Well, I haven't posted for ages but what with Christmas and trying to get a new company going with a friend (we are sick of working for other people who don't get what we are doing!) I've been a bit stressed. It doesn't mean I haven't done any painting though, just not as much as I had hoped.
Part of the problem was down to my next choice of unit to paint. Having got on well with the Belgian Force Publique I thought I would do a unit of 20 Carthaginian veterans. All well and good and they are in fact finished except for one thing: shields. I ordered some LBM transfers when I bought the figures but it was only when I started to prepare the shields that I realised that Crusader had included mixed shields (perfectly justifiable for such a unit) but they had only included three of the ones I had bought transfers for. I need to order some more transfers, therefore, but I just haven't got round to it yet. Anyway, here are the ones I have done so far. Writing this may make me go and put an order in for the rest!
Other than these I have been painting odd bits again:
New Foundry Zulu
Firstly, one of the "new" Foundry Zulus based on the Mark Copplestone darkest Africa dollies. I hate to say this, as I love Empress miniatures, but they are really rather good and I have already bought some more. Anatomically, I think they are better than Empress, if not quite so good on period and historical detail (the weapons are oversized too). I will mix them up with the Empress and Wargames factory plastics and they do mix up, very well. I have an assorted group of Zulus which I should finish this weekend so will put up a comparison on my Zulu Wars site.
I also finished a pirate girl which is a figure I bought at Warfare but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the manufacturer. She was so nice to paint I have already started another one but we do at least play pirate games reasonably often at Guildford so she will see some action (probably die in the first move)!
I finished my first Foundry Masai who has been lurking on my desk for some time. A really lovely figure and I recently picked up some more on e-Bay and undercoated them today.
I didn't get much gaming stuff for Christmas this year, although my sister bought me Dan Snow's Death or Victory about Wolfe and Quebec (which I have visited quite a few times so that will make it doubly interesting) which I am looking forward to reading. My son, Guy, was worried I wasn't getting any soldiers so persuaded my wife to take him to Games Workshop and bought me a couple of Lord of the Rings Orc Captains. I started them on boxing day and finished them the next day. I have to say that I love painting these Perry LotR figures; the detail and character in them is amazing. We played another LotR Battle Companies game over the holiday and I needed to paint another couple of Orcs for Guy's force. These I did in one evening as he needed them the next day!
Quickly painted Orcs!
I had a big sort out of what was on my workbench and have put a lot of stuff away. I still have months worth on my desk but it is a little bit more focussed! I did a little bit of painting today when the sun came out briefly but on many days it has been so dark I couldn't see to paint at all.
Another thing that has ben keeping me from painting is that I am building a 1/48 Airfix Spitfire (it's all James May's fault) but I'd forgotten what a long drawn out process it is, especially when you paint before assembling as I do. It's a change of pace anyway and I'm doing it really as pratice for my big 1/48 Junkers JU 52 which I want for my Pulp forces.
Next I'll post about my plans for 2010...
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year...