Hobby Workshop; February 2021

Welcome back to Master of Magics Hobby Workshop, our series of articles looking at what our little community has been up to over the last month. Since February is the shortest month, you would expect that I have some excuse as to why I haven’t managed to paint anything. Well surprisingly, February was actually a very productive month for yours truly, as well as other members of our community. In fact, not only have I managed to keep up with my #MonthlyModelMelee project, but I also managed to get a decent number of my remaining Nurgle Daemons finished up. So, let’s have a look at what we managed to finish off this month.

First up, we have my #MonthlyModelMelee mini. As you might recall, February’s theme was Magic. For my entry, I decided to paint the classic Warrior mini from the 3rd edition of Talisman. Now I know what you are thinking. What does this Conan wannabe have to do with Magic? Surely, he is more a fighter than a spell caster. Well, you see I recently dug up my old 3rd edition copy of Talisman to play it with my children. They immediately took a liking to it (my youngest really enjoying playing the Slayer) and it has since entered our regular rotation of board games.

Well, during one such playthrough when I was playing this very Warrior, I ended up in possession of the Sword of Power which allows you to fight battles (physical combat) with your craft (magical/psychic powers). This ended up with my burly Warrior going on an educational road trip as I absorbed all the knowledge I could and became the mightiest spell caster in the realms. All so I could hit a big dragon with a sword. Been such a silly tale, I was inspired to give this fine chap a fresh coat of paint (previously he had been painted in oil based painted and with rainbow coloured hair*).

This was a nice departure from the more modern miniatures I have been painting recently, and I expect I’ll probably end up painting the rest of the collection over the coming year to provide me with a bit of variety in my hobby time.

Next up we have another set of ten Plaguebearers for my Nurgle army. This unit has the noble battlefield role of sitting in my deployment zone on my own objective while my other two units (both thirty strong) march up the board to engage the enemy. I therefore give them some Burnt Grass flock on their bases, to represent the fact they are at the back of the army and the other daemons have already killed off all the native flora with the many diseases they carry. Nothing more to say on these chaps to be honest. Now the only question is do I turn them into another thirty strong unit, or branch out and add some other daemons to the party?

Finally, we have another addition to my army of decay, in the form of three Plague Drones. I have honestly been putting off painting these for a while know, simply because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to paint them or even if they would suit the way I’ve painted the rest of the army. Then the other day I just decided to go for it and honestly, I’m quite happy with the results. Sure, they are not going to win any golden demons any time soon. But the idea was to get them to tabletop standard, and I think they certainly meet that criteria. I can always go back and touch them up with more highlights in the future, but for now they are good enough for me.

So that’s what I’ve been painting, but what about the rest of the community?

Well first up we have some Lamenters from Edward Stone. I’m starting to thing that Edward is planning on doing a full Blood Angel crusade, with assistance from these successors and his massive Imperial Guard force. One of these days I’m going to have to tempt him to play a massive game with all his imperial forces against everyone else at the store. The game might take a while though.

Next up we have some Troggoths from Tom Wintle. I’ve always had a soft spot for Trolls, and seeing Tom’s progress with them has been great. Since I am also starting a Gloomspite army with my children, I might have to get some tips from Tom. Especially how he has done those crystals in the Troggoths weapons.

Jon Mealor has also been on an AoS kick, although he has been tackling these wonderful Daughters of Khaine. While I’m still salty about what happened in Broken Realms: Morathi, I still have to say that these murder Aelves are still some of the nicest models in the range, and Jon has done a great job bring them to life with his paint job.


Finally, Gareth Mosley has been painting a ton of minis. Far too many for me to cover in this little article. But out of all the models he has shared this month, I have to say his Fyreslayers and Ultramarines have impressed me the most. Can’t what for lockdown to end so we can see which is the hardest to shift out of his Duardin and my Daemons.

And that will do it for today. I’ll be back at the start of April with next Hobby Workshop of 2021. This month’s #MonthlyModelMelee theme is “Brains not Brawn”, so have some fun painting something that is on the more intellectual side. If you want a chance to have it featured in the next article make sure to share it with us either of on Twitter @TenguPlaysGames, or via our Facebook page. If you don’t want to miss out on that or any of the other great content, we do here at Master of Magics, please like and subscribe to keep up to date.

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