For the last few years Zerotwentythree has run a painting challenge on the Oldhammer Forum , unfortunately this year I didn't have anything suitable immediately to hand so turned to E-bay to see what I could find without hitting the pocket too hard and found this little thing, not an official giant but at least something of a size which would fit brief. Until it turned up & I started looking over the figure I had no idea who manufactured or designed it - turned out to be by a company by the name of Phoenix Developments Limited, from their lost world of Atlantis range - a Female warrior with cobra by Tim Richards. Not quite what I was expecting, but then again, I didn't know what to expect. Any way I'll put this one down to a bit of fun, which will more than likely sit on a high shelf, out of reach of sticky little fingers. Then again, if, I was to ever get enough 'C' series Amazonian together to form an army - who knows, she could take the part of their giant!
Well, to say nothing happened on the painting front this weekend, wouldn't be quite true - given the weather has taken a turn for the worst!
Thus, the conservatory's out of action again.
Just to cold to sit there and apply paint, so went off and did domestic stuff like shopping and taking the cat to the vet (Always a joy!). Whilst, visiting the local business park, I noticed than Maplins were having a closing sale, never one to miss an opportunity I stuck my head in to see if anything caught my eye. To my pleasant surprise I found a magnifier lamp and a headband magnifier kit, all for under fifty pounds, so have invested a small amount of cash to see if these items would give me a significant improvement in my current painting.
As, any of you have seen my painting recently will a test - it's not the most genteel, I describe myself as dauber of paint, rather than a painter attempting a graceful application of colour and have put this down to my diminishing eyesight and shaking hand (long gone are my days of winning painting categories at Colours - hence, I say myself - I'm now a painter of armies not figures; hopefully, these items will help.
First impression are good - especially with the head kit with its the multiple lens and the multi-pose lamp does exactly what it says on the tin. So, am currently moving my painting station back into the study and hoping to show you a bit more progress with the giant and goblins, later today, as I'm going no where fast, given the weather.
Well, needless to ask I didn't get the Black Mountain Boyz out of the bath. So, I took a few 'C' series out of the 'to do' box and daubed a small amount of paint on them last weeks whilst waiting for the paint on the dragon to dry. Unfortunately, didn't get then to a stage applying a ink was or painting the detail (eyes & teeth); so waiting till today, (as I've not been getting home until after dark) to get these final touches finished - so here's a few pictures of the arra boyz with their wash (I always consider orcs & goblins should be covered in a proverbial layer of grot, it also covers up a multitude of sins regarding my painting and gives a degree of depth to the figures) and then with the details touched in.
These will take my painted Arra Boy'z up into fifties, so, can now start to consider deploying two units, rather than one large block - all adds to the variations of what I'm able to field ;). As ever, the close-ups just show how bad my painting has deteriorated and how badly I need to have my eyes tested!
Hopefully, I'll get the Black Mountain Boyz out of the soup later today