I think most people living in the UK will be feeling a bit like me, which is unusual given how I always feel out of step with the majority. Basically the whole virus thing is quite surreal and dreamlike but in a bad way. Ive been in isolation for 8 days now following my return from London in an effort to be a good citizen and because Im in a high risk group. Who would have thought insanity was high risk. [sorry just a bad joke really]
Anyway like all good wargamers I've set myself a list of tasks to complete in the hope that the country will be recovered after Ive completed them. Ignoring my garden list and my writing list I will concentrate on my wargaming list. Initially I was just aiming to paint up the odd unit as fillers for my armies but as the reality has seeped in I've expanded that to include terrain, additional units and eventually a new small project, except I am waiting for the figures to be released.
I would imagine a lot of wargamers will be trawling the internet looking for things to paint [ amazing how one ignores painting the odd room] I picked up a painted unit of Mini Fig renaissance crossbowmen which I repainted and added to to create a unit of Gascon crossbowmen. A lifetime ago John had a similar unit which I always admired, mine aren't as good as that but the figures are still very nice.
I also purchased a badly painted ECW regiment which I have repainted as a Tower Hamlets regiment, yes its a bright red and not a brick red, but they would have looked right if they had been in the Alec Guinness film.
As regards terrain. At probably the last wargame show I will attend in 2020, I bought three large hills from the Tree Fellas. They were a fair price but the wrong colour for my table, so I re did them as well. Finally I picked up a lovely renaissance tower which I touched up. The creator lavished a lot of love on the building which was scratch built. If my wife was to stand about for any length of time she'd probably get a coat of paint as well.
The moral of the story is, keep busy where possible. A bit of advice I was given many years ago by an ex con was concentrate on one day at a time and ideally focus on one hour at a time if possible. Dont think about the months because time will drag. So using an old cliche, one step at a time my friends, and remember there are a lot of poor people a lot worse off than you and your toys.
Sound advice even coming from a self-proclaimed madman, Robbie!ReplyDelete
Good additions to your growing ECW collection. Keep plugging away day-by-day and we will eventually get through this. Perhaps I should have been stockpiling TP and cleaning products rather than lead figures? Oh well. I have enough unpainted lead to last years.
On the plus, more people now know what exponential growth looks like in action.
Thanks Johnathan, Im afriad its going to be a bit of a slog.Delete
Well, the Prime Minister has just addressed the nation and basically told us to stay at home and is closing the non-essential shops ..... who would ever have thought that having a lead mountain might actually be something to be thankful about!ReplyDelete
Between that and the fantastic capability of blogs to act as a sort of glue or hub for the community, a small part of our well-being is already catered for.
Metal Mountain Norm? Ive deliberately been scaling back on my unpainted stuff for a while now. I was hoping to focus on a couple of periods and simply sell the rest. Talk about lack of hindsight?Delete
Sent home from work as you in the high risk group so painting FPW 15mm to start with. Stay safe mate.ReplyDelete
A beautiful period to research Dave, and probably the nadir of military fashion.Delete
Gotta go back to work tomorrow, pick up my laptop and a few folders and that's me done for 3 weeks. Got stacks to paint, no walls fingers crossed. Just gotta keep out the Mrs' way.ReplyDelete
I like the Tower Hamlets regt. Very nice!
Thanks Ray,I predict that some relationships will be tested pretty hard over the next few months. Ive always believed that what doesnt kill you makes you stronger but remember hide the sharp knives.Delete
Wonderful colors and fantastic job on these units...take care of you!ReplyDelete
Thanks Phil, Ive been thinking I should 'do' some Scots?Delete
Excellent stuff. Talking to people at work who used to make light of my hobby - many are now wishing that they had something to do with all their free time.ReplyDelete
Its great to have a hobby like ours Paul. Throughout my life Ive found wargaming was the vital escape from reality that made coping with stress somehow a little easier.Delete
I wonder how many lead mountains will be turned into mole hills in the next few weeks ? , stay safe , TonyReplyDelete
Behind everything bad occurrence there is someone who has found something positive has happened. Ive often pondered about the thousands if not millions of unpainted figures strewn across this world, unloved and gathering dust. So its good if they now get a splash of paint and a base to stand on.Delete
Lovely shiny toys Robbie...ReplyDelete
Like yourself I to am chipping away at the lead mountain... my only fear now is that I will run out of paint....;-)
All the best. Aly
Ah paint Aly, I managed to leg it down to my local Boyes last week and buy up extra bottles. The thing Im short of is superglue? Anyone want to swop a roll of netty paper for a bottle of glue? The roll is barely used......Delete
Your advice about focusing on each hour is sound. I would have said it's like eating the elephant in small bites but panic buying has meant there's a shortage of elephants. Nice units, especially the crossbowmen. Keep well.ReplyDelete
I like the idea of eating an elephant Colin, thats a good way to look at what is happening.Delete
Wise words indeed... I'd suggest a careful reading of "Ivan Denisovich" will give us some guidance on how to wring value out of every minute... love the Tower Hamlets regiment (by hey I like "Cromwell") also a *very* nice watch tower!ReplyDelete
Thanks Steve, like you I love Cromwell. Yes I know the history is a tad ropey but the 'look' is just about right as I imagined the war to be. And Robert Morley as Manchester, brilliant 'Tricky things stomachs' Classic.Delete
I like the new additions and the words of advice. My Lead Pimple is in serious danger, so I keep to my modest target of 2 figures a day, which I seldom achieve anyway! Keep well!ReplyDelete
Keep up the walks David, without the short burst of freedom I think my wife would have buried me by now.Delete
Lovely Robbie, sage adviceReplyDelete
Like the avatar Matt, impressive.Delete