25 September 2009

While the Grand Duchess is away. . . playing Mah Jong no less. . .

From left to right: The regimental inhaber Herr Colonel Heinrich von Heide along with his standard bearer and trumpeter. These are going to be a fun bunch of figures to paint and a nice change after all of that white-coated infantry last spring and summer.

Imagine! The nerve! So, obviously I have had a couple of hours to myself this evening. And what better way to spend that spare time than working on some RSM95 wargaming miniatures.

Just a little bit of painting on the first three figures tonight: green bases, the faces, and a quick coat of Liquitex black acrylic paint on the horses and tricornes. I like the blue-black of this particular color -- very suitable for noble cuirassier steeds. It dries quickly with a nice sheen and a stretchy surface, so it stands up well to handling and doesn't flake off of metal or plastic figures. An added benfit of Liquitex is that it helps prevent the black gesso undercoat from rubbing off the ears and muzzles of the horses plus the boot toes of the troopers before I finish everything and slap on a couple of protective coats of Future/Klear acrylic floor finish.

So, only about 60 minutes of work this evening while listening to Croatian Radio on shortwave -- in Croatian, English, and Spanish no less -- but it's really amazing what you can accomplish in a week's time if you make yourself sit down for an hour or two each evening. Marathon painting sessions can be very productive and a great deal of fun, and I certainly enjoyed them at 17 or 18, but I suspect that consistent regular painting is far more productive and produces faster results.

The great love of my life, the fair Grand Duchess Sonja, and I are of to the Chicago suburbs tomorrow to visit. . . Yes! The fantastic mid-blue and yellow IKEA!!! Always a fun trip and after ABBA, Gustavus Adolphus, and our old grad school friend Helena up in Minnesota, possibly Sweden's greatest contribution to the world!

And let's not forget the late, great Holger Eriksson either!


tradgardmastare said...

We were at the Edinburgh Ikealast weekend.I actually like the place and love the room sets. coffee and pastries etc are pretty good and reasonable too.
Ikea sell some very useful storage boxes with drawers ,made I'm sure, with us wargamers in mind...

Bluebear Jeff said...

Mah Jong? Really? . . . Wow, how early 20th century.

I agree, consistent painting sessions pay great dividends in terms of painted figures.

-- Jeff

Stryker said...

Stokes - glad to hear that the spooky ability of women to draw their men folk to IKEA is not just a UK phenomenon. They do have some very good soldier/terrain storage solutions however...


DC said...

Surely Holger Eriksson is Sweden's greatest contribution...?

Grimsby Mariner said...

I love playing Mahjong but it's so difficult to find opponents.
Ikea apparently hold the distinction of having more bookcases in peoples homes than any other manufacturer ever. Billy is the world's most popular style - I'm guilty of having seven in my house!


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