Sorry for the lack of progress these last couple months. Things got busy for me during September and my attention had to be placed elsewhere. Fortunately though I think the worst of things is behind me, and I'm finding myself drawn to the workbench again.
Here's what I've done recently: My first set of XV8 Crisis Suits, fully magnetized.
In putting these suits together I learned three important things:
1) Magnets are the best thing since sliced bread. I had never tinkered with magnets until this set of Crisis suits, and I must say that I'm hooked.
2) Superglue Activator is your best friend. I bought a bottle of activator to use to help in magnetization, and I was not disappointed in the least. Only downside I've found is the white residue that seems to happen if you use too much of it, but as long as I can paint over that it shouldn't be a problem.
3) I despise antennae and kneecaps. Seriously. Tiny little fiddly bits. I think I ended up getting more glue on my fingers than I did the model. I knew from my Firewarrior squad that the antennae would be trouble, but I had hoped battlesuit antennae would be a bit easier to work with. Such does not seem to be the case (at least for me).
As for where I'm going from here, I've purchased a second Start Collecting box and a Commander, so in the short-term I plan on assembling a second Firewarrior squad and Crisis team. I also plan on taking the extra firewarrior bits and assembling a second Shas'ui for each squad, so I can run them as two 5-man squads if I want.
On my shopping list is a second commander and a third Start Collecting box, so I'll have 3 10-man FW squads (with 3 extra Shas'uis to make 6 5-man squads), 9 Crisis suits (more than enough), 3 Ethereals, 2 Commanders, and 26 Drones (I'm thinking 14 Shield Drones, 6 Gun Drones, and 6 Markerlight Drones). That should give me a solid start to a decent army.
After all that's done I'll either start working toward a Stealth Cadre (Stealth Suits and a Ghostkeel) or some Heavy Support in the form of Longstrike and a couple Hammerheads. Not sure which yet, but that's a long way off still, so I've got plenty of time to think it over.
So yeah. That's where I'm at right now, if any of you guys are still following along.