Thursday 26 April 2018

Moving forward

Almost a year since my last post, time flies fast.
Much has happened since, I had to pack all my stuff into boxes and send them over to Australia, as this is where I live right now with my family.
Some sacrifices had to be made, such as leaving stuff behind and selling a whole lot else.
Unfortunately the hobbyscene here in Adelaide isn't exactly as I hoped it would be.
Most hobby-stores seem to have a focus on either boardgames or Games Workshop. Both aren't really something I was doing anything with, though I did buy AoS Skirmish and the new Malign Portents book, with the intention to start a Moonclan warband once I got the funds.
Work is something else I made some sacrifices in, as my youngest can't go to school yet over here and daycare is crazy expensive. So I'm currently on parental leave, not sure if we will go back to Belgium before the year ends and start working at the company I left again or if I will search for a new job over here.
The result however is that there is no drive, nothing to look forward to, when it comes to painting, so I played a lot of Skyrim when I had nothing on my hands.

Lately I did have a small skirmish game with my eldest which he liked (I did let him win on purpose :D) and I hope to do some more in the future.
Another thing which suddenly gave me something to work forward to is the fact that Mike of the World of Twilight is organising another painting competition after the succesful conclusion of his Kickstarter somewhere in 2017.
This has given me a focus I haven't had in quite some time and with a deadline also something to work towards.

Here's the first results of my work, I also did a lot of conversions but haven't painted these yet.
The 14th of May is when the competition ends, while I don't expect to win anything I hope to have at least two forces and some pampered critters painted by then.
Something I probably wouldn't have time for is a scene from the Lion King, with a 15mm Onsegar (sculpted by myself) on Pride Rock (made with cork).

And here's what I achieved so far. I must admit the quality of my painting isn't what it should be.
I'm a bit rusty and I'm painting in a bit of a rush as I had to wait for some supplies before I could get started, not to mention a long holiday to Tasmania.

One of the topics is a pampered Preepree (or other creature), which is in fact an excuse to get some of the may creatures Mike has sculpted painted. I decided to give my Preepree a cushion to sit on and converted a painted model so he looks like a servant who has to feed the spoiled creature.
A very easy conversion as I simply had to change his brush in a spoon and put some food in his bowl.
The cushion and base have been magnetized so I can take the Preepree of and put it on a cart for whenever it's owner wants to show it around (and get ambushed).

I'm also working on my Trebarnii and a Draxu, which I call a pampered pest, but both are still work in progress. With the ribbon I did a quick conversion on the Draxu, while the Trebarnii got some added pouches and such, just to make them look more individual. One of the brutes got his pose changed to make him look diferent, this wasn't so easily to do on the other Trebarnii though as they are all holding their spear with both hands. I have some things planned for the boss, but he's still in the greenstuff phase.

 Anyway, it's good to be back and have some fun with my hobby.
Thanks a lot for reading and until next time (which hopefully won't be to far in the future this time).