Insider 6-3-2011

Simon - The dream is over, and it's time to see who succeeded and who failed to paint their 100-point HORDES army in just one month!

Nate Scott – Legion

Well it is the end of week four, and as expected, I didn't get a whole lot done. I started painting Epic Lylyth but realized that I had some texture on the model from a poor prime job, so I have set it aside for the time being. My Angelius, however, was taken to completion, and while it doesn't live up to my normal standards, I am pretty happy with it as a tabletop model.

As the challenge winds to a close and I reflect on the last month, I can honestly say I would participate again in a heart beat. The first week saw me setting a fairly swift pace, but as I went into week two, life decided that it didn't want me playing along, which is unfortunate. I will continue to work on my list, though now that there is no deadline I will probably spend more time per model than I have been. However, I do feel that participating has helped me to loosen up a bit and to accept models at play quality.

So, in closing:

Thanks for following along as I epically failed to reach my goal, and congratulations to all those who completed this monumental feat.

Matthew Warren – Trolls

It's finally over! After a month of aching wrists, sleepless nights, and dropped models, I'm ready to put the paintbrush down for a few weeks. (Who am I kidding? I have a unit of Champions and Skaldi ready for priming!) Being featured on the Insider has been a fun experience for me, and I hope that all you readers enjoyed my work throughout the month.

After reading the other contender's posts, I realized I never posted my army list! So here you go!

  • Hoarluk Doomshaper, Rage of Dhunia
  • Dire Troll Bomber
  • Earthborn Dire Troll
  • Mulg the Ancient
  • Troll Bouncer
  • Grissel Bloodsong
  • Dire Troll Bomber
  • 2x Dire Troll Mauler
  • Troll Axer
  • Horthol
  • 5x Trollkin Long Riders
  • 10 Fennblades w/ UA
  • 15x Whelps
  • Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew
  • Stone Scribe Chronicler
  • Krielstone Bearer w/ 6 scribes

I admit it may not be the most effective list in the game, but the beast-heavy nature of it sure took some tension off the painting. It came down to the last weekend I had available, repeating the mantra "No sleep til' Sunday." So at about 2 A.M. Sunday morning, I put the last bits of paint on the whelps, walked over to my bed, and fell face first in to it, where I slept for the night.

I've already received compliments and congratulations from some of the employees here for my work, but I know I can do better! Hopefully, next time this challenge rolls around, I'll have a few more tricks up my sleeve and more experience on my back!

Jen Ikuta – Circle

The passage of time does a lot to alter one's perspective. For example, chowing down on some cheap tacos after midnight might seem like a good idea at the time, but the passage of time will prove this was a horrible choice.

Painting twenty-ish models on the last night of the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge was not a good idea, no matter how I spin it. Finishing those models at 3 A.M. was an even worse idea. The passage of time proves that, yeah, those don't look so hot, even from six feet away in the dark. Seriously.

I did finish, however. That goal was definitely met. But the army isn't the showpiece force I had hoped it would be, not with the amount of time I spent painting it. There were plenty of distractions – sunny days here in Seattle, fun with friends, quality time with Awesome Dude. Any and all of those were better ideas than painting.

That is, until the last night when I had twenty-ish models to complete.

The lesson here is this: When painting a significant number of models during a set period of time, paint a little bit every day. I thought that by getting six heavy warbeasts close to done the first week, I'd be in good position to coast the rest of the way. Au contraire. Reeves of Orboros were my bane; I painted on them a little bit every night for a week, but there were always more details, always something else to paint. Finally, I had to say enough was enough and call them finished. Sadly, there were a number of models that were "finished enough."

That's the other lesson: They're not all going to be perfect. This is the toughest lesson for me to learn, but the silver lining is that I can go back and make them prettier. That's the theory, at least. But honestly, I don't know when that's going to happen. I've already got two other projects calling my name. ;)

Simon – That's it for the HORDES Impossible Dream Challenge! We hope everyone enjoyed reading about our trials and travails and we hope we've inspired some of you to chase your own painting dreams!