The Phalanx is Done

Well if you remember, I said I wouldn’t get much done on these this evening as I would be off gallivanting in the caravan, well… I didn’t!

I got it all sorted this morning with the change of tyre and jockey wheel only to find the off side had decided not to turn!

We went out for the day…Puffins and on the way back the clutch went on the car!

So we stayed in and I got to finish my Greeks… every cloud has a silver lining as they say!

So there they are, the final six stands. Here we have the full phalanx…

Hopefully I will get the whole army based, or at least get all the bases painted.

Regarding the printer, Amazon has sent me a refund, so this evening I ordered a new printer. I have managed to get a better ( and bigger) Printer for £10 less than my Zero. This time I have gone for an ELEGOO Mars. I could have gone for the pro, but it seemed to be an extra £100 fir an inch and a half higher build capacity. It should be here by Tuesday.

I might have to start on my mates miniatures soon too.

I Ran out of Steam…

So tonight I thought would crack on with the final six bases, I didn’t start until nearly 21.00 so unfortunately I failed in my attempt to get them finished….

Cloth, plumes weapons and shields still to do. I reckon if I hadn’t run out of steam then these would be at the same stage as the rest. It’s a bit annoying, but I might take them with me in the caravan tomorrow.

I am hoping I will be able to post something tomorrow, as we are off gallivanting then I am sure the other blog will get an airing.

To be honest, my other blog was going to feature these things…

What are these strange things bobbing around in the sea in various locations around Shetland? Answers on a postcard please…out of interest the big white building in the photo is Bixter shop… to the far left (out of shot) you can often see seals hauled up on the rocks.

Fifteen Down… Six to Go

Yeah, someone forgot three bases that were sitting there in plain view. So as they were pretty easy to sort out so I went for these first…

So we still have these to go…

Hopefully I will get some of them done tomorrow, I am taking the caravan away on Saturday night so I may not get them all done this weekend, but I shall try.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed doing these, I think they were as easy as I had hoped they would be. Basically a lot of bronze and a lot of flesh with a few tunics and cloth thrown in for good measure. As I said in yesterday’s post … the transfers were a godsend, and the Contrast paint has also helped.

The printer is still buggered, so my extra couple of Astartes are still waiting to be printed. To be honest my list of STL’s is now vast and will take a while (a century) to print.

Twelve Down… Six to Go

Tonight, I decided I was going to just go for it and got the next four bases done nearly to completion. There are a couple of white bits on a couple of hands and helmets but they are pretty much there…

The new ones are the two by two block in the middle of the phalanx… yes I now have what feels like a phalanx 🙂. I have six bases left so I could add a third row to the above and have some form of depth.

These transfers are certainly growing on me, perhaps it is that these shields didn’t have annoying dory in the way so they went on easily. I am so pleased I forked out the money to get them, if I had hand painted anything on, like I have done in the past, then I would still be on the second base, not the twelfth.

This is what I have left…

Now this army can fight my Greek undead or even Aztecs, but part of me thinks they really need to fight some Persians 🙄… that’s my birthday sorted out!

The Museum Miniatures z range Persians are really nice, there again so are their Indian range, okay my chaps are a bit early for excursions into the heart if India… but they do have elephants 😉.

Let’s see what Rabbit hole I fall down now….

More Greeks Done

It was a bit of a busy evening today, but I managed to get the second group of four bases done and then made a start on the third set.

They are flanked by the original four bases. There were a couple of transfers that really went on badly. The one directly behind the rearing bull went totally squint.

So as you know I went on the Frost Kickstarter, well Iain has done another Kickstarter through My mini Factory. And as I had backed the Frost I got a preorder discount, well for £21 I would be silly to give it a miss….

Here is the link if you want to go looking for yourselves…. interestingly enough since taking the above screen shot the total pledged has passed $22000 with 804 backers.i got on board about an hour after the thing started and I was 500 plus on the backer list… quite a popular set methinks!

Greeks, Greeks and More Greeks

Yes tonight I carried on with the next four bases… now to be honest I could have been a lot tidier at times. I may go over bits, but en masse the errors may not be noticeable….

Really just the shields (front and back) and the weapons to do. I decided on dyed linen cuirass for some of them. Tomorrow I should hopefully get this lot finished, including the shield fronts.

I came home tonight and got straight on with the caravan. I got it jacked up and got the first wheel off. With a bitter of nifty hammer work and WD40 on the brake cable I managed to get the wheel brake released. I took each nut off and put them in a bag, only to find when I came to put them back on again then one was missing. Luckily I have an old caravan in bits, so a wheel but was an easy sort out.

Second wheel gave me a little more trouble, but in the end we won.

Evidently I released the brakes as when I got up after throwing more WD40 at the back supports. I leaned against it and it shot forward. The Rav 4 couldn’t move it that easily so either I fixed them or I should change my name to Hercules!

Greek Shields and Printer Woes

Tonight I got the transfers put, rather clumsily, onto the shield fronts… obviously I need a bit of practice…

I made a start on another set of four bases. I would have managed more, but I decided to get the new motherboard into the printer. It actually wasn’t too bad, apart from the fact they had used some strange red gunk to hold things in place. I made sure that I put things on the new board as soon as they came out of the old. I switched It on and voila… still didn’t work properly. It did exactly the same as before, up and down works fine, just not printing. I even left it for a while in ‘print mode’ to see if the print place would descend. It didn’t, but the uv lights certainly came on. I have contacted Anycubic again to see if they have any further ideas.

I tried moving the caravan today and Lo and behold the bloody brakes are locked on… I actually didn’t swear too much. We had left the handbrake off, but when the gales arrived then we put it on… and evidently forgot! My job tomorrow is to get the thing jacked up and get the wheels off and get the brake drum smacked with a hammer until the wheels turn again.

A Crap Old Day

It truly has been a bit of a crap day, the loss of Smudge has been tempered a bit by the knowledge that we will be getting a kitten in a couple of months.

The vet was lovely, she allowed us in the room with him when he went, she wasn’t supposed to, due to Covid restrictions, but it really did help us.

We have had him since 2005. We hand reared him and half the litter from about a week old. He was the runt if the litter and the vet warned us that he might not see out the night. Ironically he is the last survivor of the litter. When they came to us they were dirty grey wriggling things. They had been fed cows milk and kept in newspaper, so they got a bath in an ice cream tub. He is called smudge as we couldn’t get the muck off his nose, then we realised he was actually black and white.

We lost the first of his litter at six weeks and tabby at 9 years… he was called tabby as he was the tabby kitten that we weren’t keeping…🙄.

He would have been sixteen this October, my wife was heavily pregnant when we got them, she reckoned that as she couldn’t sleep then she might as well feed kittens overnight.

So here he is the daft old softy…

Spot the Difference

So this evening I got everything to the point of getting the transfers onto the shields then I read the instructions!

After spending an age painting bronze shields, I then had to repaint them white. You can see why on the right hand shield above.

I will get the new ones covered tomorrow. These transfers aren’t like I am used to, they have a sticky front that you apply to the shield then you wet the backing paper and remove it. I reckon I will need a bit of practice as the backing paper hides the shield.

More Work on the Greeks

So this evening I managed to get somewhere with the first four bases of heavies…

Nowhere near finished, but definitely a lot less white on them than yesterday… there is a great deal of bronze on these, as one might expect. Hopefully the shield transfers will brighten the front ends up a bit.

I got a parcel today, my new motherboard has arrived…

I am a bit nervous putting it in, as the printer is still under warranty… okay to be fair we are sitting at 10 months since I had it, so the warranty is close to the end, but this is new tech too and, although I have built a pc years ago, I am just a bit twitchy that I will balls it up.

I decided not to do it this evening as I wanted something to distract me tomorrow, unfortunately my old cat, who we hand raised from two weeks is having to go to the vets, and I am thinking that it will be a one way journey for him. He is now 16 years old and his mental faculties are really starting to go, he will start shouting for us when he has lost us, problem is we are in the room with him. He will then chase me to feed him, after I have just fed him. He is starting to poop wherever he is, often a couple of feet away from the litter tray, we have so many now because he was doing it in every room. He attacked the dog yesterday for no apparent reason… as. A vet friend said, better a day to early than a day too late. I know it is for the best, but my kids are going to be devastated. I really do think we have run out of straws to clutch at.