New Year Painting Challenge: April

Another month has come and gone, so that means it’s time to look at what minis I’ve managed to paint for this year’s Painting Challenge. With the world still in lockdown due to the ongoing pandemic, I have not been staying at my house with my family. Despite working quite a few overtime shifts to cover for others that are self-isolating, this means I have got quite a lot painted up in the last couple of weeks. So much so that I am quickly running out of my stockpile of minis I had put to one side.

A quick reminder on the rules of this painting challenge. Over the course of the year I have to paint at least fifty-two models, showing my progress at the end of every month. I have also challenged the wider community to join me in this war against the grey, as group projects are always more fun than solo outings.

So, let’s see what I got painted in April.

First up we have a few new additions to my growing Nurgle Daemon army. And by a, few I mean a lot. I managed to knuckle down and do a quite a bit of batch painting over the course of the month, which increased my nurgle army from ten models to a respectable thirty-six. Broken down, I now have painted thirty plaguebearers, three nurglings, and three characters, meaning now I can run a small battalion on the tabletop.

I have already started work on another ten plaguebearers, and I am hoping that by the end of May to have two full units of these lesser daemons painted up. Not sure what I will add to them after that, but I am sure I’ll figure something out. Here is hoping I will be able to get hold of the miniatures by then.

One thing that I do know will be fighting along side my fowl warp spawns is a traitorous lance of chaos knights, which I spent most of this month repainting to represent their fall to the dark gods. I originally got them to fight alongside my Ghosts of Mortain, but since their new rules in Ritual of the Damned reward you for taking a pure Grey Knight force I had little use for them as loyalists.

So, I decided to repaint them and dedicate them to the service of the ruinous powers. The colour scheme was based on the Sons of Malice renegade warband and yes, that is because these traitor knight owe the allegiance to the chaos god Malal. Yes, yes, I know the canonicity of Malal is a now infamous in the Warhammer community, but I really liked the concept and wanted to bring it to life in my force. I don’t think I’ll be adding any more knights to my collection, but they will be a fun addition to my chaotic servants.

Next up we have another miniature from my Blackstone Fortress collection, in the form of Amallyn Shadowguide. She was originally quite low down on my list of painting projects, but when I lost one of my explorers during the first stronghold assault, I need to find a replacement for our little band of adventures. I’m pretty happy with how she turned out, but know I feel I should get some of the baddies painted up before my next game.

My last miniature I painted this month was one of the classic metal imperial preachers. I painted him in a similar colour scheme to my Inquisitor, as he is supposed to be one of his acolytes. I am planning on adding some more models to my Inquisitors warband in the coming months in preparation for a particular project I’m hoping to get off the ground once the world returns to some level of normality.

So, if my calculations are correct that bring my grand total to… sixity-three models painted!

Well, that’s a pleasant surprise. Only four months into the challenge and already I’ve accomplished my goal for the year. Now to see by how much I can beat it. Before we finish up, let’s have a look and see what you fine people have been up to.

First up we have the space marines of one Steven Thomas. Steven custom chapter, know as the Dark Fists, have been his go to marines in some form or another since he started 40k. Based on the Imperial Fists, so far this month he has painted up two chaplains (one is standard and the other is a scratch built off of an apothecary kit) as well as intercessor squad and apothecary. Looking forward to seeing how this army develops over the coming weeks and months.

Next, we have the Mad Max looking Orks of Conner Warbrick. Conner started this army before the pandemic, and I’m glad to see that it has grown as big as it has. These “War Boyz” look great, and I cannot wait for lockdown to be over so we can see how they stack up to my daemons.

And that will about do it for today. I’ll be back at the end of May with another update for you all, so if you don’t want to miss out on that or any of the other great content we do please like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics.

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