15mm: A New Painting Challenge
You see, the roots of my wargaming probably go back into my childhood. Every school holiday I was given a 1/72 WWII plane to make and paint. I have no idea howm many ME109's and 110's, Hurricane's and Spitfire's I assembled. Plus the odd Mustang And I loved it. I stunk up the house with the smell of enamel paints and turps. Of course, there was a problem. Once they were made, all that was left was to suspend them from my bedroom ceiling. That was it. They looked nice, but the time to play was over.
This is probably what draws me to the games of Too Fat Lardies, Two Hour Wargames and The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare in particular. I want to see the story in the game. What I can't decide is whether this is the reason why I like skirmish gaming, or whether that's just because I take so long to get my forces painted?
Well, simply, because I'm struggling a bit. Or a lot. I can't quite decide which.
So I took the plunge, painted the rest of one of the models and applied a black wash over the model. I didn't particularly enjoy the process (which is a major stumbling block for me). But the end result is better than I thought it would be. The extra depth the wash creates helps my eye read the model. I set it aside to dry and continued with this post. And, against all expectation, I've found myself lowering my shoulders a few times, focusing my sight on the model on my paint station. It's about four feet away. Could it be it's actually working? Once it's dry, and before I post this, I'll add a photo of it here.
But it won't turn me away from 28mm where my forty-something heart clearly loves to be. Which reminds me, I have Perry Miniature's Deutsche Afrikakorps and British 8th Army figures I need to assemble. And of course, they have just announced that they will be releasing some US Infantrymen suitable for the Mediterranian theatre later this year. The DAK suddenly have two theatres I can use them in...
Whatever happens, the future is bright for gaming the Second World War with Too Fat Lardies' excellent Chain of Command rules!
As usual, thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to add any constructive comments below, especially if you can give some advice o help me along!