2018 Rap

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Two Oh Eight-teen didn’t treat me all that mean

I continued to hobby and was still a little obscene

Ok that’s enough of that. I enjoy singing and even beat boxing but I’m no Rapper. Haha

What I really mean, obviously, is 2018 wrap.

What a year it has been. If I can be so bold to say it’s been the best year for me and my hobby/blog for many reasons. I try to push myself a little more each year and this one has been no different. Looking back over posts I can see that my painting and conversion work has been getting better. When I first started I really didn’t think I’d get better but the old mantra is 100% right. “The more you practice the better you’ll get.” Don’t get me wrong I think I still have a lot more to learn though and a loooong road ahead. I know I’ll never be a master painter but I think I could aim for master builder hehe.

I won’t bore you too much with a long slog and commentary through each post, instead I’ll share some highlights.

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1. Albino Orks – This project has evolved somewhat since first starting it and this year saw Da Blud Lettas become ALBINO. Albino mice and rabbits are creepy but cool. Red eyes!! What the shit?!!! So it was a no brainer to make my Orks albino too.

Theres still a fair bit to do for this army before its complete.

Here are a few snaps from the project.

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2. Decem-buary Challenge. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or an extra large piece of wargaming terrain for the last twelve months you’ll be aware that Azazel from https://azazelx.com has been setting challenges each month for us motley crew. I took part in a couple of the challenges but the first, DecemBruary, was my favourite. Here’s what I submitted.

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3. I’ve always admired historical miniatures and this year has seen me dabble a little with a few historical periods but, of course, giving it my own little twist of lemon. There were the Green Dragoons and Forlorn Light Infantry from the 701st Royal BannaRoff Guard (still more to come), The Good The Bad and The Ugly (more to come) and, more recently some medieval gear as well. (Lots to come for this one).

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4. Our mate Alex over at leadballoony   https://leadballoony.com put out his own challenge for February and called it FemBruary in a nod to female miniatures. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and ended up doing three female miniatures. One of which, to my utter surprise, won the challenge. I’m still waiting for my prize though that Alex said is an all expenses paid trip to the UK to go to warhammer world haha, well I can dream. The winning entry was actually based on a book Ignited Moth ://ignitedmoth.wordpress.com had reviewed called “The Girl from the other side.” I loved the book cover art. Here’s what I did.

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5. As a lot of you know I tend to like creepy and macabre things and so a stand out, mini, project for me for 2018 was The Wytch and the Warloc. They “mate” by connecting their odd tentacle/probiscus type tongues together. Eeewwwllllll.

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6. I threw myself into some weird gypsy type miniatures which I still need to finish painting but I really hit a bit of a flow with the conversion work and then painting up the war wagon was a real buzz.

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7. I celebrated 3 years of blogging and this poem (below) from Alex (Lead Balloony) warmed the cockles of my heart. What are cockles by the way?!

IRO, oh IRO,
Logic said those those bits won’t go!
‘but really, what does LOGIC know?’
Thought our man IRO

If I want to stick that to this,
Then common sense can off & piss!
My hairy arse, ‘the Man’ can kiss,
Rants our man IRO

Now where is my best painting brush?
I’ve moods to capture, in a rush!
Grimy, creepy, live and lush,
Paints our man IRO

Quickly, let the words be said,
from key to web, straight from my head,
One more post before to bed!
Types our man IRO

The energy of this rebel Ork,
Part of the fabric in which we walk,
A tribe of sorts, though cheese and chalk,
Our Brother, IRO

IRO, we watched you grow,
Your unique ways we got to know
as you IRO, IRO, IRO your boat, gently to a different flow

Haha he’s a talented chap.

8. The Lady Of Decay and the garden of unearthly was so much fun to build and paint and it was one of the few projects, so far, that I started and completed haha. The standout model in the project was the Duke of Ruin and even Ana from Garden of Hecate http://gardensofhecate.blogspot.com/?m=1           liked it over on Instagram!!!

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9. Lastly, the Black Plague project saw me push my converting to a new level, in my opinion anyway. I wanted to break any confines, although I’m not sure I had any in the first place, and let loose, go freestyle man! The whole plan was a simple one, combine mechanical bits with organic matter. The results were better than I expected. I simply pictured what I wanted and then made it happen. I think I surprised myself at how I managed to achieve what my brain envisioned.

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Some honourable mentions go out to Ash Waste Nomads, SkyRaiders and Purge cardinals which are all other projects that limped along through the year too.

One major highlight for the year was getting to know TIM (The Imperfect Modeller). Not only do I really admire and envy his skills as a diorama making genius but he’s also a great bloke. Sure his long suffering wife would disagree but he’s the kind of bloke you could have a few pints with and talk about everything from old westerns to foxes, Jive Bunny, gardening and raising 15 year old daughters. Much like a lot of you he’d be a mate in the real world as well as in this blog world of ours. I have a strong feeling in my nuts that I will get to meet a lot of you one day. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing for you but either way I’ll watch you sleep and sniff your… nah I won’t go there hahaha.

Thank you to every single one of you who follow, like, comment, advise, suggest, guide and make me laugh in our little blog  corner of the World Wide Web. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you quirky band of clever, nerdy and knowledgeable misfits hehe.

2018 flew by and I suspect 2019 will go even quicker.

Happy New Year!

Cheers

IRO

 

 

59 thoughts on “2018 Rap”

  1. My husband and I’s first pet together was a white lab rat with red eyes we named Wednesday. She was so cool my husband refuses to get another rat because they’ll never compare to her lol.
    That poem is accurate and awesome!
    You’re creations this past year have been freaking fantastic so I look forward to your work next year. 🙂

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      1. Haha I was surprised when I saw it because I know “you’re” a bit of a word nazi haha. The funny thing is, I am too but my spelling and grammar isn’t the best so go figure? I get annoyed with your and you’re. Also bought and brought AND when people say pacific when they mean specific! Bastards!!!!

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      2. Ahaha are you sure it wasn’t an accent? I had a pal from Elsalvador and when we had a going away party for an employee that retired my elsalvadorian mate thought we were celebrating that the employee was RETARDED Ahahaha. I had to explain.

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      3. LMAO. No she was from the area. Just dumb as a box of rocks. She was doing a crossword puzzle and the clue was, The second president of the United States. Her said, “Nixon?” I died. She almost got a presidents book for Christmas that year.

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    1. Thanks cupcakes. Why was she called Wednesday? The only albino rat I’ve been up close to was one I dissected in highschool. I remember asking the teacher why rats? He said because they’re cheap. I think he was just cheap so we should have dissected him! I had a pet mouse called Rat once.

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  2. Nice review mate, there were a couple of bits there that I had forgotten about!

    All the best for 2019, and remember it’s better to be a “master builder” than it is to be a “master baiter!”, so keep gluing bits on, instead of pulling them off!!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Well I do have plans but the best thing about this hobby, for me, is that I constantly get sidetracked with new creative ideas hehe. It does make me wonder if I’ll ever run out of creative juice but nearly four years in and I haven’t run out yet hehe

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  3. Nice round up mate. It’s so easy to forget how much gets done in a year. Just As worrying is where did the year go? Good to see some old favourites getting another run out, which has given me an idea for another day. Looking forward to 2019. In the relatively short time I’ve been apart of this blogging community the standard has just kept going up. More than a little curious to know what everyone conjours up going forward. Some great ideas out there and you have more than played your part in inspiring others. Happy New Year mate.

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  4. What a year you’ve had mate! Keep up the good work – I’m looking forward to seeing what you conjure in 2019 🙂

    Cockles are little shellfish that live in the sea, and I always wrongly believed that when something warmed the cockles of your heart it was warming you so completely that, if your heart was the sea, even the creatures living on the rocks at the bottom would feel touched. Turns out (according to the Internet anyway – which has never lied to me before) that in fact the saying refers to the ventricles of the heart, the bit at the bottom which looks somewhat like a snail-shell.

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  5. An extremely impressive gallery of achievements that has kept me well entertained. Naturally my absolute favourites are those historically inspired ones! Why can’t I ever get braiding done like that? 🙂 Ignited Moth girl was special too.

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  6. Wow, awesome wrap up for 2018! 🙂 It’s been great seeing all the beasties and badasses and badass beasties you’ve created this year. Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2019!
    I still absolutely loooove that Girl From the Other Side piece by the way. Thank you again for that! 😀
    Have an amazing New Year full of creativity, laughs, and vulgarities!

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  7. Quite the retrospective on the year, my friend. You got a lot of models done and even managed to paint a couple of them as well! Seriously though – your painting has come a long way, and it’s been good to see you post up an increasing number of painted figures rather than predominantly built ones.
    Oh, and your title and start of the post made me think of “Stutter Rap”. Not sure how well that bodes…

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  8. Well mate great post ,good to see a recap off all you have done ,bloody heaps !.Thanks the entertaining stories also , I feel you could turn your talents to being an author if you wished ! So all the best for you and the family for 2019 and we look forward to more looks ,laughs and lessons soon mate . Oh the paint tip on armour painting is a real treat !

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    1. Thanks a bunch Pat. I have quite a few stories I’ve considered putting into a book but I don’t know if I’m wordy enough and all that good at grammar hehe. It’s on the bucket list though. Actually a friend of mine suggested writing an Ebook for downloading etc. 2019 might see something like that happen but we’ll see.

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  9. Funny, I can hear the snare and hi-hat in your opening there. Either you’re very descriptive or I was a drummer in a second life!

    Well, I only started following you for about a year now, so this is the baseline. You have to do 5x better this next year, haha! Seriously, you’re doing great and I’ve seen painting improvements in just the time I’ve been following you. Practice, practice, practice, indeed.

    Lots of great work showcased there. Probably my fave is the guy in section 3 wearing the knight armor and brandishing guns. Just so iconic looking, even if it might have been a simple conversion for you. It was also funny spotting the Escher bits you used, since I slapped some of them together during the Winter break. Not sure if I find it more entertaining when I recognize the bits or when I have no clue.

    Keep up the great work, man!

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