And what I'm gonna be doing about it.
So yeah, I started out with Ork footsloggers last christmas after a good 5 year break from Games Workshop. I tried out a LOT of new techniques that I hadnt used before for painting including *gasp* drybrushing, washing and highlighting. So it took me a couple of dozen orks before I settled into a good colour scheme that I could paint effectively. By the time I'd painted 60 Orks, I was MUCH better at painting and my army seemed to be a mish-mash of differing skill levels. I could NOT get the hang of footsloggers at all and pretty much stopped playing over the summer holidays. After the last game of footsloggers where I managed to get *gasp* 3 models into close combat (and that was more than I usually got into combat...), I decided to call it quits and move to speed freaks.
Now because my old army was mostly painted badly (relative to what I could do), and the conversions mostly sucked, I decided to completely start over. I salvaged what I could from my old army, which was about 40 odd boyz, a few nobz and a Looted Leman Russ. I brought them to Uni and convinced myself that I WAS going to build up a decent speed freak force before the end of the year. I stripped the boyz and started painting them up as best I could (although having to hand-paint the undercoat is a :bleep ). I made cityfight bases using plasticard and scratch-built some trukks.
However, because it got to the point where it'd take me about 6 hours to paint 3 Orks, not including an hour to make the bases and undercoat them, I slowly stopped painting. I had attempted early on to do a more olive skin tone using the paints I had and failed miserably. I had a grand total of 15 Orks painted, out of a projected 40+ needed for the 1500 point army, and I still only had 2 half-finished trukks. After a failed attempt at kit-bashing some trukks, and finding out that they took just as long as the scratch builds and were waaay too big for my personal preference, I decided that I needed to optimise a fair bit.
It's the middle of march, and my final assignments for this year of uni are due in the 2nd week of april. I have a good few grudge-matches lined up against my panzee skumgod back home. I have just over a month to get 1500 points together...
This is what my army's shelf looked like as-of last night:
Some of the highlights:
Looted Leman Russ and unfinished 'Ard Boyz squad.
Complete Trukkboyz squad, minus Trukk.
Burna Boyz mob, with a mix of old-style painting and my new optimised paint scheme...