#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.

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.

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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.

Terrain & Centrepiece Models Paint Challenge January 2019 – Community Round-Up

Eve Winterfang, from The Twitter has submitted a rather impressive centrepiece model for her debut challenge model – a Renegade Nurgle Knight known as Lief Percival Breckenridge and his Knight, Aegir. One day, I’ll manage to assemble a knight of my own after seeing so many of them look so good, month after month after month!

 

Buck Surdu’s Sarissa Precision Peel Tower

Buck Surdu of Buck’s Blog completed this impressively sized Peel Tower by Sarissa Precision. And yes – each of those many floors are able to be separated and played in! Visit Buck’s post to see more!

 

Maurice Micklewhite’s Bramble patches

Maurice Micklewhite from The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor scratchbuilt a set of Bramble patches for his tabletop adventures. Made from MDF and rubberised horsehair, as well as model foliage, he’s turned some otherwise unpleasant materials into a model representation of the kind of area that most of us would find unpleasant to be traipsing about in!

 

Sunfire’s Death Guard Contemptor Dreadnought.

Sunfire, from Rhoda’s Reach has completed both a centrepiece model – the above Contemptor Dreadnought of the Death Guard Legion. Ancient Praeferox here has magnetised weapon options, featuring the Assault Cannon that we see here as well as a Multi-Melta.

Sunfire’s 3D-Printed Power Generators.

Sunfire also 3D-printed this pair of Power Generators for the scenery aspect of the monthly challenge. They’re pretty cool looking, though we’ve really only got the doors to judge scale with. We’ll have to request some with-model shots alongside them as well at some stage. 🙂 Sunfire’s blog is a newer one, with some nice stuff on there – particularly if you’re a fan of the Horus Heresy or the Death Guard, so go check out what he has to show!

 

Dave Kay’s Reaper Bones Green Dragon.

Dave Kay, of Scent of a Gamer completed this Green Dragon from Reaper’s Bones line, specifically from the Bones III Kickstarter campaign. Dave tells us that the model is very big and towers over infantry and cavalry, so I’m sure we’ll get another look at it in future.

 

Wudugast’s large Sector Mechanicus terrain piece.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die has built and painted this large and rather impressive looking piece of Sector Mechanicus terrain, as part of his own ongoing “Mean Streets” terrain project.

More of Wudugast’s completed Mechanicus Terrain pieces.

Not to rest on his laurels at that point, though – Wudugast also completed several other pieces – a Thermic Plasma Regulator, a small ruin from the original Manufactorum kit, an Ork barricade and an Escape Pod. They can all be seen in much more detail via the link above.

 

Pete S /SP from SP’s Projects Blog started the month’s challenge in 6mm, with a variety of piecesStorage Tanks, a TV Station with removable antenna, a Police Station and a pair of Portacabins from Leven Miniatures. To this, he adds a pair of “nodding donkey” pumpjacks from Perfect 6 Miniatures.

One of Pete S “Two Sheds” /SP’s sheds.

Pete S /SP’s Telegraph Poles

Following this, Pete scaled up to 20mm with a reworked plastic shed and a nice set of laser-cut telegraph poles. I’m sure the poles could work well in a variety of scales, and even have a place on his Necromunda table.

Pete S /SP’s Necromunda Terrain

Speaking of… Pete next scaled up to 28mm by also having a bunch of terrain done in 28mm scale – in this case, a bunch of nicely detailed Necromunda pieces.

Pete S /SP’s Dug-in E100 tank.

Finally, Pete completed the month with this dug-in tank, specifically, a German E100. To me, dug-in tanks very much fit into the same ground(!) as my own Imperial Turrets, so I’m good with calling this a terrain piece – especially since it can easily be used in that manner. Besides, an E100 on it’s tracks would easily be a centrepiece model anyway! Certainly a ton of output from Pete in January!

 

Krautscientist’s Daemon Primarch Angon with Display Base

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt completed a bit of both aspects of the month’s challenge – finishing a Forge World-style display base for his converted, customised Angron, Daemon Primarch model using the Shattered Aquila terrain piece along with some more sacrificial Ultramarines. Making an incredibly impressive piece even more impressive!

 

Thomas’ Tzeentchian Daemon Prince, Thonarash the Netherking

Thomas, of High Times on the Eastern Fringe continued his Tzeentchian theme of past months with his unique Daemon Prince, Thonarash the Netherking. Built from various bits and pieces on the base model of the Avatar of Khaine from the Dark Elf/Witch Elf/Daughters of Khaine faction’s Cauldron of Blood model. the creation of this model is also chronicled over a series of posts on Thomas’ blog.

 

Patmcf’s Medieval Castle

Patmcf aka Model Man Pat from Pat’s 1:72 Scale Military Dioramas completed a rather epic project in January – a Medieval Castle. As you can see from the picture above (and I encourage you to check out the others on his blog post!) – it’s not simpy a castle kit, but a moat with water effects applied, a drawbridge and gate, as well as some of the area around the fortification. It’s one epic piece, and although it will eventually be turned into a diorama piece, it’s definitely the sort of thing I’d love to game on and around as well!

 

Mark Morin’s DAK Tiger I

Mark Morin, of the Mark A Morin blog continued with his recent drive to paint all of the tanks, by completing a tiny centrepiece for his DAK force, nominally for What a Tanker – the Tiger I. While this model looks impressive enough on it’s own merits, Mark also completed an additional 16 tanks and armoured vehicles to pretty much create an instant German Motor Pool for WWII gaming.

 

mcmattils’s Imperial Objective Markers and Scatter Terrain.

mcmattila of newly-minted blog, mcmattilaminis has opened January with some very nice pieces, including a set of Imperial Objective Markers and Scatter Terrain. He’s also got some equally-nicely painted stuff up there that’s not terrain based, so I urge you to go check it out!

 

One of Faust’s scratch-built bulkheads/walls.

Faust’s Necromunda Terrain in action.

Faust from Doubledowndice completed a WHOLE LOTTA pieces for Necromunda that can be used as shipping containers, walls, bulkheads, and general industrial-style terrain. Made from balsa, other bits and plastic panels from various Robolog and Mantic scenery pieces, he’s achieved a nice variety within the uniformity of the dimensions of the blocks. As you can see above, they also look very effective on the tabletop!

 

Justneedsvarnish’s Forest

John, AKA, Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish put together a series of modular forest pieces that are suitable for pretty much any genre of wargaming. The trees just sit atop the bases, so that they can be moves around for unit bases, or reorganised, or just placed separately while the stumps add detail and interest.

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Tyranid Toxicrene

Pandora’s Bits Box, from the Krakendoomcool blog brings us a lovely centepiece model in this Tyranid Toxicrene. It’s quite a brightly coloured beast, and it’s clearly showing what it thinks of drab paintjobs by the Raven Guard marine being crushed beneath it’s clawed hooves.

Pandora’s Bits Box’ Promethium Forge

Not one to skip any part of a challenge, Pandora’s Bits Box also completed this Promethium Forge as a submission for the terrain part of the month’s challenge. To take it a step further, he’s magnetised many of the sections, and so they can be set up in a myriad of ways on the tabletop. Check the post to see some examples. I might have to rip that idea off for myself…

 

maenoferren22’s “hill”.

maenoferren22 of Bogenwald seems to have just been taking the piss for January’s challenge.

maenoferren22’s completed “grave hill”.

Oh, wait. He turned that mass of expandable foam into this rather lovely piece. A Grave Hill, to be a centrepiece of his graveyard.

maenoferren22’s hillocks.

maenoferren also created some smaller hillocks, as well as having a few pieces that didn’t quite make the end-of-January Deadline. Hopefully, we’ll see them in February, then?

 

Alexis West’s Inquisitor Daemon Huntress

Last but not least, we have Alexis West, aka Westrider from Cascadian Grimdark, who completed this Daemon Huntress model from the Inquisitor game released by GW, way back in 2001. It’s an impressive piece, in the 54mm scale that the game used – and I have to admit that I’ve not seen this particular model before, either. Certainly a lovely job on a very cool model – and a great way for Alexis to have started off 2019!

Alexis’ initial batch of Shadespire Terrain

On the scenery front, Alexis got stuck into making her games of Shadespire and Nighthaunt more visually appealing with several pieces from the Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire Terrain from the recently released set.

Alexis’ additional pieces for Shadespire – painted last year it turns out!

These were quickly followed by this mix of pieces from other sets to find a home in Shadespire – A Statue Head and Crypt Casket from the Shattered Dominion set, Soulsnare Shackles from the Endless Spells and even a pile of rubble repurposed from a Dreadfleet piece. – edit – Alexis has since clarified that these were painted last year, but only shown on her blog for the first time in January. So I’ll leave them up here anyway, since I already did the work of compiling the photos and adding the links. :p

Alexis’ Ryza-Pattern Building Ruins

Alexis also completed this set of Ryza-Pattern Ruins. She’s chosen to paint the two sides of the walls differently in order to give boan an exterior and interior look to the pieces. What brings them up and beyond for me is the fact that she also took the time to pick out the smaller detailed parts of the kit.

 

Finally – here’s my own stuff, posted up last week and shown in much more detail throughout the last month of my blog posting. Ok, the Orc and Plague Toads aren’t quite centrepiece models, but I forgot to take more photos at the time, so that’s what we get.

Is your own January 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.

As regular readers know, I’ve had a bit of family health stuff to take care of recently, which has put a pretty huge damper on my posting. I’ll be posting more of my models and scenery soon, as well as putting up the Announcement post for February’s challenge (a little later, than usual, I know – sorry!) – I’ll still give this post 2 days as the many people’s hard work arrayed above deserves some extra time to sit at the top of my page.

January 2019 – Terrain & Centrepiece Model Challenge: Personal Round-Up

At the end of the month, I ended up with 45 pieces completed in January. While my personal focus was on scenery, the second challenge was for “centrepiece” models – of which I have a good five that I had hoped to get stuck into and hopefully to complete at least a couple of them. In the centrepiece aspect then, my own effort was a resounding fail. (Plague Toads are cool and all, but they’re not centrepiece models!) Still, on the Scenery front, I did manage to finish 42 pieces, and while – again – I didn’t finish all I’d hoped to, it’s still a reasonable outcome.

I was especially happy to finally paint the Ruined Watchtower, and to finally complete the Battlescape and the Imperial Turrets. The Ork debris piles started off as a lot of fun, but eventually became a slog. Ah well. More terrain to come for February. I’ll get the Community Round-Up done ASAP – though it’s usually a few solid hours worth of work to compile, so it might not be until the weekend, so there may be a February model or two posted up first…

I also forgot to take some extra photos as I often do when the round-ups take up more space, as they do here – so in lieu of that, here’s Leonard instead!

Dauntless/Diabolical December 2018 – Community Round-Up

Pandora’s Bitz Box Khorneate Renegade Knight

Beginning December’s round-up, we have an absolute fucking beast of a model from Pandora’s Bits Box, courtesy of Krakendoomcool. A heavily converted Khornate Knight. Pandora’s post has a lot more photos, as well as step-by-step shots of the WIP process that it took to get to this point. Well worth checking out, because this thing is Nucking Futs. Oh wait, this is my own blog, so I can swear as much as I like. IT’S FUCKING NUTS!

 

Westrider’s Ogroid Silver Tower Ogroid Thaumaturge

Next up, we have a nice selection of models from Cascadian Grimdark‘s Alexis West, aka Westrider, who completed an impressive number of both Dauntless and Diabolical characters in December! Starting off, we have the Diabolical Ogroid Thaumaturge from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.

Alexis’ Chosen Axes

There are also two groups of characters – the Dauntless Chosen Axes from Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire, featuring custom-sculpted clothes and boots(!)

Alexis’ Elucidian Starstriders

The final group is a good chunk of the Dauntless Elucidian Starstriders – the Rogue Trader’s crew from the Kill Team supplement.. Rogue Trader. Hopefully we can look forward to seeing the rest of the crew joining their vanguard in the next months?

 

maenoferren22’s Dauntless December output!

maenoferren22 completed quite a lot of models in December that can be viewed over on his Bogenwald blog. So many, that I’ll whip through them and provide links to each, so that they may be seen in all of their glory.

Ghost Bride, from Alternative Armies. Sir Willorcby, a civilian noble from the Flintloque range, Captain Fredorcson and his lads the Chosen – a kind of Orcish Sharpe troop of individual characters. “Nursey“, an orcish nurse, who looks like she’d fit perfectly into Blood Bowl and has a name that makes me think of Blackadder II and her companions Rogipoos and Jose. Next we have Meriadoc Brandybuck, from the Fellowship of the Ring, some, erm, Undead Engineers, and an Ostarian Hussar Officer.

 

Wudugast’s Snuggle the Sump-Croc

Wudugast’s Skaven commander.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die has Snuggles the Sump-Croc for us this month, not to mention this Skaven commander. I’d also consider the various Goliath gangers of the Irondogs that he finished in December to be eligible as well. Rather than poking through a month’s worth of Wudu’s posts, I’ll just drop this group shot of the Goliaths in here. I know quite a few of them were completed in December, and they certainly deserve to be seen…

Wudugast’s Goliath Irondogs gang.

 

Argentbadger’s Trollblood Dire Troll Mauler

Argentbadger of The Bovine Overlord continues his foray into the Trollblood Hordes with his Dire Troll Marauder from, um, Hordes. He certainly gives a strong “Hulk SMASH!” vibe.

Argentbadger’s Satyxis Blood Priestess

Also from Argentbadger, we have the Satyxis Blood Priestess, also from Warmahordes, though this time of the Cryx faction, and maintaining the same pink and black sheme that we saw in her stablemate Barathrum recently. If you like her, go check him out as well. Then join me in pestering AB for some group shots – especially of all those Trollbloods!

 

mvmattila’s Space Marine Sergeants

mcmattila, of a new possible blog this month, completed a pair of Space Marine Sergeants. The one on (our) left is a plastic reproduction of an old-school metal sergeant model from the 3rd ed.-era Command Squad, and also the sergeant from Battle for Macragge box – And I have to say he’s done an amazing job on both the conversion and the paint.

mcmattila’s Khorgorath of Khorne.

mcmattila‘s other model for this month’s showcase is a Khornate Khorgorath, from the original Age of Sigmar starter box (and now from a pretty good value Start Collecting! set). Once again, it’s an impressive paintjob on this guy! Let’s hope mcmattila is able to start up a blog sooner rather than later, as I’m looking forward to seeing much more of his work!

 

Faust’s Dwarf Blood Bowl Star Player, Flint Churnblade, flanked by a pair of Blockers.

Faust from Doubledowndice completed one of the final few Star Players for his Blood Bowl Team. Flint Churnblade, so named for his heavy duty chainsaw which he takes to the field with. Not too many more to go now for a fully-complete team of Dwarves. Unless he goes for the Escher first..? Or the hated Van Saar?

 

Mark Morin’s A9 Mark 1s and M3 Stuart “Honeys”.

Mark Morin, who posts under the tricksy pseudonym of Mark A Morin completed quartet of British 8th army tanks for his burgeoning “What a Tanker” project. Specifcally, two each of the A9 Mark 1 Cruiser tanks, and M3 Stuart “Honeys”. Given what Mark has finished since he posted these four up for Dauntless December and my tardiness of getting this post, um, posted, it’d be remiss of me not to point out his more recent post, containing a hugely impressive British Motor Pool that he’s just up and painted over the last few weeks! Seriously. If you like these four, go check out the baker’s dozen he’s got there.

Here’s a preview. Now clicky the piccie and check out the rest of Mark’s post!

 

Alex’ paint on an Oakbound Miniatures model that is completely not Nagash.

Alex of Leadbaloony finished this Diabolical figure in December. A reimagining sculpt by Oakbound studios Not-Nagash inspired by on the Mark Gibbons artwork, that is most definitely not the 1990’s most infamous Gary Morley sculpt of Nagash.

 

Pete S/ SP’s “Hell Cannons”

Pete S/ SP from SP’s Projects Blog, following the “Diabolical” theme of the month, assembled and painted this kit of two Hell Cannons from Ace Models. What are Hell Cannons, you ask? I’ll let Pete explain:

Hell Cannons are the name given to large improvised mortars that have been built by the rebel forces/ Free Syrian Army in the past few years. Consisting of a large metal pipe fixed to a truck axle they fire homemade shell that are mostly made from propane gas canisters. As can be imagined they are not particularly accurate and neither do they have a long range, barely reaching over a mile. A more in-depth  look at them can be found here .

What really stands out to me about these, and especially so on the single-model images on Pete’s blog, are just how realistic the kits and his paint are. If they weren’t base on little squares (or on much larger squares – credit for those bases as well!)  you’d think they were photos of real ones.

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Paraguayan War rocket launcher teams.

Following the artillery theme, Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish scratchbuilt (of course) and painted a trio of Paraguayan War rocket launcher teams. Well, he scratchbuilt the rocket Launchers. The teams he painted. Though he did modify their tiny little hats from kepis into shakos before doing so. Some great WIP photos also feature for any budding pyromaniacs who would like to scratch-build their own rocket launcher teams.

 

Krautscientist’s Nurgle Mob – Plaguebearer, Plaguemarine and Poxwalkers: Keepers of the Eternal Garden

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt completed a nasty little diabolical quartet, dedicated to Grandfather Nurgle. From left to right, we have a Pair of Poxwalkers, a Plaguemarine and a Plague bearer. PPPP! Or as he prefers, the Keepers of the Eternal Garden. I can’t wait to see how KS grows this warband in 2019!

 

Dave Stone’s AT-AT

Dave Stone, of The Gamer’s Cupboard has completed a rather epic sized diabolical contribution – an Imperial AT-AT scaled for 28/32mm gaming. I’m not sure if it’s the old WotC one (which was an awesome model for anyone who managed to pick it up) or if it’s from a different source.

Dave’s Kayn Somos

Dave’s Lak Sivrak

Dave also completed a diabolical comrade for the AT-AT, Kayn Somos – a named Imperial Character from the Imperial Assault boardgame, as well as Lak Sivrak, from the famous Cantina Scene in the original Star Wars/EpIV.

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s “Operation Overlord”

The Imperfect Modeller again came up with more than one diorama this month, and I have to say that he’s really outdone himself. Which is saying something. “Operation Overlord” has been an epic to watch go through the various WIP stages over the last weeks before its unveiling. LED Lighting. Bread in a storefront that looks like actual bread, and sweet narrative throughout the piece. Do yourself a real favour and check it out on his site, and then go through the WIP posts to see how it took shape. TIM has really outdone himself with this one!

The Imperfect Modeller’s “‘X’ Marks the Spot” Diorama.

As much as I’d like to say that TIM‘s next diorama is no less impressive, that’s just not possible to say. With that caveat in mind, I think ‘X’ Marks the Spot is still very cool and tells a story – albeit one that’s not nearly as complex as Overlord. That’s the trouble with setting the bar so high, as I’m sure Pandora is also feeling. Still, as long as TIM can keep outputting models as good as this one, he’s in no danger of disappointing anyone.

 

 

Finally, my own Dauntless and Diabolical contributions, posted up last week and shown in much more detail throughout the last month of my blog posting.

Is your own Dauntless/Diabolic December post 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!

I’ll be doing a 2018 reflection/2019 aims post shortly. But we’re having a little heatwave here right now, and it’s going to be a bit of a task arraying all of my 2018 models on the table. I’m also pretty tired all the time, but I’ll talk about that when I post that up. In the interim, I’ll be posting more models and scenery – though I’ll give this post 2 days as the many people’s hard work arrayed above deserves some extra time to sit at the top of my page.

Dauntless/Diabolical December 2018: Personal Round-Up

So here we are. The night of January 9th, 2019 and I’ve finally taken the photos of my December stuff.

Not quite what I’d hoped to get done, but not too bad, considering how December turned out. In the middle of my final week of work, the week before Christmas, just when the torrent of craziness of work had finally subsided (like, literally, the day before), I was at the front door in the morning, literally leaving to go to my Physio appointment, and then to work when I got the call that my father has suffered a stroke and the ambos were on their way there. I literally wrote literally too many times there, but fuck it.

Long story short, the stroke(s) weren’t huge, he spent a couple of weeks in hospital, including Christmas. We brought him BBQ and had Christmas Lunch in a Hospital courtyard. Not the best Christmas, but also not the worst I’ve had, either. He showed a good attitude, did the exercises they gave him like a madman, recovered the use of his arm very well, and we were able to take him home just before New Year’s. He’s still not 100%, and Marouda and I are around there constantly bringing him food and doing all the little things, but after how last year turned out, this isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

Still, that took a lot of time, and even once things had settled with the Nurses looking after him as he started to recover giving me a chance to stress a bit less, there was still a lot less hobby time, as you’d appreciate. Daily visits across town are real timesinks in travel time alone. So my blogging and catching up on people’s blogs has obviously suffered, but I’ll catch up as best I can, when I can. I didn’t write about it at the time and just carried on as best I could here because the last thing I’m interested in is a pity party – especially after talking about how shitty the last few months have been a few times. So now that things are mostly okay and we’re past that stage, I’m not fussed. I’ve also been really busy in these opening weeks of the new year besides all of that which has delayed this post (and the Community Round-Up for December), but I’ll talk about that in a future post.

So under the circumstances, I think this has been an okay number of models overall. It works out to 12 or 13 figures including the APC depending whether I count the removable crewman as an extra, as well as 29 pieces of scatter. So that’s 41 or 42 for the month. The 3 Uruks are included in the photos, because they missed their Orctober pic.

I was up to 536 at the end of November, so adding these 41/42 to the total, plus the 3 Uruks, I’m brought to 580 completed models for 2018. Or 581.

Here’s what I managed to complete for the actual December challenge in the end. Not nearly as many Dauntless and Diabolical heroes as I’d hoped and planned, but not too bad, either. Some of the ones who didn’t make December  will be turning up in the next few days and weeks. I’ve already got a backlog of new shit to post up, because even though I haven’t been posting and my commenting and replies have been limited, I’ve still been painting.

I’ll try to get the December Round-up done by this coming weekend. That’s only halfway through January, so it’s still okay, right? I’ll also have a 2018 reflection-roundup once I find all 580/1 models, set them up together on a table, take the photos, and write the actual post. So basically, after I’ve had time to do the whole bloody lot.