27 August 2011

You could hear a pin drop. . .

In a bit of a painting slump here at the moment.  What else is new?  Hasn't that been the case since late winter?  These Minden hussars are kicking my tail, figuratively speaking, and have me completely psyched out.  Hopefully, the painting inspiration will strike again before too much longer, but it won't be this weekend I'm afraid.  Too much else to do in the way of domestic bliss (??!!) and tomorrow too much reading and preparation for Monday's classes.  Sigh.  It's like being back in graduate school all over again.  And to add insult to injury, I had to take down part of my wargaming table here in Zum Stollenkeller yesterday afternoon, so that we could use two of the folding tables for a departmental picnic that we hosted outside on the patio yesterday evening.  Grrrrr.  Sometimes, life just doesn't go the way you want it to.


Paul said...

Hi Stokes

I know that the mindens have wonderful detail ect
but in my opinion Spencer Smith
or Holger E figures look more dramatic and are a simple joy to paint
just my two cents worth


Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Stokes - sometimes the only thing you can do is sit down and paint yourself out of the funk - may take an hour, but just sit down, pick up the damn brush and set to..... usually works for me.... if that doesn't work - have a game, or go to a wargame show soonest... they all seem to get the juice flowing again....

A J said...

Hi Stokes, I found painting to be a chore until I broke the lead mountain down into groups of 16 or less. The chore seems to go much faster then.

Grimsby Mariner said...

We all go through this, sometimes several times a year in my case. Right now there are twelve Persian cavalry sitting on the painting table waiting to be finished - over a week now - and they only need weapons and metals! My tonic will be a trip to the Newark wargames show next week.

Prinz Ulrich von Boffke said...


Thank you for your words of encouragement. You are correct on all counts. I'll try breaking my batches of nine figures down into three, and just work on those. . . But the pull of HE or SSM hussars just might win me over in the end! There's no arguing with their charm and comparative ease of painting as Paul points out. Paul, where did you purchase your HE hussars? I haven't ever noticed any on the HE or SSM websites.

Best Regards,


Paul said...

Hi Stokes

The HE hussars are no longer made, I purchased 11 old stock from ebay and tradition Scandanavia, for the rest of the unit I am using SSM hussars these are the exact same figure but with the bonus of weilding a sword.

The HE hussars are wearing a mix of Hats but the SSM are all in busby

With modern figures I struggle with all the superb detail and quickly lose interest, with HE type figures I actually enjoy painting them so much I find it hard to put the brush down especially if I imitate the talented Mr Preece and dont consult a uniform book. Just use bold colours that suit the figures.
Best regards


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