Monday, January 09, 2017

Paint Yoshit Challenge: Week 1 Update

The Paint Yoshit Challenge was suggested by Brother Pink. It is a race between the two of us to see who can paint more minis between January 1st and March 31st. I'm happy to report that, at the end of my first week of the challenge, I'm off to a pretty strong start!

Inspired by my Instagram buddy VulkanHesten, I also succeeded in doing at least one hour of painting every day!  I'm hoping to keep this up for all of January, but we'll see how it pans out.

Further, I signed up for my first ever tournament, which is pretty huge as I never play. However, Brother P. and the dude who beat my Haemonculus Coven at Armies on Parade both assure me that my conversion and painting chops, added to the crazy tactics of the cult, should serve me well at the tourney. Right now it's mostly serving as added motivation for delivering on our Paint Yoshit Challenge.

Completed this week:

- 7 Neophytes, which I had previously gotten to minimum standard to play a game of kill team.
For these guys I experimented with Object Source Lighting (is that what it's called?), adding highlights to their shoulders and guns as if the shoulder lights on their mining armour were illuminated. It began as a flight of fancy, but morphed into something else as I obsessively blended black to grey to white.

I did it as a laugh, and it turned out way better than I'd expected! I even went so far as to wash in shadows on the opposite sides of their faces from the lights!

Other progress:

- Started painting 3 more Neophytes and 6 Acolytes that I'd previously airbrush undercoated. I hope to finish these before the two week mark.

- Finished modeling my 12-man Enforcer squad. These guys are just Neophytes with shotguns, but I was inspired to give them all sweeper hackers so that they could be used as a kind of elite escorts fit the bejacketted Primus.

The conversion is a pretty simple one that I'll detail in a future post. Also, while working on these guys, someone asked on Instagram for a tutorial for sculpting hoods, so I took some photos and will be putting one together.

One additional thing I've challenged myself to so this week is to wake up earlier and get my hour of painting in before leaving for work. We'll see how that goes...

That's all for this week's update. Let me know what you think of my progress so far, and I'll see you next week!


  1. Hi there!
    Thank you for your nice words and the first comment on my blog! I'm currently not active on Instagram or Twitter, but will think about it.
    your Blog (as far as I could see with a few clicks) is amazing, too!
    Those Scitarii/Hybrid/Iron Core Enforcers are so cool^^.
    I'll put your block on my watchlist and look by from time to time. Just getting started with documenting and blogging my stuff (do this 40k thing for about 15 years now)
    Have Fun!

    1. Christof, I posted one of your conversions on my Twitter, and it absolutely EXPLODED!

      It got far more likes and retweets than anything else I've posted. There is definitely a LOT of people who love your work :D

      Also, I'd be very interested in maybe doing an interview with you to post here.

  2. great work on getting them done and good luck on the Paint Yoshit Challenge! I too will be interested in your hood tutorial

    1. Thanks Joe!

      I wrote up the tutorial last night, so it will be posted very soon.