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Monday, 24 July 2017

George (of the jungle?)

"George "
OK, it may not seem as if the last week has been that productive and I suppose it really hasn't as I've only managed to get a single figure finished sufficiently enough to bring to the table (so to speak).
The figure is one of the pack of four explorers I bought recently from Col. Bill's (LINK) and very nice they are too. I'll be using George (pictured) as a make-shift Askari until I can get my act together and  buy some more Askari to fill their depleted ranks. (I'd have bought a pack of the Foundry ones, but I'm too mean to pay the £4 postage!)
In addition to George the other three in the pack whilst not very dynamic are very good sculpts and gives me a little more explorer figure choice, but I can see that I'll probably get sick of the limited few I have very quickly and may have to invest in some others.
All of the above of course depends heavily on whether or not I can find any enthusiasm for this project (and the hobby in general).
 In any event here's the rear view of George (I'm guessing you really couldn't be bothered whether or not you see it, but it gives a little more content to a rather sparse post!)
George (boring rear view)
He's both gloss and matt varnished in the areas that should be shiny or matt, but I did gloss-varnish his skin !


That's it for this week, fairly dismal post I know but it's still a post even though I'm disillusioned with the whole thing.

26 comments:

  1. Col Bill has a great service and is at almost all the shows.

    I shall look forward to seeing the other 3 explorers but such a wonderful start getting "George" finished. Now let us see the other three you tease. (Get painting)

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    1. Thanks Clint, all my encounters with Col. Bill's have been excellent and they do a great service as you say.
      The other three explorer chaps are about 95% finished - just wish I could make out what's in the hand of one of them!

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    2. I've just had a look on the enlarged photo of the figures on the Col. Bill's website. What is that figure on the right holding?! Paint it black like the display figure is, you can't go wrong then ;)

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    3. Thanks Roy, I also concluded that black was the way to go.
      I did have thoughts over what it could be though - pistol (sharps derringer maybe, but it's at a strange angle; maybe a cigar ?)

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  2. Quite normal for me to have little enthusiasm for this hobby. In fact I, personally, think that wargaming as a hobby is becoming crushed under it's own weight of choices and commercial success.

    Most of the projects I've started in the past I've now no interest in, as so many others are doing them - and better than me, in one way or another. If it wasn't for doing Col. Bill's business stuff, or pottering about with Pendraken 10mm (as I can paint them fast) I'd have walked away from toy soldiers full stop. Its only thanks to taking part in the recent Forgotten Heroes blog event thing that has seen me currently enthused for the hobby.

    The irony is; the better I get at painting and making hobby stuff, the less I'd like to be involved in the hobby! But that's just me - a moaning and awkward naysayer.

    So, will we see another explorer finished for next week's post? :)

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    1. I think you've summed up some of my own feelinh in your second sentence.
      I've started many projects, mostly at the behest and interest and of others only to find that I've flung myself into them wholeheartedly whilst theirown interest have fade, leaving me high and dry so to speak. I have armies sitting that are incomplete, or not even started whilst finished ones hather dust. It's something to do with the many, many games that spring up on a very regular basis then fade onto the bacj shelves of folk whilst they start on the latest trendy "must have" game of the month.

      As for the explorers, they'll all be completed by next week with a bit of luck.

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    2. Yes, its unfortunate when that happens. Its one of the reasons why I'm currently solo, to be honest. I couldn't keep up, and it just got too much for me.

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    3. I get my most enjoyment from the interaction of playing games with friends and I can't keep up with the latest fad thing, which my eldest son is so keen to do.

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    4. I certainly agree with the crushed under it's own weight of choices and commercial success comment, Roy, and flitting from project to project is a very unsatisfactory way to go about the hobby, imho. But, you both have plenty of support and followers who are enthused by your work and productivity, and I always find this a great personal motivator with my own hobbying. Hopefully you can tap into this as I do when I'm feeling the tonnage :-)

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    1. Thanks you Michal, much appreciated, as it's not the masterpiece I think you would have made of it!

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  4. George looks great IN the jungle Joe, and I appreciate the "front and back" views, so thanks for posting.
    I'm sure there's reasons for your current lack of enthusiasm, and I really do hope you can put everything in perspective and find your mojo again before too long!

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    1. Thanks WA, I rarely do backview, mostly out of forgetfulness (it's my age).
      Moj, for want of a better word, needs boosting from time to time and use to come about with friends sharing the same interests in what I do/did (and vice versa). All the people I know that expressed an interest in what I've done recently (zeds, pirates gangsters, African adventures etc.) have never followed up their initial enthusiasm to play, despite my best efforts and god forbid that I'd suggest a historical game rather than a glorified skirmish.

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  5. Next your gonna tell us that the other 3 figures in the lack are named John, Paul & Ringo!
    And yes it's a silly hobby, we all get disillusioned sometimes. Keep plugging away Joe.

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    1. I hadn't thought of anmes for thrm, but hey, why not?

      Thanks for the encoragement Ray.

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  6. Lovely job mate. If ever you can get to a show you can pre order and pick up from Foundry.

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    1. Thanks Brummie, the shows I get to are local and rarely if ever have Foundry in evidence.

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  7. Nicely done Joe, I have been quite tempted by this pack myself just for the 'Carry on up the Jungle' vibe.

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    1. Thanks Michael, Strangely enough I never thought of the "Carry on" theme, even though the whole genre was right up my street.

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  8. He's come out well in your awesome jungle, I keep avoiding scenery /terrain, I don't know what it is I'm happy painting and now basing figures but I lack your perseverance in finishing off terrain mine is all 70per cent at best, so well done and keep going!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, to be honest I haven't enjoyed making the jungle at all, but jkust getting it to a stage where itlooks Ok is good enough for me.

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  9. Blogging keeps me enthused Joe, the feedback I get from the posts is often enough to push back the inevitable slow down in mojo.

    George looks great btw. Keep going because I'm loving these posts, especially the Pirates that you were producing

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    1. Thanks dGG, it
      s blogging that keeps me producing too, though lately it has been becoming more of a chore.
      On the priate front, the two dozen villagers are coming along nicely and will be the next addition to the pirate collection (pushing the numver of figures into the roject to over 400!)

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  10. I really love your djungle-project Joe and it has given me a lot of inspiration.Especially your scenery is crisp!!! This figure is spot on in my opinion.Keep up the good work.For me this hobby has given me a lot and the challange is to make something out of nothing and it gives me a lot of fun every time and I am always trying to improve my techniques.My budget is very low but eventhough this fact my man-cave is getting smaller and smaller. :)

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    1. Thanks you Ptr, the jungle project has been a worthwhile pain to do (and I've still more planned!)
      I too have scratchbuilt a lot, as you well know, mostly because of lack of funds too.

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