Tom: A year ago we did a review of our past year's efforts and ambitions for the future. Let's try that again. If you want a quick recap, you can see last year here.
The Bunkerites as a whole have leaned hard into Crusade this year. We started big in February with the Brütal Crüsade Week, had several smaller events and lots of one on one games through the year and capped off the year with the Raid on Lachesis (which we haven’t posted about yet here but Charlie has been writing about over on Goonhammer). Planets have burned, wars won and lost, wurrbone stolen, and Legends forged.
Naturally wars are only fought with great logistical support, and a certain amount of hobby effort has been required to sustain this conflict, to populate the battlefields with scenery to fight over and units to fight with. Let's have a look at what everyone has been up to shall we?
It's been a comparatively light year in Jefftopia. Possibly a reaction to going ridiculously hard over the pandemic...
The only project of serious note has been the Drukhari, a compact and bijou force that I put together for crusade purposes while waiting for the glory that was the Chaos Codex. Yeah, for me a quiet year is painting an entire dang 1k army as filler... shush. I have done other projects but for the most part they're half finished and bounced off. Was an "interesting" year in the real world and it messed with me mojo. I'm firmly intending to end that trend in 2023.
Currently intending to paint only MOAR Chaos to finish the Word Bearers and if I start a new army for it to be the Imperial Guard that are just sitting there, begging me to love them. To do this I am going to studiously ignore the existence of the Leagues of Votann. An army tailor made for my affections. Wish me luck...
I also have absolute scads of scenery knocking around unpainted that need love. As a result I really want to make 2023 less about acquisition and more about completion. Again. A hollow laugh...
Last year I said “Unlike many of the Nerd Herd, I am not planning to do “new year new army”.” With that in mind, I present to the reader my new army:
2023 promises to be a continuation of Real Life issues, at least to begin with. Hopefully later in the year I will be able pick up where I left off. There is plenty of Admech sitting in my pile of shame. In fact there is nothing but Admech in my pile. With a little luck I can get the Admech up to a solid 3K by the end of the year.
Looking back at my resolutions from last year, I actually did alright! I resuscitated a protean Imperial Guard force from the 1990s into the Praetorian XXXV, and had some great games with them. I also scaled up my Blitz Bowl dwarf team to a full Blood Bowl squad - The Dreadnought Coves - and made progress with some Bretonnians for Fantasy and some Duardin for AoS.
Nightfall 31st Light Infantry, L Company, 2 Platoon, Specialist Squad. Murder-fisters they are not, but sniper squads are cool!
Both the Nightfallers and Night Lords remain small (1000-1500 points painted and based each), but both are solely 2022 projects, each taking a few months of on and off painting between videogaming fugues and work (boo, hiss). I’m pleased with both projects thus far and there’s much more to add for both, though the Night Lords don’t photograph particularly well as they’re a muddy, grimdark scheme that has all the photogenic qualities of dirt. Nevertheless, Charlie and I did attempt to get some photos out of them for his Goonhammer write up of our Lachesis Campaign, and we did get one good one of Icarael, Lord of the 13th:
|Who’s an edgy boy then?|
I’ll be doing a showcase of the Nightfallers at Charlie’s request some time soon where I’ll talk about the painting, conversions and minis used, so watch this space, but for now I’ll have to be content with what photos exist from the campaigns we’ve played this year, and what few snaps I’ve taken at home that aren’t crimes against photography.
|Lieutenant Raan, 2 Platoon CO, Hero of the Imperium. That "lasgun with bayonet" totally doesn't count as a bolter and power sword, honest Commissar.|
- Doing a massive army of Black Templars with dead Iybraesil eldar littering their bases.
- Producing no trees whatsoever for her scenery collection.
- Painting a version of her Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay wizard she's satisfied with.
- Not finishing her Howling Banshees.
Dan, Thomas & Boris
Charlie: My guesses: Dan will go hard on World Eaters this year, and it will be glorious. The man is too busy to follow our incessant wittering on WhatsApp, so has blatantly missed that this post is happening, but I want to get him on this blog when he's digging into Angron's boys.
Boris recently moved house and has the most scattergun schedule on the planet, so is unavailable for comment, but if he could comment, he'd probably say he's looking forward to painting whatever cool thing someone showed him in the last five minutes. To be fair, he does now have serviceable collections of Salamanders, Thousand Sons, and Eldar. That Boris, he move quick, he learn painting fast, it scary.
Thomas cranked out a whole boatload of Oktarius ork terrain that I'm looking forward to dying on, but is likewise currently unavailable for comment. Something about feeding the nom-nom goblin? I didn't quite follow. Right, f---it, on to MEEEEEE.
We also did a lot to tart up our campaign wiki, producing more visual interest like planets and so on.
|Fronteris terrain (painting recipe over on Goonhammer)|
|A wee blue house and an even more wee pumpkin|