Good thing is that I'm addicted to painting again and I wont stop now. I'm fortunate now to have plenty of spare time on my hands after 30 years of working long hours and I'm going to make the most of it, but doubts are beginning to creep in around what I have painted so far in this project. I'll take a few days to weigh things up and browse the metal ranges online in both 15 and 28mm, then I'll make my decision. It may be that I'll just continue this project with metal figures, possibly Front Rank and switch back to the old black undercoat, but I'll have to see how the muse takes me.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
A touch of the wobbles!
No, I'm not talking about the England football team I'm talking about my hobby! I know many wargamers/painters experience this and I'm no exception. Having almost hit the 200 figures painted mark I'm just beginning to find myself browsing other ranges and periods and thinking to myself that I could do much better. I was looking back at the pics I took in 2007 (here - scroll down for close ups!) when I began this blog using 15mm Essex figures and I cant help thinking that the standard of painting and finish was better than these 28mm plastics. The standard black undercoat seemed to deliver deeper shade and crisper lines, it was actually the lack of animation in the figures that caused me to stop and sell those off with the intention of starting again with a different range. Somehow when I look at this collection so far I don't quite feel that sense of achievement that I think I should. I would also add that Napoleonics was never my 'speciality' period, as much as I love those uniforms I have to admit to being pretty ignorant of the period generally. But its funny because despite being an ardent ACW enthusiast since school days I just cant get into wargaming that period, and I put that down to my years spent re enacting the period and of seeing those gruesome photos of bloated bodies lying where they fell on those bloody fields. I suppose I spent most time in the past wargaming and collecting the English Civil War to Forlorn Hope rules with a nice bunch of local friends who also happened to be 'Sealed Knot' members and had a real passion for the period.
Posted by Lee at 04:20