First off, congratulations to David Soper on winning the Slayer Sword at the UK Games Day. He won with a beautiful Scourges diorama that he had been working on for years. I really like David's style of painting, but more importantly to me, his painting methodology, which I think is similar to mine (he just does it a lot better!). He won his first Slayer Sword in 1990. He took a few years off, like so many of us do, when real life, careers, and family come to the forefront and hobbies like painting take a back seat. He returned to the miniature world and has steadily improved. He is a meticulous and methodical painter. The scourge project literally has been years in the making. He started on it, shelved it for a while, and finally returned to it this year. I have a few such projects myself; started at some point, but then my interest waned for one reason or another and they have sat for years waiting for the return of the muse.
It encourages me that perhaps in the future, I'll get remotivated on some of these to finish them up. If you have not been to David's site, you can find it at http://sproketsmallworld.blogspot.com/
Additionally, I'd like to congratulate one of my followers here on the my little blog, Avicenna, for his Golden Demon as well for a stunning rendition of Radagast the Brown in the LoTR category. Well done, man! His pics can be found at the Jolly Bodgers blog at http://www.jollybodgers.com/
Next off, I wish the best for the thousands of US government employees and the millions of others that depend on government subsidy for basic needs affected by the shutdown today--I hope our leaders can get together and resolve this quickly...
I started up a Reaper Warlord piece for an fellow at the LGS. He is trying to put together an army by early November. He does fantastic freehand, and like me, wants his pieces to be more than "tabletop" standard. He has typically been a character painter, and I believe this is his first army project. I offered to paint up one of the solo pieces in his army. He graciously accepted and I picked out the Hound of Judgement that belongs to the Crusader faction. I am keeping the colors in line with the army colors, which are blue and white, with black and green accents. This is fairly early on yet, but you can see I've started the blends/OSL in addition to the base coat colors blocked in, as well as some basic colors for the base as well.