Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The life of a bum.


God I've got life easy. I just sit around all day mucking about with toy soldiers. Sure there are deadlines to meet every now and again but basically my life's my own. The wife's gone back to school (apparently being a nurse wasn't good enough, now she all about being a doc...) so money is a bit tight but so what, money ain't everything. I'm in a curiously good mood today. Odd.

This week (and for the next few weeks) I'm finishing up the new GB Picts. Cavalry and a chariot riding king are all that stands between me and my next project. I hate doing cavalry figures and I don't really know why. I think it's to do with never having got around to making a dolly I was completely happy with. That and the fact that by definition the figures have to interact with another miniature. Anyway, I've got some fun ideas for a mounted Magus but I've gotta be careful I don't fantasy him up too much. That's the worst thing about having little or no reference for a figure there is a tendency (for me at least) to go a bit crazy and end up with something that looks more Conan than history.

Horses. Hmmm, got some of them to be doing too. GB have always got a bad rap for their horses and that's something I'd like to change. Can't guarantee it'll happen but hope springs eternal. I'm pretty happy with the ponies but there was a lot more luck than judgement there so the horses continue to vex me.

Well, now that I've got that lot off my chest I think I'll have a spot of lunch and settle down with the latest Dan Abnett for an hour or so before I get back to work. You know, life's really not that bad all things considered.



ivar said...

the horses you did for the AoArt deal are awsome vast improvement over old GB horses

Soapy said...

Thanks! They give me hope for the horses.

Bill T said...

Seconded! They really look the part.

Tidyfiguremaker said...

Horses are a real pain in the arse to sculpt if you ask me, I've only attempted to sculpt one and it didn't work out too good. It's something that I will have to get round to doing sooner or later I guess. Keep up the good work with the blogging, being interesting reading following you progress with current projects. Out of interest how long does it take you to sculpt a figure?

Soapy said...

Dunno really. I always work on batches of figures over a number of days. I've never really paid any attention to the actual man hours involved. It's not the first time I've been asked this so next batch I start I'll try and keep track of how long it really takes.

I reckon, not including drying times, it'll be between two and five hours per figure. The average being closer to three.