When I started this blog I intended to paint first and game second. I got a bunch of Khador minis from EV, more than I wanted to start out with, but I couldn't argue with the deal and I figured it wouldn't hurt to be able to play some games while I got to painting. Fastforward to all these months later and I've painted exactly two (2) Khadoran minis and added many, many more. This qualifies as a big fail since I was trying to avoid exactly what happened. To bring this back around to business, I named the blog like I did because I was going to do Warmachine and didn't really plan on expanding beyond it, at least not until I had everything painted (and painted well).
Over my protestations that I didn't like naval games and didn't want to start in on another system, EV got me to try Uncharted Seas and it really took for me. I decided to take this fresh start as a chance to do things the way I had intended with WM, meaning I'd have all my stuff painted and wouldn't end up sitting on a pile of unpainted minis. Fastforward again and I'm not so far off the mark. My Iron Dwarves are (mostly) painted, and painted to a better standard than what I produced in my first gaming iteration. Then I over-reached and now I'm sitting on a starter box of Humans that are partially assembled, partially based, partially painted, partially everything. Not ideal.
Much to my own surprise, and a fair amount of dismay, I've been falling back in to 40k. This was the game that started it all for me, so this is a homecoming of sorts. The first minis I ever bought were an ancient box of Terminators from the Rogue Trader days. The first time I saw a White Dwarf, and particularly the big battle shot on the back cover, I was hooked. I had always loved the dioramas at museums as a kid, and here was a whole magazine of them, not to mention all the minis that went into them. That started 10+ years of GW thralldom that ended with a massive pile of unopened boxes of minis that I'm still trying to crawl out from under. Despite this history, 40k resonates with me in a way that few other things do. Pricing gripes aside, I've always loved GWs minis and fluff. All this said, it's unsurprising that I get the itch every now and again, an itch which reached a tipping point a few weeks ago when I got out my Blood Angels.
You may be wondering where the business is in all this, and I'll get there eventually, but first some pictures. I have a lot of Blood Angels. A whole lot. Nearly a full company. While I know this in the academic sense, it's something else entirely to pull them all out and have them assembled together. I did just that, and the results astounded me.
|Ye gods that's a lot.|
I've also been rambling on for too long now and need to wrap this up. I finally made a Warstore order, which hopefully will arrive in the next hour or three. I've been somewhat disappointed with the coverage and durability of the Vallejo Model Colors, so I got a set of Vallejo Game Colors, which I hear are improvements in both those areas. They're also based on the GW line so I'll finally be familiar with my paints again and will have a decent idea of what colors I'll be using instead of trying to eyeball them at the store and ending up with multiple bottles of the same color. I also got one of the new plastic Death Company boxes because they're just so damn sexy.
So it looks like I'm sliding back into 40k, which brings me back around to business. When I started this blog I was going to do Warmachine exclusively, but things have obviously changed. I've branched out into other systems and the name of the blog, which I love, is increasingly inaccurate. As such I'm considering renaming the blog to something more generic that will fit the multiple avenues I find myself pursuing. I've been batting around "Paint It Red," since that's generally what I do to minis, but I'm far from decided on anything. I don't know if Blogger lets you rename things in this way, or even if I'll rename the blog at all, but it's under consideration. Things may be changing around here eventually, so consider this forewarning.