GMM: Stormcast Eternal Insane Project Assembly

Hello BoLS readers! I am in the middle of working on a really large Stormcast Eternals army you need to see to believe.

The project should wrap up relatively soon, so thought I’d pop in and start posting some of the sights.  The army is most everything from the book, from four Stardrakes, 24 bird cav, down to full options of most of the infantry.  Pretty daunting sight but a pile of glue packs and my wits about me I set in.

 

And here she is all assembled.  The army is so big, base to base it sits around seven feet long.  Going to need a new backdrop for this one, not only to have something in theme but it’s going to take quite a few tricks just to get everything in frame!

Assembly itself went rather well.  These kits are easy on the mold lines.  My normal process for something this large is to set down with the first box from a stack of a unit, and assemble it.  Doing so I get all the learning out of the way, figuring out what goes where, consulting the instructions.  Afterwards I will break out the other 5-10 boxes and go pure assembly line.  This is more tedious, but actually makes it easier to focus on finding mold lines.  If the brain is set on one part, for example legs, you plow through and are looking for the same lines on the same part, rather than switching legs, to torso to head and so on every five parts if you do it box by box.

This way also makes it easier to make sure the correct wargear is on.  Once the bulk of every model that is relatively the same (legs, torso) then I will pull X number of models that are a champion or specific special weapon, and get the arms out for them and individually pose them.  This works a great deal better than assembling squad by squad, trying to keep certain arms separate, as a lot of GW kits do nowadays. Less fuss, and can focus more on posing and keeping the numbers right than what is what.

That’s all for this time.  The army is coming along well and soon enough will have some finished shots, as well as in depth of making the backdrop, which will be a whopper.  Thanks for reading, and until next time!

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  • Kritarion

    How expensive was all this? Holy crap

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      into the thousands I imagine

  • Sonic tooth

    No accounting for taste….

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      Everyone hobbies in different ways. Your toy soldiers are no better than any others.

      • Sonic tooth

        True, what can I say? I just despise everything about stormcast. They bring out my inner grouch

        • thereturnofsuppuppers

          I love em, but really dislike standard spacemarines.

          Its weird.

          I like their heroic nature and the way they ground the mortal realms in a human/relatable way.

          • Koen Diepen Van

            You relate to reincarnated magical hero’s wearing god forged armour in a human way?

          • thereturnofsuppuppers

            Yeah, they are just normal people suddenly given superhero powers.

          • Koen Diepen Van

            So they are not normal ppl then? I miss the empire. Now that i could relate to Actual normal ppl fighting magical monsers whit nothing but their tech their wits and a pair of enormous balls

          • thereturnofsuppuppers

            They are not normal people after they become super heroes. That’s kind of the point…

          • Drew

            The really compelling thing with the stormcast is how aware of their distance from their mortality they are- and how each reforging costs them more of it. They are acutely aware of having been mortal, they remember it, and the loss of those memories as they fight on tirelessly is a major subject of their thought.

          • dave long island

            Anti-Bubble-Kingdom-ite!… lol

          • Anggul

            The lore actually paints a very interesting picture of them. Contrary to the jokes, they’re barely anything like space marines. They have a lot if different thingd driving them, and they’re often heroic in a twisted, hateful way.

            You do also have normal humans in the setting who don’t get this, and are pretty scared of them despite the side they’re on.

          • thereturnofsuppuppers

            Yeah, Plague Garden has some really nice comparisons between humans and Stormcast.

            Also some pretty nice character building. Morbus was very cool.

          • Drew

            Plague Garden is excellent. Definite must-read for anyone trying to understand the Stormcast Eternals.

        • Cergorach

          Stop wearing you Inner Grouch on the outside!

          • dave long island

            That’s right. It’s always best to take your feelings and press them down, far down, deep down, where they never again see the light of day… lol 🙂

          • euansmith

            That was sound advice when Hank Hill gave it to Luanne Leanne Platter Kleinschmidt.

        • Horus84cmd

          You “despise”? Thats an awfully strong word for what are little plastic toy soldiers. Did a Stomcast Eternal stab with its spiky bits or something? Steal your thunder? Call you names? Ooo Ooo take your lunch money?

          • Sonic tooth

            Yep, I despise them. The aesthetic, the setting etc. Im quire happy with my grail knights thanks very much.

          • Horus84cmd

            Each to their own; yet, despise still seem like overall strong word. A little melodramatic.

          • Sonic tooth

            OK, I “hate” stormcast.

        • Anggul

          Have you actually sat down and read their lore? They’re pretty interesting, the internet rants are usually totally inaccurate.

          • Sonic tooth

            Yep. I’ve read gates of azyr and hammers of sigmar (reluctantly). I also read around a quarter of ghal miraz and gave up on it. I hate the setting

          • Anggul

            I would suggest City of Secrets. It’s the beginning of the stage where you get more of an ‘ex-Old World’ feel again.

          • Sonic tooth

            Thanks but no thanks. I’ll just read old world books instead. I’m not interested in the mortal realms. I don’t like its flavour. My faction was elves and bretonnia and they’ve ruined their fluff. I’m not interested in stormcast. New aos fans (alit of whom are coming from 40k and never played whfb) need to realize that a lot of people just don’t like the setting and don’t like stormcast and what they are. They may not be space marines but they ARE the space marines of the setting.

          • Anggul

            I’ve played WHFB for years, long before AoS. City of Secrets was very much ‘this is what the normal humans are now up to, you’ll notice a lot of similarities if you read WHFB stuff’.

            Personally I still read, play, and enjoy both settings.

          • Sonic tooth

            Fair enough. Im probably being “that guy” now. I just like the old world lore/aesthetic so I’m quite happy to stay there. The new one is not the kindov fantasy that I like and I’m entitled to that view. I mean i like Tolkien, moorcock and Donaldson but I don’t like goodkind, erickson or Jordan. I’ll stop complaining now. Each to their own. In my mind end times never happened. Curious, Is blood bowl set in an alternate future of the old works btw?

          • Anggul

            For sure, I love the Old World stuff. I’m still reading a lot of the books, there are so many great ones.

            I think Blood Bowl is the same as it was before, a secondary universe where the races play killy sports against each other.

  • Coltcabunny

    Soooo.. Over/under on how many articles are going to be milked out of this?

    • Hahboo

      How you say… All?

    • dave long island

      Well c’mon now, it’s not everyday that someone spends the equivalent of the Ecuadorian GDP on a ton of Stormcast Eternals. Space Marines? Grande Alliance Death? Orks? Sure. All the time. But not SEs… lol

    • Anggul

      Regular updates on an impressive project are ‘milking’?

      Well, I guess I love me some lactose.

      • Coltcabunny

        Clearly you didn’t see how many articles the Tau army got…

        • Anggul

          Is it a problem? Were you forced to read them all?

  • Brian Brodeur

    but … but …. WHY?!?!

  • orionburn
  • Steven Deleu

    Oh my GOD! Are you sponsored? Loving this big time! Can’t wait to see it fully painted. And here I am painting 10 models a month….

    • Cergorach

      He’s a commission painter, so I expect that he does this full time. Someone spend $10k+ on models and this man’s painting services…

    • Tshiva keln

      I just finished my first 10 models of the year. Actually started them December! Hoping I’ve got my mojo back now and can crack on.

  • Horus84cmd
    • dave long island

      Well at least Batman and Robin could call on Aunt Harriet to lend a hand, if need be… lol

  • Anggul

    This is amazing. Have you calculated out a whole chamber or something?

  • euansmith
  • piglette

    Wow, good luck! Seeing all those boxes made me wonder: if I had purchased all of the minis in my collection at once, how big would the pile be?

  • ZeeLobby

    Man, super impressive project. Wish stormcast were a little more interesting to me, but more power to yah.

  • Korvalus

    Y’know, every time anyone buys a stormcast eternal box confirms to the higher ups that The End Times, destroying the Old World and transitioning to Age of Sigmar was a good idea.

    …WHY ARE YOU STOPPING BUYING BOXES?! MOAR!!

    • Horus84cmd

      ….and so does the ton of sales from the: Bloodbound, Everchosen, Sylvaneth, Ironjawz and Karadron Overlords ranges; alongside the large general upsurge of gamers playing a fantasy set game compared to a sci-fi set one. Its almost like they know what they were doing…

      • Korvalus

        Y’know, something always bugged me. Maybe the low sales of WFB came because people weren’t that interesed, especially the newbies, in a over-complicated, massive, rank-and file wargame, even if the setting rocked. Yeah, the hardcore fans. But when the hardcore fans equals 16% or so of revenue (data pre-End Times) maybe shaking things “a little” is worth a shot.

        It got out of hand and they didn’t do it right, but I’m of the opinion that WFB as it was had to go. Not necessarialy the setting, but the game.

        • Horus84cmd

          Who knows really, combination of lots of different things. The thing that really did the WFB setting in was the copyrightable-ness of it. Since GW got stung by the US-Copyright thing they’ve, quite fairly/rightly, being going through everything that’s not copyrightable and either getting rid of it or tweaking it a bit. Sadly as grand, well-developed and “Warhammery” WFB was, it still was chock full of very generic, and therefore less copyrightable, fantasy tropes. Hence it had to go.

          As an aside I’d imagine the revisioning of the Space Marines via the Primaris Marines is also partly driven by the copyrightable-ness of it.

  • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

    Plot Twist: He is a ‘Eavy Metal member and this is what he was assigned to paint.

  • Senexis

    In the middle of?
    Brother, you aren’t even close to the middle yet!

  • vash113

    Anyone else notice the creepy doll in the background?

    • YetAnotherFacelessMan

      THANK YOU! I was wondering! And it changes poses between the pictures!

    • euansmith

      I don’t see no creepy doll; but I hear that if you can see it creepy doll, it can see you. :O

  • Loki Nahat

    well, there you go, someone likes monopose miniatures