A bit of a change of pace with today’s post. No new miniatures to show off, rather just an update on current and future projects.
Its another week without pictures of that restaurant which I’d mentioned and shown off in a WIP state a while ago. The overall build is now complete, with just a bit of tidy up left to do on the first floor before its ready to paint. Where the remaining work lies besides the building is finding the appropriate furniture and interior details, which for the most part was done last month. These will be painted separately from the building, then added in at a later time.
On which note, I took a trip to Edinburgh today. Having stripped the local model shops within walking distance of Glasgow of all available supplies, the next stop was the capital. There I found model shops are less thick on the ground than locally, but the two I did visit were a bit larger than I’m used to.
(That’s not even half the shop…)
Most of the pickings then was for terrain purposes. Textured plasticard and vacu-form sheets that’ll do for brick work, corrugated metal, etc. In particular those vacu-form sheets are something which the Glaswegian shops were no help at all in sourcing (at least the ones that are still open, I used to buy reams of the stuff when I was making shacks for my Fallout collection years ago). Those will do great for larger buildings without having to resort to the plasticard I was using, and are such an easy way of adding detail with minimal effort.
I also found an elusive Tamiya IS-2 for a reasonable price. Not that I know what I’ll do with it, but I’d travelled all that way and was looking to justify the trip. Potentially it’ll appear just as a regular old IS-2 on another War Memorial. Or I could give it some new fenders and have it be a IS-2M, now in service with the Separatists. I’ve even considered rebuilding it as an IS-3, as its not like there’s any of those in 1/48th, but haven’t researched how comparable the two vehicles are (besides knowing the interiors are fairly similar).
And as an aside I came across a set of 1/350th Japanese boats. …An odd purchase admittedly, though they’re for a potential side project which I’ve been pondering. I’ll have to plan out the idea further, but the idea’s been to have some little figures using some naval rules we’ve been playing games with at my club lately for a more fantastical setting. Where captains explore an Lovecraftian underground sea.
(Honestly, as far as my video game miniatures projects go I’m becoming more and more obscure…)
Oh, and I dumped a load of cash on some after market kits by Hauler for Mikromir’s BTR-60. I’d bought two of those kits, however so far have found them to be disappointing. Hauler’s sets, whilst expensive (together almost the same price as the base vehicles, which themselves weren’t cheap), are what it’ll take to bring these things up to any kind of quality that I’d expect from kits in this scale (not to say I have the modelling talent to give them much credit though). I’ve decided too that I’ll be using them as regular BTR-60 Pbs; none of thos modernising, as I can see the appeal in having some models of these older vehicles in service without resorting to making a conversion based on some upgrade that’ll see a fraction of the use as the base vehicles do (Empress’ BTR-80A is still on the way of course. I’ll have to look at the differences between the 80A and 82 turrets at some point to see how viable modernising that thing is, or likely will just leave it as is).
In another area though, I had to slap my hand away from the “place order” button today as I oggled the prospect of making a T-90MS Tank (the latest variant of this vehicle in service with Russia). The vehicle uses a mix of T-90 and Armata based parts, so naturally in making this I’d have to buy one of each from Empress Miniatures to act as inspiration. Then I’d also want to shimmy on over to OKB Grigorov to pick up some of their Late Model T-90 Roadwheels and T-72 tracks. Soon enough I found myself spending £100 to make just one model, and with the BTR-60s I was calling it a day with splurging on spending 1/35th scale money on wargaming vehicles… 😦
(Those are some nice wheels though. Yes, I should find some more outlets instead of oggling a daft sit of little model wheels…)
So its been a day of splurging money on silly things (woo payday!). As work on the initial build for the restaurant draws to a close too, efforts have started on another terrain project. This time a large warehouse, where all those Antenocitis Workshop scatter terrain pieces which I mentioned in my last post will be related to. I’d actually started that a few weeks ago (yeah, I have loads of “started” projects, but its easier on you guys if I act like this stuff is new instead of having sat on a shelf for half a year), though couldn’t progress with it as I needed a tonne of laser cut window frames. With those arriving (last month) and now the brick sheets bought today, hopefully I’ll find the time to begin work on that proper (and deciding how to build the interior catwalks and rooms) at some point in the near future.
And lastly, here’s an obligatory shout out to Tiny Terrain Models, who have launched their second War in Chechnya Kickstarter. You’ll probably here about this elsewhere if you don’t already know, but me saying how great their first one was and hopefully this one will be won’t hurt. 🙂