So, a quick ankle update. It turns out that it was actually broken worse than originally thought. A follow-up X-Ray yesterday showed an additional break rather just the chip they originally spotted. So I'm sporting a spiffy new cast for the next three weeks.
But, my lack of mobility means that I am now able to paint more! First off, two of the recent Reaper Bones releases, a couple of skeletons with spears and shields. Nothing too fancy, just some extras for a fantasy RPG, should I run one soon.
Actually, I severely strained the tendon to the point where it ripped a bit of my ankle off, just a small chip, but enough so that I can't put any weight on it for a few weeks, then will have to be in a walking boot after that. It is not a severe injury and there's no reason to assume I won't make a full recovery, but for now I'm pretty hobbled and can't do a lot of the exercise-related hobbies I have been doing lately.
So, back to the craft table. Although even that is difficult, since my craft table is located in my basement, and getting up and down stairs in difficult. I'm considering relocating a portion of my craft table upstairs to the TV room where it will be easier for me to get around. What I really don't want to do is abandon all past-times in favor of just laying around with my leg up, although I'm supposed to be doing some of that by doctor's orders.
I will figure I will just get my ACW Rebels painted up, maybe take a crack at a few of the NQSYW figs. Bill has been talking about steampunk minis lately, but one thing at a time.
So my bad news for my ankle may mean good news for those who actually like to see pictures of stuff I've painted. More to come.
So with my RPG-related hobbies ebbing for the season, I thought I would start working on my American Civil War figures again. They are an easy and affordable project to do in my spare moments. I'm focussing on the Confederate troops, figuring it would be easier to raise enough units to get to table if I wasn't bouncing back and forth. So, here are fifteen more just waiting for the based I ordered from Litko to show up.
October, as I was telling Bill earlier today, is always one of the worst months for me when it comes to painting miniatures. There are a few reasons for this, and they are all related to a simple fact: I paint on Fridays, on my day off. I don't go into the office on Fridays, but the kids are in school and the spouse is at work, so I have the house to myself. That's prime hobby time right there. Nowadays I've become the kind of parent who has stuff going on almost every evening of the week that is work- or family-related, so no relief there. It's Fridays only, and anything that gums up a Friday means no painting gets done.
And in October, every year, I've got both a work-related convention that takes place on Friday and my trip to Ohio for the End of the World RPG gathering. There's two Fridays right there. The other two Fridays of October were spent getting ready for RPG sessions for my home game. I often joke that I have a hobby switch that has three settings: miniatures, RPG's, and terrain. The switch has definitely been set to RPG's lately.
Just so it doesn't look like I've never been picking up a brush, however, I did manage to create not one but two additional red-glitter helmets like the one I showed in my last post. I also made cute Halloween candy boxes for all the staff where I work.
I also managed to base most of ACW troops, but unfortunately ran out of bases to use.
I annihilated my monthly budget for October by buying the latest Reaper Bones Kickstarter (with the mousling upgrade) and a used copy of Mongoose Publication's Traveller. I bought Traveller because, well, I'm a magpie when it comes to RPG's, but also because Traveller features pretty heavily at EOW and so it was on my mind. I don't see myself running it anytime soon, however.
Right now, I'm taking a little hiatus from running RPG's. Whether that means I can sit down and paint something remains to be seen.
It's been a quiet couple of weeks, hobby-wise for me. I've been mostly doing RPG stuff like trying to run two groups for a weekly gaming session and preparing for my annual gaming mini-con in Ohio called "End of the World" or EOW.
But I am branching out a bit in terms of the worktable. My daughter has gotten very interested in different kinds of crafts, and wanted me to modify her skate helmet to a "glitter helmet." So I went online, learned how, and then gave it a spin.
That's the helmet before on the left, after on the right. It's covered in epoxy so it has a smooth finish.
There have been a lot of things messing with my down-time the last few weeks, but I hope to at least get the ACW rebels based soon. I'd like to be able to find at least some kind of benchmark on that project, especially given that I have already counted them on the "number of miniatures painted" total.
I forgot to mention that one of my Kiva loans has already been repaid. So the $25 I spent in August has already been given back. No money out, and a woman in South America has an expanded pig farming operation that will hopefully help lift her out of poverty. Awesome.
I finally finished my second sprue of 1/72 ACW Confederates. Now that I've got the bases I need and a solid fifty or so figures, it's time to get them ready. I will likely pick up another package of these to continue to build up the army.
But in any case, after a downright anemic August in terms of painting miniatures, it is nice to get another solid block done (in this case, 24).
Now to decide on a stupid color scheme for my NQSYW guys!
I'm excited to have hit a pageview milestone (50,000), but I'm actually more excited that the Kiva microloan for Christopher has been fully funded. So the two microloan projects I talked about last post are a done deal. Christopher will expand his farm with a dairy cow, and Ruth will expand her pig farm with new pens. So if you did contribute to either Kiva microloan, thanks. Here's hoping it changes someone else's life for the better.
Lately I've been cranking on roleplaying games over at the other blog, organizing a second gaming group I may not have time for and making modular dungeon tiles for a game I'll likely not run in a very, very long time. In all seriousness, the other group will happen, and I actually have been approached by some additional people interested in playing, so that's good.
But I'm also a wargamer, one with several projects languishing on the worktable right now, so I am spending a chunk of my day off today painting ACW figures. I'm holding off on the "Not Quite the Seven Years War" figures because honestly I'm trying to figure out a color scheme. In the meantime I'll be filing and gluing the 40mm figures to bases and maybe priming them.