State of the Hunt, week 52/2019: Cleaning house…

Hey everyone, it’s the last day of the year (at least on my side of the planet), and I sincerely hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas! While I will have to postpone my annual Eternal Hunt Awards for a couple of days, I still want to share an update with you, as I actually managed to get some painting done during the holiday!

Before we get to that, however, there’s one more thing I want to share with you: This wonderful Christmas card from the Brothers Wier over at Between the Bolter And Me that actually landed on my doorstep right in time for the festivities:

What a wonderful surprise indeed! Cheers guys, and another year of blogging and successful hobbying to you as well! πŸ™‚


Now, as for the actual painting, it was of course really hard for me to break through my usual holiday lethargy, but I did want to do something creative and hobby related before the end of the year, so I looked for things that might be quick and fun to get me back into painting. The first thing I came up with was this small cogitator terminal, an objective that comes with the Necromunda starter set:

It looked like it might make for some quick painting fun, and indeed it did: I had a blast spongin on the rust and base colours, then spent a bit more time painting the displays and buttons. Just a delightful little appetizer to get me back into the swing of things!

Next up, I came upon this little guy whom I had wanted to get painted for ages:

This is a captured slayer that was originally part of the “Battle for Skull Pass” WFB starter set. It’s a weird little sculpt, something that almost looks like an afterthought to be added to the plastic sprues that came in the box. It’s a single piece with fairly few (and soft) details, but I still liked the quirky nature of the model and thought it would make for a cool little optional marker to add to my Orkheim Ultraz Blood Bowl team, so I quickly painted the little guy.

The main point here was to get a nice and bright orange colour for his impressive slayer hairdo, but I also tried to make it look like da boyz had given him a black eye during the brawl that must have led to his capture:

He makes for a nice addition to the smaller bitz and bobs I have painted as hangers-on for the Orkheim Ultraz over the year:

When the time came to decide which final model to paint this year, I was drawn back to Khorne’s Eternal Hunt, of course — no surprise there πŸ˜‰ To be fair, though, I already had a partially finished World Eater that needed completing, so that definitely helped. One of these gentlemen built (or, in some cases, refurbished) for my “Hateful Eight” World Eaters kill team project:

All of the models were built quite a while ago, and I have endeavoured to finally get some of them painted! The two guys on the right were finished back in October, so I next chose the second model from the left: an older conversion based on one of the Dark Vengeance Chosen models that was loosely based on this illustration by Diego Gisbert Llorens:

illustration by Diego Gisbert Llorens

I had already started the paintjob during one of my painting sessions at my friend Annie’s place, so it was mostly a matter of picking up where I had left off. So I made pretty good progress…

…before finally putting the finishing touches on the model yesterday. So here’s my final model for 2019. Blood for the Blood God!

Seeing how this guy has been part of my pile of shame for ages, it feels good to finally see him painted! And I think the finished model works rather well, too, if I do say so myself.

So that’s four World Eaters down for my “Hateful Eight” project (although somehow I doubt I’ll be able to stop at eight…):

But in any case, this was the final spurt of hobby productivity I have managed to wring from 2019. I hope you have all been able to get some hobbying done over the holiday season! I would love to hear any thoughts you may have (or learn about any hasty last minute painting you may have performed before year’s end), of course! And I wish you all a Happy New Year! See you on the other side, when I finally begin this year’s Eternal Hunt Awards series in a couple of days!

Until then, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!


18 Responses to “State of the Hunt, week 52/2019: Cleaning house…”

  1. Finishing off 2019 with some nice minis there – well done! I’m looking forward to seeing more of the Hateful Eight painted next year. I have to admit, seeing all your Heroquest minis and scenic bits finished this year has been a great read, and quite an achievement for you! πŸ™‚

  2. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    I always think I’m out of this hobby for good… And then I come back to your blog and am overcome by the desire to convert more minis.

    And this time you’re giving me ideas for CHAOS characters, no less… I am ashamed of myself.

    Amazing work! That fourth Hateful Eight member is amazing! I’ve never really liked the whole “sleeveless armour” look, but you’ve pulled it off so cleanly here that it’s making me want to work up a Slaaneshii champion using that style. Phenomenal job.

    Keep up the good work! As always, looking forward to your next update.

    • Haha, cheers, mate! Just give in — we all serve the pantheon, in the end πŸ˜‰

      I think the “trick” to the unarmoured arms is to make sure they don’t mess with the Astartes silhouette too much, which can be achieved by either adding shoulder pads after all and/or by choosing arms that are actually a bit too thick and muscular, but seem “right” when seen on the complete model — this latest model uses both tricks at the same time πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the many comments, mate! Hope to see you here in the new year as well!

  3. That’s quite a bit of painting you managed, I think! I myself didn’t have any hobby time during the holidays, as it was spent mostly visiting my and the wife’s families. But I’m slowly getting back to it, so all’s good! Anyways, your Chaos warband is looking brilliant, congrats for reaching the (initial) halfway point. And Hateful Eight is still the best Khornate kill team name that there ever will be!

    Really looking forward to the Awards!

  4. Nice finish to the year mate – here’s looking forward to the next one!

  5. LarsonicMiniatures Says:

    Happy new year mate and I hope you had an awesome holiday season. A nice finish of 2019. Everytime I visit your blog I have that whispering voices in my head – ‘do some berzerkers yourself, create a blood pack like he did, skulls for the skull throne’.

    Looking forward to your Awards and discover all the things that passed my radar unseen!

    • Thanks a lot, mate! And boy would i *love* to see some World Eaters from you. Or then again, maybe I wouldn’t, because my own would then invariably strike me as completely mediocre… πŸ˜‰

  6. Happy New Year! And a great start I would say: the captive slayer is just so funny, while the berzerker looks great, he perfectly captures the spirit of the artwork it was inspired from!

  7. I am impressed with how much painting you were able to get done over the holidays.

    Nice work on the warm glow of the terminal screen. It looks very convincing.

    I very much like the traditional axe you have on that member of the Hateful Eight. It has a simple brutality to it.

    • Thanks a lot, Greg! πŸ™‚

      Regarding the axe, it’s great you noticed that detail. It drew a bit of flak back when I first posted the conversion because it wasn’t ostentatious or particularly Khornate, but I wanted to show how even a fairly pedestrian weapon would become something utterly lethal in the hands of a World Eater — plus it could also hint at a previous life or culture of origin, which I think adds an extra layer to the model.

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