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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jomsvikings, pt. 3

As I was posing these, I though "I  MUST upgrade my 28mm terrain!"  I only have two 28mm huts in my collection, so each new warband I paint is forced to raid the same huts over and over again. This is fairly demoralizing for the wee fellows as once a hut is looted, there's no payout for the next band of marauders.

I really like the stylish balloon pants on these figs as they're a nice space for putting down color. And it's official; the Jomsvikings are my favorite Gripping Beast figures to date.  All that's left for this warband is a warlord and a standout figure.

Right...this one's been looted! 


Searching the woods for leprechauns...is that what this raid is down to?
Over the weekend, I drove my son to the IU Jacobs School of Music. He was all smiles as we set him up in the dorm and very quickly, he was making new friends.  Grant's dorm is all music students and I told my daughter "Just think, this building holds 400 Grants!" To which she replied, "Get me out of here!"

At registration, he discovered he'd finished enough general education requirements in High School that he could do a composition major with a conducting minor and an oboe concentration.  He conducted his first big piece at 14 so he's thrilled to add conducting to his plate.
Sweet freedom!
My wife and I choked up as we said our goodbyes. To keep the return drive from turning gloomy, I spent  it reminiscing about our college days, friends, and adventures at the University of Arizona. Good luck and godspeed, son. I can't wait to hear your stories, and perhaps trade a few of my own!


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  1. Glad you had a safe trip, the Joms are looking very nice indeed.

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    1. Thanks Andrew! The minivan is quite old but the warhorse saw us through another long trip!

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  2. Good looking Jomse you have there!

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  3. Nice warband and best wishes to your son's future! Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean! The beauty of college nowadays is the digital connection. We'll get to stream his performances, so there is that!

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  4. They do grow up on one. I'm really enjoying your jormsviks posts. They're like medieval landsnechts.

    FMB

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    1. Marcus! You are spot on. I think a landsknecht painting guide would serve perfectly here! ;-)

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  5. Yes those Jomsvikings are cool, and your son sounds like a very gifted individual.

    John

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    1. Thanks John. You ability to paint up both sides for CoC was simply amazing. I'd love to hear what you think of the rules.

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  6. Greate looking vikings!!!

    I hope you are on to building some more houses to loot or even a church to plunder and burn:)

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael! A church would be perfect! But first, I have a few painting jobs to finish up. My real job gets in the way of my hobby!

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  7. Lovely (if that is the right word for a bunch of murdering fanatics) warband so far!

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    1. Thanks Jonas! I'm flattered to see the word Lovely associated with anything I paint, no mater how murderous.

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  8. Great looking troops, and good luck to your son!
    Cheers,
    Phil.

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  9. Very impressive Monty. I'm looking forward to seeing the warlord!

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    1. Jonathan, thanks! I do like to take my time on the command figures so, fingers crossed.

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  10. These are tremendous Monty and such a heartwarming tale. I'm sure number one son will do you proud.

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    1. Thanks Michael! I appreciate such warm sentiments. I know that in the U.S., the arts are quite under-appreciated. Still, it's his dream and who wouldn't want to chase their dream?

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  11. Hi Monty,

    great looking bunch with baggy trousers, surely those of Madness band that were laying in our house before the looting ;-)

    painting them in two tones is stylish!

    Cheers

    Gilles "this is Ska!!!!!!;-) "

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    1. Gilles! You've gone One Step Beyoooooond! I never could get enough of Madness, or ska, back in my college days. Those were the days!

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  12. Lovely work as always, Monty!

    Having owned a few pairs of these Rus pants in the course of my historical re-enactment career (now over, thanks to the ravages of advancing age and a liver that can't handle mead anymore), I can say that not only are they one size fits all, they're one size fits all PLUS a few friends. To duplicate a pair of these, buy 10 yards of wool and get sewing. They do have a certain rakish style though1

    And all the best to your eldest as he goes forth to make his way in the world; have you completed the "off to seek my fortune" checklist?

    "Bundle of stuff in polka dot cloth on stick?"
    "Check."
    "Pair of old boots?"
    "Check."
    "Big hat?"
    "Check."
    "Suspiciously attentive and preternaturally-aware cat?"
    "Check. But Dad, I'm not a cat person..."
    "Now that's enough, son, you'll thank me when you get to marry the princess."
    ; )

    Best of luck to the young lad!

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    1. Ev! Your Scottish warband rocks! You've got me hankering to add that to the menu.

      Thanks for sharing on the Rus pants. I wonder if I could get a pair for Halloween and go as a Jomsviking? :-)

      And thanks for the well wishes. I only wish my son's stuff fit in a cloth on a stick! Would have made the move much easier!

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    2. Great minds clearly think alike - we just got an invite to a Halloween fundraiser a week ago and I suggested to my my good lady wife that we trot out the Rus' kit for an airing.

      She said that it wasn't scary enough. I pointed out that it was scary enough to any number of people around the 10th century! Negotiations continue...

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    3. If you "win" this discussion, you MUST take pics. I think it'd be cool but I also know that part of staying married is this thing called giving in. ;-)

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  13. Those are my favourite Gripping Beast figures as well. And your forces do need more buildings to raid.

    Your son is a handsome lad and you have a great deal to be proud of as a parent. He's done very well for himself. I know how hard it is when one of the children leaves the nest. It will pass as you see his happiness and success.

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    1. Absolutely, Anne. He was so happy at IU.

      On the drive back, my wife, daughter and I talked about what comes next. I'd like to shut down painting line later this year and work on expanding and improving my technique. Same goes for my cooking. Upward, and onward!

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  14. This warband gets better and better. REally looking forward to seeing them all together on the table.

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    1. Millsy! Congrats on the 50K sir, and the good news about the Joms is they're a small warband, being hearthguard and all!

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  15. Those are really a striking handful of warriors. Very colorful.

    "Sweet freedom" indeed! The smile on your son's face suggests he will be just fine. "One small step for man..."

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, and it's true! I think we'll see quite the young man when he visits over Thanksgiving.

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  16. Nice Joms. They look great. I agree that they are probably Gripping Beasts best non-plastic Viking age figures.
    cheers

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    1. Thanks Kiwi! I have a good friend who is not a fan of GB but I love their Dark Ages lines. Different strokes!

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  17. Excellent Jomsvikings Monty! Sounds like your son is really going to enjoy college.

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    1. Cyrus, thanks! As I was at hour 10 on the drive home eating Slim Jims for dinner and drinking coffee, it occurred to me that he got the better end of the trip!

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  18. I love this guys! Once again- beauty shields and colours!

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