April was a tough month because I couldn't use my arm for most of the month! After having shoulder surgery I had to take a few weeks off from painting.
Fortunately I got a few things done before the surgery, and managed to put the finishing touches on one more model today.
This is an old model from Reaper. I've been ordering from them every month so far this year, as they're doing a different limited edition model free with your order every month to celebrate their 25th anniversary. I'm a sucker for "limited" stuff (as Jerry Seinfeld would say... what are they limited to, the amount that they can sell?!).
Anyway - tried something different with this guy. Usually, I buy models and they sit and wait to be painted for weeks, months, years... and yes, sadly - decades in some cases!
So with this guy, I cracked him out of his blister pack the day the box arrived in the mail. He was cleaned up, glued to a base, and primed the same day, and painted the next day. All done within 24 hours! I thought he was a good choice to try this on, since he's a simple model without too much extraneous detail.
Even though I painted him quickly, I wouldn't really consider him "speed painted." I highlighted everything with layering and didn't just throw a wash on him. Ta da! I didn't even notice the little gremlins peeking out from his robe until I had already started painting him...
Got some more of the models done for Dungeon Saga too. These are the zombies and another wraith.
As I press on with that project, I'm really wishing I had focused on getting Zombicide painted instead of Dungeon Saga for my first board game. I know there are more models to paint for that game, but the difference is that I really want to PLAY that game! Plus, the heroes can get used for double duty once Massive Darkness arrives. Anyway, more then half done with these so hopefully I will stick with it just to get them done.
Here are a few ECW cavalry models I painted too. I only got 3 done, but I've got another 3 almost done so they'll probably be the first models I finish off in May.
I can use 3 as a unit of elite cavalry in Donnybrook, or all 6 as a unit of gallopers in Pikeman's Lament.
I also got the ECW supplement for Warlord's Pike & Shotte rules this month... they look great, but I know I will be retired before I ever paint armies that size!
For some reason, I really, really, hate painting cavalry. I can't even remember the last time I painted any mounted troops - I think it was knights for my Bretonnian Warhammer army about 15 years ago!
In fact - it's one of the things I really liked about the French & Indian War setting - not a unit of cavalry anywhere to be found (actually that's not true, there was one small unit of cavalry involved in the Quebec campaign on the French side... but I digress, you get the point)! Speaking of which, I have to get back to my FIW troops at some point this year... but not this month.
Finally, here is Thak, the man-ape from the Conan story "Rogues in the House." He's wearing his signature red cape of course! This is the model of him from the Conan board game by Monolith.
That's it then, 10 models and April's done!