Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
This weeks miniature is again from Hasslefree and goes by the name of Dakota. Originally I bought her to go with a zombie theme I had running around in my head but then I lost my way. Just to many ideas right now which in some ways is a nice problem but on the downside I find myself losing focus. I’ll put it down to age. In the end I settled for a quick and simple base job with an old rusty barrel hopefully conveying a bit of an industrial and post apocalyptic feel.
Well It Made Me Laugh
Time To Build An Army?
After much deliberation I have decided to do something I have never done before, I’m going to paint an army. I’ve never been against the idea but I couldn’t settle on an historical period. I had other concerns too. Would I get bored? What would I do with the army once complete? How would I store it? How would I display it? In truth I don’t have the answers to all those questions but have decided to build one none the less and I’ll figure things out as I go along.
So what has changed my mind? You may well ask. The answer is several things. Nostalgia, Table Top World, freehand painting and Ebay.
Nostalgia — some of you may recall from past posts that I have mentioned Britain’s Swoppet Cowboys and how they played a part in getting me into modelling and dioramas when I was a kid. Well Britain’s also did Swoppet Knights but these were much more expensive (they sell for a small fortune on Ebay as collectors pieces these days) so I never had any. As much as I loved the cowboys I would have loved a castle full of battling knights. An army of cowboys isn’t really a thing but an army of knights is.
Table Top World – If you haven’t seen it they do an amazing Castle. It costs a fortune, it’s huge and being modular can be made as big as you like. How cool would that be? In truth I will probably never find out because I have nowhere to put it but I am going with the Field of Dreams approach, “If you build it they will come”. I’ll build the army first and see where I go from there.
Freehand – Heraldry provides a great opportunity for some freehand and I would like to see what I can do on that front from time to time. There is also a great deal of freedom when it comes to the use of colours too. I’m not sure I could ever paint a modern army, I think I would find it far to dull and repetitive.
Ebay – I see this as my escape clause. If all else fails and I never finish the project or have no idea what to do with it when it’s done I can sell it. In short what is there to lose?
Obviously you will have gathered my army will be one of Knights but it will also feature Archers, Levy’s, Crossbowmen, Spearmen and whatever else exists now and in future releases in the Footsore Barons War range. Those of you who liked the knights I had previously done have a lot to answer for. If you get bored with this project before I do you only have yourselves to blame!
So, does this signal the end of painting Knuckleduster Cowboys, Reaper, Hasslefree and other figures? Not at all. My army is just another project to dip into but one I am looking forward to doing.
I do however have one question for you and would welcome your wargaming thoughts. How many figures would I need to paint and base before I could claim it’s an army? In my head I have settled on a nice round figure of 100 but do I need more or less?
Give Me Five
In keeping with the tone established above I thought I would select my top 5 films within the broadly speaking medieval genre. Not quite so tough this week but for me all now essential viewing and research. As usual in no particular order:
- Kingdom of Heaven
- King Arthur
- The Name of the Rose
This week TIM has been listening to …
“She’s Got The Look” by Roxette. There’s a lot to like about this track and video but I was particularly drawn in by the lyrics. 😉
This week TIM has been watching …
“Keeping Faith”. A thriller series set in Wales (that’s Wales the country just to be clear!). Having binge watched series one and two I am now on to the final series. Not the best of some of the great TV shows currently available but well worth a watch in my opinion.
Even if you are useless you can be used as a bad example.