I have been painting like a madman since my last post, and I’ve almost finished off what will be my [WM] Mercs 20 point list for this week’s WM/H League at Good Games CBD, continuing tomorrow night (I'll post on that after the fact).
This weekend was my birthday, and while I did spend a few minutes contemplating my passing youth, I was actually more excited about PRESENTS! Most wargamers know that we are quite difficult to shop for – I know that at any given time I could be focused on any army/faction from any game/system. This makes it hard for friends and relatives to buy me what I really want, and almost as hard to try and slip that subtlety into conversation.
So the system we have for these situations is that everyone just gives me money, and I go off and buy what I want. This seems to work out for everyone, and this year my relatives have actually taken to adding stipulations to what I can do with my birthday money – which is great because it feels like they are adding a little bit more thought to their gifts!
The Paint Rack - Back to Base-ix
My brothers said: “With this birthday money, buy something that you want, but would never buy for yourself because you’d think it was too expensive.”
So something fancy, but unnecessary... I had the perfect thing in mind! I ordered this last week, so it should be arriving any day now.
|AU$52 including post from the Back-to-Base-ix website|
All my paints currently live my desk drawer, and being Formula P3 paints, are a nightmare to sift through to find the right colour. As all the lids of the paints are white, I usually have to lift up each pot one by one to inspect the colour, before finding the one I am looking for. For army painting, I pull out the paints I use frequently, and scatter them across my desk so I don’t have to delve into the drawer to find them again. This gift fits my brothers' criteria nicely, and looks pretty freakin sweet.
Mini Photography Studio
My Dad said: “Buy something that would make your hobby easier.”
Yeah, he's a practical kinda Dad. The paint rack above would has suited Dad’s criteria as well, but one thing that's harder for me to work around is taking photos of my models - this causes me a world more pain than sifting through paints, so this product I found on eBay should do the trick. I know I could make my own lightbox, but I thought Dad (who likes his cameras and gadgets) would like to see me using something like this.
|AU$35 including post from eBay|
A New Army...
My wife said: “Spend this cash to start a brand new army of your little toys with. You’re not allowed to buy models for an army you already own.”
My wife knows that I like bouncing around game systems and armies/factions within game systems, and that I get a real kick out of painting models for a brand new army for the first time. Given that I’m currently immersed in painting through my [WM] Mercs army for the ongoing League, I’ll hold onto this birthday cash for a time until another army tickles my fancy!
I’m pretty happy with my birthday this year, and although none of this stuff was particularly expensive, the little bit of extra thought my family put into their gifts made their gifts more meaningful. I haven’t actually received anything yet, but I’ll post some quick reviews when I do. Oh, and when the mini-photography studio set comes in, I’ll get around to taking photos of my [WM] Mercs!