As desperate as I am to get back to painting, brushwork continues to be on hold as the weather on the Carolina coast has been brutal and I have not been brave enough to try any priming in the heat and humidity. The few late-night priming sessions I attempted have been rained out so I'm not sure what to do. My experiments priming with gesso have not gone well either and now I'm scared to use the stuff on anything that I genuinely want to paint. Plus I'm heading off with my wife and daughter in about a week to visit family in western New York. I'm therefore reluctant to start anything too ambitious since I'll be gone for probably two weeks or more. But therein can be found what might be my last hope to get some real painting done this summer.
I know that most of the east coast is suffering under similarly dreadful climatic conditions. My hope however is that there will be enough improvement going from South Carolina to New York to allow me to prime as many miniatures as possible while I'm staying at my in-laws house. And maybe, just maybe, I might even get some painting done while I'm away on vacation. If not, I'd still be coming home with models primed and ready to paint upon my return. Thus my goal for the coming week is to focus on assembling a batch of dudes to take with me.
I have several projects up in the air from which I can choose but I also need to keep in mind the constraints imposed in taking this on the road. One primary concern is that the figures all should be easy to transport without taking up lots of space. And if I am to have any chance of painting, then I also need to plan out in advance the color scheme and limit it enough to what I can pack in a travel bag. It may be overly optimistic to think that I'll get anything at all painted, but I've had success in the past as a traveling painter so why not give it a shot?
The gluing commenced late last night resulting in the five guardsmen pictured above. More to come soon as I intend to go over my plans for this in a couple days once I have some additional models built. The basic idea though is for an Imperial Guard force themed to go with my Sector 7G terrain, and one that would make use of my Deathstrike missile launcher as well. The opportunity to fire that thing in a game has proved to be too much temptation for me and so I'm excited to have found a way to include it in an actual army project.
And thus the endless procession of new projects continues....