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No More Buying; Clear the Backlog

I made a New Year’s Resolution at the beginning of 2015 not to buy any more more Warhammer models until I cleared out my backlog. I obviously didn’t follow that. But, with my cash flow now considerably constrained, and the piles and piles of unfinished models I have, I think I’ll finally stick to this resolution.

And I do have A LOT of models left to do:

I was quite happy to snag a lot of Adeptus Arbites models off of eBay. Regrettably, and embarrassingly, I’ve only painted one! I’m still musing about converting them to holding storm bolters, or even lasguns or shotguns so they can be fielded as Astra Militarum Veterans with the Grenadiers doctrine. But, I think they will look sharp all painted and together.

18 Adeptus Arbites models to be completed
18 Adeptus Arbites models; 17 to be completed

And I have a Rhino hull I plan which I plan to put a Chimera roof on and make it into a Repressor for the above Arbites models.  I can essentially use the Inquisition Chimera rules and have a Heavy Bolter and pintle-mounted heavy flamer!

Rhino hull with Chimera Roof I plan to model as a Repressor
Rhino hull with Chimera Roof I plan to model as a Repressor

 

I have a rather miscellaneous pile of Inquisition models to finish:

  • Female Inquisitor
  • Four (4) Death Cult Assassins
  • Crusader
  • Munitorum Priest
  • Sisters of Battle Hospotalier (who I’ll probably convert to another Death Cult Assassin)
  • Escher Juve (from Necromunda)
  • Escher with two guns (who I’ll probably make into an Astra Militarum Sergeant)
Assorted Inquisition Models
Assorted Inquisition Models

I’m actually quite looking foward to finishing the Death Cult Assassins. They’ll be a nice Close-Combat counterpart to my rather “shooty” Astra Militarum army. And the Crusader (along with my previous two Crusaders) should be able to tank some wounds for them.

And the female Inquisitor model is really badass. The Hellgun is not that impressive (Heavy 1, S6, AP3), but I could replace it with a plasma pistol, or storm bolter, or something really exotic like a conversion beamer!

 

I also have 19 Chaos Cultists that would have been part of a Dark Vengeance Box Set. There were 20 but one became a techpriest. I’m not sure if I’ll make them as Astra Militarum conscripts or just a mass of Inquisition acolyte bodies.

19 Chaos Cultists, mostly still on sprue
19 Chaos Cultists, mostly still on sprue

 

As for Astra Militarum Models: I have A LOT

  • Enough legs to make 51 guardsmen models!
  • Includes 6 heavy weapon bases and parts for a variety of special and heavy weapons
The "to do" pile. Rather large and regrettably daunting
The “to do” pile. Rather large and regrettably daunting

 

 

Commissar Yarrick model new in blister with book about Yarrick
Commissar Yarrick model new in blister with book about Yarrick

I also have a new in blister Commissar Yarrick model! That character deserves a good, careful paint job.

 

Five 90's stormtroopers
Five 90’s stormtroopers

And, still going with Astra Militarum:

Work in progress of 3 of my 7 Tempestus Scions
Work in progress of 3 of my 7 Tempestus Scions

And, A LOT of Space Marines

  • 7 Space Marine Bikes
  • 1 Chapter Master from Dark Vengeance Kit (to be librarian)
  • 6 Space Marine Scouts
  • 1 Sergeant from Dark Vengeance
  • 3 Space Marines with Lascannons
Space Marine Devastators with Lascannons in progress
Space Marine Devastators with Lascannons in progress
  • 1 Space Marine with heavy weapon (to be lascannon)
  • 1 Space Marine with heavy bolter
  • 1 Space Marine with Missile Launcher
  • 8 Space Marines with Boltguns from Dark Vengeance
  • 2 Sergeants
  • 5 Terminators
  • Dreadnought
  • Rhino/Razorback
  • Dreadnought Drop pod!
Dreadnought drop pod to be completed
Dreadnought drop pod to be completed

I’m SO close to being done my Land Raider.

 

A grand total of 148 models to finish!

Yeah, adding it all up, I REALLY don’t need to buy any more…

Returning from a Long Hiatus

It’s been a long, LONG time since my last post which was WAY back in June of 2015. I guess I got busy after that and hobby took a backseat.

I had a lot of projects on the go; my biggest was to finish an Astra Militarum Valkyrie. I’m also mostly done an Inquisitor Karamzov model. But the finishing touches on each could take a LONG time, and that was a little discouraging. Although I love vehicles and big models, they take a lot of time and if I get an hour here or there I don’t feel like I got a lot done in each little sitting.

Work in progress Valkyrie
Work in progress Valkyrie

I also have A LOT of unpainted models: Dozens of Astra Militarum infantry, 10 Space Marines, 5 Space Marine Scouts, 3 Space Marine Bikes, another Dreadnought, about 20 cultists/inquisition acolytes/conscripts, 2 crusaders, a Land Raider, another rhino, 13 arbites, Commissar Yarrick, and a handful of other characters. I’ve also started 5 terminators, a techmarine, another Commissar, and death cult assassins. It’s a long list. Perhaps it’s so long that it seems insurmountable and it may simply be easier to give up.

The "to do" pile. Rather large and regrettably daunting
The “to do” pile. Rather large and regrettably daunting

Towards the end of 2015 I hadn’t touched my models in a long time, and the unpainted masses were getting further and further buried. I even considered selling them all for a few extra bucks.

And then for whatever reason, this week I’ve felt a compelling to get back into Warhammer. Pimpcron published a timely post regarding Murdering the Hobby Slump like I was in.

So, with time on my hands last Friday night, I took the advice from that post, sat down and worked on a single model. And I finished it happily.

My painted version of  Cyril the Bear, the Dwarf King's Court Royal Mascot
My painted version of Cyril the Bear, the Royal Mascot of the Dwarf King’s Court

This was a model I found on eBay about 8 months ago of a Cyril the Bear, the Royal Mascot of the Dwarf King’s Court. It is a Citadel miniatures model, but from 1982. I just kinda wanted a bear to add to an Inquisitor’s party. I thought it would be suitable as an equivalent to “Arco-Flagellant”

WS BS S T W I A Ld Sv
Bear as Arco-Flagellant 5 1 5 3 1 3 4 8

I think this profile sits suitably because it represents a strong, dangerous animal that can hit hard in close combat for 15 points.

So, I enjoyed that hour and I think I’d like to do some more. Maybe keep carving out some evening time or weekend afternoons for personal hobby time. The dangerous question is what next?

I’m even tempted to buy some more models if I see a good deal on eBay. Okay, I probably shouldn’t, the to do list is still REALLY large. But a Stormraven, another Vindicator, Predator, or two more Leman Ruses would be really nice.