Monday, April 14, 2014

The Backlog

For about a year now I've been acquiring 30k Forge World models for my Death Guard.  I've been assembling, priming and painting them slowly.  I am making some progress thanks to the Hobby Progress Challenge, but my backlog of dudes has steadily increased.  I have the units I am painting for the challenge broken up into separate months, but the things I have that are not part of the challenge need some attention also.  I'm putting up a to do list here more for my own reference than anything else.

- Currently I'm working on a squad of tactical support marines for my May commitment.

-For June I will be doing 10 boarding marines AND a Paragon.  This concludes my Zone Mortalis list and the first half of the challenge.  I'm a bit ahead on the challenge currently, but I think the 10 boarding marines will be slow going so I don't anticipate being done any sooner than June.

- Before I start the second half of the challenge, I would like to assemble, prime, base coat, wash and airbrush all of the existing models.  That way I won't have to worry about it being too damn cold, hot or humid.  In order to get that point I need to finish the following tasks

My backlog in various stages of completion.

  1. wash the following models which are already assembled and base coated- I  plan on doing this after I finish my current squad of tactical marines
    • Grave Wardens
    • Destroyer Marines
    • Heavy Weapon Marines
    • Boarding Marines
    • Praetor
    • Typhoon
  2. When I finish those steps, I would like to airbrush the white on the armor up from brown to grey to white similar to how I've been dry brushing but I would like to give the airbrush a shot.  I need to do models in step 1 and the following models...
    • Rhino
    • Predator
    • Sicaran Battle Tank
    • Fire Raptor
  3. If I have time I would like to assemble the following models and get them up to step 2 also.  While I could easily do this later, it would be really nice to just spend an entire day airbrushing everything and be done with it.  Most likely I will try and do this while working on the boarding marines as a break from the painting.
    • Sternguard- I have enough left over bits to make a Sternguard squad, which could be vets, stern guard, tactical marines, a command squad, or chosen depending on the army and how I run them.
    • Heavy Weapon options, I will have a few guys left that I could turn into extra weapon options, but I won't know until I finish everything else off.  I do have 5 guys I need to equip with plain old bolters in order to run a full 10 man Devestator squad if I run these guys as Space Marines.
    • My super heavy tank...not sure I will get this assembled in time.  Of all the things on the list this will most likely be put off
  4. I need to finalize the second half of my challenge.  it can only be 1000 points and it should be broken up into 5 different monthly challenges.  Currently I'm thinking about doing the following, but my mind changes regularly.  I need to sit down and work out all the points.  
    • Grave Wardens
    • 5 Heavy Weapon Marines
    • Sicaran Battle Tank
    • Predator
    • Rhino
    • Typhoon--this is an intimidating one, probably the first to go if I change my mind.
  5. That would leave me with a good chunk of models left to do when ever I wanted, however I could see my list changing and swapping out some of the stuff mentioned previously for any of the following.  After painting a ton of infantry I would like the second half of the challenge to focus more on the vehicles.  
    • Fire Raptor- another intimidating model.
    • Destroyer Squad
  6. The super heavy, stern guard and extra heavy weapon marines would not be a part of the challenge but it would be real neat to get some serious progress on them.
It's A LOT of shit, but unless Mortarion comes out soon this army complete (ok, completely purchased and nearly assembled, I've only got 500 points painted currently).  Hopefully I can paint it all before the end of the year, sell it on eBay and retire from the restaurant industry...or maybe I'll keep it and paint up my Daemons as allies for next years challenge.

You know when you've got too much shit when this guy doesn't even make the to do list.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


I got on the Foldio kickstarter awhile back and I just received mine in the mail yesterday!  It's essentially a mobile camera phone studio.  The design is pretty sweet and works great for taking pictures of my little men.  There are two strips of LED lights on the top and the bottom and back have a removable background.  Mine came with 4 colors, white, grey, black and green.  I haven't had a chance to putz around with it too much yet, but these quick snapshots I took of some previously painted models look better anything else I've played with in the past.

Here is an exterior shot.  
you can see the led strips and where the background is attached

I played around with the black, grey and white backgrounds.  These were all taken with the grey, it seemed to work best with my Death Guard.  So far I'm pretty happy with this little guy, it packs up real neat too.  Someday I'd like to take a couple of shots of my Necrons and see how they look.  The rusty dark metal and green patina never looked as good in my photos as they did in person.

In other news I've got my special super rare copy of the Horus Heresy book 3 on the way and I purchased my first super heavy vehicle!  They won't arrive till May, I'm going to need to stock up on glue.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Tactical Veteran Squad and X-Wing

It took a bit longer to get this last batch of guys done.  Here we go, 1 Veteran Tactical Marine Squad (which is equipped how a regular tact squad is in 40k).  After this I have one more tactical support squad and I'll be done painting mrk. II armor space marines which will be a nice break.  In the 4 months of challenges so far I've done all the boring work, 4 different styles of tactical squads that break down to essentially 2-3 tactical marine squads if I were to use them in a regular 40k game (or a similar number of plague marines).

In other nerd news there was a sale at the local game store and I picked up a copy of X-Wing, I've only played a few games but its pretty sweet so far.  I think I'll pick up a couple more ships.  I only have two complaints; one, there are too many damn tokens and two, I feel like all the imperial ships kinda suck.  Perhaps the other expansion ships are much better, but I've watched a few videos online and so far nothing evil looks all that sharp.  Good is dumb.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Since I live in Wisconsin and can only use spray paint for seemingly 4 months out of the year, I'm in a holding pattern until it warms up.  I've got one more squad of Death Guard primed that I am currently painting and when I'm done with them all I can do is wait.  To fill the time I've been building every other unit I have for the HPC so that when it warms up I can just spend one day alone in my garage getting high as fuck while I prime and base coat all of these models.  

Below you can see the Fire Raptor I assembled.  Although it looks sexy, it is an awful model.  Nothing lines up right, tons of warping, gaps and to top it off I fucked up a few steps.  I'm hoping some nice Death Guard neglect weathering paint effects can help hide some faults.  For all of my vehicles I am going to give another go at airbrushing.  In the past I only used it for base coating, I'm hoping to use it on the larger vehicles for the gradual brown/grey/white shading I do on the Death Guard.  I'm a bit nervous, but I feel like I need to try it.  My dry brushing technique for the infantry works great but might look a bit off on large flat models.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014


Here's another quick peek at what I've got coming down the pipe.  Maybe I'm just getting used to the white and green but I'm picking up speed when painting these guys.  These 6 are my March commitment and I should be done with them before March even starts.  I'm going to try and stockpile some extra time because when I get to the 10 boarding marines I am going to need it.

Friday, February 14, 2014


So I originally re-named this blog "Paintin' Dudes with Bertie" when I got back into 40k.  Bert liked to lay next to me and hang out while I painted.  This new fucking dog...he's got a different approach to helping.