Thursday, 6 December 2012

December Painting Pledge - Eldar, Dark Eldar and Massive Optimism!

Morning folks,

This one's a bit late from me, partly because I forgot and partly because it's been quite hard to gauge my limits for the coming month. After today, I'm off work for a while and this time last year, I probably could have blitzed through my entire backlog as I would have been at home on my own for 8+ hours a day.

Now the reality is a bit different, but what I'm hoping is that whilst I'm in during the day it'll get rid of odd jobs, errands and housework that pile up until evening time and cut into my possible painting time. So, it's been really hard to gauge how much exactly I will or won't get done this month.

Anyways, enough of the life story. I'm aiming high for this month's push! Onto the lists!

- Dark Vengeance Contents
 First up, I've had Dark Vengeance bought and built since it was released wanting the Chaos bits as allies for my Chaos Daemons and also to bulk out my Dark Angels. I love the Plasma tactical squad and it's only as I'm writing this that I really want to get another one.

These guys were built pretty quick but have been sat in a box ever since. With more daytime to play with whilst I'm off I can hopefully get these sprayed up ready for the new year!

- De-magnetise Eldar Jetbikes.
I used these for the first time on Monday night and all my fears for them came true. The magnets I used were too small / not strong enough and I spent most of the time using them just trying to attach the model back to the flying stand magnet or fixing magnets back in as I went.

I think I'm going to try and remove the magnets off them, make the skimmer hole slightly wider and put the main stem into there and glue in place. Having to faff about sticking models back together during a game is something I really, really hate.

Also as I was putting stuff away, I dropped my Jetbike Farseer on the floor, so he needs repairing ASAP.

- 1 Razorwing
- 1 Raider
- 10 Wyches
- 15 Kabalite Warriors
- 10 Hellions

Very optimistic with this lot. My logic is that it's freezing outside, so I'll be in the house of an evening more watching tele and getting some painting time in.

My logic is that this can be done in 3 batches. The first being the Razorwing and the Raider, they're very similar in that they're both vehicles and consist of 90% metal and flat panel work. I'm hoping I could knock these out in a week or weekend if I'm very lucky.

The second batch will be the 10 Wyches and 15 Warriors. 25 infantry is a fair chunk to aim for, but I'm allowing myself 2 weeks for this lot. They're similar in size and colours so it won't hopfully be too much of a stretch.

The last batch is the Hellions who I'm guessing are going to be quite awkward so whatever time is left after the first 2 can get spent on these.

By time these are done it should give me some new units to play with and try out the rules for in 6th edition - Flyers specifically.

WARNING!: We're leaving the valley of optimism and heading for Dreamland with the rest of this stuff.

The "Maybe" Fix Pile:
- Fix Ork flyers to have correct weapons
- Fix Ork flyers to attach to bases. 
Few years ago I made 2 Ork flyers for Apocalypse games out of some WW2 planes from Hobbycraft. With the rules for Dakkajets allowing me to finally field something I like in the Ork Fast Attack slot, I figure now would be a good time to convert them to proper weaponry.

The other issue with them is that they aren't attached to the flying bases properly. They used to be super-glued on, but as you can imagine... it's a nightmare to transport them like that. So along with converting the appropriate weapons, I need to find a reliable way to get them attached to the bases and take them off it at the end of each game.

Either that, or spend £45 on two new plastic planes from GW...

The "Maybe" Spray Pile:
- 10 Necron Immortals
- 5 Necron Lychguard
- Trazyn
- Imotekh
- 1 Cryptek
- 1 Ghost Ark
- 1 Catacomb Command Barge

This is last year's Christmas haul here. I got a bit excited when the Necron codex got re-done and bought lots of stuff with GW vouchers I got given, built it all and then never touched my Necrons again - mostly due to the amount of them that cropped up and the emphasis everyone had on the flyers. They became the Grey Knights.

Anyway, they're all built and sanded (I think) and hopefully if I can find time and spray, I'll get these done ready for the new year.

The "Maybe" Paint Pile:
- 6 Eldar War Walkers
- 3 Eldar Wave Serpents
- 1 Eldar Falcon
If I thought I was optimistic before... this is taking the mickey a bit. Last weekend I sprayed my 6 War Walkers, 3 Wave Serpents and 1 Falcon for my Eldar army that's now nearly a year old.

I'm hoping that since they're Ulthwe, these might be super quick to paint... but I'm slow when it comes to painting vehicles and at the end of the day, I don't want to do too sloppy a job.


Right, so that's my mega optimistic December list. I'll be lucky if I manage to just get Dark Vengeance sprayed but after Christmas comes I'll probably have loads of people to go visit, and hopefully a few new Xbox games and films to distract me from painting for the forseeable future.

If by some miracle I can get the Dark Eldar and Eldar shifted off the painting pile this year, I'm planning a massive curveball for January's painting pledge.


  1. I got the same pledge, again and again... failing to complete because new stuff comes in, real life kicks back. Best way to do things are usually to announce them to other people and try to do what I told the world.

    1. That's my hope for this. I've been doing quite well the last 2 months. Slightly over-ran November by 2 days, but that was down to needing a weekend day to spray paint.

      Deadlines I've kept to myself in the past tended to slip very easily.