The Slow Grow Project …

I had a green eggs and ham moment when painting Kainan’s Reapers. I’ve never been taken by the Ossiarch Bonereapers faction, the models just didn’t really appeal to me. But as I was testing an armour colour scheme something definitely clicked and I realised, I do like these models. Not only that, but I would like to paint more of them.

As it turns out it’s not a bad time for me to consider a new project. I’m on the cusp of completing my 40k armies with just a handful of models to finish off to have my full Blood Angels army and Tyranid army completed.

I’m well on my way to completing my Sylvaneth Army for Age of Sigmar – at 1,000 points. Beyond that I have painted miniatures for almost every system I am likely to play between now and Christmas so any painting I do for those systems are just additional teams / warbands to paint on a whim. All in all I’m in a good place on that front with plenty of models to paint or work on but no real pressure to get things finished (other than the 40k armies).

Roll some bones …

So I made the decision to try a slow-grow project for Ossiarch Bonereapers. This will leave me with 1,000 points of Ossiarch Bonereapers by the end of the year – just in time to organise a game day with some other players and give them some table time.

The way this will work is I will limit my purchasing to one unit a month. I need to have that built and painted before I can purchase the next unit.

I am splitting the cost up and limiting myself to a budget of €35 a month (plus or minus the balance from the previous month). This is the ‘fund’ available although some months in may be higher or lower in terms of actual cost. Over the 7 months of purchases, this comes in with a bit of spare change that I can apply to a rattle can and some paints that I will use.

Why do a slow grow project?

There are a few reasons I really would like to do this.

A different approach to a hobby projectone I want to try. Usually my hobby is really dictated by the ‘rule of cool’ I’ll grab this kit because it looks cool and I’m sure I will use it – which means my armies grow in a really unstructured and unplanned fashion and I end up with quite random collections of minis which don’t really work well as a cohesive force.

With the slow grow approach I have planned the composition of the force and know exactly what I want to buy.

With this plan in mind I put together a table breaking it up over the period of 7 months with the plan that I would have a fully painted force to put on the table in December.

My most recent project which is nearing completion was the Tyranid army, which was planned in terms of exactly what units I wanted, but it was not spread out over time. I went all in quickly to get the models bought, built, and then broke them up into batches to paint. It was fun to do, and I enjoyed seeing it come together. But the focus was to get them done pretty quickly given I want them on the table in the next month.

But it did make me think about how we (I) engage with the hobby. Big spikes to spending and activity. Part of this I think is the rush to get ‘game-ready’. To be able to play a system. Once you have an army built and painted and you can put it on the table there is less pressure. Relax in and play the game. This gives room for a more measured pace to hobby time and army building.

I’m not entirely certain if I will be able to keep on schedule, it will be interesting to me to see if I really can get this done with progress each month. The summer months (June – July – August) are critical as I will be collecting, building and painting the bulk of the minis here. These months will see the battle line units being painted. 20 infantry and 10 cavalry models. Once these are done the following months (September – October – November) are working on scenery, endless spells and character models.

I’m really looking forward to posting progress and seeing the force come together.

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