Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of the Year

It was a busy Christmas season, involving a road trip to visit my parents in Michigan. It was good to have the whole family together for the first time since 2008...

After a delay for a winter storm, we arrived back in Maryland in time for Duncan Adam's traditional HAWKs post-Christmas game. This year we had a pre-WWI Gaslight game.

That gave me a total of 35 for the year, so there's room for improvement next year. My goal is one per week; this is harder this year, since my two gamer sons are mostly moved out.

I finally finished the base and varnished a Reaper fantasy figure today.

I also finished (i.e. varnished) this seven man contingent of grenadiers from the Schoeffen-Buschhagen Von Quastenflosser regiment. I'll tally up the year's painting and post something later.

Also coming up: Thoughts on project priorities for 2013.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Exodus 14:6

I had a few extra minutes on my way to a ballroom dance lesson last night, so I elected to stop off at the local general purpose hobby shop for some paint.

As long as I was there, I did a quick scan of the 1/72 scale plastic boxes. I was pleased to find one each of the newest Caesar chariot sets.

I did paint a unit for the Bronze Age project I share with Norman early this summer, so this project hasn't been totally neglected.

Opening the boxes we find this in the Pharaoh set:

I'm doubting that the lions were used in battle historically, but at least I'll get a beast stand out if this box for our Hordes of the Things game. The civilians are all carrying things, and should serve to dress up a camp or town. I don't know that it would be worth buying another box for more, though, as the spare Pharaohs don't have any immediate use. The chariot is the same model as in the Egyptian chariot box, with new, more elaborately decorated horses.

The Mycenaean chariot box includes two chariot sets:

There are also two women with jars and babies, identical to one of the poses in the Egyptian set. I should have plenty of these by the time I equip a Trojan War army pair. Oddly, only two shields are included. They appear to be identical to separate shields from the Mycenaean Army set. Each chariot has a driver and three warriors, so some variety is possible. One of the three is in full Dendra armor; one has a curved plume as seen in the Trojan army set, and the third is a spearman with a boar tusk helmet.

The chariot tongues are a bit twisted, so assembly could be an issue. If it works out though, I may finally have something to put on the table for an Iliad game.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Not a field bakery

This morning's project was handmade bread. I haven't done that in a couple of years...

It would be fun to have a NQSYW field bakery one if these days.

Bread making mixes well with painting, so I took the opportunity to work on some new grenadiers.

These figures are the first representatives of an as yet unnamed 4th S-B regiment.