It's slightly more modest; a mere 25 completed figs and one piece of terrain, but the upside is that it won't take you too long to read, and in the hurly-burly of modern life, that can only be a good thing.
The first figs for 2014 were completed from undercoat stage on New Year's Day, preparatory to a game of SAGA at Chez Millsy scheduled for 2 January 2014.
12 Scots Levy with bows; they acquitted themselves more than favourably on the field of battle, thanks to some extremely lucky dice rolls. Time was of the essence, and I wanted them to look a little more proletarian than the Warriors or Thanes, so no tartan for these fellas.
And just think, that's almost 50% of the year's output on the first day of the year! Needless to say, this blistering pace was not to be maintained.
March rolled around, and I decided to create a bit of terrain for SAGA, something to give the Scots a wee bit of authentic atmosphere. I went a little crazy, I think, having gotten all carried away with images of Orkney and its lichen-encrusted ruins;
|"Put the brush down, step away from the model, keep your hands in plain view..."|
Took a bit of a detour around April, when I completed my humble contribution to Russ' 40th birthday present, eight Ork Burna Boyz for 40K. Lots of fun to paint, and I think I learned a fair bit along the way.
By the end of June, I finally got around to completing the SAGA Scots. It'd only taken me 13-and-a-half months! The last point of Hearthguard finally made their appearance, and I was well pleased.
So pleased, in fact, that I had to get them all together for a group pic...
|At last! No more tartan to paint!|
...whenever I get around to completing them!
This may take a little while, as I'm spending quite a bit of time enthusing over the latest event in my life;
my granddaughter Caroline Rose Hughes, born on 23/12 at 12:23pm. Perfect in every way!
Obviously, becoming a granddad is a major distraction from the paint table, but to tell the truth, I don't mind a bit (and yes, I'm showing off her pictures at every opportunity!).
I began this post feeling a little downcast at my lack of productivity for 2014, but I thought about all the other bloggers out there whose work has provided me with inspiration and entertainment while I was largely inactive, and I don't feel so bad after all.
I've realised that while we all have ups and downs, health issues, periods of furious activity punctuated by quiet times, and intrusions from the real world (some of which are exceedingly welcome, see above!), we remain a community where there is always something going on; your work has kept me in touch with the hobby during my less-productive periods, and for that I thank you all.
All the best for 2015 and beyond!
(And to think that this was to have been a brief post..!)