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About the Project

After a flood of kickstarter miniature games arrived I realized just how many starter sets for different game systems I have unpainted. In many cases I've been playing with them for years but the time has come to add some love and colour to these models that I've bought.

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Rogue kill team 1

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Gone Rogue!

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Loved doing the Rogue Trader Kill Team set. The Nurgle stuff is disgustingly beautiful.

Blackstone Fortress

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I’m powering through Blackstone Fortress. I love the models so much that I prefer painting them to playing, and that’s despite it being a really good game. Looking forward to adding the expansions.!

A little more chaos, a touch of faith and a whole lot of magic

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So I haven’t been idle, just to lazy to post as I go.

I did a couple more chaos heroes (Wulfric has been begging to be painted for several editions now).

I did a forge world warrior priest of Sigmar.

And a bunch of wizards that have been collecting dust for 10+ (maybe even 20+ for some of them) years. The older models look very cartoony? these days, but they are incredibly easy to paint.

More Zombicidal Darkness and some Chaos

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So I finished off the characters from the Massive Darkness and Zombicide Black Plague game sets and added a couple of Chaos heroes from AoS to my every growing Chaos army

I'm back Baby, I'm back!

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Took a little break from painting to play a few sessions of D&D. Started some undead needed for the campaign. That became a lot of undead. That morphed into some characters, who morphed into Zombicide Black Plague and Massive Darkness characters. I regret nothing…..

Nightvault.

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Damn it! I really need to post more regularly. I recently finished a whole bunch of Roman Dwarves, Sigmarines, some scenery and a massive Stark and Lannister army for Song of Ice and Fice. Then for no concievable reason what so ever I started painting undead. And the Iron Throne….

Nightvault.
Nightvault.

For Averland!

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I have many, many unpainted miniatures. Recently I dusted off some 5th Ed Warhammer Empire models. I’ve decided to paint half in Averland colours (yellow and black) and half Reikland (red and white).

I also wanted to time the project. I did a test model (the swordsman) in about an hour. Sure enough a regiment of 20 handgunners took 20 hours in total. I’m going to look into this further. There’s heaps of painting tutorials but I never see anyone saying how long it takes to go from sprue to finished.

Ahh Rats!

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So I spent less than an hour on these, time well spent as they’ll be used in a Warhammer Quest game this weekend.

Ahh Rats!

Adeptus Custodes

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I finally got around to painting these guys from the Burning of Prospero box set. Quite honestly they are about as successful protecting the Emperor as the various Kings-guard are in GoT.

Adeptus Custodes
Adeptus Custodes

More Song of Ice and Fire

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So I’ve done some more GoT stuff. 2 more units of Stark Swordsmen, 1 more unit of Berserkers and a bunch of Stark characters.

Oh, and the iconic Throne of Swords.

Chaos and Orcs

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So I stuck with that paint scheme for the Chaos Warriors. Personally I think it looks great although white would be completely impractical for followers of Khorne.

The Orcs however will get into combat that little bit faster with red armour. Chipped and tarnished it still looks great!

Next, the Mighty Khorne Lord!

Does this armour make my Axe look big?

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Not sure if this colour scheme works. Going to tidy it up and hope for the best. Like my Blood Reavers I don’t like the ‘Khorne is red’ mentality. Although I’m sure after a battle these guys would be….

Oh and then I’ll do the Orks

Trolling the Nightvault

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I love the Shadespire/Nightvault game. The models are next level and when I look back at my Warhammer Quest  1st Ed models……. 24 years is clearly a long time in the miniatures industry.

I might give Magore’s fiends a lick of paint next.

Trolling the Nightvault

I must be Bats!

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I’m almost finished with Warhammer Quest 1st Ed. Just rats and spiders to go now. The miniatures are very cartoony and lack a lot of detail but the nostalgia value is super high. I don’t waste a lot of time painting models from these era as it rarely pays off.

Well Ulricy then.

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I’ve been AoS curious for a while now. I did some Khorne Blood Warriors a couple of months back and wanted someone for them to fight. The rule was they had to have snowy bases.

The tragedy here is that I tried them on rounds to begin with. Troops like these look best ranked up and ranking up troops on round bases sucks as they like they are all in loose order. Also, all snow bases look to stark. towards the end I had a few Mordheim models from the Middenheim gang. I put a bushes on those and realized I may have to continue throughout the army.

That's when I went berserk!

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I have hundreds of Vikings. I did a test model which became 8. I’ll come back to them.

Dark Age Irish saga

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I intended to take photos from beginning to end. Next thing you know I was spraying them in varnish. Am I the only person that says “I’ll just do a small force of ……” only to find they end up with hundreds of models? This started as a 4 point Saga warband because I was given 4 blisters of Crusader miniatures Irish.

No wonder I never finish anything……

Dusting off the Tomb Kings!

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I spent so much money on armies I’ll never get to play with because I’m a sucker for GW hobby porn. Khemri fell into that basket. I decided to resurrect them only to find I’d placed them on stylized square resin bases. Rather than waste time and effort on rebasing, I went with what was already there. The result was I couldn’t be bothered spending heaps of effort painting around the models feet. I started with the big stuff first. I giant and 3 units of 6 Ushabti. Took about a week and whilst it’s not my best stuff, I’m calling them done.

Sigmar Vult!

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After watching Vikings latest season I had a thing for Warrior Priests and I had quite a few just begging for a touch of paint. Having recently completed the Empire Noble from Warhammer Quest I toyed around with an Empire Noble on horseback. Turned out pretty good, well good enough.

Mordheim and more Warhammer Quest

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So as I dig through my collections I find models that I have no recollection of buying. Realising that I had several gaps in the Mordheim and WHQ range I went looking and found I’d stored them away for another day. Box opened, paint applied…… Still a few to go. Found a Bretonnian foot knight and a Highway man…

More Chaos Reavers!

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So I picked up a box of Chaos Reavers and put them together with 2 handed axes. I hate the “All Khorne must be red!” idea. I really liked the fact that the World Eaters Pre-Heresy colours were red, white and blue so I tried something similar. I quite like the results.

Dark Vengence

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After leaving this set untouched for years I finally broke the seal and tried my hand at the Terminators. To be perfectly honest, they were boring to paint and I didn’t feel the love at all. Personally I blame the Space Hulk project OTT did (I have several editions of that game somewhere…..).

Dark Vengence
Dark Vengence

Bjorn Fell-hand and the Sisters of Silence

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So I final got around to doing the Space Wolf character Bjorn Fell-hand from the Burning of Prospero set. I followed him up with the Sisters. The Custodes are next from that set

Burning of Prospero - Space Wolves

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So I started the Burning of Prospero set. Space Wolves first. Having never painted Horus Heresy era marines before I’m going to stick to the basics. Once these guys are finished I’ll go onto the Sisters of Silence

A Song of Ice and Fire

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I know I said Blood Warriors were next. I lied. I lied like Littlefinger.

I just wanted to know what they looked like with paint on them. They look good…..

When you play a game of thrones, you paint or roll die.

AoS Part 1

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AoS 2nd Ed was released and I still haven’t played a game. Decided to start on the Chaos guys in the 1st Ed box. Blood Reavers done. Blood Warriors next.

The Dark Ages

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I really liked these models. So did the guys on XLBS. They are excellently sculpted and look and do what it says on the box!

The Dark Ages

The start of something big

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All the whilst I was painting other things a game called to me. It’s siren song could only be denied for so long. So I set forth on a long and arduous quest. A Warhammer Quest if you will. I also found an extra set of characters in the box! This project is ongoing with Orcs and then goblins, etc.

The start of something big

An ex-girlfriend

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GW brought out a campaign and one of the characters was a lunatic woman hell bent on killing and crippling men by the dozen. I think I nearly married her some years ago

An ex-girlfriend

A short break

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I was loving Shadespire. I didn’t want to break the painting rhythm so I did some Duardim? Duadin? Dwarves. I did Dwarves. The nappy wearing slayers

A short break

Covering all Angles

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Low model count. That was the sweet spot. Saga is an excellent game and I had many warbands. Hmmm, what to paint? Anglo Saxons/Danes. What’s the difference? One stabs you with a spear, the other one kills you with an axe.

You must be raving mad!

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I was playing Kings of War. I had plenty of painted armies. I decided to paint some flagellants. When I say some I mean 100. I tried batch painting. It was soul destroying. I couldn’t even find the will to finish their bases. I have issues….

Fall Out

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The fall out from such a high model count was I was buckled and exhausted . A low model count project was required. Fall Out the board game was very accommodating.

Blood Rage 3, the Rage continues

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still more….

Blood Rage Expansions

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And the plastic just seemed to keep coming…… This was truly a hobby Ragnarok

Blood Rage!

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This was big. It was my first real kickstarter and nearly broke me. The mountain of plastic was glorious. The Game was fantastic! These models begged, NAY, DEMANDED to be painted. They were legion, but Odin was with me.

Shadespire

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After loads and loads of fiddly boats I went to a newer game with a low model count, Shadespire. Gee wizz this game is good! Great models too. Having never painted an AoS model before (but with hundreds of Warhammer models) it was like a trip down memory lane. John poo-pooed my unadventurous Sigmarites colour scheme on a hobby hang out but I liked it. Some scars run pretty deep……

Shadespire

Dreadfleet

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Next was Dreadfleet.  Great models but very average game. It certainly wasn’t Man O’War.

Advanced Heroquest

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Having finished Heroquest it seemed logical to move on to Advanced Heroquest

HeroQuest

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So here was my first project. A few decades late but still fresh in my mind, Heroquest

The List

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Sooooo. Many of us are hoarders. Some are bad, others are worse. I was so bad I use to use space in a factory I own to hide my collection as much from myself as my wife.

At the end of 2016 I took stock of what I owned and realized so much of my stuff was still at worst on the sprues or worst assembled and unpainted that I am unlikely to ever get through it all. But then again, that attitude never get anyone anywhere.

Where to start? Well, I started by cataloguing what I owned. There is some really old stuff here. I decided that I would start with the starter sets, or complete games.

Here’s the list; Heroquest, Advanced Heroquest, Warhammer Quest, Man O’ War, Dread Fleet, Space Crusade, Advanced Space Crusade, Necromunda 1st ed, Space Hulk 1st and 3rd Edition, 40K 5th,6th and 8th editions, Burning of Prospero, Betrayal at Calth, Mighty Empires 1st & 2nd Ed, Warhammer 5th to 8th eds,  Warhammer Age of Sigmar 1st Ed,  Shade Spire, Blood Rage, Rising Sun, Conan, Mythic Pantheon, Massive Darkness, Zombicide Black Plague, Zombicide Green Horde, Descent, Runewars, Dark Age starter set, Flames of War El Alamein, Fallout (boardgame), Imperial Assault, Mice and Mystics and Stuffed Fables.

There’s also many, many armies sitting in tubs unstarted or at best half finished. What I really needed to do was stop buying miniatures. What I did was bought 50% of a gaming store in Australia. Ironically that helped. It’s amazing how being part of the industry can slow down your collecting.

Then, I started painting. The plan was start a box set. Finish it, move on the next. That sucked. So I start a set, get half way through, start another set, then go back and finish the first set, start another set, get half way though and go back and finish the second set and so on.

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