At a loose end for a game this coming Monday I posted up on the club facebook page looking for an opponent. Tim replied. I know that he is a fan of Songs of Blades and Heroes and as this is a system I have not yet played I suggested this to him. He was happy to oblige with an introductionary game and sent me some info through.
A starter force is only half a dozen models so I thought that I might have enough figures in my “stash” for a wood elf band. Sure enough I found half a dozen plastic GW archers in need of a bit of a repaint, a couple of metal figures of unknown origin in need of a touch up and a nicely painted dark elf (a little on the small side) who can be drafted in as a leader.
Last night I spent a happy hour applying paint to the figures. Those of you who know me will recognise this as an unusual occurrence. To me painting is a necessary chore rather than a pleasure. I do get a good feeling once having completed a figure (however imperfectly) but the act itself is not one I particularly enjoy.
However, for some strange reason, painting the elves last night was a great experience. Perhaps it was a one off but today I feel enthusiastic about expanding my elf collection (about 25 high elves, 12 dark elves and 8 wood elves) into full army sized forces. As well as potentially SOBH I am thinking Hordes of the Things, Dragon Rampant and Chaos Wars.
I am not foolish enough to start buying masses of new lead or plastic. One of my problems is that the transition from bare metal to finished figure always seems a long and daunting one. My plan is to scour the bring and buys at shows for (cheap) painted and partly painted figures and bring the armies together over a period of time, looking for opportunities to find games I can use them in as I go.
Wish me luck.