It's time for the update on the progress the participants of the Monster March 6 have made so far. You could see all the amazing models they pledged in the Part 1 blog post. It is great to see a really strong start and good progress in the first week!
What is more, more people are joining the painting challenge too! Thank you very much for doing so! Please, remember that there is always a good time to join. Just check the details on how to contact me in this post:
I would like to take the opportunity to thank a few readers who let their friends know about the challenge and thanks to that we have more people joining! That is awesome, thanks a lot!
Ok! Let's see what did everyone do last week!
Azazel is off to a great start as he has already finished painting his first model! Check out this amazing Monstercrown Orc Juggernaut!
Azazel is, of course, not going to stop there and he is already working on the second model! What is more, he is going to be joined by Marouda. That is fantastic and I really like the fact we are getting more and more team contributions!
You should definitely check Azazel's blog. He has just posted about Orc Juggernaut, with more photos and descriptions:
Can't wait to see what's going to be next!
Ben continues with his very unique and creative project of building the Herd army for Kings of War. Each model in the army is going to be converted and has some interesting theme. Ben was very kind to provide a description of what he wanted to achieve with the model that is going to represent the Avatar of the Father.
The model is Sif, the Great Grey Wolf from the Dark Souls board game. I've taken the model off its 100mm circle base so it can be put on a square base for KoW.
The sword in its mouth was reeeeally long and I thought it would get in the way of the game, so I shortened it. It has been pinned and to hide the seam I used Green stuff to make a cloth bandage.
As it will be a unit for my Herd army where each unit has a real-world human element to it, I decided to add a kerchief: a common fashion item for dogs. The trick here though was to try get the kerchief / bandana not just sitting on top of the fur, but underneath. I think the effect came out well
I think that Ben did a fantastic job and it is going to be a great looking model for his very original army! Keep up the great work Ben!
Chris is very well known for his love for old school, metal models. His entire Kings of War armies are comprised from such miniatures, painted and based in that unforgettable style of Goblin Green painted individual square bases. I am very lucky I had opportunities to play against Chris and admire his armies in real life!
It is thus no surprise that Chris chose another cool, metal model for the Monster March 6! This time it is going to be the one to represent Reanimated Behemoth for his Empire of Dust (or as Chris calls it, Empire of Dirt!) army for Kings of War.
Thanks a lot, Chris! Can't wait to see it on the battle field! :)
CoOk is joining us via Kings of War forum and he pledged a Bone Giant for this year challenge.
Check out more photos of the model here:
Welcome on board CoOk!
Dam decided that this year he is going to pledge not one but two Titans! Personally, I am super happy about it because he always provides a lot of very interesting and useful tips on how to build and paint such models.
This first one is the warlord battle titan Martis Renes. While the second one is the warbringer nemesis battle titan Liberatus Mortis. Both for DAM's Legio Tempestus.
DAM, as usual, documents the progress on his blog. I highly recommend reading his article, as it provides a lot of information regarding the ideas, modelling advice and some photos of his past contributions to Monster March in the previous years:
Great progress and excellent article, DAM! Keep up the great work!
Duncan and Matilda
Duncan and Matilda are painting all the models together and using Contrast Paints for their projects. Matilda is painting the majority of the models at the moment, covering all the large areas. While Duncan focuses on smaller parts and finishing the edges. I think it is a fantastic idea for painting models together and I am sure it also adds to the improved efficiency. So that the models are painted a bit faster than if they were to be painted individually.
Well done indeed! Keep up the great work, you are doing very well!
Eddie pledged to painting Halfling Ironbeasts but unfortunately, the models have not arrived yet. That is, of course, not a problem for unstoppable Eddie. He had another model in his collection to get some attention and that would fit in the theme very well. Another Mutant Rat Fiend!
Well done, Eddie! And thanks a lot for being prepared for any scenario!
Erasmus had a fantastic idea of using one large spider and a few small ones on a single base to represent a Horde of Fiends for his Night Stalker army. I think it is one of the great examples where you can use multi-basing to your advantage and create mini-dioramas.
Erasmus posts on KoW Forum as well, here is his update on the forum:
Keep up the good work!
JP not only is doing very well in preparing his model for the challenge but he also wrote a very detailed and very useful description of each stage of his project so far. It is so good that I asked him to allow me to copy it to this update in unchanged format. I am sure many of the readers would find it very helpful in their projects!
The Archfiend model was not much different in this regard, with most of the bits of excess resin that needed removing around non-detailed parts of the model. Once cleaned of these and then literally washed twice in soapy warm water, I quickly super glued together the arms and legs to the torso. Normally prior to drilling and putting in magnets I would not do this, but considering the shoulders of the arms form an important part of where the back piece fits, I wanted to make sure I would get that fit right when testing the magnets. In all cases, the fitting of the parts and gluing them was seamless. I really like how little manipulation I needed to do to get the miniature looking like it does on the box.
Hektor's Chroneas. I really like this model!
Gottfrid's Muster Captain is ready too! The new Halflings range is really good!
And a family photo :)
As you can see, the models were primed and some first layers were already painted too. It is great to see them next to each other as that gives us the better appreciation of the relative size of each of them. That giant is huge!
Well done! Great start of the projects and perfect pace towards the successful completion!
Luca joined the challenge just after Part 1 post was published. He has pledged 3D printed models to represent a Drakon Lord and Drakon Riders!
Here are some words from Luca regarding the hobby in general and a bit about his project in particular.
The models look absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to see more photos with further progress! Keep up the good work!
Michael spent time properly preparing his fantastic model of a Rhino to represent Mammoth in his Kings of War army. This is the stage that does not produce spectacular effects, as it is all about filling the gaps between the parts. Michael worked on the base for his model as well.
I am sure, however, that everyone would agree that it is very important foundation for the successful project. I must also say that I really like this model, even in its unpainted version!
Well done Michael!
Mikes is using every single moment available for painting, usually when his family is asleep :) I admire his determination! He has made some good progress on his second Treeherder:
Looking good Mikes! I like the glowing eyes a lot!
Sceleris is progressing with his model at his usual pace, which means he is on the right to complete the painting of his model soon!
Here is the photo of the model with other Giants:
Sceleris often posts on KoW Forum in the monthly topics dedicated to painting challenges, so I encourage you to have a look at some of his other works there!
Well done! Keep up the good work!
Vince participated in a few editions of the Monster March in the past. It is great to have him back for another round!
This year, Vince came up with a very creative interpretation of the theme. Instead of a single model, he decided to paint the Horde of Knights for his army in Kings of War. This is a type of a unit with the largest foot print of a base in the game! And if you want to go for the full model count, you need 32 knights!
Vince has his own blog where he wrote more about the project for this year and his previous entries. Check it out:
Wilberforce focused on preparing and assembling his new model of Halfling Harvester. It is good to know that the model is actually easier to assemble than it looked like! It is, indeed, a very interesting concept and I am sure Wilberforce is going to have a lot of fun painting it!
Wilberforce has his own blog too so you should definitely check it out. Here is the link:
Keep up the good work!
Zac was told about the Monster March by a friend (thank you!) and decided it is exactly the right motivation to paint a model of a legendary Lizardmen general, Kroq-Gar on his ferocious mount - Grymlok. It does bring back some memories for sure!
Fantastic model and a perfect choice for the Monster March challenge! Well done Zac!
I have a few plastic mages from the old sets of Island of Blood for Warhammer. I thought I should use them and when I painted one to be included in my Palace Guard regiment, I decided I can use another one to represent a hero. However, instead of another Archmage, this time I thought it would be a good idea to represent Argus on his Altar of the Elements.
In the game of Kings of War, Argus needs to be on 50x50mm base so I wanted to do something to represent four elements and tie the model with the colour scheme of the army. Hence, I decided to model the base with some similar elements I used elsewhere. I happened to have four identical lion heads, so I thought the elements can be represented by painting them in four colors corresponding to each element.
I started with the base but I have not finished it yet. I will need some more time on lion heads as they are now a bit "flat".
Many thanks for all the photos and projects descriptions everyone! It is really great to see so many fantastic models being prepared and painted. I am definitely inspired (as always!) and it gives me a lot of motivation to keep going. Hopefully, even picking up the pace!
Keep up the good work everyone! Keep your own pace, the one that makes you feel comfortable and happy! Channel your inner Bob Ross :)
I am already looking forward to seeing the next stage of your projects. Perhaps our merry band of painters will be joined by even more people next week too!