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Let Us Flay

One of my hobby goals for 2021 was to paint up the entire Necron half of the Indomitus boxset. I went into the year feeling quite bold and confident about it and ended up proudly completing a mighty army of… erm… precisely zero models… Yeah, when it comes to the evil skeleton robots I dropped the ball entirely. I got quite stumped over what colour scheme to choose, tried various options, scratched my head a lot and then ended up getting distracted and painting other things. I still really like these miniatures though and I’m feeling a lot happier about my plans for them so maybe things will go better in 2022.

Anyway, thinking about this got me feeling quite enthused about Necrons again so I grabbed one of the Flayed Ones and painted it up. These are corrupted Necrons who cover themselves in the skins of their enemies, and the kits are wonderfully gruesome. I didn’t put any pressure on myself, instead just relaxing and painting up a macabre robot-ghoul without any expectation that I was going to nail a colour scheme for an entire army or anything silly like that.

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Isn’t he an evil looking robot! At some point more will undoubtedly emerge from their tombs…


2021 – For Anyone Who Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up

Well, that was 2021 was it? It’s been a funny year in some ways, as I look back I realise that quite a lot seems to have happened yet at the time it was over in a flash. Maybe that’s just a sign of aging and you’ll have me pensioned off and stuck in a home before I know it! At times it’s easy to look at the world beyond the hobby and fear that globally things are getting worse and worse.

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But let’s not worry too much about our increasingly uncertain future and instead, gather round for a rambling and self-indulgent look back at my year in miniatures. Truly I spoil you all! Over in Games-Workshop-land the decline and fall of civilisation continued to bugger up the release schedule, although to be honest they release so much stuff, and at such a frenetic pace, that slowing things down a little actually helped me catch my breath. As the year began, Slaanesh – that most long-neglected of the Chaos Gods – received a well deserved boost in the form of new mortal followers. Time to indulge in some outrageous hedonism! As with any Chaos release I got quite excited and tried to budget for how to buy and paint absolutely everything. And as so often happens the limitations of having just 24 hours in each day and only 2 hands to work with slowed me. I did manage to paint up a Myrmidesh Painbringer though and I still absolutely love most of the new models so expect to see more of these appearing in the months ahead.

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Hot on the heels of these party animals came animals of a different sort – specifically marsupials. The Lumineth Realm-Lords, released back in 2020, received a second wave of releases – bolstering the ranks of the range nicely. With the first wave of models falling into the odd position of being almost – but not quite – High Elves the second wave shifted them firmly into a new and creative direction. To be honest most of the new models aren’t really to my taste and I still think – despite many of my readers disagreeing – that it looks as though some of them are bouncing around on kangaroos, but there’s no faulting their originality.

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April saw the arrival of one of Games Workshop’s biggest, and most heralded, releases of the year; Cursed City. This latest addition to the Warhammer Quest series launched with enormous fanfare, proving an instant hit with the fans, and continued to be talked about and hyped for months afterwards… Oh wait, scratch that last part, apparently Games Workshop suddenly decided just after it was released that it was only intended as a limited edition and started feverishly airbrushing it out of photographs and rewriting the history books. Naturally we mere mortals amongst the fanbase respected their sudden desire not to talk about it and didn’t indulge in wild speculation… Then, just before Christmas the saga took another unexpected twist when Games Workshop proudly announced that the game was coming back after all.

Anyway, as it happens I was one of the lucky ones who managed to snag a copy, and I’ve started chipping away at the models. At one time I planned to have enough painted to get in a game over Christmas but as so often happens my eyes were bigger than my stomach. Still I have managed to make a start, finishing the first few models from the set.

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As it turns out however Cursed City was just the beginning and a whole wave of very cool-looking undead followed. So far I’ve not done very much about them apart from writing another enthusiastic editorial but given time I suspect a few more of these will be making their way onto the painting desk to join the ones I’ve already done.

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One of the most controversial – not to mention biggest – models to appear this year was Kragnos, the End of Empires. Needless to say he inspired me to a great deal of pontificating and I stand by my assertion that he’s one of the coolest things that GW have done over the last few months. That said I doubt I’ll be painting him myself, and as things stand he really looks out of place alongside the orcs and goblins that make up the rest of the Destruction grand alliance. 

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As it turned out Kragnos signaled the beginning of a new phase in the Age of Sigmar story and the dawn of the Era of the Beast and this summer saw the launch of a new edition of the game (the 3rd for those keeping count), spearheaded by a boxset of Stormcast Eternals battling a new type of Orc, the Kruelboys. Again I didn’t miss the opportunity to share my thoughts with the world, and rattled my keyboard enthusiastically whilst indulging in some wild testiculation (that is to say, waving my hands around whilst talking bollocks). Now Stormcast Eternals aren’t really my thing but I was never going to resist new Orcs and managed to snag myself their half of the set from which I’ve so far assembled this little warband. 

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Nor are these the only orcs that I tackled this year, I also got around to painting up a bunch of Savage Orcs.

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As for the Stormcasts I’ve managed to shock everyone, not least myself, by painting a whopping 2 of them. Wonders will never cease! Again though expect to see a few more popping up in the coming year.

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As autumn rolled around we saw one of the biggest and best releases of the year as the Orks joined their cousins the Orcs and got their well deserved moment in the sun. When it comes to 40k Orks really are my first love, and my greenskin horde has been smashing its way through the 41st Millennium for many years now. Needless to say I’m over the moon about all the new models and even managed to paint some of them during the Orktober painting challenge (more on that below). Here’s all the Orks I painted this year (minus this Nob because I already had a group shot I took at the end of Orktober and I’m too damn lazy to dig everything out again to take another).

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The final big release of the year for 40k came in the form of the return of the Black Templars. These are one of my all time favourite factions in the setting, and close rivals of the Blood Angels for being the best Space Marine chapter. The models didn’t disappoint and so needless to say I’ve been pouring over pictures of them with rabid enthusiasm since day one.

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So far however I’ve remained strong and kept my wallet closed (for once) – I do have quite a lot of Space Marines to paint already after all. How long I maintain my resolve however remains to be seen. Then again it’s looking very likely that new Chaos Space Marines are looming threateningly on the horizon, with a few of them having already been previewed. Chaos Space Marines stand alongside the Orks as my favourite 40k faction (I just love a horde of angry barbarians!) and so it came as a bit of a surprise to me to discover that I didn’t paint a single one this year. I know, I’m as shocked as you are, I’ll change my name from Wudugast to Flabbergast! Still, with models like this soon to be released I reckon I’ll do better in 2022. 

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And whilst the ordinary Chaos Marines may have been neglected their Nurgle-worshipping cousins in the Death Guard were… well, they were neglected too to be honest, but they did at least enjoy enough attention to bring them up a (un)healthy 50 power

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Nurgle also got his greasy foot in the door over in the Mortal Realms as I put together a couple of warbands for Warcry, one of mortals sworn to the Plague Lord…

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…and one made up of his daemons. 

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I started working on a duo of Tzeentchian warbands as well, and then got distracted and never managed to finish them. Still, change is always in the air so maybe next year will turn out better for them.

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Necromunda remains one of my absolute favourite GW settings and this year we saw books released for the remaining Clan Houses (Cawdor and Delaque), expanding greatly on their background. The Delaque also got a new set of models, the Cawdor however were not so lucky. Instead of new champions and specialists that the other houses have enjoyed the House of Faith got a new kit for Redemptionists instead. This is something I’ve harped on about a lot this year so I won’t go over it all again, in summary my feelings are that the new Redemptionists are amazing but for me they will always be a separate faction to the Cawdor and the latter deserved new models of their own. Still, it is what it is and I’ve had a lot of fun kitbashing Redemptionists so all being well I’ll start getting some of them painted up soon.

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As the year drew to a close we also got a new set of miniatures for clanless Hive Scum, and again I’ve been having fun putting these together so expect to see them appearing in due course. Both these and the Redemptionists can be fielded either as part of another gang or as a gang in their own right. That aside however 2020 and 2021 have been very much focussed on bringing new kits to existing factions – time well spent in my book, although I’m hopeful that 2022 will see new players taking to the stage on the polluted hive world.

As for myself I seem to have spent more time writing about Necromunda this year than I have painting or playing, my main contribution being these three House Escher ladies. Again hopefully I’ll do better next year.

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Meanwhile Blood Bowl suffered an oddly quiet year. After all a new edition of the game was released at the tail end of last year, with all the fanfare that entails, I expected to see a few new teams appearing but in the end we only got the one, made up of the berserk warriors of Khorne. Still I didn’t do all that much better, I claimed that by now I would have painted up a Human team and an Elven Union team yet as things stand I managed just these three elven ladies. Of the humans there remains no sign…

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On the other hand not all was lost, I did manage to paint a second greenskin team – the Black Orcs – which I managed to complete just a few days ago.

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It wasn’t just about Gee-Dubz either. I may not have painted as many things from the wider world of miniatures as I have in previous years but there were still a few that managed to stick out their elbows and push their way through the Warhammer ranks. A Witchling Stalker from Malifaux snuck through like a sneaky ninja…

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Meanwhile Corwyn the Hunchback was the first Drune Kelt from Confrontation I’ve painted in a decade. I’ve dug out the rest of his tribe from the box in which they were lurking so expect to see them popping up sooner or later. 

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Speaking of barbarians however one of the projects I’m most excited about at the moment are the savages of Hate

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I’ve had an uncomfortable relationship with CMON over the years, and after falling foul of their business practices one time too many I swore I’d never buy anything from them again. Time however has softened my youthful idealism. In recent times I’ve come to realise that by stubbornly boycotting them I’m only really punishing myself and as they make some damn fine miniatures it’s really only me that’s missing out. So, as well as the Hate barbarians I’ve decided to treat myself to some models from A Song of Ice and Fire, and started listening a bit more carefully to those mates who’ve been encouraging me to give Zombiecide a look. Expect to see something in this vein appearing in 2022. 

One of the real highlights of the year for me was the Orktober painting challenge that arose between myself and my fellow warboss IRO. Here’s what IRO had to say about it in his own round-up of the year

The Ork challenge in Orktober with fellow hobbyist and all round cool dude Wudugast was an absolute standout hobby thing for me in 2021. I liked trying to keep up with him. I like that we are both mad Ork fans. I liked that it was a draw, 37 all. Haha. Great fun and I’m really looking forward to doing exactly the same thing in 2022. Hopefully others might join in the fun too.

I honestly couldn’t have put it better myself; I really am an all round cool dude! For that matter IRO isn’t a bad bloke himself. Here’s a reminder of all 37 greenskins that I managed to complete in the month. Needless to say I’m already looking forward to the rematch in 2022. 

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With one painting challenge under my belt I headed straight into another one. I’d already set myself the task of adding something to my Adeptus Mechanicus collection every month of the year. In November however I decided to up my game and painted up the contents of the first Start Collecting set. 

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Added to everything else I managed to paint this year (and the few models I managed the year before) and here’s the state of the army as things stand. 

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Once again, I’ve still got a few more of these to paint so expect to see more recruits for the legions of Mars appearing in the new year. 

Nor was that the only painting challenge I tackled in November, I also threw myself into the Movember painting challenge being run by Roger from Rantings From Under The Wargames Table. Here’s the mob of hairy gents I managed to paint, and I really do advice you to check out the rest of the participants if you haven’t already.

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Of course no summary of the year would be complete without looking all the way back to Fembruary, the annual challenge to “for us to collectively challenge the male domination of our collections, and commit to painting some… kick-ass ladies” run by my blog-brother Alex of Leadballoony. This year I really threw myself into it and managed a total of 21 women covering everything from the Underhive to the Blood Bowl pitch, and the war-torn battlefields of the 41st Millennium to the Chaos Wastes.

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One of the key challenges I set myself for the month was to paint up a warband of Daughters of Khaine, the savage she-elves of Age of Sigmar. Not only did I succeed but since then I’ve managed to add a few more, and I’m planning to tackle even more of them in the coming year (so expect to see an influx of them in Fembruary 2022!).

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And if that wasn’t already enough elves to make people think I’d lost my Orky way and turned into some kind of flower-picking, daisy-tripping, tree-hugging, pointy-eared wimp I only went and painted a bunch of Sylvaneth as well. Don’t these fairy-folk just look delightful!

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Anyway, that’s been my year in miniatures. Once again keeping the blog and reading about what other hobbyists have been getting up to has been a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me. Now with 2022 looming over us all in dramatic fashion there’s just time to wish all of my readers a Happy New Year and I’ll see you on the other side!


Life On Mars – Part 8

It’s almost the end of 2021 but before the year is quite over there’s just enough time for a final visit to the scoured and irradiated surface of Blessed Mars, the Forge World Prime and home planet of the Adeptus Mechanicus. All year I’ve been trying – with great success I might add – to complete at least one new model for the army every month. With this being December I decided to push myself to finish up the part-painted squad of Sicarian Infiltrators that I started back in the spring. Having managed to get them done before Christmas I turned my attention to a couple of larger models. 

Back in October I painted a Cybernetica Datasmith, the specialist tech-priests charged with responsibility for the limited of robots deemed permissible under Imperial law. Now it’s time for two of those robots, the mighty Kastelans, to stamp their way out of the hangers.

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Here’s the two of them towering over their master.

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This brings my year on Mars to an end, although I still have several other Adeptus Mechanicus models that I’ll be working on next year. Things will probably slow down a bit with this army though as there are various other projects I’m wanting to concentrate on over the next little while. However before we do that let’s remind ourselves of how the army has grown over the past 12 months. Back at the end of 2020 it stood at a trifling 4 models – 2 of which were borrowed from Blackstone Fortress.

Today however the Martian host has grown significantly and stands ready to put the fear of the Omnissiah into all those who oppose the superiority of the red planet.

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And with that we come to the end of another year, although there’s just time for me to treat you all to a lovely round-up post looking back at everything I’ve been doing in 2021 – something I’m sure you’re all agog to read. Of course, first of all I’ve got to actually write it but I’ll try to sneak it in before the year is out…



Life On Mars – Part 7

There seem to be a lot of assassins around here lately don’t there? From the elves who spring out of the shadows of the Mortal Realms we return to the murderous cyborgs that stalk through the forges of Mars. With the end of the year fast approaching I wanted to finish off the squad of Sicarian Infiltrators that was on my desk before we get into 2022 and whatever that brings.

First of all we have the last of the standard Infiltrators that make up the rank and file…

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… and then we have the Infiltrator Princeps who directs their murderous activities.

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With these two done I can pat myself firmly on the back with another squad completed and ready to join the ranks of my little army.

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All things considered I’m very pleased with how my Adeptus Mechanicus collection has grown in 2021, from a mere handful of miniatures at the start of the year to something that can now justifiably be called an army. I’ve still got a couple more models I might – just might – be able to squeeze in before New Year rolls around, and I’ll certainly be putting together a retrospective post with plenty of group shots. However as I’m going to be busy catching up with friends and family over the next little while I’ll take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas. Have a good ‘un, be wonderful to yourselves and your people, and I’ll catch you on the other side.


Life On Mars – Part 6

Time for this month’s first visit to the polluted surface of Mars. I’ve spent this year working away on my Adeptus Mechanicus army for Warhammer 40k, challenging myself to add at least one model to the collection every single month of the year. Now that we’ve reached December my aim is to finish off the squads that are still incomplete so I can head into 2022 with a fresh slate – and hopefully ready to work on plenty more of the Omnissiah’s faithful.

Way back in May I painted up a Sicarian Infiltrator, the spidery part-machine assassins that scurry from the shadows to give anyone who threatens the forge worlds a damn good murdering. Now I’ve finally got around to painting up two more.

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The other two models which will complete the squad are assembled, undercoated and lurking on the edge of the desk so all being well I’ll get them done before the end of the month.


Boss Nob Urzog Ironboot

The other day, as I was tidying up, I finally got around to putting the three Ork Nobs I painted back in Orktober into the case where the rest of the Orks live. As I was doing it I took the opportunity to count out how many Nobs I actually have these days and that’s when I realised I’ve now painted 14 of them. Now this is significant because Nobs come in mobs of between 5 and 10 so this was a golden opportunity for the most recent four to break away and start a new squad on their own. Before they could make a name for themselves in the wars of the far future however they need a Boss Nob to lead them. Obviously this was a crisis that couldn’t wait, no-one wants four leaderless Nobs now do they? I went straight to the bits box, kitbashed this fellow and gave him the name Urzog Ironboot.

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Here he is with the rest of his lads, away to pick a fight with the first git to cross his path.

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Of course if the new squad are going to really show the world what they’ve got I’ll need to add some more recruits to the squad – so if I don’t get around to it in the meantime that’ll be a job for next Orktober!


Life On Mars – Part 5

Back at the start of November I set myself the challenge of painting up the first “Start Collecting: Skitarii” boxset in its entirety by the end of the month. Of all the models in the set the one that gave me the greatest concern was the Onager Dunecrawler, the walking tank of the Adeptus Mechanicus. I’ve always found vehicles tricky, with the result that I tend to put them aside in favour of other things and in so doing fail to give myself the practice that I need to get better at painting them. Indeed a big part of the reason I set myself a time limit for this project was the recognition that without it I might never get around to painting the damn thing at all. The looming deadline however proved to be enough to focus my attention and so here we are, almost at the end of the month, and the Onager is ready to walk upon the red sands of Mars.

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Of course the completion of the Onager means the whole box has now been painted and need no longer sit shamefully at the back of the shelf. Time for the groupshot we’ve all been waiting for!

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December will mark the end of my year long challenge; to add at least one model to this army in every month of 2021. Fear not though, it won’t mean the end of the project – I’ve got far too many biomechanical servants of the Omnissiah still to attend to for everything to be completed before New Year. However I will be aiming to wrap up the squads that are currently unfinished, something that should be achievable (just about). In the meantime there’s just one more day of Movember left, so can I sneak another bearded fellow over the finish line in time? I think I can…


Life On Mars – Part 4

In between painting all those beards this week I’ve also been chipping away at the second half of the Skitarii Vanguard squad. Now they too are finished and ready to march across the red sands of Mars.

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This half of the squad also contains the Vanguard Alpha who leads them into battle.

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With these five done the whole squad is now complete, giving me a second unit of troops for the army.

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This just leaves me with the Onager Dunecrawler to paint to complete my self-imposed challenge of painting the entire Start Collecting box in a month. It’s about half done at the moment so I’m going to be concentrating on it over the weekend.


Life On Mars – Part 3

With my army of Skitarii continuing to grow it’s about time a Tech-Priest Dominus arrived to take charge of them in the Machine God’s name. These are the masters of the Cult Mechanicus; ancient, sinister and barely human, machine lords who crush innovation and gladly see entire legions slain and worlds ruined in pursuit of their own, often incomprehensible, goals. And we’ve all had a boss like that at one time or another haven’t we?

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I worried about painting this guy, he’s got so many details on him that I feared he might prove to be quite fiddly and a bit of a chore. As it turns out though he was a lot of fun to work on, and he really looks the part of the cruel and strange tech-wizard I want commanding the army. Next up I’ll be trying to finish up the rest of the Skitarii squad, whilst work on the Onager Dunecrawler continues apace.


Astropath

Warhammer 40k may seem quite high-tech at times, and of course there are parts of the Imperium where you can barely move for tanks, guns and space ships, but there’s a broad seam of magic, religion and paranoid superstition at the heart of everything. If your Imperial Guard regiment needs new orders from an all-too-distant headquarters then they won’t be getting one of those fancy faster-than-light video calls that their peers in Star Trek enjoy. No, they have to call upon the services of a blind space wizard who will deduce the will of central command through the medium of dream interpretation. Ever wondered why your Imperial army is fighting against your mate’s Imperial army? Now you know!

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I’ve liked the Astropath model for years, it’s simple but powerful and there’s a lot of character and quiet dignity conveyed without many details. Plus, if my little collection of Imperial Guardsmen ever need to make a long distance call (of dubious accuracy) now they can!