For the past few months I’ve been preparing for my FLGS’ annual 40K tournament. I knew I wanted to play Chaos but that meant I had a lot of work ahead of me to get ready. I hate painting for deadlines. They stress me out and make painting not as fun as usual for me. As much as I hate them, they work. In preparing for this event I have gotten a lot of painting accomplished. I also started far enough out that I wasn’t faced with having to cram in a lot of work in a short period.
At the moment I just have a few odd ends to finish up, namely a Bloodletter arm, a bolter and basing a Spawn. Oh, and a display tray I’m working on. What I’ve managed to knock out in getting ready for this event is:
1 Daemon Prince
1 Chaos Lord
Pair of Terminator arms
Repaint Terminator power fist
Repaint power sword
Two power fists
It’s not a ton to get painted, I know many others have/had more to get done, but it was all over the place with so many small miscellaneous things. The Daemon Prince was also pretty time-consuming. I may have been working on a deadline but I wasn’t going to sacrifice quality either. The Lord also took a fair amount of time. Those two models account for easily half of my time spent painting everything.
I mentioned I’m working on a display tray and that’s going OK. I have a tray already but it’s painted in a generic fashion so any of my armies can use it. So, I wanted to create something specific to my Chaos Marines. My idea was to create a tray that I can add to my current board and be able to remove. That way I could create a separate tray that adds on for each army. Right now it’s proven better in theory than practice as I didn’t build my original board/tray to accommodate what I want to do. I do have an idea that I’m going to try this weekend so we’ll see how that works out.
The actual add-on tray I’m a bit iffy on. I got a bit sloppy on my glue application and it built up in some spots. When I added my basing sand to it, it created these small ridges, for lack of a better word. It doesn’t look bad and actually looks more natural than a completely flat surface but I have to try standing models on it and make sure it’s not going to make them tip over. The raised areas are very minimal, it’s not like a half-inch raise or anything, but when you’re talking 25mm models, well it doesn’t take a lot to unbalance them.
That being said, it’s one of those things that’s just bugging me and I may completely redo it. I guess we’ll see how my attachment idea works out and go from there. Time is short but I also don’t want to put the effort into something I’m not 100% happy with. I may just say screw it and attach the intended removable tray. It’s not like I plan to play anything but Chaos at this point anyway. If I need something more dynamic with removable parts it would probably just make more sense to start the entire project that way instead of trying to force it in later as I am now.
Can you tell the tray thing is bugging me? :P