July 2022 – Personal Painting Round-Up

Today we have the July Round-Up! Somehow July appears to have been quite a productive month for my painting, with a few “sets” of things completed.

These were largely painted “across” each other’s painting  sessions, as I typically flit from one project to another, so I’ll just list them in no particular order. The first of these is the beginning of my Mid-War Eastern Front German force, with 9 StuG III assault guns and 6 Panzer IIs – though many of these could also be used in Western Europe well before Barbarossa, so when this force is completed it might possibly also work for an Early Ear force if I remove the later elements and Panzer variants.

I also painted up the entirety of Massive Darkness II’s 3D “Hellscape” pack – 22 pieces of boardgame token, most of which could be used as scatter terrain or detail deco in various wargames. Following that I also painted two Bridges from the same game, though it still leaves a pile of other similar 3d terrain junk yet to paint of course – that stuff never ends!

I also got started on the finishing of my second Blood Bowl team – my Khemri-inspired Undead, getting the Ghouls and the “cross-bench” Zombies finished. Still lots more players to go before that team’s completed, though!

I had one more Zombicide Survivor that just missed the June line, so he was seen quiote some time ago. I kinda needed a break from painting Survivors (and Zombvivors, and so decided to paint half of my Runners from the core set. The 12 models sat on the desk for quiiite some time until I finally forced myself to get then done over a weekend, and I’m actually pretty happy with them in that context – boardgame kill-fodder that now looks a hell of a lot better than the formerly-grey plastic! This just left me with the second dozen Runners to have all of them done – or so I thought….

As I’d enjoyed working on the Minotaur and Mordor Troll in previous months, I decided to paint a model sitting in my Ogre pile, the RPE “Ice Troll”, and followed that up by forcing myself to complete a very old C23 Ogre Warrior Priest. I also kept chipping away at the Last Chancers by finishing another pair of them – after Animal who got completed just over the June/July line, like Derek from Zombicide, mentioned above.

…and then on the final day of the month, I managed to complete the War Oliphant from the Journeys in Middle-Earth board game. All up, I managed to finish off 57 models in the month, ranging from detailed characer infantry to some throwaway-tier boardgame stuff to some actually quite nice boardgame stuff to 15mm armour. I’m pretty happy with that effort – both in scope and quantity (and even quality, generally speaking!) Combining July’s 57 to the 206 up to the end of June gives me 263 models painted at July’s close. Not bad, but of course, still lots to go!

Fantasy Flight – Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War – War Oliphaunt

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

It’s been a good couple of months now since I’ve gotten a Journeys in ME model painted, so in July I did that thing where you make yourself finish this model or that – I did it a few times actually, and the most recent one of those was this War Oliphaunt.

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

I originally started painting it for one of the Monster Month challenges, but as with most painting month challenges, I bit off a bit more than I could finish. This model had a bit of an issue in terms of “what the hell is *that*? for some of the details, and so it took just knuckling down and slapping paint on the thing to get it done. There’s a fair bit of drybrushing on the Oliphant skin, since I didn’t have any interest in trying to neatly blend something this size – and besides, Elephant (and presumably, Oliphant) skin is dry and rough looking, anyway!

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

I was at one point planning to paint an Eye of Sauron on the blanket underneath the Howdah, but as one side of the beast features that whole area compressed between the straps, I decided to leave it be. Similarly, I considered adding Peter Jackson-esque war paint on the skin, but left it off when I realised I could keep this piece pretty generic despite the fact that it’s supposed to be immense in scale – look at the logs supporting the howdah, and the size of the howdah – it’s almost like a person would be smaller than one of those tassels!

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt

It’s not an amazing model, but it’s a very decent model for a boardgame, and given that context I’m happy with the paint job I gave it in the end. Very much a case of “good enough” and one I was satisfied to round out my July models with!

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - War Oliphaunt, Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

Here you can see the size of the thing when alongside our friend Berkeley. It’s actually a size that could pass for a regular Elephant with something weird happening to it’s ears – so while it’s not exactly War Mammoh sized for games like the Warhams of Kings of War, I could potentially use it for similar in Dragon Rampant or the like. And now that this model is finally painted, I can start on something else for Journeys. Hm… should I start on a rabble of Orcs or another pair of heroic Adventurers?

Next post – July’s Round-Up!