Taking a wholly pragmatic approach to the current restrictions, I have established a routine that helps manage the days of isolation. This is greatly helped by the working timetable imposed by the school and the interaction with my pupils, but because there is no commute or boarding duties in the evening, I have managed to build in a modicum of hobby time. Just an hour a day has seen a number of flights of fancy brought to a conclusion, but with this post I am delighted to report that I have finally completed the miniatures required to represent the castle defenders.
These amazing sculpts are, again, from 'Empress Miniatures' and have been goading me into painting them for some time now. I seem to struggle when it comes to painting units of troops, in this case my lack of knowledge of the period and the masses of detail, not to mention the prospect of yet more camouflage had conspired to relegate these to the bottom of the 'to do' list.
Having completed the character set, as seen in the 'Cross of Iron' post, I had a smidge more confidence to revisit these and armed with yet another outstanding painting guide from Nick of 'Moiterei's Bunte Welt' fame, this time detailing the intricacies of the splinter pattern camouflage, I endeavoured to move them forward.
I was feeling rather pleased with myself when they were complete, but having taken the photographs and seen them a little closer, as it were, I see that they look a little rushed in places and my ever failing eyesight is definitely missing one or two details. That said they seem to do the job from arm's length and look rather splendid when seen as a complete unit.
When checking the numbers for the game, I noticed that I was a couple of G.I.s short and so quickly remedied that oversight with a 'Warlord Games' plastic (left) and an 'Artizan Designs' metal (right) miniature as seen below, finally completing the roster for the game.
Completing these has definitely given me a bit of a boost and have been beavering away with the SS Troops that I had left to do, but have also finished some scenic elements which I am looking forward to sharing soon. With what we hope is the end of the restrictions in sight, I can't wait to see these elements all brought together on the finished boards.
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