This beefy chap is Hansa, a character model from Beyond the Gates of Antares, the forthcoming sci-fi game from Rick Priestley and Warlord Games. He’s sculpted by Kev White of Hasslefree fame (I’m a shameless Hasslefree fanboy) and I think he’s ace!
… that’s the sound of the police. Three boys in blue from Aritzan Designs. Hopefully the start of a steampunk/VSF collection, if it can fit around the millions of other projects.
Another one-off, another freebie from Wargames Foundry. This fellow’s a Scottish Knight from the battle of Otterburn. Yes it’s more shades of brown but he was good practice and he’s a great mini. Thanks Foundry!
This fine looking chap is from Wargames Foundry, a freebie sent with a paint order (thanks fellas!). I’ve no plans to paint up a conquistador army but he was fun to paint and I got to test a few things I want to do with my forthcoming Saga Welsh force.
This is strange. I’ve started doing something with my hobby that I don’t remember ever doing before; not in the ~2 years since I picked up a paintbrush again, and not for the whole of my misspent childhood.
That thing is … planning what I paint. I’ve got a clear idea of my next several batches of minis that I’ll paint; not set in stone but I know roughly what the next 70 or 80-odd minis to have their turn on the paining desk are.
As I say I don’t remember ever having done this (all-nighters to get stuff ready for a game tomorrow aside). It’s always been finish (or worse, don’t finish) one thing, pick up something else almost at random.
So what? I hear you ask. Well I don’t think I’m getting through the Unpainted Pile O Shame any quicker, but I am more careful about adding to it; in fact, this month will be the first one in AGES that I paint more than I buy.
It’s as if having this clear(ish) idea about the next few months’ painting tasks is making me more aware of just how much unpainted metal and plastic I’ve got and what little chance I’ve got of ever painting some of it.
We’re barely half way through the month, so this could all go horribly wrong, but I feel I’ve got the gamer magpie shiny syndrome under control. Well, we’ll see.
For completeness, here’s The Schedule (subject to change at the drop of a hat):
- Finish off SECRET THING (sorry to be cagey but it’s a gift)
- 2 Bren Carriers for WW2 Brits
- 2 batches of infantry + support teams for WW2 Brits
- Start Yu Jing for Infinity (at least 9 infantry, maybe the bikes too)
- Welsh army for Saga (just short of 50 figures, but fairly simple ones)
No doubt a few one-offs will find their way onto the painting table, too. This is a hobby, not work and a few “titting about” paintjobs will stop me getting too jaded with the paintbrush.
So is this odd, or does everyone do this and it’s nothing new?
Some USCR for Mercs.
This blog’s been a bit quiet lately. Real life has done what it does and got in the way of the fun stuff. I’ve had a massive amount of university work to do (on top of a full time job), plus … stuff else. Anyway I’ve got a couple of batches of figures nearing completion, so I’ll have something to show off before too long.