I wrote this post last night, assuming I would have time to take pictures today. I did not. Here are the words, I’ll add the pictures tomorrow.
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Well, it’s been over a week since I put up an update. Things have gotten busy lately, with my son turning 1, and my wife being pregnant again, and all the other fun things in life. All this means that I’ve had very little time as of late for hobby time, although I have been getting my regular gaming in on Tuesdays (this past Tuesday my Skaven got crushed by the Orcs & Goblins, while my Ortegas massacred the Viktorias).
I’ve technically got a lot on the ‘bench right now. Here are the top four projects that I am working on, with a special mention of what else is around at the end.
That’s right, my 4th WHFB army! Well, actually my 3rd, since I traded my unused High Elves for Andrew’s unused/unwanted Tomb Kings. I only played the Elves a couple of times last year, and although I did end up buying a bunch for the army, they sat stagnant. At first I used Skaven most of the time, then Empire once the Tale of Gamers started. Since we got back to playing WHFB these past couple of months, I’ve been using mostly Empire, and now a little Skaven, while the Elves still sat idle, only coming out as proxies in big Empire games. Don’t get me wrong, I like the High Elves. They’ve got the skills, the special rules and an aesthetic that, combined, I enjoy. I just never sat down and got them on the table.
Well, now that’s Andrew’s job, as I’ve got Tomb Kings to worry about. And worry about them I have! The last three nights or so I’ve been pouring over internet forums and galleries, White Dwarf magazines and the army book, trying to figure out what I want to do with them. I’ll save my “new army smell” post for later, when I go over my initial thoughts on the army before I start actually playing with them.
So here is a shot of what I have so far:
The army book, Nehekharan Lore deck, an older Battalion (32 Skeletons, 8 Cavalry, 3 Chariots), 4 Tomb Swarm and some Lords & Heroes proxies. There is a lot to build, and I think I know how I’ll start the army off.
I’m already trying to make some trades with fellow local gamers for their unwanted TK stuff, while at the same time figuring out what else I need to buy. I’m going to also get some games in with them over the next few weeks, shelving my other armies for now. This coming Tuesday, for instance, will be my first game with them at 1200pts against one of Andrew’s armies…potentially his ‘new’ High Elves.
I’m looking forward to this new army, although I feel bad looking at my big bin of Empire and Skaven models that are now going even further back in the painting qeue. Sorry guys. And rats.
I think I mentioned previously that I bought a complete Showgirl crew for Malifaux off of Scott a couple of weeks ago. It was a good deal, and it was time I tried using a more challenging crew. Especially after my Ortegas once again routed Scott’s Viktorias this week (Perdita’s Family now at 6 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws). Colette and her Showgirls are definitely going to give me the challenge I need.
Here they are, in all their black-primed glory:
Now, I am not used to black-primed models. I would definitely have preferred a white start, but this is part of the deal when you buy models off of someone. At least they are only primed, so I will be working from the ground up. Or the stage up. Speaking of which, I need to order those wooden plank bases…
I’m already booking my first game with them with Scott for two Tuesdays from now. We’re both looking forward to seeing them on the table. Probably him more so, a) because they were once his, and b) since it means he won’t have to face the Ortegas!
I have finally started painting my Outcasts for Dark Age! Yeesh. I let other stuff get in the way too long, and after a couple of days’ worth of breaks (it’s nice living close enough to work that you can come home at lunch) I’ve gotten the 3 Wasteland Warriors started.
While this is all I have so far, it’s a lot better than what I had two days ago. I could hardly believe it had already been a week since I put brush to model. Time flies when life gets busy.
I don’t want to put any more timeframes on this project, as I’m already way late with my original plan. Let’s just say these 3 models are my current focus on the painting table.
Andrew and I are going to finally sit down (well, stand up more likely) for a demo game of Dark Age this Tuesday, so I’ll have to go through the rules again so I can teach it properly. It’s going to be weird, though, using only one or two dice at a time, compared to the bucket-full for WHFB or the deck of cards for Malifaux.
Here are the other projects that are around my workbench, but are not at the forefront.
The catpeople for the Alkemy Tale of Gamers. Which, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess, will be another failed group project. I know Andrew is focusing on Malifaux, Rob has been on vacation, and Ilan is, as usual, lost in Time and Space. So, with 2 of the models finished, I might actually hold off on more for now until I know I’m not the only one working on them.
I don’t mind this time if the project fails. I’ll plug away at the models more slowly, as filler paint projects between the more important ones, and eventually have all 13 painted. But if it’s not going to be a priority among the group, I won’t make it a priority for myself, either. Heh, not like I don’t have enough on the go as it is!
As part of the Tomb Kings/High Elves trade with Andrew, I also received his copy of Dreadfleet. Of the two of us, I am much more likely to get it opened, painted and learned, so it was an ideal sweetener, as the HE army came in at a bit more than the TK.
I will likely be learning the rules to demo the game in the next few weeks, but I am not exactly planning on building and painting the models just yet. They will come, but just not yet. I’m both excited and nervous about painting them up, as the studio paintjobs are great, as are the ones found on Stahly’s Painting Log, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.
I have a pair of Dead Doxies, Belles for the Malifaux Resurrectionists, waiting to be cleaned, primed and painted. They are going to be a welcome addition to my Seamus crew, either as themselves or at the least as alternative Rotten Belle models, so that I can summon a couple more during a game. This will please Scott, who would rather summoned models actually be the represented models. Pfft…the things I do to please Scott.
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Well, that’s about it. There are plenty of other planned, postponed and potential projects around here in the chaos that is my office. But for now, the above are what I shall be working on right now. Hopefully by the next Workbench Update I will have completed something substantial. Keep an eye out for something or another!
Thanks for reading.