Studio fixed, contest update and thank you!

That's right, the FTW studio has finally been put back together. While it's not much to look at, it's a step up from what I had before. There's still a ways to go with lots of things, but I'm finally back to the point where I can start modeling and painting again. It feels like it's been forever.

Let me back up first and say THANK YOU to everyone for all your support through this huge undertaking. Even going as smooth as it has, I wouldn't wish this experience on my worst enemy. Everything has helped from the emails to the comments to the contest entries. Every little bit, no matter the size has made a difference.

As far as actual hobby stuff that was lost, I don't think I came out too bad. One of my good paintbrushes, a set of Forge World Deathwing shoulderpads (I have no earthly idea where they went) and half of a DKOK squad conversion I was right in the middle of working on. I think I have most of the bits to the squad, it's the smaller things like backpacks that I was making when the storm hit. I'm fairly sure I need to make a bunch more of them and some new body armour plates as well.

Most of my paints made it through. I had a couple pop open and leak out over the past month because of being stored, moved, tossed around and such. Other than the mess, they made it out in decent shape. I may have to pick up some new tools (file, drill, etc.) since the old ones were subject to the crazy humidity here from being in storage. I'm sure there are other things I don't know about right now, but I figure I'll discover them as I go looking later on when I need them for a project.

So what's new with the studio?
As with all things in married life, it's a give and take. You give and the Wife takes. No, no, no... I kid about that. Right now I'm sporting the old computer desk that was cleaned off after the storm. My original "desk" did not fair so well since it was really just a cheap shelf unit that I was using propped up on a crate. My Wife says the computer desk is temporary until she can find me a nice desk that looks the way she wants it to. I suspect it will be an antique of some sort because she likes them.

She assures me I will be getting a new desk and a chair. I just need to be patient until that time comes. Besides I can use the computer desk chair until then.

The room is a bit more uncluttered since ALL of my hobby stuff has been moved into a portable shelving unit behind the door to the room. This is good since it has forced me to get rid of a lot of older junk and go through everything. I need to work on being more organized as it is anyway.

I'm hoping the organization carries over to my desk as well. I need to get better about keeping it clean and organized while I work on projects.

And the rest of the house, what about it?
The rest of the house has been put back the way it was before the storm. Almost. We still have lots of cleaning to do with all of the drywall dust that settled on everything throughout the house while work was being done. We work on small sections each weekend and will eventually chip away at the remaining areas to be cleaned.

There are still some smaller things that need to be built like some shelves and such, but the big stuff is all done now.

After sitting down with the Wife and asking what she wanted when it came to the new washer and dryer, she asked me if we could fix some smaller things instead of buying a whole new set right now. How could I tell her no? She asked if I would take care of some smaller projects that she's always wanted to have done first. It looks like I should be able to do a few commission projects and have enough to get her a new washer after that.

A friend of mine who lives nearby gave me his old dryer. With a little bit of cleanup and a new wire plug, it should replace the one we have now. It squeaks more and more every time we turn it on. It just needs to make it a bit longer.

What about the contest?
The contest is quickly coming to a close at the end of this month. I'd love to see everyone have the chance at winning a new model. The turnout has been great so far and I have to tell you I am super excited about building/converting/painting this model. It's going to be the first real thing I do with my new work area. If you still want to get in on the contest, here's all of the information you need.

A huge Thank you to the readers and supporters of FTW!
And I want to say it again, THANK YOU everyone! Your thoughts, prayers, emails, comments and support have made all the difference in the world.

I'll be posting my first actual bit of new hobby content this coming Monday. I had a reader ask me about adding some contrast to his swords without getting into the whole NMM approach. It's easy enough to do and adds a nice effect to your metallic weapons.

Make sure to check out these posts as they might help:
FTW studio destroyed by severe warp storm
The studio is being cleaned up slowly

Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!


  1. Good to read this, Ron!!


  2. As a silent follower I congratulate you!

    As to what happened to the deathwing shoulderpads :


  3. Thank gods, the troubles're gone =)
    I'm real glad to read that!

  4. I have a stove and giant air conditioner(the inside portable) in my hobby room.
    My girl takes too,my square footage :)

    I would put a piece of wood under the shelves that top one is bowing already

  5. Fantastic to hear that things are finally settling down for you. Its just about the worst thing to have everything wrecked like that so wonderful to hear its getting better.

    Can't wait to see new work from the FtW studios - it's going to be fantastic to have you back.

  6. Excellent news Ron, good to have the studio back up and running. (and the rest of the house for Mrs S.)

  7. Fantastic news, Ron! We're currently renovating a part of the house (fortunately not due to some natural disaster), and I definitely feel your pain about all that freaking dust settling everywhere ;-)

    Still, it's great to see that your home and studio managed to bounce back the way they did! I'm also excited for the new hobby content, although I have to say that there really was no noticeable slouch in content quality these last weeks, even though your studio was broken -- you managed that one admirably, as expected ;-)

  8. Hi Ron,

    Great news about the house.

    Regarding DKOK bits, i have a set of DKOK guys i was going to vherry pick bits for a diroama, but i have heaps of spare.

    If you need any bits i can easily ship them to you, i can take a pic of what i have (its an unoppened set of standard guys in a moving positions set if that makes sense).

    No issue posting to the states as its quite cheap with Royal Mail.

    Let me know if you want, i can PM you my e-mail.

    All the best


  9. Thanks guys!

    Anon: Very funny, the laugh was much needed.

    Will Wright: I know, I tried to keep the heavy stuff on the bottom.

    KrautScientist: I appreciate that, but I haven't posted much of anything "new" lately. I'm looking to remedy that and get back into the swing of things.

    Richard Rose: I appreciate that. I think (more like hope and pray) they might be mixed in with some of my Ultramarine stuff. My Mother-in-law scooped all the stuff up on the night of the storm as the womenfolk were cleaning up what they could in the room.

    The bits are actually not real DKOK models, they are Imperial Guard that I'm converting. I'm sure my Mother-in-law knew that and separated the Guard from the terminators. I mean who wouldn't?

  10. Well if you want some bits let me know as they are currently in a box collecting dust in the loft :)

  11. Glad to hear it, Ron.
    I don't know why, but the trash can next to the desk struck me as brilliant. I tend to pile my modeling and painting detritus in an old blister pack on the corner of my desk, and when I knock it over or it falls on the floor, the place looks a mess.
    Odd that I never thought of a small trash can under the desk. lol.

  12. Richard Rose: Thanks!

    TheRhino: Just be careful not to set models close to the edge and then bump them off. It can get tricky fishing stuff out once the trash can gets full.

  13. So Glad you are back up and running! The purge and re-org after a disaster is always a nice little bonus too. Can't wait to see what you crank out in the coming months!

  14. Good to see the place up and running again Ron!

  15. Glad to see you back in action Ron!

  16. Glad to hear things are getting back to an even keel, Ron!

  17. Great that you are almost back up and running! I'm looking forward to your new posts.

  18. Thanks folks! I'm excited to get back to doing "hobby" stuff on a regular basis instead of "house" stuff every weekend.

  19. I am exited to call you my new Hobby Expert! I have been lurking (midnight bacon) for a few days, and I am going to make an account. Hopefully I can add my own creative insight and help some. Good to hear your place is fixed!

  20. It is great to hear that house is repaired and the studio is fixed. I saw that someone asked if you were going to convert that tree limb...did you?

  21. Hivetyrant36: Thanks! And I don't know about hobby expert... I'm just a bit more vocal than most.

    Ziek: As tempting as that may be, I may try my hand at a Wood Elf model, but I'm not sure I want to push my luck much further than that.

  22. I can't actually think of a better prize / contest :D I already know what I will ask if I win! Converted WazDakka!!! :D

  23. benation: I'm looking forward to seeing what the winner chooses to have done. It's going to be a challenge for sure.

  24. Very good to hear everything getting back on track, the winning model is going to be amazing .
    Do you have an email to talk about project ??

  25. Jamie: I'll be posting updates here as I work on it. We should know this weekend who won and what the model is going to be of!

  26. Those pictures show great opportunities for more great stuff from you! Congrats

  27. Ron,

    I'm sure you've heard before that "out of a crisis comes great opportunity". As disruptive as this whole experience has been, I think even greater things are in store for you.

    More importantly, I think you really demonstrated your character through all this. It didn't become a "why or why did the tree hit my house?" pity party. Instead, it was inspiring to see you face the challenge, acknowledge it, then move forward. Thank you for setting such an admirable example.

    Life is going to happen. It's what you do in the face of a challenge that defines you.

    Now jump on it, some of us FtW addicts need a fix. :)


  28. Honda: Thanks you Sir! I'm getting back into the swing of things and it feels good to be doing some real hobby for a change.

  29. Ron,

    I am waiting (with models on the table...) for your article on adding contrast to the swords in the NMM vein... still hoping that you are going to post something on that.

    Thanks for all that you do - it has always been informative and inspiring in turns...

  30. Sonny: It goes up tomorrow. It's a very simple trick I use sometimes to add a little punch to metallic surfaces without getting into the whole NMM thing.


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