Welcome to a new series of blog posts on The Twelve Olympians. This is half-showcase, half-confession, half-therapy. I know that’s three halves, but it’s synonymous with the amount of little plastic toy soldiers I have. Why have two halves when you can have three, right? Why just have one Warhammer army, when you can have… eight? Or more? Read on for further ravings of a hobbyist lost in his own enthusiasm.
Introduction – The Hobby Butterfly
I suppose the first step is to admit that I have a problem. I do. For example, I only started playing Warhammer Fantasy a few months ago, and I already have four armies in various stages of completion. This is a game system that I’ve played less than a dozen times. I suspect I’m not alone in this, I bet plenty of readers have similar problems. Are you a Hobby Butterfly? Let me know in the comments below. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved.
Without further ado, here is a consolidated list of my Hobby Butterfly projects that I will be working on throughout the duration of this series:
Wood Elves – The Autumnal defenders of Athel Loren, currently at 1000pts – check out the Tale of Fantasy Gamers series!
Bretonnians – On sprue, in box, waiting for their new Army Book. Mostly Knights with a smattering of Peasants.
Warriors of Chaos – Another work in progress, they’re a close second priority after my Wood Elves!
Orcs and Goblins – An eBay haul, mostly because I wanted a Mangler Squig model. The rest of the army just kinda “happened”.
Chaos Daemons – A mixed force of Khorne and Tzeentch Daemons which was designed to have a Nurgle element attached to it. Three out of four Chaos Gods isn’t bad going. I’ve never been a Slaanesh fan to be honest.
Chaos Space Marines – A few squads of Plague Marines, some Obliterators and a Heldrake form a little Allied Detachment to bolt onto my Daemons.
Eldar – A recent addition. A friend had an Eldar army going for sale for a decent price, and I’d been itching to try out some new techniques with the airbrush on some grav tanks, so I bought it. Oops.
Ultramarines – Initially just an Allies Detachment for my Elysians, the boys in blue are now prepping their Drop Pods to act as an Allied Detachment for my Imperial Knights.
Imperial Knights – I accidentally bought a Castigator and Acheron from Forge World in a late-night hobby binge once. My bad!
Blood Angels – My 5th edition Jumpers army led by Dante himself has been collecting dust for a while, but should get some action soon.
Alpha Legion – Encouraged by Zeus, I started a Space Marine Legion army, and picked the most badass of all Legions – HYDRA DOMINATUS!
I also have two Infinity armies (Aleph and Pan O) and a few Mordheim warbands kicking about. The one saving grace is that X-Wing fleets don’t need painting!
So Many Armies, So Little Time
How do I justify having so many armies? I hear you ask from across the Internet. Well, if you give me a chance, I’ll explain!
For me, the hobby is all about passion and enthusiasm. Sure, it might cost a few quid, but so do a lot of things in life. Some people get enjoyment out of spending hours playing Call of Duty online, others spend hours at the pub boozing with their mates. Both of these things need money (XBL subs, games, beer costs, etc) to do, and both are things I also enjoy doing to an extent. But my main hobby and passion is miniature wargaming, so I don’t find it hard to justify having lots of armies, because I enjoy collecting them! Each to his/her own, right?
Fortunately, there’s so much more to the hobby than just amassing a large collection of unpainted miniatures. There’s the list planning, the fluff research, the assembly, the games, the banter with mates, the tears of joy and/or rage as your best laid plans oft go astray. For some, painting armies is part of that enjoyment. It’s something I’ve recently got into, and each new army tends to be painted in a different style, or used an excuse to try out new techniques.
But what really gets me is the fluff and theme of an army. I would find myself reading Legion and itching to buy an Alpha Legion
Sadly, my Hobby Butterfly enthusiasm for new armies isn’t quite matched by my dedication to painting them, which is where this series comes in.
I recently posted about my Elysian Drop Troops and Ultramarines “paintathon”, where I painted the majority of a 1750pt army in approximately a week. On the one hand, it’s a positive thing – I got the army completed for the tournament. On the other hand, it was disastrous, not only did I cut corners and skip parts of the models to get them tabletop ready, but I also got “burn out”. Case in point; the two armies I’ve painted in this way have since been sold. I got bored of them, or was fed up with them and didn’t fancy revisiting the army. Luckily, I’ve kept the Ultramarines. After all, the Knights would be lonely otherwise!
Which brings us nicely onto the raison d’être of this post. I will shame myself into guilt-fuelled painting sprees by posting my endless supply of unfinished models. Each week I’ll either share one of my unfinished Hobby Butterfly projects listed above, or I’ll post an update on how they are all getting along. The theory is, with a blog deadline to meet and hopefully some enthusiastic encouragement from you guys, the readers, we’ll get these armies finished in no time!
We shall see! I hope you enjoy the journey, stay tuned for the first proper post in this series, where I show off my Blood Angels in all their undercoated glory!
Until next time.