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Hello Folks !

Its been a while between post…  It’s not through being idle I can assure you.  I’ve had a pretty packed last few months with study and quite a bit of travel, which has meant something had to give… Writing posts for the Bunker was one of them.  So, I’ve just finished making drafts off all the posts I’ve got to catch up on and this is the first one of thirteen.  The plan is to write them all this afternoon and then release one every second day or so.

So over the next 2-3 weeks you’ll be seeing quite a few posts.  Some of the topics are very interesting indeed…  You’ll see the results of some comps I’ve entered models in, progress on the the World Eaters (of course) a new gaming table I’m working on (cough *Anphelion Base* cough) and maybe even a battle report (or two)

So lets get started with the first post…  This years Queensland Model Hobby Expo.  As usual, it was quite an interesting event.  With the best modellers from all over Queensland entering in one of the 30 something categories.  This year I entered models in two categories and won prizes in both.  In fact, in one of the categories I entered, I won all three places.  They liked the models I entered so much, they even awarded me a two silvers in the same category!

It was my World Eaters that stole the show.  The Spartan, Contemptor Dreadnought and Storm Eagle (no post yet) cleaned up, and my Reaver Titan also got a place.  I actually got approached by the editor of Australia’s only? local modelling magazine, ModelArt Australia to write an article on my Reaver.

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So these are the awards I picked up.  I was a little disappointed I didn’t do as well in the Single Figure Open category.  However the man the took the Gold was a good friend of mine who is a very accomplished modeller and being beaten by him isn’t such a bad thing.  The Silver medal missing the plaque is the second Silver that they just ‘invented’ for the category I owned…  I guess they stole it from somewhere else and removed the plaque.
IMG_294002One of the things I really enjoy about going to these types of events is seeing how other modellers do business.  You can learn a lot from other modellers.
IMG_294103 IMG_294204 IMG_294305The classic scene from the classic movie Mad Max.  The film that launched Mel Gibsons’ career.  If you haven’t seen it, go a do it now.  Then watch part two.  Don’t worry about part three…
IMG_294406 IMG_294707Some pretty amazing scratch building

IMG_294808 IMG_294909 Nice IMG_295010 Couldn’t resist taking a photo of this classic.  This was produced by ArmorCast back in the 90’s when they had the licence from Games Workshop to produce some of the models that they didn’t make in 40k scale.  The Titans for Eldar and Adeptus Mechanicus (Titans) were some of these models.  This Eldar Phantom was just a blown up to 40k scale version of its Epic scale counter part.  The paint job on this one was even faithfully reproduced from the Games Workshop Eavy Metal studio paint job of the time.  IMG_295111 IMG_295212 IMG_295313 IMG_295514This rusting train really stole the show.  The modeller that produced this took home basically all the awards that can be won at the Expo.  People choice, best in show, the list goes on.  He deserved it too!  It was an amazing build and tremendous attention to detail paid to even the most subtlest aspect of the weathering.  Simple amazing, and a real source of inspiration.
IMG_295615 IMG_2959163D printers are starting to make their presence felt in the modelling community.  This is a very inexpensive kit that was for sale.
IMG_296417Me getting one of my awards…  I’ve been told that I need to have more photos of me on my blog…

Ok, so overall, it was a great event.  Its basically a staple of the Brisbane modelling scene.  Very well run, and very high quality models on display.  I would like to put a few more models in other categories next year, and of course take out a few more places…

Until the next post…

John

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Hi all,

Just a really quick post to let everyone know that organisers of QMHE have put the 2012 photo gallery up on their site.  Drop by if you have time and have a look there are some amazing models featured their.  As I mentioned in a previous post I won a few awards at this competition, but the real focus of this competition is the military and car modellers however moving forward I hope to see more wargaming modellers attend in future.  Go like their Face Book page too

Cheers

John

What a weekend it was!  I have to say when I eventually got home last night at about 10pm I was a spent force.  So let me give you a quick break down of the two days

QMHE

So this is Brisbane’s biggest modelling event and is in its 17th year.  As I mentioned in previous posts its mainly for military modellers as well as car, bike and boat scale enthusiasts too.   However for the past 2 years the event has catered for wargamers as well.  I entered models into three categories.   28mm single miniature, 28mm squad & 28mm vehicle/equipment.

I actually went on Friday night to drop my minis in as the option was to do it Friday night or Saturday morning from 9am til 11am.  I was glad in the end that I took up the option to come in Friday night.  Saturday would have been a seriously bad idea.  I was amazed at how many people there were dropping miniatures in on the Friday night.  It was mayhem.  If you have a look at my Face Book page you’ll see dozens of photos of both events.

Seeing competent military modellers bring their A game is really inspiring to me.  Their techniques and skill levels are so far ahead of most wargaming painters its always great to chat to them to learn new things.  I saw some absolutely amazing models on the day.  So Saturday was spent looking around at all the entries and speaking to various vendors and enthusiasts about modelling, which are my favourite things!  I have even taken the plunge and brought a 1:35 scale military model to try my hand at.  Its an Australian Army Bushmaster PMV.  This kit has been long awaited by many Australian modellers and is Showcase Models first venture into plastic model kits and from all accounts its an amazing debut.  The deal clincher for me was the two part step-by-step build featured in Australia’s only domestic modelling magazine Model Art Australia.  The step-by-step build is thorough and very detailed.  Enough so that I felt that I would be able to do this very detailed kit justice should I attempt it.  So stay tuned for some pictures up in the near future.

So although I wasn’t able to be  present for the awards giving ceremony I had my good friend and also long time miniature painter their to collect any awards I won.  I ended up getting 4 awards.  One Gold for my running Warhound Titan, a Silver for my Legion of the Damned Squad, Silver for my Iron Hands Librarian and lastly Best Paint Finish for my Warhound stomping on the Eldar Wraith Lord.  This was the award I was most impressed with at getting.  To put it into context, its a very big deal for military modellers to award such a coveted prize to a wargaming modeller.  Its good in a way that perhaps the military modeller fraternity  attitudes towards wargaming modellers is beginning to change somewhat.

The day ended with me showing my good friend Michael B, who has only just moved back to Brisbane after a few years overseas, some of my favourite modelling and hobby shops (again, some of my favourite things) Overall I really enjoyed attending QMHE (as always) and was glad that Michael encouraged me to enter a few models.

Next up is Games Day

Games Day

So this was the real big ticket item for me.  I always like attending this event as for me seeing the Golden Daemon entries is the real reason I go.  All the other ancillary activities are just bonuses.  I entered models in two categories.  40k Monster (Chaos Renegade Ogryn Berserker) and my Carcharodons Armies on Parade board.  I was very shocked at the calibre (and quantity) of entries for the Golden Daemon and AoP.  Truly amazing and inspirational.  There were even AoP boards that had been featured in White Dwarf and even the new 40k Rule Book!  As you would expect both of these were stunners.  However at the end of the day the I didn’t win any prizes at Games Day, which I would be lying if I said wasn’t disappointing.  However the AoP winner was not only a good friend of mine’s but also a work colleague who’s “Dead Man Walking” board was sensational.  Up until the event, I’d only seen photos of the board and unfortunately his photographic skills leave a lot to be desired.  The board in person was really a sight to behold.  The winner really was well chosen and a very deserving one at that.  Congratulations again Eddie.

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Another great experience I had at GD was sitting in on a Q&A session with Forge World’s Senior Designer Mark Bedford.  This hour long session was very informative and gave me additional insight into the internal workings of this amazing off sprout of Games Workshop.  Little detail was given about the soon to be released Horus Heresy series, but from what he did let on and judging by his body language (like a 6yr old boy on the night before XMas when he knows he’s going to be getting shit loads of presents) I could tell that HH is going to be a defining moment in 40k.

Ok, thats it for me, bit of a long post but I hope you’ve persevered with it.

I picked up the Games Day figurine (a great throw back from the 2nd Ed box cover art) which I plan on painting shortly and maybe entering in next years QMHE and an art book.  The thing that really got me into 40k was the art and imagery that the talented artist that GW employ/freelance produce.  So whenever I have the opportunity to get a new art book I will generally grab it.

I’m aiming to finish off the Landspeeder youtube tutorials this weekend, so expect some more posts on that shortly.  I’ve had some really good feed back from that little experiment of mine, so thank you all that have watched it and offered me constructive feedback.  I intend on doing some more, so if you have any ideas on topics you’d like covered flick me a message.

Thanks again

John