…cause I killed it this week! Sorry. Had to work really hard to fit that pun in.
I set myself a challenge this week. Rather than dawdle along painting a couple of these dryads a week, I thought I’d try and get the whole lot done in just one. And I did! It wasn’t easy, and I certainly had to make compromises, but it’s beyond words how immensely satisfying is it to bash out an entire unit in just seven days.
I haven’t painted a full unit in years, and batch painting is something I abhor, but I wanted to give it a try for a number of reasons. Mainly, to see if I could. I found myself with a few extra free evenings this week so rather than settling into my usual Netflix and Xbox evening routine, I stuck on some podcasts and went to work. With the Branchwraith I took my time, agonising over washes and colour swatches and blah blah blah, with these I just fired the paint on and hoped for the best. Lots of washes and drybrushes, and selective line highlights. Happily it worked out, although I think I need to give the bases another go over; they need to be be greener to match our table. I’m also tempted to play with some flocks or something for a little bit extra texture.
They’ll not win any competitions, but I think they capture the mood well. On my quest to catch up with all the blogs I’ve been missing out on, something I hear a lot of people say over and over again, and something I see reflected in a lot of the hobby going on out there, is that it’s not about the technical skill. Creating mood and atmosphere, and telling stories is much more important than a good paint job. Being able to blend perfectly or paint super fine line highlights doesn’t mean jack if the models have no soul. It’s something that I struggle to embrace, as I’m a pretty good painter, but I’ve always just copied the box art. With this army I want to experiment a bit more, take more risks, and hopefully learn some valuable lessons.
Another reason I wanted to get all these guys done quickly was that you folks reading the blog probably don’t want to look at work-in-progress pictures of half-painted line infantry for a month. Burning through these guys means that I can fiddle about with some other things I’ve been wanting to do. I don’t want to rocket ahead of the other guys, so I’m going to spend this coming week working on some civvies for the Nestorian Infestation invitational. There have been some great pieces out there in the past few days (thinking specifically of Wudugast and Nicolas Grillet) so I feel like I can’t half-ass it! Might pick myself up a box of those lovely new Orlocks as well…
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot! The blog has had over 20,000 views since we started on the 1st January. That’s flipping nuts! So a big thanks to everyone reading, commenting and liking. No pressure, guys…