This is going to get long I think so bear with me – (or skip to the pics that’s what I do a lot of the time). So, I normally have a really hard time getting paint on miniatures. I know I know that’s the case for a lot of people and I’m not trying to say that it’s more so for me at all but regardless – the struggle is real. When I played back in 5th edition I split a couple of starter sets with my friends; I got the Bret’s and they got the Lizards. My knights rode magnificent grey horses and they wore the finest grey tabards to match their grey metal armor and weapons they kept for the entirety of their career as table-top minis. The first thing I did paint was a unit of 20 bowmen, but I didn’t paint them very well and I hated the colors I had picked. A friend of mine told me he heard that Pine-Sol took the paint off so before I went to bed that night I tossed them all in the same mason jar of pine sol and went to sleep. The next morning I had what amounted to some bowmen that looked more like Freddy Kruger or maybe that guy that gets melted by toxic waste at the end of Robo-Cop. Between that and my purple/gold “Green Knight” that got heckled constantly I decided the painting/modeling part of the game that wasn’t for me. In fact I became pretty adamant against doing it for a while. Games Workshop was running a total racket. What kind of company sells an unfinished product for so ridiculously much money? They wanted to charge premium prices and then expect the customer to finish the assembly process! Needless to say I didn’t appreciate the hobby aspect of Warhammer at all (mostly because I was terrible at it). Some things have changed. I do really appreciate the hobby aspect of the game now; it’s just that I’m still terrible at it. When I first got back into Warhammer again (and I mentioned this a tish in my introduction thread but I’ll reiterate it again here) 8th edition was on its way out but we didn’t know the next game up was going to be Age of Sigmar. Everyone was guessing what 9th was going to be like and well…the popular rumor was that Lizardmen were going to get the ax. So in my area there were a ton of Lizard’s being sold off here (really on eBay the prices dipped as well) and I started picking them up for pretty cheap. At the time I figured either a) GW wasn’t really getting rid of lizards or b) that I could still play 8th edition with the guys at the shop anyways (a lot of people were pretty vocal about just playing 8th even before we knew any details about the new edition coming out). That started early last summer I think. Since then I’ve continued to pick up random Lizards here and there. Really the only thing I don’t have represented at all in my collection right now is anything on a Carnasaur and Ripperdactyls; oh and I guess a few little things – the snake prophet guy and the damned Astrolith bearer (that’s turning into something that’s frustratingly hard for me to find – I’ll get to that later at some-point). So my Lizard army really isn’t in bad shape and everything I’ve purchased has been well, most of the time well below 50% of retail, sometimes 50%. The only thing I’ve paid full price for was two Bastiladon’s and one old-blood on foot. I think I’ve been doing pretty well in that department. Painting is a whole different story. Like I said before I picked up my first (first-again) Lizards about the first of last summer and since then I’ve painted exactly 30 old-style saurus warriors with hand-weapons+shield; and honestly I hate what I did to their shields so I’m about to pop them all off and throw them in some simple green and try again at an undisclosed time in the future (I was told Simple Green wont melt my plastic like the Pine-Sol did). Now part of my lack of painting also had to do with my lack of playing. I live about an hour away from anyone that plays and well, I’m a full time student and a part time care-giver for my grandmother; also this semester I have an internship at a local counseling/treatment facility. Being able to schedule a game is really up in the air – I have a hard time committing to a time to-play and I’m not going to set up a game and then bail out. That being said any chance I’ve gotten to go watch games - I’ve done that. Anyways, the point is though I still have a heck of a time getting paint on my miniatures. I spend a lot of time looking up paint schemes and trying to find easy tutorials (if I do keep up with this plog it’s going to be pretty obvious I’m pretty lazy as far as doing things the proper way), looking for cheap mini’s or things I can convert or use as good looking proxies. It’s just the actual sitting down and painting that really …eludes me. Which the fact that I can’t make the painting happen is sortov frustrating to me sometimes because now I DO really appreciate the hobby part of the game despite the fact that I’m not good at it. When I walk through the mini’s section of one of our LGS I’m constantly going over what I could clip off or recast off the different thing’s to use as bit’s to kit-bash something, or mulling over what I could make out of green-stuff to make something new, or even just snapping pictures of things because I might use the color’s at some point. I really love the IDEA of doing all these things. I just never finish anything. I have to tell you guys that I’ve hung out here a lot since I started picking up my Lizards. This place is a wealth of information; crunch, fluff, aesthetics, numbers – it’s all here. This place is greatness and I hope you guys appreciate what you have here. This is the Shangri-La of all things Lizard and Warhammer and well…community. There are lots of websites that cater to some narrow niche or demographic of users that call themselves a community that have no idea what that word implies. This place really has the feel of old friends getting together to socialize – to talk about something you guys are all commonly interested in; it’s warm, it’s approachable and it’s a precious thing to have on the internet now-a-days. I like you guys. You guys don’t know me, and you don’t have to like me (I hope that eventually you do on both counts) The thing is though, I like you guys. I’ve been here enough, I’ve read enough thread’s and seen enough interaction here that I know like you guys and well, that’s part of the reason why I think this plog is going to help me get out of this “finishing things” rut (related to Warhammer). So I agreed to do this plog. I fully intended to do this plog before it was mentioned when I introduced myself to the community. I just think maybe if I can take this part of it seriously enough, it’ll make me more accountable to getting things done. Don’t get me wrong I don’t expect anyone here to be the painting police (please don’t) but generally I know me – and I know that if I put myself out there that it’ll motivate me to do better – I shouldn’t say better because I’m not that great of a painter – but at least more consistent with production. So, when I made my introduction it was suggested that I get all my stuff out at once so everyone had a good idea what I was starting with. At first I thought that was a perfect idea (and I still do in theory), but then I started thinking about well…my intricate filing system…and how things are stuffed in other things and in various stages of paint on or off the sprue…well, I’m probably not doing that. Inventorying everything at once would be really really useful. There are things I’m not sure about (how many actual blowpipes I have, or how many actual spear wielding saurus I have). It’s just that pulling all that stuff and going through it now would also probably be enough of a chore that it might kill my motivation to do the actual painting part again and that’s really what I’m going to try to do here is get things done painting wise. So how I intend to start this thing is well...paint what I’ll use the most and I’ll drag out those minis and anything related t that part of my army at that given time. For example I don’t have a finished Slann. When I got my first load of used Lizzies a buddy of mine sold me a fully painted/based old-style Slann (I’m kinda weird about playing with someone else’s painted mini – it just never felt like mine). Now, I really do like my friends paint job. I like the color choices and he made a neat home-made base for the thing to sit on with lots of little battle-worn shields and weapons of the Slann's defeated foes. Also and I'll go ahead and mention this here I love the new models, but I also love the old models for different reasons. I'll go ahead and admit I'll play with something because of the nostalgia involved. If I had one of the really old Slann Mage's with the human palanquin bearers I'd rock that thing in my army in a heartbeat. I think the new models look totally killer, but I'm also a fan of the old stuff. The only thing is (besides the part about using someone else's painted mini) that you can tell it's an old paint-job. The color's aren't bright anymore. You can tell that it was painted back when 5th edition was the cool new thing. So before I play with this one, I'd at least want to touch it up, but I imagine it's been finished and I dont want to strip it. I know I'm not supposed to paint over old paint but that might happen. I don't know how to approach it yet so I'm going to put it away for now and try to start more or less from the beginning with a different one. Within about a day of getting my friends Lizardmen (and his Slann) I was able to pick up another old-style Slann that was NIB along with a lot of used Lizardmen from our LGS (at the time I wanted some sort of red paint scheme...thus by the time I took these pic's it had already been primed and semi-base-coat-ed). . When I finally started painting I still decided that I wanted to go with red although I felt the need to add some orangey-yellowness to it. Even though they’re technically daemons in AoS I didn’t want it to end up looking like a big fat Bloodletter. What I ended up with was something very similar in colors to what my friend had already done…which I’m not unhappy with. If I figure out how to touch up the other one without ruining it then at least they’ll match more or less. . Sooo, I had forgotten how long this actually takes to do. I think my little fatty here is at a stopping point right now. I have a little less than two weeks to get at least a solid framework of a 100 wound AoS army painted for play so I'm not going to go all out (not that me going "all out" would be any better than this probably) and spend too much time on anything, but I'm happy with the frog part at least. Later today at some-point I'll have to decide on a color for the palanquin and whether or not I want to do the stegadon-chair-back thing in actual bone colors or maybe stone or even Jade if I think I can do it...who knows? It's hard for me to use painting guides sometimes because I generally only use craft paint and the colors are hard for me to match. When i sit down to paint having a plan to do something generally goes out the window pretty quickly. Oh yeah, before I forget...I am totally open to criticism or idea's or opinions or whatever. That being said I might not actually DO everything anyone suggests, but I love to hear new ideas. Like I said before I know this place is a wealth of information and I know there's a ton I don't know, you know?