I realised a while back that the primary goal of all the 40k figures I'm painting is for my AoP display. Granted the Ravenwing have a potential in-game role but I'm painting them for Parade Day and the Death Guard too. Last year I bought more Death Guard to bulk out the army [they were cheap too] and just got the Gellerpox Infected, but didn't realise the timescale... Unfortunately, knowing how I paint I suddenly had a massive panic for what I can achieve. Now, entries open on 17th October until 1st November, awards ceremony will be 26th November. The actual Parade Dayappears to be the 22nd of October, so it means I have about a week extra for the online entry and then a few more days until in-store display, which I definitely want to attend in person this year. Which means I have to work out what's on my palette, what I can do and what I might have to drop or see as a stretch goal
So what's on my palette right now?
- 3 x Ravenwing Attack Bikes
- 3 x Ravenwing Black Knights
- 3 x Ravenwing bikes
- 1 x Ravenwing Primaris Chaplain
These have become a mojo-thief, the very thought of line highlighting the black put me off painting for a few days or so. I've tried painting my Death Guard as an intermediary, to help kickstart the motivation to do them but to no avail. My revised spreadsheet says there are 282 elements, of which I've done 80 so far. As it stands I don't actually need them for the display, and I'm not sure I could do them in time anyway, but if I get round to them the attack bikes will be the priority.
- 4 x Plague Marines
- Scribbus Wretch, the Tallyman
- Lord of Contagion
- 3 x Old Skool Space Crusade Chaos Marines
- 16 x Poxwalkers
- 1 x Foetid Bloat Drone
All in bold are doable, with the Bloat Drone earmarked for #DreadTober having painted 4 Marines in a week I'm confident of getting the rest done in a similar time scale. The Tallyman and Lord of Contagion are being worked on alongside so I suspect it'll take 10 days to get them complete, add 2 weeks of the Bloat drone and you can see my consternation - out of my 35-39 days I'm left with just 11-15 days for the Poxwalkers and Ravenwing... I've no idea how long the Poxwalker will take, they have some base colours on at the moment but it's still an unknown.
I also have the Gellerpox Infected - which would have made an amazing addition to the Parade but I will not rush them, which is frustrating because they're so perfect.
Lastly, I have the Haeomotrope Reactor and 2 Munitorum Containers [which are almost complete]. I think 3 or 4 nights on the containers would get them finished and would add to the display greatly. The Reactor would look cool too, but I think it's far too much to do alongside everything else.
I'm also having to contend with a potential job change and keeping up with the blog. I had a fortnight off and wrote a good few blog posts which is good for another week. But I'm struggling to get my head round doing the hobby that needs to be done and recording it, specifically #DreadTober which I always enjoy and was looking forward to. The Bloat Drone was an easy goal and I had planned to then do my Adeptus Titanicus Reaver and Warhounds, but the Munitorum Container may turn out to be be stretch goals there. So, how I fit in my recent progress and upcoming progress is a mystery but I'll give it a go.
Anyway, lots to do, so I best crack on!