Wizkids Deep Cuts Miniatures Cage & Chains (“Paint the Crap You Already Own!” April 2020 Challenge)

Wizkids Deep Cuts Miniatures Cage & Chains

Ann is running another hobby challenge this month, the aptly-named “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge. (thanks, Ann!)

Works for me, and so the rather broad topic combined nicely with the annoyance I’d been feeling at seeing these bloody things on the corner of my painting desk for the past 4 months since I saw them on Amazon and added them to an order of other crap I was making. The sticking point, aside from my break from painting was needing to paint in all of the are in between the bars. On four of them. They ended up being the second (and third, forth and fifth) models I painted this year – after the dwarf and before the goblin. But all in April, so I’m counting ’em.

Wizkids Deep Cuts Miniatures Cage & Chains

The painting process was several shades of metal, some washing of a mix of black and brown Vallejo Model Wash (thanks Dave!) and then some rust washes, followed and finished off by a rusty drybrush inspired by Wudugast’s War Cry scenery (thanks Wudu!) The chains are part of the kits, but were painted last year in December. They were probably the very last things I got done in 2019, actually. So while they don’t count for this challenge, they’re still part of the kit.

Not too bad at all efforts by Wizkids/NECA/Hasbro/WotC/TSR/etc. Inexpensive, and much, much nicer than Reaper’s Bones to paint and work with – and better than the Kegs I painted up last year as well. I’d definately consider buying more stuff in their lines.

40k Tank Traps from Battlefield Accessories Set (Neglected October ’19)

40k Tank Traps, Citadel Battlefield Accessories Set

I just finished these tank traps/hedgehogs an hour or so ago, and took them outside to photograph them along with all of the models I’ve completed in the last few days to get photos for the next few days worth of posts. These tank traps come from the rather old Battlefield Accessories Set. I actually did paint these years ago, though I did so by painting them all copper and then giving them a brown wash. It actually looked okay, except not at all what these things would or should look like, so they got wheeled in again some time ago for a repaint (aka a respray, and then left in a tub), but with Conquest Magazine being a thing and the issue with the sprue coming out here in Australia a few weeks ago, it was time to finish off the old and paint up the new.

40k Tank Traps, Citadel Battlefield Accessories Set

Orks and Ork-friends chat respectfully near some local rust.

This time I went for seeing if I could effectively paint a more realistic depiction of rust, while still attempting to keep it quick and not too incredibly tedious and painful. Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Spray Dark Metal
  2. Light Spray mid-steel-type silver
  3. Daub all joins and rivet areas really liberally with Vallejo Model Wash: Rust
  4. Leave models to sit for three weeks because you can’t be arsed with them right now.
  5. Decide “fuck this” earlier this evening and make yourself do them even though you really still can’t be arsed.
  6. Daub with Citadel Technical Paint: Typhius Corrosion (the brown, textured stuff) using a large, flat-ended brush, making sure to keep it a bit messy.
  7. Drybrush with Citadel Dry Ryza Rust. Carefully at first, then less carefully as the process drags on way longer than you’d anticipated.
  8. Daub the join areas more carefully with Vallejo Model Wash: Light Rust.
  9. Be slightly disappointed that Light Rust isn’t much lighter than the other Rust wash.
  10. Mix some Vallejo Model Colour 70.911 Light Orange with Dr Faust’s Magic Wash base (1 part Future Floor Wax/Pledge One Go, 4 parts Distilled Water) to make a lighter orange rust wash.
  11. Apply over the top of the Light Rust, while the light rust is still wet.
  12. Allow to dry.
  13. Photograph.
  14. ???????
  15. Profit!

And here we are. I forgot to spray varnish them, but it’s 10pm now, the shed is locked up, I can’t be bothered going back outside and I want to get this post finished and queued up to publish in the morning. I’ll do it tomorrow. There will also be at least two more October posts from me, plus any models I manage to complete after work tomorrow. I’ll sort that out later.

Oh, the last few days have had more typos than usual – it’s the new mechanical keyboard that I got with my replacement computer. Still getting used to it, especially when typing with any speed…

On a semi-related note to my old PC dying and being replaced, I’m now even more behind in replying to comments on my own posts, replying to comments on other people’s blogs to me, a beard-painting description, keeping up with your blogs and posts there, and of course the Round-Ups. We’ll get there eventually.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest (Neglected October ’19)

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

Something a little more recent than those Rogue Trader Orks this morning. This …sewer vent(?) comes from the 40k Urban Conquest boxed set, which comes with some campaign rules for 40k as well as a sprue of terrain, which I dutifully clipped off the sprue, cleaned off the mold lines, sprayed this piece, and duly lost the rest of the kit into some tub or another somewhere. This thing, meanwhile sat around on the painting desk for most of that time with very little done on it. (Sprayed black, sprayed dark metal, basically). So as is often the case, I finally picked the thing off and made myself finish the damned thing.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

It wasn’t so bad to finish off. The weatheroing powder seems to have come up a little harsher than I planned, though it’s looking a little messier here than in hand, as I want it to have a nice dusty and worn look so that it plays nice on a variety of table surfaces, I’m still good with it.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

It’s a nice little piece, really. I’ve got a fair bit of smaller pieces of scenery that I need to complete before I crack onto any more of the ones from this set. As much as I’d like to get onto more of them, there’s a ton of other stuff to get done first.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

Here’s a scale pic of it alongside yesterday’s Orks. Old-school 40k alongside new-school 40k! Works pretty well in my books!

Small Scenics: More Little Boxes …from Mantic’s Mars Attacks (Scenic September ’19)

Mantic Mars Attacks Crates Boxes

Two years ago, I managed to paint all of the boxes from my Mantic Mars Attacks urban scenery. Great stuff, job done.

Then earlier this year, I found quite a few baggies more of the stuff. What could I do but seperate them into some tubs and …entirely forget about them for quite a few months? At least in September, I managed to get them done and out of the way. So following on from both that post two years ago and yesterday’s Incredibly Interesting Traffic Pylons, we have 20 small piles of boxes. To quote myself from two years ago:

They’re a little on the small side, and while they’ll work well as meeples for barricades in games of Zombicide, they feel a little like those annoying foot-high “walls” that videogames use to keep our otherwise athletic heroes from straying outside of the designated play area… They might work better stacks on top of other items to create useful cover, but even as is they make for decent ground clutter.

Sadly, I didn’t manage to get any of the larger pieces of terrain I’d hoped to complete. Looks like Terrain’s getting shoehorned into one of the next couple of months challenges again – gotta motivate myself to get that shiznit done!

Small Scenics: Secret Weapon Miniatures’ Traffic Pylons #1 (Scenic September ’19)

Secret Weapon Miniatures' Traffic Pylons

Well, like the best laid grand plans I had hoped to get some larger, more impressive terrain completed in September, but unfortunately life events and shitty weather conspired to prevent it. I did, however, continue on the Scatter Terrain train, and so I managed to complete the first of what will no doubt be two batches of “Traffic Pylons” from Secret Weapon Miniatures. Basically, I was buying some other stuff from a local retailer, and saw that these were cheap, so I got several bags. Turns out that each bag had 10 of the pylons in it, so I didn’t manage to get them all done. The 25 shown here are the ones done so far, and are about half of the ones I picked up. I’ll paint the others in a month or two. Or work on them slowly when tired after work.

The good news here was that they are/were simple enough to paint, and so during the perios where I was feeling under the weather, or tired, I was still able to plug away at a few of these at a time. Once they were painted, it was gloss varnish, satin varnish, paint wash to grime them up, and then matte varnish. As scatter terrain, and especially being resin they need to be pretty durable, so with that in mind, three coats of varnish isn’t overkill.

So yeah. Not impressive in any way on their own, but they’ll add a lot of that little extra layer of detail to any urban locale in a modern, post-modern, or even many sci-fi tabletops. I do have my Secret Weapon tiles that I’ll be making another pass at once the weather gets consistently better and I have a bit more time from work to work on such things, so let’s all cross our fingers and toes…

Small Scenics: Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft + Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations.

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft, Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

A long and paintful title up there, I know – but the stuff in here comes from a couple of sources, they really don’t merit three posts, and I want people searching for this stuff online to be able to see how it looks and turns out with a bit of paint on it. I know when I google models it’s always helpful when I can find painted examples of the things online.

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain

The Fountain got painted because easy wins. I added some green above and below the water to suggest age, moss and algae, and cared enough to use water effects to add some water depth, but not enough to fitz around with finshing line and realistic water in order to make a “working” fountain. So we’ll just call this water stangnant, yet remarkably clear. Just like magic water in a dungeon, amirite?

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain

Not a bad model. It’s made of typically crappy soft bones plastic, but at least it wasn’t warped like pretty much everything else in the “Fantasy Scenics” set. I’m sure their terrain stuff was better in Bones 3…

Reaper Bones 4 Dreadmere Raft

Next up is a raft. Nothing special at all, and once again painted because “easy wins”. This pic shows the underside of it, where I’ve again added a bit of algae-suggesting green to it. This piece came out of the Dreadmere expansion, and is made of “Bones Black” (despite being the same light grey that everything in this KS arrived in). It’s a much, much better material than the original Bonesium PVC, is harder, and took a spray primer and spray varnish. Finally! The drawback seems to be that it’s more breakable, as a couple of my larger models from the KS arrived broken. I’m still slowly doing inventory/QC of the KS because time and tediousness, but I’ll contact Reaper once I’m done and see what they can do for the broken stuff. They’re always been good in the past, at least – and more fragile material or not – it’s a mile better than the original stuff!

Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

Here we have some little crystal formations from Mantic’s Terrain Crate KS. Have I said “easy wins” enough times here? The crystals were painted with Old-GW Putrid Green (similar to Moot Green, but lighter – from the original hex-pot days), then gone over with Warp Lightning from the Contrast Paint range. Afterwards, I lined the edges with putrid green again, and then went over those lines with a really thinned yellow. It turned out okay, I think. 

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft + Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

Here’s a second group shot that is also a scale shot. Because I realised there was really no useful scale reference for any of these things in the previous photos. Enjoy! 

While none of this stuff is super-exciting, it’s all pretty decent and pretty versatile, fitting into pretty much any fantasy gaming setting from Warhammer to LotR to D&D, as well as grimdark 40k. The raft and fountain could even be used in some historical games, depending on the period.

Small Scenics: 21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacement into 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

A long. long time ago.. as the song goes.. I was at a place across town here, looking at a place that sold Dragon 1:6 scale figures. it must have been in the 1990’s. While I was there, I saw a 1:36 mortar emplacement set going cheap. Being who I am, I thought it could be turned into scenery, and so I picked it up to do so. Regular readers will know the story from that point, where I never got around to doing anything with it, then eventually started on it, you know the drill.

So a week or so ago, I finished it off. It’s maybe not the best I could have done, but given that it’s been doing nothing for the best part of two decades, having it finally completed isn’t exactly a bad thing…

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

I mean, it looked okay, as is. Except for the rise and indentation where the mortar’s baseplate stuck on. I had to both cut that piece off and then putty it over, to give a flat area where miniaturemans can stand.

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

So here we are. Nothing spectacular, certainly nothing Awesome, but another bit of terrain for the table, finished!