In my last order from Litko, I bought 25 2" by 1" "pill" shaped bases. I have been reading the new Pickett's Charge rules, which call for several aides de camp per side. I think this would be a workable way to denote couriers.
Three of the figures are from Sash and Saber, while the bald Union officer removing his cap is from Old Glory. I hope to put on a Pickett's Charge game this year.
My gaming buddies and I enjoy exchanging Christmas gifts each year. This year Jon got me two 54mm white metal figures from EK Castings, a Russian outfit that produces some beautifully detailed military miniatures at a great price. Over the past few days, while I have been priming French infantry in sub-zero degree weather, I tackled the first of the figures.
This is a Roman hastatus suitable for the 4th-2nd centuries BC. I would guess from his helmet that he is from the earlier years.
I used this figure to experiment with some ink washes and light acrylic glazes, using mostly Vallejo paints. While I am happy with the overall look of the figure, his face did not come out quite right. I may have to break out the oil paints for the next figure, at least for the flesh tones.
He'll go in my model display case now. This was a fun diversion, and I look forward to trying my hand at some more figures from EK Castings' range.
I have found one Russian vendor that sells these figures for about $4 each (plus shipping costs). Once I figure out how to actually place an order, I will probably get a couple dozen figures. I really enjoyed painting this guy.
2016 was yet another busy year for me. I felt like I really hit my painting stride this year, cranking out the figures while not sacrificing quality. I finished 1,821 figures this year, or about five figures per day. Not too shabby!
Virtually all my painting (more than 90%) was done for Glenn's massive commission. I did finish up some figures for my gaming buddy Kevin as well, and I was able to paint a few figures for myself.
My Analogue Hobbies scoring system total for the year was 5,086 points, a 13% improvement from last year. I was also able to complete a few scale models, including my first ever aircraft and a large diorama.
All in all, 2016 was one of my most productive years.
All of that commission work has had one goal in mind: to fund a hobby room for myself. I will be tearing down my old garage and replacing it with a new garage, 960 square foot gaming room, and another 480 square feet of basement storage. The permits came through the week before Christmas. All the bids are in, and my wife and I have chosen a contractor. As soon as the temperatures rise, we will break ground!
So 2017 should see me finish my massive Napoleonics commission. It should also see me moving in to a gigantic new gaming space!