Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Painting Challenge

This month my goal is paint from start to finish a 35 point army for Warmachine. I'm doing this for no particular reason, I just thought it would be fun to challenge myself a bit and perhaps shake off some of my hobby lethargy. I've had an old, metal Cygnar battle box sitting around for years waiting for some attention which will provide the core miniatures needed for this project. Cygnar is not my favorite faction as that honorific goes to the Mercenaries faction for both its Magnus themes and the Talion Charter as well. Nonetheless I'd like to see this group of minis finally painted after having held onto them for so long, and as a bonus they will make a nice foil to my own Magnus-based collection once I get around to those guys.

It looks like I'm not going to be able to get much done tonight as I only decided to do this a very short while ago. That's why for Day 1 of my February challenge I must be content with simply taking stock of what I already own and then planning how I want to fill out the rest of the army. Here's a rundown of what I have with which to begin this project:

PIP 21001 Warmachine Cygnar Battlegroup
- 1 Cygnaran warcaster Commander Coleman Stryker
- 1 Charger light warjack
- 1 Lancer light warjack
- 1 Ironclad heavy warjack

PIP 31008 Sentinel Cygnar Light Warjack

Warmachine MkII Cygnar 2010 Faction Deck

Warmachine MkII Cygnar Token Set

PIP 1024 Forces of Warmachine: Cygnar

Taken together that's enough to get started with a 15 point army, plus all the little doodads used during play and the army book as well. The faction deck should come in handy too as the cards packaged with my minis appear to be quite out of date. I also have a currently missing box of Stormblades that, once located, will add another 5 points to the army's total. Alright, I'd say I'm now off to a pretty good start with the new army.

To this I next plan on adding a Journeyman Warcaster to jack marshal the Sentinel and a full-sized unit of Long Gunners with their Unit Attachment for some extra ranged support. This brings the total to my target of 35 points and would allow me one month in which to paint 20 infantry and 4 warlocks. Right now that seems like an entirely reasonable goal for me to set, though I do have a bad history of evaluating this sort of thing. :) To give me an ever so slight amount of flexibility with my list, I would also like to paint one Hunter light warjack. By dropping the Long Gunner Infantry Officer and Standard from the list, I could then substitute the Hunter in place of the Sentinel. That way I believe I could tailor the Journeyman Warcaster to either a more anti-infantry or anti-warjack role as necessary. So with those 25 models at my disposal, here are the two 35 point lists* I could play:

pStryker (+6)
- Charger (4)
- Lancer (6)
- Ironclad (7)
Journeyman Warcaster (3)
- Sentinel (4)
Long Gunner Infantry (10)
- Long Gunner Infantry Officer & Standard UA (2)
Stormblade Infantry (5)

…. OR ….

pStryker (+6)
- Charger (4)
- Lancer (6)
- Ironclad (7)
Journeyman Warcaster (3)
- Hunter (6)
Long Gunner Infantry (10)
Stormblade Infantry (5)

So that's it. That's the army I'll be working on this month, hopefully painting it to completion. And of course I'll do my best to post regular updates along the way showing my progress. I might be able to get a little done tonight, but most likely tomorrow will see the actual start of work on this project. I'll check-in again soon but until then, happy painting and gaming!

*For what it's worth, both of these lists qualify for Tier 1 of Commander Coleman Stryker's theme force, Combined Arms. There is no benefit gained from this however as you have to include at least one unit of Field Mechaniks before any bonuses are granted. So... whoop-de-doo! :)

9 comments:

  1. Good luck! I can't wait to see some progress. Setting targets like this (and keeping them) really helps my motivation.

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    1. While I don't like the game, Warmahordes has some really pretty models. Especially Cygnar! I once had a small army of them, never played with them, but they were fun to paint.

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    2. Thanks, redmanphill. Looks like the keeping-them part of setting goals is not going so well on this. I'm still waiting for the rest of the Cygnar guys that I ordered to arrive. I think I'm going to try this month-long painting challenge again in March or April once I actually have everything I need. Sorry to let you down though I really down want to try it out again later on. Thanks again, redmanphill!

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  2. Yeah, I just started some Cygnar models too! I only have the Battlegroup, but I'm going to expand from there. Looking forward to seeing your models as you knock them out.

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    1. Yo, thanks DTV! I'm probably going to be putting these guys on hold until either March or April as I still haven't been able to get the rest of the minis that I wanted to include for this project. I suppose not thinking things through and a general lack of planning may not have been the best way to start out. ;) Thanks anyways, I'll be sure to post pictures once I get back to 'em. Best wishes to you, Damn The Valley!

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