We're rolling this MOFO onwards into (at least) the first half of 2018. If you want to jump onboard, this is a good time to do it!
The criteria and such are below, and remain the same.
Okay, as requested, I'll do the OP
for this thing in its 4th iteration.
Firstly, I'd like to thank Dysartes for taking up the mantle from Jan-June 2017
. Without his offer to do so, these threads would likely not have run at all this year.
We've had three of these threads so far, and I think it's fair to say that all of them have in some way helped at least some of the Dakka community to get some models or units finished.
Thanks to Photobucket's public suicide, a lot of the photo links in the previous threads will be broken. I'll slowly be repairing the ones to my own photos, as I slowly go through my archives and rehost my pics, but I fear that some will be forever lost.
The point, once again is to go beyond the usual "painting goals for 20xx" that many of us - including myself - typically and set up a voluntary painting challenge for a bunch of us to participate in.
The point being to help focus at least some of our efforts on projects that we want to finish. With that in mind, there's no "defined" project that we all work on like Zombies or Board Games or 40k
armies. We'll each set our own goal.
The criteria is simple. We each choose a "thing" or perhaps a couple of things to work on that can last us for approximately 6 months of painting - from January to June. That thing could be:
A specific army for any "large" system.
i.e.: Space Marines, Ogres, Orcs/Orks/Orx/Orruks, Romans, Samurai, a fleet for Halo or Dystopian Wars - or even a fleet for X-Wing if you're repainting.
A warband/team for a smaller system. (and perhaps a backup since these often tend to cap out at 16-40 models)
i.e: SAGA Normans followed by Vikings. Bloodbowl Orcs followed by Elves. A Frostgrave or Mordheim Gang followed by a different gang or even a bunch of random encounter miniatures. (Ice Spiders and shizzle)
A bunch of stuff for a specific game.
i.e.: Deathwatch: Overkill, or The Dungeon Saga box (with or without expansions) or Space Hulk or Descent or Wrath of Ashardalon or "All the Zombies in Zombicide" or "the entire Box of Zombicide" or "all of the things I own for Zombicide" or even "anything I own relating even vaguely to zombies" or "My Warhammer Quest Silver Tower Box that I just picked up." – similarly, “D&D Monsters and PCs
for my campaign.” Is just as valid as “The contents of Descent 2.0.”
It could even be scenery - If you're making, say, an urban or desert, etc table and have enough stuff to paint over 6 months in discrete and meaningful chunks.
Month to Month:
Each month, participants will complete a "unit" for their chosen army/game. Complete is the key word here. You might have a unit just missing it’s standard bearer and/or leader. Paint that one or two figures – it completes the unit – that counts! You might have a couple of random painted zombies sitting around and add a few more to make them into a legal unit for your game of choice – that counts!
You can nominate it at the start or procrastinate for 3 1/2 weeks and nominate it when you're showing your "finished" pictures. There’s no requirement to show “before” photos, because as stated – the point is to finish stuff. A model might have just needed the final touch-ups for 2 months or 2 years – if this challenge helps you get that sucker done, then it’s done it’s work.
A "unit" should be theoretically legal - or at least thematically close to it
- we don't care if your Devastator Squad has only three heavy weapons, or if a guy has melta-bombs for some reason, or if only half of the Lizardmen have 2-handed weapons.
A "unit" that is “rank and file” should be at least 3 models. No upper limit
- if you wanna do 60 goblins, we're not gonna hold you back! Then again, if 10 goblins or zombies is enough for you in a month, that's cool as well.
A "unit" for a boardgame is something that you decide makes thematic sense.
- 10 Zombicide runners? Sure. 6 Fatties? Sure. A trio of Ravenloft monsters? Sure.
A "unit" can be a hero model, or a hero model with his retinue, or a monster, or a war machine.
- Marneus Calgar with or without his little gang? Sure for both. Gob-Lobber? Sure. Dragon? Sure? Army Standard Bearer? Sure. Chariot? Sure. Necromancer? Sure.
If you finish your unit, can you start another one as a stretch goal for that month? You sure bloody can!
- Especially encouraged if your unit was a smaller number or a simpler hero model. But hey, gak happens in life - as I certainly know - so there's certainly no recriminations if you get one, or three or none models painted in a given month. Having said that, if you’re probably not going to participate at all, then maybe hold off on the signup.
If you finish your entire project - particularly something like a boardgame
- you can choose to chill and take a well-deserved break - or continue by painting some similar/associated models. Like more Genestealers or Terminators or Zombies or D&D Monsters.
Very Important Stuff – to reiterate:
DOES NOT MATTER if you've already started the army/force/project/whatever.
DOES NOT MATTER if you've already half-painted all of the miniatures.
ONLY MATTERS that you're prompted to do some painting and get stuff finished.
The objective is simply to help motivate us all to complete those many unpainted models that we have, to support each other and perhaps some constructive advice or good-natured ribbing.
It also doesn't matter if you do a unit for this project each month and then fritter the rest of your time away on completely unrelated and random models.
If you'd like to participate, just add a post here stating what game/system/army/etc you want to focus on. If you'd like to nominate your first month's target, then feel free to do so.
The big difference this time round is that I simply don't have the time to maintain this thread in the way that I did well in the first iteration, and decently, well, reasonably in the second. So I won't be able to do the monthly showcase posts in the way I did in 2016. This means if you decide to participate, it's up to you as much as myself or anyone else to keep it updated with your stuff and keep the thread alive.
I won't be working on any one army this time, but getting units finished from the things that I'm actively painting - mostly finishing and updating various power armour/marine-type units for 40k
8th Edition, but also my Viking Warband and various KoW
armies & AoS
warbands in small doses.
Currently, that means:
Legion of the Damned
So... yeah. Pretty wide open for me this time. As long as I manage to get at least one unit completed per month, it's all good, though. I won't be posting every single thing I get done here though - just group shots. Individual models and such will as always be in my Plog thread and Wordpress blog - both linked in my sig.
I'd encourage any others who have participated in the past to join in again, and adopt the looser "rules" that I'm personally using this time. Remember, it's all (and only) about motivation.