I'm going to be out of action tomorrow and Friday as far as painting is concerned. I have a couple of troublesome cysts in my left lower eyelid that need to be removed, and while the procedure is minor the after effect's mean I'll have blurred vision (from the eye drops they use) and will have to wear an eye patch for 24 hours. While I would ordinarily relish the chance to look like a Pirate the downside is that my depth perception will be reduced to zero, meaning I will have to take a couple of days off from painting.
The annoying thing is I also can't drive, meaning I'll be off work, which would ordinarily be a great opportunity for me to get some painting done! So instead of putting paint to metal I guess I'll just have to get some serious 'finkin' done instead. Oh my, this is gonna hurt...
First off I need to work out my painting strategy for the Analogue Challenge. I already have a rough idea what I want to do but I really need to dig out all the models, clean them up, assemble in some cases and prime them ready for the Dec 15th start date (yes, this is allowed). This is actually a really good opportunity for me to remind myself exactly what is in my Lead Mountain. Over the years I have tried to reduce the number of models laying around by either giving them away or occasionally selling them. Some old citadels went to my daughters for them to paint (I see it as an investment) but there are still several boxes lurking in the cupboard under the stairs and its high time I found out what was in them!
The second job I need to do is work out what I need to buy. A large part of the Challenge for me is about painting those models that are languishing in storage boxes, but I also want to paint some new stuff for my 6mm North Africa Project and that means buying yet more minis'. I have a vague but as yet unformed idea about painting some Italian Infantry but I don't really know at this stage what I need to buy. My depth perception may make painting difficult but it won't stop me looking at the relevant army lists and building up a shopping list.
If I still have time on my hands I could probably spend a bit of time tidying up my painting desk but I'll probably just take a leaf out of Mike Whitaker's book and listen to some pod casts. I don't get nearly enough time to do this normally so it'll be good to just sit down and geek out for a while.