Wednesday 16 April 2014

What's on my palette?

Only four[ish] weeks since my last confession, but I've spent most of that time blogging about Throne of Skulls, when you spend half a year leading up to a single event I think the extra coverage is somewhat justified. Given most of that coverage is 'historical' I thought it appropriate to bring oyu all right up to date with what I was doing now, particularly as that post Thrones lack of motivation hasn't materialised, well not as such.

First up I did as promised and helped finish my brother's vivarium of I can't work out  if it's any better than last time but really it's a pointless debate as this is the way it stands now and so long as he can get a decent varnish that won't mess it all up it's done.

Admittedly this isn't 40k related but the experience and skills to create somethinglike this feed into my hobby skillset. Without seeing it being constructed I wouldn't have had the knowledge to attempt my Bastion. Without the experience of painting it first time around I wouldn't have had the confidence to do my own Armies on Parade board. So this will be able to stand me in good stead for my next big project, details soon...

Here's the previous version, difficult to tell if it was better given the different lighting.

But I've also started on my Dark Angels, admittedly this is only six bike bases but I took 3 of the Dark Vengeance bikers and started to add Tin Bitz  where the metal was. Once again I'm going brassy/bronzey to tie it all in. If the company colours don't match at least the metals and bases will. The DV bikes will be a little more straightforward than my other Ravenwing ones which still require some modelling work and I have to pin the bases properly which currently is a stumbling block to progress.

I also added Tin Bitz to my VD Deathwing, so they're progressing, if glacially so.

I've also started work on Brother Cask again. Here he is 'as was' but I since decided I could afford to add some green highlights and I'm happier for it. I realised he's a quick win for me, he's nearly complete, especially now most of the highlights are in place. I just need to add some additional effects and all the litany markingsand he'll be playable. The only other thing I want to do on him and the Ravewning is to add some red planet dust weathering on his legs. I still need to buy it though so I'll probably get him finished and then weather at a later date.

I've also got all my Devastators stripped and primed. Unlike the Dreadnought which ultimatle may not be a regular feature in my army the Devs will so they need to be done. Additionally I have my Typhoon Land Speeder primed and ready to be painted alongside my bikers.

 Now I know I'm, not supposed to but I also have 11 genestealers primed and as and when I feel like it I'll be dipping into these. I want to try and run the Genestealer data slates. They offer First Blood up on a silver platter but I quite fancy running both in a game. Five broods of five, plus three large broods with a Broodlord in tow right in your opponents face. You have to deal with that ahead of all the other things crossing the battlefield. I may even consider dropping some of my Fortifications to manage it, but to do so these 11 Stealers need to be added to my current group. This one is from Space Hulk and I added some Warrior ScyTals because they looked so cool on Otty's version. They look a little weird but they were added to the arms exisiting poses, looks like a knife fighter.

I've also got my Venomthrope primed and ready to go. If I'm going to drop a Fortification I'll take my cover with me.

And I also found time to break out the old Aegis I won at Blog Wars. The walls have been removed from the sprue and the Quad gun has mostly been built but I'll probably have to paint it in pieces for simplicity. I still need to decide on paint scheme. Do I go green to match the Dark Angels or red to match the rockcrete of Ferron Proxima. I want to do the latter but given my tro of colours anyway - green, black, bone does a large swathe of red just make it even less cohesive? I know I can do the red justice, the Reaver Titan and all my other red planet efforst prove this but as a whole, does the theme run true or will it just look a confused mess?

That looks like a lot doesn't it, and it probably is and I'm still super stoked and motivated despite the hobby glut from Thrones. But, my evenings have been slightly more social recently, spending time with the family and I'm going in earlier to work but not going to bed any earlier. this leaves me with around an hour to 90mins of hobby to which I then faff about until after midnight. I'm still pleased I'm doing stuff but it's only because I have this sensation of where I want to be with it - completed figures. How long I can sustain that source of momentum is anyone's guess.

Additionally with all the Thrones content I had quite a catalogue of scheduled posts but they seem to have all been used up and although I have a host of posts I'd like to do and can imagine them all pretty and published they're taking up further hobby time because I can't seem to learn to type less, he says looking back on the 1,000 word post he's just written. Seriously did you all read all this stuff! Probably not and I know a bit of brevity might called for, it'd help you as readers and me as a blogger but the compulsion to just put it all on the page is just another part of the addiction. Sorry folks, I'll try harder though to keep it short and sweet. Anyway, loads to come, just need to find a way to record it quickly and efficiently.

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