Now, before any of you ask, "Who are you and what have you done with Ev?" remember that this is only eight figures, not based or varnished, nothing too flash. So let's take a look at how it all panned out...
This is the one with the most work left to do - I call him the Plain Thane, since I haven't sorted exactly what sort of tartan he's going to end up with. Not really sure about the cloak, either; red might be a bit garish, but then again it is a good colour for a high status individual. So he's on the back burner for the moment.
Here's the hornblower - quite pleased with this one.
...and the rest of the thanes. I've decided to try a few brighter and more complex plaids to reflect the high status of these warriors. Once they're based up and varnished, I think they'll scrub up quite nicely.
So where did this sudden (admittedly modest) burst of activity come from? Well, I've been looking around here and at other blogs, seeing what they've got on the boil, and frankly, some of it is astounding. Monty over at Twin Cities Gamer has just finished some cracking Norse-Gael raiders for SAGA, C&G's own Millsy is recreating the Kingdom of Mercia in his games room, while the estimable Mr Awdry over at 28mm Victorian Warfare has been producing vignettes whose composition and conception are truly amazing.
The motivator here has been shame, pure and simple; while these exemplars of the hobby, and thousands of others just like them, toil selflessly to inspire sluggards like myself, I've been sitting on my worthless backside doing sod all. Until now, that is.
So here's a big thank you to all the lads and lasses across the blogosphere whose manifold efforts have served to rouse me from my torpor with the best of examples. I certainly wouldn't have done this without you!