Sunday, January 12, 2014

What, another project revision?!

Yet another overhaul of priorities is in order.  Two developments drive the change in course:
  1. Crystal Brush is creeping up on me.
  2. I showed my Christmas present, the Saga ruleset, to my buddy, Steve, who immediately declared the game to be everything he is looking for in a wargame and moved Saga to the top of his wargaming priorities.  Since Steve probably the most available of my wargaming buddies, it makes sense to follow his lead.
While I had a few ideas for Crystal Brush, none of them were ones that I really wanted to sink my teeth into.  I want to present something respectable, but I'm not going to kill myself or make too many sacrifices in my other hobby goals.  I do want to push my boundaries, however, and I would like to earn a Bronze.  With those guidelines, here are some other criteria to help me decide on a project:
  • Relatively small.  Single figure, bust, or small unit.  This will make it easier to transport and display at home.  I want to make room in my transport case for both Crystal Brush entries and a couple of skirmish armies.
  • A model that I probably won't be using in a wargame.  To compete for a trophy, I'm pretty much obligated to put as much effort into the base as the figure itself, so it might as well be integrated and set the scene, making it likely that the figure will need to be permanently affixed.

So here are my candidates.  Left to right:  Steampunk Goblin bust by Forged Monkey; Mean Jellybean by Dark Age; Moraineman by SphereWars; Steambike by Maxmini.



So off the list of immediate projects goes the Tau Sunshark.  In its place, I'll press forward on my Orcs & Goblins, which I can use both for Warhammer Fantasy and as proxies for Dark Age warriors in Saga!

I still want to finish at least this one unit of Fire Warriors.  I have the main color scheme down, but there's still a lot of work left to do.  If anyone knows a fast way to paint that damn thigh armor and still show the lines, please let me know!  Washes didn't work for me.  I ended up painting each subpanel in order to etch the lines with negative space.  The thigh armor is finished for this unit, but there's another one after this one, so any shortcuts would be greatly appreciated!



In other news, I received my Rivet Wars game from the Kickstarter I supported.  Yay!  This was a pleasant distraction, while I was fighting a cold over the weekend.





Crazy-good components:



And superb box control:







Fantastic production and very satisfactory communication and delivery.  Definitely a success story for a Kickstarter.  I've had my share of duds with Kickstarter, so it's nice to see one come through so well.

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