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Monday, 19 June 2017

Melting

The bearer, now ready to trek through Jimland
After the monsoon season in which I visited the Durham Show (see last week's blog) , I've been melting here in the Saharan heatwave, which is really not that conducive to getting anything done hobby-wise.  In addition, after the aforementioned show I was left feeling a bit 'flat', unenthusiastic and decidedly unmotivated. Despite all this I have managed to make a small dent in my jungle terrain and have painted the errant bearer for 'Jimland. Nothing spectacular and it did take me the biggest of efforts to sit and do an hour's- worth of hobby related stuff each day and I also managed to find a couple more animals!
Here's the results of my paltry efforts over the last week or so.





40 to 60 Palms ready to base up


Basing up palms etc. (not the ones above!)
I've been basing up palms and came across the snag of the larger ones having a metal wirer running through them. No problem you might think, however whereas previously I've stuck the extra long 'stalks' though the base and slice it off with a craft knife, this didn't work with those that had the steel wire insert.
Cutting the wire before basing them up was a frustrating experience as the damn palms refused to stay vertical long enough to glue in place..    

Clips, making a quick and dirty fix!
As can be seen in the photograph above and in more detail on the photograph to the right my solution was to use clips to act as supports holding the larger trees on place whilst the glue and filler did their jobs.
When finished the jungle bases in the above photograph will approximately double the amount of jungle I'll have, but the photograph below shows that I have at least as many bases more still to to - though I doubt I'll run out of plants and palms to fill them all out.




Even more bases; note the pile of them bottom right
Here's the animals I sorted, previously purposed for duty in the arena (54mm gladiator).
Previously shown rhino on the left, new on the right
 The new rhino is larger (possibly too large?) than the one I've previously shown, but possibly not so large as to be unusable.
Hippos (new one on the left|)
I now have three hippos, all probably usable, but I'm not completely convinced!

And that's it for this completely lacklustre week, I really am finding it difficult to drum up any enthusiasm hobby-wise - could be a very difficult blog post to write next time!

Thanks for taking the time to look and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

30 comments:

  1. Great stuff sir! Waiting for more :)

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    1. Thanks you Michal, more coming, even if a little slowly.

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  2. I really like the ivory bearer. And the animals look OK to me. You ought to let them loose on a table and see if a little difference in size means anything to the hunter/explorer/poacher.

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    1. Thanks Jay, I'm thankful tohave found him as it means I now have the full compliment of bearers needed.
      I wondered if the animals' appearance would have a physocolgal effect on the players dependant upon their size.

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    2. IMHO, you set the parameters of what is the norm for size in your game table world. If some one starts muttering under their breath about size give him two aspirin and cold beer.

      There could be a mutant size animal, like King Kong; or a "normal" size beast, like Lilly the hippo; or a small pygmy animal.

      It's your world, Zab, and those who toss dice in it should happily accept your judgement on size. (Not a bad comment with just having awakened from a colossal size nap!)

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    3. Thanks Jay for the encouragement, but I'll probably play this solo! If on the odd chance that I do get a n opponent or two then they'll have to take what they're offered

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  3. Yep, its a bit warm here in the NE. Useful for varnishing stuff, I've found. But not much else.

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    1. I think all this heat is really detrimental to my enthusiasm to do anything other than melt.

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  4. Tremendous stuff Joe, but my goodness me the heatwave is certainly slowing down things here too.

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    1. Thanks Michael, I heartily agree with your sentiments and did wonder if anyone else was getting anything done!

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  5. Good to see you battling through the heat, Joe, and making some hobby progress. This seems to be the period of the year when most painters seem to drop in productivity, but this posting suggests that hasn't happened in your neck of the woods yet :-)

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    1. Thanks Blaxx, but productivity was at an all time low I can assure you! Enthusiasm and normal service will be restored soon hopefully.

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  6. I'd say you've done well Joe, considering the mini heat wave - I've certainly not managed to wave a brush anywhere near the plastic & lead pile over these last few days!
    There's supposed to be a "cold front" moving south, so I hope as the temperature drops, your mojo rises :-)

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    1. Haha, one fiugre in a week is progress, but I'm already a lot happier with myself today.

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  7. Not a fan of the heat. Hotter still in the south of the country. But paint does dry quickly. (And Paint pots dry up) but at least it could be far worse and I am grateful it is not.

    Carry on painting African stuff as I paint Egyptian stuff and we will all get through the worse one way or another!

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    1. Thanks Clint, I hate the sun and hot weather and I've had one tub of paint dry up on me too!
      With a mere four figures for Africa, and a few animals, I may manage to get them done soon(ish).

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  8. Great progress on the palm trees!

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    1. Thanks HW, there is still a lttle more to do on a few of them before basing.

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  9. I dunno Rhino's seem pretty big to me anyway so wouldn't bat an eyelid at the size of that one.

    The tree are great looking despite the frustration's getting them to set in there new bases.

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    1. Thanks Brummie. I must admit to getting more fond of the larger rhino. I been within a few feet of a rhino (ar Edinburgh zoo and it was qute large

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  10. Really nice report Joe.It gave me a lot of inspiration reading it.Love your palmtrees and I think the bases will come out lovely when finished.

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    1. Thanks Ptr, if the bases are even close tothe first batch I made, I'll be pleased enough.

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  11. Very nice job ont he palm trees, and this bearer is really impressive!

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    1. Thanks Phil, all palms and bearers now finished, thank goodness

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    2. Thanks Phil, the bearer is OK imo, serviceable as is but not a contender for any prizes - haha.
      There's not much more I can do with the palms but at least they're not looking too 'plasticy'.

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  12. Yes, heat is a killer of enthusiasm, at least for those of us who are not so used to it :-) !

    I'd say that the new rhino is a touch too big...

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    1. The rhino is probably a tad too large, but it will be a good stand-in until I get something more suitable.

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  13. I see that you are also being spammed by "NaRong". Looks like the spammers are now copying earlier comments rather than just using generic "I like your article" text. I had to report and delete a whole bunch of this crap from him/her/it earlier this week.

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    1. Yep, Na Rong and several other aliases and on several posts going back some months - I think I've caught them all.

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