Mechanical November ’18: Monthly Hobby Challenge – Community Round-Up

mcmattila’s Ork Deff Dreadnought

mcmattila has contributed once more to this last month’s challenge with a really nice Ork Dreadnought/Deff Dread. It appears to be the previous version in metal. and he’s done a bloody nice job of it. I especially like the sharp lines and highlighting on the freehand red Ork Skull iconography across the main body. I also like the work done on the model’s base.

 

Buck Surdu’s scratch-built Assault Gun

Buck’s Other scratch-built Assault Gun

Buck Surdu’s Soviet T-26 Tanks

Buck’s T-26 with the rare 37mm cannon

Buck Surdu’s Soviet KV-1 and KV-2 tanks.

Buck Surdu from Buck’s Blog went to town this last month with 1/48 (28mm) armour – Completing a ton of armoured vehicles. The first two are a pair of Assault Guns based on some green army-man tank chassis, with the upper hull and main weaponry scratchbuilt. The next ones are a pair of Soviet T-26 Tanks, followed by a T-26 with 37mm cannon. Wrapping up Buck’s armoured output for November are a pair of classics – the KV-1 and KV-2. Quite an impressive output for a single month, I think you’ll agree!

 

Argentbadger’s Barathrum Warjack

Argentbadger, also known as The Bovine Overlord completed this Barathrum, which is a “named” and unique Warjack from the Cryx faction in Warmachine. To go with that, AB has painted the model in a scheme that’s much more interesting than the standard Cryx scheme or silver and green. Indeed, with the gold edging and black it wouldn’t look out of place in a Black Legion force! There are plenty more photos of Barathrum from additional angles on his blog, so go check them out!

 

Dave Kay’s Ape-X

Dave Kay, from Scent of a Gamer completed the Ape-X model from Reaper’s Bones line. Cyber certainly qualifies for Mechanical November, and in his post, Dave also came up with the term “TechNovember“, which will definitely be the new name for this challenge next year (and I’ve since been using it this year, anyway!)

 

Mark Morin’s KV-1a platoon

Mark Morin has also shown us that Soviet Tanks have become a bit of a theme this month with his 15mm KV-1a platoon, which he’s painting for use in “What a Tanker” a game who’s title makes me giggle a little each time I read it. Other Aussies, Brits, Irishmen and Kiwis will get it. 😀

Mark’s French Renault 35s and SOMUA S-35s

Mark followed this up with another hefty output of armour – the French received two Renault 35s and three SOMUA S-35s

Mark’s Soviet BT-5 and BT-7

…a Soviet BT-5 and BT-7

Mark’s German StuG IIIs, Panzer IIC and Panzer IIIE.

…and to even things out a little with all of these French and Soviets, a few for the Germans – three StuG IIIA assault guns, a Panzer IIC and a Panzer IIIE. You can even see the whole lot in action via Mark’s subsequent post and battle report.

 

Krautscientist’s Chibi-Gilgamesh version 2.0 Chaos Knight

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt completed an extensive conversion of an Imperial Knight, turning it renegade and recreating GIlgamesh, the Renegade Knight that was completed back at the end of 2015. There’s just one little tweak, though…

Krautscientist’s Gilgamesh, alongside Krautscientist’s Chibi-Gilgamesh.

I think you can see what he did there…

Krutscientist’s Truescale Deathwatch Castigator, Lamentor and Carcharodon Astartes.

Finally, Krautscientist completed his Kill-Team Ulrich, with the above three Power Armoured Truescale Deathwatch models. As always with his stuff, these custom-kitbashed models were gorgeous even before the fantastic painting…

 

Faust’s Custom-built BloodBowl Dwarf Deathroller

Faust from Double Down Dice finished this scratch-built Dwarf Deathroller for his recently-completed Dwarven BloodBowl team, The Barrier Peaks Brewers. Kitbashed from a collection of seemingly-random items, he’s ended up with a model that you could very easily assume was a third-party “Not-Deathroller”. Faust’s post includes a bunch of the WIP shots, so go over there if you’d like to see what goes on inside the head of a mad dwarf engineer!

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Marmon Harrington CTLS light tank & Nissan 80 truck

Renowned Scratch-builder Just Needs Varnish has allowed others to do the scratching this month, with some 3D-printed, 1:72 WWII vehicles, a Netherlands East Indies Army Marmon Harrington CTLS light tank and a Japanese Army Nissan 80 truck. As always, the exact colours used in their painting have been properly researched and chosen, for a really nice outcome on both models!

 

Thomas’ Thousand Sons Forgefiend

Thomas from High Times on the Eastern Fringe has completed a rather epic project – a heavily kitbashed and converted Forgefiend for his Thousand Sons force. This beast took several years from start to completion, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the wait was worthwhile! This beast will certainly have an intimidating effect on the tabletop, so I can only imagine his opponents going all out to kill it off (while his other units implacably advance…)

 

Maenoferren22’s Dark Future Cars…

…and the pair of bikes, partially hidden behind the car!

Maenoferren22, of the Bogenwald blog painted up some old, old models that really are as rare as hen’s teeth – an original pair of cars and a pair of bikes from Games Workshop’s Dark Future game, circa 1988. For me it’s personally very cool to see these classics painted up and resurrected like this, especially as they’re so rarely seen or even mentioned these days.

 

Pete’s collection of 6mm/1:300 US vehicles

Pete S /SP of SP’s Projects Blog painted this collection of Cold War Micro Armour – here we have a mix of US Army vehicles: A Command stand and a company of M1A1s plus extra ATGM, mortars and M163 VADS with Vulcan AA cannon.

Pete’s A-10 Thunderbolt (or Warthog!)

Pete’s Harrier GR-3

…and Pete’s SEPECAT Jaguar

Not to leave the Air Power short, Pete also painted up a trio of US and British air support for the ground pounders. Seeing all of these really makes me want to buy into a “modern” armour game. I wonder if I can get Marouda to buy me something appropriate? 😉

 

Tarmor’s Space Crusade Chaos Dreadnought

Speaking, as we just were, of classic models, Tarmor from Dragons of Lancasm has completed another truly classic model from the past – the Chaos Dreadnought from Space Crusade – along with all three weapon options able to be swapped in and out as needed.

Tarmor’s Chaos Androids/Necrons from Space Crusade

And once again, speaking of Space Crusade, Tarmor also completed a foursome of Chaos Androids, the forerunners to the official launch of what we now know as Necrons. I wonder how many more Space Crusade models Tarmor has to go before he’s got a fully-painted set?

 

Pandora’s Bits Box’ Imperial Knight

…and very literally bringing up the rear, we have Pandora’s Bit Box, from Krakendoom Cool has completed an impressive looking Imperial Knight, to be allied to his Adeptus Mechanicus Army. This particular Iron Giant was also the subject of a basing tutorial for “heavy” models on the same blog, which is also well worth a look-see. Let’s see if Pandora can convince Warbringer or Krakendoomcool to put something warlike and cool up for December’s challenge!

 

PatrickWR’s Orctober Orcs

…and Patrick’s Gobbo

As a little bonus, there’s also Comrade’s Wargames‘ PatrickWR‘s models for Orctober, which I missed at the time (due to lack of linkback). I’ll edit them into October’s community round-up when I get a chance (probably next weekend – I’m about done with blog-posting for a few days at least after doing this bloody thing over the last two days!) There are the foursome of Orcs, and also their Goblin boss. In my opinion, I think the Orcs especially came out exceedingly nicely.

 

Finally, my own contributions for Mechanical November, which can be seen in slightly more detail via their individual posts over the last month, or collected in my personal round-up post.

Welp, that’s it for now. I might read others’ posts and respond to comments when I get a chance, but I’ll be taking a few days off posting after this. I’ve got just over a week to get the Challenge post for January written up. Hint: It’s terrain, plus something else as an alternative for those who don’t want to do terrain that I had an epiphany about, and then forgot(!) – so there’s also that.

*Obviously, I’m pretty much guaranteed to have accidentally missed someone despite my best efforts – though I DID get everyone who left a link in the announcement post, so there’s that in my favour at least. Still if you painted something for November’s challenge and it ain’t in here,  just reply to this post with a link to your model post and I’ll edit you in as soon as I get a chance.

Mantic Terrain Crate – More bits of painted scatter: Treasure Piles and Armour Stacks.

Mantic Terrain Crate. Treasure Piles, Armour Stacks.

A bit of an intermission post today. I’ve already spent a few hours assembling the Community Round-Up post from November, and with luck it’ll be done tomorrow. I’ve got 10/17(18) people’s stuff done so far. Anyway, here’s some (more) bits of simple scatter from Mantic Games’ Terrain Crates. Beregond of Gondor and an unnamed Reiksgard on foot provide us with scale.

Mantic Terrain Crate. Treasure Piles

First up are the treasure piles. Useful for Role-playing, and perhaps games like Frostgrave. I’ve attempted to make them just subtly different from one another, and I’ve painted the odd coin silver in the piles to give them a fractionally less uniform look. Kind of like when you pick out the odd brick when doing a brick wall. Something often not directly noticeable because it looks more natural. I may add some gemstone paints to the armoured breastplate-things in the front middle two. Not sure. Any thoughts?

Mantic Terrain Crate. Armour Stacks. Mantic Terrain Crate. Armour Stacks.

Finally, a couple of more detailed shots of the armour stacks. The PVC is thin and bendy, and my heat-resets didn’t stick. Yes, I could replace them with wire and so forth, but as with many of these things – they’re not worth the time it would take to do so, especially since these took WAY longer for me to get finished than I’d originally intended – about 2 months, when I’d hoped for a weekend – that’s what happens when something is pretty much “meh” in terms of how much it excites me to paint. Adding wire to them would just make all of that even worse and further dragged out. In the end, they look decent with the paint and the decals – and most importantly of all – the bloody things are done!

Iron Warriors Rhino APC (Diabolical December ’18)

So it’s apparently been over a year since I finished any models for my Iron Warriors. I think we can all agree that that is a bit rubbish. (And no, that Atilla that I just finished doesn’t count!)

This Rhino is actually one of the first “proper” Iron Warriors models that I ever got – it was part of the purchase made from the same guy who sold me the Forgeworld Dreadnought/Helbrute linked above back around 2005-6 or so. Like the dreadnought, it was fully painted, albeit not to the standard that I was fully happy with, and it had a rather odd, heavily converted tank commander hanging out of the top. I’m not sure what I did with him, but I did see it somewhere last year. No matter, as it didn’t fit my own vision for the Iron Warriors.

Speaking of “my vision”, this thing was covered in spikes. Specifically, those bloody “fence railings” that come in the Chaos Vehicle “upgrade” sprue. Now, I don’t *hate* them, but they do become a bit tiresome when you seen to find them on every bloody Chaos vehicle around. I can certainly see them making sense in my vision of a Night Lords or Word Bearers force, but for me, the Iron Warriors are more about blunt force than an excess of spikes, so they had to go. So anyway, I pried them off and cleaned up where they had been affixed.

Other things I changed from the original paint were the slightly uneven hazard striping on the doors to black and a complete do-over of the top hatches’ hazard striping. Essentially using the original paint as a coloured undercoat/rough guide. I added all of the shading to the bronze areas, and picked out each individual rivet in silver, added all of the paint chips, wear and weathering, redid the grey highlights on all of the black areas and cleaned up some of the highlights/edging on the silver areas.

I also reworked the rear access hatch, redoing the Eye of Horus in red gemstone paint and adding a blue tint that you can’t see in the photos to the roundel around the Eye. My new commander (and hit hatch) also pops in and out of the hole. I went with a custom combi-plasma mostly because I couldn’t find a combi-bolter or a storm bolter, but did find half of a storm bolter, so I got an old-school plasma gun and a set of paired grips and did a little bit of cutting and gluing to make it work okay on the mount, but went with the “at rest” weapon pose. The commander is made from the standard lower legs from the Rhino kit, and an upper torso from my ill-fated Puppetswar purchase. There’s even a bubble-hole on his chest, but it’s less obvious due to the placement of the guns, and on this guy we can just call it a touch of battle damage (I couldn’t be arsed filling it). The head is from a plastic Grey Knight. I gave him the grey-purple-greenish complexion that I’ve done on my other unhelmeted Iron Warriors. I liked the combination of exposed cable and the skullcap, which I painted in a leather brown as a nod to the leather helmets worn by WWII tank crew (and Donald Sutherland’s Oddball!) I did putty over the =I= symbol on the forehead, though!

The chain was already affixed, but it was plain, shiny metal, so adding a paint/wash mix to it gave it some depth also made it no longer stand out from the rest of the model in an awkward way. Originally, I’d painted the interior of the commander hatches in a duck egg green, since that’s a real colour used for that sort of thing, but it didn’t “feel” right, so I redid it at the last minute (as in, after the “final” coat of varnish in my custom Necromunda Blue, and then revarnished by brush. Much better.

So now I only have one more of the models to go from that original IW purchase all those years ago! Not sure if I’ll manage to get it done in December, as there are two other models I’d like to prioritise – but we’ll see how it all works out…

Mantic Terrain Crate/Star Saga Storage Tanks (Bacta Tank)

An underwheming scatter terrain post today! These two storage tanks were originally started back during (and for) Technical August but not completed. In fact, they’ve sat around annoyingly taking up space ever since, so I finally got them to a (slightly shitty) tabletop standard last weekend. I’d actually fished them out of the tub they’d been sitting in since I lost interest after August, to try and get them done for Mechanical November, but that didn’t work out, either. As part of Technical August’s theme, I tried using transparent paints over a silver base to see what kinds of effects I could achieve, inspired by the Bacta (healing) tank from Star Wars, specifically the Empire Strikes Back. The “water” is gemstone turquoise (or sapphire?) by Warcolours over the silver, while the “empty space” is Warcolours’ transparent white. The turquoise worked …okay, but the white seems to have been a bit of a failure.

Of course. “real” Bacta tanks are filled to the top (and feature adults wearing nappies inside them), but I felt that if I “filled” these to the top then they’d just look like they were painted blue. In the end, they’re pretty rough and not to the scatter terrain standard that I like to adhere to – but at a tabletop gameplay distance they’ll look …fine. Still, experiments by definition can’t always be a success, so I’m just calling these done and getting them the hell away from my painting desk. I’ve still got a few more of these things. I think they’ll be painted grey with some “warning” decals on them. I think those will actually look pretty decent. When I get around to them.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator (Prodos Games) (Diabolical December ’18)

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

Now, before anyone accused me of supporting Prodos, I picked up a bunch of WarZone models cheap on clearance from Firestorm Games in May last year with an eye of using them in some form with my Iron Warriors. I almost went in on their Kickstarter, but due to some unclear stuff in their pledge manager, I missed the deadline and saved myself a ton of money and missed out on some awesome models as well as what was apparently an absolute nightmare clusterfuck of “fulfilment”. They went on to make an even worse mess of the Aliens vs Predator Kickstarter, and now moved almost all of their assets to a couple of other companies in a (probably deliberately) confusing mess and are continuing to dodgily launch new projects that they may or may not own any rights to or have any intention of fulfilling.

ahem.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

Anyway, they did/do make rather nice models, and I picked up a few of them on clearance for incorporation into various 40k-related projects. As much as I enjoyed 1st edition WarZone, I doubt I’ll ever really have the proper opportunity to play it again. I barely get to play anything at all these days, after all! So with that in mind, the Atilla got a proper “Iron Warriors” paint scheme, which admittedly does risk being mistaken for a Necron in some ways, so a big hazard-striped shoulder was pretty much mandatory. I left the hazard striping at that, since I didn’t want to overdo it on the model, though there are also some echoes in some of the exposed cabling.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

I actually started this model… a long time ago. Maybe it was last year? I can’t honestly recall at this stage. I’d mounted it onto and painted most of the base, as well as having done the base silver and some of the wash work. I’d hoped to complete it for Mechanical November, but that didn’t work out, so I managed to spend some time getting it completed this past weekend.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

The face hasn’t come out all that well in the photographs, and the black wash looks messier than it does in person, but thems are the breaks with miniature photography and figures being blown up to many times their size (excepting you phone browsers out there!) I’ve also got a trio of Enhanced Machinators which were started alongside this guy that may or may not get finished anytime soon. I’ll (hopefully) get a unit or two worth of models done in December, but I really want to focus on getting some more impressive pieces and heroes done.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

Here’s a size comparison pic – showing the new Atilla alongside the original model as well as a Primaris Space Marine and a regular Space Marine. Definitely bigger than he first appears!

Not sure which rules/profile I’d use for him at the moment. Perhaps the rules for UR-025 from Blackstone Fortress in friendly games? He towers over that particular model as well!

Mechanical November (MechaNovember!): Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up and Nov Painting Round-Up

My combined hobby output for November!

Once again, I’m just using one post for my personal round-up for November. Unfortunately due to work and illness (and some long Fallout 4 weekend sessions earlier in the month), I drastically underperformed against what I’d hoped to get finished, but shit happens, and I still got 40 pieces completed, so I’m satisfied, even if I’m not absolutely over the moon about it.

The “Mechanical” part of November’s output. And yes, I was happy to include any scenery involving mechanical construction using metal. Because motivation!

I’d also hoped to get a bunch of fellows in powered armour completed as well as some more vehicles, other mechanical models, and scenery – but alas – it was not to be. Not in November, at least. Luckily some of it will fit into Dauntless-Diabolical December. So on we go!

For the count, this 40 added to the 496 that I had at the end of October and we’re now at 536 for the year so far. As much as I’d love to hit 600, I think getting a total of 64 more models painted in the next 3 weeks is a bit of a stretch. Especially since I’m still at work for the next two weeks. :p

I’ll try and get Mechanical November’s Community Round-Up done this weekend, but compiling those typically takes quite a few hours, and Christmas holidays haven’t yet started, so don’t expect it on Saturday morning or anything!

Star Wars Imperial Assault: General Veers

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers

Maximilian Veers was a male Human Major General of the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Army, famous for his leadership at the assault on Hoth in 3 ABY and other battles. Thank you Wookieepedia.

For some reason I didn’t think to look up a source image for Veers,  Instead, I relied on my memory – and got Veers’ hard armour colours wrong! (And also Weiss’ – As I painted them at the same time!) Well, in my defence, though – even images online have a bit of colour shift:

This image is the official FFG one for the Legion Veers model pack.

But this one is from starwars.com!

Still, even with that variation between steel blue and sea green, how could I have gotten the armour so very wrong?

Oh.

I guess I was remembering this action figure? Which I never owned as a child?

Or maybe this bust? Which I also don’t own. I guess we can see here that Media depictions of Veers’ armour has been ….consistently inconsistent over the decades.

To be fair, even the action figures have had just a tiny bit of variation over the years…

So my excuse is that i was operating from deep memory, rather than checking the source material. It does bother me a little bit, but not enough to repaint the bastards!

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers, AT-ST, AT-DP

Here’s Veers alongside his fellow Imperials from November’s painting. I never did get that hover-tank thing finished. Or started.

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers, AT-ST, AT-DP

And here’s the money shot – Veers alongside all three Imperial Assault walkers with a slightly Endor-inspired background. Now you know why I featured that scenery piece yesterday. To be fair, though – I’d planned to show it ages ago before I got overwhelmed by work. You also now know why their bases are decorated as they are.