Very happy this morning, because the comments posted on my last article reflect the calibre of reader I am getting through here. I hope to keep you all stimulated!
With Mabdens point about the "secretive and mysterious" days- there was a journey of discovery- and a magic to it all. Especially growing up sandwiched between the drab, bland suburbia of Thatcher's England and the rich, anarchic magic of the worlds found in UK comics (2000ad, Eagle), Terry Pratchet, Fighting Fantasy and White Dwarf (I drew up on a farm surrounded by urban developments, so I had forrests and dark places to fuel my imagination- I was very lucky).
Funnily enough, the nearest analogy to how the miniature hobby felt was almost like dungeoneering. There was treasure caves, and magical books and secret tricks and arcane lore. You where all working in the dark, and occasionally you met a dwarf. No, wait... hang on, lots my train of thought there.
Lead Mountain also hit the nail on the head (I get a good class of reader)- without Ebay (and I suppose improved international postage systems) I can now have the exact models I couldn't find no matter how hard I dungeoneered through the maze of game shops, magazines, journals and friends collections and bitz boxes.
Another interesting thing is that recently I saw a fascinating speech by an old, well respected Australian media man, who said that modern media like chatrooms means like minded people flock together, reinforcing their mindsets because the worlds they choose to inhabit are all alike- and every point of view they encounter helps crystalise their own. He said he was trapped in Russia during the height of communism and noticed his friends daughters room was full of contraband rock and roll stuff. He realised then that people will seek out what inspires them and reinforces their world view.
Well, all that stuff aside- this blogs about finding that magic again and crapping on about it- because, thanks to technology we can!
Okay, so thats enough high brow stuff. Lets talk Lead!
Last night I attacked the lead pile and took a huge painting chunk out of the original Chaos Knights I posted a few days ago. Although tempted to do a fresh take on some of the work from Heroes for Wargames, I decided I was sick of painting red schemes and looked for something more interesting. I wanted the figures to exists before the pre-defined Chaos gods, so by using both Nurgles greens and Tzeenches purple-blue domains together in a very muted palette circling around a green-brown from VMC I just aquired and my current color darling, Hawk Turquoise I should come up with something interesting.