An informal look at the people who visit, and the games that are played in my garage.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
I've been trying for a while now to find some way of speeding up my painting and something I'm going to try out is the seemingly popular stick method. My normal system is to stick individual figures on to plastic bottle tops and paint a couple of figures at a time. I know it's terribly innefficient but I become very bored painting the same colour all of the time. So I've decided to give this technique a try out on these Calpe musketeers. The whole thing isn't helped by the fact that I've had to undercoat them all by hand due to the gale force winds with which we in the Southwest of England are so regularly afflicted making a joke of any attempt to spray them.
24 Hours Later......,
Well that was a bloody waste of time. I couldn't reach the inside figures properly and the whole thing is extremely cumbersome. I can only imagine that I'm doing it wrong somehow. Anyway the Prussians are now back on to bottle tops and I'm trying to work up the enthusiasm to go back and have another crack at them. The good news is that I've finally found a yellow which doesn't either have the consistency of tar or turn into gravel as soon as I start using it (I'm painting Silesians). It's Sulphuric Yellow made by "Formula P3" at least that's what the name on the label says. It even goes on well on to a black undercoat which is pretty impressive.
Anyway enough of my prattle, time for some more photos of our latest game. A distinctly lost looking Austrian attempts to fit in by encouraging his Prussian friends to conquer all, hmmm now where have I heard that before?
This one shows the Allied left and the woods which have been hotly contested. There's a largish open area to the right of them which might have been a better avenue of approach, though this gap has now been plugged by the arrival of Prussian cavalry.
Prussian and French light cavalry mixing it up, this time the French come off second best.
Not a picture from this game but you may remember me mentioning the Austrophile element here in the garage. Here we can see a rare glimpse in to the minds of those afflicted by this sad malady. Eric and Neil conduct the "Naming Ceremony", in which each figure in a new unit is welcomed into the army and given a name. Honestly , they should be on daytime TV.
Well the game will continue tonight, this time with a full house of players. I'll try to get a post in before saturday as I'm off for my final visit of the year to Scarborough to celebrate Herberts' birthday with a week of Napoleonics. Could life get any better?