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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pressure from my son

School is about to wind down here, a day and a half more to go, and my son has been on me about painting some of those Mantic figures. You may recall that Edwin King of Thoughts of a Depressive Diplomatist graciously sent him some skeletons and Orcs from the Dwarf Kings Hold line. I of course then went and scrounged up some more Orcs, Dwarves, Elves and Skeletons from some sets I found on ebay. Then I got busy, lost my mojo, etc.

Now that he doesn't really have homework and football is over, he has been asking to paint again. Thus I have been shamed by an eight year old into getting off my duff and have cleaned up all the stuff he cut off the sprue plus my 1/72 that I rushed to table for the Talomir campaign. (Which reminds me that I have another nascent project to come up with something of an award for the members of the campaign.)

Here are some pictures of the figures that mock me.

The Mantic Stuff

I think these haven't moved since I last showed them to you.

Romans and Egyptians to be used for N. Tropilium and Stygustan.

More Zvezda Roman Auxiliaries to make up units for N. Tropilium.

Sigh! Curt's entry figures in the middle of the painting desk, or as I like to call it, the altar of Chaos.

Those pesky Mongols awaiting a bath.
In the interim they have all now been washed. I will glue them up and get to basing. I'm going to let my son have carte blanche with these mantic figures and just help him with his technique. My main worry is whether I should try to fill and smooth the gaps with putty or green stuff. I think compulsion may win in the end.

I hopw to be able to show you some progress shortly.

12 comments:

  1. If the gaps must be filled, teach your son to do it. The sooner he works with green stuff, the sooner you will discover whether he has the talent for such things. If he does, personal figure sculptor makes for a fine bonus to dad.

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    1. Hi Justin. First I need to figure out how to do it myself. I never tried it the first time around, and I've only used clay and testors putty.

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  2. Shame on you! ... Kidding. I am 100% on your side. It's a good sign that your son is committed. And mojo goes and comes. I was more on building recently but honestly... I can't get fully into it. Maybe that's the time of the year.

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    1. Thanks cedric. It's tougher to be a slug when the boy is counting on you.

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  3. Enough procrastinating. Just do it already :-) !

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    1. Hi Hugh, but part of the fun is procrastinating and then whining about it. :)

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  4. Just a bit to be getting on with then! Best of luck Sean.

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    1. Hi Micael, that's only what I showed you. We all have more in the pile. So much more.

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  5. Hm, training up a personal sculptor seems a good idea. I seem to remember something about having him as a new James Brewerton, painting armies for his Old Dad in retirement!

    Glad the skellies are proving useful.

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    1. Hi Edwin, yes child labor laws be damned! My real aim is just to find things that he is passionate about and then do everything I can to help him be the best he can at it. And your seed figures have got me buying 28mm again.

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  6. If you don't bow to the pressure soon then I'tll be emotional blackmail next.
    "But Dad, you said...."
    Time to step up methinks.

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    1. Hi Zabadak, yeah we're already there. Hopefully last nights work will get things on their way.

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