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Awesome review. Mortarion definitely deserves that top spot.
   
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@Nevelon: Thanks, and you're right about the goals. I like to give myself something to push for without it being too easy (if it was easy I'd get complacent).

@youwashock: Thanks! I agree about Morty, in fact I might actually say I equalled or surpassed the Bloodthirster from the previous year on him. I think Morty had a higher degree of difficulty at least.

Okay, 2018 is off to a flying start with me preparing for Adepticon by getting some rank and file stuff done. Here are some Chaos Cultists with all of the cloth colors blocked in, awaiting some shades:

I know these guys will make my Champs list and most likely my Team and Friendly lists as well, so I may as well get them done since I know I'll need them for the big show. They are also my entry in Paradigm's monthly painting challenge (well, five of them will be). I tried to use varying placements of the same three colors, those colors being Macragge Blue, Stegadon Scale Green, and Mechanicus Standard Grey. Duncan Rhodes mentioned using this technique for cultists to make them look like they belong together but are not an organized military force (with uniform colors). I did this once before using different colors when I did the melee cultist unit for my Khorne Daemonkin army last edition. The main thing I deviated from this pattern with was the stubber wielder's apron, using Celestra Grey to make it lighter. The models don't look like much now, but once I do the shades and highlights on the cloth I think they'll pop nicely.

I also blocked in some of the basic colors on my metal Sorcerer:

I am going to go for a kind of red lightning theme on the sword, hence the red blade. Kind of a less elaborate version of how I did Bobby G's sword last year. I'm hoping the sword ends up looking like it's brimming with infernal energies. For the armor and cloth, I used some of the same colors as on the Cultists. This will make them a more cohesive force when I get more stuff done for my Alpha Legion. I'm going to edge highlight (or drybrush) the armor with green to make it look like Alpha Legion, and I may add some freehand scale pattern as well.

More to come soon, I hope. I return to work tomorrow, so hopefully I'll have some energy left for hobbying.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 12/01/17, including usual wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~10300 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1000 | Space Wolves: ~1500
Inquisition: ~200 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~Coming soon!
Tau Empire: ~5700 | Chaos Space Marines (various legions): ~7700 | Death Guard: ~1900 | Chaos Daemons (all types): ~2300
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Stormsurge blog | Imperial Knights: Renegade blog | Total models painted in 2017: 65 | Total models painted in 2018: 10 | Current main painting project: Alpha Legion Noise Marines
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So, the flying start kind of fizzled for a little bit there, but I'm still working. I'm calling the fabric parts done and have moved on to basecoating the leather and silver metallic details on the cultists:

I need to get a move on, as I've got lots more cultists to do after these guys. I'm gonna be sick of the damn things by time Adepticon rolls around.

No more work on the Sorcerer as of now, but I have assembled some Hellblasters for my Dark Angels:

These are from the Dark Angels Hellblasters kit, so they have the nice chapter upgrades like sculpted shoulder pads and some accessories. I needed some built for a team tournament in a couple of weeks.

One thing I thought I might do this year is compile a wishlist of models I do wish to buy as of right now. Obviously I might get more stuff as new things are released, but this is a core list of models I either need or really want for my lists. In no particular order:
Daemon Prince with Talons: I need one of these for Adepticon potentially, as at least one of my list ideas for the GT there involves a Slaanesh DP with talons and both of mine have weapons (one sword and one axe).
SM Scouts: I need more of these guys for my Dark Angels, as they are perhaps the best troops for them (although Intercessors aren't bad). I actually have some metal ones on their way to me right now thanks to eBay.
RW Black Knights: Again, I need more of these as I only have 3.
Inceptors with Plasma Exterminators: With the plasma stratagem for Dark Angels, I really should pick up 6 of these guys (two boxes).
Great Unclean One: Although not a rush item due to the price point, I do want one of these for my Nurgle forces. The new model is totally awesome!
Various other Nurgle Daemons: I need more Plaguebearers, as well as some Drones, plus perhaps the new characters.
Bloodletters: I need a couple more boxes of these guys, as I'm actually considering running them once the new Daemons book drops.
Magnus the Red: Now that it's been confirmed that the Daemon Primarchs can use the Daemons Deep Strike stratagem, I need to pick up the other Bash Brother. Not a rush item though.
And now the much less likely to acquire Forge World section:
Chaos Decimator Engine: The model is cool and I've heard it's very competitive.
Fire Raptor Gunship: It's a cool model and probably the best flyer in the game. I'm definitely gonna see about getting one for my Alpha Legion or my Dark Angels.
Sicaran Battle Tank: Mostly for the cool model, but it isn't half bad in games either.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 12/01/17, including usual wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~10300 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1000 | Space Wolves: ~1500
Inquisition: ~200 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~Coming soon!
Tau Empire: ~5700 | Chaos Space Marines (various legions): ~7700 | Death Guard: ~1900 | Chaos Daemons (all types): ~2300
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Stormsurge blog | Imperial Knights: Renegade blog | Total models painted in 2017: 65 | Total models painted in 2018: 10 | Current main painting project: Alpha Legion Noise Marines
 Mr_Rose wrote:
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I'm definitely getting there on the squad of cultists. Most of the colors are all done, and I've just added the first basecoat to the skin. Here's the latest WIP shot:

I'll shade and highlight the skin, with a special highlight to show off the scars on some of the guys' arms, then it'll be on to a few small details like some straps that are on the skin (waiting until I finish the skin to pick them out) and the leader's hair. Cultists aren't very difficult to paint, but most Chaos armies need loads of them, so it's very much like Ork players having to paint huge numbers of Boyz or Tyranid players doing hordes of gaunts, which presents special challenges for painting (mainly the patience of the painter).

I've also made a tiny bit of progress on the Sorcerer:

I've added a brighter color to the sword blade, and I've shaded and edge highlighted the armor (with green). It'll start looking better once I get on with the next step, which is all the gold and silver parts. The Citadel painting handle is coming in handy for this guy.

I'm hoping to have the Cultists completely done by this weekend. The Sorcerer will most likely take longer, but I might already be started on another batch of cultists by time he's finished, or else I'll get started on my Noise Marines.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 12/01/17, including usual wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~10300 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1000 | Space Wolves: ~1500
Inquisition: ~200 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~Coming soon!
Tau Empire: ~5700 | Chaos Space Marines (various legions): ~7700 | Death Guard: ~1900 | Chaos Daemons (all types): ~2300
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Stormsurge blog | Imperial Knights: Renegade blog | Total models painted in 2017: 65 | Total models painted in 2018: 10 | Current main painting project: Alpha Legion Noise Marines
 Mr_Rose wrote:
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The cultists look good. You appear to have discovered the secret to painting hoards of nearly identical models: a very limited palette.

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My latest entry in A Tale of Several Gamers. Check our progress!
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

Painting total as of 1/6/2018: 9 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu.
Painting total for 2017: 267 plus two SF buildings and two specimen tanks and two Treemen and two chariots and lots of Frostgrave ruins and an evil tree, six mythos monsters, two GF9 swamps and thirteen pieces of scatter terrain.

 
   
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Great work throughout the year, and particularly on Morty last page. He's a very busy model, but you managed to pull it off well!

Nice start on the Sorc. I like the green highlights to the blue. The sword looks over-bright at this stage, but I've been painting long enough to know that you go through more than a few stages to get to the destination, so I look forward to seeing how it finishes up.

   
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@Josh: Thanks! And yes, having a limited palette is very helpful for painting horde armies. I'll have plenty more of these cultists to do, and I intend to use the same colors for all of them.

I've finally finished the cultist squad, which has been in my model collection since near the very beginning (Dark Vengeance was one of the first 40k purchases I made). Here are the pics, starting with the 6 that will be my entry in the monthly painting challenge:



I chose the champion and heavy gunner to enter in the challenge since they are unique, and the three grunts I chose I think turned out the best out of all of them. Here is a pic of the other 5 guys from the unit:

And finally, here is a pic of the whole squad, ready to prepare the population of a hive city for the coming of the Alpha Legion:

Overall I enjoyed painting these guys, although I didn't put near as much effort into them as I did with models like Mortarion and it shows. That's because they are just grunts and I also have lots of them to paint. It's more important that I get them painted quickly than that I produce amazing quality since I am working against a deadline. I really need to go faster. 2 weeks to finish a 10-man squad is quick for me, but if I want to have a whole 2000-point army ready for Adepticon, I really need to work a little faster or I'll find myself having to pull some all-nighters when it gets close to time. Still, I'm now officially on the board for getting models painted in 2018.

In other news, work continues on the metal Sorcerer, with the gold details now painted:

This guy may not even make the cut for my championship list, so I'm not pushing too hard on him. He's mainly been a diversion while I paint other stuff. I've got a jump pack Sorcerer that will almost certainly be in my list, but he's my entry in next month's painting challenge, so I'm holding off on him.

Next up for paint will be either another squad of Cultists or perhaps my Noise Marines, along with more work on the metal Sorcerer.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 12/01/17, including usual wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~10300 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1000 | Space Wolves: ~1500
Inquisition: ~200 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~Coming soon!
Tau Empire: ~5700 | Chaos Space Marines (various legions): ~7700 | Death Guard: ~1900 | Chaos Daemons (all types): ~2300
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Stormsurge blog | Imperial Knights: Renegade blog | Total models painted in 2017: 65 | Total models painted in 2018: 10 | Current main painting project: Alpha Legion Noise Marines
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The gold really makes the sorc pop. Just be careful with that palette that people don't think he's a TS.

   
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@Azazelx: Thanks! I also was worried that he looks very Thousand Sons-y, but the pic doesn't show as clearly that he has green edge highlights showing that he is a member of the XX legion. Once I get some details on him (like perhaps some stylized scale pattern somewhere) he'll be more obviously Alpha Legion.

I've decided to get my Noise Marines done next. They are a unit that has a very high chance of making it into my Adepticon list, and I really want to paint them. Here's the first WIP shot:

It doesn't show in the photo, but the blue armor has been basecoated, recess shaded, and drybrushed on the edges with green. Since these are Noise Marines, I was thinking about where I could put some pink color on them, and I've decided that maybe the gun casings would work okay for that. I actually have a tighter deadline for these guys as one of my friends wants to borrow these guys and go to the LVO, so I need to get them done. If they aren't completely done that will be okay, but I'd like them to look good on those tables.

More to come soon, I'm sure!

My armies (re-counted and updated on 12/01/17, including usual wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~10300 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1000 | Space Wolves: ~1500
Inquisition: ~200 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~Coming soon!
Tau Empire: ~5700 | Chaos Space Marines (various legions): ~7700 | Death Guard: ~1900 | Chaos Daemons (all types): ~2300
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Stormsurge blog | Imperial Knights: Renegade blog | Total models painted in 2017: 65 | Total models painted in 2018: 10 | Current main painting project: Alpha Legion Noise Marines
 Mr_Rose wrote:
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Off to a good start. I've always liked Alpha Legion.

I wonder if there isn't a better place for the pink than their weapons. I've never been a fan of brightly-colored weapon casings, even back in the the Red Days. Maybe a spot color on their helmets or shoulder pads?

A man who sips beer is not trustworthy.
-Robert B. Parker
My latest entry in A Tale of Several Gamers. Check our progress!
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

Painting total as of 1/6/2018: 9 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu.
Painting total for 2017: 267 plus two SF buildings and two specimen tanks and two Treemen and two chariots and lots of Frostgrave ruins and an evil tree, six mythos monsters, two GF9 swamps and thirteen pieces of scatter terrain.

 
   
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A Protoss colony world

@Josh: Thanks! I considered adding pink to shoulder pads or even leg armor, but decided it would kind of ruin the Alpha Legion look (would make them look more like Emperor's Children). And the guys aren't wearing helmets. I personally am okay with bright weapon casings, as it gives a chance to add a splash of color contrast to a model (like the red guns on Dark Angels). It's a matter of taste, I suppose.

I'm making good progress on my Noise Marines. All of the basecoats are down except for black on the hoses and pipes, and dark gray on the spines. Here's the latest WIP shot:

Next up will be shading the trim, weapons, and heads. Painting that trim was a couple of hours of work, but shading shouldn't be too hard. Trim is always the most tedious part of painting Chaos models.

Also, Azazelx mentioned the Sorcerer looking like a Thousand Sons model. That's because like a dope I did gold trim before doing a little research and finding out that Alpha Legion have silver trim. D'oh! Fortunately I got it right on the Noise Boys, and it'll be a quick and easy fix on the Sorcerer.

Hopefully I'll have more to show soon!

My armies (re-counted and updated on 12/01/17, including usual wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~10300 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1000 | Space Wolves: ~1500
Inquisition: ~200 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~Coming soon!
Tau Empire: ~5700 | Chaos Space Marines (various legions): ~7700 | Death Guard: ~1900 | Chaos Daemons (all types): ~2300
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Stormsurge blog | Imperial Knights: Renegade blog | Total models painted in 2017: 65 | Total models painted in 2018: 10 | Current main painting project: Alpha Legion Noise Marines
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