|A look back at the miniature/scale model projects I managed to complete back in 2017|
Last year's hobby pieces were dominated by Star Wars figurines and scale model kits, which formed 60% of all completed projects. 2017 kicked off with a TIE Fighter based on the version seen in A New Hope. This was followed by the adorable BB-8 and a repaint of a Hasbro Princess Leia Organa action figure. And Leia would turn out to be the 2017 project that I was most proud of result-wise.
|Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: Imperial TIE Figther|
|Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens: Astromech droid BB-8|
|Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: Princess Leia Organa (Repaint of a Hasbro action figure)|
Then the lovable Star Wars duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO were book-ended by two Warhammer 40K projects namely Slaanesh Chaos Chosen and a Nurgle Chaos Rhino. Apart from Leia, I was also really pleased with how Artoo and Threepio turned out. So in a nutshell my best work for the year 2017 all were based on characters from the same movie i.e. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
|Warhammer 40K: Slaanesh Chaos Chosen|
|Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: Astromech droid R2-D2|
|Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: Protocol droid C-3PO|
|Artoo-Detoo (left) and See-Threepio (right)|
|Warhammer 40K: Nurgle Chaos Rhino Transport|
And as the year 2017 reached its last legs, I managed to somehow complete miniatures and scale model kits from three different genres namely sci-fi (Star Wars, Snowspeeder), fantasy (Game of Thrones, Bronn the Sellsword) and military (T-55A medium tank). But even as I look back with some manner of pride at what I had accomplished last year, I still couldn't shake off the feeling of lost opportunities amidst an unproductive gloom. Completing only ten miniature and scale models is a measly return of hobby effort in any given year. So I have to try and do better this year.
|Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Snowspeeder (Wedge Antilles/Wes Janson version)|
|Game of Thrones: Bronn the Sellsword|
|T-55A Medium Tank|
Meanwhile, I'm excited about what the hobby has in store for me this year. Having eyed an airbrush tank compressor for the longest time, I still can't believe that I now own one. A whole range of new techniques is suddenly within my reach and the possibilities seem endless, more so when combined with results achievable only through painting by hand with a regular brush. So truth be told it has been a blessing of sorts that I didn't start out in the hobby by using an airbrush. I most likely would've gotten too lazy to learn how to paint by hand. It is an essential skill set especially in figure painting.
|AF186 Mini Air Compressor with tank, pressure regulator and water trap|
With the majority of my hobby budget spent on the mini air compressor as well as airbrush paints, solvents and cleaners, I wasn't left with much to get a decent airbrush (duh, I know right). So I went ahead and bought a fairly cheap yet decent Made-in-China airbrush for under USD20. It's for the best too as I would be experimenting a lot with the airbrush; something I'm much more comfortable doing with a cheap airbrush than a USD150 high quality one. Getting to grips with the airbrush will take up lots of hobby-time but hopefully not so much as to put a dent on my new year's resolution. Hope you had a great transition into 2018 ... I have my airbrush system so I'm good!