Please don’t mistake this post for a “Oh woe is me, I have too many models to paint”. I know I’m lucky to be able to afford this luxury hobby. I work hard, it’s one of life’s rewards. This post is more about not having time to paint all the models. Whilst people have concerns about the cost of the models, I find it is ‘time’ that is the valuable commodity. Read on to find out what I need to paint.
A collection of my Hobbit models. I’ve added Trolls, Elves and Hunter Orcs since.
Anyone who reads this blog (or White Dwarf) will know I love the Hobbit Strategy Battle Game. The miniatures are awesome, the game plays brilliantly and it’s full of heroic unexpected moments. I really want to add more models to my already large collection of models. I have a box of Hunter Orcs on foot to paint, but want to buy more (Mirkwood Spiders!)
My Necron Megaforce with added Tesseract Vault
Every year without fail, I treat myself to one of Games Workshop’s Christmas megaforces. I still have the Space Marine one from a couple of years ago to paint. I’ve worked my way through the Necron one but now I also have the Eldar Ghost Warriors set from last year to work on. I can’t see when I will be able to start either of these huge box sets.
Completing 2nd edition is making me want to paint 6th edition
Having recently completed the 2nd Edition boxed game, I’m really tempted to paint the contents of the 6th edition boxed game: Dark Vengeance. I’ve already painted the Helbrute, Chaos Lord and Chosen. Finishing the Cultists will be great for my Black Legion project. Painting the Dark Angel force could be a fantastic allied contingent for my Ultramarines or Grey Knights.
So much detail work left to do.
My Imperial Knight has sat on my desk half finished since it was released. I can see myself tying it in with the Dark Angels. Dark Angels + Imperial Knights could be an interesting project to work on.
This classic model still requires some attention.
I still have the 2nd edition Ork Dreadnought to paint as well. That’s not been forgotten. I want to paint that real soon, so I can draw a line under the whole retro 40k project.
The murderous Black Legion, my 7th edition army project
With all the above going on, I’m actually concentrating on my Black Legion. I’ve played a couple of games and the army list just isn’t right. It needs lots of tweaking. I can see myself adding a Rhino and Raptors real soon to give me some much needed objective grabbing speed. I need to finish my Heldrake and 15 Cultists as well. I also need to buy some Daemons to summon as well.
I wish I had the speed of ThirdEyeNuke, the creativity of Xoxtile and the accuracy of Stahly. That would be awesome! So, do you have a pile of boxes taller than a Morkanaut? Is your to do list longer than a Haruspex’s tongue? Why not post it in the comments to make me feel better.
Funny you should mention a Morkanaut since I just got one for my birthday.
With 20 years in the hobby I have yet to actually finish painting a whole army, I'm currently sitting on 750 points of painted orks and in a disastrous twist smashed my daylight bulb. Bad timing because all this months hobby money had already been spent on 7th ed and some paint.
So I won't even get to finish the remaining 250 points before the next book drops and buggers the list up.
Also my loft is a veritable smorgasbord of semi complete projects and half painted armies, Including
10k of nids that realy needs sorting into a usable army and almost all of it needs finishing touches.
1.5k dark eldar thats not been touched since 5th ed
4-5k Chaos marines in various states of repair (not realy touched since 4th ed codex was replaced.)
1-2k traitor Guard (same as above)
1-2k assorted random daemons (last used in 4th ed CSM codex)
Beginnings of a space marine army
3k+ dwarves (not touched in a couple of years)
3-5k chaos warriors (barely painted anything)
3 mordheim warbands (Chaos, Skaven, Dwaves)
Obviously over 20 years you gather a lot without realy breaking the bank (ebay has been my friend on many occasions.) over the last year though I've realy found blogging helps encourage you to do more and finally getting into a 9-5 (ish) job that I can't take work home from is a real boost to that as painting and modeling in the evenings is a good way to chill. Just need to find time to actually play.
Can I print your first paragraph and put it on a sign to hold it up next time somebody is standing next to me at my local shop and whining about how expensive everything from GW is? 😉
Although I started just a year ago my pile of shame is rising faster than I can paint. To make you feel better:
– Unpainted Dark Vegeance-Box where always want to paint the Chaos-guys to have an enemy 😉
– Stormraven and Landraider to transport my Blood Angels
– Sanguinary Guard
– Terminator Squad
– Newest Member of the Pile: Trygon and a Swarmlord because I can't see any BA-Red anymore
and… finally, because it's a reaaaaaally cool one: The Balrog. I liked the Deamon Prince… So this was, in my head, just a logical consequnce.
Feel better now? 😉
You can print it off, or just send them here. I'll tell them!
Your to do list is smaller than mine, so it didn't make me feel better. But thanks for trying.
I do so!
I take it as a warning: DON'T BECOME A GARFY! Every time I enter the store 😉
Slow and steady wins the race!
Having just moved home and now actually have had all my hobby from 20 years placed in a single room, umm yeah I have a bit of a collection and a bucket of things purchased and never even out of the cellophane. Its quite disturbing really to see it all in one place. Am currently going through it all every night, binning the rubbish, assigning a "to sell" pile, and repacking all my "deffo keeping" armies and models. Its quite exhausting work! I now even have a "tank graveyard" box assigned so me and some friends can dive through for cool basing and terrain making sessions. The amount of stuff donated, cheap picked up off eBay and so on has mounted right up and basically filled an entire 2mx4m room…
Just posted a pic of the room on my blog…
I've started setting a limit on what I can buy, until I've finished painting the models I already own.
It's helped a little bit. Plus that and the Bolterandchainsword ETL contest. Can't let my brothers down!
I completely understand where you are. Some of my stuff is started, some is just primed, and some are still on sprues
My list is the following, mostly in order:
Orikan the Diviner (for a painting competition)
5 Dire Avengers
1 Hemlock Wraithfighter
10 Pink Horrors (until I buy a second box) for summoning
– Warriors of Chaos (Counts as Ravenwing)
12 Chaos Marauder Horsemen (Ravenwing Assault)
12 Mounted Chaos Knights (Ravenwing Knights)
1 Chaos Juggernaut (Samael)
1 Chaos Chariot (Darkshroud)
2 Valkia the Bloody (Ravenwing Landspeeder)
Farsight Enclave – the Eight
Orks from Assault on Black Reach
You are not alone Garfy! I too am a model hoarder. Here's what's waiting painting love:
– Full Dark Vengeance set
– CSM Battleforce
– New Helbrute model
– CSM Warp Talons
– Khorne Berserkers
– CSM Lord in Termi armor, Finecast Sorcerer and Aspiring Champ
– Chaos Spawn
– Grey Knights Dreadknight
– Tyranid Trygon
– Dark Eldar Ravager
and I have a new Treeman and Dark Eldar scourges incoming! I guess I need therapy…
Well…. shamefully and embarrassingly?….
I have a ~2000pt 40k death guard army all bought, and all still in bits. I have a ~2000pt traitor guard army all bought, only have around 20 troops and half a medusa built. I have another ~2000pt normal guard army all but completely bought… still in boxes. Also have 10 infinity miniatures undercoated. A few "one off" random miniatures that I fancy painting sometime. And I have a mierce miniatures ks filtering in in various waves. And I have Arena Rex coming.
Before I get to that, I'm struggling to just get over the finishing line with my blood angels. 1 tactical squad, 2 or 3 characters to go…. just can't quite get there. Baring in mind that it's taken me nearly 2 years to paint ~2500pts, I can't see me clearing my backlog for some time.
I don't have an awful lot of spare cash (and soon to have much less), I've definitely massively overspent over the last 18 months (and some is still sitting on a credit card awaiting repayment), but time is definitely the most precious of commodities (and the pitter patter of tiny feet suggest that by the end of the year, free time will be even harder to come by).
I hoping to strictly limit my hobby spending over the next couple of years to glue, paint and brushes….. And then try using them….
Also a hoarder Garfy and this thread feels like good therapy so here goes…..
1000 points of Nids
2000 points of Death Guard with lots of nice FW upgrades
Dark Vengeance Box set
1 Land Speeder Storm
40K 25 Anniversary SM captain
2 Web exclusive SM Captain
FW Legion Praetors
10 FW Assault marines
1 x Devastator squad
10 Sternguard – old and new versions
30 SM tactical Marines
Fortress of Redemption – 80% done
Shrine of the Aquila
Old resin imp ruins barricades
Old Ork barricades – 50% done
Ork battlewagon – 50% WIP
1 deffkopta – 50% WIP
5 Ork boys and Nob WIP
5 Burna Boyz
1 Ork Morkanaut…or maybe Gorka…..
5 flash-gitz on pre-order
……feel better now !!
Hey Garfy, nice post! I am a collector and a completest. I can proudly say at this point the only thing missing from my Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit collection is the Forge World Weathertop. I was even able to pick up the store only half piece on Ebay a week or so ago. The bad part is that my closet is so full of unpainted miniatures that the box the piece came in will not fit in there! Not to long ago I made a post on my blog inspired by one of your own that illustrated my ridiculous backlog:
Unfortunately GW has slowed down their output of Hobbit minis, but I seem to combat that with a guy that does some incredible conversions so the backlog continues to grow. I am sure there is more to come from GW and I can't wait even though I cant keep pace with the painting. But honestly would we really want it any other way?
I have a serious issue:
– Almost two companies of ultramarines (1st and 2nd).
– 7 ultramarines vehicles.
– Medium sized Grey Knights Force of ~60 models and three vehicles.
– 25 Necrons and three vehicles.
– An Adpetus Astartes stormwing, strike force + sf ultra
– AND to top it off 5 plastic clampack characters + retouching old characters.
– Don't forget finishing off my maxed out Imperial Stongpoint as well.
I wouldn't pity me too much as it is put down to years of laziness but I hope it has the potential to make you feel better.
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Haven't bought any models for months, possibly a year. Still got loads to paint