Well here we go, my first blog. This is all about one of my loves in my life; Warhammer 40K. I’ve been playing Warhammer in one form or another since I was 9 years old meaning I’ve been playing for 24 odd years.
Like everyone, I started with Sppppaaaaacccccccceeee Marines. But I got bored with Space Marine on Space Marine battles and in 1993 when Games Workshop released the first Codex Tyranids I instantly fell in love with a new faction. How could I not with artwork like this?
So I started building a small Hive Fleet and being a young whipper snapper I painted everything in GW’s own colour schemes alas growth under a pocket-money salary was slow. Then a few years later my school friend and only regular opponent left leaving me with no one to battle – and little incentive to continue collecting. However I still followed GW closely. Continue reading
The White Eagles Blog has returned. I wouldn’t say resurrected, because we never really died off, we just sort of…drifted away and moved on to other projects. We’re kind of flighty like that. Anyway, we haven’t been idle in the intervening time….
One of my older posts was about the possibility of a “Squat army list”, something I have since written and tested and am in the process of updating to the current edition. I’ll add a link here somewhere if you’d like to give it a shot. PDF Link: Codex Squats v1.2
Currently my projects “on the table” are:
- Finish (completely) painting my NetEpic chaos army
- Construct (mostly from proxy models and conversions) a NetEpic Tyranid army
- Paint my set of Star Wars Imperial Assault
- Prepare for the annual Halloween club game
- Update the Squatdex to current army book format
As such, a lot of the content I’ll be adding here will fall into one of those 5 project headings. Expect conversion tips, Painting projects, random ramblings and hopefully some pretty pictures…… and Hippos.
Now I’ve just read Superman Is A Douche… and it also got me thinking (must be that time of the year), how do you motivate your self into painting, modelling etc?
I can spend all day thinking ‘when i get home, I’m going to paint my Wraithlord’ and I have all the best intentions in the world of doing it, until I sit down to do it, then for some stupid reason I can’t seem to be bothered!
Take for example my High Elf army, I’ve been collecting this army since I first started playing Warhammer (that’s over 20 years) and what have I painted from it? The cloak of a mage and the armour of 4 horsemen, that’s it, why? because i cant be bothered!
Its not that I can’t paint, I can (I think), but just find any motivation.
Funny how a random comment can set the mind to thinking…
In Matt’s last post he mentioned his shed as a “Fortress of Solitude”. This got me thinking. Most, if not all of the guys I’ve spoken to much prefer to paint/model/assemble in the company of others. Chatting over the painting table at GW or just with a mate or two at the dining table.
I know that in the past, ideas have been exchanged about current projects and many potentially disastrous project-stopping problems solved with a cuppa and some glue. So what happens if you haven’t got any friends? or if for some unfathomable reason they’re not available?
Personally I find that it helps enormously to have some sort of “background noise” while i paint and model. usually a DVD or music. While I’m working on my bugs for example I find that having Starship Troopers or Aliens keeps me focused, when I was painting Orks i listened to a lot of Ramones and Green Day.
So, my question is thus: what do you guys do to keep your attention focused on the job at hand while staving off the boredom of gluing sand to bases?