It's been over a month since I moved into a new apartment and the interior painting is drawing to a close (just a couple of doors left to do). I have finally had a chance to unpack my models and hobby tools, hang a newly mounted Horus Heresy poster I won last year as part of a painting competition over at "The First Expedition" forums, and start on a project I have been looking forward to for a long time. As a reward to myself for painting the new apartment I lashed out on a set of three birch wooden art boards to make a 6'x4' home gaming table. Not the most economic nor even the fanciest option, but one which I hope will last a long time. I have a small dining table which would not have adequately held 2'x2' plastic sections or a roll out gaming mat, and now I have a storage locker I don't mind the extra size of three thick board sections. I quickly set about painting them using some of the left over undercoat and a fresh coat of "surface" paint which is designed for kitchen and bathroom counters. It gives a nice tough finish, and a colour which I hope will match a few future projects.
Speaking of future projects, I have been following Iron Sleet's "Punk Moth" closely as inspiration for an INQ28 adventure with a few of the local painters here in Vancouver. We have met up at many conventions and competitions and hope to expand the painting friendship and have a game or two together. One of the best parts of INQ28 is developing a rich background story and play with beautifully prepared models and scenery. The next items out of storage will be boxes and boxes of unbuilt citadel buildings, which I hope to assemble a few pieces at a time to flesh out the story. I am relieved to hear the guys over at Iron Sleet took nearly two years to get their ideas, terrain, and models to tabletop as what they have produced is certainly worth the wait. A long warm summer has not been conducive to modelling! I have spent my first few 'free' evenings making a small map to guide us in our adventures. The painted map will soon fill the gap on the "hobby wall" in the first photo.