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The Lead Pile. (And the question of how to tackle it!)

3 Feb

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Jeezus! I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed when it comes to dealing with my lead mountain. I have started to take stock of just exactly how much stuff I have accumulated and what you can see in the picture is just the tip of the iceberg. This toolbox here is just one of the various stashes of unpainted lead (and stuff that needs stripping or repainting) Plastic is another thing, there’s mostly metal miniatures in my alloy hills. I really didn’t quite understand just the volume I had until I started looking.

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My question really is, just how exactly do you deal with it? I’ve been having a rekindled relationship with miniature painting, so if it wasn’t enough to just decide what to paint up next, I’m thinking now about what the hell I’ve got!

I know I’m not alone in this. But why do we do it? This shiny syndrome must be put in check, but we still do it over and over with stuff we don’t need, nor ever will probably paint. I’m not saying that we don’t want the things, we do want them, and want is the optimum word here. It’s as if we are as the dwarven kings or dragons themselves, hoarding them in our deep caverns.

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Some might say that I should be happy that I have a choice, and I’ll agree. The only thing is I’m never ever going to get every single one of them painted. Ever. Sure, I’ll manage to do a lot if I put in some time (a long time) and effort, but theres never going to be an end in sight. I wouldn’t mind so much, but I have only come back to the hobby for the last 5 years or so (God knows what it would be like if I’d have kept going interrupted from back in the day) I’m even more confused about what I’m going to paint up and put in the queue next, just cause there’s so much to go through. I think its a battle I’m never going to win. I know I will amass more and more beyond what is a copeable  and realistic amount to have. Even when I sell vast chunks on, it still keeps growing.

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Dozens of manufacturers and scales, fantasy, historical, scifi, you know the score. I have no idea why I bought some of it. Is it lead fumes that make us do it? Consumer greed driven by the very limited nature of the number of castings? It makes you wonder what our true motivations are for this collecting of this pile of tiny metallic creatures? I have no real answer, just that I love the little fuckers, and if you can empathise with my condition, then you love them little fuckers too!

Right, what next then?…

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Get ready for Free Comic Book Day: May 4th 2013

25 Apr

If your a fan of comics, you might want to know that Free comic book day is on the 4th May 2013. It’s a regular drive to promote reading for kids to encourage them to read more. Comics are a great medium, and are a bit less daunting than a full book that maybe could put off a lot of kids, so on free comic book day they’re giving away lots to everyone through participating stores worldwide!

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Free Comic Book Day 2007 (Photo credit: Michael D. Dunn)

There are lots of retailers getting involved, as are there a whole heap of lovely free comics of all types. I myself will be taking my kids along to a store or two, in an attempt to get my spawn (They’re lovely really!!) to do a tad more reading than spend all their spare time playing on the PC or consoles.

Make a note of the date (Star wars day, May the 4th be with you!!) and check out the main site for details of the nearest places taking part, as well as check out some of the titles that will be available to pick up free on the day!!

Free Comic Book Day.

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Grinning Skull Miniatures: Sneaky peek at the coming range….

7 Apr

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I thought I’d let you have a look at some more of the coming releases from my Grinning Skull range from 15mm.co.uk.

I also thought the added comic book styling was needed for that extra bit of cartoon dynamism! For those who are interested in getting your own figures from the range, the first releases are out this month, so I’ll let you know as  soon as they are!!

Peace out….

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Bug Hunt Corridors KS smashes $6,000 goal with 21 days left!

17 Jan

Bug Hunt Corridors by Fantasy Arc — Kickstarter.

It would seem that 122 of you out there agree with me, when we talk about these brilliant scifi scenics.

Of the total raised thus far, they have exceeded the expected $6,000 goal and stand at a whopping $29,006 and still will raise more within the timeframe as there’s still 21 days left on the counter!

Jeezuz, if I ever win the jackpot, companies like these will bleed me dry as I invest in cool stuff like this! If only my granny was still here, I would have sold her in a heartbeat for some coin to get these babies!

Sorry Gran.

 

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