Speaking of which, last night I sat down and took a cold hard look at what I wanted to work on for the next few months. It was somewhat sobering for reasons I will explain below.
Firstly, I won't have to buy a single figure to participate this year. The image below represents approximately 2,000 points in the painting challenge system. Some of these I've had lying around for a while.
So what will I be painting? Probably close to eight years ago I painted up a ton of 15mm Fallschirmjaeger and German armour for Flames of War. I also did some really great Bocage terrain. I'll have to post some pics later. I've never really gotten a chance to put them on the table. With my sons reaching an age where we can at least attempt to game, I wanted to paint up some adversaries for the Krauts. So here you'll see some 15mm Battlefront Americans with five Shermans from Plastic Soldier. The boys love tanks, so let's see if we can't get them on the table in time for a Spring offensive.
Next, some 28mm World War II figures from Warlord Games' Bolt Action series. Early this year I'd intended to paint them up for the new Bolt Action rules. Here's the chance to get them on the table: Fallschirmjaeger, SS, Screaming Eagles and Red Devils. Did I mention my boys love armour? Also in the pile are some nicely sculpted figures and vehicles from West Wind Productions "Berlin or Bust" series. These mix well with Bolt Action.
I continue my fascination with the Great War. The impending centenary of the beginning of the First World War will, I'm certain, be commemorated by many gamers around the globe. I wanted to paint up some early War figures - British and German. Included in the pile are German cavalry from Wargames Foundry as well as German and British infantry and artillery from both Great War Miniatures and Battle Honors Miniatures.
I bought a couple of 25mm Old Glory Mark IV tanks a while back too. In a previous blog, I noted just how large they are in comparison to the Foundry version. I toyed with the idea of returning them to the vendor, but now its too late. So I'll paint them for the campaigns in the Middle East, and more precisely the Second Battle of Gaza. When did I start doing the Great War in Palestine you ask? Well, right about now. This means of course I'll have to buy some more figures: Ottoman Turks, Australian Light Horse, German Asia Corps, British infantry in tropical kit, Indian cavalry. It just so happens I have a few figs lying around, but not nearly enough of course. And Brigade Games have some great sculpts. Such is the nature of addiction.
Finally a few odds and ends: Great War German casualties, a padre (hoping that Curt will allow him as a non-combatant), and somewhere tucked away I'm pretty sure I have some unpainted miniatures I was going to do for Legends of the Old West.
Perhaps the most sobering part of all this is to total up the value of the unpainted miniatures piled on the table above. In many cases I didn't pay full price. I've traded them, bought them as part of an Army Deal, or purchased them at discount. But even taking that into account, they represent quite an investment. The sensible thing is to get them on the tabletop where they belong.