The son & heir has recently – yesterday – vacated Neu Schloss von Peter to return to Dunedin for some work to generate a little of that that all important commodity money in preparation for his 2019 year of study. During the most recent sojourn at Neu Schloss von Peter there was some hobby related activity. Some games were played with friend(s?) and we played a couple of Lord of the Rings games with the spoils spilt with a game apiece.
The son & heir also managed to waft paint brushes and various other modelling implements around while here. The Haradrim Raiders were built and painted as were a few other Haradrim figures which will be unveiled to the world once some photos have been snapped. A box worth of Haradrim warriors were built and the painting started though these are still a work in progress. Yes, fantasy arabs were the theme of the season.
One other hobby undertaking was undertaken. At the commencement of the PRIOR Christmas holiday season a sheet of mdf type board was purchased as The son & heir had urgings to make a terrain board. Over the duration of that holiday season the board was painted top, bottom and sides … and that was it! Apparently the paint needed to be really REALLY dry!
This Christmas holiday season saw further activity. The board was subtly rendered into smaller constituent pieces with the aid of a circular saw! One of these pieces was then plastered, painted, dry brushed with several colours and then static grass applied. The accompanying pictures detail the results.
FYI and FWIW the board is 60cm square. Click the images for larger and clearer views.
The logistics of war – Paints
Way back in November 2017 von Peter himself unleashed “WWI exhibition, paints and more“.
The first – and incidental! – update is that the The Great War Exhibition is now sadly permanently closed. von Peter himself had managed to visit the exhibition several times but really should have visited it one more time! A new section was added to the exhibition – The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. From the official blurb …
Live moment to moment, as the ANZAC troops did in the trenches at Gallipoli, only a bomb’s throw away from the Turks. In this unique re-creation of Quinn’s Post, encounter the noise, the explosions, the stench, the confined environment those men had to deal with during the ferocious struggle between opposing forces. At times confronting, this will be an experience like no other!
von Peter himself has received several reports of the The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience and all were very positive. The son & heir even took a young lady friend along – admittedly a little weird 😀 – and they both enjoyed it. A miss for von Peter himself. Idiot!
The second and primary reason to revisit the old post is to re-examine the economics of New Zealand based von Peter himself sourcing most of paints from Black Hat Miniatures in the UK. To feed the brushes of von Peter himself and The son & heir a delivery of 17 pottles of Coat d’arms paints was received before Christmas. The associated – and inevitable bill 😢 – allowed for a little rudimentary mathematics …
- the landed cost of an 18ml Coat d’arms pottle – NZD 6.16
- when sourced from the local Games Workshop store a cheap 12ml pottle of Citadel paint would cost NZD 7.00 … and I would have to go out of my way to visit the shop to procure it … though if I mail ordered over NZD 100.00 worth from Games Workshop I would not be charged a delivery fee
- when sourced from a local online distributer Mightyape that same 12ml pottle of Citadel paint would cost NZD 6.49 … but then I would need to pay postage on top.
von Peter himself may never get rich on his savings but it appears that a little planning ahead to keep a reserve supply of paints in stock still pays off for the bulk of von Peters paints.
Note that a comparison with Vallejo paints has not been undertaken due to a general idleness and because von Peter himself does not like their eye dropper bottles.
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself