Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Basing

Basing some Austrian Infantry

I have found that there is a little known law of physics, related to Boyles Law, which holds that babies expand to fill any and all available time.  However, I have been able to hack out an hour or two and get some hobby stuff done.  At the moment, I'm basing Austrian infantry. I've knocked out a couple of units and I have a few more to do.


Imperial Guard Horse Artillery

Adding these guys, painted by the talented Mr. Tam├ís Lehoczky, should finish off the French collection.  I try to add an odd unit here or there, but there isn't much left to do for them.  Tamas did a lovely neat job on these fellas, I should have taken better shots of them. 

But can a French army truly be considered complete unless it has any Poles?

The Amazing Spider Baby

In other news, Arthur Kinch has developed some interesting new skills.  

When I left he was in the cot. 

When I came back, he had escaped, made his way to the cupboard, defeated a child lock, extracted a plastic box of clothes, emptied it all over the floor and then used it as a step to try and get back into the cot.   

He is doing his mothers blood pressure no good. 



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's LegionWatchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion by Chris Wraight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This the second novel from Chris Wraight that I've read recently and he has just gotten better. He deftly switches between three point of view characters and weaves a fast moving tale of violence and intrigue. What was also interesting was that this is one of the few warhammer novels that advances the grand narrative of the setting in any way, something which Wraight manages with a surprisingly light touch.

There is less of the overwrought description that was characteristic of his earlier efforts and ideally it could do with even more trimming, but ultimately this is finely honed and well delivered spot of far future action which kept me mightily entertained in my off hours. More of this please.


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Sunday, March 11, 2018

And now for something completely different.


An unusual football player - I'm not sure if he's League or Union. 

One of the pleasure of the hobby is being able to share it with others.  I don't play Bloodbowl, the comedically overblown American football game from Games Workshop, but I have plenty of friends that do.  I recently came into a few spare figures, including these two goblins. 


Off to frolic on pitches new. 


I did these two for a pal who has very kind to Mrs Kinch and I last year.  He plays Orks and I thought they might make a worthy addition to his team.

The first chap is a fellow called Fungus the Loon, who brings a sort of giant morning star to the game.



That blasted "bomb" writing was a pain in the neck.  


The second goes by the name Bomber Dribblesnot - and he a football playing version of "The Professor" from "The Secret Agent".  I'm not sure II could swear to his politics with any certainty, but I think it could be safe to say he's a bomb throwing anarchist.




Unfortunately, I forgot to take proper pictures before I handed these figures over to their new owner, but I at least had taken some shots with my phone. Probably the trickiest thing about Bomber Dribblesnot was getting the yellow lettering on a black background right.  




I don't paint 28mm figures very often, but they are fun to do.  I think the next ones will be some Genestealer Hybrids.  I've been trying to find a painting guide for the Rogue Trader era ones, as I've had a look at the new version but they aren't quite the same. Something to mull over for when I next get a little time to paint.

Legio has said that he might put one up on his blog in the near future which would be ace. 




I had never encountered Sir James MacMillan before, but came across his work recently. It's very rare that I find modern choral or church music that I like, but this is absolutely fantastic.  Wonderful stuff. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review: Twelve Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great deal of ink has been spilt on the subject of Jordan Peterson and this book. I can not add much to what has been said, but to say that I would unreservedly recommend it.

This is a self help book after a fashion and a lot of what it advises is plain common sense. There is a great deal of value in hearing good advice again and I suppose every generation has to learn the same lessons again. It’s radical firebrand stuff like tell the truth, stand up straight and pursue what is meaningful.

I found the book accessible and eminently practical. The audio version is well produced and read by the author, though it lacks the illustrations, introduction and footnotes that come with the printed edition.

This book (and the work that preceded it, but that is codified within it) helped me when I was in a tough spot with injury, work and family. It has made me a happier, more useful and ultimately a better man.

As Mrs Kinch put it, “you can’t argue with the results.”

If you want a flavour of what the book is about, you could do a lot worse than watch this video, which is about eight minutes long.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDcOu...


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