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One man, one week, one batallion box, two blister packs and a war machine box. Welcome to the most pleasant circle of Hell imaginable.
This is the tale of how I try to build and paint a complete, if rather basic, Tomb Kings army from the bottom up in six and a half day. Now, since there are only two and a half day left, I'll first regale you with a backlog of activity:
Day 0 - Met some people who have a local Warhammer club. Got a little carried away, and, by the end of the day, swore a holy oath to... well, I swaggered a little and gambled away my masculinity on the dare that I'd be able to build an entire new army, painted and all, for next gaming day. Which is Thursday this week. Ulp. Luckily I have an unassembled Tomb Kings force hanging about my sprue box. Set up a game against the evil, evil Dark Elves of the local champion and requisitioned an advisor; y'know, since I've never actually played the game before, having never even met a single person interested at all in Warhammer before today. Went home early and started cutting out skeletons from their sprues.
Day 1 - Finished un-spruing the skellies. Assmebled them up to the head, and started cleaning up the metal minis. That deadline is already looming.
Day 2 - Finished assembling my skellies. Fiddled about with that Screaming Skull Catapult the whole day. Damn thing just won't stay glued! Gave up, spent an hour converting that mounted liche priest into a walking one and got to bed early, after trying to set that Catapult - rapidly becoming my nemesis - with Green Stuff.
Day 3 - Got up, took a deep breath, and the air current caused my nemesis to collapse. Again. I glued it bit by bit, taking care to let it set, and had the thing assembled at the end of the day, after collapsing on me three more times. Grr. On a brighter note, all my models, including chariots, are now assembled. Cleaned up half my models with my modeling knife. Tomorrow will be a big day.
Day 4 - Went to town and picked up a can of Skull White spray paint. Cleaned up the rest of my minis, and laid out a couple of plastic bags. Sprayed all except my Priests and the Nemesis white. The last three got a black spray, along with a few other little guys I've had hangin' around my majestic abode (Average habitat breadth: 1.5 meters). Then painted all the white guys in brown ink, and gave Nemesis its first cover of S-Gold. Had a nasty but non-committal encounter with ink-fume nausea.
Dawn of the 5th day - 48 hours remaining...
At the end, I'll regale you with pics of my hopefully-gloriously - and hopefully punctually - painted legions. The quality of the paint job will hopefully outshine that of the camera, as I only have a camera phone which always seems to shake just as that picture is being snapped.
Good luch painting an army in 2 days, let me just say rather you than me but if you can pull it off they may be rep involved.
Wood elf player- 2000 points worth, Autumn theme
Empire player - 3000 points worth, Green and white
Eldar player - 1500 points worth, Blue and white
Good Luck man! Will be interesting to see if you can pull it off!
Thank you for the moral support, guys. Now you've enticed me to lie if I do fail.
Day 5 - Today, I painted all my skeletons twice. First with B-Bone and then with my very own concoction I call "Desertone", which serves to age them and make them more "desert-y" - two parts yellow ink, one part red, one part brown, four parts water. They got all shiny, so I'm gonna have to mattecoat 'em. Nemesis also got a Chestnut covering, and a few sprinklings of S-Gold drybrushed onto him. Ink fume poisoning is starting to affect my brain chemistry, not to talk about my bowels. No, seriously - I'm not even gonna mention it. I've also gotten myself an assignment, to be handed in on Friday. The plotsky thickens, the deadline loomsters, and I'm slowly going insane from the pressure (Can you tell?). My trusty advisor turned out to be rather shifty, and chickened out. Said he had something called "work" to attend to. Lying ba-*'d.
I now only have to paint all the gold, except on Nemesis, the turquoise, the liche skin, the bows, the arrows, the buttons on some of the quivers, the rims of the chariots' wheels etc. I stayed up 'til the small hours washing skeletons. I also tried to get y'all some nice ol' pics of my ever-swelling forces, but my camera turned out even worse than I remembered - let's just say seeing one pic of a brown blob, one of a beige one and one of a yellow-brown-ish one is probably not very impressive. Gonna ask somebody from the club to bring one, so that I can give you something to drool over. Or throw up in your mouths over. Whatever. I have also accepted another challenge, and you will be privileged enough to get a summary of my honourable victory. Well, moral victory at least. Did I mention I'm fighting the champ, and I've never even played before, and my advisor backed out, and I've got a hand-in the day after my army is supposed to be finished? But I ain't givin' up yet. I may have to forego highlighting and other such niceties, but I will prevail. Ah, me and my big mouth...
Day 6 - Okay, this is the day when my hopesand dreams are horribly mutilated by the blunt instruments of time. I got around to painting all the non-metal weapons, and I finished off all the gold in the entire army - and I decided to paint Nemesis gold, so that's more than it sounds like. I also got around to painting turquoise on Nemesis and His Highness. Unfortunately, Nemesis is so detailed there's no way he's gonna be even remotely finished by tomorrow. I'm gonna have to prioritize the charioteers, whose torsoes w/attachments just turned up completely unpainted.
It seems my goals have deflated, from "master-painted army to make all gasp in awe", to "finished army which would make people impressed at my speed-painting skills", to "at least not unpainted". That goal is definitely achievable - I just have to take the few hours I have tomorrow to help.
I've now scheduled two fights, one against the Champ's Dark Elves and one against some pack of rabble called "Lizardmen". If I can only get my army well-enough painted, I hope the dice gods will smile upon my valiant struggle. Since it'll be my very first battle(s), I'm already almost assured beginner's luck, and I've stacked my dice with the 1's on top. How can I lose?
Oh, yeah - I've also written my army list, and bought some dice. Wish me luck. I'm gunna nied it.
Well, I got well and truly stomped. My first two games, my first two losses. The first wasn't really close, but I held my own for a while against the foul Lizardmen and their insidious me-killing skillz. Nemesis got in a lucky shot on round 1, and then disabled himself. My chariots were wiped out before they got a chance to move. at the end, he had half his army and I had only my King , with 6 skeletons and a musician. But I survived!
The second game was against the wicked High Elves and their treacherous long range arsenal. My enemy fielded an optimized killer list, consisting of two bolt throwers, six Dragon Princes and a mage on a Sun Dragon. It did not go well. The final tally was that I had killed one Prince and the mage, and I had only my two Priests left. My chariots once again got wiped out before moving, and only the fact that his dragon failed four consecutive Stupidity tests saved my Hierophant and Priest from the wrath of the Princes, as it quite conveniently blocked their only passage towards me.
So, final tally: W/D/L - 0/0/2
W/L/D tomb kings
0 0 0
enemy generals slain = 0
enemies killed by the curse = 0
standards captured/stolen = 0/0
Only just discovered this thread, but i must say it did make me smile and i enjoyed reading, Rep to you Sir! Good job on getting that much done in just one week, and don't let those first two games dishearten you! pop over to the TK forums whenever you need us Oh, and i look forward to seeing some pics if you get chance, no pressure though..(well, maybe a little )