April ’20: A few final Models, Personal Wrap-Up and Ann’s Paint the Crap You Already Own final.

So here’s the final wrap for my April, haivng returned to painting again. After taking my pics, I’ve realised that for the various criteria I’ve left some things out and included a couple of things that shouldn’t be there. However, I really don’t want to go out there and take more photos since it’s a bit of a chaotic nightmare of models, so I’m calling them good enough because I’m not dragging all that shit out again just for two or three photos…

Reiksgard Foot Knights 1995/6, Michael Perry

These two Empire models are from back when that force still had Reiksgard Foot Knights, and are from the 1995/6 Catalogue, sculpted by Michael Perry. I’d have given them their own post but I’m out of time for April and besides that, I found another one of this sculpt (and a couple of friends) aftyer finishing this pair, so once they’re all done I’ll give ’em a post of their own in a week or so when everything is done.

I also finished this pair of industrial pallets, from the 40k 3rd edition-era Battlefield Accessories set. These took years (like.. 13-15 years) to finish simply because I decided to paint industrial stipes on the edge, got halfway through one of the two (despite the yellow being finished on both), and thought “fuck that” – so they ended up sidelined, packed away, in tubs of half-painted stuff and so forth for years. Sometime ago they got spotted and ended up on the painting desk, and then after awhile (again, years maybe?) I saw them a week or so ago and just fucking finished them. In, like, way less than an hour. So…. yeah.

Then there’s the Slaaneshi Champion, who was on a different shelf and so missed out on being included in either my own Month’s wrap-up photo as well as Ann’s challenge photo, despite being the first figure I finished for that challenge this month. So well done, there.

And finally in terms of Ann’s Paint the Crap You Already Own challenge there are the first models of any sort that I completed for it. The Wizkids Cages. Which also missed out on the photo because they were put aside in a storage tub.

Oh, and then there’s the two models I painted for Ann’s March challenge, that were both finished at the start of April. These two aren’t part of Ann’s April challenge as they went in for March’s, but being completed at the start of April in that small window they should be in my own personal round-up for the month. But you know, they were on a shelf alongside the Chaos Champion above and so also missed the photo(s).

The problem with my compilation this month has basically been that I haven’t finished cleaning up the War Room, which is in a fucking state, and as I slowly burnt out last year without doing round-ups there are several of last years’ months worth of models scattered around on pretty much every available flat surface (including the space I usually use as my monthly staging area) that have to be 1) photographed and 2) put away somewhere, despite the room being such a fucking mess (and I’ve run out of shelf display space, in case that part wasn’t obvious..) So it’s like one of those puzzles where you need to move some pieces but have ot move some other pieces before you can move the pieces that you want and the pieces all need to go somewhere and….

Oh, does anyone know what this model is exactly? I’ve had it for many years, and it’s a VERY old Citadel model, it’s got a slotta at the bottom of it that was useless for info (and it’s been based now for ages, and I’m not prying it off to see if it says anything new). It looks similar in a lot of ways to one of the C28 Giant Demons by Nick Bibby from 1985 or so. I’d like to paint it, but before I start it’d be interesting to see what it was supposed to be and find out if that gives me any particular inspiration for it.

oh, that’s a 40mm base, as well. It’s quite large for a model of that era.

I’m not 100% sure if Ann (or anyone else) are running painting challenges this month (May) so I’m going to treat it as a personal “Neglected Models” month and try to keep on finishing more stuff that’s been sititng unloved and unfinished for months or years rather than starting new models (with only a few exceptions). If Ann or anyone else do run a challenge, I’ll just pivot as much stuff as I can/feel like that’s already neglected towards that theme. You can feel free to play along at home from your isolation bunkers as well, but I won’t be doing any wrap-ups or anything else like that. Well, not for awhile, but I do intend to run “Jewel of July” again this year. You have been warned!

Mechanovember ’19: Monthly Hobby Challenge

Pandora’s Bits Box’ Imperial Knight

Even while the blog goes through a dry period and the round-up posts start looking a tad Neglected, the challenges continue… following on from last November, we once again have something that’s a bit specific, but still hopefully something that’s still flexible enough to fit in with people’s existing projects (and half-painted/abandoned models). As a bit of a small Mea Culpa for the lack of round-up posts lately, I’ve made sure to showcase some of the work of each participant from last November’s Mechanical November ’18 challenge.

Mark Morin’s French Renault 35s and SOMUA S-35s

The idea for this month’s theme is to paint mechanical models. Now, this might seem restricting, but the way I see it, the theme can be applied pretty broadly. Tanks and indeed, any kind of vehicles work, including Steam Tanks that Dwarfs or Renaissance humans might use. All manner of Droids and Robots, obviously.

Mantic BattleZones Bunker

Lots of terrain pieces work – particularly some of the new-ish stuff from Games Workshop (Sector Mechanicus) but then also a lot of other terrain works well also – Mantic’s Industrial Battlezones for instance and of course no end of resin options from a hundred different companies.

Even smaller stuff like some of the Sci-fi scatter terrain that’s out there can be shoehorned in there.

Dave Kay’s Ape-X

Cyborgs, including non-human cyborgs are as perfect fit.

Buck Surdu’s Soviet KV-1 and KV-2 tanks.

Did I mention tanks? Pretty sure I did!

Argentbadger’s Barathrum Warjack

Walkers of all types, obviously are appropriate. Star Wars, AT-43, DUST, Konflikt ’47, Martian walkers.. you get the idea – as well as the obvious 40k stuff.

mcmattila’s Ork Deff Dreadnought

Didn’t get your Dreadtober piece finished (or started?) No problem, finish it in November and post it up for this month’s challenge!

Tarmor’s Chaos Androids/Necrons from Space Crusade

Some armies are obviously better served than others here. Necrons and Adeptus Mechanicus being a pair of standouts – but I’m happy to consider power armour of whatever kind to be mechanical…

 

Thomas’ Thousand Sons Forgefiend

…and of course many of those Powered Armoured Armies have bigger and nastier and downright weird mechanical stuff attached to them…

Faust’s Custom-built BloodBowl Dwarf Deathroller

Some things that don’t immediately come to mind as mechanical are absolutely that. (Including some of the weird stuff that comes from games like Blood Bowl or Malifaux). Most fantasy war machines fit the bill and even moreso for historical ones – after all, what is a trebuchet, if not a mechanical device? And yes, chariots are welcome!

Just Needs Varnish’s Marmon Harrington CTLS light tank & Nissan 80 truck

And follopwing on from that – naturally normal cars and trucks – both unmodified…

Maenoferren22’s Dark Future Cars

…or of the Mad Max/Car Wars/Dark Future/Gaslands variety fit in here as well.

Pete S /SP’s A-10 Warthog/Thunderbolt.

Aircraft? Well, yeah, obviously. As a group, we don’t seem to paint up a whole lot of them, but they certainly fit the bill for Mechanovember!

Krautscientist’s Truescale Deathwatch Castigator, Lamentor and Carcharodon Astartes.

And of course.. power armour of whatever stripe.

So have a look at your painting desk, your shelf of shame or even the grey hordes and see what you wanted to get done anyway that you could fit in here.

This challenge starts on the 1st of November and as always, runs until the end of the month. if you finish the model at 11:58pm on the final evening, that’s fine – just get it varnished and photographed in a few days and I’ll include it in the community round-up. I always give a few days grace period.

There’s also no special criteria as to who can or cannot participate. If you’d like to participate, then you can. Simples. Just link your post/models back to this post or leave a comment below with a link so I can find your stuff during the round-up time.

That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a few days for thinking about it before the challenge starts – though if you’re keen there’s also no reason you can’t be working on your models. Because it’s only about completing models in November! 😉