Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wednesday Workbench

Wednesday Workbench 20140226


This is what I’m working on right now.

We finally got our Christmas presents to ourselves over the weekend: a couch to better fill our upstairs den/office space and a new desk (to accommodate and compliment the couch).  We’re still moving in around the new furniture; I’ve got a TON of work to do on my desk.

Needing to sort out my workspace is definitely jamming up my hobby.  Worse yet, work is keeping so busy, it’s definitely jamming up sorting out my workspace.



On the bright side, I did finish my rebs before the other shoe dropped; I just need to find time to photograph them.

Frank Underwood: WAAC

Frank Underwood Paints Minis

If you’re not watching the US, Netflix-produced House of Cards, you probably should be.

It’s not a spoiler to mention that, in Season 2, the protagonist picks up painting minis.

I, of course, find this hilarious.  If I had more time, I’d spam the internet with the above screengrab (in higher resolution) tagged with stuff like:


and, of course:


(because dang, bro).

I’m sure there are more.  But, like I said, time.

Wednesday Workbench

20140212 Wednesday Workbench

Not much on the table just the moment: I started and finished a batch of Rebs (Grogan x2, Judawan x1, Sorak x1, Zee x2) over the weekend, which is pretty fast for me, and all I’ve got left is the Teraton and the Kraaw from the Rebs starter/booster.  If I can steal some time I don’t have, I might actually make progress on them this week.  I feel like I’ve been making very good, very fast progress on these: especially considering how much work travel I’ve been doing.

Anyway, once the Rebs are done, I might try to start on the few Mercs I have… or I might do the terrain.  I really want to knock out the terrain, but feel like I need to make heads or tails of how I plan to arrange it, first.

I really need to put these dudes in a lightbox and get some decent pictures, too.

White Dwarf & Visions

So, White Dwarf and Visions…

I just got back from travelling, and have been playing catchup: both in actually flipping through mags and in shoveling the quicksand that is my RSS feeds.  



White Dwarf

It’s trimmed some fat, which is nice I guess. That it’s weekly is, for me, terrible.

For me, White Dwarf died when they made it punitively difficult for folks to subscribe to, effectively requiring people to go into the store to buy it. Hell, I still have a coupon for White Dwarf left in my wallet; I’ve missed the past 5 or six. That they’ve got this expectation I’m going to screw up my commute every week to pick this is up is very much wrong.

It’s also more expensive.  $4/week gets us to $12 (with the occasional $16) / month, up from $10.

I, like many folks, will probably pick it up when it looks interesting, and not bother 80% of the time. I’ll also probably buy it digitally when I do.



Warhammer: Visions

YES.  This is what I want.  200 pages of glossy miniporn.

That’s basically all I can say.  A smallish, thick volume of high-quality pictures of gorgeous minis that I can turn to for inspiration and ideas.

If I have one complaint (and it’s only one, and trifling): what little text is there is awful.  Because it’s translated into three languages, it’s simplistic to the point of being useless.

Actual, complete text:

  • Gandalf the Grey is a wise and powerful old wizard.”
  • “Exocrines are artillery beasts that unleash blasts of deadly bio-plasma.”
  • “Trygons can launch attacks from beneath the ground.”

You don’t say?

Look, if that’s all you’re going to say: don’t bother.  Make the pictures bigger.

Anyway, I’m hot for Visions.  I’m subscribing.

(Also, I’m really surprised how many people are wrong about disagree about Visions.)

Wednesday Workbench

Wednesday Workbench 20140205

This is a bit deceptive: I’m TDY at the moment, so this snapshot’s from Sunday evening, not [sometime on] Wednesday.  I’m happy enough with these guys; they’re almost done; I just have some highlighting on black to do and metallic bits before I hit ’em with varnish.

Again, not bad. I could do a better job here, but I’m painting pretty quickly for me and it’s better to be Done than Bogged Down with these Deadzone minis.

Once they’re wrapped, I figure I’ll tackle the last of the remaining Rebs: the Teraton (the last starter figure), the Kraaw, Judwan, Zees, and Heavy Weapons Team (seven figures).