Does this count for Dreadtober?
This is possibly the most precipitous one of these I’ve done. Orcs? Done and sat around for months before photographing. Giants: like only a third done but in the lightbox.
I’m blaming the fact that life kept me from really focusing on the Kraken-Eater, which made finishing him take forever, so I’m eager to just take a break from the project. I’ve got another two Mega-Gargants and four regular Gargants to work on. They’ll be getting different skin tones, so I’ll work on them in a different batch or batches.
Also, these guys were especially frustrating to paint, as they were some of the last models I built before getting new glasses so: so many gaps, so many poorly smoothed/rough spots.
There’s some stuff I’m very pleased with here: I think I did a great job doing volumes on the skin and cloth, and I think I did a good job of adding textures to the surfaces.
The first Gargant I’d painted was specifically intended to go with my Ogres. So I figured I’d paint one to go with my Orcs (I don’t know if that’s actually an option, but whatever). So this guy’s pale and has some LotR Troll bits that make him look a bit more like an Ardboy.
I started working on these guys back in January, and mostly finished them back in May… (just in time for the list I’d painted to be made wholly invalid in AoS 3E).
When I picked up the Soul Wars box, when AoS 2E came out, the setting started to click a little for me. (I still don’t know that it’s really there for me, but at least there was something.) One of the things that had lodged in my brain was that every faction was kind of in every Realm, and that those Realms would theme those factions. For whatever reason, the idea of Shyshian (Death Realm) Orcs* stuck. (Later, I learned that this was definitely a thing, called Kryptboyz.)
Didn’t do anything with it, of course: I assembled, then sold off, the contents of the box and maybe played a demo game of AoS 2E in between.
But, stuck at home during the Quarantimes, I got the bug and did the thing.
I wanted to go for a pale, albino orcish flesh, and settled on bluish black to contrast it. Because the point of the thing is that flesh, I had to track down some extra heads so my Ardboyz could be helmet-less (and my champions helmeted) instead of the other way around. I also commissioned someone to design an orc-y scythe head I could print to use on champions and heroes.
I’m pretty happy with them.
This list won’t go in 3E, should I ever get the chance to play it, but I’ll likely fill it out with a Mawkrusha or two (one of which will be lightly converted with a Terrorgheist) and some Brutes.
* None of this “Orruk” nonsense. Ugh
Change of plans: these Warmaster strips are straightforward… but slow going. After spending what must have been a month and half’s worth of hobby opportunities on Gargants, I need some easy wins… so I’m going to knock out the last few models needed to get my Crimson Fists playable instead.
From a Mega-Gargant to Warmaster…
I finally got around to painting the second wave of Minimoto models (and a couple of ronin available to them). Most of them have been assembled for, uh, most of a year and boy were they frustrating in a really surprising way.
I got some new glasses a few weeks ago and it is very clear that I really needed them when I built these models. Every time I looked, I found a new mold line that I’d completely failed to notice and address when I put them together.
Hopefully the new specs keep there from being a repeat.
Unrelated to Bushido: I printed off some Chronomantic Cogs and painted them up in a minute.
Just deactivated my Facebook account, and it felt pretty good.
I took a one month break from the thing about a year ago, came back to it at like 1% of my previous usage, and then dropped off entirely again shortly thereafter.
I haven’t really missed it. I’ll periodically think about going back and it just never makes sense and never happens.
I feel that, although social media makes life better in small ways (who doesn’t want to be randomly served a photo of a beloved pet, or see photos of friends’ kids?) it clearly makes life worse in very, very large ways (the active, aggressive undermining of our national discourse, the spread of vaccine misinformation that’s literally killing thousands).
It’s not worth it. Meth will make you feel good for a minute but your teeth will fall out.
So, at last: done. Account deactivated. I’m not saying I’ll never come back, but I don’t see it happening right now. No clue what that means about organizing Infinity at the store: if that ever happens again. No clue what that means about running the ODD: if that ever happens again.
Anyway, I’m here and have been a bit more active here. I’m active on Discord. My email’s the same.