Sunday, November 12, 2017

40k Genestealer Cult - A tidal wave of cultists...

When last we left the action, the skintones made it on to all of the models and I was figuring out the appropriate way to parcel them out into smaller batches. Then things went horribly, horribly wrong...


After getting the first 16 models' yellow basecoats on, I figured since I already had them laid out it couldn't hurt to just press on and do them all. I'd parcel them out after that and press on...


Well, maybe just finish off the yellow highlights and lay on the white basecoat for the armor, since theyll both need to get a hit of Seraphim Sepia at the same time anyway...


A wash step? Better do them all at once so they match, would hate to get the wrong level of shading on sub-batches after all.


At this point the madness had settled in and I figured heck, since I've gotten this far I may as well press on. The remaining stuff to be done is all little detail that won't take too long per model, right?


Raced the weather today to try and get them all done in time to catch the warm part of the day and get them sealed. It was a closely-run race, but once I got done the temps had started to fall for the day. Rather than risk crashing and burning at the finish line by a potentially frosty finish on the sealant step, I called it a win as-is and will come back to seal 'em once it's a little warmer! All told the progress shown in these pics took place over about 12 hours over the last 6 days (with 8 of those over the past weekend). Felt good to get them all done, and while this is truly a stupid number to do at one time, the models themselves are so interesting and full of detail and variance it wasn't quite as horrible an experience as I'd feared. I probably won't tackle a batch this big any time soon but was interesting to set a high-water mark for me!

Hoping to get them taken over to the local GW in the next couple days to get a family photo of the whole Cult of the Argent Spiral...

19 comments:

DantesPeak said...

Amazing work, I love the colour scheme. Can’t wait to see the full army. 40+ is truly insane.

Zab said...

my god, you are pushing the limits of sanity.

Riot said...

Is that all? Blimey I thought this was going to be something impressive!

Seriously you are a mad man! You make me look like I'm not even trying!

Phil Curran said...

Well done and sanity still intact.

Monkeychuka said...

the horror... the horror...

Zzzzzz said...

And now you give us a well paced thriller as well ? Too much, JM, too much.

extremedoc1 said...

INSANE........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... but very cool!

Francesc said...

Once you go pop...

Mordian7th said...

@DantesPeak: Thanks very much - Army shots to follow soon!

@Zab: Oh, it's well past sanity. This was waaaaaay too many to do at one time. The painting servitor may have suffered critical damage. :)

@Riot: Haha! I'll try harder next time!

@Phil CUrran: Thanks! Not sure if the sanity is intact though... Hah!

@Monkeychuka: Indeed! I actually had Apocalypse Now playing in the background during one session!

@Zzzzzz: Haha! Cheers bud!

@Extremedoc1: I appreciate it! Won't be doing that many at once again anytime soon!

@Francesc: Hah! Absolutely...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

Zeuso said...

Wow your level of output is insane man! I'm so envious but also inspired to make better use of my spare time. Can't wait to see the army all together

Siph_Horridus said...

Ruddy Bell. Great progress and huge incursion of xenon aligned scum.

Colonel Scipio said...

What a magnificent effort! If I tried to paint anything that quickly it would turn out terribly.

Mark said...

Wow man, I'm an awe of your batching skills. I think the last time I did that many at once were when I was working on 25-model blocks of clanrats. Truly a heroic effort!

Mordian7th said...

@Zeuso: Thanks very much! Generally I try and squeeze in an hour of hobby time each day, it adds up!

@Siph_Horridus: I appreciate it! I actually have a viable 8th edition army to try out!

@Colonel Scipio: Cheers, bud! I wouldn't say it was actually all that quick, or at least it FELT like a decade!

@Mark: This was certainly too many - I think it was only because the models were so varied and interesting that I was able to power through. If it was 40+ identical plain marines I don't think I could have done it. 15-20 is really the sweet spot for me I think. Oof!

Cheers, everyone!

John Stiening said...

This is absolutely nuts! You’ve won at batch painting. It lost. You win. I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole army displayed.

Michael Corr said...

Great stuff, glad to see the army coming along nicely!

Mordian7th said...

@John Stiening: Hah! Thanks man - I definitely won't be doing this amount at once again any time soon, but it was definitely great seeing them all come out the other side finished up!

@Michael Corr: Thanks very much!

Cheers, guys!

Dai said...

Goodness mate. You should do commission work. Your work rate per hour would work out to be quite lucrative of you paint in such large volume such as these. Really looking forward to seeing the full group shots.

Mordian7th said...

@Dai: Hah! I've considered it from time to time, but I find doing commission work changes a project from a fun relaxing hobby to a second job and as such loses much of the joy of painting. Army pics to follow, gonna take the army over to the GW shop after work today for a photo shoot!