Having won the Analogue Hobbies winter challenge this year, I had to choose myself a prize. Now having never won a damn thing in my life before I was rather pleased and very much overwhelmed with the choices I was given. An email from Curt only made this even harder. Finally I decided, and went for $100.00 worth of the superb figures that Jim Purkey ( Der Alte Fritz) offered from either Fife and Drum or Minden Miniatures. I still have not made a decision about my selection of figures from the ranges but I will be looking forward to painting these in the future.
Finally with scales an periods defined for gaming in the future everything is beginning to pay off. I wont deny that some of the decisions were hard to make. However they were made and figures that were no longer needed or the wrong scale have been dispatched and the proceeds put back into the new projects.
Everything I add to my personal collections will now be either 15 or 20 mm as I have mentioned in several previous posts. The exception will be my Napoleonic's that will remain in 28 mm as I flatly refused to start over with having spent a good chunk of the challenge adding to the French forces. The winter challenge was a good place to kick off and just the incentive I needed to start on the ancients for our gaming group.
On the gaming front things have improved greatly recently. Glenn, Kev and myself sat down and talked as we have all invested a lot of time and money into our gaming and we all felt that the problem we had with one player needed dealing with. So we have excluded the free loader for the last 6 weeks and have had no issues as a group, which I think speaks volumes in itself. It never easy making these types of choices and very hard when you have known the person as long as we have but the commitment is not there and we cant afford to keep buying figures and painting them just to include him in a game. No one minds spending the time and effort building armies for one period for use by us all. Though you have to challenge the matter when someone is doing nothing and wont invest in the rules either as they really don't contribute to the group as a whole.
I have started back at the paint table this week, after a bit of a break. The break was however spent doing a fair bit of work on a project that involves myself and Kev and should prove to be a positive one. More on this in a post after Salute as I will be spending the rest of the week ahead putting the finishing touches in place so we are ready to go. The picture above is a clue though!!
Yesterday saw me complete the Koryu Buntai, no pictures for now as I want to base them up first and then reveal them. The first group of Saxons are under way, I hope to have a good week and complete at least half of the remaining 37 figures in the commission before Friday, when I shall be leaving to attend Salute.
That is all I have for this week good people, have a great week ahead.