Finally I've got around to starting the army and I feel like I've started it well.
I painted up 38 Lower Abyssals for a horde base, which should officially take 40. I've actually only fit 26 on, as you can see they're fairly closely packed. The closeness is why this is my first ever proper multi-based unit. I am convinced that Mantic were a little confused and made the Lower Abyssals to fit on 25mm bases rather than the 20mm bases that are prescribed by the rules.
Anyway, I'm really happy with them, and also with the lighting effects thanks to Zinge Industries.
I now want to do a second horde of them as I have so many spare! Unfortunately I only bought one horde base so that will have to wait. There's plenty of other models to paint in the army in the mean time.