Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps (and some Rogue Trader Orks & Marines)

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps

Long time no post! As I’d mentioned to a couple of people, November is traditionally Hell Month at my workplace, and this year was no exception. While I did manage not to cripple myself by breaking any part of my legs this year, I did ironically end up the last person standing in my team, as we first lost someone to a back and hip injury in September, the team leader to Maternity leave in October and then the last other person to Long Service Leave in November, which has meant an increasing workload for moi to take care of. The workplace has been good enough to give me some extra help as much as they’ve been able to,  though staffing is difficult still – so we’ve still been 1-2 people down each day and multiple overlapping projects have had a lot of “only I know how to do this stuff” to them. There’s still 2 and a half weeks before we break for Christmas, and still a bunch of stuff only I can do, but with the onset of December, several of the major projects are now done and dusted, so I can at least take the mental(!) space to write up some posts now. December still has a lot of work to get done – and I’m still literally the last one standing – but at least it’s not nearly as harsh as November.

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps

While I was absent from posting, I did try to keep up a little with people’s blogs by reading and commenting when I could, but more importantly, I tried to keep up with some painting – if only to maintain my sanity! So now that December is here, I’ll be posting up my November bounty, beginning with these “hardfoam” terrain pieces.

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps

I More than 2 years on from my first Micro Art Studios terrain post, and I’ve finally gotten a couple more of the models from that same order done! (And off my side desk!) Because I’m apparently a fucking obsessive OCD mental case, I also bought two of them. I guess they’re not too bad a terrain piece to potentially have doubled-up. Despite being called “Crate Heap” they’re more like bunkers that have been built in the field from a combination of secure doors and …random crates and barrels. Just don’t look too deeply into the construction, as the layout doesn’t make a massive amont of sense. Perfect for something like 40k, in that case, amirite?

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps

I’d naturally hoped to have these finished for Dave Stone’s terrain challenge …in 2021 …and then again this year in 2022. In the end, I just forced myself to get the fucking things done in early November. I wanted them to look weathered and worn – and I MAY have gone slightly overboard with the weathering products. I’d have been happier if the mud had dried a little darker in spots, and I guess I could go back, but I’m not sure I can really be arsed to tell you the truth!

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps, Rogue Trader RTB2 Space Ork Raiders, Rogue Trader RT01 Space Marines, Rogue Trader RT02 Space Orks, WH40k 2nd Editon Jes Goodwin Space Marine Scouts

As with the Vents from the same producer, these pieces certainly pass the 4-foot test, but once again up close they’re unfortunately riddled with literally dozens upon dozens of tiny (and less tiny) bubble-holes. I did add some orange rust to them, but in the end the weathering pigments pretty much overpowered any rust I’d added.

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps, Rogue Trader RT01 Space Marines, WH40k 2nd Editon Jes Goodwin Space Marine Scouts

They’re large enough to make for some pretty decent rural “war zone hills”, and will break up LOS for most armoured vehicles while still being small enough to be climbed over by infantry and so potentially also have a place in smaller skirmish battles such as Kill Team and the like.

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps, Rogue Trader RTB2 Space Ork Raiders, Rogue Trader RT01 Space Marines, Rogue Trader RT02 Space Orks, WH40k 2nd Editon Jes Goodwin Space Marine Scouts

I mean, I could call this a “Review” but there’s not much to say about these things. They weren’t too difficult to paint once I got going, but the dirt between each box and barrel made it an unpleasant and tedious task – which is why it took me over two years until I basically forced myself to get them done. There was pretty much no pleasure in the process aside from the little endorphin hit when I got them done.

Micro Art Studios Crate Heaps, Rogue Trader RTB2 Space Ork Raiders, Rogue Trader RT01 Space Marines, Rogue Trader RT02 Space Orks, WH40k 2nd Editon Jes Goodwin Space Marine Scouts

I also used some number decals I still had sitting on the remains of a transfer sheet from GW’s original RTB04 Rhino (triple) kit. Yes, the Blood Drinkers numbers! In honor of the Rogue Trader connection, I used Rogue Trader-era models from RTB2 Space Ork Raiders & Rogue Trader RT02 Space Orks against some RT01 Space Marines along with Jes’ 2nd Edition Space Marine Scouts to pose fighting over them. 

Anyway, I’ll call this one done and dusted. Hope you enjoyed the post – more soon!

October 2022 – Personal Painting Round-Up – Zomb’tober!

Well, so October is now done and dusted – and despite the best of intentions, I managed to get none models completed for either Dreadtober or Orctober. I even had models out and ready to go. I did at least manage to do some work on a mob of 25 Orks, but none completed, so…

What I did manage to do was get a whooole lot of Zombies painted. We’ve been getting back into playing Zombicide again over the last couple of months, and so that served as a rather effective impetus to work on Zombies.

That wasn’t quite all, though – I did start the month by completing the Lich King and his three Abominations for the World of Warcraft Pandemic board game.

But yeah, all my berserker Zombies are now painted. Yep, ALL of them. Finally. I certainly don’t want to find more of them somewhere.

On a similar note, all of the 1st Edition walkers are also now painted. Even the extras that Marouda found.

I also managed to finish the first few VIP Zombies and Zombie Doggoez

There are also a few other models I got done in October that didn’t get their own posts – another set of Concrete Walls from Battlefront’s Battlefield in a Box range. They’ll work for Flames of War, Team Yankee, and can even work as short walls for 28/32mm games as well – as can be seen here with the size comparison with Mr.Fatty!

And finally, (though painted early in the month) there’s this pair of Levers from War Cry. I didn’t give them their own post because they’re not especially significant, and hoped/planned to get more War Cry stuff painted to go with them, but ended up leaning really hard into the Zombicide stuff instead. Still, I think they turned out pretty nice for such simple pieces.

I also added some extra distinguishing details to a trio of Fatties painted some time ago so they’re less likely to be confused for Berserkers, though I won’t be counting them in the tally for the month as they already got counted as painted earlier this year.

Most of this stuff qualifies for  Dave Stone’s Apocalypse Me/Zomb’tober painting challenge(s) for November, so that’s not too shabby on that front. Now.. how many models did I complete in October…? Time to count them….

4 Warcraft
43 Orange Berserkers
14 Guard Berserkers
10 Runners
4 Dogz
6 VIPs
10 weathered walls
2 levers

So… 93 models completed in October. That’s ….a lot. I guess I can really point to the batch-painting nature of all those Berserker zombies in their prison uniforms as the biggest reason I was able to get so many models done. I don’t expect to be topping that anytime soon, but it’s still pretty cool. Just a shame I didn’t get 7 more done. Now that really would have been something!

By the end of September I had 376 models completed, so this brings me to 469 to date for 2022. With under 2 months left in the year, it’ll be interesting to see how far I can push it…