Saturday 20 April 2013

On the way to Salute

And so it begins, as we wend our weary way to fabled Londinium for Salute. Oddly, it's the first year that I've not been out drinking the night before (as we celebrated the friend who's birthday it is this week last week rather than last night) but getting out of bed seems harder this year...

Unusually, I have a list this year rather than just picking up shinies:

Salute things

Hf agarix, sana, boudi,
Perry Wotr
Perry mercenaries
Perry Yorkist command on foot
Fire forge foot & mounted sergeants
Roman auxiliary oval shields
Warlord dog handler (Celt?)
Ral partha mushroom men
Reaper mushroom men
Medievals! Archers, foot knights...
A jester... From foundrys king ronnie set?
Lotr orcs
Lore rohan mounted chaps?
Dice for Nicole - pink / green...
4e deluxe screen?

So if anyone happens to stumble across any of those, leave them be! 😉

(and yes, I'm buying my young lady her own dice for the upcoming dungeons and dragons fest - I'm hopelessly devoted to her, I'd give her a kidney, but she needs her own dice. I was raised to believe sharing dice is worse than sharing needles)

So, off to sit on a coach for a while with the next song of ice and fire novel...

(also, as I'm posting from my phone, I have no idea where in the post the picture is going to appear, but the picture is me today - I was going to shave, but instead I made coffee and got back into bed...)

Tuesday 16 April 2013

25,000 pageviews, what I'm working on and plans for Salute...

So, this old blog hit the 25k mark:

Which is very exciting, despite my oldest and dearest friend who's a web analyst having previously told me that in the trade 'hits' is an acronym for 'How Idiots Track Success'. Screw him though, I'm happy!

In other news, work continues apace (well, apace might be a little generous) on painting miniatures for the Dungeons and Dragons game I'm going to run, as the 8 half-painted miniatures sat next to me attest too. I've had terrible trouble with these, and had to use a lot of glazes to tie layers together, but that's a gripe for a later post...

Semi-related, I've had a miniature arrive that doesn't go on the tally... because it's my young lady's. Having finally rolled up her character, she set about choosing a miniature, and decided on this Reaper sculpt for her gnome swordmage:

She's also decided that she wants to paint it, which was something of a surprise, but exciting nevertheless. I've dug out my copy of Kevin Dallimore's Painting & Modelling Guide, and we'll see how it goes from there... (although there's every chance it'll end in her throwing a paintbrush at me as I offer words of encouragement, but I remain cautiously optimistic...)

Last but not least, it's four days until Salute! Unusually for me, this year I have things I'm actually looking to buy rather than just mooching around picking up random shinies that take my fancy (although that will still happen, don't you worry!) - historical miniatures for Game of Thrones! Perry, Fireforge, exciting times abound! I may even make a shopping list, but that might take the fun out of it... (plus, I really need to decide if I'm going to pre-order some Hasslefree minis, as I'm rapidly running out of time!)

Right, off to start Borderlands for 7 hours of Xbox, and in all possibility start a new project. I sometimes wonder if there's a technical term for the condition whereby I think of any form of media in terms of how I could turn it into a modelling project...