Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Okay it's a revised goal, with only 1 mini that needed painting, but it's still one of the goals for 2020 completed. There's a couple of things missing, one is the Nephilim jet fighter as that's in a separate box in another part of the house, along with the second squadron of Land Speeders.
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Like a lot of you out there I've been looking at 9th and thinking 9kay so how do I fold this into my yearly hobby plan, and this is my response so far, dependent on getting 2 boxes of course & expect updates as time progresses. I'm dropping the 2 old bike squads, so no worries at all, gone, if I thought I could sell them on ebay I would, and not loose a seconds sleep, need to check if I need at least one of the attack bikes to finish off the bikes I already have. And yes I am currently planning on making one of the sgts in this pose, because I am old and this is still cool.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Monday, 22 June 2020
Rainbow Sparkle Power Friends Reunion Part 6
had a bit of a rework after I changed some stuff in part 4After lunch was finished and repeated request to go to the toilet had been made by Kat, she got the flip phone out and opened it up, she looked at the crystals, and then at her daughters, "one of you hold my free hand, one of hold my arm. I'm going to put my thumb on the lower crystal, which is the one that triggers the transition, okay? Last time of asking, as if you need the toilet there it's not designed for your butt's and bits." "how do you mean?" Thea asked "well when I slept there, the beds were all longer, Amy, remember when Thea had a step up to the toilet and could swing her legs around?" Amy nodded and smiled at the memory, "well I was able to do it, the bath was great though, deep and long, showers were to big and the wrong angle." Thea still looked confused. "It was like the whole place was a built for someone 8 feet tall." "ahh, okay" "hold on. 3, 2, 1." Kat touched the crystal and the fimilliar feeling of being transitioned went through her, the black stone room and grey white light of the Tomb replaced the bright California sunshine and white walls of her home, Amy let go of her hand, Thea get go of her arm. "This is not what I expected," Amy said looking around the Tomb. "I know," Kat turned and addressed the tube," I'd like to know if there is any information on the weapons we have, something like an action video, and also last time none of us really did anything about closing the rifts as Morven... Sapphire was the one who had the most talent for that, we're hoping there's something you can do to train us to close the rifts. " " and the young ones? " the Intelligence from before the dawn of humanity asked " child care issues, and they wanted to look around. " " I have several visual captures of the Defenders against the Nephilim that you can view," on the wall next to the tube the grey white light formed a circle then expanded to a square, an image formed, showing 4 tall figures in red gold armour advancing on several white stone towers the defenders outnumbered the warriors in red gold by 4 to 1, but the sling shot and few bows did no damage, the view moved around, and a blast shot out from the same angle as the point of view, one of the white stone towers had a section near the base blown out and it tumbled, the rubble buried one of the bow man and a sling shot armed defender, the red gold warriors advanced into the confusion, one had a shield and spear this warrior lead the advance, the others followed close behind, a beam lanced out from the spear, it struck another sling shot armed defender who fell, the hand turned to bloody mist, at the moment, several lightning bolts struck the ground outside of the stone towers, and 10, human sized warriors in red gold armour appeared, instantly one of the warriors swung their weapon upwards, a cloud of light descended from the weapon and 4 more warriors stepped out of the cloud and they all ran in several directions, another of the new arrivals faced the defender's of the village and talked to them, another beam lanced out from the point of view at the new arrivals, one of the warriors took the blast on their shield, and, it absorbed the energy, this warrior brought up a spear and fired a beam back at them, it hit somewhere out of view, but the image jumped and slipped from a level view, it also gained altitude. The villagers had fallen back in between the buildings leaving the fighting to the new arrivals. 2 of the human Defenders advanced behind a 3rd with a shield, beams from 2 directions hit the shield, and were again absorbed, the returning blasts, knocked the Nephilim down leaving the armour dented and the attacker unmoving, a second beam from a high angle hit the ground near the front group of the Defenders, the view point skewed around and in the distance a fimilliar shape was flying towards the action, Amy and Thea looked at it and both said at the same time "that's a Chinese dragon" 2 smaller, red gold things detached from this second vehicle, and flew towards the attackers , the view point slewed around again and and 2 more beams struck 2 more towers, one fell, the second stayed standing, the damage not enough to bring it down. The warriors on the ground moved slower now, as they had reached the rubble, closing back up to stand close to each other, one of them looked at the point of view and gestured for it to go around, the view shifted again as the craft moved around the towers, some of the defenders had prepared an ambush, a beam struck them, killing them all. In the distance, both of the smaller craft had landed behind the original warriors, 4 warriors got out of each and they advanced onto the village, the craft took off. "okay enough." kat called out. The image faded. "can you show us a map of the world?" The intelligence shifted in its tube, the gas moved, the viewer changed and showed the continents, Australia looked out of place, being much lower on the map, India and Africa looked bigger, America looked more or less the same, Florida looked wider, but the biggest difference was that Britain and Ireland were still connected to Europe. Amy took her phone out and took a few photos. "Really?" Kat asked "we're studying the ice age this year, that might be useful..." she tried, Kat weighed up her options on this. "we get home you're to hand draw that, and delete them from your phone and the cloud back up, and pass it off as speculation based on evidence okay?" Amy looked crestfallen but agreed "how would you explain the picture anyway? And no more photos okay?" there was the expected chorus of "aww mom" but they both agreed, Kat got her phone out and looked up at the map, she looked at the tube, "your map is out of date, by a few thousand years," she waved her phone, "is there a way we can connect this to you?" she asked, something like a lecturn rose from the floor, "place the device on the interface, " the intelligence said. Kat placed her phone on the black stone surface, several black probing tendrils moved from the bottom edge, she guided them to the charge point, one reached the charger and the others followed, " what is this device? " it asked " a telephone, it let's me access nearly all human knowledge and potential talk to anyone on Earth that has one, all you need to know is the number to dial" Kat replied, she opened up Google Earth, "can you see what's on the screen now?" she asked "I'm struggling to understand this device, it is new to me," a whisp formed near her shoulders, "please manipulate it for me, I will observe." Kat flipped around on Google Earth, flicking the map around. "where on Earth are we?" she asked, a question about 20 years out of date. "we are located at a nexus of Earth Energy under the highest mountain range in the World." Thea and Amy both gasped, "we're in India?" Thea asked. Kat switched on GPS more in hope than expecting a signal to reach her phone. "what did you just do? I sense a signal trying to find something above the sky, you have devices going around the world?" "yes, that signal would locate the device by allowing it to talk to the satellites." "mom, can we have a look around while you teach the proto Boomer how to use a phone?" Amy asked, she looked at her daughter and stifled a laugh, biting her lips to stop the smile. "do you think you've can work out how to integrate one of these, not this one it's mine, to what you use?" she asked the Intelligence, not letting herself even start thinking of calling it Boomer. "if you leave it here while you go, it will help me to deduce what I need to allow a fuller interface." "okay," Kat wasn't sure but left her phone to be probed. "right you 2, this way," Kat strode towards an entrance way, and a few turns and she walked into the tunnel where she'd slept sometimes, she looked again at the chamber, assuming at the time it had been a barracks for some troops, looking again at the bed with a toilet in the corner of the room, a large communal shower room stood at the end of the row, there was 10 of the rooms in this tunnel, with 4 more tunnels like this one that she'd found back then. Looking at them again and after seeing the other tubes Kat began to realise these had been holding cells for the captured Nephilim, she shuddered at the thought as Thea went into her old room, "Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins... That's not a surpr... Mine!" Kat walked in as Thea was kicking off her shoes and trying a pair of high topped Converse that she had no memory of, she looked around the room, dirty cloths piled up in one corner, next to an empty pack, the back pack full of what had been clean cloths, Amy flipped the top up and pulled out a coupe of shirts, then dug down. " We are taking this back with us, we could make a fortune selling these on the retro clothing markets" "there's probably another one in the dirty washing as well." Both girls looked at the pile then at their mom, Amy got it in first "you now have no room to tell us off about washing." Kat had been preparing her defense since she they'd both wanted to see this place. "1, don't forget how I left this place. 2, there isn't a washing a machine I could use here, I would spend a night or 2 at Claire's or Angel's or Morven's or my Aunts and get some washing done when one bag was full." home work and school books still sat on the IKEA desk she never enqueried about how it had got here, along with the alarm clock she'd never remembered to wind up, she picked it up and threw it into the open bag. She pulled her shirt up over her mouth and breathed in, holding her breath as she moved the dirty washing into the other bag, her top went in with the rest of the dirty stuff, she grabbed the top shirt in the other bag, and waved it a couple of times to shake free any dust and put it on. "Foo Fighters are that old?" Thea asked. "first album was released in 95, I think, oh hell 25 years ago now. Okay I'll give you that. Come on grab the clean bag Amy, Thea don't forget your shoes," Kat climbed on the bed and looked for it, unzipping the sleeping back, flipping the pillow and eventually found what she'd been looking for, she smiled to herself and picked up the thread bare stuffed toy cat, she kissed it and tucked it in her pocket, and climbed off the bed. She picked up the bag of dirty clothes and navigated back to the tomb, rather glad that she's never really grown out of wearing combat pants and all those pockets. She dropped the bag in the Tomb the whisp was still going over her phone, and addressed the tube, "those dragons in the video do you have any here? I'd like to see one up close." "there are 2 of the Vermana in the upper level, but they are inoperable, the key that activities them was not on any of the Nephilim we had taken prisoner." "that's probably a good thing really." Kat replied, "no, need to learn how to close the rifts first, okay so how do we go about that?" the Intelligence had a moment of thought, "the rifts have a negative effect on this world, the world itself wants to heal it, you just need to channel the Earth Energy into the rift and will close by itself. To channel the energy, focus on your stone, and pull the energy towards you." Kat sat on her bag, crossed her legs and focused on the wand's gem stone, she could feel the currents flowing into a pool where she currently sat, and flowing out, she tried to visualise the flows around her, the image she saw was like a deep ocean current map washing all over,
Friday, 19 June 2020
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Saturday, 13 June 2020
Friday, 12 June 2020
moar ritinzAmy took the shot glass from Zander, and went into the kitchen, poured a small shot for herself and knocked it back, grimacing as the vodka went down, then poured a second shot for Zander, went back into the garden, carrying the bottle, and handed the glass to Zander, who knocked it back and held the glass out again for a top up, Amy poured. "okay looks like I'm driving," Angel noted. "..." Zander looked like he was about to say something then stopped, he put the glass down and rubbed his hands over his face, trailing his fingers off his chin, "okay this is not what I expected," he pointed at Kat, "I remember you now, you put the quarter back in hospital with a dislocated shoulder, elbow, knee and ankel, several broken fingers, a fractured jaw." "he didnt want to take 'no' for my answer, I was just the first to insist." Kat replied, Zander looked down at his hands, "things at home weren't great, I wasn't in a good place and we had the pressure of saving the world from the millennium cultist on our shoulders, it happened, I'm not proud of it." "okay, so what happens now? Are the cults back?" "we don't know." Claire answered, "what we do know is something happened earlier this week that woke the old items up, charged them I don't know which it is," she finished. Kat carried on," the intelligence from before the dawn of humanity," Zander and Amy both looked like they had questions, Gabriel had bum shuffled onto the grass and was throwing handfuls of glitter up in the air, and giggling in delight" says there are 2 portals forming that it can detect, which gives us a window to train." Amy got in first," before the dawn of humanity?" Kat looked at her daughter, "apparently" "what does it look like?" "no idea, it's in some kind of crystal tube that's full of a weird gas so we can't see it, but the impression is, it's bigger than a person." Zander got his question out,"why you 3?" Angel, Kat and Claire looked at each other. Claire answered, "it has something to do with our genetics, the 3 of us have a fairly rare gene that we share with the intelligence from before the dawn of humanity, another species and Atlantian Priestesses..." "and before you start on the tin foil hat speech, this stuff," Angel indicated her armour and the shield, "were made by the second lot, in a bid to destroy all humanity, they failed. Diamond Rainbow there had some tests done on her fan and the metal was a weird alloy of copper, zinc and gold, each panel is a single diamond," Angel planted her spear in the grass" this was singing to me which is how I found it, " she looked at the shield and noticed a new cut out in the metal," this," she ran her hand over it," wasn't there this morning, " she picked up the spear and slid it into the cut out, it was perfect for her eye line, she turned, sighted on the missing fence panel "carnelian blast" she said, the beam foowshed down the garden and blew another branch off the unfortunate tree. "the only time I've seen anything like this is in the films" all 4 kids not busy throwing glitter in the air watched the beam with varying degrees of awe "I'm seeing, the believing is being worked on." Zander said, he reached for the bottle and poured himself another shot "so you could be whisked away to fight something and to what?" "we don't know, one of the things we need to learn is how to close the rips, Morven, the 4th member of our old group, seemed to have the most natural talent in that department, and the last time we saw here she was trapped on the wrong side of a rift." Kat finished, shuddering at the memory of her friend loosing an arm, "she was the one who had the red hair wasn't she?" Zander asked. "yes" "lived out by Wheeler Ave Park?" "yes" "had the bow and the daggers, wore the blue outfit?" "yes" "and she's trapped on the other side?" "it's called the Umbral realm or the shadow realm, emotions are heightend over there, its confusing. The millennium cults looked to open our world up to it." Claire filled in. "You know I was surprised nothing happened in 2012 thinking about it." Kat mused, "what with the whole Mayan calendar thing." Angel looked at her husband, "so if I ring you saying you need to pick the kids up, then it means something to do with this" Angel waved to encompass the 3 of them and what they were wearing, "has come up, okay?" "sure, I think it's a bit much to take in in one go." Zander replied. "I understand hun, but it's this or... Well it's this. " Angel didn't want to think of the alternative, "Change back?" Angel asked, they did the movement and said the words and changed back into the training gear they'd been wearing earlier. Claire suggested they meet up for a run up the Canyon Park on Sunday morning, with the stipulation of no magic and no ambush with water bombs. Gabriel and half a ton of glitter were put in car seat, another half ton was dragged into the house, and they waved Angel, and Zander and the kids off, Claire got back in her car and drove home to Pamona. Kat and her daughters ordered their usually Saturday take out, then she got the hoover out and made a start on removing the glitter while Thea took the Warhammer into the woods and practiced with it. When Kat had finished this round of hoovering Amy broached her next question. "so this thing, how does it work?" "I have no idea, it's something I can feel. It's like we said, something in the make up of the weapon was singing to me. It chose me I think, the armour was similar, although I think the old guy had seen the choices before and picked the plates with a... Frequency is the closest word I can give you, that matched the things we already had." " so how do they work? " "It's something to do with channeling Earth Energy, as far as I understand it, we can focus a fraction of it to discharge through the weapon. " " so lay lines are like a recharge point? " " I think so, I don't understand it, to be honest this is something I only found out today, 20 years ago it worked, I didn't question it." "so how do the rips happen?" "I have no idea, last time around the Heralds had people working on this side to open the way, the old guy said that this time they are working from the other side to force an opening, so we need to learn to close them. So after my run tomorrow I'll be going to the Tomb to learn how to do it, or at least get a start on it, which means I'll need you to cook dinner okay? " " I was kind of hoping to come with you to get a look at the Tomb. " Amy asked looking hopeful. " that does means bringing Thea as well, we can't leave her here on her own." " okay." "are you hoping that something sings?" Kat asked. "Yes, kind of, I think." Amy replied. "it's hard enough being 15, saving the world is a heavy responsibility to lump on your shoulders as well." Kat scrambled for her lap top bag and got out the DNA tests," okay, Claire gave me these the other day," she opened the pack and read the instructions, and took her own sample, handed Amy one and asked if she wanted to do it herself or have Kat do it, Amy read the instructions and did it herself, leaving the last test for Thea," I'll give those back to Claire tomorrow to get this processed and we can see if you have the gene." again there was a knock on the door and the food had arrived, "do you want to plate up or go and get your sister?" Kat asked. "I'll plate up," Amy replied, going into the kitchen and getting plates and cutlery out, Kat walked out of the sliding doors and down the garden, through the hole in the fence and found Thea hitting a tree with the hammer. "anything?" Kat asked "nope, just the hammer." Thea stated. "the foods here, come on," Kat took the hammer off her daughter and started walking back towards the house, "there's a dna test at home I'd like you to take, find out if you have a particular gene, okay?" Thea looked at her mum, "the same one you have?" "yep" "okay" "tomorrow afternoon, I'm going back to the Tomb, hopefully to learn how to close the rifts", Kat looked at Thea, " Amy wants to come, and do a bit of tomb rading I think, do you want to come?" "are you kidding?!" Thea looked really made up, "yes! I'd love to see this place, what's it like?" she asked, "mind the glitter," Kat sighed as they walked back into the house, "black stone walls, grey white lights, chilly air, dust, hundreds of prisoners from an unspecified time ago, and a crystal tube that talks to us," they sat at the dining table and Amy put their meals in front of them, before getting hers and sitting down as well," one last thing, you can't tell anyone about this, no one. Okay? " Kat looked at both girls, both agreed." eat up, your Kim chee is getting cold." The next morning was sunny and warm, Kat put a fresh t-shirt and shorts on, down stairs she poured yesterday's coffee into a flower bed, cleaned it up and put a fresh pot on, she kicked herself for not putting a water bottle in the fridge the night before, so she put her purse in the laptop bag, along with the dna tests and reminded herself to stop at the store and buy some chilled water. She made pancakes for the girls to have breakfast, left them a note to let them know about the pancakes, then set off for the canyon Park and the hiking trails, picking up the water and getting to the park as Angel pulled in to parking lot, they greeted each other and stretched, there was a bit of banter about the up coming run and who'd come last. Claire who had a longer drive got there 5 minutes late, adjusted her fit bit and approached Angel and Kat, "morning!" "morning." "hay, so plans?" Angel asked "I was thinking of running up to the picnic point, have a drink, over to the far side, and back on the other side of the canyon, avoiding the horse shit." "why not go that way first then, we can get the crap out of the shoes on the road back?" Angel suggested "I hadn't thought about that, okay makes sense." The 3 of them set of together, Claire's regular exercise paying dividends as she outpaced the other 2, pausing regularly to let them catch up on the winding bridleway, after 20 minutes they reached the turn and grabbed a drink, then down to the base and up the other side to the picnic area, where Claire was again waiting.
Thursday, 11 June 2020
Okay, I admit I pretty much missed any goals I set last month, actually after checking the last monthly vow post, I didn't expect to get much done anyway, and I started writing again which, while not 40k or miniature related is still something creative and I'm enjoying it. Targets for next month, well I have the grave yard kits to still do, but I'm aiming to get one finished, just need as there's plenty of details in each one, and I need an led kit for one as well, the pistol arm still needs doing for Lazarus, if I run him with the plasma as a captain I also have to give him a power fist, LT's get a lot more variety than Company Masters,I'll still be writing the Rainbow Sparkle Power Friends Reunion story, part 5 should be going up, and checks time, later today at some point, going forward I'm think a part per week depending on how it's grabbed me. At least one of the Repulsor tanks will be finished this month there is also all the alternative minis for the Lords Of Old Troupe to do, and lastly,but first the Gouf Custom I got will be built first, not sure about painting it just yet, will see how it goes.
Review TimeAnd boy is it a short one and blogger seems to be fritzing out when I try to upload a photo, so not sure if it's my end or their's but I've tried WiFi and data and it's not working on both, so I guess it's more likely their end.