It's the start of a brand new year, and a brand new Decade as well!
Let me start off with a little bit about myself. I'm a 32 year old Canadian living in Calgary, Alberta. I've been playing Warhammer now for about 14 months and in that time have assembled and painted around 2500 points of Empire. I've also been visiting this site for about a year now, and while I may not post a lot I do read most of what is posted here.
The Empire is my first and only Army and I have been absolutely fascinated with it since I started playing. However as I was brand new to this hobby (or anything like it) when I started my modeling and painting skills were far from good. As such while my first Empire Army turned out decently, it alas is not what I realized I wanted and I know I can do better. I have also come to realize that I absolutely hate the 7th Edition State troop models (All of them) and have as a result been amassing 6th edition and older figures for the past 6 months or so.
At the tail end of last year I sat down and took inventory of what I had managed to collect and I was quite shocked at the sheer number of figures! At that point I decided that it was time to stop collecting and get serious about assembling and painting!
Below is a list of all that I have amassed, in no particular order:
14 Flagellants (5th / 6th Edition)
24 Teutogen Guard with Command (Strip, Prime, Paint and Rebase)
30 Halberdiers with Command (6th Edition)
18 Swordsmen (6th Edition)
30 Spearmen with Command (6th Edition)
30 Pikemen with Command (Converted from 6th Edition Spearmen, 6th Edition Command Blister)
60 Hand Gunners (6th Edition)
10 Knights of the White Wolf with Command
10 Knights Panther with Command
10 Pistoliers (6th Edition)
2 Hellfire Rocket Launchers and 6 Crew
1 Hell Blaster Volley Gun and 3 Crew (5th Edition?)
1 Hell Blaster Volley Gun and 3 Crew
2 Great Cannons & 6 Crew
1 Mortar & 3 Crew
1 Captain of the Empire on a Pegasus (Conversion)
1 Captain of the Empire on Foot
1 Captain of the Empire Mounted BSB (Conversion)
2 Engineers on Foot
Grand Master of the White Wolf
Grand Master of the Knights Panther
Warrior Priest of Ulric (Foot and Mounted)
Ar-Ulric on Foot
3 Mounted Wizards (5th / 6th Edition)
6 Foot Wizards (5th / 6th Edition)
1 Limited Edition Teutogen Guard BSB
1 Limited Edition Empire BSB
Ulrican War Altar (Finish Converting, Painting and Rebase)
2 Steam Tanks (Rebase 1)
As you can see that is quite a lot of Figures! and it will be a daunting undertaking to get it all assembled and painted. To that end this year I have decided to participate in the 2010 Monthly Painting Challenge and to post this blog of my progress in order to keep me motivated and painting. Also I wish to share my figures with all of you and solicit feedback from the many painting experts who post here in an effort to improve my painting skills.
My general plan is to paint the Army in the State Colors of Middenland to a high standard. All figures will be mounted on custom Resin Bases, painted in a rocky winter theme complete with snow. All Figures will be magnetized and all units will have magnetized movement trays completed in the same rocky winter theme.
I realize that I have set my goals fairly high, and while I am a good painter, not only do I need to improve I also need to learn to paint faster! I am quite the slow painter. To begin with I am planning on completing 12 - 15 Infantry Figures (Starting from on the sprue or in the Blister) each month.
Any and all feedback is great appreciated and welcomed! Please help a brother Empire General on his journey!
On with the pictures! Below are some assorted snaps of my Workspace: (I apologize if the picture quality is not up to snuff, I'm fairly new at wielding a camera for this type of thing)
The Army to be Painted: (That I could fit on my desk anyways!)
Thanks again for any and all comments and feedback!