I have to say, I'm pretty chuffed that I managed to get a hundred and ten greenskins ready for dipping in just three weeks! It was a pretty monotonous job, despite loving the miniatures, so I set myself small, manageable goals for each night's painting, rather than trying to do everything too quickly and just burning myself out.
That said, I was due to finish the basecoating a week from now, but realised a couple of nights ago that this weekend was the last chance I would have to get outside and dip the miniatures for a couple of weeks (for anybody who doesn't know, it's the Chelmsford Bunker's Bunker Bowl III tournament on the 13th and 14th of October!) so I did put in a couple of marathon painting sessions over the last few nights to get them finished:
This morning, I spent a very messy and fun few hours reminiscing about Arnie's death in Terminator 2 as I slowly submerged a thousand points of orcs one-by-one into sticky brown goo. Sadly, none of them gave me a thumbs up as they went in, but you can't have everything.
And here they are in all of their shiny, sticky, glory:
It'll be at least another fourty-eight hours before they'll be completely dry, so I'm going to reward myself by spending a couple of nights assembling my Krudger on Gore and four Flaggers. After that, hopefully it should take slightly under a week to add the weathering to the orcs' armour, add snow to the bases and paint the edges. After that, a quick blast of matte varnish and they'll be ready for battle. This can only be a good thing as, apart from a couple of intro games courtesy of Tom Pugh at Cymbeline Games (an all-round decent chap and supplier of all my Mantic wares), I have not actually played a full game of Kings of War yet! I may have a few 'victory issues' when it comes to the tournament in February. I'll be the one on the bottom table, drinking beer and watching my army run away...
Anyway, more updates as soon as these guys are done. I bought a huge amount of plasticard from my friends at 4Tk Gaming in Colchester this afternoon, ready to make my first ever scratch-build movement trays. Hopefully, it's going to be as straight-forward as I'm imagining it to be...
More on that soon, but in the mean time - bye for now!!!