They Came from the Painting Table – April 26

Maybe I’m beginning to adjust to a new “normal.” After several weeks of doing pretty much nothing, I finally did some painting this past week. Here are the results.

First are two female Elf archers from Reaper Miniature’s Dark Heaven Legends range. Many years ago as I became disillusioned with Warhammer, I started playing Chipco’s Fantasy Rules. I started collecting figures from Reaper to build an all female army. Liara Silverrain was at that time the only female archer available, so I bought 8 or 10 of them. I still have 4 or 5 left to finish painting.

If you don’t know by now, I’m such a slow painter that often I find myself playing a different army or game before I complete a project. Before I could finish building an army for Chipco’s Fantasy Rules!, I found myself as a playtester for Reaper’s Warlord Fantasy game. I had good success with my Dwarf army and I began collecting figures for other armies. And many of them are still waiting to be painted. This week, I finished 2 Elf Fauns leaving 7 more left to finish painting.

Most female gamers I know, came to this hobby through Dungeons & Dragons. I got hooked by painting figures with my son. Soon I was collecting my own figures and playing against him and my brothers. My entry into this hobby was through Warhammer and Warhammer 40K. I collected Dwarfs for fantasy and Squats for 40K. I sold the Squats years ago as I started a 10 year hiatus from gaming. When I got back into gaming, I stripped the Dwarfs for repainting, and they’ve been in the paint queue ever since. So, I finished one this week. That means 8 finished and at least 100 more to go.

After wrapping up playesting on Reaper’s Warlord game, I became a little disillusioned with the game. Like Warhammer, it became much more of a competitive game with the most recent army released being the most powerful. It was at this point I discovered Two Hour Wargames and began playing their games. I started this blog as a place to record the stories which developed from the games. As a result of the blog, I was invited to join a group playing colonial era games using Colonial Adventures. This began a collection of colonial figures that is nearly completely painted! These figures are from Wargames Foundry’s Darkest Africa range – Tribal Musketmen in Hats & Coats . Of course since all of my colonial figures are nearly painted, it is time to buy more.

I also rebased some Heroclix figures for use in my Sci-Fi games. You can never have too many civilians or New Hope City weirdos.

The Count

It’s hard to believe I haven’t painted anything since February. My count of painted figures (I don’t count the ones I rebase unless I have to touch up the paint) now stands at 126. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 13 28mm Fantasy Figures
  • 60 6mm Ancient Greek Figures
  • 22 10mm Seven Years War Figures
  • 10 28mm Old West Figures
  • 8 28mm Colonial Era Figures
  • 41 Pieces of Terrain
  • Rebased 13 Science Fiction Figures

Are You a Villain?

As a mostly solo gamer, I’m both the good and the bad. But Stella Jang asks:

“We all pretend to be heroes on the good side, but what if we’re the villains on the other?”

I hope you enjoy this quirky song with a jazz/ragtime beat.

6 comments

  1. Excellent to see you made some progress on the pile of shame (a.k.a the paint queue), like you I’ve had an extended gaming hiatus, but am now getting back into THW.

  2. A really interesting post, and lovely to read a whistle stop history of your wargaming. I got back into the hobby about five years ago. Enjoy playing almost anything, buam not a great fan of the current ‘boxed game’ fashion. Love your stories. For me the development of a narrative is the best part of a game.

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