So in my last couple of journals I mentioned having a bunch of free time recently, in a negative sense.
I was unfortunately made redundant a couple of weeks ago. Nothing performance related (I'm great), but the company I worked for simply couldn't afford me and my coworker anymore. Turns out that selling digital marketing services to, often, one-person small businesses is pretty hard.
However, that's not the point of this post.
A week or so before I lost my job, all of my friends decided to jump fully into Warhammer 40k. One of them was already actively collecting & playing, with a couple others slowly collecting but not yet playing.
All of my friends played it when they were much younger, but I didn't. It was a mix of not being able to afford it and not being patient enough to save up that much money to buy stuff as a 12 year-old.
So, I decided on collecting Tyranids purely because they look cool as fuck.
I ordered the Tyranids 'Start Collecting' box, all the paints I needed to paint Tyranids and miscellaneous stuff I needed like brushes, files, cutting mat etc. All of this ran me about £100. (12 year-old Jamie couldn't afford that shit when there's vidja to buy)
It was actually kind of funny that all my Warhammer stuff arrived on the day that I was made redundant.
Now, I have absolutely zero artistic skill so I knew painting would be a struggle. However, it's incredibly therapeutic. As someone that loves repetition, going up and down the same 25m stretch of water 240 times a week, applying lots of coats of paint to a model and slowly seeing it come together is pretty nice.
The tutorials from the Warhammer YouTube channel have definitely been a godsend when it comes to painting. All in all, I'm not too dissatisfied with the results of my first models ever!
Yesterday we played our first game in one of our mate's garage. We played 3v3 with around 500 points each.
My current army consists of:
3x Tyranid Warriors
Teams were Eldar, Imperial Fists and Tyranids vs Blood Angels, Ultra Marines and Tau.
Despite there being so much to remember, so many little rules to deal with, it was really fun. The game ended in a draw, unfortunately just before a one-vs-one melee showdown between my Swarmlord and my mates Dreadnaught...
And now as I work on finishing the paintwork on my Swarmlord, I'm looking at pricing up additions for my army. The old rule of Warhammer; if you've run out of plastic models it paint, it means you need more plastic models.