A Treewoman from Ultraforge. She will be a giant in my Warhammer Fantasy armies. I’ve been looking forwards to painting her. This is my Christmas treat.
This is a unit of Pixies for my Albion Army. I’d already started painting them in England, but I’m not impressed by the work done. So this is a rescue job. They’re all individual figures so I’m not batch painting.
This is the Ork jet I’d started earlier this year and I’d like to finish it.
I’m not too much out on my painting targets for this year and I need to think about what my targets are for next year. I want to spend one month finishing my Field of Glory Roman Army. That would bring completed armies up to the grand total of two. If I solidly paint for the rest of the year I could finish my Napoleonic Army, but I think go bonkers painting eight infantry, three cavalry and two artillery. I’m going to split it up between Albion, Napoleonic and the Imperial Guard Army that I seem to have accumulated. Plus some one offs as treats.
This month I have mainly been despondent. A mixture of birthday blues and the weather. After an amazing autumn the winter has come, it’s all grey and bleak. This month’s workbench was all about finishing the unit of Fir Bolg for my Albion Army. I really started to hate batch painting and not really liking the colour scheme I used. So I broke off to paint one of Alex Huntley’s Arcworlde miniature. Do check out his company, Warploque Miniatures.
He is alarmingly young and alarmingly talented. His figures have a certain style, not to everyone’s taste I will say, which I like. I backed his Kickstarter because I believe that in about ten years if we keep supporting him he will be an awesome sculptor. This perked me up a bit. I do enjoy painting single figures.
Then I got on with the Bolt Action Dad’s Army squad. These were Foundry figures. Much nicer than the ones that Warlord Games released. It’s obvious when you know that the Foundry ones were sculpted by the Perrys. Some of the figures I had already painted in England. I just wanted to get the squad finished and the command. Had a little play around with the movement trays to make them a bit more interesting.
Then it was back to the slog of the Fir Bolg. I painted them in block colour and it was only a couple of days ago that I finished that. I dug out two new brushes to finally replace my old ones. The fine detail one was down to four bristles and the blocker wouldn’t hold it’s shape. My new fine brush is a Creative Models Synthetic 2/0. So far impressed. And the blocker is a Daler-Rowney Dalon D77 1. Not so sure yet. New brushes suddenly made the painting easier. I perked up a bit but the figures were just not doing it for me. Then two days ago I finished the blocking. Time for a wash, using Army Painters Strong Tone Wash. POP! Much more interesting. Shadows, grubbiness more depth. I’ve highlighted the bones. It just remains to finish the bases, paint the eyes a glowing pink (or green, haven’t quite decided) and paint the Cross of Saynte George in Tamiya Clear Red; once varnished.
So still a couple more days work before starting December’s work.
And having to go to Vienna for a Nicholaus Party.
Oh the suffering!
Part of my work for this month is to finish a unit of Home Guard for Bolt Action. I’m using Foundry’s Home Guard Heroes which seem to bear a strong resemblance to the characters in Dad’s Army. The main characters were prepped and ready to paint but I was missing the Vicar, the Verger and Hodges. I remembered they were in storage with the rest of our belongings from England.
In the past I had relied on my Wife to drive me there or I caught a bus. When the Wife drove me there we were always on a tight schedule. It was either the Boy’s short attention span, it is a bit boring sitting in a large warehouse surrounded by boxes, or trying to fit the visit into the couple of hours the Boys were at kindergarten. Catching the bus always seemed to involve long waits and of course paying nine euros for the journey. As I’m not earning I’m trying hard not to impact on the family finances.
So yesterday I got thinking, I wanted a cheap way to get to the lager and I wanted to have all the time I need without being dependant on anyone. The solution was obvious when I thought about it. The lager is on the banks of the River Salzach and we live close to the river. So all I have to do is cycle there!
So I mounted my rusty steed and set off this morning. The journey took about forty five minutes and it was rather beautiful; the river on one side, forest in full autumnal splendour on the other and snow capped mountains ahead.
When Digging through my stuff I found so many distractions. I can see why it is such a good idea to keep my Lead Mountain out of sight. Over half an hour was spent looking through boxes and imagining painting the figures within.
I did uncover a box of Talisman and Judge Dredd figures that I’d forgotten about.
Then it was time to wend my weary way back home. This gave me some thinking time. I always think better when I’m out walking or cycling.
After a round trip of just over twenty two kilometres I got home with the figures I was after and time away from the flat. Salzburg is pretty, but there isn’t a whole lot I want to see or do there, so I tend to spend a lot of time in the flat. Painting and blogging are the things that keep me sane.
This is what I have planned for this months workbench.
The main job is to finish a unit of Mantic Undead which will be used as Fir Bolg in my Albion Army.
Next up is to finish a unit of Home Guard for my Bolt Action Army. The figures are from Foundry and feature some well known characters.
I want to get a Penal Unit, top center, prepped and ready for painting. They are from Victoria Miniatures and they look very very good and I can’t wait to paint them. Maybe in the New Year? These are destined for my 40K Imperial Guard/Not DKK Army. Finally on the right are some Arcworlde figures, just for fun.