19 November 2007

Is it possible to go snowblind from figure painting?

After a marathon painting session last night, that’s how I fell at least. So much white everywhere: shoulder belts and musket straps. I feel like Danny from Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King. Anyway, I’ve reached the home stretch with the last batch of Zichenauer infantry. Tonight, we’ll start with the metallics: brass cartridge pouch badges, scabbard tips, and sword hilts plus the officer’s gorget and gold sash. Giddy up!


guy said...

Hi Stokes,

I was fortunate to be able to spend a couple of hours at the Warfare wargames show in Reading, UK on saturday morning. For once I did not buy a single figure but stocked up with paints and lots of splendid flags for my SYW armies.

My main purchase were 2 SYW books and the BAR rules. The books were Prussia's Glory by Duffy on Rossbach and Leuthen but the highlight was a large book in German by Dorn and Englemann called Fredericks battles. Contained in this are about 20 fantastic full page plates depicting the various battles and crammed with uniforms etc. My daughter is studying german at the moment so I commandeered her dictionary to try and decifer some of the text. A little expensive but I had been told to go and buy some Christmas presents so there it is.


Der Alte Fritz said...

Guy: Perhaps your daughter can translate some of the passages for you for a Christmas present. It's a very good book with lots of good orders of battle. Some of the pictures are dead wrong, for example some of the Russians are depicted wearing 1812 Kiwer shakos, while some of the Austrians are wearing casquets!!!!

Fitz-Badger said...

I am constantly amazed by the quantity and quality of your output! If I didn't go blind from painting so many minis of the same type in such large batches I'm sure I'd go bonkers (whattya mean you thought that ship had already sailed?). :-)

guy said...

der Alte Fritz,

Thanks for those comments. I will have a fresh look at it to try and spot these faults. I think the translation could take some time. The first word in the title could we thought be translated as either battles or slaughter. We settled on the first.

Finished reading the BAR rules last night and set up a couple of regiments to try out the various aspects such as firing and manoevering. V enjoyable. I will try them out with a brigade sized force at the weekend.


Snickering Corpses said...

Looking very good, Stokes. A little closer each round to getting them finished and on to those lovely cavalry.

MurdocK said...

Yes you can go 'snowblind' from too long a painting session...

I was definately very tired of 'green' and its variations by the time I was done with my 5 Russian Dragoon Regiments last year.

I note, for myself at least, that when I am tired of painting I start to 'blink' really fast a few times. Once I do that two or three times in a row I know that it is time to stop painting (no matter how far from complete I am) otherwise I will be very 'squinty' for the next day.

I can definately relate to the 'snowblind' idea.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Mind you, it is much easier to go "snowblind" if painting French or Austrian troops where white is the major color.

-- Jeff

Der Alte Fritz said...

I tend to put in 2 to 3 hour stretches of time at the painting table. And my kiester starts to feel sore, then I know that it is time to take a break. That usually goes before the eyeballs give up. :)


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