Hobby Update: Masters Painting Progress
I have not posted any updates in a while. Couple of reasons; I have not “fully” painted a bunch of models, I have been half painting them and planning on basing them latter. I also have been doing night classes, working, kids soccer, and I purchased a rent house that I had to get ready to rent…..Anyone need a 2-1 in Pearland? All that said life has been a little busy and I am beginning to feel the pressure of getting all my painting done for the Masters. I dont feel I am in a bad spot, just not a great one. I have a couple weeks off at for the holidays, so come January 5th I will have a better gauge of were I am at with everything.
I was halfway done with this post when I found out there would be an FAQ in the next week or so, and Skaven are looking to have a points adjustment. I just hope I don’t have to change my list up. Or if I do that I am not wasting time painting things that will have to be taken out. I plan on focusing on my Storm Fiends over the next few weeks, but I feel they are a key unit to get a points increase, so I am a bit worried to put effort into them. I am 40 points under with my list, so I have a little wiggle room. I can also drop a rattling gun to free up some more. It would be awesome if things went down in points. I would love to have another rattling gun or another ranged unit. All in all I am a bit worried that I may be totally reworking the list.
At this point I have been working with the contrast paint for a while. There are things I love and some stuff I do not.
Love: yellow, flesh, fur, wood
Hate: They light grey that I wanted to use of metal is crap. The black is sub-par it needs a few coats to look good.
I have really been digging the wylde wood color. for the most part it gives an awesome shade. It is a little dark at times, but it gives that old weathered wood feel. I have been washing it with Nuln Oil, but not dry brushing it. It does not necessarily need the dry brushing and as a time saver I have been skipping over that step.
I will honestly say that contrast paint should be part of everyone’s paint kit. I have found that it is a great time saver for many colors.
Gnawholes: I have debated putting a gloss varnish on the warp in the middle, but I am scared it will look bad and there is no going back from a gloss varnish.
Plague Furnace: Please, Please, Please listen, paint this in parts before you build it! It was very difficult to paint all the internal woods parts.
Plague Monks: These are the first 5 Monks that are totally complete. I have about 50 painted, but I put a wash on these and completed the basing. I will admit that these are not my best painting, but they look fine on the tabletop.
Current status of Monks and Clanrats: This is just an overview of all the line units. I have about 30 monks left to paint and 135 to base.
- Krylon Flat White. “It seems to work nicely with the contrast, I think the any flat white would work, so save yourself some money.
- Plaguebearer Flesh
- Guilliman Flesh
- Gore-Grunta Fur
- Parchment, Feet wrapping, belts
- Skeleton Horde
- Nazdreg Yellow
- Black Templar
- Volupus Pink
- Layer – Guilliman Flesh, “The pink by itself makes it a bit to pink so a layer of flesh over the top get the tone in line.
- Basilicanum Grey
- “out of all the colors this is the most disappointing. It looks washed out and light, may be better with 2 coats.”
- Basilicanum Grey
- Teeth, Nails, spikes
- Aggaros Dunes
- Blood Angles Red
For the Funace and Gnawholes I used:
- Screaming Bell
- Nuln Oil
- Runelord brass
- Boltgun Metal
- Nuln Oil
- Runefange steel
- calaban green x2
- nuln oil
- light green
I have not had a chance to take my list to any local tournaments and it is looking as I will not have a chance to play in any before the masters. I have got a few games in against the new Bonereapers and I am 2 and 1. They are hard as nails. Just from the test games I am getting a better feel for the way the rats work. I plan on playing at least 1 game a week for till the masters. I would love to get in on a tournament so I can get some extra games in, but I am not sure one will be coming up in the next month.
I am just a bit underwhelmed with the Storm Fiends so far. In my games they have always had a -1 or -2 to hit because of the Nexus and Katakros, Or Nagash has shut down my cast to so re-rolls from More More Warp Power. They have not been bad, but defiantly not worth the 500 point investment. I still feel like they have the best potential, but would Jazzels or Warfire cannons have been better?
Monks are nice, but I may be regretting not going double blades. All the extra attacks from the staffs are nice, but I think rerolling would be better. Of course this is me saying that when for the last four games they have been swinging at Bonereapers with 3 up saves rerolling ones and a 6+FNP. So they are just not mowing stuff down like they should. It will be interesting to play an opponent that is a bit more squishy and see what happens.
Thanks for reading.