2018 Painting Targets

Notsomuch a reflective post on 2018. I think I’ve covered that already, but something with aims for this coming year.

Black Templars Space Marines Crusaders, Terminators RTB09

1. Paint and finish some 2+1 marine forces/bump up existing small groups to this as a minimum.

By this I mean small forces of Space Marines – 2 units of infantry, plus a leader and something cool, like a dreadnought, tank, flyer, etc. This at least makes them playable or easily allied to other armies. Right now, forces which I’ve shown that still need to be bumped up to this level are Black Templars, Celestial Lions, Fallen Angels and Deathwatch, though I have another one on the go right now, and plans (oh dear, the plans) for several more. I’d also count finishing my 2006 Ork force in there.

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marine Army

2. Reinforce the existing 40k armies.

Specifically, both Minotaurs and Iron Warriors need some proper reinforcements. Even more specifically, there are two vehicles for the IW that have been staring at me for years, as well as another squad that I prepared the figures for and another hero model. Then there’s that mass of Tactical Marines for the Dark Angels I’m working on.

3. Sort out the stuff that’s painted but needs reorganisation to be playable in 8th edition.

I’m very much thinking of my Imperial Guard here.

4. Finish more of the stuff I started but never finished.

Aside from the stuff above, much of which fits into this category, there’s a unit of Elves just waiting on three models to be done to be completed. There’s a unit of DUST Gorillas, a unit of Undead, some Mordor Uruks, Arbites, Savage Orcs… It’s bloody exhausting to think about how many started-but-abandoned units I still have

5. Complete all of my metal Dwarf Slayer models.

There’s a few that got started but are sitting on the desk, but also a fair few that need start-to-finish attention. It’d be nice to have them all done, bar the plastics.

6. Complete all of my metal Viking models.

Exactly what I said about the Slayers, though there’s more metal Vikings untouched than there are Slayers.

7. Get a Nurgle Daemon army up and running.

What’s that? Decembuary? What’s that? Chaos Daemon Codex in a week or so? I guess I better get this show on the road, then…

I have no Grey Knights even started as of yet, nor any photos of their boxes handy, so here is a cat wearing a party hat.

8. Get a Grey Knights army up and running.

Daemons? Where? Better get the Grey Knights on the case!

9. Get a second Chaos Legion force up and running.

Death Guard? Thousand Sons? Black Legion/Sons of Horus? Word Bearers? So many choices, so little time to paint!

10. Skirmish forces & small miniature boardgame models updated/ready to play.

Necromunda, Shadespire, Blood Bowl, Gorechosen, SAGA (aside from Vikings)

11. Two small opposed forces for Bolt Action.

We’re talking in the 2+1 kind of size here, but we’re getting to a lot of figures I’d like to paint at this point.

12. Then there are unfinished terrain pieces, projects like the Graveyard and the Mighty Fortress, and scatter scenery, and…

The problem with having hobby ADHD, too many projects and periods, and gigantic wishlists like this of course is that there’s simply not enough time to do it all. I’d also like to exercise more/sort out a heavy bag/go to jiu-jitsu regularly, watch more quality TV shows that everyone else seems to always be talking about, watch more wrestling (notably New Japan and RoH) and go to the odd local indie show, play (and finish) more video games, play more boardgames, play more miniatures games… In short I have too many hobbies and not enough free time. Unfortunately, needing to work and the tiredness, and at times exhaustion that it entails puts a damper on all of this, so we’ll see what I can do.


20 thoughts on “2018 Painting Targets

  1. I fee you man. I used to worry about having unfinished projects but I decided at the beginning of 2017 that life is far too short to worry about anything. I do what I want any when I can with the hobby and have found I enjoy it a whole lot more. Admittedly it’s a great feeling finishing off a project but this feeling dwarfs (pun intended) in comparison to the buzz I get with a new project/concept Haha. Good luck with all you hope to achieve and just remember to have fun doing it 😉 Stay cool today man it’s a warm one aye? We just got back from a swim now it’s hobby time alllllllll day!

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    • I used to put them aside for the latest greatest thing that struck my passion, but then I ended up with literally hundreds of unpainted figures shoved aside and sitting in cases. I still get excited and start too many projects and models, but (slightly) less so these days. On the other hand, making myself finish old projects certainly pays off when I manage to complete things – for me that’s the payoff buzz over starting new things.

      After all – how many of my posts from the past couple of years have started with “I found these in a box – I started them 10 years ago and now I managed to get them finished”? I’m pretty bad. If I didn’t force myself to finish things I would pretty much never ever get anything finished.

      Right now I’m working on three squads – all from different armies. Hoping to have all three done in the next week or less as well. One started on Christmas Day, one started last year that got as far as being based and spray primed, and one started 10 years ago…

      You’ve been brave venturing out for a swim in the height of the heat! I’ve kept it cool inside, with a bit of PS4 earlier and a lot of listening to crime docos while painting. Maybe some more PS4 with Marouda in a little while, and then to catch up on some more wrasslin’. And probably more paint.

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      • One day you’ll see just how many you have, and just how little work (relatively) it’ll take to get them done, and then you’ll get inspired again to dig a group out and finish them off.
        I always found that having a game scheduled where you want to use specific figures or a specific faction always helped a lot.

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  2. That’s an impressive (and a bit daunting) project list. I’ve managed to stick mostly to my pirates for the past years, but recently Rumbleslam has started calling to me – not least because I found WWE after a 20 year hiatus. Time for everything is sadly limited though, as you noted. Judging from your posts, your output is nothing short of massive from my POV though 😀

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    • Thanks – I know I won’t be able to complete it all, but it can (hopefully) help to give me some focus over the next few months, if not the whole year. How have you found Rumbelslam so far? I have to admit, I’d be more interested in the game if it had more generic human-looking figures, so I could paint them as our favourite performers.
      …and did you watch WK12?

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      • Didn’t watch WK12, only WWE for me at the moment! I haven’t had a chance to play Rumbleslam yet, but from reading and watching reviews it seems like a fun beer and pretzels type affair. I wonder if anyone makes generic humans? I guess it wouldn’t be too difficult to convert Blood Bowl minis or generic human barbarians!

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      • Yeah, probably something like the Chaos Marauders kit would be one of the better sources of model components. Hm… Maybe I should look into that and try to put together something easy to start, like the Road Warriors. I’ve got 2 weeks of Raw and SD to catch up on still, plus about 2 months worth of NXT… :p

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  3. Nice plan…I have tried to keep my projects such that I only have a few going and my blog allows me to have some focus, so that helps. You are always quite productive, and always in a quality way, which makes your blog a joy! Good luck in 2018!


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