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Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: January 04, 2011, 02:02:40 PM »
Two-faced peeps.  Say things behind your back for years and accuse you of being paranoid when you confront them about it.  Then when they finally show their true colours their excuse is "well i think it therefore you deserve it and although there is no proof I am still not going to apologise for making your life hell"

People that use the excuse 'blood is thicker than water' to justify why you should forgive them for stabbling you in the back and then try to pretend that nothing happened anyway so lets go on as before and play happy families....perhaps if we dont mention it then we wont have to say "sorry"


on a different note @weareblind
hows your daughter?, any better?

@ Penfold...did the carer thing get sorted?  DId you know you can probably employ someone yourself rather than using agency, i am sure there used to be a govt legislation where they give you the funds to buy your own care provider.  It is also illegal for them to send someone around to use any kind of hoist/lifting device unless they have had their lifting and handling course updates/training.  It used to be classed as gross misconduct if a carer is sent to do a job they havent been trained on and if they havent been trained but you show them and then something goes wrong with them then you are liable for their safety and they can sue you personally for any injuries to their usual the person who needs the care is at the bottom of the pile for consideration because if they fail to cross the sling straps or use the wrong loops on the sling or anythign like that and your wife gets hurt then you have no comeback on them or the agency as you accept liability by default when you show them how to use the hoist.

Supposed to be finishing the stickering, before relaxing in front of the tele.


Checking Artemis Shield hands for miscasts, which is taking ages. AGES! And I haven't even started on the bagging. However because finding stacks of miscasts slows the bagging down and gets depressing, I'm instead watching Xena.

so long as you dont put the TV watching on your timesheet....that would be extremely cheeky

You do know i want a detailed timesheet of hours worked from home to include what you spent what time on so i can figure out if you have been slacking dont you?!  Actually it isnt about slacking it is about task breakdown and efficiency

supposed to be sleeping


panicking that i wont get everything done by the time the kids break up tomorrow afternoon, got loads to get ready for the kids christmas party on wednesday,  getting the church ready for Christmas Eve (my turn to do the flowers and the priest wants loads of Holly) .. i had a window of after my Cardiac Appointment on thursday morning (ends about midday) until mass at 10.30 on friday to get the church decked out but now i only have a window of 3 hours as there is a memorial mass at 6.30pm on thursday...and no childcare as the school is shut!

Information / Re: Resin Masters
« on: December 19, 2010, 01:16:54 PM »
Its going to be an awful lot of molds... (30ish? between now and June, probably more). Although it'll cut down on our metal molds so.. hmm.

If the qualities better then I'm all for it. It also means on certain figures, or if we haven't got enough to fill a mold, we could do short resin runs on things which could potentially pay for the models mold - kind of like what Mike McVeys doing.

actually not that many moulds.  The Grymn will go as usual as Kj has sculpted them in bulk.

Primarily it is a way of speeding up production so that we release small amounts frequently instead of a large amount sporadically.

Nothing like what Mike is doing.  Mike has established a customer base on resin figures with a high price point as his main product.  We will still be producing primarily metal production castings, this is only a way of speeding up production with resin masters being available as a sideline.

I cant see us going over to resin with short limited runs of figures as a regular thing, it wouldnt generate enough revenue to cover overheads and wages and producing limited runs of figures limits the amount of people who see Kevs work.

Information / Resin Masters
« on: December 18, 2010, 08:57:59 PM »
There are two ways that we use to get greens into productions.

1:  We send the green to be moulded by vulcanisation into a rubber mould.
We then get Griffin to spin this mould x amount of times to get the amount of masters we need to then send into a production mould.

Good points:
  Used to be relatively cheap and if we have a fair amount of greens to go into a mould ( 16 units) then it is a fairly quick turnaround.

Bad points:  a)Sometimes we dont get good castings straight away as the mould takes a few spins to warm up enough to cast properly,
Griffin are good about replacing miscast masters however this does slow down the production schedule sometimes. 
b)If Kev is doing a fair amount of freelance then we have to wait a while to fill the mould which delays production further.
c)Each stage of vulcanisation moulding reduces surface detail on the finished figure  and also overall size of the figure as metal shrinks slightly when cooling.
d)Casting costs have gone up exponentially over the last few years.

2:  The green goes to be cast in transtional resin

We give the green to Grey Matter who make a silicone mould from it and then cast us x amount of figures in a resin that withstands a high temperature. 
These resin masters then go to Griffin to be vulcanised into a rubber mould for production castings.

Good points.
a)One less vulcanisation stage means less shrinkage and clearer detailing. The masters are an exact copy of the green therefore
the metal production figures have the same high quality of detail as metal first-stage master castings have.
b)We dont have to wait for a whole mould before we get a figure through mastering as they cast each one individually
c) It is easier and quicker for KJ to convert resin masters than metal ones

Bad points.
a)We lose the resin casting in the mould, it crumbles once its job is done, which means that when the mould wears out we
have to ensure we have at least one resin copy intact somewhere safe to make new masters from.
b)It can be expensive, although we have estimated that it is now on a par with metal mastering.


Okay lesson over, so why am i telling you this?

We are going to do a trial period from January until June of sending all greens (except Grymn cos they go somewhere else!)
to Grey Matter to be cast into transitional resin masters.

We hope this will speed up the time from you guys seeing something tasty finished in 'Eye Candy' to getting your grubby
little glue-covered, paint-stained fingers on it.

We will keep tabs on when Kev finishes the figure, when it goes to Grey Matter, how long it is there, how soon until we get workable masters,
 when the masters got to Griffin and when we get production castings back.  We (okay, probably me unless i can browbeat Mark into doing it)
are going to keep detailed production costs at each stage to judge its viability.

Over the last year we have trialled selling a fixed amount of metal master castings as a way of funding initial costs of getting a figure into production.
 We are going to continue with this however you guys wont be offerred metal master castings anymore but resin ones.  I will ask Grey Matter to
produce a fixed amount of masters in a  resin colour different to our usual blue/grey (so we can easily differentiate masters). 
Although transitional resin is expensive, we dont anticipate the standard resin masters to be much different to our usual prices for masters although i
 am only using estimations, once the first set of invoices have come in then i will be able to adjust the pricing accordingly if necessary.

By switching over to resin masters we will be able to provide a steady stream of releases instead of a bulk amount irregularly as we wont have to
wait to fill a mould.  I am hoping if this works out that we will be able to get back to our previous way of 2 - 4 releases every 3-4 weeks.

How does this sound?  Does anyone have any questions?

Our first Resin master will actually be a pre-order going up as the 10th Day of Christmas tomorrow night (Sunday 19th December) to ship
by the end of January and it will be of the unlimited production version of the new Wolf. 
Any other resin masters will be available as per our usual procedure of we get them in before we ship them out, you know how much i hate
pre-orders! ...admin-wise they are a complete pain!

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: December 16, 2010, 09:05:25 PM »
I'd rather turn something else on :angel:

Yeah...Battlefield Bad Company...........

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: December 16, 2010, 08:57:30 PM »
Getting a phone call at 10:50 this morning from the social to let you know the carers you have hired to wash and get the wife up in the morning have closed with no warning at all. they then send a new lot out only to be told that one of them is male which didn't go down too well  :swear: to say the least

oh dear, is she okay.  Must be horrible to be landed with someone completely new for something so personal.  When my ME was really bad at the beginning i had ot have carers come in and i hated it.

Some people do. But I still think you can expect a population rise in nine months.

not here you wont, turn your electric blanket on!

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: December 16, 2010, 09:47:08 AM »
1:  Banner ads at the top of pages like yahoo that 'expand' as soon as you hover your mouse anywhere within a 2 mile radius of them thereby cutting off your access to the link you were originally after at the top of the page.

2: ads that expand across the page on a clear background so you go to click something and you end up somewhere completely different.  you can end up waiting ages for the ad to run before the little 'X' appears somewhere else entirely on the page for you to shut the window

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: December 16, 2010, 09:30:41 AM »
Cold. I mean, -7 C isn't a proper temperature for Italy!  :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:

Brrrr! That's cold.

its been minus 12 here for the last few weeks!

and they can use the money they make to teach their staff how to spell and use grammar correctly!

compatable --->  compatible

plus how to proof-read the Mantic Magazine!

Forgot to say earlier,

THANKS lots for all of the nice comments about my pictures.  I know i still have a long way to go with something like Photoshop but i really enjoy doing something creative for a change instead of trying to keep on top of 'maintenance' work if you know what i mean.  It has tired me out, concentrating on the screen but in a way at least i am resting instead of trying to run around and do everything my body tells me not to do!

Hasslefree Babble / Re: IMAGE HEAVY CAUTION. Stuff we have been working on
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:50:06 PM »
<snip> ........Of course, this won't stop me buying the boxes to get the variants :roll:

Well there you go mate - you've answered the question yourself.....that was easy wasn't it  :roll:  It is a commercial decision after all and long overdue in my books. Grats on a great idea Mr & Mrs White  :applause:

nope it was Ronnie Rentons idea although the figs came from Kevs imagination and the artwork is from mine!

Mantic Games are going to produce under license a total of 10 box sets over the next year.  
I have done the image work so far for 4 of them and have popped them below to show
you what sort of things to look for on your local retailers shelf.  
Each box set has a minimum of 1 figure that is exclusive only to the Mantic sets, some are
minor conversions of existing figures and some are more complicated.
If you arent aware of how Mantic box their sets, they use a case similar to a video box,
the printed inlay slips between the box and the clear cover.  
The artwork i have been working on obviously reflects the fact that the box has a spine hence the sideways writing in the middle!
I am still tinkering so be prepared for them to change a bit

Hope you like my self-taught photoshop skills!

I have just shrunk the print-ready pdf so some of the small print my not be clearly visible at this resolution.  
If you really want to see them close up let me know and i will pop them on the server and post the link here.

supposed to be at a wedding but couldnt get there because of the snow


making christmas party invitations with the kids at the table...the entire dining room is covered with sequins, feathers, glue and bits of paper expertly chopped into shapes!

okay editing done, now time to feed the kids and get a cup of tea.  Releases up tonight...PROMISE!

now i cant find my codings sheet....anyone know what code goatboy is?!

supposed to be finishing off the inlays for Mantic packs


listening to my entire i-tunes music library whilst editing pics of new releases to go up before i get the kids from school in an hours time and having a moan on facebook about 'expert opinions' about what to do with naughty kids at school

trying to get into thE christmas spirit now...listening to 'Santa Baby' by Eartha Kitt!

what i am doing would be easier if Luke hadnt got hold of the work camera and reset all the macro/light/iso settings in the manual mode so i had to take the pics in 'auto mode' until i figure out what he has done.  problem is that i took the pics at night so no natural light and even with a lighting setup the pics colours look 'not normal' so am having to manually change levels in Photoshop. didnt help that i normally use a mid-grey background which shows the contrast between greenstuff/metal well and this batch of figures is grey ( to match the background) which has obviously confused the camera!!

It is easier to listen to Elvis and sing along (no-one else home!)

Supposed to be editing pics of Kindred and is going veeery slowly.


what i am really doing....listening to an old album called 'Viva Elvis' and swearing at Photoshop

Information / Re: Ask Sally
« on: November 10, 2010, 09:34:00 PM »
Hi Sally.

I've been trying to e-mail you for the last week or so, but your uncharacteristic lack of response implies to me that you might not be receiving my question.  I've tried and, but no response from either, and I know your usual speed of response to be excellent.

Have you been having any issues with your e-mails?  Or are they getting through, but I'm just not receiving your response?

Of course, if the correct answer is "I have multiple children and a husband, and therefore no time to deal with your query, bloody wait!", I shall understand entirely.

Hi Paul,

i got the email from last night and have replied to it plus also sorted out the linked request.  Sorry for not replying yesterday...wednesday is the day when i  have Luke all day and admin doesnt even get sniffed at until when the kids are in bed!

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: Thinking of Emigrating
« on: October 14, 2010, 01:15:33 PM »
Anyway, back to topic - Sally, why do you and Kev want to emigrate?

Lots of things about England we don't like, lots of things about society here and how it appears to be falling apart in many areas, high cost of living, other stress-causing stuff as well which makes living 1000 miles away from the UK very attractive right now!

Seriously though it is something we have thought about a great deal over the years, sometimes in jest and sometimes seriously. The children are getting older now and henceforth more portable than they were, the business is viable (mostly!) and both Kev and I have working skills.  It isnt immediate, probably sometime in the next few years we will figure it out.  The obvious places we like are New Zealand and Canada , we fit the entry requirements for both of those plus i have living relatives in those countries.  However mainland Europe also seems an option and obviously easier for immigration if in EU

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Thinking of Emigrating
« on: October 13, 2010, 02:01:47 PM »
Where should we go?

I have family in New Zealand and Canada but have always fancied living somewhere close to the sea ( but not touristy beaches ..  think windswept rather than bikinis!) , not too hot but dont mind snow (just not for more than 2 months of the year).

We will probably leave Mark here to run the business or just wait until he wins the lottery and sell it to him!

Suggestions please along with embassy urls!

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: September 20, 2010, 11:09:57 AM »
We have a Twitter account? :erm:

yes dear we do, go talk to Mark he will explain to you about how new technology works

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: things that really p** you off
« on: September 17, 2010, 07:58:02 PM »
Fashions nowadays. Stupid tight trousers with low crotches that ride too low on the arse and are too short on the leg, stupid hairstyles that have extreme partings and mega comb-overs that require all but those with the straightest hair to use straighteners stupid flat shoes that look like slippers (it's raining, kiddies, put something substantial on your plates you muppets!) and stupid neck beards and sidies.

 i reckon you are just jealous as all trousers are too long on you and you have no hair to comb-over

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