Friday, 26 August 2016

A Splendid Prize!

First, thank you to all of you who wished me a happy blogday.  As an astute observer notes, I started the blog on my 45th birthday - mid-life crisis anyone?

But to the main point of the post.  Big Lee has just reached the stunning milestone of 2,000,000 hits on his blog.  He's celebrate in very generous style by giving away vouchers to the value of £100.  Details here.

Thursday, 25 August 2016


Yesterday was the 4th Anniversary of this blog

  • 651 posts
  • 217,697 hits

Thank you for all all for visiting, and especially for those who have contributed to the last two statistics.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Dr Who Wednesday #14

Mirabile dictu, I can report some progress on the Daleks!

After months of them sitting there in a part-painted state, mocking me, Dave Docherty's Paint and Chat hangout had it's desired effect, and I got two good sessions in on them.

Yellow will have to be re-done...
I've also got another batch of these free-with-the-magazine Daleks on the go (hopefully to be finished this week)* in another colour scheme again.

*In which case, next week we will have a Grand Dalek Parade in which Davros will review the troops (led by David Beckham Dalek).

Although I prefer Classic to these New Paradigm Daleks, these were much better to paint than the dreadful BTD ones.

Gratuitous Sarah Jane shot

Friday, 19 August 2016

Chat and Bargain of the Week

It's been three weeks since my last blog post.  What hobby progress have I made then?  None at all.

My plan of setting hostages to fortune by laying out what I hoped to achieve during July didn't work at all.  August has been a washout due to The Wife having an unexpected week's stay in hospital.  I'd like to thank all those of you who learnt of this through FaceBook and expressed concerns there: for the rest of you, she is now back at home and improving as she rests.  We are both exhausted though.

But no level of exhaustion will keep me from scouring the charity shops for bargains.  Here are my latest.

Been looking out for some of these for a while...

There may yet be a solution to my painting drought.  Dave Docherty has set up a video chat room so that we can paint and chat.  He's done it under the umbrella of the Analogue Painting Challenge Google+ forum, but I'm sure anyone is welcome to attend.

The link is it's a permanent link, so you can drop in at any time and see if anyone else is there.

When I told The Wife about it, she replied that it was wrong "on so many different levels", but really it isn't much different that the 'Stitch and Bitch' sessions she's been known to attend.  You can insert your own joke about watching paint dry here, but if you want some civilised conversation* while you paint, log on.

*Last night's apparently included a discussion on the relative merits of German and British sausages (it could've been Wurst!  BOOM, BOOM!)
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