The Parent Players Paintalong! #ParentHobbyShowcase

Its been a difficult year for everyone, but its been a particularly difficult year for parents.  For those becoming parents, hospital access has been a major concern, while for those with children at school or in childcare, looking after, educating and entertaining them has been …. challenging.

One fantastic escape for the #ParentPlayers group has been our meet-ups a few times a year to play mostly GW tabletop war-games, chat with others in the same situation, and get a little us time for people used to just being Mum or Dad.  Of course, this year, those gatherings haven’t happened either, and are looking pretty unlikely to come together properly until next year at this point.

To keep us in touch, give us something to focus on and work towards, we started looking at doing a paint along – the #ParentPainters tag has been fantastic pulling us forward in doing an AoS army, and we can keep using that to show off WIP and models as we paint together.

However, lots of us are busier than ever, and hobby seems a remote dream, so we don’t want to exclude lots of the group!  So we’re looking at doing a mix of paint along and showcase.  In the last week of each month, we’ll do a showcase of a unit for armies we plan to play going forward, whether thats at the next meet-up, through the new edition of 40K, a new army being painted along on the #ParentPainters tag, or just an old army we want to show off.  Tweet pics of a unit with the hashtag “#ParentHobbyShowcase” in the last week of the month, and we’ll all get to see what we’re working on, what we’re painting or what we’ve done.

I’m really excited for it!  I’m getting carried away looking at doing background and naming troops and getting right into building a fantastic army for 9th edition, ready to be upgraded and evolve through the campaign narrative systems.  And I get to paint along, and show off models old and new.  If I can’t paint for a couple of weeks, I can still pull out a unit and join in the showcase.

I’m really excited to see everyones minis online if we can’t meet up and see them in person yet!

If you have any questions, give @evilkipper a shout on twitter!

Updated Tale of #ParentPainters

Well, #ParentPainters is looking like a terrific success, with lots of people taking part, and we felt it was time to provide some updated details!

#ParentPainters started as a monthly paint along for the ParentPlayers, a group of parents who meet up for infrequent (3 times a year) sessions at Warhammer World, gaming with fellow parents who understand the pressures of being a parent, what its like gaming with little sleep or remembering what edition it is, and generally getting away for a bit!  A lot of us all wanted to try AoS, so we decided to try to paint a unit a month, with the idea of meeting up for some fantastic Age of Sigmar gaming next July.

Its really taken off on twitter, though, and lots of people who aren’t parents wanted to join in!  That’s absolutely fine!  The more the merrier!  Its more an inducement to get some painting done – even painting along equivalent 40k or boardgame minis is cool!

We currently have the following schedule (which we are going to extend shortly to allow Xmas pressie planning!)  Not all armies have units that necessarily meet the theme (or you might not have models available), in which case you have a “paint what you like month” – we’re generally suggesting minis from non-battleline units that month.

  • November – Initial Character Model
  • December – a Battleline unit … with a festive note of red somewhere on the model or base!
  • January – a Behemoth unit
  • February – a cavalry unit, or some faction scenery.
  • March – a Battleline unit

If you want to find out how a unit fits into your chosen faction, the faction battletome can help, or you can look at GW’s online “Warscroll” builder, which makes it nice and easy to plan an army or just see what models fall into which categories

Please remember this is fun – there’s no obligation to paint fully maxed out units if you can only fit in a few minis.  Enjoy yourself, and use it as a motivation to keep painting.

At the moment, the current participants are:

@Xacheriel with Ogors

@EvilKipper with the fell Daughters of Khaine

@AlphaDevilinak with stinky Nurgle Daemons

@TheFirstAutarch with brilliant classic elves!

@GhostWalker0299  with a lovely classic undead take on Ossiarch Bonereapers

@PaintingPauper with fantastic Night Haunts

@DaveBass2 with amazing Vampires.  And loads of em, too!

@GamesMistress21 with some intriguing Gloomspite Gits

@DarrenBogus with just fantastic undead, leaning a little Night Haunts with his initial Banshee

@Hobbitarn with another take on Ossiarch Bonereapers, going much more vibrant and unearthly.

@BigBadBirch with Slaves to Darkness, kicking off with a fantastic DarkOath Chieftain.

@sixeleven with an amazing Gloomspite Gitz champion so far

@JB_Paints with a superb Stormcast start, kicking off with an amazing Stormcast Lord Arcanum on a ferocious Dracoline.

@Drakes_Guardian looking at Slaves to Darkness

@Little_Misters is kicking off with a Seraphon army.  Lizards for the Win!

@SteamTrainTime is looking at a steampunk style Cities of Sigmar ensemble

@AvarrisXbox is also looking Bonereapers!  Lovely models that seem to be popular right now!

The current plan is to start with a fun character model in November (I’m looking at painting either Morathi!), and do a unit of Battleline in December, with more units to be added to the timeline going forward.  You could use the Path to Glory rules to help you pick, and there’s no pressure to have fully maxed out units – paint to your speed.

Let us know if you’d like to join in!  Just use the hashtag and paint away!

Tale of #ParentPainters!

As you probably know by now, a group of parents all meet up in Warhammer World a few times a year for some laid back gaming at #ParentPlayers.  We’re due for the 7th Parent Players meet up on the 1st/2nd November 2019.

Although we’ve generally focussed on Warhammer 40K, we’re all intrigued by Age of Sigmar, and going to be starting new armies in November, for a monthly paint-along using the tag #ParentPainters on twitter to show our work in progress and our finished models along the way.

The plan is to do one unit a month with a monthly theme (such as Character, Battleline and so on), until we have full armies, that we’ll all bring to an AoS themed #ParentPlayers event in the summer of 2020.  There’s no obligation to attend the event – you can join in from anywhere around the world and just have fun painting along with a new army!  As we’re parents, the odds are real life won’t let us all attend anyway, but hopefully we can get one unit a month done.

The event is being primarily organised by @Xacheriel over on twitter.   At the moment, we have involvement from:

@TheFirstAutarch – painting a Sylvaneth/Kurnothi/Wanderers force.

@evilkipper – painting Daughters of Khaine

@Xacheriel – painting Flesheater Courts or Ogors

@AvarrisXbox – painting Idoneth Deepkin

@sixeleven – painting Gloomspite Gitz

The current plan is to start with a fun character model in November (I’m looking at painting either Morathi or Gotrek!), and do a unit of Battleline in December, with more units to be added to the timeline going forward.  You could use the Path to Glory rules to help you pick, and there’s no pressure to have fully maxed out units – paint to your speed.

Let us know if you’d like to join in!  Just use the hashtag and paint away!