Planning for the Golden Troll Painting Competition — January 13, 2017

Planning for the Golden Troll Painting Competition

There’s a yearly painting competition in my area, called “Golden Troll.” I entered for the first time last year, and it was one of the things I built my “Hobby Year” around. Talk has already started about this year’s event, and although there’s not a set date for it yet, I think I need to start planning (and executing!) now.

Last year I didn’t manage to complete all of the entries I planned, and much of the entries I did have I wasn’t happy with, mostly because I ended up up pushed for time. This year I want to do better.

I’m not 100% sure what the categories will be, but I can taken educated guess at at most:

  • 40K Single Figure
  • 40K Squad
  • 40K Vehicle
  • Age of Sigmar Single Figure
  • Age of Sigmar Unit
  • Age of Sigmar Monster
  • Open

I figure there’ll also be something for The Hobbit and Blood Bowl. From these, 40K Single was the most crowded in 2015. 40K Squad/AoS Unit were also very popular. I honestly can’t remember about the other categories, other than the Overall Winner came from the AoS Monster category.

So far I don’t have any fixed ideas for my entries. I need to firm up my ideas first. At the moment, everything is on the table (well, not yet, hah!). That said, I don’t want to go spending money on creating entries unnecessarily; last year my entries were all “outside of my comfort zone,” which meant it was all stuff I wasn’t going to use for anything else. While having display pieces is a nice to have, I’d prefer to have some more stuff for gaming (eventually)!

For example, in Age of Sigmar categories, any entries should probably fit into my plans for Stormcast Eternals. 40K should use up something from my large project backlog. With this in mind, these are the entries I’m leaning towards:

  • Age of Sigmar Single: Stormcast Eternal Knight Azyros
  • 40K Vehicle: Eldar Wraithknight OR Leviathan (or Contemptor) Dreadnought
  • 40K Single: Saint Celestine OR Armillus Dynat OR Alexis Polux

All of these, apart from the Azyros, I already have – and I was planning to get the Azyros anyway. The Wraithknight might be a stretch, due to the size of it, but it’s the idea I have the most clarity on right now. Polux or Dynat would be the most straightforward… I’d maybe just do some minor tweaks to the models and colour schemes.

Thinking about it further, the Wraithknight might have to go into the Open category, due to it being a Gargantuan Creature.

Importantly, the number of models to paint is small. Some models might be bigger than average, but I’m not trying to paint two ten-man units + some characters this year!


If push came to shove, I could always enter my Leman Russ in 40K single, I guess!

This post turned out a bit more rambly than I thought it would be, but I guess that represents where I’m at with these entries. I’d half hoped writing things down would help me pick, but alas, it’s not to be. As I firm up my plans and start working on the entries, I’ll be sure to post more info!

Stormcast Eternals Army List added — January 8, 2017

Stormcast Eternals Army List added

I’ve been looking at breaking into Age of Sigmar for a while, but I’ve never really found an army that really drew me in. I read an article in the January White Dwarf which really piqued my interest in getting a force put together as quick as possible for the purposes of gaming, while happening to see a Stormcast Eternal colour scheme I actually liked… so I quickly put together a 1000 point list with the aim of actually getting something on the table.

With everything else I’ve got planned already for the start of the year, this list won’t be worked on for a while yet, unless I need a change of project to avert burnout.

You can find the list here.

A Cunning Plan — January 1, 2017

A Cunning Plan


I wanted to make an early start on my Hobby Resolutions for this year – start as you mean to go on, and all that – so I took an hour or two to think about how to tackle my hefty backlog in manageable chunks.

My basic plan is to paint in roughly 500 point “blocks”; aiming for a block per month as probably the least likely to provoke burnout. If I can paint more than that some months: fantastic. If not, I’m not going to stress about it. Conveniently, 500 points per month is the goal for the local “New Year, New Army” event at my local Games Workshop store,

With that out of the way, it was then a case of “where to begin?” The vast majority of my backlog is made up of various sub-factions of Warhammer 40K Imperials, so it makes sense to start there. In December I finished a formation of Sisters of Silence + a Culexus Assassin, then built an army list around the theme of “Imperial Agents” – the SoS, Assassins, Grey Knights, and Deathwatch, possibly led by an Inquisitor. I figured that this might be the more interesting way to go, as it was more varied than Yet Another Space Marine Army.

Looking at the (rough) list I put together, the Grey Knights stood out as the obvious place to start, because: a) I had 1x character and 2x troops already, to meet a minimum CAD; and b) because the elements I already had came to almost exactly 500 points – 505, to be exact! 11 models also seemed like a nice, reasonably easy amount to kick-off with.

The Deathwatch will be split over 2 months, as the entire “sub-list” (of which I have all but 1 Drop Pod) comes to just over 1000 points. It is relatively small though, at 21 models, so I might get through it faster

There are some elements to add in – 2 Dreadknights for the Grey Knights, for example – but after these forces are done, I “just” have a Space Marine Skyhammer Annihilation Force to add in for the main segments of the army.

So that’s the plan for now. It might change slightly over the next few weeks, as the Fall of Cadia stuff is revealed and released (I definitely want to add the Inquisitor Greyfax model!), but as long as I stick to some semblance of it I should be fine… should.

Hobby Resolutions 2017 —

Hobby Resolutions 2017

  • Finish more models than in 2016 (i.e. more than 77)
  • Reduce my project backlog considerably1
  • Complete at least one large project (i.e. finish a playable army list)2
  • Step out of my painting comfort zone more often
  • Play more games3

  1. Most likely way: restrict new purchases to 1:X painted models. 
  2. Could be something started previously, the important thing is to finish it
  3. The rumoured 8th Edition of 40K might be a good excuse.