Thursday, 8 March 2012

Normal service resumed

I'm afraid that I've had a serious loss of wargaming "mojo" of late, hence the silence here since January. I'm sorry about that. In addition to this blog I have found myself staying away from many other blogs and fora which I regularly visit, so apologies to all those who have made interesting posts over the past few weeks which I have failed to notice and comment upon. There is no "story" behind this, just too little time and too many demands on that time. Anyway, I have been painting in the meantime and, more importantly, had a day of work last week that co-incided with a rare appearance of the sun in Essex so enabling me to take photos of everything I've painted since last December. I now have enough material for 6 painting posts and a couple on other military things, and other units are close to being finished. So I'll be able to make weekly posts for the forseeable future. I've been making an effort recently to finish off items that have been sitting on my painting table in various stages of completeness. These items include ECW command stands, more Darkest Africa Baluchis/Arabs and my first completed ACW Confederate units. Nothing to do with the AWI, I know, but I'll post photos anyway.

Talking about the AWI, I'm afraid everything I've been working on recently is for my First Carlist War and 1815 projects. I want to finish off some larger FCW regiments this month, but in April I'm very much intending to revisit the AWI and work on more American cavalry and French. But to be honest, given the size of my AWI collection (I must add it all up one day), there is not much impetus to add to the American and British collections (cavalry aside - I still have some obvious gaps on that front), at least until Perry Miniatures release their plastic sets, at which point I expect I will jump back into the period for a good while.

Above are a couple of wip shots - on the left are Navarre Guides for the FCW and on the right are the beginnings of the French 54th Line at Waterloo. The former I am progressing at the moment; the latter was begun as they were the only undercoated figures I had when I'd finished something else! I'm not sure when I will get around to finishing the battalion. On the ACW front, I have two Reb regiments finished and another pair in variouos stages of completeness. These are mainly figures I painted about 12 years and simply failed to base, so they are painted in a style that is quite different to the one I use today (and the figures are Dixon so I know a lot of readers won't like them!). I've been adding some more figures over the past 12 months and what I'm intending to do is wait until the other 2 units, and a couple of vignettes, are finished and then have an "ACW week" along the lines of the "New Zealand Wars week" of last year. I'm aware that I need to return to the South American Wars of Liberation at some stage too, and paint more ECW because Eclaireur wants to have some games with all the figures he's painted!


Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Very nice! It's really nice to see your back into the groove again as I was beginning to worry. I well understand the need to just take a break and I've thought about it at times myself and probably will one day.
ACW you say! I'm looking forward to this!:-)


Rodger said...

Good to have you back Giles. Nothing wrong with having a wee break. Very nice troops in the photos and looking forward to seeing the others too.

Bedford said...

Nice work.

I know what you mean about losing your mojo. Until recently I was very ill and really couldn't paint a thing. Sad but true :O(

Great to see you getting back into things.


Ubique said...

Great painting as always. Looking forward to seeing the other figures, especially the ECW ones.


RTB said...

Giles, have you been drinking too much Kiwi paint stripper again? Or now you are an Essex boy is it Stella and a dash?

Dalauppror said...

welcome back:)

Very nice looking mins !

Best regards dalauppror

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Welcome back. I've taken the occasional extended hiatus before. It's refreshing to do so once in a while.

Steve said...

Welcome back, Giles. We all go through the mojo loss from time to time. Mine recently lasted 18 months but I'm happily back in the saddle with my favourite Foundry Late Romans and Arthurians :-)


Silver Whistle said...

It's good to see you back Giles.
Life does get in the way of our hobby sometimes.

Willie Anderson said...

Good to see some more inspirational pics Giles!

airhead said...

Good to see you back posting Giles, life does have a habit of getting in the way of things at times. Looking forward to seeing your new stuff.

All the best


LittleArmies said...

Glad to see you back posting - my "mojo" seldom makes an appearance, and your dedication to building up a superb collection is something I can only admire. Its a shame you seem largely wedded to 28mm - I'd love to see you take a crack at some ABs.

You missed a fantastic evening the other week of Gonzalo cruising through some older vintages of that Spanish rotgut I gave you.

Stacky said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your Dixon ACW stuff. I have both Confederate and Union armies that completely comprise of Dixons. I was attracted to them in the 90s due to the huge range of figures and the character they are easy to paint due to the detail. I've now got a big job rebasing and repainting them due to earthquake damage which will be a long-term project. Keep the photos coming!

VolleyFireWargames said...

Again your photos have disappeared what gives with the blogger system?