3 ways to help clear the clutter

Hi everyone here’s a little look at one of the problems that plagues my house. If you’re anything like me then you will find that the piles of paints, brushes, bases and projects in various stages of completion quickly begin to overwhelm you. However recently my hobby cave has been forced to evolve. Building work at home and two sprogs has meant me giving up my hobby corner and seeking a more merger existence wherever I can find a place to put my brushes. This has had the knock on effect of forcing me to be more….Considerate to those I live with!! Here a few of the ways I’ve found that helped.Image result for clutter

  1. Buy a bin,

This may sound as obvious as stop smoking and eating more fruit and veg mantra but it is also been the most helpful for me. Many a time I have been fixated on painting and lost sight of the half dried out paint pots, pallets pads and frayed brushes. The detritus of painting has in the past easily won the battle against cleanliness given the thought of trekking out of my cave to the nearest bin was just too much. Buying a cheap bin and placing it next to my paint station means I have got into the habit of just binning things straight away and it has made it much easier to keep things in control.Image result for bin

2. Spring clean routine

No matter how close your waste receptacle is you will steadily gather a following of items that are no longer needed/wanted. Having a monthly sort of this not only provides a chance to give the area a good clean but also a chance to reflect on your hobby plans. The reason that the “latest hotness” model has not been painted 3 months down the line is probably because you don’t want to…but some one else might! Getting stuff on eBay provides a much better alternative to the rubbish heap and may even net you some money for future projects. Conversely it may also rekindle a flame passion. A number of times I’ve found a model that is so close to being finished but had been delayed by lacking paint or the general universe conspiring against me. It provides a chance to finish a few models and start the next month a fresh.Image result for spring clean

3.  Get a painting rack

Having your stuff more organised in the first place is part of the key to staying tidy. Paint racks are a great way of doing this. They don’t need to store all your paints, but having enough for one project will help keep everything together and keep you focused. Storage is part of this and plastic baskets like these can store the rest of your paints away elsewhere along with basing materials and general conversion parts. Games workshop also have you sorted with this which I have and can’t rate highly enough. It is tough enough to have survived traveling around the world with me, has enough space for minis, appropriate paints, bases and material and tools…with a bit of a squeeze.

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the citadel project box

4. Shout out to the significant others

Finally I have realised that i am essentially a messy individual. Praise must be heaped at times on our significant others. My wife is indeed long suffering and tolerates my messiness with the patience of a saint!

Thanks for reading and if you have any thoughts or tips yourself then please comment below. In the meantime here are a few shots of what I’ve been working on recently.

John

Tale of painters….catching up

So several months ago Jimmi got me started on the idea of taking up kings of war by Mantic Games. Well as anyone who reads my posts will realise my rate of painting could be compared to continental drift but here I am with my first post.

So why did kings of war attract me? Well without wanting to draw comparisons to a world that once was, fantasy battles was one of my first loves and so there was a certainly a square based hole in my wargaming life. The tactical manoeuvring of rank and file games combined with list building that doesn’t wholly rely on combining innumerable special rules is certainly a big draw. Of course the sight of rows of troops, banners unfurled, heroes mounted on fantasy beasts and giant monsters is certainly part of the appeal.

After much umming and ahhing I decided on ogres. The idea being they are a nomadic tribe coming down from the frozen wastes of Mantica in search of more hospitable area to live. As they are in the north I wanted to go for a pale colour skin colour and will be using a combination of Mantic and miniatures from other ranges.

So far I have managed my first hero and horde. I have a vague idea of the army list, some heavy hitting troop legions, boomers covered with some chaf units and some fast goblin cavalry to irritate the enemies flanks.

My warlock and first hero

My first horde of warriors using the mantic command upgrade sprue

Anyway next up are another hero, and some regiments…watch this space and thanks for reading.

John

Wot I Think – Mad Cars bits for Gaslands Review

Howdy folks, it’s a lovely Sunday afternoon here so that means it’s an appropriate time to hit you up with another glorious “Wot I Think” review. For those that care about such details, I should inform you that this is a sponsored review, however I shall keep my opinion as brutally honest as you’ve come to expect.

This time, I’m putting Mad Cars under the microscope with their line of Gaslands compatible pieces designed to work on a 1:64 scale.

So lets take a look shall we?

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How To Play “Vampire” the Party Game

Hi Guys,

This is an unusual post, I didn’t create this game, it’s a popular party game that I’ve written up primarily for my own reference since I’m going away with friends soon and may get some games in. Consequently I wanted to write it up so I have access to it without needing a physical copy on hand!

For the uninformed: Vampire is a party game, you might already know it as Werewolf, or Mafia whereupon the dynamics of the game remain the same, but the packaging changes.

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Dreadball 2.0 is better than Bloodbowl 2016. There, I said it!

I really like tabletop sports games, they can be super quick, tactically deep, and for some reason playing a game about little dudesmen who’re playing a game feels cooler to me than playing a game about little dudesmen having a scrap. Plus, we’re spoiled at the moment for options: Dreadball, Bloodbowl, Guildball, Kaosball, Aristeia to name some that come to mind…

I wouldn't like to be that Judwan right now...

I wouldn’t like to be that Judwan right now…

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