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GreyHorde

6MMRPC - background check

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Slightly before joining the 6-Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge – and deciding that from now on the 6MMRPC acronym will suffice – I took a good look at my Good Intentions Queue and determined to knock out a big chunk of it by 12/31/2014. How big a chunk? 221 pieces, projects or minis. What, what?!? 221 items by 12/31…sorry, that's 31/12/14 for those who drive on the 'wrong' side of the road … may not be a truly huge number or a short time span for the heavy-hitter army painters here on WAMP and elsewhere, but it is a scary large number for a slow painter like me, limited to a few hours a week. Then there's family, holidays, eBay...oh, no, I am talking myself out of this, again.

I don't get it. How did I get so far in over my head? I mean, that's not a realistic goal at all for me, is it? I mean, since "restarting" myself in the hobby in 2006, I have never completed more than 40 models in a calendar year. That was 2010, and for 2011 the output plummeted to 3.

So, what on Earth or under it possessed me to think I can rip through 5.5 times a good year's worth of work in less than 5 months? What possible explanation of such extreme optimism or laughable overconfidence could there be? I must have gone completely 'round the bend, right?

Well, maybe. Then again, maybe not. Let me back up a moment to explain.

About two weeks ago, at Gen Con, Angel Giraldez (Corvus Belli and more) demonstrated the joys of airbrush for priming and basecoating minis. About a week ago, a friend from Italy was nearby on business and spent most of the weekend at my place. He brought his traveling airbrush kit (don't knock it, that's HIS hobby) and he got me started putting into practice what I learned from Angel Giraldez.

Since then, I have been almost obsessively prepping minis, intending to airbrush primer and the main color, then finish with a standard brush and possibly 'dip' some. In the last two weeks, I have prepped and gotten primer on 104 minis and almost as many bases. My main targets have been Sedition Wars and Malifaux.

Go ahead, laugh about SW if you will. I am painfully aware of the quality issues. Flash, mold lines, mismatched scales, muddy details, below-average plastic, rules issues...and yet I like the models enough to spend some time on them. I like the feel and fluff of the game and I am willing to give it a try, hope for future updates. Besides, I have no other sci-fi game to play, and very few sci-fi models other than SW. VERY few, as in maybe five or six. Why not make a run at it and see what happens? Apparently, as if blogging about all this isn't enough, I had to pick an unpopular game with so-so minis. A glutton for punishment, I am.

Also, if the worst case scenario happens and I find the game absolutely unplayable, I will have some sci-fi / horror models to proxy in other games. That's not a bad thing, right?

So, three questions remain - where did the number 221 come from? What is the purpose of the deadline? Is this realistic, or even remotely possible? And why BLOG about it? Okay, you caught me, that's four questions. Sue me.

The answers: They are not ALL miniatures and some are in various WIP stages, so 221 is the grand total of everything anywhere near my workbench that I would like to have completed, painted, repainted, repaired or otherwise out of the Queue. The year-end deadline is arbitrary and may not be realistic, but it is undeniably a goal, a target to shoot at. Like all such aggressive goals, it is intended to motivate me and force me to really focus on the tasks at hand. Why do we climb the mountain? Because it is there. I am challenging myself to push the limits and see how far I can get.

Given the airbrush jumpstart to the vast majority of models, and some speed-paint & 'dip' techniques, there is a chance I can get it all done, or at least get close. Blogging about it is my way of making a public (nuisance) declaration, which is also a motivator for me; I don't want to be embarrassed or make excuses for failing to meet the goal.

Here's the breakdown:
1 Reaper WIP 90% - Carinth, Dark Elf - entered at Gen Con's paint comp, needs updates based on critiques rec'd
1 Reaper WIP 50% - Griffon (Bones) - finish for tabletop skirmish game
36 Sedition Wars WIP - Vanguard
51 Sedition Wars - Strain
70 Sedition Wars - terrain elements
21 Sedition Wars - 'personalities' - the Calamity Crew, character/infected pairs, etc.
1 Sedition Wars - Kara, limited edition resin model from Kickstarter
3 Bombshell Babes - Delzira, Sally and Victoriana

2 Counterblast Sidekicks
16 Wyrd WIP - Malifaux - mostly Arcanists, generally expanding a Colette crew
1 Dark Sword WIP 25% - female wizard with OSL
4 Reaper mouselings - Thanksgiving decorations and gift for my daughter
3 Thunderbolt Mountain - 54mm Holy Family (in a bell jar, Christmas decorations)
1 Grenadier WIP 10% - Treasure Guardian, a dragon for daughter's Christmas
1 large ceramic dragon - just because
9 misc Holiday decorations to repair, paint, sculpt a replacement part & paint it, etc.

So, right. There you are, then. ("No, Pinky, there YOU are. I am nowhere near that vicinity.") 221 things to do before midnight on December 31. Or, 31 December, if you prefer.

Call me crazy, I'm okay with that. I think I can do this. More blogging and WIP thread to follow...

Updated 08-09-2014 at 07:10 AM by GreyHorde

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  1. vegascat's Avatar
    Brother, I'm right there with you! I'm really, *really* interested in learning how to apply airbrushing to miniature painting. I've had my airbrush for about a year and a half and have only used it to do a little basecoating. :( My "paint in 2014" list is:

    1. Steampunk Dorothy
    2. Monique De Noir (54mm)
    3. Warmachine Retribution of Scryah Army (Elves) - 35 humanoid models, 2 light warjacks, 3 heavy warjacks
    4. Custom case for Scyrah Army - Foam trays for small based models are set, foam for wajacks cut and in case, but individual slots for each need to be cut. Need to paint cover.
    5. RBG elf – was for the RBG contest, but I missed that

    For as slow as I paint this is really a huge task for me. Hopefully we'll both make our deadlines! Good luck!

    *edit* gods, I hadn't even considered repairwork *shudder* and no idea if I'm going to, but I need to repair my wargaming models at some point.
    Updated 08-09-2014 at 09:01 PM by vegascat
  2. GreyHorde's Avatar
    You are probably too far from Knoxville, TN, but I will be there Saturday night and part of Sunday, demoing and practicing what little I know of airbrush, so far. Priming army/skirmish types, limited basecoating and beginning 54mm+ larger models, that's about all I know, but you're welcome to join us.

    There is strength in brotherhood, and I appreciate that. Funny, I have Steampunk Dorothy and just snagged the 54mm Monique last month. My only Warmachine models are a Cygnar battle group (warcaster and 3 jacks) and I have a couple of RBG minis, including an elf. These are all on the 'someday' part of the Queue. Maybe 2015, after this first big push.

    Good luck to you, as well!
  3. vegascat's Avatar
    That's "only" a 7 hour drive. :) I'd love to make it out to hang out and paint with you. I've really been wanting to do some group painting, I miss getting together with folks. Gods know I could *really* use the help with airbrushing. I hate that I have this wonderful tool and no idea how to get the most out of it.


    :) I've been saving my Cygnar models mainly because I want to decide on a paint scheme that I really want to do as they’d mainly be for looks and demo games if need be as I’m a Cryx player at heart and have a substantial Cryx army. But back to Cygnar, I’d long ago decided that I wanted to take my time with them and do them to a much higher standard than my normal painting. Which is why I’m really not in a hurry to paint them. However, I’d be happy to do some ladder challenges with you in 2015 Cygnar themed. 
    How’s your painting going this weekend? I’ve almost wrapped up a Sister’s of Battle squad that I’ve been painting for a friend. I hope to have pics of them up tonight.
  4. vegascat's Avatar
    That's "only" a 7 hour drive. :) I'd love to make it out to hang out and paint with you. I've really been wanting to do some group painting, I miss getting together with folks. Gods know I could *really* use the help with airbrushing. I hate that I have this wonderful tool and no idea how to get the most out of it.


    :) I've been saving my Cygnar models mainly because I want to decide on a paint scheme that I really want to do as they’d mainly be for looks and demo games if need be as I’m a Cryx player at heart and have a substantial Cryx army. But back to Cygnar, I’d long ago decided that I wanted to take my time with them and do them to a much higher standard than my normal painting. Which is why I’m really not in a hurry to paint them. However, I’d be happy to do some ladder challenges with you in 2015 Cygnar themed. 

    How’s your painting going this weekend? I’ve almost wrapped up a Sister’s of Battle squad that I’ve been painting for a friend. I hope to have pics of them up tonight.
  5. GreyHorde's Avatar
    The weekend was an absolute blast! I did not get much painting done, but the trade-off in learning and discussion was 100% worth it. You see, my business travel schedule opened up a little, allowing me to squeeze in a visit to CoolMiniOrNot HQ. I ended up chatting with none other than Jen Haley! She graciously took time to show me around the offices, let me drool over MANY painted minis for various product lines, critiqued a couple of my minis and generally discussed a wide variety of mini-related topics. It was an amazing experience, really worth the trip on its own.

    The weekend continued in Knoxville with my gracious hosts, "Wren" & her husband, some new friends from her area and a couple from mine. We talked about airbrush, but never fired it up. I got some paint on two Malifaux minis, but again, discussion of 'all things mini' took over. Exchanging tips, tricks, photography setup, improving techniques, competition painting, tabletop painting, conventions, speed painting, games ... gaaahh .... I can't describe it, my brain is just whirling from it all.

    I am working on my notes, thank you letters and follow-up before getting back to the workbench later this week, for sure.
  6. vegascat's Avatar

    Dude! That sounds amazing~! I'd love to be able to sit and chat with Jen Haley! Really though, the whole trip/weekend sounds amazing and fun. You sound like it did after my last painting class with Meg Maples.
  7. GreyHorde's Avatar
    Jen Haley is one of my original painting inspirations, going back at least 10 years. Somewhere around 2004, as I was just about to give up trying to paint minis, someone pointed out her 'Paintrix' website. Then I caught her classes at Gen Con over a few more years, watched her DVDs, read tutorials...so, yeah, about 5 minutes into this visit I had to apologize for my...uhhh... fanboyishness?...is that even a word? :-) And still, it was all just part of a really good trip and a great weekend.