Anyone who knows me can tell you the two following things in regards to Warhammer 40k and other miniature gaming like Fantasy, Warzone, etc.
#1. I play a damned good game.
#2. I never paint my miniatures.
I'm not here to talk about #1, but instead #2.
I hate painting miniatures, I have hated painting them for years, which
is why I have done it so infrequently. I mean, sure I have painted
miniatures, my collection of old stuff I've done over the years proves
it, as does my collection of old paints. That all aside, I never
finished an army. For example, the Dwarves (Because I spell it like I
want) that I have had for... phew... uh... almost 20 years are not fully
painted. Sure, some of the squads may be fully painted, but that is
mostly because those squads are like 10-20 in total. And truthfully my
painting abilities back then sucked as much as the typical 12-15 year
Not to knock gamers of that age, but truthfully I was horrible. I knew I
was horrible, which is why I never really finished stuff, because while
what I could easily visualize in my head was great and awesome, what I
could produce on the miniatures was terrible.
So, because of that, as I got older I never bothered to paint. Sure I
would convert miniatures, sure I would assemble them, I would play the
various games, and I always did it with an army of either a various
spray primer, or of just plastic/metal. I did paint the old Iron
Warriors army I owned, but that was a labor of love, and in retrospect,
while they may have been decent, they were far from good. The fact that
the army was stolen was probably a blessing in disguise simply because
it gave me a chance to not only rebuild them and get to actually
painting something I wanted to paint. And lo did I discover, that I was
actually a bit better than I used to be, at least better enough that the
stuff looked good and received compliments. While I will never ever win
a painting competition, I will be happy with how my stuff looks.
That said, I have more armies than just the Iron Warriors. For example, I
own a collection of old and new Blood Angels, I own the afore mentioned
Dwarves, some Empire, and a lot of Brettonian knights. But, other than
my Iron Warriors, I love my Imperial Guard. Some of them are ancient
enough to have once been named "Imperial Army". But the majority of them
are bog standard Cadians. And most, if not all of them have been flat
plastic in color save for a few individual pieces. That includes the
tanks. But all that changed about a week and a half ago.
Despite over 20 hours of overtime in the past two weeks, I have somehow
gone from no painted Imperial Guard, to 101 individual guardsmen, 6
Chimeras, 6 Leman Russ, and 1 Hell Hound, and this week I plan to paint
my first Vendetta. So, somehow in less than 6 months time I have gone
from no completely painted armies, to 2. The Mayans were right, the
world must be ending.
What makes it worse, is that I have decided other than with the current
Cadians I have, I will paint the rest of the guard, and convert the
guard in full to be a heresy style army also. Which means... yep, say
hello to the Olympian Planetary Defense force. Gotta keep up with the
Iron Warriors theme don'tcha know.