I went ahead and painted a second, using a slightly different color scheme. Feel free to tell me which one you like better!
Just to keep myself on a painting run, I went ahead and dug out a really old mini that had just been primed and had some gold on it, and painted it up.
He’s a Khorne Berzerker Chaos Space marine, an OOP one from the box set that came with four berzerkers and four plague marines.
The biggest problem with considering an Eternity Project? That it is keeping me from starting any new project.
Actually that isn’t entirely true. I pulled out some old Chaos Space Marines in various state of priming and painting, and started painting the odd Khorne Berserker. But then on DakkaDakka I read that Games Workshop is considering doing a separate army codex for each of the traitor legions (including, I presume, my Word Bearers). Now this just chaps my hide because I already don’t own the latest edition of Warhammer 40K (right on the heels of its predecessor), the Chaos Space Marine codex (reputedly a travesty), the Chaos Daemon army codex (useful for Word Bearers), and now I’ll need another army codex on top of that. What’ll that be, $120? I could buy a fair-sized WHFB army for that.
Or a decent Warhammer Ancient Battles army, which has kinda been piquing my interest again. My problem with historical armies has always been finding an opponent. But mroe and more affordable miniatures, many in plastic, have been getting onto the market. I don’t know, just something to think about.
Recently I came across the idea of an “eternity project,” a project where a hobbyist can essentially slowly build up a single army over a matter of years. It’s a simple notion to Phil Olley’s mantra about battling butterflies or even the old statement “just pick an era and stick with it.” It’s different in that with an eternity project you can wander off and then come back to it. The upside? You have a really big army. The downside? Well, hobby-attention deficit guys like me might find that really difficult.
In many ways, the question of what my “eternity project” might be is also very similar to my “if you were trapped on a desert island” question I posed back when I was on summer vacation. All that having been said, what could an “eternity project” be?
The top candidate would be dwarfs. I own a ton of them already, play Warhammer often, and even have a fair number already painted. Plus, I like playing dwarfs.
Another candidate: Chaos, either for WHFB or 40K. I own a lot of either (although not the army books). They have the upside of having a lot of diversity, which could help me from getting bored.
Space marines are another that I have in abundance, have the benefit of being fairly easy to paint, and also don’t take up a lot of minis. Units of ten marines would be a bit easier to paint than units of twenty dwarfs.
Or, I could go back to projects like my dream of doing a SYW imagi-nation. No opponent, but with largely a painting project does that matter?
Ah, decisions, decisions…
I finally finished the last of the 300 pt. Orc Warband, a Orc Big Boss.
He’s essentially the champion from the old Warhammer box set with a Mordheim wolfskin cape and a mask made from the standard top. Not a difficult conversion, but I think it turned out well. Like all the other figures in the warband, he uses the same color scheme, including the red horns. In retrospect I would probably like to give him a second weapon, but we’re not WYSIWYG in my gaming group.
Here’s a shot of the whole warband.
It tips the scales at 294 pts. At this point in the Warband campaign we’ve increased the army size to 400 points, so I added a few (unpainted) figures to each unit and a troll. The troll isn’t there to do a lot of damage; he is there to distract my opponent from the real danger–the chariot. A chariot doing d6+1 S5 hits on a mini-unit can wipe an army out in a couple of turns, presuming it can get to the other side of the field.
I must confess to a certain amount of satisfaction at finally attaining a goal. I wanted to get 300 points painted before the end of the campaign, which I’ve done. I really missed a lot of painting time while on vacation (no regrets) and getting back into the RPG-side of things. I really like painting, though, and have decided to give up my evening TV-related vegetation and instead head down into the hobby room each evening for one hour to see what I can get done. I’m not sure I’ll set an “Olley points per month” goal or anything, but I’m hoping that I can be more productive and less brain-rotting sedentary.
I finally got around to getting these guys finished. After some advice over at DakkaDakka I decided to go ahead and give these guys the Magic Wash treatment. I think it helped. Last Saturday these guys help my 400 pt. Orc warband go 2-0, first against Ogres and then Vampire Counts. Both times having large numbers of units helped overcome the opponent.
I’m down to just the warband boss now.
I’ve often said that I have a “hobby switch” with three settings: RPG’s, Miniatures, and Terrain. For a long time, it has been on RPG’s–pretty much through the past three months. But my game is starting to stress me a little as I wrangle out a small problem with my group. So today I decided to sit down and try to take a big step towards finishing the orc warband. No pics yet, but I’ll get ’em up when I’m done painting the four Big ‘Uns.