January 27, 2014

Weekend painting

This weekend for the first time in a long while the lads weren't available for gaming – Rob, Will and lee are off at a Air show which i could afford to go to this time.  So with it being a long weekend i decided id use the time for some hobby stuff and starting painting a couple more LOTR units that I've owned since they first come out but still never managed to get around to painting them. 
The plastic knights of Minis Tirith are excellent figures – just really nice cav models.

The clansmen of Lamedon are just really nice figures, a whole force of them would look great on the table!  

These are by far not my best paint jobs but just at the moment I'm enjoying just finishing miniatures that have been sitting in my draws unassembled and unpainted and getting them out on the table. hopefully in a few weeks time i can convince the lads to play a few games of LOTR with me.
Once again sorry about the crappy photos.  If you want to see better photos let me know and ill see what i can do.

Cheers till next time.


January 19, 2014

2014 New Years Resolutions.

I know I'm a little late with this but I've been pretty busy lately. Firstly 2013 in review…
2013 was a year of many ups and downs for me.
From a gaming and painting point of view i achieved quite a lot. I finished 2 full 800 point fog Armies, a 1750 point flames of war army and many other small side projects.
From a work perspective i had a massive upheaval by leaving a 20 year long career in the gaming industry and  starting a new career in insurance.  I have to say although i was sad to be out of the gaming industry i am much happier now.  I find myself looking forward to gaming and painting more now than i have in years.
From a health perspective i decided early last year that i would set myself a goal of getting back into shape before i hit 40.  well 8 months on and and 3 months before my 39th Birthday i can happily say I'm fitter and stronger than i have been in years. With 15 months to go I'm confident that i can reach my goal.
Now for 2014!!
Painting wise I've already started off well. I’ve been working on LOTR miniatures and have finished an Oliphant and a pile of Uruk hi berserkers, siege troops and scouts.
Exercise wise I'm not sure exactly what i want to achieve. just keep getting fitter and stronger i guess. i do need to add in more cardio work so i guess that will be where i start.
Anyways here’s a few pic’s of stuff I've done over the last 30 days.
Sorry about the crap photos. i need to set my camera up and take some decent shots of these but they give you an idea of what I've been working on (or at least what I've finished so far.)
On top of the painting i have also played some games. 3 games of Fog won 2 and lost one. A game of lord of the Rings which was a close run thing as well as a couple of games of Malifaux and Legends of the old west.
Hopefully i can update this Blog a bit more often now.
Cheers till next time – Mark Smile