Back from the pilgrimage to Bali and I’ve set myself a new challenge for the rest of 2019.

Hello people. No I didn’t die in Bali although I did slice my hand open on a broken glass in the pool and crashed in a white water raft haha but lived to tell the tale.

Had an absolute blast with my three best and lifelong mates in Bali (Indonesia).

Day 1. We just chilled in the pool and drank beer and Midori.

Day 2. Off to the beach and explored the town of Seminyak. Nice lunch by the beach too. Back to the villa for drinks, swimming (that’s when I cut the hand) dancing and laughs. We also jumped off a tall garden bed thing into the pool which was a little dangerous but lots of fun haha. Then a BBQ dinner with some traditional Balinese dancing.

Day 3. Road trip to Amed which is on the east, mostly rural, side of the island. Went to a temple where we all had to wear dresses. Then we did some snorkelling, has some lunch and fed wild dogs.

Day 4. Flying fish. Holy cow this was a lot of fun. Nothing in the way of OH&S but we didn’t care haha. It was cool!!! YouTube it if you don’t know what it is. Just type in flying fish Bali. Then we went to the pub to watch an Aussie Rules football game followed by Rugby League State of Origin game 2. Unfortunately Queensland, my team, didn’t win but there’s still game 3. The atmosphere in the pub was brilliant and we all polished off a decent amount of grog during the 6-7 hours we were there. Brilliant.

Day 5. Was amazing. Up early and headed off to Ubud, my favourite part of the island, for white water rafting. We crashed into another couple of rafts that had crashed into some rocks and I laughed the whole time. The adrenaline was pumping and I couldn’t stop smiling. I’m weird like that. The guides/skippers were all over it and I didn’t feel unsafe at all but others in the group didn’t feel good about it. Not my mates, other people. It was about a two hour trek down a beautiful jungle river. We stopped by a waterfall and I couldn’t help but jump in, get under it and roar like a barbarian haha.

Next we were transported to another place to ride ATV Four wheel motorbikes. This was the best thing ever. We went through creeks, cavernous tunnels and down muddy slopes. So much fun. I even managed to pop a wheelie hehe. Great fun.

Then later that night the boys and I recorded episode 10 (part 1 & 2) for The Fly On The Wall Podcast and had a great laugh.

Day 5. Was a chill day by and in the pool followed by an evening in Kuta. Where I did this –

Day 6. Was waterbomb (a huge waterslide park) but unfortunately I fell quite ill. Maybe Bali belly, not sure. I didn’t want to hamper the boys so I hung back at the villa and had a quiet day. I watched Undersiege 2, swam and did target practice with pellet guns. By all accounts the boys had a ball. I’d been before a few years earlier and would have felt worse if they cancelled it.

That night we all went out for a lovely dinner in town.

Day 7. We checked out of the Villa and then I went and got these done.


The first one is Supergirl which is for my youngest daughter.

The second is a Viking rune that means brotherhood in honour of my best mates and our trip.

Here are some snaps from the trip. I didn’t get a lot because my mate designated himself cameraman hehe.


The third last pic is the memorial in Kuta for the Sari Club bombings in 2002. Hard to believe it’s been nearly twenty years.

The last pic is of some airsoft pellet guns we bought for fun. It sort of stings a bit on bare skin but nothing to cry about.

The next pic was taken for my middle daughter who wanted me to do a selfie. It’s my ugly old mug thinking I’m a biker because I’ve ridden a four wheeler now haha. Might be growing older but I’ll never grow up hehe 👍🏼


While away the lads and I recorded episode 10 of the podcast. Part 1 is a bit disturbing ams not for the feint hearted and part 2 is Chapter 4 of the post apocalyptic saga.

You can find episode 10 along with all the other episodes here –

In epsiode 11 we will be doing a little something that cupcakes and machetes suggested.


Ok enough showing off haha onto the hobby challenge.

It might come as a bit of a shock to you all but I have trouble finishing projects. Seems like I’m not alone in this which warms my heart a little.

However, to be honest, it sort of bugs me a little. With work for example I start something and I make damn sure I finish it. Sure there’s no pressure in our beloved hobby but, I don’t know, I enjoy finishing things. Not as much as starting them and I guess that’s where the problem lies hehe.

Anyway, after much deliberation, I am starting a Tyranid/Genestealer army. Sigh… I should be finishing one of the other projects I know haha.

Mr Wudugast has explained that Nids and  the Genestealer Cult can work/fight together. This excited me and got me thinking about possible conversions.


So the challenge is to spend the rest of 2019 working on the Tyranid/Genestealer army. It definitely won’t be easy because, as you are probably well aware, I am easily distracted.

One positive that has encouraged me in this challenge is that at the beginning of this year I told you all I would be painting a lot more and not just building and converting. I can honestly say that this has been the case, especially in the first few months of the year. I’d say I’ve painted more minis this year than any other year. When I do the 2019 wrap up I plan on trying to count up all the minis I’ve painted.


Sorry for the lengthy blog with no actual miniatures of my own featured haha.

Today I hope to get some hobby time in.

I hope you’re all well and I look forward to catching up on all y’all blogs. (Y’all?? Hmmm maybe a hint to the cupcakes Podcast epsiode)




























32 thoughts on “Back from the pilgrimage to Bali and I’ve set myself a new challenge for the rest of 2019.”

  1. Welcome home mate, looks like you had loads of fun in that warm country, funny it’s been a bit quite without you !
    I’m not so lucky we are heading to Tassie on Friday, I don’t think I’ll get to swim much !!!

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  2. Looks like an awesome holiday. A bit sad we can’t bring airsoft guns back to Australia 😦 when I was a kid someone’s older brother always managed to sneak one back from Bali but I don’t know if you would want to try these days…

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  3. Well looks like you had a hell of a time in Bali, and though “Nids” has never been one of my favourite armies I wish you all the best with getting then finished undistracted (though we both know it ain’t gonna happen now don’t we!!).

    Cheers Roger.

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  4. Nice go see you are back and to hear you had a great time. Excellent photos. Hope the hand heels quickly, must be playing havoc with your sex drive!😉 will hopefully catch up with the podcast once our visitors have made their way home Monday.

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  5. Sounds like a really fantastic holiday. Can’t beat that sort of blast with your mates.

    Will catch up with the podcasts- am going to put them on my phone and listen to them whilst in the shed painting.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the ‘Nid army too.



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  6. Looks like you had an amazing holiday mate! You can’t beat times like those with your mates 😀

    Re your Tyranid/Genestealer Cult project, I’m looking forward to this a lot – and I really want to see how you take on the ‘nids. At some stage I’d like to do some tyranids to go alongside my genestealer cult collection too – I’d like to put together a combination of biological monstrosities as the genestealer genetic code tries unsuccessfully to recreate pure tyranids without the hive mind to guide it, and mechanical versions of tyranid creatures as the cultists try to build the carnifexes and hive tyrants that they dream about using whatever scrap metal they can find on the planet.

    I must admit I really struggle to devote myself to one project to the exclusion of all else so my tips, for what they’re worth, are 1) when you’re feeling the enthusiasm for a project run with it whilst it lasts (because it won’t last forever). 2) accept from the start that you will get distracted. Allow yourself brief breaks on a long project but define before you start (e.g. I really want to paint model X so once I’ve finished this squad for my main project I’ll work on it, but not before, and afterwards I’ll paint something else for my main project). 3)try to keep things fresh, so that it doesn’t become a chore. 4)paint the things you’re really enthusiastic about now – don’t put off life’s pleasures. Lots of people say “paint a few squads of troops, then treat yourself to the thing you really want to paint (the hero or whathaveyou)”. This has never really worked for me, I like adding things to already established collections, even if I find those things to be a slog (for example I hated painting the Plague Monks for my Skaven, and I would never have touched them if they were the only models in the collection, whereas because I knew they’d be helping to grow an army I was already pleased with I got on with them even though I bitched about it. On the other hand when I first started the hobby I tried to paint a space marine army. I loved the idea of painting terminators and dreadnaughts but tactical marines left me cold, so I decided to paint all the tracticals first to get them out of the way. Suffice to say by the time I was done I was an unrepentant traitor and my moral with the project was so low I couldn’t be arsed to paint the terminators or dreadnaught either).

    Good luck!

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    1. Great comment and rules to live by mate. I know I’ll need breaks so that’s exactly what I’ll do. I’ve considered adding mechanical components to the Nids because I’ve seen some very cool conversions on insta. We’ll see. Thanks again

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  7. Glad you enjoyed the break, although I’d have expected a few more pictures with blood in them given your, ahem, mishap in the pool! Tell the truth – you were biting the tops off beer bottles again and it all went wrong! Thanks for sharing though – enjoyed the story and the pics!

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  8. Lovely write up and the pics are great (though the one with you and Mr. Johnson I could have passed on). Listened to 9 & 10 on a 6.5 mile walk today, laughed (mostly) will catch up on 11, as long as there are no more incestuous necrophilia discussions…ew

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  9. Awesome vacation pics! 😀 The giant penis and balls statue is hilarious. Sounds like quite the awesome trip. Glad you had such a great time. 🙂
    I love those drum things you played in the little video. I have a friend who moved to California and she posts videos all the time of her playing those. They always sound so tranquil and nice.

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