...will a thousand words make up for my chronic shortage of deviations, lately?
It's been almost exactly a year since I went back to honest-to-goodness proper full-time salaried work. I won't say it sucks because, actually, my job is mostly extremely interesting and motivating. But it leaves very little time for painting and even less time for taking decent photographs of the results.
I have, actually, painted a great deal over the last 12 months and finished a load of minis, but just haven't had time to take decent photos - a situation not helped by the fact that I don't have a decent camera. If I had time to take pics, I'd buy a decent camera to do it with. If I had a decent camera, I'd probably make the time. You see my bind.
However, I've still been active on dA. I'm moderating the group most days, hunting out new deviations, tidying up the galleries and welcoming new members. And outside dA, my evenings are filled with game design work. HorizonWars is moving forward encouragingly. Phil Smith, wargames editor at Osprey Publishing is putting together a budget and, if the numbers look good (which they seem to), I'll be aiming to put the manuscript to bed before the end of the year. After that, it'll be all about miniatures, photography, art and design (and an index; I will insist upon an index if I have to do it myself!).
That, of course, means that the urgency behind Iron Core has kicked up a notch. I need to deliver a finished alpha-test rules set sooner rather than later, so we can let the alpha test run out while I work on finishing HorizonWars. Then it'll be back to incorporating the feedback into the beta rules and developing the army lists for the Shadokesh and the Republic.
Meanwhile, I am also working on a new game, but not a miniatures one: a card game themed around the struggle for power in ancient Rome. We'll see where that goes...
Not quite a thousand words? Well, then this isn't quite a deviation. But as you could say the same for 90% of my gallery, I guess it'll have to do.