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.

 

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.

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

Once again we’re hitting the final week of the month, so once again it’s time to announce the next month’s Community Painting Challenge.

And once again, it’s to complete (remember – complete – you don’t need to start-to-finish anything in the one month) a “unit” of some description.

As with the last time we did this, the objective is simply to complete a group of models that fit together thematically. This could be a squad or a unit. It could be a gang or a team (Kill-Team, Bloodbowl Team, Guildball Team). It could be a retinue or a bodyguard – with or without their leader. It could be a tank platoon or a trio of Dreadnoughts or a trio of Ninjas. It can be wargame models, boardgame figures, models that fit into a diorama – just use common sense and context and it should be pretty obvious.

I think a minimum of three models for a “unit” is fair enough. Even though Space Marine Veterans can legally be a pair, or heroes and monsters in many games can be distinct “units”, let’s still go with trios+

However, this month is a dual-challenge month, so people are welcome to take part in one or the other or both. More on that below.

As always, the biggest distinction between these challenges and many others are that I only care about you completing these units. It’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge set during a single month, so regardless of whether you just missed out on finishing that squad this month, last month, or six months ago – or you’ve got stuff that you’ve been chipping away at for six months – or, indeed – if you’ve got units that have been shelved for months or even years, feel free to dig them out and join in.

Similarly, if you want to go start-to-finish, then feel free to go right ahead. If you have a squad of five figures and two are complete while the other three are bare plastic or metal, that’s fine too. It’s about completing units. The challenge is designed to easily fit into your (and my) painting schedule and be flexible enough to encompass quite a lot, and hopefully just act as a bit of an impetus or inspiration to get this stuff completed.

Now, about that second challenge (if you hadn’t already guessed from the post title) – Since this coming month is also October, the traditional Pun is Orctober/Orktober, which even GW is on board with this year. Regardless of their choices, I’m also happy to include Orktober as a secondary challenge for this month. Simply paint some Orcs/Orks/Uruks/Goblins/Half-Orcs/etc or Wargs/wolves/dire wolves/boars – with or without riders (or chariots), or some Orks hardware like Walkers, Kans, Trukks. Or Trolls/Troggoths. You get the idea by now. Something Orc or Ork-related. Maybe even Diggas qualify. Why not?

I don’t know how well I’ll go, but at the very least, I’ve got some Squig Herders, some Savage Orcs and a trio of Killa Kans all needing to be completed. Any of those I manage to get done will get me something for the Unit-ed October Challenge as well as Orktober. I like doubling up, so let’s see how well I can do!

(Frankly, if I could get them done this month, they’d be Neglected Models!)

And if you really aren’t interested in Orcs, you could always do some green models as a pretend tribute! 😉

That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a week for thinking about it before the challenge starts – though if you’re keen there’s also no reason you can’t be working on your models. Because it’s only about completing models in October! 😉

There’s also no special criteria as to who can or cannot participate. If you’d like to participate, then you can. Simples.

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. 

Neglected Model September ’18: Community Painting Challenge

With a week left to the end of the month, it’s time to announce next month’s Community Challenge – As with February and May, September’s Community Challenge for whoever is interested in participating will once again be “Finish a Neglected Model”. Simply complete a single model (or more if you want) that you started painting at least 6 months ago, but still sits unfinished.

Yeap, at this stage, all those models that you started but didn’t complete for painting challenges in January and February (and March, if you want to stretch it) now count as valid for this month’s challenge, so it’s time to dust them off and finish them off!

This challenge is designed to be Super Easy, Barely an Inconvenience. Way back in February, ten of us managed to finish a figure or a few that had eluded completion for a significant amount of time, and by doing so, de-clutter the world’s collection of half-painted models by at least a small amount. In May, we also had ten contributors to cleaning up the world’s supply of half-painted and abandoned models.

Can we hit eleven this coming month? Simply by finishing off that annoying single goblin or space marine on the end of your desk, you could be the one to take us to new heights of neglected participation!

So if you’re keen for it, no need to sign up. Just pick a model that’s been neglected and during the month of September, make it into a completed model. If you’d like to be included in the wrap-up at the end of the month, it’s super helpful if you post a link in the comments section of THIS post, so everything is in one place when I go to stitch it all together. Because someone’s work always gets missed, at least initially!

And if you want some inspiration, just go and check out the wrap-up pages from February and May!

June-It: Painting Challenge 2018 Personal Round-Up

Now, late but still here, we have my personal round-ups from the June-It unit painting challenge. It was a funny month, June. On one hand, I’m happy with the quantity of stuff I managed to finish, but on the other hand I’m still disappointed in myself because of what I did not manage to complete – and no, this isn’t a ploy for sympathy or building up my self-esteem.

There’s a unit of Terminators, a unit of Primaris, a Unit of Savage Orcs and a unit of Skaven that I really did want to get complete, and had the four of them in mind when looking towards June – none of which really got any work of note done on them.

What I did manage to get done were 2 units of 5 Shermans, 2 units of 8 Skeleton Archers, 9 mounted Nazgûl and 9 foot Nazgûl, 3 Undead Ogres, a foursome of Emperor’s Royal Guard from Star Wars, a set of 5 of Conan’s Black Dragon Bodyguards, and a unit of Daemonic Plague Toads of Nurgle. Oh, and a Unit of High Elves that I started almost 5 years ago.

So, 11 units in all. Which isn’t too bad, let’s face it. But I’m still annoyed about those others…

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

Wudugast’s Unforgotten.

Wudugast from Convert or Die set himself a task this month, to complete an impressive selection of models which he dubbed “The Unforgotten“. Throughout the month’s regular updates, he managed to get every single one of his models completed, as well as a bonus cultist! Kudos, mate!

 

Dave Kay’s Neglected Nazgul, Ratskin, Bounty Hunter and Wizard.

Next, we have Scent of a Gamer‘s Dave Kay, who selected a selection(!) of his models that weren’t started, but had been neglected for years and turned them into a nice little collection of completed work. Dave’s even continuing to work on the neglected models in his collection after the theme month, which is always cool.

 

Bonecruncha’s Death Guard Helbrute… Done!

Bonecruncha, one of the co-bloggers at Slow and Purposeful completed this Death Guard Hellbrute, which from the look of it could also be called Bonecruncha.

 

Tyger, Tyger, burning bright…

The Japanese Type 92 rolls on down the road.

Justneedsvarnish from, err.. Just Needs Varnish showed that he’s also a William Blake fan and a cat lover like myself this month with a completed Tiger first up, followed by a Japanese Type 92 Combat Car (I wonder how well that would go down in Gaslands?)

 

Ann’s Neglected Tankbusta with Power Klaw.

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium has completed an Orkish Tankbusta, with a rather nasty “can opener” attachment.

 

The Castle

The Shipwreck.

The Oil Platform.

Gabbi from The Childhood Pasttimes of Gabbi (new blog title!) completed three pieces of terrain for Dystopian Wars. What’s even more impressive than how good they look to my eye is that two of them were originally from Games Workshop’s Dreadfleet game, meaning they’d usually be covered in skulls covered in skulls covered in skulls. I didn’t have a clue until I read that he’d modified them.

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s “The Search for Jack” vignette.

The Imperfect Modeller has created an atmospheric and evocative diorama involving Jack the Ripper, one of his fresher victims, and a rather (un)lucky Bobby on night patrol.

 

So, so many neglected Inquisitorial servants. Eternally hunting.

Krautscientist of the Eternal Hunt completed another of his Inq28 Inquititorial retinues, tying in neglected models with those completed last month. Each model an individual and a character, and there are so, so many of them!

Steam Wars – Biplane With Rockets

Steinbergs’ Shed Space completed this Steam Wars biplane, which I forgot to add in initially because I forgot and we didn’t have a link. Fixed now, though!

Then there’s my own stuff, briefly highlighted in my last post, and in detail across the last month of this blog.

 

Once again, I have to offer a hefty congratulations to all of the people who managed to get something done. While the kernel for these challenges are really for myself – to help motivate me, it’s a pretty powerful thing to see how so many of us can help to motivate one another each month. And yeah, I know monthly challenges can get tedious for some people – but like I said, I’m keeping them going to keep my own painting mojo going – as well as for anyone/everyone else that feels like/is able to join(ing) in on a given month.

and…

Did you paint a neglected model during May? 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. 😉