Insider 5-19-2011

Simon – Today we return to the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge to see how our other three challengers fare at the end of their second week of painting!

Nate Scott – Legion

Well it's time for an update on my progress regarding the Hordes Impossible Dream Challenge, and unfortunately, there isn't much to say. This week saw me dealing with an ongoing medical issue, and the painkillers I was taking pretty much sapped me of motivation for anything other than sleep. I was able to get an Angelius painted to about 80% completion, but that's it.

So, seeing as how I don't have a lot to chat about today, I will leave you with my Army list for the challenge.

  • Casters:
  • • Lylyth, Shadow of Everblight
  • • Rhyas, Sigil of Everblight
  • Warbeasts:
  • • Carnivean
  • • Angelius
  • • Ravagore x 2
  • • Nephilim Bolt Thrower
  • • Stinger x 2
  • Units:
  • • Blackfrost Shard
  • • Blighted Nyss Swordsmen x 10 - UA
  • • Blighted Nyss Swordsmen x 10 - UA
  • • Blighted Nyss Archers x 10 - UA
  • • Blighted Nyss Raptors x 5
  • • Blighted Nyss Raptors x 5
  • Solos:
  • • Anyssa Ryvaal

Matthew Warren – Trolls

I believe the biggest part of this challenge for me has been keeping motivated. It's quite a downer finishing a model, looking it over, then seeing the rest of the unpainted pile in your peripheral. It's been a constant battle in my brain, fighting between "I have so much done!" and "I have so much more left to go!" One hundred points doesn't really seem like much on paper, but when the figures are standing there waiting to be painted as the deadline closes in with every passing day, it's intimidating to say the least.

Even a few weeks in to the challenge, I'm seeing how much my painting skill has improved since I started my Cryx. I'm learning simple techniques, such as highlighting, that are taking my minis to a whole new personal level. Couple that knowledge with easier access to a large variety of paints and brushes, and my minis look better than ever! Now that I can paint the smaller bits accurately, I'm finding myself taking the time to paint that strand of rope in a guy's armpit because it's small details that can make a model pop or flop.

Jen Ikuta – Circle

So I'm supposed to be writing about the progress on my HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge army, and I'm afraid I have very little to report after the conclusion of Week 2.

Part of this has to do with the emergence of the sun here in the Seattle area and the desire to get out and enjoy a few rays – even briefly. The other part of it has everything to do with a pile of Retribution models that landed on my desk – two Destor Thanes, an Artificer Battle Mage solo, and a few other goodies from Wrath.

My reluctance to paint has everything to do with the unit of Reeves of Orboros that are in line to be painted. I really like the models, I'm just trying to convince myself that it will be a wise move to get a full unit painted before starting in on the remaining four heavy warbeasts, warlocks, and assorted solos.

In my last blog, I mentioned doing something a little silly with Lug. My friend Kylie in Boise said she'd like to see Lug painted as a panda and so that's what I did.

Once I get the Reeve Hunter's paint scheme nailed down, the Reeves will fall into place. I am debating if I want to try freehand on the capes; it will look nice if done well. Freehand is a glaring weakness in my painting skills, and this might not be the right time to try it out. I do have the Forces of HORDES: Circle Orboros book as reference, so we'll see what I can come up with. Paint like you have a pair, right?