Thursday, 16 March 2017

Expanding the Mind


After the last post, I had a good think about what to do with The Wandering Mind. I don't really want to pack it all in and just move elsewhere. This blog has been part of my life for about 8 years now, so there was no way I'd just leave it to die off.

I was chatting to a friend last night who does online promotion and he suggested running the Blog alongside a Facebook page and Twitter account, with link-backs and clickthroughs and a load of technical sounding jargon which I didn't entirely take in. I think the word 'diversify' came up several times as well.

Anyway, the upshot of the conversation is that I've decided to launch a Facebook page for the Wandering Mind to run alongside the Blog, allowing me to reach out to more of the hobby community, whilst still maintaining the core blog. I'm also planning to shake up the content I'm producing a little bit, with conversion articles, battle reports and news items being weaved inbetween my usual posts about my lack of painting progress, which on reflection my posts have become a little to focussed on recently.

Those of you who are long-time readers of the Mind may remember this will take the blog back to being closer to what it used to be when I first started running it back in the heady days of 5th edition 40k. This should hopefully help keep me a little more motivated hobby-wise, as well as producing content that's a little more interesting for you guys to read too.

The Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/The-Wandering-Mind-147458422442817/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel , so check it out, let me know what you think of my plans and (hopefully) invite your friends to read and like it. I'm really looking forward to this new direction the Mind is about to take.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Musings on the Mind

Looking back on my recent posts, I've realised that I haven't had a comment on any of my posts for the last six months and before that comments were really few and far between. This is a little depressing and pretty disheartening. Whilst I didn't start this blog expecting to gain a massive following, it's nice to know someone is listening and get a little feedback on what I'm doing.

This might be part of the reason why it's been so hard for me to stay focussed and see projects through to completion these days. Feedback on what I do has always been a huge motivator for me and without it, it's hard to stay 'in the zone' for hobby productivity.

I still post my stuff on Facebook groups and forums and get decent responses on there, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong with my blog. I think I might need to have a good think on how and where I post up my hobby projects. I'm thinking of moving everything over to social media groups.

Of course, I might still have a regular readership, they're just not commenting for some reason. If you're there, leave a comment and let  me know!

Either way, there might be big changes ahead for the Wandering Mind. Watch this space.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Progress, Progress, Progress and a possible setback...

My painting progress is continuing at an excellent pace. As February turns into March, I've already painted more than I did in the entirety of last year, so obviously I'm very happy with how my painting points system is working out.

There is a threat to my progress on the horizon though. A friend of mine is selling some of his Elysians. They've been my dream army for a long time, but way out of my price range. This friend is selling them for a ridiculously good price though, so I can't really say no. Of course, 1500 points of Elysians will put a massive dent in my painting points total in the wrong direction. I have a plan though.

I'm going to cheat.

Well, not exactly cheat, but just start being extremely strategic in what I paint in order to offset the points which I'm about to lose. You see I have a lot of stuff which is either half finished or can be finished very quickly and easily to net me some easy points, so I'm going to focus on getting those finished up over the next couple of weeks.

These include:
  •  The two White Scars Bikers I started a few weeks back -  4 pts
  • My half-finished Corsairs unit - 20 pts
  • The Sons of Horus Whirlwind Scorpius I've had stripped for repainting for ages - 10 pts
  • 2 Dreadclaws for my Sons of Horus which have been half finished for a few years now -20pts
  • A few single characters I've been meaning to finish up, which should net me a quick 5 points each
  • My two Thousand Sons Contemptors -20pts
As you can see this will give me 80-90 points without too much effort, which should nicely offset what I'm buying. Hopefully I'll get round to painting the Elysians so quickly that it won't matter too much, but at the same time I'm aware of how easily I get distracted. I know some of you will argue that I shouldn't worry so much, but I'm taking my hobby pledges very seriously this year. Just looking at what I've managed to get done this year so far, this extra nudge of motivation is clearly doing it's job! 

So with this in mind, I started working on these guys last night:

 This guy's an idea for a Sons of Horus Lodge Master/ Chaplain/ Lupercii Chieftan I've been thinking abut for a while. The moost common comment I seem to get on him is that he looks a little too chaotic to be a Heresy-era model, but my force is set in the Siege of Terra/ Scouring era, so I think he works nicely, considering that's the point when the traitors really started to go off the rails.

He's nowhere near done yet unfortunately, but really it's just detailing and working on the base which needs to be done, so he shouldn't take too long. He's also serving as a tester for my new method of painting the green for my SoH armour. I'm rather liking the effect, especially as it's much quicker than my old method, so I'm really happy with how this chap's coming along.


On the other hand, this guy is done to the stage where I'm feeling comfortable enough to claim the points for him, once I've pianted the edge of the base. He started just as a one-off piece to make use of the Greigor Fell-Hand (or Not-Bjorn as I like to call him!) model I got in the Prospero box, but he might end up turning into a small contingent of traitor Space Wolves, as I love the concept and enjoyed painting this guy so much. That's for a point in the future when Idon't have so many unfinished models knocking about though.

I also started this guy:


I wasn't intending on making any progress on my Harlequins at all for a while, but I found the Death Jester I got in Death Masque at the bottom of my sprues box whilst I was digging around for Greigor, so I figured I might as well start on him too. Considering it only took me about half an hour to get to this stage, I'm really glad I made that choice. It's such a nice model, both in terms of looks and ease of painting. It's so nice in fact, that that my desire to get a display shelf to show off off these one-off pieces is really intensifying. I'll have to see what money I have spare after buying the Elysians I think.

I'll post more soon!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A day of progress

It's been a day of steady progress for me, having decided to crack on with my Tartaros Terminators and Breachers. Both performed rather well for me in my game last night, so I figured they deserve a lick of paint or two as a reward. My Breachers even earned the honour of being the first models to receive transfers from my FW Decal sheet!

As you can see, I've weathered them up a bit. Breachers without battle damage just don't seem to sit right with me. When I get around to it, I'm also going to freehand the Raptora symbol onto their shields. I wish Forge World put symbols for the various cults on their transfer sheet, but alas not.

There's another 13 of these to go, in various states of completion. I think the whole unit might take me a while, but they should look awesome when they're done.

The Terminators are in a lesser state of completion unfortunately, but I've at least managed to get the majority of the basecoats and shading done on two of them.


The Vexilla is just for show, seeing as Terminators can't take them. I originally included it as an idea on how  to show their cult allegience, but that was before I saw the legion rules in full. I was figuring that Terminators would work well as Pyrea cultists, being amongst the most aggressive of squads within the company, but after having had a play with the actual rules I'm leaning more towards the idea of running them as Raptora for the +1 to their Invunerable Save. The WYSIWYG pedant in me might just see me keep them as Pyrea though, even if they're a bit worse in-game for the switch.

Oh and before I forget, I also made a start painting these guys




I found these guys in a drawer when I was looking for my spare pot of Nuln Oil and are the main reason I don't have more Terminators painted. I've always liked the idea of running some White Scars allies alongside my XVth  Legion, as the two legions were always close fluff-wise. I'm also hoping that an allied detachment should scratch this particular hobby itch enough that I won't splurge on a full army for them!

I built these guys back in September when I managed to get a good deal on some secondhand Bikers on Ebay, with the intention of spending a month or so getting them finished. The problem came with arrival of the Burning of Prospero box, followed closely by the December 'Sons releases and the rapid approach of Inferno and they sort of just got pushed to the back of my mind. When I unearthed them though, I figured I should really get at least one squad finished, so away I went. I'm going to have to try and not let them become a full-on distraction though, as I really want to get my DE Corsairs finished soon.

A good day's progress I think. Hopefully this marks the start of a productive streak.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Thousand Sons tweaks



I don't have much to show you today. I'vejust been putting the finishing touches to the Veterans/Tactical Squad I've been tweaking for a while.

I already claimed the painting points for these a while back, but there were just a few extra bits I wanted to finish up, like the scripture on the Sergeant's loincloth. Nothing particularly special. I'll be adding transfers later, but these are now done to the standard I want the rest of the army to reach, varnished and ready for my game against Space Wolves tomorrow. Assuming either mine or my opponent's copy of Inferno arrives in the morning, we're planning to try out the first scenario from Inferno, so it should be good fun. I'll try and get some photos, although don't expect any wonderful shots of painted models on my part, as I only have about a dozen models even partially painted for my 'Sons atm.

More soon!


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Contemptor Finished

There comes a point in every project where you have to stop being a perfectionist and actually complete some models. That's the point I've reached on my Thousand Sons Contemptor. I've been working on this guy for about a year now, tweaking and repainting him and now I've finally reached the point where I think he's about as done as he's going to be. I might go back and add some more transfers later, but for now, this will do.



This of course gives me a rather tasy bump in my painting point total, as well as bringing my total of painted models for my Thousand Sons up to six. Doesn't sound like much, but this number should rise a bit more quickly now my attention isn't being sapped by obsessing over the details on one Dreadnought.

Next up should be finishing my Veteran/Tactical Squad, then back to Fantasy to finish up my Corsairs whilst I contemplate what I want my Thousand Sons force to look like, now that we have actual Legion rules.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Thousand Sons Raptora Breachers WIP

I warned you distraction was likely:


With Thousand Sons finally getting their own 30k rules, I figured I should really get on and actually get my army painted before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon and start Thousand Sons armies, especially considering Magnus seems to be the new go-to model for cheesy Primarch shenanigans.

There's still loads to do on these guys before I'm even close to considering them finished.The main thing is adding transfers and a freehand Raptora symbol put onto their shields. The Raptora Cult Arcana gives them a rather tasty 5+ Invunerable Save at range and 4+ in combat, making them incredibly tough. I was initially leaning towards basing my army around the Corvidae, but Raptora seems to suit my style and vision for the force better.

I've got another 11 of these guys to finish, once my bits order for more Sigmarine shields arrives, plus an Apothecary and Preator to add in. After that I'm probably going to go back and finish my DE Corsairs before cracking on with the rest of my XVth Legion forces.

Lots to do, but with work being so quiet this time of year, I've got plenty of time to actually get things finished. I'll post more soon.

Dark Elf Corsairs done

Dear god(s), I have actual finished models to show you. I never thought I'd see the day...


Granted, this is only five Corsairs, but it's still a massive step up from my recent run of progress. Only 35 left to go on the unit!

The next few models might take me a little longer to finish. The news and rules coming out of the Horus Heresy Weekender have made me want to make some progress on my Thousand Sons, so distraction is a real possibility in my near future. If I can focus though, these are next:


These only have a few stages to go and they'll be done too. After that, I can turn my attention to these:



So yeah, still lots to do. Hoping to have these done by the end of February though.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Every ship needs a cat...

Just a quick one today. I wanted to show you the finished unit filler I've made:


It's the cat from the old Neferata model in the Vampire Counts range. It's had an interesting history in my collection, serving first as a Chooser of the Slain in my old Space Wolves army, then as a Focus Familiar for my Sorceress back when I first started DE. It's been sitting neglected in my bitz box for some time now, so when I was looking at ways to make my unit fillers more interesting, it seemed the perfect fit. A ship's crew needs a cat.

The fact that my regular opponent in the campaign so far is a particularly tough Skaven player just makes it's inclusion all the sweeter. Hopefully it'll help me hunt down some rats!


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Fun with magnets

No painting progress to show you today. instead I've been having a play around making magnetic movement trays.

I've been wanting to make these for a while, mostly to make transporting my armies to and from my local gaming clubs a little bit easier. I rather like the idea of having some custom cut foam to fit each unit, transporting them on their trays,  then being able to simply plonk the entire unit down on the board without having to unpack each individual model and ranking them up.

The obvious starting point was the Corsairs I'm working on at the moment. The process is quite simple really. Using the 2mm N35 disc magnets I ordered in bulk from China (£5 for 300 - bargain!), I just glued one beneath the base of each model in a regiment.


For the actual trays themselves, I bought a load of magnetic whiteboards from my local Poundworld, cut away the plastic borders, removed the cardboard backing and I had all the magnetic sheets I needed. I just had to cut them to fit a movement tray and glue them in place. Five minutes with superglue and basing sand and I had something like this:






It's very rough looking atm, but the next stage will be spraying and vanishing it. However, I  couldn't resist having a play with one of the smaller trays and the corsairs I've magnetised so far:



That should do nicely! I've yet to be able to pull the same trick with the metal models on the 50-man tray, but it doesn't matter too much. I'm not trying to play Warhammer on the ceiling, I just want to stop the models from moving around, which is what I've achieved. Plastic models on the other hand, I could probably throw around the room and they won't come off!

Anyway, this experiment has worked like a dream. I'm really happy with it and looking forward to doing the same for the rest of the units in this project.

More soon!