As with many people here, I am a recent re-convert to miniatures etc. after many years away. I got started again late last year after having an epiphany over christmas that I don't want to just sit around playing videogames and having nothing to show for the time other than RSI. However between now and then I've moved house twice, finally getting my own place with a dedicated space for minis and gaming. As such I haven't really done a lot and have something of a motivation blockage - I have all these models, paints and brushes sat in front of me (and the requisite pile of shame) yet find it hard to actually get started. I suspect this is the usual fear of "getting it wrong"/"waiting to start painting until i'm good at it" issue that plagues everyone starting a creative endeavour, especially given how amazing models by extremely skilled painters look all over the internet (here included). I think I need this printed out over my desk:
So, following motivation advice I found online, I'm going to try to post things here to kickstart things a bit more than sitting here staring at them hoping they assemble and paint themselves. My planned project(s) are as follows:
Chaos forces of Emperor's Children CSM
, Renegades & Heretics, Chaos Knights
This is what I have made the most "progress" on and was one of the first things I thought about when coming back to wargaming. I loved the look of the original Noise Marines so decided to to an entire army of them. So far I have a couple of very badly painted chaos marines (that may well get stripped down the line once my technique and colour scheme develops more as they were quite blobby BEFORE I got my hands on them) and a handful of unfinished kitbash projects:
The Knights are still in their boxes as I haven't settled entirely on a colour scheme - I want to theme them as a household that got so obsessed with their heraldry, honour and status they eventually fell to Slaanesh. Like the Flesh Eater Courts in Age of Sigmar, they still see themselves as upstanding and noble crusaders, even though they aren't. As such I want to keep them fairly pristine and ornate but with a chaotic edge, rather than going down the 'boobs, tentacles and loudspeakers' route which is the most common for Slaanesh Knights, some of which will be done with my Emperor's Children anyway. As for the Renegades and Heretics, they will be the Knights' retinue, using models from age of sigmar, blackstone fortress and other sources. I'm going to paint up the renegade militia like Cadians from 2nd edition 40k
, but with extremely worn and rusted gear, like they haven't gotten anything new for a long time. Current progress is some assembled models with a couple of squads based, one of which has been undercoated. I know they're a sub-optimal army but I love the concept so much I had to go for them. Nothing worth posting pictures of yet.
Custom Blood Angels successor chapter - Blood Jaguars
Back when I was young I came up with an idea for an Aztec-themed space marine chapter, but it never went anywhere. On my return I found that Someone else had come up with a much better version of the same idea
, so I'm going to do that. Zero progress, all models in boxes, but I have some test models lined up and plan to print my own decals for the complex chapter badge.
I love the concept of Gaslands - take a load of cheaply available toy cars and make a Death Race game out of them. I have done the first part but not so much the second. Here is my one finished Gaslands car from the pile I have in the corner still in their packages:
Blood Bowl - I have the 3rd edition box from back in the day, but picked up the new game to actually play, along with a Skaven team.
Combat Zone - wonderfully cheap and cheerful skirmish from EM4 Miniatures with equally cheap yet detailed 80s cyberpunk gang members and cops.
That's enough for now, if you read this thanks for looking, we'll see how I get on.