Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Has it been 8 months?!

Man, time flies when you're having fun! ... super busy!  While I haven't been posting here I have not been idle.  At the beginning of the year I found out that my wife and I were going to have another child.  This would make 2 for us and since we live in a 3 bedroom house I was told that my painting/ computer/ all around hobby safe zone room was going bye bye.  Everything in the room was packed up and relocated to other parts of the house.  My very loving and caring wife then took pity on me and told me that I could "have" one of the front rooms as a painting area so long as I keep it presentable and clean.  This room also doubles as the computer room and secondary TV room.   I was told that this could be my Fortress of Solitude, but my oldest daughter likes to watch TV in here so this is where the family hangs out most of the time.  I then set out to make a new painting table/ computer table that would fit my needs on top of getting the nursery ready.  During this time I was getting a small amount of painting done.  I finished some figures for Black Tree Design, but nothing really for me.
Then on Aug 9, 2016, all painting and anything hobby related stopped.  The Buck household got bigger by one, Emily Elaine Buck came into the world.  To celebrate, a military parade was held in her honor.  

The computer sits on the left and my painting area is the center and right side of the table.

I had to move the display cabinet and had to take all the figures out.  Sorry for the blury pictures, they were taken with my phone in less than ideal lighting.  
Over the next few months I started to get back into the swing of things again.  I painted some Napoleonic British and French, some WW2 Russian partisans, and some Vikings.

I've recently got back into Colonial wargaming thanks to the Congo rules.  Right now I have some Perry Miniature Sudanese that have been converted to Zanzibar slavers on my painting table.  My lead mountain continues to grow.  When Black Tree had a 50% off sale I could not help myself and placed a large order.  I got some Normans for my fantasy/crusade army, some dwarves, a 20 man unit of Zulus, and a lot of Greeks for my Argonauts to fight.  I also bought some Darkest Africa figures from Foundry to round out my slaver force.  
Christmas was also great for me too!  I received some Perry Hussars for my colonial British, and I was told that I had more Darkest Africa figures on the way!  I got 3 books from Osprey and 2 books on battles in the Victorian Age.  Now I just need some time to paint!
Hopefully I can keep this blog updated more often, but the sad truth is that this is the first thing to be cut when free time is at a minimum.  

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