Tuesday 4 July 2023

2nd Edition Army Challenge: Month 6 Complete


Hi folks,

June was the final month of the 2nd Edition Army Challenge, run by Dr The Viking over at The Cowabunga Journal. I had huge plans for the month, but real life really turned the screws on me. In the end, I was lucky to scrape through. Lucky is perhaps the wrong word, I did plan for multiple contingencies, I just wasn't expecting things to go quite as pear shaped as they did. 

My last slice included 10 Hormagaunts. If you have ever handled one of these you will know how unbalanced the models are. Most people attach lead weights to the underside of the bases to help keep them on the table! I love how following the established paint scheme for my Hive Fleet has produced something that looks so different. The old school studio collection was similar, in that the Hormagaunts, Genestealers and Biovores had slightly different colours when compared to the rest of the army. These gaunts, with t heir prominent purple heads, seem to stand out in the same way when placed with the rest of the collection:

The challenge was, once again, an amazing experience. There is something special when you get a bunch of like-minded people together in an artistic space and add some hard deadlines. About 1/3 of the group didn't make it to the end of the challenge, but we all gave it a red hot go. The camaraderie was awesome and I am very much looking forward to the next challenge (if there is one!).

I have a couple more models I want to finish for this army, before I will be content to say it is complete. With the school holidays just started there is a good chance I will get some more done in the short term, though I am also very keen for a break. A total palette cleanser may be in order over the next couple of days.

See you across the table,



  1. Love, love, love the army. Really great models done justice. Looking forward to what's next for them.
    I had my Real life Interferon with the hobby lately as well. Its such a good feeling to comes back to painting again! The Hormagaunts are such precariously posed models, something the plastics did not really improve upon that much. They look great in your hivefleet's scheme!

    1. I really don't know, why blogspot sometimes makes posting a comment annonymous, even when it shows that I'm logged into my google account.
      Anyways, point still stands, love the army!

    2. :-) All good, I am not one to delete the comments of anonymous visitors! Unless they are bots...