Sunday, 4 March 2012

It must be love....

I love them....I love every single last one of them.

Toy soldiers that is.

I can't get enough of lead (and resin and plastic) soldiers. Old ones and new ones. Beautiful ones and ugly ones. Fantasy ones, sci-fi ones and historical ones. I just cant stop collecting them.

The problem is I never paint them. Buying them is easy, cataloguing  them is theraputic, but then I stick them in boxes in the loft. I want to paint them. I plan to paint them. The problem comes when I have to sit down and break out the paint brushes. Suddenly everything else seems so much more appealing. TV, computer games, reading, washing up, it's all more important than getting started on my latest painting project.

So inspired by some of my favourite wargaming blogs (I'll post more about those later), I've decided that my own blog is what will motivate me to actually get some models finished.

It may be a lifelong journey, or this may be the one and only post, but I hope you will join me for the ride.


  1. A great premise for a blog. Sign me up.

    I find having a plan gets models painted. Be it an army list, an upcoming tournament or whatever. I has to be a finite project. Just looking at my lead mountain is intimidating, the only way I can go at it is in achievable chunks. Having a blog is a massive help too, there's a lot of good folks out there to offer advice and encouragement.

    I look forward to seeing this blog develop with some relish.

  2. Thanks for the tips. I really need to start with very small projects I think. Some characters or very small units will be first up I reckon.

    Your blog has been one of my inspirations to do it. A great mix of content and definitely something I'd like to emulate.

  3. Hmmm. I know this place. It feels...familiar. LIke you, I too, enjoy owning and cataloguing old lead. In some alternate dimension, I can imagine legions of painted miniatures, standing to attention on a custom table with immaculate terrain, all of them calling out for _just_ one more purchase, so their new companion can also join them in this mystical dimension I've constructed. Yet, in real life, or at least, the dimension I happen to occupy, they just sit in boxes, in drawers, or more lately, just... anywhere, really.

    Sometimes I think that if I organised with my wife to only feed me when she saw a painted miniature, I'd achieve something useful - either by way of a reduced circumference or a painted army. But I just can't bring myself to hand over the control...

    Anyway, welcome to it and thanks for sharing! Bring out yer lead!

  4. Amen to that Gaj.

    I think you might be on to something with the whole food for painting thing! If updates become a little sparse at some point in the future, remind me about it and I'll get my girlfriend on the case as extra motivation :)

  5. Hows this working out 12 months on? :D

  6. Lets just say it's a WIP, and leave it at that shall we? ;)