It Came from the Lightbox: Battlefleet Gothic

I have no idea how it happened, but I painted up an ass-ton of Battlefleet Gothic (all Imperial Fists with the thought that they’d be usable in Battlefleet Heresy) and then never posted them. These photos are nearly a year old.

All of these are Soul Forge Studios; I backed them from day 1, but dropped off it last month because I haven’t done anything with any of the models since.

Everything is about as speed-paint-y as it gets for me. Basecoat, wash, drybrush, drybrush, then details. I think I did everything over the course of a weekend or an equivalent amount of time.

Yeah, the Eternal Crusader looks like a sex toy. I can’t help that. Silver Daddy Dorn knows what he wants and he gets it.

Some day, maybe I’ll play the game.

2021 Year in Review

Year in Review

This thing’s going to be easier to do than 2020’s.

I spent pretty much all dang year buttoned up, working myself to death at work and hobby.

There was a bright moment back in June/July after my vaccination had dialed in but before the Delta wave hit were I got to start gaming again. During that time, I got to play one game each of:

  • Adeptus Titanicus
  • Age of Sigmar 2E
  • Infinity N4
  • Saga Age of Magic

Those four games, then life in the form of visiting family and some jury duty closed the door on more games until Delta really hit and remember when that looked like it was a lot?

Lots of hobby, though. This is from the start of the Pandemic to +600 days.

I might do this again in March at 2 full years (since I think that’s how it’s going to go) but probably won’t: this was a huge hassle.

I did completely quit Facebook which has certainly isolated me from a lot of the larger gaming discourse but it really has been for the best. I don’t miss it, and I do think my overall quality of life is better for dumping it. Recommended.

Hobby Charts

Yeah, so I’m at twelve full years of this stuff. 2021 wasn’t as frenetically productive as 2020, but I’m very much OK with that.

In terms of just painting models: this was kind of a normal year. I think I’m OK with that.

Clearly quite a bit more AoS than anything else by a lot. Probably even more than last year, if I count the Saga Age of Magic stuff along with it. That’s surprising, because I don’t feel like I spend that much of the last year painting AoS.

This is the big disappointment. I don’t feel like I picked up that much more than I painted but clearly: I’m wrong. Hopefully I can do better in 2022.


I went pretty stripped down for 2021 and I think I hit them.

2021 Goals:

  • FinishSuccess. I finished a bunch of projects: Battlefleet Gothic, Age of Sigmar Kryptboyz, a CNCS Heavy Gear list, a full Infinity List, got the Crimson Fists I’d painted in 2020 up to a playable list, and painted certainly enough Battlemechs to play BT.
  • PaintSuccess. See above.
  • CompeteFailure. What the heck was I doing leaving this in the list? This wasn’t gonna happen!

2022 Goals:

(Almost, but not exactly.)

  • Finish
  • Paint
  • Compete – Yeah, no.
  • Declutter – After about two years cooped up at home, I’m starting to feel a little crowded. I need to declutter: gaming books I’m not going to use, games I’m not going to play, minis I’m not going to paint need to get gone. I also need to really get off my ass and get rid of every video game and system I’ve hung onto since the 80’s. I’m not getting back to them.

It Came from the Lightbox: Aeronautica Imperialis

Who knows if I’ll ever get to play the game, but I do enjoy painting Aeronautica Imperialis.

I felt obligated to paint up the Adeptus Astartes aircraft the same way I’ve been painting my Crimson Fists. I’m very pleased with the results, but it does mean that I couldn’t use the basecoat/oil wash approach I’ve been using for the other AI models.

I was able to do that with the Arvus, though. Only complaint with these guys: I got too excited about wrapping them up I forgot to put some decals on them.

It took a goddamn month for Forgeworld to ship the ground assets I’d preordered but I’ve got a whole post about how utter crap GW/FW has been about shipping well and above any sort of logistical challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic that I need to write up.

I also banged out some ground assets for my Navy/Guard and Tau, using the quick and dirty approaches I used on their respective aircraft.

It Came from the Lightbox: More Battletech

Not really following official color schemes here, just doing what I felt like. So: the Clan Invasion ‘mechs with my Crimson Fist color scheme.

Wolf’s Dragoons were painted red. That’s close to the right color scheme? The green canopies feel great.

Adeptus Titanicus Dice Tray

I knocked together a little dice tray for Adeptus Titanicus last month that I’m pretty satisfied with. I really enjoy doing stuff like this.

Because the provenance of the various images used for the slots is all over the dang place I’m not going to publish this to Cults but I’m sure I could make it available somehow if someone wanted a copy.

Monsterpocalypse Storage

I should have posted about this back in March (when I set the thing up) or a month ago (when the Kickstarter was running), but I’m lazy.

As much as I dislike Privateer, I actually like Monsterpocalypse a fair amount. I’m a sucker for the subject matter, and the game itself is a fun little thing. But: if you’re not doing foam, it’s kind of a bastard to store and transport because everything is on these clear acrylic bases.

The clear bases make sense when you consider how much of a boardgame the thing is and how you really do need to be able to see beneath the model (though I’m not sorry that the Mythic version has dumped it in favor of just normal plastic bases). Clear acrylic that’s only 3mm thick isn’t exactly conducive to magnetization.

So, I did what I did for Aeronautica Imperialis: I rigged up slots for the monsters and buildings to rest in.

They’re designed to rest inside of 11L Really Useful Boxes. I wasn’t able to track these down without just having to order them from RUB directly, but they had the best length x width for fitting a useful number of bases with a useful amount of space around each of them and the best height to be tall enough for these models without being too tall. They also come in regular and XL versions: same footprint but 91mm and 125mm deep internally, which further helps with the tall enough but not too tall requirement.

(I spent a lot of time noodling through the dimensions of their boxes.)

The slots are tall enough that nothing should shift, short of tossing the thing down the stairs or just shaking the dang thing.

I’ve also got some MDF apartment buildings from Phalanx Consortium (that are really great, if only because they were exponentially easier to paint than any other MonPoc building), so I put together little spacers for those to rest in because I didn’t bother mounting them to acrylic bases.

I haven’t done these for the minions, yet. I really should, and will likely get around to it before Mythic’s actually shipped anything. Foam works pretty well for them, since the 1″ foam slots hold the 30mm wide bases pretty snugly without grinding up against the models themselves… but why not? might as well make everything consistent.

I’ve published these to Cults: Monsterpocalypse Spacers.