See you at the party, Richter!

#PaintingWarhammer2020Happy New Year Hobby Folks!

New Years has been and gone, the boardgame party is over, and I’ve recovered from the excessive amounts of food and drink, and the new Hobby Year has begun.

In 2019 I didn’t get any miniatures finished, though I did build nearly 300 models over the course of the year which I’m taking as a massive positive step forward. For 2020 I’ve set myself a stupidly ambitious plan of having a finished miniature for each day of the year, that’s 366 finished miniatures by New Years Eve!

If you remember my 2019/20 Hobby Season post, my to-do list essentially consisted of completing the First Strike, Know No Fear, and Dark Imperium starter sets, and playing through their campaigns.

Current progress on this goal has the equivalent of everything in those three boxes (and so much more) built, I’ve set the equivalent of a Start Collecting box aside for painting, and stored the rest out of sight to prevent getting overwhelmed by the sea of unpainted plastic. Alongside three Underworlds warbands, my 31 models for January are tentatively decided.


Naturally, I’ve built a spreadsheet to track progress over the course of the year, inspired by Curis over at Ninjabread, who has been tracking his painting stats on his Twitter, I’ve decided to copy this approach. Though in addition to tracking paint jobs started, finished and abandoned, I’ve added miniatures built and how much I’ve spent on hobby each month. This latter figure will be the monthly balance, so if I sell anything from my collection, that will be deducted from the total spend for that month.

The desk is built, the minis are ready. We come to it at last, the great hobbystreak of our times! 

Hobby Desk

100 Days of the Big Build

The big build was supposed to start January 1st, but I’m a useless shite sometimes and it wasn’t until June 24th this year that I sat down and began to build the various Space Marine models I had kicking around. That was 100 days ago, and from there I’ve gone from this: 

To This!

Okay, the two Imperial Knights were already built before hand, and including the 22 models projects that have been shelved since the start of the 2019/20 Hobby Season, that’s 218 models built in 100 days. 

It’s safe to say I am well chuffed with this performance. Looking at the more focused project list this leaves me with 35 models to build between the two projects.

The new project list (final) (finalfinal) 2.docx

My Codex Space Marines project currently consists of 216 Blades of Retribution Space Marines and their attendant war machines, supported by 2 Imperial Knights with 4 Imperial Assassins skulking around, of which only 24 remain to be built. Unless I find more cool models hidden away in boxes. Ssssh, no, stay focused

  • Six Space Marine Centurions,
  • Three Primaris Suppressors,
  • Two Primaris Lieutenants,
  • A Primaris Ancient,
  • A Land Speeder,
  • A Redemptor Dreadnought,
  • A Venerable Dreadnought,
  • A Rhino,
  • A Rhino Primaris,
  • A Land Raider Crusader,
  • A Land Raider Excelsior,
  • A Primaris Repulsor, and
  • A Primaris Repulsor Executioner

On top of these 40k models I still have 11 models for the new Epic scale games Specialist Games has put out left to build.

  • A Warlord Titan,
  • Six Imperial Knights,
  • Two Marauder Destroyers, and
  • Two Thunderbolt Fighters

Once that’s all done, the Big Paint begins in earnest.

I have struggled with Hobby Motivation, but the #HobbyStreak tag on Twitter has been a real source of motivation. Big shout out to Rob, who hit day 137 yesterday, who has been a real inspiration to follow.

WIP Wednesday 11-09-2019

Our groups Necromunda campaign kicked off last week with a multiplayer battle, I however had completely lost track of time and hadn’t built my gang yet, so that’s been the main thrust of the Big Build this week.

The first 10 Orlocks

Of course, after happily building the roster I realised I had forgotten some important rules regarding the ratio of gangers to everyone else and my gang was accidentally illegal.

Fortunately I was down at Warhammer World on Saturday afternoon meeting a friend, so I was able to snag a second box to fix this issue.

In between batches of Orlocks, I also built a box of Centurions… well most of a box

Only two bulky-bois

You see, I split this box with a regular opponent to build his Warboss and as you can see he’s a hefty lad!

Big Build progress has 17 models built this week, bringing me up to a total of 165 models built since June. Between the extra Orlocks on the pile, and finding a handful of overlooked models (including a a pair of Imperial Knights and a Warhound Titan for 40k!), I’m up to 295 models remaining.

Current Progress

The weeks Hobby Progress

WIP Wednesday 04-09-2019

The Big Build Continues!

The first week of the 2019/20 Hobby Season is behind me and I’ve been beavering away on the Big Build at my newly rebuilt hobby desk.

All clean and tidy, it won’t be like that for long

In addition to the cleared desk, I also had a big reorganisation of my home. Furniture has been rearranged, space has been freed up, and with great sorrow I finally accepted that my current flat is just not quite big enough for a permanent gaming table setup. My gaming table has been dismantled and put in under-bed storage until this time next year, when my job will relocate me to a bigger warden flat.

With this in mind I’ve put aside the Tabletop Scenery project until I’m moved. I also decided that as my main goals for this year are based around the three Warhammer 40,000 starter boxes, I would defer all my Age of Sigmar related projects to next year as well. These have all been moved off of the current Hobby tracker spreadsheet leaving me with a smaller total of 436 models on the list.

The amended spreadsheet, it doesn’t look so bad really

This week’s completed models

I’m making good progress on the big build with 16 models built, or in the case of Commander Agapetos rebuilt, in the last 7 days bringing me up to a total of 146 models built since June.

With only 290 models left on the Big Build pile, I imagine it should only take till to early April 2020 to finish building everything. No worries.

The 2019/20 Hobby Season!

My life has effectively been governed by the UK Academic Year, between school, University, and now working in Higher Education, September 1st has long been the start date for the boring bits of my life that get in the way of hobby.

So it amused me slightly to see Confessions of a 40k addict, announce the start of the 2019/20 Hobby Season. Given how badly far behind I am on my 2019 Hobby plans, switching to the academic calendar seems to be an amusing acceptance of my own failure so far this year.

The eponymous 40k addict has picked August 28th as the start date for this years crusade against unfinished models, I’m going to start my to-do list at an unambitious level, as much to stop it from scaring me as anything else.

While my Project Lists remain at a very high model count, my actual to-do list to begin with is much more relaxed.

My To-Do List begins as such

  1. Paint the models necessary for a complete First Strike starter set
    1. Paint 3 Intercessors
    2. Paint 3 Reivers
    3. Paint 3 Plague Marines
    4. Paint 6 Poxwalkers
    5. Play through the First Strike Campaign
  2. Paint the extra models needed for a Know No Fear starter set
    1. Paint a Gravis Captain
    2. Paint 2 Intercessors
    3. Paint 3 Inceptors
    4. Paint 5 Hellblasters
    5. Paint a Lord of Contagion
    6. Paint 5 Plague Marines
    7. Paint 4 Poxwalkers
    8. Paint a Foetid Bloat-drone
    9. Play through the Know No Fear Campaign
  3. Paint the extra models needed for a Dark Imperium starter set
    1. Paint an Ancient
    2. Paint 2 Lieutenants
    3. Paint 5 Intercessors
    4. Paint a Noxious Blightbringer
    5. Paint a Malignant Plaguecaster
    6. Paint 2 Plague Marines
    7. Paint 10 Poxwalkers
    8. Play through the Dark Imperium Campaign
  4. 100% built on the Project List, either through building or selling them off. Either way they will be off the project list.

Once I get through this list I will review my projects, determine what I want to get done hobby wise, and extend the to-do list as appropriate.

Here’s to a more productive hobby year.


Wot Jimmy did next! Cry mostly

Is it almost September already!?

Holy Mother Forking Shirt Balls

Two thirds of 2019 has flown by and I have been an utterly useless shite for a good chunk of this! Huzzah for ropey mental health. 🙄

Hobby Time!

Despite the shirtshow that’s been the 2018/19 academic year, I’ve managed to do some hobby at least. Mostly gaming, or paying Jewel Knight Jess to paint my Goliath’s for me.

Jess did a cracking job, and they’ve been getting stuck in my gaming groups Necromunda Campaign at Warhammer World. A campaign which managed to get featured on Warhammer Community.

The Smokehouse Boys have been middle of the league table for pretty much the entire campaign, building up a reputation for losing bloody vicious battles, and battering their opponents so badly that they were left claiming a pyrrhic victory in most cases.


Not just Necromunda

My first hobby love was Warhammer 40,000. I became aware of Warhammer in the early 90s, but it was 1995 when I was given a copy of Rogue Trader and a giant pile of old White Dwarfs that an almost 25 year love affair with the creepy gothic setting.

I’ve been collecting the Warhammer 40,000 Conquest partwork magazine since it launched, and combined with the two waves of Space Marine Heroes I imported from Japan, has given me a fairly large Space Marine army. Which is ably supported by a mixed bag of Imperial forces from the various boxed games Games Workshop has released in the last few years. I also have a Warhound Titan that has sat gathering dust for the last five years as I’ve been too intimidated by the Forge World kit to build it yet.

I don’t want to think about the Heretic Astartes force that is sat in a couple of storage boxes awaiting some attention.

To start with I sorted through my sprue pile and split all my Imperial forces into piles of Adeptus Astartes, Primaris Marines, Other Imperial Stuff, Knights and Titans. This done, I then sat down on the June 24th and finally made a start on building the #newyearnewarmy force I was supposed to be working on from January 1st.

From sprues and glue to over 100 Primaris Marines assembled in 8 weeks

I still have a bunch of Vanguard Marines, two waves of Space Marine Heroes, assorted Dreadnoughts and Vehicles, as well as the Imperial models from Assassinorum: Execution Force, Kill Team: Rogue Trader and Blackstone Fortress to build. Given how little Hobby Progress I made in 2018, just getting models assembled has been an utter joy!

Narratively speaking, the rough idea is that when the Primarch-reborn tasked Rogue Traders to crusade out to find new uncorrupted worlds for the Imperium to colonise return, one dynasty called upon a debt of honour my home-brewed chapter owed them and requested that they join with them on a crusade of Xenocide in an Ork held sector of the Segmentum Tempestus.

I’m going with a home-brewed fleet based chapter. A chapter founded circa M38, during the Sentinel Founding, and granted a warp-capable Ramilies Star Fort as their mobile Fortress Monastery. They crusade the Southern reaches of the Galaxy, in what they refer to as ‘Phalanx in Miniature‘ and closely cleave to their interpretation of the traditions of the Imperial Fists.

This gives me a single narrative strand to build my collection of Imperial models around, starting with the Primaris before adding the Adeptus Astartes models, and finally the wide range of models from the various Imperial factions I have kicking around.

Hobby Purge and the Road to 2019

December has been a hectic month of hobby, just none of it actually seemed to involve finishing anything, but at least I am ready for #PaintHammer2019, organised by Jess over at Silent Dream.

I finally accepted the truth that I had far far too much stuff sat in the piles of shame, and spent nearly all my free time in the first two weeks of the month sorting through my hobby archive boxes and clearing out the majority of my grey plastic.

This has left me with cupboard full of GW game boxes with all the surviving hobby packed away neatly above the water heater in the airing cupboard. Every single kit in those boxes is now logged on a spreadsheet, so I know exactly what I have and where I’ve packed it away, and also entered onto a Kanban Board so I can track where each kit is on the road to completion.

Not pictured the Forge World Warhound Titan I’ve owned since January 2014, which is safely under the bed away from the heat and an archive box full of the Conquest miniatures

I get home tomorrow from a nine day trip away to see family, and from 8am Christmas Eve I’m on-call 24/7 for the 7 days. The plan is to use this time to work through getting bits and pieces built and packed away in foam ready for an epic weekend of undercoating. Fingers crossed it’s a quiet week, and I can get a lot done.