Since the end of February, I ended up painting nearly 70 miniatures. I'm damn positive that I've never done that in my entire history of painting, at least to a nice level of detail. But, anyway, here is the core of my goblin army:
Neato. I did not multi-base them as I figured (rightly so) that I would have a hard enough time just painting up the mins. And leaving them on separate bases allows me to use them in other games (Kings of War Vanguard, Age of Sigmar, maybe some old Warhammer Fantasy one of these days...).
Lots of goblins, relatively speaking. I have lots more that needs purchased, assembled and painted to get a real army going. Not now, though. This was quite a feat for me. Time for a short break, time to get a few nice pieces of terrain done, work on a gaming table, and perhaps paint up a Necron or two (to see if I can make them work for 40k). Oh, and my Orc team for Blood Bowl. That needs to get done soon, too.
It's here. It's great. And I'm back in it. Not quite Age of Sigmar as I'd liked it to have been, but it's still a vast improvement over everything I've seen since 4th edition. Probably won't get many of my mates into it, but I'll start haunting the "local" game stores once I get enough minis done.
Not too bad for someone in need of prescription reading glasses now. Sigh.
Another Horus Heresy plastic model finished! Not as easy to paint as my Ultramarines Captain, but still very good and very satisfying in the end. Still eluding perfection, but, meh, it is a good mini regardless.
I should get better pics when the weather improves.
Model done of the Ultramarines Captain from the Betrayal at Calth boxed set. Equipped with Cataphractii pattern Terminator armor, wielding a combi-melta and a chainfist, ready to bring down the righteousness of the Emperor about the heads and necks of his traitorous brethren.
What can I say? Oh yeah, this is a top-quality plastic kit, very easy to paint (though in the future, I'll think twice about assembling before painting). Games Workshop, in my opinion, has fully redeemed itself in my eyes and is once again the greatest miniature gaming company in the land. I'm still not sold on the 40k rules system, but Age of Sigmar is a jewel and if GW decided to do their 40k setting with AoS rules, well, I don't have enough money.
But, as for the lore, the Horus Heresy has always been fascinating for me, and I'm sure I echo the views of thousands of 40k fans (or, erm, 30k). While I cannot afford to buy all of their Heresy sets, nor do I have any hope of ever painting all those minis, I am all for picking up the odd model here and there and painting it up just for my own pleasure. And a pleasure it was! Well, if I ignore my own failings when it comes to painting, that is. This was a test bed for some new(ish) painting techniques, and while I didn't nail it, I think I will get the hang of it eventually if I can stay focused and not lose patience.
This isn't the best pain job, and it is far from perfect (the camera revealed some mistakes my eyeball missed). I don't have the Ultramarines transfers for this model, but I might scrape up some older ones and see if I can make them work. But, it's done, I like it (especially the choice of colors--Caledor Sky for the armor, Mephiston Red for the cloak, and Sycorax Bronze for the trim).
Still plugging away at undead, will have another unit ready by Christmas for this blog. I also had plans to assemble and paint up the Greigor Fell Hand model from the Burning of Prospero set (another HH product from GW), but I didn't have the correct paints so I doubt it gets done by Christmas, but he's coming and I hope he ends up looking as good as this model, hopefully much better! There is also the issue of my Achilles tank for GF9 Tanks! (see the Firefly entry earlier), but I mis-assembled part of the kit, and wasn't able to get a new one in time to get it done for Christmas. But, I'm confident that I'll get that one done as well....and maybe even some new All Quiet on the Martian front models (US tanks and heavy infantry).
My newest attempt at a ghostly host. The previous one was a more vibrant green color, and I liked it, but it is hard to replicate for large number of minis. So, I went with an easier, more bluish color. White base washed with a couple coat of Nihilakh Oxide, followed by a light drybrush of white again.
Hopefully I can keep it up and get the army finished. It only took me two months to get this bit done....sigh.
GF9's Tanks! Game
Sherman Firefly, British Guards Armored Division
My first tank model that I am satisfied with (third one for this game, though). Liked the crisp colors on it, probably was too conservative with the weathering though. But, it's done. The unit marking is incorrect, but I'll get to that and fix it one of these days...
Now on to more tanks. And ghostly undead. And Stormcast Eternals. Ugh.
Well, I recall posting earlier about liking what I was seeing about the newest edition of WHFB coming out. It's been out for a couple of weeks now, have played it a bit, gone over the rules, such as they are, and I'm fully convinced that this is a fun game to play. So, I'm in. Luckily, with the rules being FREE, and me having a large bitz box of old miniatures, I am able to get an army together that costs me nothing at this time. So, fun...cheap...that's a win for me.
I have been working on Dark Elves, which are now part of the Order Faction, and called aelfs. But, earlier this week I decided to take a small break from them and paint up a chaos lord:
Borak the Despoiler, Lord of Chaos. And yes, it's that Borak, for those that get it.
Can't say it's my best miniature I've done, and my green-stuff skills are very lacking, but I like the pose and the look. Very threatening. And, since he's based off of the Archaon on foot miniature (rare mini indeed), he's as big as an ogre...or, I mean, ogor. Very chaos-like, as his size and power make him the chaos lord he deserves to be. Now to just get an army around him. After Dark Elves and some Lizardmen (called seraphon, also in the Order faction). Gencon this year is going to be expensive. I'll post pics of the aelfs and seraphon after I'm done with their armies.
Looking forward to more material from this game. Very enjoyable. Rules are light but easy and fast--more tactical depth than I thought there would be. There are haters, of course, but that doesn't stop the rest of us from enjoying this nice product. Meh, whatever. If a game is fun, it's a good game. And that's what Age of Sigmar is.