An update on the last crazy five months!

Summary of a Crazy Five MonthsThought 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

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#52wkhobby – Week 8 – Nagadron!

Nagadron, Dread Abyssal of NeferataWell the last three weeks have flown past in a flurry of hobby.  I’m pleased to say that I’ve clocked in over 64 hours and well underway on Nagadron, Neferata’s Dread Abyssal.

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.

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#52wkhobby – Week 5 – Deathrattle Skeletons

Deathrattle Skeletons WIPI may have underestimated quite how much time 60 Deathrattle Skeletons were going to take to pick out the belts and random bits of cloth and other details that festoon these models!

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!

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Legions of Nagash Warscroll Leaks (Updated)

Legions of Nagash BattletomeIf 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

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#52wkhobby – Week 4 – Deathrattle Skeletons

Deathrattle SkeletonsSo 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.

Black Knights

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!

#52wkhobby – Week 3 – Bloodthirster & Skeletons

Bloodthirster of Khorne - WIPThe second week of #52wkhobby has flown past and my Bloodthirster is almost complete.  I did have an unplanned diversion though and started playing with some Deathrattle Skeletons

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!

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2018 Hobby Initiatives and Goals

2018 Hobby Initiatives

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!

#hobby500

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.

#hobby365

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.

#painthammer2018

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!

Armies on Parade 2017 – The Big Day!

Armies on Parade 2017
So Armies on Parade 2017 has now come and gone, so thought I’d best write a blog post on how I did at the event.  Apologies on how late this post is!  Life has been a little manic over the past few weeks, but better late than never!

Armies on Parade 2017 – Warhammer Bath

As I’ve outlined previously, Warhammer Swindon decided to ban Forge World models from their Armies on Parade this year.  Thankfully a friend offered to take me to the Bath store instead, so I didn’t really know what to expect.  The Bath store is a single staff member store and not the biggest shop either, I’d also heard that past years some people had felt that a lot of votes were made for their friends rather than the board on display.

In total there were eight entries, which I felt was a pretty decent turn out.  I arrived not long after the store had opened and caused a bit of a stir when I started putting my Porphyrion onto my board.  I’m pleased to say that I managed to pick up both Best Painted and Best Monsters and Machines and from what the manager said, there really wasn’t a question.  To my mind this largely puts pay to the issue of votes for friends (I only knew two people who voted).

I’ve put up a Facebook Album of the boards I took photos of.

Overall I really can’t complain and am pretty chuffed that all of the work I put in has actually awarded something for once.  As with last year I do feel that Games Workshop really needs to firm up some base rules for Armies on Parade.  It should be a single army rather than a diorama for starters and entries really should be created by the entrant rather than a joint effort.  There were a number of Young Blood entries that I don’t feel got fair judging because one entry (which was impressive) was largely done by the entrant and their Dad.  However with that exception I had a really enjoyable day.

Part of me would love to spend a bit of effort next year and try and get a clean sweep of every category, however part of me also thinks that’s a little nasty and doesn’t give other people a chance to get anything.