There has been a lot of painting at the Mad Padre's Painting Chapel but rather little blogging. That trend was made worse on Thursday last when I spilled a large mug of tea on my desk, and a considerable amount flowed into the USB and audio ports on my MacBook Air, which is a new and rather nice piece of kit. Alas, while I shook offending liquid out as best I could, the machine soon shut down and would not revive.
Rather panicked, I used my smart phone (feeling now that it was considerably smarter than me) and googled "Spilled Tea on my Macbook Air", A page from Apple Support advising me to take the computer into my local Apple store. Here's the funny bit. To make an appointment at the service desk, called the Genius Bar, one can't do so by phone. One must make the appointment on the internet. What would one do if one's only access to the internet had been disabled by, say, oh I dunno, a giant mug of tea? Fortunately I had acess to the interwebs, was at the store within an hour, and learned that the computer was probably salvageable, but that the cost of replacement parts would likely be $300, making it the most expensive cuppa I've ever had.
Oh well, to brighten my spirits, I present you with the latest installment of my OttoMania, a Spahi command group from The Assault Group, who make quite splendid figures indeed.
I had great fun painting these fellows, and bought some of the most garish paints I could find for the job, seeing as Spahi, as someone once said, rode to war as if dressed for a wedding. The commander has that vital sign of office, a white stick with a big gold ball on the end, no doubt quite useful for clubbing subordinates to announce that the O-Group is over or to punctuate delivery of sub-par performance reviews.
I quite like the fellow with the drawn pistol, a pose you don't always see with cavalry. He looks bound and determined to protect the chap with that ancient symbol of regimental honour, the red and gold thingy on a stick, His blue tunic is the most ordinary colour of the bunch - I had some Vallejo Luftwaffe uniform blue open for another figure and thought it would do ok. It's nicely offset by the shocking purple of his caparison, I think.
It's been a good few weeks for getting some projects done, and if I can negotiate more time on Mdme Padre's computer in the next few days, I'll put up some more work.
28mm Mounted: 13
28mm Foot: 22
28mm Artillery: 1
15mm Vehicles: 4
15mm Foot: 26
15mm Buildings: 3
6mm Buildings/Terrain Pieces: 2
Kilometres Run: 513
Blessings to your brushes!