Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Lets get it on!!

Okay I know I posted I wasn't dead and I needed to get on.  ut hey Life is life and it doesn't always run the way we want it too.

So I've been busy just moved house its much bigger than my last one, more space, garage to store stuff in and lots of fun.

So what have I been doing, just started a Dwarven Uncharted Seas fleet from Spartan Games as part of a review for The Ancible.  I already have the fleet but the new sculpts made me keep to the same fleet.  We'll be looking at Dystopian Wars and Firestorm Armada in future issues as well.  Once i get some piccies done I'll upload for all to see.

Book wise I'm reading Rapscallion by James McGee bit like the Bernard Cornwell Sharpe series but the guy is a Bow Street Runner.  It's a step away from my normal Sci-Fi and Fantasy but the books have been very easy to read.

Monday, 25 July 2011

There is Life

Okay I know I've been neglecting my blog and I really need to get a grip and get on with posting stuff.

But I haven't been lazy, past month I've been reading more from Glen Cooks Black Company and also started re-reading the Harry Potter books. I guess those for the fact I want to remember all the little bits the films don't include.

Painting wise, I've been doing stuff for Bushido and I picked up the Savage Wave starter set.  I would usually go for the normal looking army, but for some reason the Bakemono just made me laugh, and I thought something different would be in order for a change.  All I've done so far is get some undercoat on them, but I'll get some images up anyway.  I'm also building a small demo table for the game and it only needs to be 2ft x 2ft so it makes life a little easier. The main elements are done and I just need to get some good flock and do that.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

I Ain't Dead Yet!!

Okay I guess it's an odd title, so let me explain.  The blog has been a little quiet over the past 1-2 weeks, but it's not that it was a quick fad and I got bored with it.  Far from it...I've simply been on holiday for 2 weeks so had some down time.  Though I did leave people with a few things to read while I was away.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Friday, 3 June 2011

On the Painting Bench

We had a few cracking runs at LLS last night.  All were very close indeed and we're pretty happy with how it's all running and how it all fits.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

On the Painting Bench

So last week we managed to do some more work on the LLS board.  It has to be up and running for this Saturday for Games Expo so if you are at the show come along and have a go.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Adventures on Paradise Island

A few posts ago I mentioned that I'd been playing a game on my phone called Paradise Island.  I was at club last night and Kenny said "nope haven't been following your blog at all."  He then opens up his iPad and shows off his Paradise Island to date.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

On the Painting Bench

Okay so more LLS stuff done, though this time these are HerrUther's WIP of the 4 survivors used in the game.  All miniatures are from the Hasslefree Adventures range, sculpted by the talented Kevin White.

Massive Voodoo

I mentioned Massive Voodoo quite a while back when I did my 5 minutes online for The Ancible, and the site at the time was amazing.  Loads of information and a very active community which I thought was fantastic.  I hope lots of people went along and had a read.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Where did all that plaster go??

When myself and Si (HerrUther) started the LLS (Last Living Souls) board we discussed things we needed so we made masters and played around with them until we got what we wanted.  We then used some of the remelt molding compound that Kenny (Guru at The Ancible) had and got to work.

Monday, 23 May 2011

1k in Page Views

While not a huge amount by the standard of a lot of Blogs out there for me its my first milestone after well 1 hit :)

Thanks to everyone whose enjoying the rubbish that comes out of my head and a huge thanks to everyone whose commented or become a site follower.  Hopefully more of the same stuff will be along very shortly.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Paradise Island

I normally read on my way home.  Having 30 minutes on the Train gives you plenty of quiet time but sometimes I can't get a seat or even with my music on the carriage is too noisy so I play games on my phone.  Been enjoying Angry Birds but found a new little game called Paradise Island.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

New Template

Okay its not something super special but I did find the new Template earlier today and had a swap over.  While not as stark as the one I was using I do like it.

On the Painting Bench

I've been seeing the pictures of the little board were building are causing some interest.  Will be nice to see it when Its all said and done.  I know afterwards things will get updated and re-painted for future shows as we try to make it better and better.

Monday, 16 May 2011

On the Painting Bench

Well not a huge update but some elements take a long old while to do.

So the board has now had several coats of paint and everything is the right colour.

The Ancible Issue 9 Goes Live

Well really pleased to say that Issue 9 of The Ancible has gone live.  You can download the Issue and all other Issues from the site for FREE.

Blooger Fail

Okay it happens to every system every now and then and seems Blogger had its moment last week.

For about 3 days I couldn't get into my control area, posts and comments appeared and disappeared at random times.

Seems that everything is working fine.  Though any comments posted from Thursday last week onwards have vanished I would say they will be gone into the ether.

On the Painting Bench

In my last blog about painting I said I would take some more pictures of the board and post them up.  As you will see from those last posted we have made a huge leap forward and with more work on it tonight no doubt we'll jump forward again.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

On the Shelf

I read loads and since my last post I think I've read 4-5 books maybe more.

But I shall share a couple of them for now.

Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

On the Painting Bench

Not sure if I can use the term On the Painting bench for this one.  The reason is that it has a huge life of it's own and fills a table now.  So its well over what I'd class as being a small project.

On the Box

I don't get to the cinema as much as I would really like to, so that means I have to catch up on some films ages after they have been out, or I catch them online somewhere.  Now before someone gets all digital rights on me, don't say you've never done it yourself unless you're really sure.  Watched stuff on YouTube?  Did you make sure it was legal or that the person who was playing a sound track had paid the correct money to the right people, No, I think not!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Forum Style


So yet again I'm forced to go back to one of the default styles, Why? I hear you ask.  Well it's pretty plain and simple.  The Template I'm using or was using didn't like comment's.  Found a helpful pile of info. But as I don't have the <blogger> x </blogger> tags I can't add that element in.  So back to the drawing board yet again :)

Though It just mean's I need to experiment till I get it fixed again.

Android 2.2

Okay so being an IT person tends to make you overly critical of Technology.  So I like my phone as I've already said, but because of the amount of extras that Orange adds to the ROM it does make it run like a snail.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

On the Painting Bench

Well Easter weekend has come and gone now and I had hoped to spend a good while painting.  But as the weather was so nice I didn't get the amount of time I was hoping for.  In fact I only just had enough time to finish the Renegade that I've undercoated and inked recently.

New Phone

Well I finally decided that I'd had enough of being well behind the time on what my phone could do.  Normally I don't really worry and even though I work in IT I'm not one for gadget's.  I just tend to get by with what I have.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Another reason for me to avoid Apple kit

I don't have a huge love of thing's made by Apple.  In many cases it's down to the way they force you to do thing's in a certain way.  Or the fact they act very smugly when Microsoft gets hit by any Anti Trust system.  it's not like they aren't doing the same thing as well in many cases, it's just they have a smaller market share.  They are very good at repackaging some else's technology and saying look at us.

Long Day Today

Day's before a Bank Holiday or going on holiday full stop seem to take forever.

Today though I'm on the exam cram for my VMWare coure info can be found here.

First time on a Virtual course so no idea how it's all going to go.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Blog Layout

I swapped to the layout that was on the blog a while back but couldn't get the Read More element to work which was driving me nut's.

In the end I managed to resolve it and here's how.

On the Painting Bench

Well after a whole day of VMware I really wanted to just kick back and relax a little.  I can certainly say that if I follow a style for too long I get tired very quickly.  So after a hectic few days sitting down and just doing some painting was nice.


Well it's good to see that the NFL is keeping this going.  I went last year and saw my own team the Denver Broncoes get beat silly.  But despite all that I wouldn't have missed it as when I visit the U.S. it's summer time and the NFL season is over.

Bears and Buccs to play London

Monday, 18 April 2011

Busy Few Days

Well it's been a manic past few days and its not left me anytime at all to do anything.  Friday was my eldest son's 9th birthday and we had a very enjoyable day at the Bristol Aquarium.  Some great 3D IMAX films as well.  Though I have to say that the shark one was good, but could of been 20 minutes shorter if they hadn't of spent ages just showing pictures of certain type's of Shark just swimming around to rubbish music.  The show on Sea-Rex a voyage into the prehestoric world of Dinosaurs of the sea was a lot better and I didn't yawn once.

The rest of the weekend went with a blur as well.  My wife Luce had her birthday on Sunday and we had a very nice lunch and then popped into Bath for some shopping.

Now all thats over and done with though I plan to spend a few hours this evening doing some painting.  Or that is my current plan :/

Thursday, 14 April 2011

My Spare Car will be Pink in colour

Okay I know its a very odd thing to say but as the father of 3 boys at some point they are going to want to borrow the car after they have passed the Driving Test.

So after reading this maybe the safest bet is to buy a second car and make sure it's Pink in colour.

Followers Gadget

Well it seems that my follower's Gadget doesn't want to work. It also looks like I'm far from being the only person with this issue as anyone can read here.

Very odd like many others I can see who is following me in my dashboard, but the external element is blank.  It's moments like this that I'm reminded why I hate working in IT.

Edit: 13:41 Okay it seem's to have decided to work again.  Don't ask me how I fixed it or I maybe forced to use some techie babble to cover it all :)

On a normal note I'm still working on my VMware stuff.  Have been looking at the update from V4 to V4.1 its a nice 100 page read.  Need to make sure I read early morning in case it sends me too sleep.

Wow Uber Blog Day

Well what can I say folks, but thanks had the best page hit day yesterday I've had so far so I guess my somewhat odd rambling must be working for some people.

But keep on looking and really feel free to comment as well as it's always nice to get the feedback and improve the stuff I post about.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Written work

Well I thought as I can add page elements to this blog that I would add some of my written work be it Poetry or Stories.  A lot of the Poems are now very old and I haven't had the inclination in a while to write anything new.

Stories in many ways are either old or things I'm working on in my head.  Sometimes it's better to get them in the open and give them a chance to grow and expand.  I doubt a single page in this instance will work and I think I'll have to have 1 page per story.

Please bare with the format as it looks like I'm going to have to play with the raw HTML code to get the breaks in the right places.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

On the Painting Bench

So as I was saying earlier in the week I've been paiting some stuff for Mongoose Publishing Noble Armada range.

I have the Hazat fleet pack that I'll be properly reviewing in a future issue of The Ancible.

Alien Encounters really?

I like to really keep up on the odd side of the news and I do tend to find that some articles make me laugh out loud.  So when I saw these two articles yesterday I was really in my element.

FBI documents indicate UFO landings

Top secret FBI files reveal 'alien encounters'

Monday, 11 April 2011

This is Why

I've always thought that at times I have too much going on in my brain.  I can overly complicate things and I can spend a lot of time pondering on what people say about certain subjects.

When I was in the Air Force, I used to read a magazine called Mountain Biking UK.  In fact every now and then I still pick it up to see what,s about bike-wise.  But I always read the comic strip element first.  Much like kids reading a news paper, I found it was an amazing read.

Back to Work

So back to work today after a week on my VMware course which I mentioned here.  Managed to catch up pretty quick as not much is left for a single user to do, that is apart for changes on the company database.

VM wise I haven't let all the knowledge just slip and have started already looking at information I learnt last week.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

On the Painting Bench

Unlike loads of people I don't have a permanent paint area.  I have to get everything out do some painting and pack it away again.  Can be a real pain at times.

I've already mentioned that I do work for a Sci-Fi/Fantasy magazine called The Ancible and if you're a wargamer you should look the magazine up and download it all for free.

Must be the Drugs

Okay so I like Sci-Fi and Fantasy.  That means like many I can allow my understanding of life to be bent and twisted at times.  I can believe in wonderful things but I know they are not really real.

Dave Mustane Lead singer of the Heavy Metal band Megadeath though has some real issues though as he reported recently here.  See he can't play a certain song because its got instructions in it to make powerful hexes.

Friday, 8 April 2011

She did what??

Okay I picked this up on the News yesterday.

Scavenging OAP Crashes Georgia's Internet.

On the Box

I can't say that I really watch a lot of TV.  It might be on in the house but it's pretty doubtful that I'm ever really watching it.  I like some sports though they don't qualify in the UK as main stream, no doubt I'll have plenty of time to rant about them all later and bore you the reader to death.

So at the moment I'm watching Battlestar Galactica Series 3.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

This Week

So haven't been at work this week but haven't been sat at home enjoying the fact that the weather is getting better (Plus be nice all weekend.)

This week I'm spending my time on a VMware4 course at Global Knowledge. I'd say my knowledge before the course was okay.  I know what it is and how to get around it.  As the week has gone on I've had plenty of Light Bulb moments which I really hope will jump me along big style.

The Trainer Scott Vessy has been great, aiming the knowledge and information for me just right.  Technical when asked but most of the time taking it like we've not touched it all that much before.  I find it helps me as it fills in the grey bits you don't know and just assume.  But I also know when stuck I can step up the techie level a bit and let loose my inner geek.

On the Shelf

Thought I'd use the Blog to link to the books I'm reading.  I travel to and from work by train so I get a lot of reading done.  I can easily do a book every 2-3 days if it's good.

Currently reading Ring World by Larry Niven.

Welcome to my Brain

So first post and really what am I supposed to post about??

Well I thought the blog would be a place to store what rubbish my mind wants to throw out.  I write a lot of bits for stories but they never tend to go anywhere special.  So here could be a nice idea, feel free to comment as well.

I work in IT so I might decide to share good and bad moments and how I resolved them, with or without the aid of Google.

I wargame so I'm going to share info on that as well.  For those who know me as a wargamer you can find me in many places in AE I'm Lupine, I play on the Ceti Server and run a small guild called Smurfs.  General wargaming I can be found on the UKCORD forum as Lupus and I also have the fun of being able to able to write for an online magazine called The Ancible.

So it can mean I'm busy at times but I still have more than enough time for my family.