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!

24 thoughts on “July 2022 – Personal Painting Round-Up

  1. Really, only 57 models? Put your back into it! Seriously 57 models in a month is some going, well done – and as ever the quality remains top-notch. Out of curiosity what’s been your best monthly output ever? (I’m assuming that like me you’ve got a handy spreadsheet that keeps track of these things!).

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    • Thanks Wudu… I’m not sure. I’ve been writing these posts for a few years now but not keeping track of when I got done when outside of the running tallies.. It might be the month last year when I got all those 15mm DAK figures done finally? Or one of the months when I got a mountain of low-effort scatter terrain done? This month would be right up there, especially in terms of models that have a bit more to them.

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    • Cheers mate! There’s certainly a lot of variety to choose from – but just as much stuff I don’t want to work on/don’t enjoy painting sometimes that I need to force myself to get done (just finished a batch of Berserker Zombies).

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  2. 263 models at end of July. Holy crap, you’ve got to be near Guinness World Records level! Some great looking minis there too. The tanks might be painted up in drab colors, but I find them to be some of the more interesting pieces. Maybe because I don’t have any tanks. The fountains are really awesome too. Also the portals, if I have to paint any soon I can only hope they turn out half as good as those!

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    • Thanks Faust! Very kind words! I’m sure there are a lot of people who get through a lot more than I do. If only I didn’t need to go to work I could get more done! I’m really happy with these tanks – I don’t have any more of them built at the moment which kinda sucks as I’d love to get a bunch more of them painted this month. Plenty more to build, however…

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    • Thanks Roger – if you looked a lot more closely you’d see the dodgy levels of paint on things like Zombies – very much going for “good enough for my tabletop” with those sorts of models!

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  3. Hi Azazel,

    Vermonter from Dakka here. I wanted to ask a basic, but fundamental question – how long do you spend cleaning up a mini – trimming mold lines, mostly – before you prime and paint?

    I’ve been prepping a bunch of old metal Warzone minis lately, and it takes me forever to trim and sand away all the mold lines. I’m probably being overly fastidious – that’s how I am, generally – but I also see plenty of paintjobs online, some of them excellent, where the mold lines are so evident that they spoil it for me.

    I have a high opinion of your painting quality, especially given your remarkable productivity, so I wanted to ask how much time you generally invest in prepping your miniatures before priming, particularly older classics cast in metal.

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    • Thanks mate! Ahh.. I realise it’s a non-answer, but the fact is I clean up for as long as it takes. With a reasonabe cast of an old metal one-piece model it might be a minute or two. With pewter models that are …less old (middlehammer) they tend to take a bit longer ince they’re made of harder metal. I also kind of “roll” them in my closed hand a bit to feel for sharp bits – those tiny little lines of excess metal (or the nubs).

      Plastics are a pain, and boardgame PVC is worse – but again as long as it takes to remove everything that I can see. They can be a few minutes each – a little trick I’ve discovered for these coloured plastic models is to give them a verty light spray of primer beforehand, as it makes the mould lines stand out more, so they’re easier to see/remove.

      I figure that given how long it takes me to get stuff painted from start to finish – and then how long the model is going to be around afterwards! – it’s worth getting every line off the model even if it’s a long and tedious process. I actually dislike the whole process, as I’d much rather spend that time painting models (or playing a video game, or, you know, almost anything else!)

      To get around this, I take a little tub or two of models to work and clean them up during my breaks and during (some) meetings. Despite it being an unwanted task at home, it’s not so bad to do at work when I’d just be looking at the internet, etc in that time anyway – and then when I get home, I’ve got cleaned-up models ready for whatever the next step is!

      Oh – I also tend to just use several scalpels. One sharp, one blunt and one with a rounded edge. I rarely file anything and usually (like 99% of the time) just scrape in order to get a smooth finish. If there are gaps to fill, it’s either greenstuff/milliput or (lately) sprue goo on plastics (which can also be scraped!) It seems to work for me!

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