Reiksgard Foot Knights, 2021 Edition.

Reiksgard Foot Knights

At the start of January, I was trying to make myself work on some Space Marines, but I got distracted by the models laying at the bottom of the jar of isopropyl I keep on my painting desk for brush cleaning. They were naturally submerged there for paint stripping, They’d been out for scrubbing at least once before, but they were – to be blunt – forgotten about in the murky fluid. So I noticed them for reasons I will discuss in another post and fished them out, gave them another scrub, and then decided to smash my way through painting them. After all, these were the last ones to get done from all of my Reisgard, and there’s always that satisfaction that we glean from finishing the last of something, right?

The negative to this, though – was the fact that the shields on the six of seven models in this batch would actually be the last of my old-school heater shields. The way I see it is that things like shields, decals and bases are resoources for completing figures. We want to get the figures done, but we don’t want to run out of shields or bases of a certain type or size. With bases and (most) decals it’s not such a problem. We can always buy more bases, we can usually buy more decals (or print them ourselves in many cases). But shields. Especially specific shields. They can be a lot harder to come by. Still. Getting the last Reiksgard done was a worthwhile use of them! And once again,  these models go toward my tally for Dave Stone’s Paint What You Got Challenge.

Reiksgard Foot Knights

A week or so ago, I finally got off my arse and went outside to photograph almost all of the models I’d painted so far in January. I also thought that since I’d finally completed the last Reiksgard, a group shot would be in order. Turns out I only had 21 of them, and for unit purposes in KoW I’d like to get at least 24 in total, including a standard bearer, so I guessed I’d have to try and find another three (or more). Ideally two with greatswords to get around the shield issue, and one more to convert into a standard bearer.

And then about 2 days ago, while poking around in a tub next to one of my toolboxes looking for hex keys, I found this….

Well, I won’t need to find three more models, nor a standard bearer. On the other hand, I now need to find six more of those shields…

Warzone Resurrection: Cybertronic Enhanced Machinators (Prodos Games)

Warzone Resurrection: Cybertronic Enhanced Machinators, Prodos Games

I played and enjoyed the original iteration of WarZone, by Heartbreaker hobbiers back in the day, but due to a lack of clarity in their Kickstarter’s pledge manager, I never ended up going all-in as I’d planned on Prodos’ reboot of WarZone resurrection and in fact didn’t get anything at all. I did however, pick up a bunch of WarZone models cheap on clearance with an eye of using them in some form with my Iron Warriors. And of course, if I ever play 1st Edition (or second) WarZone again, I’ve got some pretty sweet models to do so with. Yes, I know people’s first reaction to skull-headed miniature terminator-ripoff models is “Necrons”, but those fuckers have their own range, and, I mean, the Icon of the Iron Warriors is literally an Iron Skull. So it makes sense to me that they would have combat servitors and mechanicals in that image. Which is why I’ve re-finished my 1st edition WarZone Cybertronic lads as Iron Warriors, as well as designated my Legions of Steel Nightmares and Terminator Genesys T-800 models as IW cultists. As well as the Atilla from the same recent range.

I should probably dig out the rest of my half-finished original Cybertronic and finish them as IW cultists as well.

Warzone Resurrection: Cybertronic Enhanced Machinators, Prodos Games

Anyway, like msot of what I finished this month, these three had been sitting around, part-painted for literally years until I selected them from a tub of part-painted models and made myself finish them off. The Iron Warriors iconography is all freehand, and I feel like if I use these guys in 40k it will tie themn to that force pretty well, while also being kinda generic enough in a lot of ways to not make the models look like they’ve been ripped from 40k should I ever want to use them in (an)other game(s). They’re a bit grungier than the Atilla I painted a couple of years ago, and frankly, I think the extra tonality looks better. I may even revisit the Atilla and add a bit of the grunge to it as well, while also keeping some of those large panels clean.

Warzone Resurrection: Cybertronic Enhanced Machinators, Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games, Iron Warrior

Here they are alongside the Atilla. I started the four of them at the same time and finished the Atilla 2 years ago – and even then the Atilla took a couple of years to paint. Fuck me, I’m slow at this sometimes. I’ve also included an Iron Warrior for scale and for… an army visual cohesion demonstration.

As with everything else painted this month and next, it goes toward my tally for Dave Stone’s Paint What You Got Challenge.