TamsinP of the Wargaming Girl Blog posted a wee while back about losing her painting mojo. Thankfully she has got it back as testified by the amount of 15mm Cavalry she has been working on over recent weeks but I know how she felt and the last 6 weeks or so has been a real struggle for me to get anything painted and finished. My "Figures Painted in 2012" tally hardly moved at all during March and although there was so much I wanted to get on with when it came down to it I just couldn't summon up the enthusiasm to pick up the paint brush.
Then, just before the Easter Holidays, I was moaning to Mrs K that I really needed to get some painting done. I was therefore a wee bitty surprised (and a tad suspicious) when she replied that she agreed that I really needed to get the paint brush out. However, as it turned it she wasn't meaning my fine detail brush. Oh no, her idea of sorting out of my painting mojo was painting these -
The woodwork of the window frames was long overdue a new coat of wood stain according to Mrs K. Unfortunately Kingsleypark Manor has a lot of window frames, if you count the one above as 3 frames, there are 30 on the ground floor alone, thankfully only 8 on the first floor, plus 2 sets of patio doors and a front and back door. And the little white clips you will note on the frames are for the detachable wooden mullions that some smart arsed planning officer at Angus Council insisted be put on the windows so that the building would be "in keeping with the surrounding properties". Other than the twin of Kingsleypark Manor next door which was built at the same time I have yet to find the other surrounding properties that have a similar window feature, but anyway that's 38 of those bloody things to be painted as well.
As the cost of paying for this to be done by a professional painter would have left us living on bread and water for 3 months, it was left to me to get on with it and armed with 3 tins of Ronseal "Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin" wood stain, I set to the task. Unfortunately for the Ronseal to do exactly what it says on the tin, it requires 3 coats of the blasted stuff to be applied. And as the weather last week was rain interspersed with more rain, usually I would find I would get halfway round a frame and then have to run for cover as the heavens opened. At least I have been able to work on the mullions inside, in my room, but as a result of having all that crap in my games room means it hasn't been possible to get any gaming done there either. But so far half of the windows on the ground floor have had 2 coats of stain and two thirds of the mullions have had 1 coat, but I haven't got anywhere near to starting the upstairs windows.
I am, at least, able to access my painting table and perversely the woodwork painting has had the desired result of getting some proper painting done. So, as blogged earlier this week here, I have managed to get the first of my Shermans from The Plastic Soldier Company Limited painted and as I had pre-ordered my copy of "Northern Fury" the first supplement for the Saga Rules by Gripping Beast it also came with a special edition Scots Warlord figure. Although I have no other figures with which to make a Scots Warband, I felt duty bound to paint him up and so here he is:-
Hector McHoosie, feared Warlord of Clan McPuddin
My first impression of him was that I thought his axe was too small. Then I realised that I am so used to GW style oversized weaponry that actually his axe was a more realistic size. I certainly wouldn't want to be hit over the head with it in any event.
Standing outside another plundered Northumbrian Abbey (actually it's one of GW's ruins from the Lord of The Rings range but artistic licence is being applied here okay?)
No booty left inside!
It was Mike from the Ministories Blog which gave me the idea of putting the damage on the shield although Mike has done it far more effectively than I have
I don't actually see myself building a Scots Warband for Saga, my preference just now is for a Norman Warband and also to add to my collection of Vikings, but I quite enjoyed painting up Hector. I am supposed to be playing Saga with my mate Alan tomorrow night and he has been busily painting up a Scots Warband so I'll see what his figs look like, before making a final decision one way or the other.
That's assuming, I can get those bloody windows finished first.......