Mantic Terrain Crate – More bits of painted scatter: Treasure Piles and Armour Stacks.

Mantic Terrain Crate. Treasure Piles, Armour Stacks.

A bit of an intermission post today. I’ve already spent a few hours assembling the Community Round-Up post from November, and with luck it’ll be done tomorrow. I’ve got 10/17(18) people’s stuff done so far. Anyway, here’s some (more) bits of simple scatter from Mantic Games’ Terrain Crates. Beregond of Gondor and an unnamed Reiksgard on foot provide us with scale.

Mantic Terrain Crate. Treasure Piles

First up are the treasure piles. Useful for Role-playing, and perhaps games like Frostgrave. I’ve attempted to make them just subtly different from one another, and I’ve painted the odd coin silver in the piles to give them a fractionally less uniform look. Kind of like when you pick out the odd brick when doing a brick wall. Something often not directly noticeable because it looks more natural. I may add some gemstone paints to the armoured breastplate-things in the front middle two. Not sure. Any thoughts?

Mantic Terrain Crate. Armour Stacks. Mantic Terrain Crate. Armour Stacks.

Finally, a couple of more detailed shots of the armour stacks. The PVC is thin and bendy, and my heat-resets didn’t stick. Yes, I could replace them with wire and so forth, but as with many of these things – they’re not worth the time it would take to do so, especially since these took WAY longer for me to get finished than I’d originally intended – about 2 months, when I’d hoped for a weekend – that’s what happens when something is pretty much “meh” in terms of how much it excites me to paint. Adding wire to them would just make all of that even worse and further dragged out. In the end, they look decent with the paint and the decals – and most importantly of all – the bloody things are done!

Mantic Terrain Crate/Star Saga Storage Tanks (Bacta Tank)

An underwheming scatter terrain post today! These two storage tanks were originally started back during (and for) Technical August but not completed. In fact, they’ve sat around annoyingly taking up space ever since, so I finally got them to a (slightly shitty) tabletop standard last weekend. I’d actually fished them out of the tub they’d been sitting in since I lost interest after August, to try and get them done for Mechanical November, but that didn’t work out, either. As part of Technical August’s theme, I tried using transparent paints over a silver base to see what kinds of effects I could achieve, inspired by the Bacta (healing) tank from Star Wars, specifically the Empire Strikes Back. The “water” is gemstone turquoise (or sapphire?) by Warcolours over the silver, while the “empty space” is Warcolours’ transparent white. The turquoise worked …okay, but the white seems to have been a bit of a failure.

Of course. “real” Bacta tanks are filled to the top (and feature adults wearing nappies inside them), but I felt that if I “filled” these to the top then they’d just look like they were painted blue. In the end, they’re pretty rough and not to the scatter terrain standard that I like to adhere to – but at a tabletop gameplay distance they’ll look …fine. Still, experiments by definition can’t always be a success, so I’m just calling these done and getting them the hell away from my painting desk. I’ve still got a few more of these things. I think they’ll be painted grey with some “warning” decals on them. I think those will actually look pretty decent. When I get around to them.

“Endor”-style scenery …from the pet store.

I actually picked this up a couple of months ago now, but as I haven’t posted for a little while, I didn’t get a chance to photograph it until last night.

I first saw this at the local pet warehouse in the Aquarium section a couple of months ago, but didn’t have the spare funds at the time. I went back a couple of weeks later and they luckily still had a couple of them left. Now, at AU$50, it wasn’t cheap – but when compared to scenery kit prices, both from local places, GW, GF9 and many others, it’s actually pretty reasonable for something that’s finished and ready to plunk down on the tabletop and go. It’s the sort of thing that will work perfectly on a jungle-themed table, in a deathworld kill-zone, and across a whole lot of themes and time periods – from Borneo to Endor to Catachan.

I think it looks pretty bloody good, actually. The bridge and cave also offer additional “playability” for many wargames, which is always welcome. Having a piece that can be interacted with by your troops is almost always preferable to something that simply acts as a LOS-blocker, after all! Though let’s face it – a great looking LOS-blocker is always welcome as well! Our Space Marine, Primaris Marine, Wookiee and Imperial Officer provide scale. I’ll need to get some WWII infantry painted up for these things. Maybe I can do some over Christmas..?

Sure, I could spend a lot of time going to town on it and improving it further, but I’d much rather call this thing done without doing anything to it at all and using that time and energy on other stuff that’s yet unpainted or unfinished. I’ll need to keep an eye on the aquarium scenery in the future for more decently-priced pieces that can just be dropped straight onto the table with little to no work.

Necromunda Scenery, Scotia Grendel Hatches – and a random bit of Resin Terrain (MechaNovember ’18)

Necromunda 2018 Sump Monster, Oldhammer Necromunda Escher, Scotia grendel 10040 - Sci-Fi Accessories Hatches, Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

This post is dedicated to (or blamed on) fellow Blogger, Wudugast and his recent terrain post Take Cover Part 3. Deep down on his post are a pair of hatches that are clearly from some sort of Necromunda-friendly kit. When I saw those, my “that would be quick and easy” sense perked up. I do like scenery bits that can be done simply like that.

Scotia Grendel 10040 - Sci-Fi Accessories Hatches, Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

But then it turned out that they’re from a set that I don’t yet own Citadel Ryza Ruins set.

Scotia Grendel 10040 - Sci-Fi Accessories Hatches, Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

But then I remembered that I have these – like the crates I posted a couple of days ago, I picked this set up in the 1990’s and have done literally nothing with them since. So I grabbed them out and painted them up. Naturally, they’re still available from Scotia Grendel. Funny thing was that the crates I finished a few days ago were in the same storage box that these hatches were in, and it was when I got these out that I got the crates out. Painted them after the hatches, but before the other stuff in this post was done. And three hatches hardly warrants a post, so they had to wait.

Actually, let’s take a quick aside now – I do now finally know what colour to paint the floors which was one of the reasons they’ve sat untouched for two decades – my custom Necromunda Blue mix. What about the lockers? Military Green? Bright Red? Muted Blue? Plain (weathered) Iron? I should probably try to get the rest of these painted in the next couple of months…

Necromunda 2018 Sump Monster

Almost last but not least, the sump-monster which lies in wait for unwary gangers. Another pair of models that got clipped, assembled and painted straight from seeing Wudugast’s post – I really liked his pale and sickly looking renditions of these tentacles, so I did something similar, though using a deep turquoise and an ivory with a slight yellowish tinge. They don’t look great in these photos, admittedly – they’ve come up a bit too stark here – not sure if the shiny gloss varnish on them is helping a lot with that, to be honest. The pic at the top looks a lot more true to how they look in hand.

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

Finally, there’s this thing. I’m not exactly sure what it is, or who made it. I got it with a whole lot of other secondhand stuff back in the 1990’s. I suspect that it was originally some homemade terrain that was cast, as it doesn’t have the fine detail of the other pieces I have from the same era, like the various Grendel pieces, or some of the other random bits I have that date back to the same period.

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

It was also cast in a pretty horrible yellow resin. As you can see, there’s quite a few holes and bubbles on the thing. Some of the black paint I’d spray-primed it with back int he day had even flaked off. It does look very much like a homemade piece, though – cobbled together from various household items in an interesting manner. I think that’s a highlighter pen lid on the side.

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

Anyway, I sprayed it with a beaten dark metal Krylon spray, drybrushed the thing in dark metallics, added my Necromunda Blue around the base, then considered adding some coloured metals and calling it a day – but then I had the bright idea of deciding to use it as an experimental piece for some of my GW scenery that I need to get working on properly. So it was time to break out the Vallejo Model Colour Iraqui Sand and Pale Sand, get chipping with Metal Black and Plate Mail Metal, get rusty with Rust Wash and get dirty and streaky with Dirt Brown Wash. The chipping medium that I added was a complete failure, as you can see. Or can’t see. I guess if I don’t mention it, you won’t know I tried to use it – but then, that’s what experimental pieces are for!

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

A few decals before the weathering, heavier damage where there were more bubbles and miscast resin bits, and another piece of terrain that’s been sitting around here for literally two decades is finally ready for the table. Better yet, a badly cast piece that seemed to flake the paint appears to be stable (thank you, Krylon!) and will now look quite decent on the tabletop. Sure, it still ain’t pretty. It’s still ugly. Could I do better with it? Sure – but I have better things to spend my time on than this badly-cast thing, so it’s very much “good enough”.

What’s this piece got to do with Wudugast? I spotted it sitting on a table as I moved from one place to another while varnishing the hatches – and because I’ve been doing scenery – thought: “I should paint that fucking thing.” So I did.

Scotia Grendel Resin Crates (and some other Resin Crates)

Scotia Grendel 10007 - Resin Crates, Warzone Crates.

A bunch of crates today. One thing that my self-imposed “minimum 1 model per day, per month” this year has really helped along is getting various bits of scatter terrain done.

Scotia Grendel 10007 - Resin Crates

Four of these definitely come from some duplicated Grendel (now Scotia Grendel) sets that I got back in the mid-1990s. The other ones were painted a long, long time ago. Hm. I see a couple of spots where I missed on the washes. Thanks photos! I’ll fix those shortly.

Scotia Grendel 10007 - Resin Crates

The way I painted these and got the various subtle and more obvious variations in the wood colours was pretty easy. Paint them in various shades of brown, as well as some in grey and ochre (and mixes of grey and brown for a few – because unsealed wood slowly goes grey). Then they were all drybrushed with a bone shade, then washed with a 1:1 mix of Army Painter Dark Tone and Lahmian Medium. The end result is pretty good. They look realistic enough for the effort put in. Not actually realistic (they’d be much duller, the shaded areas wouldn’t pop like they do here) but we really don’t go for true realism for the most part in this hobby – more a kind of hyper-realism most of the time.

Scotia Grendel 10007 - Resin Crates, Warzone Crates.

These next four pieces are from a set I picked up later on, though still in the 1990’s. I suspect that they may have been from a WarZone-branded resin terrain set, since there were a limited few of those, and I did pick up a few of those back in the say. I need to un-photobucket that post, so marking it out here will help me to remember.

Scotia Grendel 10007 - Resin Crates, Warzone Crates.

Those resin sets did come in the exact same packaging as the generic Grendel terrain pieces back in the day, just with a different card backing. I can’t find any sign of them online of course – they seem to have largely disappeared – as have many hobby things from the early days of internet.

Scotia Grendel 10007 - Resin Crates, Warzone Crates.

In the end, these boxes end up looking pretty good once completed. They can be used in quite a variety of games, pretty much anything from Warhammer Fantasy & Fantasy Role-Playing to the Colonial period through to 40k and Sci-Fi games. A couple of The Emperor’s finest and a pair of Zombie Hunters provide us with some scale. Probably should have had some Necromunda figures in the photos as well, come to think of it – since crates and barrels always fit into our games quite nicely. I guess the marines work for a Kill Team scale shot.

Mantic Terrain Crate – Roll out some Barrels.

Mantic Terrain Crate A few more bits of my Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstarter pledge today. Specifically three sets of barrels and three individual barrels alongside some dynamite sticks. You’ll also see another WarZone Undead Legionnaire there for scale. That particular Legionnaire is the one that was missing yesterday that I found after taking all of the photos. I spent a bit of time last night bringing it up to speed – fully repainting the boots and gaiters, most of the weapon and then adding some blood (after varnishing the bits). I’ll be going and editing him into yesterday’s post in just a few… In a way these are some of the better Terraincrate bits – they’re just fine. Not amazing. Just fine. I’ll probably go in and fix up those bits we can see here where the wash has missed some of the crevasses. More importantly, these six bring my monthly total up to 29. So I’ve got two more models I need to finish in the next 2 1/2 hours. Luckily, I have a trio that are almost done, so time to knuckle down and get it done.

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

So this is the largest piece I’ve finished in… well, ever.

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

I’ve actually had this thing for quite a few years now. First it sat in the box for ages. Later on, I assembled it, but was terribly unhappy with the way that the entire thing was smooth as a baby’s butt. So it sat for ages. Years, actually. Eventually, I covered the stone/dirt sections of the thing in textured paint. I left the stone slab and standing stone sections alone though.

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

I had a different idea for the skulls. I covered them in watered-down acrylic thinner, in order to give them a texture (and cover the glue joins!) I also added some filler to the tops of the broken pillars – again – both to add texture and also to cover the plastic joins. I didn’t yet know the trick of using liquid greenstuff to add texture, so when I sprayed it black, I went a little overboard, and then left it in the hot sun to dry so that the paint would wrinkle in some places.

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

Still, even with all of that, it took literally a couple of years to get the thing done. The plan was to get it finished back in September as a Neglected Model, but now I’ve finally managed to finish the thing tonight as something towards my monthly minimum.

Check out the box art. Look at that lovely texture!

Pic taken by Crumbreaper via CMON forums.

Now look at the smooth, smooth plastic of the actual kit. Not my pic here, but just imagine my disappointment!

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

I filled the silly skull-hole with Woodland Scenics’ Realistic Water product. Might still need a little more touching up with that over the next day or two, due to drying shrinkage. One of the things that really got me going on this thing again recently was Mark Morin’s work on his Armorcast craters.

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

I was pretty unhappy with how the textured paints and drybrushing had turned out. As you can see here between my pics and the boxed kit, a lot of the “stone” areas in their cover photo turned out to pretty much become dirt on my version as I attempted and failed to give it a rocky-dirty texture on the thing. I’ve usually been pretty conservative with my weathering powders, but seeing how good Mark’s craters looked when he just went to town with the things finally got me going again, and that’s what I’ve done on the dirt and stone textures. Sure, it still took more than a month even so – but the bloody thing is finally done!

Temple of Skulls (Citadel Miniatures)

As you can see, the terrain is a decent size, and it’ll work just fine in either of the Fantasy or Sci-Fi Warhammer settings. Sure, it looks bloody ridiculous, what with the gigantic skulls.

But it’s Warhammer – it is what it is!