4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Cave Squigs and Hunters/Herders (Kev Adams) (1993, 2003?) (Neglected Model June ’19)

Kev Adams Squigs, Squig Herders.

What? Who’s 5 editions behind? No, you’re 5 editions behind! What 26 years late? Speak up, sonny, I can’t hear you!

Kev Adams Squig Herders.

Remember all that discussion on how many models/figures the DAK multibased models count(ed) as? Take a look at these, then! At this point we’ve clearly got 6 complete figures, produced as three models. How many will I count them as? I might do a 3(6) for them. Seems fair enough, I guess. Just look at them, though. Look at the pair in the middle! What’s worse is I’ve still got a set of three to paint. Three bloody gobboes all as one (assembled, but multi-part) model.

Kev Adams Squig Herders.

I based them on rolled-edge 50mm bases because I didn’t want to go with square “horse” bases, 40mm rounds looked too small and 60mm ones looked way too big. I didn’t have any 50mm bases at the time, but regardless, the rolled-edge ones seemed to give the figures a large enough base for the gobbos and their hunting spears while also not too much empty ground.

Aside from that, I’ve had these Herders for quiiiite a long time as alluded to above, and they’ve been slowly worked on and mostly-neglected for so much more than a decade. That gets worse, in it’s own way as well. See those 16 Squigs? Yeah, two of them are from a later release wave, with a different sculpting style – I bought 1 blister of those. The others are elsewhere in the case of the third squig, and not painted in the case of the gobboes, but aside from that…

Kev Adams Squigs

…hese squigs have been properly finished to the point where you see them here since sometime in 2013, and they’ve never been seen on the blog until right now. You see, back in those days, I really didn’t show a model off until the unit it belonged to was completely finished. I’d basically never ever show single models if I thought they should be part of a unit. Just finish the unit, and show them off then! Yes, they’ve been done for 5 years but I haven’t shown them at all. At this point, I think you can see the flaw in that little system…

Kev Adams Squigs

If it were a “complete some units” month, they’d all count as part of the completed units (I’ve just shoved them all together up top), though not as models completed this year. Because they weren’t. So having said that, the Squigs don’t count towards the month’s total, nor do they get to be in the wrap-up posts nor the year’s-end post. But they do get to see the light of day here, and in this case, it’s enough!

Kev Adams Squigs

Now I just need to figure out where to store them all now that they’re unified and ready to roll! Maybe they can even meet the table as part of an AoS Warcry Gloomspite Gitz force, made up of old-school Night Gobboes?

̶K̶h̶o̶r̶n̶e̶ ̶E̶n̶d̶l̶e̶s̶s̶ ̶S̶p̶e̶l̶l̶ Judgement of Khorne: Bleeding Icon (June ’19 Terrain Challenge)

Khorne Endless Spells, Judgement of Khorne: Bleeding Icon

Don’t call it an Endless Spell! Khorne hates spells and magic users! But how can we then achieve parity with the other factions for Khorne? Also, how can we sell players some cool looking endless spell models? Better rename them to something else! Uh… Judgements of Khorne? Ok, job done! So there’s yer backstory.

As for the actial name for this piece… Bleeding Icon? Sounds a bit wussy-Catholic for Warhammer. Bloody Icon would sound a bit better (though still sounding quite Catholic, it’s far less wussy). Maybe it didn’t get the name because it’s too close to light British (and associated) English profanity – as in “Bloody Hell” “Bloody Crap” “Bloody Bastard”, etc, as we use out here. And yep, I got a few of my Khronate models out here to help with the modelling.

Khorne Endless Spells, Judgement of Khorne: Bleeding Icon

The model itself is pretty nice, though it’s basically just a giant Khornate Icon. Despite looking quite simple to paint, it still too me way longer than I’d hoped, mostly due to the overly-fiddly base (fucking skulls everywhere!), but in the end, the model does look good – so I can’t complain too much.

Khorne Endless Spells, Judgement of Khorne: Bleeding Icon

Pretty simple paintwork. Sprayed black, then silver, then washed with Seraphim Sepia twice, then drybrushed with Vallejo Model Air Gold. Blood done in a coupleof shades of red, then overpainted with Blood for the Blood God (appropriate, eh?) and after varnishing, hit with gloss varnish for the nice wet look. I decided against overdoing the blood dripping from every rivet and sluicing down the icon with that semi-random look – preferring just a little smear near the major drips.

Well, that’s one down – three to go for this set!

Oh – and while it’s not technically terrain, I’m going to call this sort of thing valid for Terrain challenges. Because stuff like this (big summoned spell effect thingies) don’t really fit in any better in any other category. Maybe some could also be monsters, I guess. Close enough.

Mechanismo May ’19: Community Painting Challenge – Community Round-Up

Sunfire’s Inquisitorial representatives – Inquisitor Henrietta Kappel, Ordo Malleus; Genetor Mordecai Linden; Interrogator Tiberius Gideon Lambert

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has shared a trio of Inquisitorial representatives for Mechanismo May – Inquisitor Henrietta Kappel, Ordo Malleus; Genetor Mordecai Linden and Interrogator Tiberius Gideon Lambert.

Sunfire’s Alpha Legionnaires

Sunfire also completed a triad of Alpha Legionnaires, based on Primaris Marines and incorporating some Adeptus Mechanicus heads, creating a rather cool and unique look.

 

Pete’s Russian Airbourne Armour

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog completed fourteen pieces of armour across three types for Mechanismo May –

Pete’s ASU-85

Firstly, we have a platoon of Soviet ASU-85 self-propelled guns. I actually thought that these were 15mm models initially, but they’re actually 6mm(!)

Pete’s Sprut SD support vehicles

Next up, a foursome of Sprut SD support vehicles, which Pete describes pretty well as “lesser known”. I certainly hadn’t heard of them before!

Pete’s PT76 Amphibious tanks.

Pete finally completes May with a platoon of PT76 Amphibious tanks, bringing his Soviet forces to a nice amount of reinforcements for the month.

 

Dave Stone’s Star Wars Droids

Dave Stone of Wargames Terrain Workshop completed a foursome of Droids from Star Wars. We have an FX medical droid, the astromechs R5-J2 and R4-I9, and then finally an RA7 protocol droid. Certainly a set that covers the topic of Mechanismo!

 

Krautscientist’s Argus the Brazen, Hellbrute of Khorne.

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt completed an old-school Forge World model – a Chaos Dreadnought of Khorne, now known as a Hellbrute. Given the moniker Argus the Brazen, he’s certainly an impressive looking model!

 

mcmattila’s Revelators Space Marine Captain

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis has completed a Space Marine Captain from his Revelators Chapter for his Mechanismo May model. As always, it’s a beautifully clean piece of work.

 

Dave Kay’s UR-025 from Blackstone Fortress

Dave Kay from Scent of a Gamer completed the Man of Iron player character, UR-025 from the Blackstone Fortress board game. Luckily there’s absolutely nothing suspicious about this completely-loyal, all-Imperial mechanical construct.

 

Thomas’ converted Hellforged Thousand Sons Contemptor

Thomas, of High Times on the Eastern Fringe completed a converted Hellforged Thousand Sons Contemptor, A very cool conversion, especially given that it had previously been a Converted World Eaters Contemptor of Khorne.

Thomas’ Thousand Sons Rhino

Thomas also completed a second model for Mechanismo Maya Rhino for his Thousand Sons force. We’ll need to see a full army shot of Thomas’ Thousand Sons in a few months.

 

Wudugast’s Ikit Claw, Skaven Engineer

Wudugast, from Convert or Die completed the Skaven character – Ikit Claw. The most renowned of all of the Skaven Warlord-Engineers, this model is even more mechanical than the original model, and certainly fitting for Mechanismo May.

Just Needs Varnish’s

Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish completed a pair of 1:72 German Panzer 38(t) tanks – so named because of them being “liberated” from the Czech and incorporated into the forces of the German Reich. Once again, he manages to make them look pretty bloody amazing, with such sharp highlights but still a bit dusty and weathered.

 

Mark Morin’s German AFV’s for Eastern Front battles from May.

Mark Morin, of Mark A Morin completed a preponderance of Panzers in May. While I’d like to take some credit for Mark’s productivity, the fact is that Mark is a tank-painting machine. As usual for Mark’s posts filled with armour, it’s well worth clicking that link to see them all in their detailed glory!

 

My own finale shot from Mechanismo May had some issues, as I left out several of the models that fit, so instead I’m just throwing in my “all-May” models image instead. You can see the bunker-building, 2 Ork artillery pieces, 2 Star Wars Bacta tanks, 2 Legion of the Damned Space Marines in power armour, an Iron Warriors Traitor Legion Vindicator tank, a pair of (captured) Universal Carriers, and a pair of 88mm Flakartillerie and a Ratman with a bionic power fist.

Now that I’ve wrapped up with all of this, are your own Mechanismo May Challenge models missing from here? If you left a link in the announcement thread, then it should be here and I apologise. If there’s no link there, then leave one here. I may seen, read and even commented on your post, but I’m damned if I can remember each and every blog post I go through each month! Broken links, etc – just bring it to my attention and I’ll also fix them up ASAP.

Mechanismo May ’19 Painting Challenge 2019: Personal Round-Up

As has happened a few times, especially with this year being as messy as it’s been so far – when I took my “personal round-up” photo(s), it turned out that I fucked up a little when trying to take a shot for the challenge as well as a shot for everything else – so with that in mind, I’ve just binned the other photo and we’ll just have to go with this one.

So for the challenge, I finished the bunker-building, 2 Ork artillery pieces, 2 Star Wars Bacta tanks, 2 Legion of the Damned Space Marines in power armour, an Iron Warriors Traitor Legion Vindicator tank, a pair of (captured) Universal Carriers, and a pair of 88mm Flakartillerie and a Ratman with a bionic power fist. Not too shabby, given the circumstances.

I managed to complete a total of 33 models in May. Once again, not what I’d hoped to get done but still squeezing past the model/day that I like to keep up. By end of April I had 147, so this brings me to 180 finished by the end of May.

Armoured/Army April ’19: Community Painting Challenge – Community Round-Up

Dave Stone’s Imperial Forces

Kicking off this month’s challenges for Armoured April/Army is Dave Stone of Wargames Terrain Workshop. Made up predominantly from Imperial Assault figures from FFG, seeing them all collected together certainly has an impact beyond what the individual models can convey, as nice as they can be individually. I think this is something we’ll see repeatedly throughout this round-up.

Dave Stone’s Imperial Riot Stormtroopers

Dave has also completed a few models for the Armoured aspect of the month’s challenge, starting with this squad of Riot Stormtroopers.

Dave’s Stormtroopers.

Next up, Dave has a squad of regular Stormtroopers, adding to his armoured troops completed in April. Quite a nice collection of dirty-white armoured troops completed in a single month!

 

ssspectre’s Thracians

ssspectre from The War For The End of the World gives us a shot of his beautifully painted Thracian force. With them, he’s achieved something very similar to what I’m aspiring to with my Vikings, in a colourful and characterful that also retains a link to reality and how things may have actually looked in the day. The details apparent on his warriors’ shields and the patterns embroidered on their tunics and cloaks look fantastic, and even moreso when you go in close to look at them more closely. There are a number of close-in photos of them on his blog post, and I think it’s one that is definitely worth checking out!

ssspectre’s Thracian heavy hero – Anathaetes.

ssspectre also put together an individual model for Armoured April – Anathaetes, a Thracian Hero in heavy armour. Anathaetes can also be seen on the right-hand side of the group shot above, alongside his fellows.

 

Steve’s Relictors Space Marine Dreadnought

Steve from Dreadaxe Games completed a pair of models for the Armoured April challenge – reinforcements for his Relictors Space Marine Chapter. The first being an Ironclad Castraferrum Dreadnought. I really like how smoothly he applied that decal for the banner’s skull-icon.

Steve’s Relictors Primaris Chapter Ancient.

Steve’s second submission for the month is another Relictor – this time a Primaris Chapter Ancient carrying a captured Chaos Icon. I can’t in any way see why other Imperial Forces might think the Relictors’ loyalties to be a little suspect.. can you?

 

mcmattila’s Warzone Capitol Light Infantry Captain #2

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis painted an Old-School WarZone model. The figure is Light Infantry Captain #2, though he’s armed as a Capitol Special Forces Trooper with M516D Shotgun. Back in 1e WarZone, though – you could equip your heroes with pretty much anything from their faction’s wargear list rather than them having bespoke gear, as many current 40k models have, which explains the confusion. Either way, he’s done a great job with the Star-Spangled Pauldron, as well as the dented and scratched armour.

 

Dave Kay’s Reaper Bones Wights

Dave Kay from Scent of a Gamer completed this pair of Reaper Bones Undead figures for Armoured April. I’m not sure of their exact “official” names, but Dave has painted them as a pair of Wights, which works for me! In order to achieve that Undead glow, he’s used the new(ish) technical paints from Games Workshop, Hexwraith Flame and Nighthaunt Gloom – and to great effect!

 

steinbergshedspace’s Death Guard Chaos Legion force.

Another hobbyist who has contributed something for both Army April and Armoured April is Steinberg of Steinberg Shed Space. He’s firstly shared a shot of his impressively-sized Death Guard Legion force.

Steinberg’s Death Guard Plaguecaster Pete

Next up, Steinberg also completed this Death Guard Plaguecaster (named Pete) – geared up in his Powered Armour.

Steinberg’s Death Guard Myphitic Blight-Hauler

Finally, Steinberg completed and submitted this Death Guard Daemon Engine – a Myphitic Blight-Hauler. I don’t know who names these things…

 

Wudugast’s UR-025, Man of Iron.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die completed UR-025, the Man of Iron player character “hero” from the Blackstone Fortress Board Game. As Wudugast rightly points out, UR-025 is basically a walking suit of armour, and so qualifies quite nicely for Armoured April.

Wudugast’s Khorne Bloodrager

Wudugast also completed this heavily iron-looking Khorne Blood Warrior as part of Armoured April.

Wudugast’s growing Khorne Warband.

That same Blood Warrior features in Wudugast’s first of two shots for Army April. The AoS Khorne Mortal Warband inspired by Alex’ challenge from earlier in the year.

Wudugast’s mob of 75 40k Boys

Finally, Wudugast shows us what 75 footslogging Ork Boyz for 40k looks like.

 

Sunfire’s Age of Sigmar Tzeentch Warband

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has shared his Age of Sigmar Tzeentch/Tzaangor Warband, for Army April – along with some intricate custom scenery. The details of these can be seen much mroe in a series of posts over on his blog.

Sunfire’s 30k Death Guard Legion

Sunfire also shared his Death Guard Legion army shot for Horus Heresy/30k gaming. A pretty sweet looking shot of the earlier iteration of the Death Guard here!

 

Carlo’s Dirz

Carlo of Deuteros Games completed a trio of Dawn Warriors from the Alchemists of Dirz faction from Confrontation. The soft pastel shades and subtle tones within the NMM that Carlo used on these models is reminiscent of Rackham’s artwork for the game at the time.

 

mcmatilaminis showcase features 5 different Warhammer Underworlds Warbands.

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis has chosen a “compilation” shot of 5 Warhammer Underworlds/Shadespire Warbands. The shot features Bonerattle, Stormcast, Ironjawz, Khorne Bloodbound and Skaven.

 

mcmattila’s Revelators Ironclad Dreadnought

mcmattila also completed this Ironclad Dreadnought for his Revelators Space Marine Chapter. This model obviously covers the Armoured portion of April for mcmattilla, and the machine looks all the more impressive for the heavy weathering and chipping that has been applied.

 

Warbringer’s Mollog’s Mob

Warbringer, from the Krakendoomcool blog completed Mollog’s Mob, a Troll/Troggoth-themed warband from the Warhammer Underworlds game. If you’re interested in seeing how Warbringer achieved the vibrant look on these models, he happens to have included a series of WIP photos with a walkthrough on the post.

 

Eloth’s Space Wolf Force

Eloth, of Eloth’s Endeavours has submitted his Space Wolves Force as an Armoured Army this month. A nice mix of Thunderwolf Cavalry and infantry, along with a kitbashed Wolf Priest on foot to lead the force. Eloth has gone to lengths to make each of his Space Wolf models an individual.

 

Pete's IS-7 Heavy Tank

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog completed this IS-7 Soviet Heavy Tank. This beast is certainly a piece of armour that qualifies for Armoured April! Makes me want to dig out my 28mm scale one from Warlord and get started on it!

 

Argentbadger’s Druze Bayram Security force

Argentbadger, from The Bovine Overlord this month shares a shot of his Druze Bayram Security force from Infinity that he has been diligently working on over the past several months. We kept asking for a group shot, and now that we have it, the wait was certainly worthwhile, as I’m sure you’ll agree!

 

Krautscientist’s Original HeroQuest Collection

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt provided the final submission for Army April – his completed Old-School set of HeroQuest models, along with a couple of custom extras to cover some of the characters that GW/MB never supplied unique figures for. The project has been a clear labour of love for KS, as it was something that readers could watch take shape over the course of several months. A pretty spectacular achievement!

 

So of course, I missed some models, as I was working down the comments and missed some of the stuff up top.

Alex’ Zymot Thrallgash, the Ork Commander of Station 2

Alex’ Old-school Armoured Orks

Alex of Leadbaloony finished off rather a fair few old-school armoured Orks of different types. There’s Zymot Thrallgash, the Commander of Station 2, followed by da Yellow Skwad

Alex’ Rulko, Captain of the Guard

Alex’ Kalug – the boss for Station Three and his cronies.

These boyz were followed by Rulko, Captain of the Guard, and Ork engineer Kalug, the boss of Station Three – along with his power armoured entourage.

 

 

 

And me? Well, I didn’t get an army shot taken, and I only finished a small few of the Armoured figures I had hoped to. So here’s what I got done for April’s challenge. There’ll be another month for army shots down the line, so I’ll catch up later on…

Speaking of… is your own Armoured or Army April Challenge work missing from here? If you left a link in the announcement thread, then it should be here and I apologise. If there’s no link there, then leave one here. I may seen, read and even commented on your post, but I’m damned if I can remember each and every blog post I go through each month! Broken links, etc – just bring it to my attention and I’ll also fix them up ASAP.

The Jewel of July ’19: Community Painting Challenge

Yeah, I’m WAY behind in posting all of the things. Both my own and the community round-ups for the past couple of months. I’ve been dealing with family bullshit, family health issues and I’ve been sick twice (still on the second one) and had an injury in between the two. Still getting past bits and pieces slowly, not looking for sympathy or anything like that – but that’s why I’m still behind. Yes, it’s been a fucking relentless year so far.

Still, not the purpose of this post. What is the purpose is to announce the Painting Challenge for July, and following on from last year’s positive reaction, we’re doing Jewel of July again. What’s that, you may or may not ask? Well, luckily, I’ve got last year’s announcement post that I’m going to mostly-recycle. I simply updated all of the images and left the text, because as I said, I’m still sick, and besides – the rules are the same as last time!

And so….

……………..

Something different for next month. To celebrate the middle of the year, I thought that July’s challenge should be something a bit more open than Squads or Neglected Models (don’t worry, we’ll see a lot more of both of those!) Based somewhat on Decembruary, but more open even than that, since Decembruary was all about centrepieces, so it excluded small hero models and scenery. This coming month, we open it right up.

Oh – and all of the images I’ve used in this post are illustrative of things that do indeed count for challenge purposes. July is a wide-open month that above all, aims to be fun. Just as importantly, all images are clickable and will send you to that person’s blog post. So do indeed check out some stuff that’s new to you!

Alexis West’s Keeper of Secrets

Marouda’s Fimbrethil, Entwife.

I’m under no delusion that everyone I’ve linked here will have the time/inclination/etc to participate this next month, so don’t feel “called out”, but I did feel like this post would be a good opportunity to provide a ton of examples of stuff that can be considered valid models for June July. JULY, and rather than just populate it with models from my own collection – use models from your collections instead with links so people can check out more of one anothers’ blogs. Because community and all that.

Ellen’s Idoneth Deepkin Eidolon

Krautscientist’s The Hound, Enkidu Lance, XII Legion 4th Assault Company.

Thomas’ Aramis the Skullstalker.

TIM’s “Fantasy Island”

The Jewel of July is about painting (almost) anything you want that you think will be cool, or impressive, or just nice.

It’s for Heroes. Big or small. named or otherwise. A Lieutenant or a Medic or a Warlord Riding a Dragon. An Inquisitor’s aide or a Star Player or a Bounty Hunter.

It’s for Vehicles. A Motorcycle or a Maus. A Starship or a Gaslands Car. A Panzer IV to a Kettenkrad. A Rhino APC or a Konigstiger or a War Rig or a M’ak I. (or M’ak II?)

It’s for the more impressive scenery pieces. A desert oasis or a (ruined?) temple or a bunker complex or a single bunker or a skyscraper or a Ferratonic Incinerator or a Kwik-E-Mart. A forest worth of trees or a jungle worth of plants.

It’s for Monsters. Ogres or Ogors. Dragons, Giants, decent-sized Daemons. Bronze Bulls and Dinosaurs and Great Wight Sharks and Goremaw and Cthulhu.

It’s for Dieties and Demi-gods. Primarchs and Titans. Atlas and Aeres and Abaddon. Horus and Hercules. Venus and Vulkan. Saturn and Sanguinius.

It’s for Mechs and the Mechanicum. Steampunk walkers, Dreadnoughts, Imperial Knights, Warjacks, Tripods, Titans.

It’s for Dioramas and Vignettes. Historical, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. It’s all good. Even better if they also feature something from the above!

So yes. Anything from a USMC Corpsman to a 28mm scale Warlord Titan counts for this coming month’s challenge.

Mark Morin’s Cavalry Squad of Power Armoured Frinx, riding Glyptodons. Because OF COURSE they are.

Caseyrog’s Chaos Minotaur for BloodBowl.

Jason’s Volturnos, High King of the Deep.

Wudugast’s Skaven Warp-Lighting Cannon.

Ann’s Yellow-Moldy Poxbringer

Just Needs Varnish’s custom Panzerjäger V Ausfuhrung A Kobra.

Argent Badger’s Carrion Emissary.

Krakendoom Cool’s “Horny Toad” Nurgle Helbrute.

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Norris Thing/Possessed Marine.

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Imperial Assault AT-ST.

Warbringer’s Magni Warbringer, Techmarine of the Salamanders.

Alex’s Kal Jericho and Scabs

Backtothehammer’s Garagrim Ironfist

Mr.White’s Terrorgheist and Ghoul King.

Sfjy’s Knight Castellan, in all its imposing glory.

EJ Henries’ Night Lord Renegade

Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bruiser and Bully.

Redboarwiiingers’ Blood Bowl Ogre.

What isn’t it for? It’s not for the truly small stuff – units of line infantry, or barrels and crates. Little bits of scatter terrain.

Units are okay, if they would individually fit in with the above categories. This means units of tanks, or Inquisitors’ retinue members, or units of Ogres or Carnifexes (Carnifii?) or what used to be Space Marine Command Squads all work, but an Imperial Guard squad, or a Space Marine Squad, or a unit of Fallschirmjaeger don’t.

Not this…

…or this.

As always, the biggest distinction between this painting challenge and many others out there are that I only care about you completing these models. It’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge set during a single month, so regardless of whether you just missed out on finishing that diorama or tank this month, last month, or six months ago – or you’ve got stuff that you’ve been chipping away at for six months – or, indeed – if you’ve got models that have been shelved for months or even years, feel free to dig them out and join in.

Similarly, if you want to go start-to-finish, then feel free to go right ahead. It’s about completing cool things. The challenge is designed to easily fit into your (and my) painting schedule and be flexible enough to encompass quite a lot, and hopefully just act as a bit of an impetus or inspiration to get this stuff completed.

As I said up the top of this post, I don’t expect that everyone shown above will be able to join in, but if you’ve been on the edge of joining in on one of these challenges, or just painting some stuff anyway that fits into the many categories, please do feel free to join in. This goes for you, too Marouda!

Once again, I will NOT be posting regular updates over the course of the month on it. I WILL do a round-up of all the participants I’m aware of following end of the month, though – so once again – please DO LINK to this post when you finish something that you want counted in the round-up – because I WILL forget your post otherwise. It happens every single month. Also, if you’re doing the Terrain and Neglected Models: June 2019 Community Painting Challenge, be sure and link your finished units over there. There’s still a few days left to go!

Squad: March! + Gender-Ambiguous Model Painting Challenge 2019 – Community Round-Up

Argentbadger’s Seishin

Argentbadger, of The Bovine Overlord completed a group of models which safely qualify both as a squad as well as gender-ambiguous. They are Seishin, from Malifaux’ Resurrectionists faction, and I think he’s done an amazing job with the ethereal looking scheme on them.

 

Alexis West’s Genestealer Hybrid

Alexis West, aka Westrider from Cascadian Grimdark, completed a nice little set of Models of Indeterminate Gender in March. To start with, we have a Genestealer Cult hybrid in the colours of the Cult of the Emperor’s Embrace.

Alexis West’s Ur-Ghuls from Blackstone Fortress

Alexis also sorted out these Ur-Ghuls from the Blackstone Fortress boxed game. I really do like the pink, fleshy effect on their hands and faces. Alexis submitted these models as Gender-Ambiguous as well, though with the minimum of three of the challenge, they also qualify as a “squad” (for the purposes of this challenge, if not any “official” Warhammer rules.)

Alexis’ Spindle Drones from Blackstone Fortress.

Finally, Alexis also completed this trip of Spindle Drones, also from Blackstone Fortress. They’ve come up quite nicely, I think – almost looking like wraithbone in the pic. As with the Ur-Ghuls, they’re Gender-Ambiguous, and also qualify as a squad for the challenge.

 

Pete S /SP’s Russians in Paritsan camouflage.

Pete S /SP’s Winter Russians.

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog completed a pair of radically different 20mm Contemporary Russian squads from Elheim Miniatures range of ultra-moderns for the Squad painting challenge. Did I say radically different? Well, clearly, they are. But they’re also the exact same set of sculpts!

 

Mark Morin’s Trio and other-trio of tanks for What a Tanker!

Mark Morin, of Mark A Morin did something around Tanks (shocking, yea!) for the Squad challenge, and kinda doing it in two ways at once. He completed a trio of Italian M11/39 tanks, as well as a British M3 Grant and an M4 Sherman for his 8th Army. However, one of the M11/39s is painted as a captured vehicle, complete with kangaroo-silhouette on the turret side.

Mark represents some I̶t̶a̶l̶i̶a̶n̶ Aussie armour…

This little touch effectively creates a squadron for the 8th army with that (formerly) Italian tank!

 

Ann’s Spiny Black Poxwalker

Ann, of Ann’s Immaterium completed a model known as Spiny Back Poxwalker for the Gender-Ambiguous Model challenge. According to Ann, the completion of this one leave only five more Poxwalkers for her slowly growing horde.

 

Wudugast’s Blackstone Fortress Spindle Drones.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die completed a small group of figures which qualify for both of this month’s challenges. This group of four Spindle Drones, from the Blackstone Fortress are both gender-ambiguous and also four makes enough for a “Squad” by the spirit of this challenge. I find that Wudugast’s take on their colour scheme – with the stark contrasts on their carapace is quite reminiscent of the production design from the Alien films, and even Giger’s work.

 

Sunfire’s Vengeance Knights Primaris Marine Reivers

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has completed a trio of squads for the Squad challenge – the first is a group of three Primaris Space Marine Reivers, these guys are part of his Vengeance Knights chapter. The headswaps certainly give them a different look, which I may well steal for some of my own Reivers…

Sunfire’s Vengeance Knights Intercessor Marines

Sunfire’s second squad for the month is a squad of Intercessors. He has achieved a nice contrast between the weather-beaten and worn armour and the clean looking shoulder pauldrons.

Sunfire’s trio of Idris, the Wind Reader and two attendant Tzaangor

For his third squad, Sunfire has something completely different in a trio of Tzeentchian Tzaangor, led by Idris, the Wind Reader. The impressive bases make them look like a Shadespire/Warhammer Underworlds Warband!

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Royal Navy Naval Brigade riflemen

Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish completed a pair of units for the month, both from his slightly-neglected 20mm Royal Navy Brigade force. The first are a unit of Riflemen, featuring some pretty sweet detailing on those scarves that really makes the figures stand out nicely from a distance.

Just Needs Varnish’s Naval Maxim and 4.7″ gun carriages.

JNV‘s second unit for the month is a support unit for the same force, featuring a carriage-mounted Maxim for close fire support, as well as something a little …bigger!

…along with the horse(s) they rode in on!

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s

The Imperfect Modeller from The Imperfect Modeller finished this odd little model of a ..Power Armoured Space Wasp? for the Gender-Ambiguous challenge. It looks very much like something Mark Morin would be painting rather than TIM, but it made sense in the end, as TIM used it in a very cool diorama that I urge you to check out – titled “Get Out Of My Fucking Room” it does what it says on the tin!

The Imperfect Modeller’s “Get Out Of My Fucking Room”

The Imperfect Modeller’s Posse of Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan and Doc Holliday

TIM‘s second submission was something much more to speed, though no less impressive. We have Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and Doc Holliday – with their apppearance in miniature form being based on the 1993 film, Tombstone. As always with his western models, TIM has done a great job of capturing the feel of the Old West, with dusty blacks used across these models. They look like a group of gents that you would not like to cross on a dusty Arizona road…

 

Maenoferren22’s Reaper Ghost

Maenoferren22 from Bogenwald also completed a model for each of the month’s challenges – leading off with this Ghost model by Reaper Miniatures which is plenty gender-ambiguous. In completing this model, his actions gave me the kick I needed to grab and complete the pair of these models I had in my own collection, that had been sitting on the painting desk for months and forgotten – so thank you!

Maenoferen’s 3D-Printed Cultists

Did I say “a model” for each challenge? Maenoferren22 not only completed the singular ghost, but also three entire units. The first of which is a unit of 3D-Printed Cultists which actually qualifies for both challenges (until you look under their robes, at least!)

Maenoferren’s 3D-Printed Hand-monsters

The next of Maenoferren’s units also qualifies for the gender-ambiguous challenge. I guess you could theoretically argue these 3D-Printed hand-monsters look kinda like a pair of males and a pair of females based on their chests and chest-clothing, but who’s to say exactly how the anatomy of weird monster-demon-things that have hands for heads works?

Maenoferren’s Heresy Miniatures “Inspector” crew.

Finally, Maenoferren has completed a crew of sci-fi-type Inspectors from Heresy Miniatures. This group clearly features both genders, though Blue-K9 and the other little bot technically fit into that neutral territory of the other challenge yet again! Kick arse submissions from Maenoferren this month!

 

mcmattila’s Revelators Devastator Squad

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis completed a Devastator Squad for his homebrew Space Marine Chapter, the Revelators. He’s used MKIII armour legs, torsos and limbs to give the models a heavier, weighted feel as befits Devastators, especially with the preponderance of rivets on the older armour – while the MK8 Helms and backpacks give them a more current, modern look. it’s certainly a touch I appreciate!

 

To wrap up, as have my own Models for March – more detail can be seen in my Personal Round-Up Post for March. While the four “Squads” are pretty typical fare of the random stuff I seem to get completed on a semi-regular basis, the more interesting part of the equation is that all of the models I finished in March, bar one turned out to be Gender-Ambiguous. While I did set out to paint some that fit that specific criteria, the real kicker was that when I looked at each model once completed, I found that so many more fit – even when our typical assumptions (and honestly, the sculptor’s intent a lot of the time ) make us think “male”.

I certainly found that to be an interesting exercise through March, and I have tried to keep it in mind gong forward as well – so thank you to Ann Wycoff of Ann’s Immaterium for the initial thought, and Alex of Leadbaloony for running Fembruary – which in turn spawned this challenge theme.

 

Speaking of… is your own March Challenge work missing from here? If you left a link in the announcement thread, then it should be here and I apologise. If there’s no link there, then leave one here. I may seen, read and even commented on your post, but I’m damned if I can remember each and every blog post I go through each month! Broken links, etc – just bring it to my attention and I’ll also fix them up ASAP.

…and now onto compiling Armoured/Army April’s Community Round-Up!