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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Finished: 15mm Ming Chinese Spear & Dao Unit #3

As promised in my post yesterday here are the finished spear & dao unit, the third in my army. I wanted the coats to be a slightly brighter red, but still a little muted so I used a mix of Flat Red and Red Leather. I think it's worked nicely.

I've had to start on a second box file for this army (which I'd fully expected), so have split them with the infantry in one box and the rest in another.

Sunday Workbench 14 January

OK, an admission. I didn't quite manage to keep up with my resolution this week. There were two days where no painting got done. On Thursday it was because I was out playing ADLG - a Chinese civil war, which Simon won (it was very close) making him the biggest Ming-er of all.

On Friday I was suffering from a heavy cold and the aches and lack of energy left me not fit to paint. I have more than made up for it over the weekend though, finishing the spear & dao unit I started last weekend (there'll be a "finished" post tomorrow) and making a small start on the next unit:

This bunch are armoured infantry. Just the black basecoat for metals at the moment (plus the scabbards and trousers). I suspect that these will be a fairly quick paint, which leaves me in a bit of a quandary for what to paint next as I've run out of 40x20 bases. I'll be placing an order for those this evening, but if they don't arrive in the next few days I may need to switch projects for a short while.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunday Workbench 07 January

Well, well, my first Sunday Workbench of the year. And not a lot to show as I've only got one project on the go. Which is quite normal for me these days.

I decided to carry on with my Ming Chinese and pulled out the first unit I came to - some more spear & dao troops.

Yesterday I only did the base coat on their jackets, I got a few more steps done today but they'll still need a couple more evening sessions this week.

After these I have another four infantry units to do as I'm still waiting for the last packet of heavy horse archers to arrive.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Finished: 15mm Ming Chinese "Blue Hat" and "Green Hat" Horse Archers

I seem to be keeping to my New Year's Resolution quite well so far - I've done something related to finishing figures every evening this week. Now to see if I can manage that for another 360 days...

This evening I've finished the basing on these horse archers, finally completing this batch which I started on in November.

Blue Hats

And with the original base:

Green Hats

Tomorrow will see me make a start on painting something else. I haven't decided what yet though - you'll just have to wait for my Sunday Workbench post to see what I've opted for.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

Gosh, it's 2018 already. Or at last. I'm not sure which yet. Maybe a bit of both.

Regardless, I've been rather lax with posting over the last few weeks. I do aim to be more regular with my posts this year. Hopefully my one resolution will help with that - to do some painting every day, even if it's just 10 minutes.

With that in mind, I have started the year as I mean to go on today and done some painting. I have finally finished those Ming horse archers that I started back in November and given them a Klear/ink coat. Just the varnishing and basing to do now.

I'll leave off by wishing all my readers a happy and productive 2018!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Challenge Day One Without Me

Today is the first day of the Challenge and it's without me. At the weekend I withdrew, which wasn't an easy decision. I had been looking forward to taking part once again, but recently my fatigue levels seem to have been going up. I could only see them going up still further if I was taking part, so I decided to withdraw before it started and let someone else take my place rather than having to withdraw part-way through.

Anyway, despite withdrawing I will be following everyone's efforts and cheering them on.

So, I'll leave this post by wishing all those taking part this year the very best of luck in achieving and exceeding their targets.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wednesday Update 06 December

Sorry for going quiet on you - various things happened which have put painting on hold. Namely building works in my bedroom which meant moving my mattress into my painting room, thereby blocking me from getting to my painting desk. It's all done now, but I've got a lot of dust and stuff to clean up over the next few days. As a result, it looks unlikely that I'll get the Ming Chinese finished before the start of the Challenge, but it does mean that I'll have some things ready to go which will get me some quick points.

Where did I leave you? Oh yes, the Blue Hat and Green Hat cavalry. Well, before painting was interrupted, I did manage to finish the horses and also got a good way through painting the riders. It's just details, highlights and touch-ups left to do before varnishing and basing them.

I have ordered some more figures ready for the Challenge. From North star I ordered the other pack of Artizan WW2 Australians and three Pulp Figures packs. they arrived last week and I got them prepped and washed quite quickly. This evening I've placed a small order with Timecast for another pack of Ming Chinese infantry and some SYW Russians. I'll need to order a few other bits, mostly bases and such-like, this week.

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