Monday, 8 August 2016

Help Wanted & Current Projects

As regular readers will already have guessed, I am on something of a wargaming sabbatical.  I haven’t played a game since 06 March and my plan to play in July’s Stoke Challenge didn’t come to pass as the Field of Glory Renaissance (FOGR) competition was cancelled due to a lack of players.

The time since March hasn’t been wasted.  I have steadily increased my painting output and have even decided on my next mini-project: I’d like to create a 17th century Transylvanian allied contingent in 15 mm for the early part of the the Thirty Years War.

I’ve been doing a bit of research online and I’ve got  a very rough idea of what the various lancers and light horse will look like but I’m struggling to find suitable figures.  This is where you come in: any suggestions for figures and links to online resources would be really helpful.  What do you have?

Why a TYW Transylvanian ally?  Well it’s a result of circuitous (wargamers?) logic.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Painting Miniatures – Psychology

Just lately I’ve been working on my mountain (well hillock really) of unpainted lead.  I have a habit of buying extra units, or figures, to bulk out a finished army and putting them away for an unspecified time in the future.  You know the sort of thing: two more bases will make a unit more flexible etc.

Strange as this may seem this has recently brought about much heartache and mental torment.  What follows is a short essay on the psychology of painting and how ones technique develops over time.  There’re no pretty pictures and, I have to admit, it’s a weird subject.  Read on at your own risk.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Time To Move On

I no longer have a use for this and it is now on eBay:

I doubt I’ll get to use it again and it’s time to pass it on to a good home.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Painting Tips #8 – Primer Update

I thought I had it all sorted at least as far as priming my miniatures was concerned.

I’ve been using the same water based primer from International Paints for over ten years with great results.  The quality of the primer I use is important to me as I’m one of those who subscribes to the “paint is not a primer” school of surface preparation.

Imagine my horror when I discovered that my latest can had dried out and it’s now really hard to get this in the UK’s large DIY chains.  What to do?  Find a replacement I hear you say!  And so I did: