Last week, I showed some pictures of my cluttered workbench (here). Even if you didn't realise it, I noticed from this article how many of the models present were "blockers"; they had sat around waiting for attention for weeks, months or even years.
This thought shamed me so much that I decided to try to finish some of these stalled projects, or at least put more paint on such models. Often, the inactivity is self-reinforcing - when I finally started to work on the pieces below, I found that often they weren't so difficult (or so far from completion) as I had imagined after all!
The Strathclyde Welsh
Some time ago, I started to build a SAGA "Strathclyde Welsh" warband. Where I live, these are the local boys (at least, the Strathclyde part of their lands is local, not so much the Welsh part).
I started this warband so long ago that I daren't even look it up in the blog; I'd probably be horrified at just how long these have taken. Anyway, these are the last 6 of the 16 warriors, 8 hearthguard and a warlord, thus completing a basic 4pt SAGA force - hurrah!
Of course, I've got another 8 Strathclyde foot warriors that are still mint-in-blister...
The Steam Launch
Progress has been made on the MDF launch; it turns out that only a few colours are needed to paint this model. I've still to dirty it up a bit, since I'm aiming more for a working boat "African Queen" look rather than a modern-day cherished & polished Victorian heirloom. When the painting is done, I intend to add some rope - probably a coil on the foredeck and some mast stays.
The Missionary's/Trader's House
My other "colonial" project at the moment is this house. The basic building was almost finished anyway; I've added the interior floor since last week. Mind you, that hasn't gone very well as the paper on which the flooring is printed has wrinkled terribly. I might have to think again about how to do this...
Behind the house is the tiled roof which came with the model. I've base-coated it, but haven't detailed or weathered any of the tiles.
Having considered it a little, I thought that it would be nice to have a thatched roof for the bungalow; I could then use it in slightly less "civilised" parts of the world. Initially, I thought of just covering the already-built, tiled roof with teddy bear fur, but in the end I cut out new pieces of MDF to make a scratch-built, second roof. This is the first time I've ever worked with fur fabric - it seems to be going well so far.