March is always a slow month for me. Actually the middle of February to the middle of April is difficult because so much is going on at school The newspaper usually has a deadline week. There is loads of preparation for the national convention in April. With the addition of the yearbook there are more deadlines. Students need letters of recommendation. It’s just busy.
And at home it’s not much better. Sunday is the first day of spring. I haven’t mowed my back yard yet and there is tons of stuff to do. Gah!
So, I know I’m behind in my posts and I haven’t painted as much as I’d like to.
However, I have finished my first Rohan unit. As promised, I finished my old unit of riders, and they are by Mithril figures. I pried these out of their boxes about 20 years ago, and chopped away their leg supports and they are now quite fragile. I really enjoyed painting the horses, but the miniatures, though they too are pretty nice are a bit fiddly and I painted the riders after mounting them on their horses. Some of the detail was super hard to get at, so I may need to reassess this.
Even so, that’s the first of about eight or nine units I’ll paint of the Rohirrim. I have them all, mostly plastic, I just need to buckle down and paint ’em up.
On the painting table
I have a couple of things I’m working on. The first is ten civilians for the Irish Civil War by Musketeer/Footsore Miniatures. I bought two sets and they are pretty nice. They really come from their Very British Civil War range, and as such look a bit more from the 30’s than 20’s, but I don’t think anyone will notice. They are nearly done, which will leave about 30 figures more to paint for the project. I will have some vehicles to paint–a beautiful Lancia armored truck no longer available from Musketeer, and a pair of Crosley transports by Company B. We’ll see how good I am at this vehicle business.
I also have a pair of Thoroughbred Passaic class monitors primed and ready to go. I’ll be offering them as potential Union naval forces for the Pensacola game. I have a third that is painted that needs to be remounted from its original balsa base, and I’ll probably do that over Spring Break, which starts next week. I’ve already decided to paint the two new ships as the Lehigh and the Nahant with its black and green coloring respectively.
Less is More.
March has not been a smart month for NOT buying miniatures. I haven’t gone absolutely nuts, but I’m really interested in building Conquistadors and Aztecs for Lion Rampant. David Sullivan and I have both dabbled in rules and have similar ideas. David has also been buying figures. In any case, I sent off an order for a dozen figures from Eureka and when I was at Panzer Depot, I bought another dozen. I’ll be painting some Spanish arquebusiers. In any case, let’s just say my net positive has taken a hit. I started with 25 figures + the 6 Rohirrim= 30-24 =6. That’s not so good, though I’m nearly done with the ten ICW civilians, and should be done with the monitors before the break is over.
Music to Paint By
I’m not a heavy metal music fan. It just doesn’t appeal to me as a genre or subgenre. But I love “Enter Sandman” and “The Unforgiven” by Metallica. There’s just not getting around the lure of great songs. Though I could see adding the band’s 1991 eponymously titled record to my collection, the problem was it falls into the vinyl “sweet spot” as the industry was ending production of records and stepping up the production of compact discs. With only one LP pressing, the starting value of Metallica is about $175.00. So when I was trolling the new records at my local shop and there was a bright, shiny new copy, I snapped it up. I was not disappointed. If you like these songs on the radio or MP3, you’ll really like them on vinyl. I paid about $27.00 to support my local record store. You’ll pay about $25 on Amazon. Worth every penny.