2018 Painting Project Plan

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
Winston Churchill

It’s always dangerous when planning painting projects for the coming year, considering my track history. However, I am forever the optimist and have the best of intentions, and it is with this in mind that I put finger to keyboard and thus present a plan which I am sure will come back to haunt me before the end of the year.

toh-cover-web-600x600Test of Honour

I’ve really enjoyed painting Ashigaru and Samurai in the latter half of 2017, so I’d like to continue and finish painting all the box sets that I have for ToH – though considering that most of the box sets only contain enough models for half a force, I have yet to decide on how I am going to put all these warbands together.

However, the main thing I have to do for ToH is to build and paint scenery. I have a number of buildings, plus some trees that need basing – all this needs to be put together at the start of the year, especially as I have agreed to provide all the scenery for a table in the next Warring States day at Warlord Games.

runewarsRunewars Miniatures Game

Runewars is actually a very good game, but I didn’t play a lot of it this year because I hadn’t painted the miniatures. This is a state of affairs that needs to be corrected asap. I have recently decided on my colour schemes for the two armies in question, so I need to crack on with these asap – this will probably be my second job after the ToH scenery has been done.

forager coverForager

This new game from Stand To Games arrived at the end of the year, and has a number of miniatures that will need painting (though it’s only 6-8 a side, so not that many really). In addition to the miniatures, I will also need some scenery suitable for the Peninsular War. Whether I make this myself, or buy some buildings from Charlie Foxtrot Models is another matter.

burrows & badgers rulesbook

Burrows and Badgers

I bought three warbands (Mice, Rats & Foxes) from Oathsworn in their last Kickstarter campaign, and need to get these painted soon – certainly in time for the release of the new rules in April.

Battle-for-Proteus-Prime-PFBB01-e1410278852817Firestorm: Planetfall

I managed to paint half of my Terran force last year, so completing them will be very good thing – plus it means that I might actually get to play this great sci-fi mass combat game. Since all the miniatures are 10mm, if you actually look at the physical surface area, I actually haven’t got that much left to paint.

Lord of the Rings Miniatures

I bought two LOTR armies last year – Dwarves and Goblins – plus I have figures for Uruk Hai and Elves (though not quite enough for a army of either, yet). These will need to get painted in time for the release of SotK in the middle of the year.

samurai battles box

20mm Samurai

I own a copy of Samurai Battles by Zvezda Miniatures, which contains rules for playing Commands & Colours. Having painted 28mm models for skirmish, I am also tempted to paint these models for mass battle games (I have even bought some extra plastic miniature box sets) – this will probably be a project I will pick up later in the year

conan boxConan: The Boardgame

Although it’s a boardgame, the miniatures in Conan are certainly good enough to paint, and there is no doubt that the game looks great when played on the tabletop with painted minis. We are considering playing a campaign of Conan alongside Dungeon Saga next year, and so painting all the miniatures for the campaign game is a distinct possibility.

Mythic Battles Pantheon

Mythic Battles: Pantheon

Again, a boardgame, so painting the miniatures is not necessary. However, these miniatures are gorgeous, so it would almost be a crime NOT to paint them. However, considering the sheer number of these, I think this is a project that is liable to take the whole year to complete.


Star Wars: Legion

No it’s not released yet, but this will need painting as soon as it arrives.

Edit: Timetable / Priority list

James asked if I had a timetable or priority list for this ‘wishlist of painting projects’ – so I thought I would put one together:

  1. Test of Honour – This is my No.1 priority, especially as I need to get all my terrain built and painted before March 24th 2018.
  2. Conan: The Boardgame – If I am going to paint all the figures for the campaign we are playing this year, then these will have to be started asap, as I think we will probably be playing at least one game a month, and I will need to get all the miniatures for each game painted before we can play it.
  3. Runewars Miniatures Game – I want to start playing this game asap, so I need to get the armies painted (as I really don’t like playing wargames with unpainted armies)
  4. Star Wars: Legion – This is being released in January, and will need to be painted before it can see the tabletop
  5. Burrows and Badgers – I’d like to get at least two of my three warbands painted before the rules are released at Salute
  6. Lord of the Rings (SotK) – …and then there of the small matter of a couple of fantasy armies…

I think that’s enough to be going on with for now…


23 Comments on 2018 Painting Project Plan

  1. James mccabe // December 27, 2017 at 12:44 // Reply

    I’ll need to do something similar. I have three or four irons in the fire the first of which is a CoC campaign starting next month. Do you have a timetable or list of priorities for your stuff, Neil?

  2. as you insist, I’ve added a priority list… 🙂

  3. James mccabe // December 27, 2017 at 14:17 // Reply

    Hahaha! Cheers Neil, my number one priority is to hire someone to do my sleeping for me so I can spend that time painting 😀
    My priority list (just so you know that others have grand plans for 2018 🙂 )
    1) British tanks to paint for CoC Operation Martlet and three large ploughed fields for January.

    2) German tanks and anti tank guns for big CoC in February

    3) 2 forces and terrain for Sharp Practice ECW game at Deep Fried Lard.

    4) Mordheim warband

    5) Roman Legions for Hail Caesar Invasion of Britain Campaign

    6) sundry other bits and bobs for In Her Majesty’s Name, Donnybrook (Border Reivers) etc etc

    And doubtless other will crop up like boats for Sharp Practice… 🤔
    We’ll need to check at the end of 2018 to how we get on, Neil 😋

  4. James mccabe // December 27, 2017 at 18:41 // Reply

    Ps. Keep up the good work; really enjoy the show 😊

  5. I must bookmark this so I can review your progress at the end of 2018

    you know just to see how far you get 🙂

  6. Leadmountain // December 27, 2017 at 19:04 // Reply

    I note Mythic is not in the priority!

    For me I have been strong and resisted other Kickstarters so Mythic Pantheon will be my focus along with Dropfleet commander – 2 fleets to be completed.

    • Painting Mythic Battles: Pantheon will probably appear on my radar for later in the year, though it would be nice if the core box and small expansions would first appear on my doorstep!

  7. I don’t mean to be pessimistic, but if April is a priority for Barrows and Badgers, why is it 5th and not at least 3rd? If you’re like me and paint stuff not on your list when you make it, 5th might as well be next year 😁

  8. My optimism fail this year was that I’d at least paint the Conan heroes and finish 3 Dropfleet fleets. I would have done too, if it wasn’t for that pesky Welsh Wizzard. I have somehow painted 50+ Uruks and in the middle of Rohan instead!

  9. James mccabe // December 29, 2017 at 11:21 // Reply

    God loves a trier, Neil 😉

  10. Great podcast. Loving your blog. Have you guys had a chance to listen to our UK Dropfleet Commander podcast Scanners Offline?

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