Before New Grim: #2- No longer here but still here

01000001 01110100 01101111 01101101 Assembled, destroyed, re-assembled and back again. Neither here nor gone but nowhere. Consciously connected to a billion minds as it’s creators link it to the minds of many, feeding it with the thoughts, feelings and knowledge to live. But it’s neither alive nor dead for it has no heart and soul like mortal man, so too does it lack humanity.

The clock strikes twelve at midnight when the new year arrives ////(Y2K)////, and the world will be changed forever…….


Looking back on old hobby memories

In this latest post, I’ll be uncovering some old photos of my early days of joining the Warhammer hobby. I haven’t realised I still had these, or even remembered having these photos taken, so this is going to be a fun trip down memory lane!

what your about to see is a an early history of my beginning into the table top hobby, and what they mean to me now when I look back on them. Just a warning though, a lot of these are very bad in quality due to shaky camera quality, and the model painted are not the most pleasing to gaze upon lol.

So without further or do, lets dive in!

HPIM0404Tomb kings scenery at Warhammer world 2010

HPIM0405Giant sized Rat Ogre (anyone know the what they call these?)



The Island of Blood game board was used for the 8th edition Warhammer Fantasy when the new boxed games was released back in 2010, featuring the High Elves and the Skaven. I got the opportunity to take some photos of the game board when it was available to play at Warhammer World, looking at it close up was amazing to see the depth of detail being done to create it. Sadly, its no longer available to play at Warhammer world (about eight years to be precise!).

Whilst playing at Warhammer World with my shoddy painted Skaven (today they’re not as bad now, check the Skaven tag on my blog if your interested in seeing how my army looks now), I took a few photos of a game I had with a friend. These photos remind me a lot about 8th edition and what it meant for me as a wargamer, it was hard to play back then, but I had fond memories of the games and people I’ve met when the world was still turning. Now, Mallus turns in it’s darkened state above the realm of Azyr.

This was a collection of photos showing both the Lizardmen vs Dark Elves, played on a grass mat with meh painted scenery. Back then my Dark Elves hadn’t been painted properly as I didn’t have a colour scheme in mind for the army. in fact, it would be eight years later until I’d finally applied a consistent colour scheme in the livery of red and silver. These photos were taken roughly around 7th/ 8th edition days.

Finally, one final photo that in my opinion is one the most important one from all shown here today…….

This photo isn’t the best one taken (and sadly the only one), its not a picture of the best painted miniature ever, not even me seeing my favourite BL author in person, nor is it me rejoicing at finishing painting 40x Clanrats for my Skaven army. for you see, this photo was important to me as its one of the earliest photos taken showing me gluing my army of Dark Elves at Christmas. This photo is a story of beginning, how at this moment of history captured was a record of my journey into the hobby of table top wargaming. 

To you, it might not seem much (I wouldn’t blame you as the photo quality is pretty bad), however to me, finding this photo this week after looking through old photos for my dog was a big thing for me. It reminds me of where I’ve started when I started the hobby, and where it’s led me today.

I hope this post has inspired you to look back in the past and remember your early days when you first went to your local GW or gaming club. It may remind of the good and bad days when looking back, but those memories remind you of who you are today as a hobbyist.

Until next time,


FMP project evaluation

FMP final piece evaluation

For my FMP work I’ve Chosen the subject of the Kray Twins relating to the projects theme of Tribe. I’ve chosen my project theme on the Kray’s, because of how gangs in Britain were in their own way a tribe of people, following the boss/ head of the gang as leader of their group.

The Krays are a unique example of their tribe, the Firm, being successful in its expansion as a criminal empire that gained both a reputation for fame and infamy in British culture. Their story is not a black and white narrative, for their history tells us a much more grey story for how the krays became what they are.

I wanted present my own perspective of the Kray’s (using factual evidence from media and books) in acrylic paintings/ digital art in A3 card frame prints that capture both the rise and fall of their criminal days. I felt that I needed to push myself to try something out of my comfort zone, so rather than doing just one print out of my work, I would do two to make this final project more challenging.

My strengths and weaknesses throughout the project

Whilst I did find it difficult at first, my proposal writing gradually got better with each draft as I refined it. I did well with planning and laying out what my plans are for the project, as I can think of ideas and translate it into planning. However, my weakness is with my grammar and wording, the former being not a severe issue (but has been a constant issue), and the latter being difficult to use the right words for the right terms. For example, I use ‘Mediums’ to describe more than one, however, it’s actually ‘Media’.

My mind maps were very straight forward with only minor changes later on in the project, but likewise it was an area that I had no problems with. I will say that my weakness in my mind map work is grammar, as I tend to make mistake when writing around the mind map.

My mood board came pretty late into the project, as o tend to do primary/ secondary work first, then do a mood board with subjects relating to my choices that I’ve made. Whilst this can be a good as it gives me a narrow and easier time to collect relevant pictures, it’s also a problem as I had to take time to collect my own artist research.

My primary source work was my strongest area when doing this project, as I do well with information gathering and finding artists, subjects and media resources. I found this area to be most enjoyable as I like to explore artist work and research into subjects that relate to my chosen theme. My faults would be when it took too long to nail down the project subject, as I’d taken longer to experiment and discover subjects.

As for secondary source work, that was difficult as I didn’t go to the Berlin trip, so I had to find anything relatable to my subject theme that can fit into the Kray Twins era. Since I couldn’t go to East End London due to travel and time, I had to make do with places that can fit the era. My practical work however was an improvement, as my photography at Caistor was helpful going forwards in the project.

My photography work at Caistor was an opportunity to test out the characteristics of photography, learning its functions and photo presentation options available. I found the process to be refreshing change from drawing, as I’ve never utilised my photography skill before until this project. I could do better with planning, as my photography was 50/50 for options to use into my work, more locations would have opens more avenues to experiment.

Experimenting work was an interesting experience when testing out filters, acrylic paint, photography and digital art. I’ve learnt a lot of new skills such as Freehand selection tool on Procreate app, tonal painting (using one colour) and photo editing. My strengths were trying out new options, as with digital art/ photography, I had more time to create many experiment pieces to refine and judge through the progress. Although I would have tried to do A3 thick card prints at this time, as later on in the project I had issues with print quality from file transfer on Procreate.

Thanks to my sample work being very broad in outcomes and medium testing, my development work was vastly more refined compared to my Heritage project last year. My use in acrylics was more fluent in producing more human like faces and proportions. It was also a great opportunity to really go freehanded in drawing the Krays (using photos of the Krays as visual reference). I liked the conceptual outcomes that I’ve produced, as I really pushed myself to produce more mature paintings (something that’s not in my usual comfort zone as fiction is usually my preferred subject for art).

My digital art skills came into great use when problem solving my concept artworks, as it improved any visual flaws in colour consistency, reforming shapes and adding touch ups to add more details and texture. I’ve also found ways around getting better printing by using the picture file to print, rather than using Word document for better quality A3 prints.

For my final piece prep, I had trouble at first on what to create as my final pieces, as my drawings lacked the same depth and visual design as my concept developments. So I chose to use one concept development as my first piece (a portrait of the Krays), and a new painting as my second and last piece. I did several test outcomes from digital art to see where I would like to take my work going forward. I think I could have better planned my imagery in the prep work as I felt I lacked an overall plan on my imagery.

For my final design work, I had more success at my digital editing now that I have built up a lot of experience for the past few months. I found my strengths at digital work had really enhanced my work to look more realistic with atmosphere. My decision to get rid of the flames in final piece #2 was a good choice, because the imagery looks a lot more mysterious and limbo in its presentation with half the picture shrouded in darkness. My only weakness would be that I was skeptical about gloss printing, as my worry if that the file will print the same as my A3 card versions, in terms of pixelation of the picture being the same.

My overall thoughts on the final piece project

My work had a quite a few successful outcomes including printing my A3 work, painting acrylic more refined and improved on past flaws and discovering new solutions by going out of my comfort zone. However, one of my biggest success would be combing acrylic art, photography and digital art into one, as my media choices resulted in two very unique pieces of artwork. I found that combing both traditional and modern media has not only been a gamble of trying something new, but also a new avenue to express art using old and new tools.

My final pieces has impressed me with the amount of time and effort I have spent building up my work towards this point in the course. I took a huge gamble with this project as I wanted to move away from 3D media and traditional Acrylic canvas painting. I feel that this gamble had been worth going for, as my works have pushed me interests into more gritty realistic subjects.

The materials I’ve used for the final piece were just right to express more darker imagery, acrylic and Procreate app can be combined to create more visual interest for the audiences eyes. The media were suitable to produce imagery that require more complexity such as smoke effects, lighting, tonal change and filter editing.

I think my work meets my project requirements, because I’ve tried to cover as many areas possible with this FMP work. My solution was to cover the seven key areas when it comes to project work; annotation, evidence/sources, evaluation, practical work, development, Outcome and context. These areas are always on my mind when I do my work each day, so that I can cover requirements naturally without back tracking too much.

If I could do more if I was offered to further the project, I would have done more printing work with gloss printing as I lacked time and experience to try it out. I think my original goals of just an A3 print was a good goal, but taking it further into gloss print would really create huge impact on my presentation for my FMP. I could also improve on my drawing skills, as at times, I was limited for time to produce more accurately drawn pictures of the Krays. If extended for time, I could draw more accurate portraits that can be more recognisable to my target audience.

A Tale of One Warlord: Month 1

A Tale of One Warlord: Month 1

Its been a very tight month for my first challenge on building an Ork army using the Start Collecting! Set. I’ve had to take an on and off progress of painting my models as I’ve got course work mixed in during the month. The hardest part would have to be painting the Ork Boyz and the Deff Dread, as the former was time consuming to paint consistently, and the latter being my first model tested using my own colour scheme for that bright flashy yellow coat.

However, I was able to finish my start collecting! Set in under a month, as all of the models are painted (but not based). I do like the yellow colours scheme as it has a shiny matt coating that doesn’t look flat (thanks to some scratches and rusted edge highlighting).

My only criticism would be that I wished that haven’t mistakenly shaded the whole armour of the Nobz. This isn’t too bad as they still look good, but the yellow armour colour does look more darker than the rest of the collection.

So without further or do, here’s what I’ve done so far for month one of my army challenge. I’m not going to go into too much detail as The pictures say it all, Enjoy!

Dok Grubstokk, cunning and professional Dok*.

Deff Dread Dogrrak the Savage, just look at him running like he was just born yesterday**

Nob Boss Gobruk and da Boyz ready to start the party!

Mekboy Rugbourk, tiny fella (for an Oddboy) with da best skills for fixing and building things.

Nobz, cus every Ork warband needs one…..

That’s all I’ve painted for month one, I thought it wasn’t possible to get these models done in time, but Morka must be helping me (or was it Gorka?). I’ve been inspired by a lot of resources for the orks from BL book samples like the Evil Sun Rising (written by Guy Haley), lore on the Bad Moons, Feral Orks and of course, a hardback copy of Fifteen Hours by Mitchel Scanlon. I’m honestly asking myself now why I didn’t get into collecting Orks when I first started this hobby, they’re a faction that fit my style of humour/ creativity without any nonsense.

You may have noticed that I don’t have a HQ leading my force (since there was none in the starter set), so I’ve decided to kitbash my own HQ’s instead! Below are my Warboss and Weirdboy side by side ready to cause some carnage.

Its too early for me to go into details on these guys, but keep an eye out for these two for next month (or the month after that if I’m too fat and lazy to get them done).

Now that my first month of three is done ( my series is only going to be half of the traditional ATFW as I’m not committing to a big force, as well as other things), I can now move on to adding more greenskins to my growing army. Next month, my challenge will be to paint a second unit of Troops and a Fast attack option. Time to get some Gretchins ready…….


Thank you for reading this post. If you have any suggestions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!


Wild West Exodus K9 Gun dogs

Wild West Exodus K9 Gun dogs

Yesterday as I was looking around my local newsagent for the latest White Dwarf magazine, I happen to come across a magazine called Miniature Wargaming. On the cover was a free sprue of an orange plastic frame containing two cyber dogs from a miniature game called Wild West Exodus.

I’ve only ever seen WWE at a model train shop, which had a few kits on display of various factions. I thought it would be silly to pass this up, as the kit would normally be priced at £17, the magazine only costing around £4.50 (a saving of £12.50!). The article inside about WWE was actually pretty cool, the game setting sounded like a really fun game to play. I can see some of the kits being used to be kitbashed for Imperial Guard, like the minute men.

Here’s what I’ve assembled from the spruce free with the magazine.

For a comparison size difference, I’ll be using an Ork Boyz model to show just how big these K9 Gun dogs are!

(whilst the base is slightly taller than GW’s bases, it’s still just about the same height as an Ork!)

The kit was pretty simple to build for a single sprue, although some mould lines needed removing before assembling. I like the design of the models with the mixture of industrial metal work mixed with Sci-Fi elements, not bad for a free gift!


If you guys are interested in Wild West Exodus and you want to feature more models from the range, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.

I’ve got a new post coming soon that will be a spin on the Tale of Four Warlords, so keep your eyes peeled (but not literally).

Until next time,