Something a little different from me in the form of a YouTube video where I unbox the Cult of Paint spec Harder & Steenbeck Infinity airbrush.
Thought I was well overdue to do a catch-up post on what a crazy five months I’ve had since the last time I wrote anything. Without a doubt, this year has been one of the best hobby years I’ve had in over 25 years and I’ve achieved things that I wouldn’t have even believed possible. Sadly, one thing that has lost out is this blog, I started off really well but limited time and the despicable “real world” have kicked me in the nuts for getting anything new written. Thankfully the rest of the year does seem like it should be quieter – though time will tell!
So, let’s do a catch up on what I’ve been up to over the Crazy Five Months™
Because there has been a few weeks since my last post, I’ll go over my last lot of hobby targets and what I’ve managed to get done in addition, suffice to say I feel more confident that I’ll get everything painted in time for the event in ten days time.
I’ve managed to clock up a massive 27 hours this past week, despite not having much time over the weekend. What I have manage to achieve though will allow me to field the three units of Deathrattle Skeletons on the tabletop once I’ve done the bases (and shields), so although I was hoping to be further forward, I’m not as far behind as I almost was. Most importantly it means I can park the Deathrattle Skeletons for the time being and move my focus onto the other 1060 points I need to paint up!
If you’re an Age of Sigmar Death player, you won’t have failed to notice that we’ve a new Battletome on our way – Legions of Nagash! We’ve started to get a few leaks of the warscrolls that we’re going to see, so I’ve created this post to collate them together. Most have come from DakkaDakka (via TGA) and aren’t the best quality – as they improve I’ll update the images here.
Update – Now includes the majority of warscrolls
So week 4 has come and flown past in a flurry of bones as I’ve worked on the Deathrattle Skeletons horde for my Death army, with the aim of fielding them as part of a new Death army I’d like to run in a tournament the beginning of March.
Because I’m pretty tight on time, I decided that it made sense to bolster my unit of Deathrattle Skeletons from 30 up to 40, so I picked up another box of 10 and added these to the proverbial pile of models I’m working on which has impacted on what I had originally planned for last week.
Last weeks progress
- Pick out details on skeleton warriors
Get 34 skeletons ready
Paint bone on 34 skeletons (2 x batches of 17)
- Final drybrush on Bloodthirster wings
- Horns on wings and hooves
Yeah, not very impressive really despite clocking up 22 hours worth of hobby. Now in reality what I actually got done was to get the bone done on 44 deathrattle skeletons and 10 black knights, including assembling the additional 10 skeletons and 10 black knights (neither of which were on the list). I have also started picking out the details on the first 20 skeletons (more on this shortly), so despite not achieving many of my goals, I did achieve quite a bit and most importantly made progress on my March deadline.
Just to forewarn you, I’m about to vent about the 10 black knights I assembled over the weekend. These have to be the most frustrating kit that I’ve assembled for years. I appreciate that they’re not new models, but the deathrattle skeletons box set goes together far more efficiently (and I’d hazard those molds have had more usage). The hooves on the horses don’t end up square, the armour on the horses has to be glued on (complete with rider legs) before the head resulting in a tricky and awkward paint job and it’s insanely fiddly.
Yes I did get them assembled and the bone completed, however the amount of detail on them is telling me that finishing them for my tournament in March isn’t going to happen if I want them to look good.
Details on the Deathrattle Skeletons
First off I did something a bit different on the additional box of deathrattle skeletons that I purchased. Instead of using the skulls that came in the box, I used some from the massive box of skulls that Games Workshop produces – and would thoroughly recommend everybody does this! You’ve a good dozen and a half different skulls and the casting is superior to the ones that come in the deathrattle skeleton warriors box. Well worth the money – plus some of the skulls will fit on the banners so you could have a plaguebearer skull being carried round 😀
The bone I managed to knock out in about 6 hours or so in total which I felt was pretty decent. I’m keeping the details pretty simple, Rhinox Hide belts, Leadbelcher Swords (with a brassy colour for the spear heads) and purple for the cloth – or at least that’s what I planned. Upon painting the first model using the Naggaroth Night, I realised that it just doesn’t stand out at all, because it’s so dark. I didn’t really want to go much lighter as Naggaroth Night wasn’t happy at coverage over the bone undercoat let alone a lighter colour. Sadly what this has meant is that I’ve accepted that Red is the best colour to do the cloth for my deathrattle skeletons. The coverage is superior and they really pop from a distance. A light Agrax wash and Evil Sun Scarlet should make them look super vibrant (appropriate for Age of Sigmar).
This Weeks Hobby Targets
- Details on all 60 Skeletons
OK, that doesn’t look particularly adventurous! This week I’m much lower on hobby time than I have been the past couple of weeks. Both days this weekend are largely busy leaving me with a bit of the evening if I’m lucky, so I’m largely constrained to just a few evenings and Friday afternoon. My ideal goal would be to have the above done by the weekend, but I know that painting 60 tassels of cloth and 60 belts over a light undercoat, without going onto the bone isn’t a task that can be rushed particularly.
If I can get the skeletons done, then I’ve a few choices – I could assemble Neferata (and some Spirit Hosts) or start on painting some characters. Ultimately it depends on when I finish as next week I’ve next to no hobby time as it’s the Horus Heresy/Necromunda Weekender and I’m travelling up on the Friday!
Apologies on the slight delay on getting this post up, I wanted to pop up a photo of the wings and it took me an age to take it!
I’m happy to say that my first week of #wk52hobby went well with my Bloodthirster progressing along at a really good pace! Plenty left to do on him, but should get the model finished before all of the exciting Malign Portent releases drop.
For a change the 1st January fell on a Monday this year, which makes my hobby week a rather convenient Monday to Sunday!
Happy New Year folks! As is common for this time of year, social media is going a little crazy with 2018 hobby initiatives, so I thought I’d surmise them here and say which one I’m going to be doing.
2018 Hobby Initiatives – Hobby 500
The Hobby 500 initiative is a “new kid on the block” for 2018. The rules are really simply – paint 500 models this year, any model, no matter what it’s current state is. Once it’s had that finishing touch it counts as completed. This seems to be one of the more popular initiatives that a lot of the Warhammer Community team are going to try and do. Personally it’s a massive undertaking – I didn’t even hit triple figures last year!
2018 Hobby Initiatives – Hobby 365 (both versions)
Just to confuse matters, there are actually two hobby 365 initiatives. First up, there’s the one from last year, where you aim to achieve 365 hours worth of hobby (painting and modelling) during the year. Doesn’t make any difference what you’re painting or doing, just clock those hours up.
Secondly there’s a variation on hobby 500 where your target is 365 models rather than than 500.
2018 Hobby Initiatives – 52 Week Hobby
This initiative is basically the same as the #gw52 one in 2017, but given a bit of a refresh. Basically each week you pick an achievable hobby goal for the next week – this can be anything hobby related from sorting out all of your paints to assembling and painting models. You’re allowed two passes over the year if you need them.
This is likely what I’m going to try and do this year again
#52wkhobby & #paint52
2018 Hobby Initiatives – Painthammer 2018
This is another new initiative being run by JewelKnightJess and in it’s simplest form is a painting log which has a number of achievements in the same way you would for a computer game for things like entering Armies on Parade.
2018 Hobby Initiatives – Summary
I think it’s great to see lots of initiatives and goals being done by people and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we the momentum kept up throughout 2018. What I would say is that if you don’t decide to pick up one of these initiatives, setting yourself some hobby goals is a really good way to enthuse yourself and keep that important momentum going – even more so if you can do it with some friends!