Saturday, August 29, 2015

12 hour paint-a-thon conclusion

Well, it's done. We didn't quite make the 12 hours, even we two adults flagged after 11 hours and packed up. So was it successful?

Not sure really. One of the boys completed his Greeblie HotT army, but none on the others managed this. They took on too much for a start. I ought to have advised them to start with a dozen figures and got them to finish those. The sense of accomplishment might have been far greater.
We'll see what their attitudes are like next week.

For my part, I completed the Sdkfz 222, and the Vickers Mk VI. The Sdkfz 232 is almost complete, but I face the lace-like radio antenna array with some trepidation. The PzI is partly done, but trying to assemble it in the time available was optimistic. The running  gear needed time for the glue to harden properly  (it is too finely moulded and brittle to take chances with) so that has been set aside for a while before I recommence work. I discovered that there was a Kubelwagon with the 222 kit (an added bonus), but again I had to leave that to allow glue to harden. However it will do nicely as an artillery observer element in the 1940 German army.

The Matilda II was base coated ready for assembly, but there it sits.

So, over all I think it was worthwhile. I learnt a few things (like how much pizza 14 and 15 year old boys can eat), but I need to get the boys to 'chunk' their projects much much more (in the same way that I teach them to 'chunk' content for learning .. and I thought I;'d done that with their painting plans). Obvious really, you'd think I should have known that.

I think we'll repeat the exercise next year. And now, a wine and some sleep.


  1. Good for you for giving it a go.

  2. Very cool! Anything that keeps the next generation interested is a good thing. One of my gaming friends here is a middle-school history teacher (10-12 year-olds) who runs a gaming club at his school. Where was stuff like that when I was a kid?