Sunday, 5 January 2020

Music please!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year,


I'm not going to start by summing up new year's resolutions, because I know I probably would fail them all anyway ;-).
Looking back at 2019 I think I went through one of the hardest years of my life.
I'm consider myself as either a realist or an optimist and it takes a lot of me to get depressed, something that happened quite a few times during the last year. Hopefully I will find a job this year, but at the very least I'm going to do some courses that will give me an extra edge and it seems to be something that's more highly regarded than experience here.

On the hobby-front I have done a lot less than I actually hoped for and I played a lot less games with my kids than I had actually planned to do. True, we did quite a few games of Burning Sands and a Rangers of Shadow Deep try-out, as well as a short RPG campaign for Hero-kids and many board games (7th Continent still being my favourite). However, not as many as I would've liked.

During last week of the holidays I found myself spending a lot of time entertaining my kids.
In the little time they left me to spend at my hobby-table, I managed to finish these two.


When I first started reading the Rangers of shadow deep pdf, I found myself thinking on how to represent the recruit companions.
While looking at the lot of adventurer models I got from Alternative Armies I noticed one of rogues was carrying a lute and it occured to me that there's a bard class in many roleplaying games. They may not be the best in combat but they are useful in other ways.
Also, if brave sir Robin was allowed a whole troupe of minstrels then why wouldn't the Rangers that venture in the Shadow Deep be allowed at least one. At the very least the bard could try and keep the morale up and record all the heroic deeds as a poem.

As I like to have at least two of every type of companion, so both my son and I can have our first choices when it comes to picking our followers. I decided to convert an excess Woman-at-Arms, from the adventurers pack mentioned above, into a musician. So the one on the right is a conversion I did.

I started painting some more models but these will have to wait until next time.
All the best for 2020, have a good year!

16 comments:

  1. Alle the best in 2020! Waiting for your new projects :)

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    1. Thank you Michal, all the best for you and your family too.
      We'll see what the new year brings. Right now my only plan is to get through my collection of 15mm fantasy models. Though I'm in urgent need of some terrain so I'll probably make some purchases for those.

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  2. Happy New Year and here's to a change of fortunes in 2020. Lovely start on the painting front though.

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  3. Best Wishes for 2020 ! Great looking models and fantastic paint-job !
    Greetings

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    1. Thank you very much Mario, very appreciated.

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  4. Hope 2020 brings you the job you want, and the courses help.
    Great looking figures and conversion

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    1. Cheers Dave, I hope so too. At the very least the courses give me something to look forward too.
      Welcome to my blog!

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  5. All the best for 2020, on the job front and with the wargaming projects

    Cheers
    Matt
    French Wargame Holidays

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    1. Thank you Matt, best wishes for you too!

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  6. Nice start, I hope it's just the beginning of better times. All the best for 2020!

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    1. Thank you, I hope so too.
      Best wishes to you and your family as well.

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  7. Wishing you all the best on the jobs prospect front. I've had some lows myself and I can only hope your loved ones will help you get through the tough times. Happy New Year Wouter, and all the best too for 2020!

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    1. Thank you so much Kuan. We'll get there, luckily I've got some people that help cheer me up every time I'm feeling down.
      All the best for you too!

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  8. Happy New Year (very belatedly) and I hope things improve for you this year. I really like that converted bard: I would never have known that wasn't an official model. A good start to 2020's model-making!

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too Toby, I hope you have a great year ahead of you. That's some high praise you're giving me, thank you so much!

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