Gru’s Hobby Bench 1/18

At the beginning of the month I wrote an article about hobby plans for the year. Unfortunately I’ve kind of pushed the blog down the list to get more painting and building done. Fear not! This is what I HOPE to be a weekly post. Essentially all I hope to do with this weekly post is just give a rundown of what I’m currently working on and what I’ve finished hobby wise. So let’s get right to it!


Not going to go into too much detail with these guys yet, but this is a 2000 pt Ork list I’ve built for playing games in my gaming group and pick up games down at my FLGS. Nothing fancy, just a simple, fun Ork list. I went through and gathered up all the models for the list, some painted, some primed, some still gray. I had to build a big mek in mega armor with a KFF and a battlewagon (which I kit bashed a couple rocket launchers for) and added armor bits for the shoota boys since I’m upgrading them with Heavy Armor. Everything is WYSIWYG. This army is something I’m doing a little bit here and there in between other things. I had a ton of boys and meganobz sitting in simple green to strip them down. This weekend I was able to prime everything and then airbrushed kantor blue basecoats on most of it. Need to pick up some more since I ran out. These guys will probably have a little progress each week so you’ll be able to follow along with the progress.


Last year I purchased two boxes of those Pegasus (I think it was Pegasus) ruins to get a little more terrain on my table. I built all 4, but only painted up one. Last year I really made a push to get all of my terrain painted up for my table, and did a pretty good job of it… with the exception of these last three ruins. For this week’s bench article I decided to give a quick run through on how I did them. After assembly I primed them black. Then used Citadel’s Mechanicus Standard Grey to spray them down with a quick base.

The spray is a huge timesaver, hit them each with two quick coats and it gave me a nice base for the ruins.


After the base coat drys all you’ll need is a wash and dry paint. I like the agrax as a wash for these because it darkens and gives a good old weathered look over the grey.


Nothing special with the wash, just put it on a brush and slapped it on. Some spots built up a little more than others, which I like. I did make sure to work the shade into all the cracks though to make them stand out. This is probably the longest stage of the painting process. It’s not difficult, but with all the cracks and splits it takes a bit of time to get them all. (And I probably still missed some spots).


Let the wash dry and then go ahead and use a white or bone colored paint to drybrush all the edges. Don’t need a lot, just slowly build up the color and the contrast really makes all those edges pop.


I know the lighting in the pictures isn’t all that great, I’m working on it… I promise, but as you can see it makes a very serviceable, decent looking piece of terrain. The kits aren’t expensive at all, if I remember correctly I got them on Amazon for around 20$ USD per box. Aside from drying they also really don’t take too long to paint and make table ready. When you’re done you have another piece of cover for you army to hide in on the table!

That’s all I’ve got on the bench today, check back in next week! Also give me a follow on twitter @GruofGrimDark, I’ll usually post of pictures of stuff I’ve been working on during the week. Want to share what you’ve been working on lately? Go ahead and let me know in the comments!

New Year Hobby Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a safe and pleasant holiday. I’m usually not one for new years resolutions, but to be honest I couldn’t come up with anything better to to name this post. I started this blog over the summer with all kinds of intentions and a full head of steam. Unfortunately other things came up and it dropped down on the priority list and sat unused for the past 5 months.

Given that I’ve been able to land myself at least an hour a night (usually more) of hobby time I’m going to use some of it to keep new stuff coming up on the blog. The goal is to get some sort of schedule where I’ll be putting up articles based on different aspect of the game and hobby. One night might be a painting or kit bashing article, then another night have something like a battle report or list article. Although I’ll be honest, haven’t played in too goddamn long so it may be list articles for a while. In the next month or so I plan to get it all fleshed out.

In an effort to try and get you all more excited to read this blog and actually come back to it, here’s a list of things that I’m working on this year and will be sharing on here.

  1. I have a ridiculous amount of orks. I love orks. I love their fluff, I love playing them. Unfortunately, my gaming group consists of Tau, Eldar, Necron and Dark Eldar. So I routinely got my ass handed to me with them. Even though our group doesn’t really do much “competitive” type list building, the strength of those books just puts me at a big disadvantage. However, those piled up losses taught me a lot about what I need to do and how I need to build a list that can at least hang with those armies. Today I scrounged through boxes of all my ork models and sat down with Battlescribe to put together an army I can play against them. I came up with a 2k pt list and got the models together for it. Everything is built and WYSIWYG aside from a Big Mek in Mega Armor with a KFF and a Battlewagon (pretty sure the battlewagon box still has the plastic on it). I’ve come up with a new color scheme for them so I filled up a couple pieces of Tupperware with Simple Green and filled them up. I’ll regularly update as I  progress through the steps with this army.

2. A buddy of mine was reassigned and moved across the country. He didn’t want to take his 40k stuff with him, so I inherited a decent amount of Tau stuff. Honestly, I fucking hate the fish face pricks, but if it’s free it’s for me. At some point I’m going to go through what all is in there and maybe build a list/repaint. The only condition was that I can’t sell any of it in case he wishes to get back in the hobby someday.

3. Blood Bowl. Yes! I know it’s not quite the grimdark, but goddamn is this game fun. I just recently got into it after watching a couple games on Miniwargaming. Since my awesome wife not only tolerates, but encourages my nerdy hobbies I recieved a copy of the new box set for christmas (along with the Death Bowl Season 1 supplement and a box of Scavenblight Scramblers). Played several games over the holidays with family and everyone had a great time. I will at least be doing the hobby progress of my BB teams on here. While my orks are floating in simple green and getting stripped, I’m going to try and get all three teams painted up.

4. Battle reports! This is a maybe, even if it’s only one or two this year I would love to do this. I can’t guarantee how many or the format they will be done in since there is a bit required to do some really nice ones. We’ll see what happens.

5. Narrative campaign. This is something I’ve been working on for my gaming group to do this year. Still kicking around ideas and getting the backstory and setting all written up. We will use this blog to share the progress and story of the campaign as it goes on. Currently shooting for spring to get this kicked off to give everyone time to finish painting their armies up and build/paint terrain.


So there it is, small list but there is plenty to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide enough to keep all of you coming back. Any suggestions? Shoot me an e-mail or leave me a comment. What are some of your Hobby goals for 2017?