Tuesday 27 August 2019

2018/2019 Hobby Season Roundup

It seems the hobby season is at an end. (The hobby season by the way, is defined by Dave over at 40k Addict. Thanks Dave for continuing to run and support this event.) 

It's been a productive and interesting year for me. I've learned quite a bit and developed as a painter in ways I wouldn't have anticipated. So, what goals did I set last year?

  • Complete up to 3000 points of Adeptus Mechanicus/Imperial Knights. I managed to smash this one, bringing the army up to just over 3800 points. Goal completed. You can see most of the collection here.
    This has grown somewhat since the photo was taken.
  • Paint another Onager Dunecrawler. Goal completed. You can see it here.
    I also experimented with new basing techniques.
  • Paint another five Skitarii Vanguard. This is an odd one, I didn't paint five Vanguard but instead I painted five Rangers (as seen here). I'm calling this one done.
    Wait a second. Those aren't Vanguard!!
  • Complete up to 4000 points of Adeptus Mechanicus/Imperial Knights. Another odd one, I didn't technically manage this. However, if I count the 30k Automata which I painted to match the army (using the fan made points values) then I'm well over the 4000 point mark. I'm calling this one done too.
  • Build and paint a Cerastus Knight Atropos. Very much no. I haven't even had it out of the box since I first checked the components.
  • Build and paint a pair of Kastelan Robots. I built two and painted one, so about 50% done.
  • Build and paint a pair of Kastelan Robots. As above, this one is another crushing failure.
  • Finish painting Tyranid Heirophant Bio-Titan. A major victory, I got this big beauty done a few months back.
    The big bug.
  • Finish building and painting 300 points of Infinity Nomads. Nope. I haven't played or painted Infinity this year. That doesn't mean I've fallen out with it and I fully intend to play lots of it in the future.

Stretch goals:

  • Make a spreadsheet to track the completion of my Tyranid collection. Done! Perhaps this was an easy win but I'll take it regardless.
  • Make some progress with the completion of said Tyranids. (Preferably paint more troops.) Another major victory, I painted a huge batch of Tyranid troops recently which gave me a fun, playable army.
    Quick and nasty. But fun to play with.
  • Play some games of Infinity with fully painted forces. Nope. Haven't played Infinity this year.
  • Get a better grip on the rules for Infinity. Obviously, also no.
  • Paint my Forgeworld Mechanicum Thanatar Siege Automata. Done! I was very pleased to get this finished and I think she looks great.
    I love these 30k robots.
  • Finish building and painting Mechanicum Vultarax Stratos Automata. Same as above, this was a really enjoyable project and I'm very happy with it.
    Such a cool model.
  • Paint my Necromunda Goliath gang. No. I haven't worked on my Goliaths, but I feel a Necromunda session coming on in the near future.
And where does that leave us? Well, I think I'm going to scrap a lot of the leftover goals from last season and start afresh. Nothing like wiping the slate clean (sort of). So, without further ado, my 2019/2020 hobby goals are:
  • Paint five Skitarii Vanguard.
  • Paint five Fulgurite Electropriests.
  • Paint my Necromunda Goliath gang.
  • Build and paint a Cerastus Knight Atropos.
  • Paint a tech-priest Manipulus.
  • Paint some more 30k robots.
  • Attend College of Artisans at Warhammer World again.
  • Complete the Acastus Knight Porphyrion which I began painting this year.
  • Paint at least one Black Templar model and one Imperial assassin.
I think that will do to start with. I'm sure I will wander from project to project and have some surprising things come up that I can't currently anticipate. Here's hoping for another year of fun hobbying and gaming!


  1. Great achievements Ed. The Knight Army is particularly impressive and I love the Mechanicus elements too. I wouldn't beat yourself up over any missed goals. I've got so many projects unfinished or on my list for years and years, there are no failures (crushing or otherwise) just chances to do them next season or wipe the slate (as you've done this time round).

    Thanks for joining in again. I look forward to seeing what you get up to! 👍

    1. Cheers Dave! I'm not being too hard on myself about the missed goals; I've had a productive year and it was nice to look back on it.

  2. I’ve enjoyed watching you progress with your AdMech and Mechanicum, so I look forward to more next hobby season. Great looking army so far and like me, still waiting for Fires of Cryaxis for the chance to officially use 30k robots in 40k!

    1. Would love to have those 30K mechanicum robots in 40K

    2. Thanks Siph. I would like to be able to use the Mechanicum stuff in 40k, but I'm not too broken up about it. Adeptus Mechanicus have a nice model range and play really well, so I can't complain.

      It would be nice to be able to play with all my pretty toys though. :)

  3. Loving your work and glad you got to tick off some goals at the same time for it. More knights is always good.

    It was nice to see the return to the nids over the year as well.

    1. Thanks a lot Rory. I was very pleased to get back to the Tyranids too. As a matter of fact I have another game arranged with them this evening which should be a good laugh.