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Saturday 15 August 2015

Squad 3

 After a heavy week of painting (by my standards at least), I've finished the third squad of Boyz. It started well, I was making progress and feeling good about the whole thing. Then I started to get a bit carried away and thought to myself “If I just make a big push tomorrow I can have them finished”. I ended up telling myself that every day from Monday through until Thursday, and I finally got them completed on Friday.

The painting has come out well, they're an improvement over the second squad, although not as much of an improvement over them as they were over the first squad. I used a layer of Evil Sunz Scarlet on top of the Mephiston Red to give the brighter red colour. That added a fair bit of extra work to painting the whole squad. I also used more Underhive Ash than I have previously as a final highlight on the skin. The effect worked well, I'll continue to add that, although that will also mean more work to get models done. I really hope that somewhere along the line improving my painting includes reducing the amount of time each bit takes. I have a nasty feeling that is the kind of skill that only comes with lots of hard work and practice though.

Next up is a Nob to go with this squad. It's only one model, so I'm going to try to get it knocked out quite quickly. Looking back, it seems I can get them done without taking too long, provided I sit down and get on with it.

Sunday 9 August 2015

The Challenge

LoF's 30th birthday is coming up in a couple of months and we've decided to take a trip up to Warhammer World to celebrate. The plan is that we will each take a 1000 point army and play a game or two on the tables there. We're both using this as a way to push ourselves to get models finished, she's working on her Exodites and I'm (of course) doing my Orks. This means I've got a serious amount of work to do, especially as it has taken me a year to get 400 points worth painted so far.

I've planned out a 1000 point list so that I know how much I've got to get done. On top of what I've already got done, I need to paint:

  • The third Boyz squad, including Nob and Trukk
  • A 5 model Nobz squad, with Trukk
  • 3 Warbikers
  • 5 Lootas

Fortunately, I already own all the models for this list, except for the Trukk for the Nobz squad. Getting all of these painted in the next two months will be a major increase in my previous rate of painting, I'm trying for this goal as a bit of a sink or swim approach. I've been barely getting any painting done for months, and I've previously found that having a game to aim for has been a good way of making sure I get models painted. The problem with using games as hard deadlines, and the reason I've avoided it so far with my Orks, is that I tend to end up compromising on the quality of the painting in order to get everything done to a bare minimum standard. Given that a major part of working on my Orks is trying to improve my painting, I don't want to end up just throwing paint at models just so I've got something to put on the table.

I'm trying to make sure that I get everything I want painted in time and to a decent standard. I've been working on the third Boyz squad over the last couple of days, and I've been making good progress. I've taken a leaf out of a friend's book and booked the next week off work, and I plan to spend a good amount of it hobbying. I'm also going to try to get some more blog posts up, you may have noticed I've been working on that recently too.

Saturday 8 August 2015

Year (and a bit) in review

The first anniversary of this blog slipped by without any sort of recognition. Once again, I'd completely fallen out of the habit of regular painting, to the extent that I didn't do any at all for well over two months. I'm trying to get back into it now, and I thought I'd look back over my progress since I started posting here.

In my last post, I showed a group picture of everything that I've managed to get painted since I started (plus one model that was already done beforehand). It isn't a particularly large number of models, but it is significant progress compared to how the army had come on before I started blogging. I think I managed one model in the space of about two years, so I was working from quite a low baseline.

In one of the early posts, I wrote about two separate ways in which I'm not good at painting: applying paint to the models; and applying myself to painting. In the last year and a bit, I have been genuinely pleased at the progress in my painting (the applying paint bit that is). There's a clear difference between the quality of the first and second squads of boyz, and the Warboss definitely shows how I've improved. I remain bad at applying myself to getting painting done however, I fear improving that skill will be more difficult than learning how to paint better.

Writing this blog has definitely helped me to paint more, there is a sense of achievement when I finish a model or squad and post about it, and a corresponding sense of failure when I don't manage either of those things. For the next year, I'm aiming to do more. More improvement in my painting and more painted models. I do have a slightly more detailed plan than that, at least for the next few months, but I'm saving that for tomorrow's post :)

Sunday 10 May 2015

The Warboss

 After a very long break, I've finally got enough time and motivation together to get some painting done. I actually started work on the Warboss in March, then there was a month long break before I picked it up again in April. I managed a few sessions in April, before I ended up having another break for a couple of weeks and then getting the rest of it done over the last week or two. My original intention while painting this model was to keep track of how long I spent doing each part and see how long it took me to get the model done. That fell off after the start, but I've got enough to at least make an estimate. I think it took me 12 to 15 hours to get this one model done. I think that's fair enough for a character, although I'd prefer not to take that long on normal rank-and-file guys. I'm not sure where I can reduce the amount of time taken and still get results I'm happy with though.

I'm very happy with how this model came out. The red highlighting I started using on the Mek worked very well once again. I decided to try a couple of things I hadn't attempted before while I was painting the Warboss, as he is an important character. I was inspired by the article on basing in White Dwarf 56, so I added a few rocks and some static grass to his base. I did those before I put the textured paint on, which meant I lost some of the grass in the paint, but there's still plenty left. I also painted the edge of the base with Eshin Grey to try to get it looking a bit darker than the rest. That didn't come out quite as strongly as I hoped, but I may try mixing a darker colour for future efforts. I tried some of the Blood for the Blood God technical paint on the power klaw, which gave a good effect, but I think will take some more practice until I'm really happy with it.

Saturday 21 February 2015

Second Trukk finished

 After several delays, I've finally finished the second trukk. It ended up taking longer than I wanted, for various reasons, particularly double XP on Star Wars. I'm pleased with the final result, it's come out largely how I intended. Like last time I had some trouble assembling the model, particularly getting the driver to fit in the space between the cab and the rear wall. I managed to squeeze him in eventually, but I'll try to remember to plan it more carefully for the next one.

I'm away for work for the next few days so I won't be getting any hobbying done until I get back. Next on my list is the Assault on Black Reach Warboss. I've got the two troop units painted, so adding a HQ model gives me a (very minimal) combined arms detachment. I suppose I could use the Mek and say I'm already there, but somehow it doesn't feel like a proper Ork army to me without a Warboss.

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