Well, that didn’t go as planned! We all have commitments outside the hobby and sometimes they leap up and grab our attention and everything else, space wars and awesome miniatures especially, get flung to the winds. I tend to avoid talking about “real life” as much as possible on here, especially when it comes to my parent’s health. Ultimately they’re very private people, and this is intended as a hobby blog rather than a look at my daily life (who’d want to read that?!), so I’ve done my best to steer around it unless it has a big impact on the content I’m producing. Suffice to say that back in 2017 they were the victims of a serious road accident (a polite way of saying a careless arsehole drove his car into them) which has left both of them seriously disabled. Last week my father’s health took a turn for the worse and so I dropped everything and jumped onto a plane, leaving half-painted miniatures scattered in my wake. The good news is he’s now on the mend again, a huge relief for my mum and I, and I can take a moment to appraise my painting and kick the engines of this blog back into some semblance of life.
I had several things planned for the end of Feb which have fallen by the wayside but I’ll aim to pick up where I left off and get them done soon. The Khorne Slaughterpriest is tantalisingly close to being finished (don’t tell him though – the word “tantalising” must sound disgustingly Slaaneshi to his ears!) so I’ll get him wrapped up first. I also had various models planned for Fembruary, especially the addition of more Escher gangers, all of which will get their moment soon.
Most striking of all this marks the first time since January 2017 that I haven’t managed to add something to my Skaven army. Perhaps I should be cursing the fates that my 25 month streak has come to an end but honestly I’m pretty damn pleased that I managed a 25 month streak in the first place. All being well, normal ratty-service will resume this month.
The one thing I did manage to get finished before I went hurtling out the door was my long promised Escher champion armed with a chem-thrower.
When I first started working on my Escher gang I found myself thinking a lot about the chem thrower. Here we have an iconic Escher weapon combining their love of cruel and remorseless destruction with a showy and flamboyant style. Fill a narrow corridor full of your enemies with flesh-eating gas and no one will forget that the house is not to be trifled with. Moreover it struck me that anyone who actually wielded such a weapon would need to be a particularly cold and vicious example of her kind, distant and ruthless amid the camaraderie of the wider sisterhood. Thus Isadora was born.
I didn’t want to go too crazy with bright colours, to emphasise her otherness and grim nature, but she’s still an Escher so a few spots of that are a little more garish helped to tie her in with the rest of the gang.
With her joining their ranks the Escher gang is now starting to show the strength of numbers and versatility they’d previously lacked, although there are a few more models I’d still like to add – most notably gang leader Gallows Grace.
Of course, all of these Eschers also count towards Fembruary, a community challenge event aimed at encouraging hobbyists to diversify the range of heroes and villains in our collections beyond the predominance of our collective comfort zone amid the massed ranks of muscular men. Originally, in a classic case of my ambitions outweighing the practicalities, I intended to get a lot more ladies painted here – everyone from Elucia Vhane and Sanistasia Minst to the Infernal Enrapturess and Kria the Huntress were originally pencilled into the list. Alas there are still only so many hours in the day and, despite my devotion to the genestealer cults, I only have one pair of hands, so my ambitious list was cut down somewhat by reality. Nonetheless I’m pleased to have finished this little lot, especially under the circumstances.
What’s more I’ve been continuing to follow the great motivator and hobby institution that is Azazel’s monthly challenges. February was a combination of terrain (somewhere I could use with getting more done but alas, on this occasion, did not) and neglected models (those miniatures which were purchased some time ago – more than six months is generally regarded as the minimum ballpark – but which have stubbornly remained unpainted). Again I had all kinds of plans here, incorporating both the aforementioned Skaven and Slaughterpriest, alongside the Sloppity Bilepiper who has been dancing unashamedly in nothing but a basecoat for over a year and the Tiger of Dirz from Confrontation, which has been kicking around for over a decade and which I plan to use as a Khimerix for the Eschers. None of those actually made it of course but at least these four Eschers definitely count.
Having been away from home and work for a week I’ve got all kinds of things to catch up on, and once again miniatures are forced to take a backseat whilst I catch up with everything else. Nonetheless I have, as ever, got lots of things planned, so their time will come – just as soon as I get the rest of my life under control!
March 4th, 2019 at 7:14 am
Tough times mate, hope things take a smoother path for you all going forward. As to the figures, simply wonderful but then that’s pretty much what I’ve come to expect. Great stuff.
March 4th, 2019 at 12:45 pm
Aye, life has it’s up and downs eh? Still, it could have been much worse. Thanks for the kind words and the high praise 😀
March 4th, 2019 at 9:09 am
Bloody great work mate. They really look the business. Your parents are lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive son who is also a dab hand at painting miniatures. All the best sunshine
March 4th, 2019 at 12:53 pm
Yeah, I think on the whole it’s my skill at painting miniatures that my parent’s really appreciate! 😀 Seriously, cheers man – glad you like them.
March 4th, 2019 at 1:39 pm
Yeah same. My parents were like, why be a Doctor son when you can set the world on fire with cutting up plastic men, glueing them back together and painting them?!!
March 5th, 2019 at 9:39 pm
It’s timeless advice mate. Be honest, do we really need more doctors? Kitbashing and painting little dudes though – you could go a long way doing that. We’ve not had someone from this hobby become a household name outside the hobby… yet – which means there’s everything to play for!
March 5th, 2019 at 11:55 pm
One day a hobby minion will rise up above all others and claim the planetary throne as theirs and rule over all.
March 4th, 2019 at 1:35 pm
Great job on the Fembruary haul mate, and especially on Isadora – she really does look the ‘outsider on the inside’ part with that skull mask! Best wishes for your family, and good luck getting caught up
March 5th, 2019 at 6:19 pm
Cheers mate – yeah, I’m really pleased to have got some much done for Fembruary (although of course it would have been good to do a little more – still here’s hoping their all done long before I need to roll them over into Fembruary 2020).
March 4th, 2019 at 4:37 pm
Looking wonderful and grim at the same time, good job! Glad to hear your dad’s on the mend too 🙂
March 5th, 2019 at 6:22 pm
Thank you 😀
March 4th, 2019 at 8:31 pm
Great work on the Fembruary models, and good to hear that your dad is on the mend. You’ve certainly got my empathy on the family front, and I also know what it’s like to have big, big plans and then get a fracton of it done – having said that, you really did manage to kick arse with the Fembruary models this year, and if you manage to finish an extra skaven model this month, you can just call February a hiccup in the streak!
March 5th, 2019 at 9:17 pm
Aye, I think I can confidently speak for us both in saying we’ve seen more than enough of the inside of hospitals to last a lifetime. Hope your old man is doing alright at the moment.
I had planned to get five stormvermin done to start a new squad in February but now part of me is wondering about trying to do another five in March (shouldn’t be too challenging as the first five were well on their way before everything kicked off). That way I can have a starting squad done for Squad: March*. Then later on I can add more of the fun stuff (banner etc). Of course, I’ve just seen the plan for work this month and I think my boss might have forgotten there’s only one of me so who knows – once again I may not get as much done as planned!
*I think, can’t actually lay my hands on my Skaven army book to confirm that they start in squads of ten but it sounds like a safe bet.
March 9th, 2019 at 9:29 pm
Meh – the minimum number for the challenge is three. Going for “game legal” minimums for some games but saying that a set of three boardgame models (or whatever) would just be silly. Especially given how often “game-legal” changes in GW games! Of course, if you can get 10 finished… 😉
He’s a little better now. I’m still getting a minimum of two calls a day from various services for his appointments and everything else, though – I tell you, THAT is a wear-down, but what are you gonna do?
March 9th, 2019 at 10:08 pm
Well if it’s three I’m sure I can manage that. Mind you, it’d be nice to try for ten – I’ll see what I can do…
I hear you re all the phone calls and organising too, used to be a case of fielding calls around work all day, then go home and spend the evening writing emails. No-one warns you these things involve so much admin! 😉 Thankfully there’s not so much of that to do nowadays and dad can deal with a lot of it himself most of the time, which makes him feel a bit more in charge of his own life again and takes a load of my plate. Hope your dad keeps improving 🙂
March 10th, 2019 at 4:06 am
Well, if you manage to get ten done, nobody will be upset, that’s for sure! I even (finally) finished those plague censer bearers of my own today, so I’m sure you’ll be pleased to see some Skaven action from elsewhere when I get them posted up in the next week or two. I shouldn’t have, but I just primed another few. Thinking of trying to get a couple more done each month along with Alex’ AoS Skirmish thing…
As for dad, it’s slow. Lots still to do, but Marouda has been doing heaps to take the load off me, so I gave to be thankful for that!
March 4th, 2019 at 9:44 pm
Now that is gangsta
March 5th, 2019 at 9:18 pm
I’ll take that as a compliment! 😀
March 4th, 2019 at 11:53 pm
Best wishes for your family.
Your painting is superb too. The gang reaaly is coming along now. The chem thrower looks a particularly nasty weapon.
March 5th, 2019 at 9:24 pm
Thank you on both counts Pete. I’m pleased with how the gang is looking now, they were a bit thin on the ground before but this month has brought them on nicely. Now it’s just a case of adding a last few gangers and they’re ready to take on the Underhive.
March 5th, 2019 at 7:09 am
No worries. Family comes first. Best wishes all around.
Now then, hang on, I need to go do up another head for my Escher with Chem-Thrower. So, uh, yeah, fantastic job there! The mask really takes her to a whole extra level, especially with what you mention about the implications of someone who would use a weapon like that.
On the not getting any Skaven done, I’m reminded a little of one of the things I don’t like about AA and similar 12-step programs. They tend to have this attitude that any slip basically wipes out all your progress, and it doesn’t matter if you were sober for a day or ten years before you had a drink, you’re not back on your first day of sobriety, and the count starts again from scratch. I much prefer something that can handle each of those cases separately, giving the first person advice like “OK, you messed up, but you made it one day. Try again tomorrow, and see how far you can go from there,” and the second person advice like “Yeah, you slipped, but you’ve been doing this for ten years. You know you can get yourself back in control.” In other words, maintaining a goal like your Skaven-a-month for over two years is a still a hell of an accomplishment, and one month without any Skaven, while not ideal, does nothing to diminish it.
March 5th, 2019 at 9:46 pm
Re the Skaven/goals; thank you very much. For me the Skaven-a-month goal has more than served its purpose in getting the army built up, I just need to pick it all up again in March. Ultimately I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I was the kind of person who picked painting rats over looking after his family (and I don’t imagine anyone else would want to live with me either!).
Re the AA; I tend to agree. That may in part be my personality, I don’t tend to think of myself as “being” something, or defining myself by certain qualities. For example I normally eat vegetarian food, and it’s quite rare that I eat meat. In my view it’s healthier, it’s better for the planet, it’s better for the animals (naturally!) and it’s how I want to live. However sometimes I just want to eat some dead beastie – and when I do it’s a nice treat. Whereas if I thought of myself as a vegetarian I’d be failing every time I did.
Now, I stress that I’ve never been to an AA meeting so I don’t really know what I’m talking about (I’ve got a friend in the Arboriculturalists Association but I’m not sure that counts) but I wonder if that whole “I am an alcoholic” thing, and the emphasis of the stick over the carrot would really work for someone like me. Hopefully I’ll never have to find out!
Glad you like the mask on Isadora, I must confess I’m ridiculously proud of her!
March 6th, 2019 at 5:25 pm
Eschers looking just peachy with some lovely paintwork. 🙂 Best wishes to your father for a good recovery.
March 6th, 2019 at 9:59 pm
Thank you very much on both counts 🙂
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