WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels (AKA Triple H dressed as Rowdy Roddy Piper) (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

Today’s post isn’t a newly painted, but it’s one that I’ve given a new base to as well as a little bit of touch-up, so it counts as a “Neglected Model” in that it’s now up to 2018 standard. It’s a model I actually thought I’d posted up here before, but it turns out that I can’t find any reference to it. The figure itself is a mercenary-type hero for WarZone 1e – in other words any Corporation could pay the points and have him in their force, excepting the Dark Legion, though they’re not actually a Corporation. Still, his stats aren’t important.

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

Nevermind the sporran – Check that belt buckle!

What’s important is that I saw a cool model while I was busy painting my Cybertronic dudes as nWo wrestler, so what else could I do with a muscular dude in a kilt, a leather jacket and no shirt?

Roddy Piper with classic t-shirt and kilt design.

Roddy with Hot Rod design on black t-shirt.

Yeah, Roddy Piper, amirite? I painted him with the sandy-brown hair that he had earlier in his career, during the Rock’n’Wrestling/Wrestlemania 1-3 era. One thing I noticed when I painted him though, was a facial likeness to another, more recent wrestler of the mid-1990’s.

Trips, before it was time to play the game…

So that was an interesting find once I had him painted. A few other people have pointed it out over the years unprompted, so it’s not just me, apparently.

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

Anyway, whether it was Piper or Triple H cosplaying, there’s still the jacket. I don’t think Roddy ever had a jacket with the logo emblazoned on the back of it, but since he had no t-shirt, what could I do? These days, Ronda Rousey is wearing Roddy’s actual jacket around the WWE as he gave it to her, along with his blessing to use the “Rowdy” moniker before his passing.

Roddy Piper’s Hot Rod! logo.

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

So there it is. The leather looks pretty rough in spots here, but bear in mind the size it’s blown up to here. It’s worth noting that the freehand is all untouched, mid-late 1990’s work. I thought this would be a fun model to finish and post up since I’ve been doing a lot of the WarZone stuff lately. And yes, I know neither Roddy nor Trips ever joined the nWo in any of it’s incanations, but it’s a wargames model with wrestling crap painted onto it, not an accurate historical document of wrestling’s past. 😉

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Yet another of my old 1st edition WarZone models here, and yet again – finally completed – and with some modern touches and a modern base added. We have a Cybertronic Atilla III Cuirassier with a small conversion – the barrel end of his Assault rifle have been replaced with the multi-barrels of the SSW4200P HMG, cut off a Chasseur HMG gunner. As with about half of these old figures I’ve been showing and finishing so far, this one is still available from Prince August’s website.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Once again we have the Black and White of the nWo, as well as some other references to The Man Called Sting, who’s pre-Wolfpac outfit of the day fit in with my black-clad Cybertronic. (No, he’s not nWo Stong/Black Scorpion). Newer touches have included, erm, finishing the right shoulder and both legs, rebasing onto a “tech” 40mm, and of course the addition of the Iron Warriors Icon and the Legion’s “IV” badge to the left pauldron.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The nWo logo on the right Pauldron is original nWo-era freehand. Iron Warriors have no qualms about using War Servitors or fully robotic versions of AI, so while I’m not 100% what I can use this guy as in 40k, I’m sure I can find a unit entry that will work for him just fine.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Yet another WarZone model today. This one is a 2nd-generation Cybertronic Chasseur resculpt that came out towards the end of 1st edition. The original Cybertronic Chasseurs tended to be bare-chested or singlet-clad bald guys with guns. They were also one of the better-looking factions in terms of models back then (to my eye, at least) and as one of the gaming group of the day elected to run a campaign, and Imperials were already taken (by two other players – who used different aspects of the Imperials – Berets and Trenchers from memory) I went with the Cyber-boys. As they were generally half naked, muscular dudes, and we were in the midst of the nWo era of wrestling at the time (leading into the “Attitude Era”) my Cybertronic (and other) guys ended up with some wrestling influence.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As I had a bunch of the original Chasseurs that I was already using as my Chasseurs when these new Chasseurs came out, I decided to use the new Chasseurs as Chasseur Sergeants. This model being the only one of these that got even this far painted. Then again, I don’t recall my army composition from 20-whatever years ago when this all happened, so…

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker HobbiesIn any case, I followed the nWo theme, and this model was named “Chono” in honour of Masahiro Chono, a wrestler from New Japan who was a leader of the nWo Japan chapter of the nWo. The model’s pants have the lighting bolts on them in homage to Chono.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As part of my upgrade and update, I’ve added an Iron Warriors icon to his shoulder pauldron, and also marked out the skull on his helmet in a more obvious manner (it was originally black). I also gave him an industrial base to further tie him in with my Iron Warriors and changed his eye lenses from their original red to the cold blue that my IW use. He’ll either be a Traitor Legion Astartes in a stealth-type squad, or a cultist leader. Once again, these models are still available from Prince August. (and nope, I’m not getting any kickbacks for all these plugs – I wish!)

WarZone 1st Edition Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Today we have another WarZone 1st Edition model that I’ve literally just finished up and photographed – an Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist. Again, this one is still available from Prince August for anyone interested in picking one up themselves. I started this model back in the 1990’s but never finished it. I actually collected enough figures for an Imperial force in WarZone – both the standard English/British models as well as the Highlanders, but never finished painting any of them or managed to play with them. At least I’ve now finished one of them! I quite enjoyed freehanding the Imperial icon on his shoulder, and adding in a beret badge with paint, using shades to attempt to make it look like an actual sculpted one.

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The reason I picked this one to paint back in the day was simply because I liked the model, but on a related note to that, it got put aside and forgotten as I didn’t have any pressing reason to actually complete it. Not that there was too much to do, but finding him so close to completion last week in the WarZone case led him to getting pulled out, given a new 32mm base and having those last parts of the model completed.

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The armour and scheme is pretty simple, but I’m okay with that. It’s a 20-something year old model that’s been completed after 20 years. The paint is clean but decent – and more importantly, finished – That’s it really, and good enough for me once again. – not too much story behind this one, but it’s another neglected model completed for this month’s challenge. Now that he’s been finished and photographed, he can go back to sitting in limbo. At least until he gets some mates to form a unit for games for some purpose beyond being used in board games like Frag!

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

This model is another of my old 1st edition WarZone models. This time a Capitol Sea Lion Hero. Capitol of course being the USA-themed faction. The Sea Lions were… well, SEA Lions. SEA L ions. SEALs. See what they did there? Yeah, GW never had a monopoly on terrible puns for their figures and units. Anyway, speaking of terrible, I was never a fan of several of the ranges, particularly the 1st edition figures. Some of those were reeeeally rough. The Capitol range being one of those. However, mixed in there were a few rough gems. Here’s one of them.

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Basically, despite the gigantic moob-like slabs of beef across his chest, and his American Dad-level chin, this guy is a fun and well-sculpted enough rendition of the “Rambo” trope to have passed muster for me back then, so I picked him up. I don’t believe I got any Sea Lions at all. The idea was for this guy to be an Imperial Guard Catachan-style Captain. Hence the “C” command icons all over him and his gear.

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As you can see, he also sports a nWo Wolfpac logo on his shoulder pauldron. That is of course because I was right into wrestling at the time, and wrestling is a rich source of interesting logos. As far as figure use goes, he still works perfectly well as a Catachan-type Captain, but I could also use him as a pretty decent Sly Marbo. In fact, I think this figure is a better rendition of the character than the original figure, the kitbash-your-own example or even the redux model. Because if you’re unfamiliar with the character – Sly Marbo is Sly Stallone as John Rambo. Remember what I said about terrible puns? Yeap.

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

So after a minor touch-up and rebasing, I’m actually in two minds as to whether to leave the figure as is. because respect the original paint. Or to repaint his hair black, the bandanna red, maybe replace the C on his pauldron with a Bullet Club logo and go full Marbo with him. His skin is orange enough, at least! 😉 I don’t actually have a Marbo figure of any kind after all. hmm…

What do you think?

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680 (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

This model is a bit of a blast from the past, and truth be told, he got plucked out of a case where he’s sat for years now as he was an easy-done model to re-complete. That way I pad out my Neglected Models and also have something to post up today and also actually get an older model up to scratch for 2018. As you’ve read in the header, it’s a WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer model, and one that is still available from Prince August for anyone who is interested in collecting the old 1st edition WarZone models.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The colour scheme is a bit …lurid by my standards of today, but it falls under the “don’t fuck with the original paint too much” category. The gun is just completely ridiculous by any standard, so my choice at the time to paint it an odd shade of purple that makes it look like an inflatable toy was actually me taking the piss out of it a little without going quite so far as painting it a bright day-glo orange or lurid green. If I were doing it today, I might paint the ..power cells? plasma coils? whateverthefuck those things inside the “barrel” area are. Still, as I said, I’m not willing to screw with them today. Much like The Goonies, they’re good enough for me.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Speaking of lurid green. You see those cables/pipes on the weapon’s underside in a dark copper? Yeah. Those were lurid green. The sort you achieve by using old-GW Bilious Green then glazing it with old-school green GW ink. In some ways my painting back then was perfectly fine, and in other ways my choices of colour composition… it seems like I felt some need to use ALL of the colours on almost every model. I don’t know what I was thinking with that, to be honest. Anyway, now they’re repainted, fit with the figure much more effectively and are much less loud.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Something that I think is much less terrible than the previously-green cables, and the slightly-dodgy giant purple inflatable gun is the freehand icon on his cloak and the edging on both the same cloak as well as the red edging found on his red robes. I still think they’re pretty solid. If a bit loud. As for uses for this model. Um… if I ever play WarZone 1st or 2nd edition ever again. Maybe something from the good old Renegades and Heretics list for 40k?

It’s been super busy with work an ting this week, so I’ll be able to do comments (probably) on Thursday. Writing this post up and taking the photos has been all the blogging time I’ve had spare today, aside from reading others’ posts during breakfast. See you tomorrow (hopefully) with another (Warzone) model that I’ll (hopefully) be able to restore in the small window of time after work but before I need to head to bed!


Assembly April ’18: Community Round-Up

Ann’s Instant Chaos Army

April’s hobby challenge seems to been reasonably successful, with quite a few models combining into existence.

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium has put together a whole lot of stuff – I see Daemonettes, Chaos Hounds, Raptors (or maybe Warp Talons?), Possessed, as well as some Plague Marines and of course Big Daddy himself, a Great Unclean One.

Roberker, Juggerbot and friends.

Mark Morin completed Roberker and Juggerbot, who aren’t a musical duo like Simon & Garfunkel or Hall & Oates, but a pair of death-dealing combat droids. …who only moonlight in the music industry.

The Bureaucultist.

Interrogator Klien Inson

Countess Mandelholtz, of the Mandelholtz House of Imperial Finance.

Kitbasher and converter extraordinaire, Krautscientist from Khorne’s Eternal Hunt has created a trio of Inq28 models for his Ordo Scriptorum retinue. First up was “The Bureaucultist“, followed by Interrogator Klien Inson, and then Countess Mandelholtz.

Here it touches down on a lake of coffee and icing sugar.

Steinberg, of the associated Shed Space put together and also painted a rather cool and impressive looking Steam Wars MDF model of a US Navy Steam Wars Skyship.

Barik Farblast. Ready to blast. Or do some Tromboning.

Faust from Doubledowndice assembled and painted (painting stuff as well is completely fine!) a custom-kitbashed version of that Classic Bloodbowl Dwarf player, Barik Farblast. I initually thought it was a new Forge World model of that character since I’ve not kept up to date on all of the new Bloodbowl stuff, so, you know – great job there!

Wild at Heart: A David Lynch Film starring Gor Half-horn.

Wudugast of Convert or Die put together this pretty amazing rendition of Gor Half-Horn, the newly-released Forgeworld Necromunda Beastman Bounty Hunter. I think in many ways Wudugast’s model is superior to the official Forgeworld model and is a model I’m very likely to rip off draw inspiration from in the near future.

My own limited output was (sorta) shown in yesterday’s post, though I don’t have any group shots.

Did I miss your assembled models for this month? If so, please leave a note in the comments and I’ll add them in. Even if I’ve seen them on your blog, I can’t remember stuff like that by the time I do these round-ups!

And now, back onto getting those Neglected Models of May done!

Renegade Armiger Warglaive.

We now have a late addition from Krautscientist (posted after I went to bed last night but after I scheduled the auto-post for this round-up). A Renegade Armiger Warglaive for and of the World Eaters.

Arthrand Nightblade, Wood Elf Sergeant

The Imperfect Modeller created this fantasy diorama for April’s challenge. Arthrand Nightblade, Wood Elf Sergeant. Since there was no link to the April Challenge post, I missed it until today as I’ve been scrolling through posts from the past few weeks that I may have missed while having foot and knee issues and missing stuff. It’s a lovely and evocative piece that works really well with the Wood Elf, so it’s a shame it missed the initial posting – but better late than never!