Hobby

  • Officially re-kindled an old hobby

    My Maxx Collectibles order arrived today, and I figure that means I've recommitted to an old hobby (on hold of course until after the wedding and honeymoon).

    I used to really enjoy assembling, painting, and playing with my Warhammer Fantasy Undead army; but it took the nudging of an old friend and work colleague to re-kindle and solidify these memories, which lead to picking up the Warhammer 40K Necron army shown below.

    I also added some Dollarama shopping for paints and glue, hit Canadian Tire for the primer and putty (green stuff), Walmart for a cheap plastic table I can mess up all I want during painting and assembly, and Fabricland for a self-healing cutting mat.

    What a great way to spend some birthday money!

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  • Getting ready to make natural cleaning products for home and body

    My first order from Bulk Apothecary arrived today!  The intention of this order was to set the stage for making household cleaning products, shampoo, soap, body sprays, lotions, lip balms, etc... and containers to hold them in.

    This order consisted of:

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    • Beeswax
    • Black Fine Mist Sprayers and Cobalt Blue Bullet Bottles
    • Borax
    • Castor Oil
    • Cocoa Butter
    • Glycerin
    • Golden Jojoba Oil
    • Kaolin Clay (white)
    • Lime Essential Oil
    • Lip Balm Jars (white, 0.25 oz)
    • Rose Soap Stamp
    • Shea Butter
    • Silicone Rectangle Soap Molds
    • Sodium Hydroxide (lye)
    • Sweet Almond Oil
    • Witch Hazel

    Unfortunately, I had some lessons to learn with this order:

    1. The Bulk Apothecary rep I called questimated that this order may have as many as seven packages.  This deterred me from using Mike's Parcel Pickup who charges $5 USD per package.  As the shipment only came in three boxes, Mike's fees would have been much better.  Oh well, I guess the rep guestimated high, which would be the preferred choice to guestimating low.
    2. UPS offering to broker packages from the US is stupid expensive... like add $50 to $70 dollars on top of your government taxes.  I wished I had known about this and declined their offer to broker the package for me; choosing to self-clear it myself.
  • Needed more supplies for soaps

    After reviewing the initial recipe I wanted to follow and running it through a soap calculator, I realized that the little 15ml bottles of essentials oils that I had around the house just were not going to cut it if my plan was going to involve making almost 20 lbs of soap!  I needed many ounces of Essential Oils, not milliliters.

    I can sense that Bulk Apothecary is going to be a favourite site into the future.  I ran around Winnipeg hoping to find a good price on the Rosemary and Thyme that I wanted to add to my soap... and $15-$20 for a 0.5 oz was not what I wanted to pay.  Bulk Apothecary has the same size bottle for $3-$4, or 16 oz bottles (thirty times the oil) in the $40 range... hmmm, $15-$20 for a 0.5 oz or $40-$50 for 16 oz... an easy decision!

    This time, knowing that there should only be one box, I had the package delivered to Mike's Parcel Pickup.  While it cost $30 in gas, that was far cheaper than paying UPS $50-$70, and much quicker than waiting and running around to do the self-clearing.

    While I was placing an order anyway, I added some other oils that I want to try in the next soap recipe batches for their aromatherapy qualities, soap exfoliants (seeds), soap colouring sample kit (oxides), oils I didn't have to complete my own "thieves oil" blend, caps meant to get for my bottles from the last order, and some books on this new hobby.

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  • First assembled 40K Necron models

    Still need to prime and paint them, but getting these first models assembled was a bit of a milestone... I discovered that I may just need bifocals.  I had to whip out my old soldering gear that had a magnifying glass on a stand so that I could see the up-close detail well enough to shave/trim the model parts.  It wasn't ideal and took alot longer than normal... but I got'er done!  I guess I'll need to visit the pharmacy/costco for some cheap magnifiers and call them safety glasses ;)

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    Once primed and painted, these five models will be used for my first 40K skirmish using the Kill Team rules (200 point battles). I figure it'll be a good to start small as I'm new to the 40K ruleset anyway. I also have more models to put together for some variation, but this is a great beginning.

  • The 40K Necron Army Grows

    After learning that I couldn't use an HQ model (Illuminor Szeras) in a Kill Team, I needed to make a few more models to choose from; good thing I had previously purchased some variety with the intentions to field larger point armies.

    So I've spent the last few days finishing the assembly of two more Canoptek Wraiths (3), two more Immortals (5), and a complete set of Deathmarks (5).

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    I figure this will round out my initial model build; changing my sights to priming and painting for now.  Hopefully I will have some painted pic's soon; then it'll finally be time to experience playing with Necrons and learning some strategies!

  • Assembled another 40K Necron Unit

    Decided to assemble another Necron Immortal unit with different weaponry. Delays in priming/painting continue.

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  • DIY Dishwasher Detergent and Rinse

    My Paleo path has naturally inspired and influenced many choices over the last few months. The most recent bringing some pretty simple replacements for dishwasher detergent and rinse.

    Following a recipe for household cleaners at the David Suzuki site, I really only needed two ingredients for the detergent, and vinegar for the rinse.  I had picked up some Borax previously, but didn't have any Washing Soda.  A quick online search revealed it was pretty easy to make at home; thanks to a post @ Nature's Nurture Blog.

    The detergent recipe was pretty simple; equal portions of Borax and Washing Soda that we mixed in a old plastic container.  And Washing Soda was nothing more than Baking Soda that had been baked @ 400F for 30 minutes in one of my Pyrex dishes.

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    That was easy!

  • Started a new hobby

    The planter in the front of the house had been a home for cedars and weeds the last couple years.  Took some time to weed it out a couple weeks ago, but had to wait for the rain to stop to plant the perennials that a good friend donated to get things started.

    • Sedum
    • Echanasea (Cone Flower)
    • Speedwell
    • Primrose
    • Ice Plants
    • Hosta
    • Hen's and Chicks
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  • Completed assembly of a Necron Overlord with Command Barge

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  • Necon Lord Assembly Complete

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    These finecast models aren't my favorite to work with, but trimming/shaping this model ended up being easier to do (without mistakes) than it first appeared to be.  It's hard to tell by the photo, but the "shoulder pads" of the model contained quite a bit of extra resin that was left by the design of the mold that needed to be carved out.  I'm happy with the end result, but I didn't expect to spend as much time as I did on a model with so few pieces.

  • Necon OverLord Assembly Complete

    This model was a much more challenging finecast model to clean, but I must admit that I am very pleased with the end result of this model.  There is quite a bit of detail in its design, which makes equally as impressive.

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