Hobby Progress, week 16

Hobby Progress

Well folks, it was bound to happen at some point, I know, though part of me was hoping it wouldn’t come to pass – last week, I didn’t paint a single model. I’ve still done some hobby bits and pieces, which I’ll show off here, though I’ve only picked a paint brush up to move it off the dining table. I’m quite sad by this, as things had been moving pretty well up to that point! But anyway, let’s take a look at what I have done…

I had three days off last week, ostensibly to get caught up with the degree I’m still in the throes of doing. Well, catch up I did, but I’d also planned to get a few models finished off. Unfortunately, I seem to have been hit with a severe bout of lack of motivation, so to try to combat this I started building up some Devastator Space Marines. I’ve currently got three built and primed, including the sergeant above, but haven’t really been in the mood to do anything with them. That said, they are really nice-looking models, the heavy weapons being a nice change from the usual bolters of the tactical marines, and a chunky reminder of the almost gothic-punk origins of 40k.

Still lacking motivation, I spent Friday thinking about what I would like to paint, but came up dry so instead thought of building something that might inspire me, and started building Genestealer Cult characters from the Deathwatch: Overkill game. They are very nice models, and not all that daft to assemble like some of the character models from these games (Kurtha Sedd, I’m thinking of you here!) That said, I hate it when they sculpt cloaks in multiple parts, and the join isn’t easy to scrape over to smooth it. Anyway! I didn’t think I’d be doing anything with that game for a long time, so I suppose it’s good to have made a start on some of it!

I’ve also built up a Space Marine bike, one from the kit I bought back before Christmas in celebration of my promotion in work. Bikes look hilarious to me, and I’ve often thought about getting lots more, but for now have just the three. Anyway! I don’t know if I’m actually going to glue him to the base looking like that, though I thought it looked particularly hilarious, both for its own sake, and also because the Genestealer Magos looks like he’s using the Force on it or something in the photo! I want to try and get a greater degree of customisation out of the next bikers I build – in particular, I’d like to get one shooting a bolter or something, rather than merely holding onto the handle bars. Not sure how to accomplish that, really, but it’ll be an interesting experiment!

Finally, in search of motivation yesterday, I bought something fairly out of the blue for me, in an attempt to perhaps spark off interest in the hobby anew. I’ve been listening to a lot of the Vaults of Terra overview videos on youtube (they’re really great, incidentally, highly recommend giving him a follow, such informative videos!) specifically the aspects of 40k lore that I don’t know a lot about, and I was really intrigued by the Grey Knights lore – definitely watch the linked video if you want to know more, there!

As with the Deathwing and Mechanicum Electro-Priests, I’m not intending to make a whole new army here! I’ve been looking into getting to my local GW for some 40k, and much like with the Age of Sigmar scene, it seems Chaos players are very prevalent there (and Eldar…sigh…) So I thought it could be highly thematic to have a squad of Grey Knights tagged onto my Ultramarines (whenever I manage to get that army built!) and go against the powers of the Warp together! Of course, thematically, the Grey Knights would then just destroy the Ultramarines survivors as well, but we won’t linger on that for now!

So there we have it anyway – 15 weeks of painting progress, then a week of just nothing. Of course, this has happened in the past, so I’m not really concerned that I’m losing interest or anything, more just accepting it as a natural part of being a hobbyist I guess! I do have a lot of other stuff to keep me going, anyway, including a few boardgames that I’d like to try out or get back to, so expect some interesting game day blogs coming up in the next few weeks!

Hopefully week 17’s update blog won’t be quite so sad…

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