Rejoice, rejoice! If you own any bells now is the time to ring them! The ugly plague monks are done at last!
I’ll admit that by the end I was sick to the eye-teeth of them and more than happy just to call them done. The result of this is, sadly, that they’re not the best painted models in my collection, but then again they’re not the best sculpted models in GW’s catalogue either. I will however happily meet them half-way, if they make me some better plague monks I’ll put more effort into painting them.
I used a bit of greenstuff to make this one look even more diseased and to break up the otherwise rather flat and bare surfaces, with mixed results in my opinion.
Here’s the whole unit, complete with banner, musician and Bearer of the Word (although if that’s what a Bearer of the Word looks like these days Lorgar has really let his standards slip…).
The way units rank up in Warhammer means you can’t actually see all of them that well but to my mind that’s actually something of a blessing.
Anyway, in spite of my moaning, that’s another unit done and a definite cause for celebration. Furthermore it occurred to me that as we’re now roughly half-way through 2018, that this would be a fine time to take a look at the progress my Skaven army has made so far this year. Here’s how it was looking back at New Year;
…and here it is now.
Solid progress, I hope you’ll agree! Now arguably the rats didn’t quite make it under the wire for Azazel’s Junit challenge, sneaking in last night which is technically July, but I don’t think Azazel’s that strict and anyway I’m just glad to get them finished. Certainly I wouldn’t have had the push to finish them, at least not for a while, without the challenge so, as I’ve been saying here regularly over the last little while, Azazel deserves another resounding “thank you” from me for conjuring and shepherding these little excursions of collaborative encouragement.
Two units that definitely did meet the Junit criteria however were my Space Marines and Imperial Guard squads. When I posted the marines last week I realised I was pretty unhappy with the highlighting on the acting sergeant’s legs and, although you were all too polite to comment on it, it pained me sufficiently that I went back and gave him a quick repaint. Again hopefully you agree that this is an improvement.
And, whilst we’re turning our attention away from fantasy rat-men and onto the defenders of humanity in the far future, I realised after I posted the most recent two guardsmen that I hadn’t added a group shot of the whole squad so here they are, the completed (J)unit of rag-tag serfs, plus a Catachan who’s still on the phone.
Indeed, by way of a pallet cleanser after struggling with the monks, I went ahead and kitbashed another addition to the Guard regiment. I tend to try and keep updates to a theme but as this one is proving to be very much a grab-bag of general updates, here’s a couple of WIP images of the newest recruit.
I know there are a lot of Chaos and Ork models garrisoning the shelves of my house but humanity need not loose hope whilst this little lot stands in their defence.
Having seen the progress that the Skaven army has made in 2018 it occurred to me that it would also be worth taking a look at all the other things I’ve painted this year so here they are, every model I’ve finished in 2018 (minus the Skaven as that made everything too confusing, and also not including the little gang of genestealer infested civilians that I sent off into the northern wilds in search of Big Boss Redskullz). It’s not an unimpressive pile either if I may say so myself, with everything from plague zombies to unicorn-men, and goblin warbosses to skull-faced birds putting in an appearance.
Sadly there’s still only one painted Necromunda ganger in there but expect to see that situation rectified over the next few months. Of course that’s not all I’ve got planned so here’s to plenty more projects over the next six months!
July 2nd, 2018 at 5:39 am
You can ring my beeellllllllll… you can ring my bell… my bell, my bell…
Sad song but the singer was cute.
Fantastic job mate!! I think you’ve done really especially considering you’re not a fan of the sculpts.
Love the kitbash too man
July 3rd, 2018 at 8:26 am
Cheers dude 🙂 Yeah, it was a slog but I’m just glad to have tem finished. As for the kitbash, I do enjoy making rag-tag guardsmen, there’s going to be plenty more of those ahead!
July 5th, 2018 at 5:42 pm
Love that song!
July 2nd, 2018 at 5:54 am
I’d like to have seen how much better they’d have been if you’d like the sculpts! Great work.
July 3rd, 2018 at 8:30 am
Ha, yeah well, me too actually, because that would have meant actually having better sculpts! Have I mentioned I don’t particularly like these models? I think I may have done somewhere… 😉
July 2nd, 2018 at 7:58 am
Great work bro, youve been busy!💪
July 3rd, 2018 at 7:45 am
Well, it keeps me off the streets! 😀
July 2nd, 2018 at 8:16 am
Great stuff, mate!
July 3rd, 2018 at 7:45 am
Cheers mate 😀
July 2nd, 2018 at 8:59 am
High-fives on grinding that unit out mate – it sucks when you’re stuck with a bunch of crap minis to churn out, so well done on sticking to it dude, and fair play, that Skaven horde is really looking the business now!
July 3rd, 2018 at 8:19 am
Aye, it was a bit of a grind but on the plus side it’s only models I’m excited about painting from here on out (for the Skaven at least). 🙂
July 2nd, 2018 at 12:52 pm
Looking class, mate. Great job. I love the dirty yellow on the cowells.
July 2nd, 2018 at 12:53 pm
July 3rd, 2018 at 8:04 am
Cheers mate! I always knew that Simon Cowell was a bad ‘un but I never realised he was a Skaven! 😀
July 3rd, 2018 at 8:05 am
July 2nd, 2018 at 5:27 pm
Well done getting through that lot. Always takes an extra bit of push to work on bad sculpts.
July 3rd, 2018 at 8:21 am
Yeah, in the end it was just sheer bloody-mindedness that got me through. Very glad they’re behind me I can tell you 🙂
July 4th, 2018 at 6:16 pm
Great 2018 output, and we are only half way through! Really like the Skaven horde – I can’t imagine starting such a project right now, but your updates are always tempting.
July 6th, 2018 at 8:55 am
Cheers 🙂 I know what you mean about realising that a project has become insurmountable. It’s partly why I had such trouble starting with the skaven, and why other projects are sadly still gathering dust. I’m on a bit of a drive to do something about that this year though.
July 5th, 2018 at 2:22 am
Commendable work grinding through those Skaven. I know exactly how you feel on painting them. I didn’t finish my own Skaven group this month but I’ve had to push through more than a few un-fun sculpts this year. The good news is that now that they’re done, they actually look pretty good, especially as a unit. I mean, they’re never going to properly compare with a unit of unique Jes Goodwin sculpts, but painted and ranked up they still manage to look good all together. Almost as importantly, they’re done now!
On top of that managing to finish the squad of Disposable Heroes and the Knights Mortis on top if that is pretty impressive – and definitely an achievement to be proud of.
July 6th, 2018 at 9:01 am
Thank you! Yeah, having stepped away from the rats for a few days they don’t actually look too bad now they’re done. And yes, best of all, I’m never going to have to paint them again! 😀 Glad to have got the others done as well, especially the Knights, that should set the ball rolling on getting a few more space marines done.
July 5th, 2018 at 5:47 pm
Whew, that’s some amazing output for this year so far! Great accomplishment. The Skaven look good, but I pretty much love them all! My favorite is the ragtag team, but that’s because I’m just a sucker for the underdogs.
July 6th, 2018 at 9:06 am
You know, if you made me pick a favourite, I think I’d choose the guard too, and for pretty much the same reasons. I’m only just beginning to scratch the surface of the marines but I’m starting to see a guard regiment that is uniquely mine and that’s rather exciting!
July 6th, 2018 at 3:23 pm
Oh, you’ve done great work on the marines and actually made me take interest. Which is pretty surprising, given that WH40k really holds no interest for me, other than what it (selfishly) provides for the the other specialist/niche games.
July 6th, 2018 at 5:28 am
G’day mate. I was looking on eBay for some miniature joy, as we do, and I came across thi
Made me think of you and your lovely rodents.
July 6th, 2018 at 9:05 am
Nice find! Had a rummage on ebay too but looks like postage is going to be a real gouge. Still, one to keep an eye on, these would make excellent rat swarms. Better yet, whilst I was there I did find the missing bit I need to finish off a different, rather larger, addition to my Skaven so you’ve got my thanks for that 🙂
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