So. I’m back.
I’ve been a neglectful hobbyist and an even more neglectful blogger. I didn’t finish painting my models in time for the Iron Sleet Invitational. I did a *pretty good* job at Spartember. Completely whiffed at Dreadtober. Dropped the ball on Painting Decemb-uary. Missed the wonderfully-themed Fembruary. And I’ve been too intimidated by the raw talent on display with the Nestorian Infestation to try my modeling hand at some original, nightmare-inducing NPCs.
Some of it was a bit of a crisis of self-confidence that kept me away, I think. So many of my favorite bloggers and hobbyists creating so many great things; how can my little tinkerings with plastic space men stack up to the inch-tall ART that these others are creating? I felt a bit sheepish and embarrassed by my building and painting skills (especially painting), by my mold lines and imprecise gluing. It felt like my stuff wasn’t worthy of joining the ranks of miniature masterpieces out there.
But I’m being a bit of a self-flagellant here.
(Seriously, one of the best kits GW has ever released.)
So, self-doubt was some of it, And the holidays and life in general got in the way. Blogging for me is like exercise: it feels really good when I do it, I like it, it’s good for me… and if I miss a few days, those few days can very quickly turn into a few weeks or months of inactivity,
It’s been a busy last few months at the Temple. Got through another year of mostly-happy holidays with the family. Started a new job that I really like, and that has candidly done wonders for helping my stress and anxiety. And I’ve been married for nine months now, which has been awesome. It’s been an odd winter in the American Midwest, with ice, rain, and extreme and rapidly-shifting temperature highs and lows that have wreaked havoc on our pipes, water heater, and roof. Our rescue dog, Ingrid (the sweetest border collie I’ve ever met) seems to have all of her health problems behind her, and is doing wonderfully. Tess, our golden retriever, is as happy as ever. I’ve been trying to read more. And write more. And get back into exercise.
And I’ve continued to hobby.
I’ll showcase more of my recent work in future posts, but I’ve continued to tinker on INQ28 figures, built some Squats and some 30K/Great Crusade-era figures for fun, and I’ve put some serious work into my Khorne Berzerkers (so good in 8th edition) and Nurgle Space Marines, daemons, and undead.
And I’ve discovered Orks.
I’ll wax poetically about them in future posts (I’ve rambled long enough in this one), but I’ve come to love them for a lot of reasons. A big one being allllllll the conversion opportunities.
So here’s some of the work I’ve begun to do on my slowly-growing Ork army:
First up, that vehicle I teased in my last post. I took a busted-up Astra Militarum Taurox and have been (slowly) turning it into an Ork Big Trakk armed with a supa-skorcha (all very, very WIP):
This vehicle was (and, I guess, continues to be) my first Ork conversion. Not long after I set to work on it, I began building Boyz to ride in it. I love the look of Ork ‘Ard Boyz, heavily-armed and armored Orks who charge in first to smash through enemy lines. I was particularly inspired by this image:
So I built a figure inspired by it:. Here he is, surrounded by some of the other ‘Ard Boyz:
Finally, here’s a fun fella I built when I still had Ork torsos but had run out of Ork legs. I call him a “Scrap Boy” (though I guess he’s technically a Cybork). I eventually intend to have a squad of them, Orks rebuilt by their Painboyz and Meks to keep fighting.
These guys have been a ton of fun to build and tinker with. I’ll have some more posted soon… Waaagh!
It’s good to be back.