Saturday 31 December 2022

The traditional end of year scramble…

 …to get the Tally back into the black:

Wolves! Ten, to be precise, as that’s how many you need to play the first solo Silver Bayonet scenario, and coincidentally the exact number needed to rapidly drybrush of an evening across the last week of the year to get the Tally back to zero.

‘But wait’ I hear you cry ‘in your last post the tally was only at minus six?’. That’s right, dear attention-paying reader, but Christmas has happened since then, and one of my presents was these:

A pack of medieval beekeepers from Midlam Miniatures, and accompanying hives. My wife has queried that I count miniatures towards the Tally but not small scenic pieces like the hives, but that’s just how the rules work. She also asked why I hadn’t painted the eyes on the wolves when I asked her opinion on them at nearly midnight last night when I thought I was done, so she clearly wants me to fail. (I did in fact then paint the wolves eye though)

End of year Tally total:

85 vs 85 = +0

Sunday 25 December 2022

The tiniest of Tims!

Merry Christmas to all that celebrate, and shapely Holidays if that’s your preference. This year’s Christmas offering is another of the Artizan Designs Dickens set, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim:

Let’s pretend that the sunken eyes on Tiny Tim are a carefully selected choice and not just a happy accident. The snow has a coat of gloss to give it a frosty sparkle that hasn’t really come across in these pictures, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

I’ve only got one more mini left to paint of those currently available, so hopefully they sculpt up some more of the ghosts next year to keep me in festive posts for years to come!

Obviously, had to use Muppet Christmas Carol for colour reference:

Which leaves the Tally at a jolly:

75 vs 81 = -6

This post is being drafted on Christmas Eve, so it’s entirely possible that by the time it goes live the Tally will have taken another hit in the opposite direction once I discover what Santa has brought…

Wednesday 21 December 2022

A mercenary life…

As the end of the year draws closer, so begins the desperate rush to try and drag the Tally back into positive figures. So, in that light, here is a miniature that has been basically finished since the end of September, when he was put aside for Zomtober, and I kept looking at unable to decide what else I wanted to do to finish him off:

Adding that little tuft of grass was the final touch I settled on, as I figured ‘done’ is a quality all of its own, and after spending a couple of months on my painting palette it was time to let him move on.

Unfortunately the harsh lighting of my dining room has washed out the cloak entirely, but in hand he’s actually very dark grey, fading to black in the recesses.

I think I originally bought him back in the day (an embarrassing number of years ago) purely on the strength of that impressive hat, and because apparently he worked well with Asphyxious’ pet Jack. Two editions of the game have passed since that point though, so who knows if he’s a smart choice to take anymore. Cool hats, though, are eternal.

Finishing him brings the Tally to:

74 vs 81 = -7

and also is another mercenary Warmachine model, still nothing completed from any of the factions…

So, what next? My next mini is already finished, but saved to post on a certain day (which I’m sure you can guess), but after that, I’m torn between the huddle of half-painted ratmen on my palette (which would drag the Tally up to 0, as well as being a step closer to being able to play a game of Warhammer), or the three minis that recently got undercoated, for next year’s soon to be announced ongoing project…