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

The entirety of March’s completed models.

Yeap, it’s been awhile. I’ve almost forgotten how this stuff works, but as I find time, I’ll be catching up. Aside from Swordmaster’s “Monster March” paint challenge, my own two community challenges for the month were “Squads” and of course the “Gender-Ambiguous” one.

I say “partial”, because this model is an independent hero, but also works as the leader of the Plague Censer Bearers.

Interestingly, despite it not being entirely planned that way (because of course I wanted to hit the challenge goals a few times) it turns out that with the partial exception of a single model, they all fit into either one or the other – or both. And that’s aside from a bunch of them also working for Monster March. That one model, the Plague Censer Bearer hero is also the one model out of the entire month that is clearly and undoubtedly male.

The Gender-Ambiguous models from the month.

I mean, I’m not kidding myself – and neither should anyone else. We know that pretty much all of these models were sculpted as “male”, with the exception of the Beavers, as they came from Bad Squiddo and would have been sculpted as a “beaver family” of both genders. But we also know that “female” ghosts would have cleavage, as would mummies, werewolves, and so on. I’m sure that even the Dracoliche and Dragon and Centipede were called “he” or “him” by the sculptor and/or designers rather than “she”. So the point of the month’s exercise wasn’t to fool ourselves, but to just stop, think and consider.

The month’s “Squads”.

“Squads” on the other hand, are much more straightforward. The werewolves were originally going to be 2×3 as that’s how I painted them, though it hardly matters. Similarly, the Skaven work with or without the Censer Bearer hero.

I’ll get March (and April’s) Community Round-Ups done as I can, though in the meantime I’ll try to post up some of my own stuff painted last month (in April). After a recent death in the family (not Dad), there’s a whole lot of stuff there to be sorted out, so blogging and compiling will happen at its own pace at a priority appropriate until I catch up. Still, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be painting or that I’m not happy for others to be participating in the challenges during this time…

So time for numbers – Well, at end of February I was on 79. Above, I count 36 more models (37 if I count the sabot base for the Dracoliche) so that gives me 115 at end of March. Or 116.

Next, onto April!(?!)

Mechanismo May ’19: Community Painting Challenge

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed that I haven’t posted anything for awhile, and the Community Round-Up from March still isn’t up. Well, the best I can offer is that normal service will resume when it resumes, and the monthly round-ups WILL still be done – as will my own backlog. I just don’t have the time nor inclination right now for blogging, nor for diarising the shitshow that is my life at present..

Regardless of that, the world marches on, so without any further ado, I present you with May’s Community Challenge: Mechanismo May. (Named for a book in inherited from my brother, years ago – not the Dredd story).

What is Mechanismo May for? Well, simply put: anything mechanical – vehicles, power armour, droids, bots, walkers, mechanical scenery.

Does this mean that there’s a lot of cross-over with the “Armoured April” challenge? Well, sure. Tanks and Power armour and the like obviously fit into both. On the other hand, this month isn’t for Chaos Warriors with a 2-handed maul, but it is for a Trebuchet, or a cannon, or an artillery piece – or for a… well, you get the idea.

Is the model (or a significant part of the model) mechanical? Is it more than a modern dude who happens to be holding a firearm? Then there’s your answer!

(Yes, it’s time to get that Magos and/or the Crashed Aquila done!)

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 knight 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 entirely about completing cool things.

#Monster March 3 – 2019 Personal Round-Up

I usually don’t do these dedicated round-ups when I participate in other people’s monthly painting challenges as I usually only finish a single model, or a couple of models, but this year’s Monster March has been a little different. While my initial plans involved completing four models – a giant, a bone giant, a giant worm and a dracoloche only ended with me completing the last model from that list (with several additional unnamed models considered as mental “stretch goals”, the fact was that my father’s health issues put paid to my early month’s painting work on that angle – in fact he’s been in for over a week now with serious heart issues, and we’ve had a rollercoaster of different medical opinions that have included a multiple bypass open-heart surgery to the off-pump version of the same, to a stent possibly being possible after all, to the stent having too great a risk of exsanguination (it’s a real word, Blood Angels fans!)

So the last over-a-week has been one of the most fucked-up ones in my life. Cue slightly more aggro, more swearing in general and more specific use of the word “cunt” in this blog than usual. In any event, following a week of “surgery tomorrow” that hasn’t happened and “angiogram and stent tomorrow”, which also hasn’t happened – after a meeting this afternoon with a doctor who turned out to be one of Melbourne’s top cardiologists (I googled her name afterwards), the final verdict, in her words, is “do no harm”, so rather than fucking with pointy and sharp things, there’s a slight adjustment to medication and some observation, and we take him home (finally) in a few days so he can return to his garden and real food. (I’ll get some photos up at some stage for TUG – at least one person will appreciate it!)

That’s all well and good, Azazel. But what does that have to do with the important business of Toy Soldiers? I’m glad you asked. It’s because I’m exactly like a self-absorbed 16 year old girl with her diary. It’s also because the last week (off work, because obviously – and yes, they’ve been very supportive, though no-one from there follows this blog) has necessitated me diving heavily into distraction, occupying my mind as much as possible and trying to avoid additional stress. In this case, that’s been attempted largely by painting monster models like a motherfucker and playing The Division 2. I got one model done, then another, then another …and just kept going (until they leaked into April!)

It’s also the reason that I’m (once again) way behind in reading and commenting on other people’s blogs and haven’t even started on the Round-Ups for the dual-mode March Challenges. I’ll get to them of course, but I’m not going to go nuts rushing.

So to finish up, I’d like to thank Swordmaster for running the challenge again this year, as it’s given me something external and productive to distract myself and focus on over the last couple of weeks while things have been so …fucked up.

Here’s the models!

Shadows of Brimstone Dark Stone Hydra

Conan Kickstarter Dragon

The Others: 7 Sins – Avatar of Gluttony

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler (Giant Centipede)

Reaper Bones Dragon Plant

Castle Ravenloft Dracoliche

The Others: 7 Sins – Avatar of Wrath

Ice Elementals – Mantic Games

The next couple of posts will be my final models for my own March Challenges that haven’t gotten posted as I focused on getting the MM stuff up ASAP and as I completed them. After that, round-ups and April models.

Deathworld Fauna – Part 1.2 – Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler (Giant Centipede) (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

It’s been a long time since I posted up the first of this trio of models. More than four years, to be precise. Back then I was still using Photobucket, as you’ll be able to see, if you check out that link. It’s another post I need to delete from there and then rehost the pics here on WordPress, but I’ll get to that later. Too much on right now. Which trio of models, you (probably don’t) ask? They’re from the Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawlers kit that I picked up bout 15-20 years ago. I still haven’t painted the froggy one, and in fact have NFI where it is right now. I’m sure that when/if it turns up, I’ll be able to knock it out relatively quickly using the Nurgle’s Wash technique I used the other day on that The Others model.

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

Anyway, this is another of those rather generic monster-types that can work equally well in any pretty generic fantasy setting like D&D or EverQuest or as another Deathworld beastie in 40k, alongside the resurrected Ambulls and whatnot. It was pretty uninspiring to paint, which is why it took a few years to get it over the line (and I also pried it off the original base I glued it to put it onto this oval and build up the ground a little with putty – that much looks much better now.

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

In the end, the hazard-ish, natural-ish colouration I went with was good enough, and for good measure, I did the eyes in one of the Greenstuff World Colourshift Paints, because fly-compound-eyes are close enough to this not-insect’s eyes.

So with that – and this updated Monster-Group-Shot, I’m dedicating this model both to my own Gender-Ambiguous challenge as well as another (small) submission for Swordmaster of Hoeth’s Monster March. This leaves me with one more day to see if I can get that Dracoliche done. Will it happen? We’ll see, but even if it happens, there’ll be a small delay of at least a couple of days before it goes up due to base-flocking, varnishing and then writing and photography. Let’s hope the next few days go well…

Armoured/Army April ’19: Community Painting Challenge

Spaceman wearing Spacemans Armour.

With a week left of March, it’s time to post up next month’s Community Painting Challenge. Once again, I’m going dual-mode with it.

A trio of Astartes Dreadnoughts.

Part 1 is Armoured April.

What does that mean?

It means complete some armoured models.

Yeah, but what do you mean by “armoured”? 

I mean either or both of the “personal” or the “mechanical” definitions of “armoured”.

The “personal” means individual(s) wearing personal body armour of whatever type. Plate, chainmail, powered armour, modern combat vests. Era/genre doesn’t matter. You get the idea.

The “mechanical” definition means armoured vehicles (i.e.: APCs, Tanks, etc) and combat walkers that are clearly properly armoured.

mcmatilla’s Ironskull’s Boyz, from Shadespire.

Wudugast’s truescale Knights Mortis Space Marines.

My/Marouda’s Undead Army.

Part 2 is Army April.

What does that mean?

This one means that it’s time to get one of those forces that you’ve been working on, and do that group shot that you’ve been thinking about for however/so long. It’s time to show off that collection, like a “sixteen year old girl posting endless selfies of (our)selves, using (your) blogs to showcase your latest figures and bask in the praise of other bloggers”. No batrep photos will be considered. And yes, there’s a very targeted “fuck you” baked right in there. What am I on about? It’s not targeted at Roger, but just read that linked post.

Now let’s all be like 16 year-old girls!

Nobody asked you.

Does it have to be an “Army”? I have a Necromunda Gang.

No, of course not. I’ve used “army” because alliteration. It could be any force for any game (Warmahordes, BB team, Necro Gang, a Kill-Team) or even the contents of a board game because you just finished painting Silver Tower or Zombicide or whatever. Systems aren’t important here, especially since a lot of figures work across many systems.

It would also be pretty cool if you managed to add something to that force in April. Because, you know, painting challenge and all that…

Mark Morin’s Italian Armoured Force.

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 knight 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 entirely about completing cool things.

Terrain & Neglected Models Paint Challenge February 2019: Personal Round-Up

All of the completed February things.

Yep! Late as all hell. Work and stress and sick dad and all of that shit continues, with a result that I’m still painting but not as engaged with the blogging stuff. Besides, The Division 2 just came out and I’d rather lock myself in a room and do nothing but play that. Orez – are you listening? You’d love it!

One of the other major things slowing down this wrap-up is the fact that I went out and took photos, but forgot to include the 3rd-ed 40k walls in my wrap-up photos. Then I went out again a day or three later to re-take the photos but got mixed up in my “Neglected Models” list. The bunkers took awhile, but not long enough to be truly neglected – even if they spent most of summer sitting on the terrain table, taunting me with their size. So after two sets of not-quite right photos (I wanted a nice shot of the Neglected Models and another of the Terrain) – So then this delayed me yet again, before not getting around to a third set of photos, and saying “fuck it” so I can just get this damned post up…

Leonard steals the workout bench for himself…

The 34 models and pieces of terrain that I finished in February, when combined with January’s 45 brings my running total for the year to 79. I’m not sure how many I’ve finished for March yet. I’ve been working my way through a few and even photographed some, but haven’t counted them yet.

I’ll have to get the April Challenge Post up soon. That’s probably up next, in fact. Then I can start showing my March Challenge models….

Terrain & Neglected Models Paint Challenge February 2019 – Community Round-Up

Model Man Pat’s Completed Medieval Castle Diorama

Kicking off this month’s dual-mode challenge of Neglected Models and Terrain, we have Patmcf, aka Model Man Pat from Pat’s 1:72 Scale Military Dioramas brought this piece to final completion in February – The Medieval Castle. While at first glance you’d be entirely forgiven for asking “Hang on, didn’t we see this one before? Last month, actually?” the difference here is that Pat has turned what was essentially an impressive piece of scenery into a fully-blown diorama, with the addition of several dozen painted models – giving a great deal of life to the complete work, as you can see a number of small mini-narratives taking place across the breadth of the scenic piece. I strongly encourage you to check out Pat’s blog on the links above to see much, much more of this work.

 

Dave Stone’s Chaos Soulgrinder

Next up is Dave Stone, from The Gamer’s Cupbard blog and his impressive Chaos Soulgrinder. Dave also sculpted the disgusting, green phlegm attack coming from the Daemon Engine’s maw. Nice. I mean, ugh.

 

Ann’s neglected Nurgle Poxwalker

…and another!

Ann, of Ann’s Immaterium completed another Poxwalker for the Neglected Model challenge. The first one marked fourteen of twenty, and then the second Poxwalker of the month took her horde to fifteen, so the end of this mob of poxies is close to hand now…

 

Backtothehammer’s Citadel Wood

Backtothehammer from his eponymous blog, Backtothehammer painted up this lovely and vibrant looking Citadel Wood in what he claims was only two nights(!) I know I get a lot of models done, but when I see something this big that looks this good done in such a short space of time, I’m still amazed and jealous!

 

Mikko’s straight walls…

…and his corners and rubble end-pieces.

Mikko,of Dawn of the Lead is (finally) on board for a challenge – welcome mate! He’s completed some walls and corner pieces from Fenris Games’ “Rubble City” range.  While Mikko says that some of them were finished awhile back, he’s picked them up again and retouched them – so it totally counts (I do this all the time with older models). I feel that the grime and subtle coloured shading on them makes them look incredibly realistic.

 

Argentbadger’s Trio of Trolls

Argentbadger, from The Bovine Overlord finished an impressive neglected trio of models from the Trollbloods faction of Hordes. A Troll Bouncer, looking suitably brutal to have the title of “bouncer”. A  Troll Impaler. (If you ask me, he could be called a Whale Impaler.) And finally, a Troll Axer. Who carries a very big axe. No doubt, for axing things it doesn’t like. So many angry blue trolls….

 

mcmattila’s Stormcast Liberators – five with Hammers and five with Swords.

mcmattila of mcmattilaminis has finished off two sets of Stormcast Liberators in his Silverlions scheme. The first five are armed with Hammers while the second five are armed with Swords. I feel like I’m selling them short if I leave it at that, so I’ll just recommend that people take the time to check out both posts for more detailed shots of both sets of models. Your eyes will thank you!

 

Sunfire’s Vengeance Knights Primaris Marines

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has completed a pair of Primaris Space Marines in the livery of his Vengeance Knights chapter. These Neglected Models originally came from the Dark Vengeance starter box. I’m not sure how many more await us, but I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of their force!

Sunfire’s Zone Mortalis Walls

Sunfire didn’t stop there, though – also completing some scenic items for the other half of February’s challenge. Specifically, some 3D-printed walls and tiles to be used with Zone Mortalis and Necromunda (and I presume anything else that needs some sci-fi walls!)

 

dave2718’s Neglected Helldrake

dave2718 from Faith&Steel completed a rather impressive Neglected Model this past month – a Chaos Space Marine (and probably also Daemonkin, in a few days) Helldrake. I have to say that I have one of these kits, and given how complex both the assembly and painting looks to be, I haven’t even considered starting on it. More credit then, to Dave for getting the thing done!

 

Mark Morin’s destroyed Panzer IV-D

Mark Morin, of Mark A Morin did something around Tanks for the February terrain challenge, making excellent use of a mispacked Panzer IV from Battlefront Miniatures by turning it into a destroyed and burnt-out wreck of a Panzer IV. I especially like the damaged running gear scattered across the base

Mark Morin’s Blast Markers.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Mark also put together a foursome of smoke/blast markers, built around some LED tea lights. Instead of typing more, I’ll just say look at them!

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s “Mad Jack”

The Imperfect Modeller from The Imperfect Modeller completed “Mad Jack”, The Lighthouse Keeper. This completed piece, with the model from Artizan really qualifies for both of the February challenges, as we have both a Neglected Model as well as a terrain piece. While a simple piece in many ways, the composition is nonetheless quite evocative and effective.

 

Wudugast’s Neglected Escher Gangers.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die completed some figures to do double-duty across a couple of challenges, with the four Escher models shown above featuring not only here as a quartet of Neglected Models, but also in Alex’ Fembruary 2019 Painting Challenge (go check that out, if you haven’t already!) It was actually Wudu’s write-up here that prompted me to show off Marouda’s growing assets in my own Fembruary post the other day – so thanks for that, mate! 😉

 

Pandora’s Bits Box’ Genestealer Hyprid Aberrants

Pandora’s Bits Box, from the Krakendoomcool blog completed the above five Genestealer Hybrid Aberrants for his Neglected Models. I admit, I didn’t realise that Tooth and Claw was 6 months out already, but that’s how quickly life passes by with GW’s rapid release schedule right now, I guess! The highlight on these ones for me is the lovely blending on their skin tones.

Pandora’s Crashed Aquila Dropship.

Of course, Pandora also completed something for the terrain component of February’s challenges – that being the Crashed Aquila Dropship from the 4th Edition “Battle for Macragge” 40k Starter set from 2004. The funny thing about this kit is that both Krautscientist and myself also attempted to get this kit completed over the past couple of months, but neither of us managed to get them done yet. Ah well, there’s always the next terrain month – or anytime before then!

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Scratch-built 20mm Cottages.

Just

Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish created a number of terrain pieces. From scratch, of bloody course! First up are a pair of cottages (WIP pictures included on his post) and then something even more impressive, a large bridge piece that looks to me like it could be one of those premade MDF kits that are all the rage these days. Once again, John’s ability to scratch-build models that look like commercial kits manages to astound me.

 

Alexis West’s Neglected Models.

Alexis West, aka Westrider from Cascadian Grimdark, completed quite a few Neglected Models over February. With a full squad of 10 Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrids in the front, joined by two pairs of civilians/crew types. One pair of GW Imperial Guard Crew models, and also a pair of female Spaceport Crew from Statuesque Miniatures.

 

Pete S /SP’s Ruined European House

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog completed this amazing looking Ruined European House. An Airfix 1/72(ish) kit, Pete has done an outstanding job of turning a standard kit into something that will really be a highlight on the table for his 20mm battles, with the addition of interior details, rubble and so much more.

Krutscientist’s HeroQuest Heroes

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt has gone old-school for his Neglected Models in February, by beginning a cool little project – painting the entire set of models from the original 1989 HeroQuest Boardgame with his 2019 painting skills. First up we have the four player-character heroes.

Kroutscientist’s HeroQuest Orcs

KS rapidly followed this up with a HeroQuest-sized horde of Orcs.

Krutscientist’s HeroQuest Undead

And then, Krautscientist turned out a very impressive three sets of Undead from the game. The Zombies, Skeletons and Mummies. I have to say that especially on these sculpts, KS’ excellent paintwork really shows that these thirty-year-old sculpts really still hold up well today. It’s going to be amazing to see the whole game painted up, and at this rate it won’t be long!

(Each set of 3+ models will also qualify as a “unit” for the March Challenge, as well!)

Spalanz’ Grey Knights Captain.

Finally, we have a carryover from January’s Challenge (which I’ll edit into that post later) – Mark Griffiths aka Spalanz from Spalanz completed this Grey Knights Captain as a centrepiece model. I missed it at the time because it wasn’t posted as a link on the WordPress, and then I thought I remembered it, but couldn’t find it posted on his blog when it was time to assemble the Community Round-Up. I spotted it the other day, on Twitter, so I’m adding it in here, today.

 

Viva Forever?

And in a first for this, my own Personal February Round-Up will have to be added in later, as due to various personal events in February, I had a hard time getting stuff photographed, and also wasn’t up to posting for various periods of time. As a result, I’m still in the process of doing both for my own February models – but importantly, I didn’t want the community round-up to lag behind massively as happened in January.

Speaking of… is your own February 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.