2018 Round-Up: The first six months

Hey everyone, a bit of a retrospective for today, as it was my birthday last week, and we also already have the first half of 2018 behind us — what better occasion to take a look the first half of my hobby year, right?

When talking about personal hobby output, I am actually really happy with 2018 so far! Some of you may remember that my entire output for 2017 consisted of these twelve models:

And while I still like each and every one of those models, twelve wasn’t exactly a number to be proud of, so I really wanted to finish more stuff this year. And by the look of it, this at least seems to have worked. Take a look at the models I have managed to finish over the first half of 2018:

That’s over thirty painted models — and quite a bit less unpainted plastic. I have to admit I am a bit proud of myself πŸ˜‰

Special focus was given to making a dent in my – rather substantial – backlog of unpainted INQ28 models: I’ve been converting warband after warband for years now, so it was finally time to actually get some of them painted. So here’s what I have to show for my troubles:

First up, Inquisitor Arslan’s Ordo Hereticus warband:

This retinue took shape over several years, with some classic metal models finding their way into Arslan’s service. I am pretty happy that the team still managed to come together into a coherent – and very quintessentially Ordo Hereticus – collection.

Still motivated from my breakthrough with Arslan’s little band of misfits, I pushed onwards and (mostly) finished yet another Inquisitorial retinue: Redactor Orlant’s Ordo Scriptorum warband:

This project is particularly dear to me, both because it features my spin on fellow hobbyist PDH’s concept of the Ordo Scriptorum and because it features several homages and shout outs: Redactor Orlant himself, his astropath and the Bureacultist accompanying the warband were all directly inspired by pieces of artwork from the late Wayne England. Orlant’s interrogator is actually a shout out to PDH’s own Inquisitor Inson (it’s the same guy during his younger years). And I also snuck in a pretty blatant shout out to a pretty well-known literary character from fairly recent pop culture.


After a predominantly red and a predominantly blue warband, I next turned mit attention to a …predominantly yellow gang of models — weird how this strange colour dynamic only became obvious to me in hindsight…

Anyway, I also completed some models for my Road Crew, a relatively long-running project at this point, and basically managed to complete the warband — at least for now:

I’ve been a big fan of Dreadnought-sized models for a good long while now, so it was clear that I would also have to paint some new killer robots πŸ˜‰ One is the scrap-robot Worker #9 you can see in the picture above, the other was a second Contemptor for my 30k World Eaters:

Both happen to use the same head — an OOP World Eaters Dreadnought head given to me by Augustus b’Raass when I visited him in Amsterdam last summer.

And the most recent warband I have been working on: Truescale Deathwatch Killteam based on Primaris Marines:

This is one of those projects that…just happened somehow, when the original plan was simply to build and paint one archetypal, 2nd edition influenced Space Marine. As you can see, four members have been finished so far, the bitz for a fifth member are currently on their way to me (at least that’s what I hope), and there could be two more members after that.

Apart from that, I also had a bit of fun with two slightly more humorous projects that served as shout outs to popular nerd culture — like my repaint of an old 80s Boba Fett action figure:

And my recent Primaris-based conversion of Solid Snake, one of the protagonists of the Metal Gear series:

And I am also really happy to have completed a couple of female characters for my INQ28 collection:

Granted, I’ll admit that these mostly fall into a similar design mold (on account of being mostly based on Dark Eldar Wyches), but at least it’s a start, right? πŸ˜‰

So, as you can see, it has been a pretty successful hobby (half-)year so far. In additon to the finished models, I have also managed to learn a couple of new techniques, such as…

  • using a pigment liner to create some very fine detail (cheers again to Jeff Vader for providing the idea!)
  • painting black armour — well, or at least: cheating my way to something that actually looks like properly painted black armour
  • freehanding a chapter icon
  • creating my own model snow and applying it to a base (for which Ron Saikowski’s post over here was, once again, invaluable)
  • using non-caucasian skin tones

To give credit where credit is due, however, all that productivity didn’t just happen, but there were two circumstances, in particular, that have lit a fire under me, painting-wise: There are Azazazel’s frequent hobby challenges that have been a lot of fun to participate in — plus they also provide a lovely view at an entire community of hobbyists giving the respective challenges a go. The fact that Azazel himself is a highly prolific and very talented hobbyist does help, of course πŸ˜‰

And I also have to give a shout out to my friend Annie: Our shared hobby sessions have become a fixture that keeps me painting and forces me to actually finish some stuff — while Annie herself is beavering away on spectacular, often Blood Bowl-related projects, like her Flying Dwarfsmen here:

Speaking of Blood Bowl, I won’t leave you today without sharing something new, however: Annie recently gave me some of the Ork balls from the new version of Blood Bowl. Now my own Ork team was cobbled together using bitz and bobs from old plastic WFB Orcs, so I didn’t really have any Blood Bowl balls, which is why I was very happy about this small gift. It also features what must be the best ball design of all times, but we’ll be getting to that in a minute. First, let’s take a look at the painted balls:

Now the two leather balls on the left are pretty standard fare, obviously, but that ball-squig just has to be one of my favourite models of all time. I decided to go for an archetypal squig-red instead of the more leathery official paintjob, and I am just in love with this little guy:

Whoever sculpted this delightful little creature, bless their heart, even made sure the squig was…erm…anatomically correct:

But seriously, isn’t that the best facial expression you have ever seen?

So here’s my team, the Orkheim Ultraz, with their brand new sports gear:

I still have a couple of unpainted team members sitting on my desk, so maybe this will be one of my next projects? After red, blue and yellow groups of models, respectively, green seems like the logical choice πŸ˜‰

In fact, there’s more I would still like to paint this year, of course:

My Renegade Knight Armiger, for one:

I am still incredibly pleased with this conversion, and since I have pledged it for the yearly ETL event over at The Bolter & Chainsword, this will become my big hobby project for July — at least that’s what I hope. Keep your fingers crossed for me! πŸ™‚

And while I will definitely need to give more attention to my 30k World Eaters again later this year, the one part of that collection I would really love to see finished this year are my converted versions of Argel Tal, both in human and daemonic form:

And while we are on the matter of wishes, I would really like to see more comments and interaction — here, but also on other blogs. In that respect, it feels like social media platforms have really done quite a number both on hobby forums and on individual blogs, with so many readers these days content to just fly by and leave a Like, if even that. Now don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate each and every reader and each and every Like, but what keeps little places like this going is to actually hear suggestions, questions or words of encouragements from their readers.

So please feel free to let me know what you think about my hobby output for 2018 so far! I would love to read your comment! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more! πŸ™‚


33 Responses to “2018 Round-Up: The first six months”

  1. Pandoras Bitz Box Says:

    This is an impressive list of work for 6 months, i’ve been burning my way through my possessed for about 2 months… And I have about 10 models to show for it. 1 unit! Which to be fair is now the best unit I own and is more effort than I’ve put in for years. Largely thanks to the Hobby community I’ve started to immerse myself into.

    I’ve really enjoyed Seeing the Road Crew come together and Orlants Warband. They are so characterful and such awesome examples of kitbashing that I have found very inspirational.

    Yeah, maximum effort, well done. I’m hoping to achieve similar success in terms of lowering my unfinished model count by joining in Azazel’s challenges.

    Looking forward to seeing that Knight on Bolter, and I’m desperate to see the second Armiger appear! Once again, thanks for sharing krautscientist.

    • Cheers, mate! Make no mistake, though: That Possessed squad is an excellent project, and going from strength to strength lately, even where it is slightly goofy — but in a good way, of course! πŸ™‚

      • Pandoras Bitz Box Says:

        Ha ha ha, thanks. Which one(s) are adding to the goof factor for you? I think i need a break from them to be honest. Since i’ve been keenly following your work, you’ve touched on inq28, deathwatch, the road crew and some other bits like boba fet… I feel like i want some varety too. Trouble is with having kids and so little hobby time it takes ages for a models to get anywhere! Ill make maybe 1 or two more possessed, a bit more slowly while working on something a else a bit expermental i think, for Azazel’s Jewel of July.

      • Hobby time! I hear ya!

      • The one with the massively elongated torso and the face in his stomach *should* be super goofy, but you’ve actually managed to make him look rather creepy at the same time. I’d say the Iron Hand dragging half his innards behind himself, Brundle-fly style, still has to be my favourite — that guy is just supremely creepy and disturbing.

  2. Quite impressive tally, especially considering the quality of the minis painted. Well done!

  3. Astonishing outcome for just six months, totally agree with Thomas’ comment here above. Nearly impossible to pick a favorite, though if I really had too make a choice maybe I would go for the Bureaucultist, both for the way you created it using the artwork as inspiration and for his background. I think I also mentioned in a past comment how I’m literally dying to see Argel Tal painted, I’m sure you’ll do him (them!) more than justice!

    • Cheers, raff! The bureaucultist was an especially pleasant surprise because he seemed to come together by himself — an entirely unplanned model that just kinda happened. I always love it when I get to build a model inspired by Wayne England’s artwork, though! πŸ™‚

  4. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    You told me to quit with the cheesy compliments…

    …but I can’t. You’re blog continues to be a massive inspiration to me; all of a sudden I’m finding myself mixing 40k projects back in with my Dungeons and Dragons. I’m even planning to paint up the AdMech I bought FOREVER ago…

    Cheers mate. I especially want to point out that I love your Inquisitorial Warbands. Some day I intend to have an equally beautiful warband for Mikhailovich.

    • Haha, as always, that is so nice of you to say! πŸ™‚ AdMech models can be a lot of fun to paint, and they can also end up looking really good with relatively straightforward recipes, which I like. As for Mikhailovich, I do realise I still need to reply to your e-mail and will endeavour to do so shortly πŸ™‚

      • Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

        Haha I intend to paint the admech as soon as my flgs manages to order me some leadbelcher spray.

        Thank you for all your help and advice

  5. Hallo Stefan !

    Hehe, I am glad you like that squig ball, as I made that one πŸ˜‰
    I love making small funny models like that. The helmeted nurgling is probably my favorite.

    Anyway, that’s a pretty impressive first-half of a hobby year. I wish you to keep the pace!



    • Aw, man, I should have guessed! πŸ˜‰ But seriously, that squig is just brilliant, and I really love having it in my collection now. And yeah, that Nurgling is lovely as well — really made me smile. Did you make the Silver Tower walking fish as well, perchance? πŸ˜‰

  6. Great stuff mate – as noted above, a high output and at such quality is admirable in the extreme! I enjoyed your ‘yellow period’ the most I think, but it’s all so good that it is a meaningless distinction πŸ™‚

  7. Annie Says:

    I am just looking forward to our next session as it gives me as much motivation as everyone can see here in result! You made in extraordinary job and I am curious about your results after the full year – and mine too actutally πŸ˜‰
    Thanks a lot for this great and productive time! May the next unpainted minis come soon – waiting for their transformation! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks a lot! Like I said, our sessions have really kickstarted my painting productivity — and, it must be said, my technique. Wanting to match your crazy Blood Bowl projects really makes me want to get my act together πŸ˜‰

  8. Very impressive output

  9. Mark Butcher Says:

    Love pouring over yor work especially 30k and 40k World Eaters. Would love to see some tutorials in future.


    • Thanks a lot, Mark! There actually is a pretty handy tutorial for painting pre-heresy World Eaters somewhere in my backlog (I think “recipe for bloodshed” does appear in the title of the post), as well as some other tutorials scattered around the blog — just dig through the older posts, in case you are interested!

  10. Ha, the first thing I noticed “Wait, Blood Bowl balls…where’s his team?!!”. Nice work all around, and I have to agree you were spot on with the req Squig. Almost looks like he was flayed. Even more torturous!

    Does Annie have a blog? I always love to follow Blood Bowl stuffs, if not tell her kudos!

    Happy Birthday and congrats on getting so many wonderful minis painted so far! πŸ˜€

    • Cheers, Faust! I am rather happy with the Orc team, to be honest πŸ˜‰

      Annie has actually been thinking about starting a blog of her own, and I am sure she’ll be thrilled to find out she basically already has her first reader — I’ll be keeping you guys posted πŸ˜‰

  11. Abbadon Says:

    It is definitely a large amount of models in the first half of of the year and I honestly cannot wait to see what comes next. Also a bit of a suggestion for your deathwatch kill team as I know you have another’s member planned but if you ever expanded it would a marine of the Black dragons or scythes of the emperor interest you?

    • Cheers for the comment, Abbadon! As for your question, a Black Dragon seemed slightly too gimmicky to me (not a big fan of the bone spurs on loyalist Astartes πŸ˜‰ ), and the Scythes only barely lost against the Lamenters for a spot on my killteam — I remembered that really sweet Scythes army featured in the sixth edition rulebook, but in the end, a Lamenter seemed like the more interesting choice from a conversion perspective.

  12. Fantastic work all around. If I can humbly suggest so, your models are “worth” more than the single model that each is in terms of numbers because of the work and effort that goes into every single one of them as unique conversions and kitbashes. The building and thoughtful rebuilding of them, followed by a carefully thought-out colour scheme on every model makes them punch well above their weight of numbers, be that 12 or the well over 30 that you’ve gotten done this year. I do appreciate the shout out and compliment, and if the challenges are helping to motivate you to get more of these guys done, than that’s certainly high praise indeed!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Azazel! I really appreciate it! And I’m perfectly serious when I say that your challenges have been beyond helpful this year! πŸ™‚

      • Very cool of you to say that. I’m genuinely amazed that my little efforts to motivate myself have spread this far and so so many whos work I respect so much – that includes you, btw!

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