The break just started but I've already committed myself to a hobby overload. Much, much earlier this year I offered to paint a buddy's Space Wolves army. His collection is probably in excess of 4,000 points. I've dawdled around, painting a single terminator, or a blood claw here and there but now he's laid down the law and slapped a January 14th deadline on at least 1,250 points for the team tournament that we'll be entering. Thus far I've completed a Land Raider Crusader, a handful of blood claws, and that's it.
While the task seems astronomical, it's by no means insurmountable but there's one major problem holding me back - The Call of Chaos!
Chaos has some kind of hold on me and I know that I've never really strayed from its ruinous powers to explore other facets of the game, but I just can't resist.
As I draw my Khorne CSM army to a close I'm looking for another project, and it's undoubtedly going to be Chaos related.
Evan, having pulled together the final pieces of his Blood Angels, just started converting a new Nurgle CSM themed army. I know the blog has thus far given the impression that Evan and I are real tight, but there's competitiveness between us pushed on by the Chaos Gods themselves. Right here, right now, I'm calling him out for a Chaos Challenge! Who can make the most awesome abomination of an army the 41st millennium has ever seen... between the two of us anyway. But already I feel that I"m somewhat behind. Evan has a clear picture of what he wants to achieve with his Nurgle force, and I haven't even decided on a faction!
On the marine front I'm faced with two distinct choices - Slaanesh, and Tzeentch.
Here's an example of some Noise Marines I painted (for the record though, Evan did these conversion for me, so I might just be awarding him points by using them for the challenge).
I've never done any Tzeentch but I have a lot of ideas for a very mystic looking force that would make use of Dark Angel cloaks, chaos spiky bits, and a whole lotta green stuff. They seem really fun, and pretty under-represented on the table top. I'd love to run around, turning people into Chaos Spawn and letting AP 3 bolter shots fly all over the table.
The other routes would be a huge deviation from my marine-centric hobby experience: a Chaos Daemons force, or a Traitor Guard legion. I love a lot of the daemon models, but I'm seriously worried about my dice rolling abilities, the steep learning curve, and the spattering of daemon hunters across every gaming table in the near future.
On the other hand I've got serious wood for the Forgeworld traitor guardsmen, but they're so damn expensive! I'm at a loss at this point. I'm continuing to pray to the dark gods for guidance, but eventually I'm going to have to bone up and make a decision. Help me out brothers!