Monday, 28 December 2015

State of my worktable ... what's in store for next year

In the proverbial (and perennial) blink of an eye, the year is already fast approaching its end, and soon 2016 will be upon us. And while I haven't been active hobby-wise over these last few weeks, I've been taking stock of what I had done this past year and what I'll be doing in the coming one. So it's pertinent that my last blog post of the year starts with a recollection of what I've painted in 2015.

Miniature projects completed in calendar year 2015

I've never been much of 'quantity painter' with a miserable output of over 10 to 15 miniature painting projects completed over a period of 12 months. Adding salt to injury is the fact that I can't even claim to be a 'quality painter' as I have a ways to go before I hit the skill level I want to be at. Granted that this is an ever moving target so such a goal tends to be all about the journey rather than destination. Vincent van Gogh captures this sentiment in a quote attributed to him ... If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then woe is me, I am lost [cue John William's Binary Sunset score].

Board game miniature project transitioning into 2015 from 2014

Analysing what I have done over this past year and the latter half of last year, I guess it's safe to say I have made decent progress in the quality of some of my work though in the same breath some other projects had results which left a lot to be desired. Inconsistency is perhaps a hallmark of one trying to improve. Something to console myself with then, as I seek to paint (and draw) better. 

Miniature projects completed during 2H 2014

So what then lies in store for me next year? To date, the 2016 main project pipeline comprises the Nocturna Models Battle Chick and Crusader; the Knight Models Loki; the Dark Sword Miniatures Female Mage and Bard as well as Wood Elf Goddess; the Ax Faction Urban Monster Hunter; and last but not least a set of four Chaos Space Marines in an ode to the four Chaos gods.

A major portion of my work-in-progress miniature painting projects
Work-in-progress miniatures shown at a slightly different angle
An Ode to Chaos project should allow me to play with colour combinations I've always wanted to try out

Then there is the half-assembled Knight Models Thor and the 'nearly completed paint job' House Martell Knight. The latter has been shelved indefinitely due to an unfortunate accident in which practically more than half to two-thirds of my Vallejo Model Color Light Orange was spilled onto the wet palette. Barely a quarter was salvageable because a huge portion fell on the worst possible colour on the palette ... black. The inset image in the second photo below doesn't do justice to what really happened as I had thrown most of the paint away by then. More to the point, this 'little' accident has totally dampened my mood for this particular Game of Thrones miniature project. Time will heal they say so maybe after a cooling off period I won't feel so bad when I look at the said paint bottle.  

Knight Models Thor, mostly assembled and soon-to-be primed
A sad accident with one of my favourite Vallejo Model Color hues has put this project on hold indefinitely

It has been a wonderful couple of weeks spent doing just the simple things with the family e.g. lazing around watching TV/movies and playing video games, window shopping and such. To cap it off, as I was putting the finishing touches to this final post of the year, I was gifted with the most awesome ever early-Birthday present from my wife and son. My birthday isn't even due for another three-weeks-plus but this absolute modeller's dream of a gift means it will be added to my project pipeline, heck ... bumped up the line even. As to what this gift is, all will be revealed in a future post.

What could the gift be? Let's just say it's something I've always imagined holding in my hands as a kid

So there you have it. My last post of 2015. It needs to be said that the set of primed/assembled/half-painted miniatures you see above are not necessarily a comprehensive road map of what I'll be doing in 2016. The mystery birthday gift and many other ideas floating in my head will inevitably add to the pipeline provided I can make decent progress on the existing work-in-progress miniatures presently on my worktable. With that I bid you adieu and a Happy New Year!

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26 comments:

  1. I'll wait for your new marvels!
    happy new year!

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    1. Thank you Luca and happy belated new year to you too.

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  2. I must say I think you have had a wonderful year. The quality of your work has grown and grown and really is top quality. Here's to a productive 2016.

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    1. Thank you Michael, and here's wishing you a productive 2016 to you too. Your kind words are much appreciated.

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  3. I hope it's not an "adieu" but just an "au revoir" ;)
    If you're not a quality painter, very few are then ! I'll be there to follow what 2016 brings from your neck of the woods so all the best for the new year.

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    1. Ha ha ... you got me there. Au revoir it is then. Thank you for your supportive words. All the best to you to in the year ahead.

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  4. Every piece of 2015 was amazingly painted & I'm looking forward to your projects of 2016. Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year ! Greetings

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    1. Thank you very much Mario. I hope you and your wife had a wonderful hoilday period. A belated new year wish to you and your family too.

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  5. Your 2015 realisations were fantastic...waiting for 2016!

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    1. Very kind of you to say so Phil. Thank you.

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    1. Many thanks Loki. Very much appreciated.

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  7. Fantastic work F.E.M.! Great review, I'm sure 2016 will be another great one for you.

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    1. I can only hope. Thanks Bob and I hope too that 2016 will see you produce ever increasing numbers of your zombie horde. :)

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  8. Your quality is way more important than the quantity. I look forward to what you have coming up!

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    1. Thanks for your supportive comments Zab. It's a great morale booster for the year ahead! I look forward too to what you have in store for 2016.

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  9. Your work is alway inspirational; you pay attention to details, always care for improving and never leave us indifferent. Each work is a masterpiece of dedication and taste. Well, if that's not quality, I don't know what it is! :)
    May the Force be with you for next year, my friend! All the best for 2016!

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    1. I cannot thank you enough for such kind and supportive words Suber. May the force be with you too ^_^

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  10. Realy looking forward to follow your progress throughout the year ahead. I always love to marvel at your work. One day I'll try out one of the many techniques you're using to get such wonderful pieces of art... one day ;-)

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    1. We have much to learn from each other ... me more so from your excellent use of colours and blending. Thanks again for your continuing support and have yourself a great 2016 :)

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  11. Not a "quality painter"? Did I read that right?

    You, sir, are a quality painter. Accept it as fact and move on with your life. ;)

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    1. Ha ha ... thanks Finch. It's very nice of you to say so. Right back at you as I see your stuff as inspirational. :)

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  12. Fabulous work this year and some cracking looking figures awaiting your brush love for 2016

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    1. Thanks Simon, much appreciated. Ahhh brush love ... that's a term you don't hear every day. :)

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  13. Great great works my friend !
    Happy New year to you . Cheers .

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    1. Many thanks Vincent. A belated happy new year to you too.

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