I decided at the beginning of last year that my main focus was to get projects to a point where they were complete.
To that end I have completed the armies below. They have enough figures and equipment for any battle I am likely to play in the rule sets I use.
10mm WW2 Belgian 10mm WW2 Early war German 10mm WW2 Polish 10mm 8th Army 10mm Western Desert Italians 10mm Afrika Korps
20mm Early war German 20mm Early war British 20mm Commandos 20mm NW Europe British
As I finish a project I choose the next one that is nearest completion then try to concentrate on it to complete it.
I do take some time out to paint something different every so often to keep some variety in the painting. So Currently I have been doing 20mm Late war Germans , but have a dozen or so hobbits to paint when I finish the current German squad.
I am currently trying to keep all purchases down to those I need to finish projects, and until the last week or so have managed to do so.
The trouble is The club have just decided to start to play Oathmark Despite having several hundred Orcs/Goblins, my Hobbits need the units expanded in size a bit to fit the rules. This involves painting about 30 figures so not too arduous or time consuming.
All would be well if that dastardly Sunjester had not pointed out the lovely new Dwarves by Conquerer Miniatures designed by Colin Patten............
Last post by Ithoriel - 01 December 2021, 10:55:01 AM
A young man joins an order of very strict Trappist monks. So strict that novices may only speak to the Abbot and even then they may only do it once a year, on the anniversary of becoming a novice. They may only speak two words. Novices become monks after five years.
On the first anniversary the young man says,"Bed hard." By the time he gets back to his cell there is a softer mattress on his bed.
On the second anniversary the young man says,"Porridge cold." By the time he gets to breakfast next morning his porridge is beautifully warm.
On the third anniversary the young man says,"Habit itchy." By the time he gets back to his cell there is a new habit, soft and cosy, waiting for him.
On the fourth anniversary the young man says,"Cell dark." By the time he gets back to his cell there is a large, bright candle by his bed.
On the fifth anniversary the young man says,"I quit!!"
"Thank the Lord for that!" exclaims the Abbot,"You've done nothing but complain since you got here!"
Last post by Ithoriel - 01 December 2021, 10:39:11 AM
Oldies but goodies!
If olive oil is made from olives and sunflower oil is made from sunflowers .... I'm never using baby oil again!
If a pig loses it's voice do vets apply oinkment? Or do they just leave them disgruntled?
How many roads must a man walk down before he'll ask for directions.
If someone who studies birds is a birder, what does that make someone who studies bugs?
I have the heart of a lion, the face of an angel and the body of a young adonis .... and a lifetime ban from the zoo, a criminal record for defacing a tombstone and the police are digging up my garden!
If I'm really interested in a new period or project I'll generally plan out what I need and what I want to get started, do a little bit of the research, then shelve it for a month or two. If I'm still just as keen after that then use my budget to invest in some pieces, or tag on a sample pack or two to an order for other bits.
That way as well if I'm in the mood for moving onto something new but not sure what, I can look over my document of project ideas and see if any of them tickle my fancy now. And if it comes down to a couple, just roll a dice!
Here's what I do (after decades of ill considered impulse buying).
1. Set aside a budget (Could be quarterly or annual), and attempt to work within it. 2. Avoid the impulse to chase the shiny new releases that they're all talking about. To do so risks permanently chasing your tail. 3. Try to think in terms of a particular offering working within parameters of a) Budget (see 1 above). b) Available play area. c) The holy trinity of rules, armies and opponents.
Let me explain the latter. I assume you're wanting to play games with the armies. You'll need rules, a playing surface, willing opponent(s) and armies compatible with the rules and playing surface.
Figure out some preferred armies from the rules. Decide whether they will fit on your playing surface (if you have a 4 x 3 foot table and the rules require 12 x 8 feet, these are not the rules for you). Though adopting smaller figures and scaling you rule measurements may fix this.
Discuss level of interest with your opponent(s). If interested, pick your army, but the figures and bases and get painting. Enjoy your games.