Mechanical November (MechaNovember!): Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up and Nov Painting Round-Up

My combined hobby output for November!

Once again, I’m just using one post for my personal round-up for November. Unfortunately due to work and illness (and some long Fallout 4 weekend sessions earlier in the month), I drastically underperformed against what I’d hoped to get finished, but shit happens, and I still got 40 pieces completed, so I’m satisfied, even if I’m not absolutely over the moon about it.

The “Mechanical” part of November’s output. And yes, I was happy to include any scenery involving mechanical construction using metal. Because motivation!

I’d also hoped to get a bunch of fellows in powered armour completed as well as some more vehicles, other mechanical models, and scenery – but alas – it was not to be. Not in November, at least. Luckily some of it will fit into Dauntless-Diabolical December. So on we go!

For the count, this 40 added to the 496 that I had at the end of October and we’re now at 536 for the year so far. As much as I’d love to hit 600, I think getting a total of 64 more models painted in the next 3 weeks is a bit of a stretch. Especially since I’m still at work for the next two weeks. :p

I’ll try and get Mechanical November’s Community Round-Up done this weekend, but compiling those typically takes quite a few hours, and Christmas holidays haven’t yet started, so don’t expect it on Saturday morning or anything!

Unit-ed October: 2018 Community Painting Challenge. Also, Orctober/Orktober. Community Round-Up

Faust’s BloodBowl Dwarf Blockers/Linemen.

Faust of Double Down Dice completed a hefty contingent of Dwarf players from his Dwarven BloodBowl Team. Looking striking in their regal colours of Gold and Red on their clean Astrogranite bases, they’ve come up amazingly well for a set of figures that has given our friend such headaches over the months. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the effort was worthwhile, and that Faust should get some more of the 21(!) models that he has for these guys done as soon as he can. The Death-Roller would work a treat for Mechanical November, too! Then the Star Players for December’s challenge… I understand that these Dwarves are also very fond of Orctober as well, though they call it “hunting season” for some reason?

 

Suncar’s Orc Bloodbowl Team – the Badland Rockerz

Speaking of both Orctober and Blood Bowl, Suncar of The Suncar Vault completed his Orc Bloodbowl Team – the Badland Rockerz. If only they weren’t separated by the Atlantic Ocean and a fair bit of land, they could square off against Faust’s Dwarf Boys for a traditional grudge match. Suncar’s models are mostly the classic 2nd Edition Blood Bowl models that date from my own introduction to the game, accompanied by the Bloodweiser Goblin and a Sculpted-from-scratch Rock Troll.

 

Tarmor’s Unit of Orcs – with a Goblin lackey!

Continuing the Orctober theme, Tarmor, of Dragons of Lancasm completed this dual-challenge unit of Orcs for both the month’s Unit-Ed October challenge as well as Orctober. He’s gone for a different shade of flesh to that which many GW players would be less familiar with, but has its origins in older games and literature. I think it looks pretty bloody good and although I’ll be continuing to paint my own GW orcs like GW orcs, this is another shade I’ll add to the ways I paint my Middle-Earth Orcs. Tarmor’s Orctober orcs shown above are a followup to his September batch of Orcs.

 

mcmatilla’s Ironskull’s Boyz, from Shadespire.

mcmatilla completed a unit for the month’s unit challenge, as well as a couple of bonus standalone models for Orctober. First up, we have the Ironskull’s Boyz warband, from Shadespire done in an exceptonally bright orange, yet managing to actually pull it off.

mcmatilla’s Gretchin with a shoota.

mcmatilla’s Uruk-Hai Warrior

mcmatilla additional models are a very nicely done Grot (Gretchin, aka 40k Goblin) and an Uruk-Hai warrior from Lord of the Rings – both featuring some lovely blended highlights.

 

 

Buck Surdu’s Dad’s Army in Civvies.

Buck Surdu’s Dad’s Army lads in their Home Guard kit.

Buck’s female defenders of Little Baisley by the Sea.

…and a collection of civilians from Little Baisley by the Sea.

Buck’s Power Armoured infantry from Reaper Miniatures.

Buck Surdu, of Buck’s Blog has been particularity productive, completing several units over October – first up we have the lads from Dad’s Army in both their civvies as well as their Home Guard uniforms. As well as the Legendary(!?) Home Guard unit, Buck has also finished two “units” of civilians – one of armed women and one of more generic looking British civilians. If you visit Buck’s blog linked here, you’ll see quite a few more images of these challenge-month models, as well as a few others, including a Hellhound and a Brain In A Jar…

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s Kelly’s Heroes.

A rather nice counterpoint to Buck’s post featuring Dad’s Army is this trio of models from The Imperfect Modeller featuring Kelly’s Heroes. We have Kelly himself, Big Joe and of course, Donald Sutherland’s Sgt. Oddball. It’s like we’re only missing SGT Steiner and Jude Law as Vasilly Zaitzev

 

 

Pete S/ SP’s Rhodesian African Rifles.

PeteS/ SP also had a busy month – completing three distinct units. Firstly a platoon of 20mm Rhodesian African Rifles from Under Fire Miniatures.

Pete S/ SP’s Royal Ulster Constabulary.

Pete’s next unit for the month is a 1970’s-early 80’s-era set of Royal Ulster Constabulary, this time from Elheim miniatures.

Pete’s British Expeditionary Force Infantry

And finally, Pete completed this platoon of British Expeditionary Force from 1914, by Lancer Miniatures, again in 20mm. Pete certainly added an impressive number of painted models to his various forces over October.

 

Maenoferren22 paints a couple of Mongols…

Maenoferren22’s Mongol Cavalry

Maenoferren22 of the Bogenwald blog completed the painting of a 10mm Mongol army worthy of The Golden Horde. The models might be tiny, but as someone who has tapped out while trying to paint stands of 15mm Flames of War infantry, I can only offer admiration to someone who has the drive to get through so many, many tiny mans.

Maenoferren22’s Conquistador Army for Hordes of the Things

Maenoferren22 also completed this 10mm Conquistador Army for use with the Hordes of the Things ruleset. It was certainly interesting to see the army take shape over the course of a reasonable number of posts (and even more interesting as I was working my way through them backwards!)

 

 

One of Mark Morin’s two infantry squads of Space Roos.

…aaaand the other Squad!

Mark Morin, New England’s finest, never does things by halves as we all know by now. Ask the man to paint a squad or unit of 3+ models, and he’ll bloody well create a platoon worth of models. Including officer commanders. Then paint them. Which is what he did. Mark’s boundless enthusiasm and apparently tireless work ethic created the Space Roos force that will no doubt see a ton of action in games of his comrade Buck Surdu’s Combat Patrol skirmish ruleset. Because these guys write and publish their own rules. Because of course they bloody do. Mark’s post goes through the process of not only the painting, but the creation of these unique figures. (I think for Mechanical November, Mark is probably building an actual working full-sized Mark I Tank.) There’s also something about a team winning a game of rounders in there as well. 😉 This marks Mark’s second Aussie-themed wargaming force, the first being his Ral Partha Roo-Mans.

 

Thomas’ Old One-Eye, flanked by three other Carnifices.

Speaking of not doing things by halves, Thomas of High Times on the Eastern Fringe continued working on his Tyranid force by completing four carnifex models, including the named “Old One-Eye”. That’s kind of like painting three 1:36 scale Konigstigers plus Whittmann’s Tiger. And at least as deadly! Plus they’re green – so Orctober as well! 😀

 

Ellen’s Tyranid Hormagaunts.

Ellen’s guest-star Carnifex. Just visiting the round-up post.

And Speaking of Tyranids, Ellen from Lavender Miniatures and Gaming has been working on a substantial batch of 40k’s favourite space bugs. Her first completed unit is made up of 10 Hormagaunts, leaping from their bases and somehow not topping over for at least as long as it takes to take the above photograph. her post also features a Carnifex that, while strictly speaking isn’t part of the October Challenge, is too nice looking to not add in here as well, and hell, it fits in with the Carnifex-tastic theme set by Thomas’ contribution above.

 

 

Roger’s completed Mantic Dungeon Saga collection.

Roger from Rantings from Under the Wargames Table completed quite a project this last month – all of the models from Mantic Games’ Dungeon Saga Boardgame. While the link here only goes to the final post of the painting saga, It’s well worth checking out the preceding series of posts to see Roger’s progression through painting a similar but quite disparate collection of models over a period of time.

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Thousand Sons Rubricae Squad.

Pandora’s Bitz Box, of the team behind the Krakendoomcool Blog completed a unit of Thousand Sons Legion Rubricae Chaos Marines of Tzeentch in October, including their attached Sorcerer. So many thin, thin lines of blue and yellow there – but a favourite aspect of the squad for me is the shimmering effect on the Sorcerer’s Force Sword – kinda like reflections but also kind of like arcs of eldritch power going up and down the two sides of the blade.

 

Argentbadger’s Krielstone Bearer and Stone Scribes

Argentbadger of The Bovine Overlord completed a unit composed of a Krielstone Bearer and Stone Scribes from the Trollbloods faction of the Hordes wargame. There’s a definate Obelix vibe coming from that Krielstone Bearer. I think it might be because he fell into the cauldron of magic potion when he was a baby. And now, for the first time I’m thinking about it and wondering why all Gauls didn’t get dunked into the stuff as babies. Rome would never bother them again!

 

Dave Stone’s Imperial Assault Tusken Raiders

Dave Stone of The Gamer’s Cupboard completed this unit of Tusken Raiders (or Sand People) from Star Wars: Imperial Assault. I really like the different tones of sandy brown and ochre that he’s achieved in order to differentiate between the inner and outer robes. Dave has a whole lot more of the Imperial Assault stuff happening on his blog right now, so if you’re interested in the Star Wars, I’d suggest checking it out!

 

 

Wudugast hits the full squad of 10 for his truescale Knights Mortis Space Marines.

Wudugast of Convert or Die (seems an easy enough choice, really) has had a bit of a huge month in October – completing enough additional models of his Knights Mortis Chapter true-scaled Space Marines based on Primaris models. The addition of the very nicely posed Sergeant as well as the flamer marine on top of the regular troopers finishes off a rather striking unit. Will we see an officer or specialist next?

Wudugast’s Orktober contingent of 40k Orks.

Not to rest on his laurels or anything, Wudugast has also added a pretty impressive chunk of green to his 40k Ork force for the Orktober theme of the month. 5 Boyz and three Nobs makes a second and third completed unit by my count as well, while the rather menacing Deff Dread would cover the Dreadtober challenge (run elsewhere), so Wudugast has truly been all over it in October! The Orky link there leads not only to individual shots of these boyz, but also a bloody impressive full army shot of painted Boyz and their Toyz, which just makes me jealous!

Wudugast’s Goblin Archer unit

Wudugast’s Squigs with their herder team.

A big block of Wudugast’s Goblin Spears, with some netters and a few other oddballs thrown in for good measure!

Did I say Orktober? Wudugast has also hammered out enough models to complete three additional units for his fantasy Goblin army

Wudugast added in the nicest looking one of this Rat Ogre foursome in October.

And finally, Wudugast added one more Rat Ogre to create a unit of four when grouped up with his previously finished models.

 

 

My own contributions for October can be found in more detail in my Personal Round-Up Post, but for completeness’ sake, here they are, standing on top of Skulltown Hill.

 

Bloody hell. This month’s round-up has been an epic task taking quite a few hours to assemble. I’ve even managed to get it up on the second weekend of the month, which I think is actually pretty reasonable, as I try to get my personal round-up done on the first weekend of the new month, and then give people a few days or a week’s leeway to get their stuff varnished and photographed and posted.

Every time I’ve thought I was done with this post, I’ve found another couple of posts or contributions that I’d missed in my last session. There’s even one or two up there that I somehow remembered, despite them not linking to finished models in the original signup post. I’ve gone through that post a couple of times, doing my best to not miss anyone out. If I did manage to miss you out, despite my best efforts, please do post in the comments below and I’ll add you in as soon as I’m able to do so!

Unit-Ed October – Personal Round-Up &October 2018 Painting Round-Up

Another month down, and another month with a disappointing overall outcome. While knuckling down in the last week did get me over the line for my 1-model-for-each-day minimum for the month (with 32 completed in the 31-day October), I did have some larger plans that didn’t come to fruition. A unit of Orcs (because Orctober), a unit of Goblins (because Orctober), a unit of Wargs (because Orctober), a unit of Skaven (because Wudugast), two Imperial Walkers (because Dreadtober) and a Daemon Prince (again, Dreadtober) were all on the planned list, but none of those got completed (or even worked on with the exception of the Orcs).

So now we add this 32 to the 464 so far and have 496 so far. What was I hoping for in 2018? I think it was about 600. After the last couple of months, that’s looking less likely, as I’d need to hit an average of 53 each in November and December, and what with it being about to get ker-azy at work as we hurtle towards Christmas and the end of the year, and my own relentless exhaustion, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that. Still, 500 is all but guaranteed now, so that’s something, right? When I do my final 2018 round-up I’ll have to see just how many are bits of nearly-meaningless scatter terrain…

Oh, and here are my units once again. A bit weak by my usual standard with only 25 models/3 units, but there it is:

Undead Legionaires/Poxwalkers.

Imperial Officers.

Uruk-Hai Berserkers.

My plan is to get the community round-up for October done sooner rather than later, but at worst the plan is to have it up in two days at best and by next weekend at worst. So if you’ve still got to varnish or photograph (or link!) your pics, then get it done ASAP! Link them in the comments here in the announcement post if you haven’t already done so!

Neglected Model September ’18 Painting Challenge – Community Round-Up

The Imperfect Modeller’s Andrea Miniatures Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne)

The Imperfect Modeller has gotten into the Neglected Model act in September by completing this model that had been neglected for a decade or more. Depicting John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 original of True Grit. As always, the entire model is amazing, but that Horse is a real thing of beauty.

 

mcmattila’s completed Tactical Marines

…and his completed squad!

First time participant, mcmattila has submitted the above Combat Squad of Tactical Space Marines, which combined with the first batch to form a full-strength squad. Some very nice painting here! As mcmattila doesn’t have a blog at this time, I’m putting his pics up here – hopefully he’ll continue to participate in these challenges!

 

Argentbadger’s Trollblood Fennblade Officer and Drummer

Argent Badger of The Bovine Overlord has continued with the Warmahordes theme in September’s Challenge, painting a command pair of Fennblade Officer and Drummer. His blog post features a group shot of them alongside their unit, looking very cool – so go check it out!

 

Just Needs Varnish completed another nice batch of figures in September. This time a mixture of Infantry, Armour and Civilian vehicles which all have a location and time in common – specifically the early Pacific War campaign in the Philippines.

 

Wudugast’s Skaven Plague Furnace.

Wudugast from Convert or Die completed a pretty impressive centrepiece model in September – a Skaven Plague Furnace. I’m aware of how redundant it is to mention when an enormous amount of work goes into a model like this one, but if you check out his post you really can see it in detail.

 

Red Boar Wiiingers’ Baruk-Khazâd Bastards Dwarf Blood Bowl team.

Red Boar Wiiingers from Presenting The Red Boar Wiingers! completed this Dwarf Blood Bowl team – The Baruk-Khazâd Bastards. They don’t look like a group of lads you’d want to mess with – on or off the pitch!

 

Dave Kay’s original Warhammer Quest Bats.

Dave’s Skeleton Jester.

Dave Kay, from Scent of a Gamer completed these old-school Warhammer Quest Giant Bats. Now they definitely look the part! Dave’s second submission was this Skeleton Jester which he picked up for Warhammer Quest, though I think it also has a very Mordheim feel to it as well.

 

Bifur’s Deathshroud Terminators.

Bifur of Sigmund Freud is Judging You completed this trio of Deathshroud Terminators of the Deathguard Legion. I know the pic is tiny – maybe we’ll see a larger version at some point in the future?

 

Backtothehammer’s Wood Elf Waywatchers…

…and his Ungrim Ironfist.

Backtothehammer was so enthusiastic about September’s challenge that he finished and posted these models on the 21st of August! A unit of Wood Elf Waywatchers as well as The Slayer King – Ungrim Ironfist!

 

 

Alexis “Westrider” West of Cascadian Grimdark had a very productive September – finishing quite a variety of Neglected models in the month of September. The Shadespire warband, Spiteclaw’s Swarm; a selection of Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower Heroes/Antiheroes; several Tzeentchian Daemons from The Warp, and finally – the containment chamber from the 40k Battlefield Objectives set.

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ trio of Tyranid Hive Guard

Pandora’s Bitz Box from the Krakendoomcool blog got his neglected unit done in contrast to Backtothehammer’s August submission – PBB got this unit of Tyranid Hive Guard completed this month, in October! Still, motivation is the key and given how late this update is I’m not going to be an arse about anything. On reflection, they could have easily been a submission for this month’s challenge of Unit-ed October.

 

 

Thomas’ Neglected Servitor.

Not sure how I missed regular Challenge Challenger Thomas from High Times on the Eastern Fringe‘s submission for September, but apparently I did. I usually see all of Thomas’ posts, but apparently I missed this one completely. I guess September wasn’t the greatest month on my end, so this sort of thing can happen. Anyway, Thomas completed this nicely-worn and weathered Servitor over September. The plan is to eventually mount him on a larger piece or diorama, which explains the plain base that he has at this time.

 

Joe’s Dark Eldar/Drukharii Voidraven Bomber.

Joe, of Joesavestheday painted a rather lovely Dark Eldar/Drukharii Voidraven Bomber. It turns out that Joe actually wrote a series of three posts on his Neglected Model entry progress, though I didn’t know they were a thing until just now. I’m genuinely not sure how I missed them, since Joe linked to the blog itself and more importantly, also to the post. Maybe WordPress won’t recognise a trackback to Blogger’s posts? I’m guessing that for non-Wordpress bloggers a direct comment might be needed.

 

Then there’s my own stuff, highlighted both in my last post, and in detail across last month’s posts on this blog.

Once again, I have to offer a hefty congratulations to all of the people who managed to get something done. The last months have been a real challenge for me to keep motivated myself, and this post is now half a month behind, but the doldrums that often hit me this time of year have indeed hit, and hard this year. I’ve got one unit done, and a probable second close to done with luck. With one more weekend left of the month, I don’t think I’ll be getting any Dreadtober stuff done, but there’s always a chance, I guess.

and finally…

Did you paint a neglected model during September? Did I forget to include you? Did we discuss neglected models in the comments of one of the posts or someone else’s blog comments and now you’re not included here? Just let me know in the comments below.

Not to be a nagging bastard, but that’s why I ask you to link back to me. I don’t need the money or the fame of a trackback, but it makes it a million times easier for me to round up the community posts and make all of the links. 😉

Neglected Model September ’18: Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up & September 2018 Painting Round-Up

The post title says it’s a two-few, but it’s technically a three-fer post. First up we’ve finally got the collection of Neglected Models that I managed to get done over the course of September. Not a bad collection of neglected figures in September, especially as they’re all individuals.

I also managed to finish this trio of Mantic Terrain Crate scenery just before the end of September. Usually I like to give things their own posts, and if I had a bit more terrain to show, then I’d put them together, but I’m not putting together a post for three sets of PVC mining tools on a rack.

Finally, we’ve got the September round-up post, with both the Monthly Challenge figures as well as everything else finished, including those Tool Racks. Regular readers will know that I just haven’t been feeling it lately, and so it took until last weekend before I took my own monthly round-up photos – but then there was naturally an issue with a model that was on a different shelf, so it took me until today to go out there and retake that photo.

With those last-minute took racks, I just squeaked in 30 models for September, continuing my personal 1-per-day-of-each-month “challenge”.

As for the running total, this 30 added to the 434 I had completed by the end of August takes me to 464 to date this year. October has been more challenging, but I’m just squeaking by so far due to more simple terrain bits and some unit painting. Those will be on show in a little while, though. Next up – The (belated) September Community Round-up.

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. 

July-August 2018 YDT Painting Goal Reflections.

Only a month and a half late! I’d planned to write up this more than a month ago, but life kept conspiring to prevent me from laying all of the 382 models I’ve finished this year out for a photo. This is everything I’ve gotten painted this year up until the beginning of August. Except for those two little wall segments. I’ll illustrate the entire reflective post with more shots of the year-to-date painting, because I didn’t get all of those bloody models out just to take a single photograph! Clicky for big ones, but the focus on individual models isn’t great…

Now more than halfway through the year’s Monthly round-ups, once again it’s a good time to look again at my year’s painting goals as listed during January and reflect on how I’ve been going with them:

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

I… haven’t done a damn thing on any of the Marine forces since March, when I had managed to get some stuff done. I did at least get my 2006 Ork force completed. Which reminds me, I wanted to take an army showcase shot of them but the light and/or focus has been crap every time I’ve tried…

2. Reinforce the existing 40k armies. Specifically, both Minotaurs and Iron Warriors need some proper reinforcements.

Well, I’ve painted some Cybertronic models that kinda-sorta fit in as Iron Warriors Auxillaries, but I need to get onto these as well. Hopefully the coming month (September) can see something for each?

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.

No movement here. Yet. I’ve been spending much of my recent time working on making some space, but there’s still too much crap here that hasn’t been helped by clearing out my mum’s stuff to help my dad out. At this point I’m kinda thinking that this won’t happen at all this year as my time is being used to try and get models finished.

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

Well, here is probably the biggest thing that I’ve managed to do, as I’ve made pretty good progress on a lot of the old outstanding half-painted models and units I’ve accumulated. Out of the named models there, I’ve gotten the Gorillas done, the Undead, the Mordor Uruks. Nothing on the Arbites or Savage Orcs yet – Just a shame there are so, SO many more of them to go.

5. Complete all of my metal Dwarf Slayer models.

Nope, nope, nope. I guess it’s possible, but I’d have to have a dedicated “Slayer Month”. I should be able to get some more done, at least…

6. Complete all of my metal Viking models.

I’ve done a few of them and have a few more on the desk that I dip in and out of, but haven’t actually managed to finish any more units of them since the three I completed back in April, though I’ve in the process of trying to complete another small group of them literally this past few days. (Varnish accident set me right back!) I can’t see them all getting done without “Viking Month”, and I can’t see them keeping my interest as the only thing to work on for an entire month.

7. Get a Nurgle Daemon army up and running.

This one still counts as a success for the year, though I haven’t added to them as much as I wanted to since March. Still need to get the last of the metals assembled, let alone painted. I did clean the flash off them last week, finally, though I’m yet to glue them together…

8. Get a Grey Knights army up and running.

Ain’t nothing happening here yet. I’d still like to, but perhaps getting a Kill-Team painted is a more realistic goal for 2018 at this stage.

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

Ain’t nothing happening here, either! Once again, a Kill-Team is the more achievable outcome.

10. Skirmish forces & small miniature boardgame models updated/ready to play. Necromunda, Shadespire, Blood Bowl, Gorechosen, SAGA (aside from Vikings)

Sweet fuck-all done here since March as well for the named game skirmish forces. I’ve churned out a decent number of models for Shadows of Brimstone, and an increasing few for Imperial Assault. I’d like to update my old-school Cawdor, so maybe that can be a target for next month’s Neglected Models? I’d really like to get onto the Shadespire Warbands, though, as they’re quite small and the models are lovely and it’ll give me an excuse to actually paint some newer models instead of simply buying them and hoarding them.

11. Two small opposed forces for Bolt Action.

Still ain’t nothing happening here yet. I don’t think the 15mm Flames of War tanks count, but they’ll work for FoW, Tanks! and Tank War (BA)… As Imperial Assault is showing me so well, if I had an actual opponent for BA, I’m sure I’d automagically gravitate to getting shit done in a reasonably efficient manner.

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

This has been a successful category when it comes to scatter terrain, with a ton of hedges and other small bits of scatter and dressing scenery items done – mostly from boardgame sets, but they’ll work okay across many genres. Still working on some other stuff, but as with so much else, it’s often slow going. I’ve got several larger projects that just keep stalling out. I need some time off work to knuckle down and get them finished! Maybe in September…?

If I can keep up the 30-31-models per month minimum, that should be another 150 models for this year, so with that being around the 530 mark, I should really be aiming for 600+. I’m sure that with my Terrain Crates from Mantic’s Kickstarter having arrived recently, filled with little bits of scatter terrain, I should be able to make up the numbers. It’ll be a hard year to top at this rate, though!