The Others: 7 Sins – Wrath Faction Completed!

The Others: 7 Sins - Wrath Faction

Today we the last of my May’s models – another completed boardgame faction. For the second time, I’ve completed a boxed expansion-faction from the The Others: 7 Sins board game. I’m a little more underwhelmed this time compared to when I completed the Gluttony faction. Of course, I completed the other parts of this faction a little while ago now – the Avatar back in March, followed by the Abominations in May.

The Others: 7 Sins - Wrath Controller

The Others: 7 Sins - Wrath Controller

The controller is a pretty ugly bastard. I wasn’;t sure of what to do with him at first, and so initially I gave him red skin and referred to him as “discount Hellboy”, due to the large right arm and hand.

The Others: 7 Sins - Wrath Controller

The Others: 7 Sins - Wrath Controller

I wasn’t happy with that, though – and the vest gave me my final direction. A Stone Cold Steve Austin fanboi! Austin 3:16 vest, Smoking Skull, OMR (One More Round), and SCSA gave the model as much personality as it was ever going to manage to have. Finally, some blood, to give him a Red Right Hand.

The Others: 7 Sins - Wrath Controller

As with when I completed the “Gluttony” faction, I thought I might as well throw in a box shot for this faction here again, I still have no idea if I’ll ever play the actual game, but as with quite a few of the boardgames I’ve picked up, that wasn’t really a strong consideration when I purchased it as a set of “should be able to proxy these in the Warhams” models.

Armoured/Army April ’19: Community Painting Challenge – Community Round-Up

Dave Stone’s Imperial Forces

Kicking off this month’s challenges for Armoured April/Army is Dave Stone of Wargames Terrain Workshop. Made up predominantly from Imperial Assault figures from FFG, seeing them all collected together certainly has an impact beyond what the individual models can convey, as nice as they can be individually. I think this is something we’ll see repeatedly throughout this round-up.

Dave Stone’s Imperial Riot Stormtroopers

Dave has also completed a few models for the Armoured aspect of the month’s challenge, starting with this squad of Riot Stormtroopers.

Dave’s Stormtroopers.

Next up, Dave has a squad of regular Stormtroopers, adding to his armoured troops completed in April. Quite a nice collection of dirty-white armoured troops completed in a single month!

 

ssspectre’s Thracians

ssspectre from The War For The End of the World gives us a shot of his beautifully painted Thracian force. With them, he’s achieved something very similar to what I’m aspiring to with my Vikings, in a colourful and characterful that also retains a link to reality and how things may have actually looked in the day. The details apparent on his warriors’ shields and the patterns embroidered on their tunics and cloaks look fantastic, and even moreso when you go in close to look at them more closely. There are a number of close-in photos of them on his blog post, and I think it’s one that is definitely worth checking out!

ssspectre’s Thracian heavy hero – Anathaetes.

ssspectre also put together an individual model for Armoured April – Anathaetes, a Thracian Hero in heavy armour. Anathaetes can also be seen on the right-hand side of the group shot above, alongside his fellows.

 

Steve’s Relictors Space Marine Dreadnought

Steve from Dreadaxe Games completed a pair of models for the Armoured April challenge – reinforcements for his Relictors Space Marine Chapter. The first being an Ironclad Castraferrum Dreadnought. I really like how smoothly he applied that decal for the banner’s skull-icon.

Steve’s Relictors Primaris Chapter Ancient.

Steve’s second submission for the month is another Relictor – this time a Primaris Chapter Ancient carrying a captured Chaos Icon. I can’t in any way see why other Imperial Forces might think the Relictors’ loyalties to be a little suspect.. can you?

 

mcmattila’s Warzone Capitol Light Infantry Captain #2

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis painted an Old-School WarZone model. The figure is Light Infantry Captain #2, though he’s armed as a Capitol Special Forces Trooper with M516D Shotgun. Back in 1e WarZone, though – you could equip your heroes with pretty much anything from their faction’s wargear list rather than them having bespoke gear, as many current 40k models have, which explains the confusion. Either way, he’s done a great job with the Star-Spangled Pauldron, as well as the dented and scratched armour.

 

Dave Kay’s Reaper Bones Wights

Dave Kay from Scent of a Gamer completed this pair of Reaper Bones Undead figures for Armoured April. I’m not sure of their exact “official” names, but Dave has painted them as a pair of Wights, which works for me! In order to achieve that Undead glow, he’s used the new(ish) technical paints from Games Workshop, Hexwraith Flame and Nighthaunt Gloom – and to great effect!

 

steinbergshedspace’s Death Guard Chaos Legion force.

Another hobbyist who has contributed something for both Army April and Armoured April is Steinberg of Steinberg Shed Space. He’s firstly shared a shot of his impressively-sized Death Guard Legion force.

Steinberg’s Death Guard Plaguecaster Pete

Next up, Steinberg also completed this Death Guard Plaguecaster (named Pete) – geared up in his Powered Armour.

Steinberg’s Death Guard Myphitic Blight-Hauler

Finally, Steinberg completed and submitted this Death Guard Daemon Engine – a Myphitic Blight-Hauler. I don’t know who names these things…

 

Wudugast’s UR-025, Man of Iron.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die completed UR-025, the Man of Iron player character “hero” from the Blackstone Fortress Board Game. As Wudugast rightly points out, UR-025 is basically a walking suit of armour, and so qualifies quite nicely for Armoured April.

Wudugast’s Khorne Bloodrager

Wudugast also completed this heavily iron-looking Khorne Blood Warrior as part of Armoured April.

Wudugast’s growing Khorne Warband.

That same Blood Warrior features in Wudugast’s first of two shots for Army April. The AoS Khorne Mortal Warband inspired by Alex’ challenge from earlier in the year.

Wudugast’s mob of 75 40k Boys

Finally, Wudugast shows us what 75 footslogging Ork Boyz for 40k looks like.

 

Sunfire’s Age of Sigmar Tzeentch Warband

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has shared his Age of Sigmar Tzeentch/Tzaangor Warband, for Army April – along with some intricate custom scenery. The details of these can be seen much mroe in a series of posts over on his blog.

Sunfire’s 30k Death Guard Legion

Sunfire also shared his Death Guard Legion army shot for Horus Heresy/30k gaming. A pretty sweet looking shot of the earlier iteration of the Death Guard here!

 

Carlo’s Dirz

Carlo of Deuteros Games completed a trio of Dawn Warriors from the Alchemists of Dirz faction from Confrontation. The soft pastel shades and subtle tones within the NMM that Carlo used on these models is reminiscent of Rackham’s artwork for the game at the time.

 

mcmatilaminis showcase features 5 different Warhammer Underworlds Warbands.

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis has chosen a “compilation” shot of 5 Warhammer Underworlds/Shadespire Warbands. The shot features Bonerattle, Stormcast, Ironjawz, Khorne Bloodbound and Skaven.

 

mcmattila’s Revelators Ironclad Dreadnought

mcmattila also completed this Ironclad Dreadnought for his Revelators Space Marine Chapter. This model obviously covers the Armoured portion of April for mcmattilla, and the machine looks all the more impressive for the heavy weathering and chipping that has been applied.

 

Warbringer’s Mollog’s Mob

Warbringer, from the Krakendoomcool blog completed Mollog’s Mob, a Troll/Troggoth-themed warband from the Warhammer Underworlds game. If you’re interested in seeing how Warbringer achieved the vibrant look on these models, he happens to have included a series of WIP photos with a walkthrough on the post.

 

Eloth’s Space Wolf Force

Eloth, of Eloth’s Endeavours has submitted his Space Wolves Force as an Armoured Army this month. A nice mix of Thunderwolf Cavalry and infantry, along with a kitbashed Wolf Priest on foot to lead the force. Eloth has gone to lengths to make each of his Space Wolf models an individual.

 

Pete's IS-7 Heavy Tank

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog completed this IS-7 Soviet Heavy Tank. This beast is certainly a piece of armour that qualifies for Armoured April! Makes me want to dig out my 28mm scale one from Warlord and get started on it!

 

Argentbadger’s Druze Bayram Security force

Argentbadger, from The Bovine Overlord this month shares a shot of his Druze Bayram Security force from Infinity that he has been diligently working on over the past several months. We kept asking for a group shot, and now that we have it, the wait was certainly worthwhile, as I’m sure you’ll agree!

 

Krautscientist’s Original HeroQuest Collection

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt provided the final submission for Army April – his completed Old-School set of HeroQuest models, along with a couple of custom extras to cover some of the characters that GW/MB never supplied unique figures for. The project has been a clear labour of love for KS, as it was something that readers could watch take shape over the course of several months. A pretty spectacular achievement!

 

So of course, I missed some models, as I was working down the comments and missed some of the stuff up top.

Alex’ Zymot Thrallgash, the Ork Commander of Station 2

Alex’ Old-school Armoured Orks

Alex of Leadbaloony finished off rather a fair few old-school armoured Orks of different types. There’s Zymot Thrallgash, the Commander of Station 2, followed by da Yellow Skwad

Alex’ Rulko, Captain of the Guard

Alex’ Kalug – the boss for Station Three and his cronies.

These boyz were followed by Rulko, Captain of the Guard, and Ork engineer Kalug, the boss of Station Three – along with his power armoured entourage.

 

 

 

And me? Well, I didn’t get an army shot taken, and I only finished a small few of the Armoured figures I had hoped to. So here’s what I got done for April’s challenge. There’ll be another month for army shots down the line, so I’ll catch up later on…

Speaking of… is your own Armoured or Army April 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.

The Jewel of July ’19: Community Painting Challenge

Yeah, I’m WAY behind in posting all of the things. Both my own and the community round-ups for the past couple of months. I’ve been dealing with family bullshit, family health issues and I’ve been sick twice (still on the second one) and had an injury in between the two. Still getting past bits and pieces slowly, not looking for sympathy or anything like that – but that’s why I’m still behind. Yes, it’s been a fucking relentless year so far.

Still, not the purpose of this post. What is the purpose is to announce the Painting Challenge for July, and following on from last year’s positive reaction, we’re doing Jewel of July again. What’s that, you may or may not ask? Well, luckily, I’ve got last year’s announcement post that I’m going to mostly-recycle. I simply updated all of the images and left the text, because as I said, I’m still sick, and besides – the rules are the same as last time!

And so….

……………..

Something different for next month. To celebrate the middle of the year, I thought that July’s challenge should be something a bit more open than Squads or Neglected Models (don’t worry, we’ll see a lot more of both of those!) Based somewhat on Decembruary, but more open even than that, since Decembruary was all about centrepieces, so it excluded small hero models and scenery. This coming month, we open it right up.

Oh – and all of the images I’ve used in this post are illustrative of things that do indeed count for challenge purposes. July is a wide-open month that above all, aims to be fun. Just as importantly, all images are clickable and will send you to that person’s blog post. So do indeed check out some stuff that’s new to you!

Alexis West’s Keeper of Secrets

Marouda’s Fimbrethil, Entwife.

I’m under no delusion that everyone I’ve linked here will have the time/inclination/etc to participate this next month, so don’t feel “called out”, but I did feel like this post would be a good opportunity to provide a ton of examples of stuff that can be considered valid models for June July. JULY, and rather than just populate it with models from my own collection – use models from your collections instead with links so people can check out more of one anothers’ blogs. Because community and all that.

Ellen’s Idoneth Deepkin Eidolon

Krautscientist’s The Hound, Enkidu Lance, XII Legion 4th Assault Company.

Thomas’ Aramis the Skullstalker.

TIM’s “Fantasy Island”

The Jewel of July is about painting (almost) anything you want that you think will be cool, or impressive, or just nice.

It’s for Heroes. Big or small. named or otherwise. A Lieutenant or a Medic or a Warlord Riding a Dragon. An Inquisitor’s aide or a Star Player or a Bounty Hunter.

It’s for Vehicles. A Motorcycle or a Maus. A Starship or a Gaslands Car. A Panzer IV to a Kettenkrad. A Rhino APC or a Konigstiger or a War Rig or a M’ak I. (or M’ak II?)

It’s for the more impressive scenery pieces. A desert oasis or a (ruined?) temple or a bunker complex or a single bunker or a skyscraper or a Ferratonic Incinerator or a Kwik-E-Mart. A forest worth of trees or a jungle worth of plants.

It’s for Monsters. Ogres or Ogors. Dragons, Giants, decent-sized Daemons. Bronze Bulls and Dinosaurs and Great Wight Sharks and Goremaw and Cthulhu.

It’s for Dieties and Demi-gods. Primarchs and Titans. Atlas and Aeres and Abaddon. Horus and Hercules. Venus and Vulkan. Saturn and Sanguinius.

It’s for Mechs and the Mechanicum. Steampunk walkers, Dreadnoughts, Imperial Knights, Warjacks, Tripods, Titans.

It’s for Dioramas and Vignettes. Historical, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. It’s all good. Even better if they also feature something from the above!

So yes. Anything from a USMC Corpsman to a 28mm scale Warlord Titan counts for this coming month’s challenge.

Mark Morin’s Cavalry Squad of Power Armoured Frinx, riding Glyptodons. Because OF COURSE they are.

Caseyrog’s Chaos Minotaur for BloodBowl.

Jason’s Volturnos, High King of the Deep.

Wudugast’s Skaven Warp-Lighting Cannon.

Ann’s Yellow-Moldy Poxbringer

Just Needs Varnish’s custom Panzerjäger V Ausfuhrung A Kobra.

Argent Badger’s Carrion Emissary.

Krakendoom Cool’s “Horny Toad” Nurgle Helbrute.

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Norris Thing/Possessed Marine.

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Imperial Assault AT-ST.

Warbringer’s Magni Warbringer, Techmarine of the Salamanders.

Alex’s Kal Jericho and Scabs

Backtothehammer’s Garagrim Ironfist

Mr.White’s Terrorgheist and Ghoul King.

Sfjy’s Knight Castellan, in all its imposing glory.

EJ Henries’ Night Lord Renegade

Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bruiser and Bully.

Redboarwiiingers’ Blood Bowl Ogre.

What isn’t it for? It’s not for the truly small stuff – units of line infantry, or barrels and crates. Little bits of scatter terrain.

Units are okay, if they would individually fit in with the above categories. This means units of tanks, or Inquisitors’ retinue members, or units of Ogres or Carnifexes (Carnifii?) or what used to be Space Marine Command Squads all work, but an Imperial Guard squad, or a Space Marine Squad, or a unit of Fallschirmjaeger don’t.

Not this…

…or this.

As always, the biggest distinction between this painting challenge and many others out there are that I only care about you completing these models. It’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge set during a single month, so regardless of whether you just missed out on finishing that diorama or tank this month, last month, or six months ago – or you’ve got stuff that you’ve been chipping away at for six months – or, indeed – if you’ve got models that have been shelved for months or even years, feel free to dig them out and join in.

Similarly, if you want to go start-to-finish, then feel free to go right ahead. It’s about completing cool things. The challenge is designed to easily fit into your (and my) painting schedule and be flexible enough to encompass quite a lot, and hopefully just act as a bit of an impetus or inspiration to get this stuff completed.

As I said up the top of this post, I don’t expect that everyone shown above will be able to join in, but if you’ve been on the edge of joining in on one of these challenges, or just painting some stuff anyway that fits into the many categories, please do feel free to join in. This goes for you, too Marouda!

Once again, I will NOT be posting regular updates over the course of the month on it. I WILL do a round-up of all the participants I’m aware of following end of the month, though – so once again – please DO LINK to this post when you finish something that you want counted in the round-up – because I WILL forget your post otherwise. It happens every single month. Also, if you’re doing the Terrain and Neglected Models: June 2019 Community Painting Challenge, be sure and link your finished units over there. There’s still a few days left to go!

Blackstone Fortress: the chaos marines

I loved what Dave Kay from Scent of a Gamer did with his Blackstone Fortress CSM so much that I had to reblog it. It also makes it super easy for when I want to paint my own Alpha Legion, so I can crib the method from him! 😉

Scent of a Gamer

The chaos space marines are some of the more fearsome foes of Blackstone Fortress. When it came to paint them I knew I wanted them to stand out somehow. I came across this instagram painting guide and decided to give it a go. I’m happy with how they came out

Blackstone Fortress, chaos space marines

The craft store metallic paint actually worked nicely. It was a pleasant surprise to even find it here in Australia, where the same brands aren’t always available. It worked as promised. Often craft store paints lack pigment so they don’t cover miniatures well and tend to streak. This metallic was fine though.

I used regular paints for every other part of the model, and I’ve deliberately left their bases black for now.

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Heavy Metal Thunder! Iron Warriors Vindicator (Mechanismo May ’19)

Iron Warriors Vindicator

It took another 5 months following the Iron Warriors Rhino that took me forever to complete, but now I’ve FINALLY got this Vindicator done! As with the Rhino and the Dreadnought (Hellbrute), this model was bought second-hand from the same guy back over a decade ago, and then took me a long, long time to get around to stripping off the over-done spikes and replacing a few parts.

Iron Warriors Vindicator

I built a new set of combi-weapons for the pintle turret mount, in this case a bolter and flamer combo. The launchers can work either as smoke or possibly as Havoc Launchers (I searched and searched, but I just couldn’t find a legit set of Havocs!)

Iron Warriors Vindicator

I removed a few sets of hazard stripes that weren’t to my liking and simply painted those panels either black or metallic. The striping on the weapons combined with the dozer blade seemed enough, so I didn’t feel a huge need to add in more on the top or sides.

Iron Warriors Vindicator

The Vindicator and its Demolisher Cannon obviously owes a direct debt of inspiration to the Sturmtiger from WWII. The reason that the Vindicator tank destroyer (and the Predator MBT, and the Whirlwind) are all based on the Rhino APC chassis – even today – is because the only plastic vehicles available in those early Rogue Trader days were the Rhino and the Land Raider (which with it’s WWI tank stylings was not going to work for these concepts).

As you can see above, we’ve got the very first Vindicator and what later became the Whirlwind from an old, old White Dwarf. Some time afterwards, in 1995-ish, TimDuPertis (later Armorcast) sold a licenced conversion kit that replaced the stock front glacis plate of the Rhino with the cannon. A few years later, GW rather suddenly cancelled the licences to make 3rd party products that companied liked Armourcast and Forgeworld (yes, really) and Epicast held. They then brought many of the designs that others had been creating into their new in-house resin shop, which is the Forge World that still exists today.

This particular model is actually long, long out of production, but it’s the original (GW) Forge World resin conversion kit on a Rhino Chassis, as seen above.

Iron Warriors Vindicator

So here it is. The third of those three Iron Warriors pieces finally complete. Now I have a few other half-finished vehicles to try and get complete, but I’m pretty open for my next big piece of Iron Warriors Heavy Metal. Predator? Land Raider? Sicarian? Basilisk/Medusa?

Videogame Review: RAGE – id – XBox 360 (Played on X1X)

Played this because I’ve had it sitting around unopened for years now and Marouda bought me RAGE 2 recently, so I thought I’d knock this thing out finally.

But is it fun? Not really. (TL:DR: Just read the red text!)

It’s a great representation of a brown, generic shooter from the 2010 period. Well, I say “great”, but it’s far from a great game.
“Open world” driving in a small, small open world with nothing to do. And no map.
Linear, rather boring corridor “dungeons”.
Side quests that are just more of the same dungeons (often running the same place in a different direction) or essentially “race here, race there”.
Pointless economy.
Poor loading of their “megatextures”. Like, really slow, shitty pop-in. Like Fallout 76 bad.
Terrible dialogue from questgivers and NPCs. SO bad. “Only you can save humanity! Godspeed, soldier!” WTAF?

Graphics feels like a mix of discount Borderlands without the fun or humour and Fallout without a Bethesda level of polish or detail. Yes, Bethesda.
id software expert quality feel shooting mechanics awesome at least? Nope.
Boring weapons. BFG given to you in the final mission. I saved it for when I got to something big, but after fighting several waves of mutants with a shotgun…
….wait, did I just finish the game? (what I actually just said to Marouda, sitting nearby.)

I have proved my lack of judgement by making myself play through the entire thing. Will it get better? How much longer to go? Sunk cost fallacy.
I’d give the copy of the game away, but I’m afraid it will make me a bad person.

This game has no reason to exist. Thoroughly mediocre.

 

(No screenshots. Fuck this waste of my time!)

Legion of the Damned #5: Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988)

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted (or painted) any more Legion of the Damned models, but today we have a pair of them – finished as part of Mechanismo May (after missing the end of Armoured April). The biggest reason my Legion of the Damned has petered out so much is because I tend to have a few models from my various projects on the go at any given time, and I like to finish the WIP ones before allowing myself to start more. That way, starting the new models are a “reward” of sorts for completing the previous batch. It takes awhile, but it does work out a lot better than my previous method of just starting new models all of the time, that appears to have just given me a thousand or so neglected models to wade through.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

So why, dear reader, did it take me so long to get through this pair? Well, the answer is that I don’t actually like either of these models very much. As much as I like the character of the old Beakies from the Rogue Trader days, my personal aesthetics go with Mark Copplestone and Bob Naismith’s renditions, and the Aly Morrison ones – with their short, blunt helmets and extra-hunched poses are a distant followup. So with that, they can be a real chore to paint, and so this pair has taken me well over a year to get done. I can’t even remember when I began on them, quite frankly.

This pair were chosen for the Legion because of their sculpted details. The skull-shoulder studs and knee-skulls on the first “Brother Morris”, and the big-ass shoulder-skull on the second. Also, being Aly Morrison sculpts, I can “hide” the soft details on their helms to an extent by freehanding skulls on them.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

In the end, these models have come up decently, and I am now happy enough with them to incorporate them in with the rest of my Legion. It’s that thing I’ve encountered a fair bit where through the painting process, I really quite dislike the model(s) I’m working on, but once completed, I’m pleased enough with the final result that I no longer resent the models, and can even quite like them in their final form. With a Multi-Melta and Plasma Gun between them, I have the Special and Heavy weapons for a squad here, so I’ll have to check my existing painted models and work out a Sergeant and 7 Legionaries to go with them to fill out another game-friendly squad.