I hate this time of the year...
Spring = pollen, LOTS and LOTS of pollen! Despite prescription strength medication (which seems to be doing nothing), my life has devolved into an endless cycle of sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose. At my current pace its one box of tissues per day! I tried painting a captain for my MM scout company. However, due to the above problems, it took close to an hour to just get a halfway decent base coat on the mini. At that point I put away the brushes & said 'to hell with it!'
As it is, I've got a few concerns regarding the Marines Malevolent. Despite great fluff & feel to the army, but the black and yellow scheme goes against my usual preference for armies. That preference being for nice and opaque colors so if a mistake is made, its easily corrected. One misstep with the black or even just boltgun metal (regardless of how steady my hand, its inevitable, a sudden sneeze yesterday wrought havoc on the captain's helmet with the black!) requires 1-2 coats of bleached bone followed by 2 separate shades of yellow. Kind of a laborious process, and has slowed things down considerably.
Another thing is, that my decals that I made for them look more brown than black once applied. I was trying to figure out why as that's never been an issue before, and I think its due to the yellow paint. The black isn't entirely opaque so I may have to paint over them with black after they dry, another setback.
Now, is that all un-doable? No. Realistically doable? Its debatable.
In the past, prior to sticking to just opaque colors, most of my armies consisted of just a few painted minis and the rest primed, before just getting shelved and sold off as just another unfinished side product...
I'm already seeing these 'black and yellow bastards' (which, when it comes to painting is oddly appropriate) running dangerously close to that fate. I dunno, until I can breathe normally again, the point is kinda moot. I'll just ponder it in the mean time I suppose.