Getting Started

First off, I consider myself a casual player. I have played in a few tournaments and, while somewhat enjoyable, it’s not my cup of tea. Any time competition is involved, it has a chance to bring out the worst in people. I enjoy winning as much as the next person, but a close game, win or lose, is the most enjoyable to me. I am telling you this opinion to give you some insight into how and why I pick an army. Since I am not concerned with winning a competition, I pick armies based on looks and what I think will be enjoyable to paint. That’s not to say I don’t have some inkling of how I like to play the game and the theory crafting behind making a decent army list, but my main motivation is what models I like the aesthetics of. Given this reasoning, I chose to build a Chaos Space Marine army when I got back into the hobby. I really like the model selection and the overall look of the army.

Once I have decided on an army, the next thing I decide on is a color palette. I personally like to work with a very limited amount of colors when painting an entire army. I think it really ties the army together into a very cohesive look. That’s not to say I won’t spend more time on a centerpiece model and add brighter highlights/more detail/etc., but I don’t paint 3 colors on a standard trooper and 20 on my army leader. For my new Chaos Space Marines army, I wanted to come up with something that isn’t a typical color scheme found in the army codex. When I played years ago, I built and painted a Death Guard (Nurgle) army so I wanted to stick with a undivided army and come up with my own color scheme. After thinking about my new army for awhile, I landed on this color palette:

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These are not the only colors that I use, but these are my core colors. I really like the look of a darker yellow for armor next to a pure metallic. I also wanted any exposed flesh on the models to be very pale as if it hasn’t seen the light of any sun in aeons. Here are a few examples of how this scheme has turned out as a primer to what will be shown in subsequent posts.

Chaos Space Marine Terminators

Chaos Terminators

Chaos Space Marine Forgefiend


Chaos Space Marine Obliterators



Hello and thanks for visiting! This is the first post to my blog dedicated to building and painting models used in miniature gaming. I recently got re-interested in the hobby after a 6 year break during which my wife and I had two great kids. Since we are now on somewhat of a predictable schedule, I decided to pick the hobby back up and I am starting from scratch. When I stopped 6 years ago, I sold all of my models and packed up some tools/paints/bits/etc. and put them in storage. Prior to my break, I had built and painted several armies over a 12 years span, mainly for Warhammer 40k, a far-future science fiction game created and produced by Games Workshop. I am currently building and painting a new army for Warhammer 40k, but my intention is to branch out into other systems and games over time. I enjoy playing the actual games that these models are used in, but I get more enjoyment and sense of accomplishment from building and painting the models to a high standard. My plan with this blog is to convey my thinking behind building a new army and what steps I go through during the entire process. I hope you enjoy what I have to share and maybe it will help some people out along the way.