While my lights are galavanting around Illinois in the back of a truck, I'm kind of left to ramble on about my recent hobby thoughts. Hopefully by this time next week I'll have my lights back and I'll snap some photos of my ongoing projects and save you from the tedium that it sure to follow ; )
Over the last few years I've been thinking/plotting about improving my painting skills and making some really solid attempts at competing in a number of different painting competitions. The only hang up is that learning these skills will take a while, and then practicing them will take even longer. Practice, practice, practice. Why is this a problem? Well, it'll cut deeply into my "army painting time".
Army painting is what I do. I love developing a concept, assembling the models, painting them all, and having an army to show for it at the end. I really don't even care if the army ever makes it on to the tabletop. But it's the journey at "does it" for me. The creating.
So here I stand, at a crossroads.
Actually, I think I've moved on a little past the crossroads, down the familiar highway. Perhaps I might take the next exit labeled "Competition Painting", perhaps not.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Well, I'm jumping into the Procession of Morr/Armies on Parade Project with both feet. I've sculpted up some heads, arms, and shields that are currently in the hands of friends who are casting them up for me. I've just built another 10 Flagellants, and have five Knights of Morr ready for primer (as soon as I get a few photos). It'll be a busy two months to get everything done before the June 30 in-store event, but I'm sure I can get it all done.
Additionally, we (the Guns of April crew) had a great time at our game at Adepticon and you can check out the post-game post here. I'm enjoying messing around with Napoleonic army painting so much that I'm starting up two new armies. So, along with the British I'll have three on the go. My current plan is to paint one Russian unit, one French unit, and one British, then back to a Russian unit, a French unit, and a British unit, and so on. With no big game planned anytime soon, I expect I'll be able to leisurely wind my way through all sorts of fun regiments on my journey. Oh, you may have also noticed a massive jump in the number of models purchased (in the little ticker in the right hand column). 228 of those new models are Napoleonic in nature. I have a bunch of Victrix early French that I plan to use for Spanish regiments, and some wonderful Polish models sculpted by Paul Hicks just waiting for some blue paint.
And who knows, I might put together another rambling, photo-free post over the next few days. There are a few topics I haven't rambled about yet. But until then...
Have fun painting!