A while ago I realised that two of the Heavy Gear products I’d bought were missing parts: the legs from a Sapeur and some of the heads and rocket packs from a squad of Espions. Missing legs is obviously pretty important, and the rocket packs for the Espions are very distinctive and unlike anything any other model has.
For a while I’ve been working on some Napoleonic minis in between other projects, and I’ve just finished my first unit! Since British infantry regiments were named after counties, I decided it would be nice to do one for each of the four historic English counties I’ve lived in. This week I’m visiting my parents in the (historical) West Riding of Yorkshire, so it seemed appropriate to finish off my 33rd (West Riding) regiment:
Over the last few years I have suffered from clinical depression. For a while it was very severe and it was difficult to do any of the things I would normally enjoy. During this period one of the things that helped me cope was taking up painting miniatures, something I hadn’t done since I was a pre-teen. The active but somewhat mindless state I could get in while painting helped me to relax a bit and even if I wasn’t capable of enjoying myself, I felt like I was doing something I had been meaning to do for years and at least being a little creative.
Sometimes it was too hard to do any painting and I have to thank my best friend Olaf, co-author of this blog, for always encouraging me and reminding me that it helped.
I’m doing a lot better these days than I was then, but I still find I succumb to “painter’s block” for long periods – I feel unable to actually start painting, even though I keep making plans to do so. “This weekend I’ll definitely get my paints out of the box” I’d say, then find some reason not to. I’m fond of telling people “try doing something for 5 minutes and then letting yourself stop if you want”. It’s good advice for overcoming mental blocks, but it’s also very hard advice to follow sometimes.
Anyway yesterday I overcame the block and actually painted a miniature, the fancypants Fer de Lance of the Southern Republic, from Heavy Gear Blitz by Dream Pod 9. If history is any guide then I’ll probably paint several more in the coming weeks/months, and it will be as therapeutic as it always has been.
Here it is, and there’s more pics after the fold.
Code Name: Razorback
Faction: The North
Height: 4.7 meters
Weight: 8,134 kg
Baconradar’s Summary: A tough, flexible ground pounder, badly overshadowed by better choices
Code Name: Jackal
Faction: Peace River
Height: 4.2 meters
Weight: 5,930 kg
Baconradar’s Summary: Cheap, offensively versatile, but fragile paratrooper gear
Note: The Jackal is currently unreleased, but you can see a preview of the model, which will be pewter, here: http://www.dp9.com/content/new-jackal-3d-model-preview