Time is a slippery bugger.
On Sunday night, the week stretches ahead of you, pregnant with possibility, and you sit safe in the knowledge that at some point during the next 7 days you will be able to spend a little of your free time indulging your passion for slapping paint on tiny little men.
Then various aspects of Real Life impinge on your free time, slowly eroding the time you thought you had, until you reach Saturday night and realise that you’ve achieved less than you had planned. You may have mowed and edged your lawns, hand-washed the hard floors of your dwelling and performed various sundry repairs and minor jobs that you had been putting off for a while, but what of your hobby?
Whinge over. I have actually managed to get a bit of painting done, but less than I had hoped. However, I’d actually miscounted the number of weeks in April, so I thought I had to have finished the clowns (and the clownmobile) by this weekend, when in actual fact, I still have another week. Yay!
And clown make-up is hard to do at 28mm, a factor I’d overlooked when I started this particular project. Boo!
So, a few more details have been added to Marionette, M.I.R.T.H. and Sweet William:
Marionette needs her facial features and clown make-up completed and a few minor details added (her ‘lipstick’ is NOT final – this was just a test). M.I.R.T.H. needs a bit more detailing, as does Sweet William, but we’re on the final stretch.
As for the remaining Clowns…
Merry Andrew, Silly Billy and Tom Foolery also just need a few more details, mainly patterning on their clothes and the dreaded clown make-up.
As for the Clownmobile, I may have spent most of my painting time on this…
I don’t know about you, but I think it looks particularly circus-y and pretty darn cool. This just needs a little more detailing and it’s done too.
So, that’s all for Clown months this week, but read on for a special announcement…
As regular followers will know, Roger Webb of Rantings from Under the Wargames Table and I pay regular visits to Eternia, creating our unique versions of Masters of the Universe characters in 28mm. These ‘He-Months’ are great fun, as we get to indulge our creativity and create unique figures for ourselves. However, as we are three He-Months in, it’s a little hard for others to join in. So, I came up with a cunning plan, which I discussed with Roger at Salute and he agreed it was not only a good idea, but came up with a better name…
Whilst there are a vast array of official Marvel and DC superhero and supervillain figures, both in metal and plastic, available AND various unofficial miniatures of both the big two’s characters and other heroes/villains, there will always be that little hole in your collection for a particular favourite or obscure character that they just don’t make. And that’s what Forgotten Heroes is about.
During the month of June, Roger and I are inviting you to join us in creating/converting an existing figure into a costumed superhero or villain of your choice, from any source. The rules, such as they are, are quite simple.
- The character you create must not yet have had an official or unofficial miniature made for it.
- The figure must be in 28mm scale.
- The figure must be completed during the month of June.
- In your first post, you should provide a bit of detail on the character you’ve chosen and why.
And that’s it basically. It can be as simple as repainting a DC Heroclix Blue Beetle as Marvel’s Goldbug, to as elaborate as converting a GW Imperial Guard Commissar into Marshal Law.
As there are a vast number of costumed heroes and villains out there (the Leopard of Lime Street, the Private Eye, the Savage Dragon, Megamind, Mr Incredible, Thermoman, the list goes on and on), the only question you have to ask yourself is this – Who will be your Forgotten Hero?
We’re announcing it now, to give you time to gather your thoughts and the necessary figure ripe for conversion. It’s open to all, just let me know if you want to join in and I’ll make sure links to your blogs are posted on here whilst it’s going on.
Next week, we finally finish these accursed clowns…