Kill Team: Pariah Nexus – Necron “Barrels” and “Crates”

Kill Team: Pariah Nexus - Necron "Barrels"

Today I have some scatter terrain of sorts from the recent Boxed Kill Team expansion of “Pariah Nexus”. Truth be told these are pretty uninspiring little bits and I doubt I would even have gotten started on them if not for the fact that marouda and I decided to have a game of Assasinorum: Execution Force the other week. Having bought this particular Games Workshop boxed game back on release in 2015 for its intended purpose (discount model delivery system for the new plastic Assassin models), I’d never actually gotten around to playing it. In fact, while the Chaos Space Marines had actually been painted, the cultists had been put away in with other platic cultist sprues and the actual Assassins and Chaos Lord/Socreror frame had all been “lost” until I happened to find them by chance this week while cleaning up under the paint desk.

So it was metal Assassins, both completed and part-painted, Chaos Space Marines, A half-painted Iron Warrior hero in Terminator Armour, and a selection of metal Imperial/Chaos Cultists and WarZone Dark Legion zombified troopers who were selected. And with a “fuck this, I’m not reading new rules at 9pm, let’s go inside and play Far Cry for an hour and we can get back to this tomorrow night or the day after.” – that led me to select some bits that had broken loose from the Pariah nexus sprue to quickly paint to fill the red-square impassable space spots on the Execution Force board. if you’ve played Imperial Assault, you’ll know them well.

Kill Team: Pariah Nexus - Necron "Crates"

So with that, I quickly knocked out 7 or 8 of the single-square crates and barrels in an evening and part of a morning. Being of unlimited creativity, I followed the box art, since I would like them to fit in with the actual Pariah Nexus board, and even in these green tones they fit the board art of Execution Force pretty well. Since the first batch was pretty easy, I clipped a second bunch off a few days later and then also forced myself to knock them out as well. They’re pretty easy, but also pretty tedious to do. Mostly drybrushed, with the metal picked out and washed, and the crystals painted in VMC Ivory with Citadel Tesseract Glow over the top. That’s the newer Contrast paint that’s sold as part of their technical paint line so they can sell you a smaller pot of it.

Kill Team: Pariah Nexus - Necron "Barrels" and "Crates"

I’ve got a few (17) more of these to go, and then there are four doors from the set. Then there’s another entire set of two sprues, so I’m still trying to decide if I should paint the second set identically, so they’re all one nice consistent set, or if I should paint the second set in copper-brass tones – which would basically match the “New” official GW Necron colour scheme – that coincidently is pretty much exactly how I’d always pictured painting my own Necrons instead of T-800-silver – but never got around to doing any.

Oh, and this is another set of model bits for Ann’s second annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge…

Robogear “Syberclicks” Ruined Urban Building – 28mm

Robogear Syberclicks Ruined Urban Building - 28mm

I’m sure many of you guys have seen Robogear models before. They’re generally stuff we know as “those cheap Russian plastic kits from eBay”, because, well, that’s how and where we tend to get them.

A few years ago, I did what lots of us do, and that was to buy a bunch of these kits at once, then build a couple, not finish painting them, and put the rest in a box and forget exactly what’s in there. So when rooting around looking for Mantic terrain a couple of months ago, I found these – which I had completely forgotten about. As they’re so simple, I was able to assemble them all within a day or two, then rather than simply going with the grey that is so common on the tabletop, they got sprayed with brown (also pretty common in the real world) on the exterior and tan on the interior, then we went back to working onsite and I kinda forgot about them until the second half of October.

Robogear Syberclicks Ruined Urban Building - 28mm

At that point I spotted them again, and decided to get them done quick and dirty. A drybrush, a paint-on, wipe-off treatment with my Vallejo Model Wash mix, and then a copious amount of weathering powders that got black soot everywhere in my painting area (seriously, I’m still finding little patches now and needing to clean them up!) Matt varnish and done! There are enough smashed-corner parts to make either a few “destroyed” small buildings, a comfortable pair of buildings, or one rather large-footprint (in wargaming terms) building. Especially since I did a bit of bashing within the kit to make a few slightly larger pieces which left me with the bits I used for the damaged internal walls piece.

Robogear Syberclicks Ruined Urban Building - 28mm

They’re pretty plain. Even with the weathering done like this they’re quite plain ruins. They’d look better with some posters on them – Imperial Propaganda for 40k, WWII war posters for WWII gaming, Modern advertising posters for moderns or Zombies or Marvel, but… any of those things would then firmly root these rather generic buildings in a certain space and place and time. And I like them being generic enough that I can just drop them into a 40k game, and then into a game of Crisis Protocol, and then into a game of Last Days.

Robogear Syberclicks Ruined Urban Building - 28mm

I mean, they do lose that extra bit of detail that would elevate them, but they’re ultimately cheapo background pieces. Cheapo background pieces that without that extra bit of detail manage to work in a nice wide variety of settings without looking too incongruous.