This year, I officially finished off my Death Guard Army for Warhammer 40k. Nearly 4,000 points of minis in all, totaling 189 individual models.
It was the most major hobby undertaking of my life.
I’d never spent so long doing anything like that since I was in grad school writing my thesis.
And apparently I’m going to be doing it to myself again because I have two more armies on sprue waiting for me to get at them.
This is the time to run out, grimacing, into the night, shaking my fists at the sky and screaming “Why, Hobby Gods? Why must you curse us with such things?”
True, building an army can be wonderful. The conceptualizing, the gathering of minis and resources, the building, the priming. And then it all seems to go sideways when it comes to actually sit down and paint the things. While I’m sure some hobbyists thrive while doing it, batch-painting over a hundred minis (or more) gets old very, very quickly.
And then there’s the basing. For my Death Guard, I just did a very simple basing scheme, Martian Ironcrust drybrushed with Kindleflame to give a nice contrast with the green armor. Even that took a long time. But, for instance, with my nascent Genestealer Cult army, I’ve committed myself to a kind of homemade Sector Mechanicus basing scheme for them that a friend of mine on Twitter has done. And while I’m actually really excited to put these bases together, I know it’s going to finally be a slog in the end.
Some of my trepidation is perfectionism, sure. Can’t downplay that. I want to make sure that all of those models end up looking right, that I don’t just make a fast and loose job of it and essentially waste all that money and material.
But part of it, too, is just the fear of starting it. Period. Doing an army, even when you’re just doing it for yourself and you’re essentially on your own timetable, is nevertheless a pretty big commitment. And once you start, you’re in it for the haul, whether it be long or short.
But, of course, it’ll be fun. It will teach me new techniques, and new things about myself and how much sitzfleisch I really have (that’s a German word meaning the ability to sit in one spot and do one thing for a long period of time). It’s worth it, too, to have new minis all finished and ready for the table. Minis that you created.
God help me, I’m ready for it. Just stay out of my way.
About the Author;
Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube