Technical August: Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up and August 2018 Painting Round-Up

Another month where a singular post for both my personal round-up and my challenge outcome works best. Mostly because I got very little done for the challenge this month. Well, maybe that should be completed for the challenge, as I did work on a few other things – just none of them were completed.

As you can see here, not a lot of “Technical” stuff got completed in August on my part. Other stuff I worked on but did not complete included some more experiments with gemstone paints (mixed results), shellac spray primer on Reaper’s Bones models (seems great so far, but not finished or sealed to see the final results), work with decals and weathering on a trio of tanks that got hung up by painting god damned road wheels (super tedious) and another armoured vehicle (ran out of time). So they will no doubt trickle out over the coming months. It certainly didn’t help that August was a much more work-intensive month than was expected (my team leader has been on LSL for the last 2 months, and wasn’t replaced, so a colleague and I have had to pick up all of the firefighting and admin that she would have done as additional work – credit to the colleague for going above and beyond, since my (separate) IT duties haven’t abated, either).

On top of extra work from work, August is cold and rainy. Even when winter’s not so severe here, it’s cold and rainy because it’s still winter. Given that I’m a guy who works best when the weather is nice, the days are longer and I can spray as needed, it probably wasn’t the best month for this challenge for me personally. Ah well, c’est la vie!

So instead I got a bunch of Neglected Models completed, as well as scatter terrain targeted mainly on making Imperial Assault look better. Some IA models as well, and more stuff for Brimstone. One of the models was actually inside for a touch-up when I took the group photo, but has been included into the group shots via the magic of Photoshop. Because of course, I’d already put stuff away when I got inside and noticed. Aaaaand I’ve just noticed one model that I forgot to give a post to. That’s the kind of month it’s been. Expect that one real soon, then.

Overall, 52 models. Not too bad. The scatter terrain really bumps it up as always, but even so, there are quite a few “real” models in there, so it’s still pretty decent for an overall shitty month.

Add to the 382 from Jan to July, and we’re now at 434 for the year.

Community Round-up for Technical August will be published next weekend, so if you’ve got something that you’d like included – make sure that you post in the comments section of the challenge announcement post within the next few days. If it’s not there, trust me, I’ll miss it – even if I’ve liked and commented on it on your blog. 

25 thoughts on “Technical August: Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up and August 2018 Painting Round-Up

  1. Aye, love that you spend the first half of the post saying you’ve not got too much done, then admitting that you managed “only” 52 models! If I ever paint 52 models in a month I’ll be hanging out the bunting! It’s all looking as good and inspirational as ever too 🙂

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  2. Nice achievement, even if it wasn’t what you were shooting for. I need to get around to doing some photo editing, and then I’m going to post up my attempt at a new technique from August.

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    • I’ve been struggling to care about blogging for the last few weeks – mostly due to burnout and exhaustion. Your recent posts have been a couple that have suffered from my lack of energy to comment on meaningfully – and of course the roundup is now a week behind. Turns out there were a lot more contributions than I realised/remembered for Technical August, so the round-up post is *part* done, and I’m hoping to have time this weekend to finish it. I also haven’t done any of my own in about 2? 3? weeks? The last run of daily posts were all written and queued up the weekend before they started rolling out…


      • No worries. I am more familiar than I would like to be with both burnout and realizing after I committed to it that a project was a lot more work than expected. Best of luck taking care of business!


  3. Nice group for August, especially given your challenges at work, weather, etc. I just finished another terrain group but as I have yet a third group I’ll post in September and save you some editing. Hope things get better for you soon, but I’m always thrilled to see your output (both quality and quantity!).

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  4. Just, 52 models. Pfft, slacker. Haha. Have to say that Dino really stands out from the crowd. I liked that one when I first saw him, and he appears to outshine all his mates too. The Jawas eyes really stand out as well, but hey, we already knew Jawas are cool anyway.

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    • Thanks man. The Jawa might really be another Technical August model as well in a way, come to think of it – I did his eyes in a way I hadn’t painted them before – that is I painted them in my brightest silver rather than white, then went over them with a rather thin but bright, light yellow. That’s the thing with last month being a bit difficult for me. I just do stuff to try it out all the time and don’t even think about it being a new thing…

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