Wednesday, 12 February 2020

A little hobby time each day

Hi Chaps,

We all experience a busy life and I find it hard to put aside some time for our hobby but this week I deliberately set aside 30-40 minutes after work in an attempt to see what could be done. I have no big plans in mind but I have been inspired by posts on the Lead Adventure Forum (a great site) and so had a go at some colonial Brits.

Mistakes have been made and the first mistake was a black undercoat! Vallejo Khaki grey 880 does not cover black! So I was slowed by having to paint 3 thin coats to even start covering the base coat....
Still progress was made which included assembling 20 models and with enough time to build a cart for scatter terrain and even begin a Battalion HQ building though this may be stuck in a box for some time.

I do envy the people who have a full on love of a period at the moment I am floating around the hobby but I have discovered something strange. Previously I would happily mix manufacturers, especially back in the day-my 20mm Airfix fought alongside Irregular miniatures quite happily... now that makes me shudder! Accidentally I have become a wargaming snob!? Recently I painted some medieval from different manufacturers but they don't match at all... whats going on? Have we all been spoiled or has it always been this way for people?

Oh well I will leave with a pic of the front of my HQ which is as far as I have got... Keep blogging Guys you keep me sane.


 

12 comments:

  1. Always nice to see some progress. Making time for hobby time is so important

    Ian

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    1. Hi Ian, you are right about making time. If I don't insist on the time there never seems to be free time...Dads taxi service etc

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  2. Great post! I have been trying to do something similar, finding time to get something done everyday. Love the Battalion HQ, really looking great. As for primer, I have moved to grey for just this reason, but I bet you can get a khaki one, which might be worth considering?

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    1. Hi Michael, I think the grey primer is an excellent idea and I will be going for that in the future. For my German WW2 army I bought a dark grey from a model shop as I had a lot to paint-I will be doing the same for my Russians when I get the time to start them.

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  3. I find a khaki brown undercoat does the trick for most uniform colours with the exception of white. For khaki itself I use a mid green shade of undercoat.

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    1. Hi AJ, your right about Khaki, I don't think I would have ever thought of green but I can see how that would work.

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  4. A little time every day adds up. Looks like some good stuff going on there with the soldiers and buildings and cart.
    I find for me 2 big things that can make different lines of minis not look right together are general proportions (like head to body) and fine vs chunky detail.
    As for a black basecoat, I often add a heavy drybrush afterwards, especially when I know I will want to paint certain colors.

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    1. Hi Fitz,
      Your dry brush idea is an excellent one and I may try it on the next 10 figures that are here waiting for some paint-it may speed up the Khaki process! As for figures not matching... the medieval just look so different! I will stick to one manufacturer per army if possible from now on.

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  5. Always best to set aside some hobby time. Helps relieve the stress of modern life. Like those Brits

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    1. Neil you are so right, life here in the UK seems to be a lot more stressful than it used to be

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