Friday 27 December 2013

In a Galaxy not that far away!


Some time ago I mentioned obtaining some great old OOP West End Games Star Wars figures. In the time between then and now I've been painting some of them up and thought I'd show them here. Now I have quite a lot of Tatooine flavoured stuff so I based them desert-fashion. That said I do not yet have anything resembling desert terrain so the figures are photographed on my usual grass matt which feels all wrong.

 Now without further ado:

Some desert-dwellers

Staff at the Cantina

Mos Eisley Residents

Jabba's Muscle (certainly not his brain...)

And finally the proverbial Local Yokel, about to have his Galaxy turned upside down...

I still have quite a lot of Tatooine themed figures awaiting basing and coating but had to order more bases from Renedra. Amongst these are about all the available Bounty hunters including the famous Boba Fett...
Talking philosophically about these miniatures: at the moment I am more into them from a collecting point of view. As such basing should not be a problem, but my present collection has two main angles. These are Tatooine, as already stated, and some space-station/ Star Destroyer kind of theme. The latter needs an all together different approach base-wise. No real decent bases are available so I need to get converting or get my friend Mark to laser me something. I might just know what that should be but I am keeping it to myself for now.

Anyway hope you like these and keep your eyes peeled for more in the (nearish)  future!

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Blunderbuss" by Jack White

Tuesday 24 December 2013

The Saga continues and Seasonal Greetings!


Huzzah the Holidays have arrived, 2 weeks off from work. Well I need to correct some tests, but other than that I'm free as a bird. So Sunday evening I have managed to finish my regiment of Napoleonic French Dragoons. Since they are Italeri figures, and the paint doesn't adhere to their plastic as well as to HäT's or Ceasar's, I wanted to give them a spray-coat of matt varnish. My spray-can was empty so I took the lad along and went to the local GW retailer. Funnily enough this shares it's premisses with a flower-shop and is run by two twin-sisters which I have come to know fairly well over the years. While the rants against GW policy has been going on for years the ladies have always been pretty positive and have had a very large offering of the assortment for sale.So when I went on the look for the varnish cans, one of them appeared at my shoulder and said: "take anything you want it all has 50% off". A bit flabbergasted I asked why the huge sale. "Oh we've had enough of GW's antics, we're closing the GW section of the shop down." And voila another one bites the dust!

This shop, located in the heart of a thriving neighbourhood organising and participating in diverse conventions and tournaments is finally forced to close down. They are thinking of still offering a table or two for youngsters to come and play on but all good things must come to an end I guess...
Si due to the sale, no varnish in the house alas, I went away with December's WD (got it for €4,- but that's still too steep a price imho) and some paints, and a very nasty gut feeling!

Still tonight is Christmas Eve and while the rain is positively hammering the windows and I'm a bit queasily anticipating tonight's over-copious diner, I thought, let's put up a post with some nice pictures of the newest regiment of dragoons. They depict the 13th regiment, which was faced yellow if I'm not mistaken. Since they still have not been varnished no flock has been added yet but otherwise they're all ready to go.

Very Merry Christmas to you all!

Cheers Sander

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