I’ve been painting a fair bit with the kids lately. Here is a bunch of long out-of-print Harlequin Nightlings we’ve been painting. Once they’re done, it’s hard for me to tell which ones I’ve painted and which they have. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve used what I call the Velas Technique: stain painting over white primer, followed by a dip. It’s very forgiving to beginning painters, and the GW Devlin Mud wash makes a non-toxic, water clean up dip that even the kids can apply. We still have several Nightlings to paint, although right now my son and I are painting Primaeval Designs Woolly Mammoths and Neanderthals. He’s very much into prehistory, which is largely why I purchased them, and has repeatedly begged to paint for free, but I force him to take wages! “Son, if somebody offers you money to do something you really want to do, you say YES!”
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Back before Fall-In!, I painted a little with the kids again. We haven’t done it in a while and it was nice to get back into it. We’ve been painting up a bunch of old Harlequin Nightlings I got on closeout somewhere along the ages. We’ve painted 27 foot and 4 mounted now, and they really look great. I need to run a game with them for the kids. We choose a painting style really great for inexperienced painters (what I’ve dubbed the Velas technique after the Velas brothers who used it to great effect as a speed painting technique)– I prime white, then the kids stain paint with thinned paint. I go back and wash the figures with Games Workshop’s Devlin Mud (an easier to clean, non-toxic version of the Miracle Dip) and then flock the bases. I’ve seen worse looking figures at conventions! I’d be proud to run a game with the figures my kids have painted.
Huh. This is starting to become a habit! I ran a 1,500 point game of Flames of War with my son. I’m still a little rusty on the rules, so I will use that as my excuse, because I was routed handily again! This, despite me giving him the Americans that I had lost with last time. I forgot the scenario name, but either of us could win the game by starting a turn occupying one of our objectives on the other half of the board. Junior here got his Shermans on the road, and with great audacity, drove them halfway across the table in front of two platoons of Panzergrenadiers that did not have their Panzerfausts set up yet. He then ducked into the woods where he had placed his objective before I could turn my sIG 33 battery on him. While my Panzer IVs were blazing away futilely with their machine guns and ducking fire from four or five bazooka teams (which, coincidentally, can move and fire– how fair is that?), his Shermans promptly machine gunned and assaulted my company command. I threw a few Sd Kfzs 251/1s at him to try and stay in the game for another turn, yet all was lost in the end.
I had been threatening to run a Flames of War game for my son, pictured left. He’s kind of lukewarm about the idea, but he had a friend spend the night. This friend is very interested in World War 2, so I whipped up a 600 point game of panzergrenadiers vs. US airborne with some Shermans. Too be fair, I wasn’t really playing to win, but I also wasn’t playing to lose by the margin I did! They whupped me badly. Just look at those Shermans burn… They enjoyed the game all the more for it, of course. Hopefully my son will get more interested in playing miniatures games with his ol’ Dad.
We have a new member of our household, a two year old rescued Miniature Schnauzer named Mickey, or Mickey Doggie as my two year old is calling him. After a difficult few days at first, he seems to be settling in extremely well with the family. He gets along really well with the kids and is generally very well behaved, although I’m not used to having such an energetic dog!
My eight year old son and I have been talking about vikings and other medieval things lately, and he decided he was going to write a book about vikings. Great, son, you go do that. Well, he has written up a table of contents for his book…
I haven’t had time to do much retrospection on 2008. I think it was a pretty good hobby year. I certainly enjoyed my hobby last year, although I can’t really think of any major achievement off hand. It was kind of a half year due to birth of my third child (who’s doing great). I suppose the things I’m most pleased with were getting my kids to paint and making a moderate amount of decent terrain. So, what is in store for 2009?
Got the kids back painting again for about an hour and a half, in which time, together, we all finished eleven figures total. Not bad. Here’s a sort of step-by-step through the procedure, with some better pictures of their work. I almost think that such detailed photography of the figures does them no justice, because much of their inexperience just doesn’t show when you’re not examining them critically.