Monday, May 06, 2013
The first two figures are finished. Representing Regiment Picardie from the Seven Years War with white facings, red waistcoat and yellow lace on the tricorn.
The pack as purchased contains six each of the above figures along with staff.
I have to admit that I really enjoyed painting these figures. It taught me much about how my painting on other figures could be improved. Until now I've never really understood the need to dilute paints to the consistency of single cream, but using a white undercoat and dilute paint I've found it easy and satisfying. It helps of course that the figures are so simple and with little equipment. Still it was easy to learn although not yet mastered.
Paints are a mix of GW & Vallejo. Also a chance to use my new Kolinsky brushes (I was reluctant to use them earlier on figures that, in my mind, didn't deserve them). Lovely.
The loft has proven to be a welcoming place today with the sun shining in through the open windows and the sound of birdsong drifting in. The only downside was a peculiar mouldy sickly smell that pervaded the desk area. After scrabbling round to make sure that there were no leaks or damp patches in the roof storage areas around the painting room I finally found the culprit. It was the two pots of wash water that were sat on the desk. Having been absent from the room for a while I hadn't done any housekeeping and cleaned them out. As a consequence they resembled some experiment to create life. Now that they're gone and a little breeze moves the air around it is a pleasant place to be.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
It's been a long time since anything really positive was posted here I know. Since the megalead game in March I've really been struggling with the hobby in general. Reading magazines kept me in there but overall it's been a lot more down then up.
Hard to put a finger on the why really. I could blame the pressure at work which has just got a lot easier now that we've got the certification process and major customer audits out of the way. I could blame the Xbox and the cluster of games that have just come out making it more desirable to shoot bad guys than paint good guys.
But I think the main reason was the last batch of figures. I don't like them and resented having to paint them.
What were they?
They were a box of Victrix 1809 French that I bought to boost my 28mm French Napoleonic division to twelve battalions from ten. I found them awkward to put together and difficult to paint. In the end I resorted to simple block painting and using Army Painter dark tone dip.
The current crop of "stuff" on the paint table.
Something borrowed - rebasing my Russians for the Great Northern War. This is the fourth battalion I've rebased. Behind them the "Something Old" - my old Elite figures French battalions receiving the plastic reinforcements, the last nine of which are to just to the right of them.
More Russians waiting to be rebased.
Something new - in the header bar I blame my Grandfather for my wargaming habit. As part of his legacy he gave me a number of handmade buildings that deserve to be used but have no figures to match their styling. So inspired by a recent article in Wargames Illustrated, and in honour of his memory, I purchased some "flats" for the SYW. The style and quality of these figures should marry well with the buildings that I cherish.
Something Blue - flags for the Russians from Wordtwister (aka League of Augsberg). Seem a little big now but will be better on the final units.
The third battalion of Russian who wait patiently for their standard to be issued.
Today, with the dip drying on the last of the plastic from Victrix, I feel a lot better about painting and getting back to the wargames table.
Monday, April 22, 2013
As a fan of Battlegames I was worried when the takeover (merger or whatever) of that magazine by Miniature Wargames was announced. We were assured that with Henry at the helm all would be well and we would like what we saw.
Well, I for one, do like what I'm seeing and I am currently enjoying reading the magazine. With the first flick through this feels more like Battlegames having the upper hand in terms of style, content and layout. The articles cover a broad spectrum of interests and are well written and enjoyable in the main. The usual suspects are there as you may have expected and they've all been given more space. The other articles are no less interesting and well presented and easy to read. It was also nice for Henry to acknowledge the magazines roots with the cover photograph giving reference to that very first magazine from Duncan.
So it's thumbs up from me for the first issue with Henry in charge.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Well we've played it and I hope that all involved enjoyed themselves. I'll spend some time over the next few days writing a fuller report. In the meantime a few thank yous:
Mark & Andy for the loan of the figures and for helping with the game
Mal for taking photographs (better than mine but destined for a different purpose)
Tim, Julian, Ray, Lee, Rob, Bailey & Steve for braving the weather and travelling across the country to play.
Guys I hope you had as much fun laying as I did organising.