In the UK the latest trend is a rather nasty cold virus, and being such a close follower of fashion I have succumbed to its malign influence. I have been struggling along since Boxing Day and have managed to get to work but I'm now rather fed up of the whole thing.
Fortunately I had today booked off to use up some annual leave so can feel sorry for myself with the house empty of family.
Painting has proceeded in fits and starts. I have begun work on the 52nd Foot for Bunker Hill, having received the castings for the final 3 British battalions as part of my Christmas presents. I have also finished 9 of the 10 companies of light infantry for the right flank battalion. The last blister I need of light troops dropped through the letterbox yesterday so the end for that unit is in sight. This is good as it isn't exactly the cheapest formation I have ever put together. The Foundry blisters contain an unhelpful mix of firing/reloading and advancing figures. I don't need many of the latter so each £12 blister only provides 4-5 useful figures...but the finished effect is lovely. Some of the left over figures will appear as part of the "other" flank battalion but I suspect they won't look half as good so I might end up biting the bullet and buying more blisters to get firing line figures in chain helmets - but this means £60 to get a unit of 18 figures completed (and no I don't want to use Warlord plastics instead before anyone asks). The whole point of my 7-8 year plan to build-up my AWI armies is about minimising the compromises so ultimately I will do what gives me the units I am happiest with even if it costs a bit more and takes a bit longer.
Some of the above might get a roll-out at the Cannon show in Retford in April (or I might do a 1777 scenario) and I hope to have the Bunker Hill project pulled together in time for Partizan in May. The hill itself is nearing completion, so I'll need to start on the beach soon.
Today I have been taking photos to accompany an article on the 1777/8 Philadelphia campaign that I have written for the next issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy. Some rough shots are shown below:
I've just totted up my painting for the year and I seem to have churned out more than I'd have thought.
Putting aside a couple of 15mm WW2 vehicles most of the output has been 28mm AWI for which I painted or repainted 606 foot, 20 mounted figures, 7 guns and 2 limbers/horses. I also finished a model of the Chew House and have nearly completed Bunker Hill. This is despite a long summer break for holiday and new carpets being fitted.
I also painted a Division of 6mm Napoleonic Bavarians.
Oh, and in August I got promoted at work.
The rest of 2016 has been a bit screwy for the world but the paintingshed output has been OK.
Best wishes for 2017!
Edit: I forgot that I also painted 24 British AWI artillery crew so the totals are 630 foot, 20 mounted (and one extra horse), 7 guns and 2 limbers with horses. I have just cleaned-up the first 20 figures for 2017...
I made more progress on the hill today; dry brushing the whole thing. It is beginning to look more like a piece of terrain now. The next steps are to put down some cling film and begin to build the breastwork on das clay. Some of the brown areas will get a coat of thin, green fence paint in the same way as my terrain tiles.
Lastly, the reason for no figures this week is writing a theme and 6 scenarios for an upcoming issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy. Here is one of my draft maps:
No vector graphics here, just pencils and a pen. Those nice chaos at WSS will then organise a proper artist to produce the finished maps for publication.