"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft a-gley". I was on schedule to finish the Scorpions in time for Fields of Blood on the 29th. But that's all thrown into a cocked hat now. On Tuesday evening I sat down to edge highlight the second squad of scouts and had a mini nervous breakdown. My favourite brush (Daler 00 pure red sable) was frozen into a stiff, paint encrusted point because I had forgotten to clean it. It's basically useless. I managed to get the dried paint off but somehow the magic had gone out of it. I can't even seem to apply a base-coat cleanly with it now. My other brushes weren't really up to the task so I threw the brush pot across the garage in a fit of pique. 20 minutes and a large glass of wine later, I felt a bit better but then I noticed that I had accidentally knocked Captain Precarius off the shelf in my infantile rage and this had happened to him:
I had a complete tanty at my workstation. Cursing roundly and obscenely, I think I made a few new words up. Looks like I picked an apt name for my captain and I still haven't found his Iron Halo. The 40k fairies have apparently taken it. I definitely wasn't in the mood to patiently add pencil-thin lines all over a bunch of models at this point.
A much needed break from Adeptus Astartes was required. So I opened the Kill Team starter set which was an impulse buy from 2 weeks ago and all my happy thoughts flooded back in. Completely ignoring the models and rules, I spent the next 4 hours building scenery. Now I want to take it to the tournament. This is madness. I already have a completed gaming board with enough terrain to spare and that's what I was planning to take to FoB.
I haven't even played a practice game with my marines so there is no reason whatsoever to add to my hobby workload. There's just no way I can finish all these extra buildings in time given the speed at which I paint. On the other hand, I'll probably never get round to painting it without a hard deadline. Maybe an orgy of dry brushing is just what I need to counteract the painstaking, delicate process of highlighting scouts. We'll see. I'm already thinking I need a new neoprene mat to go with it though. Maybe everything happens for a reason.
Oh my, sad to hear about the loss of a great brush! And to have caused collaterals as well - it's heartwrenching.ReplyDelete
But giving yourself to a new project seems like the right choice. I planning to paint some scenery as well, but I might try and use rattlecan colours to minimise the drybrushing.
Storm in a teacup really but I was quite enraged at the time. That terrain is already based with a Zandri Dust rattle can. It literally took me 7 minutes to do. I timed myself.Delete
Awesome to see terrain! Ha ha. Now if I could only paint minis as good and quick as you...ReplyDelete
Well I'm blatantly going to copy your Sector mechanicus. Especially the fire extinguisher.Delete
Ouch! That is a bummer. Best of luck getting stuff ready for the event, one way or another!ReplyDelete
It will be ready! I just have to give up sleep and I can double my hobby time!Delete
Seeing the Captain like that is upsetting, its the pain not the skill (I know you have that) that will make fixing him hard. I hope you find his halo. Here if you need help (Mentally, you would be mad to let me help in any other way).ReplyDelete
He's not dead, only sleeping. I need to nail him to his perch. Just like Jesus, I'm pretty sure I've got a spare Halo lying around somewhere...Delete
I can put your brush through my ultrasonic cleaner and vallejo brush restorer if you like. Or if you are sure it is clean just massage hair conditioner in it and leave it for a couple of days.ReplyDelete