Finally Completed: A Mantic BattleZones Bunker

Back at the start of last year (2018), I finally dug out a bunch of my Mantic Battlezones sprues from one of their endless Kickstarter campaigns and put together a building. I next sprayed it a dark metal, and then ruminated on what next to do with it. This past summer (Christmas 2018/19 for us Aussies) I tried to finish it, but only got partway through, and so it wasn’t until April that I finally got it completed.

When I first showed this piece in it’s WIP-form back then, I also asked for thoughts on how to paint it up, and the overwhelming response as for a dirty, “underhive”-esque scheme, so in the end I went with a custom spray can of what I call “Necromunda Blue” – based on a swatch from the blue that was so predominant throughout the terrain from the original Necromunda release

The interior (which can’t be seen in these shots) was sprayed in a light, yellowy-green, before dirtying-up. Not that anyone will ever properly look at it The exterior of the bunker was hit with Plastic Modelling Company weathering spray to stain it and dirty up the crevasses, before being wiped off.

Slices of industrial-striped custom decals were laid down in various logical-seeming places before either the random drybrush-wipes of metallic or the weathering spray

A simple piece in the end, but the colours are neutral enough so that it fits an exterior battlefield in 40k or a hive world factory in Necromunda quite easily, along with other games in related genres and settings. Time to assemble the next one and see if I can get it done in less then two years!(?)

Reaper Bones 77505: Dragon Plant (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Reaper Bones 77505: Dragon Plant

Finally, I’ve managed to complete the third of the three weird carnivorous plants from the Reaper Bones Kickstarter set that I got a few years ago. As with a few other models, the Gender-Ambiguous Challenge got me working on it again, and Swordmaster of Hoeth’s Monster March got it finished (on the 31st, no less! – though with the basing completed yesterday).

Reaper Bones 77505: Dragon Plant

Not a whole lot to write about the painting scheme here – I pretty much copied the same colours that I used on the Death Star Lillies a year ago, again using almost exclusively Reaper’s HD paint line. Since those apparently can manage to stop Bones models from degenerating into a sticky mess.

Reaper Bones 77505: Dragon Plant

Of course, I also have to dedicate this model to John from Just Needs Varnish, who seems to have a bit of an unnatural attraction to these plant models. I’m now all out of models from this range to paint!

Reaper Bones 77505: Dragon Plant. Reaper Bones 77504: Death Star Lillies

I’ve photographed the Dragon Plant alongside the Death Star Lillies (who names these bloody things? I guess it’s probably another Not-D&D Monster?) as well as a Space Marine. These will go nicely next to the various bits of Deathworld Fauna and provide some nice Deathworld Flora!

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…

40k 3rd Edition Starter Set Ruins (February Terrain 2019)

40k 3rd Editon Starter Set Ruins

How excitement! Yeah, I know. These aren’t the most impressive or exciting pieces, but they’ve been hanging around for years unpainted, so I managed to finally get them done and into the terrain cupboard. These actually aren’t the originals from my own 40k 3rd Ed set – I did actually get those done a few years ago.

40k 3rd Editon Starter Set Ruins

Instead, these came from a batch of second-hand models I got years ago, along with other bits and pieces, including a crashed Aquila Lander missing it’s tail fin. I still need to finish my first one of those first, though (didn’t get it done in Jan of Feb).

40k 3rd Editon Starter Set Ruins

Being models that I got in a more or less random box is also why some of the pieces were mismatched and (in some cases) missing, so I decided to also build these based on making slightly different corner combinations to the “proper” ones. (And patched the corners with putty!) At this point, years ago, the idea was still to paint them in the same manner as my existing (grey) ones.

40k 3rd Editon Starter Set Ruins

At some point – last year, I think – I sprayed them in a cream/bone colour. The idea now being to paint them to go with a more arid or desert-y table. At that point, they got forgotten about again for several months until this challenge got them out. As it happened, these were the perfect kind of models to paint while Dad was in hospital again. Simple on so many levels, but an achievable task.

40k 3rd Editon Starter Set Ruins

Since then, the Sector Imperialis terrain has been released, with the “showcase” pieces being in a similar colour, so I decided to press on with them, and also use them as test pieces for my own take on that style of scheme to – in turn – help me decide how to paint my Sector Imperialis stuff.

40k 3rd Editon Starter Set Ruins

The paint then was done in a “quick and dirty” manner. Sprayed (gloss) cream from the hardware store. A few details picked out, such as the exposed bricks under the plaster and the grates. The whole lot was then drybrushed with a bone/off-white. Next up was an all-over wash with Vallejo Model Wash (thanks to Dave Kay from Scent of a Gamer for the heads-up on this stuff existing!) followed by a wipe-off while it was still wet, to get that combo wash/stained effect.

40k 3rd Editon Starter Set Ruins

In the end, I have another 5 pieces of smaller-but-modular terrain that are generic enough to again fit into many genres and timelines. I think that they look pretty decent in the shot above with the LotD moving across them. They’ll look even better with other terrain around them in a proper gaming situation!

On an unrelated note, Leonard the Cat appears to have truly gotten a big head due to all of the recent attention!

Army Battle Bridge Set (January Terrain 2019)

So, we brought Dad home from the Hospital again on Friday afternoon, and so a life returns somewhat to what passes for “normal” these days, I spent a bit of time yesterday trying to catch up on people’s blog posts. Today I’ve been out in the shed taking some photos, so that I can bring January to a close and then move onto February’s stuff.

Back when Amazon US still delivered to Australia, I picked up four 2-packs of “Army Battle Bridge Set” – which are basically from the “PVC Toy Soldier” genre – since they were (reasonably) cheap – at least by Australian Standards. So in January, I finally got around to painting them. Pretty simple overall – I did three in bare (rusty) metal and two more in my custom “Necromunda Blue” spray. And then rusted them up a bit, too using washes and powders. I also edged four of them with some hazard stripe decals that I printed off, for more Necro-feels.

And here they are, as I’d use them. The new Sector Mechanicus terrain is very nice and all, but there’s always a place on my table for simple ramp-bridges that can be placed between any suitable elevated pieces. I need to finish off more of those! These also have the added benefit of being able to fit in with pretty much any game from WWII through moderns through to post-apoc and at a variety of scales – rather than looking like they really only fit into the 40k-verse.

This concludes my (belated) January posts. Next up will be my personal round-up, and then I’ll get the community round-up done as soon as I can…

Speed Freeks Scrap Piles #3 (January Terrain 2019)

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Today I have the third and final set of four scrap piles from the Speed Freeks/Mek Workshop set. I’ve still got the walls (four sets of three) as well as the Mek Workshop itself to do, but the walls vary between sprayed metallic across to still needing to be cleaned up, and nobody ain’t got time for that shit right now. I’ll do it when I go back to work to make lunchtimes and meetings more bearable. Same deal with the Ryza Ruins which will soon be bolstered with that new Kill Team stuff.

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

The techniques are identical to the previous two sets, posted recently. I’d hoped to get these posted up yesterday, but by the time I got the table cleared of the class of 2018, it was 9pm, I hadn’t eaten a meal since breakfast, and I was generally not in the right mood to photograph, photo edit or write a post. So you get ’em today, instead!

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Unlike the other two sizes of debris piles, these ones are too large to fit two of them into my light box – hence all of the single pics.

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Those piles of tyres get a bit repetitive, don’t they? This shot is really a great example of the drawbacks of GW’s plastic moulding tech and the lack of undercuts. It also really illustrates how these pieces are designed to be viewed from above – that “looking down on the models” or “God’s-Eye” perspective that we have as players.

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

Here’s another chipped paint close-up to go with the header pic.

Speed Freeks Mekboy Workshop Scrap Debris Piles

It ain’t so pretty close up. Which I guess is kinda the point, so it’s all good.

Here they are all laid out on a section of a wargame table.I’m happy with how they look – not too repetitive at all, considering we have only three sculpts of debris there. The orientation and paint disguise the repetitiveness rather nicely, I think.

And with a simulated battle between two Kill-Teams, fighting over the important tech located amongst the scrapheaps. When combined with other terrain on a real table, I think this stuff will look pretty bloody good, if I don’t say so myself!

That’s it for now for these. I’ll get onto the walls and the actual Mek Workshop in a month or two. No time for cleaning the mould lines off that crap right now, and way too much still to do!

Reaper Bones 80035: Dumpster & 80034: Weapons Locker (Part 1) (January Terrain 2019)

Reaper Bones 80035: Dumpster & Reaper Bones 80034: Weapons Locker

More terrain today – though these have been on the go for months in a neglected sprayed-silver state. I could have finished these next month for the Neglected Models challenge, but I wanted to get them done this month for Terrain Month. We’ve got a pair of Reaper Bones models in a harder plastic – one Dumpster and also two Weapons Lockers.

I tried a different method for the chipped paint for these – I have (had, soon!) a little bottle of Vallejo Masking Fluid, so I added bits of that to the silver (after a gloss spray again) before going over it with the dappled greens and browns. Unfortunately, as I rubbed it off, it left a horrible sticky mess and was shitful to work with, so I’ll be disposing of this bottle. I might try it again with a freshly purchased on and see how it goes.

I’ve got another two “Weapons Lockers” and two more dumpsters, though I’ll be doing them in a couple of different colours, and they’re nowhere near finished yet – and as these ones are done, you can see them now!

For a bit of a laugh, the size comparison pic has some Dark Angels Marines posing while the whole lot is on a green background. Fairly nice bits of terrain, but that’s one fucking HUGE dumpster compared to every one I’ve seen in my own life…