Squad: March! + Gender-Ambiguous Model Painting Challenge 2019 – Community Round-Up

Argentbadger’s Seishin

Argentbadger, of The Bovine Overlord completed a group of models which safely qualify both as a squad as well as gender-ambiguous. They are Seishin, from Malifaux’ Resurrectionists faction, and I think he’s done an amazing job with the ethereal looking scheme on them.

 

Alexis West’s Genestealer Hybrid

Alexis West, aka Westrider from Cascadian Grimdark, completed a nice little set of Models of Indeterminate Gender in March. To start with, we have a Genestealer Cult hybrid in the colours of the Cult of the Emperor’s Embrace.

Alexis West’s Ur-Ghuls from Blackstone Fortress

Alexis also sorted out these Ur-Ghuls from the Blackstone Fortress boxed game. I really do like the pink, fleshy effect on their hands and faces. Alexis submitted these models as Gender-Ambiguous as well, though with the minimum of three of the challenge, they also qualify as a “squad” (for the purposes of this challenge, if not any “official” Warhammer rules.)

Alexis’ Spindle Drones from Blackstone Fortress.

Finally, Alexis also completed this trip of Spindle Drones, also from Blackstone Fortress. They’ve come up quite nicely, I think – almost looking like wraithbone in the pic. As with the Ur-Ghuls, they’re Gender-Ambiguous, and also qualify as a squad for the challenge.

 

Pete S /SP’s Russians in Paritsan camouflage.

Pete S /SP’s Winter Russians.

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog completed a pair of radically different 20mm Contemporary Russian squads from Elheim Miniatures range of ultra-moderns for the Squad painting challenge. Did I say radically different? Well, clearly, they are. But they’re also the exact same set of sculpts!

 

Mark Morin’s Trio and other-trio of tanks for What a Tanker!

Mark Morin, of Mark A Morin did something around Tanks (shocking, yea!) for the Squad challenge, and kinda doing it in two ways at once. He completed a trio of Italian M11/39 tanks, as well as a British M3 Grant and an M4 Sherman for his 8th Army. However, one of the M11/39s is painted as a captured vehicle, complete with kangaroo-silhouette on the turret side.

Mark represents some I̶t̶a̶l̶i̶a̶n̶ Aussie armour…

This little touch effectively creates a squadron for the 8th army with that (formerly) Italian tank!

 

Ann’s Spiny Black Poxwalker

Ann, of Ann’s Immaterium completed a model known as Spiny Back Poxwalker for the Gender-Ambiguous Model challenge. According to Ann, the completion of this one leave only five more Poxwalkers for her slowly growing horde.

 

Wudugast’s Blackstone Fortress Spindle Drones.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die completed a small group of figures which qualify for both of this month’s challenges. This group of four Spindle Drones, from the Blackstone Fortress are both gender-ambiguous and also four makes enough for a “Squad” by the spirit of this challenge. I find that Wudugast’s take on their colour scheme – with the stark contrasts on their carapace is quite reminiscent of the production design from the Alien films, and even Giger’s work.

 

Sunfire’s Vengeance Knights Primaris Marine Reivers

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has completed a trio of squads for the Squad challenge – the first is a group of three Primaris Space Marine Reivers, these guys are part of his Vengeance Knights chapter. The headswaps certainly give them a different look, which I may well steal for some of my own Reivers…

Sunfire’s Vengeance Knights Intercessor Marines

Sunfire’s second squad for the month is a squad of Intercessors. He has achieved a nice contrast between the weather-beaten and worn armour and the clean looking shoulder pauldrons.

Sunfire’s trio of Idris, the Wind Reader and two attendant Tzaangor

For his third squad, Sunfire has something completely different in a trio of Tzeentchian Tzaangor, led by Idris, the Wind Reader. The impressive bases make them look like a Shadespire/Warhammer Underworlds Warband!

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Royal Navy Naval Brigade riflemen

Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish completed a pair of units for the month, both from his slightly-neglected 20mm Royal Navy Brigade force. The first are a unit of Riflemen, featuring some pretty sweet detailing on those scarves that really makes the figures stand out nicely from a distance.

Just Needs Varnish’s Naval Maxim and 4.7″ gun carriages.

JNV‘s second unit for the month is a support unit for the same force, featuring a carriage-mounted Maxim for close fire support, as well as something a little …bigger!

…along with the horse(s) they rode in on!

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s

The Imperfect Modeller from The Imperfect Modeller finished this odd little model of a ..Power Armoured Space Wasp? for the Gender-Ambiguous challenge. It looks very much like something Mark Morin would be painting rather than TIM, but it made sense in the end, as TIM used it in a very cool diorama that I urge you to check out – titled “Get Out Of My Fucking Room” it does what it says on the tin!

The Imperfect Modeller’s “Get Out Of My Fucking Room”

The Imperfect Modeller’s Posse of Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan and Doc Holliday

TIM‘s second submission was something much more to speed, though no less impressive. We have Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and Doc Holliday – with their apppearance in miniature form being based on the 1993 film, Tombstone. As always with his western models, TIM has done a great job of capturing the feel of the Old West, with dusty blacks used across these models. They look like a group of gents that you would not like to cross on a dusty Arizona road…

 

Maenoferren22’s Reaper Ghost

Maenoferren22 from Bogenwald also completed a model for each of the month’s challenges – leading off with this Ghost model by Reaper Miniatures which is plenty gender-ambiguous. In completing this model, his actions gave me the kick I needed to grab and complete the pair of these models I had in my own collection, that had been sitting on the painting desk for months and forgotten – so thank you!

Maenoferen’s 3D-Printed Cultists

Did I say “a model” for each challenge? Maenoferren22 not only completed the singular ghost, but also three entire units. The first of which is a unit of 3D-Printed Cultists which actually qualifies for both challenges (until you look under their robes, at least!)

Maenoferren’s 3D-Printed Hand-monsters

The next of Maenoferren’s units also qualifies for the gender-ambiguous challenge. I guess you could theoretically argue these 3D-Printed hand-monsters look kinda like a pair of males and a pair of females based on their chests and chest-clothing, but who’s to say exactly how the anatomy of weird monster-demon-things that have hands for heads works?

Maenoferren’s Heresy Miniatures “Inspector” crew.

Finally, Maenoferren has completed a crew of sci-fi-type Inspectors from Heresy Miniatures. This group clearly features both genders, though Blue-K9 and the other little bot technically fit into that neutral territory of the other challenge yet again! Kick arse submissions from Maenoferren this month!

 

mcmattila’s Revelators Devastator Squad

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis completed a Devastator Squad for his homebrew Space Marine Chapter, the Revelators. He’s used MKIII armour legs, torsos and limbs to give the models a heavier, weighted feel as befits Devastators, especially with the preponderance of rivets on the older armour – while the MK8 Helms and backpacks give them a more current, modern look. it’s certainly a touch I appreciate!

 

To wrap up, as have my own Models for March – more detail can be seen in my Personal Round-Up Post for March. While the four “Squads” are pretty typical fare of the random stuff I seem to get completed on a semi-regular basis, the more interesting part of the equation is that all of the models I finished in March, bar one turned out to be Gender-Ambiguous. While I did set out to paint some that fit that specific criteria, the real kicker was that when I looked at each model once completed, I found that so many more fit – even when our typical assumptions (and honestly, the sculptor’s intent a lot of the time ) make us think “male”.

I certainly found that to be an interesting exercise through March, and I have tried to keep it in mind gong forward as well – so thank you to Ann Wycoff of Ann’s Immaterium for the initial thought, and Alex of Leadbaloony for running Fembruary – which in turn spawned this challenge theme.

 

Speaking of… is your own March 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.

…and now onto compiling Armoured/Army April’s Community Round-Up!

25 thoughts on “Squad: March! + Gender-Ambiguous Model Painting Challenge 2019 – Community Round-Up

  1. Great round up! Nice to see the variety of people you’ve reached with your challenges.
    Looking forward to seeing more in the future too.
    (And hopefully taking part!)

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    • Thanks Jenn – please do feel free to take part in as many of the challenges as works for you – I tend to make them pretty open-ended in terms of the themes – what’s left of May is anything Mechanical, June is gong to be “neglected” models (anything that’s been sitting part finished for 6months+) and terrain – and the other main part is that it only counts completion of the models – so it’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge, so it helps with motivation for that last little bit on that model that you just haven’t been able to motivate yourself to do OR that model you’ve really wanted to get started on..

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  2. Another very cool bunch of work from everyone! Those dragons at the top looked like they were glow-in-the-dark in the thumbnail! I think TIM did my faves this time, with that hilarious diorama and the guys from Tombstone (a movie I have seen so many times I’ve lost count).

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    • Yeah, on the black background they really stood out, and I thought they’d be a great “intro” submission for the month’s round-up. TIM’s dios knock it out of the park each and every time he completes another one (and often while still WIP, quite frankly) an it’s been really nice as well to see him do such nice work on individual models as well. Now someone (closer to him than you or I are!) needs to wrangle him into a game of Legends of the Old West and he’ll end up becoming a diehard gamer as well!

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  3. Always worth taking a look at your round-ups, not least because I’d forgotten what I painted in March (doh)! If Ann’s Team Nurgle stuff ever fails to give me nightmares, then Westrider’s Ur-Ghuls are just going to leap in there, along with those walking hand monster things (some things should not be 3-D printed)! All great stuff here though, so thanks for sharing!

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    • It gets a bit that way at times. Even worse for me lately with my models from 3 different months all parked in adjacent places awaiting photography. I do find them to be a good record of what I’ve done – and more fun than just typing a list each month as I used to do…

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  4. Once again, a brilliant turnout of amazing models! Great effort from everyone, and as always, many thanks to Azazel for setting these up and compiling the results!

    Maenoferren’s hand-monsters made me think of Adventure Time, but those were ear-monsters in that show.. Next printing project? 🙂

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    • No worries there – seeing the receptions people have to the completed round-up posts and one another’s work always makes the effort patching them together worthwhile. 🙂

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  5. Thanks Azazel for the roundup – great stuff and lots of fun to see. I am very fond of TIM’s dios, and the wasp-men are indeed right up my alley…if ever I finish my tanks (which is progressing for my D-Day scenario game, but time is running out!). Anyways, always a pleasure and an honor to participate, really enjoyed making that Aussie M11/39 too.

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    • Welcome, Mark – as long as people continue to be patient, I’ll keep ’em coming – late as they may be! How many more tanks do you have to go? At this rate you’ll have more than some participating nations in your pool!

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      • As you will see, I just did 17 more, and I think I’m nearing the end. Maybe. Ok, maybe not. My plans now are to add for Normandy, some scout cars for Italians, Brits, US…and eventually a Nomonhan scenario. After the Normandy project, I’m probably going to do some sci fi I think.

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      • I admire your focus. I spent a year recently (2014?15?) getting a unit done every single month for Gondor + Undead. It was a good year for both of those armies, but I haven’t painted anything for Gondor since and still feel no push nor pull to go back to them.
        This year the overall plan I think will just be to knock out as many neglected models as I can while paying lip service to my various armies.

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