Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress: UR-025 – Man of Iron

Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress: UR-025 - Man of Iron

Another shift in gears for today’s post – we have the first of my Blackstone Fortress models painted – UR-025, the “Man of Iron“. No prizes for guessing why I went with something other than the “official” scheme, nor where I took inspiration from. As it happens, the Red, Gold and Black also work well to fit in with old UR’s cover story of Mechanicus/Mechanicum allegiance.

Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress: UR-025 - Man of Iron

I started this model over a year ago, but being a newer GW model it’s one that kinda wants to be painted in sub-assemblies, which sucks for a board game model. Unfortunately, while trying to get in there behind his right arm, I ended up snapping the whole arm off – which did wonders for my enthusiasm.

Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress: UR-025 - Man of Iron

At that pont, it ended up being one of those models that just sits on the paint desk for months and months, glaring at me while I glare back at them. So when I finished (or paused) my recent hardcore run of painting Zombies and Zombicide models, I decided to get this damned thing finished finally – along with a few other models that will be shown in the next few posts.

Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress: UR-025 - Man of Iron

I do have another of this sculpt, and so when I get around to painting it I may well go with the “official” version as an alternate. For now, I’m happy to have completed this model and we’re one closer to being able to one day actually play Blackstone Fortress! Being a model that’s been in the started and paused for roughly forever category, it certainly counts for Dave Stone’s Paint what You Got challenge.

Zombicide Undead or Alive: Dead Stock Abomination Pack Pt.1 – Abominabear (also – my final Zombie Dogz!)

Zombicide Undead or Alive: Dead Stock Abomination Pack Pt.1 - Abominabear

I thought I’d start my 2023 posts the way I finished my 2022 posts – with Zombicide models!

Zombicide Undead or Alive: Dead Stock Abomination Pack Pt.1 - Abominabear

As it happens, the Abominabear is an extra-large boss monster from the Wild West-themed version of the game: Undead or Alive. We haven’t yet cracked the shrinkwrap on this one since we’re still playing earlier content from previous editions, but it does promise to be fun and the bear looked like it would be an easy win and possibly a bit of fun to paint.

Zombicide Undead or Alive: Dead Stock Abomination Pack Pt.1 - Abominabear

I had another bear to paint, so kinda went back and forth on the two of them, though in the end they’re quite different models.

Zombicide Undead or Alive: Dead Stock Abomination Pack Pt.1 - Abominabear

I referred images of the California Brown Bear for the overall palette I used on this one, but still enjoyed the freedom of working on a “natural” animal’s hide. I often use blood spatter on my Zombie models, but on this one, I preferred to keep it to less blood, and all added by hand rather than using the randomness of the spatter effect.

Zombicide Undead or Alive: Dead Stock Abomination Pack Pt.1 - Abominabear

Here’s a shot for those interested in Veterinary Dentistry.

Zombicide 1st Edition: Zombie Dogz Zombicide 1st Edition: Zombie Dogz

I also finally painted the last of the endless Zombie Dogz – these were done in a couple of batches a couple of weeks apart, but I’m a bit sick of them and didn’t really want to give them another dedicated post – and they fit in with the bear well enough.

Zombicide 1st Edition: Zombie Dogz

Zombicide 1st Edition: Zombie Dogz

But importantly – they’re all done. All of them. It’s one of the goals that I set for myself when thinking about what to aim for and starting to write the round-up post at the end of 2022. So that’s one goal achieved so far. I remembered another one I forgot to add a couple of hours ago while doing something, but I’ve also managed to forget it now. If I remember it when I’m near the computer I’ll write it down and then edit it into the post.

Zombicide Undead or Alive: Dead Stock Abomination Pack Pt.1 - Abominabear, Zombicide 1st Edition: Zombie Dogz, Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

One thing is for sure – this is a BIG bear!

…as Berkeley will attest to!