Greetings Terrans – wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve posted… Simple reason for that is that it has been quite a while since I painted anything!! You know how sometimes you plan to take a short break from something, and then before you know it, 4 months have flown by? Yeah… that’s pretty much what happened. It’s a strange feeling – after a couple of weeks of not painting, I just didn’t have the urge to do a damn thing. I had a pile of unfinished minis that got the occasional & unfulfilling 20 minutes of paint here and there, but I wasn’t excited about them and they never seemed like they were getting closer to being finished. Gradually, my hobby gear got tidied away to make way for family life, and this made it even more of a chore to get stuck in & pick up a brush… Meanwhile, the wider hobby world continued to evolve around me, with a seemingly relentless wave of new stuff & breaking news that just became overwhelming… I couldn’t keep up, and couldn’t summon the fucks to even try.
It isn’t that I’ve been idle – far from it! I’ve been hitting the gym, I’ve been getting some longer runs in, and I’ve been putting more time in with the family, (much to their dismay). Hell, I have even been watching TV of an evening! Work has also been progressing nicely, as it slowly emerged from a chaotic time into something approaching ‘normal’. All of these important RL things very easily filled the time that had previously been occupied with toy soldiers, and given my lack of fucks to give about the hobby, it really is no wonder that I fell out of love with it for a while…. And then a strange and wonderful thing happened.
I had a very nice ‘out of the blue’ message from Papafakis asking how I was, and basically checking that I hadn’t died or anything, (thanks for caring bro! 😊). He also has Tytus (gameoftravel) visiting at the moment, and is rocking some fab looking RT games – and man, before I knew it, I started to give a slight fuck about the hobby again – just a little quiver on the fuck’o’meter needle so to speak. Also, it hadn’t even occurred to me that folks might worry about my lack of blog activity, so I figured I had better a) paint something, and b) post something… And so, after a rather long-winded explanation, here we are – an actual, honest-to-goodness painted thing:
So this is one of the fantastic Eru-Kin minis that I picked up in the Diehard KS a few years back – I didn’t manage to finish this guy in time for the army that I took to BOYL in 2018, and he’s been in his undercoat since then, (along with several other minis from the range – oh, the shame!). He wasn’t a joyous painting experience, but for the reasons stated above rather than any issue with the mini itself. It was tricky to match back to my original paint jobs, but I think I managed – here he is with some of his Amphibi-bros:
Funny thing – as well as being horribly rusty with the brush, I also found my sense of scale had gotten worse during my hiatus… I didn’t realise how big this chap was until I put him next to some other minis for this photo! I’m guessing he’s supposed to be a leader of some sort, what with the arm-mounted communicator (or possibly snack dispenser), and his natchy bionic eye… He looks like a leader to me, so that’s how I’ll fit him into my army.
Anyhoo, that’s me for now – I won’t make any promises about posting again in any particular timeframe, but I do promise to make more of an effort to do some painting, to get more hobby done, and to keep you updated. Peace out!
Good to see you back in action mate and great work on that space-lizard :-)
FFS, it’s a space-FROG mate – don’t be such a classist! ;-)
Cheers dude – good to be back :-)
Mr Papafakis said:
It’s great to see you giving a fuck again mate 😂 I had no idea that my communique skills could have that effect on people. I must have a gift of sorts….like “master of unintentional motivation” 😆😆😆 It’s great to see you blogging again. My usual reason for not blogging in the past has been due those blasted haemorrhoids giving me right kicking!
Glad you’re enjoying seeing the games that Tytus and I are playing. I’m having a ball while he’s here too. If you’re ever over this way, or BKK, then we’ll have to organise some games together.
Anyway, great phoenix post Alex, that Eru-Kin is looking great!
Till next time buddy 😊
Cheers mate – it was a real ‘oh shit!’ moment tbh! And yeah, I’m loving the updates on your games dude, I am more than a little jealous.
If I ever do make it all the way to Aus, you can bet your life we’ll be hanging out mate. I’d have a few bloggers to track down and annoy too! :-D
Brilliant work, and glad to hear you’re doing well 🙂
Cheers Steve – on both counts :-)
Time with the family, tidying away the hobby stuff, watching TV, working and getting fitter are in my humble opinion indicators of being ill rather than falling out of love with the hobby. From the sounds of it you are back on the meds and on the slow road of recovery. In time you will be painting like there is no tomorrow and you can put all the other shit behind you! :-; Great to see you haven’t lost your painting touch even if it did seem strange picking up a brush in a while. Good to have you back but please go slowly so you don’t have a relapse! :-)
Haha – yeah, I reckon that’s what it was mate – a RL-Relapse! Don’t worry dude, slow & steady is the order of the day ;-)
Wooo for not being dead! I didn’t even realize until after I responded to your comment on my blog post that it was actually you. I thought it was IRO. :P
Cheers hon, good to be back – not sure how happy I am at being mistaken for that Aussie charlatan though!! ;-)
Ahahaha, True! :P
I’ll learn from other people’s mistakes and say “nice frog”! Really like that mini! :-)
Cheers mate :-)
Glad to have you back Alex! Was it really four months? Man, time just flies by. Love the spacefrog with their little snack dispenser.
Cheers, and yeah, pretty much mate – it has certainly flown by :-/
Good to see you again! I have to confess I was also concerned! It’s also nice to see that fella! I have my own Eru-kin still awaiting for their moment to come, so I love when someone else show theirs!
Aw, cheers mate :-)
I’ve been keeping an eye on your stuff dude (awesome as always btw), but still can’t comment across platforms!
Woot woot ! he’s back !
Cheers dude 🤘😎
Welcome back! A familiar feeling but the urge always returns sooner or later…..!
It sure does :-) Cheers mate, good to be back
Welcome back!! :D
Cheers IM :-)
I’m glad you’re back in action as I really find your blog very inspiring. That Eru-kin is really cool.
That said, hobbying comes and goes. When you’re not in the mood (and it seems like you haven’t been) you can just leave it be. All those toys you didn’t have time to paint before aren’t going anywhere.
Cheers mate, that’s kind of you to say – it’s good to be back 😊
Glad to have you back!
I really like the colour & texture of the weapon and the subtle shine of the skin (did you use a gloss varnish or did you put those nice spots of white by hand?)
Thanks dude, it’s good to be back! You’re dead right – this guy (and all my Eru-Kin) have glossed skin for that authentic froggy shine 😁
Mark A. Morin said:
Alex my man! Glad to see that you are back (I have been a bit silent as well for similar reasons so I get it!!).
Love the Eru-kin!
Hey, good to hear from you mate – yeah, I noticed you’d been quiet… funny how these slumps come along eh? I hope you’re well dude, keep on keeping on :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Back at ya dude. As you will see shortly, not so much of a slump as biting off on a big project. Plus holidays and figuring out my future employment or retirement…and some house maintenance!
Seems you and I were in a similar state during that period. I’m sort of back now but not back with a vengeance. I’ve done no painting but a fair bit of building. Love the frogs my friend
Cheers mate – funny how it goes eh? I’m not back to the output levels I was hitting before, but I’m enjoying it again 😊
Hey, I know this feeling all to well. Fun that we seem to have hit that hobby at the same time more or less.
Great stuff (here and on the other posts I missed).
Cheers dude :-)