I've had Battletech so long, unplayed, that not only is there a new version out but I own the intro boxes of both the previous versions without ever having played it. I am making a vow to actually pull finger out of arse (not literally - this is merely a quaint turn of phrase) and play it. The above three are the three I've painted most recently and behind them you can see that I've even gone as far as to acquire the first 12 episodes of Robotech (99p off eBay) for "research".
Robot fights good. Teen drama poor.
Anyway, while talking about figure painting...
New Citadel Agrax Earthshade ≠ Devlan Mud.
This is seriously fucking bad news. Never mind the impending implosion of the Euro and subsequent estimated cost to the global economy of
Happily, I received an order of Army Painter Quickshade Ink Strong Tone today which having thrown on an SJG OGRE Miniatures tank this evening has behaved identically to Devlan. Until a couple of months ago this would have meant that I had no reason to ever darken the doors of GW again except that the rest of their new range is actually really bloody good and I'm using a lot of it. The fuckers of GW strike again. More impending attacks of No, I'm not painting anything at the moment fuck off.
Actually I am. This year I've painted more stuff at the the fastest painting rate I've ever managed. As a result I've been on a splurge all through 2012 and painted like a mad bastard in the interests of getting as much lead and plastic (don't do Finecast) finished off before the steam all runs out and I don't look at a brush for six months.
Weirdly enough this stage hasn't struck yet and I've finally worked out why and that's weirder still.
It comes down to this - I don't have a permanent painting/hobby setup in the new flat unlike the spare room I had at the old Coop Towers.
This is completely backwards but I've realise it makes perfect sense. At the moment I paint on a cheap plastic tea tray from Tescos placed on the dining table. As this has to be cleared away periodically (i.e. to eat things) this has forced a strict discipline and forwards planning on my painting. The result is that I paint one small chunk of a project at a time and get the required paints out first. This is the complete opposite situation that what existed before whereby a 15 foot worksurface would progressively get cluttered up with the work in progress of a dozen painting, slotcaring and general household tasks before running out of space, not returning to the worksurface and generally leaving projects to gather dust. These days if I start something, it has to be finished and I'm finding it generally is.