Saturday, April 14, 2012

Getting Basic Part 2 - Painting a Flying Stand

In Getting Basic Part 1, we discussed the construction and detailing of a flying stand suitable for a fairly large Forge World model, the Tau Tigershark. This flying stand can be used for any number of the Forge World flying models, though I would suggest if you use these techniques for a Thunderhawk to consider slightly larger raw materials to handle the weight.

In part 2, we will have a look at how this flying stand was painted, describing the colours and basic techniques used, and including lots of photos of the finished product. All of these images are clickable to view in close up so you can see some of the details more clearly. Unless otherwise stated, we are using the name equivalents of the recently replaced Games Workshop paint line if you wish to duplicate this scheme. With the recent Games Workshop paint range name changes, I recommend getting a copy of their colour equivalency chart. The new colours are not perfect matches for the old colours, but close enough that you can get similar results.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting Basic Part 1 - Building a Flying Stand

Some of you may wonder what I've been up to, as I haven't been updating my painting progress hereabouts for a while. Well, it doesn't mean I haven't been painting. Just haven't had much time to write about it.

So I decided I'd treat you with one of the projects I have been working on this past month.

This is a flying stand that I made for a friend for his Forge World Tau Tigershark. He had a fairly simple requirement that it just "look better than the chunky block of wood and steel pin" he was already using, and he wanted it in time for Adepticon 2012. So I decided to treat him with something a little nicer.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Forge World New Release: Tartaros Terminator Armour

Another day, another new Forge World release.

Tartaros Pattern Terminator Armour
with power fist and twin linked/ storm bolter.
Today Forge World announced a new pattern of Tactical Dreadnought Armour,

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Warlord Games' Ruined Hamlet Plastic Terrain Set

"To be, or not to be..." That is the great question spoken by the Hamlet of William Shakespeare.

Well, Warlord answers that question with their new Bolt Action plastic Ruined Hamlet.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Forgeworld New Release: 2012 40K Show Only Models

Forgeworld has been busy today. They have created a tradition of new Forge World event only models, having something new and fresh every year. Some are very highly regarded and desired. I predict this years will be one such.

Forgeworld New Release: Space Marine Rapier Laser Destroyer

Forgeworld continues its trend of delivering heresy era pattern Space Marines, armour and equipment.

Here's another great new release from Forgeworld.

Forgeworld New Release: Minotaurs Special Characters

Today Forgeworld showcased their newest releases. The Minotaurs Space Marine special characters.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Unexpected Sabbatical

This is a message to all my readers and friends who have been wondering where I have been for the last month and a half and have emailed me or PMed me to inquire about my lack of posting and see if I'm Ok.

I truly appreciate the concern and wanted to respond here to let you all know that I am OK. Unfortunately, I took an unexpected sabbatical from the hobby, and blogging in general, when it was confirmed in early January that my father had cancer of the liver accompanied by a massive blood clot. I spent much of that time with him, visiting, talking, and spending some quality time together, as well as bolstering his spirits to fight the horrible disease.

Unfortunately, on January 19, 2012, my father passed away due to complications with the blood clot. It was quick, and unexpected, as he was starting to show signs of improvement on his chemotherapy. Needless to say, this was a powerful emotional blow to me and my family, and afterwards I decided to take a full month hiatus from actively hobbying and blogging in order to support my mother emotionally, and to assist her with all of the details that needed sorting with respect to the burial, funeral services, etc.

Some of you, who are my close friends, were well aware of this, and were very supportive, either by being at the visitation, or the funeral, or being there in spirit and sending me personal PMs, emails, and text messages to let me know you were thinking of me and my family. For this I am truly grateful as it helped me get by when my mind was still and my emotions began to well up.

It's still hard most days, but things are getting better, and I have many of you to thank for helping me through the first difficult month. I can think of nothing more difficult than losing an immediate family member this way. I can only take solace in the fact that I did take the time to spend with my father while we were able, and we left nothing unsaid.

Thank you for your patience, and your heartfelt messages. It means a lot.

So, what of my hobby plans, and plans for the blog?

Well, I will return, though it may be at a slow pace at first. I have many projects planned, or in the works. Some of you have already seen the MK1 Land Raider and Predator tanks that I showcased on the YouTube channel. And I know some of you are champing at the bit to see the wonderful Ork Battleship/Wagon that I received, and have now repaired. And others are looking forward to seeing me return to working on my Ork Army, which is sadly never going to be painted in the original time frame I set, so I will have to rework that time table, but it will be done.
What else do I have planned?

Well, my friends and I are considering what to do for 2012. In 2011, we ran a map based Warhammer 40K campaign which culminated in a massive Apocalypse game to determine the result. And we are now trying to decide what to do for this year. Will we do a "Badab War" based campaign, or a "Doom of Mymeara" campaign? Or perhaps we will return to the Map Based campaign we have just concluded to see what happens next. Plus, 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary of Warhammer 40K and I've been feeling the urge to revisit my Crimson Fists.

And that's just scratching the surface of the hobby with a single genre, and I still remain very interested in Warhammer, as well as other miniature game systems like Heavy Gear, Battletech, and even Star Wars (which has some promise for the future), to name but a few.

There is a lot to look forward to for the rest of this year, and I hope that you all enjoy following along.

Thanks for all the support!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

CAUTION: Bonds Skin Instantly Now on YouTube

Welcome back dear readers and fellow hobby and table top miniature game enthusiasts. The new year is settling in quite nicely. Everybody in the miniatures hobby world seems to have great plans and lots of projects lined up. Naturally, Caution: Bonds Skin Instantly is no exception. What started out as a little personal blog has done quite well in the last year, with almost 20,000 views now, which I found quite surprising and inspiring when I learned. I do my best to keep the blog up to date and relevant, with quality content, photos, and articles, even though it is done purely for a hobby.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy Holidays

Hello Everybody,

I just wanted to take a moment from my holiday break to wish a Happy Holidays to all our readers out there. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, or whichever other special holiday you celebrate at this time of year, and that the New Year promises health and happiness to all.

The year 2011 has been very difficult for many of us, including myself and my family. But the holidays reminded us of all the wonderful people and blessings we have in our lives, and I wish only the same kind of blessings upon you.

To all my family, friends, and readers, thank you for being so supportive and caring. You are all blessings, and each and every one of you makes the hardships life throws in our paths easier to bear.

Thank you for your continued support and for returning to my musings as frequently as you do, and I promise to do my best to keep it interesting and informative.

Happy New Year, everybody!