We are puppets in the grand theatre of Tzeentchs hobby!
Its quite a common thing to happen. Numerous side projects get canned etc over the years. I've always found painting and assembling in very small batches, such as 5 men, keeps me sharp and on line. Then treating myself once in a while to a hero etc as a reward. But there's always the dark whisper of other things to try/do!
Best of luck with whgatever you choose. Maybe just split your minis down into smaller squads and paint a bit of this and that?
Much wisdom in your words brother
So begins the tale of my disastrous 4th Company Ultramarine project. What begin in joy and hope ended in betrayal and rage, but much wisdom was gained....
After many years of looking at 40K from a distance, I finally succumbed to the hobby in 2006. I was immediately captivated by the Ultramarines, because they are honorable and BLUE. After reading 'Nightbringer' by Graham McNeill I settled into my project of building a Ultramarine Battle Company modeled on McNeills vision of the 4th Co. Many of you "Smurf" haters are of course thinking..."What a lame idea". Well, I've been building miniatures since I was a wee bairn, and they've always been historical in nature. So, I approached this project from that point of view. I picked the UM's because of the Greco/ Roman theme, the honorable thing, and the BLUE thing.
Several years of happy building, playing, and reading passed. I followed the adventures of Brother Captain Uriel Ventris and Brother Sergeant Pasanius Lysane, and the 4th Company with patient interest. I kept a tally of named characters, who lived, and who died. I was aware of Uriel's and Pasanius' shortcomings (I plan to dedicate a post on this in the near future), but still found them to be warriors of honour,... and did I mention that they are BLUE? By the end of 2009 I had my 4th Company pretty much done..... 105 Ultramarines (including special characters), 6 Dreadnoughts, 11 Rhinos, and various support vehicles,... happy, happy, happy.
Then 2010 rolls around along with the release of 'The Chapter's Due', or 'How Marnius Calgar Almost Destroys the Ultramarines'..... ...... ...... ...... ..... ..... Graham.... how could you do this to me!!?? I then filled a very large container with holy simple green, invoked the name of the emperor, and full of righteous rage, I dumped my Ultramarines into the vat of cleansing liquid and methodically scoured them pure. The Inquisition and the Grey Knights would be proud.
I was still STUCK however with over 100 serviceable miniatures and my love of 40K, and loyalty to the Ultramarines (they are honourable and BLUE you know). Inspiration (touched by the hand of the Emperor no doubt) struck me.... I took an Oath of Moment to create a new chapter, based on the Ultramarines of old, XIIIth Legion old. Thus cutting the strings of Tzeentch and his petty plot to corrupt me was born the Praetorian Sword, a chapter based on the tale of a post Heresy lost XIIIth Legion Retribution Fleet (a tale I am developing for another post).
I still enjoy many of the writings of Graham McNeill (many fine HH works and his marvelous Iron Warriors), and I am still loyal to the Ultramarines...... BLUE, yup!
I still have a generic Ultramarine army that I play, my Praetorian Sword chapter is slowly growing in strength, and there is a XIIIth Legion army in the works as well. I have enough projects to keep me going well nigh until my hair turns white and my bones brittle. I also learned several valuable lessons from my dubious project.... never follow down the path created by others, allow your own creative juices to fuel your imagination, and follow your bliss!
Thank you for reading my meanderings. Remember, The Emperor Protects and......
Courage and Honour