“…the objective is simply to complete a group of models that fit together thematically. This could be a squad or a unit.”
For more details regarding this Community Miniature painting challenge, please check out Azazel’s site: https://azazelx.com/2018/09/24/unit-ed-october-2018-community-painting-challenge-also-orctober-orktober/
He’s got a great site, puts out a lot of superbly painted miniatures, and heads up all these cool (and easy) Challenges.
So, let’s get ….
For those following this site, you know that those guys have been a long time coming. Purchased back in 2016 with the re-release of Blood Bowl. My intention was to warm-up with the Dwarf team, so I could do a better job painting my more favorite teams later. Mishaps in priming, choosing the right paint consistencies, etc. plagued completion and are documented in the early posts on this blog.
Back in September, Azazel announced a ‘neglected minis challenge’. The Dwarves immediately sprang to mind. I was having a hard time getting through the Necromunda Van Saar gang at the time and was in a painting slump. I figured why not take a crack at the Dwarves again? Surely I could finish off a few. After all, there was still 1 week left of September!
I pulled the minis out of the drawer, and immediately noticed that they were at several different stages of painting. Ugh. With a strong light, an eagle eye, and some guesswork, I started to sort them into groups of like-painted minis. I then set about painting the ones which were closest to completion. The 7 Blockers (aka Linemen) you see here.
Well, the minis were not as close to completion as I had originally thought, and ended up not getting done in September. Although the seven pretty much had their base colors painted, I still had to unify the washes. Then it was highlights, then base work, oh yea, gems, paint touchups, and bases.
The good thing is that it got them at a good point to submit them for the October challenge. I pretty much finished them last week. I was hoping to get more done, and would have loved to finish a full 11, so that I could have an actual ‘Team of Blood Bowl Dwarves!’. You only need 11 players for a team after all. Though it would be super silly to take 7 Blockers/Linemen, as they are the worst the players on the team. 7 is still more than Azazel’s requirement of “a minimum of 3 models” though. Also, finishing 7 models in a month, is a new record for me.
Here’s some ancient photos, showing a little bit about what it took to get here. I shared the one them on the game board with a friend yesterday, and it was funny to see that I was playing the Dwarves in a re-primed state at the time. Oh, what has to be done, just to get a game in sometimes.
7 Blood Bowl Dwarf Linemen done. Who to thank? All of you and Azazel for his irresistible Challenges!
But what about Necromunda?! Weren’t you painting some Van Saar?! Yep, I got a little farther than the initial figure. I started on a small group of 3 of them, but I think they are sidelined for the time being. I’m debating on them being the next in my paint queue or not. I definitely want to get back to them, as they are key to getting some real Necromunda games going in the future. In retrospect, I should have finished some of that gang for a challenge, but sometimes you just have to go where the road is taking you.
Are there more Dwarves? Oh yes, yes indeed. There are a few more Blockers to do and all the positionals (Runners, Troll Slayers, etc.). The good news is that this has spurred me to get out of the painting slump I had for awhile. After the 7 Blockers were done, I tried to get some more finished in time for the October challenge. I wasn’t able to get them completed, but it did allow me to make good headway on them and hopefully I’ll have some more to show in November (is that really tomorrow?!).
All in all, good progress and a good feeling about getting a chunk of this team finally done. Best to all of you and your own painting challenges!