Saturday 24 October 2009

New Stuff, New Models, New Approach

Ok, I've finally got round to posting something on here after creating this blog a few weeks back. I was inspired to create this by my good friend Aaron (Grey_Death over on Dakka Dakka) after contributing to The Painting Corp blog he runs with some friends.

I figure that, along with posting in the various modelling forums I'm a member of (Warseer, Dakka etc) I should probably create a place where I can collect all my thoughts, projects, reviews, tips etc in one place. So here it is! Hopefully in the coming weeks and months there will be plenty on here that might interest you whether your starting out in the hobby, or have been a part of it for a long time.

I've also created a Twitter account which I will be keeping up-to-date with shorter posts about what I'm up to that don't justify a blog post in their own right. Feel free to follow me and keep in touch using it, I'll be happy to follow back.

Right, now that's covered, onto explaining the "New Stuff, New Models" part of the title!

The past few weeks I have been working on an entry for the excellent Dakka Dakka "Nitty Gritty Armour" challenge. While the rules forbid me from saying what my entry will be at this point in time, I can tell you that I'm having more fun with it than I have with modelling in a quite a while! Just need to make sure I get it finished in time!

In order to help with that, I have been on a bit of a spending spree lately, picking up a number of military modelling books, along with a set of Winsor and Newton oil paints, some sansodor (odourless thinner), brushes (for oil paint use only) from ArtiFolk, and some Army Painter sand coloured spray and a selection of Vallejo model colour paints from the guys at Wargames Heaven. If your based in the UK, I'd recommend both for their range of products, competitive pricing and speed and quality of delivery (even with postal strikes over here!).

I'm really looking forward to testing out the oil paints as I've seen the effects that AFV (Armoured Fighting Vehicle) modellers achieve using them and they are truly astounding and so realistic!

I'll post my new reading list soon, along with a mini-review for each book.