And while we're talking paints, I have not been entirely pleased with the way my Winsor-Newton Alkyd oils have worked this time around. Sure, the browns work fine when thinned way down and washed over horses (see last winter's posts on my Holger Eriksson dragoons). And the metallic colors do work nicely for small metal details. But when it comes to washes of, say, blue, red over a white undercoat, well, I've been less than thrilled. Now, maybe that is due to my use of an acrylic white paint for the undercoat, which doesn't always seem to work well with oil-based washes. Maybe a solvent-based white by Humbrol, Testor's, et al would alleviate that particular glitch?
I don't mind experimenting, of course, to find what works best for a given application, but when disappointing results require doing a particular task over again -- sometimes several times -- to get it right, it's more than a little discouraging. That kind of thing hardly mattered years ago when I painted individual D&D figures. However, when one aims to paint units of, say, 24- 48+ figures to completion in a fairly short span of time, well, you see my point. And I've only been noodling around with these darn hussars since February this year.
What else? Ah, yes. Time marches on, and I discovered yet another new gray hair, right where my hair parts, in the mirror this morning as I dressed for school. The fourth in about two months. Well, 45 approaches, so I suppose I've been lucky thus far. Bring it on as the saying goes. I'll embrace the salt & pepper look happily and not try to disguise it with any of the numerous products for men on the market, none of which ever look convincing. I'd even be so bold as to suggest that you can usually spot guys who use these products from fifty feet away. Apologies in advance, but it doesn't fool anyone.
Sigh. I think I'm glad we have a long weekend coming up. Now, where's my tumbler of single malt Scotch? I need to lie down for a while.