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)
While my focus for this year in hobby has been getting my collection painted, I’ve also been running a Necromunda campaign with some friends and getting regular games in, which has pretty much replaced 40k for me at this point. So, it was fitting when, following playing in the final game of the NOVA Open 2019 Necromunda event, I discovered the previous organizer was deploying and wouldn’t be available for 2020.
And since nobody else wanted the job, I became the new organizer of the Necromunda event for NOVA 2020. I immediately started working on terrain, and I basically haven’t stopped working on terrain since. I built a sector Mechanicus board with warlayer scenery themed as a food court. I printed a depot’s worth of shipping crates. And now, I’m starting on the Zone Mortalis scenery I’ve always wanted.
But, back to the bigger picture, I managed to expand the size of the event from 16 to 24, but that does mean I have a dozen tables to do, so I’m planning out themes now. I really think the Necromunda terrain at an event as prominent as NOVA should be not just high quality, but narratively interesting. As a result I’ve brainstormed a list of table themes. Some, like the food court and depot board, are boards I already have. Some, like the utility substation and Synth Still, I’ve started. Others are still buds of ideas I haven’t thought through yet:
Currently, I’m mostly working on Zone Mortalis tiles, as they should be the quickest builds. my first complete tile got primed this morning:
As I’ve been working through my model collection this year, I have been seriously neglecting this blog. Which is fine, I guess, because I’ve kept up an active twitter presence in its place. But social media is so ephemeral, and not blogging has also lead to me reading and commenting on blogs less. So, I want to rectify that. I’m going to make an effort to make more posts, and more important to read more blogs.
Now, on to the meat of the post: IT’S DONE! MY YEAR LONG QUEST TO PAINT MY ENTIRE COLLECTION IS DONE! I even managed to finish 11/1, more than a month earlier than My original goal of finishing by New Years Eve. Is everything perfect? No, of course there’s lot of models that could use more painting attention, but they’re all painted to a standard I’m comfortable playing with.
And to celebrate, I bought more models. And hey, I even painted them:
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.