Dark Imperium, Dark Vengeance

Not really a content post today as much as a SUPPLY DROP! one. – Part 1 of my 8th Edition stuff – the Dark Imperium boxes arrived, finally. I’m expecting Part 2 (Indices, dice, ruler, etc) and Part 3 (Forge World Indices, HH Book 7, transfers, some models, etc) in the next day or two. Don’t worry – I won’t be posting about each and every new toy that I get. And yes, I will be figuring out a way to sell a few spare rulebooks locally for less than the retail price.

With 8th coming, I dug out my DV boxes a couple of weeks ago. I’d decided to finally get the Dark Angels I’d accumulated over the last few years painted. Starting with the starter box models. The Chaos models have been put aside for now, but will make up the core of a solid force of Word Bearers with a few being siphoned off to other Legions.

Instead of painting at work during my lunch break, this is what I’d been doing for the past few weeks. Mould line cleaning! I figured it might be the kind of tedious-at-home job that could be bearable at work in short bursts while listening to a podcast or something, and luckily – I was right. This how I started getting through the few extra squads I’d eBayed before getting out the DV boxes. Yes, they sat sealed for years since 6th and 7th were not friendly to returning players. I won’t go on and on, I’ve made my opinion on 7th well known by now.

Here’s part of the production line. Weighting down the 32mm bases with washers before clipping the slottas off the DV models, and then gluing them down. I’ll end up with at least a Battle Company for starters – probably two. I’ll get to the Ravenwing and Deathwing components later. In the meantime, I’ve been going through the rebasing process for my existing DAs, moving them from 25s to 32s, and needing to build a bunch of extras to bulk out my old squads from 7 and 8 marines to 10s.

I’ll have some actual painted and finished models from the DA army soon. While I’m working on those, I can start figuring out how to distribute the Primaris marines amongst my Astartes armies. I won’t be doing a “Primaris Army”, but splitting them amongst my other forces instead.

Dave’s Khorne Dreadnought

In my formative Warhammer years, there was a bloke called Dave. Dave was in his (I think) late 20’s when I was a late teen, but we were both in the same Warhammer circles, and he was definitely a good bloke. He commission painted for some people and had a huge collection of models. He used to put together some amazing looking conversions and kitbashes back in the days before plastic kits became the norm. I’ve got a few of his conversions in my own collection, as well as some that I used as the base for further conversions of my own.

Nurgle Chaos Champion in Terminator Armour

No helm = Dave’s conversion. Horned Helm = Dave’s conversion massively re-converted by me.

I lost contact with Dave over the years, as these things happen. But I recently found a Khorne Chaos Dreadnought conversion that he gave me to paint back in the day. Well, it used to be called a Chaos Dreadnought, but now we’d call it either a Chaos Helbrute or a Ferrum Infernus Chaos Dreadnought.

As I thought it looked bloody amazing, especially in relation to the godawful 2nd Edition Chaos Dread, my payment was to be another Dread of the same type. I found the model again this weekend, and sat down to finish off the final bits of detail that were left to do. Given the amount of time that’s passed, I’m not expecting anything in terms of payment, but I’ll be happy enough just to get it into Dave’s hands.

Chaos Dreadnought Conversion, Chaos Helbrute, Ferrum Infernus Chaos Dreadnought, Khorne Dreadnought

So here it is. Well, most of it. He never gave me the weapon arm. I think he was working on something unique before passing it onto me. Also missing the Hellfire Missile rack, which was converted from a non-Citadel model. I’m sure I’ll find it, then finish and post it out.

Chaos Dreadnought Conversion, Chaos Helbrute, Ferrum Infernus Chaos Dreadnought, Khorne Dreadnought

I’ve got an old phone number that belonged to Dave years ago. I called it yesterday evening and got an answering machine. I’ll call it again today and hope to get through. After that, I know of some clubs he used t frequent on the other side of town so I’ll see if I can track him down that way.

Chaos Dreadnought Conversion, Chaos Helbrute, Ferrum Infernus Chaos Dreadnought, Khorne Dreadnought

The base is an MDF drink coaster. A little big in my opinion, but it’s Dave’s model and if that’s what he built and he’s happy with it, more power to him. The model is based around a stock-standard metal Castra Ferrum Dreadnought – AKA 40k 2nd Edition/Angry Washing Machine. Feet are Epic 40k Drop pod bases of some description.

Chaos Dreadnought Conversion, Chaos Helbrute, Ferrum Infernus Chaos Dreadnought, Khorne Dreadnought

The head is from the 2nd Edition-era Juggernaught of Khorne grafted onto the front of the Dreadnought Sarcophagus. The spikes come from the Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur Warmachines – Tenderiser or Whirlwind. The Close Combat arm is made from a standard Dread CC arm with a plastic Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan chainfist replacing the power fist’s “hand” and a converted melta barrel replacing the storm bolter barrels.

Chaos Dreadnought Conversion, Chaos Helbrute, Ferrum Infernus Chaos Dreadnought, Khorne Dreadnought

The skull-codpiece is an old metal chaos shoulder pad, the Imperial Guardman’s corpse is an Aliens Colonial Marine casualty from some long lost range, and the lasgun is from the Necromunda Accessories sprue. Dave can add flock, static grass or tufts or any other foliage, to taste once he gets the model in hand. The three parts of the model are only sitting together in the above photos, rather than glued – with the torso loose and the arm blu-taced to the body. Once he gets it, Dave will be able to pose it however he likes, or even attempt to magnetise the arm and sockets.

Chaos Dreadnought Conversion, Chaos Helbrute, Ferrum Infernus Chaos Dreadnought, Khorne Dreadnought

It’s a pretty cool design in a lot of ways, and moreso considering that it’s entirely made of metal components. It weighs an absolute ton! One day I might try to build one of my own – inspired by this one, but using plastic components…

A Question of Vikings and Stripey Trousers.

Last year, purely by accident (my carrying some part-painted Axemen of Lossarnach past him at the end of my lunch break) a co-worker spotted my “little men” and actually recognised what they were – specifically LotR models. It turned out that after (sort of) working together for a year or so (we work in different areas of the workplace), unbeknownst to each other there was another hobbyist in the place. Skipping over why we still haven’t managed to schedule a game yet, we’ve traded some odds and bods each way, and late last year he cornered me and rather generously insisted very strongly that I accept some of his unused Viking models – wanting me to take an entire SAGA warband’s worth of them. I was hesitant to accept, since I’ve got a ton of stuff already, but eventually he wore me down and I accepted. Since he asks me every so often if I’ve started painting them, I’ve now decided to paint them up a dozen or so at a time and hopefully help to motivate him to do some painting as well, as he’s been planning to knock out a big block of 50 Vikings in one hit over a fortnight off for at least 6 months now. I’ve told him about the monthly challenge on Dakka, and he’s warmed to the idea of completing a dozen models a month as a more realistic goal.

My WIP Vikings. Just add colour!

So last week I started these. Doing about half an hour of “monkey work” each night after work. Filing metal bases, gluing them down to plastic rounds, adding acrylic putty to the bases, spray undercoating, sanding the bases, then painting the sand. Blacking out the metal parts, drybrush, highlight drybrush, wash…

Stripey and colourful Foundry Vikings. Image stolen from Alternative Norse Miniatures article on Frothers. Check it out!

But now I’m a bit stuck. I want them to look reasonably realistic. They’ll still retain my overall “clean” style, but I want the colours to be appropriate. Browsing various galleries of Viking miniatures tends to show them painted in the same way that many Celt models are painted. Very bright colours, stripey trousers… I dunno. It just seems like they might be barking down the wrong tree.

The same sort of palette (though more muted) can also be found on Gripping Beast’s website.

I know I wasn’t worried about being historically accurate with the Spartans recently and was happy to go for a “Hollywood Style” combination of Lambdas and Corinthian Helmets, though I was wanting to be reasonable with the colours. I did the same with my T-34s for Bolt Action simply because I wanted to get some Red iconography on them despite most Red army tanks of the period and type not having red stars, etc. For whatever reason, I want to get the Vikings more accurate than that same “Hollywood Style”. Television teaches us that “The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants”, after all… 😉

The Vikings, from THP gallery/Elizabeth Sneed

My googling found me quite a good article on Viking clothing on The Hollywood Reporter’s website of all places (yes, really), including an attached gallery. No stripes to be had, but a smallish variety of muted colours.

I’ve got access to Osprey Elite 3 (Vikings) where Angus McBride’s wonderful colour plates only show striped trousers on a Rus/Eastern Viking (pictured on the cover), and Osprey Men at Arms 85 (Saxons/Vikings/Normans) where once more, the plates (G.A.Embleton) again show a variety of muted colours, but no stripes.

Of course, the models I have here are the nicest ones from the batch given to me, and many of them have capes or look like leaders in some form or another, so a unit destined to provide my Hearthguard in SAGA – and as elites in other wargames. So they’ll be painted a little fancier than others. Still, I’m wanting to know if I should stay with mono-colours on their clothing, with perhaps a differently coloured hemline or some patterning on cloaks at the most – and is striped clothing the historical no-go that it seems to be, despite being painted so often on seemingly everyone’s Viking models?

I know there are at least a few people who read this who are far more well-versed in this than I am. Any ideas?

RPE Skeleton Ballista and Mage Knight Skeleton (6-Month Tale of Gamers Challenge)

It’s unusual that I actually manage to start and finish something this quickly, though it helps that both of the kits I reviewed last week are pretty simple, and fall into two of my natural “speedpaint” categories – that of skeletons and simple fantasy war machines. Even though I was out of town for most of the week, I still managed to finish them off today – the ballista and crew in the early hours, and the Mage Knight model that I’m using for a commander just after lunch. Add a few hours for varnish, flock and tufts, and they’re done! My second unit of Undead for the month’s challenge. Now I better get some Gondorians painted in the next fortnight!

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RPE “Mage Knight” Skeleton.

The Mage Knight model has a very “Oldhammer” feel to him in terms of his sculpt, pose and details, such as the integral shield. He really feels like one of the undead from late 2e WHFB to me, and is a lovely sculpt that I have no hesitation recommending that interested parties pick up. Especially given the cheap price of only £2.50. I really do like this guy. As his shield is smaller than the usual plastic add-on, I wanted to do something a little different with his shield, so went for a red field and a simpler, “scratchy” skull painted on using Dorn Yellow with VGC Off White over the top.

RPE Mage Knight Metal Skeleton 541

…and the rear view.

I gave his cloak a per chevron field, (with a little red trim at the top edge) without a device to maintain a strong link to the colours of the Undead army (Black, Red, Brass, Iron and a bit of Aqua via the verdigris) especially since the other models in this batch don’t really have much gear with which to maintain that link. The per chevron is also a little more interesting for a cloak than the usual halved or quartered that I’ve done in the past.

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RPE Skeleton Ballista with crew.

The Ballista had a little secret that I only discovered while working on the metal bracings and studs on the wheels – there’s actually different detail on both sides, with a slightly more ornate side and obversely less so. I guess you can make the machine itself a tiny little bit more or less ornate, or simply have the less florid details on the inside of the wheels. Naturally, I only noticed this when it was way too late, so mine are mixed – not that anyone will ever notice, so it’s cool. I’m not tearing the bloody thing apart! I’ve gone for woody colours here, keeping in the overall colour scheme of the army. If the model itself was more explicitly “undead” then I might have painted the “bow” as bone (like the Skull Chukkas) but this way it’s a little more generic, so with a simple crew swap it can be used in almost any army on the table as needed.

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And a reverse shot of the Ballista and crew.

As I said before, the “firing rope” skeleton and the ballista needed some height adjustment (via bending and a 60mm GW base) to ensure that his rope could slip onto the firing peg of the Ballista. The two crew are quite finely detailed, though simple. The Ballista crew are very “flat” or 2-D castings, if you know what I mean – with very little that can be bent to make them more 3-d (as I have pretty much always done when it’s been an option).

RPE Mage Knight Metal Skeleton 541

Facial close-up. This guy could fit with “Oldhammer.”

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And the other ones. Less exaggerated than the “Oldhammer”.

The faces don’t have the “evil eyes” of the “oldhammer”-era GW skeletons, though I’d hesitate to call them especially realistic either. I’d say that they were someone’s best attempt at doing “realistic” at the time, though – and that’s the better description of the style. Hopefully you can judge for yourselves via the photographs. Still, it’s a great little kit for £6.95, especially when you’re used to GW prices.

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Ready for Battle!

I should point out that I have no affiliation with RPE, etc and paid retail for these models. I’ll eventually buy some more of their lines regardless, as their models have a nice, old-school vibe, they’re nice blokes and their stuff is priced very fairly. Apparently they have a small-scale 28mm dwarfs Kickstarter coming up that looks like it’ll be worth my time to back, as I’m quite liking the look of their preview models.

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And as a tight unit. You can also see just how “flat” the crew are.

 

And I finally found those Brigade Skeletons this morning, too! I’ve now got 2 units of spearmen to clean, base and prime for March’s challenge. Well, I only need to finish one of them, but we’ll see if I can do better…

 

Review: RPE Skeleton Ballista and Mage Knight Skeleton

Well, I’m solidly back at work at this stage, so painting time has taken a pretty hefty hit. I was looking for the Brigade Skeletons that I purchased last year to select an undead unit for the painting challenge over on Dakka this afternoon – I was thinking perhaps some Skeleton Archers, and instead found the little tub of models that I purchased from RPE at the same time. Inside were a couple of nice little undead models that combine well into an artillery piece and commander for KoW/Warhammer/etc, so I took them instead.

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RPE Fantasy models in their Mail Order packaging.

This is how the RPE models come in the post. Individually packaged in thick zip-locks with a backing full-colour slip that folds out for a little advert. I’m not sure if this is their B&M retail packaging or if they instead go out in blisters, but I have to say that I like this kind of packaging for mail order. Instead of anonymous zip-lock baggies with something scrawled on them in pen (or nothing!) you get to see what’s what and breakage is much less likely as the models all have a little bit more packaging to keep them safe. And of course, the zip-lock baggies can be reused.

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Unbagged!

The models themselves are pretty nice casts. There’s a little bit of flash and some minor mould lines, but it took literally a few minutes to clean them all off. It looks like at some stage in the past the Ballista must have come with a metal base, as both crew have pegs and the “slotta” looks like it’s actually supposed to be clipped off. The result is that they stand a little high when glued into the slottabases, even if you cut the tab down a little. (I prefer to use the tab, as the more contact point the better)

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RPE Skeleton Ballista, mostly assembled.

The “firing rope” skeleton had to be manually adjusted to lower his rope low enough to slip onto the end of the Ballista. I also had to use a GW 60mm base in order to raise the Ballista for the same reason. The wheels needed green stuff to fit and stay on the frame. I’ll trim the excess down later on. I’ll also add the defensive spikes later, once everything else is cleaned up and entirely dry.

Hopefully I can finish assembly tonight. These won’t travel well to be models to work on at work, but they should otherwise paint up pretty quickly at least.

And then I can have another look for those Brigade Skeletons…

….and FINISHED! (13th Feb)

Impressions: Shieldwolf Miniatures’ Great War Mammooth

With their new Kickstarter campaign just started, I thought it might be a good time to pull out some of the booty I received for backing Shieldwolf Miniatures‘ first Kickstarter campaign – specifically the “Great War Mammooth”and share some impressions on it as a kit. I received this towards the very end of 2015, and so – like Cthulhu Wars, it’s just sat in its box until I’ve had time to look inside. With Shieldwolf’s second Kickstarter just having started this morning (my time), I thought this was an opportune time to have a look at it and snap a few photos. As it’s clearly a fantasy Mammoth, that explains “Mammooth“, I guess.

Simple enough packaging

Packaging is pretty simple and utilitarian. I understand that the Mammooth is going to remain a Shieldwolf webstore exclusive for at least some time, so for that kind of purpose it’s fine.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

Mammoth out of the box

The Mammooth is split into a number of pieces. The core parts – Body, head and four legs – and then the “Detail” parts.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

Hand-sculpted fur. Nicely detailed.

The model’s fur is traditionally sculpted, with what feels like a nice, detailed naturalistic flow. I was glad to see in hand that the fur is nothing like the CAD-sculpted “fur” resembling leaves that many of GW’s more recent kits have had.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

Mammooth’s head

The elephantine head is also nicely sculpted. They’ve left an unfurred patch around the eyes and forehead for some reason. While I’d have preferred a full-fur face, I can live with the bare skin. If it really bothers me, I can always try my own hand at sculpting some fur.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

The smaller parts of Shieldwolf’s Mammooth

As you can see, the model comes with four tusks. Two larger and two smaller. One of the smaller one is split by design, though modifying it would be easy enough for an experienced modeller if you wanted it intact. The trunk has a number of spikes on the wrappings near the tip. A few of my spikes were broken in transit, so it might be worthwhile for Shieldwolf to put the trunk into it’s own, separate zip-lock bag to help avoid breakage. They’re easy enough to glue back, but obviously I’d rather not need to. The “shields” look to be glued down to the shoulders, hips and shins of the Mammooth, though I could personally see mounting one of them on that bare forehead instead.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

Semi-assembled with blu-tac

As can be seen here, the Mammooth absolutely towers over a variety of other models. All of these are slightly older Citadel ones, but the size is clear to see. (L-R: Night Goblin, High Elf, Ogre, Kroxigor, Dark Elf). It’s pretty impressive in hand. I’d recommend using green stuff as well as superglue when assembling this model. Each cast join was clean and clear, but the male tabs have a roomy fit into the female sockets, so I’d bulk them out with greenstuff and superglue for a more secure and stronger fit. I usually pin larger models, but I’m not sure if I feel I need to do so with this one. I’ll be more concerned with finding an appropriately sized base for him! Shieldwolf’s website talks about having a resin base for the Mammooths coming soon, so I guess it’ll depend on what it looks like and how much it costs, since I’ve got a couple of other large models that need bases as well.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

Shieldwolf Mammooth with Howdah Bag

The howdah comes with quite a few parts, frankly way more than I’m willing to even try to assemble for a temporary photo.

So what do I think?

I was expecting a good model, and even so I’m impressed. It’s not cheap, but it’s a huge model and will make a fantastic centrepiece for many armies. I got two and I’m glad I did. I’ll be using at least one of them in my Kings of War Ogre army, though I could see Warhammer Fantasy/9th Age or even AoS players easily using it as a better-looking Stonemaw or Thundertusk (and I don’t hate either of those models, either). I’m down at present for that $200 Shieldmaiden Campaign army in the new KS as well. I’m keen for the female warriors that look much more like warriors instead of bikini models than is usual for wargaming, but the prospect of getting a third Mammooth certainly doesn’t hurt my interest.

Since all I’ve been able to share are a few semi-assembled blu-tac shots, here’s Shieldwolf’s promo shots of both variants:

(If anyone wants any specific additional photos of the kit, just leave a comment or message and I’ll do my best!)

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Great War Mammooth

It’s available again in their second Kickstarter, though not as a discrete add-on as it was last time. This time it’s included as part of one of their pledge levels on offer – specifically the US$200 Shieldmaiden Campaign Army alongside 60 female viking-esque warriors in HIPS, a resin dragon, resin wolves and some resin heroes. This version on KS offer lacks the howdah, which can be added on along with a crew of 8 HIPS Shieldmaidens for an additional $50. Not bad value since the model by itself is worth US$108 by itself – though KS shipping is a separate payment, and more costly than direct from the webstore. (To be fair, you get a pile more stuff in the KS, as you’d expect.)

On their website, the Mammoth is available now as a single model, without Howdah for 100.00 or 149.50 with the Howdah. The Howdah version comes with worldwide free shipping, while it looks like the regular version uses Shieldwolf’s flat ship rate of €3.90-5.90/US$5.00-6.90/£3.10-4.70. I’m a notorious tightarse when it comes to shipping costs, but these rates seem quite reasonable to me.

After opening it up and having a play, I’d quite like to start working on this big guy now, but I need to have some discipline and finish the December models before starting any new large models…

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’ve been chatting to Angelos from Shieldwolf in a friendly informal way on and off for some time since they released their Mountain Orcs – and more recently have been looking over some of their background fiction (at a slack-arse rate) for their upcoming game. I have not received any payment or remuneration for any of this or this blog post, and neither having a chat nor helping them out with English grammar (their native tongue is Greek) has influenced my thoughts. I’ve paid full retail price or KS price for all Shieldwolf product that I own, and even if I were to receive any review product in the future, I’d still be perfectly honest. Because integrity is worth much more to me than a few bucks worth of models that I can afford to buy anyway. I’ve seen some blog-beggars and it’s ugly watching people demean and whore themselves out like that. No-one who I currently follow, though. 🙂

 

That New Year’s Post. 2016 Edition.

As the end of another year comes to a close, it’s only natural that people stop and take stock of the year that was. For hobbyists like ourselves – or indeed any people who work on projects or hobbies of ongoing concern it makes sense to look over what you’ve managed to achieve and look forward to make plans for the following year. Resolutions are a “normal” way to do this but I’m too old for that now, and I’d rather just keep (trying to) make incremental improvements and do better with various things all year ’round.

Hobby goals on the other hand, are perfectly legit. My main goal this year was to simply paint more models. Soft target was to beat last year’s total of 319 models and the Hard target was to paint 365 models. Last year I was well on target until I just stopped painting around October-November and petered out with 319. This year I had my eye on it, and watched myself sink into the same late-winter funk as worked ramped up to ridiculous levels at the end of the year. I credit painting at work for getting me through that painful time with some productivity, since there were more than a few weeks when the only painting that I managed to do was that 20minutes or so during lunchtime at work. In the end, I finished with 388. The list is already at the top of the page, so I’ll just link it rather than repeating it here – though I’ll have a separate “2015: Year in Review” post up shortly.

Hip Hop Hooray?

Now I’d like to look over my “other” goals from the last two years and see how I am with them now, at the dawn of 2016. For my own curiosity as much as anything else.

Goals for 2014:

Fantasy:
Finish the 2k pts Ogre Army for KoW – NOPE. Close, but hasn’t been on the radar for awhile. The two Chariots have been an issue.
Paint a 2k pts Dark Elf/Twilight Kin Army for KoW – NOPE. Not even close. The first unit got cockblocked by the banner. I should finish that.
Paint a 300?600? pt Allied Detatchment for KoW to ally with others (Giant, Trebuchet, Wolves) – YEP – These have happened. They’ve mostly grown to army status.
Paint an Undead Army for KoW using GW, Mantic and LotR Undead (also doubles as an Army of the Dead for LotR SBG and WotR!) – YEP. Not every undead model I own is painted, but we have a fully-painted and functional Undead Army at this point.
Finish a ton of Men of Gondor for SBG/WotR and KoW armies of Man – YEP. This started as one of those detatchments, and grew into a rather large (for me) painted army. Still lots more models to go.

40k:
Resurrect/update my previously-finished old Dark Angels Combat Patrol into a 6th Edition 600-pt Combat Patrol
Paint 600-odd points of Deathwing as a CP
Paint 600-odd points of Ravenwing as a CP
Add some extra DA stuff back in – like the almost-finished Dreadnought, Asmodai, etc and Bingo! 2k+ point DA army!

NONE of the 40k stuff happened. I could blame the royal confusing clusterfuck that 40k’s rules have become in the past couple of years and it’s certainly a factor, but I simply haven’t gotten my Fantasy stuff done to the point where I’ve been able to move back to 40k.

2015’s Goals:

Last year at this time, I was still pretty much burned out on painting, and didn’t really set any goals. Over the course of the year, some “happened”, though. The first one was to COMPLETE my Gondor army for LotR/KoW. By this I mean to have every model that I own painted, with the only exceptions being any odd dregs leftover that didn’t fit into units. This later morphed into painting all of the Minas Tirith models, with the fiefdoms, particularly Dol Amroth to be their own, separate project.

The reason the above morphed so was because I got a ton of Moria Goblins painted, and decided that I’d like to paint every one of the little suckers that I own to get them done and dusted. I had about 140-ish plastics and a couple of dozen metals to go, plus a couple of trolls, etc. So Dol Amroth got downgraded.

But then – in order to have room for all of this, I decided I needed to clear off my painting desk, but not in the usual manner of dumping all of the half-painted models into cases and back onto shelves and into boxes, but to finish the bloody things off.

This became my penultimate project of 2015, as I got an awful lot of stuff done, and widened my scope to include figures that had been rotting in model cases for a long time, “finished” by the standard of their original day, but disliked enough by me to keep them there. Often it just took a new base and a bit of touch up to bring them back to life with a standard that I’m happy with today.

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A unit of “Resurrected” RoC-era beastmen.

 

Finally, I had enough of all that, and decided that I wanted to paint some centrepiece models. I booked 2 weeks of Long Service Leave from work (I’ve never taken any before) and decided that I’d try to prep the models beforehand, and from December 4th when I finished, I’d get stuck right in. Well, as the best laid plans have it, instead of a clean break – I ended up doing an hour or so of work from home each day for the first week and then a bit more in the second. Which, frankly, was bullshit. Of the three models I selected to paint in December, I got one completed, and the other two have both stalled out at this point.

So now what? Well, time to set some goals for 2016. Here goes:

  • Paint more models overall – Soft Target is now 365, and Hard Target is 389 – one more than last year.

I think this is very achievable. I’ve got some small scenic items in mind to give me a nice initial boost for January. It’s not cheating – it’s planning!

  • Get a completed army worth of Ogres Finished – I’ll need to redo my lists since points changed in KoW, but I’m thinking 2k minimum with 3k as an ideal.

I haven’t counted them in awhile, plus changes to points costs. But I figure I’ve got close to 2k painted already, but I need to paint the Captain and ASB on chariots to have a “completed” army.

  • Finish all of my Moria Goblins – not much has changed here. I still need to do a GW direct order for about $200 for the last “bits”

Much the same as before. about 140 models plus some extras. They’re pretty simple to mass paint, so I think I can do it.

  • Finish all of my Minas Tirith Figures – Again carried over from an organic 2015 goal.

This one could be tricky, but then, they’re good fodder for painting at work.

  • Encourage Marouda to Paint more – never hurts to have a Hobby Apprentice, right? Or should I get extra geek points for instead saying Hobby Padawan?

She seems to have a confidence issue and is having difficulty with the “just keep painting” approach to getting better and more confident.

  • Greeks on the Table – Get the Mythical Greeks to the point where they’re a playable force. Even only an allied contingent in size.

Seems doable. I’ve got 2 units WIP right now, plus the Talos and the 2 Bulls. It shouldn’t be too much more to get them up and running.

  • Dark Angels on the Table – Resurrect/update my previously-finished old Dark Angels Combat Patrol into a 7th Edition 1k-point force.

Mostly I think I need to bring my 3rd-ed sub-10 squads up to full 10s. And get someone to do a list for me. Archer?

  • Get more half-painted crap finished – an ongoing project, methinks.

Might take more than 2016 to get it done, but I want to have the part-painted backlog finished within a year or two.

Yeah, you lot. And the rest of it!

  • Allow myself more fun – Stop the regiments more frequently and allow myself to paint a dragon, a hero, a cool monster, a forge world model. And do it at least once a month.

We’re all gonna die one day. May as well take the time to paint and finish some of the nicer models!

Oh yeah. Happy New Year and all that. But you knew that, anyway! 😉

Postscriptforgot a couple more things I’d really like to achieve this year – so three more goals:

  • Minotaurs on the Table – Get 1k points worth of Minotaurs Space marines built, assembled and painted.
    I’ve easily got the models, the scheme is pretty straightforward, and it gets Marouda a 40k army of her own (somewhat) into existence.
  • Iron Warriors on the Table – Resurrect/update my previously-half-finished Iron Warriors Combat Patrol into a 7th Edition 1k-point force.
    I need to finish the models I started, and no doubt add a few more. They might well be a mixture of models painted as pre-heresy and “modern” IW.
  • Vikings and their Foes – Get two warbands built for games of SAGA. Vikings, and one other.
    That’s what? 30-odd figures a side? Very doable, though 60 figures is a good chunk of annual output as well…