Getting ready to make hay, pt 1

My sister and I decided to grow our own hay for the sheep. This winter we’ll have to buy it, although if we start the growing process now then next winter we won’t have to. Plus, it seems the highest quality hay gets shipped to Japan mostly and is very expensive here. I think we’ll write a separate post all about hay, this one is about the tools to make it.

We’re starting out with a 12″ plow for the tractor. I bought one with a depth guide wheel and a cutting wheel since this ground has never been plowed before and we’ll have to cut through existing vegetation. Here’s the plow that I purchased for our John Deere 1026R compact tractor:

It’s a “land shark” brand, made in the USA, and designed specifically for a tractor like ours (25 hp). It hooks to the three point hitch which will need to be adjusted to stay steady via the turnbuckles. The videos always make it look easy although I’m sure it will be a trial and error affair. I’ll post pictures of our plowed field once the implement arrives and we get to use it. We’ll also be using this to expand the garden beds.

Organizing and Storing Warhammer Figures

I’m a bit of a fiend for organization and I’m pretty sure I’ve spent a needless sum of money organizing “stuff” over the years that I probably shouldn’t even have, or that doesn’t really actually need organization. Anyhow, I find it rewarding and my various organization approaches are something that I’m always tweaking. Since the workshop is where most of my Warhammer models are living nowadays, and it’s a dusty place with a resident squirrel that, fortunately, has not (yet) taken a liking to lining his nest with little models, I decided to organize my models and to do so in a way that will protect them while also leaving them mostly visible.

I saw these cases from Tablewar a while back that basically involve trays with metal in them and each miniature gets a magnet super-glued into its base so that it will stick to the tray, which goes into the case, which in turn has an acrylic front so you can see everything. Much better than boxes filled with foam!

The first step is gluing a tiny magnet to the bottom of every model:

Once this is done, it’s really just a simple matter of deciding how you would like to organize them in the trays.

Gluing the magnets on is easy for the miniatures with bases. It requires a bit more creativity for things like these earthshaker cannons on the bottom tray which I have not yet magnetized.