The great census of my mini collection continues. My Death Guard are now entered into Kanban Flow, and I’m moving on to the next army (and the one I plan to complete next: My Dark Mechanicus. I did a big burst on these guys last year, but I stalled out because my airbrush crapped out on me. I’ve got a mix of vehicles and infantry left, but a good portion of the army is done:
- 2 Magos Dominus
- 5 Ruststalkers
- 5 Infiltrators
- 10 Electropriests
- 10 vanguard
- 10 rangers
- 1 Onager
- 3 Kastellan Robots w Datasmith
- 6 Kataphron destroyers
Need to Convert:
40 Skiitari (mix of rangers and vanguard, all WIP)
Basically, if I sit down with my green stuff and bits for an evening of work, I can get the rest of this army assembled. From there, painting should be pretty straightforward, but I want to knock out my Death Guard first (might mix some of this in since doing vehicles with the airbrush is kinda fun and I’m done my Death Guard vehicles)
So, my ongoing project to purge the gray hordes has kicked into high gear, with summer affording me some time to catch up on the loose, unofficial schedule I’ve been sticking to.
My Traitor Guard infantry are done, the tanks remain, but I’ve been distracted with some Necromunda painting (and gaming, more on that in a future post). I need to sit down with my airbrush and knock out the rest of the tanks, but I’ve been on such a good run with infantry that I’m considering doing some of my nurgle beastmen too once my necromunda stuff is done.
Now, how is progress overall? I never made a full and complete inventory, so I’m not able to give a %, but including finishing traitor guard I have:
- 17 traitor guard vehicles
- 25 necromunda hangers on
- 100ish beastmen
- 20ish chaos knights
- 25 skaven
- 20 nurgling bases
- Plague catapult
- Plague censer
- 20ish arbites
- 3 taurox conversions
- 20ish death watch
- 15 lamenters terminators
- 35 loyalist Mechanicus
- 50 genestealer cultists
- Goliath truck
- Various terrain
This may seem like a lot but I’m hoping to have all but my inquisition (the astartes +arbites +Mechanicus) and genestealer cult done by the end of summer break. I’m pretty sure I can do it, which will mean a relaxing schedule to get the rest done, and a new ongoing commitment to build and paint as I buy!
One of the armies I’ve had longest, my daemons are definitely one of my most complete armies, with almost every available unit represented. And, since my themed chaos projects in 2014-2017 all featured daemons, a very good portion is painted. But, as with any project, there are stragglers or later acquisitions that need to be brought into the fold. This army is begging for me to pick up the supreme deal that is Wrath and Rapture, but despite my desire for it, I’m putting that kit off as long as possible
- Jk, not going to bother listing it all
This should just be a simple side project between the big ones, just a few stragglers from my existing daemon armies. Might wind up selling off some of my daemons eventually, as I don’t know how else I’ll ever add more projects once all this is done 😂
My Beastmen are one of my favorite armies I’ve ever worked on. Started as a sort of budget oldhammer project, I used the poxwalker kit and plenty of conversions to expand this from 70ish Battlemasters models to over 200 (with all the additions being conversions). Unfortunately, the only real downside is that I got bogged down on my last 30ish greenstuff jobs for the remaining gors, and have left dangling completing the army as a result.
- 2 Bray Shamans
- 2 Beastlords
- 60 Gors
- 30 Bestigors
- 30 ungor
- 20 ungor raiders
- 3 Bullgors
- 5 Centigors
- 3 Chariots
- 20 ungor raiders
- 10 ungor
This should be a quick wrap, even though it is 60 models, the beastmen paint up fast. Might need more gore paint though 🙃
One of the biggest releases of the last few years for me was the Genestealer Cult model line, an absolutely amazing collection of figures, my aspiration to do a whole army waned after I stopped playing much 40k, but their presence in Necromunda and Kill Team makes them a perfect small force to collect and use (and augment) as needed.
From the beginning, I’ve wanted to do a cult that is based on a world that has an active chaos uprising. The cultists would be keeping their true identity secret, taking advantage of the tumultuous circumstances to overthrow imperial authority and working their own angle in the background. This is intended to be an homage to the old GSC rules that allowed them to be corrupted by chaos. It could lead to some really cool conversions down the road.
Anyhow, I haven’t got most of them off the sprues from Death Watch: Overkill yet, but this should be a project I can knock out fast. I’m including my Space Hulk models on the list as they’ll be getting the same scheme:
22 purestrain genestealers
2 purestrain genestealers
I am debating skipping building all of the neophytes right now, as I may want to add new and heretofore unthought of gear during a future necromunda campaign.
Alright, so the updates fell off quickly after my kitchen construction began. I’ve slowly continued to make progress, I got another two dozen inquisition storm troopers painted, as well as some other acolytes, an inquisitorial taurox and a bloat drone. I finished assembling my plague burst crawler, started my Biologis Putrefier and Foul Blifhtspawn conversions, and got the bulk of my death guard primed.
At the rate I’m going, I’ll need to be diligent about setting painting goals and hitting daily painting time, even if I don’t manage an hour every night. If I can put in a bunch more big weeks like the first half of January, this project could even wrap early!
By Monday, February 18th, I will get my plagueburst crawler and all of my plague marines painted. I will get the Spartan’s treads painted and attached, and make the sponson weapons for my remaining predators and plague reaper. I will also paint the command squad for my Inquisition Storm Troopers.
Conversion-wise, I hope to get 2 more Terminators done, a chaos lord truescaled, and a finish up my Biologis Putrefier and Foul Blightspawn.
I will have the Death Guard done in February, and my Dark Mechanicus done in March.
My renegade knight household is, my model count, my smallest army, but it’s also been one of the most consistently stubborn projects I’ve worked on. Of the 6 knight class vehicles and 3 armigers in the army, only 2 are painted, with two more fully converted and mid paint (going on two and a half years between starting painting and now, too). Nonetheless, with the airbrush and a little pushing myself, I think this could easily be one of the fastest projects of this undertaking.
- Kytan Daemon Engine
- Tzeentch Knight
The last two big knights are mid-conversion and should only take a day’s work or so to get to the point where I’m painting. The last 2 armigers on the other hand are still on sprue, but should be a relatively easy build as well.
This army is fairly close to done, with limited storage capacity, I don’t want my knight collection to outgrow my hobby space. My only two plans for additional knights are as follows:
- A knight Atrapos to use as my chaos Baron
- One of the new Dominus Knights to do in House Terryn colors as part of a diorama project