Its that time again for the end of year review, you can see the original post here. So lets see how we did:
Its that time again for the end of year review, you can see the original post here. So lets see how we did:
Not a Hobby thing yet, but will soon be! Many folks know that I used to work at Disneyland and I was an attraction host in Adventureland. This meant I worked Jungle Cruise, Tree House, Indian Jones and the Enchanted Tiki room. I loved the tropical vide and it did really feel like Hawaii, which I visted a couple of times.
Then about a month ago while scrolling through my Youtube I found The Hula Girls channel featering one of the guys, Spike talking about his Tiki Bar he built and the Breezeway Cocktail Hour show on Tiki Drinks. i was hooked and now watch pretty regularly.
Then it dawned on me, if I can not vist Tiki Bars, why not bring the Tiki Bar to me? So now I am seriously thinking of building a Tiki Bar in my backyard to host friends and family. But were do I start?
|Two Awesome books!
Its been almost a month now of no work on anything game related, no games have been played and no urge to work on anything. It seems that the Covid Lockdown is playing havoc with my gaming interest. I know I am not alone with this as some of my friends are feeling the same way. And just last week, someone at our local store came down with it causing the store to shut down and clean and get everyone tested.
I wonder if this is going to have a longer lasting effect on me as well as others. I have switched to doing Model Railroading to keep me busy as there is nothing new out there that I am reall excited about. I have not given up on gaming, just put it on the back burner for now.
For some, this is going to be a game breaker, I am sure of it. For others its a chance to catch up on their painting and assembly. I have been painting most of the time during lock down, I closed my Commission painting service to focus on painting my own stuff. But even now I am bored with that and it seems pointless to keep painting for something that may not ever come back.
Sorry if this sounds so negative, but its depression that is kicking in and I just need to vent about it here. I have not crossed the path yet of selling my stuff off, just have no real interest in it right now. Although at Christmas I got the awesome Ghost of Tushima and that is making me look at Samurai scenery and models.
So to all of you out there feeling the same way, I get it, I really do get it. Try to focus on another part of the hobby or look at something else that you can enjoy solo. Now maybe I need to get off my butt and get to designing my Tiki Bar for the backyard during the lockdown.
The track gang came along last night and made some changes to my layout last night, it seems that management was not happy about the progress this past weekend. So this past Saturday Robert and I went out doing some lite rail fanning here in Phoenix and I realized how spread out things are on the real railroads. I have always know this, but in my effort to try to cram more industries into my track plan I got a little carried away. I was more in Model Operations mode then trying to model the real thing.
Also another layout has really brought the idea of Less is more is this great layout Red Dirt & Rails which is a nice little railroad. I heard about this layout from Robert who found it on Youtube, and I binged his videos and was very impressed at just how well he captured the Oklahoma area. I knew I had to change mine as it was bothering me.
So last night I took out the middle set of tracks which I was calling the switch back track, when I put it in I made it easier to switch out the trailing and following industry tracks, in reality the real railroad would never have done this and it looked to cluttered.
|Before, middle track is just a switch back.
Here is the track after removing the switches, much more simpler plan and feels right. Another thing that removing the track, it gave me more area for modeling the industry along this section. I was going to use just facades but now I can add more depth to this section of the layout.
|After, removed the switch back track
|Less track makes it tougher to operate, thats a good thing!
|More space for the industry as well!
I am happy with the plan now and it does capture the feel of the real railroad to me and it gives me an opportunity to do more modeling with the industries along this section of the railroad. So I will lock down the rest of the track later today or tomorrow.
That title seems a bit disheartening now doesn't it? Sorry to sound depressing, but thats how I am starting to feeling with my gaming of late. With the state of the world right now and having to be in lock down I am starting to really wonder if gaming will ever get back to normal. What started out as "Flatten the Curve" has turned into life being turned upside down and I am wondering why do I still collect stuff for games.
They say that it takes the brain 21 days to form a new habit, for some things a tad longer, what about months of doing the same thing? Up until about 3 weeks ago I was still working on my own projects and still had hope of possible games, but maybe its the holidays or maybe I have just tired of all of this but my interest in games is falling into a dont give a crap attitude. I have been watching lots of videos on Youtube about games and projects, but those are getting old and I am finding it hard to be excited about gaming.
Of late, I have been getting more involved in Model Railroading as this tends to be more of a solo project and may be turning my attention to this more then gaming. Buying, building, painting models is just not very exciting anymore with out the opportunity to use them in a game, maybe thats what I am getting from model railroading, I am getting a sense of satisfaction from using it unlike gaming right now.
Sorry for the rant, just needed to get this off my chest and putting it here helps with that.
So quick update,
This past weekend finally was able to secure some flex track to finish laying the track on my switching layout, I still need to add cork roadbed, but now I can actually start moving along with wiring and operation.
|West End of Layout
|Main line with industries in the back on the west end.
|Middle of the layout
|East End corner as main line curves around the corner.
Time to get started on some model railroading projects, last night I decided I wanted to work on doing some light weathering on a ready to run car, so I picked out this Athearn Roundhouse 50'FMC Box which was a faded paint and re lettered from Golden West to SP. I love that Athearn has made a few cars like this, already faded and re patched in SP markings. So all I needed to do was add some dirt to it.
|Athearn Roundhouse 50' FMC pre faded
Now, many people seem to go extremely crazy with weathering, while yes you can see some really beat up cars for real, most cars are not that bad. After all if a car is that beat up from the weather, its either something that is now going out of service or is headed to be repainted, not all the time, but I am guessing most of the time anyway. So I wanted to not filth this one up too much as I also will be using this for operations on my layout, I still need to see the car numbers.
So the first thing I did was add some weight to the car as it was a little light, just added a few 1" 1/8' hole washers (I uses these for metal basing for wargaming figures). I then took the car body off and shot it with a flat clear coat to knock down the shine of the factory paint, I also did this on the trucks minus the wheels.
|The main culprits for the filth
Next up came the Vallejo colors, on the roof I used Vallejo Environmental Rust, its a great paint as it adds some grit to the rust, I applied it with a brush then streaked it while still wet with a sponge (or in my case leftover pieces of foam packaging from a Flames of war blister!).
I then took the Vallejo Black Wash and some water and lined all the raised areas on the model like the ribs on the side of the car. I start with a thinned down wash and slowly add more black to it. I added some of the wash to the whole panels in some areas just too mix it up and add variety.
Once this dried, I came back with Vallejo Brown Engine Soot and with the trucks and under carriage and lower part of the car body with a dry brushing/stipple effect, once again using my sponge to streak some areas. And as the black wash, I applied it to areas on the roof and some other areas of the car panels. I also applied this color to the inside of the wheels making sure to not get paint on the points of the wheel sets.
Last color was Vallejo Engine Grime which is a grayish color that I applied as a dry brush on the underside and lower area of the car body as well as the trucks. I also once again applied some to car panels and streaked with a sponge.
And here below is the finished product, took me about an hour to do the whole car as I had to wait for some of the wash to dry between coats of paint.
|Finished dirty car!
As I wrote a few post ago, I was giving a huge collection of HO train equipment from a good friend and among the ready to run rolling stock were a few old school '"shake the box" kits from Athearn, MDC and some Walthers Classics. So I decided that I wanted to get a few of them put togetherand do some weathering. First up this CNW Covered hopper which is an Athearn custom paint by Bev Bel .
As its a yellow I wanted to tone it down, so I used Some Vallejo Black Wash thinned down with water and kept it to the raised areas.
|Athearn Shake the Box kit.
For the underside I used Vallejo Engine Brown Grime dry brushed on the underside but kept it pretty light I also added metal wheels from Inter-mountain Railway as well as added a few Kadee couplers.
|Metal Wheels and grime
|Another old Athearn kit
|Golden West Service Wathers kit.Add caption
|MDC classic kit
|Athearn Genesis Caboose
This past weekend I got a very unexpected surprise from a long time friend and model railroader in CA. My good friend Don sent me a message last week asking if I was still doing Model Railroading and if I was interested in a few locomotives and some rolling stock. it seemed that he was needing to thin out his collection. I told him I was and he said he would send a few over to me here in Phoenix. Well he sent me another message stating that it would cost way too much, so he decided to drive them out and do an actual visit.
Well this Saturday he came on out and before we unloaded his car we caught up and went to lunch, when we got back from lunch, it was time to unload his car. I knew something was up when he asked if I had a hand truck or furniture dolly! Well there must have been at least 6 small boxes and three large boxes. When I grabbed the first box it must have weighed at least 40lbs, Don laughed and said wait until you see whats inside!
Well, I was floored, I started pulling out box after box of brand new, never been out of the box Southern Pacific locomotives! Don had told a little lie, it was more then a few locomotives! Total count was 49 locomotives and just about the same number of rolling stock, mostly all the rolling stock is ready to run, just needs to go onto the tails!
Been thinking about this a lot recently and how once again I feel that the Games Workshop Hobby for me is gone. GW's current trend of marketing seems to be not for me anymore as they are more focused on attracting new customers for the corporate machine. Us older gamers that have been in the hobby for some time are not important, I know this first hand from my short time working at GW, during training they seem to disparage long time hobbyists, but I wont go into that. All I see is new things to get more money for the company and the current trend of limited supply is unsettling, almost like they are causing this frenzy for their products on purpose.
Well, with that said, I think I may be switching over to Wiley Games and the start playing more of his games. For those that dont know, Jaye Wiley (Barons Blog) is an independent rules writer who is most notorious for Fistful of Lead and Fistful of Lead Reloaded.
As I said above, I think I am going to move more towards actually playing these rules in the future, the game buddies I get to play with enjoy them. Plus, by playing these rules, I can use whatever figures I want to and that is something that I like to do!
So if your looking for fast, fun skirmish rules, look no further, these are the rules your looking for!
My buddy Mike of Dagreenskins blog threw out a challenge on his live stream to work on Tank models for the month of November. Well Rob and I just happened to play a game of FoW that weekend so I had busted out my collection and saw some tanks that need some paint, so I jumped in working on Tanks!
First up are 5 Plastic Soldier Company Panthers that I built and painted up about a year ago, all I had to do was add the decals and do some weathering on the models.
|PSC Panthers ready to Prowl!
|More PSC Panzer III's with more color!
|PSC panzer IV's
So I completed 15 tanks with full paint and five more for decals and weathering for a grand total of 20 tanks in one weekend. By the way, this force is for some Kursk FoW games that Robert and I have been talking about for a few years which I am super excited about trying out.
So there you go, my tanks for Tanksgiving!
Hobby wise things have slowed down for me, been getting in a few games, but the ongoing issues in the world are starting to bother me and killing the joy for my hobby. I have left Twitter, its nothing but a cesspool of hate and negativity and Facebook is quickly moving up that same list. What this means is I may only be posting things here, but I have to get to not paying attention to the world.
Anyways two things happened this past week, one, I finally got these Yeti/Sasquatch's painted up that I had for over three years now, these are Reaper models amd I honestly don't know why I had them. But I decided to paint them up like Big Foots (or is that Big Feets?) and used them for Warlords of Erehwon. I used them as trolls with my orcs for now.
|Reaper Big Foot/Yeti models
Last week my wife rescued him from work, he is a tiny make 5 week old kitten that must have wondered off from his litter. My wife took him to the AZ humane society on Thursday and they had him for the weekend. We got the call to Foster/adopt him on Sunday and Monday we brought the little guy home. So all week I have been taking care of him and getting him acclimated to our three other cats. Good thing is two out of the three cats have taken him in and are being very motherly with him. He is currently sitting in my lap sleeping as I write this.
So there you go, a few little things I have done this week.
So got another build completed this past week, I have been wanting to do something with the rules that is called Wall of Amps, the artwork is like the truck in the latest Mad Max movie with the guitar player, but I had other ideas.
In my mind I pictured the car to be more like the Blues Brothers car with a big speaker on top. But the rules for Wall of Amp say that it effects everything around the car.Looking at my bits, I had a bunch of these satellite looking dishes that seemed to work as well as this rocket looking part I took from a donor car.
|Mock Up on a Ford wagon.
|Mocked up final look.
|Gluing everything in place.
|Amp car completed!
|Front end shot!
|Back end with part of the "amp" from the donor car I kept.
|Painted up details that really make the car pop!
All in all this was a very fun car to build and I am very happy how it looks completed, it has that Blues Brother look mixed in with a little Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters feel to it, something that looks like a crazy man came up with in his garage!
My buddy Mike over at the Dagreenskins blog is a huge orc fan, he loves the Green Skins. Well he does a live stream every Saturday Morning (Whats Up with Mike and Jeff) and they decided that in October that they would work on Orc models calling it Dagreenskins Orctober Fest. Well a bunch of us decided to join along and paint up at least one Orc as well.
So I dug through my models and found this limited edition Warhammer Online model that my brother gave me and decided to paint him up. The plan was to work on him all month, but once I got going, I could not stop and finished up the model in a few days. here is the progression of the model
|Primed model, switched out round base so I can use with my Warhammer Quest games. Also added new top knot and skull on goblins staff as they broke off.
|Drybrushed to see the details, there is a lot on there
|base painted and washed, waiting for it to dry.
|Almost there, highlights to do.