Samstag, 28. Februar 2015

Some words on current updates and a great loss

First of all – I am sorry that I have been posting less during the last weeks. From time to time, work and real life keep me busy and am not able to post a lot of stuff or might just not be motivated to do so.

At the moment I am selling a lot of stuff that doesn't fit into my wargaming preferences any more. That includes my 28 mm British Airborne, my German paratroopers, some Babylon 5 stuff, a lot of my 40k army, some Modern War stuff and other things.
I want to keep focused on

   -       JGSDF Airborne unit
   -       Modern European Battle group
   -       My own Science Fiction universe
   -       The JMSDF and PLAN ships
   -       WWI German ships and Brits
   -       WWII US Navy
   -       Valkyria Chronicles project
   -       Ancient Chinese
   -       Maybe another project

Still those projects differ in their importance for me, so I go on with what I am currently interested in. At the moment, my Science Fiction has gained a bit more importance for me again, while my VC project and all the other projects are continuing slowly. You might already know that I am not a steady painter and miniature assembler.
Then I have got a longer travel awaiting me that will last through all of April and which will prevent me from doing any business related to miniature wargaming.
So during the next weeks there will be not much to write posts on – maybe one or two in March – but in May I will be back in action.
I am also planning to rewrite my essay on the Gallian Army, as I now have got much more information on equipment and vehicles.
So I have great plans. I am just lacking the time to pursue them.
I hope that you none the less will stay tuned.

And now to something completely different …

I would like to say something to a great loss to the world of Science Fiction.
I am normally not doing stuff like this, as I don’t think that it fits to my blog, which normally is much more focused and mostly free of things that (in my opinion) don’t work with miniature wargaming.
But regarding the news I got I think it is quite fair to take a short break from that and remember one of the great actors of Science Fictions.

Right - Leonard Nimoy, better known across the world as Mr. Spock from the Star Trek - The Original Series, is dead. I don’t want to go into details of his career, as most of us have an own picture of what he did and how he did it. He was Spock, wrote books, was (if I remember correctly) and artist and much more.
But first of all, he was an inspiration.

When I was young and didn’t understand much of Star Trek and Vulcans, I just found this satanic looking guy a bit creepy and felt sorry for someone who isn’t able (or better: allowed) to feel. He seemed to be cold and inhuman.
But with time, this feeling changed. Indeed, I now think that his portrayal of Mr. Spock and the way he seemed to have struggled with it afterwards, made him and his character human in a unique way.

I can remember that scene from Star Trek IV, when he and Kirk were invited to dinner by doctor Gallian Taylor, but Spock decided not to take part and instead wait in the park, where their ship was located.
Taylor asked: Sure you won't change your mind?
Spock answered: Is there something wrong with the one I have?
In Germany the scene was dubbed differently with a more or less different meaning which made my brother and me laugh the entire movie.

I think it was Nimoys way to present his character to the world that made Spock unique and will be remembered through time.

He might have passed away at the age of 83, but he will live forever and prosper to boldly go where no man – where no one – has gone before.

Thank you, Mr. Nimoy!

Sonntag, 15. Februar 2015

More Chinese

 A wonderful day everyone,

I hope you all are well. This time it's just a little update, as I didn't have got much time to finish some stuff. But nonetheless I was able to at least get two miniatures done. Oh, yeah!
As there was a long night full of documentaries about the old Chinese Empire (Qin and Ming) on TV a few days ago, I decided to work on a few of my Chinese soldiers.

In the end, I only did two, but that is okay. Even a small progress is a progress. I am not satisfied with the halberds though, because they bend after I painted them. That is most unfortunate, but I think I'll manage with it.

And that's all for today. Enjoy your day. I see you on the next update.

Take care!

Sonntag, 8. Februar 2015

JGSDF - Third fire team

Hello everyone!

Finished another fire team for my JGSDF infantry. This time I am not a satisfied with the camo as I was with the camo of the commander and the sniper.
I don't know what the problem was, but I guess the time it took to finish this teams has taken much too long, so that I forgot about the method of how to make those Flecktarn dots

Then again there were a few miniatures from the Caesar German Army pack, which (in my case) tends to make the paint hard to apply. It somehow is as if the paint gets 'washed away'. Haven't figured out the reason for this problem yet, but I will - at least I hope so.

Though they are not as good as the guys before, they still look acceptable and make a good addition to my forces.

That's all for today! See you on the next update!

Take care