I was slightly amazed to see my last post was in February... I knew it had been a while, but I didn't realise it had been that long. As you have probably guessed, life and a slight frustration with blogging have kept me away. at one point I wasn't getting much hobby time, so what there was ended up being focused on actually painting figures as opposed to talking about painting figures... so to speak.
What have I done since February - um... its hard to think actually. There would have been more Scavenge Skirmish Survive/WinterApoc figures, the momentum for which lasted until May or so*; after that I touched up my Arthurians (although I keep calling them Arthurians, I actually have very few Romano-British, instead all the focus tends to be on Migration era Germanics...) and rebased all the HoTT multibases individually before it drifted nito a slightly fantasised 'Sword and sorcery' type setting and then back to history. The net result is a shelf full of preped and/or converted Britons, Germans & Picts waiting forlornly for paint, as well as a few more bits in the display case. The new Gripping Beast plastic dark age warriors are great, and it's possible to tailor them for use in allsorts of armies by using the separate Westwind heads and a few new shields - the bulk of my box have become Romano-British Soldiers and levy. Since about August, I've moved back to 20mm moderns and finished off all the Infantry for my 2nd platoon of Soviet motor rifles, 3 BMPs, 1 BRDM, a couple of bits of scenery, a squad of DDR 'Fighting group of the Working class' militia, the rest of the platoon of British Paras, assembled a fair few plastic kits (mainly British) and started picking up bits so that I can go 'Twilight 2000' with most of the stuff. I should be picking up a pile of bits to round off most of the 'FOF:CWGH' scenarios at Warfare....
On the painting bench at the moment are (alas, no pictures as I didn't think about doing this until just now): 5 almost finished WinterApoc survivors, a handful of 1/2 done Romano-Britisth soldiers (as in Semi-uniform types), about the same number of generic dark age civilians and British Levy, a Platoon + support assets of 20mm East German NVA (which are getting most of the love and only need boots wepaons and skin finishing), 10x T-72's awaiting their tracks, DShK machine guns and logs painted, a T-62 in a similar state to the T-72's, and a handful of 20mm militia/partisans which just need the wood on their rifles and the final skin highlight before basing.
I've spent a bit of time looking longingly at my 40mm figures, but I'm not sure I have the time/energy combination at the moment to do them the justice they deserve. I am tempted to do Chernarus in 20mm at some point, as I'll already have a shed load of militia types ready to go.... My interest was sparked by Colonel Bills having some 40mm moderns in stock, but as they are asking ~£10 for 4 figures, I'm passing for now (that can get me 16 20mm figures!). Next on the painting list should be a platoon of 20mm DRA, which are already base coated and should allow me to take my Soviets to Afghanistan to do battle with Johns Mujahadeen.
*at which point the weather was heating up and I lost my vision of a bleak desolated cold wasteland