The State of the Hunt, Week 15/2018: Coming up for air

From a hobby perspective, it has been quite a few weeks for me — with two finished INQ28 retinues and a couple of models on top of that. However, as I’ve said earlier, things might get a bit more hectic in the immediate future, so I cannot be sure whether or not I’ll be able to keep up this rather frantic pace. So what better time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and take a look at the things I have achieved so far? This also has the added benefit of providing me with the perfect chance to also share some current news with you. So here goes:

I. Head count

I’ve really had a blast this last couple of weeks, working through one neglected model after another and finally finishing some long running projects! One of my hobby resolutions for 2018 was to try and put some serious work into the INQ28 part of my collection, especially when it comes to finally adding paint to all those conversions that have accumulated in my cupboard of shame, and I do think I have rather managed to make good on that promise.

So here’s a round-up of the models I have painted so far this year:

That’s fifteen models less in the unpainted pile. Not a particularly impressive number in and of itself, certainly, and even less so when compared with the impressive output of, say, people like Azazel. But it still feels like quite an achievemen, nevertheless. Two more inquisitorial retinues – Inquisitor Arslan’s and Inquisitor Gotthardt’s – have been finished. I’ve painted a second 30k World Eaters Contemptor that I am still really happy with. My very first Primaris Marine has been painted. And I have finally managed to paint a RT era Imperial Guard trooper that had made its way all across the globe to reach me. Plus I have already been able to eclipse my 2017 painting output (twelve models), and we still have quite a bit of 2018 ahead of us, haven’t we? 😉

So yeah, I am pretty pleased with myself, to be honest. And still motivated to keep going, which is probably even more important. Oh, and for those of you with sharp eyes: Don’t worry, we’ll be talking about the big yellow gentleman in the back row in more detail before long… 😉

II. New supply lines

Long time readers may remember how dejected I was when my favourite FLGS had to close its doors back in 2016 (still a little sore *sniff*).For quite a while, the only way to replenish my hobby supplies – online purchases notwithstanding – was to carefully plan work-related trips to larger cities around the option to visit local GW or independent stores.

Great news, then, that I now find myself with access to new supply lines:

For one, I discovered a new local independent store (called “Chaosgames”) a while ago that not only has great service and provides easy access to Army Painter washes (a godsend!), but also happens to include occasional happy finds like this guy here:

Expect him to join my 30k World Eaters before long… 😉

What’s more, in an entirely unexpected move, a new GW store recently opened its doors in the neighboring city. I wasn’t even aware of that until my good friend Annie told me — what an awesome surprise!

My first scouting mission to the new store already took place a fortnight ago and included some friendly banter with the local store manager. I also discovered his absolutely fantastic Imperial Guard army in one of the display cases and took some photos right away:

The whole army has a “mining world” theme, with lots and lots of cool kitbashes and conversions that make every individual in the force look like the member of a grimdark mining corporation. A fantastic concept, and beautifully executed!

In another pleasant surprise, my own models, in turn, made it straight to the store’s Facebook page:

Now I’ll still be visiting local stores whenever I am on the road, of course — for instance, I make it a point to try and visit the fantastic “Fantasy-In” whenever I am in Hanover. But having access to some hobby-related stores in the immediate vincinity is such a relief — brilliant! 🙂

III. Meanwhile, across the tabletop:

While I keep referring to the frequent painting sessions with my friend Annie (that have become a key point in my painting process, it must be said!), I realise I haven’t really shared many of Annie’s projects with you — which is quite a shame, as she routinely manages to come up with some truly stunning stuff. Case in point, the “Flying Dwarfsmen”, her brand new dwarven team for Blood Bowl, planned, built and painted in an impressively short amount of time (and, as it happens, just in time for the recent “Dungeonbowl”):

Where GW’s stock dwarven team seems a bit too cartoony for its own good, Annie’s team actually uses the brilliant Kharadron Overlords models as alternative Blood Bowl players: The entire team has been carefully built around the Kharadron’s distinct steampunk look and feel, from the players to the incredible, scratchbuilt/kitbashed Deathroller (or the turn counters, or the bases, or…). Anyway, you can expect a much more detailed feature dealing with these guys as soon as I can get a closer look (and get the chance to take some quality photos of them)!

IV. To Arms!

I am pretty sure I am not the first person to tell you this, but the ever inspirational Dave Taylor is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for a book project called “Armies & Legions & Hordes”, focused on painting the kind of high class army projects Dave has become well known for. In addition to talking techniques, the book will also be featuring expansive looks at some of Dave’s own, seminal army projects, and with his AdMech army, his Blood Pact and his Genswick Rifles all up for a feature, the book’s already basically a no-brainer for me.

The Kickstarter has already attained its mark many times over, but there are still a couple of days on the clock, so you can (and probably should) check out the Kickstarter and chip in here.


So yeah, so much for this week’s mixed views — and for the brief amount of respite: While I am writing this, I am already hard at work on two more Ordo Scriptorum characters, and there’s also Azazel’s current community challenge – “Assembly April” – with building, converting and kitbashing as its subject — I am pretty sure I won’t be able to resist that one…

So while things may have to slow down for a bit, I think you can expect another update very soon. Until then, please let me hear any feedback you might have! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more! 🙂

15 Responses to “The State of the Hunt, Week 15/2018: Coming up for air”

  1. Nice painting, especially that World Eaters dread!

  2. Great stuff mate, and like you, I am very much looking forward to Dave Taylor’s book 🙂 So what’s the story with Big Yellow? He looks brilliant! Is there a BumbleBee inspiration there?

    • Thanks a lot, Alex! 🙂 Like I said, we’ll be talking about the yellow guy shortly. The BumbleBee resemblance was totally unintended (in my mind, the Transformers characters still look like their 80s incarnations), but now you’ve mentioned it, I cannot unsee it — argh! 🙂

  3. Nice work here, KS and thank you for the shout-out(s)!
    I look forward to the post about Big Yellow, but I also don’t recognise the Nurgley-looking chap hiding in our rear-left corner. Has he been featured before?

    • Cheers, mate — and well spotted: That’s the third of my kitbashed Plague Marine test models (built shortly before the new models were available), and I simply haven’t found the right moment to show him to you guys 😉

  4. Beautiful stuff, all of it!! I don’t know why, but now that the big guy for the Road Crew is painted, even if the colors are totally different, I really feel the Ceathair- vibe more and more!

    • Cheers, raff! That’s great to hear — it may seem silly, but that STOP! sign used on a massive killer robot was such a central part of Worker #9 taking shape — weird how these things work sometimes, right? 🙂

      • Totally agree (and regarding your works with an ADB-related inspiration, I must confess I’m dying to see your Argel Tal(s) painted!)

  5. Pandoras Bitz Box Says:

    Ive really enjoyed looking at your Inquisition models. The inquisition are an awesome opportunitybfor customising and personalising models. I have a small inquisitorial force that isnt heavily converted but after watching your progress i. Really considering expanding it in a much more experimental and ambitious way. Thanks for sharing all this work with everyone.

    • Cheers, mate! Yeah, the Inquisition is basically a perfect playpen for converters and kitbashers, pretty much on par with chaos — and that is truly saying something 😉

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  7. Oh dear, I’m really falling behind on commenting on your blog at the moment aren’t I? I’m liking the look of the yellow guy (part of the Road Crew I’m guessing) and, as Azazel has already noted, that plague marine is really demanding some proper attention too. Plus Annie’s dwarves look amazing, a showcase is very much in order there I reckon.

    • Cheers, mate! A closer look at the big yellow giy and a feature on the Kharadron Blood Bowl team are both upcoming 😉 In the meantime, why not take a look at this week’s Ordo Scriptorum related post, while you are already here? 😉

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