So, it happens that I spent January in hospital with very severe Covid 19. So much so that when I arrived in the hospital the initial doctor basically said I was going to die. They applauded when they wheeled me out of the intensive care two weeks later, to spend two more weeks learning to breathe normal air, and walk around.
One part of recovering from something like that is getting back into the groove of any skills you have; skills such as miniature painting.
At first I was only up to assembling. So I spent a lot of time assembling stuff. I've got a gray Zombie Dragon and a gray Neferata that I might paint at some point. Then I decided to paint some skeletons. Why all the death stuff? Well part of the reason is after my own near death experience I guess I'm feeling kind of morbid. The other thing is, I think wish something like Sisters of Battle, which is the project I had on the go before is... each miniature deserves to be a celebrated work of art. These skeletons will be in a big block of 40, so if any of them are a bit outside the lines or have a discoloured scrap of cloth it doesn't feel like it matters nearly as much.
Also as it turns out this has been excellent practice for cursed city. Which I am very much looking forward to. I will be very interested to see what those new skeletons look like next to these ones in terms of height and build. I'm working on a Morrvahl Olbrecht currently and then will have the deck clear for when Cursed City arrives on Saturday.
This year I am doing another annual challenge, I'm following Games Workshops "Hobby Bingo" card and aiming to fill all the squares by the end of the year.
I have given myself TWO squares for these guys as there are 20 of them:
You can follow my progress here or in various other places, or even join in on the discord Instagram
Got my second 250 point chunk painted, which means I am now ready to start the 250 points I should have started in march. I know it might not be appropriate to hope the Covid-19 lockdown carries on, but I kind of hope it carries on long enough for me to get my entire army painted. In this blog you will see some miniatures you have seen before as I have reorganized the squads.
So after not updating my blog for so long, this would usually be the point at which I would make some kind of offhand comment about not being dead. However, given this current virus stuff that might be a little on the nose.
Let's focus on the positive, this year my plan was to paint 250 points of sisters of battle each month until I had a fully painted 2000 point army of the new plastic sisters. Due to mounting work pressure and a World of Warcraft addiction, it has been pretty slow going. But, seeing opportunity in a crisis I have decided to catch up on my plans during this Lockdown. Which I seem to be enjoying far more than most people.
Before I get into the rest of the pictures, I just want to say that I seem to have forgotten how to take decent photographs. Google has doubtless 'improved' my camera app which may be the source of my issue.
So; I said in my last post that I was planning on expanding my fallen detachment out into a full 2000 points fallen themed chaos space marine army. This is the first part of that second half of the army. I know I haven't quite painted the first half yet, but I like to rotate through character- squad - vehicle for my own sanity.
I did another Rhino, much like I did the previous Rhino. See, this is why I never stick to large army projects. Because painting one of something is fun, painting the three copies of that same thing is less interesting and I have less to say.