Hobby Goals for 2018 and Current Hobby Progress

It had not been my intention for such a gap between posts, but with recent lost in the family my time has been split between family and work and leaving little for my hobbies.

That being said I’ve also pushed back plans I had for another retrospective look back into 2017 in Video Games.  Look for that shortly.

Last year I attempted to complete a “Closet of Shame” Challenge over on the One Hour a Night Facebook group.  I did not reach my goal, only about 2/3rds of it.  Thus I’m still staring at my closest, full of shame.

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Look at all that shame.  And it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

 

A promise I have made to my significant other is that I would really reduce the number of uncompleted kits in my possession.  Either through actually completing them or selling them off.  Ideally I’d rather complete them as selling them always just seems like losing money.  That being said, sanity and happiness in the home is more important then money.

Rather then just list every single thing I have, I’m going to break it down into the project I want to contribute to this year.  The big theme this year is “Outside the Comfort Zone”.  In addition to specific projects, there’s two major goals I have.

Goal #1 – Use my airbrush.  I’ve taken the CK Studio course, I’ve been to Aaron Lovejoy’s panel.  I don’t expect myself to do everything with it, but I know it will speed the process up.  It’s just a matter of getting a set up in my rather smallish office that I share with my significant other.

Goal #2 – Play more games! I purchased that silly battle journal and I’m determined to use it!  Honestly though, if I hadn’t attend a hand full of tournaments, I would have played three or four games at most.  Part of it means getting out of my comfort zone to play with people I don’t know as well locally since my good friends who I usually play with do not have the free time to play.

Goal #3 – Go on MiniWargaming.  I live like 45 minutes from them.  What am I doing?

On to the projects, these are NOT listed in order of priority:

First up is my Horus Hersey Ultramarines.

Commitments07.JPGThis army has a 1000 points already completed. My goal is to get this up to 3000 points.  I’m signed up for Zone Mortalis at Adepticon, so that will be 750 points right there.  I have Breacher Squad and Contemptor Dreadnought to complete for this among a few other things.  The biggest item will be my Legion Glaive.  It was such a disappointment to not get this thing done last year.  But being the centre piece of this army, I want it to be magnificent.  To date, all models have been done with rattle cans and brush work.  My goal is to start doing base coats with airbrush but nothing fancy as I want it to match the current stuff.  So no fades or modulation.

My second goal is a new army.  Novamarines!

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My current efforts on a Novamarines Tactical Squad this month.

Can I gush a moment at how much I love the background and the Chapters of the Badab War?  I feel like with the passing of Alan Bligh and the out of print status of the books has only increased my desire.  A discussion went on a discord channel for the Masters of the Forge people about doing something similar to the “Tales of Four Warlords” from White Dwarf, however it would be done with a Badab twist.  Renamed something like “Warlords of Badab” (since it will have more then four people), people started claiming their chapters of choice.  Funny thing for me is there’s at least five if not more Chapters I would happily do, but I landed on Novamarines for this.  I really need to lay out a plan of exactly what I’m going to paint up for this army, rather then the just seemly random nature I tend to go with.  All that I’ve done is buy a ton of minis off a friend.  Its something I need to think about.  And quarter scheme?  Totally outside my comfort zone.

3rd is a Xenos army!  I don’t have a Xenos army.  I’ve love Eldar since the beginning.  I had a small force in 2nd Edition that I sold off.  Over the last year or so I’ve picked up both Craftworld and Dark Eldar kits I’ve wanted to do up.  But right now this is really on the back burner as I have some higher priorities.

4th will be my first Age of Sigmar army, to potentially be done in conjunction with some friends from Albany.  I’ll be focusing on Death, though not specifically which faction.  I currently have some Death Rattles and Vampires Counts.

5th Complete two Blood Bowl teams.  Humans and Dwarves.

Sadly nothing exciting to add to that last one.  So that’s my broad hobby goals for 2018.  Age of Sigmar and Ultramarines are expected to be focus on up front.

Thanks for reading.

Mike.

2017 Miniature Painting in Review

When it comes to wargaming miniature painting, there are those who can produce much more and of much greater quality.  Even while coming up short of my goal for the “Hobby Intervention Commitment” over on the 1 Hour a Night Facebook group, am I still proud of my output.  Rather then post every single picture I took, I’ve included group shots of each project as a whole.

1. Horus Hersey Ultramarines.

Technically I painted a single Veteran squad and Rhino in 2016, but this year I started the army in earnest.  I’ve completed a full third of it.  Much like many people, I ran out of gas on this project with the coming of 8th edition.  In recent months I’ve come around on wanting to get back on this horse.  Motivation has come mostly from the Sons of Hersey podcast and will continued to be fuelled by commitments I’ve made for events at Adepticon.  This year I finished a 20 Marine Tactical Squad, another Rhino, Quad Mortars, Sicaran Venerator, Scropius Whirlwind and some command models.  I still have a ton of resin sitting in the closest so there’ll be no need to purchase anything in the near future.

 

2. Grey Knights

I have a very small force of Grey Knights which I continue to add to.  These guys were strange as I had a sudden craving to paint up a squad.  This is probably my quickest turn around ever.  From the time of purchasing the kit to being finished was about a week.  For 2018 I have a whole box set (Vanguard Strike Force I think…) to chew through.

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3. Astra Militarum

My big project of 2016 continued to grow this year.  This army started based on the Armoured Battle Group of Imperial Armoury 1.  Though I can use the Spearhead force organization chart, the Astra Militarum’s strength now lays with its troops and strategems which require command points.  So I  will continue to work on this army going into 2018 to bring it up to battalion strength to support my numerous armoured forces.

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4. Blood Angels

My army of 2015 and my secret love since adolescence.  My original army was Chaos Space Marines, but these guys were the ones I faced off across the table.  I never thought the high school chum, who was the gateway for this hobby, did them justice when painting them.  I have done only slightly better.  I still have some odds and ends to add in 2018, including some Primaris Aggressors with Flamestorm gauntlets.  Because Firebats.

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Missing from this photo: Lightning Claw Assault Terminators.

5. Khorne Berserkers

When people speak of piles of shame, they do not know the self-loathing as I do.  Shame at having something sitting around for a year?  Five years?  Ten years?  These are nothing.  These Berserkers have been in my possession since they first came out in 1996 with the 2nd Edition Chaos Codex.  That’s right, 21 years.  I’ve had them longer then I have not had them.  Well now they are painted, but I still feel hollow inside.  Maybe once they have tasted the blood of my enemies, that hole will fill. Or maybe I’m just hungry. Only thing I think I might add is a third squad to make a Battalion and some Terminators for Zhufor the Impaler. Is that a spear on your head? Or are you just happy to see me?  Oddly enough, I also painted Kharn which is only a year old.

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With that I here’s the everything together.  I forgot to include some Terminators and a small squad of Sisters of Battle I completed.

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Thanks for reading!

New Year, New Blog

It has been a certain goal of mine to start actively writing and other creative pursuits that I chased in my youth.  Where this blog will go and what it will accomplish I do not know.  For now it is my hope to be nothing if not consistently posting.  From there we’ll tackle actual quality of posts and writing.  At least I’m completing this on New Years Day.  It’s a good start to 2018.