What should I work on next?
31 January 2008
A simple update post tonight. I am keeping to the Pledge, even though I ordered some additional miniatures last night via difference engine. The good folks at Scale Creep have already informed me that my order has been placed in the post. I ordered Black Hat's Imperial Martians with Swords and Imperial Martian Command, totalling 32 figures. I probably should have gone ahead and ordered a fourth pack of the swordsmen. Oh well, an additional order will be forthcoming soon, I have little doubt.
Back to the Pledge. If you have never heard of this oath, it is a common enough thing on The Miniatures Page, a telephonic exchange board you can find here: www.theminiaturespage.com. The Pledge is simply this: I will not purchase more miniatures than I paint in 2008. The idea is to reduce the mountain of bare lead figures that haunt my gameroom.
The tally for this year so far is 40 15mm miniatures painted, including what I have done of the Emerald Legion so far. I have an additional 30 miniatures almost done, lacking only basing or basing and Magic Dip and a quick dust of matte clear coat. These are Stone Mountain Pathans, additional pavises, and some Old Glory British artillery crew. Need to finish their gun as well, so that I'll be ready to fire shrapnel at the Johnnies, what?
Well, until next month (ha!), I bid you a bloody war or a sickly season!
29 January 2008
28 January 2008
More images of this (still in progress) fierce warrior of the Venusian Lowland Rainforests can be found at this telephonic linkage: http://s161.photobucket.com/albums/t225/jwomack94/VSF%20-%2025mm/Venusian/
Be warned! Its not for the faint of heart!
Well, actually, it probably wouldn't scare my maiden aunt. Of course, the old bird bagged a rhino once. On her 60th birthday. With a claspknife. A dull claspknife.
27 January 2008
I know you will find it hard to believe that as dedicated a project worker as I could be distracted by anything, and yet I have allowed just that to happen. Rather than working diligently on the Emerald Legion, I spent hours today trying to finish up a tribe of Pathans and working my first 25/28mm mini of the year, Chief Slee-Stak. He's a large reptilian warrior mounted on an even larger raptor-like creature [GW's Saurus on Cold One]. I bought him via the telephonic web, from a popular auctioning house. He was already painted, by a young child, who did a less than complete job. I am re-painting him completely. Wish I had taken some 'before' shots. I'll post photostats once more work is completed, but he is resplendent in his black and red colors. Truly fearsome, and even larger than his smaller tribelizards [primarily old GW skinks], which come in a variety of colors.
I should get back to the Emerald Legion tomorrow evening or possibly Tuesday. I think that a good dozen could be ready by next Thursday's paint count update.
26 January 2008
Below, is a photostat of a typical Martian native gun team (Black Hat Miniatures). Although their guns are primitive, and the crew is next to naked, do not discount their potential. The guns are breechloading, with cartridges. The purpose of the 'rammer' crewman is unknown, although it is thought that his function is to swab the barrel from the breech. Also, as the carriage is capable of hovering above the ground, it is a highly mobile gun, capable of maintiaining a march pace with crewmen pulling it in relays.
Additional photostats of this weapon and other Martian natives can be found at the following telephonic difference web location:
Enjoy, and beware.
I know I haven't put any pictures of the Martian artillery up yet. I'll do that in a few minutes, I suppose, so that I keep my promises. Always important to do that.
I've been working on painting the Emerald Legion, but progress is slow. I hope to have at least ten or so done by the end of next week, both guns and halberds. The Legion uses moderately primitive breechloading smoothbores. And there are no bayonets. That's why they have the polearms. In battle, they also use a set of pavises for cover on the open deserts of Mars.
I am also going to make a quick and easy flag holder. Its nothing more than a short piece of plastic tubing, glued to a base. The tubing will be concealed by flock and ballast. Then the flag staff of whatever flag I want can be inserted into it. I have a similar setup on my watchpost tower, so it can be held by any of the colonial or even native powers.
I am also going to try and finish the oasis terrain piece. To date, it is the most ambitious terrain I have ever made myself. I think it is coming out okay, but I definitely want to add some of the red sand I purchased at Michael's (a craft store chain) and more grass and ballast. It also needs to have its trees touched up from their out of the box (Pegasus Models) look to a slightly more realistic look. Flatter colors, a bit of depth to the bark and leaves via a quick drybrush. That sort of thing.
Oh, and if you are interested in zombies, check out the small tag under my photo on the right, the one that says 58% Zombie-proof. Click on it to get to a fun little quiz. I'd have scored better if I had more canned goods and less regard for the lives of my family members. Oh well. Off to Sam's Club to buy a few 5 gallon tins of black olives and chicken soup. And a box of Twinkies - guaranteed to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
24 January 2008
And the gunners themselves! Fairly naked! Mean to say, it gets dashed hot working a gun, but its simply indecent. Thank God we'll never see the like in the Army!
The miniatures are from Black Hat, as usual when it comes to my 15/18mm Martians. I really like their sculpts. I've a birthday coming up and I'll be asking for more of them. I'll post a picture or two when I get a chance. As usual, they'll be in the photostatic scrapbook.
22 January 2008
21 January 2008
The design was given to me, essentially, by a truly decent chap and fellow TMPlar, who goes by the mysterious nom de plume of Grognard. You can see the banner in all its glory above. Please, leave comments on it.
I managed a bit of painting today as well, as I had a holiday from work today. God bless the three day weekend. Mostly just got some touch-ups done, and a bit of basing. I have started my British lancers, since I have the askaris done.
Speaking of those native troops, I consider that the term 'askari' sounds a bit like what the Hun might call his colonial troops. Perhaps I should substitute the more Britannic sounding 'sepoy' for them, what? Again, your input on this weighty matter is, of course, most welcome. Perhaps a new poll?
20 January 2008
19 January 2008
All that is left is a bit of basing and a custom flag for the colonial unit. Still working on that design.
But, this means I can finally officially update my painting log, as well!
Just a quick note tonight. The hour grows late and my eyes are weary.
17 January 2008
All I did was brush on some MinWax, to be honest. I had tried at the very end of December to use Kel's Magic Sauce (Brown) to shade my Martian askaris, and was not best pleased with the results - just not enough depth, I guess. Multiple coats may have done the trick, but I am in a bit of a hurry. I want some Martians ready to die for Her Majesty! I am already happier with the MinWax 'Magic Dip" result. Bit of a misnomer, that, as I didn't actually 'dip' the figures, but brushed the stuff on with an old large brush.
I am quite excited, though. My next quandry is the unit flag. I am thinking something squarish, with a canton on the upper left (fixed-edge) quarter showing the Union flag, and the rest some sort of Johnny Martian rubbish. It's the Johnny Martian rubbish I am unsure of. Any suggestions? I'll take the question to TMP as well.
That's all for tonight. The memsahib demands I spend time with our progeny. Something about developing self-esteem or somesuch nonsense. She probably read about it in some book. Alienist drivel, I say! Rotting the Empire! High time the lads were sent to Rugby, what?
Until next time, esteemed colleagues, I remain your humble journalist.
14 January 2008
Quite little to say on the gaming front. Thanks to a bout of illness, haven't been up and out to get any work done on anything. Hard to paint with a hacking cough, what? I am tempted to some zombie-blasting fun thanks to having read the excellent World War Z by Max Brooks over the weekend. Can you imagine redcoats dealing with these undead horrors?
Sergeant Bourne (to well-dressed zombie): "Right then, be a proper gentleman and put the vicar down, sir."
Private 116 Jones: "Oh, look Sergeant! 'E's gone and bitten the vicar!"
Sergeant Bourne (to soldiers): "That's two rounds rapid for you lot, then. And if you don't remember to aim for the head this time, I'll have you in front of the Colonel, I will!"
Now all I need are Victorian-era zombie figures. In 15mm. Or even some good Victorian civilians to zombify. I wonder if Ded Bob would be available to help with that?
10 January 2008
We had a bit of family time at the household tonight. We watched a thrilling moving picture based upon a poem by that Kipling fellow, titled "Gunga Din." Good stuff, that. Shows what three properly motivated sergeants in Her Imperial Majesty's forces can do when outnumbered by a bunch of shifty Thuggee. Even if they only wore red at the party and kharkee in the field. The lads found it exhilarating, I must say. Its proud of them I am, I assure you all.
In painting matters, I have been as lax as in journaling so far this year. I touched brush to paint (or more correctly, brush to ink wash) exactly once this week, for all of about ten minutes. I applied some of the brown Kel's Magic Sauce (now sold by Didi of the WarStore.com - nice folks!). However, I wasn't really happy with the result, so I believe I will go on with the MinWax I used on some of the other Martian askaris. These lads are taking simply forever to finish.
We are looking forward to the weekend. A game of Wings of War is planned for the boys and myself, complete with miniatures for that Hun von Richthofen and the Yank Rickenbacker. Coming soon to the Houston area, we shall have a mini-con at Little Wars. Its next weekend, I think.
Finally, for those of you who have been enjoying the alternate history of the Republic of Texas, an update has been made earlier this week. I hope you caught it, though many of the revisions were minor. Work has continued on the document. I have been adding some sporting news to it, from ideas originated by my co-conspirator, Jim Stewart about rugby in the Republic. There is also a good dose of Olympic sport being added, so it isn't all war and politics. I hope you continue to enjoy it.
That's all for tonight, I am afraid. The youngest needs tucking in after his insulin injection, and the eldest as well (past his bedtime, the little blighter!).
04 January 2008
First order of business: wishing you all a joyous New Year! One of my resolutions is to Get More Projects Done. I am hopeful that i will keep that resolution, as I managed to keep (and have kept on keeping, for the record) last year's major resolution. What was it, you ask? I determined I would no longer allow crass advertising and the 'better deal' offer to negatively impact my health. I have not "supersized" any meal since 2006. Hopefully I will be able to continue that into the new year as well.
Second order of business: Another milestone in the telephonic journaling logbook has been reached! We have now had over 500 visits to this journal. Huzzah! Champagne and canapes for all! Properly cool, too, none of that warm fizz for my favored guests!
Third order of business: Some updates to the publications files will be made today. I'll probably also add a document pieced together by my friend and co-author, Jim S. (take a bow, Jim) regarding the military small arms of the Republic of Texas' history. Might also put in the next twenty years or so of the timeline, even though its not fully hashed out - but then, a work such as this is never completed, I think, merely walked away from for a time.
Tomorrow I think I shall begin posting a (hopefully) weekly tabulation of painting and terrain progress for 2008. As of now, the count stands at nil across the board.
Until later, my friends and fellow enthusiasts, I remain your faithful chronicler,