Insider 5-6-2011

Simon – Today we return to the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge to check in with our other three challengers at the end of their first week of painting!

Nate Scott – Legion


Standards are important to me. I am someone who will refuse to field an army if I'm not happy with the quality of my paint. As ridiculous as it sounds, I somehow feel it reflects poorly on me as a hobbyist if my army isn't pristine. Asinine, I know. This is one of the reasons I chose to take part in the Hordes Impossible Dream Challenge. I wanted to use this opportunity to relax and realize that not everything needs to be display quality when it hits the table. In short, I wanted to compromise and be happy about it.

So, this week, in addition to cleaning and assembling 40 of the 58 models in my list, I set out to establish a baseline standard of quality for the paint work. After several hours of messing around, I was finally able to achieve a look I was fairly happy with and that took just about an hour per infantry model. In the long run, this is probably still too much time per model, and honestly, I think I am ok with compromising just a bit more to speed the process up.

Matthew Warren – Trolls

When I first started the Hordes Impossible Dream Challenge, it seemed exactly as it was named—impossible. I started with Cryx almost two years ago, and in those two years, I've only managed to collect about 75 points worth of models (and it's not even all painted!).

I am by no means an expert (or even an advanced) painter, so I have the advantage of being proud of the simple methods. I'm getting better at highlighting, but I still have yet to get the technique down. It seems that whenever I try to highlight something, the lines are always too thick or the color difference isn't great enough to produce a visible effect.

The paint scheme I'm going with for my Trollbloods is an earthy range of colors, using Thornwood green as a basecoat with a liberal drybrush of Traitor green over that. I like using one color that is consistent on every model in the army to tie it together; for that I chose Ordic Olive, which will appear on all my loincloths and cloaks. I'm still debating what color to use for the hair, but I'm confident I'll find something good to go along with it!

Jen Ikuta – Circle

I started a bit behind in terms of getting everything assembled and primed, but by the end of the first week, I was well on my way to finishing six of the ten heavy warbeasts in my army. I'm pretty excited! Some of my colleagues think I'm nuts for painting up so many heavies, but truth be told, inks, washes and drybrushing makes everything go so much faster.

Megalith and the Woldwarden painted up the quickest. The constructs in my army are all a reddish sandstone that starts out with Bloodstone and is drybrushed in successively lighter layers with Gun Corps Brown, Moldy Ochre, and Menoth White Base. A thin reddish wash ties it all together. Trooper models, solos and warlocks will incorporate Gun Corps Brown; the living models in the army will have an autumn motif. Yes, a study in browns.

The most time-consuming part of the constructs is getting the glowing runes just right. I've started to put down a layer of Morrow White and will ink it orange. A touch of yellow ink gives the runes some extra pop. I suspect this process will happen near the end of the challenge.

Skarrath turned into a study in drybrushing and ink washes, and I'm pretty happy with where it ended up. Just need to do the details and that model will be done. I got lazy by the time my brush hit the Gnarlhorn, and this was the first time I've tried drybrushing highlights on muscle. We'll see if it works for the Warpwolf Stalkers. I don't think I'm going to make Lug into a polar bear… I've got something strange planned for him, so stay tuned!