With real life finally starting to settle down properly, I've been able to sit down and assess the currently active gaming projects and actually make some small progress on some of them.
For the City terrain, I've now undercoated all of the Sarissa Precision buildings. I haven't yet decided whether I'm just going to drybrush them and pick out some details, or apply some of the stone texture paint to them (or a mix).
I've also started painting the Amera Plastic Mouldings church, which will be a series of grey and brown drybrush layers to build up the stonework, followed by a quicker drybrushing on the roof tiles. The windows will then be painted black and the doorway filled up with a door made from balsa and plasticard. The ground immediately around the church will be painted and drybrushed a sandy colour to look like gravel, with a little grass flock around the edges. I've also picked up some Army Painter Poison Ivy which I'll try to use on this model. Incidentally I've also picked up the larger Ministry building, which is absolutely huge and will make a stunning centerpiece for the cityscape when completed.
Another order from PMC brought me the Factory and the Town Gasworks, which mix and match nicely together to form a generic set of industrial buildings. And to complete the cityscape I've also bought the two Tenement buildings from Warbases. These were a little disappointing, as the brick patterning is 2-3 times bigger than the terraced homes, leaving me wondering whether I should paint these brick coloured or stone grey. They are however quite huge, dwarfing most of the other buildings.
On the vehicle front, I've made some good progress. The Prussian Armoured Pullman from Scheltrum is completed, although I'm not terribly happy with the paint job, it's good enough for play. I've also completed the build of the Black Pyramid Heavy Landship, using their own add-on parts to add wing sponsons and a smokestack. It's now primed and ready for painting. I'm not sure how I'm going to paint this - it's going to join the German landship squadron, which were done with a simple grey primer followed by AP Quickshade. But the landships were my first experiment with Quickshade and the results were very messy, so I'm not sure whether to try to emulate that look or try to go for something a little cleaner looking.
The two Leman Russ tanks I bought at Britcon are now nearing the completion of their conversion to VSF landships. I've fitted the new Ramshackle turrets, re-assembled the wing and forward sponsons and added a boiler and smokestack from Black Pyramid to each. All that remains is to scratchbuild the gatling guns for the three sponsons and paint. I think I'm going to put these into British service, which will make the paintjob nice and simple (I'm painting them in sea-going ironclad colours, so black hulls, white turrets and upper works)
Finally I've actually started painting the modified Brass Coffin from Ramshackle, and the Iron Drake from Grendel. Both of these have been on and off the painting table for months, but I'm finally making some progress with them. They'll be joining the Thunderhammer tank in the service of the Evil Genius forces, so they'll be sporting the same natty Gold & Burgundy colour scheme.
Having previously shifted my figure painting setup to my parents house for use during quiet periods of family duty, I've now setup a second painting station back at my flat, so that I can paint wherever I happen to be. This has proven to be a very productive idea, as after only a couple of days I've managed to paint 13 character figures. I've started painting some of the more steampunky figures I've been picking up , from Lead Adventure Miniatures, Ironclad and the old Eureka Pax Limpopo range. In keeping with their more fanciful nature, I've been using a more varied colour palette than the usual Victorian greys, browns and black.
But I've found myself making virtually no progress on the Fenian army for GASLIGHT. The boys in green have been primed and half of them have been sitting on my painting table for weeks, but for some reason the emerald muse has abandoned me. I'm probably going to shelve them for now and focus on painting characters and finishing off the remaining three units of British (one regular, one in glengarries, one Guards)
Right now though, I've really got the urge to put the painting aside for one night and actually play a wargame of some sort, whether it's the next battle in the Novembre Civil War or a small VSF skirmish.