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! 😉

Orctober 2019 gets a new wrinkle: Orcslayer 2019 – Community Painting Challenge

So yeah. Last night I finished my final trio for Squaddie September, and then immediately found another, long-neglected figure from that same faction and got to work on him. Today, as I got close to finishing that model, I was musing about how amusing it would be to count that model towards Orctober, because it’s kind of adjacent to greenskins via the whole “Orcslayer” thing. (No, it ain’t Gotrek or Felix). Anyway, the thought stayed with me. And was still with me this evening. And so, well, that model counts for October anyway, because it’s been Neglected for probably 20 years (I am a bad person). But I figured that a twist keeps things interesting, and it also allows more people to participate should they be interested.

So to quote Mel Brooks “It’s good to be The King”. And like that, I’m adding in “Orcslayers” to the Orctober Community Painting Challenge. So if you have any models that can or should reasonably be called Orcslayers, then feel free to submit them over on the official sign-up post. NOT HERE. I’ll GET CONFUSED OR SOMETHING WHEN COMPILING.

What’s the criteria for this new wrinkle? Well, if your model(s) have a significant history with Orcs, or Orks, or Uruks, or Goblins, etc where they don’t get on very well at all, then you’re golden.

I’m not too fussed about depth of criteria, but, you know, keep it reasonable to the background of whatever you’re basing it on.

So this means that if you’re doing some 40k miniatures, it’s probably not going to be Hive Fleet Leviathan as the arch-enemies of the greenskins.

Of course, for your own armies, you have a lot mroe leeway. And why, yes, I did feel like posting up a bunch of pictures today.

On the other hand, if your RPG character has a long and storied history against Orcs, who am I to argue?

Now git out there and PAINT before Eomer eats your face!

Neglected October plus Orctober & Orcslayer-Tober: Oct 2019 Community Painting Challenge.

First things first – the July and August Challenge Community Round-Ups are coming. I’d planned to have at least one of them done by now, but I’ve been both flat out and under the weather for the last week, which was supposed to be a time for me to have a bit of a rest. No such luck, of course. So.. they’ll still get done, but my descriptive bits will probably be a lot more concise.

I’ve also been doing a bit of painting myself, but again – not nearly as much as I’d like. There are at least three sets of three models that “should have” been done, like a week ago. Actually, I still haven’t had a chance to finalise the flocking for the final one of my own Awesome August models, so at this point I probably won’t even count it anymore…

Still, the world rolls on, and so here’s the (slightly late) October Challenge Announcement Post. As with last year, I’m going with the Orc theme, so anyone’s greenskins of any type (even if they have grey, brown, ochre, etc skin) will count, that’s across any games or models of course as long as they’re Orc-related (yeah, I’ll allow Squigs).

UPDATE: We’re now also including Orc-Slayers as part of this month’s challenge!

The other part of the challenge, which helps to make it accessable to pretty much anyone is the Neglected Models part. To summarise (since I have no energy right now), this means a model that was started more than 6 months ago but has been left to linger on the proverbial “shelf of shame”.

What’s “started”? Well, I’ll leave that up to you. Anything from “just needs a wash to be finished” to “I glued it together” works for me. The point – as always – being to help motivate people to get stuff finished that has been hanging out for too long. Nothing started that’s sat for more than 6 months? Well in that case, I firstly admire your discipline, and secondly, I’ll take something that you’ve owned for 6 months+ that you haven’t done anything to. Because I’m nice like that.

Usually, I try to comb through previous versions of the month’s challenge to add in some examples by participants, but like I said, I’ve got no energy still, so you get a few of my own Neglected and Orcish models, plucked from the photos stored here on WordPress. Don’t worry about me either, I’ll be fine in a day or three. 🙂

That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a couple of days left 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 October. I don’t care when you started them!  😀

There’s also no special criteria as to who can or cannot participate. If you’d like to participate, then you can. Simples.

Oh, and Neglected Scenery counts as well. Because why would it not?

Savage Orc Shaman (1995, Alan Perry) (Awesome August + Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge)

Savage Orc Shaman, 1995, Alan Perry, Bonesplitterz, Savage Orruks

Today’s model harkens back to my first model of this year as well as an earlier challenge of 2019 that’s kinda fallen by the way. This Savage Orc Shaman (Bonesplitter Orruk Shaman?) is a model I started quite awhile ago (as always) and is now finally complete, and as a slightly fancy model, I’m ok with calling it an Awesome August submission. Another of the 1995 models aculpted by Alan perry, this is one of the range of models that took the Orky template refined by Kev Adams and kept it going strong until Brian Nelson came along a little later and cranked their savagery up to 11.

Savage Orc Shaman, 1995, Alan Perry, Bonesplitterz, Savage Orruks

I’m pretty happy with him, really. It took a long time to get done, but wasn’t one of those pain in the arse-type models. If anything, it took a long time to finish because I didn’t want to screw any part of it up. I guess, it’s also quite busy with various bits of Orky bling, so the body paint also had the potential problem of messing the figure up by making it unrecognisable, so I went somewat minimal in the end. I’d think Shamen would be caked in the stuff, if we’re being more realistic, but when has Warhammer ever been about fussing over not being realistic enough?

That’s about it, really. Look forward to me hopefully getting a few more of the actual Boyz from this range painted, maybe for Squad-friendly September, if I can manage it…

Scenic & Squaddie September ’19: Community Painting Challenge

This next month we go dual-mode again, with the two parallell themes being completing “Squads” (units, teams, gangs, retinues, etc) and completing “Scenery” (aka terrain, which includes vignettes, diorama bases, and whatnot). Here comes the very interesting explanation/clarification bit:

Well, obviously a “Squad” (a term I’ve chosen this month for alliteration’s sake) is often a military term, and often means a unit of about 10 or so individuals. Since many of us are wargamers (at least in theory), something like the unit of Skeletons here is a wargamning unit, and so fits perfectly.

Though in the interests of flexibility, inclusion and achievability, the “squad” size we’ll be using is a minimum of three models. This lets many of those boardgame units also qualify.

Of course, not everyone is a gamer of any kind, so Hell, the models don’t even have to be a strict “unit” or squad. Figures from different forces, ranges, manufacturers. All good, as long as they fit together thematically.

Three also lets those bigger bastards be an achievable unit for something like this. I should take new photos of my Ogres sometime…

Vehicles? Tank Platoon and Panzer Zugs? Sure, why not? We will stick with the “three or more” minimum, though. But by the same token again, they don’t all need to be the exact model. If you can make ’em fit thematically, then I’ll go for it.

The other half of the challenge is simpler to define. Scenery. Big stuff? Sure. Naturally. Of course.

Scatter stuff? Why the hell not? We’ve got to get it into these challenges occasionally, right?

Boardgame stuff? Definately!

Emplaced weapons, tanks that are dug-in? You might think that they’re a grey area, but I’m 100% fine with calling them scenery or terrain, as that’s the sort of thing they’ll be used for in many situations.

Similarly, models of things like GW’s new “Endless Spells” are something I’m happy to include in this category, especially cos they don’t fit well into many of the others, aside from perhaps “Neglected Models”.

Besides, some spells are clearly also scenery.

All the usual caveats apply. I don’t care what scale your stuff is. 28mm, 6mm, 15mm, “Epic”, 54mm, Micro-armour. They’re your toys, and the objective here is simply to motivate me, you, us, to get more of them finished.

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.

I WILL do a round-up of all the participants I’m aware of following the 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. And frankly, it’s a bit worse as I’m rather behind in getting the Community Round-Ups posted up and I unfortunately don’t see that improving until at least a couple more months.

Also, if you’re doing the Awesome August ’19 Community Painting Challenge, be sure and link your finished units over there. There’s still a solid week left to go!

 

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Unit (Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge, Squad: March! ’19, Gender-Ambiguous Model Painting Challenge 19)

Skaven Plague Censer Bearers

And here’s the unit that goes with yesterday’s Skaven hero for the AoS challenge. As with the hero model, these models were absolute cunts to paint and really not fun at all. They’ve butted up against a ton of Neglected Model and Unit Challenge months over the past year, with no success. As I said in yesterday’s post, the fur+skin style is the opposite of enjoyable to paint, so I hope I don’t come across any more of this generation of metal skaven models in my box’o’skaven, even if I’m actually pretty satisfied with the final product.

Skaven Plague Censer Bearers

Fist-bump to Wudugast as well here – his relentless work in painting and sharing his own skaven has been the biggest thing causing the constant niggle to keep on trying to get these done. And finally(!) – I got there. Thanks for the inspiration, mate!

Skaven Plague Censer Bearers

Group shot to conclude! No more for Alex’ AoS challenge this month unfortunately (despite my best plans), and the Round-Ups will be delayed a little this month. More on that later, though. (I’m typing this on Saturday evening).

Monday Edit – Also, another couple of submissions for Monster March just need photographing, then they’ll be going up in the next couple of days!

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion (Alex’ Tale-of-AoS-Gamers Challenge)

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion

What? Who has gamer ADHD? Yeah, well… today’s model is one that’s been serially neglected for a couple of years since I got it with a batch of models off of eBay. I unfortunately found this model and the other skaven of a similar nature complete motherfuckers to paint. The semi-furred style that replaces Jes Goodwin’s fully-furred skaven, combined with a fuckload of details just made this style of Skaven a nightmare to paint. It scrubbed up pretty well in the end and I’m pretty happy with the final results, but it wasn’t an experience I enjoyed or wish to repeat anytime soon. Or ever, to be more blunt.

Skaven Plague Censer Bearer Champion

Anyway, because reasons I’ll go into later one way or another, I didn’t manage to get any of the other models I originally hoped to completed for the very cool concept of growing a few small AoS warbands. I have the next batch of dark elves primed, as they have been for a couple of weeks now – and the beastmans shaman still sits untouched since January, and the next few savage orcs have had a small amount done to them, but we’ll have to see how April pans out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things.