Painting motivation: Chasing The Fez

Painting is a lot of fun and can be very therapeutic, but it can easily become a chore when you’re staring down at a bunch of models that don’t particularly enthuse you, and it can become daunting to the point of paralysis if you have a dirty great pile of silver and grey just staring at you, accusing, judging… I nattered briefly a few days ago about the concept of setting yourself an achievable painting goal such as the 1 pt per day concept, but Losties Craigger (he of the silver moustache behind the desk at Templecon) and Dale (he of the nostalgic whimsy on the THACO podcast) have come up with their own little dealio – a little relay race, tongue in cheek,and of course, noting Dale’s preferred convention headwear. 

In this series Dale will be painting his Farrow and setting the pace for Craig and his Gators. It’s Minionpalooza! I now hand you over to Craig…


Here I am again to talk about the latest attempt at painting motivation! It all started on New Years Eve with a very innocent email exchange. The following may or may not be verbatim. I’m pretty sure Chris won’t have edited it by the time this goes live.

Fez – “Oh, if only I was as handsome as Northblade! I must console myself. How can I feel more adequate? Oh, I know! A simple Painting Vow for 2015 – I will finish painting all the models I own for the Thornfall Alliance!”

Craigger – “Your idea is sublime, and if I was to follow your example,  I might be able to overcome my intense envy of Gdaybloke’s manly scalp – so shiny! Please, Dale, post what you have to paint for the pigs, and I will match you with my Blindwater Congregation models, for whom I feel an affinity given that I am scaly and semi-aquatic. Unit for unit, beast for beast, caster for caster!”

Yup. Totally how it happened, and not at all edited by Gdaybloke. (*ahem*)

Dale’s Piggy Paint List

  •  Lord Carver, Dr. Arkadius, Sturm and Drang, Midas (painted), Helga
  •  War Hog x2
  • Gun Boars x2
  • Road Hog x2 (need to buy one)
  • Razorboars x2
  • Gorax x2 (need to buy one
  • Boneswarm x2 (need to buy both)
  • Brigands (16)
  • Razorback Crew
  • Bone Grinders (12)
  • Slaughterhousers (12)
  • Rorsh and Brine
  • Saxon Orrik
  • Targ
  • Gudrun
  • Raluk Moorclaw 
  • Farrow Battle Engine (need to buy)

Craig’s  Gator Get-r-dun List 

  • Bloody Barnabas, Calaban, Maelok, Rask, Jaga-Jaga
  • Blackhide Wrastler x2
  • Ironback Spitter
  • Swamp Horror
  • Bull Snapper x2
  • Boneswarm x3
  • Croak Hunter x3
  • Feralgeist (painted)
  • Gatorman Witch Doctor x3
  • Thrullg x2
  • Totem Hunter
  • Viktor Pendrake
  • Wrong Eye – Snapjaw (painted)
  • Raluk Moorclaw (need to buy)
  • Bog Trog Ambushers x10
  • Gatorman Bokor & Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers 21 models
  • Gatorman Posse x5 (half ass painted, need a lot of work)
  • Gatorman Posse x5
  • Gatorman Posse x5 (need to buy)
  • Swamp Gobbers Bellows Crew x2
  • Farrow Bone Grinders x6
  • Gator Battle Engine (need to buy)


We will paint in Stages. Each  Stage is a Caster, Beast, Solo or Unit.

Dale starts with the Hypothetical Fez. Whoever has the Hypothetical Fez gets to pick the Stage as long as wields it. He will pick Stage 1 and start painting. When he has finished Stage 1, he can pick Stage 2 and start painting.

When Dale has started Stage 2, Craig can begin painting his Stage 1, matching the stage category Dale started with.

It is up to Dale to paint fast enough to stay ahead of Craig, thus maintaining ownership of the Hypothetical Fez.

Craig’s goal is to catch up to whatever stage Dale is currently on, and to finish it before he does. If Craig can do that, he is ahead and claims the Hypothetical Fez, granting him the authority to choose the next Stage, and making Dale is chaser.

Since there is a significant variance in unit sizes (and model sizes), Gdaybloke shall have the final word on any stage matching should it be unclear.


Dale’s Stages

  1. Slaughterhousers x6
  2. Rosh & Brine

Craig’s Stages

  1. Undecided

The game is afoot.

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