Grekwood Miniatures

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Update!

I'll split this blog into two sections, one with things concerning Grekwood Miniatures, and the other for some more personal stuff!

Grekwood Minis!
The hospital beds went on sale a week ago and have had decent success so far, so thank you to all those who have bought some! We cast a few more as stocks were going down, so hopefully we have enough for now.

I plan to continue work on the hospital building over the next few weeks and get that up on the internet at some point as a PDF download. I have started work on my next batch of 16 zombies *insert zombie sound here*. Once again I will be keeping the gender mix to 50/50 with 8 females and 8 males. Most of you know that they will be supermarket based, and again split into 4 packs with a combo deal as always!

I have some rock bases, and some wood flooring bases, which I might as well pop on the website too sometime. Also, hopefully the production lot of figures will arrive soon. I might have to ask about them...

In personal news:
We have been looking at places to move to which has turned out to be a nightmare. We currently live with my parents in a large 4 bedroom house, so everything we are looking at is obviously going to be a lot smaller. So the hunt began...

Over the past two weeks, we arranged to see 4 places. This excludes a couple of places we called up about and they never got back to us.

The first place we saw was nice, but a bit small. The second was larger (from photos) and in a different village, but on the day of the appointment (before the appointment) we had a phone call saying "it's now gone". Third place we went to see we waited for 15-20 minute outside the apartment, and the estate agent never showed up. We called them and they said they can't get hold of anyone in the area. So we decided against the flat because the service was poor. Fourth place; we made an appointment to see a house last Wednesday or Tuesday. Yesterday we had a phone call saying "sorry it's gone". I mean what the hell?!

We asked for an earlier appointment, made it very clear we were interested, and suddenly it just goes before we were even able to have our appointment. It's just rude and wrong to say no one is seeing it until Monday, and then offer it to someone else before we have had our scheduled appointment.

So pretty much all of the places we have looked at have gone apart from the first place we saw.  So we are thinking about moving into that flat... I mean apartment... Don't get me wrong, it's small (might struggle to get a wardrobe in the main bedroom) but nicely decorated inside. Wood flooring throughout, a bathroom and an en-suite. 2 bedrooms and a open plan living space/kitchen.  It just means we'll have to plan wisely and only buy furniture we really need and not just want.

At least this way it gets us onto the "rent market" ladder, and we might stand a better chance at getting another place as we are already in one. Estate agents keep asking "how are you going to pay for it". So by being in a rented place at least they will be able to see we can pay for it no problem.

IF we do move into this flat, it will most likely be short term until something bigger pops up that we like. Who knows, we might move in and actually love the size and not want to move!

Anyway, sorry for the rant!!

Cheers for reading!



18 comments:

  1. Moving is always difficult.

    Being a serviceman, I have moved a few times and I can safely say that once you get settled, you adapt to space you have. The only difference is that you get a bigger selection of places to choose from (I rely on service accommodation... so I don't have too much choice).

    I reckon you'll move in, love the decor and adapt to the lack of space :).

    Good luck!

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    1. Hopefully you'll be right! I don't see why it should cause any major problems. We just need to look at better ways to use the space :)

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  2. Sorry to hear about your house finding woes, Carl. Estate agents are just like politicians - you can't trust them!

    I like the sound of the new zombies you're working on and I'm even more pleased to hear that you're going with a 50/50 split between males and females. This is how it should be.

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    1. I agree! I like doing a mix of male and female, as it means I'm not sculpting the same body shapes constantly. This next lot will be more "shape-ly", so females should be more noticeable (in a good way!) :)

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  3. Supermarket zombies.... will it include staff and shoppers? Like the idea will follow with interest.

    Used to work as a removals man. So have seen house moves and the stress they can cause and it is mostly down to estate agents. Stay strong!

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    1. Currently I plan to do a large variety of staff, so it will cover all aspects of people who work within a supermarket environment, so check out staff, warehouse, meat counter, fish monger, bakery, cleaners etc etc

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  4. That sucks mate been a while since searching for a house to buy. You'd be surprised how much you need so be wary of it.

    The next wave of zombies sounds great!

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    1. It's just annoying that they ask so many personal questions, and then they give the house away to someone else before we have even seen it, and now they know all about us. Just a waste of time! lol

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  5. Very interested in your next wave of releases.

    That sucks about the house searching, that is a pain.

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    1. It is a big pain! And thanks, I hope they turn out as good as they sound :)

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  6. The joys of house hunting !(Are there any?)

    The new wave of zombies sounds good too.

    The hospital beds, look really good (where did I put my Xmas list?

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    1. Haha so true!

      Cheers, I hope they turn out well :)

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  7. Well, Im far from even thinking to move anywhere myself, but I've swapped few places with my family, and I really think you shoulnd take some more time and maybe something better will pop up later. Don't go and buy that first one, if you think it is too small. If you're looking for a long term place, you should take your time finding it. Thats just me, but rented apartment seems like wasted money, but I totally understand a young couple would want to go on their own :).

    16 zeds sounds a lot, don't forget to include a mascot, those are always fun!

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    1. I agree, rented isn't the best option, but we are unable to get a mortgage at the moment (plus we would need a 10% deposit which we don't have), so renting is the only option currently. We've been looking for a place since about April, but only started viewing in July (money issues). There's very few places which are suitable, and it's rare that something new/suitable pops up. So I feel we need to just make that move, even if we are only there for 6 months until something better comes along. At least that way we get to "have our own place"...if you get what I mean.

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  8. Rent could be the way for now. If you are able to find a good place and able to put some money to the side so you have to a deposit later on. Good luck with the hunt mate!

    I am looking forward to the next batch of zeds. We have talked alot over these and I still have some ideas for them actually....

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    1. Cheers! Well, we just found out this morning that the original apartment we first saw has now also gone! arghh lol

      As for the figures... let me know what you're thinking! :P

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  9. Love the beds mate you did a prime job on them, look forward to seeing your supermarket zombies....

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