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Monday, 12 September 2016

Part Deux - The "I'm a Dad with no Time or I'm a Slow Painter" Challenge

I guess you could call it ironic.

I post a Blog entry about not having time to paint and lo and behold I don't find the time to follow up the post with an expansion on the topic.

Until now that is.

There was an awesome amount of interest in my little idea (my most ever read blog posting!) but some people wanted to take it in different directions which I have no issue with at all solongas it doesn't stray too far from the initial idea

So, here are the expanded guidelines:

  1. This is not a competition. There is no prize. It's not a painting competition nor is it a tournament. It's a friendly little nudge to get the lead pile reduced.
  2. The army should be a compact little 1000pt force. My army will be selected from WFB 3rd edition and will adhere to army lists in Warhammer Armies. My original idea was for others to do the same. It still is really but people should feel free to use extra 3rd rules printed in White Dwarf such as Gyrocopters and Iron Claw Goblin Catapults and also Realms of Chaos. If you really want to collect a 1000pt force from a different edition then please do feel free but bear in mind that if you want to play games with a different edition at BOYL2017 then you'll need opponents playing the same edition.
  3. Compulsory troops and unit minimums are reduced to a third of the specified numbers (rounding up) so, as an example, a 3000 point Wood Elf Army should have 30 Archers but as we're playing 1000pts you only need to include 10 Archers to fulfill your quota of compulsory troops. Minimum unit sizes do not drop below 5.
  4. The Army MUST be painted (shields and banners included).
  5. The Army must be painted between now and BOYL2017. The minis can be stripped and repainted minis you have painted before this challenge but the repaints must be done in the "now to BOYL2017" time frame. If you have miniatures already painted you want to include then these are additional to you 1000pt painting target and you can pick your final 1000pts from all available painted models.
  6. Miniatures can be of any manufacturer and time period.
  7. I reserve the right to impose extra rules to this list should I see fit.

I hope that covers all bases and if not then ignore me and do you own thing, No one died and made me king after all!

So, what have I finally settled upon painting and why?

I was originally going to do my Nordland Empire Army that is mainly made up of "Casting Room Miniatures" Renaissance range ( but there was some interest expressed in doing an Empire force. So I backed down.

I chose Dwarfs and suddenly more and more people started being interested in the idea, three of four of which chose Dwarfs too so I thought what the heck, let's go back to Empire.

Why Pick Empire?


It's my main reason for gaming.

For those of you who don't know my older Brother is the Oldhammer Legend "Erny" of "Erny's Place". When we were growing up, and Ern dragged me into the hobby, we had 3 main armies we used: Orcs and Goblins, Wood Elves and Humans that were originally deployed as Bretonians but morphed at one point or another into Empire (I'm sure Erny has mused on this subject at some point). We did also have a smatteirng of Skaven (we lacked the funds to build these up into a significant army) and Undead.
Like most others of our age group (I was pre-teen and Ern was early to mid teen) our forces were made up of Heroquest minis (both the original and Advanced flavours) Fantasy Regiments, a couple of Regiments of Renown,a few metal command groups, a smattering of metal citadel and marauder minis and quite a few non GW minis picked up from our local Gaming Shop (the legendary, but sadly now departed, Guardroom in Dunstable that advertised in the pages of White Dwarf in early issues). These troops were mounted upon squares cut from card that quickly got warped and damaged at the corners.

These troops were joined shortly before the release of 4th edition with a few miniatures of the new Empire range, namely Knights Panther and Marauder's Flagellents (still my favourite Flagellents GW have ever produced).

It's this old Empire army of Erny's that I want to imitate. My "Casting Room Miniatures" figures will be my non GW infantry and will be mounted upon laser cut MDF (the cardboard route, whilst nostalgic, does not appeal). They'll be joined by a small unit of Flagellents (well, 8 as per the list) and a unit of Knights Panther (They have to be Knights Panther, anything else won't give the correct nostalgic whiff).
This whole thing, using small armies and using 3rd ed, is about pressing the reset button and returning to basics. For that I need an army that feels like it did when I first started.

I hope Erny sees it as a compliment, that's certainly how it's meant.


  1. I think I will take up this challenge, however won't be able to come to BOYL2017 as I am in Australia. I think the army I will choose is Norse from the White Dwarf list. Hopefully this will get me painting, collecting and blogging again. Will link this post on my blog to spread the word in Australia.

  2. Great stuff, maybe see if you can get an opponent/ a group together to play some games in about a years time to give yourself a similar target/reward.