Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Warlord and the monthly review

I finished the warlord for my Viking warband for SAGA.  He's a brute from the Reaper line, a bit larger than the others, and a little fantastical for a historical game.  But SAGA has some distinct looseness to it that seems to allow me to get a little fantasy chocolate into my historical peanut butter.
Besides, the warlord is practically capable of handling an entire enemy unit on his own.  He can be seven feet tall if he wants.

That gets my painting total for the month to a less-than-impressive ten.  A step up from April's dismal showing, but a step down from March's impressive lot.  I have four berzerkers to paint, and then I'll be done with this project and move into some Victorian Science Fiction so I can duke it out with Bill using the GASLIGHT rules.
I'm way over budget again on the hobby frugality pledge, mostly because I've been stockpiling RPG stuff.  It's a clear sign that I'm suffering a little discontent on that side of the hobby table, but I've bought about all I want to buy for the moment, and instead am looking to resolve that discontentment instead.  Right now I have quite a few Victoria-era miniatures that I'll likely be painting up for GASLIGHT, so there's a good chance that the budget can build itself back up again.
Between that and my schedule clearing up significantly in June, I have high hopes for the upcoming month.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Still More Viking Warriors

Finally I get these guys done.  They are the rest of the eight-man unit (called a "point" in SAGA) of Viking warriors.  It's the hand-painted shields that slows me down more than anything.

So, I just need to finish the Warlord and the four Berzerkers, and I'll have my full six points.  Then, onto other projects!

Friday, May 17, 2013

More Viking Bondi

So, going with my promise that I wouldn't start any new projects until the Vikings were finished, I painted up four more Viking Bondi or Huscarls or Warriors as they are known in the SAGA: the Viking Age system.
Viking Bondi by Wargames Factory
That means four more measly points towards my painting total for the year.  At this rate I'll be lucky to break 100, not that I'm counting this year, mind you.  But, I am painting again, and that's a good thing.  I'm also making sure not to get too distracted, also a good thing.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Frugality? What's that again?

So, I've been avoiding looking at my frugality pledge page, because I knew that lately I've been pretty free with the hobby spending.
The reason's easy.  I'm unhappy.  I won't get into why, because I'm wise enough to know that private life =/= public blog.  But when I'm unhappy, I spend money.  It's one of the reasons why I set up the frugality pledge, because while I know I spend money when I'm unhappy, I don't always know when I do it. I don't realize the gaps between visits to the book store or the hobby store or the comic book store are becoming smaller.  So I track it.
In April and May, and I'm not entirely sure when I bought these things specifically so I lumped them all together in May, I purchased the Castles & Crusades Player's Guide, the C&C Monsters & Treasure, four Viking Berzerkers from Gripping Beast, and Interface Zero (a cyberpunk supplement for Savage Worlds).
That's one item for a game I'm actually playing (Saga the Viking Age), and three RPG books that have nothing to do with the campaign I'm running and intend to run for several more months at a minimum.  Time to stop and take a moment to reflect here.  After this recent flurry of RPG purchases, I need to slow down and focus on the game I'm running.  If you read the RPG blog you know I've got some doubts right now about how long-term the campaign can go as weaknesses in the system begin to show, but I'm pretty committed to it easily through the summer.  I need to finish painting the Vikings, which is about a dozen figures.  That's a good week, maybe two, of work right there.  What's more, it's figures that are actually seeing table time.  Those should be the priority for the painting table.
Once I'm done with the Vikings, I can start thinking about what I need for the VSF project with a freshly-revitalized monthly budget (I can do a GASLIGHT warband/army on $60 easy with money to spare).
Now here's the part for those of you who might worry about a relative stranger: I'm working on the things that are bringing me down right now.  No big resolution yet, but at least I've had my hobby-intervention here.

More Saga action pics

Hey, isn't this supposed to be an active blog?  You wouldn't know it lately, mostly because I've been over at the RPG blog more these days.  The reason is twofold.  One, I haven't had a ton of time to paint miniatures lately.  Two, when I've had the time, I just haven't had the mojo to do it.

Well, one thing I've learned is that the best way to get the mojo going is to take those unpainted miniatures and let them battle some painted ones.  Once the shame settles in, you'll be ready to start painting again.

So Saturday I went over to Bill's house and played with him and his friend Scott a few rounds of Saga.  We each played two games and won one and lost one, which was pretty gentlemanly of us.  Here's some photos from the action.

So, now I'm going to try very, very hard to get the rest of my six points of Vikings painted by next weekend, or at least before I play Bill again.  And since he's trying to get me to paint up a VSF force, I really need to get going because I've told myself I won't start anything else until I finish this.


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