Thanks to the motivational powers of John McClane, I've got my goal for August done!
|"If I can illuminate this entire ventilation shaft with just a cigarette lighter, you can get your models painted!"|
Alright, that's a bit cryptic. Basically, Die Hard came on TV after I posted last night. Mrs Matt went to bed, so I watched the whole thing in the spare room while painting, and got the baggage train all but finished - I just had to wait for some glue to dry from adding sand to the base.
|The baggage train awaiting foliage|
I made time this evening to finish it off. The base was painted up and drybrushed, and I varnished the whole thing. You might be able to tell in the photo above that the varnish left some white bits. I haven't had this happen before but I've seen it affect other people's models, and it's a pain. Supposedly it comes from water in the air when spraying the varnish (I knew it looked like rain out but I wanted to get it done!) and you can counter it by spraying again. I didn't want to risk that though, so I touched up the discoloured areas - fortunately there weren't many - and added the foliage.
The final effect is quite nice if I do say so myself (and I do)!
|The slave girls of a merchant, along with other wares, are offered at the roadside as the army advances|
|Flanked by his lictors, a senator pontificates. The officer's helmet covers his face, so we can't see how bored he is...|
|Some baggage has been unloaded here already, as more arrives on the cart|
|The precious supplies, including the legate's personal money chest, are carried on a cart guarded by the veteran triarii|
|The finished scene from above....|
|... and my original design from the start of the month.|
I would also have a photo here of the command marker that I've finally finished off, but the blogspot photo uploader keeps crashing and I don't care that much.
What do I do for the rest of the month then? Well, I don't expect to have a lot of free time, but I do have the following to do to "finish off" this army:
That might be a bit ambitious, but I'll see what I can manage in August...