I like to incorporate lots of my interests and creative output on ToadChapel, and sometimes I take a kind of unintended hiatus from one aspect of the site or another. I still love mini painting, though, and I’ve now got some time on my hands to dip back into some longer term projects that have daunted me for a while.
I’m going to try to buckle down and finish off this little bust from Lukáš Žaba. I started him a while ago but sort of lost steam. I think I succumbed to the paralysis that visits us when we fixate on how good, and how much better, every detail ought to be. I think I’m ready to just dive in, do my best, and move on the the next thing. If I have fun painting and learn a thing or two (which I already have), then he’ll be a success.
And since I’ve got nothing else to do, I’ve also got another 40k Kill Team project started!
I’ve enjoyed painting my Dark Angels and wanted to keep rolling with the Adeptus Astartes, so I decided to give the Deathwatch a go.
They’re not regarded as a particularly strong team, I gather, and I have not optimized the roster for competitive play (shotguns & thunder hammer, anyone?).
Still, I’ve kitbashed a cool looking team that can hopefully hang in casual play.
I have a five man roster to start, and I’ll build & paint more models as seems worthwhile. Truth is, I don’t play much any more, so the impetus to bulk out the team is weak.
I used primaris bodies for all the figures, though 4/5 are actually veterans in game terms. I added one skull to the bases of the vets and two to the base of the lone intercessor. Just a little memory aid for my opponent.
I don’t plan to power through this project quickly, as, for one thing, it might be a while til I can actually meet up with an opponent, and, for another, I just want to have some fun with these guys. I’m not sure, but I might try out some new or little practiced techniques on these fellows. I’d like to use them as a learning exercise as well as a chance to paint a cool looking group of space marines, but ultimately I intend to do what I think will serve the models and my intended aesthetic well.
I hope everyone is keeping safe and sane in these strange times. Remember to reach out to each other in the ways we still can. Find ways to keep your mind and body active, indulge the creative impulse, and remember everything you have to be thankful for.
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