Sunday, September 16, 2012

Combating Plastic Crack Addiction

I've done nothing on the hobby this week, so no Weekly Snapshot from me :(

One problem I have been coming across lately is plastic crack addiction, or PCA. As the name suggests, it pretty much means that you're so addicted to buying new models and starting new armies, that you don't even have the time or money to finish any of them.

It's a problem many wargamers suffer from, and I suffer from it severely. Just this past week, I made the decision to start an allied Imperial Guard force, which knowing my PCA, will probably grow into a fully fledged army...

Besides that, I've had urges to start a Dark Eldar army, a Death Guard army and a Grey Knight Henchmen army. All in one week.

Wow. Well done GW. You've given me so many excuses to start new armies with the allied forces in 6th. But it hurts our wallets and our armies really hard.

Some tips to stop PCA:
  • Give yourself time to sit down and paint ONE army 
  • Look at some artwork or nicely done miniatures of ONE army
  • Finish ONE army so that it is fully assembled, painted and ready to field
  • Start a painting/modelling blog 
  • Sell off any armies that you don't really need/like
If you've noticed, ONE army is key. If you work to complete one army, then you don't need to start any new armies. It might even reinforce your loyalty to one army so that it'll be more enjoyable to paint and field. 

With any luck, your PCA will be at an end, and you and your wallet will thank you! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekly Snapshot:SM to Plague Marine

Again, I haven't gotten much done this week because I've got some exams coming up.

However, I did manage to convert a regular Space Marine to a Death Guard plague marine. Let me tell you one thing.

Nurgle conversions are easy to achieve and look awesome. This guy was actually the FIRST 40K model I had ever painted. You know those cheap snap fit space marines that they give you for your first demo painting session at Games Workshop?

Yep. This is him. Papa Nurgle decided that he would strip the guy, chop him up and repose him. Then add some lovely little textures to the surface of the armour to make it look disgusting and appropriately Nurgly.

I don't know if this plague marine will be the first of many in a new army (new Chaos codex!) or just a fun thing I did. Either way it cost me pretty much nothing.
Just spare space marine bits, the demo SM, and bits of sprue and sand for the base.

If you're interested in reposing your snap fit marine (from either AOBR or the new Dark Vengeance, etc.) I made a tutorial a while back here

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekly Snapshot: AOBR Ork Convershun

I haven't been doing too much hobby this past week because I've got an exam coming up in a couple of weeks. So don't expect too many posts from me until their completion, I'm afraid.

Dark Vengeance, the new 40K starter set has been released, but I'm not planning on getting it this time round. For now...

So I've decided to repaint and convert my old Ork army which I've scrounged up from just purely AOBR Orks. I did a little reposing and made him look more...human. I was planning to run these guys as a WWII German inspired Blood Axe force.

Wow the guy hardly looks like an Ork anymore. He's still in the middle of painting, but I tried out a camo pattern on him which was new for me.