Welcome to this week’s Musings!
Things are happening to me which I cannot explain. The best I can offer is that it’s an age thing and to be fair it could be.
Throughout my life to date I’ve been a decision maker. In fact I’ll go as far as to say that some of the biggest decisions in my life have been the easiest to make. I didn’t hesitate to marry my wife (even though I probably ought to have done with the benefit of hindsight), to move house on numerous occasions, to change jobs (albeit within the same company), to leave work after 32 years or to have children and relocate to the south-west of the country. Smaller decisions were just that, easily made without a moment’s hesitation.
So why do I now find myself pontificating over whether or not I should buy a certain modelling item, be it a figure, brush, pot of paint or whatever? Only the other day it took me an age to decide which of two figures to buy only to decide not to by either before changing my mind and buying both!
All very odd.
It might only be applicable to me but when I’m considering how to base my figure, vignette or diorama one of my greatest challenges is how best to incorporate or disguise the base that the figure is actually on. For example, figures on a textured base don’t look good just stuck on top of, say, a wooden floor. The figure is also elevated too which is fine for gaming as the piece is intended to move but looks dreadful in a diorama. One alternative is to counter sink the base in oder to put the figure on the right level but you are, in the case of a wooden floor still, left with the wrong texture and appearance.
Occasionally some figures don’t have a base at all which can be a bonus. The slot style base can sometimes be easier to work with too. One alternative of course is to cut the figure off of the base for which there are pros and cons. On the pro side it provides much greater flexibility for basing the figure which is the whole point of removing the figure from its base in the first place. On the cons side it’s easy to remove the feet if you are not careful and the figure can potentially lose its strength and balance making it harder to stick it down onto its new base.
The scale of the problem much depends on the ground work you are aiming to use. If the base is largely earth, mud, grass or whatever then the problem is generally minor. Wooden floors, cobblestones, brick paving, flagstones require more thought and typically require some disguising and blending. Disguise can be fine for a single figure, even two perhaps but can start to look false if several figures are involved so a combination of techniques can be required.
Not the hardest modelling problem to overcome to be fair but one which does require more consideration than some might think, for me at least at any rate!
If you have any tips on this subject I’d love to hear them.
The Case of the Mysterious Yellow Orb
Something very strange is happening in our part of Devon and it is having a dramatic effect on my modelling time. The sun is shining! More than that it has been shining on and off for a few weeks now. We are in danger of having an English summer if this weather keeps up (was it Mark Twain who said the best winter he ever had was a summer in England?). If it does then I’m not sure if I should be pleased about it or not as it is playing havoc with my modelling schedule.
One issue I have is that the grass is growing. This in itself is not a major problem but I have a large garden and it takes several hours to do and is currently in need of doing twice a week. On top of that I have plants that need watering which is another time-consuming chore and one I don’t particularly enjoy. If that wasn’t enough I’m now required to cook the evening meal. She who must be obeyed thinks we ought to take advantage of the weather so I’m required to grill burgers, sausages and any dead creature that comes out of the freezer or from the butcher on the f***ing BBQ.
Just when I didn’t think things could get worse she who must be obeyed has started to join me on my walks with Buddy. No sign of her when it’s pissing down but now that the sun is shining I’m saddled with her company and am unable to walk and “muse” without her twittering in my ear all the time!
All of this has led to some serious thoughts on the modelling front. Excluding the half a dozen or so that I’m working on, new dioramas are temporarily off my schedule and Mid Week Musings will continue but probably on a fortnightly basis for the time being. Instead I’m going to simply finish the dioramas I’ve started and paint some individual figures, details of which I will post on a fortnightly basis (The Mid Week Fortnightly Figure) alternating with Mid Week Musings. I need to do some figures for the June challenge anyway so this fits nicely but if I fail at that too then I’ll go and get out an old figure which hasn’t seen the light of day for a long time instead.
This is of course is all well and good but as they say “If you want to make God laugh, tell him you have a plan!” By tomorrow it will doubtless start raining and continue unabated for several months in which case normal service will be resumed.
Until next time.