As a break from painting Dark Ages Saxons for the new project, I decided I'd get stuck into the Sarissa Dark Ages church I recently purchased from Arcane Scenery & Models. My first thought was to do a little research as the model has no stonework etched into the mdf walls. My (admittedly) uneducated impression of thousand year old churches is that they should be open stonework as we see all over the British Isles. But apparently, it was not unusual (but by no means ubiquitous) practice to coat or plaster stone walls with lime mortar that would take the colour of the earth with which it was mixed (vibrant reddish to yellow to white colours). This would provide an extra level of insulation, protection for the stone against the elements, and repelled vermin. I've also seen a reference to lime plastering helping in fire prevention. So, having availed myself of the interweb knowledge-base (everything on the web must be true!), I was content not having my church with open stonework and instead plastered.
Monday, March 22, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
My recent order from Galloping Major included some freebies, specifically native Mohawk warriors. While I didn't really need (or indeed plan for) another unit of natives, I could not ignore these beautiful figures. They are well-cast with few serious mold lines, and are sculpted with depth and character.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
I placed an order with Galloping Major on January 21, received the order in the Great White North on February 1, and completed the painting and basing today. That may indeed be the fastest turnaround time from order to completion ever for me. The GM figures are quite lovely (in a "fighting natives on the frontier" kind of lovely) and are chunky like the North Star miniatures. If I am to add to the collection, Galloping Major will definitely be my first port of call.
This completes Phase III of the French & Indian War project...
Monday, February 8, 2021
I've been puttering away the last couple of weeks on some various Napoleonic odds & ends as I wait for a new order to replenish/increase the lead pile. You can see pics below but in the meanwhile...
I finally pulled the trigger on a new project and ordered some Late Saxons from Crusader Miniatures. If planned correctly, this will be only one third of a 1066ish collection, also to include Normans and Vikings. But let's see how the Saxons get on first...
My prevarications over the last couple of months about whether to start a new project in 2021 was summed up rather nicely, if vaguely inappropriately, by a conversation with Michael...
me: "I pulled the trigger on a Crusader Miniatures Saxon force"
Michael: "thought you weren't ready to commit?"
me: "yeah, I know, it's only 54 figures"
Michael: "that's like saying it's only one date but you like the girl, it's gonna go places"
me: "depends on how good she is"
Michael: "you have been admiring her from afar for a while so..."
And enough of that. On to the new Napoleonic tidbits...
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
After my most productive hobby year ever in 2020 (6071 AHPC points, 781 28mm figures and various terrain pieces), I've spent the last month or so humming and hawing about what to do in 2021. I could start a new project... the anticipation, window-shopping and research are always an inspiration boost. A Dark Ages/Early Medieval project is calling to me... Saxons, Normans and Vikings for 1066ish? Or maybe a new force for Sharp Practice... Spaniards for the Peninsular collection... or maybe Prussians (Front Rank has some lovely new sculpts)? But during the current apocalypse, I've already created and completed two entire projects from start to finish. My 28mm French & Indian Wars (220 figures) and the 28mm Wars of the Roses (330 figures) projects are, for all intents and purposes, complete and playable (figures and terrain). But that is the problem... "playable." The FIW has seen the table twice during pandemic breaks and the WotR only once for a trial of Never Mind the Billhooks. Do I need another project that I'll, frankly, have little time to put out on a table even when/if the apocalypse subsides?
While I've clearly been on the fence about a new project (and I've been close to pulling the trigger on figure orders many times in the last month), I have made the short-term decision to defer the decision... yes, waffling even in the decision. Rather than add a new project, I've opted to clean out some small additions to current projects I already have in the lead pile. Thus, I've completed the remainder of Michael's Nordstrum 2. Brigade for our ImagiNation collection. And up on the paint desk now are some War of 1812/Napoleonic additions (a whopping 20 figures total in the latter).
But for now... Nordstrum!