Squaduary Stage 2 – Review and get painting

Welcome to week two of Squadary!

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Welcome to week 2!

There will be four stages, each taking a week, to this:

1. Assembly: 1st – 7th
Taking them off the sprues or putting them on bases, what ever way you get them ready for paint.

2. Basic painting: 8th – 14th
This is your basic coating and blocking in colours.

3. Clean up and details: 15th – 21st
Cleaning up your colours and picking out all the bits to make the mini stand out.

4. Basing: 22nd – 28th
Adding the base or just painting it up.

Please do check out peoples Twitter and blog links below to see their progress. If I missed your update please do link it in the comments and I can update it ūüôā

Week 1 is under our belts and most of us will have our models built or heavily converted in some cases. Now it is time to get going with laying down those base coats. For some that will be laying down some basic colours, for others you will be going whole hog on one miniature at a time. Remember this is for fun! Get things done at your own pace. More miniatures painting on gaming tables across the world is better.

The starting Squaduary pledges!

Marc van Holst from Old School Gaming

I have plenty of squads that would fit that bill, but my Iron Snakes Centurions are at the top of the list. I had a bit of a head start with Kryto, the sergeant pictured below, because I wanted to see if the concept was worth pursuing. Last night, feeling confident but exhausted from my first week back at work, I converted the final two Centurions to be armed with plasma cannons.


Kirsten Williams from Stepping Between Games


Svartmetall from Stepping Between Games

Six out of the seven!


Mr. Pink from Modern Synthesist

A closer look at some of the additions to my unwashed Neophytes.


Spoticus from Fortress Erioch

My goals for this week are to create a squad of Wraithblades and a squad of Iron Warriors. I might have a few last minute builds tomorrow before week one runs it’s course.
Behold the mighty Klaivaulch!


Turkadactyl from Turkacdactyl

I pledged to do five Sylvaneth Tree Revenants and three Kurnoth Hunters with bows. I’m ahead of the #Squaduary schedule and well into the painting.


Doug from Bare Hand Fishing

As I am looking for any and all motivation to finish my Genestealer Cult army, it was only natural that I chose a squad of neophytes to enter into the challenge.

My squad is more of a hodgepodge of chaos cultists, genestealer cult neophyte models, some Empire flagellant bits thrown in the mix, and some great hairless heads from maxmini.- in short, it is a true representation of the flotsam and jetsam that could inevitably ends up in the initial clutches of a genestealer infiltration ‚Äď working class stragglers, the downtrodden, unfortunate souls caught in the wrong place‚ĶThe list goes on.


Repentant Unforgiven from Dragons Eye Miniatures

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Joe B from Broken Paintbrush

Already making progress on my Squaduary pledge and have an update on my Blood Bowl Ork Team WIP. As mentioned in my last WIP update, I wanted to paint them with purple armor and decided that orange would be a good spot color.

At this point, I have half the team base coated and washed with brown. They look rough right now, and I hate showing this stage of painting, but as part of Squaduary, I need to show some updates right?

So while this week of Squaduary was supposed to be build week, I already had the team built up and primed. So between the head start I already had and wanting to get the Stompa done this month as well, I have been plowing ahead.


D Power from Alone With a Dream

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Von from Kaptian Von

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


NafNaf from Objective Secured

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Thor from Creative Twilight

For Squaduary I’m trying to finish up my Blood Bowl team. I have 2 Blitzers, a Catcher, and an Ogre to complete. As you can see, they’re already built, and the Catcher has some paint on him. I just finished painting the Ogre today as well, but he’s being sealed and drying, so shots to come there.


Pluckylass from Stepping Between Games

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Marcus Sebeca from Stepping Between Games


Mo from Stepping Between Games

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Pluckylad from Stepping Between Games

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Dave Mary from 262 Death Korps

Having worked on a Dreadnought and Drop pod for the Deathwatch Space Marines most recently,  I decided this was a perfect opportunity to continue the momentum there and complete a veteran squad to ride down in the drop pod!  To that end, I chose four veterans with frag cannons and a Blackshield to act as a bullet magnet while the boys lay down the righteous fire of the Emperor of Mankind.


FettFace from Back on the Battlewagon

In an effort to improve my painting, or at least my painting technique, I’m trying to do things a little bit differently with these dudes. Usually I block in the main colours and then do the detail bits. But not this time!

This time, I’m trying to do the raised detail first and then backfill the larger panels, and you know what, I’m finding myself getting a lot less frustrated and therefore making fewer mistakes that then then need to be fixed. It seems to be easier to paint into a corner (eg the inner corner of a space marine pauldron) rather than paint the raised edges without touching the background.


Corrm from St. Andrews Wargaming

I decided that I wanted to do a few little conversions/kit bashing for the squad. First up, we have some simple ones that mix the Deathwatch Veteran kit and Space Marine Tactical Squad.


Six Plus from Six Plus Painting

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Cylde from Mastodontica

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Andrew Franke from The Unknown

I need a #Squaduary to finish my U.S. Army’44 Infantry boxed set. Pledged U.S. Army ’44 Boxed Set. Wargames Factory 28mm
Challenge Accepted!


Captain Leadfoot from Stepping Between Games


Pledges from Twitter

Max from Twitter

I may be interested into Squadary, with a salamander squad.


Andrew from Twitter

I’m in! Going to do 10 World Eaters assault marines!


Craig from Twitter

craig deathwatch squaduary


Vampire Duke from Twitter


Eric from Twitter

Another one for the ranks, this time a Black Templar. Only 8 more to paint.


Fickle Brush from Twitter

As part of I’m planning to get my terminators done from my box of BaC box.‚Ķ



New Pledges


Ed O’Malley¬†from Berserker Blade

Count me in! I’ll pledge a unit of Skitarii Vanguard for my slowly growing Mechanicus contingent.

No update picture yet, tune in next week.


Rob from Island of Rob

Best I have atm, will get to them soon been building a shed


The Fallen Star from Google+

Five Ork Nobs – THE POWA NOBS!


Adam from Sprue Grey Nation

adam spure grey gatormen squaduary


Blazmo from Tabletop Apocalypse

The goal for the first week is to build your miniatures, so in this post I’m presenting the fruits of my labor; namely the recently reincarnated Desert Dogs (back due to popular demand after their 10 year hiatus). Gaming wise, I’m planning to use them as a faction in some games of Inquisitor (28mm scale) as a Planetary Defence Force turned police unit. We’ll see if the can stem the waiting tides of mutants, heretics, plague zombies and ermm…. Mechanicus?


Westrider from Cascadian Grim Dark

Before the Legions supplement came out, I had been planning on running my Alpha Legion as Raven Guard Counts-As with the Talon Strike Force. To that end, I’d pulled together a bunch of bits for some heavily armed and trained and boosted Culties to represent Scouts. Despite the awesomeness of the Alpha Legion Rules in the supplement, I kind of feel like I still want to do this, just for the lulz. So here I’ve got a mix of SM Scout, Tempestus Scion, Catachan, Flagellant, and Chaos Marauder parts, ready to mix and match for some sneaky evilness.


Siph from The Weemen

I am late to the party, but pledge the remaining 8 members of my now 32mm based RTB01 Marines! They’ve been sitting around since before Sept last year! Well, truthfully, since about 1988.

So I started a little ahead of some participants as I had painted 2 members of the squad already, seen here. As Thousandeyes says, there is no hard and fast rules, its a fun hobby motivation type thing designed to get those loafing minis done – right up my street on this year of cracking the great plastic and resin to-do pile!


Pinky from The Spiral

A little behind plan but some progress made… assembled and undercoated, base coats going on asap..


Jason Smith on Twitter

Initial black wash on my Ion Age Maligs to darken the recesses


My own humble entry of five Scarab Occult:

Scarab Occult with all the toys.

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  • Great start by everyone. Looking forward to seeing some paint flowing.

    • Yeah it should really start to take off this week. Everything starts to come to life now.

  • Blazmo

    Thanks for letting me join in the fun. May the paint splattering commence!

    • Not a problem at all. Hope you are enjoying it.

      • Blazmo

        Yeah, It’s a fun idea, and a great excuse to do a lot of hobby work and blogging!

  • Awesome start by everybody! There are a ton of new names in there I need to check out too. And is Kirsten making dino-riding sisters?

    • I was delighted to find so many new faces, lots more people blogging than we ever hear about.

      Yes she is. The only battle report on here features her dino army against my Sons.

  • A ton of nice work there! Keep up the good work everyone.

    • Liking your work chief, keep it up.

  • D Power

    It’s nice to see such variation, and everyone’s really cracking on too. First time I’ve ever been left in the dust, but hey, it’s great! My update pictures will come eventually…

    • Yeah there really are all sorts for this one.
      Fingers crossed. You do some great work.

  • Hey, here is my post.

    And sorry, but is Cylde, not Clyde

    • Oops sorry. Will fix as soon as I am on a laptop.

  • Al

    Awesome! Its pretty cool browsing through what everyone is working on! Well done peeps!

    • There is a whole lot going on for sure.

  • Excellent stuff, and quite a diverse mix. However, my fav are Mr. Pink’s chaos cultists-to-neophytes…Like minds think alike!

    • Just pick one way to destroy the False Emperor already :p

  • Ed OMalley
    • Good to see, looking well.

      • Ed OMalley

        Thanks Rory, looking to put my week 2 update out tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled!

  • Thanks for pulling that photo!

    I’ve actually pushed the boat out a bit and have completed construction on 43 models this week. I’m going to try to see how many of them I can actually get painted >:)

    Here’s my first update:

    And attached is a shot of all of them arrayed together: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b30148d031c2cc24c67857702aea9af5baa321f3722ba188b20b6725946bccf.jpg

    • Ohh really pushing the boot out, strong play.

      Yeah I am trying to not need folks to email me. I don’t have the same ways to store such stuff.

  • Turkadactyl

    Lots of progress. Thanks for compiling all the photos Rory.

    • Really liking folks progress.

      • Turkadactyl

        Is Kirsten the same Kirsten Williams who had her Sisters of Battle in the White Dwarf when the Witch Hunter codex was released? If so I was and still am a big fan of her painting.

        • She is indeed. Used to be a Eavy Metal painter and works for Warlord Games at the moment.

          • Turkadactyl

            Sweet. Please let her know I’m a fan of her Sisters army. I preferred hers over the studio army.

          • Kirsten Williams

            Thank you! ūüôā

  • Von

    Damn, these are looking nice.

    I was going to take a photo of some Gnolls on bases but then I did a forget.

    Next week. Cross my whatsits.

    • Looking forward to it.

  • Great job organizing this Rory!

    • Hopefully the next post will have less missing updates.

  • Spoticus

    These are looking great. Thanks for putting all of this together.

    • It is great to see the forces coming together.

  • Siph

    Excellent progress everyone, nice to see the humble squads getting some love.

    • That is the plan. Can’t be all HQs and elites getting paint.

  • 6PlusPainting

    Here’s the submission for Six Plus Painting https://twitter.com/6PlusPainting/status/829318491048116227

    • Great stuff. Next update will be Wednesday.

  • Hi, how can i give you my pictures?

    • thousandeyes

      If they are not up on your blog you can post them as a comment here.

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