Sunday, October 25, 2009

Painting again...

Force Publique: Day 1 progress

Well, after six weeks of no painting I actually picked up a brush and started painting again today. Needless to say, not on anything that I have already started but on a whole new army, if not a new period. My little boy said that he wanted to play a wargame next weekend and having discussed some options he has settled on a Darkest Africa game. Now, Mr Copplestone's DA figures were the first metal 28mm ones I ever bought and I have a substantial number of them. Many are actually painted (although the early ones not very well). I decided we would do Azande against... Well, that is the problem. I don't have any historical opponents for them. I could field a British Colonial force (and may well have to) but I suddenly got it into my head that I could paint a whole Belgian army in a week. Yes, I know that my usual output is six figures a week but I am home for the next seven days.

I have to have an abdominal operation tomorrow and have been advised to spend the rest of the week recuperating. Hopefully, this means some painting time. Of course I may be too tired and having never had a general anaesthetic before I may have a stroke and end up dead or a vegetable. My wife is full of happy stories about people she knows who went in to have a wisdom tooth out and ended up as a vegetable. This would be annoying as it would mean I would have failed in my attempt to live longer than the 50 years maximum most men in my family seem to achieve. But I have looked at my lead pile and it is vast so this should give me enough kudos with the Lead Gods to channel the force in my favour.

Anyway, I jolly well need to come out the other end as I have just seen the first photographs of Mike Owen's new Indian Mutiny range for Mutineer Miniatures and they are completely lovely.

Hope to be back soon!


  1. Good to see you back in the saddle, LH. My 2 years as a trainee were spent painting Foundry's Darkest Africa range - I was so pleased at finally having a regular salary that I put myself on Foundry's standing order. I really should get around to basing them....

    The summer before I started at the firm I had all 4 wisdom teeth out and I suffered no problems (at least not that I'm aware of). The most humiliating part was having a rather charming Australian nurse administer a suppository prior to the operation and the most annoying part was having to go on liquids only for a week after the op with the consequent, er, issues when I went back on solids! Anyway, I'm sure it will be fine and hope all goes ok.

    Best wishes


    ps Are we going to get some wines in before I vanish off to be a father?

  2. I'm tempted to say "break a leg" but it may just give more ammunition to your wife! :o))