Weekly WIP: Guild Ball Masons Honour and Mallet
Once again I felt that I wasn’t getting much done in the week but in the end I still ended up on track.
Part of the “problem” was that I had spent the previous week painting a QF 6 pdr for Bolt Action and was technically behind on my Guild Ball project. In order to get back on track I had decided to paint two Guild Ball miniatures at the same time.
Deciding to paint two models at the same time wasn’t just a response to trying to fit the Bolt Action model into my painting queue while keeping on track. I am also hoping to finish early for no other reason than I think I can. Now that I’ve been painting the Masons I’m confident I’ll be able to increase my speed. Their outfits are simpler than the Brewers before even considering that I don’t have to spend so much time painting tartan.
The brown straps were painted on Wednesday and then I didn’t touch the brush again the rest of the week. This is when I started fearing that I was going to fall behind again. The problem was that Friday was busy with board games and Saturday with a painting demo at Boutique FDB.
With more than a little ego I thought to myself that I probably didn’t need to be there for a painting demo. While there is still many things about painting that I can learn my reason to attend was motivated by a desire to spend time with fellow painters more than listen to beginner techniques. I assembled my painting supplies and decided I would try to paint at the store. Not only would it be a pleasant experience but maybe I could catch up on my Guild Ball painting. I hoped that I wasn’t being rude painting instead of paying attention to the seminar.
The first thing the organizer said when I arrived was something along the lines of “What do I have to teach you?” When I explained that I thought that I’d paint he replied that he’d hoped people would come to paint. I guess I wasn’t going to be rude after all. That said, there is plenty to learn from anyone willing to teach and we are close enough in skill that I can’t tell if I am a better painter, or only thing that I am a better painter.
Normally I like Boutique FDB’s lighting. They have bright florescent lights generously scattered around the store plus large windows letting in copious amount of lights. One of the many reasons I prefer to play there has to do with the lighting. If I’m going to spend so much time and effort painting miniatures I want to be able to see them when I’m playing.
Painting at FDB is a different experience. Now the windows are an impediment, throwing my miniature into silhouette and making it very difficult to see. I think that the better I get at painting the more small issues become major difficulties. I felt completely blind and spent more time blending by feel and glazes than I normally would. I did have to remind myself that I wasn’t giving a seminar of NMM painting and things didn’t need to be perfect.
Sunday was just a few finishing touches and I’m back on track for completing my project on schedule. Depending on the demands of the Bolt Action escalation league I may even get ahead of schedule. Painting two figures in one week can really take a huge chunk of time off.