Sector Mechanicus #4: Thermic Plasma Conduits & Rogue Trader Pipeworks

Sector Mechanicus Thermic Plasma Conduits & Rogue Trader Pipeworks

More scenery today – the first pieces from a set of Thermic Plasma Conduits, alongside the matching pieces from a Kill Team: Rogue Trader box. Aside from various personal issues going on, my work has been shut down for this week due to (at least) one positive COVID test. Thankfully I had no direct or even indirect contact with the individual, though one of my close colleagues did, so we’re hoping her test comes back negative. Without being flippant, there’s some stuff I can do remotely, but as it was an unforeseen shutdown and is only for a few days, for the most part it means I need to keep myself busy – and so more terrain is the way I’m trying to keep what’s left of my sanity. Along with Assassins Creed: Odyssey (I consistently get to these games 2 years late) and starting to watch The Witcher. Which is only …okay, so far.

Sector Mechanicus Thermic Plasma Conduits

As with so much of my stuff, I built these quite some time ago, sprayed them black, and these ones even had a (bad) spray of metallic applied. Before being forgotten and left in a box for months if not a couple of years. So now that I’m this current scenery kick, it was time to get them out and spend a couple of days working on them to get them finished to a level I’m happy with. So, well, that’s what I did.

Sector Mechanicus Thermic Plasma Conduits

This first batch is relatively small, only eight components. They’re from my first box of these before more became available later via additional terrain kits, Kill Team boxed kits and the like. I might have gotten some from Conquest Magazine as well? Basically, I was trying not to use all of  my first boxed set of pipes in case I wanted to do something more interesting with some of them later on. Now with addiitonal sets and parts, I’m not so worried about that – so as these drew closer to completion, I started working on a few more simple pipes from that first kit, and now I’ve found a second set worth of sprues in a box and have started assembling those with a (little) bit more variance.

Sector Mechanicus Rogue Trader Pipeworks

For the time being I’ve kept the pipes to a relatively flexible and neutral metal tone. I do like the looks that rusted off-white and also dark red-painted pipes give, so perhaps a future set of two might look different. For the next two waves of these, I’ll stick with a compatable look to these, though. The actual pipe sections could fit in with some modern settings, as long as we don’t look too closely at them, though the segments with the servo-skulls wouldn’t fare so well. Unless that side of the panels was up against a wall, I guess. Otherwise they’ll work well in any sci-fi or many post-apoc settings, as well as (obviously) the Warhammer 40k universe.

Sector Mechanicus Thermic Plasma Conduits

Doing all these dials was a bit of a pain, and I decided to use the rounded panel as a kind of “Aliens” or “Fallout”-inspired monitor screen, with light green text glowing on a dark green screen. As with almost all of my most recent posts, I’m also calling these finished models good for Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge!

Thanks Dave for keeeping my motivation up!

16 thoughts on “Sector Mechanicus #4: Thermic Plasma Conduits & Rogue Trader Pipeworks

  1. These look great, just the right level of oily maintained and still functional pipework. The detailed bits look excellent, especially the monitors.
    Glad to help mate, as your challenges have helped me so many times, and good that your keeping busy during what would be a huge scare in the work place

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    • Thanks Dave. It’ll be interesting to see how the contract tracing works out, since DHHS isn’t exactly proving to be competent with the (admittedly, very complex and difficult) job they’re tasked with – and hopefully how those people with significant contact go..
      As for terrain, I’ve got a few more days worth of terrain posts queued up as well right now, so much more to come in the next few days.

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    • Thansk Pete. I’ve got more pretty much done, and now more of them just glued together. So needing mould line cleaning, spray priming and base coats, and then the actual painting… And a bit of cutting as well just to keep ’em interesting…

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    • Very similarly, yes – though with a bit more rust and wear most likely. I don’t even know how much terrain I must have ready to go nowadays. The table is still (barely) usable, but there’s a lot of stuff stored in the War Room these days. Between my spraying supplies, the Doomsday Prepping apocalypse food and water stockpiles (if/when we get infected, we’re going to have to hunker down for a few weeks), gaming stuff and semi-forgotten kickstarter loot that drops in by the pallet-load three years late there’s not much room to move anymore!

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      • Gotta love the 3 year late Kickstarter palettes!! When that happens, it’s “I swear honey, I ordered this 3 years ago! I’m soooo much better at saving money now!”


    • Have finished the first four episodes now – it’s got good bits in it, and I’ll very likely watch the other four(?) episodes since it’s able to keep my interest much more effectively than Daredevil or Preacher did (sadly) – but it hasn’t grabbed me like The Mandalorian or The Boys did…

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  2. These look really sharp! I need some water pipe terrain for Fallout and these have got the wheels in my mind turning 🙂 I really liked the details you painted on the screen. Little touches like that will make your terrain come to life on the tabletop (and should lead to some great pictures too)!


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