Small Victories and Headaches

16 thoughts on “Small Victories and Headaches”

  1. I like the bits you’ve got painted, Jeff! πŸ™‚ I don’t think some bubbles in the water is a problem and probably enhances the look!
    And samurai eh! Sounds good! I’ve got 16th Century Japanese and Ming Chines armies for the Japanese invasion of Korea, but I rarely get them out these days and could do with a good (and simple) rule book! As a first off I’d probably have a look at some of Stephen Turnbull’s books on samurai, since he is very well versed on the subject. Since I don’t get my samurai out much, I’ve also bought the Osprey “Ronin” skirmish rule book to maybe get me planning some small skirmish games!
    Anyway, two weeks holiday sounds good, so hope you get some hobby stuff done. Have a great Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, John! πŸ™‚ I really appreciate the book recommendation, I was hoping someone might have something for me πŸ˜€ I didn’t realize you had a samurai army. Are they available for viewing on Just Needs Varnish? I’d love to take a look if so. I’ve heard good things about Ronin as well. Some people say its better than Test of Honour and I’d be tempted to pick both systems if I ever did any gaming there as they’re both cheap enough to buy into, especially if you have the miniatures already. I hope you have some hobbying time as well during the festive period!

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      1. My samurai were painted between 30 and 40 years ago (you’re reading that right) so are now showing their age (you can see s handful of them at They’re all gloss varnished but the gloss enamel varnish has yellowed with age, which is a shame (and also why I know not to use enamel gloss varnish now)! I have thought about re-basing some and touching up the white on the models so that I can give Ronin a try, but haven’t got round to it yet. I could probably get you some more specific book titles, but at the moment my samurai books are stashed away in the depths of a cupboard!
        I’m thinking I’ll be preparing figures over the Christmas break rather than actually finishing any, but that’s just part of the journey and generally not too difficult!

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      2. I see, so the minis were actually painted in the Late Edo period, got it! πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness, I don’t think they look bad at all. The gloss varnish isn’t too noticeable in your pictures. The minis have a lot of character to them as well! I’d love to see you give the Ronin rules a go as well but that might be out of my own selfish interests πŸ™‚ I had a look at Mr. Turnbull’s books and Osprey books are a bit pricey for their length (under 100 pages) but I think I will pick one up very soon as there isn’t a ton of competition in the book market on that topic! I might even share my thoughts after reading on the site when I’m done.

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  2. You have every reason to feel proud, they look great!

    I would not sweat the bubbles and I agree on the dry brushed pallets.

    Whilst I had to cancel my own Samurai project (just not enough time & space) I very much look forward to seeing what you create.

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    1. Thanks, mate! This week was one where it felt like I made some hay on constructing the Fallout world which was nice πŸ™‚ I didn’t realize you also had interest in Samurai but I shouldn’t be too surprised. We both have great taste πŸ™‚ My project will likely be small in scope to start but you never know where it will lead me, I suppose!


  3. You had a better hobby-wise week than I did! I’m in the stage of looking at stuff and thinking vs actually doing. Hopefully after the holidays (and carefully placed hints on presents) I’ll be more motivated. I actually like the bubbles, who knows what ooze is bubbling up. For wood grain, I don’t know if your pallet is wood or plastic, but you could try this: take a pair of pliers and gently press down and run it length wise down the piece. The ridges in the pliers make nice grooves/grain lines. Try it on a piece of sprue and see if you like the effect.

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    1. You’ve got some painting problems to sort out so don’t be too hard on yourself! I hope you do get some good presents as well πŸ™‚ That is an interesting idea. The pallet is MDF, I should have mentioned that in the article. I’ll definitely give that a try. I would have never thought of it myself to be honest!

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  4. I think a samurai diorama is a great idea! If I had more time, space, money and energy I would probably be all over historical wargaming.

    The radiated pool looks really awesome and it’s nice to see a group shot of the Fallout characters. Excellently painted! Looking forward to the battle report.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean on the space issue. That is what keeps me from doing Roman and Samurai gaming, well and MESBG too for that matter.

      Thanks for the kind words as always and I’m looking forward to the battle report as well. It is probably the part of my break I’m most excited about in fact πŸ™‚

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  5. Really great work on the terrain. Some bubbles aren’t a worry. Maybe something is under the water watching…(small lotr reference there. πŸ˜€).

    Nice group shot as well. Splendid looking group.
    I was never into samurai beyond the Tom cruise movie, but a cool diorama is just up your alley to show off the painting skills. Two guys facing off surrounded by cherry blossoms…

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    1. Now a mutated Watcher in the Water would fit Fallout well! Glad to hear the terrain looks good as well. I need to get a lot more of it done in the near future which will probably cause a a bit of grumbling on my part haha.

      I haven’t actually seen The Last Samurai and have mostly seen fictional depictions of them but I should hunt that movie down and give it a watch. My hope is that I can do something very similar to what you’re suggesting so we’ll see how the diorama turns out πŸ™‚


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