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Troll Tribe: Old School Grenadier War Troll.

5 Feb

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I’ve been turning my hand back to painting up stuff from my lead pile of late, and thought it was about time to start up another unit. Since this old Fantasy Warriors Troll was already undercoated and pre prepared, I thought I might as well get around to it. My trolls are a mixed bunch, but I sort of like the random mix of styles they are made up from. I think he’s missing a shield, but don’t think he needs one to be honest, since none of my others have them either.

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This time I’ve opted for a purple skin tone, pale tones not heavy deep purples, topped with a mop of green scraggly hair. Sort of like “The Joker” colours I thought after they had gone on, but at least this next unit will contrast with my other lot (they are quite bright blue) and since I have a set of what I think will have to be stone trolls in grey, the tones in this unit will match up in similar shades.

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You’ll also notice that these lot are going to have tattoos, something the others don’t (but my giant does) so again, there will be a tie into the rest. of course I’ve got my own sculpt two headed troll leader to go with him next, and two quite nice forest trolls from CP models. I even have a smaller metal two headed troll to act as the leaders son, but when I got it, it really was subpar compared to the rest, and a little too small to fit, but I might end up adapting him somewhat before he gets into the tribe! My son has a nice big plastic D&D troll out of the drizzt boardgame, so I might have to make him an offer and add it to my boyos. I had this idea a long time ago to create two sides to fight in a giant wars type setting for a game, one side trolls, the other giants, so that’s where I’m heading with this. (just have one giant so far..)

Next troll up will be the ettin leader, which I just need to add a weapon, not sure what exactly, but I think I have a big sword in my spares box that’ll fit.

Back later with more painted bits….

The Lead Pile. (And the question of how to tackle it!)

3 Feb

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Jeezus! I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed when it comes to dealing with my lead mountain. I have started to take stock of just exactly how much stuff I have accumulated and what you can see in the picture is just the tip of the iceberg. This toolbox here is just one of the various stashes of unpainted lead (and stuff that needs stripping or repainting) Plastic is another thing, there’s mostly metal miniatures in my alloy hills. I really didn’t quite understand just the volume I had until I started looking.

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My question really is, just how exactly do you deal with it? I’ve been having a rekindled relationship with miniature painting, so if it wasn’t enough to just decide what to paint up next, I’m thinking now about what the hell I’ve got!

I know I’m not alone in this. But why do we do it? This shiny syndrome must be put in check, but we still do it over and over with stuff we don’t need, nor ever will probably paint. I’m not saying that we don’t want the things, we do want them, and want is the optimum word here. It’s as if we are as the dwarven kings or dragons themselves, hoarding them in our deep caverns.

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Some might say that I should be happy that I have a choice, and I’ll agree. The only thing is I’m never ever going to get every single one of them painted. Ever. Sure, I’ll manage to do a lot if I put in some time (a long time) and effort, but theres never going to be an end in sight. I wouldn’t mind so much, but I have only come back to the hobby for the last 5 years or so (God knows what it would be like if I’d have kept going interrupted from back in the day) I’m even more confused about what I’m going to paint up and put in the queue next, just cause there’s so much to go through. I think its a battle I’m never going to win. I know I will amass more and more beyond what is a copeable  and realistic amount to have. Even when I sell vast chunks on, it still keeps growing.

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Dozens of manufacturers and scales, fantasy, historical, scifi, you know the score. I have no idea why I bought some of it. Is it lead fumes that make us do it? Consumer greed driven by the very limited nature of the number of castings? It makes you wonder what our true motivations are for this collecting of this pile of tiny metallic creatures? I have no real answer, just that I love the little fuckers, and if you can empathise with my condition, then you love them little fuckers too!

Right, what next then?…

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