Switch Theme:

Skalk's "everything else" project thread  [RSS] Share on facebook Share on Twitter Submit to Reddit
Author Message

Forum adverts like this one are shown to any user who is not logged in. Join us by filling out a tiny 3 field form and you will get your own, free, dakka user account which gives a good range of benefits to you:
  • No adverts like this in the forums anymore.
  • Times and dates in your local timezone.
  • Full tracking of what you have read so you can skip to your first unread post, easily see what has changed since you last logged in, and easily see what is new at a glance.
  • Email notifications for threads you want to watch closely.
  • Being a part of the oldest wargaming community on the net.
If you are already a member then feel free to login now.

Made in us

Hails to all that read this. Welcome to the start of my "everything that isn't scenery or terrain" blog. This is where I'll share my WFB (AoS) and W40K universe projects. I need some motivation to get back to work on painting miniatures. I expect after a while this will become my primary thread.

I don't have any WIP to share currently so I'm going to post a few pics of what I've been doing in the last couple months. First is a shot of all the Chaos Warrior miniatures I'd finished from 1996 to 2015. Total is 102 models:

A few months ago motivation struck and I finally built the entire rest of my collection and painted a massive block of Chaos Warriors and Chaos Knights. This is what I accomplished from late October to December 31st 2017. Total 74 models. That's a staggering accomplishment for me.

Here's what I have left. This pic was taken December 9th so the Chaos Warriors on the left and center are done. Everything else is still pending:

Another major accomplishment was figuring out how to transport 40 Chaos Knights. Here's what I came up with:

Before figuring out how to store / transport in a secure case they had been in an open-topped cardboard box. After breaking a bunch of them when I slipped on ice at a friend's house I decided that was it, something was getting done about storage and transportation. This is what I came up with and I'm really happy with how that came out. I've spun this around and have even thrown it across the room onto my couch (on purpose, was testing how the models would survive) and nothing even shifted. 100% win, and I'll be doing the same with my Skeleton Horsemen.

Thanks for stopping by. More will be coming soon.

Some nerd stat stuff- Yesterday was my 8th Dakka anniversary, this is my 30th thread, and this post is my 4,000th.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2018/03/02 19:55:33

Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut


After seeing your terrain- subbed :-)

Skinflint Games- war gaming in the age of austerity

Made in us

Thanks SG. I paint miniatures the same way I paint terrain- sloppy with lots of washes to hide the mistakes, so lower your expectation on this thread and go easy on me

Here's pics of a past project very close to my heart. I started it in 1996 when a friend of mine gave me a fistful of the original metal Warhammer Zombies. I don't remember when the plastic box set came out but I was all over it. I really like this army a lot. Of WFB it's tired with my Chaos Warriors as far as passion to collect and build goes. I'm done collecting for this army now, though another Corpse Cart and a mounted Necromancer would be welcome if I came across them.

All total I have 360 Zombies, 2 corpse carts, and an assortment of Vampires and Necromancers. That's all I need for this army. It's absolutely brutal as it is.

This shot is from 2011:

fast forward to April 2017:

One thing I'm doing for this army is converting the standard and musicians to reflect my view of zombies. I see Zombies as mindless animated corpses and as such I don't like them using instruments or carrying banners. I don't even like them with hand weapons but given their magical nature (opposed to toxic or biological causes) my suspension of disbelief is more forgiving for things like weapons, bloody stumps, and severed heads. But the traditional standard and instrument had to go. Here's my solution- a big hammer and a sharp pole:

Ta-da! A hack job any apprentice Necromancer would be able to manage. I have 5 more sets of this "standard / musician" combination and have only started 2 of them so far. It'll happen when I pull out my painted but unflocked base zombies.

To date I've painted over 500 zombies and that collection has at least 6 different manufacturers. I really enjoy the GW plastic zombie set the most. I have a huge collection of zombies on 25mm round bases and use them as Plague Zombies. Most have been converted so none of them have weapons of any kind.

Not my best paint on that last one but his eyes cracked me up so I had to post it

Once I get back into 40K and reawaken my Plague Marines I'm going to look into Pox Walkers and very likely "counts as" these models for them.

Zombies will show up on this thread again in the future. I'm looking forward to when I can call this a 100% completely finished project.

Made in gb
Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps

Earlobe deep in doo doo

Oh glad to see these looking forward to seeing your Plague Marines back and have you seen the Zombicide Zombies?

"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
Von Gherens This Rough Magic Lackey, Flint & Freer
Mekagorkalicious -Monkeytroll
2017 Model Count-71
Made in gb
Rookie Pilot


I haven’t post for so long but I saw this zombie swarm and had to write I fraggin love you for it, Skalk.

Made in gb
Wicked Warphead with Iron Staff


Here for the long haul my friend.

That zombie horde is epic, you don't do things by halves do you!

Made in us

Llamahead- The Plague Marines suffered a massive culling last year by better than 1/2. I was in such a rush to put models on the table that I didn't give them the attention (re: icky Nurgle conversions) that they needed to be more than just "Green Marines". Example:

I've kept the GW metal ones and the ones that I did a decent job on. The rest are sitting in a box waiting for redeployment on someone else's table.

Ragsta- Glad I could pull you out of the lurking depths for a post. I won't be working on them soon but the Zombie horde will return to this thread at least 2 more times.

Camkierhi- If it's worth doing, it's worth doing in a ridiculously obsessive way. Also, thanks for the inspiration. While I was writing this response to you I had an excellent idea for making movement trays that for the shambling horde (1.0mm polystyrene sheet)

I find it interesting that so many of my Dakka friends are from Scotland. Clan MacLeod (grandmother) and Clan Kennedy (grandfather) on my mom's side. I have no idea who my father is so ... yeah, let's just believe he was a marauding Norseman.

Moving on. Today is a happy day. I ordered 4 new carrying cases to reorganize my miniatures out of tote tubs with bedding foam into a real carrying case with proper foam. I've been consolidating my collection and playing a lot more "away games" and this satisfies both:

Those cases represent the WIP of my entire collection. This has been a significant project for me (reorg and storage) over the last year. I'm controlling my collection instead of it controlling me and feeling a lot happier with this evolution than I did when it started.

Made in gb
Agile Revenant Titan

Hey, don't knock sloppy painting with washes to hide it that's all I ever do on mine! Basecoat, rough drybrush to add texture, wash to add depth and then maybe another drybrush over the top for skintones.

Love the zombie horde dude I wonder if you've got enough to make an entire 1500pt army solely out of Plague Zombies...

Check out may pan-Eldar projects http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/702683.page

Also my Rogue Trader-esque spaceport factions http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709686.page

Oh, and I've come up with a semi-expanded Shadow War idea and need some feedback! https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726439.page

Lastly I contribute to a blog too! http://objectivesecured.blogspot.co.uk/ Check it out! It's not just me  
Made in us

Ynneadwraith- I don't know the point cost but with 233 Plague Zombies I'm guessing I can cover that.

Made in us

Installment #2 of my "organize into cases" project has arrived!

I'm genuinely excited about this. No more breaking models because they were in totes or cardboard boxes, no more totes and cardboard boxes making my hobby space look like a storage locker, and no more totes and cardboard boxes- period. My hobby space is as much a project to me as building a Rhino or panting Cultists. I'm planning on taking some pics once I have the entire room done.

Speaking of Cultists, I've recent started working on a "counts as" project for my Slaves of Darkness Chaos Warriors. I play an orderly and strictly regimented Chaos force. Each unit is equipped with the same or similar weapons (all axes, all maces, all hammers, and alwasy same shields) all have the main color scheme (steel armor with bronze trim) is repeated throughout the army. No mutations or other icky stuff. I use the original Archaon the Everchosen (on horseback) model as my Daemon Prince if my Warlord ascends, and the 3 Chaos Dwarfs from the Helcannon crew if he goes Spawn.

Recently I looked at Chaos Spawn stats again and decided I wanted to try a list of nothing but Spawn. I still need Battleline so I opted for 2 (or 3 as needed) chariots, a 100pt Lord on foot, and the rest are Spawn. But I don't like Spawn (Spawn Spawn Spawn lovely Spawn, wonderful Spawn)... models. They are gross and icky and all writing tentacle eww. Quite the conundrum until inspiration struck- use my old Empire / Bretonian / Mordheim soldiers on 40mm bases as "counts as" Spawn!

I present to you the only TRUE "free people" of the collected Realms-

I forgot to upload the photo!

What I like the best of this is I am putting modeling into play that would likely remained bitz or completely unloved on my Shelf of Shame. Another thing that makers this so cool to me is I can always re-purpose any of the individual models if I ever need to.

It's a goofy list and it's a silly modeling project but it's funny to me and I hope it turns out to be brutal on the table tomorrow night, throwing down 1,000pts consisting of 1 Chaos Lord (100 pts) 2 Chariots (160 pts) and 14 stands of Freedom Fighters (700pts) standing against Sigmarite tyranny.

Apologies for the photo, I'll fix that soon.

Made in us

The WIP on my hobby room took a huge surge forward last night thanks to my IRL (and dormant Dakka) friend Feldenglas. I've finally acquired all the cases I need and once I complete the labeling I'm done enough to call it finished. I am for certain going to re-arrange the boxes, this is just what I piled up last night around midnight. I'm very excited about this. It's the first time I've had 100% secure storage and functional portability for my miniatures:

I've eliminated all totes except the one on top left which has my Imperial tanks. I was obsessive with collecting armor in the 90's and have too many to consider moving them to standard cases but at some point I will replace the tote with something more aesthetically appealing. For now it provides my models a safe place to live and easily accessible.

The red box has my original Undead army (the very first army I painted for WFB) and I'm considering switching over to a GW case but again, no immediate need. I'm drawn to symmetry so it's a likely possibility but for now I'm calling this done and if I decide to switch in the future it'll be purely for visual aesthetics. I'll post a new pic when I share my entire Mekshop later this month.

The space I've reclaimed in my hobby room cannot be overstated. When I first moved to my new house in Jan '17 it was madness incarnate. It's been a massive task culling items down and it has genuinely taken a year to get to this point of organization. The expense involved was considerable but manageable because I'm not buying hobby-related items anymore (other than the basics like glue, blades, brushes, etc) and the end result justifies everything as the quality of my hobby life has significantly improved.

I'll be back with actual modeling work soon. I'm hoping to be able to get some work done on my LoER competition entry and get some paint on my friend's Mantic buildings this weekend.

I seem to be saying this a lot lately and I'm happy for it- today is a good day.

Made in us
Contagious Dreadnought of Nurgle

Williamsburg VA

Seriously Skalk. I’m going to have to show this photo to my fiancé. She thinks my 2-300 minis is a lot. You have a MASSIVE collection. It’s funny what you said early in the thread about controlling your hobby, not letting it control you. I’m so in that boat. I sold 5 lord of the rings armies, ultramarines, orks and nids. Got down to just my chaos and it felt great. Then I sold off my khorn and my Tzeentch. Feeling even better. I still have ample projects with just my Nurgle armies and somehow those even keep growing. Ahh the hobby.

My hobby blog
Forum Index » Dakka P&M Blogs
Go to: