Them Ol’ COVID Blues

You find me (once again) in a philosophical mood. I was hoping to be jotting down a post to show off what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks, but here’s the thing… I haven’t. Haven’t done much of anything really. Truth is, Lockdown II – The Revenge has put me into something of a malaise. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the shorter days, maybe it’s just the fact that this bloody virus is STILL around and even after all the efforts people and businesses have made to be COVID safe we seem to be back almost to square one again.

Really, I can’t complain, the missus is well, the youngling is a ball of energy completely unaffected by all the tales of woe and worry in the news, and with luck in a couple of weeks I’ll be able to crack open a beer with Jim and push some toy soldiers around. So I’ve no excuse to mope.

But as the good lady (and indeed, Jim) said – sometimes you just feel a bit low. You don’t need an excuse. Particularly under the current circumstances. I think there is an attritional element at work here – this thing has ground on for SO long now, it’s almost like the mental health equivalent of viral loading.

So I’d like to use this post to reach out and touch base with any of you out there in hobbyland who are struggling a bit, maybe having the odd little wobble – it’s okay to have an off day. Or an off week, even. Just take it a day at a time, an hour at at time even, reach out to the people around you – even online, as some of us are cooped up on their own. We’re all stuck in this shit together for now, maybe joining hands makes the situation more bearable.

Right, couple of pics of stuff I have started getting done now I’m off my arse and done feeling sorry for myself:

More work on the retro Blood Angels – 2nd tactical squad underway!
Bit of experimental terrain – based on the same corrugated plastic that I used for the Orc movement tray, this is for our urban board (if we ever get to use it again, grumble, grumble). I figure straight lines look a bit more appropriate in a city environment, and the thickness of this stuff scales well with the 1/72 troops as pavement.
Different view – the ruined walls are scrap foamboard, cat litter for rubble and everything coated with home made texture paste. Primed black and then drybrushed up gradually with blue grey, red, and then lighter greys, some thin washes in there too (thanks to Luke APS for that idea, and a million other great ones to try)
Finished off with Garage Floor Dust (TM) and Jarvis flock

So there we go then folks, hope you enjoyed that, and I’d like to thank all of the hobby guys in our community – IRO, Pete S/P, John@JustNeedsVarnish, Whittlesey40k and all you other folks out there in hobbyland – our little community is a tremendous boost to morale and I hope in our own way we can pay it forward. Hang tough folks, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna are coming to the rescue, this time next year we’ll probably be reminiscing about how nice it was to have some down time….

Stay safe and thrifty out there, see you soon

Accidental Tyranids! Hive Fleet Imprudens

So as a second lockdown looms it’s time to pick up the brushes and look for new diversions to keep oneself sane.. and for these I have to thank Dan, and specifically his youngling, a small boy of five who, and I quote Dan here “can hack my phone but can’t put his socks on unaided”.

Genius can take many forms, my friend.

Anyway, long story short, I’d gotten hold of some Blood Angel decals from the very kind Whittlesey40k to help with Dan’s 1991 Blood Angels Tribute Act army; meanwhile, Dan’s son had gotten hold of his dad’s phone, found the Tyranid job lot on eBay he’d been keeping watch on and accidentally (?) bought them… To be fair, it looks like he’d got quite a good deal!

So in thanks for the decals, and in part due to having both the Blood Angels and an Orc army on the go for fantasy, Dan passed the ‘Nids on to me, figuring we can use them for Space Hulk, Space Crusade and similar. So far I’ve stripped, primed and painted up the models that were already completed, but there’s a good few still to come. So, pics:

After! Note the three headed chap – cool conversion, but not one I can take credit for…
Close up on Ol’ Six Eyes and his pet (a Ripper, I have subsequently discovered)
My guide…
White prime, bone craft paint thinned with acrylic medium as a base coat (yes- two thin coats. Duncan, be proud). Lacking Carrobourg Crimson for a wash, I attempot to mix my own…
Yeah, not 100% successful. Behold the Pinkening!
Slightly more success home mixing equivalents to the other colours Duncan used, and here’s the end result!
Ol’ Six Eyes – I think he’ll be the boss…
With Dan’s Blood Angels – doubt we’ll be doing this again for a while, sadly :-/

So there we go, a new set of toys, a new diversion, and something new to look forward to when this next lockdown ends… assuming it does!

Stay safe and sane out there folks, all things pass – we’ll see you again soon