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Project-a-holic

Anyone else a project-o-holic? I am. I have more gaming projects alone then hours in a day it seems, and I keep getting neat ideas that make me add more. The latest? Finding a way to build a competitive Daemonhunter army for 40k.

I started into the hobby on the Witch Hunters, but didn’t go far before making the switch to chaos marines. I had enjoyed the models, but painting a ton of nearly-identical metal minis at my glacial painting speed was daunting. I’ve always loved the fluff, and the models, and the play style was interesting (if challenging). Now that I’ve got my painting skills up to snuff for relatively speedy quality, and some experience under my belt, I can actually consider the army again.

You see, Daemonhunters and Witch Hunters can ally back and forth, using several of each other’s units. I like them both. But I like the Grey Knight heavy support options better then the Sister of Battle ones, and since those are the only units that can’t cross army lines, I’m creating a core Daemonhunter army as the root. Individually, Grey Knights are really good, baring their lack of assault grenades. But they’re so pricey on points that you’re even more outnumbered then just about anyone except maybe Deathwing armies. The solution? Sisters of Battle. Dirt cheap in comparison, still sporting power armor, excellent shots, and they bring extra anti-tank weaponry otherwise lacking from the knights.

I happen to have a couple of grey knight justicars still laying around, so I’m working on building and painting them, mostly for the fun of it since the models are indeed lovely and absolutely covered in details. I wanted to also give this army the royal treatment, complete with some nice special basing instead of the typical paint-and-flock like my chaos marines, or labor-intensive greenstuff-a-thon that my eldar got. So, I made 4 bases all with variations of a ruined cathedral / tile floor, and made a mold. Now I’m casting up some solid plastic bases to use that I can make a ton of with very little effort. And I can add the odd little extra here and there for special characters and the like if I want.

With a little luck, I might have one done by Thursday’s update, but I’d guess it’ll be next week. All depends on how ye ole job-hunt goes this week.

Basing Basics

Any time I’m working on miniatures I try to find something to do with the base. It just adds so much to the final product if you’ve got something more then a plain 1-color base for the mini to stand on.

It doesn’t have to be anything complex though. Before I even had any flocking material I just cut a few grooves in the base, put some red ink in them, then dry brushed grey over the textured top. Made a neat chaos-world cracked landscape on the cheap.

If you have some spare model bits, those are excellent for use on bases. I had a couple Imperial Guard parts left so I chopped them up a bit and put them on the base of my daemon prince. Instant recent victim.

You can get more industrious and do something like the greenstuff bases I use on my eldar. I wanted a smooth worn stone look, so I made some “stamp” impressions of cracks in the stone on a warwalker / dreadnought base and used those to make various patterns in a thin layer of greenstuff on the eldar bases. A quick brush-over to smooth it and it works nicely.

Flocking is a good stand-by, too. And you can do a lot with very little effort. For my Menoth army I wanted a scrabbly dessert plains feel so I just coat the base with white glue, dip in mixed-size sand, then dip again in some scorched static grass. The grass just gets a few sprigs between the rocks, giving it a nice scraggly weed feel. And all in about 30 seconds.

I also know some people who buy the pre-cast special bases. This can be a nice alternative for fancy bases that all look similar to keep an army tied together. Though it sometimes involves a different type of work as you’ll usually need to pin your mini to them since they don’t often have slots or holes ready-made.

Plasticard or quark board chunks are good stone-slab materials for bases and get used frequently. It’s cheaper then buying pre-made bases typically. It’s relatively easy, but still involves a little pinning work along with plenty of hobby-blade-fu. But you can get exactly what you’re after without too much fuss.

Whatever route you chose for your minis, I highly recommend doing something. I’ve found that it always makes the games more fun for all involved when you go that one extra little step to spruce it up a notch.