I mean… they might once have been heroes. They don’t seem like the heroic types any more.
I still can’t decide if I like the floating spirits, so I’ve left them detached for the moment. I had great fun painting this guy though. I was able to take the lessons learned from the Thorns of the Briar Queen and apply them on a larger scale. I love how the colour palette came together (I really should plan things better), and it’s made me confident about tackling the bigger guys like the mounted Knight of Shrouds.
This guy is a bit of a weird one. I love the model, and I think the paint job turned out pretty well, but he felt a bit… boring the whole time I was working on him. Maybe it’s because he looks a bit too much like a bedsheet with a mask on! Still, he’ll do the job as a background support hero.
I’m setting myself a new hobby rule in 2019.
Paint what you play, not the other way around.
I have so much stuff that I’ve spent hours upon hours painting, only to photograph it and then put it away in a box and never use it. That’s not a complaint, just an unfortunate reality of living in the middle of nowhere and only having a very small circle of friends to game with. Games fall in and out of favour and there aren’t enough people to play all of them regularly.
Here’s how my Nighthaunt are currently stored! Please forgive me.
It might me take dozens of hours to paint an army to a standard I’m happy with, not to mention all the scenery required, and I’d be lucky if I played one game a year with it. I currently have three armies (T’au, Sylvaneth and Nighthaunt) that I’ve not played a single game with. I spent 80 hours on a Stormsurge two years ago and I put it in a display case and haven’t touched it since. (I might dig him out and photograph him). And the thing is, I’m not even that into big games any more. I much more enjoy the concept and the execution of GWs boxed games of late, and the narrative of skirmish games is much richer. Necromunda, Nightvault, Blackstone Fortress: all excellent games, and you only need a handful of models and a small area to play.
I’ve been stuck in a rut for so long thinking that all the models and the scenery have to be painted before I can game with them, and that’s just means I rarely play any games.
So that’s my new rule for 2019. I’m only going to invest time into the painting something if I know I’m going to get some mileage out of it. For example, I’ve played a couple of games of Blackstone Fortress with unpainted models (the horror!) and you know what, it was still great fun! But unless it becomes a regular thing I’m not going to spend too much time worrying about painting it. As much as I don’t like playing with unpainted stuff, I also like playing more than I like not playing.
I’m sure there’s a ton of excellent stuff coming out in 2019, and I’m sure I’ll want to paint it all. There’s a little voice in the back of my head telling me to get another Necromunda gang, or Zarbag’s Gitz, or a Sigmarite Mausoleum. Those new Genestealer Cultists, mmm. But chances are I might not ever use any of them. So prudence is the name of the game for 2019. We’ve got an AoS weekender coming up in March, so I’m going to get the remaining Nighthaunt done for that, and as much as I want to get some Bladegheist Revenants and all the rest, I’m not going to rush into buying any new ones until I know I’ll use them.
Hopefully this will lead to a lot more time actually playing the games I want to, and less time hunched over a painting table like some medieval monk endlessly copying out the Bible!
Here’s to a year of worthwhile painting, and lots of gaming!