So following on from my hobby goals blog at the start of the year, I thought it would be good to take a look at how things have gone, with just two months left! Seems a bit weird, I know, but I thought it’s as good a time as any to check in, and see if I have any chance of actually accomplishing these things between now and New Year.
1. Paint up those Grey Knights!
Well, I’ve not got a massive force of the Knights of Titan painted up, but I have actually spent some time this year painting up these guys! Autumn-into-winter is usually the time when I start looking at the army once again, of course, so it’s entirely possible that I will, in fact, paint up some of these gentlemen by the end of 2020.
I’m really pleased to have gotten the first Strike Squad painted up, and I think I’ve actually done a pretty decent job of things, even if I say so myself! True, the Nemesis weapon effect isn’t as good as some peoples’, but it’s bright enough that I think it makes a statement! The mixture of silver, gold and red is a really nice combo, I feel, and like I say, I’m just chuffed that I managed to get them done!
I’ve also done this chap! The special edition chaplain in terminator armour has come out really nicely, I feel – again, another one where I think I’ve done a really good job, though I don’t mean to sound arrogant! I just think it’s at the top end of my painted miniatures, so I’m really pleased with the result!
However, that is all that I have done for the army so far. I’d like to think I might be able to paint up those Purifiers before the end of the year, as they have been almost-done for nearly two years now.
2. Finish off the odd Drukhari stuff that I have hanging about
I’ve done nothing for this. Well, I’ve sold off a bunch of kits that I don’t think I need to keep hold of, and I’ve finally bought some plastic Incubi. But otherwise, I’ve not touched Drukhari all year…
3. Necromunda, generally!
Okay, so I’ve inched further along the road on this one, trying to paint up the Orlocks (again) and the Delaque, as well as starting on the Corpse Grinder Cults, but in some really big news, a guy I know locally has decided to get into it as well, so I’m finally looking at the possibility of playing some games! He’s gone for the Orlocks, so I’m toying with either Van Saar, for which I have at least six painted gangers, or else going with the Delaque guys. In preparation though, I’ve been planning scenery builds and I’m intending soon to try out the solo scenario that was published by GW during the first lockdown. Watch this space!
4. Blackstone Fortress – play a full campaign!
I’ve still only played the game once. Hm. Earlier in the year, I fully intended to have a game, but it took so long to set up, I just didn’t have it in me to then start moving the pieces around. However, I really enjoy it as a fairly simple game engine, exploring all of the wonderful side-factions of the 40k universe, from the Traitor Guard to all manner of weird and wonderful aspects of the Imperium. It’s definitely not going away for me, especially now that I’ve been hunting down almost all of the expansions (still not managed to get No Respite, though I’m not going to beat myself up over it). I think, where this particular goal is concerned, the massive nature of the game has seen it lose out to other board games when I’ve been in the mood to play something different.
5. Try to thin out the unpainted/unwanted models
This one has been quite the success! I have already mentioned clearing out some Drukhari models, but I’ve also been clearing the decks of the Deathwing, and the Novamarines. True, I’ve then turned that cash into more plastic, but I’ve got so much more to clear out, there is always a chance that I’ll actually be able to keep hold of the money for when I actually want something…
I’ve not quite been able to bring myself to make a decision about the AdMech that I mentioned in January, although I think some of the other stuff might yet be put up on ebay, such as the Tempestus Scions.
6. Finally – try to work on what I have had lying around for ages!
This one has been a bit lacklustre – the Grey Knights success aside. In truth, I haven’t painted up a great deal of models this year. I’ve made some major headway, though, with my Necrons – possibly in part due to the new edition!
So far, this year, I have fully painted:
– Necron Overlord and five Immortals
– Blood Angels Devastator Squad
– Grey Knights Terminator Chaplain
– Grey Knights Strike Squad
– Black Legion Master of Possession
And that is it! Terrible. Of course, some of these things are really quite good, even if I say so myself, so I am quite pleased with what I have done… I just wish I had done more! I’ve had some problems with motivation though, which I talked about earlier in the year, and which have returned in recent weeks, where I’ve almost been moving away from GW stuff – so I’m quite pleased that I seem to be getting some of that motivation back after writing this blog!
At any rate, there are still two more months of the year left, and there are plenty of models that I have made a start with, so maybe by the end of the year I’ll have a couple more to add to this list!