Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Rolling up the Loins and Girding the Sleeves

"Do, or do not. There is no try." Yoda.

I would like thank everybody for all the comments re my 'Great Debate' - as ever they have been very supportive and have also served to bump start my 'reality chip' and so the plan is now back on after my temporary blip. My FLW set up will have to wait awhile (there is plenty of time in any event - especially from the funding perspective!) as I shall refocus my efforts on matters closer to home.

I shall be making a concerted effort to tackle the 15mm Balkan Wars figures first in the guise of the Russian and Turkish armies of the 1890s or Fezia and Rusland as they will be known. The 1935 kit will join the ACW ships on the back burner for the time being - especially as I hope to unveil some really exciting news very soon which will take up even more time but in a very good way.

The two 15mm armies (for which I have everything I need) consist of around 80 foot, 15 mounted and three guns a side. The great figure clean up is already underway and I am really keen to get some figures on the Hexon terrain so want to push on with this as much as I can. Meanwhile, the blocks will be in action once again as plans continue for my inaugural game on the new terrain as and when it arrives.

"All right, let's move like we've got a purpose" Corporal Hicks, Aliens


Tim Gow said...

It's a plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Bluebear Jeff said...

If I could make one suggestion, David, it would be the following . . .

Once you've "cleaned up" the figures, get them on painting sticks (or whatever you use) and PRIME them.

If figures are primed, it is easy to get a little paint on them . . . even if it is only 20 minutes . . . but if they are "bare lead", there are too many steps involved before you can actually get paint on them so that 20 minutes isn't used and the figures remain naked.

PRIME them, Sir David. Prime them.

-- Jeff

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

I missed the great debate but this sounds like a sound decision.

If I can offer advice from someone who makes the proverbial butterfly look like a beaver, don;t try to tackle the whole project. Pick a scenario, the smallest one you think you would play, work out the OB for MOB and paint just those figures and play a game.

Then figure out what to do next, more of the same or something else.
No reason not to do some of this and some of that once you've reached a point of "I can play a game of.....".


David Crook said...

Hi Tim,

Absolutely anything or everything methinks!

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Bluebear,

How weird is that? That is exactly my own personal tipping point - once you are at the priming stage then it is so much easier to push on.

It just seems to take me forever to get to that point!

I am fortunate though in that at the present I have a number of additional incentives to get these squared away which will support the 'big push'.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Ross,

To my eternal shame that is exactly the sort of advice I would give somebody else ....and then do completely the opposite myself! It is funny though, I was having very similar thoughts about 'scenario specific' painting although given the relatively small numbers I an talking about the whole thing would (or should?) not be too onerous an undertaking.

I hope!

All the best,


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


'Carpe diem , quam minimum credula postero'


David Crook said...

Hi Bob,

Sadly I usually manage to do that in the wrong order!

All the best,


Conrad Kinch said...


All I can say is little and often is my watchword when it comes to finishing off projects. Try to organise your figures in such a way that you can do a little bit everyday.

Maybe a tray?

David Crook said...

Hi CK,

As ever the basic truth about organising such an undertaking is largely blindingly obvious! My trusty Ikea tray has now been mobilised (or rather cleared of the last such endeavour) so I am now officially underway!

All the best,