Scruffy looking Nerf Herder… Part 1: The Ramble

I’ve gotten myself a new toy… A Nerf Zombiestrike Hammershot pistol.

Growing up my dad and granddad were big cowboy film fans, so I blame them for my love of toy guns.

So when I saw a Hammershot on sale at Argos, I went ‘hell yah’ and picked one up.

Now personally I’m not a fan of the colour orange, so I plan to repaint the Hammershot. It’s bulkier than you might think, which lends itself to what I have in mind.

You see I’m planning on giving it a repaint inspired by Hellboy’s Sammaritan pistol.
I’ve you’ld like to hear me ramble on…

Otherwise be sure to check back in a while to see how it’s going.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

To Cos, or not to Cos Part 3

Unfortunately I still haven’t gotten any ‘actual’ work done on my Cosplay done yet 😔
Instead of getting a refill for my printer, so I could start printing templates. I got a chance to pick up the Numenera Starter Set by Monte Cook Games and have a piece of art commissioned for myself.
My middle daughter wanted to get in on making a cosplay, so she decided to try a little test costume.

In the meantime Andrew DFT, has released the first part in making a helmet for a Titanfall costume.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Hobby Hack #3 – Engine/ Thruster glow

Painting engine/ thruster glow can be a bit difficult and time consuming, but here we have a simple and effective method for painting engine/ thruster glow.

All credit to Hivefleet_Horror, for this tutorial

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

To Cos, or not to Cos Part 2

I got a bit of work done on my Titanfall Cosplay this week, sort of.

I found a tutorial for armour on YouTube. It’s by AndrewDFT (the armour is actually for a Halo ODST but it’s a cool armour design, and using it as a base I can modify it),  and I actually bought the templates from his Etsy store. It only cost €4.18.

I also found a tutorial on how to make a CAR SMG from Titanfall, again by AndrewDFT, and downloaded the templates for free.

And then I hit a snag, when I went to print the Templates I found my printer was out of ink… D’oh. I’m a bit broke this week so the ink/ templates will have to wait till next week.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

To Cos, or not to Cos

So my eldest daughter, who’s a very talented artist, has decided that she wants to try her hand at doing Cosplay. It’s not just fatherly pride in her skills when I say she’s talented, i’ld ask you to check out the Facebook page I set up to encourage her ( if you don’t believe me.
Anyway, It’s my own fault. As I was only half listening to her at the time I agreed to it (D’oh). That means, this muppet, has to learn some new skills, and I have an excuse to buy some new goodies.
So to help me along, I’m going to Cosplay as well. While my daughter still has to choose what she wants to cosplay as, I’ve chosen a pilot from the video game series ‘Titanfall’ for myself.

I’m using the above image from Respawn Entertainment as a basis for my cosplay.
As part of this experience I’m going to run a little series on how I do, and how much it Gona cost me. So let’s start…

•Army type jacket, this cost me nothing as my brother was throwing it out.

•grey long sleeve t shirt, this cost me €3 from Penny’s.

•Circle Scarf, I got the scarf in Penny’s, it was labelled €5, but when I got to the till I was only charged €1, score!!!

•Heat Gun, this cost me about €30ish in Argos. On the plus side I’ve already used it to defrost my freezer 👍.

•Sharpening stone, I got this in my local hardware store. It cost me about €6.50.

•Metal ruler, I got this also in my local hardware store. It cost me €4.

• Self healing cutting mat, I got this in my local stationary/ craft store called ‘The Works’, it set me back €4.50.

• Cutting knife with extra blades, cost me €3, I got this at work.
So… So far I’ve spent about €50 this week on bits and pieces, and that’s enough spending for 1 week. Next week I’ll pick up some more pieces.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Hobby Hack #2 – Self Healing Cutting Mat Care

A lot of us hobbyists have a cutting mat. Usually we have them so that either we don’t get paint on the table or that we don’t cut chunks out of our tables. 

But how many of you know how to maintain them?

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Hobby Hack #1 – Panel Scriber

As hobbyists we are always looking to cut a few corners when it comes to our spending, cause let’s face it our hobbies ain’t cheap. 
So I thought I might as well share some hobby hacks I’ve come across. Sometimes they’ll be ones I use myself, other times it’ll be ones I’ve come across either on YouTube, one of the Facebook groups I’m in, etc etc.
First up, is a Panel Scriber. Panel Scribers are used to basically cut a line/shape into a model, to denote different metal panels in a models, an insignia/ mark on a model, or some such.
As an example, I’m currently (slowly, very slowly) building a model of the Battlestar Galactica.

As you can see, there’s a number of panels on the top and sides of Galactica’s head. Theses are nice, but a bit too shallow for my liking, so I’m going to use a Panel scriber to increase the depth between the panels. 
 Now I could go out and buy a Panel Scriber setting myself back at least €10, or I could make my own, which I did (costing me about €1.50).
What you will need is…

• a box of tacks

• a Bic biro

• a clippers

Take the plastic cap off the back of your biro. Taking one of your tacks, and using your clippers, you want to trim off the back of the tack, so that it snugly fits into the back of the biro.

Once this is done, your ready to rock and roll.

When you think your tack has dulled, simply trim the back off another tack, and away you go again.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Gundam Custom – Gusion Rebake Urban Camo Style

I recently got a new Gundam model kit…


It’s the 1/144 Scale High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake by Bandai.

It’s a nice kit with good articulation. Incase you didnt know, Gundam High Grade kits aren’t static in their poses. They have joints (that swivel, rotate, and allow swinging) in their body parts of arms, knees, legs, etc which allow them a high level of poseability.


With the Gusion Rebake although I like the design, I’m not a fan of the kits colour. So I’m going to give it a ‘Custom’ paint job. I have an idea of an Urban Camo pattern for this kit. I’ve never tried a camo pattern before, so it’s going to be a learning experience. I don’t own an airbrush, so I’ll be using my good old paint brush.

For painting the kit I’m going to be using the following materials:

* Citadel Chaos Black Primer
* Citadel Astronomican Grey
* Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey
* Citadel Ironbreaker
* Citadel Dwarf Bronze
* Citadel Nuln Oil
* Games Workshop Ultramarine Blue
* Games Workshop Ice Blue
* Games Workshop Scorpian Green
* Blue Tack


First of all, after building the kit I have to take it all apart again.


First up, I prime all of the Gusion Rebake’s armour pieces in Chaos Black.


Once dry, I apply strips of Blue Tack over the pieces in a sort of stripped pattern. I then paint over the pieces with Astronomican Grey.


Once dry, I repeat applying pieces of Blue Tack in a stripped pattern, and this time I apply Adeptus Battlegrey. I then allow the paint to dry.

Once dry, I begin to peel off all the Blue Tack.


As the Rebake has a partial inner frame, I’m going to Dry Brush it with Ironbreaker. If your unfimilar to Dry Brushing, it’s basically where you brush a very fine layer of paint over parts.

Once the Dry Brushing is dry, I use the Dwarf Bronze to paint the tubes on the Rebake’s arms, its thrusters on its shield and the vents on the Rebake’s waist and chest, followed by a Wash of the Nuln Oil on those parts.

The Scorpian Green, Ultramarine Blue and Ice Blue is used on the Rebake’s eyes and the camera lens on its head.

Once all dry, I reassemble the gundam.





Once all dry, I apply a Dry Brush along the edges and curves of the armour to give it the appearance of wear and tear.

All that’s left is to apply a Top Coat to the model to prevent the paint being accidentally rubbed off.

Not bad for my first time trying an urban camo scheme. A few mistakes were made and a couple of boo boo’s happened (I broke off half his V fin) but all in all I’m happy with the results.

Why not give it a try for yourself and let me know how it went.

– from The Man Cave

Yummy Food – Grilled Mini Chicken Fillets

This is a favourite in my house. Enjoyed by both my kids and my partner. It can be eaten as part of a snack or a dinner. Its very quick to prepare and cook, and if you wanted you could prepare it the night before.

For this recipe, you will need…


* 1 packet of chicken mini fillets
* about a tablespoon of curry powder.
* about a tablespoon of garlic powder.
* 100g – 125g of greek style/ fat free yoghurt, whichever your preferrence is.
* a tub/ container to mix ingredients in.

Step 1:

Add the yoghurt, garlic powder and curry powder into your tub/ container and mix well together.


Step 2:

Add your mini fillets and coat with your yoghurt mix.


Step 3:

You have the choice of either leaving your chicken sitting in the mix overnight or cooking straight away (personally, I leave it overnight).

Either way, when ready place your chicken on a tin foil lined tray and place under the grill.


Step 4:

Basically, now that the chicken is cooking under the grill, your going to char- grill it. ‘Burn’ one side, turn over and repeat.


The grilled chicken can be enjoyed hot or cold. As part of a main meal or as a snack. Why not give it a try.

– from The Man Cave

Yummy Food… Baked Tomato + Egg

The other half is always on some diet or joining some weight loss club, and is always asking for help with her food plan.

This is a brekie/ lunch I make for her a couple of times a week. She loves it. She calls it her Speed Protein meal.

Its quick and simple. not much prep time and you can have it for breakie or lunch.

So what you’ll need is:

1 medium egg
1 tomato
garlic powder
2 slices of bacon/ rashers


So first step is cut the top of your tomato and using a spoon scoop out the inside.


next up line a baking tray or similar with tin-foil. The next bit took me a little while to figure out but once i did it was a D’ uhh moment. you’ll see why in a sec.

Take the ‘lid’ of the tomato and cut into 4 parts. Place the tomato in the baking tray and use the parts of the ‘lid’ as support struts. Cause if you dont the egg rolls out of the tomato and all over the place.


Next up crack the egg and pour it into the tomato. Give it a sprinkle of garlic powder.


Add your rashers/ bacon to the baking tray and place in the oven. I cook it in the oven for about 10 mins, give or take, at about 180°C.

You’ll know its ready when the egg is solid within the tomato. When ready it’ll look something similar to this…


All thats to be done now is to stick it on a plate and dig in.


The other half says the tomato gives the egg a great flavour… and she doesnt leave anything on her plate so it must be good.

Why not give it a try and a taste.

– from The Man Cave