Monday, May 31, 2010

Slow Night & Mulling Over New Project (eek!)

Well, I didn't get a whole lot done tonight- I primed five Panzer IVH tanks to start Biermeyer's platoon, along with a Kubelwagen and staff car that the motorized mortar platoon will need. Like I said not a lot, but it's something.

Paxter, the local forum honch of 40K Malaysia, has announced a hobby contest that will be hosted in the forums. It's a sort of "Tale of 4 Gamers" thing. Entrants have six weeks to finish a brand new project (or close to new). Every week all the entrants post pics and text of their progress on the forums, and they get scored based on criteria like appearance and perceived effort/progress. I really dig the pressure of hobbying to a deadline, but I'm now faced with a bit of a conundrum.

I'm too far along with my Flesh Tearers to really enter them, so they are out.

I don't want to do my Vietnam-themed light infantry Catachans, so they are out.

As far as I can see right now, that leaves me with three viable options, with pros/cons to each:

1) Death Korps of Krieg: The obvious choice, but one that I'm reluctant to make due to the quality levels I'm planning on putting into the hobby work and paintjobs. Extensive conversions, resin casts of scratch built components, weathering, etc... It would take a Herculean effort to actually finish the Death Korps, unless I do a small force like 1000 points or something along those lines.

2) Iyanden Eldar- Another strong choice, but one that I'm not super thrilled to jump into right now. The list I'd do would work around 30 Wraithguard, 2 Wraithlords, 3 Warlocks, and a Farseer. I've got some new tricks up my sleeve that I've been fiddling with the last week or so that will help, but I'm not as motivated to do these guys right now (what can I say? I'm on a weathering kick). However, I know with consistent effort I can finish the entire force within the allotted time.

3) White Consuls Space Marines- I have some resin shoulder pads I acquired a long time ago, and some painting tricks that might make the white a little easier to pull off. However, painting a white army is one of the most painful things you can do to yourself! This one out of the three represents a mega-tangent, solely based on a Chaplain I painted a while back and a friend's cool gesture of putting my name in one of his books. I have to admit, a nicely painted White Consuls army would look stunning on the table... Another option I could do with the same bits would be Raptors. Those guys would look good with some robust weathering as well :)

What do you guys think? I'll put up a poll and get some feedback from you guys- please take a moment to click, and by all means post up some rationale in the comments. I want to register this week and start getting my schedule sorted for this. Thanks in advance for the help! :)

Have a nice night...


  1. I don't see the sense in painting white for this hobby challenge. Even though I would like to see a full White Consuls army, I believe that a nice white army will take it's time.

    Death Korps should be a very attractive choice to go with, but if you wanna really spend your time in painting them up to a real beautiful looking army, take your time, don't speed paint Forge World stuff.

    I voted for Iyanden as you would have probably nailed on how to paint yellow already. Not forgetting to mention, the number of miniatures ain't that many.

    After all that, I'm working on my Chaos Renegade Militia for this, luckily for me, I have time to paint despite the fact that I've got lots of commissions to finish. Haha. :D

  2. I'd say death korps. While it's true that you'd want to push quality on each and every model, you're also on the weathering bug - which works very well.

  3. I agree with Alvin. 6 weeks is not sufficient time for you to do your FW death korps models justice. And i also agree with you that the white consul scheme would be a challenge.

    That leaves the Iyanden. You've already worked out a workable method of getting them done with good results.

    Go with the Eldar dude ;)

  4. It's a tough decision for sure. I'll have my mind up within the next few days- I need to assemble and prep whatever the final choice ends up being to maximize my painting time :)