It has been two weeks since my last update and I will blame my surgery for that. It really did a number on me. For the first couple of days after surgery I could barely sleep or eat. The pain was pretty high and I was completely dependent on my fiancee. On my birthday, things finally turned around and I started to get better slowly but surely. I’m thankfully now basically back to full strength and have been painting for much of this week. Being forced to take a break from painting definitely reminded me how much I love this hobby and it also made me thankful for the time I have to devote to it. I also want to say thank you to all of the well wishes. I saw many of them after my surgery when I really needed any encouragement I could find and so you have my gratitude!
With that said, this blog is not Battles In Surgery Earth so let’s talk MESBG! I’ve actually been a bit inspired by my good friend, Azazel, who runs a great site called Azazel’s Bit Box, and his dogged determination to clear out his unpainted miniature backlog. Some minis I own that have been sitting around for too long are the captured/paralyzed hobbits for Fog on Barrow Downs. The picture may not show it but I painted each one up so you can actually tell which hobbit is which. These simple sculpts are not time consuming to paint but after I painted the first, it was hard to find motivation to finish the rest. I bought these long out of print minis off eBay a while back because the inner modeler in me demanded that I own them before playing Fog on Barrow Downs! They perfectly represent what it would look like if a barrow wight captured a hobbit and I’m glad to have them done and ready to play that scenario sometime down the road.
Speaking of Barrow Downs, I painted Frodo before my surgery too. One of the reasons I painted him is that all I have are characters right now and I figured I might as well get another hobbit done. Surprisingly, he didn’t take long at all and I was pretty happy with how everything came together. I like how dynamic the Breaking of the Fellowship minis are as well. They are meant for Amon Hen but really could look good anywhere the Fellowship goes in the Fellowship of the Ring.
I also managed to get the toughest member of the Fellowship to paint done. Gimli just comes in unusual colors that don’t really match Games Workshop paints all that well. He also requires a lot of freehand on small surfaces to try and match his costume very closely. The freehand is so precise that I’m sure some of what I did could be a bit better but I’m still very pleased with how Gimli came out. I’m probably lucky to even have this mini as the one I got in my Breaking of the Fellowship order had a really weak axe that broke off a couple of months after receiving my order when I was getting it ready to be painted. I asked GW about getting it replaced and they did so. That is excellent customer service and I’m thankful to have this guy painted up and ready to hurl some axes.
Speaking of the Fellowship, here is a so-so picture of what I have done thus far. Not too shabby really, especially considering how much trouble I initially had with these sculpts. I think I’ve actually slowly but surely gotten better at painting them over time. I can’t wait to base these up like they’re at Amon Hen (except Gandalf of course) which I think will make them look even sharper. Only three more to be painted as well!
Painting up the Fellowship actually got me thinking, once they’re done, or even just the hobbits, there are a number of fun-looking Fellowship of the Rings scenarios that I can play if I want. Sure, there would be some terrain to make but compared to the amount of painting I have for An Unexpected Journey and the amount of terrain needed for Scouring of the Shire, it is worth keeping those scenarios in mind. Honestly, I think I’m in a bit of a hobbying no-man’s land where nothing I want to accomplish gaming wise is very close and I just have to keep at it until I get where I want to be. Having no immediately achievable goal is not sapping my will to paint or desire to hobby but I should probably make up my mind and get starting on something because my painting queue is literally all characters: Aragorn, Pippin, and Merry. Legolas, Tauriel, and Bard. And also the Goblin King. Other than the trees and hills I need to make for Eriador, that’s all I’ve got.
I’ve been meaning to pick up something, anything for a couple of weeks now and am somewhat paralyzed by indecision. I’m starting to lean towards more Goblin Town terrain as I can play multiple scenarios once I get enough terrain painted up but there are other options like more wargs or eagles. Heck, I could even get Uruk Hai and work towards an Amon Hen board. Surely, I’ll end up making my mind soon as I will need a break from painting characters in the near future.
That is enough existential crisis for now though. It is seriously great to be back and I look forward to resuming regular website updates for the foreseeable future 🙂