Friday, 20 January 2023

Mould Lines

I'm working on six Surprise Egg terror birds at the moment.

terror birds

After undercoating them I noticed that they had thick mould lines which I couldn't remove with a scalpel because the terror birds are partly made out of soft plastic.

terror birds

I covered the mould lines with green stuff which was fun but took a bit longer than planned ...

Sunday, 1 January 2023

Happy New Year!

art vs artist 2022

I went to a photo booth to take a picture for this art vs artist collage which is popular on Instagram at the moment. I tried to look friendly, but 2022 was another stressful year on many levels. Anyway …

Hobby-wise I met a lot of interesting, friendly people, played Dingstown, Saga and The Silver Bayonet at gaming conventions and Dragon Rampant and Das Schwarze Auge with my kids.

I finally finished all my old painting and sculpting projects, this was my New Year’s resolution for 2020, and I started a funny army, consisting of surprise egg toy animals and scratch built bamboo men. I will continue painting these in 2023.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my posts, look at all the pictures and for your kind and inspiring comments.

(By the way, one of the images is AI-generated.)

Have a wonderful 2023!

Karl

Sunday, 25 December 2022

Merry Christmas!


Nürnberger Meisterzinn

Some tin soldiers I home cast many years ago around this time of the year.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 13 December 2022

Space Marine Lina

Space Marine

I found an old drawing book I did with my daughter when she was about four.

I think this is a space marine.

Friday, 2 December 2022

3 Bamboo Men

3 bamboo men

I just finished painting these three scratch built bamboo men. They still need a layer of matt varnish and some grass on the base.

Friday, 30 September 2022

10 Years

Greeks vs Orks

I started this blog ten years ago, in September 2012, shortly after my youngest son was born.

castles made of sand

For about a year I wrote blog posts without getting any comment, not even from the friends I gamed with, and then, when I got my first comment, I read it over and over, but didn’t know how to respond, and when I finally did, after nine days, I didn’t know if Tim from Saskatoon who had been so kind to leave the first comment, also got my answer.

dungeon number one

The truth is I didn’t know how to communicate well in the internet when I started this blog.

Warhammer 40K

Now, after ten years, I feel more comfortable to be part of an online gaming community, which inspires my every day and even helped me get through the first years of the pandemic.

playing Gurps with the kids

If I could give my younger self any advice about blogging, it would be this: don’t try so hard, be patient, friendly, be curious about other people’s work, about their thoughts, and learn as much as you can about how blogging works on a technical level, but never behave like a machine. And yes. I almost forgot. Enjoy yourself. It’s a hobby blog after all.

the statue

Ok. I sound like a pathetic old man now. Sorry.

Fimo arrows

What have you learned about blogging over the years? And what would you consider your biggest mistakes?

Greeks vs Orks

By the way the pictures are just some old pictures I found going through Herr Zinnlings Arbeitszimmer. This is one of the things I enjoy a lot about blogging: taking pictures of miniatures.

imaginary island

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

A T Rex out of a Kinder Surprise Egg

T Rex

A dinosaur from the movie Ice Age that came out of a Kinder Surprise Egg.

T Rex

I put him/her/it on a 40 mm base. The beast is ready for painting now. (Ok. I still need to remove some mold lines.)