Firstly, many apologies for neglecting you all over the past 3 months. This has occurred for a number of reasons. First, real life got in the way, as my Dad was very ill over Christmas plus my Windows PC died, leaving me without a decent computer.
Fortunately, Dad has recovered well and I now have a spangly new Mac, so the PC issue is solved!!!
But, on the gaming and painting front, things have slowed down. Well, that's only party true. I am still gaming regularly, but I am afraid to report that my painting mojo has departed completely! This has been prompted by a few factors, some of which include the trials and tribulations of real life, but also because I came to a few realisations over Christmas.
1. My eyes are in a shocking state. I can now no longer easily paint on top of black undercoat as I cannot distinguish anything. This came to light when trying to paint High Elf cavalry models...I just can't progress with them. I can solve this for the rest of the Oldhammer Elves by undercoating white and layering up on that, but those cavalry...
2. I have realised that I have not got the time to game all the stuff I have to paint. This means I am being forced to make a few tough decisions about what to keep and to finish/continue painting and what to ditch and sell. This is not that easy and it has further depressed my painting mojo as some things I enjoy painting probably aren't worth finishing as I'll never game them - Lord of the Rings Elves and Orcs leap to mind, as I can't see myself ever doing much with them...shame...
3. I have simply spent so much time painting that I am a bit 'painted out'.
4. I have no deadlines to paint to! Nothing like a deadline to focus the brush!!!
All this means that progress with stuff is painfully slow. I am still doing the occasional hour on some Oldhammer Elves (a squadron of chariots has been started, including the original 80s Elf war chariot!!), the LOTR Elves (I just can't let 'em go...) and my Colonial Brits and Pathans, but at the mo it is very 'occasional'.
If you have any tips for regaining painting mojo, do let me know...
Gaming-wise, the Dux Brit campaign has stalled due to other club commitments for Mike and I, especially Mike who is heavily involved in preparations for Salute, although I suspect the upcoming raider supplement will jog us back in! Also, I am about to run an Arthurian WAB campaign similar to the one I ran a few years back (you'll find it in the blog archives if you search), which should prompt some posts and maybe even some more bad pseudo-Dark-Age poetry!!
Do pop back occasionally - you never know, I may still have something useful to say :-)