Yeah, another bloody mouthful of a post title. Maybe the worst yet. Still, there’s a lot of crossover with the content of this post.
Firstly, the models themselves. They’re 7 of the 8 models from the two old-school WarZone blisters, TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires and TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires. Clicking those links will take you to Prince August’s site where both are still available from original stock after all these years. Pretty good sci-fi zombies, to be quite honest. Old-school WarZone collectors often get in contact with me and ask if I have anything to sell so I like to point out when the figures on show are still available where possible. (If I ever do sell any, I’ll post them up here – I promise!)
The missing eighth of the models was actually painted a few years ago. Now, I haven’t played WarZone for many, many years at this point – but some of the models were real crackers (some were awful as well, no argument there!) These sci-fi zombies with guns were always pretty cool looking, but I never really had much of a use for them. Still, I did a bunch of Blessed Legionnaires when I gave the Nurgle Cult army a first-go-round back in 2015 or so. Need to rebase that Spawn of Demnogonis as well onto a proper 32mm base.
Obviously, this lot fits in with my own monthly challenge – that of Unit-Ed October. Because it’s a unit of models. A unit of 7 in fact – Nurgle’s (un)holy number! Coincidence, yes – but a fitting one. Paint scheme-wise, I painted 6 of them in the same Auscam as the main elements of my Imperial Guard force – the 11th Terror Australis Regiment. The 7th has his carapace armour painted in greys in a nod to his Warzone Bauhaus roots.
And finally, I found out via Rantingsfromunder’s blog that there’s a thing called Zom’tober in the minis blogging community – though it’s one of those Blgospot ones, and we know that WordPress and Blogspot are a pain in the arse when it comes to getting on with one another. Unfortunately, it seems that Zom’tober has some pretty specific rules about completion that rule me out participating …pretty much ever.
To take part you just need to paint one Zombie or Survivor (or more!) each week, in any scale you like, posting it to your blog by that week’s Sunday (we use Sunday’s as the end of each Zomtober week). So that means posting one or more newly painted Zombie or Survivor minis each week on or before the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th this year.
Doesn’t really work for me. I finished 4 of these suckers at once 2 weekends ago, and then the final three last weekend – with the blood effects across all of them applied yesterday evening in two sittings. I mean, they’re zombies! Are there any other figures that lend themselves so well to batch painting?
So while they don’t exactly fit into the Nurgle Daemons army, I’m sure that nobody reasonable would complain about a bunch of poxwalkers thrown in there as well. I’ll have to figure out where I’ve stashed the Blessed Legionnaires and that other zombie and pool the lot of them together for the next time I do an “army in progress” type shot for the Nurglites.
Oh. And after taking the above photos, I found the 8th model. While he’s fully painted, he does need a bit of touch-up to get him to the point where he’ll nicely fit in with the rest of his cohort here. I might attempt to get him done before the month ends, so I can bump my monthly total up that little bit more towards the 31 I want to have done…
Edit – Got that last one touched up, retook three of the photos tonight (following night to original post) and replaced the original pics of three with the four.
So this is the largest piece I’ve finished in… well, ever.
I’ve actually had this thing for quite a few years now. First it sat in the box for ages. Later on, I assembled it, but was terribly unhappy with the way that the entire thing was smooth as a baby’s butt. So it sat for ages. Years, actually. Eventually, I covered the stone/dirt sections of the thing in textured paint. I left the stone slab and standing stone sections alone though.
I had a different idea for the skulls. I covered them in watered-down acrylic thinner, in order to give them a texture (and cover the glue joins!) I also added some filler to the tops of the broken pillars – again – both to add texture and also to cover the plastic joins. I didn’t yet know the trick of using liquid greenstuff to add texture, so when I sprayed it black, I went a little overboard, and then left it in the hot sun to dry so that the paint would wrinkle in some places.
Still, even with all of that, it took literally a couple of years to get the thing done. The plan was to get it finished back in September as a Neglected Model, but now I’ve finally managed to finish the thing tonight as something towards my monthly minimum.
Check out the box art. Look at that lovely texture!
Now look at the smooth, smooth plastic of the actual kit. Not my pic here, but just imagine my disappointment!
I filled the silly skull-hole with Woodland Scenics’ Realistic Water product. Might still need a little more touching up with that over the next day or two, due to drying shrinkage. One of the things that really got me going on this thing again recently was Mark Morin’s work on his Armorcast craters.
I was pretty unhappy with how the textured paints and drybrushing had turned out. As you can see here between my pics and the boxed kit, a lot of the “stone” areas in their cover photo turned out to pretty much become dirt on my version as I attempted and failed to give it a rocky-dirty texture on the thing. I’ve usually been pretty conservative with my weathering powders, but seeing how good Mark’s craters looked when he just went to town with the things finally got me going again, and that’s what I’ve done on the dirt and stone textures. Sure, it still took more than a month even so – but the bloody thing is finally done!
As you can see, the terrain is a decent size, and it’ll work just fine in either of the Fantasy or Sci-Fi Warhammer settings. Sure, it looks bloody ridiculous, what with the gigantic skulls.
But it’s Warhammer – it is what it is!
What? You thought Orctober was only for GW’s greenskins?
The first unit I’ve managed to complete this month qualifies for both the October Unit painting challenge – Unit-ed October as well as the models I’m painting for “Orctober”. A unit of a dozen citadel Uruk-Hai. These models are basically the same 3 (metal) +1 (plastic) sculpts that I’ve painted in the past.
As such, painting them has pretty much just followed the same template that I used last time. In fact, I took some step-by-step photos of them as I worked my way through this dozen with the thought to putting together a painting guide for them in the future (probably over my Christmas holidays).
These were finished about 2 weeks ago now. I did all of the work on them to completion from black primed in one weekend back at the start of the month. Since then, as you might have noticed – I haven’t been quite as motivated.
Frankly, I still haven’t been feeling it. Sitting on my arse alone and playing Fallout 4 has been much more appealing to me than painting, blogging, dealing with other humans (or Leonard the Cat), photographing models, or even watching wrestling or the forensic shows I usually enjoy.
Here’s the back half of some of the Uruks. I forgot to take a rear view of the other 7, but at least this pic shows you the work on the back of them, and proves I didn’t just paint the front side of the models!
Now, I just need to pull myself away from Fallout 4 long enough to finish another 9 models to hit my monthly minimum of one-per-day. Two almost done. The other seven will be tricky. Do I have some individual crates I can find to cheat my way through this month’s part of my personal pledge?
So, something a little bit different for November, but hopefully something that’s still flexible enough to fit in with people’s existing projects (and half-painted/abandoned models).
The idea for this month’s theme is to paint mechanical models. Now, this might seem restricting, but the way I see it, the theme can be applied pretty broadly. Tanks and indeed, any kind of vehicles work, including Steam Tanks that Dwarfs or Renaissance humans might use. All manner of Droids and Robots, obviously.
Lots of terrain pieces work – particularly some of the new-ish stuff from Games Workshop (Sector Mechanicus) but then also a lot of other terrain works well also – Mantic’s Inductrial Battlezones for instance and of course no end of resin options from a hundred different companies.
Even smaller stuff like some of the Sci-fi terrain I’ve been doing lately can be shoehorned in there.
Not the crates here, but certainly the sci-fi automatic doors and the terminals.
Walkers of all types, obviously are appropriate. Star Wars, AT-43, DUST, Konflikt ’47, Martian walkers.. you get the idea – as well as the obvious 40k stuff.
Some armies are obviously better served than others here. Necrons being a standout – but I’m happy to consider power armour of whatever kind to be mechanical.
Some things that don’t immediately come to mind as mechanical are absolutely that. Most fantasy war machines fit the bill and even moreso for historical ones – after all, what is a trebuchet, if not a mechanical device?
So have a look at your painting desk, your shelf of shame or even the grey hordes and see what you wanted to get done anyway that you could fit in here.
This challenge starts on the 1st of November and as always, runs until the end of the month. if you finish the model at 11:58pm on the final evening, that’s fine – just get it varnished and photographed in a few days and I’ll include it in the community round-up. I always give a few days grace period.
There’s also no special criteria as to who can or cannot participate. If you’d like to participate, then you can. Simples. Just link your post/models back to this post or leave a comment below with a link so I can find your stuff during the round-up time.
That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a few days for thinking about it before the challenge starts – though if you’re keen there’s also no reason you can’t be working on your models. Because it’s only about completing models in November! 😉
The Imperfect Modeller has gotten into the Neglected Model act in September by completing this model that had been neglected for a decade or more. Depicting John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 original of True Grit. As always, the entire model is amazing, but that Horse is a real thing of beauty.
First time participant, mcmattila has submitted the above Combat Squad of Tactical Space Marines, which combined with the first batch to form a full-strength squad. Some very nice painting here! As mcmattila doesn’t have a blog at this time, I’m putting his pics up here – hopefully he’ll continue to participate in these challenges!
Argent Badger of The Bovine Overlord has continued with the Warmahordes theme in September’s Challenge, painting a command pair of Fennblade Officer and Drummer. His blog post features a group shot of them alongside their unit, looking very cool – so go check it out!
Just Needs Varnish completed another nice batch of figures in September. This time a mixture of Infantry, Armour and Civilian vehicles which all have a location and time in common – specifically the early Pacific War campaign in the Philippines.
Wudugast from Convert or Die completed a pretty impressive centrepiece model in September – a Skaven Plague Furnace. I’m aware of how redundant it is to mention when an enormous amount of work goes into a model like this one, but if you check out his post you really can see it in detail.
Red Boar Wiiingers from Presenting The Red Boar Wiingers! completed this Dwarf Blood Bowl team – The Baruk-Khazâd Bastards. They don’t look like a group of lads you’d want to mess with – on or off the pitch!
Dave Kay, from Scent of a Gamer completed these old-school Warhammer Quest Giant Bats. Now they definitely look the part! Dave’s second submission was this Skeleton Jester which he picked up for Warhammer Quest, though I think it also has a very Mordheim feel to it as well.
Backtothehammer was so enthusiastic about September’s challenge that he finished and posted these models on the 21st of August! A unit of Wood Elf Waywatchers as well as The Slayer King – Ungrim Ironfist!
Alexis “Westrider” West of Cascadian Grimdark had a very productive September – finishing quite a variety of Neglected models in the month of September. The Shadespire warband, Spiteclaw’s Swarm; a selection of Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower Heroes/Antiheroes; several Tzeentchian Daemons from The Warp, and finally – the containment chamber from the 40k Battlefield Objectives set.
Pandora’s Bitz Box from the Krakendoomcool blog got his neglected unit done in contrast to Backtothehammer’s August submission – PBB got this unit of Tyranid Hive Guard completed this month, in October! Still, motivation is the key and given how late this update is I’m not going to be an arse about anything. On reflection, they could have easily been a submission for this month’s challenge of Unit-ed October.
Not sure how I missed regular Challenge Challenger Thomas from High Times on the Eastern Fringe‘s submission for September, but apparently I did. I usually see all of Thomas’ posts, but apparently I missed this one completely. I guess September wasn’t the greatest month on my end, so this sort of thing can happen. Anyway, Thomas completed this nicely-worn and weathered Servitor over September. The plan is to eventually mount him on a larger piece or diorama, which explains the plain base that he has at this time.
Joe, of Joesavestheday painted a rather lovely Dark Eldar/Drukharii Voidraven Bomber. It turns out that Joe actually wrote a series of three posts on his Neglected Model entry progress, though I didn’t know they were a thing until just now. I’m genuinely not sure how I missed them, since Joe linked to the blog itself and more importantly, also to the post. Maybe WordPress won’t recognise a trackback to Blogger’s posts? I’m guessing that for non-Wordpress bloggers a direct comment might be needed.
Then there’s my own stuff, highlighted both in my last post, and in detail across last month’s posts on this blog.
Once again, I have to offer a hefty congratulations to all of the people who managed to get something done. The last months have been a real challenge for me to keep motivated myself, and this post is now half a month behind, but the doldrums that often hit me this time of year have indeed hit, and hard this year. I’ve got one unit done, and a probable second close to done with luck. With one more weekend left of the month, I don’t think I’ll be getting any Dreadtober stuff done, but there’s always a chance, I guess.
Did you paint a neglected model during September? Did I forget to include you? Did we discuss neglected models in the comments of one of the posts or someone else’s blog comments and now you’re not included here? Just let me know in the comments below.
Not to be a nagging bastard, but that’s why I ask you to link back to me. I don’t need the money or the fame of a trackback, but it makes it a million times easier for me to round up the community posts and make all of the links. 😉
The post title says it’s a two-few, but it’s technically a three-fer post. First up we’ve finally got the collection of Neglected Models that I managed to get done over the course of September. Not a bad collection of neglected figures in September, especially as they’re all individuals.
I also managed to finish this trio of Mantic Terrain Crate scenery just before the end of September. Usually I like to give things their own posts, and if I had a bit more terrain to show, then I’d put them together, but I’m not putting together a post for three sets of PVC mining tools on a rack.
Finally, we’ve got the September round-up post, with both the Monthly Challenge figures as well as everything else finished, including those Tool Racks. Regular readers will know that I just haven’t been feeling it lately, and so it took until last weekend before I took my own monthly round-up photos – but then there was naturally an issue with a model that was on a different shelf, so it took me until today to go out there and retake that photo.
With those last-minute took racks, I just squeaked in 30 models for September, continuing my personal 1-per-day-of-each-month “challenge”.
As for the running total, this 30 added to the 434 I had completed by the end of August takes me to 464 to date this year. October has been more challenging, but I’m just squeaking by so far due to more simple terrain bits and some unit painting. Those will be on show in a little while, though. Next up – The (belated) September Community Round-up.