I feel like I’ve been saying it often lately (because it is unfortunately true) but this has been another stressful week for me so to relax, I mostly focused on painting stuff for gaming purposes. I also am still waiting on my much-needed item from Poland so no chance to get terrain done this week again. That’s not a problem as I find painting “troops” or basic infantry models to be the most relaxing thing you can do in the hobby (when you’re in the mood for it, painting them endlessly becomes tedious quickly of course). So with that in mind, you may have some idea what comes next!
I tackled my first two Shirriffs for the Hobbit side. I picked these up because I didn’t want to paint up another batch of Militia right away though I must admit, the sculpts for these two are a bit disappointing. The faces (in addition to being small because they’re hobbits) are really lacking in detail or like the Hobbit on the left, the nose is way too big in proportion to the face. The eyes are challenging on these because they aren’t well-sculpted and you need to paint very tiny eyes too. Pretty much everything Scouring of the Shire I want to be painted or created at a high standard but the Shirriffs are definitely not among my best work though I appreciate how fast they are to paint up at the same time. These two blokes will benefit from a matte varnish and some basing but I’ll wait until I get a big batch of minis done before I do that.
I also managed to paint up this guy which is my favorite sculpt of the Ruffians. He really looks like a bad guy but kind of a hapless one at the same time. This guy is unfortunately the last new Ruffian sculpt I have so I’ll have to knock out repeats from here on out. I also have 7 of the 12 Ruffians painted now which is not bad. Many of the Scouring Scenarios require 12 ruffians (and some Forge World models) which means I’m not too far off on the Evil side. That is one thing I really like about Scouring of the Shire, it does not require higher model counts like the recent MESBG supplements often do and I am starting to think this book/set of scenarios is one of the best for a new player who wants to focus on narrative games. It takes quite a bit of terrain building but the model count is very reasonable and I haven’t really gotten burnt out on painting these minis yet like I was with Wargs from the Hobbit and the huge amount of Goblins needed for Escape From Goblin Town before that.
So that is another week in the books for me. I am taking a much needed vacation to a warmer climate with my fiancee this week. I will be sad to give up painting for a week but at the same time, a little time away may ignite my hobbying passion just like Christmas break did. I am looking forward to getting back to the Farmer Maggot terrain and Theoden needs to be finished up for March too. I’m going to try to get a little bit of an update together for next week, though it may be a little later than usual. I look forward to seeing what everyone has been up to when I return as well!