Saturday, 21 December 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

Hello again! Well, as 2013 draws to a close and seeing as though I've not picked up a brush in 'anger' (if that the right phrase?...) for over three weeks, I thought it was a reasonable time to offer some musings on the year - an 'End of term report' as it were - on how things have gone over the last twelve months, as well as looking ahead to 2014. So here goes......

Given the fact that I've not painted anything since the command stand of d'Humieres Regiment was completed, this might seem a funny place to start! I'm a firm believer in the fact that one should at least TRY and urge yourself to paint, even if it's just a quick undercoat or a simple clean up and prep of figures, but I also understand that when the painting mojo has gone, it's gone - no good trying to force the issue! It'll come back soon, and there's lots of reasons why mine has disappeared at the moment - not least because I'm shattered! It's been a long term, and there's nothing more appealing than getting home at night, sorting family stuff, then chilling out on the sofa watching TV. Hmmm, can't see that one changing over the festive season..... However, the quality of painting is still just as good, so I'll give myself a C + in this category! (Form is temporary, Class is permanent, and all that!!!)

Here's the bad one......where I really must try harder. At least my figures painted column is in double figures for this year! The lack of painting mojo on occasion doesn't really help, and I had a big gap between March and August of this year where I didn't do anything, but even so, no excuses!!! Next year should be better for various reasons, but I'm going to have to give myself an honest E - !

Projects (Or the Non-Butterflying category...)
On this front, at least there's some positive news. Since August, apart from a brief trip into the idea of Dark Ages skirmishing, I've stuck with JUST ONE PERIOD!!! The League of Augsburg, War of the Grand Alliance, Nine Years War - call it what you will, this has been the main thrust of the second half of the year, and will be for the next year or so. It's nice not to butterfly from period to period, and it's such a fascinating era, that has really grabbed my imagination. I think belonging to the League of Augsburg Fighting Talk forum really has helped, as has blogging about my painting exploits, and those two things have kept me on the single-minded one period pathway!! Above all though, it's been the positive comments and nice feedback that has kept me going, from so many other people in this wonderful hobby of ours! Thank you! B grade for me I think! (and an A+ for all you lot out there!)

Thanks to the fact that I've been focussing on the one period for the last 4 months, my figure buying has been rather limited as well this year. I've actually been to conventions, and not really bought anything, apart from small 'bits and bobs' and bits of scenery! Unheard of, for me! Foundry has seen the bulk of my money, with the building up of my League of Augsburg units, as has Warfare Miniatures. All in all, quite positive! B again, in terms of a lower amount spent!

So what's the plan for the new year? Well, apart from moving house ( which could also disrupt the mojo...) I'm going to try and get on with more painting in general. The League of Augsburg will be my main focus, and I'll try and get my twelve units for my two armies completed by the end of the year. I also want to get my scenery boards done, as well as some buildings and other bits of terrain. Watch this space! I'll leave you with something from earlier this year, which kind of sums up the manic yet Religious theme of this time of celebrations and festivities -  a Saxon Dark Ages Monk from Musketeer Miniatures! Peace, goodwill, lots of rest and frolics and general good tidings to you all, and thanks for all the continuing support and nice comments! Happy Christmas!