Iron Sleet’s Pilgrym project is an ongoing reminder of the elements that drew me into the hobby in the first place, and an utterly jaw dropping exploration of quite how deeply the thinnest sliver of the Warhammer 40,000 background and aesthetic can be mined for incredible results. Even at this early stage their work is stunning to behold, and is truly ambitious and epic in scope.
My own hobby goals for 2016 very much include getting back into the dark and terrible future of the Imperium, that the Iron Quill team is doing such an incredible job of encapsulating, but that’s not my first port of call (although the bits box is crying out to be broken open at this point).
Games Workshop’s “New Year, New Army” drive has served as a reminder that while I have a whole mess of models with varying degrees of paint on what I don’t really have is an army I can be proud of. By which I mean something like KrautScientist’s World Eater force as seen on Eternal Hunt and exemplified in the recent Eternal Hunt Awards (Pt3). The ranks of bare plastic and metal models I own far outweigh those with paint, and of those the number I am proud of is smaller still. This year I’m going to change that. If not the balance of numbers between painted and unpainted (because I fear that is a deeply over optimistic plan for five years, let alone one) then the number I am proud to call my own.
As things stand I am not feeling drawn towards building any of the armies in Games Workshop’s increasing range. A Horus Heresy force is very tempting, but four unfinished Space Marine armies of various Chapters sit watching me from the shelves with mocking plastic eyes. Instead, it’s time to try something new; of which more tomorrow. For today I’m just going to make one hobby goal…
·I will have a fully painted army by the end of 2016, and it will have seen action on the table top·
I have a few other hobby projects bubbling away, aside from the army build, and more are likely to start off over the coming month; however the next few posts are going to be focused on the army, building up something big on the 1st of February.