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Title: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Leon on 24 December 2012, 05:26:05 AM
ABOUT YOU

Name:
Phil (Ramble On) Lewis

Location:
Pembrokeshire, SW Wales

Do you have a pic?

(http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l575/PendrakenMiniatures/In%20The%20Line%20of%20Fire/IMGP4366.jpg)


PAYING FOR IT!

Current occupation:
Full time figure designer.

What's the best job you've ever had?
I'm doing it now !...LOL  :D
 
What would your ideal occupation be?
I don't really believe there's any such thing as the 'perfect job'....Whatever you do, I reckon, there will be times where you think, I wish I was doing 'X' instead of this.  Making the little men, there are a handful of times when I 'get stuck'....and just can't get the model to work as I want. In those situations I'll simply put that particular model to one side and work on something else for a while. You can't do that in too many jobs.

I think the only models that I used to find a tiny bit frustrating to make, in the past, were 'Mechs'....Whether the 'normal' sized ones for Ral Partha, or the larger plastics for Wizkids.  That was simply because I'd think "This one will be finished tomorrow".....and then be thinking the same thing for the next two or three days.....LOL  :)
It wouldn't be that there would be hours and hours of work still to do....But there were hours of time tweaking tiny little bits....Putting on wee bits of Milliput...Waiting for that to dry...Sanding it down, and then repeating the process ad nauseam.

I suppose, once every two or three years or so, I feel just a little bit 'stale' for a few days....That's when I'll have a bit of a break....LOL  :)....But after just a day or so, I get bored and can't wait to get back to pushing putty about !
 
If I didn't do this....Hmmmm....I dunno....  A writer ?
 
Years ago I tried my hand at writing a fantasy novel, and got about two thirds of the way through.
I then I left it for months and months...and finally went back to re-read it.
Good grief....It was total, utter crap !
 

GETTING INTO IT!

How did you get involved in wargaming?
I guess the thing that really started me off was reading LOTR for the first time.  That got me totally hooked on the fantasy genre....and very soon I was up to the local model shop to buy loads of (I think they were Heritage?) models of their LOTR range.  But apart from painting them, I didn't have a clue what to do with the little chaps....I ended up buying an earlier edition of D&D (TM...LOL  :) ) and lots of the earlier Citadel figures, and started gaming with them.

(http://www.reapermini.com/forum/uploads/monthly_06_2007/post-1758-1182381594_thumb.jpg)


Photography became a second hobby, a little while later, and somehow the two hobbies got combined...... I got some pics published in WD and some of the early Citadel Journals....That gave rise to being offered a job as GW's photographer....Worked at the Studio for four years in various 'capacities', so that by the time I was made 'surplus to requirements', I'd learnt enough to have a go at figure sculpting, and I've been doing it ever since.
 
What was your first figure?
Going right back to my childhood...It would have been some of the plastic 1/72 (?) Airfix soldiers....For the metal models, it must have been one of the early LOTR figures....Still got all those!
As far as making a figure, I think it was an AD&D (TM ;) ) monster that wasn't produced by anyone at the time.....A 'storoper' , I think it was called, which I made from milliput......Nice and simple to have a go at as the 'armature' could be started with just a single 'spike' into the cork......It was quite a while before I had a go at anything with two legs.....LOL  :)

(http://www.assetstorage.co.uk/AssetStorageService.svc/GetImageFriendly/721359233/178/170/0/0/1/70/ResizeOneDimension/0/FRU/B72D850EE6BD3D62469B622A4D496915/airfix-toy-soldiers-1-72-scale.jpg)


Do you have a favourite period/genre?
I suppose I'd have to say Fantasy/Sci-Fi...basically because that's where I began 'in the industry'......Though I genuinely enjoy learning about the 'historical' figures I make so many of nowadays....I only wish I'd done far more of this sort of thing so much earlier in life....it feels like I've really missed out....I know now I can never even remotely catch up now. That's why I ask so many questions on the forum.

And what a forum !....Ask any question and there'll be someone who knows the answer, and is prepared to take the time to answer.....Thanks to you all for your patience in dealing with an old numpty.
 
The perfect example of this would be the Falkland's project  (Barrie at Timecast has given me SO much help and advice....THANKS Barrie !!...You're a star !!) It made it a lot of fun, and I felt like I actually learnt something.  Now......With the Ancients, I have to give a lot of thanks to Lemmey, for his time....Another very willing helper !

How big is your figure collection?
My painted collection is almost non existent now...It did run into the thousands....I've sold, or given away virtually all of it.

And how big is your unpainted lead mountain?
A couple of big suitcase sized boxes ?

Do you have a favourite model in your collection? And do you have a pic?
Not really...I'll say 'Kiera'...Only because I've actually got a piccy of her.....LOL  :)

(http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k611/technodestructorman/IMGP4181.jpg)


What is the most important aspect of wargaming for you?
I suppose I have to look at it from a different angle to most people in the hobby because I actually make the wee chaps....So to me, it's getting the figures to 'look as right as possible' (I hope), so others enjoy painting and gaming with them.
 

PLANNING IT

What project are you currently working on?
From a sculpting point of view....All sorts of stuff, from various 10mm projects, to multi-part 'resin' 30mm figures for a couple of 'firms' that are just starting out.

And do you have any long-term projects on the go?
Not really.....Just the vain hope that I can find some time to simply start painting again on a regular basis soon.

Do you have any wargaming influences?
Not particularly....Again, I suppose, it's down to the fact that I sculpt the figures, so I'm flying around from period to period, and genre to genre all of the time, so I never feel that I'm able to concentrate specifically  on 'one thing'.  I suppose you could say that I'm very much influenced by the feedback from the forum, 'cos it's so damn useful.

Where do you see the gaming industry going in the future ?
I'm convinced that the smaller scales will become more and more popular..(I think that's the case now, to be honest)....Especially from a cost point of view.....There'll be a decent market for 30mm for quite a while yet though......But I believe it all depends on what people want, and obviously what they think is a 'good deal' as far as gaming is concerned.
 

BUYING IT!

Do you buy scenery, or scratch build it?
I'd buy it.

Which figure range is at the top of your request list?
I really do fancy having a go at the Falkland's range if I can find the time.

Which individual item is at the top of your request list?
A 'pen' attachment for the dremel.

Which wargaming websites do you visit regularly?
Here obviously....Critical Mass Games....Very occasionally TMP.

If someone handed you £100 right now, what would you buy?
A whole bunch of new paints!!.....Or a teaspoonful of petrol.

What has been your biggest one-off purchase?
As far as the hobby goes, what was then, a rather pricey daylight lamp......But it is invaluable....Especially with all the dull days we seem to get over here in Wales.


PAINTING AND MODELLING IT!

How many hours a week do you paint?
Sadly....You can't count it in hours...The only pieces I've painted over the last year have been 'Kiera' and 'Jim'.

What kind of technique do you use?
Anything nowadays...I'm just SO out of practise....It almost feels like I'm learning from scratch all over again....I try and pick up tips from the forum.  But I still want to paint the 10mm figures like I used to paint '30' mm figures.....Doesn't work....At least not for me.

Do you have a preferred brand of paint?
I still quite like some of the Tamiya paints..But the paints in the drawer were mostly 10 year old Ral Partha with a few 20 year old Citadel pots thrown in for good measure.....Just about to start having a go with some Vallejo paints...I rather like those.

(http://roleplayinggamesmaster.com/e107_images/Vallejo/Model/Vallejo_EBay_Model_Main_001.png)


Do you have a painting area?  And do you have a pic?
The painting area is the same as the modelling area...which means shoving everything to one side and getting the paints from the drawer.....The desk is SUCH a mess 99% of the time, I'd be ashamed to show you a photo....LOL  :)
 
Have you had any painting/modelling disasters?
I suppose one 'proper' disaster was having completely finished off a 10mm figure, I based it with Milliput onto an old piece of plasticard while I waited for it set.
When I tried to remove the figure, once the putty had cured, the plasticard shattered, rather than bending. I heard the figure hit two walls....But never found the little sod.....Had to make it all over again from scratch...(Mutter, curse, fume !)
 
Then.....A couple of times, I've had figures eaten by dogs.

Fortunately for me...They were scoffed by pets owned by the firms that asked me to make the figures...I had to make them again, but at least I got paid twice.....LOL  :D
 
Painting wise?  When I DID spend a lot of hours every night doing that, I had a rule...Three small mistakes and it was time to call it a night....So I never had what you'd call a real disaster......Oh, apart from discovering what matured kitten widdle tasted like when I picked up a new brush from a little tin on the floor, took the ferrule off and sucked the bristles......Yep...A kitten had used the tin for a pee!...BARF !!

Do you have any painting/modelling top tips?
Simply be very patient and learn from your mistakes.
 
So.....Can anyone sculpt ?
Yes!....Well, perhaps 99 people out of 100 can. I'm convinced of that.....As long as they were prepared to commit a lot of time, and were prepared for a fair old bit of frustration as they learnt.
Like Clibby says in the guide he posted up on the forum....If you can paint, you can convert....and if you can convert, you can sculpt.
Whether it's painting, converting or sculpting, you improve with practise....But that takes time !
 
I believe it genuinely IS mostly down to practise. There's no arcane secret about it....You just learn more and more as you go on......You find you're able to do things faster and faster, which in many respects is one of the most important things, especially from my own point of view.
The more you do, the more your hands become 'trained', if I can put it like that...... for example, you know how much, or how little, pressure to use, the type of putty or mix of putties work best for what you're trying to do....You learn little dodges that speed things up.....It's a never ending learning curve.....LOL  :)
 
What are the most difficult parts of a model to sculpt ?
For a complete beginner at this scale, I think I'd probably say making up a two legged 'dolly'.... Potentially very frustrating to start with. Simply because it's extremely fiddly, more than anything else.
Because the wire's so fine, it takes a fair amount of practise to get the tiny 'sausages' of putty to stick to the armature and stop yourself pushing the thing over....LOL :-) Once you've got the knack, it becomes relatively easy.
Detail wise?....Faces and getting headgear/helmets right can be a bit of a swine.
The other thing you need to be very aware of, especially at the smaller scales, is how you compromise the proportions of the model itself, and anything it's carrying.....You have to try and make things 'look right' rather than anatomically/physically accurate, especially so that they'll come out of the mould. I could ramble on here for pages.....I'll resist the temptation...!
 

PLAYING WITH IT!

How often do you get to game?
Sadly I haven't had the time to game since I left GW.....We had some wonderful lunchtime 'campaigns' there, but having recently met up with Martin, (Mart678) who doesn't live too far away, I'm hoping to get back into it in the near future.

(http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k611/technodestructorman/IMGP4480.jpg)


Do you belong to a local club?
Not at the moment.

Do you have a funny wargaming story?
Didn't happen to me, but I was told the following by one of the participants.
His opponent had 6 disastrous dice rolls on his first turn.....Destroying all his Skaven 'flamethrowers'....He simply siad "I'm not playing anymore." and packed all his troops straight back in the box.
Perhaps that's not an uncommon occurrence ?

And have you had any wargaming disasters?
No....In the games I've played, I've always been very lucky and made some outrageously fortunate dice rolls.

Do you prefer short games or long campaigns?
Hmmm....Do the lunchtime 'campaign's count as long or short ?.....Short I'd guess, so that would be my preference....Though I can see the plus side of a long campaign.

Do you have a wargames room?  And do you have a pic?
No and no !.....I'm exceedingly jealous of the ones I've seen though.

How do you store your figures?
The handful that are left ......In a box in the attic !


READING ABOUT IT!

What are you reading at the moment?
I tend not to actually 'read' very often nowadays...Though I 'devour' audio books, thanks to the local travelling library, while I'm pushing putty about.

Do you have a favourite book?
Not a particular favourite......But I enjoy most of the Pratchett books.... Bill Bryson's 'tomes'....and recently, I've started to really enjoy Bernard Cornwell's work, especially those regarding the ACW.

Do you buy any wargaming magazines, and if so, which ones?
Sadly...Haven't bought one for years. Seem to get all my information from contacts via email nowadays.


WATCHING IT!

What are your 3 favourite films?
Quickly, off the top of my head.....Aliens - Terminator 2 - Return of the Living Dead. (I know I'll have changed my mind at least a dozen times before this is posted....LOL  :) ...There must be about three dozen films that I could drop into this list with ease.... from Kelly's Heroes to LOTR.

(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMjEyNTQ4NDUyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzg0ODU4NA@@._V1._SY317_.jpg)


And your 3 worst?
Much easier !!....Battle Los Angeles - Vampire Knights - The Edge of Hell. (The last one being so bad it comes right out 'the other side' and is a classic !! )...

What are your all-time Top 3 TV shows?
Again, quickly off the top of my head...The X Files - Red Dwarf - Cadfael ?????....again...very difficult to name just the three. Lots of others I remember with great fondness

And right now?
NCIS - Have I Got News For You - QI - Time Team (Waddaya mean that's more than 3 ?)


LISTENING TO IT!

Who is your favourite band?
Purely from the number of albums I've got, It would be a choice between Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis and Queen....Very closely followed by DOZENS of others !

And favourite album?
Probably "The Wall" or the live version of that album, "Is there anybody out there", by Pink Floyd.....Yet again, so difficult to choose !

And your 3 favourite songs?
Sunset Strip - Roger Waters (Radio K.A.O.S)
Starship Trooper (Live)- Yes (Wembley Arena 1978.)...That's a bootleg...So don't go looking for it
Supper's Ready (Genesis - Foxtrot)
Karn Evil Nine - First Impression (Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery)
Yes... I know that's four again....Sorry !
There really are just far too many that I could name !!


NOT RELATED TO IT!

What other hobbies/pastimes do you enjoy?
Music....Photography.... Listening to the books while I'm working....All the animals we've got (Stroll, on they take up a lot of time !)....Moaning about my back....Being a cynical old git....Being an idiot on the forum while I'm mixing putty.
I wish I could return to playing golf, but my back won't let me. The other thing I used to be really passionate about was collecting carnivorous plants. I had a wonderful collection which was completely destroyed by herbicide from local farms when we lived in Nottinghamshire....I'd love to be able to do that again.

What do you drive?
A Ford Fiesta.....Can't stand driving the better half's Discovery.

Are you a breast or thigh person...  ;)
Definitely 'Boobs'... they're far easier  to do than getting female legs and backsides to look right....(Oh !.....Is that not what you meant ?.... ;) ....And before you ask, I don't really have a top three totty  ;)

Do you have a favourite quote?
No......Lots....Some being...
"I'm just sitting here radiating a unique atmosphere of intense greatness" - Kenny Everett, as Kremmen of the Star Corps.
"I've seen it....it's rubbish" - Marvin (H2G2)
"I say we take off, and nuke the site from orbit." - Aliens
"Dad's raving, I'm afraid." - Jabberwocky
 
If you could do anything, what would it be?
Be able to play the guitar or keyboards brilliantly!
Travel back and forth in time; or have a matter transporter so I could visit anywhere I fancied, and be home by the evening.
Bottle feed a tiger cub. (Sad but true !....LOL  :) )

(http://www.zooborns.com/.a/6a010535647bf3970b017d3c5d9af4970c-500wi)

 8)


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Steve J on 24 December 2012, 09:21:05 AM
Very interesting read Techno :). If only I could live and work in Pembrokeshire, I'd be a happy man.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Nosher on 24 December 2012, 09:29:10 AM
Mad as a


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Albie Bach on 24 December 2012, 09:31:34 AM
Good to see wargaming from, as you say, a different angle to a lot of us.
And Pembrokeshire looks great. We haven't been there for years, but most of our holidays are to various parts of Wales.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Chrissy on 24 December 2012, 09:52:39 AM
If only non-wargamers could read this - they would realise that some of us are normal human beings sometimes at least.  (When we are not contemplating mass murder or megalomanical thoughts of ruling the world that is.)   :d

Seriously though, enjoyed the interview. 


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: OldenBUA on 24 December 2012, 10:11:12 AM
Well, I know that it was the mercury fumes that hatters were exposed to in their working lives that caused their sorry state of mind. But this makes you wonder if there isn't something in putty as well?  :-\


Just being silly again Phil. Excellent read, and great interview. Keep it up!  :-bd


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: mad lemmey on 24 December 2012, 10:33:31 AM
Great interview Techno!  =D>
That explains a lot (I was expecting more slander and libel from your days at GW!  ;)Well, maybe not...  :-\)
You are a lucky lucky man to live where you do, beautiful part of the world!  :D


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Phobos on 24 December 2012, 11:37:44 AM
Wow Techno, that pic (the one with the dogs and the horses) looks great, almost as heaven for me.

Worst films, and Alexander of Oliver Stone isn´t in your list? :D


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 24 December 2012, 12:22:01 PM
Very interesting read Techno :). If only I could live and work in Pembrokeshire, I'd be a happy man.

When it's 'nice' over here Steve...I don't think you'd find anywhere much better to live....
I love the peace and quiet
If only it didn't rain so much !! ;D ;D

Mad as a

Who me ??  ;D ;D

Good to see wargaming from, as you say, a different angle to a lot of us.
And Pembrokeshire looks great. We haven't been there for years, but most of our holidays are to various parts of Wales.

Try and wait until the rain stops Albie ! ;)

If only non-wargamers could read this - they would realise that some of us are normal human beings sometimes at least.  (When we are not contemplating mass murder or megalomanical thoughts of ruling the world that is.)   :d
Seriously though, enjoyed the interview. 

I like the use of the word "sometimes" Chrissy ! ;D ;D ;)

Well, I know that it was the mercury fumes that hatters were exposed to in their working lives that caused their sorry state of mind. But this makes you wonder if there isn't something in putty as well?  :-\
Just being silly again Phil. Excellent read, and great interview. Keep it up!  :-bd

Hah...yet more abuse !!..... ;) ;D ;D But pleased you enjoyed it OBA !

Great interview Techno!  =D>
That explains a lot (I was expecting more slander and libel from your days at GW!  ;)Well, maybe not...  :-\)
You are a lucky lucky man to live where you do, beautiful part of the world!  :D

Me ? Slander the Evil Empire. (I can always clue you in regarding the hidden messages in the old rule books if you like Will.) ;)  ;D

Wow Techno, that pic (the one with the dogs and the horses) looks great, almost as heaven for me.
Worst films, and Alexander of Oliver Stone isn´t in your list? :D

As you know Phobos  ;)....It isn't one of my favourite films......But Alexander comes nowhere near the others for me !  ;D ;D

Cheers all - Phil.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Steve J on 24 December 2012, 02:35:45 PM
Quote
If only it didn't rain so much !!

Hmmm, sounds familiar from dull and very wet Bristol. I've never known the ground so water logged for such a long period of time. Went to put some food out for the birds earlier and the water was oozing up around my feet :(.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: sunjester on 24 December 2012, 04:37:47 PM
Great fun to read Techno! =D> :-bd


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: goat major on 24 December 2012, 05:27:04 PM
Great interview !!


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: nikharwood on 24 December 2012, 06:57:23 PM
Great interview Phil - 'specially the pic of you with the canine & equine beasties  8)


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Orcs on 24 December 2012, 07:46:01 PM
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Are you a breast or thigh person...  ;)
Definitely 'Boobs'... they're far easier  to do than getting female legs and backsides to look right....(Oh !.....Is that not what you meant ?.... ;) ....And before you ask, I don't really have a top three totty  ;)


I think what Phill means is he likes is all, and can't make his mind up. :d :d

Is it me or does Phill look a bit like James May? :)

Seriously though that was a great interview, particuarly the different perspective.  
 


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: sunjester on 25 December 2012, 10:12:16 AM
I think I might still have a few of your old Heatbreaker figures in my collection somewhere! ;)


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 25 December 2012, 11:52:12 AM
 ;)

Thanks all !

Nik.....Blimey, the horses are taking up LOADS of time at the mo'...(Seven stables with 8 horses makes for an awful lot of mucking out !).....There's just no point in putting them outside....Are you the same with your beasties ?....Very soggy fields ??.....(Swamps would be nearer the mark.... ;D ;D)

Orcs....James May ?....Do I ?....I used to be referred to as Alice Cooper, when I had a  lot more hair and wore contact lenses !...Couldn't see the resemblance myself...and I've never worn make - up !  ;D ;D

Sunjester......Oh no !....You haven't !.....I hope you never find those again !  ;D ;D
There are a few I made for Heartbreaker that I'm still quite fond of.....There are others I never, ever want to see again !! ;)

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Maenoferren on 26 December 2012, 04:43:53 PM
cool interview :D
so are they your horses? due to weather and crap land the 16.2 and the 15.2 are away on the mainland on loan, 2 if the Shetland's are in a field about 15 miles away to help someone out with only one horse in the field. the other two are here with us.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 26 December 2012, 05:13:40 PM
cool interview :D
so are they your horses? due to weather and crap land the 16.2 and the 15.2 are away on the mainland on loan, 2 if the Shetland's are in a field about 15 miles away to help someone out with only one horse in the field. the other two are here with us.

They're SWMBO's passion M !.....AARGH !!  ;) ;D
Well..... there are 4 horses and 4 ponies.
One of the ponies and one of the horses we have on permanent loan from rescue centres....
The other six are ours.......EEEK !! ;).....Though I suppose you'd have to say that the remaining three ponies we rescued..... rather than got for any other reason.
Two of them...The previous owner could have well have been prosecuted for animal neglect. >:( >:(

Cheers - Phil.





Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Maenoferren on 26 December 2012, 09:10:39 PM
We emigrated to shetland with 7 :D nust be mental


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: nikharwood on 26 December 2012, 09:48:26 PM
Yep - it's wet alright, although the river level has dropped a bit since Christmas Eve so the four big 'uns are a touch happier; the little two are in a different field in the middle of the village which is on higher ground - but still very soggy...


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: jdeleonardis on 28 December 2012, 03:19:05 PM
Very cool interview!  Love getting to 'know' people you see on the forum more in depth!


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: petercooman on 29 December 2012, 07:15:50 PM
Seems that your bio differs somewhat from this one :p

http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Image:Heartbreaker-PhilLewisBack.jpg#file

What happened to the cats chap ;)

Nice lne of models by the way <)


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 29 December 2012, 07:27:55 PM
I hate you !! ;D ;D ;D ;D

We've still got four cats.....which is plenty.....(I truly can't believe we ever got to that number....We were suckers for a sob story !....It got to 16 before we said "No more !!......please.)
Nice line of models ?. :-\ ;)
Cheers - Phil.



Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: petercooman on 29 December 2012, 07:31:08 PM
Lol give me one cat and i'll be sneezing like crazy! Wouldnn't dare to start 16 :p

Well as it says nice line of models, i must admitt, i have hundreds off 28 mm, i used to fuel gw's insanity.

Please don't look at me like that, it was a curse itell you!! :P :P


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 30 December 2012, 07:28:59 AM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Hertsblue on 02 January 2013, 10:33:39 AM
Great interview, Phil. My brother used to live in Carmarthen, so I know what you mean about the rain - and the back pain. D'you think the two are connected?

As for "anyone can sculpt" - don't you believe it! I must be doing something wrong with the chisel. Perhaps the mallet's too big? ~X(


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 02 January 2013, 11:17:04 AM
Hi Ray....
I used to sneer at older folk who thought that the weather DID affect aches and pains....
Now, I'm truly not so sure.....It does seem to be worse in damp conditions though (Moan, whinge, whine, etc.... ;))
I'm probably going rusty with all the rain.
May try spraying my back with WD 40, to see if that helps !  ;D ;D

Sculpting....Use a smaller chisel !....Techno's top tip for today.
More soon !

Cheers - Phil.










Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: sixsideddice on 02 January 2013, 03:32:13 PM
REALLY interesting read.. cheers mate :-)


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 02 January 2013, 03:45:28 PM
Thanks Six !
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: petercooman on 02 January 2013, 06:37:32 PM

I'm probably going rusty with all the rain.
May try spraying my back with WD 40, to see if that helps !  ;D ;D



I can solve that problem!!! See the pic below ;)

Sadly christmass is gone or you could ask a bottle as a present  ;D


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: seano1815 on 03 January 2013, 10:34:46 PM
 :-bd great insight into you're world Phil enjoyed reading it :D, things that bring back happy memories to me too like Airfix ;D loved them when i was a kid ;D
all the best
Sean


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 04 January 2013, 07:35:39 AM
Sadly christmass is gone or you could ask a bottle as a present  ;D

 ;D ;D ;D ;D

:-bd great insight into you're world Phil enjoyed reading it :D, things that bring back happy memories to me too like Airfix ;D loved them when i was a kid ;D
all the best
Sean

Cheers Sean !  ;)


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Vulpine on 07 January 2013, 11:16:06 PM
 Very interesting indeed sir!  :o you have Labs! I love labs!

What models did you sculpt for GW? Any 40k?

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj567/Joel1985A/EE23B8D5-C112-46BC-B193-1292FF5A38E9-4336-000003C2D49DF50D.jpg)


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: petercooman on 07 January 2013, 11:19:41 PM
Great dog Vulpine!


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Vulpine on 07 January 2013, 11:25:22 PM
Thanks PC! He's fab, a tad cheeky and not totally obedient, but he's a really good natured little guy!

(http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj567/Joel1985A/7CD46E66-3C20-4143-95C3-7B6E464C9371-4336-000003C5812C7634.jpg)

Oh, stealing Techno lime light here... Soz Tec mate!


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 08 January 2013, 08:23:15 AM
Don't be daft V.... :)
Great looking 'dawg'.....Never owned a 'chocolate' one.
How old is he ?

The only models I 'sculpted' while I was at GW were for my own benefit....None of them got commercially released.
Because they're supposedly 'rare' they sometimes go for silly money to collectors.
I haven't even got a copy of my favourite one....A very long armed troll.
You wouldn't be terribly impressed if you saw them ;) ;D ;D

Cheers - Phil.



Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Vulpine on 08 January 2013, 09:43:07 AM
Hi Tec,

He's 15mnt, he's small for a lab, but he's all mussel, it's scary when I'm playing with him sometimes! I know he want to be in charge, I just don't let him know he probably could pull rank!

So what did you do at GW? 


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 08 January 2013, 05:32:28 PM
Hi Tec,
He's 15mnt, he's small for a lab, but he's all mussel, it's scary when I'm playing with him sometimes! I know he want to be in charge, I just don't let him know he probably could pull rank!
So what did you do at GW? 

Hmmmm.....Started off as their photographer (For about a year..got bored.... hated taking photo's).....Got put in charge of the figure painters after that.... writing 'Eavy Metal for a while....Then got put I/C of the designers....Which basically meant I had to help co-ordinate some sort of schedule for the production of the green masters.
Finally ended up working on a monthly modelling feature for WD with Dave Andrews...Got made surplus to requirements. :o ;)

That's it in a nutshell. ;) ;D ;D ;D

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Vulpine on 08 January 2013, 05:41:09 PM
I always imagined the HQ (I was a staffer at one point) being a bunch of .... You know, not really care about the game, just interested in £. I except they must make cash. I make cash decorating but I really work to make my customers happy and the cash sorts its self out!


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 08 January 2013, 07:55:39 PM
I always imagined the HQ (I was a staffer at one point) being a bunch of .... You know, not really care about the game, just interested in £. I except they must make cash. I make cash decorating but I really work to make my customers happy and the cash sorts its self out!

No V....I'd have to say that the studio in those days really DID care about what was being put out....Bryan certainly did......It could be enormous fun to work there....But also just the opposite.
From what we heard...The factory, then at Eastwood, thought we had it nice and easy......Perhaps we did compared to them ! ;)

A really good bunch of people to work with in those days.

What I hear of it nowadays.....admittedly third or fourth hand.....Doesn't sound like the same place.

Cheers - Phil.



Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Vulpine on 08 January 2013, 08:22:27 PM
When I worked at GW (5 years ago) it was a odd job. Some days (unusually when I was up in the gaming room) it was a fab job! I loved talking to 'gamers' and generally helping people. Nothing better than when someone needed advice or was stuck with something and I could help them. Especially little people. Also the fellow workers were top lads (almost all).

But then there was the stock checking, painting man after man of shops models to the point when you didn't want to do your own. Then, believe it or not, we as staff were told that we could not keep using our same army on the floor and should have 'recent release' armies! So while my lass was trying to keep the bills paid I was buying models and I only got £6perhur! The hours sucked and working every sat and Sunday.

But worse were the politics. If you try to help a customer and they said "I'm just looking" you had to ask 20 questions encore leaving them "what army are you doing" "what did you last paint" etc. and crap like when we were given a A4 sheet of soon to be released info to tell customers about, then (due to another pointless LOTR release) we had to stop talking about it and talk about LoTR. So the lad I was talking about Dark Angels with would come in the next day "any more DA or Eldar info" and I'd have to say "nope, but Lord of the rings!" He don't play LOTRs! So turned out to be a very bad job indeed .


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 08 January 2013, 09:16:28 PM
.... then there was the stock checking, painting man after man of shops models to the point when you didn't want to do your own. Then, believe it or not, we as staff were told that we could not keep using our same army on the floor and should have 'recent release' armies! So while my lass was trying to keep the bills paid I was buying models and I only got £6perhur! The hours sucked and working every sat and Sunday.

As regards not wanting to paint your own figures....I can understand that, especially if you were having to do army after army....In a similar way, I couldn't bear using my own camera to take pictures at home, because I was taking shots all day at the studio....with one hell of a camera.

You didn't pay anything like full price for the figures you HAD to paint.....did you ?

But worse were the politics. If you try to help a customer and they said "I'm just looking" you had to ask 20 questions encore leaving them "what army are you doing" "what did you last paint" etc. and crap like when we were given a A4 sheet of soon to be released info to tell customers about, then (due to another pointless LOTR release) we had to stop talking about it and talk about LoTR. So the lad I was talking about Dark Angels with would come in the next day "any more DA or Eldar info" and I'd have to say "nope, but Lord of the rings!" He don't play LOTRs! So turned out to be a very bad job indeed .

Hmmm.....Having to go through that sort of routine for sales is probably worse for the customer as well.
I think most people get annoyed if they're ignored in a shop..(I certainly do)...But having someone bombarding you with questions when you just want to browse around in your own sweet time is possibly even more irritating.
I went into the Hammersmith (?) branch of GW YEARS ago with a posse from Heartbreaker Games and had some young, over enthusiastic chap dancing around, asking question after question...."Are you familiar with our products ?.....what are you interested in ?....etc. etc."
I really wanted to tell him to "Bogger Off !....We're spying !"  ;D ;D

I sympathize as to why you 'lost your enthusiasm'.  ;) ;D

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Vulpine on 08 January 2013, 09:58:21 PM
50% but an army would be £150 instead of £300. Still no good with bills. Not as if GW would lose cash on that?


Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Techno on 08 January 2013, 11:02:42 PM
Blimey !
In my time we could buy the metal figures at the cost price of the metal..with a tiny bit added for production costs.
I think it worked out, in those days, at around 14p for the 'average' '30'mm figure :-\.. And it was a pretty nominal price for the handful of plastics that were around then.

Cheers - Phil.



Title: Re: 24/12/12 - Techno!
Post by: Vulpine on 08 January 2013, 11:11:38 PM
Nope, they just put a stop to that when I joined.

Tell you another story, a mate of mine in another branch was part time (Saturday only). When there he did an Eldar iyanden army. Very nicely painted (I always find Yellow a difficult colour to paint. Any way, they decided to make the store a 'one man' store.

So unfortunatly during the week he had a phone call telling him he was redundant (under the contract, if let go within 3mnt they don't have to give warning, that is what it says, I know it happend to me!).

The ex-Part timer walked into the store on the Saturday to pick his bits up only to find a new manager to take the rains of the one man store. He very politely introduced him self to the manager and said 'I've come for my Eldar army' the manager replied " Sorry, that's Games Workshops models, in Games workshops cabinet, I don't know there yours, any way you got them while you worked at GW so by contract there GWs and I want to keep em in our cabinet" that manager is gone now.

I stopped going to GW Durham when he took over (other stories I could go in to tell about him but I would hate to think people thought I was twisting)