Actually the scenario was far from being funny: as I drove to work yesterday one of my wheels nearly came off the car! A weird rhythmic rattling noise had started a day or two earlier, but was quiet enough and regular enough I though it might just be a stone in the tread of a tyre (something similar happened a short while back, and it turned out to be caused by a metal bolt getting embedded in a tyre).
But this time the noise suddenly started to rather rapidly get much louder within a single short journey: it was warm and sunny, I had the driver's side window half-open, and in addition to the rhythmic clatter, a noise like a flock of angry seagulls was steadily growing. At first I thought it was some kind of avian activity, but as it continued for several miles, growing steadily louder, with hardly a bird in sight -and also altering noticeably whenever I passed any sound-reflecting object like a building - it dawned on me that it was most likely to be the car.
By the time I realised I was the source of this panoply of worrying noises the steering wheel had also started vibrating, gently at first, but quite rapidly turning into a pronounced juddering. The rapid deterioration in drive quality and safety meant I felt I really had to stop and investigate. Upon doing so I discovered that the driver's side front wheel was just about ready to fall off!! Two wheel-nuts - including the locking-nut - were missing, and on one of these the bolt it should attach to was also gorn... shorn right orff!
So I had to call the AA out. As I type this the car remains at the garage, leaving me stranded at home. All of which is not very welcome, from many perspectives. But there has been one upside: instead of spending my day teaching kids how to play drums I got to spend it painting more of the lead pile. What I'll be doing with the rest of the day depends upon the garage. I'm just glad I wasn't bombing along the M11, as I would normally have been doing later today.
I started these Aide-de-Camps on Tuesday, and photographed them Wednesday. Like all of my painted 6mm figs, they're not 100% finished, or based. One thing I'm holding off on at present is a final wash, to bring out any fine detail. I've dabbled with white-spirit thinned enamels (and even used them a bit on these in places), plus I have a tin of Army Painter 'Quickshade', which I've tried on a few larger scale figures. But I'm not entirely happy with either, results wise. Any suggestions?
At some point fairly soon I guess I'll also have to decide how to base the ever-growing ranks of painted troops... Hmm!?