Six Months of the ‘Rona

March 13 was my first day of isolation. We didn’t get direction to telework indefinitely until that next Monday (March 16), but the last time I was in the office, or really saw anyone, was March 12. Today’s the 6 month mark.

This has been a hard time for everyone. 2020’s been a trainwreck from top to bottom, for a list of reasons that just grows longer every time I look at the internet. But it hasn’t been all bad: my wife and I are both extremely well-suited to just staying at home. We’re blessed with a strong, happy marriage. We’re blessed with a home large enough that my wife and I have enough space to have space when we need it. We’re blessed with jobs that we’re able to be fully effective remotely. We’re blessed with a cat who’s happy (because nobody comes to the house) and two dogs who’re happy (because nobody leaves the house). We’re blessed with stability and health.

Everything might be terrible outside of the home, but everything inside the home couldn’t be better. I hope and pray that all of you are doing well, as well.

Naturally, and as should have been obvious by the uptick in posts here: I’ve been busy painting. Obviously, all of my trips were canceled this year (including a trip to Cancun the week before the lockdown, for reasons wholly unrelated to the pandemic). I’ve also had little to do but stay home and paint. So I’ve painted a lot of stuff in the past six months.

This is it. Everything (except, I think, some Adeptus Titanicus weapons) I’ve finished since March 13.

Month 1 started out with me a little directionless: I’d just finally gotten a game of Adeptus Titanicus in, so I was hyped to fill out what I had for that. It also hadn’t entirely sunk in that nothing was going to happen this year, and I’d been noodling with Onyx Contact Force, so I finished off the Rodoks. Because I was just kind of screwing around, I finished off some more models for Malifaux. Finally, when GW shut down their warehouse, I panic-bought an Age of Sigmar army. Just started hoovering up Ogres; the first batch was done in Month 1.

Month 2 was more Ogres. Just painted a bunch of them. If I remember correctly, this also included about a week off initially taken off for Rumble, which is why I got so much done.

Month 3 pretty much saw the end of the Ogres. I’d been enjoying painting GW fantasy models, so I decided to carry on and paint up a bunch of Skaven. Not enough to play AoS (hell no), but Saga is below the upper bound of a project to take on on a whim.

Month 4 wrapped up the Saga Skaven project. No clue why I decided to paint up Necromunda Enforcers, but I did.

Month 5 was Crimson Fists. I enjoyed my Enforcer paint scheme so much, I decided it’d make a good basis for a Crimson Fist scheme. The timing of that and the upcoming Indomitus release was too convenient.

Month 6 was a bit of a grab-bag. Some metal Ogre characters finally came in, so I was able to finally close the loop on that project. More Crimson Fists, of course. I also painted some Necromunda models I’d had lying around and blew through a Bushido 100 point list.

This is what I worked on by system by month.

And although I definitely painted a lot of stuff I’d already had lying around, I’d be lying to myself if I claimed I was working down the pile of shame. Most of what I painted so far is stuff I bought specifically to paint while locked down.

Again, I hope all of you are happy and healthy, and I hope this time is productive for you.