Well, as the title suggests, real life concerns will be discussed today along with more painting progress. I was kind of hoping to be further along with the Primaris marine at this point but this week was stressful and exhausting at work and in real life, unfortunately. I keep telling myself, I’ve got one more week and I’ll either be done or nearly there and maybe this upcoming week that will finally be true. I do look forward to completing this one and finishing my next project but I’m proud of the patience I’ve had with this mini too.
First off, to address concerns of a couple friends of the site, this Primaris marine does indeed have a head! It looks like it is on a spike (no doubt the work of the Black Legion or some other Chaos Space Marine) but I did this to make sure I could paint all around the head without having any details blocked. I plan on attaching the head soon, I just need to finish painting a few details around the head as I don’t want to accidentally get paint on the head as that is a real nightmare to clean up. I also wanted to mention that Warhammer heads are barely bigger than human-sized LOTR miniatures so the fine details can be a real challenge. His lens was not at all easy to paint and took a lot of touch ups and patience to finish.
I mostly focused on his one arm and shoulder pad this week but I also got his pendant done which really looks sharp I think. The Tau skull on the base doesn’t look bad either and was an interesting challenge to paint as its shape is so different than human skulls. I still need to get some base details painted and I’m saving whatever those things are on the cape until last so I don’t accidentally rub any of the paint off while painting other parts and have to redo them.
The most interesting parts I worked on this week was on the sides where there is the purity seal on the leg and the scroll on the shoulder pad which require some freehand. I was nervous and excited to try both and they were both challenging to pull off. The purity seal at the bottom was particularly interesting because I was thinking about painting up The Triumph of Saint Katherine (pictured below) as kind of an ultimate painting challenge for myself (because longtime readers will know, I never do anything by half-measure).
But after doing that tiny amount of work on the purity seal, I know that doing those would drive me half mad and I’ve thought better of it! The scroll that says Raven (I had to do a little research on 40k to even figure out what to put on the scroll) was arguably not any easier. I had to try twice and I couldn’t get thin enough lines to even attempt the gothic font that Games Workshop does which was a mild disappointment. So that is my weekly Dark Angels update. I hope you aren’t bored of seeing updates on him yet and there shouldn’t be too many more to go now before he’s done.
The other thing I wanted to touch upon does involve a bit of politics here in the US which is not something I would typically go into but when politics start to affect my hobby, I will not be silenced! 🙂 I have been having all kinds of trouble with USPS here in Chicago for about a month now. If you’ve ever visited Chicago, you can probably attest to this that most homes and apartment buildings have gates with intercoms so not just anybody can get in. The property management company in my building is not great at keeping our intercom working and when it goes out, USPS can’t get in to deliver mail. The intercom has been out for almost a month and was finally fixed a day or two ago. What is driving me crazy is that things I have bought online like miniatures and paint are taking forever to get to me and I never know when I will actually get them. Truthfully, I’ve feared recently that things I’ve bought are never coming or that they may end up lost which would really suck.
I had that problem with the current Primaris marine I’m painting which came almost a week later than it should have and I waited impatiently so I could finally get my hands on it and start painting. Over a week ago, I ordered paint, a brush, and some MESBG minis from Games Workshop. I was feeling confident I would get them in a timely manner because they usually ship with UPS and UPS has no issues with hurling a package over my apartment building’s gate if they can’t get in which means they deliver things quickly and on time (USPS will not do this with packages for some reason). Well, wouldn’t you know it, GW shipped with UPS Mail which is the dumbest shipping service in the United States. It starts with UPS and they hand it over to USPS to make the delivery when it gets to your state. I don’t understand how that is a shipping option that exists and it is usually slower than if you had just gone through UPS or USPS on their own. As you can probably guess, I’m still waiting for this package after ordering it two weeks ago, the tracking gives me no idea when it might delivered, and it is just all around frustrating! Most of the times I’ve ordered from GW, I usually have received my order in maybe 3-4 days so you can see this is well beyond the normal circumstances.
If you know anything about US politics, you’ve probably heard that there seems to be some kind of sabotaging going on with the postal service because our beloved leader is concerned that holding an election where people can mail their ballots will hurt his chances of winning. You can probably guess how I feel about this both politically speaking and practically speaking. I doubt that whatever Trump and his crony are doing with USPS is affecting me that directly but how am I supposed to get any hobby stuff I need if the mail service is this bad!? UPS and FedEx are more expensive options and not every seller offers to ship with them (especially not on places like eBay where it is easy to get the odd GW product). I do a have a great local gaming store but it is cramped inside and so it isn’t safe to go there to shop in my opinion. It seems like I will have to think ahead and buy more in bulk when it comes to paints and shell out more for other shipping services for a while or else risk my hobby grinding to a halt. Its such a ridiculous problem to have (though the same can be said about many things in the US right now) and it is another aggravation in the age of COVID. Enough grumbling from me though, I’ve got a Dark Angel to paint this weekend and hopefully finish soon.