Well here we go again, the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that my “lockdown” header has reappeared up at the top of my blog once again, this is not something I ever thought I’d be posting again to be honest, but as of Thursday before last I have been told to “Shield” once again till the 2nd of December. This means apart from going out for exercise (walking the dogs!) I am not supposed to leave the house, not even to go to work! (That came as a bit of a shock for them as the government didn’t inform me by Email till 8.00pm the night before! Good old Boris on the ball as always! 🙄).
This has however given me no excuse not to take part in Dave Stones “Unity” challenge, this basically consists of painting one (or more) units of figures in any scale before the months end (and we all go back to normal for Christmas…yeah right!). To this end I plan on…you guessed it, trying (again) to finish those “bloody” 15mm Barbarian figures that make up my Cimmerian (Conan) Hott army, that I oh so spectacularly failed to complete in September.
So I started by digging them back out (well they didn’t take a lot of “digging” to be honest as they were still sitting on my painting desk staring balefully at me!), and I set to work on both the one small unit of Archers, and a three man Warband (well and a couple of others but I just started them), luckily I still had all the paint I’d used on the command stands out so had a good idea of what colours to use. I used just about all my different shades of flesh, to try and add a little variation, highlighted with lighter versions of the same, the trousers (those that had them) were done in coffee and cream and then had stripes of either royal blue of dark red added and the shields were done in much the same way. And that was about it (give or take a colour or two). I have five more “Warband” bases to complete, and if I get around to it one base of cavalry, though those aren’t even undercoated as the horses need a little “tweaking” before they get to that stage. So a slow start they are at least moving in the right direction now.
I have also been inspired to dig out the greenstuff again and have tentatively started work on a figure inspired by something my “Aussie” mate Luke (that’s IRO to you lot!) said, I’ll have more on that next time (hopefully), but I’ll leave you with this somewhat cryptic picture of the slightly oversized head I have sculpted so far….(oh and it’s not going to be a grey alien, or Spiderman well not unless I cock it up anyway!), Though guesses at to what it will end up as are of course welcome 😉 (Just don’t say a waste of greenstuff!)
So till next time, stay safe.