Like my gaming, my painting has also been doing ok for the year. Just today I completed my first force for Bolt Action - a 28mm Italian Paratrooper force. Completing this puts me on a good path to getting more painting done this year than last; quite an accomplishment in my book since it's still February. Though I've only played one real game of Bolt Action, and I've never used this force before, I'm going to use it in a 1000 point tournament this weekend. I figure it will be a good way to learn. I've painted up more than I can use at 1000 points, but it does give me flexibility to configure the army several ways. I have a commander with 2 riflemen, a medic, a forward observer team, a sniper team, a flamethrower team, 5 squads of 8 men, a medium MG team, a 46mm mortar team, an 81mm mortar team, and a Semovente 75/18. All of the infantry are from Warlord Games; these are metal figures that painted up quite nicely. My only criticism is that a few suffered from mold lines down the middle of the face...that's something I never can understand, no matter who makes the figures. I am modeling the force after the Italian Para's that stayed fighting with the Germans after the invasion of Italy. The Semovente is a model I purchased years ago as part of a collection and sold to Drunken Samurai only to get it back recently in another trade. It is a resin model from NZWM, and I believe it was a limited production run as it is numbered "6" on the bottom. I believe the NZWM line was sold to Army Group North, but I could be wrong. It is a nice model that was basic grey; I've added the camo and some more detailing.
Up next for me on the painting front is some more 15mm WWII along with some 28mm Ancients and Medievals. I hope to keep my painting momentum going and posting more frequently here too!