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So, my belated and slightly disappointing 2021 year in review...
I completed 9 regular models this year. 5 Warhammer 40K (3 Orks), 1 Bloodbowl, 1 Bombshell Babe, 1 Infinity and 1 The Old World.
I acquired 14 models this year, consisting of 13 regular (10 Guard, 3 Orks) and 1 vehicle (Deffkopta).
With only 5 added pages to the plog this year, it was mostly 10 months of Dakka Painting Challenge and 2 months of silence....
July 21 - Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself - Hassassin Fiday - 11 out of 420 votes placing equal 15th with 1 other out of 30 contestents for 3 points/percent.
August 21 - Rebel Scum - Rebellious Grot - 10 out of 422 votes placing equal 20th with 1 other out of 33 contestents for 2 points/percent.
October 21 - Halloween Special - Undead Warrior - 10 out of 401 votes placing equal 16th with 1 other out of 28 contestents for 2 points/percent.
April 21 - Traveling in Style - Ork Stormboy - 15 out of 457 votes placing equal 10th with 1 other out of 35 contestents for 3 points/percent.
May 21 - From Ages Past - Cave Girl - 7 out of 353 votes placing 22nd out of 32 contestents for 2 points/percent.
June 21 - Boots on the Ground - Ork Slugga - 8 out of 418 votes placing equal 22nd with 2 others out of 40 contestents for 2 points/percent.
November 20: New Tricks - Drukhari Mandrake. (new faction, new material-finecast) - 8 out of 434 votes placing equal 20th with 7 others out of 29 contestents for 2 points/percent.
February 21 - Showing Off! - Bloodbowl Human Catcher - 13 out of 380 votes placing equal 11th with 2 others out of 30 contestents for 3 points/percent.
March 21: Space Marine - Dark Angels Terminator - 11 out of 339 votes placing equal 12th with 2 others out of 29 contestents for 3 points/percent.
Not shown, due to not fully complete, is September 21 - Heavy Metal - Ork Deff Dread (Da Deffwing) - 13 out of 407 votes placing equal 11th with 3 others out of 31 contestents for 3 points/percent.
My Goals for 2021 were:
FAIL - Complete twice or more models than I add - I would have had to complete 28 or only acquire 4 (the Steel Legion was the difference between pass and fail here...)
FAIL - Complete a minimum of 20 models - 9 is not 20.
FAIL - Complete a minimum of 10 Da Dark Angelz models - 3 is not 10, nor is it half of 9.
FAIL - Place in the top 10 of the Dakka Painting Challenge League Table - I finished 20/21 with 26 points, equal 17th. An extra 6 points would only have netted me equal 13th. I currently have 20pts in 21/22, currently equal 19th with one round to go - that I didn't enter (or the previous 3).
FAIL - Comment on the Dakka Painting Challenge entries - I maybe managed once?
FAIL - Finish a LoER entry - but I did manage to host a round...
. I blame work.
Taking gobert's advice fully on board, I got a little carried away prepping for 2022, purchasing:
Combat Patrol: Orks - was supposed to be a reward for meeting my goals in 2021... (25 miniatures)
Orks: Killdakka Warband - for the battle force discount, and I shouldn't need any more than 40 (combined with the Combat Patrol above) of the new boyz, right? (40 miniatures)
Ork Warboss Grukk's Boss Mob - because I figured it would be more expensive after they split the box (it was) (7 miniatures)
Ork Boyz (old) - in case they disappeared (they didn't) (11 miniatures)
Ork Lootas - because the discount store ran out of Boyz and I *needed* to make up to free shipping... (5 ministaures)
That makes 88 miniatures purchased this year. No way I can keep my goals from last year, so, here are the revised goals for 2022:
Arakasi's Goals for 2022:
Complete a minimum of 88 models - this is an attempt to keep my pile of potential steady
Complete twice or more models than I add (above the 88 already) - this is to head off additional purchases
Complete a minimum of 44 Da Dark Angelz models.
Place in the top 10 of the Dakka Painting Challenge League Table.
88 completed models seems a lot for me, but between incomplete miniatures from 2021:
...and using the new acquisitions as a tool to complete previously in progress Da Dark Angels, I'm hopeful of making it. Of course the slow start to 2022 hasn't helped....
I'm looking forward to making the most of my new purchases and rejoining the Dakka Painting Challenge. I'm considering starting a new Da Dark Angels plog - as I expect this year will be very Ork centric - and keep this plog for the non Ork Dakka Painting Challenge entries and other pure hobby related musings.
Wish me luck!
Feel free to skip ahead or take the scenic route - whichever you prefer:
With the dawn of a new year, I've decided to make another attempt at resurrecting my beleaguered hobby. Inspired in part (probably mostly) by the plethora of Dakka P&M blogs with impressive 2019 in review updates and 2020 plans that I have been lurking on. Attempt one last year (my Imperial Knights) had the right "idea" of reducing the scope, but I think something got lost in the implementation. I've also been distracted (and will continue to be) by an unrelated non hobby project. I also only have access to my hobby 50% of the time at current, but that will go up to 75% in April.
So, what exactly is the plan?
I've been playing some Warhammer Underworlds, and will take possession of Rippa's Snarlfangs shortly as a belated Christmas present. (I also have Ironskull's Boyz). And just because by hobby has been on hiatus doesn't mean my pile of shame hasn't been, or will continue to be, increasing. I took part in the Limbo Kickstarter which is due to deliver soon... I discovered last year that my paints are in various conditions of usability, and of course, there have been a few changes to the paint range since I last picked up a brush in earnest.
So this is going to be part journey of discovery and rediscovery, part motivation, and probably a lot more paint and less modelling than those that may have followed on with my previous endeavours might expect.
To start with, I'll be exploring the fine art of paint stripping - as I attempt to strip the paint from some old metal minis that I lost interest in decades ago due to a bad primer. From there, I hope to move to paint experimentation on those minis in preparation for tackling Rippa's Snarlfangs and (some of) Limbo. With a bit of luck that might inspire me to revisit my Imperial Knights and Orks - but we'll see how we go.
I warmly invite you to join me on the journey (and prod me where necessary!)
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Going to suggest Dettol for the plastics its gentler on them and strips paint well.
"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
2017 Model Count-71
I'm sure I will, although my initial goal is to strip, experiment, repeat.
Scrub number two. Mostly close to perfect. I was a little disappointed the Chaos Champion, Chaos Thug and Thug (far left, bottom to top) didn't seem to progress any further with the extra day. I think I need either a stiffer brush or to take a toothpick to some of the crevices. Hopefully I haven't diluted my Methylated Spirits already.
I doubled up on gloves on my left hand, but using pliers to hold the miniature by the tab resulted in no holes today. I found my "disposable" mask and protective glasses, so other than looking like a thug, things felt a lot safer today.
Giving the five good ones one last day to soak. I will see what I can do to assist the other three... then I probably need to start thinking about priming and my first paint experiments...
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Underworlds is mad fun. I convinced the missus to play it with me and she started to thoroughly enjoy it after she realised she could kick my arse. That Mollog is a brutal bastard.
Regarding the stripping. You seem to have things in hand, but I thought I'd throw in my observations.
IPA is my go to now for plastics. It's safe on plastics, it's quick acting, it's effective and you get quite a few minis stripped before it starts to lose it's mojo.
Nail polish remover is the best for metals though i've found. IPA works very well too, but the acetone just edges it out.
And don't worry, i'll remind you about your knights! I'm super keen to see you finish them off.
Looking forward to seeing you lay some paint down on those chaos boys.
I enjoy Underworlds, although I haven't played much. More than 8th Edition 40K, but that is setting the bar fairly low Mostly "practise" games against my brother (his competition practise), who is a lot more into it. Still, I managed to slide into 16th in a Grand Clash last year (out of 30, my brother made 10th, and beat me in a pairing of course), using borrowed, well, everything.
I struggle to find a middle point in gaming and hobbies. I tend to be all in or nothing. At this point I'm closer to nothing on Underworlds, trying to avoid all in and the additional plastic shame
Is IPA worth the extra cost? It was my next stop if the MS didn't pan out. They are still soaking, but more because I've been busy. And I haven't bought toothpicks yet. But I have remembered I have a "custom" scuplting tool with a fine point...
Anyway, on with the blog...
Next week I lose access to my hobby (travel) but will hopefully take posession of Rippa's Snarlfangs (present). I went looking through my pile of shame for "closer" miniatures to practise on, and this is what I found:
.. and Orc Boars (minus the Boys - well, I found the boys, but I don't need them for practising just now. Also, they are missing the arm that attaches to the boar for some reason)
I doubt I will get to these before I leave, but I may just take them with me and see if I can clean them up / assemble them in readiness for the week after.
I also need to start looking into paint. I may be able to sort some of that out next week too. I'm thinking a "realistic" paint job - wolves inspired by nature, a patchwork of different shades of leather, rusted metal weapons and shields. I suspect the focal point will end up being the bright green of the goblins. If I ever painted an "inspired" version I think I'd go bright Roman soldier colours (how I imagine the goblins *think* they look).
With the IPA, I did find it to be worth the cost. It cost like $25 for half a litre and I think so far, i've stripped uhh.... 120+ minis with it, and it's still got some kick left in it.
Wouldn't have got anywhere near the same amount out of the equivalent of the likes of Simple Green. Plus the IPA has the advantage of being quick acting. I was letting plastics sit for half hour and then scrubbing paint right off, where Simple Green was minimum 24 hours if not longer for some things.
With the wolfies. A pack of black wolves would be stunning. And would be well worth the effort invested in them. I really like the red wolves though. They're almost dingo like.
If you're feeling reeeeeally adventurous you could try something like this...
Well, I'll see how I go with my $4.50/L methylated spirits ($4 if I'd bought the non violet one - doh ) given I've already paid for that, and give the IPA a go next .
I have a plastic test case ready to go - I'll time it at 30m and see how it compares:
I'll see how I go with my test models before committing to three black wolves. I'll be happy to include one. On the plus side, they shouldn't draw attention from the riders. Speaking of which - test models are assembled awaiting primer:
With reference to your linked example, not so "not adventurous" so much as "not the direction I was planning to go". Nicely done though. It does suffer from the brighter wolf drawing the eye over the darker smaller rider, which I'm trying to avoid...
Anyway - I hope to have some paint on the above soon. Rippa's Snarlfangs have arrived, so they need assembly. I had hoped not to have to make any customisations to Rippa's Snarlfangs, but there is just one element I can't abide by... (anyone want to try to guess?)
Also, calling 5 of 8 metals done. Last three I've started poking with a toothpick, which is succeeding in moving some of the paint caught in the gaps, but we aren't 100% there yet (so still bathing, for lack of a better place to store currently).
Glad that you decided to get back to the hobby!
Good write up regarding the stripping process! It's always interesting to see how the different chemicals work.
I have had some success with Fairy Power Spray. It just takes a while (1-2 days) to remove most of the paint.
Anyway, it's always hard work to remove all the paint. Especially on models that have been primed multiple times, like the ones I got from a friend.
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I should be putting Mean-eye together, and perhaps I will after this, but instead I'm providing this update .
@JoshInJapan: Well, they've only ever had that one base coat from, probably, 1992? So they are basically "new" . I think they came in random packs. I'm pretty sure I used to buy whatever I could find with "Chaos" on it back then, as I started in Warhammer Fantasy with a Chaos army... Not a lot of availability back then on the West side of Oz... (or at least as far as I recall...)
@youwashock: They do. Dissapointed I managed to get rid of my Orks from that time period. Now happy I failed to get rid of anything else . If I can work out what to do with them, I'll ressurect more...
@Ezki: Welcome! Glad to be back, albeit still ramping back up again. Thankfully I think all of my strip targets are self inflicted.
@Snrub: It's got a bit of the white undercoat still on it, but yes, I was very happy with how it came up in 30m. (I actually have an untarnished one to compare it to as well).
So, I haven't been up to much. The week back at home has been waylaid by home improvements. But I do have a little progress to share.
First up - the one modification I had to make to Rippa's Snarlfangs:
Rippa Narkbad's base - before.
Rippa Narkbad's base - after.
Together, but with a small gap down the snout I'm going to have to attempt to fill with liquid greenstuff (as well as the other seam lines). I don't think I applied enough / any plastic glue in the snout, so no amount of pushing together really helped. These miniatures are a lot smaller / more delicate than I had assumed they would be. My brother also alerted me (afterwards) that the pegs of Underworlds miniatures can sometimes be a little too long - so I'll cut them down a bit on the next two as well, just in case.
So much for Mean-eye. I promised myself as part of my 2020 hobby resurrection year I would enter the Dakka Painting Challenge once the annual rotation kicked off. It has still managed to sneak up on me, but here we are. I'll only have two weeks available this month (three from next month) - so we'll see how I go. Luckily I have this Dark Vengeance Dark Angels Terminator that I prepared five (probably more) years ago. Unluckily I undercoated it black back then. He has been de-dusted for his "proof" picture.
Have even started painting!
Proof (of paint).
4 layers and counting...
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It's supposed to be layered on, not drybrushed . I obviously need to work more on my transistions. I'm hoping that this is a practise and patience thing. This is the first model I have painted in a long time...
This is just a repeat of the previous step - a 1:1 mix of Screaming Skull and Ushabti Bone - but all over rather than just the edges. I figured I need to get closer to white, and I still have pure Screaming Skull and a mix to pure White Scar available to me for edge highlighting. (Although I'm waiting on delivery of the White Scar plus other colours for the other areas.)
Steps to here spoilered below:
Last pure Zandri Dust layer.
Seraphim Sepia wash.
Re-apply Zandri Dust.
1:1 Zandri Dust and Ushabti Bone
1:1 Ushabti Bone and Screaming Skull pictured before, just the edges.
I've also started playing with base colours for fur, specifically:
Doombull Brown, Dryad Bark, Jokaero Orange, Mechanicus Standard Grey, Mournfang Brown, Rhinox Hide, Steel Legion Drab, Zandri Dust.
On Skull White base.
On Mechanicus Standard Grey base.
On Chaos Black base. (Looks like this one needs at least another layer...)