- Names withheld to protect the innocent, but I've just spent a couple minutes looking at various commission painting sites and....wow. It's amazing what people will pay for and what passes as "pro" painting. You get what you pay for, so when you troll the cheaper end of the spectrum you have to expect a hit to quality, but mold lines are unacceptable at any price. Washes seem like the best way to churn out minis, so if it's your business to churn out minis why would you skip washes and go with only base coats? I'm not a "pro" so perhaps I'm missing the finer points.
- The 40k itch is back. I blame Fulgrim, which I finished this afternoon. It is my favorite of the series so far and the first that made the fall to Chaos believable for me. The Emperor's Children present an easier nut to crack in terms of motivation, but that doesn't take away from the book as a whole. This is what I expected the series to be from the beginning, hopefully the books to follow can keep up.
- Thoughts of armies follows the itch like q does p. I think I may have found a way to paint a variety of marines while keeping them as part of a whole: a crusade. This approach lacks the cohesion of a single Chapter army, but does allow for a broad range of schemes. I think I've had this idea before and discarded it though. Ultimately I think I want about a company's worth of every chapter, along with pre- and post-heresy traitor legions. Is that so wrong?
- This is a larger topic for another day, but I've been rolling around why spam is so dominant in 40k and so (relatively) despised in Warmachine. While returning to this thought at work today I came to a realization: I like Warmachine as a game because of the lack of spam, but I like 40k as a hobby/platform for art because of the spam. I have no real desire to collect 100 Winter Guard, but I'd gladly spend the rest of the year (at the least) painting up companies of various Chapters. Motivations are funny things.