Finished some of the remaining few halberdiers who have been langquishing on my desk, almost but not quite painted. There are just two left - the standard bearer and a trumpeter.
Whike digging through some boxes in the basement, I aals unearthed the man... err, Hobbit, who started the whole JTC concept. Nob Scrobbleton was my character in a too-brief return to oldschool RPG (2nd Ed. AD&D) a few years ago. I brought him back as the inspiration for Scrobbleton's Jackrabbit Trading Company, though hadn't really thought about a wargame miniature or using him in any scenarios. Last bit of fluff I published here on the blog (start of the campaign) has him taken prisoner by the Marienburg authorities. At any rate, this Reaper mini is the one I used for Nob in the RPG.
Mind wandering while listening to music at work. Realms of Chaos, the...
I don't generally buy many minis (gaming budget is extremely limited), but at the beginning of the year I told myself that I'd try to go all year without buying any new ones - or at least trying to keep it to a minimum. (Besides, a few previously supported Kickstarters will be delivered over the course of the year.) I've done pretty well. I did recently sell some art, so I splurged with some of the proceeds and bought a few minis that will most likely enter directly into the painting queue. Click to enlarge.
On the left is the Grenadier/Mirliton mini that I previously commented that I was eyeing as a mounted half-orcs general. I love this figure. After getting it in the mail today, I like it even more. I think it has a bit of a Frazetta vibe to it. Now I want to get a muscular yet curvaceous half naked half-orc lady to accompany him. ;)
Next are three Reaper half-orcs of varying sizes. Previously painted mini included for scale comparison. I think the smallest will fit in well, though slight stylistic differences. I think the middle one will also look good on a 20x40 base, similar to the way I included a couple of Reaper orcs in with the previously painted regiment. The merchant... way bigger than I expected. His body is closer to the Foundry orcs or Marauder Ogres, but his head is much smaller than either so he doesn't look like he'd fit with those. Not so sure how/if he will fit in to the collection. Maybe I could try sculpting a new head on him?
Last is a Reaper skeleton I've been eyeing for at least a year and a half, for use as an undead hero. Also a little larger than expected, but I think he will be OK.
I finished some Half Orcs I started a month or so ago. Took some shortcuts, and looking at the pics I think I will go back an add a slight highlight to the armour.
These are the old Grenadier minis, now sold by Mirliton. Stylistically a little different, but still close enough to look good with the Black Tree minis I previously painted.
So these will fill the role of Bushwackers, in WFB3 terms. I'd like to find a mini to use or convert for a champion, though.
I also need to find a good half orc general. I do have some more rank & file to paint up, and should be able to put together a good mercenary contingent/warband with the addition of just an additional handful of minis.
Rather than reply to the comments on my last post, I'm just
going to say a few things here.
First, I appreciate everyone reaching
out. Thank you.
Second, it's not really just about
miniatures & gaming and how I feel about that. My interest is still
as strong as ever, but I'm frustrated by the lack of time and that's
where the blues set in. I haven't had time for any other hobbies or
interests in years, either. Life is my job and housework and sleep.
That's pretty much it. It takes up 25 hours of the day, and it's
exhausting. I've been having an increasingly hard time with this & feeling burned out -- I think that's where that last post came from. A bit personal, maybe not really appropriate for a hobby blog. But aside from work I don't really get to talk to actual people anymore.
Painting minis is the most "me time" I currently get. Most
of that is done in stolen moments, 10 minutes at a time between other
tasks (my desk is next to the laundry, so I'll frequently splash some
paint on while waiting for the washer to fill up...), or maybe (if I can
manage) I stay up late and paint for an hour instead of getting the
sleep I probably need even more. For now I'm just trudging on. As I
said, painting is about the only thing I can manage for myself, so for
now I'm going to keep doing it. But I think I'm giving up on the
illusion of gaming.
Morale is hitting an all time low. I don't think I've been as close to just getting rid of everything and giving up on the idea of gaming as I am now. Above is one of the two graveyards my painted miniatures go to. (Someone asked how I "display" my painted minis a while ago, so I took a photo of the better one.)
The multiple hurdles of lack of (day and/or continuous) time, lack of space, and no friends is seeming impossible to overcome. It's been five+ years of painting and planning for some theoretical future enjoyment, but I think I need to admit that I can't see any of that changing in the next five... ten... or however many years.
I don't want to keep making plans and wasting my scarce time for some sort of future enjoyment that's never going to happen. I don't want to look back someday and realize I wasted what little time I had on something that was never going to happen.