Insider 4-29-2011

Simon - Today we'll introduce the last three participants in the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge! Their challenge: paint 100 points of HORDES from scratch in just one month! Starting next week they'll be documenting their efforts to paint a huge army to soon be expanded into the upcoming Unbound format!

Nate Scott – Legion

Seeing as how I am a new face to the Insider Blog, I should probably start with a short introduction:

My name is Nate Scott, and I am a member of the production team here at PP. Generally, my days are spent both cleaning masters for the mold-making process and spinning completed molds to bring you the highest-quality miniatures on the market.

When I heard about the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge, I knew I had to take part. I have been a miniatures painter for many years, but single minis painted to the highest quality have always been my focus, army painting not so much. My hobby shelves are littered with the corpses of half-finished forces, victims of my latest half-baked idea. So what better time to bring an army to completion than now and document my progress (and struggles) for those that may also suffer from army ADD?

For the challenge, I will be painting a unit-heavy Legion list—nothing fancy, just tried and true studio colors. I may soon regret this choice, as I am pretty sure I have close to double the model count of most of the other participants. Wish me luck…

Matthew Warren - Trolls

As a production worker at Privateer Press, it is my job to insure that stores get their product in a timely and accurate manner.

The faction I chose for the Hordes Impossible Dream Challenge is Trollbloods. I've always been a fan of the look and feel of their models, and I feel that they offer a large variety of painting styles to keep things interesting. With my first faction being Cryx, the play styles between these two factions are practically reversed, and the Trolls offer me an opportunity to learn to play the game in a completely different way. I'm looking forward to the month to come to measure my ability as a painter and to show myself how far I have come since my first attempt at miniatures painting.

Jen Ikuta – Circle

After doing this once before, you'd think I would have learned my lesson. But this is HORDES, not WARMACHINE! It's different stuff to paint. No rivets or buckles, warbeasts instead of warjacks. Can't be that difficult, right?

The best news about the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge is that I owned all but two of the models (Gnarlhorn and Woldwarden), and it was an army I was going to paint eventually. And in learning from past mistakes, I kept the model count reasonable – there are only 33 this time, as opposed to the 50ish models I had to paint when I did 100 points of Cygnar.

So, here's what I've got:

Faction: Circle Orboros

Casters: 2/2

Points: 100/100

  • Cassius the Oathkeeper (*6pts)
  • * Gnarlhorn Satyr (8pts)
  • * Megalith (11pts)
  • * Woldwarden (9pts)
  • Kaya the Wildborne (*6pts)
  • * Pureblood Warpwolf (9pts)
  • * Warpwolf Stalker (10pts)
  • * Warpwolf Stalker (10pts)
  • Reeves of Orboros (Leader and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
  • Warpborn Skinwalkers (Leader and 2 Grunts) (5pts)
  • Brun Cragback & Lug (9pts)
  • Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath (9pts)
  • Reeve Hunter (2pts)
  • Rorsh & Brine (9pts)
  • War Wolf (1pts)
  • War Wolf (1pts)
  • Wrong Eye &amp Snapjaw (9pts)

That's right; all four of the lesser warlock solos and their pets. Just because it's funny.

I don't have a set schedule for what I'm painting when, only that I want to get everything done by the end of the month. Heading into a painting challenge without a clear-cut plan might not be the best idea, but it's never stopped me before!