Hi people! I’m a 22 years old guy with a somewhat burning interest for the grim universe of Warhammer 40 000. These days I’m taking a Bachelor degree in Film- and TV Production in the city (yes, it is a city) of Bergen, Norway. And if any of you actually wondered; Yes, I am indeed Norwegian, so please excuse any less than obvious errors in my English. My strategy, if you want to call it that, has been to aquire as much knowledge about the phenomenon of Warhammer 40k as I felt necessary, before actually starting to paint, or play the game for that matter. Perhaps neither the fastest nor easiest way to go, it’s all according to a personal philosophy of mine, that a good basis of knowledge will be extremely rewarding when gaining experience.
To illustrate: I was taking painting lessons at the local hobby shop, and wasn’t at all happy with the way my models turned out. I was told that I’d improve through experience, but as I am something of a perfectionist, I simply could not settle with this. Feeling like I was ruining quality plastic, I suppose. So I started to read, browse the internet for examples, and quickly learned some basic techniques. I spent a LOT of time on my next models, testing my patience to the limit, but when I returned to the hobby store, they couldn’t really believe that this was my work (see some of them in the image above). This inspired me to continue, and up to this point I’ve simply been practising colour schemes and learning new brush techniques. And, of course, collecting Black Templar and Necron miniatures. The time to prepare for war has finally come.
“But why two armies at the same time?” you ask, “and why these two?”. Don’t worry, believe it or not, I’ve actually given this a reasonable amount of thought. The Necrons are fairly easy to both assemble and paint, and the rules for them are not very complicated. The Black Templars, on the other hand, have the potential to be a bit more challenging. The idea is to get variation when painting, and have one army that can be finished quickly, allowing me to field it on the tabletop at an early stage. But don’t get me wrong, I do love detailed painting, and that’s what the Black Templars are for. “But Space Marines aren’t that hard to paint either!”, I hear you say. Well, no, they don’t have to be, but the good thing about them is that you can make it hard. There might be more of this potential with chaos marines or tyranids, perhaps, but painting insane traitors or overgrown locusts simply does not appeal to me. Fanatic space knights and enslaved, metal skeletons just makes more sense, don’t you think?