It’s been a busy few days at the painting table, where I don’t feel like I’m making much progress, but am slowly seeing the fruits of my labours, as my first entry towards the Analogue Painting Challenge V nears completion. Besides a section of ten Artizan British commandos for my Weird War Two project, which will be the entry, I also took out some half finished Warlord plastic commandos that I gave up on in frustration over a year ago, and am trying to get them up to a level where I’m not ashamed of putting them on the table.
But there’s no pleasing some people. Here’s the OC S Commando, the Laird O’Kinch, berating me for deficiencies. “Come on, Padre, these chaps aren’t based, they need eyes and hair, and their commando patch decals. What have you been playing at? You need to do better, old man. Crack on! You can sleep when you’re dead. I NEED these lads NOW!”
A demanding fellow indeed. Hopefully they’ll be ready by Thursday, which is my appointed day. This Challenge business may be a bridge too far for me. I’m amazed at how many entrants are already racking up large totals. This was my face when I realized I had missed the deadline for the first Bonus Round.
Oh well, it’s all supposed to be fun, innit? Hopefully they’ll be some time to work on the Commandos tomorrow, though that is a busy day, as I am planning on making a batch of Dresdener Stollen (Rabbit Man and his lovely wife apparently liked the test batch I made last Friday), and there is always thesis work to be done to make me feel that I’ve earned the time at the painting table. Speaking of tables, I have an ACW battle ready to go on my gaming table, to test drive the Longstreet rules, if I can ever get to it.
I did make a run to the post office today to pick up this intriguing parcel from Germany, from the fellow who drew my name in Chris Stoesen’s Santa Clause project. I’ve already written to my benefactor to assure him that it will go under the old Tannenbaum and will not be opened until Christmas day. Thank you for arranging this, Chris.
Another envelope came through the mail slot yesterday, from all around good chap and plastic model wizard Paul Foster in NZ, and I know what’s in it, but again, it’s going under the Christmas tree. I’ll thank you properly after Christmas, Paul!
May you enjoy these days of preparation for what I pray will be a joyous Christmas for you and yours. Until then, blessings to your brushes1