No pic, but this weekend, to give me a break from painting veterans (they're coming along, though more about that below) I thought I'd get on with painting my playing mat.
Since I got back into the hobby I've mostly played my games on my 6x4 chipboard (in two halves). It's cheap and heavy, but it keeps its shape well and when not in use it goes beneath our mattress for extra back support. I've always covered it with an old, dark green bedsheet, stretched taught and pinned to the sides of the board or to the bottom of the table. This has the double advantage of keeping the boards together securely and obscuring the join between them, which can be too useful a mark for guaging distances. But it's green.
So I decided to paint it black. Not only that, but chuck some sand into the paint too, to give it a surface texture (I'll go back in future and get some different greys patched onto it, for depth and variety). SO I hung it over my washing line, pegged it up and mixed up the black paint/sand combo.
And brushed it on.
And thought it smelled a bit funny.
And when I tried to clean my brushes...whaddya know? - I accidentally used the pot of black emulsion paint I'd forgot I had.
There's nowhere to get brush cleaner on a sleepy Sunday afternoon in our village, either. Or at any time, I suspect.
So...I got half of the sheet covered (fairly effectively actually - but it's very unlike me to finish stuff) and I screwed up two cheap old brushes.
So let that be a warning to everyone out there: Learn to read and don't be a prat.
In Other News
Veterans all have heads now and are coming along nicely...but I playtested them in a blue-on-blue scrap in Vassal on Saturday night and I'm not impressed. Harker's lot should be fun enough on their own, but they're rubbish for long-range anti-tank and only marginally better at ranged anti-personnel. Losing the veterans' ability to infiltrate really is the unkindest cut of the new Codex. Damnit.
And today I was digging a World War I trench with kids at school. Really. Great fun but I'm bloody knackered, with another three days of it to go!