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!

June Painting Round-Up

What’s that you say? Late? Uh…

So anyway, the issue was that when I took the group photos a couple of weeks ago, I started getting them ready, so I could assemble the post – and noticed that a couple of the June-It models had managed to sneak their way into the new photos, even though they were painted in May. Bastards! Natually, this meant that I needed to retake all of the photos, except everything was put away, and of course, time.

I did intend to get them all out this morning and retake those photos, but now we’ve got an additional previously-unscheduled session of Imperial Assault starting within an hour, as time has once again gotten away from us – everything takes longer than planned. Still, there are a lot of posts I want to get through this month. I’ve got a few more Jewel-models with their varnish drying, and a couple of others that need the photos to be done still – so time to get back to this and get it done, and then more new models tomorrow and afterwards (for a few days, at least!)

So it’s Photoshop-deletion for those photos. Originally taken on the 10th which is late enough from the beginning of the new month when I like to take them (ideally by the first weekend of the month). The close-up of the middle group was an unfocused, blurry mess. I really need to sort out a camera that can take decent group shots. Maybe my new phone or tablet can do the trick? We’ll see shortly…

I didn’t have the time to go Full Stalin on them.

The numbers game is as follows: in June I finished 71 models plus 40 hedges, for a total of 111 completed pieces.

January 2018’s completed models. (58 of 59 shown)

February 2018’s completed models. (54 Models!)

March provided me with another 50 models done.

April’s 31 models completed.

…and 38 models for May.

Now, let’s see how good I am at the Mathematicaliticologies.

I am so smart! I am so smart! S-M-R-T!

Jan: 59

Feb: 54

Mar: 50

Apr: 31

May: 38

June: 111

So that’s 343 completed models for the year to date, as of the end of June. Sure, a good chunk of 50-odd of those are scatter terrain at varying levels of simplicity – bombs, crates, barrels and of course that mass of hedges, the fact is they’re still things that went from naked plastic to fully painted and ready for the table.

April 2018 Painting Round-Up

And into the second quarter we head. April’s painting haul wasn’t anything on the first three months of the year, as I hit the painting doldrums since the assembly task didn’t connect with me due to various factors, and being a building task didn’t motivate me to paint especially. Luckily, due to a combination of a last-days painting surge and the simplicity inherent in the Shadow sof Brimstone stuff, I managed to at least hit 31 models total for the month – so just beating the one-a-day for April.

There was also this guy. Turned out that he fell off the tray when I was finishing his unit back in March. In April I found him and finished him off. But it’d be overkill to get them all out again for a group shot, so here he is.

163 models from Jan to March, plus this 31 brings me to 194 models completed by April this year. I think I’m only on 5 for May, and we’re already on the 8th, so I’d best get a move on…

March 2018 YDT Painting Goal Reflections.

Now with this being the third of this year’s Monthly round-ups, and given that it marks the first quarter of the year, I thought it might be a good time to look again at my year’s painting goals as listed during January:

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.

Celestial Lions have gotten one squad as have the Flesh Tearers (“the one on the go” that I referred to). Both need a second squad and something like a Vehicle and/or a Dreadnought still. My 2006 Orks still need their Warboss and Grots to be completed. No more Fallen Angels painted yet, nor Deathwatch or Templars.

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

I’ve naturally got specific plans for this and that, but nothing done, bar a Captain for the Minos. I need to get cracking a bit more on both of these. With some luck, I’ll get a squad or more finished here.

 

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 just need a bit of time and space to sort this out.

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.

February and March’s challenges have made some solid headway on a few of these. The DUST Gorillas are done, I’ve done some work on the Undead (2 units, it seems!), Mordor Uruks are done, Arbites are untouched, and I’ve done some work on the Savage Orcs. Seems like the Squad: March challenge got me working on some of the “neglected squads”. No bad thing, I guess – as it gets more of the started-but-not-complete stuff done and out of the queue and out of the way.

5. Complete all of my metal Dwarf Slayer models.

I’ve done a bit of work on a few that live on the desk, but nothing really significant, and nothing completed.

6. Complete all of my metal Viking models.

I managed to almost-complete the last of the Foundry Perry Ex-Citadel models I picked up a couple of years ago – though that was technically now, in April – pics next post. I’ve just primed Still tons more untouched, though.

7. Get a Nurgle Daemon army up and running.

This is essentially done. Well, up and running, at least. It’s pretty basic still, and there’s a helluva lot to go. I ideally want to finish my metal Nurgle Daemon models this year at the very least, and am making myself do so before I start on the plastics. I’ve got plans to add more to them in April, should things go well.

8. Get a Grey Knights army up and running.

Ain’t nothing happening here yet.

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

Ain’t nothing happening here, either!

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

A few Necromunda models finished, and a few Vikings, another custom for Gorechosen, but not much more. I should do a little Shadespire project.

11. Two small opposed forces for Bolt Action.

Still ain’t nothing happening here yet.

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

And yet again, nothing here. I did spray that bunker-y building in a custom Necromunda Blue, but haven’t done anything since. A couple of scatter pieces just finished, but again, not much.

March 2018 Painting Round-Up.

50 models completed this month! Well, two of them were updated and rebased, but I’ve always counted that. Add that to the 54 from February and the 59 from January and I’m up to 163 for the year so far. I doubt I’m going to hit anywhere near 50 this month (April). I’m only on 6 as of the time of writing this – and two of those are simple walls! Hopefully I can manage at least 30 models, though.

And here’s January and February’s output again.

February 2018’s Completed Models.

January 2018’s Completed Models.

February Painting Round-Up

The last of what has seemed to be a ton of wrap-up and round-up posts for February, it’s my monthly round-up for February 2018.

February 2018’s completed models. (54 Models!)

January’s count came to a total of 59 (there was a missing Plaguebearer!) so with a total of 54 models completed, February has almost been as productive in number terms, but I’ve got a couple of larger models in there as well. Still, it’s worth remembering that I’m totalling figures completed, not start-to-finish – though with 36 models start-to-finish, I’m way better than par there!

January 2018’s completed models. (58 of 59 shown)

You know, it might be a bit of fun to have previous months’ layout underneath just-finished month as a visual guide.

113 models in two months? Holy shit! This is clearly my best output ever.

 

January Painting Round-Up

This is the first of what will (hopefully!) be a regular series of monthly round-ups of what I’ve painted over any given month. Idea inspired by Davekay’s “painting tray” and the need to do round-up for Decembuary, and the fact that I’ve not been great with my written list this year.

January is usually a productive month for me when it comes to painting. Summer means ease of spraying, time off work, and long hours of natural light. While there are a whole lot of figures here, it’s also important to remember that these are figures finished – not started AND finished (though some of them are that as well). You know how that goes. Some of these were started more than a decade ago. Still, 58 figures (by my rushed count as I type this before work) Not too shabby. Though I think I’m missing a plaguebearer there…