Friday, 24 April 2015

One more sleep!

Tomorrow myself and the ‘Provost Marshal’ a.k.a. RichardC will don our hunting tweeds* and set off for this great land’s mighty metropolis, determined to bag ourselves a bargain or two. ‘Salute 2015’, arguably one of Europe’s finest wargames show, is finally upon us and promises to be as spectacular as ever.
*Jeans and a T-shirt more likely!

Although, as a result, there will be no ‘Paint Table Saturday’ this week expect the obligatory post Salute post where I am sure evidence of my crumbling will power, along with photographs of the many wonderful participation games will be displayed – probably sometime after everyone else’s depending on the length of the customary debrief at a local hostelry!

This year, perhaps more than in previous years given my recent self imposed exile from our cosy corner of the blogosphere, I am particularly looking forward to catching up with fellow bloggers, if indeed we are doing this again? 

So with e-ticket printed off, train times checked and the piggy bank raided the final countdown begins!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Paint Table Saturday#76

Just a very quick post today to document recent progress and the completion of this trio of miniatures.  During the challenge, I had a convoluted idea of producing a vignette for the 'Anti-Hero' bonus round based on the Solomon Kane story, 'The Moon of Skulls'.  In the end I ran out of time and the idea got shelved, but I was desperate to get the miniatures painted.

I had spent quite a bit of time tracking down a suitable candidate for Solomon Kane and was delighted when I happened upon this chap from 'Black Army Productions'.  The only thing is that he is rather shy  young man and the angle of the head, sculpted as it is, hides lots of the lovely details.

So next up the 'Warlord Games' Club Men, faces and bases done, just need to do the rest now!  

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Paint Table Saturday#75

Nestling amongst the paint pots this morning are Colonel Evelyn Wood, a Natal Native Contingent Scout and a Swazi Warrior all from the wonderful 'Empress Miniatures'.  At some point, I really need to have a good long think about what I want to achieve hobby wise - so many ideas, such little time!


With 'Salute' only a fortnight away I would normally, at this stage, be concocting fabulously extensive shopping lists that would see my hard earned savings dwindle before my very eyes, but not this year.  My new found predilection for Kickstarter has meant that pocket money is in short supply and so I have resigned myself to take a different tack this year.  I'm still looking forward to catching up with fellow Bloggers, if this is still happening, being inspired by the many fabulous tables on show, but expenditure will need to be curtailed - perhaps some shiny new Batman toys would be nice? 

One positive aspect of my self imposed exile from the Blogosphere is that I have managed to remain, relatively, focussed on the task in hand.  I simply wanted to clear the backlog of incomplete models that were destined for the painting challenge before new projects muscled their way onto the table.  With the exception of the Penguin and a couple of his feathered friends this has remained the case, with more and more empty spaces appearing in the queue, although I can feel my resolve weakening!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Paint Table Saturday#74

Another week gone and a little progress made on the painting front.  Two more Zombicide miniatures completed, just need to varnish them and add lashings of gore!

I also managed to add a couple of layers to some lovely 'Empress Miniatures' Zulu War miniatures that have been neglected for far too long, cracking sculpts representing Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood, a Wood's Irregular warrior and a Swazi Warrior.  

In other news, look what arrived on the 1st April!  A huge box of plastic zombie madness and a sudden reawakening for all things Zombicide!  The newly rebuilt and redecorated bay window of 'Awdry Towers' proving to be the perfect spot for a quick photograph before the Saintly Mrs. Awdry had returned from the gym! 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Paint Table Saturday#73

A huge thank you to all those that continue to leave comments on these posts; they are gratefully received. There has been a little bit of progress this week with the completion of General Tor and the first few passes at a couple of Zombicide walkers. Given that these are plastic miniatures, mass produced for their respective board games there is still plenty of detail to keep me interested.   

In other news, I have also been fiddling around with a couple of penguins just for fun.  Burtonesque armaments, scavenged from a variety of sources, have now been fastened to the flightless felons' backs!  I just wish I had a modicum of skill when it came to putty pushing; the ubiquitous greenstuff once again adhering to everything but its intended target.  Still with a bit of luck it will come together when painted.

Finally an image of all that I managed for the 'Vth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge'.  This meagre* collection represents just shy of four months work, but did achieve a total of 1040 points, thanks manly to the very supportive voting of my fellow challengers when it came to the bonus themed rounds.  

*Take a look a what others managed to achieve in the time and you will understand why I use the word meagre; simply staggering amounts of work here.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Paint Table Saturday#72

The first Paint Table post, post 'Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' and this is what is left.  I managed to reach my target score thanks mainly to the generous voting of my fellow challengers in the bonus theme rounds.  The curious remnants have all got paint on them to a greater or lesser degree so my current plan is to quietly work my way through them.

That said, there is always room for a distraction and so I'm not altogether surprised to see this character slip on to the table!

Plenty more pain tables to admire here.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Happy Birthday '28mm Victorian Warfare'...

…4 today!

Today marks the 4th anniversary of '28mm Victorian Warfare', but sadly 2015 continues to prove difficult with regards to my blogging exploits.  I'm afraid in light of a healthy dose of 'real life' I have had to reassess my priorities and currently posting on progress has become an unfortunate casualty of the current situation.

I still continue to paint, model and collect when I can and many a waking moment is devoted to all things hobby related, but sadly I just don't have the time to maintain the blog to the level that I would like.

That said, I have no intention of abandoning this labour of love, apart from the time and effort already invested in '28mm Victorian Warfare', I have come to value the friendships and sense of community that were a wonderful by-product of its creation too much to turn my back on it entirely.  I have no idea when I will be able to return to more regular posting, but in the interim I have decided to quietly continue to post as part of 'Paint Table Saturday' for no other reason than to maintain some semblance of life and to prevent the dust from building up!  Please don't feel the need to comment on these posts as there are purely for my own self gratification, but I hope to be back amongst you all soon.

On the table this week, clockwork chimps! 

On a brighter note, tickets for 'Salute 2015' have been bought! 

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