View Full Version : One of those 5ways that actually work! A story of five fatties....

12-04-2010, 13:01
Well, after so many of these continuously fail, some of us decided to get off our butts and actually try to make one of these group projects work.

Five of us in Wellington (NZ) got together recently, and realised that whilst our problems were somewhat different, they all required the same solution - a fully painted army that needed the motivation only a group effort could provide!

The five participants are:

Charlie St Clair
Army Chosen: Adeptus Mechanicus (Semi-Mech Imperial Guard)
Blurb: I've been around for a few years in this silly roundbase game now. I've been looking for an excuse to try out a lot of the techniques that the Forgeworld painting book display, so I see this as my chance. For the last year and a half I've been playing a lot with my Orks, and am getting a little tired of them. It's going to be pretty difficult to top how they've done gameplay wise, but they've been a bit of a let down on the painting side of tournaments, so I'd like to use this as my chance to compete in that area again.... hopefully!
I've been really struggling as of late to get more than a test model and a few proxy games out of any army, before I get bored and continue to xbox/what ever other distraction I can find - so I'm hoping the group pressure and pseudo deadlines will help keep me on track!

Bryn Jones
Army Chosen: Space Wolves
Blurb: Brought Rogue Trader when it came out, and tried to play it, but failed at the age of 12! loved all the fluff esp Space Marines; but what 12 year old boy wouldn't. I played on and off for a couple of years then got into it properly 10 years ago, playing in the UK GT in 02, 03, 04, 05. Then had 2 kids which kinda drew and end to it. I then moved to NZ, found a thriving tournament scene, got back in for a season and did okay, but got busy again and sorta got bored of Crimson Fists. Over the years I picked up loads of bits for Space Wolves; had a 13th Company army, new codex, new models which provided a good excuse for doing a quick army to fit around my real life demands. I plan to dip and use every short cut I can to get a great looking army in minimal time.

Jason Isaac
Army Chosen: Tyranids.
Blurb:When I got introduced to 40k (by a fellow "Tale of 5 Gamers" entrant: Chris) maybe 10 years ago now, there was only one army that I even thought about going, NIDS.
I still remember those first few games with the army; well I say army, it was more like bits of cardboard with Ripper Swarm written on them :o) but those first few games and that Aliens was my favourite movie at the time, no pansy space elves or 8 foot goons (have both of these armies now, lol) was gonna sway me.
The Nid army I painted back then had a blue body, with a brown to bone carapace. I want to re imagine my first army and keep it in these colours.
Anyone that knows me, knows I hate painting, and I mean HATE... It just drives me batty! So in the 10 years I have been playing I have maybe painted 2 armies (1 fully, 1 nearly fully) and have base coated 1. I am truly the slowest/weakest painter of the group.

Chris Parkin
(Chris is no longer a Banana.)
Army Chosen: Blood Angels.
Blurb: I've been playing wargames since I was about 12. I'm now 31, so a fairly long time. I started off with Epic and moved on to all most every game GW have ever made plus some from a few other companies along the way. Over the last few years my focus, as far as army building, has been to churn armies out in the quickest possible way so I can get them on the table. I'm hoping this project going to force me to take my time and produce some thing half decent.

Jimmy Braid
Army Chosen: Eldar (Harlequins!).
Blurb: I was introduced to 40k through Space Crusade back in high school, going back maybe 15 or so years now!
I then went on to the first edition of space hulk, and 2nd ed. 40k.
I was drawn to Harlequins after playing my first game of 40k, played with a squad of them against a squad of marines.
(I still have a couple of the first harly models I bought and painted).
I think it was the whole aesthetic of the warior troubador (space elf ninja clown ?!), the laughing god, the tragic back ground of the fall of the eldar and the celtic mythological influences that really draws me to the eldar, and the harlequins in partcular.
I have been wanting to build a harlequin list since they were reintroduced in 4th, but work, kids, several other games systems (thanks Chris) and space marines have always delayed that.
I would rate myself as an ambitious but average painter in that I will attempt ambitious paint effects which sometimes work and sometimes dont, usually to my pretty average ability. I not a particularly quick painter and other priorities can often sidetrack my painting time, and attention.
What am I looking to get out of this quintet of army-building madness?
being quite comptitive, painting to a deadline, and having four others to egg me on I am doing it for a challenge, and to end up wih a completed army. AlsoI am a complete famewhore and hope to see my words and 'minis posted on the interwebz :-D

So, there you have the 5 of us!
We got together at a lovely Belgium Pub where there only charged a single limb for a novelty oversized glass of the local brew, and decided to nut out the rules of how we would do this, and came up with the following:
During the months of April, May, June, July, August, we would paint a minimum of 300 points per month. September would see the final 250 points done, hoping to have the army ready for Fields of Blood 2010.
A simple deadline would not be enough though, we needed something to hype the peer pressure, and really screw ones thumbs to the wall. Each month this punishment will change, but for the first month, we need your help!
We are going to create a 2d6 table result, where if you do not meet the required 300 points, you will have to roll 2d6, consult the table, and eat what ever result is rolled. I'm thinking terrible options here guys, you're gonna have to help us come up with some truly nasty - but easily obtainable punishment meals, ranging from downright nasty to actually pretty pleasant, depending on how well someone rolls (I think only the double 6 will be pleasant really ;>).

Next up, the test figures!

12-04-2010, 13:02
After some hunting about, I really just wanted to quickly throw something together for proof of concept before I progressed further.
After a LOT of searching around, I really loved the look of "The Hoff"s that he converted a while back. I expect to do them a fair bit different once I get into the swing of things, but to begin with - they say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery ;)
I also needed to test whether I could actually sculpt a greenstuff hood etc or not, so whipped up a test figure in a couple of hours.


Chris came up with a really awesome sons of medusa colour scheme, but he wasn't sold on it and no matter how convincing we were, we couldn't talk him into it (though we have since talked Sirath for those that know him into doing it for his next army, so alls well that ends well!). In the end after painting almost an entire army of different test colour schemes, he came up with the following.

Jason and I sat down and worked out exactly what he needed to do in order to paint his army, and after all the little steps came together to a completed product, I think he was really happy : D. Given he hasn't finished an army in about 5 years now, Jason's going to need the most motivation, I really hope he finishes as the mini looks great!

Bryn managed to achieve a pretty neat looking wolf through dipping. I believe its Bryns goal to show that if you have little time available due to having a rather busy life, that's no excuse and you can still whip up a great army in a jiffy. So far so good Bryn!

Jimmy has started playing around more with the nightmare that is diamond patterns and other such harlequin joys, but the initial test figure looks the goods!

12-04-2010, 13:07
Alright, from here on out people will generally be posting their progress and what not, and I'll also throw up a monthly catchup ;D

Hopefully if anyone fails and we dish out some horrid punishments, we'll get some videos up :D

So far, I've finished my first 140 points, via a valkyrie : D! I'm rather happy with the finished product.

Top Down:

Side On:

Inside (Removable Top!):

12-04-2010, 13:08
Underside of the roof:

Inside cockpit:

Front On:

12-04-2010, 18:20
Great way to do a painting log guys!

and that valkryie is stunning! :eek:

13-04-2010, 02:08
A little bit of progress, Jasons mid way through his trygon (excuse the bad photo, I snapped this with my phone last night after swiping it out of his hands):

And Jimmy's been fleshing out how he wants to do his Harlies!

13-04-2010, 07:58

That Valkyrie looks great! I love the way you've done that cog symbol!

13-04-2010, 10:22
A quick update, Chris is no longer a banana ( :( ), and Jason has been given a new picture to show his kingly status.

13-04-2010, 10:33
Awesome painting on the Valkyrie, especially considering you did the whole inside aswell! Cant wait to see some more of those Harlequins painted, so consider me subscribed.

The Laughing God
13-04-2010, 11:02
Everything looks great so far, the trygon and valkyrie are looking fantastic!

13-04-2010, 12:41
Thanks for the kind words guys!

Here is a quick update of the Trygon.

Slowly getting through the carapace... maybe 2 more layers to go?

Also need to learn to take better photos, everything looks a bit to yellow as the background is meant to be white :o


14-04-2010, 03:20
"Drive me closer, so I may hit them with my... intricate series of hypodermic needles and whippy cable arm things!"
Doesn't quite have the same ring, does it?







- Charlie

Shadow Fall
14-04-2010, 18:22
man... if i ever did an ad mech army, ide so ask you for tips on painting it...

looking good, keep it up, everyone!

SF :chrome:

14-04-2010, 20:22
Lovin the hellhound!

EDIT: its not a Hellhound, its a Bane Wolf (I think)

14-04-2010, 22:34
Lovin the hellhound!

EDIT: its not a Hellhound, its a Bane Wolf (I think)
It's magnetized to be both :D!

15-04-2010, 12:47
So anyway, back to your normal program.

So 4 out of the 5 of us (unfortunately Bryn is away) will be painting tomorrow at Charlie's place, so as he has a good light box for photos, expect some more pics soon, some non F'n yellow ones aye Charlie? :D

I need help in deciding what arms to put on my warriors, thought you guys could give me ya thoughts!

Options for Bone Swords:

or these:

And for Lash Whips (both of these whips will be able to be bent):

or these:

Option 2 of each choice will look like this:

Please let me know what ya think! Cheers.

17-04-2010, 04:11
Wow... Love the Ad Mech. Can't wait to see more.
The Nids are shaping up well too...

As for the Diamonds? You're insane :P

19-04-2010, 07:24
Chris' Vindicator in all it's unhighlighted glory.


22-04-2010, 11:46
This is shaping up to be an entertaining log. Keep it up updated

22-04-2010, 23:24
Could we get a close up of the front of the driver from the hellhound?

23-04-2010, 02:50
I want more Ad Mech! :)

23-04-2010, 21:42
this admech stuff is stunning...

vargale eversis
23-04-2010, 22:43
how did you do the red on the valk?
it looks really deep and strong without being too bright,
looking awsome

24-04-2010, 11:07
My Tyranid Prime.

He has Scything Talons at the moment, but am waiting for my delivery of Bone Swords to arrive. I think the plane may have flown in to the volcano!

Used bits from the Trygon kit, i.e. chest piece, spiky bits and maw.
Still some mould lines on there, but they will be fixed :)

Let me know if ya like it / hate it.


Repentant Son
25-04-2010, 03:02
Is that yellow stuff (part of greenstuff, just unmixed) that I am seeing? If so, I highly advise against it. It's quite a pain to get off the bloody bit.

If it's not, well, don't pay attention to what I just said :D

And according to the pictures, only one of you is fat... :wtf:

25-04-2010, 07:51
Is that yellow stuff (part of greenstuff, just unmixed) that I am seeing? If so, I highly advise against it. It's quite a pain to get off the bloody bit.

If it's not, well, don't pay attention to what I just said :D

And according to the pictures, only one of you is fat... :wtf:

Yeah the yellow is just yellow from the green stuff, just used a bit to hold the talons on just for the photo, will be removing them to put on Bone Swords.

The others all look like they should be fat...

27-04-2010, 10:48
3 days to go!!! Trygon, 98% finished.


28-04-2010, 11:46
Mount meningococcal or what ever that Icelandic volcano was called tried to delay them, but it looks like I passed my reserve roll in time for the second month ;D!


Also I've finished a small special weapons squad, so I'll get some pics of them up on Friday :D

28-04-2010, 12:15
Ooooooo, I notice a Defiler there Charlie! I feel some awesome converting is coming soon...

28-04-2010, 13:41
I sense a knight ;)

Looking good guys, keep it up and you'll have some fantastic armies :D



Repentant Son
29-04-2010, 01:02
Ooooooo, I notice a Defiler there Charlie! I feel some awesome converting is coming soon...

Also looking forward to what comes from that defiler... hopefully some Chaotic death and ruin :evilgrin:

29-04-2010, 04:27
Mmm... Sounds like a Knight to me too :)

30-04-2010, 02:36
Im thinking knight at the moment, does anyone have any links to others people have done? WIPs would be especially helpful as I dont have a clue where to start :D
The other thing im considering is a stalk tank :D

02-05-2010, 01:26
Really stuck for what bases I should use.

I've narrowed it down to one of the following 4 ranges:


The Iron Halo ones come in a considerable amount cheaper than the rest, but each time I look at them I'm a bit put off by the inconsistencies, one minute it's tiled flooring and cogs, then its just giant cogs, then its wood. It's just a bit all over the show and I don't know how much consistent painting could bring that back.
I've based an army on their bases in the past, and could only use 2/3 of the particular theme I chose, if I wanted it to look consistent.

The second pic look okay, room for a bit of metal and rust effect, but I'm not overly joyous about the brick.

The third pic I'm not very sold on, I think I would have to add some slate to it which is probably a fair bit of work. Not a lot of height to them either, although its bad for gaming purposes; I quite like a little bit of height in the base.

The fourth pic I think is sneaking in as my favourite at the moment? It's reasonably clean looking, a little bit of metal here and there for some rust, very consistent looking, what are peoples thoughts?

I'm pretty stuck for ideas, haha!

02-05-2010, 02:32
Nope, not the Iron Halo ones...

I'd say the second one is my favourite, but I'm a Cog Head and it just seems fitting... The fourth one is really nice too though.

Dasqueek-Master Assassin
02-05-2010, 03:05
Although I love the steam punk feel of the Iron halo ones, I think the first set of dragonforge bases fits best.

All of you, Great work so far!

02-05-2010, 07:34
They are all nice bases, but I think the first picture bases look to complete, in the fact that most of each cog is there, so not a ruin. The second set get the balance just right in my opinion so they get my vote.

The Judge
02-05-2010, 11:38
I've based my entire army on the fourth set of bases, and they are a joy to work with. Tiled floor can give a great contrast to the main force.

02-05-2010, 15:03
I'm in for #4 as well - they're the most consistent looking, and would seem to fit the theme best - and it gives you more canvas to play with if you wanted to.

Repentant Son
02-05-2010, 19:37
2 or 4, depending on the enviroment you want to create. 2 is very... old. Think cobbles, cause that's what they are. 4 is more of the tech level we are at now, because of the way the tiles are - I can't quite put my finger on why though.

Lord R. Jefferson
03-05-2010, 07:44
Ad Mech for the win!!!!!

03-05-2010, 08:24
Very interesting log so far. I'll keep in touch with it!

03-05-2010, 10:17
Thanks for all your help guys. Looks like the big decision I now need to make is whether I go for that 4th option, or a mix of the 2nd and 3rd.. definitely some food for thought!

Now, Jimmy has given us some updated pictures of his eldar! Unfortunately he confused "make the size of your images smaller" with "make the quality of your photos really terrible!", so instead he provided me with MASSIVE RES pics at a very low quality :P! I've done with them what I can, but I'd love to get the opportunity to take some much better pictures. I love the wave serpent so much!



03-05-2010, 11:28
Hi guys, he is the Prime finished, sans Bone Swords which are on order...

As I said in the painting blog Jimmy; The Wave Serpent is FAN @#$%*& TASTIC!!!

Here is a link (http://5gamers.blogspot.com/) to the blog that Chris made, if anyone is keen to look.

Red Skullz
05-05-2010, 04:43
Very good and consistent quality of work among you five I must say! At first the ad.mech stuff really caught me but the Eldar stuff is coming along fantastically and the nids are also very nice :)

Now where`s the wolves and angels,? Been a long time since they`ve had a update.


05-05-2010, 06:09
Loving the Asian art on the Serpent. Nicely done guys.

The front armour on the warrior looks like he was built backwards. That is probably because I am used to the bare chest of the nids.

05-05-2010, 11:13
Yeah, I know what ya mean :) I was trying to show that he has a 3+ save, so needed to up his armour a bit.

05-05-2010, 13:53
That wave serpent is just beautiful - the wave fits the eldar perfectly and it's superbly executed. If the rest of the painting is that good, the army is going to be stunning.

That said, all of the armies are looking very nice :) Great blog guys

05-05-2010, 23:25
that is one excellent grav tank!

08-05-2010, 07:30
This is proving a fun and surprising log - keep it all up!

The Tyranids and Harlequins are shaping up nicely (but all those diamonds... :eek:), and the Adeptus Mechanicus army is fantastic. As for bases, don't go 3; it better suits normal Guard, and you should keep it industrial/urban for the best effect. Myself, I don't think those from Iron Halo are so bad (but to be honest they're much better for Iron Warriors or Dark Mechanicus - they've that kind of daemonic-mechanic look), but in the end, I think you should go with nr. 4, or mix 2 & 4.

08-05-2010, 07:53
I must say that all the stuff here looks amazing.

The colorschemes of the nids is great, I've been thinking about making my own nids blue. Currently they are grey with dark brown carapace, not very funny at all.

The mechanicus are just breathtaking, I don't really know what to say about them, the symmery, colors.

Last, the harlequins really didn't seem to be up to par with the rest, but the waveserpent. WOW!

Good job guys, I'm going to follow this =)

04-06-2010, 09:11
So despite the total lack of updates (I've barricaded myself in the lounge sitting on a heater, watching media and searching for a Siberian Husky breeder that is local, whilst doing the occasional bout of painting) - I did actually get my 300 points done for last month!

First up, I finished another Valkyrie. I didn't bother to take many pictures, as it's nothing you haven't seen already.


And heres a quick very bad snap of them together!


Next up I got a 6 man special weapons squad done. They're a bit of a poo choice, but it allowed me to convert a few up and have them as an intact squad, plus there are worse ways to spend 50 points I guess :D


04-06-2010, 09:11
Then my PBS arrived, and I got painting! Really happy with how these guys came out. There's one more than is in the photo, didn't realise I had dropped him on the floor until after I was done taking photo's!


I also got a chimera done. Photographing with bright lights at night = suck, so from a couple of angles the light is reflecting off the individual varnish granules and making the odd panel look weird. It looks normal under normal circumstances, so ignore that :P!


Lastly, my bases also arrived. I got most of these painted, as a bit of batch painting.


Well, that's all from me for May, hopefully I'm a bit more consistent and regular over June eh?

06-06-2010, 03:11
Loving the Admech stuff!