Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lead Adventure Forum: Build Something Contest II

Here are some photos of my entry:

I only recently put together the "work in progress" shot at the top, but in hindsight I should have submitted that for the comp!

There are some fabulous entries to this competition. Having observed the calibre of work (that you come to expect with the LAF crowd!) I thought it was time I pushed my self just a little bit further and sculpted my very first full miniature: the big statue with the mask. So then I sculpted another, and another, and another... well, they didn't all make it to the final cut but it certainly opens up possibilities for future projects.

So, if you're hanging around with not much to do, make sure you drop by LAF, check out some amazing model scenery and get voting!

Mise en abyme

Well, after a hard slog, the cover for the Sydney University Student Anthology is up and ready to go. The books have been printed, the diorama set up in the Co-Op Bookshop window, and the launch will happen in the next couple of days.

What am I going on about? Click here to find out!

My first experiences at a "real" car boot sale...

It was all up in the air, you could say...

Coming out of Sydney at 8am to overcast skies and drizzle was a dubious start to what ended up being a terrific day. Romi and I grabbed some traditional South American fare for breakfast (biscochos... what else!) and headed on down to (what turned out to be) sunny Marulan.

Hurtling down the Hume Highway to hulking, dark grey storm clouds, we arrived to the sale just in time. We grabbed a parking spot in our host's backyard, and unloaded the goodies. News was that there was a storm thrashing our Nation's capital, Canberra, but we were lucky enough not to get a drop. Just a strong wind at the end of the day, when everyone had packed up.

Admittedly, I bought more than I sold. A lot more. So, on to the goodies:

Copplestone: Cavemen (4), Female Archaeologists (4), Deinonychuses (2), and an adventurous looking chap in a spiffing jumper with a backpack from the "Jolly Good Chaps" set for $20.

Foundry Spartan Command set for some small sword and sandal type adventures (possibly over the Christmas holidays using LOTR rules) for $10.

Osprey Books: Queen Victoria's Enemies I and II (Southern Africa and Northern Africa, respectively) and The Indian Mutiny for $12.

Romi got the best deal though, some OOP Citadel Dwarves including: Gyrocopter, Cannon, Ballista and King Khazador for $20.

Oh, and I sold two Lledo cars for $6.

Looking forward to the next one! Chris did a great job hosting us in his yard. It was a really fun atmosphere, very laid back and friendly.

More car boot sales, I say, what?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A little bit about my painting...

This is a miniature I painted for an online painting competition on the Collecting Citadel Miniatures Yahoo! Group. I don't remember which place I got, but I won something very cool. I also had a few friends and family to help me with the voting, but all in all not a bad job:

It's a great miniature by Bob Olley (one of my favourite sculptors) that he sculpted for CCM. All proceeds of sale from the miniatures went to help a young boy in hospital in Australia - hence the kangaroo. At this point in time, he is sitting on my shelf collecting a fair bit of dust!

Secondly is this fine fellow, another of Mr. Olley's fine miniatures:

He is named the Alpha Zorgl, and is based on the villain Ro-Man from the 1950s B-movie "Robot Monster". Unfortunately, he didn't win me a prize: I was outdone by the same tactics that won me votes in the last comp.

However, he now has a permanent spot in the limelight: the East Riding Miniatures website, where you can even buy one for yourself!

'Til next time!
P.S. Here is a poster I made for Alpha Zorgl's next big production:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In the beginning...

Hello folks, thanks for dropping by. This is the beginning of a new blog: a place to put in words and pictures my latest escapades in miniature wargaming and modelling.

So why the obscure title? It's a quote from G.K. Chesterton: "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered."

So, be sure to watch this space for concept drawings, projects in progress, battle reports and more.