2 April 2016

Time passes so quickly

I had not realised that it had been 4 months since I had posted anything to this blog. In fairness there has been a lot of activity on Brigantes Blog. So I guess time just got beyond me, also with a full diary of painting commissions and a hectic family life have all impacted heavily on output.

In fact output is almost non existent with me being able to count my personal output on my fingers.

I obtained a Saga, Saracen starter warband and so far have managed 9 figures.
 I have done a unit of warriors (above) and the Warlord (below).

Hardly a massive output when you consider that the only addition to this paltry sum is a couple of French Napoleonic cavalry.
I am not actually discouraged by the lack of personal painting time, more by the fact that my idea was to paint up and clear out all the remaining 28mm lead I have which at this speed may take some time to accomplish. I have plenty of Napoleonics sat needing the brush, as well as 2 saga warbands and lead from other projects that are not going to happen as a result.

However on the positive side of things. Brigantes studio is going well, I have an almost full diary of painting for the year ahead and Kevin is fully booked with sculpting. Its not all doom and gloom on the hobby side of life either. Kev, Glen and I had a great day out at Hammerhead show back in March. Gaming is a little adhoc as Kev adjusts to the side effects of new medication, but we manage to get a game every couple of weeks on average.

I picked up a complete copy of the above for £20.00, a real bargain having scoured evil bay for months and not being able to get my hands on one for anything below £35.00. This adds to the project I started late last year and now allows me to game at Kev's using the minis that have been painted, but also at home where I don't have the luxury of a full Kallistra set up, using the original game pieces and playing with my two young sons. Both enjoy the game as it is not as complex as Commands & Colors to learn.

I however have the Commands & Colors bug, all the games that we play at Kev's are now based on this rule set. Whether it be Napoleonics or Ancients. So recently I was delighted when the wife bought me a copy of C&C Ancients as a birthday present.

I can see me collecting the various expansions for this game as well, it is a good game and takes only a small amount of time to play through. I will be teaching the boys to play this as well. In time I may replace the blocks with miniatures and possibly use 10mm figures to do this. So that is about it for this post as I jump back to the paint desk for the day as I have a stack of figures that have to be ready for Salute.

26 comments:

  1. You could always think of it as "Well, I've only painted these 11 figures that I wasn't being paid for, but look at all this that I've painted for cold, hard cash..."

    Nice work on the Saracens and Nappys :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, I agree to a point with the cash part as I have to pay the bills. It just surprised me how little time I have had to myself these last few months..
      I guess we cant have cake and eat it after all.. though my waistline would argue that point

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  2. Well worth the wait; superbly painted figures all around.

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    1. Thanks Dean, I hopefully will be able to find some more me time later this year

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  3. Glad to hear you're doing alright Andrew if not a little slowly!

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    1. Cheers Fran, Slowly on my own projects for now but that is a good thing in a way due to Brigantes taking off

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  4. great paintwork! well done Loki!

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  5. Love that Saracen leader figure Loki, great work!

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    1. Thanks Ray, I am rather pleased with how he came out

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  6. I shouldn't worry about your personal output or even the blog. As long as you achieve something, it's a plus - and it's a nice plus; they're cracking figures.

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    1. Thanks Gary, I do like the blog aspect of the hobby, for months now it has mainly been just reading and not commenting though. I don't know exactly why I don't comment much of late-- I blame it on my age etc. Glad you like my meager output though

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  7. Wonderful brushwork as always mate. Love the hand painted shield designs.

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  8. superb painting - just really top notch

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  9. Great to see a post here at the Great Hall and that Warlord is simply stunning!

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    1. Thank you Michael, the warlord was a very nice sculpt to work with

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  10. Loving the scheme on the warlord

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  11. It's brightened my morning to see a new post at the hall and your inspirational brushwork. All the best to you and yours

    Stephen

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  12. It's nice to read something here again. Don't bother about posting sooner or later. It's always nice to come here and stroll around younger or older posts.

    Take care!
    Stefan

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  13. Those Saracens are freaking awesome! Love it!. Sounds like you have been very busy which is not always a bad thing. all the best. cheers

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  14. I wouldn't worry too much about posting here. Great paintjobs on all of them! Especially the Saracens are lovely looking minis!

    And congrats on the success of Brigantes studio! With the quality you guys put out it's no small wonder that you are booked full!

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  15. Very nice combination of colours for the group of minis!

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