You know, before the Quarantimes began, I was in pretty good shape re: having a good backlog to work down and not really planning on picking up many new models.
Then the pandemic hit and two things happened:
1) All of my big Infinity events were (quite rightly) canceled. This just sucked the air out of my enthusiasm for painting for the game. I wrapped up a couple of models early on, but I haven’t really touched them since. My Kaldstrom box is sitting on a stack of boxes, untouched.
2) Games Workshop (quite rightly) closed their warehouse (for what turned out to be a bit over a month, 3/24 to 5/1). I became terrified that, Time Enough at Last, I’d have limitless time to paint models but no models to paint. Literally, I panic-bought an Age of Sigmar army. I panic-bought an Age of Sigmar army.
Once you’re back into the GW ecosphere (and that warehouse is open again), it’s very easy to stay in it. They’re always putting out something cool, and while inevitably that something won’t actually be a good game it’ll be unquestionably fun to paint… and that’s OK when I won’t actually get to play these games and can only engage them from a hobby perspective.
So: doubling down on Adeptus Titanicus. An Age of Sigmar army. All the Blackstone Fortress expansions. A Saga army of Skaven models. A bunch of Necromunda. A 40K army. Aeronautica Imperialis.
And don’t get me wrong: I’ve enjoyed painting this stuff. But I’ve got a healthy backlog now. I don’t see anything I’m really hyped for on the immediate horizon. I’m back to where I was in March, I think.
So, I’m going to try to go all of September without buying a single new mini. Wish me luck.
Staycation ended yesterday evening, and I took a quick photo of where things stood when I had to go back to work.
Finished 10x Hellblasters
Finished Power Sword-ed Indomitus characters
3x Bladeguard Veterans
Almost finished Ogre Characters
Primed Bushido Shiho models
The Ogres aren’t entirely done: I still need to apply snow and water effects. I’m underwhelmed by how they look, but have reminded myself that the rest of the army was painted to get them done, not to get them perfect… so these will be adequate.
The Crimson Fists are coming along, I’m glad to have some of the Indomitus models finished, even if the Judicar is objectively the worst designed model GW has produced in recent years.
Looking forward to shifting gears and knocking out some Bushido before the wave of September Minimoto releases shift. I’ve got the two new Minimoto samurai in-hand, but have held off on building them until I’ve painted the Shiho.
I wrapped up the first chunk of my Crimson Fists, so I wanted to get them into the lightbox.
They’re weirdly very frustrating. The recipe is extremely simple and speedy; I’m painting them in what I would describe as the Citadel/Duncan style, which is to say I put down a bunch of base colors, wash it, tidy up the colors, and highlight.
Step 1: Base
GW Night Lords Blue basecoat on pretty much everything
VMC Dark Grey on flex, tubes
GW Leadbelcher on emblems, bolter parts
VMC Black on bolter case, grenades
GW Night Lords Blue to cleanup edges
Step 2: Wash
GW Nuln Oil
Step 3: Clean up
GW Night Lords Blue on large surfaces
VMC Dark Grey on flex, tubes
Step 4: Highlight
GW Thunderhawk Blue edge highlight on armor
Stop halfway through to do eyes:
P3 Inferno Orange
GW Gryph-Hound Orange
GW Fenris Grey edge highlight over Thunderhawk Blue (on characters)
VMC Light Grey edge highlight on flex, tubes
Step 5: Cleanup (again)
GW Night Lords Blue to de-chunk the Thunderhawk Blue highlights
Step 6: Fist, Seals, Holsters
Pretty much the same as above but with GW Mephiston Red & GW Wild Rider Red, GW Zandri Dust & GW Ushabti Bone, and GW Mournfang Brown and GW XV-88 with GW Agrax Earthshade in the middle there.
Probably because it’s got like 12 steps that involve me applying Night Lords Blue it starts to feel old pretty quickly. Fortunately, I’m using NLB Air.
Here’s the thing, because I don’t know that I’ve advocated enough for the GW Air paints here: brush that stuff on. It’s fine in the airbrush (despite being in a damned pot and not a dropper), but their air paints tend to have great coverage w/r flow when just brushed on. When highlighting stuff, I would very much prefer their air paints over their non-air paints. The flow of the NLB, compared to the weird flow of the TB, makes it a lot easier for me to just not fight the Thunderhawk and then clean it up with the Night Lords.
Anyway, it’s so easy I expect progress to be faster than it is, which discourages me, which makes progress slower, etc. Vicious cirle.
First batch is done, anyway. These are Intercessors and characters from Dark Imperium & Know No Fear and the Phobos LT from the SC! Vanguard box.
I’m also particularly pleased with how the power swords came out.
I feel like I need to defend the decision to paint these guys. I don’t know that I can, besides noting that I’d bought them before the police violence had gotten out of control, they’re fundamentally just another gang, and I just like felt like painting them.
I’m loving the blue here. I love the blue so much I’ve decided to paint up a bunch of Crimson Fists because I need to live in it some more.