Weekly Waffle #78

So I thought this week I would have a truly British introspective on a subject that is really close to our hearts and how it impacts on our hobby. Yes you guessed it, it’s the weather. Over the last couple of weeks we have had some decidedly un-summer like weather and I think this has had a big impact on my motivation to paint. It’s frankly been a little bit depressing. So I’ve been sitting down to get some painting done, in this case an Italian fleet from sunny Italy whilst it’s cold and rainy outside. And I’ve ended up just sitting there thinking that I just can’t be bothered. Now I don’t think it’s just the fact that it’s raining, because it rains a lot where I come from, it’s the fact that it’s summer and it shouldn’t be raining this much. Now short of moving to sunnier climes there’s nothing I can do about the weather, but what can I do to stop it spoiling my mojo. I don’t have an answer to that but it is something to ponder.

So whilst pondering sunny climes I’ve made a little bit more progress on my Italian fleet. The brass was getting a bit monotonous so I’ve started on some of the details like the rockets and the depth charges which I think start to give things a bit of pop.

   

I’ve also done some work on the turrets with the main colours finished off and just some highlights and detailing left to do.

 

I think I’ve had a bit of waffle before about how to try and beat the hobby / painting blues and Al said on Tuesday that he has a few different projects on the go at the same time. This way when he gets a bit fed up with one thing he can switch to something else and keep going. I fully agree with this so for next week I’ve build up another of my Wild West Exodus Confederates and got it primed so that I can start on this next week.

   

Al has also been lusting after some more Infinity models so to add something else to the mix I think I will also dig out some Haqqislam models that have been sitting on the shelf for a while now. But I need to be careful that in this drive to recapture my mojo I don’t end up over facing myself with too many things sitting on the painting table.

The other news for this week is that our MERCS kickstarter has finally turned up. It feels like it has taken forever, but in actual fact it has been about 18 months to two years since we backed it. Now I know I should be all excited about this, after all I parted with the money for this so long ago it’s now like getting free minis. But and this is a big but, I’ve now lost all my passion for MERCS. Nothing has change with the game, it’s still good. The minis are still really nice but this kickstarter experience has just killed any passion I had for the game. I know full well that backing a kickstarter is not a pre-order, although a lot of companies seem to use it for that now. You are investing in the company and if things go well you get a reward for that investment. No different really to buying shares and getting a dividend it things go well. What has left a nasty taste in my mouth with this one is that Megacon Games who make it have run at least one other kickstarter, and delivered it in the time it has taken them to deliver on MERCS. Rightly or wrongly that has left me feeling like they don’t care about their backers or the game, which in turn has left me feeling that if they don’t care why should I? I may change my mind when I get a look at the new models and have a read of the updated rules so I’m going to try and be as positive as possible and we will see what happens.

And that’s it for this week. With a fair wind and bit of look I will have a few different projects on the go for next week. As things stand at the moment all my travel for work next week is local so I should have a bit more time on my hands to crack on with things so watch this space.

Have a good weekend and I’ll catch you all later.

Steve

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