Achievement Unlocked: Pile of Shame Painted.
A Week in the Pile…
Day 16 (Friday): Discover can strip Speedpaint using damp cotton swab. Useful on Copplestone troopers where easy to paint uniform rather than gear straps. Should really give up painting smaller gear straps. Can tell players “same colour as uniform” – often true in real life, actual combat uniforms boring colour schemes. Research hair colour – statistics vary depending on study, decide on 85% black/dark brown hair, 10% brown, 3% blonde and 2% red. Out of 46 figures need one red, one blonde, 5 brown, rest black/dark brown. Nothing like gaming to broaden horizons. Probably sticking with black for guns, many colours available but black common.
Day 17 (Saturday): Remember that 10 of figures have hats and 5 are bald. Decide to count them as black hair. Rest of paint delayed; hard end stop when wife returns so decide [a] zeds are second-class citizens and get Tamiya black rather than Speedpaint, [b] guy in snow camo (or possibly NBC suit with no mask?) gets same paint job as everyone else, not Holy White. Disappointed (want to see how self-shading white works) but can live with it. Thinks: If 15mm figures suffer same scale screep as 25mm (now called 28mm but really 30-35mm), 15mm will be 25mm soon. Realise Copplestones are 35mm to top of head so roughly 1:50 scale, 18mm to top 1:100.
Day 18 (Sunday): Rain stopped spray, so no varnishing today. Check figures, paint bits I missed. Not bothering with eyes; can’t see eyes more than 45 cm away, so ignore anything can’t see at 45 cm. Arm’s length 70 cm, typical distance eye to figure if sitting 60 cm. No further progress until last of paint arrives or it stops raining.
Day 19 (Monday): Still raining, still no paint. Start assembling Fat Dragon buildings instead. Measure figures; eyes and gear straps 1mm across. Peculiarity of Copplestone figures – left thumb often oversized, 3mm long, would be 15 cm on real person, twice length of real thumb.
Day 20 (Tuesday): Sun comes out; spray varnish on catgirls and zombies, resist temptation to paint eyes and fangs. 26 of 46 figures now completed. More building assembly; does not go well. Think of better paint schemes for some models; too late for that now. Stripping didn’t work well even if had time. Make list of figures for new schemes, can be birthday present to self.
Day 21 (Wednesday): Last paints arrive; paint hair and guns in Grim Black and Runic Grey. Speedpaint greys work well as non-metallic steel, gunmetal etc. Grim Black self-shades nicely. Varnish running low; visit local model shop, drawn into extended discussion of merits of various paint ranges, impact of Brexit on VAT for overseas shipping, and train journeys in Colorado. No matt varnish; buy satin instead, can respray if looks horrible. Unable to resist painting trigger guards.
Day 22 (Thursday): Final checks and touchups, varnish last 20 figures. Achievement unlocked: Pile of Shame painted.
Pile State at End Week Three
20 discarded, 46 of 46 fully painted.
And that’s it, I’m out of time.