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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
195 - Adding Firepower

195 - Adding Firepower

Hot on the heels of the two Leman Russ' and the Basilisk is the bringer of explosive missiley (new word) death - the Deathstrike:

Unlike the magnetised Deathstrike/Manticore I have done before, this was always going to be a simpler build.

A few flourishes have been added. A magnetised dozer blade (something I feel I need to do on every vehicle now) and some track guards which I did mess up with the fit on a little.

I've also done a bit of work on the Vanaheim Griffon and magnetised the mortar barrel. It works well however the barrel weight means it doesn't stay. I'm thinking another magnet to make it a more snug fit will do the trick.

The internal supports took a magnet pretty easily.

The mortar itself had some locating pins that were cut off and smoothed down before I added a suitably sized magnet on.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
194 - New Toys

194 - New Toys

Hello everyone. Thanks for popping by for a read and some pictures. Things have been quiet on this blog this year, but I'm hoping they'll start picking up soon.

I've been using my time to build some more kits and get them ready for painting. The cabinet of boxes really needed dealing with.

First up is a pair of Leman Russ'.


The first of these had the sides donated ages ago and the tank has been sat there waiting for me to finish the turret for ages. I decided to build it as a Vanquisher and have glued the barrel in place - I know I could have left this off for different options, but I don't really play and it is better for modelling purposes.

The commander is missing an arm as I'm not sure what I want his right hand to be doing but they will come soon.

The second Russ is also a Vanquisher, this time with sponsons added.

This one is waiting on some magnetisation for the dozer blade so the top half of the hull isn't actually glued in place yet.

Finally, I've had a chance to build another Basilisk. I haven't built one of these for at least 10 years and it was nice to have a go again.

The gun, gun shield and platform have not been glued in place yet to allow for painting. I plan on adding a couple of crew members to the rear of the platform as well. The ladder has not been attached as anyone that has had a basilisk will know how easily those damn things snap off.

Obviously there are some little bits and pieces that need adding to these tanks before paint but progress is progress.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for some more progress.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
193 - I'm alive!!!!!

193 - I'm alive!!!!!

Hello all. I am still alive!!! It has been way too long since I posted anything on here and even longer since I actually managed any painting.

My blissful new man cave/hobby room has been invaded with stuff from the rest of the house as we have embarked on redecorating the whole damn place. And I mean the whole place. Every room has been painted/decorated/redesigned and it has meant that I have had no time to do any painting/building and even if I wanted to, I haven't got the space as every surface contains something from a different room.

I hope that soon I will be able to shower you with pictures of my painted models and builds but until then I will read your blogs and clean up the continual layer of dust that coats every surface of the house!

To tide you over, here is a picture of a bar and a pirate ship we made out of pallets for a recent camping/home made boating trip.


Saturday, 22 April 2017
192 - Unpacking and Lighting Up

192 - Unpacking and Lighting Up

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by, I am still alive! The house move may have been 4 months ago, but I am yet to get any sort of hobby space set up. My desk is built but has become a storage space for anything and everything that is getting emptied out of a box. I have earmarked some space in the utility room for my airbrush stuff - there is a vent hose that used to be for the tumble dryer that I'm going to utilise.

Whilst I haven't had a chance to build or paint anything, I have been busy getting my shelves set up and outfitted with some LEDs. And I have now unpacked my models and arranged them - kind of.

This is the main cabinet with infantry all set up and gaping space above with the Valkyrie and the Devos IV liaison squad looking lonely.

Underneath this are the Super Heavies, plus my older Russ' and some ongoing projects.

The lower half of the cabinet is taken up with the ongoing projects - apparently I have ot quite a few tanks that I need to finish!

Then comes the boxes of new kits, random bits and accumulated stuff. Hidden in a GW case are another 30+ infantry in part completion, with another 30+ in a set of drawers on the desk.

Next to the big unit is a smaller one with an array of tanks. Once again there are unfinished models in here, but I don't care. And you can see the unit in all its LED lit up goodness.

And here is the big unit with the LEDs on. It is very impressive in the flesh and does really make my models look much better than they really are. 

During the unboxing, I have decided to sell off a squad of 7 Ratling Snipers. These are the original little white metal ones and have been painted to an ok standard, but not by me. If anyone is interested in them, drop me a message to courtneyhollyoake@googlemail.com

Thanks for reading!
Friday, 3 February 2017
191 - LEGO Ghostbusters: Part 2

191 - LEGO Ghostbusters: Part 2

Hello again and welcome to Part 2 of my LEGO Ghostbuster Firehouse HQ build. If you haven't read/seen Part 1, click here. In case I haven't mentioned it, this set is huge!!! Read on for more pics.

This is Stage 7 completed. The guys can relax in the fully equipped kitchen, complete with dancing toaster.

More of the completed middle floor. Look at the beds! And the arcade machine! And the windows!

The building is really starting to take shape now - this thing is huge!

Here is Stage 9 - the top floor. Stage 8 has also been completed and added, but you'll have to wait until the end to see the inside detail.

"He slimed me"
The mini figure details are very impressive, an improvement over the Ecto-1 kit figures.

With Stage 10 completed, the building is almost at it's full height and this side is practically finished.

The front windows starting to look more impressive.

Stage 10 also added some comforts and work related items.

Stages 11 to 14 were not photographed, but added another room, stairs and the roof. But they can be seen in the "action" pictures below:

The Librarian is after Winston.

Time for Venkman to catch the ugly little spud.

Tully didn't get his coffee before Egon started his testing.

Stage 12 built the photo room, but Ray is having issues with Vigo.

Stage 13, with taxi driver ghost, builds the stairs for the top floor...

...and the stairs for the middle floor, with Zuul possessed Dana.

Stage 9s room was the bathroom that needs a clean.

Looking very neat and tidy with the fire escape, ready to be opened:

With the Firehouse opened up, you can see all the fun going on - including a working pole!

And here is the iconic front of the building. I've moved the traffic lights temporarily until the set has it's permanent home. There are even some ghosts flying about outside. 

There isn't a lot of detail on the roof. The vent system acts as the securing mechanism for closing everything up. The Librarian seems to have Winston cornered.

One of the biggest questions raised about this set when it was announced was whether Ecto-1 could fit inside. Well, the LEGO website says it can, so let me test that:

Err... not looking like it will fit.

That would be a no. Now you could remove Janine's desk and Ecto-1 will just about squeeze in, but you won't be able to open or close the Firehouse doors. I might try and build an additional section with Venkman and Janine's desks on so Ecto-1 can fully fit.

In the meantime, the car gets parked outside.

It does however look very cool with the Ghostbusters display stand outside.

Thanks for reading everyone!
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
190 - LEGO 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse: Part 1

190 - LEGO 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse: Part 1

So my latest distraction from doing anything GW related was a cracking present I received from my wife for my 30th birthday last year. It was the LEGO 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters. Read on for pictures and my comments on this great kit.

Now this is an absolutely massive kit with 4,634 pieces and is 36cm high when finished. As with all the new LEGO kits, the build is split up into numbered sections. There were 14 numbered sections and nearly 600 steps in an instruction book over 400 pages long! The picture above is stage 1 done, so getting the outside pavement and the first few walls up.

The uniform lockers give you an idea as to how much detail is in this kit.

Stage 2 is completed. The walls are coming together and a stairway has been added.

Underneath the stairs is the ghost containment unit. A nice little addition and something they could have easily left  out with there not being a basement level on the kit.

Stage 3 is finished here and the ground floor walls are all up.

The front double doors were also finished. A nice little touch here with including the small door inside the bigger door.

This is the top down view looking into the ground floor.

Here is the side view with side door and pink mood slime escaping from the pavement.

Stage 4 finishes off the inside of the ground floor. There are some cool details again, including the alarm bell on the wall and the desks.

Stage 4 is the layout of the middle floor.

The iconic front is starting to take shape now.

The side not so much.

Stage 6 adds a lot of detail to the middle floor. The kitchen is very impressive.

Now the side of the floor is starting to look like something.

Stage 7 starts with the librarian ghost and her special book.

Shhhhh!!!!

Thanks for taking the time to look through this post. Part 2 will be up in the next few days.
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