Thursday, 9 April 2020

Brain freeze anyone?

 I think I probably speak for the majority when I say some days are better than others during this enforced incarceration.One can only watch so much tedious television before one is ready to scream at the stupidity of the so called entertainment. Sadly the constant media coverage is even worse as the so called journalists attempt to create a story by asking some question hoping the poor sod answering has brain freeze and does a Dianne Abbott. Its then I thank Charles Grant, Charlie Wesencraft, Donald Featherstone et al for introducing me to wargaming and the wonderful escapism that the hobby generates.
 As I may have mentioned before my painting has slowed down because of the virus, but I am still dabbling with various painting projects. These lovely chaps arent one of them but are actually a rebased unit I picked up from E Bay. I would love to claim credit for them but no, they were well painted by another talented wargamer, and a very nice unit they are, except I already have this regiment in my Union army. But being a daft wargamer I just had to have these lovely Hinchliffe figures as well..

I dont like to show part painted units but I thought I should at least prove I am still putting paint on figures. These are Steve Barber figures which are very nice sculpts with a lot of backstory attached to them. Yes they are fiddly at times but they are very good. Unfortunately for some unknown reason I have overdone the number of causalities in the unit with THREE! soldiers suffering musketry.
 
 I have other Steve Barber figures and enjoy painting them, he is a very clever chap.
 I must admit that I have been overusing E Bay lately looking for things I never knew I wanted but suddenly discover I need. I keep hoping to locate some long lost Peter Gilder masterpieces painted by him and being sold for pennies. I then realise Im having an attack of incarceration fever and have to walk away from the screen. Still I have managed to locate some bags of self raising flour and amazingly a few tins of bully beef. Anyone for a corned beef and tatty pie?



18 comments:

  1. Figures are great mate but your culinary delights leave a lot to the imagination.
    Stay safe
    Dave.

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    1. Whats wrong with corned beef pies? They are the staple diet of all sensible wargamers.

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    1. They are Neil. Someone clearly enjoyed painting them, of course I cant justify having the same regiment twice.

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  3. Corned beef and potato pie lovely stuff - like the units I try to avoid ebay in case I find figures I didn't know I needed.!
    I have to agree in exceptional times like this I appreciate the hobby even more and as you say all those years reading Featherstone Grant and Wessencraft is certainly paying dividends.
    As to the press - seeking headlines and stories where none exist, like now speculating on the end of lockdown, pushing for answers that don't exist madness.
    I try not to watch and get riled so back to the brushes. Carry on Robbie.

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    1. Spot of Graham, we are very lucky. I am painting up the Fisher chaps you sent, they are lovely.

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  4. Great looking units Rob. Hope you are recovering. Try Netflix for some better tv. Keep painting.

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    1. Thanks Colin. I keep meaning to subscribe to Netflix but resent paying anymore for the television stuff.

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    1. Thanks for that. I feel a bit of a fraud for not having painted them myself but they are nice.

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  6. Why NOT show off such handsome, newly painted troops?! :-)

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  7. Lovely toys Robbie...
    I honestly don’t know how people can cope without a creative hobby to fall back on and occupy oneself with...
    Seeing another finished unit leave the painting desk is both rewarding and uplifting ...
    keep painting and carry on...

    All the best. Aly

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    1. The way things are going there are going to be some very big armies on show come the end of the year.

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  8. Splendid new chaps there, keep at it! Strangely I'm currently painting the Garibaldi Guards too...

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    1. Im looking forward to the unit you are working on David.

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  9. Re figures, checkout query on my blog - I answered!

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
Austrian Grenzer

Smoggycon 2013

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Smoogycon 2009

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