On the other hand, the Vargheists are finished. Flat out. I've never run into such a disconnect between models being good looking, yet utterly unenjoyable to work on. I think they look great and I'm glad to have them in the army, but I'm done trying to improve the models themselves.
What I did really enjoy working on were the bases. One of the guys at the local shop volunteered his bits box and I decided to go a little nuts. The bases are built from various building sets, though it may have been mostly the basilica. The plastic is quite thick, so it was a workout to get them into the shape of the bases. In the end, definitely worth it as I think the look and the effect are very good. They complement the models as well. They'll be dark, but there are a few places I can add some splashes of color to make them more interesting.
I've also managed to assemble the Death Company models that I've acquired. I'm planning on putting my tournament winnings towards the other half of the squad, and will likely try to score a Chaplain for them too. The plan is to have nine painted in the traditional black color scheme, while the tenth will be in white. A little deduction will tell you which one of these is not like the other. The guy with no helmet will be in the opening stages of "the change." He's got a little conversion done to him with a pair of ghoul hands. His skin will be the same color as the Vargheists and his hair will be a light shade of gray. I think he'll be quite striking.
The Word Bearers are also getting some love in anticipation of a coming codex release. I busted out the airbrush and put on the initial basecoat of Mechrite Red, then began applying a 2:1 Red Gore/Scab Red mix in the traditional fashion. Two of the models actually got coats of Chaos Black. They'll end up being the Aspiring Champions for now, but we'll see what options are available in the new book.
Finally, I really enjoyed assembling a Chaos Manticore. Of course, I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for. I initially bought it for my Chaos Warriors army, but I'm debating using it as the first Daemon Prince for a 40K army that continues to occupy my interest. I'm considering trying to do both, but I'm not sure the two color schemes will work. Obviously, for the Warriors, red really is the only option. For the Daemons, the scheme is going to be green. Yes, they're complementary, but I'm worried about the beast looking like a giant Christmas tree. Magnetizing the head will be easy enough, but I think I'm going to take some more time and consider the options before finalizing my decision.
-Get all the basing done for the Blood Wing
-Get the basecoating done on the Possessed
-Time allowing for it, work on the Chaos Dragon