Two days in a row, now, I've carefully newspapered over the dining table, swathed both #1 and #2 sons in a wipe-clean apron (Gruffalo and Sailing ship designs) and settled down to an hour or so of painting miniatures!
It hasn't been without its challenges - perpetual requests to clean brushes or provide a new colour or to clean up a spillage (don't tell the wife!) - but the rewards have been great. Both boys are now actively seeking time to geek and are taking pride in their not-quite-Golden-Demon-quality paint jobs. Give them time, though, and they may even be mentioned in the same breath as Nico, Jaeckel, Spooktalker or "Paint Splats" Steve, for example*.
A little way to go yet, but #1 (6 years old) is getting neater and wants to try layering and patterned shields:
#2 son (nearly 4) likes drybrushing and chaotic colour schemes:
These are their photos - very proud little boys!
In amongst that I even got another beastman finished, as well as the rider for the Oldhammer Knight project, but that's for another post. I was very satisfied by our shared enjoyment and so glad I'd kept those plastic LotR figures for just such an occasion!
The last bit of father-sons geekery was an opportunistic purchase this morning (two whole pounds!) from the hospice charity stall in the market of this:
I'd never even heard of this before, but it has a modular map, item cards, monster cards and player/super-villain figures - apart from a slightly scuffed box, it is pristine. It seems to be trying to be something halfway between an early D&D boardgame and Heroquest.... but with much more of a "luck" element. Here is the designer's page, if you're interested. I'll give it a shot some time with the boys.
Got to go, it's bathtime - wish me luck!
*Other outstanding Oldhammer painters are available; these were the four most recent on my internet history list. No offence meant, chaps, if I left you out!