-- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

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-- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby zedmeister » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:06 am

So, to officially kick off the painting challenge idea discussed here, here's the first of the monthly painting challenge threads.

The basic idea is you pledge to paint something for Darklands over the course of the month, posting progress and updates (and plenty of photos) and generally encouraging each other along. Keep challenge related posts to this thread. This is not meant to be serious. Baalor isn't going to turn up if you fail to complete a pledge. See this as a more casual motivation exercise.

As for the challenge itself, you will earn points for yourself and your Kindred which will allow you plenty of bragging rights. If these become a regular thing, I'll set up a hall of fame. The points awarded are:

1 - per 30mm base in the unit
2 - per 40mm base in the unit
3 - per 50mm base in the unit
4 - per 60mm base in the unit
6 - per 80mm base in the unit
10 - per 100mm base in the unit
12 - per 120mm base in the unit
+1 Bonus Point for a Warchief
+2 Bonus Points for a Warlord
+3 Bonus Points for a Unique

Feel free to include Darklands specific terrain and model construction as part of the challenge. I'll work out points later.

Death to the grey hordes! Bring forth the painty goodness! Let's see those pledges!
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby zedmeister » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:09 am

So, to kick us off, I Zedmeister pledge here 8 Duguth.

Why Duguth even though I don't collect Anglecynn? 1, they're gorgeous models. 2, they'll make excellent proxies for other units!

Here's where they are at the moment:

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I've got till the end of March to get them like the two I have already painted.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby razormage » Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:50 am

I, Ryan, pledge to complete the following by the end of March:
17 Gabrax (Actually 22, but 9 are half painted)
A Gabrox
Two Gabrax Tains
One Gabrax Untain
One Gabrax shaman on a Gooracx
One Tarvox
One Toracx
One wereofor thegn
One werwulf thegn
Two werwulfas
One Slaenbera
Beowa in bear form.

I can't promise they'll all be on Darklands bases, but they'll be painted!
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Postby Alex (ÉgB) » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:46 am

I, Alex, pledge during March to assemble and texturise/scenic up the bases of:-

Hedroc
Annik
Kernour
10 Ax-Drunes (that banner in metal though :o )

If they get primed that's a bonus! ;)

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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Slinky » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:04 am

I aim to get these 3 Hrafnmenn done by the end of March!

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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby zedmeister » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:05 am

Ryan, I am very disappointed. Not a single drop of alcohol in sight! ;)
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Slinky » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:22 am

A quick sip of that wood glue may have the same effect? :D
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby deadlydeceiver » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:23 pm

Here comes my pledge:
3 Gorgonares (base colours already applied)
1 Hydrakh (might stay unbased though)
1 Hydra (converted)

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Postby razormage » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:32 pm

zedmeister wrote:Ryan, I am very disappointed. Not a single drop of alcohol in sight! ;)

It was on my Untappd checkin for that night, but it cropped out some of the models. Fear not, my alcoholism is undimmed!
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Skull king » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:33 am

Alright, here's my group for March

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It's composed of

Naara 30mm

Mammax Un/Tain 80mm

Gabrax Sorcerer 30mm

Tarvax Un/Tain 50mm

5 x Tarvax unit 50mm (already been started)

10 x Gabrax unit 30mm

Feleox 100mm

Tarvox 100mm
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby JerzyK » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:16 am

Here is my Brugg - not even touched by paint:

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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby deadlydeceiver » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:30 am

That base looks cool already :D
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Postby JerzyK » Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:12 am

deadlydeceiver wrote:That base looks cool already :D

Thanks. It's just corky base with static grass (green one). Higher grass is made of short pieces of linen string attached with white glue.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Jonathon Chester » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:56 pm

Go on then Ill join in.

I pledge to paint:

1 Wocor
1 Prifdynwocor
1 uchewlr
5 teulu


Hope i can get that all done now ive thrown the gauntlet down!
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby zedmeister » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:55 am

So, just over a week has gone by and we're about to Officially start March. So, time for a quick round up. Here's the total amount of points that have been pledged by us so far:

Alex: 16 pledged
DeadlyDeceiver: 30 pledged
JerzyK: 5 pledged
Jonathon: 23 pledged
Razormage: 138 pledged!
Skull king: 61
Slinky: 12 pledged
Zedmeister: 8 pledged


Razormage has plunged right into the deep end with a total of 138 points pledged! Fomoraic are definitely the winners in terms of models pledged for - Baalor will be pleased.

As for myself, here's the status of my Duguth as of last night:

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They're in that messy base coat stage. Mistakes everywhere, but I'm making slow progress. Primary reason for my slowness is that my current go-to brush finally keeled over, frayed. So, after a quick ebay order, I've got a fresh Winsor and Newton No. 2 brush to carry on. Managed to assemble a load of Erainn in the meantime though.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Skull king » Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:20 am

Looking good Zed!

Alright, I've got all the Tarvax finished.

Check'em out here!

So I believe that's 19 points for the Fomoraic.

6 x 50mm = 18
+ 1 for the Warchief

C'mon folks, don't let Baalor get too far ahead! I want to see some other kindreds start to stand against us! (Really I just want to see a bunch of cool painted minis).

I'm off and running on the Gabrax unit with their Shaman warchief as well.
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Postby zedmeister » Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:45 am

Blimey, that was fast! 19 points bagged. Nice looking too, Skull King.

I've made progress on the Duguth since last week and am beyond half way to completion.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Slinky » Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:49 am

Not too much progress here yet, but I do have all 3 Hrafnmenn gap-filled, washed and primed, and have started on the fleshy parts :)
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby CountCrushmore » Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:46 pm

Nice Idea - a challenge might be just the right motivation to get things going, thank you Zed for opening it up!

Nice progress so far, I love seeing Mierce Miniatures come to live!

Well, I think I will try my hand at it.

It might be a little surprise for those who have read my Kickstarter Comments, but no - it is no Byzantii, not even an Infernii Miniature. It will be a Krokodar. I don´t think I will dive into Kthones, but Gologg will give me an excuse to use them, so how could I say no to such a lovely smile?

I will try to get this one finished by the end of the month, my time is very limited at the moment and I have a small conversion in mind, I don´t know if it will work out but I hope so.

Additionaly I will give the Basius System a first try to give him a nice little base.

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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Phil Winstanley » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:53 pm

I'm in for this, but not sure what I'm going to do yet.
Still organising things with the house move and setting up my painting area. Hopefully soon as I'm running out of time!
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Postby zedmeister » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:31 am

Excellent, more people joining the challenge! Welcome aboard chaps. Let's get those bare resin piles reduced!
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Jonathon Chester » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:26 pm

Really need to find my damn priming can so I can make a start on my pledge.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Slinky » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:59 am

I have made a bit of progress on my Hrafnmenn:
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Hopefully I can get these done by the end of the month!
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Postby Jonathon Chester » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:57 pm

Finally found my primer last night so will have some progress tonight on what I pledged.
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Postby zedmeister » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:50 pm

Looking good there Slinky. Make sure that, when they're done, you show us a new updated group shot of your Heathen Men!
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby JerzyK » Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:08 pm

Brugg is finally finished. A lot of steel and flesh to paint!
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Did you notice that he has strange habbit of collecting ears?
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Postby zedmeister » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:27 pm

Simply stunning. Excellent work. 5 well earned points

As for the ears, I'm reminded of that dodgy b-movie universal soldier!
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Postby JerzyK » Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:20 pm

Thanks. We still have plenty days left in March, so I will go for another 4 points with Akhaz:

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He should be faster to paint than Brugg...
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Postby CountCrushmore » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:07 pm

Well done JerzyK! Brugg looks very cool - awesome paintjob!

Well, I wish I was able to show such progress, but I wasn´t able to do very much. My plan was to use the Basius System to make some Bases, but I noticed that two years old Green Stuff doesn´t produce the best results, so I´ve ordered new Green Stuff that arrived yesterday and I went to work. I see that I´ve made a few mistakes (some fingerprints are left behind, I assumed that they would go away when I pressed it into the mould - it didn´t, next time I´ll be more cautious, also I didn´t mix the Stuff for the second base well enough - another lesson learned.)

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But I hope that I will be able to cover those mistakes up once I get the bases painted and some static grass added to them, we will see. I realy like the swampy structure and I think that they will work out very well, at least I hope that much.

Actually there is a fifth Krokodar, but those Bases need a lot of green stuff and what I´ve ordered wasn´t enough. No I will have to wait for the second batch and start converting a bit.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Skull king » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:22 pm

@Jerzyk - Brugg looks amazing! You've exposed details on that model that I didn't even know were there!

@Crushmore - I like the bases so far, glad you're getting a good amount of kroks going. Anxious to see a full painted unit of them.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Skull king » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:03 am

Gabrax!

Alright, my unit of Gabrax with their Shaman warchief is finished! Next up is Naara & her giant kitty!

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Group shot!

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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Slinky » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:11 am

I have finished my 3 Hrafnmenn - 12 points for the Norse! :)

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Postby JerzyK » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:07 pm

It's nice to see so many fine painted Mierce Miniatures figures here! Great job.

In the meantime I finished Akhaz. Two heads are better than one!

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Postby Slinky » Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:10 pm

Akhaz is another winner - well done!
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Postby CountCrushmore » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:12 pm

@Skull King: They look striking, great work on the Fur, I realy like the grey tone that you´ve chosen!
@Slinky: Very nice looking Ravenmen and a cute Ravenwoman! Realy nice Skintone that you´ve chosen for them and the feathers look brilliant!
@Jerzy: Impressive, simply impressive - to archieve such an Effect with a limited choice of colors - stunning, great paintjob!

Well, on my side there wasn´t all that much progress, but I think I will show where I am at the moment. I apologise for the crappy pictures, I took them with my phone. I will take proper Pictures with a camera later on.

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Here are the Krokodar, basecoated and slightly altered (I removed the Skull neclace and filed down most of the "Beltskulls" - taking to heart Orlandos Advice to work wet (I filed underwater to prevent the Resin Dust to go into the air and my Lungs)). I will cover up some of this areas later, as soon as my Green Stuff arives.

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This is the first painting stage that I´ve done, I drybrushed the scales with a brighter brown and washed them with Army Painter Strong Tone.

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This Picture shows how bad the Camera in my phone realy is and to some extend what my intention was - brown Krokodar. If you wonder why one of them is basecoated in white - I plan to make him an Albino, the Idea came to me when I was preparing the miniatures and removing mould lines. I noticed that his arms are very skinny compared to those of the others - but on the other hand his weapon is the most refined and sophisticated. Since they are Gladiatoral Beasts for the Byzantii, fighting for the amusement of the masses an Albino would make for a good show, would be a favourite of the crowds for its alien appearance and would be well equiped and cared of.

Well, thats it for the moment, I will be back once I´ve made some progress and better pictures.
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Jonathon Chester » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:22 pm

Such nice models. I've finished my teulu ad started on the prifdynwocor and wocor
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Slinky » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:24 am

We're coming to the end of March, any more models to show off, anyone?
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Postby zedmeister » Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:36 pm

Unfortunately, my painting efforts were scuppered by a rather nasty case of Tonsillitis! I was bed bound for 3 days and am still getting over it. I'll see what I can get done over tonight and tomorrow, but I'll doubt I'll be finished.

For shame :(
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby deadlydeceiver » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:48 pm

Ohh god, how embarrassing! Between work and my new begun studies I totally forgot about this.... shame on me :-(

On a positive note: Great work everyone! Beautiful work allaround.

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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby Skull king » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:51 pm

Well, I didn't finish all of the figures I pledged to do this month, but I got most of them! With the new muster rules we just got, I'm going to have to alter the list anyway, but I'm still very happy with what I got done.

Here's Naara and her big Feleox kitty!

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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby JerzyK » Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:39 am

So guys, are we going to continue Darklands Hobby Challenge in April? We have to decrease unpainted minis quantity!
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Postby zedmeister » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:54 pm

Well, that was a bit of a strange month (for me) and I, unfortunately, didn't meet my pledge. For shame!

However, we had some cracking completions:

First out was Skull king with his Tarvax unit which was finished within the early days of March. Followed by a complete unit of Gabrax and finishing off with the Nasty Naara and the Feleox! 39 well earned points

Next, was Slinky who flew in on some unpainted crows and left with a nice unit of 3 Hrafnmenn. 12 points for the flying man in the corner!

JerzyK appeared next with Brugg and my word, was the finish article a stunner. We were then floored with a beautfiul (if he can be called that) Akhaz. 8 well deserved and beautifully finished points for you sir!

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So, for the Kindreds, I count:

39 points for the Fomoraic
12 for the Norse
8 for the Ysians.

Well done to those who finished their pledges. To those that failed, there's always next time.


JerzyK wrote:So guys, are we going to continue Darklands Hobby Challenge in April? We have to decrease unpainted minis quantity!


Can do. Might actually finish my pledge this time! Anyone else willing to start a new thread?
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Re: -- Casual Darklands Hobby Challenge - March 2016 --

Postby razormage » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:33 am

Rot, forgot to post my models from March. Can I count them towards April? I, um, did all the stuff I said I was going to do.
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