Wednesday 29 June 2022
Monday 13 June 2022
Five 4.00am starts finally rewarded me with sight of this beautiful Sri Lankan leopard chilling in the bush. No worries about wargaming with this lad. The locals call him Lewis?
Its been a while since I posted and also the longest lay off from painting since the early 1980's. When I discovered blogging in 2010 my intention was to publish something regularly and at least once every couple of weeks, like all good intentions one loses one's way and forgets. I hit a wall regarding posting a blog which was an issue but the wall I hit regarding figure painting was even more disconcerting.
I returned from the Featherstone weekend having thoroughly enjoyed myself but somehow lacking in enthusiasm which is unusual for me. I looked at my painting desk and simply couldn't find the drive to sit and paint anything. It happens to most if not all wargamers, some walk away, most overcome the feeling and return to do their best work.
However my painting ennui wasn't about the relevance of buying and painting toy soldiers but more about what I did with the finished products. Everyone of a certain age assesses their future and what needs to be sorted and placed in order. Usually I am able to compartmentalise things and cope but recently Ive struggled to do that.
It hasnt just been my wargaming but as this blog is exactly about that then I wont bore people with other so called issues.
I have some pretty big armies of 28mm figures, that's not a boasting observation but a reality. I haven't used some of these armies for several years and to be very honest I have considered moving them on because of their lack of use.
Luckily due to going on holiday I wasnt able to make any badly thought out decisions about disposing of any of my armies and although I had hoped to clarify what I was going to do whilst away that didn't happen either. Its amazing what very early starts, sleeping in a tent in high humidity, the monsoon, leeches, snakes and of course having a holiday in a country in complete political meltdown can do to intrude upon wargaming.
So I came back with no idea what was going on and what the issue was I was attempting to identify.
So where does that leave me?
Well no further forward, so I poured myself some clean water and finished painting a unit of Burgundian gendarmes.
They are waiting basing and to be very honest they look pretty rough but will have to do. I know I've not resolved what has been bothering me but at least I've picked a brush up and planning which figures to paint next.
I can only apologise for this self indulgent piece and for the lack of posts and hopefully I'll discover some new period, interest or even just some figure that sparks my enthusiasm.
Here's hoping anyway.
Dutch gun emplacement at Galle Fort, Sri Lanka, a lovely place to explore.