Fembruary 2022 Round Up

Well here we are at the end of another Fembruary and it’s time to take a quick look back at everything I managed to get painted. Last year I surprised myself by powering through 21 miniatures in the month, whereas this year I managed a more modest 11 of which just 9 came under the Fembruary banner (by virtue of being ladies).

Once again however I managed a fairly eclectic mix of models of all shapes and sizes, from an Orc cheerleader…

Blood Bowl Orc Cheerleader Wudugast (3)

… to woodland dwelling witches…

Branchwych Sylvaneth Wudugast Warhammer (4)Hate Barbarian Wudugast Chaos CMON Witch (1)

… to vicious-looking ghosts…

Dreadscythe Harridan Nighthaunt Wudugast Warhammer AoS (1)

…and my first ever Sister of Battle.

Sisters of Battle Warhammer 40k Wudugast (1)

Meanwhile the Stormcast Eternals saw the most attention, gathering four new recruits.

Stormcast Eternals Warhammer AoS Wudugast

My aim at the moment is to bring my backlog under control (isn’t it always!) but lately my focus has shifted away from simply flailing haphazardly at the mountain of sprues under my desk and instead I’ve tried to tighten my focus, concentrating on those projects I’m most keen to have completed rather than wandering wherever my fancy takes me. I suspect that from the point of view of my readers of course, this will be entirely academic and my output will continue to look much the same as ever – a random-appearing bombardment of models from all angles with no apparent theme at all but trust me, as the Lizardmen would assure you, there is a Great Plan behind it all! This is something I’ve been chewing over a lot since the start of 2022 and essentially what it boils down to is this; there are many things which may curtail a lot of my painting in the future (lots of them good!) and so I ought to focus on finishing those things I’d like to complete now whilst I have the time. I’m not planning on going anywhere, I don’t intend to quit the hobby (heaven forbid!) or anything like that but I am very conscious of the fact that I have a lot of part-painted projects, and a lot of gangs and warbands that I really want to have painted but which have been left unattended for years. I often find myself thinking about projects and realising that I’m still as excited about them as I was on the day I bought them, but that a lot of time has gone by and they’re still untouched. I don’t want to look back in a decade, or even just a year, and find that most of them are no further forward than they are now. Looking to the future I suspect that the best time for getting things painted is now and for a lot of reasons the longer I leave something the less likely it is to ever get painted. So for the next little while prioritising and getting things done is the aim of the game.

This also applies to cutting out some of the faffing I’m prone to. Take colour schemes for instance and look at the Sister of Battle above or this band of Chaos Warriors. 

Khagra’s Ravagers Chaos Warriors Wudugast Warhammer (1)

In the past I would have agonised over finding a combination of colours that was both original and looked good, and unsurprisingly these often proved incompatible. There are far too many models in my “pile of shame” which stalled between these two pillars and never got started again. With these examples however the colour scheme used by the developers for the studio models is great and I’m pleased with the results so I’m happy to copy them, call that a win and move on, putting the time into painting something else rather than stressing over perfection. It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn several times over the years and sometimes I still need to remind myself; the perfect really is the enemy of the good.

Anyway, that’s enough waffle from me! Here’s a group shot of everything I managed to do in Fembruary instead (click on it to see a nice big version instead of giving yourself eyestrain). 

Fembruary 2022 Wudugast

….And with that Fembruary is over for another year. The scattershot assault on my backlog however will be continuing apace!


30 responses to “Fembruary 2022 Round Up

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Excellent mate. Looks like one hell of a Hen night. 🙂

  • Brandon

    Haha, Do you really call women “Hens”? I’m gonna start using that over here.

    • Wudugast

      In Scotland, where I’m am, women are often addressed as “hen”, as in “Are you alright hen?”. It’s always singular though, we wouldn’t describe a group of women as “hens” and it’s always used as a form of address (so for instance a woman wouldn’t describe her friend as “a hen” but she might address her as “hen”. A hen do, or a hen night, on the other hand is something I thought happened everywhere? It’s the female equivalent of a stag night; where a bride’s friends take her out for a girl’s night out before her wedding. 

      Anyway, just address every woman you meet as “hen” from now on and people will think you’re Scottish (and therefore awesome!). 🙂

      • Brandon

        Awesome! I’m gonna start doing just that. I’m from California, and we just call girls “chicks”. It isn’t quite a term of endearment. My family tree goes back to Scotland so I love this association even more. To keep things relevant. Great work on your miniatures and the blog. Been following for some time just never comment. Keep up the great inspiration.

  • Alex

    Brilliant round up mate, and thanks for your staunch support! Good luck with your new razor focus on completing – (wait, is that a new zombie warband being released for Underworlds??)

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    All very nice! 🙂 The witches are my favourites! I think I need to follow a similar route to yourself and in the immediate future plan on finishing armies/forces that are not far from complete anyway!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I think the witches are my favourites too (don’t tell the others though!). Re attacking the backlog that was actually my first step. Rather than trying to tackle the whole backlog as one single edifice I broke it all down into individual projects (gangs, warbands, teams, sets, armies, squads, etc.). Then I worked out which ones were close to completion and how many models I need to paint to them. If its less than 5 models it jumps straight to the front of the queue. Of course cumulatively even those add up to a lot, especially as this is the time of year when work goes a bit mad, and I’ve got a few bigger projects that will be happening alongside so it won’t all happen overnight but as they say, the plan is made so the job is half done. Now let’s see how I get on with the second half of the job!

  • imperialrebelork

    Fantastic Fembruary output my man and I like the new focus plan. I’m trying to stick to one project at a time but I’m also just following the fun fairy. You know the one. She dangles new things or even new ideas I’m front of us from time to time, tempting us away from our very important projects. Good luck mate.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers dude! I like the idea of sticking to one project at a time but I know I too get distracted by the fun fairy (seriously, she’s such a little minx, she’s always digging up some new crazy idea from the back of my brain). Hopefully this way when I get distracted it’ll be by another project on my “to do” list, rather than something completely out of the left-field but we’ll see how it goes in practice!

  • Marvin

    I like the variety of figures you tackled here and of course they’ll all brilliantly painted. Good luck with your painting plans.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice selection of pieces for fembrurary.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Kuribo

    Great job cranking out minis this month! I think your plan makes sense and I’ve gotten a lot of satisfaction in the past from finishing things that I started but never completed so I have a feeling you’ll enjoy polishing off some previous projects and getting the backlog under control at the same time!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I’m the same, I chase the hobby butterfly a lot but I also really enjoy coming back to stalled projects and seeing them completed. It makes me think of the Neglected Model Month challenges that Azazal used to run, I got a lot out of those and with this I’m trying to capture that same energy. Hopefully it’ll be fun, although I’m not sure anyone apart from me is going to notice the difference! 

      • Kuribo

        The only way we’ll notice is if you show us the backlog! Not that I necessarily recommend doing that 🙂 Having said that, I reckon I have enough of a backlog that I could participate in a challenge like that too…

  • templeofthutmos

    Great round up!

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  • Azazel

    A bloody great selection and collection of models for Fembruary! I need to finish one more model (because …reasons) before I post up my February round-up that will include Fembruary, but I keep getting distracted.

    I like what you’ve written about the need to focus, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the very same the last few days. My WWII stuff has kinda fallen off after a good amount of well-focused time, and I’ve been enjoying painting models for the “theme” challenges over the past two months as a palette cleanser, but I really do need to get back to some sort of focus.

    Given we’re in mid-march now, I think when I do my March round-up I’ll be taking the time to reflect on that big list of painting goals I set myself at the beginning of the year, to take the opportunity to refocus a little on what I want to get painted in 2022 rather than a fire-and-forget list of things I don’t even think about as I get distracted for the following 11 months and then go back and say to myself “huh, I didn’t get many of those things finished for some reason?”

    Which reminds me – I also need to put in a little time for that model that you got me started on a few weeks ago… It’s just sititng there on the desk in a couple of (mostly-painted) bits. I could finish it this weekend if I set my mind to it…

    • Wudugast

      I was actually hoping you were going to comment on this because I was curious to hear your thoughts. I think we’re actually fairly similar painters in this regard, that is to say we’re both quite prolific, we paint a wide variety of models and we tend to bounce around from project to project, and we both clearly have massive backlogs to tackle!

      I think you make an excellent point about looking back at 2022 goals now. A mistake I know I’ve made in the past is to sit down at new year, write out a list of goals for the year ahead and then never look at it again until the following Christmas, whereupon I curse myself for not tackling any of it, change the year in the title and repeat the whole process. This time I’ve set myself a list of projects I want to tackle (but without a set deadline) and am trying to refer to it constantly. Knowing myself, if I wrote a list of projects for 2022 I’d currently be thinking “it’s fine, I’ve got another 9 months to get around to these, there’s no hurry”. Instead of aiming to have ¼ of them done by the end of March I end up thinking I’ve got all the time in the world and chasing whatever passing fancy happens to grab my attention currently. As a result I get a lot of things painted but it isn’t always the things I wanted to.

      Of course I don’t want to make a chore of things, its good to keep things fresh and that helps me to stay motivated but if I’m honest that’s a bit of an excuse. Most of the time if I’ve got something on the painting desk it’s because I was excited about it enough to buy it, and that excitement hasn’t gone away – I just need to remind myself about it. Right now I’ve got a spreadsheet set up with all my goals on it and I’m ticking things off as I go. Hopefully by tackling the small projects first whilst chipping away at the bigger ones I’ll be able to keep getting that little endorphin hit every time I tick another one off!

      Anyway, stop reading my wittering and finish painting that model – I’m very curious to know what it is! 😀

      • Azazel

        Haha thanks! I’m so often slow to comment on your posts and write-ups because they can often require a pretty substantial/thougthful response – so the result too often becomes that I don’t have time “right now”, so it gets put off until “later”, and then…
        I probably won’t lean too hard into the “why don’t I have 1/4 of these done yet?” aspect, simply because there’s so bloody many things I wrote down in January, but as a soft nudge/reminder to “maybe finish these before starting on a bunch of those” I don’t think it can hurt, while still giving plenty of opportiuunities to butterfly around when needed. Indeed, it’s a big part of why I’ve got the BB Chaos Dwarfs on my painting table again right now, working on those big hats! (and yes, I need to get that specific model done soon, too! – probably would be done by now if the last week hadn’t been such a hellscape!

  • patmcf

    Neat round up mate, I’m trying to finish all the things I have half done, well that’s the plan anyway! We have hens nights over here but I’m yet to hear the term hen used as you say about friends, I must ask our Scottish friend when we catch up with her soon.

    • Wudugast

      Sounds like a good strategy. I was told recently that I would be happier if I finished the things I’d started so I decided to give it a try. So far today I’ve finished the whisky, the gin, the vodka and the beer and you know what – it’s worked, I’m feeling much happier now! 

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