"The difference between gods and daemons largely depends upon where one is standing at the time" Lorgar, Primarch of the Word Bearers
You could argue that the fairly basic Ashen Circle Marines here don't deserve such a grand quote at the start of their blog post. You might be right!
From a personal perspective, though, I think I've dramatically shifted where I'm standing in the painting of these models. My outlook has changed. I was looking out across an evil land, packed with daemons (in the form of piles of unpainted miniatures) and it felt very intimidating. Could I conquer this challenge, could I slay the daemons? Well, in conquering these 10 models and adding them to the 'Painted in 2018' column, I think I've dramatically shifted my perspective. I don't feel the daemons weighing me down right now - I feel like a painting god!
Well, a minor deity at least! These are the first miniatures I've fully painted since the middle of 2014, you see (I checked, it really has been that long. Ouch!). It's over three years since I've completed a hobby project - a very long time for someone who has been into miniatures for almost 30 years.
Getting these done and finished is a pretty important step for me because of that. I'd started to worry I might not finish painting anything again. Like, ever! And I feared that I might not find it fun if I tried.
I know that these Marines aren't perfect, but I found my way with them. Perhaps more importantly, as I hit the final stages (working with washes, pigments and Tamiya Clear Red and Smoke to add my most precious grime and gore effects) I found the fun in a big way. It was actually a little bit emotional.
A big part of painting a model is that you've gotta believe. Thanks to completing these guys, I really do!
It feels like the mojo's coming back. The training wheels are off, the bike's heading down the hill with some stability. I'm excited for the next project!