Ian – Backlog Project Results & 2023 Goals

[The Backlog Project was a January 2023 Otherverse Games and Hobbies community project. As such, you may happen across references to Otherverse and see its logos. The goal of the project was to dig into our respective piles of “shame”, select some yet-to-be started/unfinished projects, and see how much we could knock out in one months time.]

May the Emperor forgive my indolence and sloth!

I didn’t manage to achieve my goal for the month of January. Like going to the gym for a New Years resolution, I started out strong at the beginning of the month, and by the end was beginning to regret that paid-in-advance 6 month gym membership. 

But is this truly a failure?

In my mind, not really. I set a huge goal for myself in painting 151 models in a month, and  I *did* manage to get much farther than I have in several years with my steel legion infantry. Just seeing the legion of primed models starting to take shape as actual painted models is exceptionally motivating. Sharing my progress with y’all is also extremely helpful when it comes to getting off my posterior and painting my minis!

I managed to paint all of the khaki/tan components on every model before the end of the month. So at the end of the month, this was the result.

Of course, I have more than a few steps remaining before I can call these infantry complete.

On the to-do list:

  1. Paint the Brown leather components
  2. Paint the Guns and and accessories black
  3. Paint the skin/faces (the little bit visible beneath the masks anyway)
  4. Paint metal surfaces/accents silver
  5. Other minor details (sergeant stripes, company logos, goggle lenses, etc.)
  6. Correct mistakes/touch-up
  7. Wash with 50/50 mix of Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil
  8. Highlighting

So yeah, a lot still to do. 

As a bit of a post-mortem, I did some analysis on my speed of painting, and just how long it takes me to paint each step for each infantry model.

  1. Paint Jacket Green – 2 mins
  2. Paint Tan/Khaki – 3 mins
  3. Paint Brown – 3 mins
  4. Paint Black – 2 mins
  5. Paint skin/face – 30 seconds
  6. Paint metal surfaces – 1 min
  7. Minor details – 30 seconds (average)
  8. Correct mistakes/touch up 1 min (average)
  9. Wash – 30 seconds
  10. Highlighting – 5 mins

So for an average model, it takes me 13 minutes to get to the wash stage, and another 5 minutes to highlight each model, for a total of 18 minutes per model (not including drying time for the wash).

For 151 models, that would take me 45~ hours to complete the paint jobs for all of the models. I’ve already completed up to the tan/khaki step, so I can remove that time from the remaining time to completion.

That math ends up at around 32.7 hours to complete the remaining steps to complete this big ‘ole block of infantry.

What do y’all think? 24 hour live-stream with Tyson to paint as many models as possible?

Hobby Plans for 2023

Well first of all, I plan to finish my in-progress Steel Legion infantry! I’m still motivated, and I’ll be keeping y’all updated with posts as I finish painting all 151 pokemon infantry. So look forward to that!

I also have a few more Steel Legion projects waiting in the wings that need painting. Namely Steel Legion Bullgryns and custom kit-bashed rough riders! You’ll see some posts on those as well as they make their way through the paint pipeline.

I’m also hoping that I can make good progress building and painting some of my backlog of Imperial Guard and Forgeworld tanks this year! I did end up getting the new Rogal Dorn tank in the mail yesterday… and I’m already devising a way to customize the kit to my satisfaction. 🙂


Something of an expert on printing, kitbashing, and hunting for models to keep his beloved abandoned GW factions alive a little longer. Usually finds the bandwagon about 10 years after it left the station. Can usually be found repairing old cameras or rusty hoopties in his spare time. Voted most likely to ask “Can I use this soda-can carnifex?” at an official tournament.

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