Guild Ball Kick Off! Project: The Brewers
While this post on the status of my Kick Off! project is late the project itself is right on track. I finished my Brewers 6 weeks after I started them. They had yet to be varnished and flocked but those tasks are always the combination of short effort and long drying time that lets you slip them in between other work.
I painted the Brewers one miniature at a time, taking about a week per model. I tend to paint weekday evenings and occasionally on the weekend. I would estimate I spent roughly 6-7 hours per miniature with the more recent miniatures taking even less time. In my painting quality scale I’d say these are a step down from my highest wargame quality as demonstrated on my Batman miniatures.
One of the struggles I faced while painting the miniatures was a desire to keep painting one area to make the blending look like what I achieved with my Batman miniatures. I had to remind myself that I didn’t need to hide all my brushstrokes and blending and to not linger too long on any miniature. This is why my later miniatures, when I had more fully embraced this philosophy, took less time.
During this time I’ve also managed to play a few games of Guild Ball both as the Brewers vs. the Masons that came in the box and online using Vassal. For the Vassal tournament I am playing as Fishermen since that was the guild I originally wanted to play. Unfortunately the active group I saw when I made the decision to play Guild Ball in October has evaporated to follow other interests.
I haven’t been focusing solely on Guild Ball during this time. I’m also participating in a Bolt Action league at the local store. It makes me question how much I will be able to play this game I was so excited about. I will be finishing this project but I am no longer planning to immediately purchase and paint a team for the Fishermen’s Guild. For one, I feel I will want to use the two guilds I’ve painted despite them not being my first choice, and also there are other projects attracting my attention.
I really want to ride the initial wave of enthusiasm for a game instead of coming in as people start losing interest.
Looking forward to the rest of this project I have decided that I am going to attempt to paint the Masons Guild two miniatures at a time. Hopefully I will either finish early or be able to incorporate other projects into my painting queue.