With the white stapping and the decoration on the shakos painted I feel this group of eight Orcs has taken on a life of their own and are now individual characters rather than just plain lead castings. I am well aware that they have taken much longer to paint to this stage than I would have expected, but there is no doubt that they have helped to keep me grounded during this most recent national lockdown. In fact I have written about this before - miniature painting for me at least, is my mindfullness activity, the hobby that keeps me 'sane' and helps with my mental health.
When Sue bought me the shed-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden 21 years ago little did she realise just how much time I would be spending down there. As I often say - it is my TARDIS; "I'm just popping down the shed for 10 minutes and three hours later I reapear with absolutely no idea just how long I have been modelling."
Like fishing, I feel that time spent painting model soldiers is time that God does not count against you.