Friday, November 17, 2017

Making Time to Paint

It is an unfortunate fact of reality that things get in the way. Or rather, there isn't enough time to do everything - and in my case that means toy soldiers get pushed aside for other things. 

Except I REALLY miss wargaming when I don't get to play at least monthly. I could field a WW2 or medieval game just about any time, but I am still  hooked on my 1/32 VSF idea.

It occurred to me that at least two days a week, my lunch hour is free (the other days I walk. Trying to stay heart healthy and fit and all that.) So, yesterday, I brought my Highlanders, paint, brushes and jar for the water for brush cleaning (pro tip: don't put this next to your coffee cup, unless you like dipping paint brushes in your coffee. smh)

I'm really rusty on painting and so I'm not at all happy with how these are going, but they aren't done yet. Maybe by the time I am finished they'll look more satisfactory to my eyes. In any case, I'm going for "toy-soldier-with-black lining", so there won't be any shading to speak of.

All Things Considered coffee mug for scale. Not really, I just like it - from an NPR pledge drive many years ago.


  1. Be double careful if using an old coffee mug for paint water... just saying...

    I'm not a fan of black lining but that's purely a personal preference, o/w these look like they are coming along nicely.
    There is a lot to be said for 4 man units when painting.

    1. Hi Ross,

      i will definitely avoid using a coffee mug for paint water. i'm too careless as it is!

      While I like the look of black lining, I have to admit, it wasn't my first choice for these figures. I find it tedious, but i thought they might look too flat without it. I don't know why I thought that - I don't use black lining on my WW2 figures. I think I need to give it a go without using it and see how they look, rather than relying on some imagined outcome.


    2. If I use any lining I use a darker version of the uniform. as black lines, however carefully applied, just look a little strange to me. I also make use of Games Workshop washes that are a quick and subtle way to shade.

    3. Thanks for the comment James. I've never tried the darker version of the uniform for lining - i'll have to give that a try sometime.

  2. What a great way to spend some work lunchtimes and share your hobby. Good looking figures which remind me of the British troops in the 1970s comedy film Carry on Up The Khyber Pass - devils in skirts! I loved watching this as a child ...

    1. Thanks for the comment ManofTin. I will have to check out that film!