Saturday, 25 February 2012

Gainfully Unemployed

As of 22nd February I have been out of work. Politics, mainly, being the reason - my line manager being an inherently (very) insecure person took umbrage at me challenging him to manage me properly back in October, and spent three months constructing an elaborate and unbeatable case for my dismissal. No great drama though, the job was unutterably shit - it must have been, I saw what he was up to, and took no steps to prevent it from happening.

Obviously money is a worry, but it was a worry when I was working, so no change on that front. On the positive it means I get to enjoy some time to myself, and don't have to fret about being on the 07:00 hrs to London Bridge, working 70+ hours a week, or any of the relentless nonsense which accompanies business sales these day.

So, all that means I've had time to take stock of the wargaming situation, and be utterly ruthless in the projects on the go.

First to fall was the 28mm WW2 - I'd sold all the scenery to Stuart a while back, so all of the early war stuff has been sold now. The late war British Paras from Artizan have been donated to someone I know who works at a Children's Home. The BAM Paras are being painted for sale - pics to follow in the next few days. Rather pleased with them actually, so they might end up staying.

The huge Musketeer early Saxon army - originally bought for WAB - has been trimmed down, and there's over a hundred of them going on eBay this week. Unless anyone wants to make me an offer. All unpainted. The stuff I have painted will be kept for Saga or TFL's latest rules (which look very good).

The Splintered Light collection is staying... oh yes, my precious. Just laid them all out on the dining table this evening. Around 250 miniatures I've had from David in the last 2 years; 3 Dragons, some 100 15mm Dark Ages, and 150 or so Splintered Lands - Goblins, Dwarfs, Beastlands, Rebels, and Faithful.

There's still the matter of the 10mm Redline Napoleonics - I have two small armies; Brits and French, around half painted so far. Completely lost interest in them, and they don't seem to be worth anything on eBay. I expect they'll stay, purely on the basis of it not being worth the effort of selling them.

Lastly there's the handful of fantasy things I have - RBG, Heresy, etc - they'll stay also, because one day I'll get round to painting them.

So, lots of painting doing at the moment, especially since I've had a bit of an epiphany and started undercoating Grey primer, rather than black. Much happier with the results, as you'll see this week. Got two dozen more BAM paras to do, then I'm going to start on the Bat Clan Goblins. Also think I'll make an effort with the SSL/SFB mash-up this week too, between interviews.

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