DUST Bunkers (February Terrain ’19)

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

My final February pieces today – a set of four Bunkers from the DUST games. They’re basically the Dust Axis Heavy Laser Bunker and the Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, as I picked up wo of each when they were on clearance. I initially sprayed them grey in December, or January? …and then they just sat there for a period of time until one day in February I decided to just get the huge fucking things done and off my scenery painting table, so I went all out on them for the rest of the day, and then a little finishing the next morning, then done.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

The base coat is a darkish dirty grey, followed by several layers of drybrushing using (horrible to use) craft paints to lighten them up a little. Next was a round of varnish, followed by painting on some of that Vallejo Model Wash and then wiping it off. One more later of varnish, a little more drybrushing, more varnish, and then a heavy coat of Testors’ Dullcote in an attempt to dull them down.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

The doors were sprayed a darker grey, drybrushed a slightly lighter grey, and then a metallic with a subtle bit of rust, and then done. Grates in the middle of each done in a similar way. There are also a (large) number of artillery pieces that go with these (2 each, so 8 arty pieces), but I’ll paint those sometime down the line.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

As you can see from the tabletop photos, I had a particular idea of how they can all be used – though they’re pretty versatile and could be used in pretty much any biome – from ice/snow to desert to temperate without a problem. I wanted to team them up with my Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat, which I’d planned to do a review of after buying it but haven’t gotten around to doing yet.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

So I just rooted around a little in some of my scenery tubs to get some suitable bits and pieces out to make up a beach invasion table, obviously inspired by Normandy/the Atlantic Wall. I couldn’t find my little trees, and there are of course a whole lot of other small bits and pieces like additional crates, hedgehogs and such that I either couldn’t find or are still WIP, but still, this quick and easy table looks pretty good, if a tad one-sided. It’d certainly be good for a scenario game with infiltrators, sentries and a bit of espionage!

February Terrain Challenge – Sector Mechanicus #3

I have the final piece of this first wave of my Mechanicus Terrain this evening. A piece based on the core of the same pieces as the first one. And of course, the “family photo”, as I’m about to become much busier on Monday, which will slow down my production again no doubt.

As you can see, this piece has a mixture of the techniques used on both of the previous ones. The same “off-white” scheme as the dome, with the grime streaking combined with the rust effect, occasional bit of model-gouging and chipped paint of the first piece. I’ve also managed to get the crackle paint to work properly on this one as well, which gives the chipped paint a nicer, worn effect.

I still have three more “test” Mechanicus pieces that are still WIP, and they’ll have to be my “second wave” of models for these, as I need to clean up where I was working on them now – and none of them are particularly far along. I’m pretty happy with this one overall, but I feel like I also need to mix up the colours further. I’m not going to “skittles” these things, but a bit of Necromunda blue and Industrial Green for some of these pieces I think will work well enough. The trick will be simply to deploy them in “clusters” of the same colour as often as possible, so they look like a cohesive collection of machinery/objects in different areas of the table rather than the mess that will be if I mix them. I’ll probably have to have a few “silver/metal” pieces that I can use to unify everything and intersperse with the coloured pieces.

February Terrain Challenge – Sector Mechanicus #2

As with the first piece of this Mechanicus Terrain, this piece served(serves?) as one of my initial tests – as does the one that will follow this, and the other three that are still WIP. I wasn’t so sure about this piece, so I decided to mount it on a base for extra stability – in this case, an old CD. I guess the drawback of the base is that the piece becomes that little bit less versatile, as it’s now a bit harder to stick on top of a larger piece. With my luck, it’d just get knocked off the table and end up shattering anyway!

The photos are a bit higher-contrast than IRL, as the base colour of the panels is a light, cream-toned off-white. I thought it’d look good with this as a base, and then given the whole “streaky grime” treatment with that Vallejo Wash, rather than going with the chipped paint look. This kind of “painted” look to the machinery and terrain obviously takes a lot longer than going with bare or rusted metal, so I’m not entirely sure how I will proceed in future once I get past the test pieces that have been started. I do like/prefer this kind of look, but the time investment is pretty huge by comparison. I’ve got one more piece done similarly to this one, with the “cracked/chipped paint” thing from the previous one happening as well, as well as another medium and two larger pieces still in the “metal” stage before I get to assembling any more of this stuff – so I guess I don’t have to worry about deciding too quickly now…

February Terrain Challenge – Sector Mechanicus #1

As part of February’s terrain challenge, I’d hoped to get a ton of Sector Mechanicus terrain done. Clearly, that hasn’t happened, but I have gotten a few smaller test pieces done so far. Here’s the first one I completed. I used the crackle medium again, to see what kinds of effects I could get on this stuff after the recent Ork debris pieces. I also used some Ryza Rust to give some texture to the rust effects in spots. I also used different washes to add to both the rusted and grimy effects (thanks to Dave Kay for the heads-up on those 200ml Vallejo Wash jars!)

On the downside, the spray cans weren’t especially kind to the test pieces that I worked on, with some puckering occurring here and there on some of the pieces (my own damn fault – don’t prime heavy at night!), and I’m not entirely happy with the “speckled” effects of the different layers of the metallic sprays. Even though it’s a bit nitpicky, it’s just something for me to be aware of. On grungy terrain pieces like this one, it all fits in well enough and passes for good enough.

Terrain & Neglected Models Paint Challenge February 2019 – Community Round-Up

Model Man Pat’s Completed Medieval Castle Diorama

Kicking off this month’s dual-mode challenge of Neglected Models and Terrain, we have Patmcf, aka Model Man Pat from Pat’s 1:72 Scale Military Dioramas brought this piece to final completion in February – The Medieval Castle. While at first glance you’d be entirely forgiven for asking “Hang on, didn’t we see this one before? Last month, actually?” the difference here is that Pat has turned what was essentially an impressive piece of scenery into a fully-blown diorama, with the addition of several dozen painted models – giving a great deal of life to the complete work, as you can see a number of small mini-narratives taking place across the breadth of the scenic piece. I strongly encourage you to check out Pat’s blog on the links above to see much, much more of this work.

 

Dave Stone’s Chaos Soulgrinder

Next up is Dave Stone, from The Gamer’s Cupbard blog and his impressive Chaos Soulgrinder. Dave also sculpted the disgusting, green phlegm attack coming from the Daemon Engine’s maw. Nice. I mean, ugh.

 

Ann’s neglected Nurgle Poxwalker

…and another!

Ann, of Ann’s Immaterium completed another Poxwalker for the Neglected Model challenge. The first one marked fourteen of twenty, and then the second Poxwalker of the month took her horde to fifteen, so the end of this mob of poxies is close to hand now…

 

Backtothehammer’s Citadel Wood

Backtothehammer from his eponymous blog, Backtothehammer painted up this lovely and vibrant looking Citadel Wood in what he claims was only two nights(!) I know I get a lot of models done, but when I see something this big that looks this good done in such a short space of time, I’m still amazed and jealous!

 

Mikko’s straight walls…

…and his corners and rubble end-pieces.

Mikko,of Dawn of the Lead is (finally) on board for a challenge – welcome mate! He’s completed some walls and corner pieces from Fenris Games’ “Rubble City” range.  While Mikko says that some of them were finished awhile back, he’s picked them up again and retouched them – so it totally counts (I do this all the time with older models). I feel that the grime and subtle coloured shading on them makes them look incredibly realistic.

 

Argentbadger’s Trio of Trolls

Argentbadger, from The Bovine Overlord finished an impressive neglected trio of models from the Trollbloods faction of Hordes. A Troll Bouncer, looking suitably brutal to have the title of “bouncer”. A  Troll Impaler. (If you ask me, he could be called a Whale Impaler.) And finally, a Troll Axer. Who carries a very big axe. No doubt, for axing things it doesn’t like. So many angry blue trolls….

 

mcmattila’s Stormcast Liberators – five with Hammers and five with Swords.

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis has finished off two sets of Stormcast Liberators in his Silverlions scheme. The first five are armed with Hammers while the second five are armed with Swords. I feel like I’m selling them short if I leave it at that, so I’ll just recommend that people take the time to check out both posts for more detailed shots of both sets of models. Your eyes will thank you!

 

Sunfire’s Vengeance Knights Primaris Marines

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has completed a pair of Primaris Space Marines in the livery of his Vengeance Knights chapter. These Neglected Models originally came from the Dark Vengeance starter box. I’m not sure how many more await us, but I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of their force!

Sunfire’s Zone Mortalis Walls

Sunfire didn’t stop there, though – also completing some scenic items for the other half of February’s challenge. Specifically, some 3D-printed walls and tiles to be used with Zone Mortalis and Necromunda (and I presume anything else that needs some sci-fi walls!)

 

dave2718’s Neglected Helldrake

dave2718 from Faith&Steel completed a rather impressive Neglected Model this past month – a Chaos Space Marine (and probably also Daemonkin, in a few days) Helldrake. I have to say that I have one of these kits, and given how complex both the assembly and painting looks to be, I haven’t even considered starting on it. More credit then, to Dave for getting the thing done!

 

Mark Morin’s destroyed Panzer IV-D

Mark Morin, of Mark A Morin did something around Tanks for the February terrain challenge, making excellent use of a mispacked Panzer IV from Battlefront Miniatures by turning it into a destroyed and burnt-out wreck of a Panzer IV. I especially like the damaged running gear scattered across the base

Mark Morin’s Blast Markers.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Mark also put together a foursome of smoke/blast markers, built around some LED tea lights. Instead of typing more, I’ll just say look at them!

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s “Mad Jack”

The Imperfect Modeller from The Imperfect Modeller completed “Mad Jack”, The Lighthouse Keeper. This completed piece, with the model from Artizan really qualifies for both of the February challenges, as we have both a Neglected Model as well as a terrain piece. While a simple piece in many ways, the composition is nonetheless quite evocative and effective.

 

Wudugast’s Neglected Escher Gangers.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die completed some figures to do double-duty across a couple of challenges, with the four Escher models shown above featuring not only here as a quartet of Neglected Models, but also in Alex’ Fembruary 2019 Painting Challenge (go check that out, if you haven’t already!) It was actually Wudu’s write-up here that prompted me to show off Marouda’s growing assets in my own Fembruary post the other day – so thanks for that, mate! 😉

 

Pandora’s Bits Box’ Genestealer Hyprid Aberrants

Pandora’s Bits Box, from the Krakendoomcool blog completed the above five Genestealer Hybrid Aberrants for his Neglected Models. I admit, I didn’t realise that Tooth and Claw was 6 months out already, but that’s how quickly life passes by with GW’s rapid release schedule right now, I guess! The highlight on these ones for me is the lovely blending on their skin tones.

Pandora’s Crashed Aquila Dropship.

Of course, Pandora also completed something for the terrain component of February’s challenges – that being the Crashed Aquila Dropship from the 4th Edition “Battle for Macragge” 40k Starter set from 2004. The funny thing about this kit is that both Krautscientist and myself also attempted to get this kit completed over the past couple of months, but neither of us managed to get them done yet. Ah well, there’s always the next terrain month – or anytime before then!

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Scratch-built 20mm Cottages.

Just

Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish created a number of terrain pieces. From scratch, of bloody course! First up are a pair of cottages (WIP pictures included on his post) and then something even more impressive, a large bridge piece that looks to me like it could be one of those premade MDF kits that are all the rage these days. Once again, John’s ability to scratch-build models that look like commercial kits manages to astound me.

 

Alexis West’s Neglected Models.

Alexis West, aka Westrider from Cascadian Grimdark, completed quite a few Neglected Models over February. With a full squad of 10 Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrids in the front, joined by two pairs of civilians/crew types. One pair of GW Imperial Guard Crew models, and also a pair of female Spaceport Crew from Statuesque Miniatures.

 

Pete S /SP’s Ruined European House

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog completed this amazing looking Ruined European House. An Airfix 1/72(ish) kit, Pete has done an outstanding job of turning a standard kit into something that will really be a highlight on the table for his 20mm battles, with the addition of interior details, rubble and so much more.

Krutscientist’s HeroQuest Heroes

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt has gone old-school for his Neglected Models in February, by beginning a cool little project – painting the entire set of models from the original 1989 HeroQuest Boardgame with his 2019 painting skills. First up we have the four player-character heroes.

Kroutscientist’s HeroQuest Orcs

KS rapidly followed this up with a HeroQuest-sized horde of Orcs.

Krutscientist’s HeroQuest Undead

And then, Krautscientist turned out a very impressive three sets of Undead from the game. The Zombies, Skeletons and Mummies. I have to say that especially on these sculpts, KS’ excellent paintwork really shows that these thirty-year-old sculpts really still hold up well today. It’s going to be amazing to see the whole game painted up, and at this rate it won’t be long!

(Each set of 3+ models will also qualify as a “unit” for the March Challenge, as well!)

Spalanz’ Grey Knights Captain.

Finally, we have a carryover from January’s Challenge (which I’ll edit into that post later) – Mark Griffiths aka Spalanz from Spalanz completed this Grey Knights Captain as a centrepiece model. I missed it at the time because it wasn’t posted as a link on the WordPress, and then I thought I remembered it, but couldn’t find it posted on his blog when it was time to assemble the Community Round-Up. I spotted it the other day, on Twitter, so I’m adding it in here, today.

 

Viva Forever?

And in a first for this, my own Personal February Round-Up will have to be added in later, as due to various personal events in February, I had a hard time getting stuff photographed, and also wasn’t up to posting for various periods of time. As a result, I’m still in the process of doing both for my own February models – but importantly, I didn’t want the community round-up to lag behind massively as happened in January.

Speaking of… is your own February Challenge work missing from here? If you left a link in the announcement thread, then it should be here and I apologise. If there’s no link there, then leave one here. I may seen, read and even commented on your post, but I’m damned if I can remember each and every blog post I go through each month! Broken links, etc – just bring it to my attention and I’ll also fix them up ASAP.

Adeptus Ministorum Priests: Imperial Preacher 1 (1997), Chaos Cultist (1999), (converted) Redemptionist (1997) – Neglected February 2019

Imperial Preacher 1 (1997), Chaos Cultist (1999), (converted) Redemptionist (1997)

This trio of models was completed in February, after a long, long time in the making. So long, in fact that I don’t precisely recall when they were started, though I do know that they were all started independently of one another, and it was only over the years that the three became a trio of models that I stored and considered together.

The first one of these models, on our left with the sword – is the second of my “proper” Preachers that I painted from the line that came out with the 2nd Edition Sisters of Battle Codex. The first was done years ago now, but I’m not sure where the model is, though improbably, the other model is still available new from GW. Possibly with some of my Imperial Guard, or more likely in one of the two missing figures cases that house a lot of my Blood Bowl and Necromunda figures. I’ll take some pics and post him up when I find him. This guy is the one that we’d always joke around and refer to as “Keith from The Prodigy”, because of his hairstyle. A bit grim in a way for me to have just finished him and have been listening a little to The Prodigy recently. 😦

Imperial Preacher 1 (1997), Chaos Cultist (1999), (converted) Redemptionist (1997)

The second of these models – the shirtless fellow in the middle – is from the small range of metal Chaos Cultists released during 3rd Edition 40k in 1999. There were two Demagogues and six Cultists. I have a couple more of these, but I’m not sure if I got all of them. This guy is “Chaos Cultist 6”, but I felt like he wasn’t exceptionally Chaos-y, and with an appropriate paint job would fit in with the wider group of Redemptionists, who I had painted in similar schemes, along with my Preachers and even my WHFB Flagellants. This was to create a consistent visual theme between the models where you could see that the Redemptionists and even my Cawdor, who could sub for Ministorum Troops, PDF or Imperial Guard – as well as Necromunda Gangers (and, obviously, cultists of almost whatever was needed). This of course, is where the divergent styles of basing that I’m doing now in the twenty-teens creates a potential problem.

Imperial Preacher 1 (1997), Chaos Cultist (1999), (converted) Redemptionist (1997)

The third of these preachers was originally a Necromunda Redemptionist model, specifically – Brethren with Stub Gun and Autopistol. As you can see, the Stub Gun was removed and replaced with a bell on a chain (from the plastic WHFB Zombie kit) and a bearded head from one of the Empire kits. Probably the kit that came packed in with Mordheim.

So that’s it. Though I am pretty pleased to have finally completed this trio of models that sat, part-finished and thoroughly Neglected for well over a decade and more!

Mantic Terrain Crate – Pup Tents (February Terrain 2019)

Mantic Terrain Crate - Pup Tents

I don’t like to post twice in the same day (going by my own timezone, anyway), but I wanted to get that Warhammer Humble Bundle out there when I saw the S&B write-up this morning. This is the post I’d planned to have today, and since it’s a bit of pretty meh stuff, I’m happy to get it up now to get it done with. Another bit of Mantic Terrain Crate fodder today. A trio of very simple pup tents that I got in their first Kickstarter campaign. As with most of the rest of the stuff from this campaign, they’re simple pieces, fine for what they are. Now that they’re painted, they’ll make for a small bit of unobtrusive terrain in a variety of games and settings, and should fit in pretty easily with the similar stuff I got from Renedra awhile back.

Something more exciting tomorrow!