Do you have 50 shelves of grey? Hopefully you have less now after joining in with everyone else on the #12monthsofhobby challenge!


12 Month of Hobby – each month you aim to “Finish” one model from your backlog and using the scoring I’ve devised below the aim is to be Hobby Neutral / Hobby efficient. Basically you finish and paint as much as you buy.

The second challenge of 2020 running alongside the #tale-of-warlords-2020 following last years success. I wanted to add something that is a little less intense and restrictive and open to all. That’s where this comes in its meant to get you inspired and get you painting with an aim of either getting that new army done, clear the backlog of grey plastic, trying something new. It really doesn’t matter the point is to keep hobby going. Progress enables progress – There is no failure.

With that lets see how everyone got on!


When this was announced I thought it would be great motivation to get some half started models finished off, especially things that weren’t necessarily on my to do list. The first month really got the hobby juices flowing and I struggled picking something out to pledge for month 2, recent reveals have me inspired to go back to my Ad Mech and I’ve been really feeling a Warmachine mood lately. To help I made a list of possible pledges and dusted off a trusty D20, getting Han Solo for Star Wars Legion.


Galaxy Cape Tzeench Shaman, Chaos Warriors and a Chaos Sorcerer.

Tom Higgins (Tom_The_Hobbit)

Working on a Primaris Ragnar conversion and a Blood Ravens Apothecary


Starting with the big guy was a good move! Had enough time to get it right. The 10 marines was just painting by numbers after that. 


This month was really about getting some models together and not leaving them sitting around the house after Christmas. With a combo with tale of warlords, I’ve managed to not only build and undercoat all my new chaos models, but paint an entire unit of chaos space marines and a chaos lord. The aim is to continue this trend, but in February also finish off a couple of older models.

Dr Orktagon

I loved this month’s challenge. I’d overlooked these grots for ages and the 12 months of hobby was a great excuse to tackle them. 20 models complete for the year already. I bought the wrong green contrast paint for them which made it even more experimental. You’d think selecting ‘Ork flesh’ would have been easy when the purpose was to paint some Ork flesh. But no. I accidentally bought warp lightening. I have though stumbled on an paint process I like. I also started a 2nd model from my to-do pile which will be part of my February pledge. 


Although I have not fully completed painting of any models in January many models were built and the first stages of paint were applied to most. I built 50+ models compared to the 13 I expected. I hope to pickup a Thousand Sons Start Collecting box to add to my forces and work through more of my Necron Battleforce.


The pledge really helped with hobby motivation 


Good month for painting, ’12 months of hobby’ definitely motivated me to squeeze in some painting when I had a few minutes 


So, first month of this challenge. I’ve definitely bitten more than I could chew but to be honest I’m satisfied with the results. I’ve finished two squads and built/painted the full munitorum container. I had a chance to try new techniques and had a lot of fun but for February I will strive for something simpler


This month was quite a lackluster as I didn’t paint as much as I wanted, mainly due to litteraly no painting time during the weekends and my painting space monopolised by the kids and their gaming -_-.
Nevertheless I managed to assemble the 5 Wolf Guards and their jump packs and slack a quick layer of metal on a dreadnaught. I also based a few old minis for a D&D game with the kids and assembled a few grots that’ll be used as goblins. Some wolves got some wash and base colors on the bases too.
Next month will be busier for sure!


Sisters are really cheapish, meaning to get to 250, I had quite a chunk of models to get through. However, the news sculpts in the Sisters of Battle army box are a joy to paint. My favourites being the Sister Superior and Storm bolter Sister. I used contrast on the Arco-flagellants for a quick result and they turned out quite well. Basing was a pain, my first time using static grass and its quite messy. Overall, enjoyed it.

Craig (cra1gwt)

Although I’ve bought more than I painted, I’ve really been spurred on with my painting by this challenge. Looking forward to the next month!


This first month was to improve my painting skills, I’m happy with the blending on the green and how the skin came out, I still need practice at painting NMM.


I completely forgot how busy Jan is.. Also don’t let foster dogs eat spacemarines… Really hurts your productivity 


Despite not painting the thing I originally pledged I did actually end up doing more in the last month than I have in the last year! Very thoroughly enjoyed it!

Points Table


What a month it has been, everyone has been super productive and the points are showing that! We’ve got PlutoniumOD, Maddie and Rhiannon are smashing out with 55 points!

My favourite hobbyist’s work from this month have got to be Hiyake’s. I think the detail added to the scenery is brilliant and giving the whole intercessor squad names is brilliant! That extra level.

Also Exalted’s sisters of battle are amazing! The progress is brilliant to get so much done is impressive by itself. The silver and blue scheme works really well and the classic green style bases really speak to me. I remember the dates of green felt, books for hills and goblin green bases.


  1. Just seeing this at the beginning of March. I’m curious to see how you did your scoring system. I was able to find how people are doing so far, but I did a little poking around and wasn’t able to find what the parameters of your scoring were. (I’m curious to see how my feeble painting efforts have stacked up so far this year.)

    Also, can one join in now, in March?

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      1. Thank you, great, I’ll do that. I don’t really use Twitter or check it much, but I do have a Twitter account and I’ll DM you from there. Thank you for the link as well.


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