No, the title is not referring to the famous Dave Clark Five hit, although that comment dates me and helps to establish the reason for my slower progress this week. Yes, it was my sixtieth birthday this weekend and so I spent a long weekend away with the family at Centre Parcs to celebrate. This meant that much of my hobby time was otherwise used and so very little has moved across the work bench to the completion stage.
I have been tinkering with some other little projects in what spare time that I have had. One of these was to paint a set of the Trent Miniatures Sherry casks. Don’t ask me why, although they sort of fit into the Portuguese/Peninsular theme that has been running through my hobby recently. Trent used to produce these in metal but have moved to resin. The detail on the barrels is much sharper and I just fancied painting these. No doubt they will find a home in a future diorama or even in Little Bingham, my fictional town on my wargames table.
Talking of which, I have also been working on a couple of new citizens for the town. They are not quite finished and need basing and a final highlight but they should be ready this weekend.
Yet more unfinished work is the Standard bearer for the Footsore Pict chief that I have already completed. The standard bearer is waiting for his standard and then I can get them both based ready for a future Saga battle!
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Danny, Editor of Wargames Illustrated, had asked me to paint a Front Rank British Napoleonic figure for comparison purposes in a forthcoming article. As usual, he is needed urgently for the magazine deadline so everything else was pushed back. Again, he is not quite finished but needs a final highlight and basing to be ready for Monday.
I hope to have a bit of spare time this coming weekend and at least finish off these side projects. Then it will be back to the Cazadores. As for my Birthday, well I have been spoilt rotten and the family have given me some superb presents…you will hear more in my coming articles!
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