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I've mentioned before how one of the best parts about my job is the opportunity to share all the awesome stuff everyone at Privateer Press works so hard to create with our great community. Most of the time there is a very specific schedule to when we pull back the curtain, but every once in awhile something comes across my desk that I can't wait to share. And this is one of those things.


Done, done, and done! I am happy to report that my 100-point Vlad tier four Khador army is done and in on time. Overall, I am pretty happy with how the army turned out given I had only one month to paint it.


In this blog, we are going to take another look at the art process of Privateer Press staff illustrator Andrea Uderzo and his take on the upcoming Protectorate of Menoth warcaster Thyra, Flame of Sorrow.


I start all of my painting challenges with the best of intentions. Get going fast, get things done early, add more models to the mix, make everything all neat and tidy, and leave enough time to coast to the finish line.


Last week, Seattle experienced the coldest weather it has had in 20 years. The cold was accompanied by several inches of snow and ice, which shut down most of the city. As I watched the snow fall outside my window, my painting table also experienced a rare event: I put the last touches on 100 points of models in under three weeks. I still had some basing to do, but the hard part was done. It was a great feeling.


With only a few days left in the Impossible Dream challenge, we are officially entering the final stretch.


Recently, Privateer Press instituted a new policy called First Fridays.


The infantry are done!


From the moment I glimpsed Cassius the Oathkeeper, I knew I had to build and paint an army with him as my warlock.


Here we are, just past the midway point in this so-called Impossible Dream challenge.


Only 38 points to go.

10 Invictors, 5 custom built Destors, 2 Invictor UAs, a Hydra, a Manticore. It sounds so easy.

Yet there are always obstacles. The child is teething, there are plenty of irons in the fire here at Privateer Press, and, perhaps most devastating of all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.


Halfway point…


The saying goes that madness is like gravity: all it needs is a little push. If that is the case, a linebacker slammed me off a cliff.


Painted models just play better. There are moments where bare metal models shine (*ahem*), but the few times I’ve fielded fully-painted armies, those forces have done quite well.


Week two has arrived, and I’m close to hitting the 50-point mark! So far, the painted force looks like this:


Something Khador…


Week one of the Impossible Dream is underway, and I have to say it is going swimmingly! While I still don’t have everything assembled, I have an entire unit of Dawnguard Sentinels done, another awaiting finishing touches, and two Phoenixes and Discordia primed and waiting to be “blued.” Arcane Blued to be precise!


November 3rd is here, and I am officially behind.


It’s finally time to put paint to pewter and get this party started. While my colleagues were still assembling models, I spent almost an entire week waiting to start painting my Cygnar.


Impossible Dream! That title is pretty accurate. The task of assembling and painting a 100-point army in a month is a daunting task. The point limit is not all that imposing, but the timeline is something to be respected! However, it can be done with diligence and grit. Like any good competition, I plan on tackling this with gumption!