Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

A lot like 2016 was, 2017 was another productive year for miniature painting here at the Hobby Chronicle. Even though job changes kept me from home quite a bit, I managed to find a few times to get some mini painting done. Also I had an unplanned two week vacation towards the end of March that allowed me to get a lot of stuff done. So let's see what I did finish in 2017:

Celestial Lions
A 10-man Kill Team with an extra special weapon trooper as an alternate. It took me a while to get them all done but I was very happy with the results. See Celestial Lions Kill Team Part-10 for the final steps in that project.

The Kill Team assembles.

Celestial Lions (San Vet. Sgt). 

She Who Milks
The nemesis from ancient times and the bane of forest prancers finally got a paint job too. It was inspired by the Hero Base with the tank turret as I was wondering what model to put on it. I quickly realized that it would be a perfect pedestal for She Who Milks. It has resulted in a bit of a Slaanesh Daemon craze for me. You'll see more of what I mean by that in the New Year (I hope).

She Who Milks on the tank that was. 

Fem Fa'Tau
I wanted to do something special and cool for Da Masta Cheef's wife Wolfy and her Fem Fa'Tau force for their anniversary. I found this cool cheese cake model that thought would be fun to paint. And it was. It was my first time ever painting a Tau model or Tau flesh and it enjoyed figuring it all out.
This was done before he decided to revamp their paint scheme...

Too hot for armor.

Anniversary Give-away marine (Iron Warrior)
Speaking of anniversaries, I decided for the first time ever to acknowledge my blog's birthday with a give way. The lucky winner chose Iron Warriors as his paint scheme and a Plasma Gun with a red coil for the finished look It was a lot of and I was happy with the way it turned out. And, from our correspondence, so was the winner!

Iron Warrior on patrol. 

Vindicare Assassin
As part of my Deadly Assassins series, I was able to paint up another Assassin. This time it was a Vindicare Assassin that I managed to complete. At this rate I should get the whole Execution Force done by 2019...
Vindicare Assassin. 

Ultra Marines (Reavers)
I dig the Primaris marines. They are simply cool. So I decided that I just had to paint up a few. I chose to make them go with my Ultramarines force, but it had been so long since I messed with them that I had to reteach myself the steps for painting them. So I painted up a single Ultramarine. Pleased with that I proceeded to finish up this three-man squad. I look forward to doing more with the Primaris marines at some point.


Ork Dreadnought (Dreadtober)
October was celebrated across the net as Dreadtober and I was compelled to take part in it. So I spent most of the whole month posting about my progress painting an original Ork Dreadnought. It was a lot of fun, and it's got me wanting to pick up another ork project in the New Year.

Ork Dreadnought, piloted by a grot. 

Dark Eldar Beastmaster and Ambull
Wanting to add a bit of flavor to my Dark Eldar Kabalite Warriors Kill Team, I put together a kit-bashed Beastmaster.


And her beast, an ancient model from the earliest days of Rogue Trader, The Ambull. Both of these models were finished up fairly quick and I was able to get in a game with them where they were able to cause some mayhem and havoc.
The Ambull. 

This team was the first team I thought about trying out with Kill Team. I had some very old models that I had painted in the early '90s that I wanted to use for my Kill Team but I needed a few more painted models to round out the unit. But more importantly I needed miniatures I could use to differentiate as Specialists during play. That whole project was derailed however due to a missing miniature....

"We need your capris!"

Genestealer Patriarch (Papa Claws)
This model was missing for almost a year but I found him in October, lurking with some Bad Moon Orks. The stage-by-stage of his paint job  was contained in one post as I had so much fun painting him that he was completed fairly quickly.

Who's your papa?

Slaughter Priest
This guy started off as a whimsical and random minor conversion project that I thought I would get done quickly. And the painting did start off kind of quick but other things (mostly Dreadtober) delayed me getting back to him. But I managed to get him finished in this final month of the year.

Preaching to slaughter.

I painted four of my original Rogue Trader era Daemonettes back when I was working on She Who Milks, as a sort of test of that paint scheme. I decided to add-on to that unit and started painting more of these old Daemonettes in late September but I didn't get a chance to finish until the xmas break.

There were a few other units or models that I worked on throughout the year that I just didn't get finished. Here are a few that come to mind:

 Harlequins were what I started the year with but I never was able to finish anything else for their army.

I assembled a Kill Team of  Space Wolf-Scouts to play with Shadow War: Armageddon (that came and went, huh?) but I am torn on how I should paint them.

My World Eaters are mostly done, but what I need to do for them (decals) just requires a lot more focus and attention than I have been able to find time to give to them.

Coming next year:

Lots of Daemons and some Space Wolves. And hey, if rumors are true they might even become the same army! 😁

Coming soon. Maybe. 


Siph_Horridus said...

That’s a good progress, some fine minis and looking forward to your Slannesh Daemons next year. Happy New Year mate

neverness said...

And Happy New Year to you too mate! Yes, I am looking forward to some Daemonic fun and I am glad to hear that you are as well.