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Wednesday, 15 August 2007

I'm Back!!!

Yes folks, I have returned from my nuptuals and honeymoon refreshed, relaxed and even slightly tanned...mind you, being in Turkey, with a temperature of a scorching 33 degrees in the shade will do that to you. (And before some smart arse says owt, yes...I bloody well did get sunburned in the shade!!!!)

So, what's new, I hear you cry? Well, not a right lot, I cry back... Since Lucia and I got back, all we've done is bloody housework and gardening (oh, and whinge that we wish we were back in Turkey, sitting by the pool, endless drinks on tap...eating fine food in splendid surroundings...sigh....)

I have actually undertaken a couple of truly horrendous jobs: Numero uno: pressure jet-wash the patio, front and back...sadly, I still have 60% of the back to complete, but at least the front is done...gallons of filthy sand, moss and accumulated bird crap washed away...ugh...

Job Number Two (and possibly EVEN worse): Tidy the painting table!!!! Yes, those old paint pots that I've steadfastly refused to chuck away up til now are well and truly gone, the accumulated Greenstuff chippings, metal filings and chippings, knackered paintrushes, bits of chopped up conversion models, were all tipped into the bin. The paints have all been put in a nice new box file for easy instant access and some of Bill's Saxons are sitting awaiting gluing to the bases ready for undercoat (Are you reading this Tony? Yup, it's your Gedriht at long last!!) on a clean and bare table...how long that'll last is anyone's guess! If it lasts beyond the weekend I'll be surprised, as I'm a lazy and messy old blighter, especially on the painting table!!!!!

So, my painting plans for the next month are:
1. To start the first Saxons. The king and his standard bearer first, methinks...
2. To finish that third unit of 24 Foundry/Companion plus some GB Caesarian legionaries that I'm doing for the Crusader rules (actually, they are based on GW bases, so they can double as WAB types, but obviously in units of 18...) Talking of bases, that reminds me...WARNING: RANT APPROACHING!!!!!

Have you seen what bloody Games Sodding Workshop are doing with their bases? I used to buy them in the big bags, about 40 or so bases at a cost of £4...not cheap, but acceptable in the grand scheme of things. Anyhoo, I go into the local GW on Monday to stock up on some more 20mm ones. Except, they don't appear to have any...loads of 25mm ones, monster bases, round ones even, but no 20mm ones... Enter 'new manager type dude' who says 'I'll get you some on Mail Order, mate. How many do you need?' Well, I actually need about 20, but extras will be needed for some of Soapy's new Saxons in the not too distant, so I tell him.. and he says...'they come in at 75p for a 4 base sprue!!!!!!!!!' WHAT?????!!!! That means I'd be paying £7.50 for what I ordinarily get for £4???!!! Errr...I don't really think so!! So I left the shop, somehow managing not to tell him where to shove his 75p for 4 bloody bases.... That company gets worse, I tell you truly!!! If anyone out there knows of similar bases that I can buy elsewhere, please add a comment to this 'ere post...ta...

Ok...Rant over....Where was I? Oh yes...painting....

3: Start the British/Welsh Kingdoms foot Teulu. I'll probably paint a couple of these along with those two Saxons, and keep that ratio up as I go with both units as that'll keep both units moving along nicely...Lots to do, as always!!

Anyway, I'll hopefully post some pics of the new Caesarians (I have 2 units and a General base finished already) as soon as the 3rd unit is finished..probably two week's work along with prepping Saxons, etc....

See ya...

4 comments:

Dave said...

For GW esque bases go to EM4 Miniatures.

Same stuff much less money

cheers
Dave

Lord S said...

What ho!
Welcome back Andy & Mrs Andy. Looking fwd to all the new stuff. Next time you find yourself at Beast Towers, have a word with StuBy & Darren as they have a MASSIVE bag full of all sorts of GW bases with no plans to use them.
Pip pip
Lord S

WebOgre said...

Gale Force 9 does them here in the US and they're magnetic, too. (If that's your persuasion..)
I wouldn't know where to start to look for them in ol' Blighty...

andyelaisse said...

Hi Andy.
Glad to hear you had a good 'moon! More like Honeysun by the sound of it.
I had exactly the same experience as you with the warhammer bases except the guy seemed to be saying 75p per base! Anyway I got a huge bagful of similar from www.gatesheadgaming.co.uk
Have you seen my Napoleonic Wargame site :
www.andrewlynnsmith.com/napoleonicwargame.html ?
It would be good to see you sometime - maybe some w/e in September?