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Monday, February 8, 2016

Been away for a while.

First of all I need to apologize.  Real life has received the lion’s share of my time recently.  Saying that I did manage to finish a project.  
Since I immigrated my gaming options have been limited because I did not have a Games Workshop army.  I remedied that by creating an Eldar Windrider Host. 
So far 40 bikes, 4 vipers, a fire prism, two wave serpents, a wraith lord, a wraith knight, and a total of 17 infantry.  Net effect is the army is incredibly fast and I tend to either win or loose the game in two turns.  Three at a stretch.  It did get second in the local GW store for their armies on parade.  There were only six entries so I don’t think that my limited painting skills was a factor. 
Here are some images. 

Next the Christmas loot and a couple of reviews. 
First off is Bees Putty.  It is a bakable polymer putty similar to Fimo or Sculpy.   It is different on several different levels.  First when warm (worked by hand) it is very similar in texture to plasticine/modeling clay.  When it is cool it is almost solid and takes a bit of effort to blend.  While testing it out I was able to create very thin crisp edges that I would have never been able to sculpt using Fimo/sculpy.  Once it has been baked it has a similar consistency to set green stuff.  It is slightly flexible and difficult to break. It can be drilled, filed, sawed and glued.  It also sticks to armatures reasonably well.  So far I am very happy with this polymer.  The only downside is the price.  Compared to fimo/sculpy. It is at least twice as expensive per 100g.  Saying that for detailed use I am more than happy to pay the price.   Bees also produces some hand made sculpting tools.  I picked up two and they are well made and very useful. 

  Next review is for Green Stuff World’s textured rollers.  In a word slick.  Easy learning curve, easy to use, good detail and a reasonable price.   I picked up four and would like to pick up another four later.  Here are some images of the detail and some putty that has been textured.  
Cracked ice
Last review is for a product that I picked up on a whim to see what it was like.  Sculpting Block is a foam that combines the properties of extruded polystyrene (insulation foam) and floral foam.  It is strong like insulating foam and does not break easily and it can be easily cut filed and sanded.  Its structure consists of many tiny foam beads and is similar to the green floral foam.  It is sold in a package with six blocks of 15X15X2.5 cm.  I have included some photos of a few standing rocks and saguaros that I am working on.  I would not have even attempted the saguaros with insulating foam.  These were done with a simple mini rasp.  Another bonus is it does not react  to superglue, model glue, wood glue, spray paint or spray sealer.  It is a bit expensive at sixteen pounds for a 15 cm cube.  Apparently it is not available in the states yet but I am sure there is another manufacture ready to pick it up. 
 Sorry about the poor picture.  I am trying to show the microbeads. 

Hope you like. 
Snitchy sends.


  1. Nice to see you back. Windriders? So you like scatter lasers then? ;)

    It seems like subtractive sculpting is back in vogue for miniatures after the long dominance of Green stuff, with various plastic foams available for carving terrain.

  2. Nice to see you posting again. Army looks fab it looks spectacular on the table, Hard hitting but fragile I imagine.