It's been a long hard slog, I've been incredibly destructive and happily constructive, I've learned to plaster and to mount a flatscreen TV to a wall. I've learned how the Dulux PaintPod is so much better than a normal roller, and how some Victorian red bricks are harder than others (I have a masonry drill bit with a perfectly flat end to prove it...).
But it's been worth it, and I'm about 80-90% of the way there. Please excuse the photography, as it's from my phone, but this is where I've got to:
This side of the room is pretty much done - I've got to build a paint rack to go on the blank bit of wall next to the sticky board and mount a few pictures. I know I'm incredibly lucky to have a spare room to dedicate to my hobby, so hopefully this doesn't come across as me showing off - this is pretty much a dream come true for me, and I'm really pleased that I've managed to do most of it myself. Having the camera permanently set up is already making my life easier when it comes to photography for articles.
This should be where I'll relax after a hard evening's painting:
A big thank you to Kenny from the Ancible for the Infinity posters - with some glass clip frames from B&Q they really do look the business. I'm not sure if I'll be allowed to sit on the sofa-bed though, as these two characters will generally be hogging it:
Hex (The Devious)
Ponder (Lord of all He Surveys)
They're only allowed in the room when I'm in there (they're part of the reason I needed the room in the first place), as they see the desks and the shelves as a giant cat tower for them to play on, and all the little things on the desks as their toys, the little buggers...
Actual hobby-wise, I've already had to start on painting for the next article, I'm cracking on with the Fellowship of the Ring for the in-laws, and I've just started my little Vampire project. He's a (very) old Marauder Miniature (remember when they did loads of cool stuff for GW?) which I've always loved. The previous paint job was not too bad for when I did it around 15-20 years ago (gulp), but he needs a fresh new look.
I originally just mounted him to a base, but that looked a little dull, and I wanted him to stand out, so the plan is to have those two pins surrounded by bats, so it looks like he's being borne aloft by them. I've got some old Marauder Miniatures bats that I'm going to try and carefully pin and position around the bottom of his robe. Hopefully this will look pretty good, the bats are quite two-dimensional so it should work. Hopefully, the next post will have some pictures of him plus bats.
As always comments and criticism welcome!