Just to prove I haven’t been doing absolutely nothing of late, here is a quick progress shot on some general staff figures I’ve been (verrrry slowly) painting.
These are some more of the fabulous Minden Miniatures range of 28mm figures, depicting some of the real-life military leaders from 18th century Prussia and Austria.
On the left are the two Austrians – Field Marshall Prince Charles of Lorraine and General von Loudon, in their spiffy white and gold uniforms with acres of gold rococo trim.
On the right are their Prussian opponents, in somewhat more muted uniforms – Major-General von Seydlitz and (most recognisable of all) King Frederick II ‘the Great’.
I now only have a couple of other staff figures from these two sets to finish painting, and then that is it – I’ll have reached the bottom of my lead mountain! (For those visitors to this blog who aren’t wargamers, ‘lead mountain’ is the common nickname for the backlog of figures waiting to be painted, in many cases quite huge.)
True, I do still have a box of various miscellaneous bare-metal figures stashed away, but none of them are particularly required for any project. And so with no desire on my part to get them done, they’ll no doubt languish forever in the bottom of my cupboard.
So, what now? Well, to keep me from the reputed consequence for a wargamer getting to the bottom of his lead mountain (ie dying), I do currently have two Renadra plastic buildings on their way from the UK for my colonial New Zealand Wars armies. These are their brand new ramshackle barn kit (isn’t “brand new ramshackle” an oxymoron?) and their wooden church. OK, not lead, I know – but they’re still wargaming projects, so hopefully should count …
After that? Well, truth to tell, I have lost my painting mojo so much of late that, truly, I am not really keen to start anything else at all. I’m actually enjoying life without feeling the pressure of a painting queue.
Plus in recent years I don’t feel I’ve been painting as well as I used to. I’m not sure why – maybe aging eyes? But overall I don’t feel as satisfied with my painting results as I used to.
Hmmm, does that mean I’m coming to the end of my tenure in the hobby? After all, the other hobbies I’ve had during my life have generally lasted ten years before I got itchy feet – and I’ve been wargaming several years beyond a decade now.
Anyway, let’s see what happens. Maybe Empress Miniatures might come out with another release of figures for their superb New Zealand Wars range, and that’ll probably save me …