Saturday, 28 August 2021

Painting 1/1 scale

Occupation of the cabin has been held up by that bain of the wargamer, painting. Following completion of construction, last weekend, today and a bit of Friday was spent painting. 

The bike shed/possible sauna has been treated with clear ‘stuff’. Very watery when it goes on, which means it trickles down your arm when doing high parts. But it dries sticky. Hard to shift, but with soap and water it eventually goes. The ceiling and roof beams of the main room have been similarly treated and the walls painted using two coats of a wargamer style ‘wash’. That leaves the window frames and the floor to do.

Externally, it requires 4 coats of different things. We’re close to 3/4 of the way through the second coat, but it’s very slow going. Very slow. After Sunday and Monday this weekend, Monday being a public holiday in England &Wales, I reckon we’ll need another weekend to finish the total job. Weekday evenings being relatively short and mostly reserved for swimming. Then we’ll be ready for the ‘HVAC’ ‘system’ installation.

Once painting is done, we can buy the furniture. We could in theory order something on line now, but I prefer to see and touch something like that first, and evenings and weekends are both full until the painting is finished.

All is not lost from a wargaming point of view though. We have a cabinet that we can move out of the house to, erm, house my figures and most of the milhist library. And there is a garden table that can go in there. Scope for a cheeky solo game the week after next.

Thanks to having a WiFi router in the cabin, as I painted today I was as able to listen to several episodes of We Have Ways podcast and Radio Humberside’s commentary of Grimsby’s first game of the season. It was emotional hearing the crowd back in the ground after 18 months. Up the Mariners.

A 1-0 victory by the way.

13 comments:

  1. Its looking good - all that painting will be forgotten in six months when you are ensconced kin your fully operational wargaming area - I am sure many have said it already, but I am very envious of you! (And I do realise you have to share, but its still way better than no space at all!)

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    1. I’m lucky, but don’t tell my wife that!

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  2. 1:1 painting; I do not enjoy it. Say, with W--Fi in the shed, you will be able to host remote games very soon.

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    1. I often find it relaxing/therapeutic.

      Yes indeedy! Remote gaming will be fun. I’ll need to sort out the camera side of things properly. My toys are tiny so are hard to see.

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  3. Keep going , the great game moves forward apace.
    As the cricket finished early I watched the first episode of a miniseries about the Winter War. It was meant to have subtitles but didn’t however l stuck with it . The only word I got near was tobacco. I was taken by the singing which had almost Slavonic feel to it. It reminded me of Byzantine/ Orthodox sound.

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    1. Cricket’s a good analogy. Especially test cricket.

      Do you remember the name of the miniseries? Finnish traditional music does have a lot of Russian influence. There is even an Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki and there’s a small orthodox minority, mainly eastern Karelians I think. Then there’s also a style of music which sounds to me neither Slavic nor Scandinavian. Try this one https://youtu.be/hFCixLn9qRw

      Your story about the lack of subtitles reminds me of when my mother-in-law bought a DVD of the original Swedish version of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. ‘It’s got subtitles so we can all watch it together’, she said (I understood her to say, her English is worse than my Finnish). Normally we don’t watch things together because of the language issue. This’ll be nice. We all settled down in the evening, drinks and snacks to hand, flicked on the movie, selected subtitles, and then we realised the subtitles were Finnish. The box was checked and it became clear that the subtitles were ONLY in Finnish. I left the women to it 😄

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  4. Looks bloody lovely mate. Are you taking in lodgers?

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    1. Farsends of em. Little fellahs. None of them smoke either. Yeah

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  5. It was Talvisota. I was interested in the troops receiving communion prior to going to the war and what seemed to me singing from hymn books later.
    I did really like your link, beautiful singing.

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    1. That’s a classic series from about 30 years ago I think. I watched it and I felt like I’d been through the mill by the end.
      It’s available on Amazon (as the Winter War) for £8 - 2 DVD set. The second is about a reconnaissance patrol on the outbreak of the Continnuation War.

      Meehan Soria has a beautiful voice, and that instrument (a kantele) has a really ethereal quality.

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    2. Merja not Meehan. Bloody autocorrect!

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  6. Good progress, nice result, better than being hammered 5.0 at the Eitihad and not scoring a goal after 3 games!
    Best Iain

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    1. To put it in perspective though, it is the Fifth Division and against a part-time team.

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