Even though I had a lot of other plans I managed to stuff some miniatures and paint into my luggage to help me through the occasional rainy or lazy days. (not all that much of them, honestly!)
As said, our time here was packed to the rafters with activities and in between sunny days at the beach, surfing, hiking, skydiving, canyoning and driving around a lot I still succeeded in finding painting time...
My selection of models involved a lot of 40k Ork Boyz and even more fantasy Night Goblins. These were the main things to tackle as I had bought several Ork Black Reach and Gobbo Skull Pass sets in the last couple of years! Also some Deffkoptas, Burnas, Spider Riders and empty spaces in my box were filled with 6mm Dark Realms Pax Arcadia.
The majority of all this stuff was even unprimed so I had to start from scratch!
Painting a lot of the same models tends to become pretty boring but taking on small batches and switching between the 3 options helped somewhat.
The 28mm models (Ork & Gobbos) remain unbased for now as that was too much a hassle to do! (basing stuff was something I didn't bring). However, the Pax Arcadia had to be done because I always base them before painting so some creativity with local sand, rocks, twigs and kids PVA glue was in order! Now my time here is almost up, it was absolutely fantastic but all good things come to an end! While I'm still painting up models in my last week, it's time to look at the numbers and this is what I've managed:
-about 115 Night Goblins (lost count somewhere) including champions, musicians, standard and battle standard bearers, Fanatics, Gobbos with bows, spears, hand weapons, shamans and spiders!
-95 Orks comprised of 29 Shoota Boyz, 40 Slugga Boyz, 4 Burna Boyz, 3 Big shoota, 5 Deffkoptas, 4 Kommandos, 10 Gretchin and a Runtherd.
-a lot of Pax Arcadia being 8 Scout bases, 8 Heavy Weapons bases, 4 Valiants, 4 Hammerjacks, 4 Ramjacks, 4 Chasseurs and around 16 troop bases.
Now most models still await some dip or ink followed by a dullcoat, which will have to wait 'till I get home. Then the whole lot needs to be based or finished with static grass and flock, so I'm not entirely there yet! But I'm extremely pleased with what's done and with this and the Lead Painters' League coming up it seems that my lead mountain is getting considerably smaller!!!
So...no other conclusion then to go on another 6 month trip to reduce it even futher!