 2 12 part series now, some interesting parts, and held up its early promise for a goodly part, some of the modern JSDF troops verses medieval style forces was ( as expected ) brutal, and the clash of cultures interesting.  now I just need to find someone who does modern JLSDF  in 28mm for an interesting skirmish force  :lol:   ( I can get cobras, tanks and stuff in 1:48) 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 31, 2016, 01:54:57 pm
SNEB Challenger is finished, painted and done,   so ive 2 tanks for sunday  :tank:    ive a 48th  Phantom to come as well,  so I just need to work out which 28mm figs im bringing  :thumbsup:


67 figures     5 bits of scenery    2 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 18, 2016, 12:06:35 pm
Well last night saw the call that I know has been inevitable, but that ive dreaded receiving.
Mrs Ps mum, called to let us know that my father in law had passed away,  hed been fighting cancer for some time and had got a lot worse over the last 6 months or so, its why despite him wanting to, he was unable to come to Telford and chew the fat with us, hed made the targets hed set himself of Christmas,  and then his birthday in feb, and we all thought that he was going to make the wedding anniversary that was due Wednesday, alas he didn't.
I will be commuting down to Monmouth most likely for the rest of the week, as wile there's a spare room, my sister in law and her hubby are down from Liverpool.  ( its only around 80 miles  and 2 1/2 hours each way  on good A road and some motorway, fortunately) ,  So if im a little lacking / missing , its due to a rather important series of things to be done...




Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: kerick on April 18, 2016, 06:51:17 pm
My sincere condolences.
Take care of your wife and family, they always come first.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on April 19, 2016, 03:46:08 am
Condolences also from me.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on April 19, 2016, 07:57:49 am
Yup many condolences mate. It's never easy even when you are half expecting it

Chris
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 19, 2016, 12:14:48 pm
Thank you for the kind thoughts and words, they are much appreciated.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on April 19, 2016, 02:37:10 pm
Sorry to hear it mate: my condolences to you and your family.

In the middle of all the running around and organising things, don't forget to stop every now and then and appreciate the moment, whether good or bad. There's a lot of moments that are going to be one-chance-to-catch.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 21, 2016, 12:13:08 pm
Thank you Weaver.
As yesterday was going to be My mum and dad in-laws wedding anniversary, we took a bit of a breather and I took Mrs SP, my mum in law and my sister in law and her hubby out for a meal at lunch, it gave all of us a little time away from the house, and a bit of "us" time.
Mrs SP and myself are down again tomorrow, we've got a grocery order to get first thing, then a drive down, and I can have a good look at the railway room  :-\  its been left as was, since my father in law last visited in September, so im going to try to tidy tools up, and then try to get some of the railway stuff together,  if anything of the week is going to break me, this will be it, as there is not only a lot of my father in law in there, there's some of me and Mrs SP as well, with animals and trees that Mrs Sp has done, and a slew of trackside figures and some vehicles I did for him, ( he had a small vehicle museum on a corner of his 009 layout, and wanted "something different" as others had cars, so I did him a Tiger tank, a scorpion CVRT, and a centurion, for it, along with an Airfix tank transporter,  he mainly had the Tiger on the back of it and it wedged into a narrow bridge, to give a talking point).  In addition I hope to consolidate the modelling tools he had round the house into one area / toolbox, and sort out paints etc into the appropriate areas.
If I can get all of that done, ill be happy, and content.

needless to say my own modelling has gone for a burton, the most ive managed to find any energy for is to start to clean up a West wind, empire of the dead, brewers dray.  4 reasonably heavy horses to pull it and nicely detailed barrels on the flat bed.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on April 22, 2016, 06:15:41 am
Best of luck with the railway room mate but if necessary walk away and take a break. I found I had to do that quite a bit when going through my father's photo collection. To many memories and a lot I'd never seen. Strangely, or perhaps not, in the end they helped me deal with it.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 22, 2016, 12:38:09 pm
Ive made a start today,  ive managed to clear his work desk, and get the tools from 2 tool boxes in the right draws, coupled with starting to go through boxes on one set of shelfs,  as im doing that im labelling said boxes,  I will make a bit of a plea here, Guys if your working on multiple projects and have to take a break ( for what ever reason) keep the bits together and if possible a note to self of whats what, where and wrong, ive found at least 3 locos ( complete but in parts) and 2 sets of chassis, wheels and motor but no body so far.  I think im getting the right parts together.... I think.
Ive also found a couple of tool sets that I wasn't aware he had, including a tap and die set, some serious kit bashing stuff indeed,  in addition to mysterious bottles, full of strange liquids,  though funnily enough the problem isn't there unlabelled, its that there so old the labels have faded to unreadable, anything modern and odd is labelled with what it is  :rolleyes:

When ive got this liked im going to be giving my own desk a MAJOR going over  :blink:  its made me realise just how sloppy my work area is.

 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 22, 2016, 12:54:24 pm
as an addition  ive certainly had one case of Uh?  :blink:  today,   a small card box, (2"*2"*6" ) picked it up and it felt a bit heavy and moved "oddly" when I moved it,  opened it up and found
 
Coal.   small chunks and chips, and 2 wagon loads already glued to a small top up piece of wood,  It seems that the best thing to imitate coal, in a wagon is just that, coal.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on April 23, 2016, 05:20:51 am
Strange thing to say but you seem to be starting to enjoy this ? Nice way to remember someone : smile as you go through things  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 23, 2016, 12:44:18 pm
Thank you Narses, yes, its a bit odd, but its nice that I get to help, sort and tidy at the same time, and I get a chance to replay the conversations I had with him regarding stuff, in my mind as I do so,  it is rather calming, and means that I can focus, on the good times wile I do the job.  Im the modeller in the family, so I can at least look at most of the parts, boxes, and sheets and stand a slight chance of working out whats, what.
Though I do wish we had the room here at chez Penguin to be able to rehome it all. 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 27, 2016, 11:37:55 am
well it looks like the fickle finger of fate has once again farted in my face,  looks like the washing machine is U.S.   getting a code that (apparently) means  fluctuating voltage ( Samsung  code Uc)  and the local repairers and the Samsung support have all said, ( in as many words)  " don't want to touch it"   the local guys I can understand but the actual specialist ones really leaves a bad taste,  they may go on the list of don't buy agains.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 27, 2016, 03:45:05 pm
Nothing concentrates the mind on NOT buying a particular brand than rubbish customer service!  :banghead:

People like that bring a bad name to the whole customer service industry, and I spent 30 years in that field. Shame on you all.  :angry:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on April 28, 2016, 03:10:53 am
I can recommend Fisher & Paykel (or Fusher & Pickle as they say in their native New Zealand) customer service.  Very good.  They even believably faked concern after the dishwasher tried to electrocute me following an incomplete repair...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 28, 2016, 12:07:19 pm
indeed Kit.
 we`ve had a reply via e-mail and the advise that we get the mains supply checked, ( giving the voltage that was quoted) made me laugh, and then  stop reading as the variance would have resulted in the PCs stopping, and funnily enough they didn't bat a port all night, especially as we put down not to call the home number during work hours, and the numpty did...
so I may well be purchasing a new washer this weekend.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 30, 2016, 12:08:03 pm
well new washer dryer ordered, a Beiko  ive had a couple of recommendations from people I work with,  It wasn't the most expensive, so Mrs SP and myself recon if it lasts 2 years ittl have paid for itself, and if it lasts 4 itll be a bargain, any more and it will owe us nothing.  hopeful being delivered and installed tomorrow between 09:00 and 13:00.

in between that and everything else ive managed to get the westwind brewers dray together, and the fire engine from the same range together, and am working on the charabanc, not too taxing, and as its cleaning up and assembling allows the hands to work.
im glad this a long weekend, can try and rest and compose for the funeral on Tuesday ( at the forest of Dean crem).  In a way its still a bit unreal.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 01, 2016, 02:06:22 am
new washer dryers in, the Currys delivery guys were very efficient, polite, and capable, call at 09:10 to ask if its ok to attend, as there around 10 mins away,  one of them came in to have a look at the old machine and location, wile the others prepping the new one in the van,  swapped them over, and ran a quick rinse / spin to check everything's ok,  got the signature to say its delivered and off they went.  :thumbsup:
 so ive undercoated the westwind stuff (charabanc as well), and varnished the few bits ive had waiting for that.   days looking good so far.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 01, 2016, 06:41:57 am
Glad the washer got sorted efficiently and best of luck Tuesday mate
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 01, 2016, 09:09:20 am
Thank you Narses.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 07, 2016, 11:40:07 am
The last couple of weeks have caught up with me now, as ive just had the " son of an engineer" moment as ive tided up, the railway room as best I can, and have now brought some of my late father in laws tools home, and it was always said that you knew some one wasn't coming back, when that happened. 
Ive also inherited his ( admittedly small) non rail stash, and I will have to think up something suitably special for one or perhaps more of it.
His railway, Locos, stock and extra stuff, is currently in a hold, as were not certain how it will go, thoughts were mentioned re selling, but it may be donated to somewhere,  plans for this are fermenting and crystalizing. The family ( my self included) are more inclined to have it go somewhere it would be used, rather than it being split up.

The funeral on Tuesday was well attended,  and we had good fine weather for it,  we were all pleasantly surprised at the number of people who attended, family friends, and fellow volunteers from the Dean forest preserved line, and some of his ex dental co- workers, and a couple of his ex-employees from when he ran his own surgery, plus others who knew him.  It was very hart warming.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: kerick on May 07, 2016, 11:58:39 am
Was he in a model club of any kind? Club members may have an idea were to donate things. Or perhaps an organization that works with kids after school?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 08, 2016, 04:47:30 am
Glad it went well (as well as they can go, anyway) mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 08, 2016, 08:06:58 am
ive had a minor clear up and finish on the desk, anything part done, and in parts , has been bagged together.
ive got some varnishing to do,  more 28mm figs finished
west wind captain Nemo
Wyrd minis explorer
a crooked dice guru ( early) and savage school girl, sporty
a resin version of the Major from ghost in the shell by???
and a  Ezmeralda Tyke  from statuesque miniatures
and a 1:35 baby brachiosaur ( from the Tamiya kit)

73 figures     5 bits of scenery    3 models

I think ill be trying to finish started stuff as well, so its back to the Dragon Conqueror now,  hopefully ill get a bit further along.  :tank:  :banghead:    and ive had a tidy up of the stash in the model room, as I need to find room for the 1:72 stuff ive just got.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 19, 2016, 01:58:09 am
off today, Mrs SP has a dental apt later, so I will be chauffeuring her  " yes milady"  ;D
so ive a few jobs to do as I go through the day.  and round them im still modelling / tidying stuff away,  ( new RPG books to shelves,  read novels to different etc)
The Conqueror is slowly moving on,  :banghead:  im not incredibly impressed  the assembly instructions can be a bit wooly in places, and I have had to have a good squit through my Tankograd book on it to work out where a couple of pieces go ( rear drive oil filters)  and some of the parts do seem rather fussy, with several pieces going to make up 1 piece that would have been better done in one cast.
I am admiring the clear sprue of parts for the vision blocks though, shame that they'll all be painted over, as I use a gloss blue to represent them  :blink:  not a criticism of the kit, just a policy of mine from when I 1st started on tanks.
ive also found a 12" section of OO track  :thumbsup:  so if Mrs SP has any OO locos from her father I can get one of them mounted,  ( though I think everything she brought home was 009 so its too wide)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Mossie on May 22, 2016, 03:35:27 pm
Found these guys that I thought might interest you:
http://www.antediluvianminiatures.com/

I'm particularly keen on the retrosaurs. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 23, 2016, 11:24:27 am
Thank you Mossie,  they will have to go on the "list"
the Saurs are good, and the humanoids are readily identifiable, so should work well.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 28, 2016, 06:01:08 am
this is more of a " my stash didn't grow today"  post  :banghead:
as can be seen above im a wargamer and readily follow the "will o the lead", through numerous periods and several scales, I walked into town this morning, and had a hankering for lead, so headed to my local games workshop, as an idea for space Vikings was fermenting through my mind,  why? I have no idea, but I know that it would be easy to satisfy, some plastic GW space wolf space marines, and a few sisters of battle to mix in suitably converted,  add fur cloaks, swap normal chainsword for the fenrisian one, wolf runes and charms  da daa  job done, maybe 15-20 figures and possibly a lander. ( possible spend from 50 to 100 quid )
Then I had a problem,   this is a spontaneous thought  and there are space wolves on the shelf's, but no sisters... and then I remember, theyre no longer carried as a standard line, army is still on the website but not in the store.  poot.  so I put back the plastic and when the staffer asks what im after, explain the idea and point out that Im buying now, not ordering for a weeks time, and employ the line from James Bond that emphasises why im not happy   " we do not tolerate failure in this organisation, mr Bond" why have a high street presence, and not carry the basics of the lines you sell ?  Im not going to endorse ( from my point of view) failure, by mail ordering parts  :angry: 
so no stash increase, next time im at a wargames show ill have a trawl of the 2nd hand dealers and see what I can get, ( the spend will be around the same, ill get more figures, and GW will get no money.. )
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 28, 2016, 06:05:06 am
My problem with Games Workshop is a) Their opening times. Now I know their clientele is generally a lot younger than me, but opening at Midday !!!! b) Their paints are good (if pricey) but why oh why do they change the names of the flippin things ???  :banghead: Don't like the new containers either.

Old man's moans over  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on May 28, 2016, 07:27:27 am
well new washer dryer ordered, a Beiko  ive had a couple of recommendations from people I work with,  It wasn't the most expensive, so Mrs SP and myself recon if it lasts 2 years ittl have paid for itself, and if it lasts 4 itll be a bargain, any more and it will owe us nothing.  hopeful being delivered and installed tomorrow between 09:00 and 13:00.

My washing machine is at least 20 years old, maybe more (can't really remember when we got it). The programmer has it's flakey moments but it always gets the job done in the end.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on May 28, 2016, 07:34:11 am
I fell out with Games Workshop when they stopped selling other people's games about 30-odd years ago. They were already the biggest games retailer in the country at the time (the ONLY multi-chain IIRC) and one day they just turned round to everyone who played American or non-GW games and basically said "tough: convert to Warhammer or go whistle for support". It took years for independent stores to take up the slack because many of them used to depended on GW for wholesale distribution.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 28, 2016, 09:56:28 am
Narses     A )a lot of the stores are now 1 man operations so they open later and tend not to be open at the start of the week, I did ask one manager I knew and he said that it was when the most business was done, and I cant argue with it.  and B) the paints are ok but when they change the name they tend to change manufacturers, so if you want the original line ( wyrm purple, hobgoblin orange, spearstaff brown etc ) cote du arms  is who you want,  my gripe with the modern paint is they will dry out in the pots,  ive had some of the latest one and got them for a project, ( which I didn't start straight away) and 6 months later or so they had almost solidified  :banghead:
Weaver  the washer before last was of a similar age ( yonks old I believe the technical term  ;D  )  we replaced it when it started getting a bit twitchy, as it wasn't worth the repair bill, got a shiny washer dryer and that just didn't seem to last. hence the cheap ( ish) beiko
 For the Non GW stuff I admit in Bristol we were spoiled as there were 3 other shops who all sold slightly different things at the time, a Virgin games store, the Bristol model shop ( only a small amount ) and forever people, though I did get a large chunk of the 1st ed Twilight 2000 stuff cheap in the GW sale  :thumbsup:  and when I moved to the west mids  I found a couple of stores in the area quite quickly, I tend to still try to find anywhere if I travel, and have a browse and if there's anything remotely interesting, hand over some cash for shines  ;)

now im thinking for the rapide ( its 72nd) if I put on the 1:48 jets I didn't fit to the lear jet  just swap the props and engines straight over,  will have to compare sizes
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 29, 2016, 07:46:25 am
Cheers for the info on the paints Mr Penguin  :thumbsup:

As for opening late, I've always put it down to the fact that their main target market is student age ? Ergo the mid-day opening  :rolleyes: ;D Whereas I'm an up and at em early bird. In and out of Croydon by 10:00am.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 04, 2016, 03:50:44 am
ive sorted out the part of the stash under the bed ( I am akin to a dragon in that I sleep over my horde  :blink: )  and found that ive some how managed to get 2, 1:48 Chinooks,  one of the nam era go-go bird gunships, and ( rather surprisingly) one of the more modern UK versions,  how the heck did I forget buying a 1:48 Chinook !   but it means that the 22" eagle is now in storage, as opposed to trailing round the house.

im slowly moving on on the Conqueror,  parts of the kit are very elegant designs, clever use of shape and breaks put where they are invisible when assembled, other parts seem to be very shoddily done.  its very, very odd, to build as you go from a real fun build to an awful one and then back in seconds,  im having to rebuild the turret bustle storage cage for the 3rd time as ive put the cage floor in the wrong way up ( it was the right way the 1st time I did it, but I then took it apart and flipped it as the instructions made it look like I was wrong  :banghead: )

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on June 05, 2016, 06:30:15 am
So you're going to be gracing us with a big Chinook build ? I'd love to see that !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 05, 2016, 07:49:51 am
Capt Canada, at the moment, not likely, im likely to switch back to some 28mm stuff, or some of the 1:48 resin vehicles after the tanks finished. and my aversion to photo sites is still in place ( reasons are somewhere above posts I think).
Its not a no, but an unlikely.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 09, 2016, 01:37:16 pm
well the conqueror has gone back in the box, and under the desk  :banghead: Again,  got fed up with fighting it, 
so im doing something with no instructions, just the pictures in my head,  :party:  :blink:
another crooked dice " the destroyer"  http://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/product/the-destroyer/   except  mines got 6 arms !   ive done 2, of the 4 armed one.  and fancied something a bit " more"   got the base kit and an extra set of arms and swords  a wile back,   so at he mo  one side of arms are on,  twin sword and a spear ( white metal spear head, brass tube body and a but from a piece of sprue), im going to let that set overnight the other side will possibly be twin swords  and a set of nunchucks / flail  ( 2 bits of brass tube and some chain )   or possibly an empty fist.

I feel much better now  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 10, 2016, 02:03:02 pm
no modelling tonight,  played the munchkin board game,  its as mad as the card game  :party:  but involves a bit more thought,  :blink:  with 4 players and our 1st game we only got a few turns in,  the next game will be much faster, sillier, and deadlier.  but the faves are still there, including the  Maul Rat, Wight brothers, and the overbear, complete with the art work from the card game.  ( so the wight bros are dressed like Orville and Wilber)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 12, 2016, 07:15:39 am
well, I had a look at some stuff, ( like things and bits)  and had a " how much !!" moment,  I idly looked at the price of some of the (US) O gauge locos,  there 1:48 so would fit in with my wargames stuff, and a loco, a few wagons and maybe a coach or two would be all id need,  that projects been moved to med to long term, as the costs are rather a bit, $300 for a derv loco.
I know UK O would be cheaper but at 1:43 the scale disparity is rather too much.
This may be a talk to the local railway club thing,  but id  have to find them, then find the time, then try not to confuse, or weird them out.   "so you want a US O  gauge, modern ( 80s +) UK or German loco, but you arnt bothered if its a runner, but want to be able to have carriage and wagon doors open and close?"   :blink:  as they step slowly away.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on June 12, 2016, 07:49:12 am
This may be a talk to the local railway club thing,  but id  have to find them, then find the time, then try not to confuse, or weird them out.   "so you want a US O  gauge, modern ( 80s +) UK or German loco, but you arnt bothered if its a runner, but want to be able to have carriage and wagon doors open and close?"   :blink:  as they step slowly away.

You could always inquire about US O Gauge dummy engines.  Granted, the manufacturers have long since moved away from them, and it might be harder to find a modern Brit/German by Lionel, Bachmann, etc.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 12, 2016, 10:27:59 am
Scooter   I will bear that in mind, thank you  :thumbsup:    its not something that im doing now! or tomorrow, so I can afford to be sedate in acquiring anything
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 13, 2016, 01:11:26 pm
finished the destroyer and some barricades made from the poured resin sprues ( waste not want not)

74 figures     6 bits of scenery    3 models

and am gluing and cleaning up more 28mms    new servalan, travis, and the alternate Villa and Avon,  plus the animated statue ( gargoyle type)  they may get undercoated tomorrow
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on June 14, 2016, 05:59:40 am
 If you join facebook, you can host pics there. You don't need to add a lot of friends or spend time on it, just create an album and add your pics  :thumbsup:

That would also be an excuse to build a big Chinook ! Sorry to hear about the Conqueror.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 16, 2016, 12:22:56 pm
That may be a suggestion Capt C  Thank you!   Mrs SP says that she finds FB a useful tool as well,  I must cogitate on this.

Cleaned up a load more lead, an glued it to bases and 2p pieces and started on the second set of the westwind streets of London set, so a promising evening.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 18, 2016, 01:32:13 pm
the Harrier I got today, may well end up as a racer, the question is, do I try and go the whole Formula H route ( and try to copy a real F1 car)  and think of adding some nose strakes, and maybe multiple strakes on the tail as well?  or a rather more "subdued" look, ie British racing green and a white circle with the number across the wing / fuse?

decisions decisions... must procrastinate on it.

Mrs SP is thinking of visiting a Railway modelling show in the near future, and having a "womble"  ( to collect papers and business cards for future use), so I may be looking at 1:48 rail stuff in a sooner timescale than I thought,   :blink:

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on June 19, 2016, 04:09:33 am
If you join facebook, you can host pics there. You don't need to add a lot of friends or spend time on it, just create an album and add your pics  :thumbsup:
That may be a suggestion Capt C  Thank you!   Mrs SP says that she finds FB a useful tool as well,  I must cogitate on this.

The only thing about FB is it does eventually timeout external linking, which is why I use both Deviant Art and imgur for additional image hosting.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 19, 2016, 02:05:28 pm
ive cleaned up and assembled the 2nd set of the streets of London vehicles from west wind,  so another hansom cab, omnibus and carriage to undercoat,  the 28mm figs I undercoated are now dry and I can start painting through them ( slowly) wile im thinking what else I want to start, though I may pull out something part done and try to finish that, Im fairly certain ive a 1:35 Tamiya chieftain, and an airfix 1:35 chally2  somewhere in the stack.  that is of course assuming I don't go sideways and start something else, or get distracted by shinys  and hare of towards another project.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 07, 2016, 04:14:31 am
slow progress on the lead mountain continues, finished this morning
west wind  professor Carvor
crooked dice  animated statue, slimy greedy ghost, and the Guru ( new sculpt)
statuesque minis  sister anitasia

79 minis   6 bits of scenery  3 models

also assembled and undercoated the remaining 6 airfix 1:48 op herric Brits, and 4 of the HLBS 40mm modern brits.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 12, 2016, 11:33:38 am
4 more 28mm figs
new version Servalan and Travis from crooked dice
and from statuesque minis, pulp girl and  Minerva

83 minis  6 bits of scenery  3 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 17, 2016, 03:54:54 am
its been a quiet weekend and im slowly ploughing onwards on the lead mountain,  im switching between 3 units of figs ( in various states of paint) so when they complete itll be a good bump,  and slowly on the think as too which to build  / paint next, im in the mind to finish started things ( again), but its deciding which to do. Either going for a part done kit ( chally 2, chieftain, 2 * quads and limber, conquer or more 28mm stuff)  or start off onto something more and go for a new one,  in which case I have to make a decision on what to start  :(   and the MDF building downstairs hasn't had anything done on it for an age  so needs sorting. 
Ive also got my eye on some of the 1:48 Tamiya kits  like the Type 10 and a couple of Hummers  and then try to botch some infantry together, as a small force.  :blink:
this is on top of wanting to build the KV and gun jeep from the Manga / animae  Grey : Digital target  as a PA warband.
 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 23, 2016, 01:40:56 pm
been photographing my late father in laws  railway collection,  137ish  photos, most of which contain anything from 3-12 items, took aprox 2 hours with me lifting, carrying, packing and unpacking, and Mrs SP photo'ing.  he had stuff stacked away that ive never seen before, or even heard him mention,  and some of it hit home....  like 3 Garrett's in OO,  2 of the new Heljans ( I think he got one runner out of them) and an all metal one that he built himself ( I think) with the funky looking rotating coal feed,  the sheer presence of them is jaw drooping,  but we found at least 4 DMU sets, 2* 3 cars ( at least)  several railcars, in steam, derv and leccy, and enough wagons to empty a coal mine  and at least 3 sets of 4+ carriages in different livery's. 
just exhausted now  :blink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 23, 2016, 02:27:51 pm
THREE Garratts??? That's some motive power!!

The white metal one may be a K's kit with that rotating coal bunker. It was a super casting, only let down by their somewhat inadequate motors.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 24, 2016, 01:21:51 am
Kit, your probably right,  and if the motor was a bit wimpy, Id imagine that its been replaced a looong time a go, as it didn't seem to have any problems when I saw it running.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 24, 2016, 02:22:12 am
Being a Garratt it'd have two motors, one for each end.  ;D

The K's motors were very popular in the slot racing world back in then 60s, they were long and thin so fitted easily in a car, but their magnets were a trifle lacking.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on July 24, 2016, 06:20:28 am
Painting and gluing ? Yay !

 :wub:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2016, 03:07:53 am
my pile of finished things grows!! yay.
in the "to varnish " box
7 old style GW terminator marines
one of the lead adventure hero's,  the pulp golgo satana figure, the crooked dice 2nd version Avon ( leather and studs edition  ;)  ),  2 ground zero robots ( with claws), 4 HLBS 40mm modern brits ( desert scheme), 7 airfix 1:48 op herric brits ( green DPM)  and 2 empress minis 28mm downed UK apache crew

another 25 figs.
108 figures  6 bits of scenery  3 models.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2016, 11:00:47 am
 :banghead:  DOH! to quote homer simpson.
got the lead, gloss varnished, than got out the can of Matt to take the worst of the shine off,  no fricken pressure in it  AGHHHHHHHH!   so ill have to get some Matt varnish, or a can of GW purity seal or summit
poot I say poot
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2016, 12:34:49 pm
so after a prevaricate the centurion AVRE is out of the poly bag and ive finished blacking the tracks, and started getting the grey on, the turrets finished and the body and track ploughs have a few blocks on, but im typing in the drying time as im going to leave finger prints if I keep trying to handle it.  im not going to get it identical to the others as the Cobham from the warrior has rather altered the nose and side shape.  it will be close enough to confuse though. :lol:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on July 31, 2016, 05:23:31 am
got a can of matt varnish today, so the figs are done ( whew)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 06, 2016, 05:35:34 am
Can't wait to see that Centurion. Loved seeing them as a kid at Camp Borden. One of these days I'll build one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 07, 2016, 07:56:40 am
cents done, and a quick base together for it as well, waiting for the varnish to fully cure then itll be glue together and pack.

108 figures  6 bits of scenery  4 models
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 08, 2016, 12:03:45 pm
dragged out a pile of games workshop Grey Knights ( 2nd hand from my younger brother  mumble years ago) cleaned em up and white undercoat,  got to face a lot of gold now.  Also on the desk currently in the fill the pin holes stage, the Larson designs resin Darlek  shuttle, its a mere 3 years old, so in the grand scheme of things a spring chicken,  but at 10 parts to assemble, should be doable quite quickly.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 13, 2016, 12:12:28 pm
Mrs SP and myself went to a new thing today, we went to a model railway show, a small club event at Ellesmere ( via the small but rather splendid ruined castle at Whittington) We were looking  for some advise form the club members and wanting to talk to the visiting dealers there,  the layouts were interesting, and I may have added dinosaurs and Bigfoot to some ones Canadian based layout,  they asked me what I though, I liked it and mentioned the 2 and they had that far off look in there eyes  :lol:    The Ellesmere club members we talked too were very helpful, and made some suggestions, and  a couple of the dealers were interested, and asked if we could drop them an E-mail with lists, ( we had a tablet with photos that they were able to take a quick look through), and one had a look and then insulted our intelligence by offering a price that was so low as to be ridiculous,  we had, had a walk round and eyeballed the prices things were going for, and ( as I mentioned above 137 photos, roughly 500 items)  "arnt so green as cabbage"  .  I think the hard part may be doing something with the ) 009 layout  as the much bigger 00 layout was only partly finished,  but the 009 one 1s 10` long, a bought 4` wide and 20+years of hobby work, so pretty much finished, and I know it was exhibited several times in its earlier 4` incarnation.  And has a lot of buildings, trees, and scenic gubbins on it.
also got to see a UK O gauge shunting set,  if I want a loco, a couple of carriages and a few wagons, ill need a bigger house  :unsure:  lovely to look at but rather unwieldy for wargaming,  ill have to look sideways at this for a wile.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 13, 2016, 12:59:27 pm
Some of the dealers seem to think the world owes them a living.

They'll cheerfully divest you of some real rarities with the 'There's no demand for them these days mate' response, and then put them up for sale with comments like 'Really rare these days, but for the serious collector well worth the money'.

That's before they drive home in their S series Mercs of course........
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 14, 2016, 01:49:29 pm
Kit I don't expect a dealer to cut his own throat, and 50-70% is roughly what we expected, the offer was much, much lower.
In other  news ive cleaned up and filled the Darlek  shuttle and hit the problem, its made of hexagonal cross section blocks, and in the TV episodes it was in the parts fitted together, and were face to face flat ( link to Google picks  https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1859&bih=1012&q=dalek&oq=darlek&gs_l=img.1.0.0i10k1l10.1235.6991.0.9137.6.6.0.0.0.0.86.452.6.6.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.6.443...0.fmlmGfNKDZs#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=dalek+shuttle&imgdii=9xboB7j8cVvXtM%3A%3B9xboB7j8cVvXtM%3A%3Bu2jPCiMvWHoONM%3A&imgrc=9xboB7j8cVvXtM%3A     )
but the resin ones angles don't match, either I have the landing rockets not flat to the ground  or I have a very visable gap at the top of the pods.  :banghead:  either way my idea of just being able to use epoxy to glue it gone, ill have to drill and pin and use the pins to level the parts, then fill the gap.
The GW grey Knights have had the initial gold  layer, some GW fans would now be going  :angry:  :o  as they arnt "grey"  ( well technically more silver from the last couple of codex's)  but mine are painted to match the original few terminators from their first appearance in white dwarf in the late 80s early 90s  when they were gold, and im not repainting the older ones  :wacko:  so 19 power armoured troops in gold, they can dry over night, then ink wash tomorrow evening, then drybrush gold, then I can do all the non-gold bits after,  Hey its a plan.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 16, 2016, 02:01:44 pm
well im fully under the influence of the "black spot" ARRR!  as ive been putting a second wash of black ink on the grey knights,  so have ink splashes all over both hands.  the wash may be a bit thin so a second coat wont hurt,  ( I use a mix of a chestnut brown wargames ink, and Rotering black,  getting the balance is a bit tricky).  but any progress is good progress  :thumbsup:
though I did a quick count and after ive done these 16, ive got 25 more to do, and these ones will need cleaning up, assembling and so on.  but it will get me a rather large force.  pity I haven't played Warhammer 40000 for several years.  im enjoying the painting  so it doesn't matter.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 21, 2016, 11:44:32 am
well 16 grey Knights done, the flocks now drying, and they'll get varnished when theres dry time outside.  But done  :thumbsup:

124 figures 6 bits of scenery 4 models.

I may well be finishing the box of the others as the next batch, but ill decide that later tonight / tomorrow

getting there  <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 22, 2016, 01:56:03 pm
the next batch of grey knights are going together, I need to put backpacks on 7 and there ready for spray painting.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 22, 2016, 05:55:16 pm
Sounds interesting. Some day I might build and paint a few that I have around. Be a good excuse to scratch build some armour !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 28, 2016, 08:03:13 am
Yes Capt, its one of the things that was encouraged in the original 40K rules, as there weren't any readily available scifi wargames kits, so build your own was they way to go,  some of the early ones were quite spectacular,  I used to just swap commander figures on 1:35 scale tanks to get super heavy's,  and  the M113 was always a popular APC to start from the base on.

im sat waiting for the brown on the bases to dry before I flock the next batch of grey knights, they'll then  need varnishing , and be done.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 28, 2016, 09:22:29 am
flocked  so done 25 more powered armour grey knights

149 figures 6 bit of scenery  4 models.

what next?  I may well finish of the 1:72 Saracen apc,  in ( odd for me)  BOAR green and black , with the from the box decals.   not certain after that.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 29, 2016, 12:47:45 pm
Annnnddd the Saracens finished.   :thumbsup:   non-wiff but that wasn't the point of finishing,  its one of the last things my late father in law started, so this is as much in his memory as anything else.  <_<

149 figures   6 bits of scenery  5 models.

and I still don't know what to do next  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 29, 2016, 04:36:14 pm
You and Dizzy having a competition ? lol Busy busy !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 30, 2016, 11:08:39 am
 <_<   no way I could compete with Dizzy  :thumbsup:
the speed of the Saracen, is due to the fact all I had to do was paint and decal, other wise it would have taken a fair bit longer

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on August 30, 2016, 01:38:02 pm
Still an impressive amount of kit for such a short time !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 04, 2016, 03:26:34 am
had a wonder round the Womborne show today  its 3 small halls in a local library / civic centre and normally  5 ish miles away, theres the local marathon in the way today, so I had to go a slightly longer way round, to get there. but there was free parking, and plenty of variety in the displays, both in scales and subjects, space ships, cars, armour, subs, ships, figures and planes.   Had a wonderful ?? :o moment  on one stand a beautifully done 1:48 sail driven pilots vessel  12-18" long  waterline base, and enough to get Mrs SP to say that shed love to try having a go at one, as not only is the scale big enough for her to see, but the finished thing is small enough not to take over the room / house,  then on the next table is the 1:72 type XXI (?) u boat that revel do all 4 foot of it.  we both sort of stopped and did the slow turn of heads from one table to the other thing.  both looked splendid examples of the makers skill as well. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 04, 2016, 06:17:27 am
decided that the next start would be the KV 2 I got back in june ( 2nd hand)  just opened the box,  :o :banghead:  5 of the 8 sprues are missing  not happy.  not happy at all. 
its gone straight to scrap bits.   hard to do  when no roadwheels, track and drives wheels / idlers present.  im not even certain there's a complete turret.
I need to remind myself  to check anything 2ndhand down to the last part.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on September 04, 2016, 06:32:49 am
Why I very seldom buy second hand unless I can have a really good look.

Got bitten at SMW last year (maybe the year before ?) when I bought a Olimp Edo XESO-1. Got it at the official IPMS sales area and when I got it home the previous owner had screwed both vac form canopies up which was obviously why he'd sold it. No mention of this on the box and when I mentioned this to IPMS they weren't really bothered. Made some noises but didn't do a thing as far as I could see. haven't bought at SMW's official second hand sales since.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 05, 2016, 03:46:27 am
That sucks Pengy.

I only ever have a quick squizz in the box but I always check the clear parts are all present and correct.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 05, 2016, 11:03:15 am
Does that ever suck ! People suck sometimes.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 05, 2016, 12:21:27 pm
in the end, its ho hum, cavet impitor, byer beware etc etc.  ill have to get something else out and start that instead. <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 06, 2016, 04:48:42 am
True that. Of all the things that can and will go South in the course of a lifetime, I guess a few missing sprues is chump change ! As you said earlier, I guess it's just spare parts ! The sunny side of life  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 06, 2016, 12:30:36 pm
worked out what im doing next,  ;D   pulled my "classic" Tamiya Chieftain MK5 from the pile,  im certain id started it,  apparently not.  and its being built to replace the casualty that was modded to get my Twilight war  franken TAM.   so fairly out of the box, in BOAR green / black.  but ( horrors) it may well get the crew done ( normally I don't do them).

I think its probably old enough for the classic kit GB, but if I decide to join that ive a hankering to do a airfix Vulcan, so ive no worry's re this build
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 06, 2016, 06:21:51 pm
Sweet. I'd love to see either ! The Chieftan is my second favourite, after the Centurion. And it's a close cal re: favourite aeroplanes between the Vulcan and the Voodoo !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 07, 2016, 11:05:53 am
well after a further check, the not painted crew from the old mk5 is in the box in addition to photocopy of the stowage diagram,  now im utterly certain id started the kit ( it still in the original polybags) and I cant remember the photocopy,  and as I mentioned this to mrs SP last night I got  a gentle ribbing vis " are you certain that you haven't got another that you have started, hidden away somewhere?"  fortunealy  she didn't mention my utter memory fail with the Chinook kits.
but im still certain id started it,  this may be a "Schrodinger box"  in that its both started and pristine at the same time till I open the box and collapse the waveform.  :banghead: :banghead:

as a side note I did see a wonderful  meme yesterday
" if I got any more forgetful, I could organise my own surprise party! "
id say its a hit, especially as a badge,
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 08, 2016, 04:15:48 am
What work do you think you remember doing?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on September 08, 2016, 06:58:24 am

as a side note I did see a wonderful  meme yesterday
" if I got any more forgetful, I could organise my own surprise party! "
id say its a hit, especially as a badge,

Second the badge idea  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 08, 2016, 11:17:50 am
Zenrat, im certain it had been opened, washed, and the road wheels started, a similar state to the airfix chally 2 I have.
well its been opened and washed now at least.  :unsure:


Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 09, 2016, 02:50:58 am
Hmmmm.  Could Mrs Penguin be having a laugh?

I don't think i've ever imagined starting a kit but I do forget doing so.  I also forget buying them and lose the ones I remember getting.  I'm currently searching for an almost complete original sixties release 1941 Willys I know is somewhere in my shed.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 09, 2016, 10:17:34 am
unlikely, it was "jengaed" into the pile beside my desk, which is very carefully balanced with piles of wargames clamshell and blister packs, atop it all a 1:35 Tamiya brachiosaur,  I am amazed that I got the chieftain out without a massive lead slide to be honest.

 :unsure:   its getting undercoated tomorrow, then I can start building.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 10, 2016, 07:32:08 am
Funny stuff. Strange but true. It's a weird phenomena when there's somat you know you know, that turns out otherwise. ?

I had made a list of all of my started projects on here. Took days sorting through all of the pages, and now I have lost said list.

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 11, 2016, 04:04:10 am
Are you sure you actually made the list?   ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on September 11, 2016, 06:25:57 am
I'm convinced that the reason that we are sometimes convinced we have done something and we haven't or vice versa is that because very rarely (although the frequency increases with age)  we slip into an alternate universe (or go up the other trouser leg if you are into Pratchett) and temporarily swap places with our other self. In that universes we have done the thing that we have not done in our universe.

Think that might have got me a First in Quantum Studies at some of our universities over here - read Polytechnics  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 11, 2016, 07:26:29 am
Narses, that sound plausible to me,  :unsure:  Quantum again, always flaming quantum.   Its either that or were characters in a RPG, and my player forgot to make notes on the " make kit" skill increase they were going for.  the XP have gone but theres no sign of the level up. :banghead:
I have to say for the age of the moulds, the wheels and subassembly's are going together very well, and a quick visual compare shows not much difference between the parts on the ones on the new takom Mk 10? 11? in common parts,  the biggest thing is do I replace the gun crutch, with the more modern twin arm clamp ?  which would mean I need to find a suitable donor for the parts....
Hang on!  I got a dirt cheap Tamiya knock off at a show years ago to strip for wheels and stuff to put on my Rhino CARRV !    to the cupboard.....
  yup  the HYPA  kit 305  chally 1    pts B 79, 89, 95,96, 81 and 97  BINGO
and its still got the motor in the box as well  :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 13, 2016, 05:42:12 am
progress continues apace on the  chieftain,  its still a nice kit to assemble  and the fit is still good,  ill have to have a good flick through my reference material as well, se what I can find extra to add on, and around jerry cans, buckets, possibly a SLR or similar ( think ive still got a couple somewhere)  plus some canvas rolls, and possibly a bottle or 2.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on September 13, 2016, 03:33:21 pm
Looking forward to it. I think that would be the best part of a tank kit, busying it up.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 30, 2016, 08:29:38 am
I have to start this off with a warning to those of a delicate constitution.  the following post contains themes of a distressing nature in regard to stash accumulation

As ive discussed with some of you ive met, both myself and Mrs SP were gainfully employed, unfortunately that's now past tense, the nut and bolt manufacturers where Mrs SP was accounts manager has shut down as of 13:00 ish today.  They mainly made parts for the off shore industry, specialist nuts and bolts etc.  with the current low. low, bargain price of oil, no ones ordering new rigs, and there just hasn't been the work.  Im still fighting the "good" fight so its not emergency stations.
We have some cash put aside  so its not going to be a major problem for a wile. But im going to have to live off the fat of  the stash for a wile,  the horror, the horror,  im going to have to build things I already own, as opposed to trying to get more unbuilt kits in the house.  its not a major problem, ive an over strength warrior company  in 1:48 plus plenty of other bits, but its just that there are some cracking kits around and coming out, Tacoms new G6 Rhino spg kit for one,  it looks like an anti grav tank,  the picture of one turning at speed and obscuring its wheels with dust, had me thinking it was a FX model for a film the first time I saw it  :banghead:.
Ill still be at IPMS, but aside from my one financial obligation, to a fellow wiffer, it may be that after a quick shufti at the other displays I will be very much a display sitter, so as to reduce temptation.  any other shows, either modelling or wargaming  are currently being rapidly written off as well.

Ill still be around here, and pin wheeling off ideas, if asked, and making notes on this here blog.  but may be a little slower on the  shiny uptake.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 30, 2016, 08:42:40 am
Oh dear, I hope Mrs SP can find something else to occupy her time gainfully before much longer.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Weaver on September 30, 2016, 03:34:23 pm
Oh what a bummer.

Maybe take it as an opportunity? Is there anything Mrs SP has been dreaming of making an own business of for years?

The G6 is a mighty fine looking beast. If they'd been around in the 1960s/early 1970s Gerry Anderson shows would have been full of vehicles using them as a basis.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 01, 2016, 01:16:09 am
thank you for the kind words gents. 
Mrs SP plans on looking in the near future, we had next week booked as holiday, so we still have next week booked as holiday  :thumbsup:.  after that were also weighting to get the gardens redone due to a problem with contaminated land, the council ( who have been utterly brilliant the whole time this has been occurring,  :thumbsup: I seriously rate them at 5 star for the stuff so far)  are saying it should be the end of autumn for the work to start, so we both agree that if shes home, an eye can be kept on the cats, fish  and everything else.
And  after that, who knows! 
the main thing is we have each other  :wub:  and ( hopefully) with care just manage on my wage, so as ive said, its not emergency stations.
But were keeping our heads held high, and engaging the humour to full power ( probably full dry, we may want to use full military on occasion but its best to keep that as a reserve I think  ;)  )
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 01, 2016, 05:33:50 am
Yup bit of a bummer, hope it all works out for her. A couple of my relatives work on the rigs and I knew times were getting hard but didn't realise it had filtered down through the supply chain yet.

Glad you'll still be at Telford  :thumbsup:


Ill still be at IPMS, but aside from my one financial obligation, to a fellow wiffer, it may be that after a quick shufti at the other displays I will be very much a display sitter,

You can watch the display while I keep an eye on the wine  ;D :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 03, 2016, 10:35:52 am
Narses, got no problems with that  :thumbsup:  lets just hope no one drops a bottle again this year  ;(

We went out to Stokesay castle today, a lovely little place and another castle that could be done in 28mm wargaming, without needing a sports hall, arrived in wonderful sunshine, hade coffee and a sarnie, a good wonder round,  then more coffee and cake.  :thumbsup:   the way it is now ( post slighting) would be good for a wide range of periods, and a small bit of curtain wall and a couple of extra building would be good for pre Cromwell. and by reckoning would scale in at under 2` across in 1:48 ( large 28mm wargames scale ) as 1:56 makes the maths hurt my head  :banghead:

paint and assembly continues on the Chieftain  now im past road wheels ( yay) its getting more fun again. 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: JayBee on October 03, 2016, 11:42:25 am
Narses, lets just hope no one drops a bottle again this year  ;(

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha ! ROTFL.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 03, 2016, 12:30:11 pm
I admit it gave the stand a wonderful bouquet, and the floor wasn't sticky afterwards.
its more that I hate to see it wasted  :rolleyes:  honest!  perhaps a box or two may be a better idea  :angel:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 04, 2016, 08:12:28 am
Narses, lets just hope no one drops a bottle again this year  ;(

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha ! ROTFL.  :thumbsup:

Yea, yea, yea.

I didn't drop it. It ejected downwards. I was left holding the corkscrew which was hanging on to the cork for grim death and the bottle and contents just ejected downwards. Was obviously a Lufwaffe F.104 bottle. (was it the 104 that had the downward ejecting seat ? The XP-54 I'm building at the moment had one I know)

and the floor wasn't sticky afterwards.


The floor wasn't sticky because most of it was over me  :banghead:

Seriously the IPMS floor manager just didn't want to know while the Centre cleaning staff couldn't have been more helpfull.

I shall bring a screw top this year  :cheers:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 04, 2016, 09:06:24 am

Was obviously a Lufwaffe F.104 bottle. (was it the 104 that had the downward ejecting seat ? The XP-54 I'm building at the moment had one I know)


The early F-104s had downward ejecting seats, but by the time the Luftwaffe got them someone at Lockheed had come to their senses and fitted proper upward ejecting ones.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on October 05, 2016, 06:24:35 am

Was obviously a Lufwaffe F.104 bottle. (was it the 104 that had the downward ejecting seat ? The XP-54 I'm building at the moment had one I know)


The early F-104s had downward ejecting seats, but by the time the Luftwaffe got them someone at Lockheed had come to their senses and fitted proper upward ejecting ones.

Ah cheers Kit. Partially right at least  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 05, 2016, 02:21:04 pm
Sorry Narses  I hadn't realised that had happened, that's the small detail that turns it form being a smile, to a not smile.
though I will agree that the centre staff are very good, and that's just from my interactions with them wile im fulfilling my caffeine cravings   ;D

most of the upper body's done and the turrets under way,  the shape of the turret is always something ive liked,  the asymmetrical  streamlined shape is just ace, :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 07, 2016, 10:35:47 am
I need to do the painting now,  I have to admit this was a far better experience with assembly than a certain other tank kit ive done recently  :angry:  went together well, minimal flash, clear instructions.
then its decals, and I need to do the crew.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 12, 2016, 11:54:43 am
back from scale model world, total stash additions, 4 books as agreed  and a copy of the 2015 Tamiya catalogue ( needed some change and the 1 it cost went to charity so double win!!)  had a great day chewing the fat with everyone, and wile I can feel the hours walking round, and stood on the rather unforgiving floor, I feel more motivated than I have for ages.   
really didn't find anything that grabbed my attention and wouldn't let me go for stash addition, so happy not to have spent,  wile I didn't find the Christmas present I was looking for, I found out the technical name for it, and got a good couple of leads on getting one ( sister in law want a small iron on a stick similar to the ones the RC aircraft folks use to shrink the film they put on wings, turns out it is a small iron know as a seam iron, and was used on patchwork, and seat covers for flattening the seams,  we stole it from them, and she intends on stealing it from us  ;D . )
I do wonder if its almost getting to big for itself, I know I walked the majority of the displays, but I know for a fact that ive missed massive splodges of amazing stuff,  one I did see was someone's chieftain mk5 that was painted blue with several fish on it, they said that theyed been asked for a "fish tank"  and had done so :rolleyes:  wonderful play with words.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 13, 2016, 10:14:55 am
woke up this morning feeling weirdly energised, and better than I have in ages.  So happily back to SMW,  managed to get on the car park there as well ( 09:15)  had several staff ask ( politely  and clearly) if I was an IPMs member as I walked in along the entry way, when I replied with a friendly yes and showed the wrist band, they were all happy. so getting in was painless and very fast.  got round to the stand and had a good time chatting and talking to punters,  Mini Rolls and Jaffa cakes were all eaten, and it felt rather civilised if a little cold in the hall.  May have given some none sig people a little push towards Whiff dom, and possibly an idea or 2 pin wheeled off into the group  :thumbsup:
hadn't seen anything that caught my eye and was sane / cheep enough till I left ( I did see the B36 wing   and XB70 centre body on one table but to big and costly at present)  then I managed to snag a 1:48 Tonka in the car park for 4 ( no decals,) and I think it may join the Harrier as a racer, MRCA it struck me as McLaren Racing Classic Air-frame,  :o  so it may be a wheels down one and ill have to transmogrify the F1 colour scheme for it.   as the Harrier is set for a British racing green and Jaguar marking.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 13, 2016, 01:51:39 pm

hadn't seen anything that caught my eye and was sane / cheep enough till I left ( I did see the B36 wing   and XB70 centre body on one table but to big and costly at present)


What Lawrence doesn't say is that the B-36 and XB-70 were 1/32 scale and were positively GINORMOUS!

He also gave me some older Humbrol railway colours from a stash he'd got from somewhere. Thanks VERY much, they'll be put to good use I can assure you.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 14, 2016, 11:27:18 am
1:32  Kit, I though they were 1:48!!!  :banghead:  geep!
and you are more than welcome with the paints, I hope there put to good, and ( as some of our detractors would say ) bad use as well  :thumbsup:
I think the nest show for me may well be Cosford 2017  , so ive a time to plan and finish things.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on November 15, 2016, 06:48:13 am
May have given some none sig people a little push towards Whiff dom, and possibly an idea or 2 pin wheeled off into the group  :thumbsup:


I think you almost certainly did  :thumbsup: Also increased my knowledge on 3D printing about 1,000%. Very, very interesting, cheers mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 17, 2016, 01:22:09 pm
its taken a wile but the chieftains done


149 figures   6 bits of scenery  6 models.

all 3 crew members as well ( ive lost the mic the commanders supposed to be using  :banghead: ,  so ive cut a piece of cylindrical sprue painted it blue  with siler top and bottom and a small spot of black, and hes got a can in hand instead  :thumbsup:  )

next may well be the racing Harrier itll free up a bit of space under the desk.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 23, 2016, 02:00:18 pm
the Harrier sprues are drying in the bath  :lol:   so that's the next build sorted,  and ive been sent a couple of pic of McLaren F1 cars by a friend whos a bigger fan than I am,  so ill have to do some colour research prior to starting that one,  but that's a way off, at the moment.

the build / paint rate has dropped of recently but that's mainly due to other things getting in the way, but ive still got a reasonable amount of motivation.  so on we gooooooo
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 23, 2016, 02:18:44 pm
In the BATH?  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 24, 2016, 10:43:21 am
yup  :thumbsup:  gave the plastic a wash off with the shower, to remove any release agent, then as we were going out for the rest of the afternoon, left the sprues propped up in the bath tub to dry,  don't have to worry were the water goes if any collects in gaps or stuff.    youd wonder if I had planned such things, with like forethought and stuff   :-\  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 26, 2016, 11:48:53 am
back from the 4th day  ( last weekend and Monday, plus today) of the sale of my late father in laws railway and layouts,   utterly bushed  the heavy work was last weekend as it was the packing of the locos and rolling stock, and then separating his 009 layout into the manageable pieces ( it was displayed in the past so was designed to come apart into blocks, and the wiring was the same)  getting it down from the railwayroom, some carpentry to make it transportable ( used  a couple of spare bits of 2*1 to brace the frames layout to layout), and then into the purchasers car,  with taking the 00 circuit round the room apart on the Monday, which was not designed to be portable, so lots of cutting wires  and ensuring that they were all labelled to ensure re-assembly is possible,  today was loading that into the dealers car and packing all the controllers, and bits that had been found since away.  Mum in law has gained a room and a good chunk of cash, and we know that others will get some pleasure out of everything  :thumbsup:
needless to say no modelling has been done, and now I want to sleep.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on November 26, 2016, 01:39:40 pm
back from the 4th day  ( last weekend and Monday, plus today) of the sale of my late father in laws railway and layouts,   utterly bushed  the heavy work was last weekend as it was the packing of the locos and rolling stock, and then separating his 009 layout into the manageable pieces ( it was displayed in the past so was designed to come apart into blocks, and the wiring was the same)  getting it down from the railwayroom, some carpentry to make it transportable ( used  a couple of spare bits of 2*1 to brace the frames layout to layout), and then into the purchasers car,  with taking the 00 circuit round the room apart on the Monday, which was not designed to be portable, so lots of cutting wires  and ensuring that they were all labelled to ensure re-assembly is possible,  today was loading that into the dealers car and packing all the controllers, and bits that had been found since away.  Mum in law has gained a room and a good chunk of cash, and we know that others will get some pleasure out of everything  :thumbsup:
needless to say no modelling has been done, and now I want to sleep.

I know the feeling.  I had to do the same thing with my late father's G-scale (LGB) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_scale) circuit in our family room, locate all the rolling stock, buildings (from the layout that went around the pond), extra tracks, etc.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on November 27, 2016, 07:15:21 am
Well done mate, job well done
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on November 27, 2016, 07:22:10 am
Good stuff. Sad to think of the passing but glad you can see that it will bring others joy !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 28, 2016, 01:27:24 pm
Scooter,  its a job that's more mentally and emotionally hard then just the physical work, I very much empathise and sympathise with you, the removing the years of hobby work really takes it out of you.

Capt  its one of the main reasons we went with this dealer, hes going to get the 009 set up as his local club and was muttering a bought using the 00 stuff in his loft,  so not only will the models be used, but the layouts may give some, some inspiration.  otherwise the layouts would have been junk, as none of the other potential purchasers were interested.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on November 28, 2016, 02:25:05 pm
For sure that's awesome to hear ! If only your late father-in-law could know, I'm sure he'd be chuffed !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2016, 06:26:30 am


Capt  its one of the main reasons we went with this dealer, hes going to get the 009 set up as his local club and was muttering a bought using the 00 stuff in his loft,  so not only will the models be used, but the layouts may give some, some inspiration.  otherwise the layouts would have been junk, as none of the other potential purchasers were interested.

That is good news mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 30, 2016, 12:38:50 pm
and in other news,  cor Mojo.
it being winter round these parts I can only undercoat at a weekend ( light and a reasonable temperature outside)  so mr harrier is on the desk waiting,  so ive waved a brush a a few 28mm figs  a little more paint in places, nothing finished, but a little further, and started assembly on some Ground Zero Games starships,  ive got 2 cargo ships on the desk supergluing    :lol: 

in the mean time im reading suggestions here  and thinking.   
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 04, 2016, 07:28:56 am
went to a small local ( ish) wargames show this morning,  with mrs SP,  well its 8, 1/2 a gallon of petrol, and 3 hours we wont get back  :banghead:  we were mainly looking for presents for friends and family, and you can usually count on a least one trader with a good supply of GW stuff ( the one who had any looked like they were selling old stock )  a few with quirky things ( none) or at least the odd bargain on the bring and buy, ( overpriced and battered) , the morning was only saved by the fact we were able to stop in town on the way back, and visit the local GW and Thorntons, several more gifts were purchased and I am mollifying myself with cherry kirchs , and the last non-normal gift as been ordered via the internet.
The harrier has been undercoated so will be started soon as well.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 10, 2016, 12:50:00 pm
ive used the harrier sprue to make some more "concrete stack" wargames terrain and cleaned up the 2 fuse half's that were freed, the small spaceships are nearly finished. so I go forward on that.

I was gratified to hear that Games Workshop were re releasing the "sisters of battle " range ( space nuns in powered armour) it meant the idea of my space Vikings was re floating,  as after all they are the only metal castings range left, they must surely be doing them in plastic now   :banghead:  :angry:  nope the same 20 ish year old range ( which I have  for my straight sisters army)  only 1 new figure, and that's in resin, and already sold out.  :banghead:  so that plans gone for a burton again.

so ive been reading round the site to calm down, and idea up  :thumbsup: 
 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on December 11, 2016, 01:48:05 am

same 20 ish year old range ( which I have  for my straight sisters army)  only 1 new figure, and that's in resin, and already sold out.  :banghead:  so that plans gone for a burton again.



The mind boggles  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 11, 2016, 02:20:47 am
I could have put that better  ;D :o ;D :wacko:   no not really  snerk..
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on December 16, 2016, 01:43:52 am
I could have put that better  ;D :o ;D :wacko:   no not really  snerk..

Always leave them not only guessing, but as completely Mind-Boggled as you can...  :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 16, 2016, 10:32:25 am
ill clarify ( ish)
My straight sisters army, is just that, a sisters of battle army, without the weird imperial stuff, no penitent engines, inquisitorial storm troops, or space marine or imperial army guard extras
just a bunch of powered armoured space nuns armed with bolters, flamers and meltas. ( and the odd Rhino apc),  for any other possible connotations " I couldn't possibly say!"  :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on December 17, 2016, 04:47:06 am
Ah just your normal nun's teaching at the local inner city comprehensive then ?  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 18, 2016, 01:35:26 pm
Narses   probably a little less heavily armed than them, but in essence yes  ;D

in other news been trying to get a new pair of toe capped boots, ( been wearing steel toes stuff so long I no longer move my feet, so its rather a self fulfilling thing now)  tried the Local Wikses Thursday, no plain black boots in, the ( actually helpful) person behind the till had a check on the stock, " sorry weve none in" tap tappa " and weve none on order, and I don't know when well get any more",  its not her fault, and she was helpful, but  WHAT IN HECK!  if your going to carry safety gear, why don't you carry the range you say you will.   I thought id try yesterday in Monmouth ( seeing mum in law, and helping set up crimbo decs, and do odd jobs she's saved up for us.)   the handman store, had some but not suitable for office wear, they recommended the local Millets, nope.  So I had a look at the local screwfix site, yes, and multiple ranges and there in stock,  so ive been breaking them in round the house  :thumbsup:  but why is it s hard to get!
so ive done a little more on the Harrier.  inside the pit, grey, bang seat metal and black, intake insides white, glued wing upper and lowers together, assembled fan front, and housing.  a little progress.

I find myself a week from the 25th and feeling like it was early November, with the weather and what not.  onwards and upwards, I hope.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 22, 2016, 11:50:42 am
and ( drum roll)
this years total
2016  149 figures   6 bits of scenery  6 models.
2015 153 figs    17 pieces of scenery  8 models
2014   88 figs   9 models  19 pieces of scenery
2013   90 figs   4 models  1 piece of scenery
2012   228  items including  1  1:48 Tonka  and  17 vehicles
2011   152 items including 1  1:48  A10 and  16 resin vehicles

considering how S**t this years been, a goodly total the block painting on the grey knights helped, but the ability to do a unit / regiment in one go has always been there to get large chunks of lead done
Im not likely to get anything finished between now and new year, so ill end total the year, ( I can always copy , paste, and modify if I do  :thumbsup:  )
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 01, 2017, 03:13:39 am
well its new year :thumbsup:   
happy new year to you all, heres hoping that its better than last year.
and whats happened to Terrys chocolate oranges, they've shrunk!  it used to be the segments were solid, now they've got a pattern moulded on them and a lip to give the same volume at the circumference, but a volume of air over one face.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 01, 2017, 07:18:45 am

.....and whats happened to Terrys chocolate oranges, they've shrunk!  it used to be the segments were solid, now they've got a pattern moulded on them and a lip to give the same volume at the circumference, but a volume of air over one face.  :banghead:


And the plain chocolate ones seem to be extinct.  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Knightflyer on January 01, 2017, 08:08:33 am

.....and whats happened to Terrys chocolate oranges, they've shrunk!  it used to be the segments were solid, now they've got a pattern moulded on them and a lip to give the same volume at the circumference, but a volume of air over one face.  :banghead:


And the plain chocolate ones seem to be extinct.  :banghead: :banghead:

Sorry Kit - I had a plain chocolate one for Christmas. Had my first segment today (after finishing the Toblerone!) had to have another segment as well so the first wasn't lonely  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 01, 2017, 08:11:58 am
Kit as last year Sainsbury's !  they had multiple trays full  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 01, 2017, 11:33:32 am

Sorry Kit - I had a plain chocolate one for Christmas. Had my first segment today (after finishing the Toblerone!) had to have another segment as well so the first wasn't lonely  ;D


Very true, there's no way you can only eat one segment.  ;D


Kit as last year Sainsbury's !  they had multiple trays full  :thumbsup:


They must have a monopoly on the supply, there's no sign of them around here, and the nearest Sainsbury's is over 20 miles away.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 01, 2017, 11:45:23 am
Kit the only other one to try is Amazon then, I got dark chocolate Guillian seashells from Mrs SP this year , ordered from them, ( though apparently they only appear at crimbo)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 02, 2017, 01:03:09 am
Had my first segment today (after finishing the Toblerone!) had to have another segment as well so the first wasn't lonely  ;D

I'm like that with Maltesers, only it's a handful rather than a segment  :rolleyes: :wub:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on January 02, 2017, 06:05:12 am

Sorry Kit - I had a plain chocolate one for Christmas. Had my first segment today (after finishing the Toblerone!) had to have another segment as well so the first wasn't lonely  ;D


Very true, there's no way you can only eat one segment.  ;D


Kit as last year Sainsbury's !  they had multiple trays full  :thumbsup:


They must have a monopoly on the supply, there's no sign of them around here, and the nearest Sainsbury's is over 20 miles away.  :banghead:
Smiths in Hereford and Morrisons in Leominster had lots of them a couple of days ago.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 03, 2017, 09:26:38 am

Smiths in Hereford and Morrisons in Leominster had lots of them a couple of days ago.


I may have to get my visa renewed before venturing that far out of the FoD.   ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 03, 2017, 12:35:57 pm
don't forget to get your shots updated as well  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2017, 06:41:45 am
don't forget to get your shots updated as well  ;D

Only if you cross the Severn or Offa's Dyke  :angel:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 21, 2017, 07:46:40 am
further work on the harrier, its mostly together now, then I will heed to work out how im going to spray it  :-\

another sprue stack has gone together, ( I don't feel like binning all the trapezoid airfix sprue  so this is doing something with it)

I had a quick tidy up of the finished figures, and hit the small problem of nearly running out of storage space  :o  again!   
I may have to get everything thing onto the kitchen table one of these days, and repack it.  :o  its a rather disconcerting thought, let alone job.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 01, 2017, 08:27:29 am
well its the start of feb, so im on hols  :thumbsup:
and the last day and a bit have been very productive, due to no internet  :o  ( the hub went boink!  so after reporting the problem we got a new hub just before lunch)
The Harriers been sprayed, looks lovely, but the modern automotive paints are utterly unforgiving on imperfections so every blemish and mark is obvious, even if it was unnoticeable before, it will be touched up and then decaled later.
ive cleaned up based and undercoated 24 of the copplestone castings I got recently ( band corp girls 1,2, gorls with guns 1,2,), cleaned up and assembled, undercoated and base coted green 2 HLBS 1:48 Fox ACs,  2cleaned and undercoated 2 packs of Ainsty resin fencing, and cleaned based and undercoated my Hasslefree meddling kids, ( both normal and post apocalypse versions),  grey primered the 2 sprue stacks so they can get dirtied up. Also based and primered 7 of the Ground zero spaceships I had assembled  and varnished the 1:72 Saracen APC that's bee sat for a wile.
And in the first finished group of the year, 2 pulp figures from Statuesque minis  ( wrench and another)  the reporter and camera man  and investigator from them as well and a crooked dice future freedom fighter, in blue with bottle and glass of soma.

Figures  6  scenery 0  models 1

Also went to Cosford yesterday, and they have moved quite a few things round in the hangers, and ( I think ) got a new one or two on display, the front wing of the comet has a smaller plane under it now, and a large Helo model under the engine intakes, so if we are where weve been the last couple of years at the cosi show it may be a wee bit cramped.  They were in the process of refurbing the shop so the bottom end of the cold war hanger was shut off, ( out via the fire door again).

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 03, 2017, 07:42:38 am
This is more of a question than normal for on here,  but.

At the start of Feb 2015 I placed an order with a small band based in Washington state in the USA, for a book, a CD and a 12" Album,  the first 2 arrived fine, the last one, well  they finally admitted that they couldn't get it in July of 2016, offered me store credit, and when i asked if they could replace the album with a CD and some miniatures ( all listed as available on the bands web store)  they said yes, no problem,  at the start on December after a couple of polite E-mails asking what was happening, I ran out of patience and asked for a refund, this they agreed too, and im still waiting.

now after the preamble, is there any way of putting any more pressure on them, via anything official in the US?  I've mentioned the problem on the bands web site to not much effect,  and am wondering if there is any equivalent of trading standards ( the UK group that you wold complain to concerning tardiness etc)   I have tried looking up the telephone number based of the contact address from the website but no luck in getting an answer during east coat business hours ( im not going to leave a message as im not entirely certain that its the correct number, so I don't want some poor homeowner to come back after a long day and find some total stranger asking for moneys on there ansa phone  :unsure: )

Im not mentioning names at the moment as I am just casting round to see if there is anything.

Thanks for any helpful advise in advance folks.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on February 03, 2017, 08:42:38 am
Not much recourse here in the states; free market independence and all that horse manure, unless you want to hit them with a small claims court suit, which would probably cost more than its worth.  If they have a Facebook page, hit them there with a negative review. 

Also, when are you calling?  They're Pacific time, which is -3 Eastern.  So if you're calling between 9 and noon, EST/EDT, odds are no one is in.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 03, 2017, 08:53:57 am
Thanks for that Scooter,  I mean west coast ( -8 hours from UK time)   :banghead: 

face book looks like it then, though they may be visiting the uk later in the year, but it would probable cost more than the amount owed in fuel just to get to where they may be playing
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 04, 2017, 02:42:52 am
the  painting continues, the foxs are all over green with black stripe, and optics, tyres and white lights done, need to add some ink and finish the rear lights, and then get a ID number on them.  The fence sections are brown with a black wash, and will be up for dry brushing next. so going well.

my internet wondering have found a possible base for a black lagoon, 1:48 Elco 80`  hannants have them at 70  so  time to start saving, ( possibly a long  one)   add it to the want list with the 1:35 FV432, and the 1:48 Tamiya JLSDF light armour.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 08, 2017, 01:30:20 pm
finished some started stuff
both packs of fencing done  31.5 linear inches ( 16 pieces) 
both foxs are done, as well  being 1:48 there BOAR green black 2 tone ( see I don't do everything in berlin block)

Figures  6  scenery 16   models 3

and in other news, the wargames company "Sloppy Jalopy"  have announced the immanent re-release of the ( originally Chieftain models) Chieftain tank in 1:56    drat! I still want these for my Berlin brigade troops ( I think I need another 10 or so to get the tank strength at 1:1)  and at 28 each arnt much more than the originals were at 25 ( in white metal it was nearly a Kilo)  anyone whos seen the ones I had on display at Cosford over various years will have seen them.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on February 09, 2017, 06:20:52 am

and in other news, the wargames company "Sloppy Jalopy"  have announced the immanent re-release of the ( originally Chieftain models) Chieftain tank in 1:56    drat! I still want these for my Berlin brigade troops ( I think I need another 10 or so to get the tank strength at 1:1)  and at 28 each arnt much more than the originals were at 25 ( in white metal it was nearly a Kilo)  anyone whos seen the ones I had on display at Cosford over various years will have seen them.

Yup I remember them well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 11, 2017, 12:51:51 pm
Been doing a little more on the 28mms on my desk  5 nearly finished, just need the bases flocking, and the Copplestone castings band on the run just started  :thumbsup:
im still tinkering with the Harrier but at the moment it mainly just sat on the desk mocking me, im trying to figure out how to easily get a nice big circle on the upper wings / fuse but leave the green showing as the racing number  :banghead:  it may involve lots of masking  :banghead:

the 2 sprue stacks are "good enough" done so are ready for varnish, I just need some dry weather and some light.

Figures 6 scenery 18  models 3

getting stuff done again  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 12, 2017, 07:42:43 am
the five 28mm figs are based so count as done, ( see above regarding the need for dry weather to varnish)

figures 11   scenery  18   models 3
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 28, 2017, 01:29:20 pm
the band are done, bar basing, ( I want to get a few more at this stage before I break out the watered down PVA and herb / flock / static grass mix)
so PGSM are ready to go,   may have to think regarding a tour bus.
the racing harrier has had the numbers added on the top,  cut the stencils  :thumbsup:  got them on without tearing them  :thumbsup: burnished the edges to ensure they would ant seep  :angry:  the white paint ran both into the masked off number and outside the circle.  so the numbers will be gold, and the surrounding panels will be as well.    it looks effective but its adding more work.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 01, 2017, 08:56:33 am
in an effort to re-gain some mojo, ive broken uot some fun stuff, im doing the Hasslefree Scooby gang, both the normal investigative kids, and the post apoc set ( with both the baseball bat and minigun armed Daph ), and the normal PA scoob and the powered armoured version.   
Need to think of a mystery machine, for the PA versions I could use a Warrior painted in the correct colour scheme  ;D   and possibly get a normal transit van for the other set.

Got a second coat of gold on the harrier, it looks better so not as much of a disaster as last night.  but I may not be adding much more in the way of extra paint, need to do the wheels and gear, and then glue the drop tanks on.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 01, 2017, 06:51:30 pm
Isn't the Mystery Machine available as a Hot Wheels item?

Alternatively, it's slab-sided enough to scratchbuild...

Looking forward to the pics when the figures are finished - 'You pesky kids - get off my lawn! Mutter, grumble...'
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on March 02, 2017, 01:29:41 am
Hot Wheels Mystery Machine is pretty close to 1/87.  Hasslefree Scooby Gang is nearer 1/56.  The figures are too big in other words.
I believe someone does a solid resin Mystery Machine of the correct size but it would be a fairly easy scratchbuild which is what I also intend to do.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 02, 2017, 03:50:12 am
Thank you Rick and Zen,  ive had a quick look at the hot wheels site and, yup rather too small.  So it will probably be a scratch.  Then again at the moment any new purchases are severely curtailed, Im still in the build the stash phase.
Im still going to do a warrior though  :lol:  the extra armour side skirts are just prefect for the name. and 1:48 is close enough.  I could repurpose one of my old Empress minis warriors there 1:50 hmmm closer and closer said the penguin.
I will also have a good look through the Lead adventure site http://www.lead-adventure.de/     as im certain several people on there have done various versions of the van.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on March 02, 2017, 04:16:46 am
Looking forward to seeing the gang as well ! That would be a neat little piece to put up on a shelf.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 02, 2017, 02:15:13 pm
Oh, OK - have never seen the Hot Wheels item, only heard about it.

Fair enough.   <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on March 03, 2017, 02:16:35 am
Along with 1966 Batmobiles I have a small collection of Mystery Machines.
This is the only pic I have of the Hot Wheels one.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Scooby%20Gang/ScoobyGangWIP2014-09-261_zps2053b0f7.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Scooby%20Gang/ScoobyGangWIP2014-09-261_zps2053b0f7.jpg.html)
Thats an Elhiem figures Scooby Gang which when painted looks like this.
(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/gavinmaillardet/Scooby%20Gang/ScoobyGang14-12-14001_zps37c80c10.jpg) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/gavinmaillardet/media/Scooby%20Gang/ScoobyGang14-12-14001_zps37c80c10.jpg.html)

Apologies for the hijack.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 03, 2017, 02:55:31 am
zenrat,  no need to apologise. and nice paint job on the scoobys ( the elhiem ones are 20mm?)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on March 03, 2017, 03:14:26 am
Thanks.
I'm not sure what Elhiem figures are defined as (I still get confused by wargaming "scales") but I use them as 1/72.
The casting isn't as nice as the Hasslefree figures but looks good to me when painted.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 03, 2017, 11:28:24 pm
Yup, nothing wrong with those figures, and the price is right - the whole Gang for about the same price as ONE of the Hasslefree figures... which are very nice, though.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 05, 2017, 12:50:33 pm
the band and the not Scooby's part of the Scooby's are done 14 figures  :thumbsup:  just need a dry day now for varnishing, ive got the normal Scooby doo, the PA Scooby and the powered armoured version on the go, so they may be finished soon.

figures 25   scenery 18  models 3

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 12, 2017, 02:05:28 pm
as is normal for this time of year, my youngest brother has been up, ( its the local wargames show)  so ive spent the weekend talking wargames, and MMOs with him, having a Chinese last night, and being very controlled at the show to day,  not done any painting or plastic work, but had a good weekend, which makes up for the last couple, where the cooker packed up, and we had to get a new one, get it installed, and then get a couple of "splashbacks" and install them before the gas fitter would finish  :banghead:  and in addition the old virgin tv record box went, which means that the lots of stuff that was on there was lost  :banghead:  such as 2 seasons of ripper street, and at least a dozen films. 
In the grand scheme of things not huge, but annoying.
still painting and stuff hopefully next week.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 13, 2017, 02:44:12 pm
still gilding the harrier.  :banghead:
and spent an hour cleaning up metal Eldar dreadnoughts, ( original 80s style ones) theyed had a good soak in my "magic solvent mix"  mek, hexane, white spirit, a shot or 2 of fairy power spray, and been left, then scrubbed down with an old toothbrush, washed, then thoroughly drenched in FPS, and re-toothbrushed, washed and left for a week to dry again, scraped the worsk of the leftovers  off with the model knife point,  had a quick look at the outher Eldar stuff ive got to repaint, and its gone chalky from the previous strip, so that lot will get the PFS and wash down treatment later in the week.
done a little more on the 3 scoobys.
so slow but steady progress


Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on March 14, 2017, 07:11:12 am
"magic solvent mix"  mek, hexane, white spirit, a shot or 2 of fairy power spray,

I knew a few places in the 70's where that was served behind the bar  :drink:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on March 14, 2017, 07:14:50 am
I wonder what that magic solvent mix would do to the new 3-D stuff ? I should look around the web for ideas on cleaning that up before a paint.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 14, 2017, 01:39:53 pm
Capt, I have no idea, but it makes a mess of anything resembling injection moulding plastic,  I check anything I put in very carefully, after an unfortunate incident with one figure a wile ago that someone had converted, with plastic arms and some green stuff, all turned to goop  :banghead:

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 27, 2017, 01:38:32 pm
Harriers done   :thumbsup:
figures 25   scenery 18  models 4

ive got the 3 Scooby doos done to where im happy, they should get flocked and varnished this week, and ive got some colour on 1/2 doz of the copplestone figs, so progress is being made.

and must make a list of things to bring to cosi on sunday.
food !
harrier
scoobys and the gang,  ive got a van that will do as a stand in mystery machine with the post apoc versions, the normal ones will have to be on foot.
some of the Statuesque figs.
do I bring the fuchsia pink drop ship ?   ( its the same as the olive drab one from IPMS  but for a far less military user).
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 27, 2017, 02:42:57 pm

do I bring the fuchsia pink drop ship ? 

And why not, I say? Keeps them guessing and messes with their minds in many and varied ways, so win-win!  :thumbsup:

Where do we get to see photos of this wondrous device?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 28, 2017, 11:29:42 am
Rick    The slight problem is that its operators are my sci-fi / cyberpunk, slum scum, ner-do wells, and harlots force.  As such its not only fuchsia pink but has its owners name in bright yellow on the sides,  Madam  Za Zaas,  one subtitled " house of leisure"  the other " a perfumed garden"  and 2 named crew Lilith and jezebel  ;D  nothing overtly offensive and a great many people may not get the references, but I don't want to get the SiG and more trouble ( were unpopular enough with certain brands of JMN as is  :wacko: )

the green one looks like this http://s35.photobucket.com/user/hws5mp/media/SMW%202016/IMG_6909%201024x768.jpg.html?sort=2&o=12     ( thank you Weaver ) 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 28, 2017, 06:57:50 pm
Cool, thanks - some interesting models there.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 30, 2017, 11:49:02 am
the doos are done  all 3
so figures 28   scenery 18  models 4
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 06, 2017, 01:38:10 pm
after Cosi ive been doing some more 28s  the copplesone casting corporates / girls with guns sets2 need basing, another's nearly there  4 or 5 more have a couple of bits coloured in, so happily progressing.
I think the 48th Chieftain may not get the turret, but the scissor bridge from the fit the box M48 (?) I got a wile ago,  and then a BAOR green / black scheme, as opposed to berlining it  as it would be head and shoulders taller than my 1:56  Berlin camoed stuff.  :lol: ( I just need to find the box with the dam thing in it)

im also starting to glue up the previously cleaned Eldar stuff,  1 dread so far,  ive a couple of dreads still to do, a couple of war walkers, and a couple of wraith lords ( original 80s ones with the small robot style head) to do, as well as some infantry.  Im still not decided on a colour scheme for them,  it wont be anything ive done  for 40K before  ( so  olive drab,  berlin block, white shatter over blue ice,  and yellow  with purple paldrons are out )   and it needs to b a scheme I can paint repeatedly, and will scale from man sized through large robot size through vehicle size, so something like the falling rain, or pine needles are a no-no as well,  and Flecktarn is out as I value my sanity, and ive got forces for other games that have 80s UK desert sand and tan, and the equivalent US sand, tan, black squiggle scheme.
any suggestions ?   though im probably not going to use some of the stranger PRC schemes either, ie fluffy clouds on blue etc.



 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on April 08, 2017, 04:38:27 am
...any suggestions ?   though im probably not going to use some of the stranger PRC schemes either, ie fluffy clouds on blue etc.

Hello Kitty?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 08, 2017, 11:54:15 am
Zen,  someone's already doe a space marine army for that  :wacko: 
Warning Link may cause Hello Kitty overload
https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1868&bih=1012&q=hello+kitty+space&oq=hello+kitty+space&gs_l=img.1.1.0l3j0i8i30k1j0i24k1l4.1788.12898.0.14795.17.13.0.4.4.0.95.1037.13.13.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.17.1093.OjsHpZra3fE#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=hello+kitty+space+marines&spf=190

in fact that link seems to show several people may have   :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 09, 2017, 01:09:34 pm
and seen at a t shirt site.  ( it cunningly avoids the "no politics rule" by being generically evil overlord )

" don't blame me  I voted for Voldermort  "

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on April 09, 2017, 09:41:18 pm
Zen,  someone's already doe a space marine army for that  :wacko: 
Warning Link may cause Hello Kitty overload
https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1868&bih=1012&q=hello+kitty+space&oq=hello+kitty+space&gs_l=img.1.1.0l3j0i8i30k1j0i24k1l4.1788.12898.0.14795.17.13.0.4.4.0.95.1037.13.13.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.17.1093.OjsHpZra3fE#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=hello+kitty+space+marines&spf=190

in fact that link seems to show several people may have   :banghead:


Makes sense.  Hello Kitty's longterm aim has always been galactic domination.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 11, 2017, 11:26:04 am
5 more of copplestone 28mms done. and I spent last night cleaning up and basing the  "in her Majesty's name"   prince of wales company  I need to add 3 arms and a rifle tonight, then they'll be ready for undercoating.
im not certain what the next plastic build will be  have to have a think

but   figures 33   scenery 18  models 4
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 16, 2017, 08:49:53 am
in reading other folks blogs, and build projects, I think I have hit the familiar to many.  WHERE THE HELL IS IT!  :banghead:
I have looked multiple times since cosford for the scissor bridge layer kit I have can I find it can I thump!  :banghead:
its not on the shelves in the build room,  its not on the lists for the boxes in the airing cupboard, or on the  list / stack plan for the stuff under the bed, and im certain its not in the loft ( I haven't looked there yet), that may be the next thing I do, as I may well be getting some of the "stuff to go" down as there is a wargames tabletop sale coming up I may go to. 
arghhhhhhh.  curse, foam, roll eyes wildly.

in other news 28mm figures are still  being happily painted, and more are being cleaned up ready for undercoating,  and ive had a bit of a move round and repack on some of the already painted stuff, which is good  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 20, 2017, 02:09:47 pm
5 more of the copplestone 28s done

figures 38   scenery 18  models 4

 and some more paint on the rest,  7 of the remaining 8 are part done to various levels  and enjoying doing so  which is always a bonus
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 22, 2017, 10:55:00 am
and another 6 copplestones done
figures 44   scenery 18  models 4
and another 40 ( ish) 28mm figures undercoated, GW elder, an original issue land speeder ( the metal one)  and some animated teddy bears, ( a sort of robin hood pack)

still undecided on what plastic to do next so prevaricating in a constructive way
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 06, 2017, 09:59:51 am
not much hobby today, but an important milestone Mrs SP did her first craft fair with FTC leather, we managed to sell a few things, and made a profit on the day so  :thumbsup:
im still painting bits and pieces for my "In her majesty's name"  game and wondering where next, it may be a fairly real world academy 1:48 M60 for my 80s era US marines, which will complete all the stuff I have for them, and after that I may well have a go at the turret less M60 ive got,  at the moment its either going to be a fixed gun tank destroyer, or possibly an AAA turret, but that would mean having to scratch the guns and a radar system, not impossible but possibly more effort than I may want to put in  hmmm.
im still undecided with the ELdar camo scheme,  ive seen some one do a good looking version of the east German falling rain  camo, but I think it may be a lot of work,  failing that I may end up doing a Red Planet version of 80 UK DPM  so shift the base to red, with red brown, brown and black, overlay.   :-\
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2017, 07:04:08 am
not much hobby today, but an important milestone Mrs SP did her first craft fair with FTC leather, we managed to sell a few things, and made a profit on the day so  :thumbsup:


So we should watch out for next year's Sunday Times Rich List ?  ;) ;D

Seriously, well done. Very difficult to make money from things like that  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 07, 2017, 07:44:04 am
thank you Narses, both Mrs SP and my self had a laugh with you, with that  :thumbsup:  ;D  She also has managed to make her first sale on Folksy, which we hope will lead to others, as whos going to buy from some one with no sales  :banghead:   no sales = no feedback = no sales  argh!
a little more paint of the lead today, and some of the chores caught up on.  <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 14, 2017, 06:34:06 am
got some more 28mms varnished so the 11 strong princes of wales special section from in her majesty's name, the last 2 of the copplestone gun girls, and a rhino  15 figures ( rhino counts as cavalry so 2).
figures 59   scenery 18  models 4
not too bad.
got  7 more 28mms to do on the desk , and ive just pulled the Academy 1:68 M60A1 from the draw for the next project, itll be RW to match my 80s era US marines. that will give a Platoon, with 2 LAV25s a LVTP and 2 M60s, so a nice little force for wargaming with, and the M60s can ( at a push) be deployed with mu us Nam era stuff as well ( itl be a whif).
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on May 14, 2017, 12:26:10 pm
Cool beans. Especially the armour that sounds like fun !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 17, 2017, 01:55:43 pm
the rest of the Tarzan gang are done 7 more 28mms .
figures 66   scenery 18  models 4
they will go to varnish when we get some dry weather.   so the M60 will be next, must pull out my camo guide / paint chart, as I want it to look similar to the other I have done. 
And I had a new tool arrive to day a centre finder, a handy thing for marking the middle of circular things,  bar, jar lids, turret hatches, wheels etc,  been after one for years, and Mrs SP found one on amazon and was kind enough to get it for me  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 18, 2017, 01:17:56 am

they will go to varnish when we get some dry weather.   

And I had a new tool arrive to day a centre finder, a handy thing for marking the middle of circular things,  bar, jar lids, turret hatches, wheels etc,  been after one for years, and Mrs SP found one on amazon and was kind enough to get it for me  :thumbsup:

So you should get the varnish on some time before the end of next year then ?  ;)

The centre finder sounds interesting. I don't have to do it that often but it can be fun finding it accurately  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 18, 2017, 02:22:08 pm
Narses,  im hoping sometime between now and the heat death of the universe   ;D   If push really comes to shove I have a shed, or a friend with a garage whos close by :thumbsup:

Its one of those tools that I will hardly ever need, but is fast and easy to use, I could do it by measuring the dia, working out the rad, and marking from various points round the circumference with a set of compasses, but it takes a lot of time and fiddling.   this you place on  mark the centre area, move round and mark again and your done.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 19, 2017, 07:09:26 am

Its one of those tools that I will hardly ever need, but is fast and easy to use, I could do it by measuring the dia, working out the rad, and marking from various points round the circumference with a set of compasses, but it takes a lot of time and fiddling.   

That's the way I do it, or just go by eye (my one reasonable one that is  ;))

The tool sounds ingenious
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 19, 2017, 05:43:24 pm
I saw one decades ago in my LHS - didn't get it of course, and can I find one now?  :banghead:

Same with a Set-Square with a raised lip on one edge, useful for making 90 degree cuts.
They're in hardware shops, but priced above what I'm willing to pay.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2017, 01:15:03 am
A modelling specific centre finder would be relatively easy to make from sheet and rod styrene.
Measuring and cutting accurately would be the trick.
(https://www.qy1.de/img/kell5.jpg)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Hobbes on May 20, 2017, 02:28:33 am
Or you could use vernier calipers.
1. Measure the diameter.
2. Adjust the calipers to half the diameter.
3. Line up one of the jaws with the outside of the cylinder.
4. Draw a line along the other jaw.
5. Rotate 90 and repeat.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Hobbes on May 20, 2017, 02:35:10 am
I saw one decades ago in my LHS - didn't get it of course, and can I find one now?  :banghead:

Same with a Set-Square with a raised lip on one edge, useful for making 90 degree cuts.
They're in hardware shops, but priced above what I'm willing to pay.

Do you have a Harbor Freight or equivalent? I bought a set of 3 try squares (5, 10 and 15 cm long) for less than 10, they're great for making those cuts, I also use them a lot for alignment jobs.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 20, 2017, 09:28:42 am
went on a little drive this morning,  Mrs SP has a craft market in June out past Stourport,  todays was this months, so we drove over to make sure we knew where we were going, and test the time it took to get there,  no problems,  an hours trip and a fairly easy route ( except the centre of Stourport  :wacko:  :o  ),  nice little village hall and a good variety of sellers, including a nice man who had coffee beans and speciality teas, and would mix and grind the beans  and loose pack the tea,  didn't bat an eye lid when I asked for some bonkers strength coffee, and was more than happy to mix in some vanilla flavoured beans, and grind to give a good strong cup.  :thumbsup:
good morning and I may have a walk round Stourport town wile Mrs SP is at the show, but the car will be staying in the show carpark   brrrrr
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 20, 2017, 01:54:07 pm
I saw one decades ago in my LHS - didn't get it of course, and can I find one now?  :banghead:

Same with a Set-Square with a raised lip on one edge, useful for making 90 degree cuts.
They're in hardware shops, but priced above what I'm willing to pay.

Do you have a Harbor Freight or equivalent? I bought a set of 3 try squares (5, 10 and 15 cm long) for less than 10, they're great for making those cuts, I also use them a lot for alignment jobs.

I could probably find something online if I was keen enough to go looking, but it's in the 'I only need it occasionally' category, so it gets pushed down the list of 'must gets'.
I can probably live without one (I have so far) - until I need it next time of course!  ;D

  didn't bat an eye lid when I asked for some bonkers strength coffee, and was more than happy to mix in some vanilla flavoured beans, and grind to give a good strong cup.  :thumbsup:


Yep, most of us need something to jump start as we get older - including myself in there  :rolleyes: - and the Vanilla addition sounds nice. Must try that.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on May 20, 2017, 06:16:59 pm
One of my sisters in law is a coffee roaster.  Souvanny produces awesome strength beans that have me bouncing off the walls if I have more than one mug.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 21, 2017, 07:39:24 am
had a mug of the good stuff this morning when I got up, as was still feeling the effects aprox 3 hours later  :thumbsup:  woot.   im not too certain that ill be drinking it at night though, if I don't sleep well im a grumpy penguin.  :angry:
modelling wise I got the M60 washed  and am waiting for it to dry before it gets undercoated.  Ive started a Warbases 1:56 Mk 1 male tank,  ( 28mm wargames scale)  its main body is laser cut MDF, with some of the details in laser cut card, the only bit im not too keen on is the 6Lbder barrels, as they are square, when they should be round / conical / cylindrical so I may have to source a couple of bits of sprue / brass rod for then instead.  its already assigned to my home guard platoon ( ill have to sort them out next  :thumbsup:)  and will have  to have a sign for the "tank bank"  and an alternative for it to be the local war memorial ( will need a low stepped plinth for that, so ill have to build it) and also an "active" tank for the LDV to operate.  And varnished the Tarzan gang.  :thumbsup:

I am still enjoying the " not purchasing anything new" bit,  im fairly happy wondering round places safe in the knowledge that if its not being given away, I don't want it, but if I see an utter bargain I could treat myself ( yesterdays ground coffee falls into this to be honest)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Captain Canada on May 21, 2017, 07:43:59 am
Center finder.....cool ! Didn't even know they existed. Now I want one lol
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 24, 2017, 01:58:40 pm
ive got 2 coats of green ( Tamiya flat)  on the M60,  I was going to do a 3rd tonight , but flaked earlier due to the heat, and now its cooling I just cant be bothered,
and then I found a link to "Search and destroy " a strontium dog fan film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5EZaO1HPF4

 made by the same people who did the Judge Minty film,  a dam fine Judge Dread fan film

well worth watching.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 29, 2017, 12:56:49 pm
getting on with the Tank, the drive wheels are done front and back, and one side of road wheels are painted and on, the other side will probably get done tonight, the blue for the optics is done, do itll be time to get on the brown and black splodges, either later tonight or next time im at the table,  after that ill need to add a name, and varnish.   simples.
not certain what ill do after that, I may have another crack at the Conqueror  :banghead:   or pull some thing more doable
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 30, 2017, 12:14:39 pm
M60 is done, it just needs a quick varnish "whenever"

figures 66   scenery 18  models 5
what to do next  hmmm ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 03, 2017, 09:40:33 am
got some more of the MDF WW 1 tank done,  the parts are a good fit, the one bit that's a drag is it comes with no instructions,  but has a link to a PDF on the makers site, ( not a problem to download) but having to switch between one desk with the kit, and one with the PC is a bit of a drag.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 10, 2017, 08:04:55 am
Mrs SP and myself went to a geekcon at the local race course today, to have a bit of a look, see if there was anything she could have a make of for the leather crafting business, and wile we were there, I managed to get one of the guests autograph, my Dr Who  role playing game book for the sixth doctor  signed by Colin Baker.  :thumbsup:  and a bit of pleasant conversation with him as well.  So a nice couple of hours.

im gluing the laser cut card tracks onto the tank, its nice and easy  as you get 4 lengths each of which is around 60% of what you need, oh that model company's were as generous  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2017, 04:11:27 am
Can't really say I was a Colin Baker fan although he's not my least favourite Dr Who. Although in all fairness it was probably the budget that was the problem rather than the actors.

Good to see the Ice Warriors back last night (although no Bernard Breslaw, alas).
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 11, 2017, 04:28:29 am
I think he was unfortunate due to senior politics at the Beeb at the time, and what could have been some plot development and character growth didn't get done,  and I admit looking through the RPG book, wile I cant remember the storys that much, most of the pictures I can, some of the character and  scene photos are still familiar.

The ice warriors were good  :thumbsup:  And it was good to see a bit of character story with all the people involved,  none of them were utterly flat and all had personality. even if a lot didn't survive the whole story.  Im enjoying this series and the crew.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2017, 05:26:48 am
  And it was good to see a bit of character story with all the people involved,  none of them were utterly flat and all had personality. even if a lot didn't survive the whole story.  Im enjoying this series and the crew.

Very much so, it was one of the best episodes for a long time, and I'm finally getting "in" to the new companion just as she's about to go  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 12, 2017, 02:57:50 am
Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker were my Doctors.  Peter Davidson was acceptable but I wasn't keen on Colin Baker.
I never hid behind the sofa but I did cover my eyes on more than one occasion.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on June 12, 2017, 04:19:57 am
Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker were my Doctors.

Same here.  There was a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) station out of Wilkes Barre-Scranton PA that my cable provider got on Saturdays that would broadcast the old Doctor Who shows, back in the late 80s.  So, while 10 or more years past, I still grew up watching Pertwee and Baker.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 12, 2017, 07:01:19 am
I'm afraid I'm old enough to remember the first episode and then because of the "strike ?" watching it again the following Saturday  ;D I was 11 I think  :thumbsup: So of the first group of Dr's it will always be Hartnell.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 12, 2017, 12:22:11 pm
well got something today  <_<
Was in Monmouth / Cinderford  getting the car MOT / serviced, and seeing / helping mum in law, when I was getting some bits for her from the town and walked past the model / hobby / wargames shop, and was sucked in and found a box of Zulu war British line infantry, red jackets  check, martini rifles check, needed for exploring mars and the galaxy check.
I just couldn't resist  :thumbsup: 
get them on the lead mountain and they will be done some when
 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 12, 2017, 12:27:42 pm

Was in Monmouth / Cinderford  getting the car MOT / serviced, and seeing / helping mum in law, when I was getting some bits for her from the town and walked past the model / hobby / wargames shop,


Which one's that then, and where is it?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 12, 2017, 01:02:18 pm
Kit, its Pegasus hobbies and games
 9-13 St Thomas Square, Monmouth NP25 5ES   pegasushobbiesandgames.com   01600 716191. it seems to be mainly wargames stuff today, but does have paint.

if you park in the carpark where they hold the weekend market ( its marked that way on google maps )  and go left across the old Monmouth bridge with the gatehouse on it, it is on the right hand side opposite the church of St Thomas.  Also on the same roundabout as the green dragon inn  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 12, 2017, 02:34:57 pm
Great, thanks so much.  :thumbsup:

I've must have driven past it lots of times before they closed the bridge, and walked past it since.  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 14, 2017, 07:53:08 am
the Mk V is assembled and undercoated, and ive been brush painting the darn thing, splotchyness abounds!   
so I had a thought ( yes it was lonely, yes mrs SP did enquire what the burning smell was  :wacko: )
so I got the Halfords green spray out.  done  :thumbsup:  I need to do the white, red, white stripe set and gunmetal the exhaust, and tracks and paint on a name,  ( if anyone has a good one feel free, im currently thinking Frey Bentos, as music box is too famous)
Also after giving my summer coat a wash, that got sprayed as well, 2 coats of Fabsil, its drying well so it shouldn't be too smelly,  when its brought in ( mmmm white spirit).

back to work tomorrow though.
And should anyone be in the area, Mrs SP will be at the craft fair at Areley Kings village hall sat 17th jun  (Stourport on Severn DY13 0NB) with the FTC leather craft store ( well her, me and several boxes of stuff)  If any one wants to look feel free.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 15, 2017, 11:46:47 am
got home today to find the latest issue of the IPMS magazine  at a quick flick it looks like it will be an interesting one, with 2 wargames builds, a 1:50  Rolls Royce armoured car,  and a slew  ( 20 ish) 1:100 German half tracks.  I will be having a good peruse of both articles, and a slightly bemused read of the 1:16 plane build as well   :thumbsup:

in other news I had a climb into the ex airing cupboard, and recovered my copy of the Mega Traveller RPG , so I have my copy of the grav tank and apc pictures  that Weaver kindly put up in the old traveller art thread,  I wasn't 100% certain I had the rebellion source book,  turns out I do. :thumbsup:   and then work out what dia I want the iris hatch on the deck of the apc to be, and then ratio out the dimensions of it from there, the grav tank is the same body but not as tall  :unsure:  maths and ratios time again.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 15, 2017, 01:11:45 pm
the Mark V is done. :thumbsup:  painted the tracks and a bit of weathering, and dust.

figures 66 scenery 18  models 6

ill need to find something to build a plinth for it, so I can have it as a scenery piece for pulp, very British civil war, home guard etc .
I just need to work out whats next now  :-\    All these things to build and cant pick something
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 16, 2017, 05:49:22 am
got home today to find the latest issue of the IPMS magazine  at a quick flick it looks like it will be an interesting one,

I was going to make the same comment. All the articles interest me and I'll be reading all of them for a change  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 17, 2017, 09:51:09 am
Mrs SPs show was a success, we sold a few things, and had some more business cards taken by people who may be interested in some "bespoke" work,  bookmarks with the right initial  / dye etc  :thumbsup:
I managed to read all of the IPMS mag, cover to cover an interesting read, and a good mix of subjects and scales. but now were home its too hot, my mind is melting  :mellow:
ive pulled the conqueror back out from under the desk, and that will have yet another go at finishing it  :angry:
when it gets a bit cooler that is.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2017, 07:02:59 am
Mrs SPs show was a success, we sold a few things, and had some more business cards taken by people who may be interested in some "bespoke" work,  bookmarks with the right initial  / dye etc  :thumbsup:


Good to hear  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on June 18, 2017, 07:28:54 am
the Mk V is assembled and undercoated, and ive been brush painting the darn thing, splotchyness abounds!   
so I had a thought ( yes it was lonely, yes mrs SP did enquire what the burning smell was  :wacko: )
so I got the Halfords green spray out.  done  :thumbsup:  I need to do the white, red, white stripe set and gunmetal the exhaust, and tracks and paint on a name,  ( if anyone has a good one feel free, im currently thinking Frey Bentos, as music box is too famous)

Sticking with the WW1 era, you could possibly  use the name MACONOCHIE as an alternative to Fray Bentos

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maconochie (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maconochie)

And congrats to Mrs SP on her craft successes!

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 18, 2017, 07:47:55 am
Rheged, ohh that's a nice one  :thumbsup:  and its double plus good as ive never even heard of it before.    <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 22, 2017, 11:30:27 am
Left for work today, as normal, and when I got home I found I was the proud owner of a new hole!  :thumbsup:   the guys have started digging out the contaminated land from the front garden   <_<  and have cleared the shed and cascade from the back garden, after 10+ years the end may soon be in sight.
Mrs SP has the back garden planed out already, a bigger pond for her fish , and 3 sheds, 1 for "garden stuff" pushbikes and the archery target, one potting shed for potting, and a hobby shed for spray-painting and other similarly messy things that we don't want to do in the house, and need wind and rain protection for.  with a grass centre for the washing line, it will be very nice.

Im not doing anything gluey at the moment as the Plastic weld is pretty much evaporated off the brush by the time I get it to the kit :(   so its semi idle semi thinky time.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on June 23, 2017, 04:21:19 am
Congratulations on your new hole, I hope you and Mrs SP will find it a rewarding addition to your grounds!

Seriously, the garden plan sounds good and Madame Rheged (a graduate botanist; and garden designer in her spare time) is delighted to see you have included a potting shed "especially for potting"   Our potting shed is also a log store and garden clutter store and Madame would like some space made in it .  Now, for preference!

 Make sure that your spray painting hobby shed has good ventilation, we don't want to hear of you being dragged insensible out of the shed having been overcome by fumes!.........Will we see pictures before and after of this wondrous 12 inch to the foot scale construction work?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 23, 2017, 06:21:43 am
Left for work today, as normal, and when I got home I found I was the proud owner of a new hole!  :thumbsup:   the guys have started digging out the contaminated land from the front garden   <_< 

So what's the story behind this then ? I'm intrigued
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on June 23, 2017, 06:56:29 am
Left for work today, as normal, and when I got home I found I was the proud owner of a new hole!  :thumbsup:   the guys have started digging out the contaminated land from the front garden   <_< 

So what's the story behind this then ? I'm intrigued

Sounds like a Superfund (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfund) site or a smaller Love Canal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Canal)

And congratulations on the new hole!  Just make sure it gets safety flagged so you don't take a header into it
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 23, 2017, 10:59:57 am
Narses  the estate we live on was a brown field site ( ex factory), a-round 12 years ago the company that had bought out the name found they may have had a contamination problem from one of the chemicals that was used, informed the local council, and investigated.   We were delighted to find that we had none of that in out garden, ( the higher than normal Zinc level was easily explained that Mrs SP worked at a electro-platers, and id left there a couple of years before.)   What they did find was Brown Asbestos pipe lagging, it seems the "workmen" who'd demolished the factory had just knocked chunks off, when they'd moved the pipework, and that had got into the gardens.  Drat we said, and asked "what was happening re getting rid of it"
The local council stepped up at this point and started work on tracking liability, and getting ready to sort out dealing with it.  This however was the first time that the relevant environmental laws had been used in such a way,  so everything had to go all the way through the courts, to establish precedents, and such.  ( the major chemical company who started all of this when they went to the council have been good as well)
That was sorted out aprox September last year,  contactors for the operation were then found ( 80+ houses to clear) and planning, surveying, and such started just before crimbo 16.
The cost to us has been Nill   :lol:, the Council have been excellent  :thumbsup:  and the contactors that are doing the job have so far been very impressive in the actions they've undertaken as well  :thumbsup:.  when all of this started we asked some-one whe knew how much a single household bill would be and got a figure of " at least 40,000, per house"  if you could find someone who would handle the contaminated land.   

Rheged,  the 2 special purpose sheds were though off as additions to the "junk" one.  Mrs SP was insistent that we had at least one for working in , just so wed have some space.  And the spraying will be done out the door,  I am very careful with solvents due to my ex-chosen carer (chemistry), and a general attraction to continued life  <_<  pics may be forthcoming but are likely to be at Telford, as im still photo tec storeless


Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 23, 2017, 09:27:45 pm
I've done Asbestos removal work (the OH&S side of it - I left the actual work to others) and if you do it properly you double bag up and dispose of all protective equipment at the end of each shift - boots, gloves, sperm suits, masks, goggles etc as well as all the extra costs involved in disposing of the actual asbestos (wetting down everything if you are cutting it for example).  It's not surprising it costs that much.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 24, 2017, 02:29:19 am

the Council have been excellent  :thumbsup:  and the contactors that are doing the job have so far been very impressive in the actions they've undertaken as well  :thumbsup:.  when all of this started we asked some-one whe knew how much a single household bill would be and got a figure of " at least 40,000, per house"  if you could find someone who would handle the contaminated land.   



That's good to hear  :thumbsup:

I'm old enough to remember when Asbestos was considered an everyday building material and us kids played with any Mercury that escaped broken thermometres etc  :o How the world changes
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 27, 2017, 02:00:44 pm
welp, I did some more of the f-in conqueror, tried to glue on the tie downs on the turret back, cut off the first 3 ( one sprues worth ) a little glue on the turret, get part in the tweezers, glue on part, magic!.  put part on turret, slide out tweezers, so far so good.  part promptly falls off  :banghead:, re glue, reattach, part falls over,   :banghead: gently pick up with knife tip to correct angle, falls off again, pick back up with tweezers,  get back on turret, and as I let go, the tie down pings off into the lead stack by the desk.  ( insert Munchs the scream here)  in a fit of peak, I put the other 2 grab handles on with fingers, and F if any fingerprints get on the fin thing.  and then put the whole lot back in the box, write what ive done on the assembly instructions, and put the lid back on the box.
after a few minutes to calm down I did some painting on the late 80s games workshop land speeder ive got on the desk.  just enough to be able to say the entire night hadn't been a write off.
that was last night gone for a burton.
I may try to do something else, tomorrow. :unsure:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on June 29, 2017, 02:13:34 am
Mm, feel your pain. Some days just nothing goes right with plastic and you're better off watching a vid.  :-\
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 29, 2017, 05:44:06 am
Mm, feel your pain. Some days just nothing goes right with plastic and you're better off watching a vid.  :-\

Or reading a book
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 02, 2017, 01:04:13 pm
thanks for the advise and sympathy gents  :thumbsup:
ive given it some time, done some other things, and had a quick tidy on the desk.
got the 12 tie downs on the turret back, lost 2 of the originals and 2 of the replacement wire ones. got the turret bustle / cage on, it needed some superglue to string a couple of gaps, and some of the turret top parts.
im further along, and the kit is still fighting,  but progress is being made,  :o :o :o :o :o
watched the last of the current Dr Who season,   :unsure:  we will have to see what the Christmas special is like, it could be a very good one, ( considering who appeared just at the end) or it may be utter tripe . will have to wait and see, im hoping for good .  Also managed to catch the BBC2 thing on cross rail,  lots of wonderful precision stuff, and makes you realise just how densely packed a modern city like London is,   the Barbican / tunnel park made me wince, I hadn't realised it was so much below ground.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 03, 2017, 12:30:13 am

watched the last of the current Dr Who season,   :unsure:  we will have to see what the Christmas special is like, it could be a very good one, ( considering who appeared just at the end) or it may be utter tripe . will have to wait and see, im hoping for good .  Also managed to catch the BBC2 thing on cross rail,  lots of wonderful precision stuff, and makes you realise just how densely packed a modern city like London is,   the Barbican / tunnel park made me wince, I hadn't realised it was so much below ground.

Agree with both of your TV views mate  :thumbsup: I recorded both last weeks and this weeks Dr Who so watched it as a 90 minute film. Enjoyed it and it was good to see the Cybermen back. As a kid watching them when they first appeared (with the stocking over their faces  ;D) they were far more frightening then the Daleks for sure. Must admit I didn't take to Bill at the beginning but she grew on me and I thought she was brilliant in the last episode. Surprised at some of the newspaper's reaction to her leaving as she said she'd only be doing the one series when her casting was announced. Short memories ?

Likewise re Crossrail. I watched it when first shown a couple of weeks ago and am looking forward to traveling on it. Amazing project  :tornado:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 09, 2017, 05:33:05 am
the tank continues  the turret is getting along well, and I had one last piece on the "B" sprue to use on the body, so I got that out of the box, and found that one of the roadwheels had come off  :banghead:  which just a bought sums up the whole kit to  be honest.

On the whole, hole front, the front lawn has been re-turfed, and they will hopefully be putting down slabs at the front next week,  the back has been dug out, had the semi permeable membrane laid, and the soil replaced, re-turf and  slabing will also be next week we hope  :thumbsup:  so going well.  still not certain what happening with the pond and cascade, but not too concerned yet.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 09, 2017, 05:42:21 am
  still not certain what happening with the pond and cascade, but not too concerned yet.

You may not be, but how do the fish and amphibians feel about it ?  ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 09, 2017, 06:43:03 am
the fish arnt worried, there in a luxury hotel ( well new bought and repurposed bin) in the dining room, and are well fed, with the air blower on all day, and the frogs moved into next doors pond ( which hasn't been touched)  :thumbsup:
im hoping that the guys doing this are going to leave a pond hole, as I don't really want to have to dig a 750L pond hole, by hand ( you can call me lazy if you want but ... )
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 09, 2017, 03:55:35 pm
I don't really want to have to dig a 750L pond hole, by hand ( you can call me lazy if you want but ... )

Nah - pragmatic.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 10, 2017, 06:12:03 am
I don't really want to have to dig a 750L pond hole, by hand ( you can call me lazy if you want but ... )

Nah - pragmatic.  :thumbsup:

Less work for them ? If they insist the work sheet says "fill hole to complete job", slip them a 10'er  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 10, 2017, 11:09:59 am
the hole was on the plan, so I wasn't too worried.   and I got back from work today to a new hole for the pond, and all the soil piled up to form the base of the cascade  :thumbsup:  whew less digging for me.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 11, 2017, 02:30:28 am
Result mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on July 11, 2017, 03:09:48 am
Having dug three ponds in my time I think you got the best result there.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 29, 2017, 01:28:42 pm
sorry for the delay, things have been "busy"
in hole things, the ponds in, and full, has the fish back, and weve purchased a filter system for it ( the old one used a couple of gravel beds on the cascade)   it still needs more soil and sand packed round it but that's getting there.
the slabs are down on the front and back lawns, the drive has been re-tarmacked as well  the fence between us and our neighbours  is back up, but the sheds not been re-assembled and the gates not been put back.
My mum in laws had a fall, but aside from some bruising is fine ( whew,  both Mrs SP and my self had a very panicky drive down to Abergavenny,  when we got the call concerning it at 7am one day)  She was kept in over night but then released after x-rays and CTs showed no damage. weve seen her several times since and shes doing well
I had 3 days off, one of which was doing things for mum in law, ( cat to vet for boosters etc), one was getting Mrs SP to the dentist and back  and one was visiting Warhmmer world in Nottingham, I want a copy of the re-print of Warhammer 40000 Rogue Trader, note the still current form of that desire,  the book is only available at warhammer world, not by mail order ( I phoned and asked) and should be a stock item at the store,  when asked I was told "sorry weve sold out, but the new stock is here, come back in a bit and we should have it"  so we had a brunch, a look round the gaming hall, and a look at the exhibitions,  still no book.  The staff said that they would take the money, and post it out... so ive paid up, and the postage is free, and I think " well itll only be a couple of days"  that was Monday, I phoned today and was told " er the bloke who does the mail order has been busy, itll be out I a couple of days"    :banghead:   I think I may call Tuesday if ive not had news, and ask for a manager  :angry: If its a stock item, keep it in fricking stock, and then make certain its posted quickly

the tanks still being a episode of frustration, a few more parts are on, and it WILL get finished..

and having seen the New Dr Who mini trailer, ill wait and see,  :thumbsup:  ive said the same thing at the start of each series since the re-launch, and haven't thought that the bad out weighed the good yet,  I worried that each regeneration and new companion would spoil it, and bee pleasantly surprised.. so hopefully itll be good, id hope fr brilliant, but settle for not a disaster.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on July 30, 2017, 06:49:34 am
Busy lad, glad the important things are o.k.  :thumbsup:

Bit like you re Dr Who. I'll wait and see. Must admit I didn't take to "Bill" when she first appeared but by the series end thought she'd grown into the part  :thumbsup: Be a shame if she's gone for good, but with a lady Dr (tasty as well  ;)) do we get a boy companion ??

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on July 30, 2017, 01:34:47 pm
Ty Narses.  yup family healthy and ok is far more important.  :thumbsup:

Conquer is fighting all the way, im now attaching the holders for the side skirts, they have a contact area of approx 2mm * 2mm on the tank and a T on the holder, getting them to contact is hard enough, but getting them it sit a at consistent height is a nightmare  :banghead:   im using matchsticks and a piece of resin model poor sprue, as they are just the correct height, but it means I can only do 1 or 2 of the 5 per side at a time,  then it'll be get the tracks on, then the skirts, then finish painting, hahahahha.
id not recommend the kit much at all what with the body plate not fitting, and all the other small problems, its in the bottom half of the 1-> 10 scale. im not certain what ill be doing next as I fancy something "easy"  possibly a run through some of the HLBS 1:48 stuff ive got.

who can guess with Dr Who,  it may be male, female or possibly an android, or alien.  I will miss Bill as a character, as you say she has grown well into the part, well written and rounded as a person.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 01, 2017, 11:04:43 am
well I have no copy of 40K, I called last night, as no e-mail on delivery had been sent, and was told " were waiting for another run to be printed"  and when I asked how long, was told " don't know". :angry:  needless to say the conversation went rather quickly to me asking for a refund, and then pointing out that I don't live in Nottingham and would not be able to "drop back into the store" to get it,  I was then passed to a manager, who promised that some one would call me today to arrange a refund.  I got the call this evening, call and had to reiterate that I wanted a refund, in cash, not in " store vouchers" and that no I wouldn't be able to come up to the store to get it, as its 70 ish miles each way and around 2 hours driving.  The person in customer services took bank details and said that it should be done on Thursday, so ill check Thursday evening / Friday am.
So games workshop are off the spend list.  3 different story's concerning getting the book out, and the fact they cant seem to be able to do a in store refund electronically, and cant seem to understand that if you make a thing a stock  item, available at only one place, when people turn up expecting it to be in stock, and it isn't, tend to have rather exacting expectations.
not a happy Penguin.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on August 02, 2017, 06:14:48 am

not a happy Penguin.

I can understand why. I get the impression that some of these companies start to believe their own publicity and it's almost the "but don't you know who we are ?" conversation  :angry:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 06, 2017, 06:29:03 am
 :banghead:  had to take the side skirt holders off of one side, id glued them on the wrong way round.  :banghead:   a combination of brain freeze and the assembly diagrams  :banghead:
when i say this kits going together slowly, I mean that hydrogen decay may be faster.   Im close enough to the end I can almost taste the paint, and I will not be defeated.

still haven't had the refund, bur Mrs Penguin has said that if GW are doing it by Bax, itll be Monday or Tuesday before the money shows up, so im waiting for that, and if its not done by Tuesday, I know that the customer "support" will be in till 18:00 again, and so will be back on the phone.
 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 06, 2017, 01:19:36 pm
I did have on side done so got the track on,  knocked 3 of the 5 holders off wile doing it.  :banghead:   did I say  :angry:
considering how easy the bazooka plate holders went on the Tamiya chieftain, this one is just c**p. tiny contact points, and just so badly thought out parts.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on August 11, 2017, 01:54:48 pm
I got the GW refund to day, so consider that matter closed.  Bit of a shame it had to come to this, and as I said above, I wont be getting anything from them now.  But it means ive got some cash to spend on something else, possibly a FV 432 kit  :thumbsup:

both the tracks are on the tank, and im slowly putting the side skit mounts back on , again...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 03, 2017, 11:43:55 am
after falling off the wagon today,  ;D . I figured I had better continue with my nemesis. And get some space.   got the 2 side skirts on one side, and the headlight guards on.  that leaves 4 parts  :thumbsup:  the other 2 side skirts, then paint. then the 2 headlight lenses  <_<
 As a broad question does anyone know of a producer for a 1:25 scale female looking robot figure, that's not a: going to cost the earth, b: dressed in a jumpsuit or similar ?   Ive decided that I want her as a companion piece to the Jaguar XJ220 that ive got to convert into a hover car. so I can do a verse from ELOs "yours truly 2095".
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 03, 2017, 12:35:01 pm
I will add to my earlier ramblings, the Womborne show was a nice little walk round and more than the normal number of younger kids, and partners, were present, with a good variety of models on show, car, plane, ship, tank  and a few Whifs  including a couple of the resin huntsman conversions, and a good few of the faces behind the tables,( gasp) talked to and engaged with you, there were a few of the ones ( and Mrs SP is the one who mentioned this, and I agree) who seemed only at the show, on a stand, to ignore the general populace, and carry on doing the painting / gluing, irrespective of people being interested in the display.    Its seems daft, to put all the effort into getting finished things, on the table, then ignoring the passers by, when you could be interacting and drawing them further into the hobby.
sorry rant over.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 03, 2017, 02:18:29 pm
I'd agree with your last 100% Lawrence. It's endemic in the model railway world I find, with loads of guys 'heads down' in their scratchbuilt all brass 1922 Fred Nerk 0-6-2 saddle tank that you've never heard of but would like to, and he can't be bothered even to raise his head!

There's a similar group who man their stands at our shows but are so busy chatting among themselves that you can't ask a question because they just won't look at you.  :banghead:

I'm happy to say that NEVER happens on the UK WhatIf Sig stand, we always have someone on 'answering stupid questions' duty.  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 03, 2017, 08:03:32 pm
...we always have someone on 'answering stupid questions' duty.  ;D

There are no stupid questions.
Only stupid people asking them.
 ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on September 04, 2017, 06:31:49 am
...we always have someone on 'answering stupid questions' duty.  ;D

There are no stupid questions.
Only stupid people asking them.
 ;D

Depends if I'm on my second bottle (sometimes box) or not  :cheers: ;)

No, we are quite good at answering, and prompting questions. If we see someone taking more than just a glance one of us is guaranteed to jump up and ask them if we can help  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 04, 2017, 10:38:25 am
gents, the "how can we help" attitude is one of the things I like with the stand at all the shows,  weather were telling the truth of the build, or the story of the idea, people are engaged.
Its something all of the gang who are the face of the Sig at shows should be justly proud of.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 04, 2017, 11:26:40 am

gents, the "how can we help" attitude is one of the things I like with the stand at all the shows,  weather were telling the truth of the build, or the story of the idea, people are engaged.
Its something all of the gang who are the face of the Sig at shows should be justly proud of.  :thumbsup:


I think the big difference between our stands and others is that we enjoy it, almost by definition. The more 'serious' modellers tend to get far too deep into their subjects to really enjoy it all sometimes.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Gondor on September 04, 2017, 12:54:39 pm
I like saying

 "You look confused, can I help?"   :wacko:

Gondor
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 04, 2017, 01:32:45 pm
such a wonderfully loaded question   :thumbsup:  :unsure:  :wacko:
and then they walk away with a wonderful smile and saying things like " well if I paint that......"
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 04, 2017, 04:36:42 pm
I man the Model Car Club stand at Expo and while I can usually answer questions on "proper" model cars am completely at a loss when it comes to the 1/18 die casts the majority of the members like to clutter the table with.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on September 05, 2017, 06:09:11 am
such a wonderfully loaded question   :thumbsup:  :unsure:  :wacko:
and then they walk away with a wonderful smile and saying things like " well if I paint that......"

Absolutely. The number of people who smile at you as though you are slightly loony, then wander away muttering "I do have that 1/72 whatever in the stash and it would look good as a ...."  ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 05, 2017, 11:27:37 am
such a wonderfully loaded question   :thumbsup:  :unsure:  :wacko:
and then they walk away with a wonderful smile and saying things like " well if I paint that......"

Absolutely. The number of people who smile at you as though you are slightly loony, then wander away muttering "I do have that 1/72 whatever in the stash and it would look good as a ...."  ;)


We're not slightly loony at all, we're TOTALLY loony!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 11, 2017, 06:22:48 am
further progress on the tank  :thumbsup:.  managed to get some grey on it  :thumbsup:  im sat with my Chieftain berlin paint scheme from the Tankograd book on the Berlin brigade, and trying to ratio everything by eye.  As long as it give the right impression ill be happy.
I also found out the tha ( British) army has decided that FIBUA doctrine needs to be checked out again, so have had a number of Challenger 2s painted up in block as well  :thumbsup:   so a future Whif just got real worlded  hot sure if  ;D, or  :o or  :angry: on this one
http://www.combatandsurvival.com/uk-news/10526-urban-camo-rtr-reinvents-wheel
https://warisboring.com/new-urban-camo-wont-save-british-tanks/
https://www.facebook.com/RoyalTankRegt/posts/697637010435834
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 12, 2017, 04:22:41 am
Challengers look good in the BB camo.
Wonder what a Pz iV would look like done in it?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 16, 2017, 11:06:14 am
Zenrat:  weirdly like the FV432-30 I think, they are around the same dimensions physically,   front / gun unit would depend on if your using and early model with the short gun, or the latter models with the longer gun.  but not really my thing, as im not one for German tanks.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on September 16, 2017, 07:16:32 pm
Short gun.  I have an inexplicable attraction to early Pz IVs.  No idea why.
I do have a 1/35 Dragon in the stash and no current plans...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 17, 2017, 12:40:40 am
 ;D   go for it then,  its a slightly odd style to have to paint, I will say.  but its not that hard, just a bit demanding in the thinking where things go bit.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on September 17, 2017, 09:24:03 am
Short gun.  I have an inexplicable attraction to early Pz IVs.  No idea why.


Always liked Pz.III's personally, just a nice, attractive looking tanks. Will always remember building one from an Airfix Stug.III and Panther as in a Chris Ellis build in the old Airfix Mag.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 24, 2017, 11:49:44 am
there is more grey on the tank,  :thumbsup:  and its not had anything fall off while its been done  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:.  so slow progress,
A couple of weekends ago I started get things out of mum in laws attic, as shes planning on moving house,  probably before the end of the year, now im certain my late father in law had stopped putting things in the attic several years before he passed on, and was in fact in the process of clearing it out, but there is an awful lot of stuff up there, some of which certainly needs to be properly destroyed, wile other bits will need to be sorted and then either binned, given to charity, or appropriated.  I didn't expect the equivalent of 3 large black rubbish sacks full of old model railway stuff boxes, but they were light so came down easily, I left them to be sorted as I was certain some were still rattling,  I didn't think it was that much stuff, and probably not a worry,  My  sister in law was down this weekend, and checked through, I now have a 4 boxfile storage box of airfix ho/oo trains in there original boxes, In ( I think) unassembled condition, I am going to have to check them through, but am torn between keeping and whiffing ( double fairly style)  any that seem to be close, or finding out how much there worth and selling.  :unsure:
I will be adding them to the stash growth thread as soon as I can determine numbers and completeness :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on September 27, 2017, 01:12:03 pm
went through the box o stuff just.
there are certainly some unbuilt and complete  kits in it, an evening star and a diesel shunter, plus other bits. Including a 4mm - 1 foot wide gauge engine in white metal, ( partly built) with tilt wagon, a large American loco plus tender painted and together plus more :unsure:  And after looking through im certain now that there is more stuff to go with them in the loft, at mum in laws....
I just have to clear the loft out and try to marshal the keep items, wile making certain that anything that needs disposing off, or destroying is done so efficiently and totally.
I can see a lot of going up and down ladders in the nearish future  <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 27, 2017, 01:15:56 pm
The Kitmaster/Airfix 'Evening Star' is a superb kit. Many moons ago I built one with a motorising kit from MTK I think, and it ran really well, and looked magnificent. I expect itt's been overtaken by quite a few RTR 'Evening Stars' by now, but it's still a great kit.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 18, 2017, 08:58:34 am
ive finished the painting, and started on the decaling,  and the decals have managed to wind me up, and make me think " that's a clever job" at the same time.
Dragon provide the weight disk, as plain yellow with separate black numerals, and the number plates as black strips with separate white numerals,  really clever as it means you can set them for any value you want, ive picked a number plate from the Tankograd book, and been able to sort it out,  But the numbers are tiny, and you need to cut each one separately, And need to be levelled and centred each time. im realy not certain if  :thumbsup: or  :banghead: .  But onward, only a couple more to place on the rear number plate, then I need to attach the front light covers with PVA, and itll be varnish and done!.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 22, 2017, 04:08:20 am
figures 66 scenery 18  models 7
first update since mid June
varnished the conq today, gloss and matt  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:   the 2 headlight glasses have to be done but is finished.
"Ding , dong the witch is dead...."

I just have to relax a bit and work out what next.
though at this rate my annual rate is going to be way down on the last few years. 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 23, 2017, 01:09:40 pm
shock news ! building finished.  :thumbsup:
Mrs SP was part way through a 4ground sheriffs office, when the leather working started and the downstairs table was lost, but ive just finished it
figures 66  scenery 19 models 7

I think the next one is to try to finish the barn I was part way through  <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 27, 2017, 10:57:42 am
( In which a penguin holds out a hat)
A bit of a beg in this one gents.
earlier this year ( or possibly last year) wile discussing my forthcoming insanity with the B-52, I mentioned to someone that id never done a vacform kit before, and they were good enough to say that they had one at home that they would let me have to practice on, it being now surplus to their requirements.
Would I be able to collect it at IPMS on the Sunday please?  I am having an attack of apprehension that im soon to receive a large chunk of plastic that is essentially irreplaceable once started, and that I have no idea what im doing.
Many thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 27, 2017, 01:37:35 pm
I think that may have been me Lawrence, I've got LOADS of vacforms in The Loft, many of which have been overtaken by injection versions by now.

Do you have anything particular in mind? If not I could recommend a Rareplanes Swift FR5 perhaps, a good quality kit that can be replaced with an Airfix injection version if you make a mess of it.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on October 27, 2017, 01:56:56 pm
Kit thank you for the kind offer, and no nothing in mind at all, it will be a learning how to air frame.  So all it needs to be is something not too tricky for a first go at,  scale, size, era, are all totally unimportant.
I will be trying my best to turn out a reasonable representation of what the model is supposed to look like, wile retaining my fingers, and learning how not to make a mess of it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 27, 2017, 02:00:39 pm
OK, I'll bring a selection of them to Telford and you can take your pick on the Sunday.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 04, 2017, 08:41:58 am
been to the severn valley preserved railway to day with a boot full of books to donate, ( around a meter cubed), but have pulled a few that I thought looked interesting, several on wagons, locos and coaches, with good 3 view  diagrams, and some more on railways that ran round the forest of dean area.  and one of artists impressions of British Locos that never were,  I saw it and thought ohh!  And im going to try to bring it to Telford with me if any one would like a look, after all whats better than finding some more folks we can confuse  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Howard of Effingham on November 04, 2017, 09:50:47 am
hmm, I would love a look, but you are on yer own if there are too many steamers.

having said that a 4-6-4 LMS Duchess would be amusing as would a 'cab-forward' LNER A4......

I myself have three OO Hornby 'Emily's for mods with various differing detailing parts in progress for some years now.  :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 04, 2017, 11:40:17 am
If some one else can enjoy, im glad to mention and bring it,  though to be honest Howard, all ive done is open it at a few random pages and gone "ohhh shiny" at the colour plates  :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 04, 2017, 11:45:11 am

  and one of artists impressions of British Locos that never were,  I saw it and thought ohh!  And im going to try to bring it to Telford with me if any one would like a look, after all whats better than finding some more folks we can confuse  :thumbsup:


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I bought that book once, and like an idiot lent it to someone who never returned it, and now I've forgotten who it was!

It's landscape format with the artist's impressions on the right hand page and the text on the left, yes?

Could we maybe do a trade for the odd-vacform perhaps?  ;) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on November 04, 2017, 12:57:19 pm

  and one of artists impressions of British Locos that never were,  I saw it and thought ohh!  And im going to try to bring it to Telford with me if any one would like a look, after all whats better than finding some more folks we can confuse  :thumbsup:


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I bought that book once, and like an idiot lent it to someone who never returned it, and now I've forgotten who it was!

It's landscape format with the artist's impressions on the right hand page and the text on the left, yes?

Could we maybe do a trade for the odd-vacform perhaps?  ;) ;) ;) ;)

I borrowed a copy of this from Carlisle library decades ago. I have a photocopy of ALL of the text and some colour/some b&w photos of all of the pictures.   I agree with Kit.... it's a magnificent item.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 04, 2017, 01:18:02 pm
Kit I do believe that is very easily doable  :thumbsup:
and I may have to get the scanner going before I do so though  its got some lovely pics I it
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 04, 2017, 01:29:20 pm

Kit I do believe that is very easily doable  :thumbsup:
and I may have to get the scanner going before I do so though  its got some lovely pics I it


Magic, and that's an excellent idea too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 08, 2017, 12:01:52 pm
Right the pics I want from the what if Loco book are done, came out very well on the scanner, so Kit ill bring it along for you sunday  :thumbsup:
Aside from the usual Mini rolls and Jaffa cakes, ive not promised any one, anything else have I?  Im sure I haven't but, a double check is always worth wile  <_<

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 08, 2017, 12:42:15 pm

Right the pics I want from the what if Loco book are done, came out very well on the scanner, so Kit ill bring it along for you sunday  :thumbsup:


 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: I've sorted out three vacforms that could help you up the learning curve before getting to the MONSTER Buff.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 15, 2017, 11:14:21 am
In an effort to get stuff finished, I started on the hay loft of the stable block im building....   im glad I did as well, I tried to test fit it last night, and found out id built the main building shell with the long walls bowed in.. Drat..  ive turned the jaws on my clamps round to make a pair of spreaders and have got them ( hopefully) correcting the bow, with time and gentle pressure.

Ive decided, what im going to do with the extra Lynx from sunday.   its going to be a bit of work,  change the twin pilot position to a centrally placed single one,  plate in one of the cabin doors and add a ops centre, remove the landing skids and add some small pylons,  black over grey paint scheme and do an airwolf impersonator, possibly some belly tubes for a Javelin and Rapier missile load.  It will look similar enough, and be a nice challenge to do.   and if I can convince a punter or two " yeah it was a version done for a British version of the TV series that was developed but never fully filmed"  itll do.

and after that Gulp   Vacforms   <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 15, 2017, 12:20:41 pm

and after that Gulp   Vacforms   <_<


 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

You'll manage it I'm sure.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on November 16, 2017, 03:23:22 am


and after that Gulp   Vacforms   <_<

I may well join you as a Vacform virgin mate as I have one that is ideal for the Seaplane etc GB. Maybe  :angel:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 25, 2017, 08:39:12 am
ive waited enough for the spreaders to work, ( they are slowly)  so ive done some more subassembly in the shape of doors, ive also got some UN battleship grey on the space craft ive had sitting round for yonks, and had a good look at the train bits in the train bits box, so the brain is turning over for that as well.
also having had a look at the sprues for the Lynx, you seem to get a lot of other bits for ( im assuming) the naval version that arnt needed.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 25, 2017, 09:26:15 am
Yes, yes, yes Lawrence, but have you started the vacforms yet?  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 25, 2017, 12:39:37 pm
 ;D  err no, im still doing carpentry, alas, alack, ( holds hand to forehead in suitably dramatic pose)  the MDF is not co-operating,  so I am having to resort to biting on pre-started stuff.
The shame, the ignobility of it all. ( removes hand from forehead )
they are in a prominent place overlooking my desk, reminding me , of there presence, and my vows of gluerating .   ;D

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on November 26, 2017, 12:41:08 am

they are in a prominent place overlooking my desk, reminding me , of there presence, and my vows of gluerating .   ;D

Given the size of one of them in particular it couldn't actually skulk around could it ?  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 26, 2017, 01:17:21 pm
That one, is safely in the loft.  ;D  I haven't got the room left in the work room to store it,  id have to put 2-4 other kits up there in exchange ( and  one of the kits in the work room is a Tamiya dragon wagon in 35th). Its presence is till "always on my mind" to use a certain song quote. 
its not like a 1:48 Chinook in that it might slip my memory  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 10, 2017, 09:26:24 am
figures 66  scenery 20 models 7
the cow shed is done so the first of the vacs will be  next
ive had a quick google search for articles on doing them,  the one on britmodeller has repeated all the good advise I have seen here over the years, and hasn't added anything more ( which shows what a good educational place here is ).
so time to take things firmly in hand.

also cleared the drive and had a walk off the estate, once im on to any of the more travelled roads I should be ok tomorrow, but the shovel and rock salt are going into the boot. as will plenty of extra warm cloths and my waterproof over trousers from when I used to push bike to work.  I may be over prepared, but better that than cold wet and miserable . :thumbsup:

I think this years build count is going to be low compared to the last few.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 13, 2017, 11:59:50 am
started on a vac form.  :thumbsup:
but one of those  :o
wile attempting to find some space for the cow shed, I found an  Amera plastic mouldings sci fi factory unit ( I have no idea at all how long ive had this, as id forgotten id bought it)  and as such its is utterly disposable, and allows me to have a go at chopping and fettling on vac formed plastic utterly without consequence, and if it looks half good I get some more wargames scenery out of it, and if it dosnt I get a load of plasti card I can use to support the interiors of planes    :thumbsup:

ive cut out all the windows and doors,  and been practicing filing and knife plane stripping.  ive got to work out how to re size a face piece, so cut a even straight line across a length with multiple steps in it, and add some detail and strengthening parts, and possibly some putty filling.
but at the mo   full chop ahead  :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 17, 2017, 11:43:10 am
Mum in law is back in hospital, so Mrs SP and myself have been down to see her in Abergavenny , and Mrs SP has been staying down to visit her during the week, Wile traversing the distance from the bus station to the hospital, Mrs SP says it seems there is a model shop, Abergavenny Model Centre 1 Brecon Rd, Abergavenny NP7 5UH    abergavennymodelshop.co.uk   01873 852566,  and you can take a virtual walk round on google maps, including, Peco, Tamiya, revel, zaveda,  scalextric, games workshop, evergreen, and RC boats planes and cars
If im ever in the there abought ill have to look in.
Don't know if any of you guys are nearby, or pass through but I thought id mention it.  :thumbsup:
needless to say, modelling time has contracted massively due to weekends in S Wales, and evening getting myself ready for work the next day and looking after kittys etc.  But slow progress is still being made on things  :thumbsup:






 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 17, 2017, 01:10:53 pm
Yes, not a bad place that model shop. I've been there a few times, albeit not recently.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on December 18, 2017, 12:01:09 am
Yes, not a bad place that model shop. I've been there a few times, albeit not recently.

I was in there 6 weeks ago. It's not a bad place at all, and VERY friendly.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 25, 2017, 12:55:17 am
well weve made it through another year   :thumbsup:
ive managed to overcome the conqueror  :thumbsup:
I have started on new and previously untried things  :thumbsup:

have a great day  folks, and I hope that the gifts you've got for other  people are appreciated by them  :lol:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on December 25, 2017, 01:38:12 am

have a great day  folks, and I hope that the gifts you've got for other  people are appreciated by them  :lol:

And you mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 01, 2018, 02:49:06 am
2017 total  figures 66  scenery 20 models 7
2016  149 figures   6 bits of scenery  6 models.
2015 153 figs    17 pieces of scenery  8 models
2014   88 figs   9 models  19 pieces of scenery
2013   90 figs   4 models  1 piece of scenery
2012   228  items including  1  1:48 Tonka  and  17 vehicles
2011   152 items including 1  1:48  A10 and  16 resin vehicles

yup another low rate year.  its been far to full of " other stuff"  and ended on a new a spectacular low.   Mum in law when I saw her Thursday was feeling much better in hospital,  and we were going to be looking at nursing homes to have her transferred out to on the 2nd and 3rd,  they change her meds on Friday and when we saw her sat she was confused and not herself, and one of the nurses who was looking after her said that he was concerned with the change and was getting the Dr up to try to get the meds changed again as he ( like us ) thought mum in law was having a bad reaction.  yesterday, she was worse, awake but not responsive, and when we talked with another of the nurse she was saying the same thing, total change in state.  Plus it looks like mum in law may have picked up an respiratory infection, the nurses were starting her on IV antibiotics as we were there,  now the worrying one is as we were leaving the staff nurse asked if she could have a chat, went through the above with us, ( which was nice, we appreciate being kept up to speed, and thanked her for that,) but then she asked to check the contact numbers.... 
I may be reading too much into that but, it rather knocked Mrs SP and myself rather sideways.

the good news is that weve had no call, and hopefully things will be getting better again, but it made the trip back and evening rather low.

Sorry to burden you all,  but I suppose its more of a case let those you know and care for, know.

Im going to be having a crack at plastic in a few,  as im hoping to get stuff for Cosi to show, and know that doing it will help my mood a huge amount   :thumbsup:
 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 01, 2018, 05:15:57 am
It's not a burden mate, a problem shared and all that. It sometimes really helps to articulate your problems in writing as well. helps you think through them.

Hope things get better for you

Chris
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on January 01, 2018, 05:26:28 am
We are all here to listen, offer sympathy and support the SP family.  Many of us have been through this and know exactly how you both feel. Lose yourself in mangling plastic for a while, and encourage Mrs SP to do her favourite thing too, if you can.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 01, 2018, 09:20:05 am
thanks both of you, ( and everyone else).  It is part that putting it here helps, and the sympathy is appreciated, and there is always the hope that someone may offer handy advice, or words of wisdom.

got further on the vac form factory, 3 1/2 of the walls are done floor and roof in, and ive added some safety bars round the central hole on the 1st floor, its showing that ive got to dry fit, fettle, dry fit, fettle  then glue.  and then get the filler out  :thumbsup:

spray painting it is going to be interesting, I may end up doing so through the skylights.

and looking at the last 5 years ive not done to badly

546 figures    63 bits of scenery   34 models

 an average of 109 figures,  12 bits of scenery,  6 ( more like 7 ) models  a year     That isn't too bad a production rate when you look at it  <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 02, 2018, 01:09:47 am
It's sometimes easier to talk about stuff to relative strangers spread around the world than it is to relatives.
All the best for MiL.  Whatever it is it's been spotted and is being dealt with which is a start and isn't guaranteed from what I hear.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 07, 2018, 12:44:18 pm
been to see MiL again today, she's much better, firing on all cylinders again  :thumbsup:  there is talk of discharging her soon.  Hopefully to a nursing home of our choice  :lol:

The factory is together, and I am happy with it, just needs some spraypaint

things may be looking up.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 08, 2018, 02:16:47 am
Good news.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2018, 06:11:39 am
As said, good news  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 08, 2018, 01:28:02 pm
a little late here tonight,
MiL is now up near us,  Mrs SP will be returning home tomorrow, and hopefully thing will be returning to a little slower, than they have been  :thumbsup:
A trip down south is still on the cards for the weekend as MiLs cat needs to be brought north, said kitty "stroppy" she is both stripy and spotty, and lives up to her name, and will be joining us as well.

so ive rapidly run out of evening tonight, but I feel much, much better  :mellow:

hopefully more normal service will be resumed soon.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 08, 2018, 04:20:55 pm
That sounds excellent news Lawrence.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 09, 2018, 12:28:13 am
Brilliant, good to hear.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 09, 2018, 05:55:25 am
Glad it's settling down mate  :thumbsup:

Remember to take either the oven or gardening gloves when picking "Stroppy" up  ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 13, 2018, 11:59:04 am
Well Mrs SPs and my stash has grown again   :lol:
stroppy is fine and settling in at chez penguin  :thumbsup:   she was a little vocal coming up the motorway, but more in a "whats going on?" meow way than a " really don't like this and will let you know" way.  She has the front room and the other 3 cats have the rest of the house, and will be introduced slowly.

in an aside to this
a question for all the star wars experts

If I use my Jedi mind powers and telekinetically lift and load my not happy cat into its trans port box for a visit to the vets, am I using them for the  light side or the  dark side ?   ;D ;D  :angel:

I was rather tired when that one popped sideways into my mind ( cant you tell)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on January 13, 2018, 12:43:35 pm
in an aside to this
a question for all the star wars experts

If I use my Jedi mind powers and telekinetically lift and load my not happy cat into its trans port box for a visit to the vets, am I using them for the  light side or the  dark side ?   ;D ;D  :angel:

I lean towards Grey Jedi
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 13, 2018, 07:17:23 pm
Nope, sorry, wouldn't work - Cats have this Active "Anti-Jedi/Mind Controlling" field... 'course, the Normals call it 'Bl00dy-Mindedness', but we all know better, don't we?  :o

"I, for one, Welcome our Furry Overlords."

Glad she's settling in well, and hope the others will accommodate her. Or at least come to some sort of 'Mutually-Assured-Indifference Detente'.  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 14, 2018, 03:45:49 am
Cats are definitely of the dark side.

Can you imagine Vader with a dog?  No, it just doesn't work.  But with a cat?

 :unsure: :-\ :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 14, 2018, 06:08:45 am

Can you imagine Vader with a dog?  No, it just doesn't work.  But with a cat?

 :unsure: :-\ :o

Never thought about that before, but you are so right  ;D ;D ;D

I'm a "dog person" I must admit, but can get on with cats, if they deign to get on with me that is  ;) Had great fun when first married watching a kitten and Dobberman pup growing up together. Gues which one ended up "top dog" ?  ;)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 14, 2018, 08:41:39 am

Never thought about that before, but you are so right  ;D ;D ;D

I'm a "dog person" I must admit, but can get on with cats, if they deign to get on with me that is  ;) Had great fun when first married watching a kitten and Dobberman pup growing up together. Gues which one ended up "top dog" ?  ;)


No contest, the cat did I bet.  ;D ;)

I'm waiting to see how Trevor, my old cat, will end up at my RAF daughter's, living with her monster black dog of somewhat dubious parentage.  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 14, 2018, 07:15:10 pm

Never thought about that before, but you are so right  ;D ;D ;D

I'm a "dog person" I must admit, but can get on with cats, if they deign to get on with me that is  ;) Had great fun when first married watching a kitten and Dobberman pup growing up together. Gues which one ended up "top dog" ?  ;)


No contest, the cat did I bet.  ;D ;)

I'm waiting to see how Trevor, my old cat, will end up at my RAF daughter's, living with her monster black dog of somewhat dubious parentage.  ;D

Again, no contest... I didn't used to think of dogs as wussies, but watched a Discovery Channel vet's programme, where the RABBIT! ruled the roost over the dog...   :o ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 15, 2018, 02:57:46 am

Never thought about that before, but you are so right  ;D ;D ;D

I'm a "dog person" I must admit, but can get on with cats, if they deign to get on with me that is  ;) Had great fun when first married watching a kitten and Dobberman pup growing up together. Gues which one ended up "top dog" ?  ;)


No contest, the cat did I bet.  ;D ;)


Yup, but every now and then the dog would have her day  ;) Especially when she learned how to squeeze her body through the cat flap ! Took me a day to coax the cat, which had been teasing Sally something awful a minute before, down from the tree.  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 15, 2018, 03:00:00 am

Never thought about that before, but you are so right  ;D ;D ;D

I'm a "dog person" I must admit, but can get on with cats, if they deign to get on with me that is  ;) Had great fun when first married watching a kitten and Dobberman pup growing up together. Gues which one ended up "top dog" ?  ;)


No contest, the cat did I bet.  ;D ;)


Yup, but every now and then the dog would have her day  ;) Especially when she learned how to squeeze her body through the cat flap ! Took me a day to coax the cat, which had been teasing Sally something awful a minute before, down from the tree.  ;D

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on January 15, 2018, 07:37:22 am
Not all dogs are scared of cats.  An elderly neighbour had a Scottie that would take on ANYTHING! I've seen it pursuing the big ginger tom that terrified almost every other dog in the area and treeing it!  The only other dog the boss tom feared was a retired collie that looked a big soft sleepy lump that wouldn't harm anything. The ginger tom started taunting it and was ignored until it stuck its claws in the collies tail.  Five minutes later the collie was half asleep again, playing with a tuft of ginger fur, and a tomcat with a slightly shorter tail was miaouing plaintively from the top of a nearby tree.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 16, 2018, 12:57:52 am
When my niece was a small girl they had a Pembroke Corgi (the one with the tail) and a bully of a cat. Eventually the two had a serious scrap and the cat ended up tailless whilst the Corgi was left with one eye and my brother with a large vets bill ! After that little scrap the pair of them just studiously ignored each other for the rest of their rather long lives  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on January 16, 2018, 01:04:35 am
Mutually Assured Damage, followed my Mutual Indifference and Not Mentioning The War!... 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 16, 2018, 01:29:17 pm
whew .
just done my 1st proper bit of vac - form.
the 2 halves of the X2 vertical tail.  :thumbsup:  its a slow job at the moment, but my respect for all of you who do this and get it looking good, is certainly there.   ill have to glue and finish them another night, as right now my arms are telling my ive done an hour of sanding.  but the watching the part emerge from the plastic is a fascinating thing.
 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 16, 2018, 02:33:18 pm
You made a good choice out of those three, the X-2 is probably the most basic of them.  :thumbsup:

Did you do the 'wet and dry paper glued to a mirror' bot to sand it down?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 16, 2018, 02:54:52 pm
Have you retained your fingertips?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 17, 2018, 10:57:35 am
Kit   sort of, ive got a length / chunk of wet and dry masking taped to a piece of laminate floor boarding  :thumbsup:  big enough for me at the mo. and runs no risk of the press smash shatter option of me, my luck and glass  :thumbsup:

Zenrat  Just a bought at the moment,  ;D 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on January 18, 2018, 02:07:51 am
I used to work as a building labourer and when we got to the bricklaying stage we'd unload truck loads of bricks by hand.
A pair of leather work gloves would last half a day before the fingertips wore through and then my fingerprints would go.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 18, 2018, 02:23:51 am

Kit   sort of, ive got a length / chunk of wet and dry masking taped to a piece of laminate floor boarding  :thumbsup:  big enough for me at the mo. and runs no risk of the press smash shatter option of me, my luck and glass  :thumbsup:


Yes, breakage is always a risk with a mirror of course.   :banghead:

I have a LARGE, 2.5 ft x 1.5 ft, oval mirror with multiple sheets of 320 grit wet and dry attached with double-sided tape for my big vacforms, and a smaller 9" square version for the smaller stuff. I've yet to find decent double-sided though, it always seems to lose its grip after a few models.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 18, 2018, 11:10:44 am
Zenrat,  when i was a much younger penguin, I helped my dad build half a house, so I am intimately familiar  with than little problem,  :-\  but it did wonders for my developing muscle tone, and also means that I have a dangerous level of knowledge when it comes to anything "buildy"  :lol: 

Kit now that is something I hadn't thought of !  I may have to look round the charity shops on the weekend and see if I can get one, after all most of the oval wall hanging mirrors have a nice strong wooden back to support them  :thumbsup:      the wet and dry has a length of 2" masking tape holding it on, and ill just change it as it wears, masking tape is cheap and disposable,  and I can never get the backing off of double sided tape  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2018, 06:22:09 am
When I was still working I picked up a piece of A3 size metal steel plate that was very, very flat. I think, or at least was told, it was used as part of a test bench when checking the quality of milling work. There was still a fair amount of engineers blue on it back then. I got it when our Swinden Labs started to go all electronic.

I've also got an old bathroom mirror which I use as well, no where near as heavy either  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 19, 2018, 11:09:55 am
Narses  I think engineers blue may be as much of a menace to my-self as glass  :banghead:   I have heard wonderful tales of its misuse ,  black toilet seats,  black machine controls, black mug handles etcetc   and I think it may be harder to store, if I was utterly serious ( and had a spare table) id get another off cut of marble work surface like Mrs SP did for her leather working its roughly 24" by 18" and 1.5" thick    its wonderful for her to use her leather punches on, but I can only just lift it  :o 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on January 19, 2018, 11:34:18 am
Narses  I think engineers blue may be as much of a menace to my-self as glass  :banghead:   I have heard wonderful tales of its misuse ,  black toilet seats,  black machine controls, black mug handles etcetc   and I think it may be harder to store, if I was utterly serious ( and had a spare table) id get another off cut of marble work surface like Mrs SP did for her leather working its roughly 24" by 18" and 1.5" thick    its wonderful for her to use her leather punches on, but I can only just lift it  :o

Madame R has a 18 inch square by 1 inch thick lump of marble that gets used for pastry making.  I had considered its use for modelling, but A) enjoying the results of the pastry making and B) not wishing to cause domestic furore  I've left well alone.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Hobbes on January 19, 2018, 11:38:44 am
I've got 2 flat objects that I use for sanding large model parts: an offcut from a stone floor tile (marble), and a glass plate made for placing a pan on. You can also get glass cutting boards (or could, at some point. It seemed a rather fad-prone materials choice for a cutting board).
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 20, 2018, 02:20:07 am

Madame R has a 18 inch square by 1 inch thick lump of marble that gets used for pastry making.  I had considered its use for modelling, but A) enjoying the results of the pastry making and B) not wishing to cause domestic furore  I've left well alone.

Wise choice  ;)

Marble stays quite cool doesn't it ? Whence its use in pastry making.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 21, 2018, 12:05:08 pm
ive hit s bit of a problem, the sanding has left thin patches on one of the wing half's,  its not trough, but part of the surround has gone clear and the ends are still fairy thick.
im going to carefully go at the ends but any other suggestions?  :-\
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 21, 2018, 01:05:28 pm
Eh?  :o

Any chance of a pic please? I don't quite understand what's happening.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 21, 2018, 01:19:56 pm
sorry Kit, ill try to explain a little clearer, being not in possession of a photo storage place.

ive got one of the wing pieces cut out
as ive sanded it, I think ive put pressure unevenly on it, so sections of the excess plastic sheet, have sanded unevenly,  the wing root and tip still have thick plastic scrap attached, but the middle of the wing scrap ( where ive had my fingers) has sanded almost right through, having gone opaque - almost clear its so thin.  no damage to the part I want, just the bit that I need to sand away being uneven.
I think its learning curve,  making certain that I apply any pressure evenly across the part to be sanded.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 21, 2018, 02:31:19 pm
Ah right, I get it now.

Yes, that's always a problem with vacforms, and the longer the bit you're sanding the worse it is. Aeroclub used to sell a pack of aluminium angle T sections with some thick double sided tape that helped sort that problem. It had a weird name which I can't remember now, but it should be easy to reproduce at your local friendly DIY store.

(Just remembered, it was called 'T-Al'. Told you it was weird..........)

Cut the ali Ts into 6" - 10" lengths and apply the double sided to the flat edge, then stick the vacform bit to the double sided. Then the angle forms a handle while you sand the surplus plastic away and it also holds it flat as well.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 22, 2018, 12:31:17 am
Until Photobucket's mass blackmail attempt we had a handy set of drawings supplied by Kitnut on site. Alas no longer there  :-\
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 22, 2018, 11:05:44 am
Thanks Kit, if its a known issue, I can cope, I just have to improve my game.   the Ali ts sound very useful, I will have to have a think, and see if I cad duplicate them on the cheap, possibly without the double sided tape  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 22, 2018, 12:17:00 pm
I've used R/C servo mounting pads in the past, Aeroclub's prices for the double-sided were a tad pricey for me.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on January 22, 2018, 12:24:00 pm
Thanks Kit, if its a known issue, I can cope, I just have to improve my game.   the Ali ts sound very useful, I will have to have a think, and see if I cad duplicate them on the cheap, possibly without the double sided tape  :banghead:

I've used R/C servo mounting pads in the past, Aeroclub's prices for the double-sided were a tad pricey for me.

Have a look at the local DIY or office supply store for something similar to Scotch-brand indoor mounting tape.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on January 23, 2018, 06:28:46 am
After a fair old rummage yesterday I found some "Vacform Modelling - a new approach" by John Adams that I downloaded eons ago, it will eventually help me with my vacform Vickers Windsor...well maybe  :angel:

No longer available direct, but it's on Brit Modeller  :thumbsup:  Hope it's of use

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234983394-vacform-modelling-tips/ (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234983394-vacform-modelling-tips/)

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 23, 2018, 11:26:28 pm
After a fair old rummage yesterday I found some "Vacform Modelling - a new approach" by John Adams that I downloaded eons ago, it will eventually help me with my vacform Vickers Windsor...well maybe  :angel:

No longer available direct, but it's on Brit Modeller  :thumbsup:  Hope it's of use

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234983394-vacform-modelling-tips/ (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234983394-vacform-modelling-tips/)

That's a real tour de force on vacform modelling, written by a master of the art!

John mentions his 'Tee-Al' stuff in there too, I spelt it phonetically of course.  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 30, 2018, 04:28:16 pm
Have a look at my mini-teach-in on vacform sanding Lawrence. It's embedded in my Welkin III build thread here :-

http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44811.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44811.new.html#new)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 31, 2018, 10:41:42 am
 :thumbsup:  thank you Kit,  it seems im doing fairly right and correct,  if cutting the collar round the parts a little large.
I just have to be careful, or my arms feel like there going to drop off  ;D
I am progressing, although  slowly,  but most importantly, im having fun doing it. 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on January 31, 2018, 11:27:47 am
:thumbsup:  thank you Kit,  it seems im doing fairly right and correct,  if cutting the collar round the parts a little large.
I just have to be careful, or my arms feel like there going to drop off  ;D
I am progressing, although  slowly,  but most importantly, im having fun doing it.

.........which is, after all, the whole purpose of the exercise!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 31, 2018, 11:46:37 am
as I have said frequently
"if it aint fun. I ant doing it!!"

the day this hobby stops being fun, I need to seriously sit down and look at what im doing.
and probably find another hobby.

but at the mo, its fun so  onward!!
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on February 01, 2018, 01:09:19 am

I am progressing, although  slowly,  but most importantly, im having fun doing it.

You, together with Kit's "how to" are also encouraging me to have a crack at one of mine  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 01, 2018, 10:39:22 am
its a rare moment I can be held up as a good example   :o

but please join us, the worst that can happen is mutual commiserations at a future show  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 01, 2018, 12:34:19 pm

......the worst that can happen is mutual commiserations at a future show  ;D


Been there, done that............

'Have you finished that '213253;lrtyjo45i' yet?

'You HAVE TO BE JOKING! It's a load of rubbish, I sanded off so much of it that there was nothing left to build!'  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 04, 2018, 04:33:35 am
ive managed to free another wing surface from the primordial plastic  :thumbsup:  im feeling rather pleased.   it sits very well dry fitting against the other ive done, so the will be glued a little later  ;D

and I got a big multi pack of wet and dry yesterday, so ive not got one sheet of fine
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 17, 2018, 06:09:08 am
in between animae  and more sanding ( all wing parts now free one wing assembled and puttied, one just gluing) I have been busy plotting and visiting
plotting, I have a ticket for  https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/free-airfix-talk-the-v-bombers-and-airfix-ki/       airfix doing a talk at cosford, I intend to make notes, and ask questions,  1:48 stuff,  especially vehicles, and why no crew in the op Herrick helos?  :wacko:
and visiting http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/tv-puppets-icons-80-years-entertainment/    they have a Lady P, and parker, captain grey, fozzie bear, in one section, and a load of the smallfilms characters in the other, including Bagpuss, the mice ( and mouse organ) Clangers, the soup dragon, and some of the Ivor the engine art and parts.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 21, 2018, 06:40:58 am
Back from Cosi.
I must do a TSR-2 in a JASDF  scheme either one of the modern blue / grey ones.  Or something like the computer game scheme with a giant character across the wing tops and tail ( similar to the cobra helo gunships from this link (   https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&biw=1822&bih=1012&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=hYSNWumjHdCtgAbchbbwCA&q=4th+anti+tank+helicopter&oq=4th+anti+tank+helicopter&gs_l=psy-ab.3...3657.12563.0.12898.20.18.2.0.0.0.138.1488.13j5.18.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.8.713...0i24k1.0.XrVnVmZgpmU     )

also got some more photos for when I do my EAP kit, but I still want to do it in green aero primer  :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 21, 2018, 07:40:46 am
I'll be at Cosford this weekend, during a visit with my #2 daughter (Did you know she was the RAF's............Oh, I told you already, OK) and I'll follow you in taking pics of the EAP. I've had a Pegasus one since the dawn of time and it's time I did something with it.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on February 22, 2018, 03:03:52 am
Back from Cosi.
I must do a TSR-2 in a JASDF  scheme either one of the modern blue / grey ones.  Or something like the computer game scheme with a giant character across the wing tops and tail ( similar to the cobra helo gunships from this link (   https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&biw=1822&bih=1012&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=hYSNWumjHdCtgAbchbbwCA&q=4th+anti+tank+helicopter&oq=4th+anti+tank+helicopter&gs_l=psy-ab.3...3657.12563.0.12898.20.18.2.0.0.0.138.1488.13j5.18.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.8.713...0i24k1.0.XrVnVmZgpmU     )

Anyone do a decal sheet for those in 1/72?  I've had a look on HLJ which seemed the obvious place but no joy.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 22, 2018, 10:40:24 am
Zenrat, for the cobras, I have no idea at all  :banghead: I would hope so, really hope so  it would wind up the joyless numptys no end.. especially as its a real scheme  :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on February 23, 2018, 01:56:00 am
I've had a better look now.
I found these.
(http://www.modelsforsale.com/catalog/images/HG02067.jpg)
(https://ssli.ebayimg.com/images/g/RD8AAOSwEeFVAw3l/s-l1600.jpg)
But no-one appears to do an aftermarket decal sheet.
Shame.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 23, 2018, 01:41:19 pm
ohh poot. :angry:
hasagawa and limited edition,  that's an arm, leg and a kidney, and no mention of scale either.  and a quick look at hobbylink japan brings up nothing.  :banghead:
 
I will have to continue looking for something for the TSR though
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 23, 2018, 02:09:48 pm
and a trawl through the hasa web site brings nothing up as well, either a current or retired

however there is a review of the double pack on the IPMS USA site of the double pack, 1:72 and $53   when got ( april 2013)   https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ah-1s-cobra-chopper-20112012-kisarazu-special.

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on February 24, 2018, 04:54:34 am
There are some of the Cobras on Evil-Bay.
Don't look if you are easilly offended.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 24, 2018, 05:07:11 am
not even going to  :banghead:  I dread to think the price.
I will have to talk to a couple of folks I know who run shops, see if they can get any ideas,  but im mainly a 48th modeller so im fairly safe.  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 04, 2018, 09:07:02 am
some time earlier I mentioned the purchase of a 1:48 chieftain, for conversion into a bridging tank, and that I couldn't find the revel bridge tank that id got for the job, re found it today  :thumbsup:  in a box on top of the wardrobe so that's come out for later.  :lol:
im still sanding bits, but its going rather more slowly than it was.
and my mind is still pin wheeling of into other directions
I must try and crack on with things.   :banghead:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on March 05, 2018, 03:44:00 am
...my mind is still pin wheeling of into other directions
I must try and crack on with things.   :banghead:

I know the problem. 

Must...finish...builds...before...starting...more...
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on March 05, 2018, 05:21:42 am
...my mind is still pin wheeling of into other directions
I must try and crack on with things.   :banghead:

I know the problem. 

Must...finish...builds...before...starting...more...

(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28377547_1571680746286601_8299302104594900742_n.jpg?oh=a97ab4832b8069be9401bbc958d310dc&oe=5B433803)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 08, 2018, 11:01:49 am
managed to sell 3 unwanted kits to day at Cosford,  had a wonder round, but nothing caught my eye so left a show with more money that I arrived with  :o  ;D
had a good chin wag with some of the guys, and we had a good few of the punters leave with a smile on their faces, so win  :thumbsup:   a few did miss ID, Kits flying wing but we were able to correct them  :wacko:
need to do a little tidying up of the things I took for display, but no real trouble.

think I may have recharged my modelling mojo, so possibly "avantie" and onwards
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on April 09, 2018, 05:50:05 am


think I may have recharged my modelling mojo, so possibly "avantie" and onwards

I find that can be one of the best things you get from a show  :thumbsup: Although it has to be said Telford can leave you shattered :sleepy:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 09, 2018, 10:41:14 am
Narses  I find that with Telford, I fall in to a "weirdly energised " state  the mind bubbles with thought, wile my feet want to drop off due to the floor ( that concrete floor is one of the hardest ive ever walked on)  and because I am close to home I don't suffer from not my bed syndrome, so sleep well
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on April 10, 2018, 05:52:50 am
Narses  I find that with Telford, I fall in to a "weirdly energised " state  the mind bubbles with thought, wile my feet want to drop off due to the floor ( that concrete floor is one of the hardest ive ever walked on)  and because I am close to home I don't suffer from not my bed syndrome, so sleep well

Yup, that floor is a bit on the old tootsies  :banghead:  I find the journey there and back now adds to my tiredness and is one reason why I'm thinking of travelling up on the Thursday this year.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 26, 2018, 01:10:20 pm
 :o  hhmm had a realisation today.
im a 1/3rd of the way through the year, and my modelling total is Nill
just no energy or enthusiasm  :banghead:
stuff in the other less interesting but bill paying part of "life" has been getting in the way, and has currently sucked the fun out of things.

im hoping that some finer weather, and a bit of a tidy up may be a positive spur.  ive found a part built airfix 1:35 chally2, and a MDF 28mm detached house which may be the next projects, and a  zip lock poly bag with the bits that got bird striked of my navy Tonka, so that can get fixed as well. :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 27, 2018, 09:47:54 am
:(
well me and my big mouth
I may be rather erratic a-round these parts for a few days/ weeks,  Mrs SPs mum passed away last night / early this morning. 
im both tired and rather shocky at the mo, so im afraid that its a short message, as im having trouble lining up thoughts, and words in the correct order, for them to make any kind of sense.
Ill probably be lurking, but may well be posting less often than of late.

I may have said something similar to this a couple of years ago, but it bears repeating

go careful guys, and let those you love, know it :)
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on April 27, 2018, 06:23:09 pm
That is not good to hear.

Condolences and commiserations.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on April 27, 2018, 09:49:20 pm
That is not good to hear.

Condolences and commiserations.

Seconded - hope you're all feeling better soon.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on April 28, 2018, 01:59:42 am
Yup condolences to you and Mrs SP. Look after her and yourself mate
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 28, 2018, 05:12:23 am
Thank you for the kind words, gents I will pass them along to Mrs SP as well.

this one was far more of a surprise as even as recently as Wednesday when Mrs Sp spoke to her she was well and firing on all cylinders,  she seemed a little off on Thursday afternoon when Mrs Sp and her sister visited, and we got the call from the care home at 21:40 Thursday night,  we arrived at the local A+E and got taken through in under 30 minutes ( alarm bells start to ring around then ).  MiL was not in a good way, and we stayed with her till 01:30 when the Dr on duty said that she was going up to a ward,  we got the call at 05:00 Friday morning asking us to get in as fast as poss.   She had passed away before we had got back.
we have to sort out death certs and stuff now.
as I said  above yesterday evening, we were both utterly bush, and both still are exhausted today.  The hard work will start Monday or Tuesday depending on hospital cert availability.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: scooter on April 28, 2018, 09:57:25 am
Condolences as well.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 28, 2018, 10:00:35 am
Oh dear Lawrence, that's so sad.

My sympathies are with you and Mrs. SP too.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rick Lowe on April 28, 2018, 02:09:31 pm
Always worse when you don't have that period in which to make your goodbyes and come to terms with the issue. OTOH, it's a blessing when it's quick.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 29, 2018, 02:24:44 am
Again gents, thank you from both Mrs SP and myself

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on April 29, 2018, 03:23:57 am
Drum roll please...

managed to finish something  :thumbsup:
one 4Ground detached house in 28mm wargames scale

0 figures 1 piece of scenery 0 models.

and oh boy does it feel good, and like an achievement.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on April 29, 2018, 05:33:16 am
Well done mate  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 05, 2018, 10:31:30 am
Its taken a wile to get the death cert sorted, ( a little longer than id have liked, not pointing the finger, but the council, and the coroners office, were both fast, efficient, polite and helpful, draw your own conclusions regarding the 3rd party in the puzzle)
we will be speaking to the celebrant and funeral director on tues and the funeral is a couple of weeks later, ( we hope)  need to get announcements in the local papers where Mum in Law lived.

In modelling news ive cracked open the airfix ( ex trumpy) Challenger2,  got because at the time it was cheap, and a non-desert version ( ive the tamy version for that)  I may have been spoiled rather by Tamiya production values, but the kit itself is rather flashy, the plastic is rather waxy, and the parts fit in places is "well close enough" the gun mantlet is very sloppy.  but its going together and according to the reviews ive read, the right shape so  :thumbsup:. its not fighting me at the mo, so its better than my most recent tank kit  <_<

Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 06, 2018, 05:42:08 am
Glad things are sorted mate.

I must admit when I had to deal with my mum's I was really surprised at just how friendly, helpful and efficient everybody who I had to deal with was  :thumbsup:

its not fighting me at the mo, so its better than my most recent tank kit  <_<


Some times that's all you want
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on May 06, 2018, 12:57:12 pm
Glad things are sorted mate.

I must admit when I had to deal with my mum's I was really surprised at just how friendly, helpful and efficient everybody who I had to deal with was  :thumbsup:


Relieved to hear that sorting things out wasn't too challenging.  I too  found officialdom extremely helpful and understanding when dad died three years ago.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 06, 2018, 01:37:25 pm
Thank you gents, yes, it is the one time you want everything to go smoothly and without hitches.

I have regular run ins with it during the day job, when some one calls in for another person we have to ask why?  and it is the hardest part of the job, loud, aggressive or obnoxious you  can laugh off, ( or put the call down on)  but having some one fall apart as they are trying to do it is hart wrenching, it really can take it out of you, especially if you get several in a single day.

On the tank front, slow progress is being maintained, I may not be breaking any records in building it, but I am enjoying doing so  :thumbsup:

In other news Mrs SP and myself were invited to a BBQ at a couple of our friends house this afternoon, which was lovely, nice food, and good company, and I got to increase some-one else's stash  :thumbsup:  those of you at cosford would know I won a set of 1:72 hussars on the tombola,  :unsure:  neither my wargaming scale or era, but another friend who was at the Barbie is a big fan of them, so got to make some one smile.  <_<
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 07, 2018, 03:14:44 am
sideways, ever sideways  :unsure:
in an effort to get some more space, a further tidying has been done.  :thumbsup:
refound my 1:48 TSR2 stash, I thought it was 3 airframes, ( 1 RAF with asymmetric bluewater, 1 RAF grey green with brimstones and LGB, 1 JASDF blue / dark blue "pain plane" with big decals over the wing top)  but huzza! it was 4  :wacko:,  Mrs SP made an excellent suggestion as I was starting to say the 3rd option,  " pink and hello Kitty ",  so I may well have all 4 airframes spoken for now.
    I think the 4th airframe will wind up the JMNs to a wonderfully high extent, and make board children smile and point, so win / win as far as im concerned.
also managed to get the pile of railway books that have been sitting round waiting to be shelved put away, relocated my Sassy gal saloon, and my waterline ( captain Nemo) nautilus. If I don't write things down and pin them to my stash list I forget ive got them, which makes delving in cupboards an exercise in surprise  ;D

at the mo things are looking better. 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on May 07, 2018, 03:21:42 am
IMO a pink Hello Kitty should be the full Stratos IV not just an ordinary TSR2.  It'd take a bit of work to produce one in The Wrong Scale but would get the JMNs thinking "did they?".

 :mellow:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 07, 2018, 03:53:11 am
 :wacko: :wacko: :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:   mwahahahahahaha
why Zenrat  that is just so right

I will have to look into doing so  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2018, 05:50:54 am
I won a set of 1:72 hussars on the tombola, 

Napoleonic I presume ? But which nation and maker. There's some nice stuff around and I keep being tempted
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 07, 2018, 06:12:50 am
zeveda black hussars I think   Narses  deffo Naps, hence very much not my scale or era.  but raised a smile from the person I gave them to.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2018, 06:37:43 am
Ah right, so Prussian ?

I recently found a 25mm Han Chinese army (Es sex Miniatures) and a 15mm Sassanian one (Battle Honours ?) Got rid of most of my others years ago. Kept this two as they were favourites, and lucky  ;D
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2018, 07:23:50 am

IMO a pink Hello Kitty should be the full Stratos IV not just an ordinary TSR2.  It'd take a bit of work to produce one in The Wrong Scale but would get the JMNs thinking "did they?".

 :mellow:


A 'Cunning Plan' if ever I heard one.  :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 10, 2018, 08:16:21 am
dentist apt this AM so day off,  so Roadwheels,  not as major as OJL and the monster hes building, but progress for me  <_<
and more moving stuff round and repacking of other things, just trying to get some space in the modelling room, I think I may have got somewhere.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 22, 2018, 12:54:34 pm
Yesterday was the funeral service for mum in law,  we had a reasonable turn out, from her friends, and neighbours, and some of the fellow volunteers from the dean forest line, wile it was hard to see them all  again, it was a pleasure to do so, and we may have left one final JMN mine with them, I may have mentioned previously that my father in law was both a railway modeller, and volunteered at dean forest on the buffet on the DMU, with mum in law,  he rebuilt one of his OO DMUs to the same as the one on the dean forest, buffet stand and all,  we were able to give that to them, so if it shows in the DMU anyone who knows can have a smile, and any one who moans "that  its not right" will be asked what they think there riding in  ;D
the weather was good sunny and not too hot, and the Forest of Dean crem is set in present rolling forest, a pleasant send off, and wile im feeling rather hollow and fragile, I do feel better, as does Mrs SP, so small steps back to normality ( well as close as we get)  :thumbsup:

keep up the good work folks, the site is a wonderful way of finding a smile  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on May 24, 2018, 07:07:10 am
Glad it went as well as can be expeted mate. As you say the Forest of Dene is a lovely spot
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 24, 2018, 11:01:37 am

 As you say the Forest of Dene is a lovely spot


One reason why I live right here.  ;D

Good to hear about the DMU buffet model, I'll keep an eye out for it next time I'm riding the local rails.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 28, 2018, 06:38:08 am
in a sudden splodge of paint efficiency
more stuff done  :thumbsup:
4 Games Workshop sisters of battle

4 figures 1 piece of scenery 0 models.

I may be more amazed by this than many others  :lol:  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 29, 2018, 01:08:27 pm
in #826 above   Zenrat, kit and myself discussed the beginnings of a wonderful plan.
wile at the starshipmodeler site today I found this
https://starshipmodeler.biz/shop/index.cfm/product/2100_162/148-tsr-2-meteor-sweeper-conversion-for-airfix.html#reviews
resin bits to do just that..
I must save some cash up   :wacko:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on May 30, 2018, 04:53:47 am
Ho ho ho.
 :thumbsup:


I love it when a plan looks like it might be starting to come together.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 30, 2018, 01:04:25 pm
 Now that looks to be a potential winner there.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 11, 2018, 10:56:28 am
well bit the bullet and ordered the resin bits,  :wacko:
hopefully it wont take too long for the package to arrive, and then itll be plane time.
just need to get some hello kitty decals....    I have a Goth friend I must ask a bought them again,  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 16, 2018, 11:56:14 am
trying to get back into doing stuff
so painted up 4 crooked dice  time lift security with rifles, added a small cylinder under th4e fore grip and barrel of 3, to give them grenade launchers

8 figures 1 piece of scenery 0 models.

ive stuck another few bits onto the chally, and feel reasonably good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2018, 04:56:05 am


ive stuck another few bits onto the chally, and feel reasonably good  :thumbsup:

Good to hear  :thumbsup:


so painted up 4 crooked dice  time lift security with rifles, added a small cylinder under th4e fore grip and barrel of 3, to give them grenade launchers


Now is that 4 members of a security unit who protect a lift (elevator for our US cousins) that can take you from one time zone to another or something completely different and I'm being far to literal ?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 17, 2018, 10:53:08 am
bang on sir !
the game they are from has the said device in Battersea power station, and sort of falls between captain scarlet ( which they very closely resemble), tourchwood, primeval, and some of the 70s oddball series, but there main opponents are dinosaurs, Vikings, and similar oddness.  :thumbsup:
http://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/product/time-lift-pistols/
http://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/product/time-lift-rifles/
give you some idea of what they look like.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 18, 2018, 01:59:55 am
Ah, cheers mate  :thumbsup:

By the way have you been to Battersea Power Station lately ? When they removed the gasometer that stood between it and the Dog's Home they revealed an extremely suspicious, extremely large hole that had been under said gasometer. I did wonder why it was there ;) *

* The hole that is. The power station was coal fired so the by product was town gas, but the size of that hole ?
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 18, 2018, 04:01:38 am
Ah, cheers mate  :thumbsup:

By the way have you been to Battersea Power Station lately ? When they removed the gasometer that stood between it and the Dog's Home they revealed an extremely suspicious, extremely large hole that had been under said gasometer. I did wonder why it was there ;) *

* The hole that is. The power station was coal fired so the by product was town gas, but the size of that hole ?

Its where the big pig lived...
(https://cdn.pastemagazine.com/www/articles/PINKFLOYDANIMALS2horiz.jpg)

Battersea is a great example of industrial architecture.  It's a shame that when they tore down Croydon power station they only left the one chimney.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 18, 2018, 01:55:24 pm
Narses to be honest you can count the number of time ive been to London on the fingers of 1 hand ( including school trips) , and the number ive spent wondering round unescorted on the thumb  ;D
my view of London is mainly from the BBC ( news, Dr who, day of the triffids) other TV shows ( Avengers etc)  The odd film, The Peter grant series of books by Ben Aaronovitch, and various RPG games, so is very various, as it goes from many Victorian eras, through the several versions of the 20th century, and into several todays and tomorrows.  :unsure:
Its mainly due to the bother (+ cost) of getting there, and then having to work out where I want to go, and having to pay to do so, most shops I want are out side it, and very few of the museums and building I want to visit are inside it. ( insert shrug emote here)
ill get there and round bits one day  <_< 
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 19, 2018, 01:58:37 am
I spent years going to London every day for work.  It's over-rated.  There a few good bits and it's easy to get around due to the public transport network but I don't miss it.

For a different view of London try Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 19, 2018, 05:39:37 am

Its where the big pig lived...


Until it flew away  ;D

It's a shame that when they tore down Croydon power station they only left the one chimney.


And we now have a generation or two who think it was built as part of the IKEA site  :banghead:

As for London ? Well liked Zen' I traveled there every day for work and yes it is a bit overrated, but I've now taken quite a few overseas visitors around, mainly American, and when you see it through their eyes you understand what the fuss is about. Even Croydon, where I was born, bred and live, became fascinating seen through their eyes  :o
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Steel Penguin on June 19, 2018, 10:32:56 am
Zen,  neverwhere ( book and series) is one of my view points for the 90s.  And is a perfect setting for a role playing game, you just need a decent tube map to run it, preferably one with all the closed stations on it, even better all the proposed stations as that really messes with peoples minds.  :thumbsup:
I admit London has a wonderful base level for weirdness, what with the tube, the hidden rivers, post office railway, the necropolis railways etc, and that's before you get to the stuff that was proposed but never built, like the 4 orbital motorways, if I had a goodly length of time and cash I wouldn't mind having a good explore, but time / cash/ other stuff  :unsure:
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: zenrat on June 20, 2018, 04:46:40 am
When we live in or visit a city often then we rarely see it as we could.
After living close to Melbourne for 15 years it took taking visitors into town to make me look up at what was above the shop awnings.  Turns out there is some amazing art deco architecture up there.

The part of central London I knew best was the South bank area centred on Waterloo.  From what was County Hall to Borough Market.  And I have recently discovered that my Paternal Grandmother's family came from this area.  Generations of them toiled in the area and died in the poorhouses of Southwark.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: Rheged on June 20, 2018, 07:19:03 am
When we live in or visit a city often then we rarely see it as we could.
After living close to Melbourne for 15 years it took taking visitors into town to make me look up at what was above the shop awnings.  Turns out there is some amazing art deco architecture up there.

It's amazing what you can see above the shop windows. I used to take guided history walks around Carlisle; locals were nearly always astonished at what they found in the city they had lived in for decades.   Generally speaking, no one ever really looks above eyebrow  or below belt buckle height.
Title: Re: Steel Penguins braying
Post by: NARSES2 on June 21, 2018, 06:11:46 am

It's amazing what you can see above the shop windows.

Absolutely. When I took my American friends around Croydon early one Sunday I was ready with explanations for it's Elizabethan (16thC one  :rolleyes:) buildings, but not some of the Victorian/Edwardian architecture which was only visible if you looked above the modern shop fronts. Lived in the place all my life and I was stunned.


The part of central London I knew best was the South bank area centred on Waterloo.  From what was County Hall to Borough Market.  And I have recently discovered that my Paternal Grandmother's family came from this area.  Generations of them toiled in the area and died in the poorhouses of Southwark.


An interesting area, from the Brutalism of the Festival Hall to the Victorian pubs of the Borough. You wouldn't recognise the market now mate, gone all middle class and gastro. Some great stuff for sale though and the pubs are still  :cheers: